Welcome! I started this blog because I love to craft. I dabble with scrap booking, and card making. I love bending, folding and tweaking paper. I try other crafts, too. I hope to share some projects with you.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

18 Quick Cards

   Yesterday morning while drinking my first cup of coffee I got to thinking about how long it had been since I made any cards. Having nothing to do, or nowhere to go, I went into my studio and started going through my stash. I have a lot of ribbon. So much that it took me one whole day of sorting just to get it in my new rack.

   My husband made this rack for me. It's made from a 10ft. rain gutter. When he brought it home I thought that it would take years to fill. I was wrong. I spent one day just deciding which ribbon would be racked and which would be returned to a box. It ended up that I have two boxes of ribbon that won't fit into the rack. Card makers are always buying ribbon. At least I am, seems I never have the right color or shade, or the right width.

   These are the cards that I made yesterday. I won't bore you by showing all of them. I'll just show a few close-ups.

   These cards were started by using blanks that I received years ago. I didn't quite know what to do with them so I put them aside until the time was right. Yesterday the time was right. I don't even remember when I brought the paper doilies. I matched doilies to card blanks. Then I brought out one of my favorite rubber stamps. It just happens to be a cairn terrier. Makes me think of my fur-kids. I heat embossed the green paper doilies with emerald, the pink with amethyst, the blue with sapphire, and the orange with gold. Then I used glue sticks to adhere the doily to the card blank. Then I used these ribbon roses as the finishing touch.  These cards are for Col. Potter Cairn Terrier Rescue Network. They will either be sent to members, or be sold to raise funds to rescue more needy little cairns.

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Kathy Cabble

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Mom N Dad Scrapbook Page

    Mom and dad were married during the war. Dad came home and picked up mom. Together they rode the train back to Salina, Kansas, where dad was stationed at Camp Grant. The U.S.O. met them at the train where they took mom to a home to spend the night. The following day dad picked up mom and they went to a minister's home where they were married. They spent two weeks together before dad was shipped over seas. Since there were no wedding pictures of them I photo-shopped a picture of mom and dad and put them together. Don't they make a lovely couple? The pictures may have faded but never their love for each other.

   I started with a soft pink floral paper. Then I laid pink vellum over it. I cut a frame for the photo. Then I heat embossed the outside edge and the frame with gold. Over that I laid a soft green patterned paper. Then I laid another sheet of pink floral paper that I trimmed around the roses leaving them to lay over the picture. I added glitter glue to the butterfly wings to highlight them. The gold flourish was cut with my Silhouette. Then I added a fern made out of Angelina Fibers. That is the flash beneath the ivory spray of flowers that climb the flourish. I topped them with a handmade rose and butterfly. I used gold press on letters for Dad N Mom. Below that I printed their names with a black glitter pen. The page wasn't done yet. There was something missing. I moved it around my work area for more than a year. Last week I found an in-twined heart  punch in a clearance bin. I knew immediately that it was what I needed to finish this page. I came home and cut a tag out with my Wizard die-cut machine. Then I punched out the hearts. I wrote Feb. 4th at the top and beneath the punched hearts I wrote 1944 with the black glitter pen that I used for the lettering. I put a piece of Angelina fibers that I had left over from the fern on the underside of the tag. I tied it to a gold trimmed pink ribbon and attached it beneath the rose. It finally came together. This page is done!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I've Joined An ATC Swap Group

   I bet that you've already guessed that by now I'm already tired of only seeing and owning by own ATC's. I want to hold in my hand some cards made by others, so I joined an ATC swap club. I was really nervous to join my first swap. A really talented lady from my own state emailed me and told me that if I would like we could just exchange two cards between us. That way I could get the feel for it. So I jumped right in.

   This is the first that I made for her. I painted it with blue acrylic paint, then I dry brushed  it with silver. Then I gave it a light coat of blue glitter paint so that it would sparkle like water. Then I came back in with a touch of white for foam on top of the water. I put a heavy layer of glue on the bottom edge and then dipped it in sand. Then I draped a piece of an onion bag across the corner for a fishing net. I glued a couple of seashells on the net. Then I punched out a tiny flower and glued it on the toe of the flip flops. I added a tiny drop of glitter glue to the center of the flower. The words were written with a glitter pen on torn paper and inked with blue.

    This card was started with mounting green vellum on card stock. Then I cut the poinsettia from a gift bag. The ribbon was cut from the handle.  I cut a small square of vellum and then cut a small square from the plastic corrugated liner in the box of chocolates (did I mention how good they were?). Then I painted a gold edge onto a poinsettia button. I dropped glue in the center and sprinkled gold glass beads into it. The foil leaves were confetti sprinkled in the gift bag. 

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Friday, February 10, 2012

My Introduction To ATC's

      In March of 2011 I visited a friend in N.C. While I was there she talked me into trying my hand at making Artist Trading Cards. This one the first one that I made with her help. The background was first painted with two tones of paint. Since I like things that sparkle or shine of course I selected a pearl as the top coat. Then Ultra Thick Embossing powder was used twice. Before it had time to cool it was stamped into with a rubber stamp. The flower was punched from paper and also embossed twice with UTE. Cool.

  The Second ATC background was made by drawing a pattern with white glue on a magazine picture. After the glue dried it was painted. Then it was rubbed with a metal polish that removed the paint from the glue leaving the part of the magazine picture preserved beneath the white glue. It really was a lot of fun. No wonder I was hooked on these little cards.

    Before I left for home I had time for one last project. I covered a little chipboard album with scrap book paper and added some paper flowers. 

  I hope that you join me again some time soon.