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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Friendship Cards

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Yesterday I made three cards using a stack of coordinating cardstock from the glittery Garden Party collection by DCWV and thought I’d share them with you before I mailed them to my girl friends. I also used American Crafts MiniMarks “Mail Phrases” rub-on transfers and some pretty CTMH Foundry Flourishes that Christine David challenged me to use.

I have to say, I have a hard time just making random cards. My cards really seem to come together best when I’m designing them with the recipient in mind. I hope my friends enjoy these cards, made from the heart.

Just a Note to Say Hello

Just a Note to Say Hello

A Friend Always

A Friend Always

Thanks So Much

Thanks So Much

I hope these cards have inspired your creativity, and thank you for checking out my blog! 🙂

My Damask Coral Card

Last month, my friend Rebecca and I spent an afternoon at Craft City Cafe in Federal Way working on crafts and I made nine cards!  I’ve learned I am most productive when I limit myself to just a few different styles of paper, stamps, ink, embellishments and tools.  When I’m in my craft room and I have all my supplies at my fingertips, it’s overwhelming and it seems to take ages to pull a card together.

I had this beautiful “Perfect Day” Close to My Heart paper pack with matching My Stickease (card stock stickers) I’d never used and was happy to finally make a card with it!  I loved the soft shades of coral (or “Sorbet” in CTMH-speak), the matching ribbon and the coral ink pad – it made this an easy card to pull together.

I don’t get to use this rubber wood-mounted stamp enough.  I bought it from Impress Rubber Stamps and I enjoy using it as a background stamp by repeating the image over and over.  I thought it echoed the motif of the “Perfect Day” paper pretty nicely.  I’m not too sure I like the stickers in the lower corners, but they’re on there for good now!  Oh, and I punched paper each layer with a Fiskars scalloped punch.  There are so many interesting punches available to us paper-crafters, and Fiskars is one of my favorite brands for punches and scissors.

Coral Elegance

Coral Elegance

A special thanks to – and a third shout-out this week – Jayma Malme.  I didn’t remember the name of the paper pack I used for this card, so I sent her a picture text of this card and she quickly identified it.  What a pro – she knows her Close to My Heart inventory!  I love that within minutes, I had an answer.  Thanks for checking your phone regularly, Jayma!

…And thank YOU for reading my blog.

Blooming Flourishes

Yesterday I mentioned Jayma Malme in my blog, which was a perfect segue to today’s post!  She writes blog posts for many of the creative papercrafts she makes and I was inspired by these blog posts when I made these two cards.  Seeing her gorgeous cards made me fall in love with that Close to My Heart “Blooming Flourishes” stamp set and I bought it.  Sadly, when I searched for it on the CTMH shopping site, I didn’t see it there.  I think it’s retired!

Here are the posts that inspired these two cards:

Blooming Flourishes Card Created in Mammoth

Jayma’s Mom’s Blooming Flourishes Card

Happy Everything!

Random Stamping Birthday Card

Blooming Flourishes Card

Blooming Flourishes Card

I used Memento black ink to stamp my CTMH acrylic stamps and then colored the images with bright Copic Ciao markers.  I added a few crystals to spice it up and framed the image with black card stock.

Blooming Flourishes Butterfly Card

Blooming Flourishes Butterfly Card

The butterfly was cut and embossed with the Sizzix “Beautiful Wings” Embosslits die from Stampin’ Up! and then Stickles glitter glue was added for some added interest.  I really enjoyed making my own paper with this stamp set.  There were other beautiful acrylic stamps I could have used, so the possibilities for different designs are endless!

Thank you for stopping by to read my blog.  🙂

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’!!!

Some Tweet Cards for my Tweethearts

In the world of Twitter, it’s common for us girls to call each other “tweeties” or “tweethearts.”  Replacing a few of the first letters of anything with a “tw” turns it into Twitter-speak – or would that be Twitter tweets?!  When I got a cute “So Tweet” acrylic stamp last year from Boxer Scrapbook, I knew I’d make cards with it for a female Twitter friend or two.  I finally used the stamp last weekend and made these four cards for some really “tweet” friends of mine.  I was happy to use my single sheets of American Crafts patterned papers “Backyard Tweet” and “Backyard Cuckoo.”  High quality ink from Close to My Heart tied the image to the paper very nicely, I think.

 

My "So Tweet" Cards

My "So Tweet" Cards

 

The cards are fairly small: 4″ across by 3 1/8″.  I used a Fiskars punch for the scalloped edge and used my favorite thing – double-sided puffy mount tape – to bump out the stamp.  I meant to color the wing with a glittery marker but forgot!

 

So Tweet

So Tweet

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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

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