2/02/2023

Valentine's Day Cards with Anna Griffin

I made some Valentine's Day cards this weekend using the Anna Griffin Valentine Spinner kit. The kit makes interactive cards that are suitable for friends (YAY!).  I really like that because there are are just only so many romantic Valentines I can send (as in one - to the hubby.) These cards will be going to friends that I see weekly while playing Mah Jong and my daughters and mother-in-law.

For the most part, these cards have an antique Valentine feel. I say that because there are elements in the kit that can be used to make cards that are less floral and ornate. Although with Anna Griffin cards, ornate is a relative term!


My main card is for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge this week - middle row across Layers, Friendship, Circle.

I have a few tips for making spinner cards.  You need to line up the two pieces on either side of the string and that can be hard if what you're lining up is the same color as your work surface. I place a piece of contrasting cardstock underneath the circle and it makes things much easier to see and align.

My second tip is for this or any kit where you have lots of pieces.  I take some small trays - the kind you use to organize drawers - and put my various pieces in those. Here I had one for the spinner pieces, one for flowers, hearts, etc. I find my desk stays neater and creating goes a bit faster, especially when making multiples.

I hope you've enjoyed my cards today and will join us for this week's challenge!

Products used:

  • Anna Griffin Valentine Spinner Card Kit

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1/31/2023

Double Challenge Tuesday

It's the fifth Tuesday of the month so we have a Timeless Tuesday double challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This means we've taken a sketch from the past and combined it with retired colors.


I did not have the Pretty in Pink so I had to substitute.  I chose another retired pink - Powder Pink. Since I had cardstock in the Banana and the Rose I used those and tipped the petals with the Powder Pink ink. Black seemed a bit harsh for the sentiment so I used a light grey.

Unlike the other challenges at CC&S, this challenge will only run for one week. I hope you will join us!

Products used:

  • Stamps: Lawn Fawn Simply Sentiments
  • Dies: Spellbinders Be Bold Blooms
  • Ink: Powder Pink, Smoky Slate
  • Cardstock: Barley Banana, Rose Red

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1/30/2023

Wood You Be Mine?

I've posted Valentine's Day cards this month (and will be posting more later this week). My previous ones were for friends but this one is for my husband. I got this Lawn Fawn set of beavers because it was just so dam cute! (Pun intended.)


I decided to use it for this week's Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers - Poppy Parade, Coastal Cabana and Crumb Cake. I knew right away I would use the Crumb Cake as a background for the beavers.  The real challenge for me was that in terms of value, all three of these colors are very similar.  Not a lot of contrast in black and white. To remedy that I reversed out one of my large XOXOs and placed it in the center. In doing this it came to the front and the others receded. It also helped the beavers stand out.

I colored the beavers with Copic markers and heat embossed the sentiment on Early Espresso cardstock.  Dessert this week is our "favorite embellishment." I'm not sure that this hear is my favorite....but I do like enamel dots of any kind!

Products used:

  • Stamps / Dies: Lawn Fawn Wood You Be Mine
  • Dies: Lawn Fawn Giant XO and Stitched Woodgrain Backdrop
  • Markers: Copics - E30, E31, E33, E34, E35, E37; Stampin' Blends Poppy Parade
  • Cardstock: Coastal Cabana, Basic White, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
  • Accessories: Mini Heart Enamel dots, White Embossing Powder

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1/24/2023

Heirloom Lace Alternate Card

This morning's card is for the color challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  Karen gave us some soft, cool pastels that are wonderful for a winter card but also great for spring. Her colors are Highland Heather, Balmy Blue and Pear Pizzazz with Ribbon for dessert (an optional element for the challenge.)

Recently I've been watching a lot of Anna Griffin videos and have several of her card kits.  I got this one around Christmas and noticed that the colors in it were very similar to this week's colors.

I used it as a jumping off point rather than making one of the cards in the kit. I pulled a card base that matched from a box of AG cards. The cards in the kit are square but rectangular cards are easier (and less expensive) to mail. I used the Heather and Pear to cut the shadows for the doily and sentiment.

Products used:

  • Kit: Anna Griffin Heirloom Lace Kit (includes dies)
  • Card base: AG Impression Die Cards
  • Accessories: Sentiment AG Create 8 Class 1 and AG Bow
  • Additional: Cardstock - Stampin' Up! Highland Heather and Pear Pizzazz; AG Matte Gold

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1/19/2023

Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Happy Thursday!  Today is the first Team O challenge of the year at Tic Tac Toe Challenge. Silke has a fun board for us. I've been making Anna Griffin cards lately and this board seemed made for one.

 

A friend of mine recently celebrated her 60th birthday. I bought this cake easel card because I thought it very versatile for birthdays, weddings, babies, etc.  A cake can used for a lot of occasions!

One trick to make the intricate cuts pop a bit - I die cut the cake from gold cardstock and offset it just a bit from my top layer.  This helps to give definition when using a pattern for the top layer.

Thanks for stopping by today - I hope you will join in the challenge

Products used:

  • Dies: Anna Griffin Cake Easel card
  • Paper and Embellishments: Anna Griffin

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