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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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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I’m Sew Glad We’re Friends!

Have you seen the adorable button emboss/die “Sizzlet” from Sizzix?  For whatever reason, I have been itching for a way to cut and emboss my own paper buttons from any kind of cardstock or paper.  I finally found that Sizzix sells one such die at JoAnn’s (and other stores) and through Stampin’ Up!  When I picked up my button die a few months ago, I was excited to try it out.  Here is the card I made using a dress form from Lawn Fawn’s Sew Lovely stamp set, Copic markers, and some adorable “Material Girl” paper from Cosmo Cricket.

Sew Glad We're Friends!

Sew Glad We're Friends!

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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!

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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House-Shaped Replica Ornaments!

This will be my last Christmas blog post of the year!  You may recall the birdhouses and the house replica ornament I made for a friend or one of the many house-shaped cards or house-iversary baskets I have made for friends and clients, all from paper.  Well, today’s post is about that theme – house-shaped ornaments!

Last week I had fun delivering these house-shaped replicas of homes some of my favorite clients bought this year.  I have smudged the last name written above the door on the cream-colored house for privacy.  Inside of each little house is a photo of the family, attached in the center of the floor – kind of 3-D.

 

My House Ornaments in the Christmas Tree

My House Ornaments in the Christmas Tree

I used the Stampin’ Up! Sizzix Big Shot BIGZ L Mini Milk Carton die-cut template in my Cuttlebug machine to make these ornaments and added flowers and little shrubs I free-form cut.  Each door and house looks as close as possible to the house I sold these clients.

 

 

House Ornament One

House Ornament One

House Ornament Two

House Ornament Two

 

Every buyer gets a house-shaped card that looks like their house (made using my Cricut Expression machine and the Wild Cards cartridge).  Because  this was delivered at the same time, I photographed them together.  Sometime I should showcase all of the paper house things I have made for my beloved clients!

 

House Ornament Three + Matching Card

House Ornament Three + Matching Card

 

Finally, here is one last picture of the three ornaments:

 

Three House Ornaments

Three House Ornaments

 

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Christmas Cards and Tags from the December Stamp Camp

Here are the Christmas cards and gift tags I made at the December Stamp Camp at Terry Bolender‘s house earlier this month.  All of the items were made with Stampin’ Up! supplies, and you may click any picture on my blog for a larger image.  I know Christmas is over, but I have just one more holiday blog post after this and then I’ll go back to my random them of whatever-I-feel-like.  🙂

Here are some festive Christmas tags we made with punches, Big Shot die cuts and stamps:

Stampin' Up! 2010 Christmas Tags

Stampin' Up! 2010 Christmas Tags

I love this card!  At the class, we folded different sized squares to make this tree.  A paper punch was used to make the red star.

Stampin' Up! Folded Christmas Tree Card

Stampin' Up! Folded Christmas Tree Card

This vintage-looking Christmas card reminds me of A Christmas Story because of its subdued colors.

Stampin' Up! Vintage "Season's Greetings" Card

Stampin' Up! Vintage "Season's Greetings" Card

This is a fun die-cut card that wished the recipient tidings of comfort and joy!

Stampin' Up! "Joy" Card

Stampin' Up! "Joy" Card

I *love* swirly-cues like you see in the reindeer’s antlers, so it was fun to use this stamp.  The “thread” in the button is an itsy-bitsy piece of cardstock – it’s not thread!

Stampin' Up! Reindeer Card

Stampin' Up! Reindeer Card

This is a clean Christmas card made with wheel stamps.  Snow was accented with a glue pen and fine glitter.

Stampin' Up! Blue "Season's Greetings" Card

Stampin' Up! Blue "Season's Greetings" Card

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