Friendship and Thank You in the Key of Blue

I needed to make some friendship cards and was inspired by some fun sticky felt and sheet from a big stack of K & Company paper I’d bought ages ago, so I made four cards with them in shades of blue and green.

I’d never used the chipboard from a set of card-making supplies I got from Close to My Heart, so it was fun to use this butterfly.  The white part is glossy and it resisted the ink I applied to the chipboard with a dauber.

There's No One Like You

There's No One Like You

It doesn’t show up very well, but I added a thin line of Stickles glitter glue to the top of the decorative paper.  If you’re looking for a way to add pizzazz to a card, I highly recommend Stickles.  I’ve tried other glitter glues and this brand is really the best.  The stamped sentiment and decorative stamp around the words is from Close to My Heart.

True Friends

True Friends

The stamp and decorative edger punch are from Stampin’ Up! and I also used my favorite Spellbinders to cut out the paper around “Thank You.”

A Simple Thank You

A Simple Thank You

I’ve seen these tags at Impress Rubber Stamps‘ clearance sections for years and when the Making Memories Tag Curler was in the 50% off bin, I bought it and made my first card with it!  I’m hooked – I love this tool and these cute little tags.  The “Thank You” was from Close to My Heart and the bird stamp and punch are from Stampin’ Up!

Thank You - Green and Blue

Thank You - Green and Blue

Thanks for reading my blog!

Birthday Cupcake Wishes

I really enjoy using my Cricut Wild Card and Just Because cartridges.  I used them to make these two cupcake birthday cards and I even made matching envelopes!  I hope the recipient of the first card received it in the mail OK with that patterned paper.  It’s hard to see, but I used Glossy Accents to make the cherry shiny and Stickles to add the pink sprinkles.  The fun Decorative Label punch is from Stampin’ Up!

Stephen's Cupcake Card

Stephen's Cupcake Card

Check out the cute candles on this envelope!

Cupcake Card & Envelope

Cupcake Card & Envelope

Natalie's Card

Natalie's Card

Here’s a close-up of the gems / sprinkles:

BLING!

BLING!

Thanks for reading my blog, Cupcake! :)

Thank You Cards with a House Theme

One of times I was shopping at Craft Warehouse in Gresham, OR last year, I came across some adorable coordinating paper by American Crafts.  I sell houses for a living (well, I like to say I enjoy connecting sellers with buyers), so I am attracted to house themed stamps, paper, ribbon, candle holders, etc.  I had a need to thank several friends, so I was happy to find that these papers worked well together.  I used heavy paper tape I found at Hobby Lobby in Fort Collins, CO; wrote “THANK YOU” with a sparkly Copic AtYou Spica marker; used my favorite Modern Label punch from Stampin’ Up!, and some various eyelets from my stash.
I ran out of the one sheet of 12″ x 12″ floral background paper, so that gave me an excuse to make a few different house themed thank you cards with some other fun paper from DCWV and Basic Grey.
Here is a close-up of one of the cards.
"Thank You" House Card

"Thank You" House Card

This is a collage I made with all the house cards I made.  Click it to see a larger image.

House Card Collage

House Card Collage

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One Stamp, Four Different Cards

The other day I was putting away some stamps and came across one I had never used.  If you collect rubber and especially acrylic stamps, you know what I am talking about!  I thought the image would look really pretty if I stamped it and watercolored it, so I grabbed my watercolor paper,  Derwent watercolor pencils, my waterbrush and tuxedo black Memento dye ink and went to town!

I stamped it four times and created four different looking cards.  I felt the stamp lent itself to sympathy cards and figured it would be good to have them on standby because it’s difficult to make a sympathy card when I need it.  Oddly, as I was creating the cards, I received an email from someone who told me one of our loved ones had just lost a relative.  So, one of these cards will be used immediately.

Stamped and watercolored!

Stamped and watercolored!

(Not sure why the picture above looks rainbowy.)

Finished cards!

Finished cards!

OK, remind me to keep looking for my nice camera, rather than using my phone for pictures… because these all have a strange coloring cast on them.

Deepest Sympathy

Deepest Sympathy

Blue Sympathy Card

Blue Sympathy Card

Green Sympathy Card

Green Sympathy Card

Dark Green Sympathy Card

Dark Green Sympathy Card

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I’m Sew Glad We’re Friends!

Have you seen the adorable button emboss/die “Sizzlet” from Sizzix?  For whatever reason, I have been itching for a way to cut and emboss my own paper buttons from any kind of cardstock or paper.  I finally found that Sizzix sells one such die at JoAnn’s (and other stores) and through Stampin’ Up!  When I picked up my button die a few months ago, I was excited to try it out.  Here is the card I made using a dress form from Lawn Fawn’s Sew Lovely stamp set, Copic markers, and some adorable “Material Girl” paper from Cosmo Cricket.

Sew Glad We're Friends!

Sew Glad We're Friends!

Thank you for reading my blog post and enjoy your day!

My “Stylish Blogger Award”

Recently, my friend Jayma Malme surprised me with a “Stylish Blogger Award!”

Stylish Blogger Award

Thank you so much, Jayma!!  What a fun little award to win ~ it’s my first acknowledgment for my blog and this means a lot to me.  :)  Jayma is a friend I met through Twitter and we also connected on Facebook and face to face when I visited her in October.   She is a Close to My Heart Consultant and an avid blogger and paper-crafter.  Please take a look at her blog and poke around.  She has so many beautiful ideas shared on her site that will inspire you like she has inspired me.

Here are the rules for the recipients of this Stylish Blogger Award:

  1. Thank the person who gave it to you and link to their blog
  2. Share 8 things about yourself
  3. Share the award with 8 other “Stylish Bloggers” and share the bloggin’ love

Well, the first one was covered, so I’ll move on and try to come up with eight not-so-boring facts about myself.

1. Are you familiar with those yellow Lego-looking traction “things” embedded in the sidewalk on the corner, just before the sidewalk ends and dumps you into the street?  I can’t walk on those!  They hurt my sensitive feet, even though I always wear shoes.

2. My car license plate used to be “DEPMODE,” which is as close as I could get to “Depeche Mode” and I had a custom license plate frame made that mocked those “I’d rather be shopping at Nordstrom” frames. Mine said, “I’d rather be at a Depeche Mode concert.”

3. When I was 19, I quit my job so I could take advantage of a sweet deal on Alaska Airlines: $22 each way to San Francisco! I’d never flown before, so this was an opportunity to seize! I went with a girl friend and we had a great time.

4. When I was in the 5th grade, I broke my right hand on a gingerbread house. I didn’t know it was broken for several weeks after it happened. I just knew that it hurt to write or play hockey in gym class.

5. I had braces on my teeth for seven and a half grueling years: 5th grade until after high school graduation!

6. I LOOOOOOOOOOVE flossing and 2 things I always have with me are floss and Kleenex. I have floss in a kitchen drawer; in a drawer in the coffee table; in my car; in my purse; in my night stand; in my bathroom; at my desk in my office; and at my desk in my home office. I think this floss addiction is due to two things: seven and a half years of flossing with braces was very difficult, so it’s really easy to floss now – AND – I never want to look like the grinning cashier at Safeway with cheese and bread stuck in her teeth. I just can’t get that image out of my mind. SO GROSS.

7. I’ve had long finger nails since some time in elementary school because I loved my mom’s long nails. I have so many memories of her filing her nails and painting them. I don’t paint mine very often because I don’t like being asked if they’re fake.

8. I make and send an average of 800 cards each year and I take a picture of each one.

Here are the eight other recipients I’d like to share this Stylish Blog Award with:

Christine David – I found Christine on YouTube in 2009 because she has so many creative how-to videos.  I learned how to make some cool cards and then was happy to find she lives locally in Maple Valley.  We became fast friends and she is my Close to My Heart Consultant.

Terry Bolender – I met Terry online while looking for a local Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in 2009.  When she blogs, she shares so many creative cards and ideas.  I love the cards she designs and she inspires my creativity.

Kelly Marie Alvarez – Kelly Marie is known on Twitter as her business name @LawnFawn.  She is a ray of sunshine and is just as wonderful and fun in person as she is online!  After becoming friends through Twitter, I was happy to meet her and her husband Mike in person last August.  Kelly Marie blogs daily and makes video tutorials as well as running a successful acrylic stamp business.  You can also find her work and stamps featured in various paper craft magazines such as Paper Crafts Magazine.

Angela Bodas – We started following each other and connecting on Twitter and someday, we’ll finally meet in person!  We’re both huge Depeche Mode fans and avid crafters, so we have a lot to talk about.  She has loads of creative ideas on her blog, so I hope you visit her site along with these other ladies’ blogs.

Megan Reardon – I don’t recall how I stumbled upon her blog back in 2003 or so, but Meagan’s “Not Martha” website is full of sass, attitude, creativity and great ideas.  She moved to Seattle a few years ago, so now she’s a local girl!

Becca Ludlum – Becca and I met on Twitter and I enjoy reading about her crazy boys on her blog.  She’s a great mom who shares stories of the silliness and madness that goes on in her house.  :)

Elizabeth Caldwell – I also met Liz on Twitter and found we have music and creativity in common.  She is a freelance Surface Designer and Illustrator specializing in the stationery and gift industry.  You may recognize some of the patterns and creations she has designed!

Jen Young – I found Jen’s blog a few years ago when I was looking for ideas for cutting with my Cricut Expression machine.  She stamps, she creates cards and paper-crafts and she designs custom cuts you can use with software and your Cricut Expression machine!  She’s an Aloha girl, living the good life in Hawaii.  :)

Oh my – how could I have left out one of my BEST friends, STACY LYNCH!?!?!?  I guess it’s because I was mainly thinking of paper-crafters, but it just feels WRONG to leave her off, because she is so creative and writes regular, excellent blog posts.  So please visit Stacy Lynch’s blog to make up for me leaving her off this list of eight… by accident.  Sorry Stac’!!!

Valentine’s Day Cards

Terry Bolender is such a creative friend and she comes up with so many fun projects and cute or beautiful cards to make each month – and I see she just updated her blog! Here are just a few of the cards I’ve made at her house recently.  I’ll spread out the other Valentines over a few more blog posts this week.

Whenever I mention Terry, please know that she in synonymous with Stampin’ Up! She’s my Demonstrator and just like my Close to My Heart Consultant, Christine David, I’ll always link to their product pages when mentioning their product lines.

I’ve sized these images pretty small, so if you’d like to see the detail, just click on each one.

Blowing Kisses

Blowing Kisses

I used the crayons and water brush to shade and blend the stamped image.  I’m happy with how it turned out – it reminds me of the look of a children’s book.

XOXO - Hugs & Kisses

XOXO - Hugs & Kisses

This flamingo card uses the double-sided XOXO Hugs & Kisses paper and some beautiful ribbon.  There’s a light pink detailed stamp on the right, below the flamingos.

Love

Love

I love Stampin’ Up!’s mini punches that match their tiny buttons and little stamps.  The heart flower has a tiny clear heart-shaped button attached to it with a glue dot.  The paper below is double-sided, and I think Stampin’ Up! makes some of the best double-sided papers.

Well, thank you for reading my blog and for being patient – I realized I hadn’t blogged in a while!

A Black and White Birthday

As much as I enjoy making cards, sometimes I don’t have an hour to devote to one card.  That’s why I am so thankful for DCWV boxed card and envelope sets.  I was running out of time in October and needed to make a card for a special friend and I was able to make an elegant card in a few minutes.

I stamped a sentiment using a Stampin’ Up! cling stamp and softened the edges with an ink pad and a sponge.  I framed it in black cardstock and bumped it out with double-sided foamy mount tape; tied a Close to My Heart ribbon around it and added two pretty paper flowers.  Voila!  An elegant black and white card to be proud of.  Sometimes I feel like I’ve cheated when a card comes together quickly by taking a shortcut.  What do you think about using decorative card bases to build your design on?

Black and White Beauty

Black and White Beauty

Thanks for reading my blog post, and enjoy your weekend!

Christmas Cards and Tags from the December Stamp Camp

Here are the Christmas cards and gift tags I made at the December Stamp Camp at Terry Bolender‘s house earlier this month.  All of the items were made with Stampin’ Up! supplies, and you may click any picture on my blog for a larger image.  I know Christmas is over, but I have just one more holiday blog post after this and then I’ll go back to my random them of whatever-I-feel-like.  :)

Here are some festive Christmas tags we made with punches, Big Shot die cuts and stamps:

Stampin' Up! 2010 Christmas Tags

Stampin' Up! 2010 Christmas Tags

I love this card!  At the class, we folded different sized squares to make this tree.  A paper punch was used to make the red star.

Stampin' Up! Folded Christmas Tree Card

Stampin' Up! Folded Christmas Tree Card

This vintage-looking Christmas card reminds me of A Christmas Story because of its subdued colors.

Stampin' Up! Vintage "Season's Greetings" Card

Stampin' Up! Vintage "Season's Greetings" Card

This is a fun die-cut card that wished the recipient tidings of comfort and joy!

Stampin' Up! "Joy" Card

Stampin' Up! "Joy" Card

I *love* swirly-cues like you see in the reindeer’s antlers, so it was fun to use this stamp.  The “thread” in the button is an itsy-bitsy piece of cardstock – it’s not thread!

Stampin' Up! Reindeer Card

Stampin' Up! Reindeer Card

This is a clean Christmas card made with wheel stamps.  Snow was accented with a glue pen and fine glitter.

Stampin' Up! Blue "Season's Greetings" Card

Stampin' Up! Blue "Season's Greetings" Card

Thank you for taking the time to check out my blog post, and enjoy your day!

A Christmas Centerpiece… and My New Light Box!

Here is a Christmas centerpiece, place holder or favor for guests made from vellum and cardstock!  Terry Bolender showed me how to make this with Stampin’ Up! Products last month.  I used her Big Shot tool to cut out the gold scalloped square shape (for the base of the tree) and the box; then I used her circle punch to cut out a hole for the battery operated candle.  I traced a pyramid box pattern onto vellum cardstock (a really cool heavy-duty vellum!) and cut it out and scored it after stamping and clear embossing the green image.  I used the large star punch to cut out the top part of the tree and attached it with a pretty brad.

I wasn’t sure which picture to use because Jake made me a photo light tent/box for Christmas and I was testing the photography.  Thank you, Jayma Malme, for telling me about how to make a light box for photography!  I was using my new Ott light but the lighting is so blue!  I am shining the light directly at the image because it doesn’t get through the cardstock sides of the light box very well.  Here’s what I am talking about.

This is how my blog pictures normally look.  Can you tell the star is gold cardstock?  Uh, me, neither!

 

Christmas Tree Centerpiece - without the light box

Christmas Tree Centerpiece - without the light box

 

Now here is the same object in my new light box, with the light coming from the left through the cardstock walls.

 

Christmas Tree Centerpiece - in the light box

Christmas Tree Centerpiece - in the light box

 

Here it is again with the light shining head on the object.

 

Christmas Tree Centerpiece - in the light box, light head-on

Christmas Tree Centerpiece - in the light box, light head-on

 

This will need tweaking – I think the light box needs thinner wall covers, and after look at this post I realized I am supposed to put the cardstock base all the way at the top of the light box so there’s no ugly seam behind my object.  Anyway, I am happy I have this light box and I hope to have some better quality photos for my blog now!  This is the light box contraption:

 

My Homemade Light Box for Photography

My Homemade Light Box for Photography

Which photo do you think looks best: 1, 2, or 3?  Happy holidays, and thanks for reading my blog!

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