Showing posts with label Card Making. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Card Making. Show all posts

Monday, January 8, 2018

Cardmaking: Cupcake Birthday Cards, First Cards of 2018

I've been easing back into the creative world with the New Year, but January always starts off fast with several birthdays, including a big one for my son later this month. 

The first card  is for a couple whose birthdays are a day apart, so I made them a joint card with one birthday cupcake for each.  The other is for my brother in law and the colors and style worked for him so easy peasy. 

I stashbusted my paper supplies and used one sheet each of :
  • Flocked damask paper
  • Acetate sheet with gold script
  • Antique gold glitter paper
  • Gold and white foiled paper
  • Black cardstock, matte and metallic
Along with:
  • Foam dots 
  • Self adhesive acrylic rhinestones
  • Coordinating washi tape

I was a Girl Scout so "make new friends but keep the old" is a thing with me and that applies to tools too, so for this one I used my "old" Cricut Expression I've had for years (while I've acquired other machines) but it still works like a charm and I bought those cartridges for a reason! I used an image from the Damask Decor cartridge. Not going to lie , I dream about a black Cricut Explore Air 2 machine (hear that Cricut people...just sayin') . 

I cut the base layer cupcake in black matte and the top in the white and gold foil paper . I like layering images using foam dots, and offsetting them slightly for depth. 

While the images were cutting, I cut my panel layers, and layered as shown: 

Once my panel was finished I attached it to the card base which I'd cut from metallic black cardstock , and then attached the cupcakes, finishing with a self adhesive gold dot. 

The second card followed a similar process, I just changed up the paper combo a bit. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Bright and Shiny Cards for The New Year

Happy New Year! Little slow getting started but have some cards to share. Sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas I picked up a steal deal at Michaels. Their "Hot Buy" paper pads were on sale for $5 and of course I couldn't resist. I picked up two gorgeous metallic 12x12 pads ; one in gold and one in silver. These papers are so gorgeous that I let them stand alone and didn't do a lot of embellishing. 

January brings several occasions so this week it's a Birthday, a Retirement, and a Thank You note. 

I was able to make all three cards using two sheets from the deck. One was an embossed quatrefoil pattern that I used as the background and the other was a sheet with sentiments (12 on one page) that  you can cut down and use for multiple projects. For the Birthday card I chose this one that says "Happy" and mounted on dark silver metallic and glitter paper before adhering to the card using foam dots. I love love love metallics. I hate hate hate photographing them. Things to work on in 2016!

For the Retirment card, I used the same idea, choosing this sentiment "Live A Beautiful Life" . I did embellish this one a bit with some silver glitter washi tape , sequins, and buttons. 

The Birthday and Retirement cards are 5x7. With the paper I had left, I made a Thank You card (5.5x 4.25) using another sentiment "My Favorite Things"...perfect since this was a Thank You for a chocolate gift basket I received! 

For my big $5 investment, I still have 29 more sheets of paper and 9 more sentiments from this one page to play with ! 

Supplies Used 
  • Craft Smith Silver Foil Paper Pad 12x12
  • Cardstock
  • Double Sided Adhesive
  • Foam Dots
  • Misc. Embellishments

Monday, February 23, 2015

Choose Joy Retirement Card

DCWV Timeless Type Card 

Sharing an easy card using an image from a sheet of scrapbooking papera as the focal. For this card I used two sheets of paper from the Timeless Type stack by DCWV along with one specialty glitter paper ( also by DCWV). Card is 5x7 . The background is the glitter paper and a strip of printed text town at the top and bottom.

DCWV Timelesss Type Closeup

The bike image was in the corner of the paper so I trimmed around it to size and matted with the glitter paper and black paper and added a strip of coordinating washi tape to the corner. It already looked like it had been stamped onto a watermarked background so I just added some rhinestones to the wheels to dress it up. I stamped the sentiment which I thought perfect for a retirement card ( $2 two pack set from Michaels) onto glossy white paper with black Staz-On, matted and mounted to the card as shown.

To finish, I added a mirrored banner from this pack by DCWV:

DCWV Banner Mirrors

Quick and easy card that looks like it took more work than it did!

DCWV Timeless Type Card

Monday, February 16, 2015

Timeless Type Thank You Cards

DCWV Thank You Cards

College Boy recently requested some Thank You cards for Professors who’d written recommendation letters for him. I decided to make them similar but not matching,  and papers from DCWV's Timeless Types stack worked perfectly with a Premium Pack of specialty papers and papers from the Textured Cardstock Stack.  The papers were so detailed that for the focal I decided on a clean graphic image stamped in black ink on white gloss paper.

Timeless Type Premium Paper

Each card is the same construction. 5x7 card with printed papers layered on black cardstock panels. The papers from these collections are so detailed that they speak for themselves.

Premium Paper Map

I loved the black and white floral combined with the muted colors of the map that made up the design of this sheet from the Premium Pack. All I added was the stamped focal, a piece of washi tape, and some rhinestones. The stamp is one I picked up in the $1.50 or $2 aisle at Michaels. I thought  the image was perfect for Professors.

Timeless Type Thank Yous

For a couple of the cards, I combined torn strips of coordinating papers  from the Timeless Type stack but the basic construction is the same.

Thank You Cards

Monday, June 2, 2014

Yes I Made A Card for $.50

Hello Card

We all have those things that soothe us right? For some it’s a new pair of shoes. For others it’s a spa treatment or digging in the dirt. For me ( in addition to chocolate of course) it’s a stroll through Michaels. I just like wandering the aisles ( sometimes talking to myself…this is completely normal so don’t call anyone!). It doesn’t even take spending a bundle to make me giddy. Case in point, a recent trip where I was elated to stumble upon a treasure trove of $.50 finds. Yes you read that right FIFTY CENT finds!

Michaels Finds

Well you didn’t think I was going to buy just one thing for $.50 did you? Silly.. They had this whole collection of coordinating elements and I may or may not have bought 1 or 2 of each.

I used one of the embellishment packs to make this just because card for a friend.

DCWV Lemon Stack

The colors went perfectly with a DCWV stack ( Lemon Flower) I had in my stash. I did have to will myself not to buy any more paper on this recent trip. SO hard.

Hello Card Elements

I chose a coordinating piece of paper from the stack and grabbed a couple of scraps from previous projects including a white embossed panel. Then I just sat and played and used up all the elements on the embellishment card. Should have thought ahead to include the card the embellishments were on since it matched but yes, saved it for another project TBD.

Hello Card

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Spellbinders Gift With Purchase At Hobby Lobby While Supplies Last

Among my favorite words are "gift with purchase". Who doesn't love that? While supplies last, the wonderful team at Spellbinders is offering a FREE ( one of my other favorite words) crown die ( pictured above) when you buy one of their other dies at Hobby Lobby. 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Spellbinders. Promotion is limited to US only.

If you're not familiar with Spellbinders dies, they are detailed metal dies that work with multiple die cutting machines. They come in countless shapes and designs providing clean edged cuts and can be used over and over again in your cards, scrapbooking, mixed media projects etc.  For example: 

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"Romantic Rectangles" is one of the sets available at Hobby Lobby , perfect for framing wedding or vintage photos, or making special cards. These are "Nestabilities" which means that each die (4 in total) nests within the next biggest size and you can cut papers to use in combination with each other. 

Here's how the promotion works: 
  • Shop IN STORE or ONLINE at Hobby Lobby for Spellbinders products.
  • Scan your receipt or take a photo and email it to
  • Include your shipping address in your email.
  • Excitedly wait for your exclusive Spellbinders crown die!
This promotion is only good while supplies last... so act fast!

How easy is that? 

Spellbinders is also offering one of my readers the chance to WIN ( yet another favorite word) one of the Crown dies only available through this promotion.  Here's how you can enter via Rafflecopter.  Giveaway will be up through midnight Friday! 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Father's Day Cards in Cream and Blue

Tim Holtz Vintage Truck Card

Now that Father’s Day has passed, I can share some of the cards I made to celebrate. The first card is a combination birthday and Father’s Day card for my FIL.  For this one I used papers by Basic Grey and Cut and  vintage truck and sentiment stamps by Tim Holtz.

Vintage Truck Card Materials
Made a 5x7 card from cream cardstock, ran some light blue cardstock through my Cuttlebug using a Tim Holtz embossing folder, stamped the truck with blue pigment ink and the sentiment with black. I kinda goofed on the first stamp of the sentiment, so went back over it and was actually pleased with the shadow effect. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it anyway.

Take Some Time 2

For these cards, I used some pre-made cards  and embellisments from the David Tutera cardmaking collection along with another sheet from a Basic Grey pack.  The clocks are rub-ons I had in my stash but you could get the same effect with a clear sticker or stamp. I only had one of the “take some time” sentiment rub-ons but liked the sentiment so generated the second one using my label maker and then spruced it up with some embellishments.

Take Some Time Card
The turquoise strip is a pre-cut David Tutera overlay that I trimmed to size. Finished with some coordinating washi tape.
Take Some Time Card Materials

Hope all the dads in your lives had a great Father’s Day!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Keep Calm and Study On Card: The Graphics Fairy To The Rescue

Keep Calm Study Card

The daughter of one of my besties is off to London for a Summer study abroad program so I whipped up a card to send her off.

I knew I wanted to do a variation of the "Keep Calm" theme but also wanted a British flag so went  to my go to source: The Graphics Fairy . I downloaded the image, then aged it using a graphics program which I also used to generate the text. 

Made a 5x7 card from red card stock, layered with a vintage looking red and white striped paper from the Union Square stack by Recollections ( Michaels), added two strips of American Crafts white glitter tape and mounted the focal image on gold and cream cardstocks.

Added a couple strips of washi tape, gold rhinestones, and a silver paper crown. She may be there for the birth of the new Royal baby so it seemed appropriate.

Keep Calm Closeup

College student in London….I couldn’t resist a reminder to actually study! Not that it’s really needed. She’s a smart young lady and she’ll do great.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

April Seems To Be Birthday Month: Rose and Gold Birthday Card

Rose and Gold Birthday

I didn't realize exactly how many April birthdays were in my life until I did the logical thing and wrote them all down in one place.

This card has to travel across the ocean so to keep myself from having to take out a loan for postage, I tried to keep it pretty flat and light. A challenge for me since I love dimension and embellishments.

Rose Birthday

I gathered up the things I planned to use in my card, starting with computer generating the focal image and sentiment using my My Memories digital scrapbooking software.  Printed on white cardstock and trimmed to size.  My card was guided by the colors in this image so I chose papers from my stash to match.

Gold Embossed Panel

I cut white cardstock to 5x7 card size, trimmed the rose paper to 4.75x6.75 and a white gold cardstock to 4.5x6.5. Ran the gold paper through my Cuttlebug to emboss it.

Cuttlebug Embossing

Mounted the panels as shown and added a scrap of the rose paper across the middle with a coordinating self adhesive scrapbooking sticker by K&Co. I may or may not hoard these. Just sayin'.

Rose and Gold Embossed Card

Mounted the focal image and sentiment as shown and finished off by adding drops of  liquid pearls ( bisque) to the butterflies and flowers.

Rose Gold Birthday Closeup

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