May 30, 2020

2 Cards Using Circle Dies + Some House Chat

I've got a couple of cards I made using no stamps -- just dies, paper, and adhesives.

Circle die (Hero Arts) and a Hello die from Right at Home. The Circles are popped up. Those hellos may bend in the mail, so I'll be sure to try and protect the card before I slip it into an envelop. The next size circle die was too big for 6 circles on an A2 card, so I went with the smaller one. Hope it works!

Cut some cardstock strips, die cut with a circle die and then cut the circles in half. (Note: using striped paper would have been a LOT easier.) The hello die is cut with gold glitter paper (not sure of the company that made the die).


I like the idea of these cards, but they didn't quite meet my hopes.  I'm not sure if it is the colors or the layouts, but I'm not giving up on these geometric cards.

I've been spending a lot of time watching videos on YouTube and finally decided that IG + YouTube + Facebook + Blogs = too much social media, so I deleted my FB account. I thought about it for about 2 weeks and was concerned that I would miss it. But so far I don't. Better to spend that time on cooking videos (HA!).

And, for no reason at all, I took a picture of part of our house, which was built in 1930! I'm standing in the doorway between the breakfast room and the dining room, looking towards the living room at the front of the house. It's a sunny day, and even though no sun comes through the front, the picture is a bit washed out. I kind of like it! We were on the hunt for a painting for over the fireplace but the virus put an end to that. Someday.

In any event, that blue plastic tablecloth is on the DR table because that's where we are putting together jigsaw puzzles. Otherwise, I like to see the beautiful wood table underneath.

Speaking of art, see those 3 paintings on the wall?

They are made with encaustic wax. We bought them at a craft fair in Northern Virginia a few years ago and fell in love with the artist. I tried to take one off the wall to look for her name but they are on tight! Those walls are plaster over rock solid ship lap (or something like that). I am so tempted to buy some encaustic art supplies, but that's another rabbit hole in which I am not falling!

And that's it from Dallas. Stay safe. Stay healthy.


Vikki H said...

The first card is so fun! The second made me think of bras or bikini tops! 🤣 I've been toying with geometric shapes using Waffler Flower dies. They lend themselves well to both genders which with two sons/three grandsons is needed. Your comment on social media make me think of eliminating FB also except I seem to have two sets of friends, those on FB and others only on Instagram. Both groups ask for photos of family etc so may not cancel FB. Keep creating. It's appreciated.

kramomma said...

Those pictures are great for card layout designs! Scraps, always looking for a way to use scraps.
As for FB, I just got back on after 7 years away, but not under my name as I have no desire to be found! I needed support for DNA NPE results, also a place where the new relatives who also are searching could connect, we formed our own group as we continue to search. Quite the journey at 62 years of age!
Thanks for sharing pictures about your house, enjoy the time with your husband. Mine loves puzzles DNA is a puzzle! Faye

vdoyle8 said...

Your home is lovely! I took some classes in encaustic painting. It is a fascinating medium and not one that came easily to me. I bought all the stuff - of course - and dabbled for a while. Now it's in my basement, waiting for my attention. I've moved on to fabric collage on canvas, which is like painting with fabric instead of paint. SO much fun! Love your blog and your cards. I hope your health is good and you are staying safe.

Kathy W said...

Joan, I love your house! I am a sucker for wood floors, archways, and unique shaped windows. I kind of like your fireplace the way it is...thanks for sharing; what a beautiful home. We also wanted to make some home improvements (new lighting in the bedroom for reading), but they are delayed until stores reopen and we feel safe going out beyond groceries. Also am drawing inspiration from your card design; I have lots of DP to use!

Leslie Miller said...

Both of these cards are perfect. I couldn't even dream of coming up with these designs. Yes it sure would be easier to do the second card with patterned paper! I'm seeing your beautiful house at a time when we're tossing around the idea of moving. Only thinking. The first thing I noticed in the photo was the colorful graphic art on the wall. I absolutely love it! As for Facebook, I quit in 2016 (ahem). Lately all social media feels like too much.