Sorry for the delay since my last post, I got side-tracked by life. Normally when I say I got side-tracked by life, it means work has been very busy. Don’t get me wrong, work has been busy, but that’s not been the major area which has side-tracked me from blogging. For the first time in YEARS, I finally have a dedicated space for my card making! Woo Hoo!!!
I’ve been crafting on my dining table for more years than I care to think about. It’s so nice to finally not have to worry about pulling everything out and then having to put it all away again just to make one card. Now everything has a little place of its own and is easily accessible at any time. This makes me happy happy. 🙂
Oh, and in addition to finally having a dedicated space, I also finally have a good printer for printing digital stamps. As much as I love my HP Envy 5535 for every day printing and scanning, it has a really hard time with heavier weight card stock. Given that fact, I picked up a new HP LaserJet Pro P1102w which has no problem whatsoever with things like my Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium 100 lb. card stock or my Neenah Solar White 80 lb. card stock, both of which I use whenever I’m coloring with my alcohol markers or using my Prismacolor pencils with Gamsol (odorless mineral spirits). Not only does it handle heavier paper without a problem, on the opposite end of the spectrum, it has no issues with thinner media like vellum and transparencies.
Ok, moving on to the primary purpose of this post. I headed over to my local stamp store yesterday for another class. This particular class was taught by Linda Coley. She has a wonderful teaching style that makes everyone feel comfortable whether they are just a beginner or have been making cards for years. She always has really cute designs for us as well, and she certainly didn’t disappoint with this class!
The first card we made features the Ella & Friends stamp set from Mama Elephant. Linda had die cut the card base in advance using the Stitched Borders 2 die set from Pretty Pink Posh (PPP). The first step was to mask off the area for the ink blending stripe by using some washi tape. Next, I used my Mini Blending Tool and Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, and Picked Raspberry to create the stripe. While that was drying, I used my Spectrum Noir (SN) markers to color Ella. She’s done in a combination of CR1, CR4, CR6, and CR8. The sentiment is from the Scripty Sayings stamp set from Lawn Fawn which was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and adored with some PPP sequins from the Springtime mix. The little mouse is also from the Ella & Friends stamp set and was stamped in Tuxedo Black ink then colored using the IG1 and IG2 SN markers.
The next card was this adorable shaker card featuring the Bugs & Kisses stamp set from Lawn Fawn as well as the Stitched Film Strip die from PPP. Once again, Linda did the die cutting in advance to save us time in class. The card base was die cut using the same die as the previous card, but on the sides this time instead of across the bottom. I used Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold, and Shaded Lilac to speckle the card base. While that was drying, I assembled the shaker portion of the card which was again filled with Springtime mix sequins from PPP. I then colored all of my little bugs using my SN markers. The dragonfly was done using HB2 and HB3. The bee was done with CT2, CT4, HB2, and HB3. The caterpillar was done with LG3 and LG5. Once I arrived back home, I added a bit of clear Wink of Stella glitter pen to the wings on both the dragonfly and bee to give them a bit of the iridescence one might expect of a bug’s wings in nature.
The last card we made was another shaker card. It was intended to be a Mother’s Day card, but I opted to make mine into a birthday card instead. This was a fairly straightforward shaker card with the exception that the base of the shaker was also acetate so it was completely transparent. The happy birthday sentiment is actually stamped on the inside of the card. Pretty cool, eh?! I missed hearing what company makes the scalloped circle dies Linda used for cutting the shapes, but we did use more of the PPP Springtime mix sequins, along with a few other types of bling, to fill the shaker. I stamped the interior happy birthday greeting when I got home using Onyx Black Versafine ink and the Big Birthday Wishes stamp set from Simon Says Stamp that I received as part of the April card kit.
All in all, it was a really fun day! I even got to make a new card making friend named Sharon. Even though she’s been making cards for a couple of years, this was her very first time taking a class and she did great! You can check out her blog here and you can also find her on Instagram.
I had so much fun at the class, I actually ended up coming home and doing some more paper crafting. I made a pretty cute birthday card that I adapted from a design I saw in the shop when I was there for the class. I’ll share it in a separate post in the next day or so.
Until next time …