Sunday, January 27, 2013

Anchor love

"Love is in the air" is the challenge over at GingerloftChallenge

Here's a card I made for someone who calls her Navy husband "Baby".

I printed the inside from my computer and it says: "You are my anchor and my love!  Happy Valentine's Day".

The card is made on red cardstock.
The white layer is embossed.
The anchor was a die cut in my stash.
The hearts were from a Stampin Up! punch.
'Baby' and 'I love you' are two different stamps I own.
Put it all together for a lovely personalized Valentine's Day card.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

A helicopter owned by Mary

Allsorts is having a challenge to make a masculine card.  I am so excited to share one that I made this week!

I received an order to make cards with helicopters on them from one of my husband's coworkers.  One of the problems with shifting from making cards for personal use to selling them, is that I can not use many online graphics because of their terms of use.  (can't sell)

I am VERY excited to share this card.  My husband TOOK this photo with his iPhone.  I then edited it in a free online program called PicMonkey to make it look like a painting!  I am thrilled with the results.  This makes it easier to print on my inkjet printer.  I own this photo and therefore can tweak it anyway I want.  Glorious!

Photo owned by Mary Newman. 
I layered it on blue cardstock.  Stamped "Thinking of You" on brown paper and ripped the edges.  I then stapled it to that layer of paper before gluing it to my grey base.  Staples are a great way to make a card look more masculine.

The inside has a layer of white with blue edging to coordinate with the front and make the card heavier.  I like the feel of a card with substance.  I love this card!!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Baby elephant

A friend of mine just had a baby on Monday and here is her card:

I printed the sentiment from my computer.  I added lace around that paper then mounted it on a pink base.  I fed ribbon through the buttons and tied them.  Glue dots work great to hold buttons in place.

The elephant was made from punches.  I searched online for ideas but didn't see any that I wanted to use so I came up with my own style.  Many people use circle punches for the body and head.  The butterfly punch is great for ears.  I trimmed an oval, also from a punch for the legs.  I added liquid pearls for the toes.  The trunk is cut from a large circle and then trimmed up a bit.  I finished it off with some googly eyes and a simple mouth.

This is for a very special girl and I am praying for her health and for her Momma's quick recovery.  I am entering it in a challenge over at "Our Daily Bread Designs".  It's my first time playing with them and this week's challenge is to make a card for child.  How perfect!

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Get well soon

I love Pinterest for getting ideas for cards!  I saw this great tissue box linked from this cardmaker:

I loved the idea of real tissue peeking out so I did a very simple version.  Mine isn't 3D but gives the same effect.  I cut a simple rectangle from a pretty patterned paper.  I used a knife to cut a slit, folded a small square of tissue and tucked it in.

I stamped "Get Well Soon" in Stampin Up! ink - Not Quite Navy (one of my most used colors).
The base of the card is a nice linen paper.  I did the simple inside to match the front.

The lighting isn't great but it should be white, not pink.  
I really love the feel of this card. Simple and to the point.  I'm submitting it to the challenge over at The Paper Players per this sketch below.  

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Yoda birthday

My little cardmaking business is picking up and although I am still in shock that people like my cards, I am super flattered at the same time!  I have 6 customers and 36 cards for this month alone!  So fun!  (For more samples of my cards, you can visit my Facebook page.  The link is on the right column of my blog.)

One of my orders was for a Star Wars birthday card for a 7-year old boy.  Here is the card I made.  Notice the 7's in the background.  (My daughter thought they were arrows.)

I searched Google and Pinterest for inspiration.
I got the cloak idea from here.
I used this nose and mouth as a guide.
And the rest I came up with on my own or from various sources.
I cut the light saber freehand from fluorescent and black paper.  Added a couple lines on the handle too with a silver pen.
Circle punch for the head and window punch for the arms was pretty common in my searches.
But I thought of punching a small heart for the ears.  I just cut it in half.

I looked at my son's Star Wars book for Yoda's hands.  He only has three fingers so I trimmed a flower made from this punch!

The inside was printed from my computer and says: 
Happy Birthday Jedi Daniel
Good one it will be...  Yes!

Time to get back to crafting but I wanted to share this cute little guy!
I am entering it in the challenge "Dies & Punches" at Allsorts.

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