The musings and offerings of a burgeoning greetings master

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Mr Cardmaker Loves His Crafty Friends and the 12 Kits of Occasions

Well, my wonderful Jeanne Jachna asked me once again to come and play with the 12 Kits of Occasions crew, and we're paying tribute to our crafty friends! I'm always so excited and happy to be asked, and I had a great time creating some fun things with Jeanne's clever kit.

I made this--

Jeanne's kit included some beautiful papers, die cuts and sentiments, as well as some bling.
I was excited to dive into some of the colors of the papers, because they're colors I don't reach for that often, and I was excited to do some stretching.

This card just called out for some hysteria, in spite of the call for calm. I mean, just look at any crafter's desk after a craft session. Sure looks like craziness at my house...

I even had to go for the action wobblers!

So fun, right? I love those things. I especially love that the smoosh down enough to make it easy to mail. Anything to save a stamp...

Next, I made this--

This Pure Innocence girl from MFT Stamps is so cute, flexing her creative muscles. I paired it with this background stamp, thinking I'd be placing her outside the frame and painting what's inside, but I got a wild hair and switched things up, mostly thanks to the sentiment.
You color my WORLD, not my picture...get it?? anyway, I found it amusing...

Next, I made this--

I love that background paper; I had to use it! And, with so much color going on, I think it really suits here.
The white panel is actually a tag die cut. After coloring up and piling my rainbow paintbrushes in the circle, I found I could hide the hole at the top of the panel with some clever placement. I was happy to get to do this, because I didn't really have to add strings or ribbons here.

I love the images of the paint tubes, especially the oozing one. But guess what?
See the blob on the bottom right?

well, I put the card together without that, and I kinda felt that I had left myself a weird hole at the bottom of the panel. So I DREW myself a blob! By HAND! It seemed so bizarre an idea to made an image myself...but a few copics, and a .05 Micron pen, and I was in business! I figure anybody can draw a blob, for Pete's sake...
So, there you go.

Finally, I made this--

This little monkey ( or at my house, leetle minkee) was a leftover from the first card, and he was too cute to leave behind. Happily, the kit had one more tag die, and I popped this guy up on an action Wobbler, too! (Sorry, no video for this one...)
The fact that he was holding that glue bottle in an oh-so-obviously threatening way (LOL) led me to the sentiment. 
I just get such a big smile from this one!

So, that's my collection. I have to say THANK YOU once again to sweet Jeanne for asking me to play along.  PLEASE go to the 12 Kits of Occasions site to see all the smart and beautiful things the team has come up with. I promise it'll spark some creativity of your own...

Thanks so much for stopping by!
All Best-


  1. These are all fabulous Mr. Cardmaker! I love the look of the PI gal painting outside of her "box". Truly inspirational. Your hand-did "blob" on the paintbrush card looks like it was part of the kit. Well done!! Every card is pure delight and I'm so glad you joined us once again this month.

  2. I love that paper too...what brand is it? I love your cards...the blog is the best part!! <3

  3. Hi Richard,
    What a creative set of fun cards! I love the way your first card explored the colors in the paper.And how you really thought out of the box on the second one. Your card with the paintbrushes in the tag is clever and amazing!

  4. Great cards Richard! Love the wobblers but really love the paintbrush card complete with your own "blob"!! Too fun! So glad Jeanne asked you to play along with us...I always enjoy your work and witty blog posts! Happy Leap Day too!! :0)

  5. Oh Richard! You always impress me! I wish I could be a fly on the wall and watch you in action! I love how you balanced the color with the neutral - that last one with all the paint brushes is my favorite.. the colors just pop! And the wobblers? Why didn't I think of that! SO FUN! Leetle minky I am so happy you were able to play along! So proud to call you friend!

  6. All are so fun and well designed. I love the bright colors too. Nice to see your work again!

  7. Well done Richard, I was really excited to see what you would do with Jeanne's kit. Wasn't it just fabulous? Each and every card is so fun and the action wobble? So Fun! The colours on your first card are awesome and I love that you add more colour to the designs. It is always a good day when you play along with us!!

  8. Welcome to the group! So much beauty the gorgeous colors you choose and those paint brushes are simply stunning!!!!

  9. I like the crafty projects you created.

  10. I love the personality in your cards, also the colors and background papers. My favorite is the 2nd Picasso look and highlighting outside the frame. Great job

  11. Thoroughly marvelous makes. I hear you regarding the cost of stamps. I live in Canada and have to keep all mail below 2 tiny centimeters (not even inches!) in thickness for it to constitute letter mail. Anything more and you're looking at about a $8.50 - $20.00 "parcel" to send a card within this country (and that's to say nothing of the international shipping rates for more dimensional greetings). If only the postal system had a special category just for handmade greetings (a paper crafter can wish!).

    Autumn Zenith 🎃 Witchcrafted Life

  12. Such fabulous cards!!! I LOVE the rich colors you used and the way layered your images on these cards. So, so fun!!

  13. Richard you always do amazing things with Jeanne's Kit ( or any stamps and dies)! Such bright and beautiful cards! Love the way you created the " color my world" card, partly colored wow on that idea!
    Congratulations on your new home!

  14. Wow Richard, these are fantastic! The deep regal colors of the first look terrific. Your last card is my favorite. I love the idea of grouping the paintbrushes all together!

  15. Oh such great cards!
    Love all the color!


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