Welcome to Cards by Amy K.

I am SO GLAD you stopped by to check out my blog!!! Here I will be posting my current projects for you to see. PLEASE feel free to leave me a comment. I would LOVE to hear what you think about what I'm working on. I have been a scrapbooker/paper crafter since I first caught wind of this wonderful hobby in 2006. I am lucky enough to get to spend my days doing something I love so much and which brings so much joy into my life. I first started scrapbooking as a way to pass the time as I found myself at home alone all day suddenly, now I can't imagine life without it. Too bad I don't get paid for it, then I really would have it all!!!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Handmade Birthday card for my Briother

Those of you who know me well know that I only have one sibling and that's my wonderful, fully, sensitive, personable, lovable, and just all around wonderful kinda guy who is my Brother.  His name is Derek but I've pretty much always called him Brother. So don't get confused if I do so here, okay?  Brother and I have a special unspoken very tight bond.  We don't get to see one another near as much as I would like but he has two wonderful children and a loving wife to tend to and I have Brian to tend to, lol, just kidding. Well, No, not really. But anyway, as you know, sometimes life just gets in the way of us being able to get around to doing some of the things we just want to do because there are too many pressing matters that HAVE to be done.  But us being apart hasn't changed how much we love one another in the least.  I don't have to be told he loves me I see it in his eyes and feel it when he gives me a hug, EVERY time he greets me.  I told you he's wonderful, didn't I?  I want to make him a special card every year and each year I try.  I do think or at least I hope, that my card making improves every year so at least they are never the same. 

I made this card on a standard 4.25 x 5.5" card base and covered it with background paper by K & Co. from the "Life's Journey" collection. Yes, I know that's an old collection but I can't help it, I love the paper and I've bought and have like three of the 12 x 12 " paper pads and one of the "Ancestry" pads. LOVE that paper! I used some metallic gold card stock and my new Anna Griffin dies that I recently got from HSN. I got a bunch of dies and embossing folders and I've been loving making cards with those bad boys. lol. So, That corner piece and the scroll type flourish piece that runs behind the sentiment were cut from that gold card using Anna's dies. The die cut in the center from the 'news print' type paper (also from that K & Co. paper pad) is a Spellbinders die, it's called Labels 22. For the top note shape I just used Ga Pacific White card stock from good ole Wal Mart, I punched it out with an extra large punch from the Paper Studio which is made by Hobby Lobby. I distressed the edges of both the die cut and the punched top note shapes with distress ink from Tim Holtz for Ranger.  Sorry, I am unsure about what the color was..  There is also a piece from the K & Co. die cut ephemera shapes in the left of the spellbinders die cut.  For the sentiment I used a stamp set from Close to My Heart called  "Just a Number". It's one of those inside and  out sets. The banner die cut and sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp. I kinda made it read funny but it's supposed to read like this: "Inside every older person is a younger person..... (and Inside) wondering what happened." but it made it read crazy when I put that "wishing you the best" right square in the middle of it all. lol Yeah, I still have those moments.

Here's a picture of the inside just showing the rest of the sentiment. I used that same distress ink on it and punched it from an ek success punch.  One more thing, I've found this wonderful new black ink that I'm loving.  It's from Hero Arts and its India ink black. Love it! Stamps like a dream.

That's all for today, hope you enjoyed my card, Mistakes and all. I hope you have an wonderful day and thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my blog. I hope to see you back here again tomorrow for another card as I still have a few to go to get completely caught up. lol. Till then, I'll c u later. Hugs and love, Amy k