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

Thanks for reading my blog!

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.  🙂

Mojo Monday Card Challenge 172

*** We interrupt this Depeche Mode card blog streak to bring you my Monday Mojo 172 Card Challenge Card! ***

Since Jayma got me hooked on this weekly card challenge, it has become a lot of fun and now I’ve roped two more friends into doing these challenges with me.  Last night I was at Rebecca‘s house and we worked on the challenge card together and had a great time.  It felt good to create with a friend and work on something creative.

Here is the sketch I was working from:

 

Mojo Monday Card Challenge 172

Mojo Monday Card Challenge 172

Here is the card I made – and this time, the card challenge will have a few prizes, so that’s exciting that I have a small possibility of winning something!

 

 

"Thinking of You" Mojo Card Challenge 172

"Thinking of You" Mojo Card Challenge 172

I used DCWV “The Natural” cardstock stack and DCWV “The Linen Closet” premium matstack paper along with some Spellbinders scallop circle die and a corduroy button from Stampin’ Up!  I also used some pretty pearls and a stamped sentiment, both from CTMH.  Thanks for reading my blog!

 

Mojo Monday Card Challenge 171

I missed last week’s “Mojo Monday” Card Challenge, but tonight I was determined to make a card for this week’s challenge.  I love how these challenges get my creative juices flowing and cause me to stretch my card designs.  Here is this week’s sketch – I could choose to use squares or circles and I always pick squares when I have a choice like this:

 

Mojo171 Sketch

Mojo171 Sketch

 

Annnnnd, here is the card I designed using DCWV “The Natural” cardstock stack, DCWV “The Linen Closet” premium matstack, K & Company “Poppy Seed Clearly Yours” epoxy stickers, a Colorbok “Woodhaven” stamp and a CTMH Chocolate colored marker.  It’s hot off the press – I just finished it!

 

My Mojo Monday Card Challenge 171 Card!

My Mojo Monday Card Challenge 171 Card!

Thanks for reading my blog post! 🙂

 

Have a Very Snowy Christmas

Merry Christmas, everyone!   Here are some cards (mainly snowflake cards) I made one weekend with my Cuttlebug and Cricut.

I bought the beautiful Trim the Tree Cricut cartridge with plans to make some beautiful cards.  It tended to be rather frustrating because the intricate details turn out more successfully with a larger sized project.  I tried a few different shapes and when I cut them at a small 2.75″ or 3″ size in height, the blade tore up my paper.  This bell is so large that I can’t mail the card in the matching A-2 envelope.  I’ll have to use a larger size.  Unless I get into scrapbooking or decorating the house with paper shapes, I do not see myself using this cartridge.  What a shame.

I added Stickles glitter glue to highlight parts of the elegant bell.

Green Bell Cricut Card

Green Bell Cricut Card

I dry-embossed red DCWV paper with my Cuttlebug and sanded / distressed the raised image to expose the white paper core.  I used my new Sizzix Sizzlits Basic Grey snowflake die in my Cuttlebug to cut some cardstock snowflakes and enhanced them with a crystal rhinestone and Stickles glitter glue.

Dry Embossed Snowlake Card

Dry Embossed Snowflake Card

Here’s another interpretation of the card.

Red and Green Snowflake Card

Red and Green Snowflake Card

I finally used my delicate snowflake stickers!  I had been intimidated by them because they are difficult to peel away without stretching.  Now that I have some special adhesive paper designed to transfer these stickers, I can move them onto my project without tearing or warping the image.  You can’t see it, but I outlined the teal DCWV brand paper with Stickles glitter glue.

White and Teal Snowflake Card
White and Teal Snowflake Card

I finally used a snowflake eyelet I’d had for over a year.  I used another detailed snowflake sticker and embossed an image I stamped with a CTMH clear acrylic stamp.

Teal and Silver Snowflake Card

Teal and Silver Snowflake Card

I love this color combo!

White and Light Blue Snowflake Card

White and Light Blue Snowflake Card

I got bold and used a large silver foil snowflake sticker to make this simple card.  I added a crystal rhinestone to the center for some added “bling.”

 

Silver Snowflake Card

Silver Snowflake Card

Here’s a difficult-to-photograph navy blue card with a metallic foil sticker and some freehand wisps of Stickles glitter glue.  This card looks terrible in this photo!!

 

Falling Snowflake Card

Falling Snowflake Card

As always, thank you so much for reading my blog!

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