Odd Holidays

It appears that every single day of a  year has some type of ODD Holiday being celebrated.  On Monday, September 19, 2016 it was “Talk like a Pirate” day.  ARRRGGG is what I say about THAT holiday!

I recently participated in another Shoebox Card Swap with a group of card makers.  We belong to a MEETUP.com group and these Shoebox Card Swap events are fun because there’s no fee to participate, and you can show your creativity and share techniques or even show how a tool might work.  Personally, I call that last part an Enabler Alert.  Usually when I see some type of tool that will make my life easier, I will buy it.

A couple of the tools I learned to use were the Mini-MISTI stamp positioner and a Fantastix Blending Brush Tool.

I loved the Fantastix tool.  I used color pencils and Odorless Paint Thinner to blend the pigment on part of a card.  Usually I will blend with a blending stump or a tortillion.  This blending tool held the OPT longer and was so smooth on the paper.  So yes, I bought a couple of packs of the Fantastix later that day!  Now do you understand the Enabler Alert description?

As far as the Mini-MISTI (which is the acronym for Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented.) goes, it’s a great idea, but IMHO overpriced.  I realized there are costs to creating patenting, and production, but $45 for a small tool is a little out of my comfort zone right now.  I can afford it, but I’m just not sure I want to pay that much for it.  Hopefully it will come down in price.  I’m all about finding a bargain.

Okay, so the odd holiday I chose for my card is National Ice Cream Cone Day, which is today, September 22nd.  I found a variety of ODD holidays on a website called Days of the Year.  I literally scrolled through each date  and found some holidays that would correspond with stamp sets I could use.

This is the card I created:


Yes, because everybody loves ice cream, right?!  Well, if you think about it, it’s the day for the ice cream cone–so no ice cream for YOU! Yeah, RIGHT!

I used a Sizzix die to cut the card base.  The cardstock is ALL Close To My Heart, except the neon pink and the Printed cone on the left side. The Ticket stamp image, (S1111) white stars and red heart, and inks are also all from Close To My Heart.  The ice cream scoop layers and cone on the right are from the Stampin’ Up! set called “Sprinkles of Life” and they are punched out with the SU! Tree Builder Punch.  The WOO HOO! stamp is also from a Stampin’ Up set (retired, 2015 Saleabration Party Pants.)

The cone on the right was found via a google.com search for ‘line art ice cream cone.’  I copy and pasted it into my Microsoft Publisher program and added word art to each ‘swirl’ and the bottom of the cone.  Then printed a dozen on one sheet of letter sized paper, and colored them with Promarkers.  I fussy cut the graphic and adhered it to the front with an ATG Gun.

Speaking of an ATG gun, I created this graphic one day and posted it on my Instagram:


Yes, strange sense of humor, but this is about the only gun I like to use.  It’s easier to pull the trigger on this baby than a real weapon and a lot less dangerous.

Have a wonderful & happy National Ice Cream Cone Day!!





Upcoming Shoebox Swap

I enjoy creating greeting cards.  I belong to a Meetup Group that meets and creates cards.  There’s a monthly class, and then occasional events.  The next event is a Christmas Themed Shoebox Swap.  The idea of this get-together is for each person to create ONE card, and then have enough supplies in a shoebox for each person to create a duplicate.  So if my card has specifically sized paper on it, I would cut enough for each person at the Swap. In our group, it’s always 10 people, so I would have supplies for a minimum of 9 extra duplicated cards.  If there is a stamped image, I can include the stamp and ink, or pre-stamp the image on cardstock.  Same thing with embellishments–ribbon, tags, brads, buttons, glitter, tape, etc. What’s wonderful is we get a variety of designed greeting cards.  99% of the time they will be the standard 4.25″ x 5.5″ A2 card size.  If we have greeting cards that are not this standard size, we are asked to submit an envelope. There are a plethora of greeting card styles out there.  I have a lot of books and magazines that show ways to fold paper, and create shapes that look nearly impossible to duplicate, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes a challenge to find NEW ideas to share with others. For instance, recently I came across a “Block” card tutorial and I decided to give it a go.  Luckily this was a written tutorial instead of a video.  I’d rather have a written tutorial, because I can print it out and check off each step as I go along. box card from scrappin' with shalana I made it a beach theme for my best friend who absolutely loves the beach! The upcoming shoebox swap theme is Christmas.  I’m tempted to create a gatefold type card, but we’ll see.  It really depends on the amount of paper I have.  Since each card needs to have the exact same pieces, I would have to make sure I had enough of each item to provide.  Last year I didn’t have enough of this one ribbon which was frustrating because it went so well with the card I wanted to create. More info will follow once I figure out what I plan to share with the group.