Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Cards for OWH

Today I unpacked the car and attempted to put away all the s-crap I hauled with me to the crafty retreat. Naturally I got distracted, and ... well, that's not exactly true. I did get distracted, but I prefer to think of it as being efficient. Yeah, that's it: efficient. Instead of putting away one of the 6x6 packs I didn't get to, I used it today to make 29 cards for OWH.

I won't bore you with all of them, but I did select a few to share. First one:

I was using the Basic Grey Life of the Party 6x6 pack, and the "solids" were all wood-grain. I like that. :)

Another one:

I think the stars work with the dots here. I was trying to channel some of the stuff I learned in the last Online Card Class. At least I like the colors together.


This one came out very red. I call it "monochromatic" and claim that I totally meant to do that. I think if the colors had more contrast that combination might not have worked.

Next is my personal favorite (shhhh, don't tell the others):

I made a total of 21 using this sketch and the "friend" sentiment. And if you are now also singing the theme from The Golden Girls, you are welcome. Oh, I started with the current MFT sketch:

but I was just inspired by it and didn't add the banner element. And my scalloped rectangle is smaller. And my regular rectangle is smaller. And my ovals are smaller. And I thought I had that banner die, but I don't. I do have the hearts banner die, but it doesn't work with the "friends" theme, so I opted to use some A Muse pearls candy instead. I was going to use Liquid Pearls, but 21 cards + drying time? Nah, not happening.

Once I'd cut up all the papers for those cards, I had a bunch of strips of all the papers left, so I made my go-to banner cards to use up most of them. Here's one:

and yes, I even used some (gah) pink:

and a lot of yellow:

These have all been stamped and stuffed (put in envelopes according to Envelope Tuck 2.0 instructions) and put into a box. Tomorrow I'll cut bases for the 50 card fronts I made over the weekend and I'll show you a few of those later this week.

In other news, I had my nails painted this past weekend. Lookie:

I took this earlier today, and I'm glad I did, because now they are a hot mess of chips and ... it's not pretty. Just sayin'. I don't think I can have painted nails, as they don't last very long in my world. Sigh.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go wrap my head around returning to work tomorrow. Double-sigh.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I think it's a great idea to make several cards using the same design once you've found a layout or sketch you love. It's amazing how different cards can look only changing small details or even just the colors. I like that these cards work equally great for both women and men. Nice work!

  2. You are rockin' that patterned paper! 29 cards - wow! Your nails are cute. I use an Orly Bonder as the base coat , Seche Vite as the top coat and they last for at least a week. I'm pretty tough on them, too, I don't tiptoe around them at all. That reminds me, I need to polish them before I leave next week.

  3. Wow! Congrats on getting so much done AFTER a crafting retreat. (personally, I'd be wiped out and heading for a nap -- but that's due more to MS than choice) Amazed Bobra let you craft instead of hugging & petting. I'd like to CASE your friend card with "busier" pattern paper behind the woodgrain layer...but don't have a blog to share the results. Thanks and please give Bobra some gentle tummy scritches from this cat-loving stamper. - Carol in Minnesota


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