Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I mustache you...

I'm going back in time with this card.  I have many from the past that I have never posted, so I figured why not start sharing those as well?  A couple of years ago, back when the mustache trend was big (I'm still digging the mustache trend by the way) I came up with this fun masculine (or not) birthday card for one of my monthly card classes.


The paper I used on this card is Close to My Heart's "Later Sk8r" (now retired, bummer).  However, that fabulous Mustache is still available.  It's from the "Perfect Fit - Dad" stamp set.  It's one of those great stamps that coordinates with one of CTMH's Cricut Cartridges ("Artiste" to be exact), so it will be available for a long time.  Yay!  The "Happy Birthday" sentiment is still available as well.  That set is called "Joyful Birthday".  It has four different birthday fonts to choose from and is a must have stamp set.


I don't make very many masculine cards, but this paper pack lent itself easily to it.  The colors of Outdoor Denim, Pear, Lagoon and Slate are a great color combo.  I actually used my computer to print out the "I... you to have a" text and added the mustache stamped with Outdoor Denim ink and Happy Birthday sentiment stamped with Pear ink.  I added a piece of polka-doted washi tape and tied on some baker's twine and voila, easy peasy.

Actually, I think I'm going to pull out my supplies and make a few more of these for my Ebay & Etsy shops.  They'd be a great card for an adult or teen, don't you think?

Here are the two stamp sets I used; "Perfect Fit - Dad"



As I mentioned, some of the supplies I used to make this card are no longer available, but several still are.  I will list the supplies at the bottom of this post, including links to those items that are still available on my CTMH website.

As always, thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you again.

SUPPLIES:
Paper: Later Sk8r (retired), White Daisy, Outdoor Denim & Lagoon CS
Embellishments: Slate Polka-Dot Washi Tape (retired), Baker's Twine (non-ctmh)

Monday, May 25, 2015

I AM Thankful for You

This is another unseasonal card post and although the paper and the pumpkin image are both very fall like, the sentiment is quite fitting for the holiday today.  I am thankful for all those who gave their lives fighting for our freedoms.  I truly appreciate the life I live because of those service men & women.  I AM thankful for you.


I made this card a few months ago for my card class, using one of my favorite papers, Close to My Heart's "Pathfinding" paper pack.  I really can't get enough of these fall colors and the added blue accents.


For this card I started with a base of Champagne cardstock and added three strips of  two different patterned papers.  The "Thankful for You" sentiment and the pumpkin image are from the "Thankful Heart" stamp set.

The sentiment was actually all one stamp, but I cut mine apart to make it easier for my class attendees to stamp in the three colors of Autumn Terracotta, Chocolate and Lagoon rather than using the masking technique.  That's the great thing about Close to My Heart's clear acrylic stamps, you can cut them apart and it does not affect their quality at all.  They stick right back together on the block when you're ready to use the image all as one again.

For the rest of the card, I colored the pumpkin using the CTMH Shin Han markers; Marigold and Sap Green.  I added a strip of Blue Glitter Paper (which I LOVE) and some twine and popped the pumpkin and sentiment up over that with a bit of foam adhesive.  As you know if you've seen most of my other cards, I love to add texture and embellishments.  I rarely make a flat card.  :)

Here's a look at the "Thankful Heart" stamp set.  I also used it on a card a couple of posts back, HERE.


Well that's my card for today, I hope you liked it.  As always, I've listed the supplies used at the bottom of this post with links to each item on my website.  If you have any questions, please use the "Contact Me" link on my side bar to email me.  Thank you again and have a wonderful day.

** Note: And as I've mentioned in my previous posts, I'm also listing some of my cards for sale in both my Etsy shop and my Ebay shop.  You can find the links on the sidebar of this blog.  For the next few months the sales will go towards the cost of a school trip to Italy my 15 year old son will be taking next Spring.  Every little bit helps, right? **
  
SUPPLIES:
Stamps: Thankful Heart
Embellishments: Jute Twine (retired)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

"Happy Father's Day" or "Thank You" - one card, two sentiments

I wanted to be sure to include a Father's Day card in this month's card workshop in case my June class is too late.  Some of the class attendees didn't need that particular sentiment, so I gave them another masculine option using the same card layout and just changing the image.


For the card front I used a base of Barn Red cardstock and added two different patterned papers from the new "Jackson" paper pack (available for a limited time).  I also added two of the metal Durables Artisan Studs in the bottom corner for added interest.

For the Father's Day card I used the stamp set "The Best Dad Ever".



Isn't that cute?  I stamped the entire image in Cocoa Ink, then on a scrap of Colonial White cardstock I stamped the hat in Barn Red, the mustache in Cocoa and the bow tie in Juniper ink.  I cut those images out and popped them up on top of the first image I stamped. 

Here's "The Best Dad Ever" stamp set:

For the Thank You card I used the stamp set "Typed Note", which was the April Stamp of the Month and is unfortunately no longer available.  



I made a mat of Barn RedColonial White cardstock for the center of the card.  I then stamped the typewriter in Cocoa ink on a scrap of Colonial White cardstock, cut it out and adhered it to the matted piece.  I stamped the "typed" sentiment using Juniper ink.  I also popped up the top of the "paper" in the typewriter portion of the image to make it look like it was really rolling out of the machine.

This is the "Typed Note" Stamp Set (no longer available):


I let those that chose to use the typewriter set choose which "typed" sentiment they wanted to use.  This set has so many options.  Both cards are nice masculine cards, which I don't make very often (I need to work on that).  

I hope you liked today's cards and thank you for stopping by.  I have listed all of the supplies used to create these cards at the bottom of this post.  Please use the "Contact Me" area on my side bar if you have any questions.  Have a great day!

** Note: And as I've mentioned in my previous posts, I'm also listing some of my cards for sale in both my Etsy shop and my Ebay shop.  You can find the links on the sidebar of this blog.  For the next few months the sales will go towards the cost of a school trip to Italy my 15 year old son will be taking next Spring.  Every little bit helps, right? **
  
SUPPLIES:
Stamps: A1173 The Best Dad Ever, S1504 Typed Note (no longer available)
Embellishments: Durables Artisan Studs

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Okay, so I know it's not Thanksgiving, but I wanted to share this card anyway.  And who knows, maybe you want to plan ahead for next fall?  ;)


I made this card for one of my card workshops using Close to My Heart's "Pathfinding" paper pack and Thankful Heart stamp set.  I've posted several cards made with this paper pack before: HERE, HERE & HERE.  It's so pretty and I really think it's still one of my favorite papers in this current catalog.

I normally make standard sized cards, but thought it would be fun to make a different size this time.  This card measures 3 1/2" x 8".  The "Happy Thanksgiving" sentiment fit perfectly on this card size.

I stamped the leaf images on a scrap of Colonial White cardstock, colored them with our Shin Han Markers, cut them out and layered them in the top right corner.  The acorn was one of the images on the patterned paper and I just cut it out and popped it up on the leaves.  It's a little hard to see, but there's an itty bitty brown sparkle on the acorn stem.


I added a couple strips of Bronze Shimmer Trim around the sentiment to add a little sparkle.  You can't have enough sparkle in my opinion.  I didn't get a picture of the inside of the card but, I added a piece of Colonial White cardstock so a written sentiment could be seen better and I stamped one of the leaf images in the bottom corner for added interest.

Here's a look at the "Thankful Heart" stamp set:



I hope you enjoyed this out of season card post.  I've listed all of my supplies used below.  Please use the "Contact Me" area on my side bar if you have any questions.  Thank you for stopping by!

** Note: And as I've mentioned before, I'm also listing some of my cards for sale in both my Etsy shop and my Ebay shop.  You can find the links on the sidebar of this blog.  For the next few months the sales will go towards the cost of a school trip to Italy my 15 year old son will be taking next Spring.  Every little bit helps, right? **

Friday, May 22, 2015

Happy Birthday to you with Arrows galore...

I don't seem to make very many masculine cards, but when I saw the Close to My Heart "Jackson" paper, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity.  The featured colors in the paper pack are Cocoa, Barn Red, Juniper & Glacier and to me, seem a little more masculine or outdoorsy (is that a word?), lol.


The stamped image from the "You Mean the World to Me" set had two little arrows on it, so I thought I'd use it and carry on the arrow theme.  I stamped the image in Juniper Ink.  Then I embossed arrows on a piece of Colonial White cardstock using our new Arrow Embossing Folder and layered it with the Jackson papers.  You can't really tell from the photo but I popped up the Colonial White cardstock and I also popped up the matted square that the image is stamped on.  I added an arrow charm from our Base & Bling Signature Charms pack, which is meant for our Base & Bling jewelry pieces, but I liked the addition of the metal embellishment on my card.

Here's a close up of the charm and that wonderful Glacier Extra Thick Twine.


Isn't that arrow a fun addition?  And if you don't need an "Happy Birthday" card, you can change it to a "Thank You" sentiment with one of the other images in the same set.  It also has the Arrow as part of it's design and would fit this card perfectly.  Here's what the "You Mean the World to Me" set looks like.


It's a very useful stamp set, I've used all of these sentiments for my cards.  Remember THIS POST about a card swap I did with the fun little paper pieced scooter?  I used the "It's Your Day" image for that one.

Well, that's my card for today.  I've listed the supplies used at the bottom of this post with links to my website for each item.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you for stopping by and please come again.

** Note: And as I've mentioned before, I'm also listing some of my cards for sale in both my Etsy shop and my Ebay shop.  You can find the links on the sidebar of this blog.  For the next few months the sales will go towards the cost of a school trip to Italy my 15 year old son will be taking next Spring.  Every little bit helps, right? **


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Orange You Sweet

Here's a simple, but fun card I made for my May card workshop using the promotional paper and stamp set called "Taste of Summer".


The papers are really bright and full of fruits like strawberries, lemons, oranges, etc...  I thought the orange slices were fun and I think my class attendees enjoyed making this card.


I stamped all 3 orange slices in Goldrush Ink, then "rock-and-rolled" them in Sunset Ink to give a little depth.  I then grouped them together on the card.  I popped up the orange wedge and used Liquid Glass on it to make it look juicy.  Fun, huh?  I also added the Topiary Mini Chevron Ribbon for some added texture and interest.

Here is the "Taste of Summer" Paper Pack and the Taste of Summer stamp set, both available only this month, May 2015.



I'm excited to play around with these some more.  I've seen many other great cards and scrapbook layouts using these.  Pinterest is a great place for inspiration if you're looking for more ideas.  Just search CTMH Taste of Summer.

Below is a list of the supplies I used on my card.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks for visiting.

** Note: And as I've mentioned before, I'm also listing some of my cards for sale in both my Etsy shop and my Ebay shop.  You can find the links on the sidebar of this blog.  For the next few months the sales will go towards the cost of a school trip to Italy my 15 year old son will be taking next Spring.  Every little bit helps, right? **

SUPPLIES:
Paper: Taste of Summer (only available May 2015)
Stamps: Taste of Summer stamp set (only available May 2015)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

YOU are worth celebrating

Here is another fun card made using the Close to My Heart paper called "Blossom".  I really love the colors in this collection.  And these cute flowers and sentiment are a part of  the CTMH Blossom Card Making Workshop on the Go.


I also love to change things up once in a while and do a unique card fold.  This one is a Center Step Fold.  You can find a tutorial HERE.  I changed the dimensions just a bit to fit my card, but it's the same finished size of 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".


Here's a peek at the inside of the card.  I stamped one of the flowers again and I also used a sentiment from another great stamp set called "Finding the Words".


Here's a look at the Close to My Heart "Blossom" Cardmaking Workshop on the Go.  You get enough supplies to make 15 cards (5 of each design pictured below), including all of the embellishments and envelopes.  You also get that fabulous stamp set that I used on my card.


And here's the "Finding the Words" stamp set that I used for the sentiment inside my card.  So many options with this set!


I've noted the supplies used on my card below.  As always, I thank you for stopping by.  Please visit again.

** Note: And as I've mentioned before, I'm also listing some of my cards for sale in both my Etsy shop and my Ebay shop.  You can find the links on the sidebar of this blog.  For the next few months the sales will go towards the cost of a school trip to Italy my 15 year old son will be taking next Spring.  Every little bit helps, right? **

SUPPLIES:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A pretty "Congratulations" card

Here is a pretty "Congratulations" card I designed for my card workshop this past weekend.  I really love this paper.  It's called "Blossom" and it's available in the current Seasonal Expressions catalog, for a limited time.


Aren't those blues and oranges pretty together?  Blue and orange are complimentary colors on the color wheel, so it makes sense that they are pleasing to the eye.  


And I just had to have the stamp set as soon as I saw it.  It's called "Shower Flowers". I stamped the flowers and leaves on separate piece of White Daisy cardstock, cut them out with my handy dandy micro-tip scissors and popped them up on the card base.  I also added the new Oceanside and Coral Reef sequins to the flower centers and added a sparkle on each one for extra bling.  And how about that Teal Glitter Paper?  It's hard to capture just how glittery it is on camera.  It's just lovely in person.

Here's a closer look a the "Shower Flowers" stamp set.  It would be fun to make your own custom shower invitations, for yourself or a friend or family member.  


Thank you for taking the time to stop by.  I will list the supplies used below.  And as I've mentioned before, I'm also listing some of my cards for sale in both my Etsy shop and my Ebay shop.  You can find the links on the sidebar of this blog.  For the next few months the sales will go towards the cost of a school trip to Italy my 15 year old son will be taking next Spring.  Every little bit helps, right? 

SUPPLIES USED:

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Family & Friends: Crafty Jaxon

Ok, so this post combines a bit of family and craftiness.  Last weekend Jaxon decided he wanted to buy a gift for a "special" friend.  I suggested that it might be nicer if he made something, rather than buying something.  He was a little disappointed at first, but when I suggested that he knit a hat, he was up for it.

Jaxon participated in an after school knitting club in 4th grade and still remembers the skills he learned.  Yay, I love when males take on traditionally female crafts.


Jaxon's friend apparently likes blue, so he added a blue pom-pom to the top to bring in that color.  It turned out cute and apparently was a hit with his friend. It's fun to see the craftiness come out in my kids.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Tweet Me

Something about this card makes me laugh.  I have a twitter account, but I haven't used it in years.  I know a lot of people do tweet though, so this card may just be perfect for someone.


This is another of the cards I did for a card swap a few months ago using the Close to My Heart "Pathfinding" paper.  I also used it in my Pathfinding card workshop, but we changed the sentiment to Happy Birthday because that was a little more useful for my class attendees.

This card is a fairly simple design.  I used one piece of the paper from the "Pathfinding" pack, and some Chocolate & Colonial White cardstock.  I used a strip of Gold Polka Dot Washi Tape (one of my favorite washi tapes) across the top, followed by a strip of Gold Shimmer Trim below that.  The branch, bird and sentiment are from the stamp set "Tweet Me".


I colored the branch and bird with the CTMH Shin Han Markers.  You can see here that I popped up the bird image, stamping it on the card first, then again on a separate piece of cardstock, colored and cut it out.  I like to add dimension to cards.  I also added a little Gold Bling Gem in the bottom corner of the card to add a little interest.

Here's a closer look at the "Tweet Me" stamp set.


Well, as always, thanks for taking the time to stop by.  I hope you'll come back again soon.

** Note: I'm also listing some of my cards for sale in both my Etsy shop and my Ebay shop.  You can find the links on the sidebar of this blog.  For the next few months the sales will go towards the cost of a school trip to Italy my 15 year old son will be taking next Spring.  Every little bit helps, right?  ;) **
SUPPLIES:
Stamps: Tweet Me
Inks: Olive Stamp Pad, Shin Han markers: Turquoise Blue, Sap Green & Marigold
Other: Memento Rich Cocoa Ink (non CTMH)