Thursday, June 19, 2014

A break from unpacking

Moving to a new house has slid down on my list of favorite things. It wasn't exactly at the top of the list to start with, but now it's a few notches lower. So I've decided to take a break from the unpacking, organizing and furniture arranging to share a set of cards I made a few weeks ago.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: A Little Bit of Happiness
Card stock: Whisper White, note cards and envelopes
Ink: Jet Black Stazon pad; Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder, Basic Black markers
Accessories: Color spritzer tool, Subtles Candy Dots, Dimensionals, Mono Multi liquid glue

The four stamps in the A Little Bit of Happiness set contain a horizontal line of images (see the card in my last post for an example). For this eight-card set (two of each design pictured) I stamped each long image twice, colored them and cut apart the smaller pictures. I arranged the small pieces in a square and adhered them to the lower right corner of a card base, which I had spritzed with Soft Sky ink. I added one Candy Dot on each card and then, to coordinate with the border around each small image, I doodled a Basic Black border around the card base.

I had at least one small image leftover from each card, so I added them to the lower left corner of the envelopes. I don't usually spend time decorating envelopes because they just get ripped open and tossed, but this was very quick and easy, and I really like how they coordinate with the cards.

Well, my craft "zone," as my sister has dubbed it, is probably the most organized place in the house right now. Yay! I'm hoping I'll be able to get back to stamping and card-making soon so I'll have new creations to share with you. Until then, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

A day brightener

We're having a cool, wet and dreary day here -- a day that really needs a few bright flowers:

Supplies (all Stampin' Up):
Stamps: A Little Bit of Happiness
Card stock: Whisper White, Old Olive, textured Rich Razzleberry
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Soft Sky, Elegant Eggplant, Melon Mambo
Accessories: Pearls, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch

These flowers make me happy, and coloring them was a nice break from packing. But can you find the little goof-up in my coloring? The two dark purple flowers were supposed to be Rich Razzleberry, and they ended up Elegant Eggplant. Oops. I'd grabbed the marker from that spot in the case and started coloring without checking the name. I thought it looked too dark, but it wasn't until I held the focal image up to the card base that I realized the mistake. Oh, well. I do think that even though there isn't any Rich Razzleberry in the focal image, it still works with that color card base.

I wanted to keep the card layout clean and simple, so I punched a scalloped border of Old Olive card stock and adhered it to the bottom of the focal image. To add a little dimension to the card, I placed small pearls on a few of the flowers.

I hope that made your day a little brighter. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

I backed Reading Rainbow

Raise your hand if you or your children grew up watching Reading Rainbow on public television. Me, me, me! I can still hear the opening theme and picture some of the different segments. So I was very interested when my sister sent me a link to the "Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere" project on Kickstarter last week.

Right now, one in four kids in the U.S. will grow up illiterate. Through the Kickstarter project, LeVar Burton and the Reading Rainbow team are working to change that by putting Reading Rainbow on the Web, creating a specialized classroom version, and delivering it free to schools in need.

I'm proud to be a backer for this project, and I hope it instills a love of reading in millions of children. For more information or to make a pledge, click on the link above.

By the way, did you know that June 1 is International Children's Day? Celebrate by reading with a child.

Thanks for stopping by!