Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thanks for Volunteers

Today I made a bunch of thank you cards for some wonderful people who gave their time and energy to clean up the yards of some abandoned properties in our neighborhood.  We all appreciate what they did and wanted to let them know so a friend and I got together and made this CAS thank you card for them!

The inside is simple too, I made the message on my computer and then added some color with washi tape!

I needed something to add a little interest to the "thank you" strip on the front of the card.  I tried jewels and buttons but they just didn't give the look I wanted.  I went through my stash and didn't have any black brads, either.  Then I found some gold colored nail heads...and I wondered if I could color them with a sharpie and make them black.  I tried and it worked like a charm!!  They came out very black and shiny and were exactly what my card needed!!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Stampin' Up: Background Basics (retired)
Dies: Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves 
Other:  Nail heads, black sharpie marker, washi tape, foam tape, Cuttlebug embossing folder

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Thank Ewe

I'm still having fun with my Lawn Fawn Critters on the Farm stamps.  Just when I go to put them away, I get another idea.  I had already colored the little lamb and I thought how cute he'd be jumping over the fence...then I thought about vines and flowers on the fence and I had to make a card to see what it would look like!  I made a small version of an easel card. 

When I was looking for a link to the stamps, I found out that they are on sale at Markerpop.com, so if you NEED them...you could get on sale.  The dies are on sale too, but they are out of stock right now :(

To make the lamb look more like he is jumping, I put a double piece of foam tape under his face and front legs, a single piece under his middle and glue dots under his tail and rear legs.  I took a side view picture...not sure if you will be able to see it clearly enough but it gives the effect that I was looking for!

Here's a pic of the card open.  I made the message on my computer.  I found a cute font called "KG Somebody that I Used to Know".  After I printed it out on card stock, I used a Spellbinder labels die to cut it out.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a good weekend!

Supplies Used:
Card Stock: Cougar Opaque white, Stampin' Up DSP
Stamps: Lawn Fawn: Critters on the Farm
Dies: Lawn Fawn: Critters on the Farm & Spring Showers, 
         CC Designs: Cutters Leafy Branch, Spellbinders: Labels 16
Copics: W-1, R27, YR24, Black
Prismacolor Pencils PC1063 Cool Grey 50%, PC1094 Sandbar Brown, Black 
         & Gamsol for blending 
Miscellaneous:  Pan Pastels: Phthalo Blue Tint, Bright Yellow Green Shade, 
           Perm. Green Shade; Small flower punch 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Somebody squealed

So Lawn Fawn makes cutesy stamps.  I always loved them but thought they would be best for making cards for children.  Recently I realized that when anyone of any age looked at a card made with them, they always smiled.  Lawn Fawn cards just have that effect on people! I had to come up with a project for a card making day with friends and decided that I would use my new LF set Critters on the Farm.  I found a cute inspiration card on Pinterest made by Annie Rose and loved it.  You can see Annie's card here.  And here is how my version came out...

I used Pan Pastels and one of the Soft Tools to color the sky.  I was in St. Pete at Whim-so-Doodle last week and bought two colors and some Soft Tools to try and I am in looovvee with them!!  The color is so rich and creamy and easy to put down.  I can't believe I've never tried them before.  I know I'll be needing more colors soon! 

Here is  what the inside looks like.  This little piggy looks adorable in his party hat!  The hat is from a Stampin' Up set called Sketched Birthday.  It was a little too big for the pig so I cut off about 1/4 inch at the bottom.

I typed up the messages on my computer and printed them out on card stock.  I'll take some pics of how I folded the banner and post them tomorrow.  
Here are close-up pictures, and a coloring/shading list.  

Hope this card made you smile!!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Cougar Opaque, SU: Night of Navy, Green
Stamps:  Lawn Fawn: Critters on the Farm; Stampin Up: Sketched Birthday
Copics: See coloring sheet
Dies:  Lawn Fawn: Critters on the Farm, Spellbinder: Scalloped Circles and Circles
Miscellaneous: Pan Pastels: Phtalo Blue Tint & Soft Tool

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Watch Out Orlando Graduation Card

I am very, very grateful to the bloggers that I follow lately!  I've been in one of those creative slumps and I can't seem to come up with anything that I like on my own.  Thank goodness this doesn't happen to everybody at the same time. I've been lucky enough to find great cards that I could use as a springboards and this is an example of another one!  I needed a graduation card for a friend who is finishing up nail tech school and since I know she will take Orlando by storm, Wanda Guess' card was just perfect for the event!  You can see Wanda's inspiration card here. Since I had the Taylored Expressions Instant Photo Frame Die I was set to go. It is a favorite because you can put so many things into the opening to make snapshots that are the perfect size for a card front!
  I used the "Cracked" font on my computer to make all of the wording for this card.  To center the words on the photo frame, I printed them out on white card stock.  Then I cut the frame out of vellum.  I placed the vellum frame over the words to center them and marked the 4 corners so I could place the die just where I needed it to be and taped it in place.  Ran it though the Big Shot and then used it in my card :)

I had a few of the paper dolls left when I cut the strip to size so I used them to decorate the inside of the card...

Dies:  Taylored Expressions Instant Photo Frames, My Favorite Things Skyline Border, Cloud Trio & Paper Doll Girl Border and Memory Box Corner Bow Die
Miscellaneous: Dylusions Ink Spray - London Blue, vellum

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Regarding Dahlias

Regarding Dahlias is not the kind of stamp set I typically buy, but I went to stamp camp and my demonstrator Susan Kirk made such a quick and simple...and gorgeous card with it that I had to have it and I bought it!  I was really happy that I did when I saw Connie Collins' exquisite card on Pinterest...you can see it by clicking here!  I was inspired and just had to try and see if I could make something like it!  I didn't have the inks that she used and I have Copics instead of Blendabilities, but I was determined to make something pretty with what I had.  Here is how my card turned out...

For some reason I wanted to 3-D this flower so I cut some layers and added some foam tape and gave the flower some shape.  I also messed up when I was coloring the background with Ranger Distress inks and my new mini blending tools so I had to cut around the flowers and add them to a different background layer.  I don't know if you can see in the photo, but doing this gave a little more depth.  It was one of those happy mistakes because the flowers looked even better after.  


Stamps:  Stampin' Up: Regarding Dahlias, Gorgeous Grunge & Perfect Pennants
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress: Scattered Straw, Brushed Corduroy, Peacock Feathers & Seedless Preserves
Copics: V000, V01, V12, V15 & V17
Cardstock:  Stampin' Up Elegant Eggplant & More Mustard and Cougar Opaque white

I want to thank Connie again for her beautiful card and the inspiration it provided!!

Here is a photo of the card I made at Susan's stamp camp.  Isn't it pretty?  And so quick and easy to make.  I thought a set in different colors with different designer paper would make a really nice gift for someone who doesn't stamp...or even someone who does!!  

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Doctor Graduation

Our son finished his medical residency in June and we attended the graduation.  We are so very proud of him and all his accomplishments.  It was a very happy day.  Here is the card that I made for him…

The sentiments are both from My Favorite Things.  Sorry but I didn't write down the other supplies I used for this one.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Snappy Birthday

A friend posted a message on Facebook about a mom asking for birthday cards for her soon to be 6 year old son, Danny.  It seems he has an inoperable brain tumor and all he wants for his birthday are cards.  I'm really glad that I saw this in time to get a card out to him.  In case you want to send one, too…here is the information.

Danny Nickerson
P.O. Box 212
Foxboro, MA 02035

Here is the card I sent.  I used a cute set from Stampin' Up called Crab & Company.  

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Stampin' Up - Crab & Company
Cardstock: Stampin' Up - Pink Passion, Craft an black, watercolor paper
Inks:Stampin' Up - Craft White, Memories - black 
Markers:  Assorted Tombo Markers
Dies : Spellbinder circles
Miscellaneous:  Small circle punches, ribbon, chalks for sky & ground, ribbon, white gel pen (for shrimp eyes), washi tape

Here's a picture of the inside of the card.  I used my computer to make the message because I didn't have a stamp that said what I wanted to say…and then I decorated the inside with washi tape.  I'm loving using Washi tape to make the inside of my cards more interesting.  If you are like me, you get so busy making the front of the card cute that you forget the inside until you have everything cleaned up.  Washi tape is so quick and easy and adds just a splash of color to tie it all together!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you are having a "Snappy Day" too!