Thursday, January 22, 2015

Happy Birthday Michele

Today's card is for my friend Michele. And, as she is the owner of Purple Onion Designs, I thought I'd use some of her Stacey Yacula stamps for her card.
I'd wanted to use these guys for a while and had such fun making this card. First is Robin - the cute little birdie with the striped shirt. Then there's that cute branch (its actually got blossoms but I opted to color them as leaves - that's the wonderful thing about stamps- and especially the kind you can color with Copics - that's what I used to color all the images - you can make it anyway you wanna!) I also used the cute butterfly buddies, Flit & Flutter. I decided to stamp them several times, colored them, then fussy cut them. I used some Glossy Accents to attach the layers of each butterfly as I wanted to pop up their wings a bit - Glossy Accents is great for that. I also added a bit of Wink of Stella to give them a little sparkle. I cut the kraft cardstock with a Circle Nestabilities then embossed it with the Woodgrain Impression plate from Papertrey Ink. I popped the whole card up on some adhesived backed foam (I cut a piece using the same circle die which made it so easy). The sentiment was printed on my computer and cut with the Double-Ended banners die from PTI. Oh and one last thing - I did take some kraft ink to the kraft cardstock- the area surrounding the circle opening just to define it a little more - darken up those edges.
I think it came out pretty cute.
Happy Birthday Michele!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Celebrate, Good Times, Come On!

Sometimes when I'm making cards, I'm totally thinking about the person I'm making the card for and... I start singing as I work. My bff is having an extra special day this week - and this card is to mark the occasion. I started pulling out stamps, finding the "Celebrate" word first (from Papertrey Ink - Think Big Favorites #13) and it got me singing that Kool & The Gang song. I know... i'm a little nuts. But it is a happy occasion and I just got all happy thinking about it so I started singin! The "Good Times" and "Come On" were created using Papertrey Ink alphabet dies (Polka Dot Parade and Smooth, respectively). And that last line - well that's computer generated and printed out on some cardstock.  I think it will make her crack up and that's what I'm going for - so mission accomplished. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Year of Thinking of You - probably April

I say probably April cos I'm not sure if that's the month she'll use it. It seems like it might be better suited to May or June. Regardless, I made two cards: one with a red bike and one with a pink bike. The red one is going to my s-i-l and the pink one is going to a friend.
I used two stamp sets from Papertrey Ink: the bike image and sentiment come from Pedal Pusher. The flowers come from Just Smile. For both cards I drew my own banner, cut it out, then stamped on the sentiment. For the pink card, I drew in lines tying the banner to the bike. On the red card, I used some bakers twine to tie on the banner to the red die cut bike.

You can probably see that on both cards I used some foam tape to pop up those banners a little.
I added some brads to the red bike's wheels.

Oh and did you notice the envelopes underneath the bikes?  I found some old Making Memories long (business sized) envelopes in my stash. I had some cute washi tape my sister had sent me a while ago that had a very similar color scheme to those flowers on the cards - so I added some washi to the envelopes. I should've taken photos of those envelopes too - but suffice it to say it looks cute.
okay that's it for today. thanks for stopping by.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Year of Thinking of you - March

Hi there - had some stuff to take care of last week but I'm back now. Today I'm sharing one of my Year of Thinking of You cards for my sister-in-law.  While I was at it I made 3 - she's taking the yellow background one and the rest will go to my stash.
I used the Hello Sunshine stamp set from Papertrey Ink. It has such lovely sentiments. I made a similar card once before but I changed things up a little this go round. And for the three cards I used different inks and cardstocks. And I also used the Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Mats: Rectangles.
Thanks for stopping by. I'll be back a few more times this week. I've got a bunch of cards to show you!

Friday, January 09, 2015

Year of Thinking of You - February



So here's another for the "Year of Thinking of You" cards - February edition. I figured I might as well make February and mail it in the same envelope with January to my sister-in-law.
This was a pretty quick one. I'm also trying not to get toooo dimensional - this will cost one first class stamp - it's flat :-)
I used PTI's Birds & Blooms stamp set. I hadn't brought this stamp set out in a while - good to play with it again. It has just the prettiest sentiments as well as the cute bird and branch. I used the little heart in the set to embellish the branch with a bunch of hearts (it's for February right?).
That's all for today. Have a good one!

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

A Year of Thinking of You - January

Well those Year of Cards gifts went over well - so much so that one sister-in-law asked me to help her out with a little project of her own. She's got a friend who she'd like to send a card to every month - a Thinking of You kinda card. She asked if I'd come up with a monthly card - and why not? It's one of my favorite things to do - make (and send) cards. Let's share the "sending cards" love! What my sister-in-law really liked the most about my YOC's (which I'll remind you were all birthday cards)  was their seasonality. So, with that in mind, here's what I made for the January.
The sweater was created with the Sweater die from Papertrey Ink. The sentiment (from PTI's Keep It Simple: Thinking of You stamp set) was stamped on white cardstock cut with the Double Ended Banner die (also PTI). The patterned paper? - I created using my Silhouette. I used the Snowflake Fair Isle Background - filled it in with red - set it to No Cut and just printed it off. I think it makes a really cute sweater!
Okay - that's all for today! Have a good one

Monday, January 05, 2015

Birthday Tag

One of my nephews has a birthday this week. This nephew being my sister's #2 son who shall be 11, which seems impossible but it is so. As my sister lives on the other side of the country (insert sad face here) it is our practice for me to purchase his gift online (this year it's Legos... actually it's Legos most of the time LOL!) and have it sent to my sister. She wraps the gift and I mail along a card and a tag for the present. It works out rather well - except the part where I miss seeing his adorable face as he opens the package. But I digress...
So here's his tag for this year. I used all Papertrey Ink products: the Smooth alphabet dies for his name; Shaker Shapes: Star die; Herringbone Impression plate; Tag Sale #7 die; and the ball is from the Have a Ball stamp set. The red & white twine is from Doodlebug.
Alrighty - that's all for today. Have a good one!

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year! and a graduation card

Welcome 2015!
and welcome friends - good to see you for another year.
I needed to make a graduation card for a nephew/godchild who recently graduated college.

Now the color scheme here might seem to skew girly but I'm thinking more celebratory, confetti... I like it - sorta happy ya know? And what's happier than graduating college?

I used an older PTI set - Celebrations. It makes a fast card with those big sentiments - and you can't not love that. But for all its rainbowy, bold sentiments I felt it needed something. I decided on using an oldie but a goodie - a set of dies from Quickutz - a graduation cap. Those dies have more than paid for themselves given the number of times I've hauled them out over the years!
So yay - card #1 for the new year. And many more to come. Have a good one~

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Year of Cards - January

You knew I'd get back here with at least the last of my "Year of Cards" didn't you?  Good, cos that's what I'm gonna do right now. But first....
It's been an incredibly hectic holiday season. I actually had to send off 2 boxes of gifts without their Year of Cards boxes because I just couldn't get them finished (the stamps I needed and ordered arrived but I was under a pile o'Christmas). But right after Christmas I got to work and whipped up 12 of these (yes, I made extra. Originally I'd planned on 8 YOC's gifts and started making 9 cards at a pop somewhere along the line. Then I decided I needed 9 gifts... suffice it to say I had a complete 8 sets then had to add in the month's I was missing... oyvey I was a card making fool). I had them all packaged up in time to bring to Parlett Christmas in Delaware on Saturday. And they were very much appreciated -  which of course made my heart happy.
So for January's addition I felt I had to use that perfectly beautiful sentiment (there are others in the $5 little set) - it was just right. But what else? I'd seen a card using tiny little snowflakes but I was looking for something a little bolder. Then I remembered I had a few snowflake stamps - in a set of Making Memories foam stamps (do you have any of those? I remember needing all those sets. And I do have quite a few. Those foam stamps are just the easiest stamps to use.) I pulled them out and selected a medium sized snowflake. I stamped them in Versamark and used clear embossing powder then finishing off  by sponging on PTI Aqua Mist ink. I had already decided I'd put a stitched border on the left hand side - machine stitching with some lovely silver metallic thread I'd picked up months ago in Hobby Lobby. You'll see here a couple of variations of stitching but on the ones I gave away - those all had two lines of straight stitching. I like how they came out (and they were quick to make - even with the stitching.)
Okay, I'm off for now. I am pondering the new year - aren't we all?  I just took a look at the years I've been blogging here. It will be 10 years in January. How can that be????
Looking forward to what 2015 will bring -  Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Winter Wishes Dear Ones


Just jumping on here quickly to share some "Dear Ones"
cards I'm mailing out this morning. The stamps are Pompom Pals from PTI. So cute and fun to color (but as I'm looking at this pic I realize I forgot to color in one of the striped borders! LOL Had to stop and color that in superfast so I can get these in the mail this morning).
I played around a lot with these in a few stolen moments over the last few days and while I love my Copic Markers I decided to finally use my Prismacolor pencils - and that magic colored pencil technique (mineral spirits and tortillon). I also threw in a little Wink of Stella on those stars. Not the best pic but I wanted to just get something out here on the blog. Its just the busiest time of year and while I'm making things I'm not always sharing.
Lots of tags to be made, gifts to be wrapped (and purchased in some cases!) and I need that last stamp set for my Year of Cards. It'll all get done. It always does right?

Hope your holidays have gotten off to a great start and you're enjoying the season. Thanks for stopping by!

Updated: now its the afternoon and I came back cos I realized I needed one more "Dear Ones" card so I made the Pink snowman with the silver border (now the top pic). I wanted to show you the pretty sparkle of the clear Wink of Stella - so cute. That's really all for today now!