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, January 23, 2015

Masculine Birthday card made for the church

Even tho this card was made by request from the church it was still going to one of my husbands, Brian, favorite cousins. They grew up together just doing things that boys do hunting and fishing and blowing stuff up from time to time. lol.  Christopher, don't think anybody forgot you were in that mix too. lol.  Good ole boys having a good old time. So I did want to make this card kinda special.  Well, I try to make them all special but Jason is also one of my favorite cousins and he's got a personality that goes on for days.  It just won't quite.  And laugh, omg Jason will have you in stitches five minutes after you've just met him.  He's good people in my book. 

Now, to get down to the bones of the mater.  I made this 5.5x5.5" card with the 6x6 patterned paper pad from Prima called Printery,  Love this collection for masculine cards,  It has a lot of cream and black and also a hint of a light blue its really nice paper and you always know I like the person If I pull out my Prima stash to work on their project. lol.  I just cut down the first layer in black and glued it straight down then I chose another patterned paper in contrasting colors and used my elegant edges cartridge for the cricut to cut out that shape.  I used a couple of tags and journaling cards from 7 gypsies. I used several of my small stamps like the train and the banner and the make a wish and the #1 on the right hand journaling card  I stamped the 45 (because Jason is older than me, not by much but he is still older and I like to remind him lol) and then used my one inch circle punch to punch them out of another sheet of journaling card,  Also I forgot to say that when I stamped them I also heat embossed them in a champagne color embossing powder.  I thought it looked nice.

This is a shot of the inside of the card and as you can see I used more of my stamps to embellish the inside.  The hand with finger pointed is from that small set with the train on it from the front of the card.  I used this pretty general birthday blessing that I use for most of the churches cards and then in a red color I tried out some of my new religious stamps.  I distressed all the edges in the red/rust color and then layered the cream card on a layer of black card stock.  And as usual I left the right hand or in this case the bottom half for the preacher to have room to write a sentiment and verse if he would like.  Honestly I don't know what he does with them after I turn then over.

I hope this card found you having a blessed day or better said, would be night. Either or, I hope it was wonderful and you find your self wrapped in Gods love and Glory. This and every night,   I will be back soon with more cards to show you.  I am trying to make an effort to catch up on all these cards.  I decided not to do a blog post of all the Christmas cards this year because I just took to you tube and made a video of them and called it a day.  There were so many to be posting pictures of.  I got news for alot of folks who have been getting hand made cards from me and Brian for years and I've never gotten any kind of card from you, well, lets just say the card list will be much shorter this year cause I really don't have the time to stress over hand making 50 cards each year and not to mention the money it cost.  I'm just going to have to make some cut backs and keep it to the closest of family and friends this year and if you feel like sending us one then I'll pop one in the mail to you too.  I got nothing but love for all of y'all.  Have a blessed and warm night and till next time much hugs and love, Amy K.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Watercolor birthday card for female

This was another card made for the preacher's wife by request for her Granddaughter.  She told me that she liked anything pretty so this is what I came up with for her.  I love to do watercolor techniques so I jumped at the chance to do the background on this card.  The paper line lent itself well to the watercolors. So the whole background is watercolor done with distress inks and water.  I used a couple of cut outs from the paper line and the sentiments were both done with Close to my Heart stamps and the happy birthday die cut was one that went along with a cricut cartridge.  I also used a Memory box die in the top left corner called dizzy doily.  I hand died the seam binding with the distresss inks too and I edged all the pieces with pumice stone distress ink to add a little pop and give some distinction to the pieces.

It's a pop up card and these are a few shots of it opened up to show the insides. I used a piece of bazzill card stock for the base layer and then added a sheet of the designer paper on top of that,  The sentiment stamp is from Hot off the press and I punched it out with an ek sucess punch. The top is held up with a piece of flower pearl trim.  I also used a bit of it on the front of the card.

Well, that's all that I've got for you today.  Hope you enjoyed the card.  I sure had a good time making it and was very proud of it once it was done.  This is one of those cards that once finished you don't want to let them go.  Every now and  again you will find that you create something that you want to keep for yourself especially when you make cards specifically for others like I do and so I have to let go of each of them and all I have left is the pictures.  Kinda sad sometimes but I love sharing what I do with others.  Have a blessed day and I will try to get back sooner to get you another card much sooner than I've been doing.  I've got plenty of them on  stand by.  Till then, much love and hugs, Amy K.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Feminine Birthday card

I made this card by request by my Pastors wife, Sylvia.  She wanted a birthday card for her niece who loves dogs.  I had this pink fabric with the doggies on it and thought it would be perfect.  Getting the fabric onto the card front was not as tricky as you would think.  I first ironed and starched the fabric then once cooled I took it to my xyron sticker maker and ran it thru putting adhesive all along the back of the fabric.  I cut a piece of white card stock to the size of the card front and then lay the fabric sticky side up then lay the card stock into the center of the fabric then carefully wrapped the fabric around to the back of the card stock pulling out all the wrinkles and smoothing it out as I went,  I mitered the corners of the fabric so there was no bulk on the back and everything lay down nice and smooth.  I then ran the card stock covered in fabric back thru the xyron and added more adhesive to the entire back of it. Then I added it to my card base.  I used some of the black mesh bling to trim out the top and the bottom of the card.  The little dog house was a 3d sticker I had in my stash forever so I added it to the fabric panel with some strong glue to insure it adhered to the fabric well.  The sentiment was a velum piece that I also ran thru the xyron because when you are adhering velum to something its difficult to hide the adhesive so its better to add it to the entire backside surface area,  So once it was sticky all along the back I added it to another piece of white card and then cut out around it and added it to the fabric panel with pop dots. for the final touch I added some bone shaped bling that I'd had in my stash with a strong glue like 3 in 1.

This is a shot of the inside of the card.  I layered white card on top of black and layered it inside the card base.  I just added a simple stamped sentiment to the panel and it was done.  Sylvia was thrilled with the dog theme and she reported back that her niece loved the card and I can tell you that nothing makes me happier to hear.  I love it when I am able to give someone exactly what they are looking for in a card.  
That's my card for today.  I promise to have my Christmas cards up for you to see soon even though it's late.  I will just post them all in one blog post. Till then, have a wonderful day and I'll talk to you soon. Much love and hugs, Amy K.