How NOT to use glitter paper!

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I was working on a “golden” anniversary card, and having a hard time deciding: gold glitter paper, gold foil paper, brushed gold paper, glittery gold embossing powder, or plain gold embossing powder.

In the course of trying out combinations, I tried something I’d never done before, which was heat embossing on glitter paper.  You can see the result above!

In case you can’t tell, the glitter coating on top of the paper is embedded in/on what’s probably a plastic film.  When you heat it, it melts, bubbles up from the surface, then starts curling up and shrinking in on itself.  The card stock underneath is a yellowish color, although the reverse of the paper is white.

It’s always interesting to see how a “new technique” will turn out.  This isn’t one I ever plan to duplicate! Yuck!  lol

Tiny treasures in my own back yard

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I don’t spend enough time outdoors.  But yesterday I walked around our shady yard trying to figure out if there was any place that got enough sun to put in a small garden (next year, and my sister will be rolling her eyes if she reads this, because I have never gardened lol).

While I was out back I spotted these teeny tiny pine cones in the grass.  So naturally I thought, “Those would be cute on a card (because really, what tiny thing wouldn’t, right?).”

So I picked some up and brought them in.  When I put them on a card, I’ll post a picture.

And now I have another reason to get outside every day – to go on a tiny treasure hunt!

What tiny treasures have you found to put on your cards?

Using up the bits and pieces

Okay, maybe I’m a paper hoarder.  Or a craft hoarder in general. 🙂

I can see crafty possibilities in so many things, that I have a hard time getting rid of them.  Take paper scraps, for example.

I often find myself trimming down card layers to get the framing of the layers a little different.  Which leaves me with teeny little strips of paper that I’ve taken to calling “whiskers.”

Instead of tossing them, I found a place to put them away, and eventually used some as an embellishment on a card.  The card turned out great (one of my favorites, actually), and so I decided to find more ways to use my whiskers.

On this particular card, I sifted through my little stack to find reds and pinks and just criss-crossed them to create a little interest.  But I felt like a little something more was needed.

Which led me to poke through some odd-shaped pieces left over from some intricate die cuts.  Yes, I sometimes save those, too, if they’re a decent size and an interesting shape!

So I was able to add a couple of these curlicue scraps to my whiskers to fill in my design a little more.  And I think it turned out great!  Which is why I guess I’ll continue to save these little bits and pieces.  🙂

Whiskers, scraps
Using up little bits and pieces is fun!

Oops! I was bad! :)

I got to see how easy it was to do this marbling technique – although I didn’t buy any of their products (yet).

I meant to take photos at the Scrapbook Expo today…

The first booth we went to had a “no photography” sign.  After that, it was too late!  I was so busy gawking at things (does anybody use that word any more?) to remember to take any pictures.

But I did come away with this nifty little sample of a marbling technique.  It’s from a company called Local King Rubber Stamps.  They specialize in solid-image stamps like the car above.  Instead of a stamp where the outlines of the image are raised up, they make the outlines indented and the insides of the image raised up to take the ink.

They scribbled (literally) directly on the stamp with their markers to get the marbling.  They have their own line of water-based markers that they say will stay wet for 6 minutes on the rubber.  As they scribble one color over another, the inks blend to give the marbled effect you can see on the car.

It was an awesome demonstration, but I couldn’t buy everything!  I’m going to try to see if I can get a similar effect with markers I already have.  But I will share some of the things I saw and did buy in other posts to come.

It was sooo much fun!

It had to be done…

Tassel

Everyone knows how frustrating it can be to go to a government office and wait in line.  Even though it’s been eight years since I had to renew my driver’s license in person, that couple of hours (plus travel time) felt like an eternity.  But it had to be done.

I heard someone say, “I should’ve brought a book.”  It didn’t occur to me until after I got home that I should’ve brought a project.  I used to keep a portable card-making project that I could take along to appointments where I might have to wait.  While papercrafting in your lap isn’t ideal, I think it’s time to put together a new project pack that I can take on the go.  If it has a basic set of tools and supplies, it can also be a “grab-and-go” for taking to classes.

And anything that gets me crafting is a good thing. 🙂

I’m going on a papercrafting adventure!

Ribbon thanks

Not that time spent in my craft room isn’t an adventure in itself, but … this is even better!  There’s a scrapbooking expo coming up in two weeks, and I’m going!

I haven’t been to one of these in a lot of years.  It’s a chance to see what new ideas are out there, both in products and techniques.  And to crowd around the booths with hundreds of kindred spirits, going “ooh” and “ah” together.  lol

I’ll take pictures (where allowed) and share them here, so stay tuned for fun stuff to come!

 

It Made My Heart Glad…

I was talking to a younger coworker last week about making greeting cards.  I told her that I thought most card makers were older women, since young people probably used texts and emails instead of paper.  She surprised me by saying that her nieces and nephews had discovered the joy of giving and receiving cards, and regularly made cards for each other.

I guess I’ve been guilty of my own kind of “ageism” in making assumptions about who makes greeting cards.  But I’m very happy to be corrected!

Are there young people in your life who like to make cards with you?  You can comment below. 🙂

It Doesn’t Get Any Easier Than This!

A little “thanks” goes a long way.
Want to be happier?  Tell someone that you appreciate them!  Studies show that expressing your gratitude to someone increases your level of happiness.  Say “thank you” to someone today!

Pet peeves!

Here’s a place for everyone to share their least favorite things about stamping and cardmaking.  Is there a technique where you love the results, but it’s way too complicated or time-consuming for you to want to do it?  Or a tool that gives you trouble when you use it?  Maybe someone has a tip or suggestion that would help!

Welcome, fellow stamper!

Welcome to anitapirkle.com!  As time progresses, you’ll find a variety of things here: photos of cards, cardmaking supplies for sale, technique tutorials, suggestions for “random acts of kindness,” and comments, questions, and suggestions from you!