Hello everyone. I’ve been away visiting my brother for the last week (coming home today) and started having craft withdrawals a couple of days ago. I’ve been itching to get my fingers inky but there are no crafting supplies here, other than the type which accompany young children to school – coloured pencils, Crayola markers, and children’s scissors. Yikes! I did make one trip to the local craft store, and ended up buying some adhesive, a small packet of embellishments and a K&Co paper pack which was on sale for $5.oo. So here is what I managed to make without my regular stash…
I wanted to play along with the My Time Made Easy Pretty Palette Challenge so I used white, navy, light blue and kraft on all my cards. And since I had no stamps or inks with me I decided to use some of their digital stamps as well. This first card uses the Water and Waverly Wiggles digital stamp set. I printed out the sentiment and octopus, and coloured the octopus in with a couple of blue coloured pencils. The rest of the card was made with paper from the K & Co bargain book.
For my second card, I just cut strips of paper from the K&Co book, and made them into flags, which I then glued across a piece of kraft card stock. This was harder than it looks because I had no paper trimmer with me. All my straight edges were done freehand with children’s scissors (so don’t look too closely). Oh, how I miss my cutting tools!
I added another strip of paper across the middle to hide the ends of the flags and then added the embellishments. My little butterfly is from a Hero Arts digital stamp set that I had on my computer. I printed, cut and coloured him with those same blue coloured pencils that I used on the octupus. The Thanks circle was a die cut embellishment I found on my outing to the craft store.
And last but not least, I made this little gem with the MTME Be Dazzled digital stamp set. The background paper is also from their Cool Romance digital paper pack. I coloured the flower tag on my computer using Gimp software. For those of you who may want to try their hand at digital paper crafting, I suggest trying Gimp. It’s a photo editing software that is similar to Photoshop, but it’s free so you have nothing to lose by trying it.
I wanted to add some dimension to this card so I printed out three copies of the tag and cut the flowers out in layers. I curled the ends up with my fingers and glued them on top of each other. I then added the embellishments. The kraft coloured swirls were cut out of one of the designer papers from the K & Co book. I also wanted to disguise my not-so-straight straight edges so I distressed them with my kid scissors.
Well, I have to say I really miss my paper crafting tools, but I was still able to enjoy card making thanks to a few inexpensive supplies, a printer and my computer. Have a happy Monday everyone!