Saturday, June 29, 2013

Celebrate With A Cupcake!

I'm enjoying summer and not really inspired to go to my crafting room.  Though it is always in the back of my mind, and when I have an idea, I do try to make it in there in the night.  I have to admit that lately I have been too busy doing things with my boys to do any crafting, though tonight they were in the mood to do some paper crafting too.

I drew three lines in pencil to provide as guidelines to stamp out the arrows in Marvy Matchables blue, yellow and red ink.  I used Spellbinder circle dies and my Fiskars Fuse to cut out a circle on the card base and ring of pattern paper.  Then I stamp out the cupcake from Inkadinkado stamp set in black ink inside the card.  I stamp out the cupcake on different pattern paper to paper piece the cupcake.  All the pattern papers are from American Crafts 6x6 paper pad.

This card is entered in Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge and Cas-ual Fridays Hunger Games Challenge.  Just a side note, I love the Hunger Games books.  The first one was the best.  I enjoyed the story very much but I felt the author could have written the ending in real time.  All the action was glossed over too much in the end since I clearly enjoyed reading the books, I want more details.  Over all, they were awesome but terrifying books.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Multi-colored Flowers Thinking of You Card

I was thinking about making a card for Maddy since her story touched me.  I remember  how hard it was when my sister-in-law was fighting ovarian cancer and how much she appreciate the cards that she received. I remember one of her cards fell behind the heating vent at the hospital and I spent a good 15 minutes trying to get it for her.  She was so happy that I rescued it.  She would read them over again, especially when she was alone and down.  So I understand what it meant when I read about sending a card to Maddy.  I got the inspiration for this card when I saw a bunch of flowers punched out and scattered all over the floor.  My 7 year old son was going to town with his new punch that he got from a garage sale.  He got out all my scraps and starting punching them out.  I immediately knew what card to make from the look of all those flowers and how pretty and colorful they look.
I embossed white cardstock with the dot embossing folder and Fiskars Fuse.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment from TPC Studio with Versamark ink and white embossing powder.  I cut banner tails and placed the sentiment onto the card with foam adhesive.  All the flowers were punched and placed on the card with adhesive.  Three flowers had pearl embellishments placed in the center and placed on the card with foam adhesive.

This card was made especially for Maddy in hopes that it will brighten her day.  This is the link for information on Maddy.  This card is also entered in Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge and Cas-ual Friday Over The Edge challenge.
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Happy Anniversary Card

I made this card for my in-laws' wedding anniversary.  They have been married for 59 years.  They are the sweetest couple.  It was a couple of weeks ago that my father-in-law was telling me about the circumstances that lead up to their meeting.  They met through a friend and my favorite line when my father-in-law tells it is, "Does she have a sister?"  So the two sisters dated these two good friends and they both end up married to them.  I love hearing them tell me that story; and it is so sweet how they smile at each other as they tell it too.  They both kept letters that they have written to each other while they were dating and they showed it to me recently too.  Your heart just melts at the incredible love they have for each other.  It is the stuff for movies and books.  So sweet and tender.

I cut two strips of blue paper and adhered it to white card stock before I ran it through the Fiskars Fuse with a Sizzix flower embossing folder.  I love how the blue strips incorporate with the card through embossing.  I stamped out the wedding outfits with Recollections Just Married Stamp Set and Memento tuxedo black ink, and cut it out.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment from Hero Arts with Versamark ink and silver embossing powder.  I cut the banner tails and drew dash lines with a silver gel pen on the sentiment.  I adhered both wedding outfits and sentiment with foam adhesive to the card base.  I colored in the outfits with Prismacolor pencil and glitter gel pen.

This card is entered in Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge
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Monday, June 24, 2013

Purple Birthday Card

I used to make tons of purple cards.  My sister-in-law loved sending out cards and purple was her favorite color.  Most of the cards I use to make were for her, since I know how much she appreciate them.  I made this card for my friend who also loves purple.  I love this Large Petal embossing folder from Darice so I had to use this for her card, since I know how much she admires the embossed look.
I embossed white cardstock in Darice embossing folder through the Fiskars Fuse.  I used Distress Dusty Concord ink to add color to the embossed areas.  I added the sentiment sticker, butterfly and ribbons to the card before adding the bling on the butterfly and two of the flowers.  I rounded the corners and mount the card onto the white card base with foam adhesive.  I rarely use ribbons even though I love them, but it worked out really here well. 


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Happy Camper Thank You Card

I remember being fascinated with flowcharts.  I love going through all the different scenarios.  Yes, I love those books where you choose what the character does too.  I would do the same thing and go through all the different scenario and then decide what I liked best.  It was quite entertaining to me.  Wouldn't it be great if we can do that in real life, go through one scenario and if we don't like it, go back and chose something else.  Anyway, I love this Inkadinkado Road Trip stamp set the moment I saw it.  The best thing was I got it for $2 at AC Moore.  I love camping in a trailer, though I do feel like it is cheating since you have all the modern conveniences like bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and shower.  Not that I complained, since I like all those modern conveniences.
 I stamped out the camper image from Inkadinkado and the sentiments from different stamp sets.  The word "one" is from Fiskars Baby Set, "happy" is from Hero Arts, "camper" are from Fiskars alphabet set, "me" is from Inkadinkado alphabet set and "thank you" is from Recollections.  I colored in the camper with color pencils and punch out all the sentiments.  I distress the edges with Distress black soot ink.  I adhere everything onto the card base and finished the card by drawing in black arrows.
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Hot Air Balloon Thinking Of You Card

I can not look at hot air balloons without thinking of my sister-in-law.  I remember on the day of her funeral, a hot air balloon, that was rainbow-colored, touch down briefly in our backyard.  This never happened before.  It was so enormous and beautiful.  My sons, who were very young, immediately forgot all about their tantrums, and admired it with us.  Despite the sadness that surrounded us, it was a bright and sunny day, and we saw many rainbows in the clouds that day and the days before too.  It was like she was trying to cheer us up.  She was always doing things like that.  I made this card thinking of her and remembering her.  No matter how crazy and stressful things get for me, I just think of her, and I am calmed.  She was grace, beauty and strength, all in one.
I embossed a white card stock with Darice Cloud embossing folder and Fiskars Fuse.  I distress inked it with Distress ink pad, tumbled glass, before adhering it to the card base.  I stamped and cut out the hot air balloon, from Inkadinkado Inspirational Lift stamp set, onto white cardstock, and colored it in with LePlume markers.  I mount it with foam adhesive onto the card.  I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set to finish off the card.

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Outstanding Thank You

We are fortunate to have an awesome bus driver.  My boys love her so much that both of them want to be bus drivers for the longest times.  They love talking to her and know all the bus routes.  They even played "bus" with their bikes.  So cute!  This card is made for an outstanding bus driver who goes above and beyond for my boys.
I stamped out the bus from TPC Studio I love School stamp set in Marvy Matchables yellow ink on white card stock.  I stamped out on a separate white card, the bus in light green ink and cut it out. I put it on the card with foam adhesive. I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts and wrote in "outstanding" in black archival pen.  I embossed the stripes on the bottom of the cardstock with Darice Stripe embossing folder and Fiskars Fuse.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Personalized Teachers' Thank You Cards

I decided to personalized my cards, and make my card a little different, but with the same materials as my other teacher's thank you card.  I remember how much I enjoyed penmanship when they taught it in school and drew in the guidelines.   My husband told me that I passed with my penmanship on the card.  Whew!  :-)
I stamped and embossed with Lawn Fawn Quinn stamp set.  I drew lines to write a teacher's name with a white gel pen.  I also stamped and cut out the apple from TPC Studio I love School stamp set.  I colored it in with markers from LePlume.  I have another variation of this card in the placement of the apple.  It looks cute both ways.  I finish off the card with a black and white twine.


Teacher, Thank You!

Chalkboards are so trendy these days.  I, of course, had to create them for my teachers.  Since I volunteer at my son's school, I have to say that I admire teachers.  The things that they have to do to educate our children, on top of the other things that they have to deal with, are not for the faint of heart.  I'm so grateful for them and all that they do for my children.

I stamped the sentiment with Lawn Fawn Quinn Alphabet stamp set on black cardstock and embossed it with Wow! white embossing powder.  I love this stamp set.  I know it is just alphabets, but it looks so good, and the stamp lines up so nicely.  Great quality product that is well-thought out, love it!  I die-cut out the "teacher" with Provocraft Harmony Alphabet dies and Fiskars Fuse, and glue it on top of the sentiment.  I layered the card base with brown pattern paper from the DCWV Great Vacation Stack.  I stamped out the apple from TPC Studio and cut it out to adhere it to the card with foam adhesive.  I drew and wrote on the "blackboard" with white gel pen to finish off the card.  I also rub a little white ink from Colorbox Frost White ink pad to give it a blackboard look.


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sweet Birthday Card

I went to a Close To My Heart workshop awhile ago, and created a quick and simple card that makes use of pattern paper that is very busy.  I've been wanting to make another one of these card but resized it to fit a 4.25 X 5.5 card size.  I bought this DCWV Sweet 12x12 pad for my son since he loves the images of candy as well as the actual thing.  I thought this pattern paper was perfect for birthday cards.
I placed pink cardstock onto the white card base and adhere the pattern paper from DCWV Sweet collection after I cut it up in strips.  I stamped the sentiment from Inkadinkado in ColorBox Robin's Egg ink and mount it on blue cardstock before placing it onto the card with foam adhesive.  I finished the card with a puffy cake sticker.


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Out Of This World Masculine Birthday Card

I've been staring at these robot stamps for awhile and trying to come up with a sentiment.  I write them down on a post-it note that I attached to the stamp set when I think of a sentiment that goes along with a stamp.  I finally felt inspired to make a card with this set.  It was fun coloring the robot in.  I love using my prismacolor pencils, I feel I can control the color.  Though watching everyone using copic makers intrigues me.  Uh-oh... ;-)

I used the pattern paper from About A Boy from Echo Park to cover white cardstock.  Love this paper collection.  I stamped out the robot from Recollections stamp set and colored it in, and then stamped the planet on pattern paper from DCWV Travel Collection.  Then I stamped out part of the sentiment from Hero Arts Birthday Wishes stamp set in Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder.  I used stickers from Basic Grey Fact collection and EK Success to finish the sentiment.  I mounted the robot with foam adhesive and adhered the planet with the rings also mounted with foam adhesive.

This card is also entered in the Simon Says Stamp Masculine/Father's Day Challenge.  I'm on a roll!  Now you know that when my house gets chaotic, I run to my craft room.  Best place in the world to escape when your house is being ripped apart.  :-)
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Washi Tape Birthday Card

I reorganized my washi tape collection so they are easily accessible and sitting on my desk.  They are so easy to work with and I can come up with a card quickly with them.  I think they are my "go to" when I need to whip up a quick card.  These three are my favorite and I got them as a gift from my niece.  How awesome is she?!  I think they are from "mt" company.
I embossed white cardstock with Sizzix dot embossing folder through the Fiskars Fuse.  I love this embossing folder.  It adds so much even though it is really siimple.  I also love my Fiskars Fuse!  I don't work for Fiskars, but Fiskars is an awesome company!  Their customer service is the best!  My cutting plate was getting bent up for some reason, I emailed them and they send me a new one, free of charge.  Love that!  They got a customer for life, for sure.  I'm a big fan of companies who take care of their customers and am loyal to them for that reason.  I'm singing their praises because this was not the first time that they were so responsive to me.  Another plus, is their products are great too.  Anyway, back to the card.  I lay down washi tape in the pattern shown and cut one end with banner tails.  I used foam adhesive to put it onto the card base.  I tied a white embroidering floss around the card to finish it off.  This card is also entered in the Simon Says Stamp Masculine/Father's Day Challenge and CAS-ual Fridays, the Clean And Simple Challenge!

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Masculine Cupcake Birthday Card

I always try to jam as much into my day as possible, it seems.  I have definite chores that I had to get done since we are in the middle of renovating our house, but I always like to squeeze in extra things to do.  My craft supplies are expanding, so now lies the issue of storage, so in the middle of clearing the mudroom, I find myself emptying this plastic storage unit I had.  I know, I like my life complicated and chaotic!  :-)  Anyway, I was much happier now that is done, but I still had my other chores, which did not get done until 10pm.  Oh well, at least it is done, but I did not want to get up this morning.  I got the case of the Mondays. I'm catching up on my blogging.  I have to say that this is my new hobby.  I'm having fun doing it and changing the display was perfect for me.  Now I can view every single card I made.  I have to go back to some of my old post and separate out the ones that I had multiple cards in one posting, especially the washi tape one, so bear with me.  I feel this is a quick glance of inspiration for me by viewing all my cards as thumbnails.  Also, the label categories were perfect for me to group my cards together.
Super simple card to make.  I had these triangle scrap paper and thought I make use of them.  I embossed the green triangle with Sizzix dot embossing folder.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment from TPC Studio on gray square cardstock with Brilliance Mediterranean Blue ink pad and clear embossing powder.  I stamped the cupcake on white cardstock and on pattern papers from Authentique and Echo Park.  I cut the cupcake out and colored the one on white cardstock.  I cut just the top on the blue pattern paper and just the bottom on the polka dot pattern paper and adhere them both with foam adhesive to the white cupcake.  I used glaze pens on the sprinkles to give it shine and dimension.  This card is entered in the Simon Says Stamp Masculine/Father's Day Challenge.

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