Drive by Greeting:

chautona-card65Yeah… the title leaves something to be desired. It’s better than the original, though. I went for “Drive By Birthing…” Ahem. I don’t think so.
I saw this plaid and HAD to use this truck with it. I don’t know why. Who knows what this crazy brain of mine is thinking half the time?

This is one of the cards for my readers, but I still only made two due to lack of enough plaid for more.. The other one I tried to make a “woman of color.” I chose a bad brown, but she still looks pretty good. I need to work on my darker toned coloring skills.

I do have a problem with the sentiment. It’s not very clear and I stamped it nice and crisp. I think they tried to fit too much on one little stamp.

Stamps: Stampin’ Up “Loads of Love”
Paper: SU Gray, Scraps
Paper Size: A2 (4.25 x 5.5″)
Ink: Versafine
Accessories: Twine, SU tab punch
Techniques: Colored pencils

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.

“Skinny” Washi

Planner Madness:

I bought this planner (and I hate the cover, but that’s my fault and I’ve got a friend helping me fix it!).

ec2It comes with pre-sectionalized days.  Morning.  Day.  Night.  Considering my “morning” starts just around the time that “day” begins, I wanted to shake that up.  So I tried trimming my washi tape down to “manageable” strips by cutting down the middle.  It looked like this.

wt12Ugly to say the least. So I decided to cut one long strip.  That’d be better, right?

wt13Crooked.  And even the better ones looked like this…

wt14All wonky.  Not happiness.  I wanted happiness.  So I thought about it.  Then it hit me.  All tape comes rolled onto itself.  That’s how it’s made.  Add the repositionable qualities of washi tape and there’s no reason I can’t reroll it.  Or better yet, flatten it.  So I did.  It worked.  See!

wt15Nice and straight.  Here’s how I did it.  🙂

Take one roll of washi tape--normal width.  (For wide rolls, you'll have to cut twice.  I'll try that later).

Take one roll of washi tape–normal width. (For wide rolls, you’ll have to cut twice. I’ll try that later).

Pull out a LONG strip.  About a foot to start with.

Pull out a LONG strip. About a foot to start with.

Fold the end over about 1.5" long or so.  I think you could easily go to 2 or 2.5" but longer gets tricky in my not so humble opinion.

Fold the end over about 1.5″ long or so. I think you could easily go to 2 or 2.5″ but longer gets tricky in my not so humble opinion.

Start folding over and over, keeping those edges STRAIGHT, until you have a nice piece of it.  You don't want it too thick or you'll have trouble cutting it.  I think I decided five was about max but I could have meant four.  I'm helpful that way.

Start folding over and over, keeping those edges STRAIGHT, until you have a nice piece of it. You don’t want it too thick or you’ll have trouble cutting it. I think I decided five was about max but I could have meant four. I’m helpful that way.

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Leave a bit of extra tape at the end to tape onto a paper cutter or onto your finger if you’re going to use scissors. I like the paper cutter method, but that’s because I get a bit nit-picky about these things. However, I did try it with good, sharp, paper scissors and because it’s such a SMALL piece, it’s pretty easy to cut straight down a 2″ strip.

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CUT

Two nice little strips!

Two nice little strips!

The old and the new.  :D  (I wanted to say "The Bad and the Ugly" but that wasn't nice).

The old and the new. 😀 (I wanted to say “The Bad and the Ugly” but that wasn’t nice).

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Even say... in the zip pouch for emergencies!  *my apologies to Christy for using orange.  I hope she'll forgive me.*

Even say… in the zip pouch for emergencies! *my apologies to Christy for using orange. I hope she’ll forgive me.*

There it is!  Fast and easy “skinny” washi tape  And it should be so easy to “trim” off a bit of my excess.

SC234- What a Flake!

ImageI should have said this one was “challenging” but it really wasn’t. My brain was just “mentally challenged” in trying to make it work. I loved my idea, but no matter what I did, I wasn’t satisfied. I finally added the pink and it really made things better. This is the IDEA of what I wanted it to be, but it’s still just kind of “okay.”

Well, actually, it’s growing on me. It’s not too bad. I’m comparing the card to the picture, and half the trouble is the incandescent lighting rather than the natural light I prefer. But I know if I don’t take the picture now, it’ll be fodder for the garbage in someone else’s house before I ever get it taken, so here she be. Can I just say, I’m REALLY looking forward to the next sketch? I got a great idea and I’m excited to try it! WOOT.

Now where’s that plaid fabric… or maybe burlap… oooh… burlap…

Stamps: Stampin’ Up “A Beautiful Christmas” & ODBD “Peace and Joy”
Paper: Gina K white, SU Midnight, and SU Sage
Paper Size: 5×7
Ink: SU Midnight and Versamark
Accessories: ODBD Snowflake dies, SU pearls, rhinestones, and crocheted flowers. PTI buttons, embossing powder
Techniques: heat embossing and die cutting
 
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 1

SC262- Handling Birthdays

WHEW! It has been so long since I’ve done any card making. I went into my stash the other day and it’s gone. Kaput. There ain’t nuttin’ in there! Ok, that’s not quite true. There are about six cards left. NOTHING in there for Christmas, no birthday cards, and the stuff that’s left is pretty um.. yeah. Let’s not go there.

So, this is a card I did for my friend’s birthday. She turns 41 this year. I figured this sentiment fit it perfectly.

As always, I made two… but because of my blog contest (that SOMEDAY will be complete) I still didn’t get to add one to my stash… SNORT.

I LOVE this stamp set. I don’t know the name of the maker or what but where I bought it was paperprojects.com (its right on the CD case it came in from them!)

Stamps: Paperprojects? and SU Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: SU Blue, SU Ruby, MME “Everyday Flair.”
Ink: Versafine (will someone PLEASE tell me where my memento is????)
Accessories: Buttons from Amuse, SU label punch and word window punch
Techniques: colored pencils… barely

SC261- Ain’t That the Truth

I love this card. Simple but the sentiment is SO good and I love the colors (and usually they’re not my faves. Weird, no?).

ETA: I can’t do it. The sentiment– I love it. But it’s grammatically wrong. It should be two words “Every Day” not one. I’ve got to cut it apart. I won’t be using this card. Sigh. Meanwhile, if you own this set, you might want to cut those words apart or be sure to send your cards to someone who isn’t a grammar nazi. 😉  Clearly I have been in edit mode for too long.

Someday I’ll get these sketches DONe. Someday.

Stamps: Ippity “So This Is Love” and some SU image of flowers
Paper: um… Crate Paper I think, Kraft and Vintage Cream from PTI
Ink: Unity dark umber., SU Mustard, ruby, and artichoke
Accessories: None
Techniques: none

🙂

*tap* *tap* Anyone here?

*glances around*  It’s been a while, no?  Gulp.  Well, I have been busy.  Writing career is keeping me swamped, I did 80 wedding invites (gotta take a pic!!) and then this little *cough* project that I volunteered for.

A friend of mine has a son going away for a year.  He’s leaving a dear friend behind… soooo he wanted to write her a postcard every day.  But they’d need envelopes.  He couldn’t find them affordably.  So, I decided to do it for him.  There aren’t quite 400.  I made a few errors, so a few didn’t make it, but there should be about 390 here.  Cards and envelopes.  MOST cards are blank.  But I added a few scripture verses, a few “miss you” type things, one for Christmas, Birthday, Thanksgiving… I may have forgotten Easter.  OOPS!

Anyway… got a lovely note from him today thanking me.  That was very nice.  I started to type, “Kids don’t do that much anymore” but you know what?  ADULTS don’t do that much anymore.  So it was definitely nice.

Ok, back to uploading sketches.