Thursday, April 26, 2012

I've been busy creating!

I had my cards class this week and it took me four full days to prep for it.
Four days of sitting at my desk, working almost non-stop.
That is just wrong! The laundry and dishes got way behind, y'all.
I don't know why I make things so hard.
The design of the cards always takes me the longest.
Once I settle on the design, the rest is easy, although sometimes time-consuming.

I have some sneak peeks today of what I used this month.
I found this great 6x6 paper pad by Cosmo Cricket and I was super impressed that it had 36 sheets of paper!
36, y'all!!!
That is a LOT!
It had 18 designs! So two of each.

I put together 3 sets I liked. This is the first one...
(I actually didn't use this for my class but I plan to make something for myself with it.)

This is the second one, we did a "thanks" card with it.

This is the third one....these colors just call to me. We made a Mother's Day card with these.

My favorite thing is mixing patterns so I love the options a paper pad gives me.
I cut all the sheets of these patterns into one inch strips.
I did that first and then decided how I would use them.
You can't go wrong with 1" strips for cards!
I have to prep for 12 cards of each design so I stacked them up after cutting...

While I cut and created, I listened to the PRT (Paperclipping Rountable).
It is my favorite thing to listen to while I create!
This one was appropriate because it was all about die-cutting machines and I have a brand-new Cameo.

Which leads me to say - the best news is - I finally figured out my Silhouette Cameo!
Now I am by NO MEANS an expert.
I plan to continue educating myself on the use of it. I want to be a Master Cameo user. :)
But I did figure out that smooth cardstock works best and what blade setting to use for it.
I creamed a mat and a blade and got a replacement but I'm not even using those until I'm better at it.
Let's just say, I'll be stocking up on smooth cardstock which is fine by me because I actually like it better than textured for most things!!

Here's a peek at the first 2 of 12 "congratulations" I cut....

And here's a link to this font which was much inquired about by my students.... AS Black Swan.
I used the "weld" feature after typing my word.
This is my favorite font for Cameo!! Love, love, love!!

Back tomorrow with a couple cards using all these yummy papers and more crafty goodness!

Did I mention today's my birthday? Yep. I'm officially 42 years young.


Deedee Horton said...

I love, love, LOVE Cosmo Cricket! And just recently discovered Paperclipping Roundtable!

Looking forward to your cards tomorrow with the CC!

Unknown said...

That is a beautiful line--- I really, really want it!!

Madeline said...

Clash of the die-cutting machines...I need to listen to that one! Beautiful papers!

Pam W. said...

Happy the paper. Can't wait to see the cards.