Día De Los Muertos

I decided to make a couple of different cards, just to give myself a break from Halloween and Christmas card making for a moment. I found this beautiful “Día De Los Muertos” paper pad at Michael’s a couple of weeks ago and decided it was time to put it to use. I chose to use a couple of the bright and colorful papers to make two “Thinking of You” cards.

Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a time to celebrate, honor and remember those that have passed on before us, so I thought making “Thinking of You” cards would be appropriate.

I made these two cards using only patterned paper from the “Día De Los Muertos” paper pad and a couple of stamp sets by Simon Says Stamp (Beautiful Day and Big U Words) for the sentiments. I also used some Recollections pink cardstock and black cardstock from my stash. These cards came together fairly quickly and I was happy with how they turned out. Let me know if and how you celebrate Día De Los Muertos. Thank you for continuing to follow along on my ever changing crafty venture.

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Making Rainbow Themed Birthday Cards

Well, it finally happened…my stash of birthday cards has been depleted. My kids (all adults by the way) are always going into my stash to look for cards for their significant others and friends. So when I went to look for a birthday card last week, much to my surprise, they were all gone. This meant one thing…time to make more birthday cards!

First I made a card for my youngest daughter’s birthday since that is what I went into my stash for to begin with. That card (and the empty stash) inspired me to make more cards.

I began by pulling out my Distress Ink cubes (Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon and Wilted Violet) to ink blend over some stencils. The stencils I chose to use for these cards were by Simon Says Stamp (Triangle Blast & Polka Dot Party) and by Create A Smile (Scattered Hearts). I used white Recollections 65 lb. cardstock and cut the panel down to 4.24″ x 5.5″ before attaching each panel to a stencil. Then I let the blending begin. I just love how the rainbow of colors looked on these panels. I then cut down each panel so I could mat it on some black Recollections 65 lb. cardstock. The black border really makes the rainbow of colors shine. I then used a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp’s “Sweet Birthday” and “On Edge” stamp sets and heat embossed them on black cardstock using Simon Says Stamp Clear Embossing Ink and Brutus Monroe Alabaster White Embossing Powder. Once I had my sentiment strips cut down, I attached them to each panel using my ATG gun and SSS foam tape. I pulled in some stickers from my stash of Doodlebug stickers for a couple of the card panels. I also added some cute Doodlebug stickers to the inside of the cards. Once I thought the cards were done, I took a step back and decided they needed some bling. So I pulled out some Simon Says Stamp sequins that I had in my stash and sprinkled them on the cards.

I’m pretty pleased with how these cards turned out. I’m off to make another dozen to refill my magically disappearing stash. Thank you for continuing to support my ever changing crafty venture.

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September 2020 Collected Crafty Collabs Hop

This month’s theme was Halloween/Fall & Sequins. I had fun making this fall themed card. Since I am helping my grandkids with their distance learning, my crafting time has been greatly limited so I decided to use some patterned paper for this card.

I went to my local Michael’s store and bought a few paper pads that I knew I could use for fall and Halloween cards. I decided to make a fall card since I’m sure I will work on Halloween cards next month. I began by using a fall themed patterned paper for my main panel. I added a strip of gold/green pattered paper to the panel. I pulled out a sentiment stamp by Newton’s Nook Design (Fall-Ing for You) and stamped and embossed it on some white card stock using Distress Oxide Ink (Vintage Photo) and Simon Says Stamp clear embossing powder. I then added some of the same Distress Oxide Ink around the edges to give it a distressed look. I attached the sentiment to the panel using Simon Says Stamp foam tape. I then pulled out some sequins I had in my stash (I think they are old Doodlebug sequins) and attached them to the panel using Art Glitter Glue. I used my AGT tape to layer the panel on some sand colored card stock and then layered that onto some dark brown card stock from my stash. I’m very ready for fall and hopeful that this change of season will bring more positive changes to our world. Thank you to all the creators who continue to inspire me to be a better version of myself!

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Karen Page

Danielle Brown

Charlotte E (Lady Joyful)

Yvette Olea (Yvette Olea Creates) – You are Here

Anna Mahtani – Next Stop

Teresa Russell

Donna Perisic (Creative Pixie Designs)

Boryana Yankova

Marie Bingaman

Lisa Cmay

Lounon Riviere

Tracy Shultz

Virginia Fairchild

Valerie Powell

Mary Ellen Driggs

Natasha Davies

Sam McLean

Martha Lucia Gomez

A Pastel Christmas

What a busy week it has been! I didn’t have too much time to craft this week so I decided to make some cards using only patterned paper. That’s right, no stamping, no coloring, no embossing, no ink blending…just patterned paper. I got a beautiful paper pad (Sugarplums) by Recollections and used the cut aparts as my focal points on the cards. I chose some of the wonderful pastel papers to use for my panels and layers. I was so excited to get this video done on Sunday, when mid-recording, my camera stopped recording. It took me a while to notice, and by that point I had already completed a few more cards. I tried to record again, only to get an error message (memory full). Since I use my iPad to record, I realized I needed to free up some space before I could continue to record. As I said, it has been a busy week, so I never got around to cleaning up the memory or recording the rest of the video. I did finish ten cards and took some photos (which I added to the end of the video and below). At this point, I will be looking to get a separate camera to record (any suggestions would be greatly appreciated). Thanks for continuing to support my crafty venture. Hopefully I will get a new camera soon.

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You Are Boo-tiful!

My latest YouTube video is live. I made two Halloween cards using supplies from my stash. I used stencils by Simon Says Stamp (Candy Corn) and Echo Park (Stars) to create the panels. I ink blended on the panels using some Distress Oxide inks. On the starry panel I also added some Nuvo Glimmer paste to give it some sparkle. On the candy corn panel I added some splatter with one of my Distress Oxide Sprays. While the panels were drying, I stamped the images and sentiments. The Candy corn image is by Newton’s Nook and the witch/broom image is by Clearly Besotted. I colored both images using my Copic markers. Once the panels were dry, I assembled both cards. Sit back and enjoy this week’s video featuring lots of fun halloween goodies and have a Boo-tiful Day!

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You Matter!

It is the most wonderful time of the year…for crafters anyway. It is Stamptember at Simon Says Stamp and I already placed my first order. I was good all year and didn’t buy anything new until the end of July so I decided it would be okay to treat myself during Stamptember and I did. I made a colorful card using goodies from my first order. This video doesn’t have too much of me talking since the air quality in San Diego (due to fires) has my voice a bit scratchy. So sit back and enjoy this week’s video featuring Stamptember goodies (did I say Stamptember enough).

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Doodlebug Halloween

In the spirit of using up my stash, I decided to make a few Halloween cards using only Doodlebug papers and embellishments. It has been a very busy week and we spent Sunday celebrating my wonderful husband’s birthday, so, once again, I did this last minutes. I had so much fun just using Doodlebug designs. I challenged myself to make as many cards as I could in less than one hour. I thought, no problem, I can make at least ten cards. Boy was I wrong. I managed to make three cards, but had a lot of fun creating in my craft room. The original recording was 55 minutes so I sped it up to keep it closer to ten minutes. I hope you enjoy this Doodlebug inspired video.

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Fright Night

I saw a video with a Halloween Card being made by Amy Rysavy (Prairie Paper & Ink) and it inspired me to make a Halloween card for my next video. I recorded this video live for YouTube, so no voiceover. I was rushing to get it done in time because I did not record on Sunday evening as usual. I had to record the video on Tuesday evening since I have been working from home and helping my grandkids with their distance learning, so a very busy household lately. I hope you enjoy this slightly different and noisy video.

I started by using some patterned paper by Recollections that I had in my stash. Once I selected the paper I was going to use, I layered two of the patterned papers together. I then used a stamp set I had (from Michael’s I think) to stamp a spooky house image with Versafine ink and added some glittery black embossing powder by Recollections. I then die cut my images using my Gemini Junior. I went on to attach the images using some art glitter glue. From there, I stamped my sentiment using Simon Says Stamp’s “Handlettered Halloween” on some black cardstock and embossed it with gold embossing powder by Zing. I cut down my sentiment strip and attached it to the panel using some foam tape from Dollar Tree. I then stamped the small spider image on the panel. Once my panel was complete, I added some mirror black cardstock as a mat and then attached it to a black card base. I managed to get this video recorded, edited and uploaded in less than three hours. That is a new record for me.

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August 2020 Collected Crafty Collabs Hop

This month’s theme was Summer/Vacation and/or Embossing Folders. Summer is my favorite time of year. I enjoy the longer days since it allows me more time to craft. I had fun making this card as I daydreamed about our next vacation. We have not gone on vacation this year due to “you know what” so my vacationing has only been in my dreams. We had planned on going on another cruise, but that will have to wait for a couple of years for now. I can’t complain too much though, as I live in a vacation destination year round…sunny San Diego, California.

I began by pulling out some textured blue cardstock from my stash and die cut it using the largest “Stitched Rectangle” die by Simon Says Stamp. I then dry embossed the die cut panel using the “Clouds Background” embossing folder by Darice. I decided to add some white ink to the clouds with my blending brush and Simon Says Stamp’s white pigment ink. I then pulled out some Doodlebug scraps and cut the bikini using the “Bikini Wafer” die by Simon Says Stamp. I looked for yellow polka dot paper but only found multi-colored polka dot paper scraps so the song in my head was now…”She wore an itsy bitsy teeny weeny multi-colored polka dot bikini.”

Now that I got that out of my system…I stamped some seagulls on the panel using the “See You Soon” stamp set, also by Simon Says Stamp. I stamped the sentiment on some yellow Doodlebug paper (I had to get some yellow on the card somehow) using the same stamp set and Versafine Claire black ink.

I used my AGT tape to attach the yellow sentiment strip and my Art Glitter Glue to attach the bikini.

I added some Doodlebug heart stickers to the panel and then attached the panel to a top folding card base. This card made me smile and I know just who I will be sending it to next week. Thank you to all the creators who continue to inspire me to be a better version of myself!

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The hop lineup for the August 2020 Collected Crafty Collab is below:

Virginia Fairchild

Lisa Wolfe

Teresa Russell

Mary Ellen Driggs

Katy Ingram (eastwickpaperandink)

Karen Page

Charlotte E (Lady Joyful)

Marie Bingaman

Lounon Riviere

Danielle Brown

Natasha Davies

Boryana Yankova

Anna Mahtani

Valerie Powell

Yvette Olea (Yvette Olea Creates) – You are Here

Sharon Luska – Next & Last Stop

Gimme Some Sugar

I finally broke my 2020 resolution and bought some new crafty supplies. I ordered the Simon Says Stamp July 2020 card kit and am loving everything in it. I wanted to use some of the elements from the kit to make a couple of summer themed cards. I have a hard time cutting into any Doodlebug paper, especially when I only have a few sheets of it on hand. With this in mind, I decided to use the stamp set to make my own patterned paper for these cards.

I started by stamping some images from the Sugar Pea Designs “Pucker Up” stamp set. I stamped them on watercolor paper using Versafine black ink and embossing them with Simon Says Stamp Fine clear embossing powder. Once the images were embossed I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers (light blue, light carmine, cornflower blue) and a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen (moonlight) to color the images. While the images were drying, I pulled out the solid stripe image from the Simon Says Stamp “Hello Sunshine” stamp set and placed it in my Original Misti. I then repeatedly stamped the image on some white cardstock in order to create my own yellow/white striped paper (just like the Doodlebug paper).

With my background panel complete, I cut it out using the Pink & Main Scallop Rectangle Die (largest die) and also took my stamped/colored images to my Brother Scan N Cut to cut them out. I then selected some solid red colored cardstock from my stash and cut it to 4.25″ x 5.5″ to use as a mat for my stamped panel. I layered the stamped panel on the red cardstock and then added a 3″x3″ piece of the blue polkadot Doodlebug paper as the background for the images. I added the images to the blue paper using my Art Glitter Glue for two of them and some Dollar Tree foam tape for the third image. I then cut out the sentiment I wanted to use and attached it to the card. I then added my card panel to a card base. I repeated this process for the second card, using a light blue cardstock for the mat. I really liked how these two bright and cheery cards turned out. I will definitely be sending them to a couple of friends this week!

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