Shuffled Cards - May 2016 kit - part 1

I went to the StampScrap Expo in Chantilly, Virginia this past weekend, hoping to find my mojo.  I have been pretty tired of stamping lately.  I took a few classes, but even the one that was put on by a stamp company had prestamped images, so the only time I touched a rubber stamp was during a make-n-take at one of the booths (Local King - which has some of the best solid image stamps and dies I've seen, but I already have some of their stamps, so I didn't buy any more).  In fact, I was hugely unimpressed by what the vendors were offering - I felt I had seen it all before.

I was thinking about just going home when I came by a booth with a sign that said "Shuffled Cards".  I'm a sucker for a good pun, so I looked closer.  It was a subscription service - ingredients and instructions for 9 different cards for $22.99 a month, all shipping, handling, and taxes included (they primarily do scrapbook layout kits - the cards are a relatively new thing).  That seemed like a pretty good deal, so I talked to the guy.  All the fancy shapes in the kit are diecut.  The customer only has to cut straight lines.  Everything else is pen work, distressing, or some other fancy tool work - no stamping.  No stamping?  Cards with no stamping and no fussy cutting and no coloring?  This sounded like just what I needed.  The vendor (Treasure Box) sent me away with my choice of 2 kits from previous months for the price of one, and told me I could expect the first kit in the mail by mid-July.

That meant I needed to get busy!  Today I opened the first kit I selected - the May 2016 offering.  I'm not of a mind to do all nine at once, but I will show you the ones I do as I do them, and the changes I feel the need to make (you know me, I always feel the need to change things up).

The 9 cards you get in a Shuffled Cards kit come in 3 different sizes.  The largest is 6 x 5 1/2, the middle size is a normal quarter-fold size, and the smallest is 3 1/2 x 3 1/4.  Right off the top, I need to change these nearly-square cards into shapes I can mail.

This is the first sample in the instructions.  It is a small card:

I liked it but the hearts didn't fill a larger card.  As a result, I stamped and embossed an Amuse Studio stamp. I guess I'm out of practice, because I got overstamping on my background, which I tried to cover with doodles.  Here is my result:

The next card I tried was this fun kite:

I loved this fun design when I saw it at the expo, but at the moment that I wanted to make the card, this thought leapt into my brain and wouldn't leave - "Kites don't lace up, shoes do."

Because I wasn't folding the cards like the kit instructed and was using my own card bases, I had plenty of background to make two cards - one with a kite and one with a shoe.

 The kite might need a little more doodling, I haven't decided yet.  I wrote the sentiment - it really tickled me, because I hate it when people write "high there".  However, kites are supposed to be high...

Glad to see you're still kicking!

It was fun setting eyelets and building the shoe and the kite.  No stamping was needed at all. 

So what did I need that wasn't in the kit?  I used  fine line marker for the doodling (which is surprisingly a lot easier and faster than it looks), a Crop-a-dile for the eyelets, adhesives/pop dots, and distress inks (well, I'm on the fence about whether inking the edges actually improves the card).  All the ribbons and eyelets for the samples were included, and I feel the need to mention that the cardstock provided for the bases/backgrounds is  double-sided Bassil Basics printed cardstock, at least as heavy as the card bases I was using.

For my personal variations, I used card bases, scraps of cardstock, a stamp and embossing powder, a word window punch, and snippets of my own ribbon.  I feel pretty good about getting 3 cards out of the designs for 2, and I felt my mojo starting to come back!  Woohoo!

I can't resist entering my Love card in the Amusing Challenges Anything Goes challenge.  That's just how I roll.

Bra hat

I haven't made a lot of cards lately, but I did make this hat:
It's a terrible photo of me - I suppose I could have put on a bit of lipstick or something.  The hat is made from a brassiere.  I need it for an event I am attending this weekend - everyone will be wearing bra hats for Sunday brunch.  These are the sort of ladies I am hanging with these days.

Juliet Arrighi

Tim Tag March 2014

I haven't been doing the Tim Holtz monthly tags, but the one this month has an interesting technique called "smudge stamping", in which you deliberately smudge a detailed stamp.  I thought I would give it a try.
The bird he uses on his tag reminded me to the birds in the all for love stamp set from AMuse Studio, so I gave them a try.  I didn't like it at first, but the more I look at it, the more it is growing on me.
Juliet Arrighi

Layered Goosebumps ATC

I was excited to see the Technique Junkies ATC swap brought back to life by Shelly Schmidt, one of the most talented stampers I've had the pleasure to swap with.  I struggled to pick a technique to start with, until I noticed the Layered Goosebumps technique in the listings.  I had purchased a bottle of Goosebumps spray a while back, but had not had the opportunity to use it.
The mica powder in the goosebumps spray is scanning as grey splotches, but in real life, these are very textured and shimmery.  The apha punches are another thing I don't use as often as I should, but I have to admit that it is often difficult to glue them and place them in a straight line.  I also have to admit that in my basement, that backing cardstock that I also used for the letters looked black.  Sometimes things don't come out the way you plan...

The rose stamps is from a springtime day set from AMuse Studio.  It's one of the few flowers I have that isn't a solid stamp but looks fine just stamped in black.  Sometimes that is all you want.


Juliet Arrighi

Bouquet in a Box

I wanted to make something really special for my sister's birthday, so when I saw the directions for this card on Extreme Cards and Papercrafts, I knew I had to give it a try:
I used all kinds of flower and leaf punches and dies, and the sentiment is from amuse studio.  The card folds flat and fits in a 6x6 envelope.


Juliet Arrighi

Letter writing 4x4

This is a 4x4 that I made for my altereddesigns yahoogroup.  the theme is letter writing as a background, and it should be no surprise to you that the vast majority of the ladies playing are using fancy script with images of Victorian ladies or the Tim Holtz pen nibs.  I hate making what everyone else is making, so I went a completely different direction:
 The school photos and the math worksheet are printed off the internet.  The notebook paper is actually a cardsock pattern from AMuse Studio.  You may wonder why I would buy cardstock that looks like notebook paper when I have tons of the real thing, but now that I've used some of it, I have to say, it is much easier to work with (real notebook paper is translucent and fragile), it isn't white but a cream color, perfect for a vintage look like this, and it takes media much better than real notebook paper, which was only designed for pen and pencil.the stark white of the math worksheet was too extreme for the rest of the piece, so I used some milled lavender distress ink to tone it down, and I threw in a few hearts (from AMuse Studio all for love stamp set) because, well, it is a love story.


Juliet Arrighi

Crystal heart

This evening I made a little crystal heart necklace from a  pattern I found online:

It came to together fairly easily.  I was feeling too lazy to try to thread two beading needles, so I used tiger tail.  it wasn't bad doing right angle weave with tiger tail, and the ends came out at the perfect spot that I could thread on the lighter pink beads to make it into a necklace.  There was only one problem - running the tiger tail through the beads caused it to curl much like curling ribbon does, and it won't hang straight as a pendant.  I tried running it though straightening pliers, and hanging a weight on it to stretch it (I don't have enough time between now and valentine's day for that to work, even if it would work eventually).  I hate the idea of unstringing all those seed beads to thread it some other way - any suggestions?
Juliet Arrighi