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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Welcome Back

Impress Rubber Stamps featured some fresh new stamps for Spring and I wanted to make a card with them, so my friend Joe and his family will be the recipients of this card.  They moved back home to WA after living in Nicaragua for nine months and whenever I see Joe, he’s getting this card – so don’t tell him about this blog post, please!  😉

I love to use the hand-crocheted embellishments my Grandma made.  This card features two of her flowers:

Welcome Back

Welcome Back

Here’s the card with the decorated envelope:

Hafner Card

Hafner Card

Band-Aid Cards

When I learned my dad’s boss had cancer a few years ago, I rushed to make him a card to cheer him up and let him know I was praying for his recovery.  He liked the card so much, he wrote me a very special letter (that I framed) and bought me one of those artist’s kits with several colored pencils, chalk, paints and brushes.

I love to make cards and this Band-Aid shaped card is just like the one I made him and for other friends and family members who are battling cancer, have fallen ill, or are recovering from surgery.  This card was made using the Cricut Wild Card cartridge.  I’m sorry for the picture quality.  I took these on a day I was using my iPhone and uh… let’s say I won’t be doing that again.  I think I have one more blog post to write from pictures I took with the phone.

Band-Aid Card

Band-Aid Card

I used textured DCWV cardstock for that Band-Aid look, and I usually write in red ink because I’m kind of morbid that way (I mean, wouldn’t you expect to find red under a bandage?!).  😉

It’s always nice to plan ahead and make several of the same card at once to have on hand as a quick “get well” card:

An army of Band Aid Cards

An army of Band Aid Cards

Calling All Graphic Designers!

Yesterday I bought a new domain for my card-making blog: CardsByStephanie.com with the plan to export my existing blog to its new home.  I like the ease of stamping my logo / fake company name on the back of my handmade cards and I also like to use the same design as a watermark when I share pictures of my cards.  The swirl symbol is my signature, so I will continue using that.  Here is a rough design – ultimately I’d like to smooth out the rough edges before making a watermark and ordering a new rubber stamp:

Cards By Stephanie - swirl logo

Cards By Stephanie - swirl logo

I forgot a lot of my graphic design skills, so I’m asking my graphic designer friends if any of them are interested in smoothing out my logo and/or offering suggestions.

I also think it would be fun to run a contest!  I’d like to see what you come up with for a business card I can hand out at craft expos and card classes (to share my blog and YouTube channel with tutorials).  If you could design a banner for my website, I’d love that, too.  I’m thinking of collecting ideas and making a decision as soon as possible, so if you think you’d like to participate, please post any questions here and help me figure out where you can post your finished pieces.

THE PRIZE: Twelve all-occasion handmade cards made by me and delivered or shipped to you!!  What do you think?  Can you help me out?

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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Handy Man and Mr. Fix-It Cards

Do you have a handy man or Mr. Fix-It in your life?  Here are some of my latest cards that I may inspire your next thank you, birthday or Father’s Day card with a definitively masculine flair.

This mustache and beard paper from DCWV makes me laugh!  I don’t recall who makes these fun dimensional stickers, so I am sorry for not posting a link.  The brads that resembles screws are from Eyelet Outlet – they have an INCREDIBLE selection of brads and eyelets!

Bearded Handy Man Card

Bearded Handy Man Card

This card and the bumped up sentiment in the center were also made with the DCWV “The Guy Stack” cardstock.  I really love this paper collection and it’s nice to be able to whip up some guy cards easily.  The brads were also from the Eyelet Outlet.

Mr. Fix-It Card

Mr. Fix-It Card

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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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