Sunday, March 13, 2011

Cards with Kites and Other Things

As promised, I finally was able to finish putting together some cards to share. The kite cards were made for the local stamp store for display purposes. All of the kite cards were made using the Die-namics dies from My Favorite Things ( I will give details for each card under the image. I had a lot of fun making the kite cards and if you want to try something different, I recommend getting some of the dies and 'playing' while creating!

The other cards below are just some images that I colored up when I was a captive to my leg pain. I find that coloring really helps when the pain gets unbearable and I literally have a box filled with colored images just from this winter. This is how most of my cards start...just with an image that I color and I build the card from them.

I hope you enjoy the cards as much as I did making them.

Kite Cards

Kite 1

These kite cards are not added in any certain order, nor are they shown in the order that I made them.

To give you a bit more information on the MFT Die-namic dies, the dies that were used on the kite cards were, of course, the kite, the sun, the clouds and the butterfly. All, some or a combination of the dies were used depending on the card.

This card used the kite, sun and only one of the clouds from a set of 3 clouds. The rainbow is handmade using a circle nestability and staggering the layers then cutting out the centers and cutting it in half. My daughter Shannon suggested the design for the rainbow and I think it turned it really great.

The Card itself is made from one of the new Hero Arts patterned papers. If you haven't seen them, or tried them, they are fantastic!! Each package comes with 3 different designs with 4 sheets each of the designs in the same color family. This card is using one of the blue pattern papers that has the filled and open flower design randomly scattered on the paper along with a grid pattern. The grass is a piece of green Hero Art layering paper. The pattern paper on the kite is from Basic Grey's Kioshi 6x6 paper pad. I used these patterned papers since the patterns were small enough to fit the kite design. The sun is made from Bo Bunny dotted 12x12 paper. I love their paper also. Im so partial to dots and I have them in all different colors...LOL

Kite 2

I actually made this kite card last and was tired of making standard A2 sized cards (5 1/2 x 4 1/4), so I thought I would just make a taller portrait card. This card measures 4 x 8 inches.

The paper for the card is the Hero Arts Kraft cardstock. This is probably the best kraft paper I have ever used. It is so nice and firm and crisp that it makes gorgeous cards! If you like using kraft paper, then run out and get some today! You will not be disappointed, its that great. The DP is the same style of Hero Arts patterned paper as the blue card above, only in their Earth color group. These are all brown/tan and I love them.

I made the sun by positioning the die-namic die in the center of the filled flower in the yellow group paper and the open flower of the same paper. I really like how they added a nice look of texture to the sun. I lightly colored the edges of the of the clouds with Ranger tumbled glass distress ink. The kite tail strings are assorted strings and ribbons. This one is a waxed hemp type which went really well with the paper.

Kite 3

This card is probably my favorite and it all came together quicker than any of the other cards. While building the cards, I thought that the kite needed a hill in the background. So I made one. I literally free-hand cut the slope and adhered it to the card then trimmed around the card. Easy Peasy!!

On this card instead of cutting out more kite tails from extra card stock, I just tied thin ribbon on the string. I also added a sentiment that is sold at the stamp store. In making these cards, I have to use paper and stamps that are sold there in order for them to be displayed. You will notice that only 2 cards have sentiments since I wanted to let the owner select the stamps or the sentiments. This stamp was new to the store and I had to buy it the minute it came in so I used it on this card. I think it is such a great sentiment that I can use on a lot of cards that I send to friends and for swap cards. I also trimmed the sun in the same way that I did the hillside.

Kite 4

This is my version of a quick and simple card using the dies and very basic materials. The paper for the kite came from the Basic Grey's Kioshi 6x6 paper pad and the sun is from the Hero Arts Patterned papers. The string on this card is actually a piece of bakery string that I had in my kitchen junk drawer. I dont know about you, but my Mother always saved the string from cakes and donut boxes and rolled them up and kept them in the kitchen drawer. So whenever anyone needed some string, you knew exactly where to find it. I do the very same thing. The bakery where I get the kids birthday cakes seems to think string grows on trees and I have a huge batch of string just from the birthday cakes..LOL

Kite 5

This is the final kite card to show you and its my 'Girlie kite card'..LOL I couldnt possibly make all of these kite cards and not have a pink kite! I embossed a piece of Basic Grey paper using a cuttlebug folder that I think looks like wind! I distressed it a bit with some tumbled glass distress ink. For the kite tail string, I used a small piece of satin ribbon which I think added such a nice touch. I used some distress ink on the sun and added the Hello! sentiment. The butterfly is also a MFT Die-namic die, it is the smallest of a set of 3 butterflys. I thought it would add a nice girlie touch to the card.

The lace at the bottom of the card is from Hero Arts (Did you notice I like Hero Arts a bit?? LOL) and is self adhesive. It comes in a package of 4 or 5 different strips of lace to add to cards. So simple, but so pretty!
Thanks for checking out my kite cards!!

Now for 3 random cards that I also finished up this weekend. I didnt make them for any particular reason other than just to use up some of the colored images I have sitting in the colored box.

Sprout Card

This image came as part of a set of digital images that were put together to help raise money for Katie Renz, who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer. I purchased the set and am now just finally getting around to printing out and coloring some of them. This one stood out to me because it made me think of spring. It is by Mo Manning and is called Sprout. I think the name is perfect and that adorable face really drew me in to color her up.

If you havent heard of the fundraiser for Katie, or would like to purchase some really great digital stamps, please stop over to the Help for Katie blog. You can click HERE to take you to the site. Jak Heath started this drive to help Katie and her family and they have now put out another set of images to purchase also. Stop over and check them out. I stop over to Katie's blog and keep up with her treatments (she really is a sweet person and is sharing her experiences on her blog) and drop a quick line of encouragement to her, Im sure she would love to hear from fellow crafters! So instead of spending that $15 on buying a rubber stamp this time, get some great digital images and help a fellow crafter with her expenses of chemotherapy.

Another Di Carubia Image - Adorable flower carrying teddy bear

What can I say??? Di draws images that are so adorable that I cant seem to resist!! LOL I love her style and the adorable images in her artwork. This image is no exception. How cute is that adorable face with those big eyes? I colored him up with copics and used Ranger distress ink around the image. It is cut out using Spellbinder Nestibilities label one die. I added the flower and a little bling in the middle to give it a special touch.

Frog Card is the last card for today. First I have to apologize to the artist since I can not seem to find who made this in my digital stamp folder. I keep each image in its own folder by artist and can not even find where I would have printed it out from. So if anyone knows the artist, can you please let me know so that I can give out the recognition? Thanks.

I loved this little frog though and colored it with Copics. I made it into a birthday card and added a little pearl in the center of the sentiment.

Well thats it for today. I hope you had fun viewing my creations and I appreciate you taking the time to spend it here on my blog.



  1. I love your cards Andrea! you used beautiful colours, papers and images! wonderful works!!!

  2. Love, love, love your cards! Feel free to link up a card Andrea! ;-)

    I especially love the distressing that you did to Kite Card #3, and again I love the way you are sooooo good at coloring images and putting together cards with them!! :)

  3. Wow, you're on a roll! Fun line up of cards. Andrea, I just want to thank you so much for your kind words on my blog. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness. Thank you again. Hugs. xx