Another month has come and gone; and before the Create and Craft team knew what was happening, it was time for another card swap at Red Letter Journal. I can’t speak for the entire team, but I know I always vow to not wait until the last minute to make my cards; and yet here I was again, up at 1:30am Sunday, making my cards, and fussing at myself. As a refresher, this month’s theme was creating your own backgrounds – no patterned papers. Despite last minute creations, the team outdid themselves in creativity yet again!
I will start with my favorite. While I loved all the cards, Joe R. gets the Amy’s Fav award for September. It’s a prestigious award that is well deserved, comes with no trophy and no prize money. I guess my adoration will have to do! Joe wins not only for his adorable design but for his super cool technique. Joe created his background using shaving cream – yes, shaving cream. First, he took shaving cream and sprayed it on to a plate. Using green and blue ink, Joe randomly dropped ink onto the surface then swirled it through the shaving cream with tooth picks. Here’s the really crazy part. After swirling the ink, Joe laid his card stock in to the shaving cream. Once the shaving cream is squeegeed off of the card stock and has dried, it has this beautiful pattern and light fresh scent! Once his background was complete, Joe created a clam shell card using SCAL. For Mermaid Sophie (staring now with Riley the Moose at Red Letter Journal!), Joe stamped onto acetate using StazOn ink and colored Riley using crystal lacquer. As if that wasn’t enough, he used a sowing machine to make the seaweed match the card stock, added some sand, and even put a pearl with sand on the inside. I believe my exact words were, “You’re ridiculous” and I meant it in the most loving sense. Joe is amazingly creative.
Next, let’s check out last month’s favorite – Joe M. Even though he wasn’t my fav for September, doesn’t mean I didn’t adore his card. Just look at that flying Riley monkey! How cute is he?! To create his super cool background, Joe applied green ink to one side of a brick embossing folder. When he ran silver paper through the Vagabond, the inked side of he embossing folder pressed in to the paper making the indented parts of the paper green. The sentiment comes from Viva Las Vegas stamps and makes a great compliment to the Riley Wicked Witch and her flying monkey. Here’s hoping Joe doesn’t sick his flying monkey on me for not deeming his card my fav!
Let’s keep with the Riley theme. Here’s Betty’s creation for September. Betty created her background using distress ink. A tree stamp gives the card even more of a fall feel which is solidified with Riley popping out of a pumpkin. Betty added some punched leaves making it really feel like Riley is popping out of the pumpkin and screaming, “Welcome fall!” With the temperatures we had last week, who couldn’t use some fall weather?!
For my card, I knew I had to use Riley to help show how versatile the stamps can be. Using my new exclusive Cricut cartridge from Close to My Heart (to order yours email me at amydaycreates [at] yahoo [dot] com!), I cut the card and the front cover. The cartridge actually cut the sentiment window for me and coordinates with Close to My Heart’s embellishments and stamps. It’s amazing! While I could go on forever about the new cartridge, we’re here to talk about card club. To create my green background, I used Coordination’s paper and the swiss dot embossing folder. After running the paper through my Cuttlebug, I sanded the dots to bring out the lighter green. Sticking with the dot theme, I stamped “Dance” in the sentiment window and added green embossing powder. I added Celtic Dancing Riley and a polka dotted yellow ribbon to the front. When you open the card, you still have the word “Dance” and I added underneath it “like no one is watching.” It doesn’t have to be St. Patty’s Day to use this cute Riley stamp, and you should dance everyday like no one is watching!
We interrupt your regular scheduled program for this announcement . . . Riley, Riley, Riley! If you haven’t check out all of the cute Riley stamps at Red Letter Journal, be sure to visit and place your order by September 17th! When you place your order during the catalog sale, you will be guaranteed to receive the stamps you want. You will also want to mark your calendars for September 24th and the Riley trunk sale, and if you haven’t registered for the Riley holiday card class on September 24th, be sure to call Red Letter Journal at 614-539-3900 today! The class is filling up quick! We now return you to your regularly scheduled program . . .
Last but not least, check out Carol and Joanna’s cards! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – it’s just not right having this much talent under one roof! Before I even start, Carol and Joanna will have to forgive me for my description as they have used techniques that I have never seen. I know I will not be able to do their cards justice, but I will try. Carol used another beautiful stamp from Earth Art International. Similar to Joe, Carol stamped on to acetate using StazOn ink. Carol also used crystal lacquer and several types of glitter of varying density to create the background. I absolutely love the way it sparkles!
Joanna’s card is also spectacular! I would never have thought of this technique! Joanna took colored tissue paper and tore it in to little pieces that were mixed together and spread on the kitchen counter. The pieces were then sprayed with water, and the blank card stock was laid on to he wet tissue paper. The water caused the colors in the tissue paper to bleed making the beautiful background pattern on Joanna’s card. Some coordinating paper, ribbon, and an elegant stamp bring everything together.
Wow! I know this post was lengthy. Thanks for hanging in there with us. I hope you enjoyed our creations as much as we enjoyed making them . . . even if we did them just hours before the club. Next month, our theme is doodling, and I think I will be using my favorite Riley stamp! If you would like to join the club, we would love to have you! Our leader, Heather, is amazing! For more information, call Red Letter Journal or message any of the Create and Craft team!