Monday, December 19, 2016

Birthday wishes - Cara 2016

I made this card for my crafty friend Cara. She loves coffee, so thought this was perfect. I was brilliant (or so I thought) when I realized I could turn the label of the coffee cup over and stamp from the other side so my paper would fit.

without the flash:

with the flash:

Papers: Neenah, Recollections
Stamps: SU Garden Greetings, SU Riveting, Fiskars
Accessories: Tim Holtz ef, homemade acrylic dots, Cuttlebug
Techniques: paper piecing

Friday, September 30, 2016

90, 80, 70 60 - Happy Birthday

Over Labor Day, I went back to Iowa for a big birthday celebration. My mom planned her own party so it would be just perfect. My Great Aunt turned 90 on Sept 2, my Great Uncle turned 80 on Aug 31, my mom turned 70 on Sept 4, and my cousin (son to my Great Aunt) turned 60 on Sept 2. The party was great. I haven't seen my aunt smile like that for many years. Mom had everything color coordinated - blue for the Sept birthdays and green for the Aug birthday. So I followed suite as well.

I had this idea but was going to cut the numbers out with my cricut and put the numbers back in the cut spots. I tried and tried but couldn't get them to line up properly. So plan 2 had to come to be. My uncle got tears in his eyes when my mom told him I made the cards myself. He thanked me and told me the cards were awesome. He didn't know I made handmade cards.

Of course I took the photo booth props.

Papers: Neenah, Bazzil, Recollections, The Paper Studio
Stamps: Studio G
Accessories: Cuttlebug, project life dies, acrylic dots, pop dots, SU project life corner rounder, Cricut, Martha Stewart seasonal birthdays cartridge
Ink: Memories
Technique: Cricut

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Thank You Austin

I was invited to my friend's son's welcome home party today. He just graduated Marine boot camp. Way to go Austin. Your mom (and all of us, too, are so proud of you).

I used this card as my inspiration.

Papers: Neenah, Bazzil, Recollections, The Paper Studio
Stamps: Studio G, River City Rubber Works
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilites, Project Life ef, washi tape, pop dots

Happy Birthday

This was the second card I made last weekend at crafty day. I loved this card when I saw it on Pinterest so know I had to recreate it.

Papers: Neenah, Bazzil, Recollections
Stamps: CTMH Cutie Pie, Studio G
Accessories: MFT die, Nestabilites dies, gem, acrylic dot, pop dots
Ink: Memories
Technique: paper piecing, sketch

Monster Crossing/Eye of Newt

This was one of two cards I made at craft day last weekend. Used a lot of new items on this one card.

Papers: Neenah, Bazzil, Recollections
Stamps: CTMH Monster Crossing, CTMH Monstrous Halloween, CTMH Purr-fect Halloween, Stampin Up Jar of Haunts, Inkadinkadoo Test Tubes
Accessories: CTMH Monstrous Halloween dies, C.C. Designs dies, pop dots, googlie eye
Inks: Memories, Colorbok

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Birthday wishes - for Ceylan

This card is for Ceylan. Of course, it has an elephant on it. I didn't intend on using these papers again on a card so quickly, but they were on my desk so quick to grab. I made this card relatively quickly for me. I went in knowing that I was doing so that helped.

I saw this scrapbook page and knew I wanted to use it as my inspiration for this card.

I'm really liking the light gray papers in the background with the bright pops of color. I'll have to get more next time I'm out.

I told Ceylan on her card, I like the cards every year, but this one is definitely my favorite so far. I contemplated using a googlie eyes, but decided against it.

without flash

with flash

Papers: Neenah, SU going Gray, SU basic gray, DCWV glitter, Recollections, Momento
Stamps: Studio G, SU garden greetings
Accessories: Lawn Fawnskin heart dies, felt, homemade enamel dots, SU label punch, ribbon, pop dots
Techniques: paper piecing, scrapbook page inspiration
Inks: Memories, Spectrum Noir

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

You leave me in stitches - thank you

I was asked by my friend Kathy, if I could make a card for her. She wanted a special card for a lady that fixed her sewing machine. The only requirements were that it be a sewing theme, thank you and bright colors. I've never really made any cards with a sewing theme but have items I can use for it.

I went back through my Pinterest pins/screenshots and found this scrapbook page (I'll have to post when the link later (I can't find the picture). I thought it would be perfect since it's quilt looking. It is funny, I sew more on paper than I do material. It really adds to the project.

Kathy and I  were both going to be at the casino so we met there so she could get the card. I had sent her a picture so she knew what it looked like. She liked it in the picture but really liked it in person.

Papers: Neenah, Bazzil, SU pixie pink, Recollections, Momento
Stamps: SU - garden greetings,
Accessories: sewing machine, gem flower, Stickles, enamel dots, pop dots
Ink: Copic, Memories
Techniques: sketch, sewing

Sunday, July 17, 2016

A Cupcake and a Smile

I made this card at crafty day Sat. One card. Lol.

I don't normally copy cards so close. I saw this card and knew I had to replicate it. Let me tell you, getting the words all lined up just so, isn't as easy as you'd think.

I love this set from CTMH. I even added a sentiment inside. It fit. It says,  "Everywhere you go, take a cupcake and a smile with you."

I'll be sending this to my coworker/friend to help her artsy stay positive with her cancer treatment. She loves cupcakes.

Papers: Neenah,  Bazzill, Colorbok
Stamps: CTMH (cupcake cuties - May 2015 stamp of the month)

Birthday wishes

I made one card only during the May crop. I hit my head on the thermostat of the fridge getting water before I left so had the worst headache for most of it. I took 4 Advil and finally started to feel better. It knocked my neck out so I knew I hit it really hard.

I used this sketch. This sketch is a great one.  This could be my new favorite color combo. I used my favorite polka dot paper.

Papers: Neenah, Bazzill, Recollections, Colorbok
Stamps: CTMH (cutie pie stamp of month May 2015), SU (garden greetings)
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, Lawn Fawn die, MFT die, homemade enamel dots,  pop dots
Techniques: paper piecing, sketch


My second card from crafty day in March.

This is a happy card. Possibly for my friend/coworker Janice.

Papers: Neenah, KI (peace and butterflies)
Stamps: Studio G
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Little Yellow Bicycle die, Lawn Fawn die, Glossy Accents, homemade enamel dots
Techniques: paper piecing

Make a Big Wish

We got together in March for crafty day. I made two cards after I was finished volunteering at Habitat for Humanity. That's a lot for me.

Papers: Neenah, American Crafts (hip hop hooray)
Stamps: Studio G
Accessories: Cuttlebug,  C.C. Designs corner banner die, homemade enamel dots, pop dots
Technique: paper piecing

Happy Birthday Ken

I made this for my friend for his birthday in April. I'm very late in posting it.

I used my Nifty Fifties cartridge. I love that one. It really has fun images. I made the car out of blue glitter paper to look like his Ford Fairlane convertible.

* Update: He has since framed this card.

without flash

with flash

Papers: Neenah, Bazzill, The Paper Studio glitter, SU pool party, Recollections 

Accessories: Cricut, Nifty Fifties cartridge, Cuttlebug, houndstooth ef, pop dots, computer generated font on sign

Monday, April 18, 2016

Happy Birthday Katey

I made this card for my friend Katey. She loves pink and her new favorite color is sea blue. I didn't have that color so used what matched. I hope my card doesn't look like it is for a young child.

The cake is cut from my Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge. That cartridge has some really cute images. I just love this one.

I used this sketch except the two side columns.

The first picture posted is with the flash, the second is without. The card  is hot pink in real life, not red pink.

Papers: Neenah, Colorboc, DCWV (glitter), Bazzill
Stamps: Sizzix (came with dies)
Accessories: Cricut, Simply Charmed cartridge, Cuttlebug, W R Memory Keepers ef, bling, Nestabilities, SU scallop circle punch, washi tape (chevron and line), pop dots
Inks: Memories
Techniques: sketch

Monday, February 22, 2016

Happy Birthday Janice

This card is for my coworker. She's going through a lot right now so I sent an email to ask the whole team to bombard her with cards for her birthday. Her favorite color is teal so I tried to add as much in as possible. She has a dog and treats that dog like her child.

Papers: Neenah, Bazzill, SU night of Navy, DCWV Hippie, The Paper Studio, Recollections.
Stamps: Recollections, SU Garden Greetings
Accessories: Cuttlebug, SU happy die, homemade acrylic dots, bling.
Technique: paper piecing.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Happy Birthday Kim

I made this card for my friend Kim's birthday. I pinned this card on Pinterest, with the intention to use it as my inspiration for Kim's card. Then Kim pinned it shortly after. I knew it had to be at that point. The Christmas tree and the birthday hat were the same shape. I didn't make my center image as large as in this card though. Kim and I do that kind of thing a lot. We will text or talk and pretty much say the same things or if we are out shopping separately,  we'll often ask the other if they want this and it's the same thing. That's so weird when that happens. We joke that we're twins from other parents.

It felt strange to make a card and not have any restrictions. Just fun. The hard part, is that my craft room is near disaster stage and I kept losing my supplies. I set the paper pack down and couldn't find it for 15 minutes. That's just crazy.

I had to make the cupcake chocolate because that's my favorite and the cherry on top is a homemade acrylic dot.

Without the flash:

With the flash so you can see all the glitter in the papers and cupcake. In real life, it is more the colors in the card without the flash. It's very bright and cheerful.

Papers: Neenah, Bazzill, SU chocolate chip, The Paper Studio - Eat Cake.
Stamps: Fiskars, SU - Garden Greetings.
Accessories: Stickles (on cupcake), homemade acrylic dot, bling, Cricut, Celebrations cartridge.
Technique: inspiration card, paper piecing (cupcake).