Saturday, August 23, 2014

Morning everyone!  I finally finished some cards I started over a week ago (or was it two weeks?).  These are 3-D greeting cards.  Some of these are a little different than what you are used to seeing from me, but when I can find 3-D materials, I grab it up immediately.  So here we go....

I love Glads, so I think that is why I picked up this kit of materials.  This packet had enough materials for six 3-D floral cards.  Notice  the Bee and blue Butterfly brads.

Side view of the 3-D flowers.  All these cards have 4 layers.  I am using the tiny pop squares for the layering so they will be easier for customers to mail.

Daffodils are another favorite.  It is unfortunate they do not stay around very long in the spring.  3-D Butterfly and various bling make the card attractive.

These remind me of African Daisies I planted in one of my front flower gardens a few years ago.  They lasted so long for our enjoyment!  The ribbon is unusual in that I believe it came off a box of chocolates....

The base papers and 3-D Butterflies on the above cards were from Europe.

I grew up with Trilliums which grew in the woods behind our house.  I was always taught never to pick them as the plant dies once the flowers are picked.  They do not transplant well.  Maybe this is a wives' tale.  Either way, it was fun putting together this 4-layer 3-D card.

As you know, I love purple, so these flowers were perfect for me to "pick".  

 Daisies are always so pretty to see in gardens.  Notice how well the larger piece of lace fits this card.

Side view showing the layers of the Flower designs using larger pop squares.

In the past, I have done some Foil 3-D greeting cards.  I do not often see materials for these types of cards.  I came across these Fairies and discovered there is a Rose design for a third card.

Monarch Fairy romping through yellow roses.  I was going through my ribbons and discovered this green yarn.  I thought, why not?  When I laid it down on my design board, I loved it!  It just does something for the card.

The other Fairy greeting card with dark blue wings flitting through Red Roses.

I photographed the Fairies from the front side as they are difficult to see otherwise.

Lastly, the Roses in 3-D.

The first 6 Floral 3-D cards were easier to make.  They are made of stiffer card stock, so easier to work with.  The Foil 3-D cards were much more difficult to work with.  The foil is thin and fragile, and one has to be very careful not to tear the design.  I successfully did them all without damage.

These cards will all be available at the SEATAC International Festival in two weeks.  Come on out and see what else is available.

Friday, August 22, 2014

I had a brilliant idea earlier this week -- black and white on cards! Hmmmm...This shouldn't be a problem, or so I thought.  After only two cards, I realized I didn't have enough of anything to do more cards.  I have since been to Michael's, Joann's and Hobby Lobby several times to purchase supplies -- paper, ribbon, flowers and buttons.

Now that I am better stocked in Black & White, here is what I accomplished this week:

Peacock Frame die cut (cheery lyn designs) out of white metallic paper on Immortal Love (DCWV) paper. Modern Chic base paper (recollections).  Stock ribbon and flower pieces with white brad. Three (3) dark gray pearl bling complete the card design.

Peacock die cut (sizzix thinlets) out of white metallic card stock.  This is a very delicate piece to work with.  He is on Immortal Love (DCWV) paper with la Creme stack (DCWV) base paper.  Stock Flower pieces, Gray Pearl bling and sheer Black with Silver ribbon complete the card.

This Roosting Peacock (the stencil collection) is a little difficult to see; next photo shows a better view.  Peacock is embossed on white paper, edged in Silver ink (cat's eyes).  Base paper is basic Black embossed with Peacock Feathers (Animal Prints collection by Cuttlebug embossing folders).  Black & White decorative trim (let's hope it does not unravel!), Small Swirl (MFT) in glitter blue paper and 3 Dark Gray Pearls complete the card. 

I enjoy using the Small Swirl so much, I finally bought my own die cut so I don't have to use my sister's Jan's anymore.

This Lacey Peacock gem (ellentina cutting dies) is more difficult to work with than the Peacock Frame die cut above.  He is cut out of metallic white card stock on Black Tie (core dinations) paper.  Base is Modern Chic (recollections) paper pack. Black ribbon and 3 White brads complete the card.  The train on the Peacock is not attached.  His body is on pop squares for a 3-D effect.

Lastly, this Floral card is dry embossed on white paper. Base paper is Elegant Masquerade (american crafts); matt paper is Silver Pin Stripe (DCWV).  Stitched Black ribbon (the paper studio) and Flower & Brad (spare parts, the paper studio) completes the card.

I've been working on more 3-D greeting cards, some metallic, some not, and I will post those when they are completed.

Two weeks until our first craft show of the Fall/Holiday season! Come on out and join us at the

SEATAC International Festival
Angle Lake Park
19408 International Boulevard
SeaTac, WA
September 6 & 7, 2014
Saturday 10 - 8 pm and Sunday 10 - 5 pm

Plenty to do for the entire family!

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Summer is well into it's Craft Shows and Farmers Markets with a variety of Crafters.  Have you been to any of these events?  My husband and I have been to the local Farmers Markets a couple of times, but we have not set up a booth anywhere.  It is just too hot! I can remember being outside in the heat all day growing up and into my 20's, but not now.  There really is such a thing as "getting too old for this"!

I have done a number of greeting cards the past several weeks in preparation for fall and holiday craft shows/bazaars.  We have one show coming up in September.  This will be our first time at SEATAC International Fest on September 6 (10 - 8:00 pm) and 7 (10 - 5:00 pm). Angle Lake Park, 19408 International Boulevard, SEATAC, Washington.

Here is one of the cards available at the event:

And a close-up view:

The Starburst behind the Dragon was cut using my Cricut from 3-D card stock I received from our Belgium friends.

You will have to come out to the festival to see what new cards we've put together.

Back to the craft room; I have a lot more cards to make if I hope to make decent sales this year!