chautona-card64I’ve been dying to use this snail for ages. Doesn’t he just scream, “I’m taking my sweet time to get you your birthday card?” What a perfect way to pin the blame on something cute instead of me! *cough*

Okay, so these are actually going to readers who signed up for my birthday card program just a day or two late for their birthday month. I just had to use this stamp, so I used it as an excuse to send theirs out this year. WOOT!

Stamps: Paper and Such Snail & SU Happiest Birthday Wishes
Paper: SU Pear and Daffodil and PTI Orange. Amuse gingham. Neenah
Paper Size: A2 (4.25 x 5.5″)
Ink: Memento (snail) & Versafine (sentiment)
Accessories: Grosgrain ribbon
Techniques: Watercolor pencils

Washi the Day

chautona-card63Fastest, easiest cards on the planet. I seriously did all 4 in about 10 minutes tops. I wanted to play with the idea of the all black and white after doing a black and white spread in my EC planner. So, I did it. Liked it. Then I wondered what colors would look like. So I did that.
Look, they’re not genius cards. They’re not super amazing CAS masterpieces either. They’re just cards. But they’re nice and I like ‘em. I won’t make LOTS like this, but if I ever need a card in the space of a couple of minutes, I now know one way to make something that looks good and is fast.

And Leigh Anne (leibetty), I TOTALLY owe you kudos for loving Versafine. I’ve never gotten the appeal. But I keep trying it because I know some people–and you are the one who comes to mind–love it. After this card, I too “get” it. CRISP. Man, that ink is crisp. I never noticed it before.

Stamps: PTI Birthday
Paper: PTI White and Gina K Black
Paper Size: A2 (5.5 x 4.25)
Ink: Versafine
Accessories: Washi tape, ticket punch
Techniques: Get ‘er done

Gull-p, I Sea It’s Your…

chautona-card62BIRTHDAY!

So, I am a SLOW colorer. Yeah, it’s not a word. It should be. Colorist? Maybe that’s better. I don’t care. Anyway. I need to learn to color faster, so I made myself go lickety split on this card. I colored 4 of that image in 15 minutes. It shows. Okay, I know it. but it doesn’t look HORRIBLE which is saying a lot. It doesn’t look good, but if I keep making myself do it, maybe I’ll get faster.
I know that Victorian-ish scroll work on the tag isn’t “beachy” but I kind of liked the eclectivity of the two together. It looked like a natural way that our possessions reflect different styles and meld together nicely.
Or that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Stamps: PSX G-2891, SU Hardwood, Vintage Labels
Paper: SU Kraft & Baja. Neenah Solar.
Paper Size: A2 (5.5 x 4.25)
Ink: SU Sand and Suede. Versafine. Unity Palette Umber
Accessories: “Thread” from burlap, SU Oval punch
Techniques: Watercolor pencils and Aqua brush. Also watercolor crayons.

Have a Sunny Birthday!

chautona-card61Well, I don’t love it. But I do like it. I love the idea, but I tried too hard to keep it too simple. I should have stamped the sentiment on a tag hanging from the knot. I used SU Watercolor crayons to color the leaves a bit etc. I love how thatl ooks. So, it’s not exactly what I wanted, but it is nice and I do like it. At least I didn’t succeed in making it as “ugly as possible.” Sometimes failure is a good thing, no?

Stamps: SU Sunfower
Paper: SU Kraft
Paper Size: A2 (4.25×5.5)
Ink: SU Mustard and Pallette Burnt Umber
Accessories:SU Seam binding and homemade “flower-not-so-soft.”
Techniques:Trying to make it as ugly as possible

Just the Write Birthday…

chautona-card60Oh, my this was a fun card. I LOVED making it. It’s simple, sure, but it’s so ME. The colors, the typewriter–everything. It’s one of many I’m making in my quest to send as many of my readers birthday cards this year as I can! WOOHOO! I made six of these beauties and I’m going to try it in more “dead” colors too. WOOT!

 

 

Stamps: River City Rubberworks typewriter
Paper: PTI White, SU Pool, Gina K Black
Paper Size: A2 (5.5 x 4.25) Ink: Versafine
Accessories: SU Dots embossing folder and baker’s twine from Target dollar spot
Techniques: Printing (I printed the sentiment)

The Years Flit By

chautona-card59So I saw this card on Pinterest. Now I can’t find it. I want to give the original designer credit, but I can’t. No idea what’s wrong and what search terms I used. I thought I “pinned” it so I could find it again, but shocker of all shockers–not there. I’m pretty sure the original didn’t use lace and did use another butterfly. That’s all I know. If you know whose it is, I’d love to give credit. If it was yours, please forgive me. I did try.

UPDATE: Thanks to Nancy on Splitcoast Stampers, I found it. She called the paper scraps, “Washi” and I thought, “HEY!  I bet I did find it under a washi search.  And I did. WOOT!
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/52424783134928648/

Stamps: PTI Birthday set
Paper: PTI White, scraps from MME and SU. Oh, Amuse gingham. LOVE that stuff. SU Rose red too-I think. Talk about a run-on sentence. Yes, I are a writer.
Paper Size: A2 (4.25×5.5)
Ink: Unity Pallette Accessories: Lace trim from HL. SU Dies–Beautiful Wings and some label thing I’ve never used before. Score for finally doing that.
Techniques: Shameless copying.

Tag, You’re It!

chautona-card58The first one I did, I had that ribbon going across too. Didn’t thrill my soul. So I flipped it down, and bam. I likie. My daughter preferred across.  Who knew?  Basically, I wanted to use that awesome ribbon, and liked the idea of it with that PTI paper… the rest just kept coming until I got it “right.”

 

 

 

Stamps:SU Happiest Birthday Wishes (I think)
Paper: PTI Smoky Shadow, October Afternoon scrap
Paper Size:A2 (5.5 x 4.25)
Ink:Unity Pallette Accessories: Well, the kitchen sink was full, so… Ribbon from Etsy, SU Chevron ribbon, Tag from PYP, leftover butterflies Sizzlets Beautiful Wings, I think, Hardware from SU… I hope thta’s it–no, the edge punch from SU too
Techniques:fudging it