Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Minecraft Birthday Card In A Box - 13th Birthday!

Pin It Now! Want to see something cool I made for my 13 y.o. son's best friend's 13th birthday?   A Minecraft card-in-a-box!
My son LOVED it!  I simply found images online that I liked, resized them to work together, and hand cut each one.  The bricks were a challenge, I had to layer them row by row!  Added a "13" to Steve's shirt!
Added some birthday stamps from Starburst Sayings. 
Folded flat to fit in a standard envelope...
And the backside for the birthday message.  The sentiment here is long retired. 
This was a stretch in my style, but so fun and worth the smiles it got.   Thankfully, I saved the digi files for the Minecraft portion of this card, so I can make more if I get the urge!
Thanks for stopping by, have a blessed and creative day!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Flip-it Circle Card for Dad - Peek at new stamps!

Pin It Now! I spent a little time working with my new products from the upcoming catalog tonight, and created a Father's Day card using an upcoming stamp set Traveler, with the latest sketch from Hand Stamped Sentiments.  I thought I would give my Circle Card Thinlits a little workout!
Here's the sketch. I flipped it portrait style. 
I did the little trick of extending the card to provide a flap to write inside by cutting the cardstock to 5-1/2" x 8-1/2, and sliding the long edge over the non-cut side of the Thinlit to score an extra panel.  

Then it was time to decorate!  The new Lullaby DSP has some patterns that I think work well with masculine cards. To take the bright edge off, I sponged the corners and splattered a little gold here and there. 
I used every stamp in the Traveler set!  A suitcase, train, ship, book, map, camera, luggage.  This is one cool set!  I was instantly drawn to it. Sentiment is from Look Up to Father, from the spring mini, only available for a few more days!
Here you can see how the card sprawls.  The "dad" stamp is from Family Reunion. And a little background action from Dictionary. 
So yay, I have a card for my FIL!   One down, a couple more to go in the dad department.

Go take a peek at the other designers' cards for this great sketch challenge at HSS!

Have a blessed and creative day!

Stamps:  Traveler (available June 2), Dictionary, Grunge, Look  Up to Father (spring 2014 mini)
Ink:  Gold Encore, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay
Paper: Lullaby DSP (available June 2), Baked Brown Sugar, Bermuda Bay, Very Vanilla
Embellishments: Natural Chevron Ribbon, Basic Metal Buttons, Linen Thread
Big Shot, other: Circle Card Thinlits, 2-1/2" circle punch

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Beautifully Baroque Mother's Day Card

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Hey crafty friend!  I wanted to share with you the card I made for my Mom this Mother's Day! I know it's late, but this would work for any occasion. 

She loves pink and green (like me) so I went heavy on the pink.  Beautifully Baroque is the dark background stamp (retiring), the flowers are Papaya Collage (also retiring!), and Dictionary for the light background. 
A couple of blossoms are stamped and fussy cut.  The lighter flower is just stamped off (the same ink stamped a second time without reinking), and fussy cut leaves scattered about for depth.  "Mom" banner is stippled with a little Chocolate Chip ink to grubby it up a bit.  The lace is a scrap from my room, and linen thread anchors it down.
Inside, more stamping, and the sweet sentiment from Feel Goods.  I love this one, and it's nice for a Mom card.  That wheel stamp is Chamomile and I believe it's been retired for a while, but you could surely substitute!
Having lighting issues!  Ugh.
This card was CASEd from Teneale Williams, via Pinterest.  
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 5, 2014

The Secret of Life is...

Pin It Now! ...enjoying the passing of time.  What a poignant sentiment from James Taylor, and the focus of my card today.  I think I'll make a bunch of these up in varying color themes for loved ones!  I think it'll make a great card for birthday, thinking of you, anniversary, even sympathy.

This one features our color combo from the latest challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments. 
I love this stamp - as I was fussy cutting the layer in the center I was marveling at the elegant swirls and wishing I had the graphic talent that the artist that created this stamp has! 
The color combo had me scratching my head a little - a lot of brightness here!  But once I decided on a rather rustic theme, I think the blue and orange were nice touches.  The Tangerine Tango in a trio across the front is a nice little punch of sunshine!
Do you see potential in this color combo?  Head on over to HSS to get some inspiration and play along!  Thanks for stopping by!  
STAMPS:  From My Heart, Hardwood
INK:  Baked Brown Sugar, Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango
PAPER:  Coastal Cabana, Very Vanilla
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Tangerine Tango brights buttons, 1-1/4" Burlap Trim, Linen Thread
OTHER / BIG SHOT:  Apothecary Accents Framelits