My Obsession…

I have a problem.  The first step of a program is to admit the problem.  I fully admit I have an obsession with Copic markers.  I am not ready for treatment.

Copic markers are alcohol based markers that are blendable.  This allows you to use multiple hues of the same color to add depth to your art work. I really enjoy stamping a cute image and then adding color to make it pop!

For this project I used a Stampin’ Up stamp with Memento black ink.  I cut a small square out of the front of the card, matted the cute dog on a slightly bigger brown square with foam to add dimension.  It is a very simple card, but perfect for a quick note to cheer up a friend.

Ruff Day Card
Ruff Day Card
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Oh Baby!

My good friend is expecting her first child.  She and her husband are going to be awesome parents! To celebrate their upcoming bundle of joy, I am hosting a baby shower for them. I am having fun making various invitations, trying to get them perfect.  Here is one idea.  Very basic, but stylish.  They decided to be surprised, and have not found out the gender of the baby, so I went with a neutral color scheme.

Shimmer gray paper, mint green onsie (die cut) and dark gray letters.  Please think positive thoughts for a healthy, happy baby!

Simple baby shower invitation
Simple baby shower invitation

It’s a Whole New Year!

I have been making handmade Christmas cards since 2000.  We have a lot of family overseas, and they look forward to getting our holiday cards.  Our cousin got married a couple of years ago, and his best man, whom we had never met, wasn’t interested in the fact that we were cousins from America, he was excited because he got to meet the Christmas card people.

So when my friend told me that she did not get a chance to send out Christmas cards this year, due to traveling over the holidays, and asked me if I could help her make New Year’s cards I jumped at the chance.

I used the Accucut, A2 step card die, with craft colored paper.  A Sizzlets set from Sizzix for the 2015, a Stampin Up label punch and a Hero Arts sentiment.  Of course the beautiful family is my friend and her husband, son and mother-in-law.  I think the cards turned out lovely.  Hope you like them!

Handmade 2015 New Year's Card
Handmade 2015 New Year’s Card

Tasty Treats from the Heart

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it.  Remember when we were little and gave every kid in our class a Valentine?  Why stop now, just because we are adults?

This year I made little treat boxes that are just under two inches. I am still trying to decide what to put in them.  More likely than not, it will be something chocolate. Yum!

Letterpresses Treat Box
Letterpresses Treat Box

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First I used my letterpress to print the word love on thick cotton cardstock.  Used a punch to cut out the label and used my Accucut Grande Mark die cutting machine to cut out the box.

Penny Farthing for Your Thoughts?

I love the weekend!  This is when I get to be creative and use all my crafting toys. Last night I decided to get dirty…

That means Letterpress!  Letterpress is dirty work because you have to get inked up.  First you scoop out ink with you ink knife.  You work your ink a bit with the knife and then dab it on the letterpress ink disk.  The letterpress rollers go over the disk to collect a thin layer of ink and then rollover the blocks and letters to deposit the ink.  I can not do this process without getting ink all over me, no matter how hard I try.

So what did I make?  Cute mini notecards with an ordinary bicycle (AKA old fashioned bicycle or a penny farthing).  The cards are 2.25 by 2.25 and are printed on Lettra cotton cardstock with brown black ink.  I then made mini envelopes to match out of craft colored card stock.

Mini notecards with a cool letterpressed penny farthing bicycle
Mini notecards with a cool letterpressed penny farthing bicycle
Penny Farthing mini note with envelope
Penny Farthing mini note with envelope

Felt Birds are Darling

This weekend was fabulous.  Saturday was spent on all sorts of fun things. My friend and I spent the morning crafting, then off to lunch, followed by pedicures.  It was an ideal day!

I worked on making “Happy New Year’s” cards for my work friend.  She was so busy this year with a family wedding over Christmas, that she didn’t get a chance to send out holiday cards, so she asked for my help.  I made thirty step cards with room for the family picture.  I am just waiting on JC Penny to get those prints done.  I will add a picture once they are done.

My friend was felting birds for her baby’s room.  I have never done any felting, but these birds are amazing.  I am going to have to try it out!

Beautiful hand felted bird
Beautiful hand felted bird

Happy New (Letterpress) Year!

I hope you have a wonderful 2015!  I know I will, because I will be making time to do the things I love; spending time with my husband, snuggling with the dog and crafting.

Earlier in 2014 I bought a Kelsey Excelsior 5 x 8 letterpress machine.  This antique machine was made sometime between 1893 and 1928, based on the patent number.  How cool is that!  I have vintage printing blocks and several alphabets for pressing images and words.  I am still learning how to use it, but I am hooked.

Kelsey Excelsior Letterpress Machine
Kelsey Excelsior Letterpress Machine

I was lucky enough to have five days off over Christmas, so I played.  I made a bunch of little note cards that said:

  • Hello
  • Hola
  • Ciao
  • Bonjour
International Hello Letterpress Notecards
International Hello Letterpress Notecards

I used Crane Lettra cotton cardstock and a midnight blue ink.  Next step, send all my friends a card!

I would love to hear about projects you are working on; leave a comment and let me know!

A year of craftiness