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. ūüôā

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 РI 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! ¬†ūüėČ

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

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!

“Happy Thanksgiving!” Cards

I’m not always in the mood to make holiday cards several months before the actual holiday, so it’s pretty typical for me to make only a handful of Thanksgiving cards a few days before the holiday. ¬†Yesterday I finished making six new cards to send, and I pulled out a special card I made at one of Terry Bolender‘s Stamp Camps last year. ¬†These are the seven cards I mailed today and nearly everything I used was a Stampin’ Up! product. ¬†Click any image on my blog for a larger picture.

2010 Thanksgiving Cards

2010 Thanksgiving Cards

I tore the paper around the sentiment on several of the cards and dabbed chalk on the edges of the torn pieces.  I used markers to color the rubber stamp so I could get two colors on my floral and acorn stamps.  I used a marker to draw fine stitches down the sides of this card.

Thanksgiving Card One

Thanksgiving Card One

I used a Fiskars scallop border punch on this card, along with some decorative green and white polka dot tape.

Thanksgiving Card Two

Thanksgiving Card Two

This card took FOREVER! ¬†That giant flower-type image on the right is the result of a very large rubber stamp. ¬†I colored the detailed rubber stamp with markers for ten or fifteen minutes and breathed on it to re-moisten the ink before stamping it. ¬†It did not stamp as evenly and dark as I had planned and I didn’t like it at first… but then I decided it was vintage looking and I liked it a lot more once I added a fun button brad to the center.

Thanksgiving Card Three

Thanksgiving Card Three

I gave up and just inked up the large stamp with one ink pad for this card!  I colored part of the stamped image with markers and added brads and faux-stitching to the sides.

Thanksgiving Card Four

Thanksgiving Card Four

Oh look!  I snuck in something from Close to My Heart!  The little metal green daisy brad is from CTMH.  I used the Fiskars scallop punch again and distressed the edges of the card with my CTMH Cocoa stamp pad.

Thanksgiving Card Five

Thanksgiving Card Five

This turned out to be the easiest and my favorite card. ¬†I added faux stitching and some felt “ribbon” across the bottom. ¬†I had to use 64-cent stamps to mail all of these because I tend to go a little nuts with my foam tape. ¬†I love “popping” cut out stamped images with that foam tape but it makes the card to bumpy for machine cancellation at the post office.

Thanksgiving Card Six

Thanksgiving Card Six

Finally, here is the seventh card.  I made this last year and was saving it for someone special.

Thanksgiving Card Seven

Thanksgiving Card Seven

Thank you for reading my blog post and have a WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING TOMORROW!!!!

Hoot Hoot HOORAY!

A good friend of mine just graduated from nursing school so I wanted to make her a card that would convey my feelings about her achievement. ¬†This seemed like the perfect time to try out the Cricut Lite Hoot ‘n’ Holler cartridge!¬†

So, here is the fun card I made for my friend. ¬†ūüôā ¬†You may click it to see a larger image.¬†

Cricut Lite Hoot 'n' Holler "Hoot Hoot Hooray" Card

Cricut Lite Hoot 'n' Holler "Hoot Hoot Hooray" Card

 

I really like the silly owls and fun phrases I can make with this cartridge.  The downside is there are a LOT of layers and tiny pieces to glue.  This cheaper cartridge has fewer options compared to a regular cartridge but I think the designer overdid the layers.  I really only like to cut and use two layers for an image.  This seemed kind of excessive, but it resulted in a really fun card so I will use it again. 

Thanks for reading my blog! ¬†Your comments mean the world to me – reading them is like unwrapping a sweet piece of candy. ¬†ūüôā

Cards for Music Lovers

Here are some cards I have not shared with you before.  They are all for my music-loving friends and feature Morrissey and Keane.

I wrote this card to “the slightly orange, silent fourth member of Keane” and featured the band on the card. ¬†Click any photo for a close-up image:

Keane (band) greeting card

Keane (band) greeting card

This is my Morrissey birthday card for a fellow Moz¬†fan. ¬†I changed the lyrics of The Smiths’ “Unhappy Birthday” song to be a bit more cheerful. ¬†Moz is a nickname for Steven Patrick Morrissey, solo musician and former front man of The Smiths. ¬†He is very sarcastic and melancholy, so I figured throwing a paper birthday hat on him would be silly and ironic. ūüôā

A Very "Mozzy" Birthday - Morrissey Card

A Very "Mozzy" Birthday - Morrissey Card

I borrowed the title of a Smiths song when I referred to Morrissey as a “Handsome Devil” for the inside of the birthday card.

A Very "Mozzy" Birthday - Morrissey Card

A Very "Mozzy" Birthday - Morrissey Card

Finally, here is a fun music-inspired birthday card for a friend.  I love the cassette tape paper!  I added some titles to a few of the cassette tapes:

Ant's Birthday Card for 2010

Ant's Birthday Card for 2010

If you are also a music lover and want to reflect that in the cards you make, I hope this blog post gives you some new ideas.  Thanks for reading my blog!

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