Overrated

Good morning!

Strong title, you might be thinking? I would definitely think the same… buuut when your friend thinks cards are overrated, you have to repeat her words and prove them wrong ;)

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I started this accordion fold card quite a while ago and planned to give it to a friend for her birthday. I’m not quite sure how many days or weeks after I had begun this little project, we talked about gifts, cakes, cards, anything party related…when she mentioned that cards were “overrated” (yes, I know..oops, right?) But no harsh feelings AT ALL! She has this amazing gift of hilarious sarcasm and so all is done in good humour ;)

e937d190-fd92-40e4-94df-2f51df8e0bed2And yes…I feel very convicted using the beautiful crate paper stickers and chipboard pieces, AGAIN…but it’s that kind of a line, where you can use everything! Or thats how its been working for me anyways ;) I will make sure to pick up some of the amazing Christmas products that are at Love is in the Details. I’m a Christmas girl through and through, and with all the gorgeous Christmas cards that Norine has been creating, I’ll have to get my hands on all things Christmas asap.

Anyway, the reason I’m excited about this card, as simple as it is, is that it is filled with positivity. You can convert any non-card lover quickly, by filling the paper with with a bit of encouragement ;) Can I hear an, Amen?

740d7b35-cd88-4639-a5ce-c9e0e7fa6b60I typed up the words on my type writer, to no one’s surprise, I’m sure ;) and added some nuvo drops as well, as per usual. If you do not own any of these amazing embellishment makers, then I would HIGHLY recommend. For someone who is still growing her embellishment stash, nuvo drops are a very inexpensive (but great quality) way to always have ‘embellishments’ on hand.

Here is a photo of us celebrating the girl in the grey, at Clay Owl in Winkler, where we spent a relaxing evening painting pottery. The card hasn’t made it’s way to her yet though, as it will go with the second part of our gift, which we ordered but has not arrived yet.

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And one more…

804281d2-9c92-4e79-b9dc-dc62c580b296If you made it through all of  my ramble today…thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read! I’ll keep it a little less wordy next time ;)

Enjoy your week!

Natalja

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This post was written by Natalja on October 29, 2017

Time to be thinking about…

Hey, hello!  Today is October 25!!  Can you even believe it?  Christmas will be here before you know it!  Have you started making your Christmas cards yet?  ARE you making cards this year?  If it’s a daunting prospect or if you just need a very few handmade cards I’m here to help!

xmascards2I have two sets of stamped cards arriving in the store shortly, for your coloring convenience.  One set is stamped on watercolor paper and is suitable for watercolor painting, watercolor pencils,  or, if you don’t mind the texture, just plain coloring with colored pencils.  This is the set I’m showing you today.  Next week I’ll show you the set stamped on Strathmore Bristol smooth cardstock; it’s suitable for coloring with water based markers like Tombow, Tim Holtz Distress markers, and Kuretake Zigs.  Each card set has 5 cards in it.

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The watercolor card set could also be called the Poinsettia set as 3 of the 5 cards have that iconic Christmas plant on them!  And they’re so easy to paint!  You just flood the whole flower (or in the case of that gimondo flower, a few petals at a time) with water and then drop some red or dark pink paint into the petal where it joins the center.  The water will do the work and wick the color down towards the tip.  If it dries lighter than you like, you can go back again and add another layer of color.  That’s a technique I do quite often - I really like the dried effect of several layers of paint.

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As usual, the card sets contain only the stamped paper and a photo of the painted cards for your reference.  That way you can use them to create any sort of card you like!

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Finally, the last card is a snowman one.  It’s super quick and easy to paint because so much of the image can be left white.  I defined the snowdrifts with a very pale grey paint and after it was dry, I painted on some Diamond Stickles to give it some sparkle.  Hard to see from this straight-on vantage point.

I’ve kept all of the cards very simple, because their charm is really in the coloring, and whatever supplies you use to color them will result in lovely handmade card.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!!

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This post was written by Norine on October 24, 2017

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