One die, Ten Ways

Good Morning friends,

This week I’m sharing a bunch of cards all using one die.  Honestly, I can’t remember ordering this die so I’m thinking it was a Scrapbook.com ‘free’ gift with purchase over Black Friday weekend.  It’s a small die but has lots of potential. All the cards were put together using an inlaid method.  I was able to interchange the bits and pieces to make multiple cards. I used a variety of ‘dots’ to fill in the swirls including gems, rhinestones, and Nuvo Crystal Drops.  As you can see, this design lends itself to cover pretty much any sentiment.  I turned some into sympathy, birthday, and thinking of you cards. I love a design that has multiple uses.  Also, as you can see, the last card is positioned opposite. I think the design works well either way.

Super cute, super easy and super versatile.  This die has become one of my favorite.

Here in Boston, I’m in a total state of confusion with our weather.  Freezing cold to mild spring-like temps in one day.  Don’t know whether to layer up or layer down!  Maybe it’s a sign that spring is on its way!!!

I’m changing gears and started on Easter/Spring & Passover cards which I’ll share in upcoming posts so be sure to check in regularly.  You can also subscribe to my blog and be notified to a new post.  Just hit the ‘Follow My Blog” button on the right.  You can also follow me on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/abitofmelac/

Think SPRING and keep well,

Linda

 

 

 

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Last Batch of Valentine Cards

Hi Everyone,

Thought I would pop in and share the last batch of Valentine’s Day cards for 2019.  I made 25 in total.  It was fast and furious this year and can’t believe we’re already into February.  I’m thinking ahead ….. only about 6 more weeks until Spring arrives!

A special request for this Iris Folding puppy dog card.  Can’t count how many times I’ve used this puppy pattern.  It’s an all-time favorite.  A cute heart bow, heart dog tag, and stamped paws round out this pup.

A  rainbow strip piecing heart with a dry embossed background and a few sequins.

An assortment of heart shaker cards, fun to make and fun to receive.

These simple heart balloon cards feature a scripty ‘hugs’ stamp as the balloon string and a few gem embellishments.

Paper punched floral heart cards using a vintage flower punch I’ve had for years. The tiny flowers are dotted with tiny gems.

These 2 cards were made using ephemera from the Spellbinders Card of the Month Kit for January.  The small hearts falling out of the jar come from a conversation candy heart background stamp I’ve had in my stash for at least a dozen years. It’s always nice to still be able to use old time favorites.

Die-cut heart with a red plaid backer, a bow and sentiment tag.

Who can resist chocolate covered strawberries?  Inspiration was from Tina at Cards and Coffee.  Here’s the link to her video if you’re interested.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKmFD25DRok&feature=em-uploademail

Lastly, layered vellum with four message hearts, a bit of twine and a few heart puffy stickers.

I’ll be back next week with my regular bi-weekly post with some more inspiration.

Have a great day and a fabulous Valentine’s Day!!!

Linda

 

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Smooch, Smooch, Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Good Morning,

I’m back with another installment of recent cards that I have made, this time in celebration of Valentine’s Day.  With the frigid cold weather here in Boston, I stay inside for the most part so I have plenty of time to toy around.  Some cards are friends and family, others I’ve offered up for sale.

While I was waiting for new supplies to arrive, I dug into my stash and found this beautiful heart die I’ve had for a few years.  It’s one of my favorites so I made 3 cards.  All have a marble effect background and each heart is adorned with a few punched flowers and finished off with a small pink satin bowl.  Still one of my favorite dies!

Can’t forget my gal friends.  It’s a Galentine card!!!  All items used are from my stash. Scrap paper for the hearts, a stencil for the dotty background, small heart ribbon bow and a few gems – perfect!!!

 

Another card using items from my stash.  Stamped and clear embossed Love background, punched hearts, floral strip from scraps and a very old corner punch.  I hand drew the stems and leaves with a green color pencil.

Obviously, this is for my grandson, Dommy who is 4 years old.  A simple heart stamped card front personalized with his name and several stamped and printed monster graphics for him to color.

And a sweet Suzy-Q card for my granddaughter, Genevieve, who will be 1 on February 15. I’m thinking the Suzy-Q stickers have to be at least 10-12 years old LOL.  I made the same for my granddaughter, Demi who is 5 years old.

All of the following cards were made using my Spellbinder’s Kit of the Month for January. I receive the kit as well as the large and small die of the month so lots to work with.

These 2 cards used the typewriter die and accessories.  How fun are these!!!

These next 12 cards were made using the ephemera included in the kit.  Quick, simple but yet effective.  The hard part was choosing which pieces to use. I think all the papers were also from the kit.

These next 2 cards also used supplies from my kit for January, specifically the large die of the month.  The pink card I made into a shaker card and the red I used the die as is.

Last but not least, a fun card following a video tutorial by Tina from Cards and Coffee.  Tina is a fun gal and shares lots of inspiration.  Here’s the link to her video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdL0nkBH2H4&feature=em-uploademail  

My card is a bit different using supplies I had on hand but the overall effect is similar.  Pretty simple and lots of fun to make.  Love it!!!

So there you have it.  I’m all set for Valentine’s Day.  Are you????  Any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at abitofmelac@yahoo.com.

See you back here in two weeks for more inspiration and sharing.  Keep warm and have a fun-tastic Valentine’s and/or Galentine’s Day!!!

Linda

 

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Foiling

Good Morning,

Okay, so I’m a day late posting but I have a good excuse.  Besides my usual daily chores, I also needed to attend to my daughter’s foot situation.  Last October, she had a relatively simple foot surgery with recovery time 4-6 weeks.  We’re now into week 15 and she is still suffering from reoccurring issues.  Along with several follow-ups with the surgeon, she also spent 6 weeks being treated by wound care, with no results.  Now we’re onto a plastic surgeon trying to repair the inch long incision on the top of her foot which has not closed and healed.  She was left with a gaping hole on the top of her foot about the size of a quarter.  It just will not heal.  The plastic surgeon did close the hole, inside and outside and it looked as though finally, healing could begin.  NOT— infection set in overnight and she was back at Mass. General Hospital yesterday to have the wound attended to.  We’re hoping with the draining and a wick inserted, her foot will now begin to heal properly. Very frustrating for everyone.  So that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!!!

Onto some cards to start off 2019.  I’ve been working with some of the supplies I purchased over Black Friday weekend, specifically the GinaK toner sheets and foil. I love the look of foiled cards, the possibilities are endless with all that is now available.  Here are a few cards I made using this foiling method.  At this time, I only have gold, rose gold and silver foil but other colors are on my shopping list.  I used my old but trusty laminator with perfect results.  Once I get some new color foils, I will definitely be making more.  They look so elegant!!!

One last card for this week.  So you know when you find a card on Pinterest that you would like to case but just don’t have the right elements?  Well, for once, I hit the jackpot.  I saw this card on Pinterest, it looked familiar and no wonder why.  I had all the exact items in my stash.  How often does that happen?  Practically NEVER!!!

Here’s the card from Pinterest.  Thanks to ‘littleblessings’ for the inspiration.

And here are my CASE cards.  As you can see, I have the exact stamp set AND the exact die so casing this card was too good to be true!!!

I will be back in 2 weeks with tons of Valentine cards using the Spellbinders Kit and Caboodle club kit for January.  In the meantime, we’re bunkering down for our first official snow storm for this season here in Boston.  We’ve been spoiled so far this winter so this weekend should be quite a reality check!!  Wish me luck.

Linda

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First for 2019 – Spellbinders Kits

Hello Friends,

As promised, I’m back for 2019!  I made it through the holiday season….how about you?  With all that behind us now, it’s time to get back to business.  I treated myself to loads of new goodies and am anxious to start using them.

I have also signed up for Spellbinders Kit and Caboodle Club of the month.  I’ve received Nov. and Dec. kits and am very impressed.  Although the November kit was more holiday themed, I do plan to make use of it for 2019 holiday cards.  Here is the link in case you may be interested in seeing what the clubs are all about.   https://www.spellbinderspaperarts.com/

One change to my blog that I am making is to post only 2 times a month instead of weekly.  This will take some of the pressure off me to have lots of new material to show every week.  I can now spend more time taking full advantage of my club kits, making cards and continuing on my watercolor journey.  Also on the agenda for 2019 is perhaps making one final quilt.  Many months ago, fat quarters were on sale.  Of course, I had to purchase 2 of every single one!!  Now what to do with them is the question.  I’ve been searching for a quilt pattern that I like.  The hunt goes on for now.

I belong to a cardmaking group of which I’ve been a member since about 2006 so you will see, from time to time, some of my cards are designed for swaps and challenges.  It’s a fun group, a great bunch of gals and it challenges me to design cards to certain criteria.

I would like to add that I am not on any design team nor do I endorse any one particular company or product.  I like to shop from many companies, look for the best deals and purchase only the items I am interested in using.  I do not usually list the products I use on my cards only because I use what I have on hand to achieve my goal, no matter who I purchased them from.  I will try to be more informative about the products and list where they come from if I can.

With all that out of the way, here are the first two cards for 2019.  One is for a color challenge and the other for a black & white swap, both for the group I belong to.

Both cards were made using products from the Spellbinders December 2018 kits.  I mixed and matched the small die of the month and the large die of the month and used paper and flowers punches from my stash.

My goal is to use everything included in the kit at least once so there will be more cards to come using the Spellbinders Kit & Caboodle Club kit.

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See you all back in two weeks with more goodies.

Linda

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Where In the World Am I????

Hello Friends,

Okay, friends, the twenty million dollar question??????  Where have I been lately?  I’m here, just not doing too much cardmaking lately.    I  did, however, make my fall and holiday cards and a few special cards as well.  But, for the most part, I decided to take a break for a while.  I think I have some valid excuses…want to hear them?

  1. This past summer was just too darn hot here in Boston to do much of anything.
  2. I decided to curb my spending.
  3. I needed a break to re-evaluate what I was doing and why.
  4. I wanted to learn some basic watercolor techniques.
  5. I had a few minor health issues but I’m fine.
  6. I needed to cut my on-hand inventory of cards due to storage issues.

Even with all these excuses, I did manage to have a banner year and put in a good day’s work.  Here are my tallies for 2018:

Handmade Cards – 473
Watercolor pieces – 70
Etsy – 18

I plan to take the rest of 2018 to re-group, relax and enjoy the season.  With the upcoming holidays, it’s almost impossible to find time to experiment with some new ideas so I will not have another post until 2019.  I am, however, formulating a new plan of action, re-evaluating my goals, purchasing some new supplies and gathering ideas for some new projects for 2019.  I am not sure how much will change and/or remain the same.  It definitely will be an interesting journey.

With all this said, what did you do on Black Friday?  Well, I went shopping.  Since I hadn’t purchased anything new in 7 months, I decided to treat myself.  I did make a few purchases…. well, a lot of purchases with the intent on jumping in January 2019 and resume card making.  Can you tell I was a bit out of control?  I broke down and finally got lots that were on my wishlist from the past year so I’m happy.  Just about everything is ‘new to me’.  Purple tape, Nuvo drops, foil mates, tidy towel, gems, embossing powder score tape, maker/pencil cases, stamps, dies, black 3-d foam, connect glue and more.  I constantly watch and save videos so I have lots of instruction and inspiration.

I’m hoping to be able to share with you lots of new projects in 2019.

So, for now, I wish everyone a very HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON, enjoy the ride, stay stress-free and meet you back here in 2019!!

Linda

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Continuing Watercolor Journey

Hello friends,

Bet you’ve been wondering where I’ve been for the past month.  HELL is where I’ve been!!!  The unbearable heat has taken its toll on me.   I can’t remember a summer being so hot, humid and wet as this year.  I can only hope that cooler autumn temperatures get here quickly or I’ll be a total goner.  I do have air conditioning in the house but feeling like a prisoner has left me lifeless and not much enthusiasm to do anything.  I have found an oasis by continuing my watercolor journey.

I’ve been teaching myself watercolor via tutorials and online videos but to be honest, its hard.  I was watching many different videos and getting very confused so I honed in on a couple of artists I like and ignoring the others for now.  However, its still hard and I’ve become frustrated with my lack of progress.  I realize it takes lots of practice and time but I’m an impatient person and need instant gratification.  So as I continued my hunt for another more simpler direction, I stumbled upon Art Impressions Watercolor Series.  Wow, I think I’ve found my niche.  It’s watercolor stamping and much easier than actually painting from scratch.  I can’t explain the entire technique yet but if you’re interested, here’s the link to the videos.  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF85hq6mI_F5R8L-kXpBoMQ?sub_confirmation=1

Of course, I immediately ordered some supplies and have been painting daily.  I’m nowhere being even a bit good but I’m slowly learning and achieving some decent results quicker than if I were to paint from scratch so for me, it’s a win, win situation.

I’ve been painting each scene three times and then comparing my progress and I do see some improvement with each try.  I still have tons to learn but thought I’d share my accomplishments so far.  Shadows and blending seem to be giving me the most trouble right now so I have lots of practicing to do.

Here are my first attempts at this technique.  I’ve matted them to give them a more finished impression.

I feel I need to order more stamp sets but trying to pace myself.  I could easily spend a small fortune if I ordered everything I want.

If anyone has any comments or suggestions, I’m all ears!

See you soon again,

Linda

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