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Cards made from Picture My Life Inserts!

I thought it would be fun to make cards with the Picture My Life card inserts.

Ever heard of Picture My Life? (It's like Project Life.) It's a kit with 10 page protectors, one 12x12 pre-printed B&T paper and bunches of pre-printed cards! (44 4"x6" cards and 78 3"x4" cards, to be exact). The entire kit is just $24.95. You can see them on pages 68-69 in the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book/Catalog. Here's some of the Skylark insert cards:



What's cool about the Picture My Life kits is that it comes with all those cards and page protectors that have corresponding 4"x6" and 3"x4" sized slots in them. You can just slip the cards and your pictures into the slots. No adhesive needed! and you can journal or not journal, as you like! There's lots of pretty paper packs to choose from:

Avonlea
Babycakes
Laughing Lola
Later Sk8r
Surf's Up
Skylark
Balloon Ride
Chantilly

And because the cards are matchy-matchy with our other papers, you can mix them in with your existing 12"x12" pages. COOL!

I made a few cards using the super cute Skylark Picture My Life kit, because I could. The toughest part was deciding which card insert to use.



I stamped "Thinking of You" in Saddle in the blank square. I also stamped (in Saddle) balloons from Give A Lift (D1581, $17.95) on the Saddle card stock as a background. 

The flowers are from the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge, I creased each petal, so it would look more natural, and used a Sponge Dauber and Lagoon ink for the flower.





This is the larger sized card. I had to trim a tiny bit off the top and bottom to make it fit my standard card base (4"x 5 1/2"). Honestly, if I didn't use the flower, it would be the easiest card in the world. Just stick it on a card base.



This one is similar to the first one, but I tied the metal "feathers" from the "Dreamer" Base & Bling Charms (Z1955, $3.95) with Natural Hemp. 

Hope this inspired you to make a card (or scrapbook) today!

Lisa


    


Sorry I've been away for so long! :(

I've been busy crafting over here, but also doing a bunch of other stuff. Sorry about not posting much. :( 

I hope you are enjoying the spring weather. I LOVE sunshine and flowers! Oh boy, time for lots of flower cards!!!!!

This month we are doing a card that was inspired by my downline Michele.  And no stamping is required - just cutting and some Cricut shapes.


I liked that I didn't have to stamp anything. But that's not the fun part. The fun part is on the INSIDE!


And here's a close up of the flower I did on the inside. A little sponge dauber and Lagoon Ink, and a little bling.  LOVE bling!


To make the squares, you just cut parallel lines in the fold of the card to make the 'boxes'. Then push the 'box' into the card instead of out. My squares were 1 1/2".  Neat, yeah?

Want to make this card for yourself? Live in the Seattle area? Come to card class at my home in Newcastle! Tomorrow, Thursday, March 27 at 10am or Friday, March 28 at 6:30pm. Email me if you want to come. I will post a tutorial in the next few days.

I'm planning on posting again soon...and MORE often!  Thanks for being patient with me.

Lisa
lisa@lisasargent.net







    


Japanese Blossom Card

The Close To My Heart Spring/Summer catalog is always my favorite.  I love the flowers, bugs, and springy colors.  This year is no exception.  

One easy way to make a bunch of cards is to use one of the "Quick Cards" stamp sets (there are 3 currently available).  One of the new ones is called Quick Cards - Japanese Blossom.  It's a single square image with a beautiful flower, some Japanese (Chinese) characters and a sentiment in English.  (I know the character on the lower left is LOVE.  Haven't gotten a translation yet on the words on the right.)


I tried inking the entire stamp with Saddle, and that looked ok, but I wanted to try making the outline of the  flower orange.  So I inked the entire stamp in Sunset Ink, then carefully "rolled" the edges of the stamp in Saddle Ink.  I had to make sure to "hit" all four corners, the Japanese characters, the postmark and the English sentiment at the bottom with Saddle, so it would be darker than the flower.  I like that look better than the single color.

Alternatively, you could ink the entire stamp in Sunset, and use a sponge dauber with Saddle on it to go around the edges.  Better control of the ink, I think.

I then used craft chalk (CTMH used to carry them ages ago) to color in the flower and the leaves.  It gives the image a wonderful, soft look.  I love using chalks...plus they are very forgiving; you can be pretty imprecise with them (unlike markers).

I also sponged around the edges of the stamped image (with Saddle).
And a little Almond Glitz Glitter Gel (retired) in the center of the flower.  (I know, Glitter and Japanese-calm really don't go together, but I figured it was just a tiny bit of glitter...)

I used paper from the new Balloon Ride Paper Pack on the left and Sorbet card stock on the right.  The mat under the flower is Desert Sand (but Kraft works great, as well).

The ribbon is 3/8" Colonial White Grosgrain Ribbon (retired), which I inked with the Saddle Ink and a Sponge Dauber (love 'em!).  I used Miracle Tape from Viva Las Vegas Stamps (http://www.vlvstamps.com/) which is like Terrifically Tacky Tape or 'redliner tape' (but cheaper) -- to stick the ribbon to the card.  Plus, Miracle Tape comes in a huge assortment of widths!

I hope you are inspired to try "rolling" your stamp today!

Lisa



    


Fun Cards with Faux Pinwheels

I made these cards for my friends at church with papers from my friends at Rubber Soul  (http://www.rubbersoul.com/).  Love that place!  It's where my stamping journey began...A friend and I just wandered into their store by accident (12 years ago).  (They used to have a store in Redmond.  Now they're everywhere...on the Internet!)  I started taking classes there and fell in love with stamping.  The rest is history...well, my history...  


You can make pinwheels with squares (like when we were kids)...just cut from the corner in towards (but not all the way) to the center of the square.  I glued the pieces down.  These pinwheels don't spin.  Rhinestone sparkles are embellishing the centers.  The sticks are wooden coffee stirrers (nice and flat).

These papers are from Rubber Soul's collections...Meadow's Edge, Hoop-La and Shake It Up.

Oops, a little crooked!

I really like how the colors go together in their paper sets.  There's a bunch of different patterns in a pack. I stamped the little flowers and leaves on the white strip (above) using Close To My Heart stamps and inks (Pear and Honey).  They match perfectly!!

I think the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink (http://papertreyink.com/).  (I know, I know, I'm being unfaithful to Close To My Heart by posting all this stuff!!!)  But good is good, right?  No matter where you get it!  :)

Happy stamping!

Lisa

    

February Stamp of the Month

Have you seen the cute February stamp of the month?  it's called Wild About Love.



You can only get it during February.  It's $17.95 if you just buy it, but the best part is, you can get it for just $5 when you place a $50 order!  woooooooo!  This is the cutest Stamp of the Month in this catalog.

Here's a very simple card made with the set.  What was kind of cool about it was that I stamped the fox on the right with Cocoa ink and the fox on the left with Slate ink.  I didn't even need to cut the stamp apart...just inked separately, and stamped quickly.

I used the NEW paper pack, Lollydoodle (X7183B, $9.95).




I made the conversation bubble (Cricut Artiste) at 1 3/4".  The beauty of it is, that if the conversation bubble is one way, the girl fox is saying something.  If you flip it over, the boy fox is saying something

You can easily change the sentiment -- Happy Birthday, Get Well Soon, etc.  It doesn't have to be a Valentine's card.  I love that!  It would be fun to color the fox's tails, ears and muzzle, too.  I think it would be fun if the girl fox was pink ...

If you want to come to a card class - let me know!  We are meeting:

Friday, February 21 & 28 at 6:30pm
Saturday, February 22 at 10am
Thursday, February 27 at 10am

I'd love to see you!

Supplies Used:
Cricute Artiste (X1790, $99)
Wild About Love (S1402, $17.95)
Lollydoodle (X7183B, $9.95)
Inks:  Cocoa, Slate, Pear, Cotton Candy
Card Stock:  Slate, Cotton Candy, Pear
Black & Grey Sparkles (Z1754, $2.95)
Other:  Sponge Dauber (for conversation bubble), Pink Glitz Glitter Gel (retired) - on bow and bow tie, Piercing Tool (to pick up Sparkles off of transfer sheet), foam mounting tape (under conversation bubble)

There's a fun blog hop going on...if you want to check out some other creations.  Check out Gina's blog.  and go around in a big circle.  Happy Valentine's Day!

Lisa
    

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