Sunday, May 4, 2014

Birthday cupcake

I can NOT believe it's been a year since I participated in a challenge!  I have been steadily making cards for my own friends and family and for my little cardmaking business.  {But I do update my Facebook page with new cards regularly so hope you will join me there!}

I enjoy reading the "Seize The Birthday" blog but have never participated in their challenge.  They have "anything goes" as their theme this week and since I just made a cute card, I wanted to share!

I am making cards to donate to our local elementary school PTO teacher appreciation brunch.
I'm sharing two cards because I don't know which I like more.  I just love the little cupcake so much!

The text is from "My Sentiments Exactly" clear stamps.
I used the wood embossing folder for the bottom of the cupcake.
And for the top, I used a scallop circle punch.  I cut it smaller on the top card with scallop edged scissors.

I hope everyone is having a great day!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Mother's Day

As I make Mother's Day cards, I've been looking to Pinterest for inspiration.  I found a card I loved.  {Here is the original blog post.} I loved the rips and the color scheme so I tweaked a few things and here is my card:

I'm entering this card in the following two challenges:
The Paper Players have a Mother's Day theme.
And Annabelle Stamps has an Anything goes them.

How it's made:
I stamped the grass and stems with a set from Annabelle Stamps.
The flowers are from a punch with a touch of glitter in the center.
The green ribbon is from Michael's.
And the text is from Stampin Up!  This was my first time stamping on ribbon and I love how it turned out!

Thanks for swinging by!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pet sympathy card

I had a request to make a sympathy card for someone who recently lost their pet cat.  I went to one of my favorite blog challenges, The Paper Players for inspiration and really liked this layout:

And here is my card:

The base is pink cardstock.
The brown layer is embossed in a wood pattern. (LOVE this embossing folder!)
The pink strip is embossed with leaves.
I printed: "Faithful friends like Madison leave paw prints on our hearts." from my computer.
I stamped the cat and colored it in.
"So sorry for your loss" is a Hero Arts clear stamp and I LOVE how they stamp.
Finished with a flower and a pearl.

Thanks for swinging by!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Airplane Birthday

Entering this card in the following two challenges:
Allsorts: Things With Wings
Less is More: Up in the Air

How perfect!!!
I had a card order for a little boy who was turning 7 and loves jets.
To start, I went through my stash and found this cute airplane diecut so built the card around that.

The base is blue card stock.
The white layer is embossed with dots that I rubbed ink over.
I stamped "Happy Birthday" directly on that.  (It's an acrylic set I got at Michael's.)
I put stickers on the airplane to look like windows and they have the birthday boy's name.
I added his age on the tail.  
The big cloud was traced from a stencil.  The small cloud I cut free hand.  I dabbed ink on them too and I used pop dots under them to make them stand out.
That's it for a nice personalized birthday card.

Thanks for swinging by!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

15 years of service

Freshly Made Sketches has a layout that I loved so used it for inspiration today.  I had an order from someone who wanted a card for her amazing husband.  He is celebrating 15 years in the Navy!  Congrats to him!  

Here is the template to use:
I am also thrilled to show off my first card using one of my Dad's sketches!  I live near a Navy town and knew I would have orders for those hard working sailors!  I asked my Dad to help me out because of copyright issues and he really delivered!  I super love this fun "hat's off to you" sketch!  How perfect for this occasion!

How it's made:
I printed the bowing submarine on white paper. 
I used watercolor pencils for the water then used a big circle punch to cut it out.
The "THANKS..." text is from Stampin Up!   
"15" are Creative Memories stickers and I printed "years" from my computer.  I used a circle punch afterwards and then a a slightly bigger circle in blue.  A metal brad holds them in place on the red strip.
Hard to see in the pic, but there are black dots running up along the left side of the circles too.

Thanks for swinging by!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

Three of my favorite cardmaking challenge blogs have nice Valentine's Day themes so I wanted to submit my card to these great sites towards their fun themes:

Sentimental Sundays... Love is in the Air
Gingerloft wants to see the color red.
Allsorts has a Valentine's Day challenge. 

Here is a card I made for someone to give to her husband:

The base is a light brown.
I stamped "I love you" in red ink for the background.
I punched a heart in the red paper, layering it on black.
The red layer has distressed edges.
I used a gel pen to make the stitching and initials on the heart.
"be my Valentine" is from a new to me block magnetic set of many words that I recently bought.  I stamped it on the same red paper.  Then cut it out and glued on the red layer just to give it some dimension.
Tied it together with twine before gluing down to the base.

Sometimes my cards seems simple but they can have many steps!  I enjoyed putting this one together.
Thanks for swinging by!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Welcome new baby!

I had two friends give birth to their baby girls today.  I had been limiting my time on Facebook til today when I trolled their profiles waiting for news and pictures!  haha!  How fitting that "Celebrating the new" is the theme over at Sentimental Sundays.  I made their cards the same, just tweaking the specifics of course.

I was inspired by this amazing design that I originally saw on Pinterest.  It's a gorgeous wall hanging but I thought it'd be nice for a card.  I don't have a design background so just did this is a Word doc and played around with it til it was sized the way I wanted.

From there I layered it on green paper, then on patterned paper and finally onto the purple card base.  I love the simplicity of this card and hope the mommas do too.

Thanks for swinging by!