Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Go Wild Stamp Set from Creative Stamping Issue 57

Hey summer friends!  

Today I want to show off my first card using the 'free' stamp set from Creative Stamping Issue 57!  The magazine cost me about $27 Cdn which I admit is steep, but I really, really, really wanted the huge stamp set that came with it!   GO WILD is a safari-style stamp set that contains large wildlife stamps and plenty of accent stamps including one very gorgeous African savanna tree, the acacia! I can't wait to use that one! Plus there are themed's all there!  AND there is a mini-ink cube to boot!  Yeah! Along with a magazine that features many examples featuring the included stamp set - so this more than justified the price for me.  I shall be watching for future issues :)

I had a hard time choosing which of the animal images to start with but I went with the sweet llama .

I started by using Distress inks to create my card base and then stamped it with a leaf stamp in the mini ink cube . Using my watercolour pencils, I coloured the llama which I had stamped in black. Next, I created and coloured a long strip of cardstock using the border stamp. A bit of glitter on the leaves, a couple of fussy cut leaves and a greeting finished it off. Voila!  

Here is the Go Wild Stamp Set. You can see what I mean by nice and large
stamp images!  There is so much to work with here!  

You can find the magazine at Indigo's here in Canada and small independent retailers who carry a
strong magazine selection. I didn't find it at Walmart or Shoppers but that's not to say some lucky location won't have it. Paper crafting magazines seem to not have a strong presence in those stores. The knitters have us over that one, darn it!  

Friday, June 15, 2018

Heartfelt Creations Coffee Talk lands me some cookies!

Sharing coffee with friends is a regular activity for me and I wanted to show my gratitude to a pair of elderly women who make me laugh - they are a fiesty pair and good company. 
I used my "Coffee Talk" stamp and die for both cards but gave each individual treatment. I found it very engaging and really enjoyed my crafty efforts. 
 I was rewarded with some tasty hand-baked cookies, lol! 



Monday, June 4, 2018

Summer Cactus Card and Tag

I'll claim this project as my first card of summer. I made a swap with my friend and the theme was to use the very last stamp and/or die we purchased! Mine was this cactus embossing folder and clear stamp: a great little bargain I found for $2!


 That's my cute little straw pig holding up my two projects. As they have 3D qualities I will explain how I prepped them for mailing. I merely glued foam I cut from makeup sponges, works great!


Another thing was I used up some really old brads and an eyelet from my embellishments. I used alcohol markers to colour white brads! 
The embossed mat featuring the cactus is cardstock from DCVW which was sanded. I thought that turned out great! I wanted bright colours and I love how it all turned out. To add a bit of interest, I tied some orange twine across the card top and created tiny banners that can swing about when you shake the card, they make a soft tap sound and it's kind of fun to do, lol!
Its hard to see but the tag is mounted on a clear tag and attaching the cardstock was easily done with the eyelet. 

The sweet butterfly has a foam backed wing as well. It survived the mail which is all you can hope for, right? 
Okay! First summery makes and I am already cooking up new projects! 
 Enjoy your summer!