Colouring with Kool Aid

I must confess – I’ve never had Kool-Aid before.

However, anyone with a pinterest account knows that there is no shortage of crafty things that you can do with Kool-Aid that doesn’t require consuming it. I had originally purchased two packs of Kool-Aid powder in order to dye easter eggs. Alas, that didn’t happen, so they’ve been sitting in our pantry for…a while. Inspired by the beautiful dip-dye stationery here and here, I decided to take some time this morning to make some dip dye cards!

It also started with some card stock and a few packets of Kool-Aid.

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I put some amount of the powder in a container , then added water. In retrospect, I would totally have used plates instead of these small snack boxes.

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I dipped and dragged them through the liquid (which gave off a very artificial, not altogether pleasing door), then laid them out to dry. Note: use thicker paper so you don’t lose all structural integrity. I experimented firstly with just regular printer paper and it ended poorly. Also, it was GOOS (good on one side) paper, so I totally saw everything that was printed on the other side.

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I got bored of just dipping the cards, so I grabbed a cup and used the rim to make some more interestingly patterned cards too.

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After all this fun, I laid another piece of paper towel over top, set some books over top to flatten them out, and waited for them to dry.

I must say, the final product did not turn out as well as I had hoped. Perhaps my powder to water ratio was off, or perhaps I dipped it too long in the liquid. A lot of my cards didn’t quite lose the wave that you get when you wet paper, and I wouldn’t feel  comfortable actually giving most of these cards away.

I did enjoy this one card, though, in which I used the dip dye not so much as a design, but as a canvas for creating my own little scene.

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Perhaps one day I will try this again with liquid Kool-Aid concentrate and see if I get better results.

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The Versatility of Stamps

This morning was once again Cards and Crop at church. I’m always excited for Cards and Crop, and today my plan was to get working on our next adventure book. Alas, that did not happen, since one of the ladies leading the group showed us this AMAZING technique that makes stamps look like watercolours. Let me explain.

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All you need are some sponges and your stamp pads. I opted for a sunset look, so I chose red, orange and yellow.

Next you want to mask an area for the stamping to happen. I just took a piece of white paper, ripped it in half, and used double sided tape (which I fiddled with lots to make it less sticky) to adhere them to my card. Then I started at one end with a solid red, fading it out as I went. I then added the orange, and faded that into the yellow.

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I removed the masking papers, added some candles and a handwritten sentiment and voila – a birthday card!

Here are some others that I made.

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I even created a rectangular mask and used it to make this funky thank you card.

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All in all a dry productive morning. I see many more ink gradient cards in the near future…

New Cardmaking Techniques

Michaels had a crazy sale today. 40% off your entire regular-priced purchase. So of course, armed with my iPhone (and thus the appropriate coupon), I entered the store with the intention of buying all that I needed for heat embossing. I am happy to report that I came out with a Martha Stewart heat embossing tool, embossing ink pad, watermark pen, and two embossing powders. I brought them directly to Cards and Crop with me, and after a few failed attempt, here’s the final effect!

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I also fooled around with tissue paper today, and came up with some cards I really really liked!

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They’re so simple, and yet so effective! Now that summer is here, I believe much cardmaking will ensue :D

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Cards and Crop

Every last Saturday of the month, I am up “early” and at church by 9 am. Throughout the week, I don’t have time set aside to work on cards or Kelvin and my adventure book. However, on these Saturdays I am guaranteed coffee, conversation, and time. Precious time to work on these cards that I seem to burn through the other 30 days of the month.

Today was a particularly prolific session, with a whopping six cards created within a two and a half hour span.

We started off doing a “triple time stamping” card together, which I used one of my favourite stamps for. I may send this off to my friend Robyn who is in the UK.

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After, I went on to create an engagement card for two of our friends who just engaged yesterday! One of the other ladies at Cards and Crop had a Pinterest board full of great card ideas and this one was inspired by a puzzle piece card I saw.

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Last but not least, I took to the cricut to cut out some balloons for birthday cards, which I am really low on. I found the streamer celebrate card really strange but for some reason it is everyone’s favourite!

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Last but not least, I will share one card that I didn’t make today but that I did mail this morning. Kelvin’s grandparents and many of his extended family relatives are coming to Canada for our wedding so I wrote them a little message in this Toronto-inspired watercolour card.

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My First Ever Craft Show

A few weeks ago, the organization that I work for held a staff craft show. I’ve never been in a craft show before, but I figured it would be a nice way to sell some of the cards I’ve made and to share something I love to do. It was a lot of fun (though I was up quite late the night before getting some extra cards finished just in case), and I am so glad I did it! Some of the other crafters there were veterans, and were very smart in their use of levels. I, on the other hand, had a simple yellow tablecloth and used the only container I had as a raised display for two cards. Note the mini business cards that I made myself. They are nothing fancy, but it’s a nice tag to have when I bundle up my card packages together.

I’ve really taken to this one technique of using the erasers on the backs of pencils as stamps, and I have been doing whole collections with this aesthetic.

Something else I really like is using triangles of paper to create this overlapping look. I love the different colours and patterns!

And of course, seeing as how Christmas is not too far away, how could I not do some holiday cards!

If you are in the Kingston area and would like me to make some cards for you, please feel free to send me an email. The price per card ranges from $1.50 for simple stamp-only cards to $2.50 for more crafted cards.

Card-making frenzy!

It’s been a wonderful weekend so far. I finished watching the whole On Call 36 Hours series (which I found out is officially called “The Hippocratic Crush”…uhh…I don’t get it), and I have produced a total of twenty-eight cards. Woohoo! Heids came over last night with her stamps and ink pads, and it was so nice to just be creative together. Her rubber stamps inspired me to go out and purchase some of my own supplies, so I went and spent $50 at Michael’s this afternoon. Luckily, I have already put them all to very good use :) I have a tendency to do little series or collections when I make cards, so here they are…

oh happy day collection

It’s always nice having Heids make cards with me, because she comes at things from such a different perspective. She always sees the details in different creations, and she offers an eye that I do not have! This next set of images is particularly cute and whimsical. My favourite is the “enjoy today” card.

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the randoms…

Whenever I make cards, I’m bound to have mistakes. That’s one of the best things about making simple cards – I can let them go when they don’t turn out the way I envision, or I can pull bits and pieces from other cards to make it work. The “Hello!” in the randoms shot about was salvaged from a card front on which I had drawn a really hideous character.

“create” – I particularly like this collection

I have found that spending more time on my google reader and on pinterest has given me more ideas from cards. I keep seeing pennant banner cards, so this is my own take on coloured pennants – rectangles!

At Michael’s, I finally caved and bought a clear acrylic block for all my clear stamps. This is one of my new clear stamps – happy birthday – in a set that has many versatile clings. I’m excited to make more!

This last “collection” is one that I really like because of the simplicity and the colours. I bought the stamp today for less than $2, and I am planning on experimenting with a whole bunch of different colour palettes. We’ll see which look best! Here I just did warm colours vs. cool colours.

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There are more cards to share, and also a few postcards, but this post is chock full of images already. Enjoy!

sister time

apologies for being MIA for so long! it has been quite a roller coaster here in kingston, but i am hoping to start posting regularly again.

i had a wonderful time the past two days with my sister, and i thought it would be nice to share those times here. even though we live in the same city now, we rarely get to see each other because of our conflicting schedules (and her lack of transportation). as she finishes up her reading week, it was nice for us to have some shared R&R.

the most used item of the night was definitely the magic bullet. my parents bought it for me for christmas, and i only just started using it a few days ago. this little appliance is so versatile! we used it to grate cheese (in mere seconds) for our pizza. here is our pesto pizza creation with spinach, onions, mushrooms, and chicken. we made another one with a tomato base, which i think claire and i both preferred. must be the sauce :P

we also used the magic bullet to make delicious smoothies. we three in some frozen blueberries, apple juice, blueberry yogurt, and half a banana. they were so delicious we made them again in the morning! another thing i love about the magic bullet is that it came with all these cool attachments. we have these flip tops that we used to take our smoothies out of the house today (we were short on time…as usual). they really thought of everything!

aside from all our eating, we played lots of wii (claire and i are only mildly competitive with each other), watched 50 first dates, and finished off by cardmaking into the night. claire brought over her scrapbooking/cardmaking kit to get started on her march birthday cards, and i worked happily away at some thank you cards for work. though claire and i are very different, this is one thing that we do have in common!

all in all, it was wonderful, and hopefully we will have another fam jam soon! my parents are scheduled to come up at the end of march break, so i am looking forward to that :)

it’s the most wonderful time of the year

i haven’t posted in over a week, but things have been very busy indeed! despite december being a chilly month (though it has been very mild in kingston), the christmas season always warms me up – christmas songs and festivities, love and cheer all around, and the reminder that we celebrate this season to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, who came into this world to save you and i.

there are still many projects that i have to embark on before the new year, but my christmas card making is well underway! here’s a snippet…

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a selection...
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handmade by me!

a weekend of birthdays

this weekend, i had the chance to head back to toronto to celebrate not one, but two birthdays! my cousin (who is really close to my sister and i) turned 19 on saturday, and my grandpa had his 80th birthday and dinner banquet on saturday night. as always, i love to exercise my creativity through the joys of cardmaking. here are their simple, but colourful cards.

birthday balloons!

 

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more thank you cards

i recently borrowed a book from the library called “the best of papercrafts mag”. it has a ton of wonderful ideas in it, and this next card was inspired by a layout i stumbled upon in the book. it seems i tend to do a lot of thank you cards.

the card concept is really very simple, but i like how it gives me a chance to use my patterned paper. the thanks “plaque” is raised off the card thanks to a wonderful invention called 3D double-sided tape (not the technical term).

stitching and cards

this post is long overdue, but over the past little while i have been incorporating stitching into the cards that i’ve been making. this first one is a thank you to kelvin’s family for being so hospitable over the past few months. i made it to be a little file folder, with 5 different sections. the first section was a general thanks, followed by a personalized section to each of them. i even drew little caricatures of them doing their favourite activities!

here’s a better look at the different cards out of the folder. there wasn’t too much stitching in this one, just along the sides to keep the folder together.

this next card is for my grandma’s birthday! she loves flowers, so i decided to stitch this flower onto the card. i am still learning how to appropriately use patterned paper, but this is one of my forays down that path. it is a very simple card, but i like it. i wrote in both english and chinese on the inside, which made it look a little weird, but i am glad that i picked one language for the exterior.

because i love my grandpa :)

this is a really special year, because it’s my grandpa’s 80th birthday. he is a wonderful man who i admire greatly. he is a man of the word, a man of prayer, and a man of humility. that is a combination of qualities that is hard to come by, but he possesses them. he considers his worldly achievements of little importance (though there are a TON…including his international-level refereeing career which i only found out about a few years ago!) and dedicates so much to his family and to his relationship with Christ. in honour of his big day (and given the time i have been blessed with), i decided to make his birthday celebration invitation cards. apologies for the poor quality…i’m at my parents’ house and cannot find a camera…so i used my blackberry.

this card went through a few revisions…i started off with a completely different concept, but then this idea came to me. the circular symbol you see is the chinese character for longevity. the card on the far left is the original…where the character is actually split in half and you need to slide the card open (think chinese take out containers). the middle card is the same design, but instead of the half circles being on the outside of the card, they’re on the inside. i really liked this concept, but my grandpa thought it would be a little bit too troublesome to open. thus, we have the card on the far right, which is what i’ll be making.

this gives you a better understanding of how these cards actually go together. the one on the right is the original – so what you see as the top flap is cut halfway from the bottom and the bottom flap is cut half way from the top. they slide into each other so the card is really secure. the one on the left just uses a tab that fits into a slot i cut into the semi-circle. it’s much easier to open and close, but it doesn’t stay together as tightly.

anyways, i need to finish them tonight if i want to go back to kingston tomorrow night!