Monday, February 29, 2016

Stamping A Border Background

Hello friends! Today is Leap Year so I am taking this extra day to get a little chatty.
First of all, I'd like to chat about my stamping history (please feel free to scroll down if this is boring to you).

I was introduced to stamping by my LSS lady, Marilyn, in the mid 90s. I was instantly amazed and was eager to learn everything under the sun. However, life got busy. With my job (running Dr. John's medical office) and raising two active kids, I had little time to cultivate my hobby.
 (life before stamping/blogging)

Fast forward to 2008....

It was not until my daughter started college that I picked up stamping again and started to play online challenges. Not only did I discover stamping, I also immersed myself in the wonder of the World Wide Web!! I met sweet and kind crafting friends, near and far.  Meanwhile, I also learned to "make do" with less. I had few supplies and found that this stamping business can get expensive (boy, was I naive!!). To make a long story short, I got so addicted to it. The first time I went to a major Scrapfest event in 2009, I came back with loads of "stuff". By today's standards, it was nothing, but back then my kids were shocked by how much I "splurged" and let myself go......! I'll always remember the look on my daughter Stephanie's face when she saw the pile of supplies that I had purchased-- eyes wide open and tongue sticking out....Well, you get the picture!
Now, they don't even bother to look/check what comes in my happy mail :)

Why did I even mention my stamping history?
Because today's card reminded me of my "simple stamping" days. All you need is ONE stamp.

There is nothing fancy about this card: good old-fashion stamping and masking.
 The pleasure of simple stamping has not changed (thank goodness).  

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Use Partial Embossing Folder

Hello friends! 
I am sharing another take on using Next Level Embossing Folder (Woven) from We R Memory Keeper.
Here's my previous card with this set.
thanks for everything
Today's card feature another way of using it.
Since this embossing folder has the 3D effect, it can "can be" overpowering and clash with the stamped design. 

Ding---> use embossing folder sparingly. They say "Less is more" and this applies to embossing folder. In this case, I used it as a frame (much like my previous design (see here). I hope that you try this perspective with your embossing folders.

The coloring is straightforward as I applied Distress Inks one little section at a time. I hope that you are not getting tired of seeing this embossing folder since I have more to come :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Simon Says Stamp March Card Kit ( Take 1)

Hello friends!
As soon as the latest monthly March Card Kit arrived, I got busy and had a blast playing with the new stamps and dies. This kit is full of cute elements and images. It really makes Spring come to my corner a little faster. I am not telling you how many I made yet...but it's a lot
You can find out the Simon Says Stamp Monthly Card Kit Subscription here.

Here is the first one from my simple stamping. 
Anything pastel suggests Spring. So it was easy to come up with a happy color combo.

It's been a while since I have this Creative Light Bulb feature...time to bring it back! 

Ding--->the trick to stamping a balanced (seemingly random) border/background is to use a slightly larger card stock than the usual size (5 1/2" x 4 1/4"). After stamping the entire background, you can then trim down the uneven area to achieve a balanced design. In this case, I used Memory Box Pinpoint Rectangle Layers. Stitched Dies like these make the polished design easy to create.

My 2nd card is simple cute shaker card.
you are my kind of peeps
Every time you have an open shape die, you pretty much CAN create a shaker card. I doubled-up the fun foam to make room for more sequins. However, in hindsight, I didn't put enough sequins!!! After I put the whole thing together, I wanted to break it out and add more sequins. BUT, I realized I was running risk of ruining it all. So I left it as it is. I know better next time!
 A card like this totally makes the receiver smile, right? Shaker cards are so worth it!

One of the goodies that come with this kit is one pink Distress Crayon. Recently I got a set of Tim Holtz Distress Crayons. I  will share my thoughts and how I used them with the card kit. More on that later. Thanks for stopping by!