Monday, March 16, 2015

Paper Trey Ink Shaker card

It had been ages ago since I made a shaker card! I mean let's face it, they used to be difficult to make when I first started making cards in the 1990's. But thanks to Paper Trey Ink they are now much easier and fun to make! I love the Make It Market kit "Shaker cards" kit. It has everything in it to make fabulous shaker cards. It has double sided foam sheets, sequins (of various shapes, colors and sizes), acetate sheets, dies, designer paper, and a coordinating stamp set. It's the perfect base kit, and then you can buy coordinating dies to make tons of shaker cards of all shapes and sizes and for ALL occasions. The matching sentiments in the kit and the add on sentiments and dies are so unique too.

The silver glitter "sparkle" word was die cut with Stampin Up's glitter paper. I LOVE that stuff. It comes in red, silver, champagne and gold colors. I think I've seen a rainbow of colors of different glitter paper cardstock at my local scrapbook store too. The problem I had though, was that the silver glitter paper got lost behind the creme card stock, and it didn't stand out very well. So I die cut the word again in dark grey card stock, and popped the silver words in front of the grey, and that worked perfectly.

Betty Veldman, an extremely talented and leading lady in the card and paper crafts industry, designed this wonderful kit for Paper Trey Ink. She has been a designer for Paper Trey Ink for quite some time. I am so fond of Paper trey Ink, and the stamps and dies they make. I have quite a collection (and still growing I might add). I love it that I"ll never have to buy another greeting card, I simply can just make my own.

Materials used: Stamps, dies, cream card stock and sequins: Paper Trey Ink. Black ink: Memento Ink. Vintage photo Distress ink: Tim Holtz/Ranger. All other inks: Stampin Up!.

This second card was made by by friend Crystal. She came over to my home to make her sister this pretty shaker card for her birthday. Love to share my love of card making with my friends. Card making with friends just can't be beat.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Finally... a card to share!

So sorry for my long hiatus away from my blog. I can't believe how long it's been since I've posted anything. Been busy with life! And being a bad procrastinator certainly did not help. I'll try to be better.
It's spring here in Southern Minnesota, and in just three weeks, the weather has gone from 10 or 20 above, to a dreamy 61 today! Spring fever for sure! Makes me want to go for walks with the dogs and start gardening.

I wanted to share a few cards I made for valentine's day for my nieces and my dear husband.

These were so fun to make. I combined die cutting with paper punching. Lots of layers.
The text was embossed with black embossing powder. 
The size is a standard A2 size card (4-1/4" x 5-1/2").

This second card I made for my husband. The size is 5" x 5". I just love this sentiment from Verve Stamps! I love the text style combo. I also used black embossing powder for the sentiment and heat set it using my heat gun. Really makes the sentiment stand out. I used circle dies, a leaf scroll die, a scallop with stitching die, and hand punched the heart. Lots of layers, I also like distressing the edges with vintage photo distress ink. My husband really enjoyed getting it for valentine's day.