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Yes, I know I’m beyond a day late and a dollar short, but I wanted to post the Valentine’s Day cards I did. Unfortunately, I sold 1 all season….. so I am stocked for next year. I used a mish mash of products, from recollections paper, to Memory Box, Quickkutz, Quietfire Designs, Simon Says Stamp, Sizzix dies, to some long forgotten PSX, Hero Arts, Quietfire Designs, and some unknown stamps. Inks are Palette, Hero Arts and Colorbox Frost White.
These are some Christmas cards I’ve done.. I’m so behind, I thought I had already shared these… There are a few more posts to come with Christmas cards. I’ve used some Memory Box paper, Echo Park paper, Kaisercraft paper, SU, Quietfire, and Newton’s Nook Design stamps, SU dies, an ornament die set from Australia (the name eludes me at the moment), and Copic markers. The next few posts will just have the photos. If you have any questions, feel free to message me 🙂
I know most of you are getting up off the floor, since this is my second blog post within a week! Wow, how does that happen??? 🙂 I got blessed big time and got another 6 Copics, bringing my total to 34, including a colorless blender and black. I also recently had the chance to pick up the NEW Memory Box Fairyland Butterflies die. The pictures above are the result of the combination of the Copics and die. I simply die cut the butterflies out of black cardstock, and glued them to some shimmer paper that I got at Michaels (I used a lot of white with gold shimmer, but also used a sheet of champagne and a sheet of the silvery grey). I cut the shimmer paper to 5.25 x 4 inches, so the butterflies just fit on the paper. Once the glue was dry, I coloured with Copics. Now, I am not anywhere near a good colourer or anything, so what I did is put a layer of the lightest colour down on the butterflies. Then I added the darker colour where I wanted it, pushing the colour out a bit beyond where I actually wanted it to end. I went over the EDGE of the darker colour with the lighter colour to blend the colours together. I am quite happy with my results 🙂 I did find that the white with gold shimmer paper held up better than the champagne or the grey, so I won’t use those colours again. Copic colours: B00, BG45 (for the Aqua butterflies), R83. R85, and RV69 (Pink butterflies.. I started with the R85 as my darker colour, but I prefer the contrast with the RV69. R83 was my lighter colour). Y18, YR09 and YR18 for the orange and yellow butterflies (I didn’t love how the Sanguine and yellow blended, it looked too brown to me, so I went with Chinese Orange). The mauve/lavender butterflies were V01 and V06, and the Lilac (blue violet) butterflies were BV11 and BV08. Thanks so much for looking, and enjoy your week!
Yes, I know I am really behind in posting… a couple of things.. One, I have been trying to use the WordPress app on my tablet to post, and NOTHING IS WORKING WITH IT!!!! Doesn’t matter what I do, even though I am linked to my app, I can’t seem to get photos uploaded, or posts actually posted.. they all seem to get saved as drafts, then they don’t show up on the desktop version. Two, life has been a bit crazy around here (I know, not unusual), but my SIL is very ill and has been in the hospital nearly 2 months now, and I don’t think the doctors know what’s going on… symptoms of stuff, yes, but what is actually happening, I have no idea.
So, this will be 1 of a few blog posts that have what I’ve created in the last 3 months or so here, starting with the annual retreat I’ve been going to for the last 2 years. It’s a weekend away, affordable for me and a TON OF FUN. This year, instead of trying to figure out what to do, I decided to focus on Christmas cards… Yep, the retreat was in May, and I was working on CHRISTMAS CARDS. I got more done than I thought I’d get, but I think that was from pre-planning and taking my projects with me. Below are the cards that I made at retreat. I used some Memory Box stamps and dies, Quietfire Design stamps, Simon Says Stamp Dies, SU paper and stamps, Sizzix Tattered Poinsettia die.
I got to try The Stampin Up Blendabilities at retreat. I can totally see why people love their alcohol based markers. The layering of colour that you can do is amazing. The card with the vases, I coloured with the Blendabilities. Now, being on a tight, limited budget, I myself am not going to be purchasing the alcohol markers…. if money was “no object” so to speak, I think I would invest in some of the alcohol markers.. now, whether I do SU, or Spectrum Noir or Copics, I have no clue, as I haven’t tried the Copics or Spectrum Noir markers. But, I’d be willing to try them out.
As for cards, a quick rundown on them. The poinsettia wreath stamp and die is Memory Box, coloured with Distress Markers (Festive Berries and Evergreen Bough). The second picture is SU paper, a Simon Says Stamp die for the banner, and Quietfire Design “Christmas” and SU “Noel”. The third picture is SU Calm Christmas and World Map stamp sets. Fourth picture is the vases card, then some SU Simply Sketches flowers, coloured with Distress markers.
Sixth is a square blue card with some patterned paper on it, and a Quietfire Design “Hold on to the Spirit of Christmas” stamp,seventh is more SU Christmas paper with the Simon Says Stamp die and the Quietfire Designs “Christmas” on the banner.The eighth and ninth pictures are the same card.. one is done in cream, the other in silver. Recollections paper, with a Tattered Poinsettia on it, and a Quietfire sentiment on the top right.
Thanks for looking, have a great day 🙂