Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Show Me the Moon

I made tags with some texture, yes embossing paste. When I think of Fall or Autumn, I think of seeing the moon through trees on a hill, the view from my front yard looking up the hill.  Those skies of dusky orange and pink are made for Autumn tags or cards. When I made these tags, I thought I was finished, but, I wondered if I might make Tag Cards.  So I did!

The tags were gorgeous. I could have punched a hole and pulled some twine through and had some unusual and marvelous tags.
a2z Pasted Tags Aug 2015

I chose some wonderful slate blue card stock on which to pop the tags on.  A long sentiment finishes it off.  I think my friend is going to love these as part of a retirement gift for him and his already retired wife. These were simple tags and simple cards, but you don't have to complicate things to make a beautiful card.a2z Tag cards Aug 2015
  • Hero Arts OWH Forest Stencil
  • Dreamweaver Regular White Embossing Paste
  • Hero Arts Everyday Sayings CL342  (You can use any longish sentiment)
It is with mixed feelings that I will add these to his package of hand made cards.  I'm glad to give him and his wife something to remember the whole unit at work, but sorry to see him leave.  You can see these cards at a2Z Scrapbooking.

Hope you’ll join in our August Embossing or Texture Paste Challenge and make a card with your Hero Arts stamps, dies and stencils. , if you need some new supplies, don’t forget to shop at a2z Scrapbooking.If you are in need of any items from the a2z Scrapbooking store  you can use code Arlene15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (before tax and shipping).  Don’t forget that we are on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!
Arlene

Saturday, August 1, 2015

August is for the Heart too


A brand new sponsor over at Die Cut Divas with lots of examples of Le Crystelle Clothing & Crafts.  Please enter the Die Cut Divas' challenge for August.

Who doesn't like Valentines Day?  I am loving my step cards and especially when I don't have to think about cutting my cards.  The card stock is beautiful.  I love just folding and creating.

The edges fold crisply and the card does not feel too think for mailing.
 Le Crystelle Clothing and Cards Tri-fold HEARTS Step Cards
Le Crystelle Clothing and Cards Spellbinders Lace Hearts
Memory Box Cityscape Nightline
Little B Handwritten (love & you)
Hero Arts Enjoy Today CL759
Hero Arts ink cube Red Royal (stamped sentiment & direct ink to key)
Check additional photos at Arlene's A Bit of This and That

Friday, July 31, 2015

Thanks

A Good Bye and thank you to Dies R Us.

Love the new paper I found as it is so easy to create quickly and make fun scenes like the ones below.  The first cad I made as a Thank you to Dies R Us and I love the way the blue and orange go together, but they are complementary colors on the color wheel.  It shouldn't surprise me, but it did.


What is that saying?  You can't just eat one?  Well, I can't just make one card. I think the mix of colors on this dusky red to light pink cardstock is perfect.  Again, the colors are complementary on the color wheel.

Cityscape Nightline, Cityscape Silhouette, Elizabeth Craft Designs Thanks

Did you see something recycled on my cards?  If you didn't, look again.  My die cuts are from tissue boxes.  The first card has some cardstock cut behind the cut-out die above it.


Cityscape Silhouette - looks like it is no longer offered.  I could have used just the Cityscape Nighttime here too.
Memory Box Hello Script no longer offered




Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Love the Way It All Came Together

Almost the end of the month and I have a card that seemed to make itself.  Visit Die Cut Divas to enter the July challenge.  I think a flower, the colors and a bit of "love" lend itself to the summer days.  My card is posted here.  The challenge is here.

I was just playing with a die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs (ECD) - Tags and More 8 - A 2 size.  This was made to cut the tag for a regular A 2 size card.  I think that's what drew me to buy this set, the ability to make a card directly with the dies in this set.  AND talk about dies.  WOW, so many ways to use just the dies in that set.  I really LOVE it.

Els was at my LSS on July  10th  and had so many different samples and spent hours showing us how use the different dies.  WOW... Time with Els is always extraordinary and this was FREE.  Just show up.  YES, I used my time-off in a very worthwhile way, I think.  Els is just amazing and any time you can take a class or see her first-hand, GO, do NOT stop, just GO..  I bought this die set immediately. I hope I have presented this card in such a way that you can't resist.  I couldn't.

Front of card 
I used a "love" die from Little B "Handwritten" with a beautiful Memory Box Kyle Stem set upon the ECD front.

Card standing up 

Inside of Card - you can see the 3 squares I inserted through the hold in the front of the card on the inside panel.  I thought it added something extra to the inside.  



II used the Memory Box Hello Scrpt, A Little B "you" and another Memory Box left-over die-cuts from the Cityscape Nightline on the left side.

I have seen the front on another piece of card stock, but wanted to see if this die-cut could function on its own and YES IT CAN!

I hope you like it.  

Monday, July 20, 2015

A Little A2Z Hello

I don't have a green thumb and I've actually had some plants live, mostly the ones you see on my cards.  I have three succulents out on the back patio that seem to be doing well... yes they've lived three months now.  Hardy little devils, eh. The plant on this card doesn't dry up, turn yellow, shrink, look sad or any of the things my real plants do. Without further ado, ta da - my first card.
a2z Succulent 7-12-15

I had to create another CAS card, just because this card was so much fun. I added a line at the bottom of this card because I wanted to ground it.  

Card One: Hero Arts Stamp your own Succulents (CL839 )and sentiment from Butterfly (CL750)
Card Two: Hero Arts Tea Flowers (CL858) and sentiment from Enjoy Today (CL759)

Since the challenge is clean and simple (CAS), I knew I had to do a CAS card.  I have to confide that I had an oops.at the bottom of the card with the succulents.  You see the hello rising from the bottom of the card?  That was the edge of an acrylic block.  My first thought was ""Save this card!!"  A quick stroke and voila.  I had already drawn the lines.  I just had to ADD the lines because of the angular lines of the container.  After I created my first card, I had to create another.  I had cut this flower out and it was perfect on this gray-blue-green background.  After you draw one line, you're braver to draw more.  A quick line across the bottom of the colored background grounds it.  A few lines and a spot of color are all you need sometimes.
Since the challenge is clean and simple (CAS), I knew I had to do a CAS card.  I have to confide that I had an oops.at the bottom of the card.  You see the hello rising from the bottom of the card?  That was the edge of an acrylic block.  My first thought was ""Save this card!!"  A quick stroke and voila.  I had already drawn the lines.  I just had to ADD the lines because of the angular lines of the container.   I do like this.  Hope you do too.  A few lines and a spot of color are all you need sometimes.  Visit me at a2z Scrapbooking.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Wheat is turning from Green to Brown

Recycle - July's mantra.  What can I recycle?  The famous TISSUE BOX.  There are many tissue boxes tempting you on the shelves to buy them.  I check the price and then the color, finally the design.  My co-workers save boxes for me too.  I am now floating in boxes, some high caliber designs and colors and then some on the decidingly DRAB end.  This tissue box was beautiful.

To go on, I framed the tissue box with Garden Patch to see what it looked like and loved it.  Adding the wheat in the same green tones enhanced the whole.  I added a message to encourage a friend..

This is also my example card for July at Die Cut Divas..  In July, I hope for green as I live in dry California.  This is my dream vision of July.  
Elizabeth Craft Designs Garden Patch
IO Dies Wheat
Sizzix 658696 Framelits & Stamps
Hero Arts My Words CL695
Tissue Box

Close-up of the card 
Message is "make life better:
Leaving you on a dreamy note.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

July Dreams

The tissue box behind the squares was grabbed off the shelf by me with future uses in mind.  I knew I was going to use it in card making, either as a tag or part of a card.  I love the colors and design.  This is one of my favorite cards for July.  It's going to someone special, not sure who, but obviously someone special.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Garden Patch
Memory Box Hello Script
Tissue Box