Wednesday, June 18, 2014

More Cards

It would be helpful if I managed to post these cards as I make them, but I never can seem to do that! So here are a few that I have made in the last three weeks with no supply list because I have forgotten what materials I used!  I thought I would post them anyway and resolve to be better about posting the cards as I make them so I can provide a list of supplies used!

Graduation - this is a graduation card I made for one of my nieces who graduated from high school recently.  This card is inspired by a card designed by Michele Boyer featured in the Summer 2014 issue of CardMaker magazine.

Pet Sympathy - My neighbor had to put her dog to sleep recently and I made this card for her. 

Father's Day  - This card is a card I made for my Dad for Father's Day:

Another Graduation Card - Lastly, here is a card I made for a nephew who is graduating from High School (I made this card on my YouTube channel last week.  You can view the video here).

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Two Cards

Just a quick post to show you two cards I made recently. I made the first card for my Dad's birthday.   The paper I used for this card is called Hip, Hip Hooray by American Crafts.  The pocket on the front was made using the My Favorite Things Vertical Gift Card Greetings die.  The stars were made using a star punch and My Favorite Things Stacking Stars dies.

The Mother's Day Card was created with Aqua Mist card stock by Papertrey Ink for the card base.  The white background design was cut using my Silhouette.  I also cut out the word Mom on my Silhouette about 5 times and glued them one on top of the other so the word would look more substantial (like a chipboard accent).  I placed pearls in the center of the flowers on the background.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Thank You Card - MFT Sketch #175

Here's another card created from a My Favorite Things sketch.  I needed a Thank You card to send to my Aunt and thought this design would be perfect for the card I had in mind.  I made this card on my YouTube channel here.


MFT Oval Stax 1
MFT Oval Stax 2
MFT Thank You Stamp
Pink Satin Ribbon
Paper Studio Bling
Sunny Days Patterned Paper By Prima

Friday, April 25, 2014

MFT Sketch Challenge

This week I thought I would join in on the MFT Get Sketchy challenge and create a card based on the sketch posted on the MFT blog.  I enjoy creating cards from card sketches.  It gives you a road map for putting together the card, but the freedom to select all the elements that make up the card (paper, stamps, embellishments, etc.).  Here is the card I created from the sketch.  You can see me putting together this card on my YouTube channel here.

Materials used to make this card include:

110lb White card stock by Recollections
Spring patterned paper by American Crafts
Matting Basics A  by Spellbinders 
 Matting Basics B by Spellbinders
Recollections white paper flowers

That's it for today. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Monday, April 21, 2014

EK Success Punch & Stamp Review

I recently purchased two of the EK Success Punch & Stamp sets from  I have always liked the idea of stamping an image and having a coordinating punch that perfectly punches out that image. The EK Success Stamp & Punch sets each come with 7 stamps (rubber foam mounted stamps) and the coordinating punch.  You will see photos of the punch and the stamps at left.  I purchased the Retro Bottle Cap set and Just for You set.  I have to say that I am not a fan of the rubber foam mounted stamps.  Some of the stamps in the set stamp fairly well while others - especially the stamps with fine line type (you can see what I am talking about in the Gee Your Swell stamped image.  The Swell stamps fine, but you can hardly see the "Gee Your" part of the sentiment). For the Gee Your Swell sentiment stamp, I masked off the Gee Your Swell by punching a 1.25 inch circle from an Avery Label Sheet, inked up the stamp, removed the Avery Label mask and stamped.  I then stamped another sentiment from a photopolymer Avery Elle stamp set - much better!  You will see this in a photo at left as well.

I will use these sets, but probably not as often as I might have if all the images stamped well.  I think it would have been better if EK Success used clear photopolymer stamps in these sets instead of the rubber mounted on foam stamps.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Quick Post

I wanted to show you two cards I made earlier this month and have not had a chance to post.  One is a birthday card I made for my brother and the other is a sympathy card.  I made them several weeks back so I don't have a materials list for these two.  Sorry about that!

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Pet Sympathy

Last week I made a pet sympathy card for a family member who had to say goodbye to their four-legged friend.  I wanted to send a sympathy card to let her know I was so sorry to hear the news and I was thinking of her.  I have a Pet Sympathy stamp set by Papertrey Ink and a Pet Charms die set by My Favorite things that  I used to make this card.  I hope the card brought a little bit of comfort.  I know how hard it is to say goodbye to a beloved pet and member of the family.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Get Well Card

This week Get Well seemed to be a theme in terms of card creation.  Two family members are under the weather and I needed to make Get Well cards for them.  I used my Silhouette to cut out the words Get Well and used the Offset feature to create a layered look.  The papers chosen for the card are a little more muted to convey a more masculine feel (I can't remember the name of the patterned paper pad I used for this card.  That's what I get for procrastinating on posting to my blog!)  
After making the Get Well cards, I turned my attention to making another Valentine card.  This was a card I made on YouTube last Friday - here.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Conversation Hearts

I love making my own embellishments.  The creative challenge of making an embellishment instead of purchasing that embellishment at the store is really a fun exercise for me.  Enamel dots are all the rage these days and they are fun to make and use.  But dots just won't do for Valentine's Day!

 The Valentine's cards I am making are calling out for enamel hearts so..........I decided to make my own.  I purchased these assorted color bling hearts from (they may sell these in the store, but I ordered mine online for $2.49 for a bag of 78 hearts in assorted sizes).  Next I  painted the hears with white paint.  I did this to take away some of the translucency of the hearts. You can skip this step, but it may take you more coats of nail polish to give the hearts that enamel look.  Next I stuck two flat-topped toothpicks in a piece of foam packaging and put a glue dot on top of each toothpick. I did this so I could affix the heart on top of the toothpick in preparation for painting them with nail polish.  Next, I took out my collection of nail polish (most purchased at the Dollar Tree) and started painting the hearts.  Most colors only took two coats to achieve the enamel look I was after.  

The next challenge in this project was to find stamps small enough to fit on the medium, medium large and large size hearts.  I used my Papertrey Ink Tiny Tags and Tiny Tags II to stamp on the hearts with StazOn ink.  It is important to use a permanent ink that is formulated for slick surfaces - otherwise whatever you stamp on the hearts will wipe right off.

That's it.  Really fun and cute embellishments.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I Am Guilty Of.......

I am guilty of major blog neglect!!!  It has been months since I last posted and my only excuse is that other things in life took priority.  I am hoping to post more regularly on this blog - the goal is at least once per week. My intentions are good so we will see what happens.

Valentine's day is a few weeks away and so I have been busy making Valentine's cards.  These are hands down my favorite type of card to make.  It's probably because I love the colors often used on these cards - the pinks, the reds, and the aquas.

The card featured on my blog today was made using the following materials:

SimonSaysStamp Heart Rainfall die
Silhouette Two-Tone Umbrella cut
My Favorite Things Flat Bottom Cloud die
Papertrey Ink Confetti Garland Border die (Hearts)
Paper Studio Tiny Hearts Embossing folder
Papertrey Ink White card stock
American Crafts 6x6 Valentine patterned paper
Wink of Stella glitter brush pen

When I purchased the SimonSaysStamp Heart Rainfall die I knew I wanted to make this card.  Don't some dies just speak to you like that?  This one certainly did for me.

I hope you like the card and thanks for visiting my long neglected blog!