Posted in Cards - Christmas, Paper Crafting Tools

Red truck obsession…and what is SVG?

Ok, so this holiday season I am obsessed with the iconic vintage red truck…..for whatever reason.  I just think that they are adorable.  My fave is the first picture which is the one with lights on it that is a lawn ornament!  I mention this obsession because it is a perfect segue to the card that I would like to share today.

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I found the card below on Instagram, it was posted by Bazzill Basics Paper, created by Sonja Bakonyi, and shared on her blog, Sugar Bean Cards. I instantly fell in love with this card, not only because it was the iconic red truck, but also because it was 3D, made in the card-in-a-box style.  Where can you buy this die to make this awesome card, you ask?  Well, that is the tricky part, and where the term referred to in the title of this post, SVG, comes in.  SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics, and we are seeing a lot of these files these days, as they can be utilized with Cricut, Silhouette, and ScanNCut machines.  It is a file that you download, after purchase or sometimes for free, to your cutting machine of choice.  You can then scale and tweak it to your liking, and voila! you just cut out an image without having to even leave the comfort of your craft room.  Now, having said all of that, I have not used SVG files.  I am intimidated by them, to be honest.  It is something that I know that I will eventually try, but I am not ready to take that leap just yet.  What I can tell you from observation is that SVG files are two amazing things: 1. cheaper than steel rule dies, and 2. easy to store…(on your computer! No need to go to Ikea and buy that extra cabinet!).  These benefits are great for people who are new to paper crafting (low cost, once you purchase the machine) and also for those who wish to scrap/papercraft on the go.  I found this video that explains exactly what an SVG file is, and how it works, so if you have not explored this avenue as of yet, it is a great place to start.  Now for the card….(finally, geez!).  Sonja purchased this SVG file from the Silhouette Design Store, and then added her own special touches.  On Sonja’s blog, Sugar Bean Cards, she explains how she tweaked the file to give the card more character.  I think she did such a fabulous job on this box card, I am just very impressed but it.  Check out Sonja’s blog, for more of her creations, and also check out working with SVG files….the possibilities are endless!

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

Note: The second picture at the top of the post, (truck with advent blocks) can be purchased at The Jolly Christmas Shop, Truck with Christmas Tree Advent Countdown.

Posted in Cards - Christmas

The stockings were hung…..on the tree!

Before I talk about the card below, I just want to take a minute to talk about the company that produced the stamp images used for this card.  I am always encouraged when I see a new stamp company…we have lost so many over the years, that at times it seemed as if rubber stamping and card making would be a lost art.  I am not sure where I discovered The Ton Couture Clear Stamps, maybe Facebook, maybe Pinterest.  All I know is that they have some awesome images that produce gorgeous and fun cards.  The lady behind the business, Effie, is actually an attorney, who launched this brand in 2015.  The company’s rubber stamp images are “inspired by haute couture fashion and modern decor” (Effie, 2017).  Anywho, the point is that I am happy to know that there are new companies that are not afraid to break into the papercraft world.  I am very passionate about this hobby and I want it to be around for a long time!  Now about this adorable card….

Brenda Noelke created this card and posted it on her blog, My Papercut Creations, using The Ton Couture Clear Stamps; specifically:

Christmas Tree

Holiday Ballet

Haute Stripes Cling Background

Fireplace Holiday Accessories (stocking)

I think that Brenda did a fantastic job on this card, I really love that she put the stockings on the tree AND wrote names on them in the white space.  I think this is a classical, yet fun card.  Click on The Ton Couture Clear Stamps to learn more abut this up and coming stamp company.  And, make sure that you visit Brenda Noelke’s blog, My Papercut Creations, for more cards created using The Ton stamps.

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

Reference:
Effie. (2017). Our Story – The Ton. Retrieved December 28, 2017, from https://www.thetonstamps.com/pages/about-us-1
Posted in Cards - Christmas

Time to “undeck” the halls, but first….

As I mentioned in an earlier post, even though I am well aware that Christmas is over (thankfully!), I will still be sharing Christmas themed cards until the end of the year, as there are just so many that need to be seen!  For this post, I am sharing a card that was made by Lee Ann Barrett, using images from Technique Junkies, another fave stamp company of mine. I love this company not only for their incredible and beautiful selection of rubber stamps, but also because I know the owner personally (a lovely lady by the name of Pat Huntoon).  The card below was shared on Lee Ann’s blog, Greyt Paper Crafts, and also shared on the Technique Junkies blog.  The stamp images that Lee Ann used from Technique Junkies were Draped Ornaments and Gifts of Christmas. The essence of this card, in my opinion, is that Lee Ann used only red to color in a couple of the ornaments, leaving the rest simply in black ink.  Certainly, you could do so much with this stamp…..either by coloring all the ornaments, or just stamping the image in different color inks.  However, I feel that by just coloring in a few of the ornaments in a single color, the beauty of this stamp really shines through.  Make sure that you visit Technique Junkies website, and take a few moments to check out their fabulous images.  Also, be sure to visit Lee Ann’s blog, Greyt Paper Crafts, and see more of the beautiful cards that she creates.

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

Posted in Cards - Christmas

It’s Another Wreath…

‘Tis the season for wreaths…..on your door, your window, on your cards!  Dana Kirby @dkirbystamps on Instagram, has created some sweet wreath cards using the Festive Wreath stamp set from Avery Elle.  For the first card, she stamped the images in black ink and colored them in.  For the second card, she stamped the images using ink of different colors and did not color them in.  I love the way that she was able to achieve to different looks, using the same stamps set, but just changing the color of inks.  Visit the Avery Elle website, to see more of the great images that they offer.  Also be sure to visit and follow Dana Kirby on Instagram, @dkirbystamps, to see some more of her lovely cards.

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

Posted in Cards - Christmas, Cards - Winter

Pink and lime…for Christmas?!?

I know that Christmas has officially come and gone, but there are so many cute and creative Christmas cards to share, that I am going to post Christmas cards until the end of this month.  Maybe you will find some inspiration early on for the Christmas cards that you plan to send next year!  This particular post is about using colors that are not traditional….hot pink and lime green, to be exact.  Therese Calvird, of her blog, Lost in Paper, shares some cards using Penny Black products, with a hot pink and lime green theme.  These cards are simple designs, but very elegant and classy.  I love the fact that Therese literally used just four colors; hot pink, lime green, white, black; to make these beautiful cards.  Don’t be afraid to step out of the box and use different color palettes when making cards for traditional holidays.  Let your creativity loose!

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

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Pretty Pink Poinsettia

I found the picture of this card on Instragram, and it was just so beautiful that I wanted to share it.  It is a card that was sent to Gina, of Gina K Designs, from Vicki Finger, of Twinkling Paper Studio.  It looks like it was made using the Gina K Designs Merry and Bright Stamp Set and the Gina K Designs Merry and Bright Die Set.  I really like Vicki’s use of the stitched postage stamp dies, as well.  I always enjoy Christmas cards that are made with color palettes other than the traditional red and green palettes.  The gold embossing of the sentiments really sets of  the card.  What a gorgeous card to receive!

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

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Ugly Sweater Season

The ugly sweater season has taken off in the past few years, and has now become a true holiday tradition.  It is only appropriate then to have ugly sweater stamps and accoutrements to go along with this time of year! Wanda Guess, a very talented artist, shared on her blog {A Blog Called Wanda} the card below, using ugly sweater stamp images.  The stamp and dies set, Don We Now Our Ugly Sweaters, is from Simon Says Stamp.  Click here to see more great pictures of this adorable (definitely not ugly!) card that Wanda created last year.  While you are on Wanda’s blog, be sure and check out some of her other gorgeous cards.  And make sure that you don’t leave the house without donning your best ugly sweater!

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda