A Blast from The Past

A Blast from The Past

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I am sure it is because I am getting older and that I hate change, but…

As many of you may know, I was posting card projects on a site called StampTV before I had a site of my own.  This site was amazing (and perfect for a person who is not all that comfortable with all the social media platforms out there).  There were weekly challenges, free resources, galleries of card projects, tons of member pages with so much beautiful inspiration, and video tutorials (featuring stamps by Gina K Designs).  It was a place to offer and receive encouragement, ask and answer crafting questions, offer our crafting opinions and thoughts, and yes, even to make friends.  I used to click on the site several times a day (ok – every time I walked past my computer – lol!) just to see what the members were saying.  And I found the site very easy to navigate.

 

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Sadly, this site is no longer active, and the little that is still there will soon be completely gone.  There is a new site (along with a face book page), but it is just not the same (for me).  I am so thankful that I discovered the old site when I was first starting out as a card maker.  I learned so much from Gina and her designers who posted weekly videos that I watched (never missing a single one!) and from all the talented members who inspired me and helped me find my own style.  And I appreciate the opportunity I was given to share my work to a supportive audience before I even knew what a blog was – lol!    If I were just starting out now and stumbled on the new site, I am really not sure I would have stuck with it.  The new site is… well… new, so maybe as it grows, it will get back to having the same “active community” feel the old site had to me.  But I do so miss the old site.  Sigh…

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Anyway, the gallery with all of my early card projects is no longer there at the old site, so I thought it might be fun (for me) to go back through photos of my older projects and gradually share them here.  It will be like looking back through an old photo album and will help me to feel like I’m not losing those projects forever.

I didn’t keep track of all the supplies I used early on, and my photography skills needed work – lol, but I think it will be fun (for me) to throw in some of these old projects as I continue to share my new ones.

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These posts will start off with “a blast from the past…” so if you’ve already seen my stamptv gallery, you will know this is old stuff and can proceed as you wish – lol!

This was the first card I posted back in March 2013:

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This cute image is from the “Penguin Paradise” set (retired?) from Stampin’ Up.  (I didn’t understand that you were supposed to use gkd stamps for their challenges when I posted this – lol!)  It was colored with Bic Mark It alcohol markers.  An embossing folder and crimper added the texture to the background.

Thanks for all your encouragement and support here on my site now and in the past.  I really do appreciate it.

(Clip art is all from google images found here: thinking galmemory lane signblank computer screen,  card making image, and blast from the past image.)

Hand Stamped Pattern Paper in Pink

Hand Stamped Pattern Paper in Pink

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Yesterday, I shared a card I made with tropical images to create my own patterned paper.  Here are two more with a butterfly theme that I did in pink (Memento Lilac Posies – straight up and stamped off).

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These cards were made with only white card stock.  For the first one, the colored mats were sponged.  For the second one, I “smooshed” the Lilac Posies ink and water on the panels before stamping.

The butterfly image is from a set called “Fairy Wishes” (unbranded?).  The rings are from “Timeless Textures” by Stampin’ Up.  The branch (first card) is from a set of floral stamps I found in a “ms. sparkle & co.” bin at Joann Fabrics.

Thanks for checking out my card projects!

Tropical Birthday Greetings – Hand Stamped Patterned Paper

Tropical Birthday Greetings – Hand Stamped Patterned Paper

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I created this quick card sample while playing around with some stamps and ink to create my own patterned paper.  I “stamped off” the split leaf philodendron leaves to allow the areca palm fronds to pop.  (Yes, I needed to research the names of these leaves – LOL!)

This card was made with only white card stock and ink.  Memento Bamboo Leaves ink was sponged on one of the white panels to create the green mat and was also used for “stamping off” the lighter leaves.  Mowed Lawn Distress ink was used for the darker leaves and greeting.

These tropical images can be found in the Kaisercraft “Relax” stamp set.

Thanks for checking out my card projects!

A-Maze-ing Birthday

A-Maze-ing Birthday

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(inside: Hope it’s a-MAZE-ing!)

This interactive card is a variation of a shaker card – instead of the usual sequins, confetti, or other small items that are fun to shake, this window pouch contains a plastic maze that is fun to tilt and turn to get the ball to the finish.

The maze and metal ball, the shaker pouch, and the dies to cut the window and frame are all from My Favorite Things.   There is a coordinating stamp set as well, although the stamps I used are custom made from rubberstamps.net.

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The band across the front was cut with dies from the Gina K Designs Fabulous Label Die Set.  The card stock used is Papertrey Ink Rustic White, Gina K Designs Tranquil Teal, and Authentique Together (#CEL002) from the Celebrate collection.  The ink is also GKD Tranquil Teal.  (Not sure why the ink and card stock look so blue in the photos; I tried multiple times, with no success, to get a pic with the accurate color.  Hmmm…)

Thanks for checking out my card project!

Wine Themed Napkin Cards

Wine Themed Napkin Cards

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I have another set of napkin cards to share – this time using a gorgeous, wine themed beverage napkin.

All of the panels on the above 5″ x 7″ card were cut from half of one napkin.  This beverage napkin came folded in quarters.  On each napkin, there were two panels with the wine bottles and glass print and two panels with some text and scroll designs (which is the panel in the back).  When folded, you just see the bottles and glass (which I divided into the two panels in the front).  I added a greeting and scored some horizontal lines above and below the matted panels to “fill in” some of the empty space.

The smaller sized beverage napkins make nice A2 size note card with (most of) the front print as is.  I think these would be great to make boxed sets of note cards.

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I also tried one where I resized the above panel slightly and added a few more layers, some raffia, and a greeting to create another 5″ x 7″ card.

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Click here to see how I created the napkin panel for my card.

The Mod Squad Challenge this week is called “Layered Looks” where we are encouraged to “create layered cards/projects.  Not just layered backgrounds, but layered images.” 

Thanks for checking out my card projects!