Happy birthday to you! You live in a zoo! You look like a monkey and smell like one too!
August’s theme/technique was birthday cards. Once again, the group out did itself with great, fun cards making it difficult for me to choose my four favorites. I like to keep who made the cards a secret as to not sway my decision, so as everyone is finishing up their make and takes, I sneak up to the table and quickly choose my favorites. It makes “share time” very exciting as I find out not only how the cards are made but who made the cards I loved the most!
Before revealing my favorites, let’s take a look at my card. When Heather said the theme would be birthday, I instantly knew what stamps I was using. Joe Morgan had purchased the Pug In Party Hat stamp from Viva Las Vegas to make my birthday card; and then much to my surprise, he gave the stamp to me! For those of you that don’t know, I am the proud momma of two adorable, four legged, furry children – Frankie and Piglet. So, yes, I’m a bit of a pug nut! Who can blame me?! Look at those faces! Frankie will be 10 in November, and he is my little man. Piglet will be 9 in November, and you can always tell which one she is as her tongue is always sticking out!
With my stamps chosen, my first step was to use the Close to My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to cut scalloped tags out of Colonial White card stock. I then stamped my birthday pug using Jet Black Stazon Ink. To color my birthday pug, I went straight to the Copic King – Joe Morgan! He helped me find just the right shades of grey for my pug’s face and ears, the perfect tans for his fur, and a good pale pink for inside his ears. I colored the hat to match the ribbon and added glitter glue for sparkle.
The card base and other layer were both cut with the Art Philosophy cartridge, and I used pop dots between the layers to give the card dimension. Before attaching everything, I distressed the edges with Close to My Heart Lagoon ink. I’ve had the ribbon for some time now in both cream (used here) and white. The white ribbon has brighter colored paw prints in purple, green, red, and yellow; but it did not go well with the Colonial White card stock. The ribbon was perfect for the wide slots cut in the tag.
I mentioned in the beginning that I knew which stamps (plural) I wanted to use. I knew the pug was perfect for the front, and I was dying to use my new Close to My Heart stamp set – Just a Number. I thought the pugs dejected look went well with “Over the hill? What hill? Where? When? I don’t remember any hill.” Since the card stock was dark, I cut another scalloped circle to use as a liner, and I used Lagoon ink to distress the edges and stamp the sentiment.
Now for my favorites!
The first card that caught my eye ended up coming from my friend Lin! I’ll be honest, what first caught my eye was the purple boarder die cut and the fact I could see something shiny peaking through the middle of the card. Yes, I am attracted to shiny things! I am a girl after all! It was upon opening the card that I knew this had to be one of my favorites. Lin used the Cuttle Bug with the Happy Birthday embossing folder to emboss the foil paper. I really like this technique, and I have GOT to get my foil paper out and play around with my embossing folders.
Lin’s card was one of my favorites even before I knew what was really cool about it. Lin’s card is an easel card! After folding out the sides, the foil embossed center raises up and stands behind two supports that were hidden beneath it. I’m sorry about the shine from my flash. Since I hadn’t realized it was an easel card, I had to grab a quick picture while Heather was showing it off to everyone. Fun card, great colors, and shiny!
Next up is a card from the always creative April! This is the second month in a row that I have chosen April’s card. Just like last month, the stamp is what attracted me to the card. I simply love these bunnies, and I have to got to order some of these stamps! Just look at the middle one’s little tail! They’re just so cute, and April always does an amazing job in coloring them. Unfortunately, April couldn’t make it to card club, but we are guessing she used water color pencils.
What drew me to my next favorite was the style. It reminded me of something Joe Rotella would make. From the Japanese theme to the use of texture, the card was just beautiful. The creator is Deserea, and you’ll be amazed to know she is just in her early teens! Sadly, she was away at camp; but her mom was able to tell us a few things she did to create her card. First, she hand cut – HAND CUT – the Japanese lantern! Hand cut! She then ran it through a crimper to give it the texture of a real lantern. The background paper was this gorgeous, red fibered paper; and the lantern is hanging from a beautiful, sparkly black ribbon.
Last but not least, I have to admit I knew whose card this was when I selected it. I couldn’t help but love it as it was made by one of my favorite crafters (Shirley) using one of my favorite Close to My Heart sets – Pemberley!
I have been taking a picture every day this year, and I purchased a pale yellow Rolodex to use for an album. I had been on the hunt for yellow and blue flowered paper to use as it will match my spare room, and I was ecstatic to see the Pemberley line in the Spring/Summer 2012 catalog. I was even more excited to see it carried over to the Autumn/Winter 2012 catalog; but seeing how Shirley used it to make cards, just took my breath away! The colors play off of each other beautifully, and I love the embossed oval Shirley created for the sentiment.
One of the things that always makes Shirley’s cards extra special is the little touches. I love how she used a bit of the paper to carry the theme into the inside of the card. I never think to do things like this or like what both Joes do all the time (put a coordinating stamp on the envelope). One of these days, I’ll be sure to take a lesson from the masters!
Next month’s theme is baker’s twine. It doesn’t matter how it’s used – as a bow, for stitching, cursive words, embellishments, etc. It doesn’t matter if it’s purchased or handmade. (To make your own colored baker’s twine, wrap plain twine around a pencil. Using a marker of your choice, draw some lines down the sides of the baker’s twine wrapped pencil. When you unwrap it, you will have your own special made twine!) Check out the cute make and take we did! The center of the sun was made by covering a punched circle with adhesive then winding the baker’s twine around to the center. I’m very excited for this technique as I have purchased the entire collection of baker’s twine from Close to My Heart, and I’ve been anxious to use the Paradise collection!
We will be meeting at 3pm on Sunday, September 9th as the 2nd is right before Labor Day. We would love to have you join us! To sign up, contact a member of the Create and Craft team or call Red Letter Journals at 614-539-3900!