Can you believe another month has come and gone?! The year is officially half over – AH! As usual, I waited until the last minute to make my cards for card club. Every month I swear I will not wait and every month I’m rushing to get things done the night or morning before card club. Last month, when Heather told us the theme was animals, I even KNEW instantly what I wanted to do, and yet I still waited! So, what did I do?
A few years ago, I purchased the Create a Critter Cricut cartridge. While I think everything in it is simply ADORABLE, I fell in love with the hippo! I knew back on Sunday, June 3rd that I had to create a card with that hippo! I even knew I wanted to use the Close to My Heart sentiment from the You’re Great Stamp set. It says, “Hippo Birthday to You!” Last month’s theme of card maps inspired me to find a map in my Scrapbook Generation’s Sketches for Cardmaking book. Once I found the map I wanted to use, I went in search of paper; and once again, I was able to use supplies I had on hand! I selected the striped paper first then matched the remaining paper to it. I knew I needed something with purple in it because I wanted my hippo to be purple. I then dry embossed the green and red squares with my Cuttle Bug. How cute is that hippo?! I’ll tell ya how cute! Stinkin’ cute!
This card club, I decided to try something different; and I’m anxious to hear what everyone thinks. While the group were finishing their cards, I sneaked over to the card table and selected the four cards that I liked the most without knowing who the creators were. I’ll be honest, it was hard to choose!
The first card to catch my eye ended up coming from a gal named April. She always does amazing work, but what caught my eye was the adorable stamp! I absolutely LOVE bunnies, and this baby bunny was too, too, too cute! He reminded me a lot of the House Mouse line of stamps and for good reason! House Mouse actually has a line of bunny stamps called Happy Hoppers, and with just a little Google searching, I found them. Guess what?! I want them all! I really like how neat and clean the card is. The stamp is very detailed and April said she added the color using water color pencils. Excellent card, April!
This next card comes from Kathy, and I am dying to dissect it and figure out how to make it! Kathy found it on a kids craft site, but it was definitely too advanced for a kid! Kathy had to hand cut the pieces before creating the effect. When you pull the tongue, the ears actually pop up to reveal the sentiment! The tongue is attached to a flap that connects the ears, and there has to be enough space between the front panels of the card to allow the ears to fold back and up. Sadly, I didn’t get this card, so I couldn’t dissect it . . . but I did take a long hard look at the one Shirley got, and I’m on a mission to find directions online!
The next card comes from the very talented Shirley! Her cards are always immaculate, so I am not surprised that I choose one of her cards. Look at the color and detail! Shirley used a House Mouse stamp and colored the mice with Prisma colored pencils. For the seeds, Shirley applied Close to My Heart Liquid Glass. It really made the seeds pop and gave them a 3D look. On the inside of the card, Shirley stamped a cute sentiment – “Thanks amelon!” Just a little play on words!
Last but not least, it is not hard to see why I chose this amazing zebra card! I shouldn’t have been surprised to find out it was from Create & Craft’s own Carole Lassak! Carole created this amazing card by cutting the zebra pattern out of vinyl using the Zing. The design comes from Paper Yoda, and Carole used outdoor vinyl which gives the design an extra shine. The black on white creates a striking image. It had to take great patience to adhere the image to the card and get all of those stripes straight! Just amazing!
Next month’s theme/technique is birthday cards. The technique is wide open. The theme just has to be birthday cards. The club meets at 3pm on Sunday, August 5th at Red Letter Journal. We would love to have any and everyone join us! If you would like to join, contact Red Letter Journal or any member of Create & Craft.