Monday, August 24, 2015

Sympathy Card - Lovely as a Tree

Sadly, I had to make another sympathy card. It was for the family of a lovely young lady, so I decided to go with a simpler than usual design.

The cardbase is Calypso Coral. The middle layer is Whisper White. The stamped layer is also Whisper White which was sponged with So Saffron, Calypso Coral and Pear Pizzazz. The image, inked in Early Espresso, is from the Lovely as a Tree Set, and sentiment is from the the Thoughts and Prayers set, also stamped with Early Espresso. Making sympathy cards is never easy, but I try to design something that will bring some comfort to the recipient. I thought that the color pallette (from the Subtles Collection) was soft and comforting.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Kind Koala ATC

I made this ATC for a swap over at

I used the Kind Koala Stamp, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored in with using Stampin Write markers -- a blender pen and a mix Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso and Soft Suede inks -- many layers to et the dark color. I know koalas are typically gray in color, but the name of the swap was Orange, Yellow and Brown, and I just HAD to use the Kind Koala stamp because I think he' just too cute! The card base is Early Espresso, the next layer is Daffodil Delight, stamped with the retired Checkerboard background stamp with Early Espresso ink. The koala is stamped on Whisper White, which was layered on Pumpkin Pie. The flower was colored in using Pumpkin Pie Stampin Write marker. I added a scrap of old Daffodil Delight ribbon and a couple of pearls and he was done! I just think this little guy is adorable!!!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Kind Koala Thinking of You

I made this card for a someone who recently had surgery.

The card base is Basic Gray. The background is Whisper White stamped with the retired background stamp, Stipple Plaid using Melon Mambo ink. The inner portion of the card is also Basic Gray and Whisper White. I stamped the adorable Koala using Memento Black. I colored him using Basic Gray ink and a blender pen an did the same with the flower using Melon Mambo ink.

What do you think? Isn't he adorable? I'm sure he made my frien smile!!

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Happy Wedding Day!

This is a card I made for a family member who recently got married.

The card base is Whisper White card stock; the middle layer is Basic Black, and the card front is Real Red. The card front was embossed using the Perfect Polka Dot folder. The bride and groom hearts were punched with the sweetheart punch. I embossed the bride's dress with the Lacy Brocade folder and then added some little pears along the edge of it. For the groom's heart, I punched one heart in black and one in white. Then I cut out the center of the black heart and placed it over the white, making the tuxedo. The buttoms are tiny black pearls, and the bow tie was cut out freehand. The sentiment is from the Label Love stamp set, and punched out using the Artisan Label punch.

This was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest; I just mixed it up a bit to make it my own. Quick and easy!

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Friday, August 14, 2015

A Heartfelt THANKS to the Doctors and Nurses!

My mother recently finished her radiation treatments (with some good results) and I made this card to give to the wonderful doctors and nurses who took such good care of her every day. They were compassionate, patient, and just wonderfull all around! They all got a "hoot" out of the card!

The birdhouse is a Sizzix die, as is the leaf die. The owls are made from the Owl Builder punch (which you know is one of my all time favorites!) The background is embossed with the woodgrain embossing folder. I picked up the nurse's cap and doctor's stethoscope brads a few months ago at the CKC convention.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Baby Rattle Punch Art

I recently needed to make two baby girl cards and decided I was going to make both of them over the weekend. Of course, I waited until late Sunday afternoon to get started so the result was that they were both made the same! I decided to go with a punch art baby rattle. I apologize for the bad picture. I took a picture just to send to one of my friends and then totally forgot to snap a better picture before I gave the cards to the new moms!

The card base is Pink Pirouette. The miiddle layer is Whisper White, and the card front is is Pear Pizzazz, which was embossed with the Large Polka Dot embossing folder. The rattle is made with Pink Pirouette, and the sentiment is stamped with Melon Mambo. The rattle was quite simple to make.

The top part of the rattle was punched with the 2" circle punch.
The handle was punched with the word window punch.
The bottom of the rattle was made using the 1/2" and 1"circle punches.
The sentiment is from the Something to Say stamp set -- the inside says " ... for your cute little someone".
The bow and the pearls add a nice finishing touch to the rattle.

Quick and easy! Give it a try!

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Birthday ATC

I participated in an ATC swap over at last month, and, in addition to the ATC category I signed up, I made this birthday ATC for one of the participants who was celebrating a birthday during the month.

The stamp set is Big Day, which was offered during this year's Sale-A-Bration. I stamped it in Mememto Black and colored it in with Stampin' Write Markers: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie (both from the Brights Color Collection), Blushing Bride (from the Subtles Collection) and Cherry Cobbler (from the Regals Collection). The card was mounted on Cherry Cobbler cardstock. I added some Blushing Brides ribbon and some bling to jazz it up a bit.

I'm so glad I got back into making ATCs -- they're just adorable little works of art!

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Baby Girl Onsie

As promised, here is the baby girl onsie card I made recently for a new baby we welcomed into our family:

Please see my post from Monday of this week for the directions and measurements. The paper is Pink Pirouette and Whisper White. The card is embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, and the trim was made using the scalloped edge border punch. The stamp set is Label Love, and it was punched out using the Artisan Label punch.

These cards were quick and easy to make; I hope you'll try one, too!

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Another Baby Boy Onsie

As promised, here is the second baby boy onsie I made.

This one was made with Soft Sky, So Saffron and Whisper White cardstock. The little duckie is from the Something for Baby stamp set. Please see yesterday's post for directions and diagram with measurements.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Baby Boy Onsie Card

My daughter needed cards for two baby showers (both of the mom were having boys), and this is one of the cards I made for her. (I'll post the other one tomorrow). This card was so simple to make, yet it looks like a work of art!

It's an A-frame card, so the paper was cut at 4 1/4" x 11" and scored at 5 1/2". I've included a picture of the measurements for the basic shell. If you have any questions at all, I'll be happy to answer them. (As you can see, the template is made with pink paper -- I also made one for a little baby girl which I'll post later in the week.)

First I notched the sleeves. They are 1 1/2" from the top of the card, and 3/4" from the side of the card. I made the body by coming up 1 1/4" from the bottom of the card and made a tick mark at the edge of the paper. Then I drew a line from the inner part of the sleeve to the tick mark at the bottom (an angled line) and cut.

The neck was punched with a 1 3/4" circle punch as were the two leg openings.

Now for the details:

The card base is Marina Mist. I ran it through the Big Shot using the stripes embossing folder. A word of caution: when you run it through, pay close attention to where it starts at the top of the card. You want to make sure you get the entire card front without going over. I stamped the sailboat from the Settin' Sail set and punched it using a circle punch. I then layered it with larger circles and added three brads for a bit of pizzazz. To make the stripes on the sleeves, I simply cut out a strip of whisper white cardstock and applied it along the sleeves. The trim on the legs was made by first punching a scrap of paper with a 2" circle punch, and them making a frame around it and punching with a 2 1/2"circle punch.

That's it!

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