Friday, November 28, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Masculine Birthday Card

I made this for a dear friend's father. I heard he enjoyed the homemade aspects of the card.
I embossed the base card using the Tim Holtz French folder
Distressed a 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 piece of patterned paper
Stamped the image and sentiment from Stampin Up
Most layers raised on foam squares.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Pop Up Box Card

This is my first card of this kind and I wanted to make it for my daughter. She is now a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and starts her job today! So proud of her.

Measurements and directions from from Split Coast Stampers
Start with a 8 ¼" x 9" of card stock
Score at 2 1/8, 4 ¼, 6 3/8, and 8 ½ across the long side
Then score down the short side at 2 ¾ 
Cut this piece down to 6 inches, so what you have left is the box card piece of 6" x 9"
Take the piece you cut off (left over is 2 ¼ x 9") and cut it to 3 1/8". So you have 2 ¼ x 3 1/8" piece and then cut in ½. These two piece will be the inner separators to be able to attach your pop up designs. (In my case it was flowers and the sentiment)
Take the 6 x 9" piece and cut up to the score lines to make a box flaps
Fold down only three flaps so you have a solid back with the tab and it forms an open type box
Take the little separated pieces and glue them inside the box to separate the flower elements.
I made a belly band 2 ½" not shown

Friday, August 1, 2014

Framed bird card set

Here is a set of 4 card set, using a framed embossing folder and the Stampin' Up bird punch and branch set. The sentiments are also from various SU sets.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sponging ideas on cards

I often forget this simple but striking effect especially for single layer cards.

Ink and sentiments from Stampin' Up!
Below cards are masked with torn paper to reveal only the center sections. Sponging various colors in the center. Remove the masks and stamp the sentiment and the image

Monday, July 28, 2014

Split embossed background formal birthday card

I saw this card on Pinterest and just had to make it.
Looks very formal to me and could even be a shower card with a change in the sentiment. Or better yet, a Mother's Day card.

I used a different embossing folder than the originator whose card I really enjoyed.
Embossing folder from Cuttlebug
Scallop Border punch by Stampin' Up
Sentiment and butterfly also SU!
The leave and branch sprig is from Sizzix.

Masculine Birthday Card

I wanted to keep with the beach theme for this birthday card due to a summertime birthday and keep it masculine. This is my current fav stamp set by Stampin up.

Cut a 3 1/2 inch piece of white cardstock and masked off the bottom 2/3rds and sponged the top with a light blue ink, then switch the mask so I could sponge in the water.
Adding a little brown and green to the final lower 3rd allowed me to stamp the birds in the water and the sea grass as well.
Sentiment is raised on foam squares.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Best Wishes

I played off the fancy sentiment to come up with this card.
Sentiment from Stampin' Up
Border punch (love it!) from Martha Stewart
Pearls from SU
Misc ribbon

Thinking of you

Excuse the angle of the picture, was trying to get the embossing of the birds on a wire to show up.
First time using it and it is a striking embossing border folder.

Sentiment from Stampin Up

It's Your Day

Simple black and white card
Black card stock border punch from SU
Embossing Swiss Dot from Cuttlebug
Stamp image from SU as well as the sentiment


After a bunch of scrap pieces leftover, I created this card from a similar card I saw in a very old card magazine.
The butterflies are raised on foam, rhinestone from SU as well as the sentiment

Happy Retirement - Red White and Blue

This came about after I punched out the blue star from the card stock and used it on a previous card... got to thinking that I could make a patriotic card and it turned into this Happy Retirement card.
Sentiment from Stampin' Up

For you note card

The base card stock is from SU, very subtle yellow (sorry bad with the names they call the colors)
I stamped the hummingbird on textured cs to get the ripple effect as if it was in flight.
Sentiment and bird from SU as wells as the pearls

Bird note cards

I love the back ground papers I used, subtle and light for a sweet note or so.
The flower and bird punch are from Stampin Up
The Embossing folder is from Cuttlebug

Father's Day card

I kept this simple but wanted to add in a left over scrap of gold cardstock I had so used the retired tab punch from Stampin Up and I was told it resembled a wallet... hmmm.. kind of does.

Mother's Day card

Made this with a large border punch from Martha Stewart by punching a 2" white piece of card stock.
Added the sentiment from SU and a tiny rhinestone. The Butterfly is also from SU which I added another rhinestone to the center and raised it on a little foam square.

Wedding shower cards

I was commissioned to make a couple cards for my sister's friend.
She asked for Gold, light green and rose colored cards.

 The above picture is the inside to the card below. It opens up to a three fold for sentiment writing.

Star Birthday Cards

 I started out with black card stock and punched the star to make an aperture card. Added gems to each point and stamped the sentiment in white ink (that took forever to dry!)

I lined the inside of the card with yellow striped pattern paper. Taking the punched star from the front I glued that star to inside:

 This is a fun card for a young person I think... Embossed base yellow card, layered a couple scraps of card stock (White then Red), added a star which I embossed with the same folder as I did on the base yellow card, added a sentiment from SU "Tiny wishes" cut into a shape of a banner.
This one just came together quickly! I love the striking color contrast of the brown and blue.
Star border punched the third layer, sentiment stamped and the textured blue star raised on foam squares.

Sympathy Cards

 Sizzix die glued on white card stock. I used the corner ticket punch (retired from SU) and an embossing folder from Cuttlebug
I used various scraps I had to make these.
I like this card, my favorite go to embossing folder - Swiss Dot.
Stampin Up Love & Sympathy stamp set, I used markers to color directly on the stamp and then stamped on the card stock. This card is going to a co-worker who just lost his daughter...

Friday, January 31, 2014

Hearts of leaves engagement card

This is a full size card and I embossed the red layer with Cuttlebug Swiss heart folder.

I purchase this Sizzix Sizzlits die off of fb for 3.00 and it came in yesterday and wanted to try my hand at making a heart as I saw a similar post using the SU branch die.
I added Martha Stewart double layered butterflies and a Stampin Up sentiment.
The sentiment is raised on foam squares and flat back pearls added.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Minion Birthday Card

I spent an hour and half the other night creating this card, I did use a template but had to cut it out and it is very large! Will not fit in a traditional envelope.

I made this for my nephew as his birthday is in a couple days and always like to make funny cards for my sister's children.

The sentiment is from Stampin" Up and I used sewing thread to hang it from it's hands. Rather cute, not my "thing" and have yet to see a movie.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Twine wrapped wine bottle

I re-purposed this win bottle twice.
Last year I painted it white and added Epsom salts to the outside.  After 6 months or so Epsom salts fall off so it's only a temporary "craft". Most people think it's permanent but it will evaporate and fall off to a dusty mess. It's pretty for a period of time.

However this year, I took the wine bottle and a roll of twine and glued it around and around with Mod Podge. This took about 45 minutes and it stayed very well (it's been on my stove as an accent for a couple weeks now).
The tassel was hand dyed by my friend Louise and I hot glued it in place.
Added two wooden button and some jute and I think it came out super simple!

Engagement Card

I was commissioned to make a couple engagement cards, here is one of them.

The requester wanted a larger than A2 size, so I took the standard 8 1/2 x 11 piece of whisper white cardstock and scored it directly in half.
Took a sheet of red cardstock and run it through twice in the Cuttlebug Swirls folder
The layer under the vellum is black cardstock embossed with the lines folder from SU, click the picture to see the black embossing. On that black piece I adhered two embossed red hearts.
Proceeded to Hand Calligraphy the couples name onto the Vellum.
The ampersand sign is a retired Sizzix die and I glued it to the Vellum and a tiny heart as well.

To hide the glue on the vellum and to keep it altogether I glued and wrapped the satin white ribbon.

Pearls and or rhinestones may be added based on the buyers request.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Re-purposed many items to make Thank You card better

The card below - I actually dissected a card base kit from Stampin' Up. I was not fond of the kit itself and re-purposed the white card stock and was left with this panel of hexagons.

The five hunter green hexagons are actually opened window pieces (which I saved the 5 pieces and will re-purpose those as well). I re-purposed the hunter green card stock actually from a file folder!
It is a very manly and textured folder (click the pic you should be able to see the linen texture of the green folder) I thought it played well with the color scheme on the hex card.

I then stamped Thank you off centered on purpose from Perfectly Penned stamp set from Stampin' Up.
The white top layer is actually raised on foam squares to add dimension.
I'll store this in my card box when I need a quick thank you card.

Get Well Wishes

Since I had cut a couple of these branch with leaves from the Sizzix die, I wanted to make a get well card for a friend.

I first stamped the sentiment from SU Teeny Tiny Wishes set, then embossed it with the lines SU embossing folder so it went horizontal to not disturb the sentiment.

Then I cut out the frame from Spellbinders wavy rectangles. (I got the set at JoAnn for 10.00 last fall!) and raised the frame on foam squares. (The pic was not taken at an angle to show the raised element). Then glued the branch for a simple elegant card.