Monday, June 29, 2015

Penny Black and Magnolia Stamps Cards

Hey Friends!  I recently stopped by Joanne's and Michaels and I noticed that they are downsizing on  their paper crafting section, especially Michaels.  They no longer carry a wide variety of punches like EK Success (which I loved), they discontinued carrying Spellbinder dies, they no longer carry that many scrapbook papers like K&Co.  I think it's the CAS trend of  card making and Project Life style of scrapbooking that is leading to the down sizing.  I know it's the trend right now but wow, I feel they killed the paper crafting industry. For people like me who still like to use designer papers and punches, bows and embellishments, it saddens me a bit to see how limited the selections are now.  Even the rubber stamping businesses are closing shop.  Ugggh!  I know simple is good in a different way. . .it's faster to create cards and scrapbook layouts and also less expensive because you don't have to buy as many items, but gosh, in my opinion, it haven't been good for the paper crafting industry.  

Thankfully, I still a lot of scrapbook papers, punches, dies and rubber stamps to last me a lifetime!   Anyway, just my thoughts with what is going on in the paper crafting world. 

 Just a brief information about the cards. . . for the first card above, I used Penny Black for the image and Magnolia stamps for the second card.  For both cards, I used retired Stampin Up designer papers. . . which thankfully I have a ton of. 

With this card, I also used Penny Black.  The designer papers are by DCWV which I also have a ton of!  I have a ton of everything. . .I probably can open my own paper crafting store with all the stuff I have.  Anyway, that's it for now.  I'll blog again when I have the time.  Hope you all have a wonderful day!!

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Masculine Cards

Hi Friends!  Gosh, it's been a while since I last blogged.  I'm finally done with my classes and on summer break.  It's nice to have a break from writing papers and studying.  It's been over a decade since I last was in college and it's been hard to get back to studying mode, especially writing papers and such.

I normally don't make masculine cards but I did make a few a while back and wanted to share them.  It's hard not to add a bow on my cards. . . that's primarily the reason why I don't make too many masculine cards because you have to keep it simple.

Distressing the card is a great way to design a masculine card and using baker's twine rather than ribbon.  I don't have too many masculine image but geese flying I guess is a good masculine image.

Black and white with a touch of blue is another way to keeping a card masculine.

This is simple I could get.  LOL!  I did use a ribbon so it satisfied my need to add embellishments to the card.  Copper colored brads are great embellishments for masculine cards.

That's it for today.  Thank you for stopping by my blog.

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