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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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.  🙂

Three Cards Made With One Punch

I bought a Christmas ornament-shaped paper punch last May so that I could make more floral corsages out of paper.  I was only going to use it for that purpose, but then I thought I might punch out shapes from Christmas paper to make use on cards.  Well, I gave in and bought an ornament stamp set that fits the ornament-shaped punch perfectly!  The stamp set and punch came from Stampin’ Up! and I wanted to share you three cards I made with the set and the punch.

I was on an embossing kick, so I inked up all my stamps in gold and embossed them with gold powder for a raised, dimensional effect.  To make things easy, I used paper and card bases from DCWV, plus some snowflake stamps from Close to My Heart.

 

Ornaments and Bells

Ornaments and Bells

 

 

Light Green & Red Ornament Card

Light Green & Red Ornament Card

 

 

Red and Dark Green Ornament Card

Red and Dark Green Ornament Card

 

These were fun, easy cards to make.  What took the longest was the embossing and tying of the stretchy gold cord.  Have a merry Christmas, and keep in mind that you can make beautiful cards very easily with a few embellishments.  Thanks for reading my blog!

By the way, I am really enjoying the Mike & Ike Holiday Medley candy I bought at Target last week.  I love fruity candy and these three flavors are delicious together or altogether in one bite.  YUM!

Mojo Monday Card Challenge 169

Yesterday my friend Jayma Malme and I were talking via Twitter about card-making.  She saw my recent blog post about Christmas cards and was inspired to create a card based on two of the designs.  I loved the card she came up with and I suggested we trade card ideas and put our own twists on cards the other person has made.

She asked me if I had heard of Mojo Monday and their weekly card challenges.  I didn’t think I had, so I looked at the website and saw a card sketch.  It was Monday night so I thought, “Why not?” and immediately sat down and made a card to enter!  It was fun being challenged and given a suggestion for a fresh new card layout.

So, I’m taking a momentary break from sharing Christmas cards to show you the card I made for this card challenge. Here is the sketch my card was patterned after:

Mojo Monday Card Sketch Challenge 169

Mojo Monday Card Sketch Challenge 169

This is the card I designed.  I’m showing two pictures because I like the artsy angle of the first image, but figured I should include a picture of the card head-on, as well.  Be sure and check out the beautiful cards the other crafters have entered by visiting the Mojo Monday blog post associated with this challenge.

Mojo Monday Challenge Card - Anniversary 12-13-10

Mojo Monday Challenge Card - Anniversary 12-13-10

I used regular 8.5″ x 11″ red and black craft cardstock and the beautiful background paper is from Stampin’ Up! The stamp is something I found at Hobby Lobby in Fort Collins, CO and it’s made by Stampabilities.  The double layer of flowers are from Close to My Heart and the satin button-like brad is from K & Company.

Mojo Monday Challenge - Anniversary Card 12-13-10

Mojo Monday Challenge - Anniversary Card 12-13-10

Thanks for reading my blog, and if you’re a fellow paper-crafter, you should enter a card for the weekly challenge!  🙂

Four New ‘Close to My Heart’ Cards

I admire my creative blogger-friends like Jayma Malme and Kelly Marie Alvarez who blog and bring us fresh new content daily.  I make around 800 cards per year, so I know I have enough cards to blog daily, but finding the time to blog is the biggest challenge.  I could be crafting instead of typing about crafting!  🙂

Here are some cards I made at a friend’s Close to My Heart (CTMH) card class on December 1st.  Lisa Sargent was our creative class instructor and we made ten cards – four different designs.CTMH Cards Made at the Class

CTMH Cards Made at the Class

I love CTMH’s double-sided paper and I turned over the light blue heavy-duty paper to reveal a more masculine look.  Here are the three holiday cards we made.  Don’t you just love the swirls on the reindeer?  All the paper, ribbon, glitter, embellishments, stamps and ink are CTMH products.  Click any image for a larger picture.

CTMH Reindeer Card 1

CTMH Reindeer Card 1

CTMH Reindeer Card 2

CTMH Reindeer Card 2

CTMH Reindeer Card 3

CTMH Reindeer Card 3

Valentine’s Day is just a couple of months away, so here is the beautiful card we made.  Below this picture is an image of what we stamped inside.  These stamps came from the current Stamp of the Month stamp set.

CTMH Valentine Card

CTMH Valentine Card

Inside the Valentine

Inside the Valentine

Isn’t this a cheerful card?  This owl makes me smile!  I liked the way the layered torn paper looks.  This is a technique I often forget about.

CTMH Bouncing Owls Card

CTMH Bouncing Owls Card

Finally, here is the simple and colorful birthday card we made.  It seems like banners are really popular in birthday cards right now and I am on the band-wagon – I love this look!

CTMH Birthday Banner Card

CTMH Birthday Banner Card

I hope you’ve been inspired to create some cards!  Thank you so much for reading my blog post.

CTMH ‘All You Can Create’ Card Buffet

My friend Christine David had a fun class over the weekend, and I am so glad she encouraged me to attend!  For $15, we had two hours to make as many cards as possible, using Close to My Heart (CTMH) products.  When we arrived to her studio, she had ten plastic baskets on the table and inside each basket was a card sample she had designed plus most of the supplies needed to make the card.  We could make as many cards as we had time for, but at the two hour mark, she would take away the baskets and we would have to stop.  If we placed an order, the card class price dropped or became free depending on how much we spent.

When it comes to certain things, I get very competitive.  I thought we might be awarded for how many cards we could make so at first I was making two of each card.  I made a total of nine cards and of those nine, six were different.  I wish I’d had a chance to make the rest of Christine’s cards but we ran out of time.  As I observed the other class attendees, I am confident in saying I made the most cards.  😉

Here is a picture of everything I made in those two hours.  It saved me so much time to have most of the pieces already cut for us when we arrived – thank you, Christine!!

CTMH "All You Can Create" August 2010 Card Class

CTMH "All You Can Create" August 2010 Card Class

This is all of the cards I made, one by one.  You may click any card to see a larger image.  I was going so fast that I made a few mistakes – that’s my disclaimer!  I feel the cards are all still usable.  🙂  Thanks for reading my blog!

"Today Is a Gift" card

"Today Is a Gift" card

2nd "Today Is a Gift" Card

2nd "Today Is a Gift" Card

Blue Birthday Cake Card

Blue Birthday Cake Card

Blue Birthday Card #2

Blue Birthday Card #2

Floral "Enjoy Life" Card

Floral "Enjoy Life" Card

"Enjoy Life" Card #2

"Enjoy Life" Card #2

"Seize the Day" card

"Seize the Day" card

Joyful Button Card

Joyful Button Card

Friendly Frog Card

Friendly Frog Card

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