My Paper-Crafts Blog Has Moved!

This will be my last post from this website because I have moved my blog to a new and improved location:

www.CardsByStephanie.com

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and sharing your comments since March 2010.  You’ve made blogging fun because you interact and use my blog.  I’m very excited about the new capabilities offered on my new site, so if you’re an email subscriber, RSS blog reader, or if you’ve bookmarked my site – please visit Cards by Stephanie for new content as well as all of my old blog posts.  I invite you to subscribe to blog at the new location and… I’ll see you there!

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Asian Inspiration

After returning home from Vancouver, B.C., I wanted to make a special thank you card for my friend Ian who was a gracious host while visiting his city.  I made this Asian-inspired card with some special handmade paper I bought years ago at The Paper Zone + stamps from Local King Rubber Stamps + a VersaMark stamp pad + PearlEx powders!  Hopefully he received the card before this blog post went live.  If not, then you need to go get your mail, Ian!

Asian-Inspired Card

Asian-Inspired Card

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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

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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!

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Cheryl’s #140confNW Card

Recently Cheryl Bledsoe fulfilled her dream to bring Jeff Pulver and his traveling #140conf to the Northwest!! She presented the idea; acquired the funds to make it happen; coordinated about 65 different speakers; gathered a team of volunteers; presented a session herself; attended and hosted a few tweet-ups; and all in all, did a fantastic job pulling off a WILDLY successful and fun event!  In fact, Mr. Pulver was so proud of what Cheryl put together that he invited her to be one of 30 VIPs for today and tomorrow’s HUGE #140conf in New York City!  She flew there and spent the day at the conference – I am sure she’ll have a lot of fun stories to share with us when she returns.

Never heard of a #140conf? It’s a Twitter thing – we only have 140 characters to type a message in a “tweet” (similar to a text message), and this conference is publicized through and put on by avid Twitter users.

Jeff Pulver at the Vancouver #140confNW

Jeff Pulver at the Vancouver #140confNW

Cheryl Bledsoe at the Vancouver #140confNW

Cheryl Bledsoe at the Vancouver #140confNW

This is the card I made for Cheryl with my Cricut Wild Card cartridge:

Cheryl's 140 Card

Cheryl

I am happy that she liked the card so much, she tweeted about it!

@CherylBle's tweet

@CherylBle

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Rock On!

I have lots of friends who are awesome – and this card was for one of my music-loving friends I finally got to meet face-to-face. Here is the card I made him using Imaginisce “Live Loud” paper, matching ribbon, and Making Memories chipboard embellishments. I roughed up the edges with scissors for a “grunge” look and added shiny silver discs and a rockin’ belt buckle to the ribbon. After looking up his list of favorite bands on his Facebook profile, I wrote them onto the cassette tape paper at the bottom. 🙂

Rock On!

Rock On!

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A Card for a Jeweler

I have a jeweler friend I wanted to make a card for, so I used my Sweethearts Cricut cartridge to cut different styles and shapes of rings on assorted shades of metallic cardstock.  Then I freehand cut gems for the rings and made them shine with a coating of Glossy Accents.  Then I used double-sided puffy mount tape to bump up some of the rings for added dimension.  I love this DCWV Taj Mahal cardstock that a Twitter friend Kim sent me – I used it in the card because I thought the gold foil flowers went well with the card.

Jeweler's Card

Jeweler's Card

Dimensional Rings

Dimensional Rings

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