‘Tis The Season for Birthdays

Keep Being Creative – September Challenge – Day 7, September 7 2020

I’m not sure what it is about September, but so many people in my life have a birthday this month. I really should have been making birthday cards all of August just to be ready. Some of these will go out on time, others will be a little behind, but it’s the thought that counts.

I needed some quick cards, and that is when I turn to my Queen and Company supplies. Between their Sentiment Stackers and Foundation Dies, you can put a lot of great looking cards together quickly. I’m still working on my techniques and workflow, but I’m starting to figure out workflow. Card sketches help a lot for inspiration as well. Check out the Queen and Company Idea Gallery for ideas, or Pinterest is helpful too.

I was able to create these two cards pretty quickly. I used Accent Opaque Digital 120lb. Cover Smooth for the card bases. The card fronts came together from the Wish Big Sentiment Stacker Kit for the Word Dies, Stamps, and Pattern and Colored Paper along with Foundation Dies Sets 1, 2, and 3. Some of the bling was from Queen and Company, the rest were in my Scraprack stash.

I used Memento Tuxedo Black to stamp the Happy, Happy, Happy flags which I hand cut. I used Scotch ATG double-sided adhesive tape, Queen and Company Sheer Glue, and some adhesive foam I had on hand. The Birthday words were cut from Queen and Company adhesive Glitter and Fun Foam, I just love the pop those provide.

The cutout stars needed a little something as the shade of blue didn’t quite match with the paper used for the scalloped rectangle, so I used my Wink of Stella in Clear Gold. It doesn’t show up well in the photo, however I love the hint of sparkle it adds in person.

These cards will be sent out tomorrow for birthdays that are next week. More birthday card production will be happening over the next few days. I hope you’re ready to Keep Being Creative with me!

Add a little something to your envelope

Keep Being Creative – September Challenge – Day 6, September 6 2020

Creativity can happen in small bites. I didn’t feel like making anything spectacular today. Instead, I added a little zing to some envelopes using stamps from the Thinking Of You set from The Stamping Village. If you haven’t heard of them, they have some really great sets and you get unique stamps from a variety of designers. I only own the Thinking Of You set, but it is great for cards or envelopes.

I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp on envelopes I’ve had since making my own wedding invitations. Well, that was about 18 years ago. At least envelopes don’t go bad! They have a slight linen texture to them, so the images weren’t super crisp, but I used my We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced stamping platform and was able to get a decent image.

My personal favorite stamp from this set is probably the Hang In There and sloth from Pink and Main. I colored these with my alcohol-based Arteza Everblend Art Markers. I have a set of 60, so there aren’t a lot of variations in brown shades, but I think I did okay. What is it that makes sloths so adorable?!

In addition I used the Sending Hugs from Studio Katia, You’re In My Thoughts from Concord & 9th, Thinking of You from Avery Elle, and Sending Happy Thought from Dare 2B Artzy and now I have a bunch of envelopes prepped for the next bunch of cards I need to send.

I love that 100% of the profits from this set goes to Save the Children COVID19 response fund to support their efforts and mission.

I especially love how even if you only end up with a few minutes to Keep Being Creative products like these give you just that little option to do a quick stamp and color. I hope this inspires you to just do one thing today to give yourself a creative boost.

Challenge – Die Cut a Material You Haven’t Used Before

Keep Being Creative – September Challenge – Day 5, September 5 2020

I’m part of a Facebook Group – Queen & Co. Royalty – which is for fans of Queen and Company products. If you can’t tell from my previous posts, I’m a big fan! I started following them about four years ago after discovering their classes at a Creative Keepsakes Convention in Portland, OR. Their products just keep getting better and better!

They’ve had a lot of new releases this year and started sharing new ideas and sneak peeks in their Royalty group on Tuesdays when everyone had to stop going to in person shows and events. When Tami or Ginger get online with us, they generally issue a challenge. These challenges help people like me, “Keep Being Creative,” to do just that!

When we first started quarantine and I was working from home, I had to convert my small craft room into my home office. After a full day of work, it was hard staying in that room and finding an ounce of creativity. But I needed creativity for my outlet, I was miserable! I vowed to make a change and do at least one creative thing a week.

For many years, I have toyed with creating a Craft Blog, but dragged my feet. More on this story later. Tuesday’s with Tami was born and with that the challenges started. This helped me do at least one creative thing a week! What a blessing!

This week’s challenge was issued by Ginger Williams – try die cutting something you haven’t before – I loved the light look that vellum gave on Ginger’s example card. And from my first post, I was still thinking about how I could do monochromatic more justice. I had this really light seafoam green cardstock and loved the airy look, I thought it would pair perfectly with the vellum.

Originally, I envisioned a scene of flowers, leaves and clouds with a sentiment embossed on vellum. Yeah, right! It was a flop. A huge creative let down. But we have to learn from our mistakes, so I’m going to show you the mess I had in front of me.

It’s so bad! Glue shows through vellum, it also curls when you glue only part of it. I tried to run it through my die cutting machine to flatten it, only to squish more glue out the sides because, guess what? Vellum doesn’t absorb glue! And to add insult to injury my die cut plates are very old and tons of marks and tiny cuts of paper came off the plates and stuck to my vellum. It was – as Cathy Zielske says – a HOT MESS!

Oh, and in this photo those bottom sentiments seem fairly legible, in person, they are not. I obviously have a lot to learn about heat embossing. I don’t know what it was. The quality of the embossing powder? The stamp being too small? The font not being spaced enough? I really don’t know, so if you do, please leave me a comment! Help me fix my embossing folly!

Since the heat embossing looked rather horrible, I thought, hey, I have a Tim Holtz Distress Ink color close to this paper, I’ll just stamp the sentiment without embossing. Well, that doesn’t work great on vellum either. So I ended up hand writing over it. The only markers I had handy were alcohol based, you guessed it, more green blob. So then I wrote over it with a fine tip Copic marker I had in black.

This was NOT what I had envisioned for my lovely ethereal card. But I wasn’t about to give up! I still wanted to use that color and I still wanted to use vellum. So I went back to my Queen and Company foundation dies, and I went back to my embellishment stash in my Scraprack. I found the perfect match in these Queen and Company flowers. They are thick and very hard, but I can always hand deliver this card. And the white centers coordinated well with the Queen and Company white glitter adhesive foam.

Sometimes, accidents are happy accidents. And even if your first vision doesn’t work out, Keep Being Creative! Something better might come of it. I love the sweet simplicity of this card. I wouldn’t have gotten here, if it weren’t for making a few mistakes along the way.

If you ever get stuck, go back to the basics. Try it again. Don’t give up. Keep Being Creative!

MATERIALS:

Queen and Company – Foundation Dies

Craft Smart – Seafoam Greens 12×12 Paper Pad

Queen and Company – Glitter Flowers Green

Queen and Company – Fun Foam Neutral

Queen and Company – Sheer Glue

Recollections – Clear 8.5″ x 11″ Vellum Paper

Accent Opaque Digital – 120lb. Cover Smooth

The man, the myth, the Legend – slimline birthday card

Keep Being Creative – September Challenge – Day 4, September 4 2020

I found out late on Friday that someone I know was having a birthday on Monday – a holiday – of course! So I had to do my best to get a card done and get it in the mail ASAP. I love the Queen and Company sentiment stackers kits for this. I wanted a masculine feel to the card, so I used their Hero Sentiment Stacker Kit and was largely inspired by a slimline card design shared by Ginger Williams.

I used a similar layout, with a few different papers and bling I had on hand and this card was done! I used a larger stamp I have from The Stamps of Life that says “happy happy happy BIRTHDAY” for the inside, which took up enough space that I didn’t feel I had to write a long message.

The Man, The Myth, The LEGEND – A quick slimline birthday card

The Sentiment Stacker Kits from Queen and Company are great because everything coordinates so well and their adhesive foam is perfect for the large die cut words. The foam and the bling are a little bit raised, so I just cut an extra piece of cardstock to cover the front of the card for mailing.

I hope the recipient enjoys this card!

MATERIALS:

Queen and Company – Hero Sentiment Stacker Kit (Stamp, Word Dies, Pattern and Solid Color Papers)

Queen and Company – Glitter Adhesive Foam & Plain Adhesive Foam

Queen and Company – Foundation Dies

Queen and Company – Sheer Glue

Queen and Company – Variety of embellishments – Stars, Petite Posies, etc.

From my stash – Other embellishments

Card base – Accent Opaque Digital 120lb Cover Smooth

Miss You, It’s Been Too Long – Faux Flip Card

Challenge day three, September 3, 2020, had me feeling sentimental for a friend I haven’d seen in months due to all that is happening in the world. I decided to bust open my Queen and Company Hello Sentiment Stacker Kit. It comes with three word dies with shadows, a cute tiny stamp set with sentiments, two beautiful paper pads in prints and solids that are so inspirational.

Miss You – by Janet Wright of Keep Being Creative

When closed, the card reads Miss You, It’s Been Too Long! Which is a lovely sentiment, but I had to add a little levity, especially for the fun loving person this card was made for. When you open the card up, there is a banner that has 2020 on it. So when open it reads, Miss You – 2020, It’s Been Too Long! Then I hand wrote, way too long!

Closed
Open

I like flip cards, but I didn’t want to spend too much time figuring out all the right places to cut. I had seen similar cards that used a faux technique to achieve a similar look. In the spirit of Keep Being Creative, I decided to just try it out. I made a standard A2 card base with my Accent Opaque Digital stock – I’m finding it is very sturdy, but almost too thick. I’d love suggestions of a slightly thinner option, please leave a comment below! I then folded the front cover back on itself. I attached the pattern paper I had cut out with the Queen and Company foundation dies with my ATG, then used the sheer glue to attach the pattern paper circle over the scallop circle. Using the sheer glue helped me to be able to wiggle it into place. Once it dried, I attached my sentiments and bling and that’s it.

This card went together so quickly, but has that little extra surprise when it folds out. I will definitely be repeating this card style in the future.

There wasn’t really a place to write a message, so I used the entire back of the card to write my note. Then wrapped the whole card in lightweight scrap paper secured with washi tape to prevent the writing from showing through the A2 envelope I used.

Materials used:

Queen & Company Hello Sentiment Stackers Kit

Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat

Scotch ATG Pink Tape and Gun

Queen & Company Sheer Glue

Queen & Company Black Sparkle Adhesive Foam

Queen & Company Foundation Dies from sets 1, 3, and 4

Sizzix Big Shot

Bling from my stash

Number stickers from my stash

Accent Opaque Digital 120lb. Cover Smooth

A Quick Birthday Bridge Card – from Scraps!

My challenge today was staying awake and motivated. Since I’m only on day two of my self-imposed challenge, I couldn’t give up that quickly. September 2, 2020 is one of my High School Bestie’s birthday, and I almost let it slide by unrecognized. Thank goodness for FB notifications! I now have her birthday registered on my calendar so I’ll hopefully be more prepared next year.

Quick Birthday Bridge Card from Scraps! by Janet Wright of Keep Being Creative
Quick Bridge Card from Scraps! by Janet Wright of Keep Being Creative

So materials, I only know a few.

I used a Queen and Company foundation die to create the “bridge” which is the basis for the Happy Birthday sentiment, which was cut from their sparkle adhesive foam. The bling was truly all scraps. The patterned paper is from scraps I had from a paper pad called Mimosa. The Happy Birthday is a die from The Stamps of Life that came in the August 2020 Card Kit. The card base I cut from Accent Opaque Digital Smooth Cover 120lb. on my Fiskars paper trimmer, then creased it using my Martha Stewart Crafts Bone Folder.

I have to say, the bridge card adds a lot of interest to some basic scraps, and I love that it folds almost completely flat for mailing. The really heavy card stock wasn’t necessary, but it does stand up on its own quite nicely.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what I made today, may you create something new today!

Keep Being Creative,

Janet

Watermelon Truck Memories with Dad – A Handmade Card

I’ve decided to challenge myself in September 2020 to do at least one creative thing every day. I’m kicking off September 1, 2020 with a card to send to my dad based on a favorite memory I have with him.

Watermelon Truck Card - Janet Wright - Keep Being Creative
Watermelon Truck Card by Janet Wright of Keep Being Creative

One of my favorite memories as a kid with my dad was riding with him through the Columbia River Gorge up and down the Oregon and Washington sides delivering Hermiston Watermelons to independently owned markets. We’d get up so very early in the morning and drive out to the field where people would throw melons in the truck to load it up, then we’d get on the highway and at each stop I had to get out, climb on top of the pile and pitch those melons down to my dad or whoever was there to help from the market.

I’ve had the Special Delivery Shaker Card Kit from Queen & Company for a while now, but never made anything with it. When they released the Special Deliver Summer Celebrations Add-on Kit, I knew I had to have it and I finally did something with it!

Card Front by Janet Wright of Keep Being Creative
Card Inside by Janet Wright of Keep Being Creative

I used quite a few tools and materials to make this card. I’ll try to list them all here.

Most of the materials used for this card

KITS:

Queen & Company – Special Delivery Shaker Kit (All dies for the truck and the sentiment stamp).

Queen & Company – Special Delivery Summer Celebrations Kit (Whole watermelon, Watermelon slice die, Summer Celebration Pattern Paper Pad and Summer Celebration Solids Paper Pad).

Queen & Company – Fruit Basket Kit (The mini watermelon from the fruit toppings and the green epoxy dots). Note: The epoxy dots are no longer included in this kit.

Queen & Company – Border Dies – for the three layers of hills, Misc. Foundation Dies for the sentiment banner, road, and the black die cut frame.

PAPER:

In addition to the paper from the kits listed above, I used:

Accent Opaque Digital 16pt. Cover Smooth, 120lb. for the card base and sentiment.

Recollections Black Cardstock Paper 110 lb. for the frame, road and tires.

Chipboard leftover from packaging was used for the truck rails.

INK:

Memento Tuxedo Black.

Zig Marker in Black for drawing on watermelon seeds to the slice.

Wink of Stella – Clear Gold to give the watermelon slice and hub caps a little sparkle.

Arteza Everblend Alcohol Markers – A546 Apple Green, A555 Forest Green, A942 Olive Green, used to add stripes and shading to the watermelon die cuts.

ADHESIVE:

Scotch ATG double-sided permanent tape.

Queen & Company Sheer Glue.

The Stamps of Life Adhesive Sheets.

TOOLS:

Fiskars 12″ Paper Trimmer

Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting Machine

Martha Stewart Crafts Bone Folder

Fiskars Scissors

Scotch ATG Tape Gun

Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat

You Are Fabulous Card

You Are Fabulous – By Janet Wright @keepbeingcreative

This A2 size card was created by Janet Wright, founder of Keep Being Creative.

SKETCH:

Queen & Company

MATERIALS:

Cardstock, Pattern Paper, Sunglasses sticker and Fabulous word die and shadow – The Stamps of Life – August/June 2020 Card Kit Club (no longer available)

Foundation and Border Dies and Black Sparkle Foam – Queen & Company

Black Gems and Mirror Film – from my stash

Monochromatic Card

Monochromatic Card Challenge – Queen & Co Royalty FB Page

Why did I share this card? It’s definitely not my favorite, maybe my favorite color family, but not my favorite card. I did it because the challenge I created this card for is why I wanted to start this blog. This was a challenge that moved me out of my comfort zone and into trying something new, to Keep Being Creative! And not everything we create has to be a masterpiece!

MATERIALS:

Amethyst Paper Pad – Craft Smith from Michaels

Butterfly Swirls Embossing Folder – Taylored Expressions

Foundation Dies Set 9, Smile Word Die from Friends Sentiment Stacker Kit, and Bubbles – Queen & Company

Tim Holtz Wilted Violet Distress Ink – Ranger