Monday, May 22, 2017

Autumn Shaker Cards: Oh what fun!

The Challenge in our stamping group this month was Autumn cards so I decided to try out some new thin mounting tape I ordered from Stampin Up and make some shaker cards.

Let me share this secret with you, I have not made shaker cards in years!  I mean YEARS!

So I'm a bit rusty and out of the loop-- but I did it anyway and am proud to share them here now with you. 

So come,  have a look!

Here's card # 1:

Normally not one for images without noses or smiles, I couldn't resist this one as Fall is my favorite season of all.
 I didn't know when I stamped this image I'd be creating a shaker.. didn't know till it was just about done! :)  I stamped the image, colored it in with Copics then stenciled in the sky.  When I got over to my die cutting area in the studio I used one of my favorite dies from MFT.  I liked the idea of the border being apart of the image. 

It was here that I looked in my stash of patterned papers for a background... what could be more perfect then a day at the pumpkin farm?
 These two photos show the shaker  section best.  The leaves on the outer rim were scraps of silver glossy card stock... I die cut them then colored them with my Copics. They bring the inside scene out I think. What do you say?  They also have a bit of sparkle... as if carrying that from the inside out as well.
 I hope you enjoyed this card. I'll publish the 2nd card I made shortly.
Meanwhile, enjoy your day.   

Thanks for stopping by.  Feel free to leave me a comment so I know you were here.

Cara "Febe" Giaquinto

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Jack's Travels

A week or so ago a friend and I were down in the big city and we had my Jack with us.

Here's a photo I have to share:

He seems to be thinking his head is heavy as he rests it on the window sill.  Funny guy.  All my other dogs curled up on the seat and slept while the vehicle moved along the highways.

But not Jack. Oh no, he's got his own way of traveling, take a peek!

Here's his left side.  He's sound asleep here.

Now, for the right side:

This is Jack's normal position in my car.. here we're in my friends big SUV, and if you look at Jack's butt you'll see my husband has a hand on Jack... just a tiny bit of support.  His front legs you'll see that the leg in back, along the seat is bent at the knee (we don't see this) however we do see his paw is slightly raised off the seat.

Jack's a hoot.

Thanks again for stopping in to visit and enjoy the photos.
Leave a comment below if you like-- let me know you were here!

:) Cara Febe

Celebrations continue

This birthday card really was a blast to make!  First off I used stamps a friend brought over one day...  these little monsters are so cute and at first, I'll admit I didn't think I'd find a reason to use them more then once. But oh, gosh, after I completed this card the other day I went online to My Favorite Things stamps and ordered myself the set.  I just couldn't see myself living my life without the Monsters there.  And I already believe I'll be using them for another little girls card.... :)

OK, this card is a interactive card. Meaning when the recipient opens the card it moves -- I mean, it MOVES... The card pops open and pivots around at the same time.  Really exciting to see.

Enough said , let's have a look!

The card closed. Primary colors went perfect with the images.

I tried to slowly open the card, holding it with a tweezers so that you may get the feel of how it begins to move.  The inside panels you see now are lifting up off the bottom of the card and starting to open.

 As I lift the top up higher the inner panels continue to move and begin to stretch outward from left to right.
Isn't this just the coolest??? 

A fully opened view:
I had so much fun creating this pop up and twist card that I forgot to take photos before I wrote a simple birthday greeting inside.

I am looking forward to giving both these two cards away next week... and I really can't wait to see the reactions as they are opened.

Hope you enjoyed, as always feel free to leave a comment so I know you stopped by.

:) Cara Febe

Time to Celebrate!

Last week I needed two birthday cards for two men -- and I wanted them to be focused on FUN and to be bright and happy.  These men are not family but are very important to me non the less so I really spent some time on these two cards. I enjoyed every second of every hour that I worked.

I"m proud of both cards and would love to share them here.

The first card is what is know as a Z fold -- the card opens like a Z on it's side... so at first you see the complete front, and a partial view of the inside.

Then you see the inside as you open the card and leave it on display. That's the view shown below.  The lower half of the front of the card stands out from the fold line so that the Dragon  (Sweet Pea Stamps) stands out off the card.  I used a piece of plastic from a box to create and support the balloon which appears to be floating in air... and when the card is opened or closed it moves which is a really cool and fun thing!

 I was attracted to the Sweet Pea line because I already owned from years and years ago some fun images that would work with their dragon.  There's no info. on the fishy balloon stamp but I really thought it would merge well with the Dragon.

Then what's a Dragon without a Wizard????  This Wizard is an oldie but oh so loved!  The company that created this wizard, Visual Imagine Printery is no longer around.

I enjoyed creating this card very much as it allowed me to add a bit of scenic stamping -- I got to create a floor for the wizard to stand on and the Dragon I anchored with a bit of a grassy area.

Painting in the Dragon with my Copics was a blast!  Since no one on earth can tell me what color a Dragon should be, I just played! I stamped him first in black Memento ink then ran the image (I stamped 10 0f him!) thru my Brother ScanNCut machine and "OH he's so cute!". Then I brought him to life with my Copics and glitter.    I' also painted up a girl Dragon in pinks... as I have plans to create a card for a friend's little granddaughter.
My Wizard is really neat.. I love how he holds up a blank sign which allows me to use him for many different reasons.  Who knows, one day he might find you!
If you've never seen a card like this and are wondering where a person message would go I tend to put mind inside the center of the card, just behind the first image you'd see. On this card it's behind the Dragon.

Thanks for stopping by, sure hope you enjoyed the card and will leave a comment so I know you were here.

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Have a great day!

Cara Febe

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Stepping back in time...

In one of my groups there was so talk last week about all the new images we tend to use now a days and also how some stampers are still using older stamps, older images. 

I thought about this for a few days and decided that I needed to reach back in time and pull out some older stamps.

So today I worked with this image from Inkadinkado and the date on the side is 2012... OK, it's not THAT old but still, it's got a few years on it.

So here's my first card dipping into the past I do hope you like it!


 The main image is the one I aimed to use and then as I colored the image I realized it was a hat box up on the left so I went looking for wordage that would blend well with the theme.  I hope you agree.

This card will be sent to a 'new friend' and shared in that group I hope.

:) Thanks for stopping by.

Please leave a comment so I know you were here.

:) Cara Febe

Friday, January 27, 2017

I completed a fun birthday card the other day that I'd like to share here and store here so I can revisit it in the future.  

I never was one to make a copy of a card for myself to keep. I made a card, I sent the card out.
I figured I enjoyed creating the card and that was good enough.

Now, looking back over my stamping life I realize there were cards I wish I had a photo of at least.  Cards that were made for special reasons, special people.  But as we grow older sadly we lose friends and family and with them, our art.

So lesson learned, photograph anything you love that you made and store it away for viewing again later on.

While the person may be gone, the art you made them can remain alive. Warming your heart when you think of the loved one lost.

So here's a special birthday card I made, that I love, and enjoyed creating.

Here's the card closed.

Then opened!  Just love how the balloons on wires stand out from the card.

 Thank you for stopping by and please, feel free to leave a comment so I know you were here.

Cara Febe

Thursday, January 26, 2017

oops I forgot the side view!


I forgot to add the side view so you can see the 3-D layers better.

Again, thanks for stopping by!

:) Cara Febe

New year... new art.

It's a new year and a good time to give this blog another go.

I've been busy creating some -- what I think!-- are nice cards for some friends that do not belong to or are involved in my online crafting groups.  So in order to be able to share them, I'm posting them here for others to enjoy.

We've had a cold and wet snowy winter so far.  First it was the snows at Christmas time and now in mid to late January we've had snow, rain, hail, and finally ice!  Soon I hope the sun will shine and I'll be inspired to stamp up some floral cards.

Here's a card created last week while it snowed and rained on and off for two days.
While it never amounted to much, I stayed indoors just the same.

This is the first version of the card I did.  While the snowbank is layered, it's flat. I did not go 3-D and I placed the inside sledding gal up high enough to be seen over the snow banks.

I used clear plastic with white specks on the front layer so that the viewer can see beyond the snowbanks to what's going on inside the card.  To complete this version I used glittery snowflake stickers and rhinestones in the center.

Here's an up close peek at the inside: 
I added a few more snowflakes to the inside and used a designer paper that matched the front papers .. this was perfect for my little gal to sled ride on.  I put a personal note on this card just writing below the blades of the sled.

Then I did another card, just about the same... only this time I did 3-D the layers.

 For this version of the card not only did I 3-D the layers, I used an iridescent card stock so that it picked up on the violet of the main characters' outfit.  I punched out snowflakes to match and completed them with rhinestones.  This time I also 'hid' the sledding girl further down behind the snowbank.  

These  were fun cards to create for two special friends in my life.  

Thank you for taking the time to stop by.  Please feel free to leave me a comment so I know you've stopped by.

Enjoy your day.

Cara Febe