Espressly for You

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Long live the 3X3 card.  This quick little project is a slight adjustment on my 3X3 cards and box. 

As mentioned in my previous post, I found the lid to be quite loose when I used the SCS tutorial to create the card box for my set of cards.  I will be making a new lid but decided to use the same concept to create a smaller box for a little present I had for a coworker.  The gift was a Chai tea disc and a Latte disc to use in her Tassimo coffee machine – you can’t buy the Chai Latte T-Discs locally at the moment and it’s her favourite Tassimo drink so I offered to bring her in the one I had left.  I could have just given her the discs but it was a perfect excuse to make a paper craft and to use my Hero Arts coffee set.

I measured the discs stacked together and determined I needed a box that was 3X3 on the base and 2 inches high.  Sadly, I’m a very visual person so I had to draw a square on paper and add the 2 inches on each side to determin that I needed a 7X7 square of cardstock to make the base of the box.  I decided to make a lid that had a one inch lip so another quick sketch and the lid needed to be 5 1/8″ square. (add 1/8″ to the lid so it will be slightly larger than the base.)  A few scores and cuts plus some strategic placement of scor-tape and the box was done. 

I used close to cocoa cardstock on the top (she likes brown) and sage shadow on the base.  I think the PP is Wild Raspberry (it’s something raspberry) and it’s definitely K&Co. 

Gotta go…work starts in ONE minute.  TGIF!

You Rock!

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I’m fairly certain I haven’t shared this card before…I just found it in my stash (I throw all my finished cards in a drawer until I need them) when I was looking for something else and realized I never shared it on my blog.

I definitely got this layout from someone else but darned if I can remember who.  It’s a great sketch.  You might not see it in the pic but the drum is raised up on a dimensional and I used a copic spica clear pen on all the black parts of the image so it has some sparkle IRL.

Lots of distressing and splattering simply because I wanted to keep the card “plain” but not boring.

The PP is from the rockstar stack that DCWV had out a year or so ago.  My friend Karen gave me a couple of sheets from a stack she got on clearance.   I used Kiwi Kiss cardstock because the green is a nice, funky colour and I love a green and black combination.  I ran my tracing wheel around all the edges of the papers (I used to do this a lot a couple of years ago and got back in the habit when I saw how wonderful it looked on the great AW’s cards)

Time for work!

When ‘De Mojo Go…

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In all honesty, my mojo is not really gone…I’ve got ideas, I just don’t have the wherewithal to focus long enough to get the ideas out into a card.   What I normally do to get past a slump is create a couple of 3×3″ cards as they are so quick to whip up.  It’s also a great opportunity to use some of my smaller stamps as that’s pretty much all I had until last Christmas and I have neglected them as I am enjoying making cards with larger images now.

I saw a good tutorial on SCS recently for a 3X3 box to put these little cards in so I made one of those this morning and just finished 4 cards to go in the box.  If you are planning on trying the tutorial you may want to adjust the size of the lid and the PP that goes on it.  I found that the lid is a bit loose-fitting for my tastes and I have left the top of the box undecorated for now as I might be re-doing it if I find the time. (we need to clean the basement this afternoon so I won’t be in my craft room.) 

Here is the finished set (I used choc chip, bashful blue and pink pirouette cardstock along with some American Crafts papers from the Everyday set (Love that paper!):

I also took some individual shots if you’re looking for a closer view. 

Here’s the monkey.  I paper-pieced the bananas and then ran a marker down the shaded areas to give a little more definition.  This image uses a larger nestie than the rest so I felt an extra embellishment would be too much.  If I had any brown fun flock I’d be tempted to make this into a fuzzy monkey.  (note to self – order brown fun flock!)

Here’s the bird…he’s my favourite.  I also paper pieced this one and made a little embellishment using two tiny prima flowers and the teeniest rhinestone centre.  I even dusted off my paper piercer and gave the corners a little detail:

The cow…dig the eyes.  He was a little boring because I couldn’t mat the nestie so I went a little crazy with the DTP.  The button was purchased at Walmart – great neutral colour:

And finally, the penguin.  I used some Martha Stewart Carrara Marble glitter on the top of the iceblock and at the base.  A button/ribbon/twine embellishment (Ribbellishment) finishes this one off: 

Here’s a little peek at the inside of the bird card…this is how I finish the majority of my cards – I add a small strip of pp to the top and bottom of the sentiment and then adhere the cardstock to the inside of the card.   I used to just print the sentiment directly on the cardstock but this technique works well with darker cardstock and I don’t have to worry so much about ruining expensive cardstock if the printer jams or if I make a mistake with the formatting.

So there you have it.  A set of four cards made in very little time.  They’re very addictive.  I would make them more often if I could find an affordable source for envelopes.   I should probably make my own but that’s very time consuming.

Now go make your own set of cards!

Enjoy The Journey

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A Bon Voyage/Moving away card.

I thought that “good-bye” didn’t cover it.  This card is for someone who is moving out of the country to get married so I wanted the card to convey more than just “see ya”.   When you leave the country you live in that’s more of a new chapter in your life (as is getting married depending on how together you were before you wed) so I thought “enjoy the journey” would be the perfect sentiment.

I have limited stamps for things other than birthdays but I knew there was a cute critter holding a balloon in a set of clear stamps I bought a little while back from eP. (Penny Black – cute stuff but the clear stamps are smaller than the wooden versions so take note!)  A little dig in the drawer where I keep my clear stamps and there it was!  As a bonus, the image was small and simple to colour so this card came together quickly (I am not a fast card maker…I can take hours just to make one card).  I used my SU markers and an aquapainter to colour the image (not a member of the Copic club yet – just can’t bring myself to invest $500 in a set of markers – if my fairy godmother is listening, hook me up!)

I discarded several layout ideas – I was having trouble positioning my sentiment – and then I stumbled across a sheet of cloud PP that would make a great background for my floating hedgehog.  I didn’t want to cover up the clouds with too many elements so that narrowed down my layout options.   A big red bow would have been awesome but I didn’t have the right shade of red (note to self) so I went with a “ribbellishment” a la Michelle Wooderson or MFT.

My only disappointment is that the ribbon frays quite easily so the trimmed ends are not as tidy as I would like them (I trimmed them several times but had to stop as the ribbon was getting too short)  The little pop of black is just enough on this card and you can still see lots of the wonderful background paper (it’s textured and very heavy).  The scalloped rectangle is pop-dotted off the card and I also raised the balloon on a dimensional for a little extra something. (I like to do that on a simple card – if I’d had the right shade of red glitter I would have blinged out the balloon but my only red has a pink undertone and I used SU Real Red for my cardstock so that would not work)

You might notice a flaw in the image…my cuttlebug made a crease in the watercolour paper when I cut out the rectangle.  Guess it’s time to replace that plate.  Hopefully the recipient will just think it adds character.  I don’t stress over small imperfections – it is a handmade card and doesn’t need to be 100% flawless.  Of course, I would have preferred not to have a crease in the image but I was short on time so a do-over wasn’t an option last night.

Just “Chicken” In…

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A special request get well card.  Another wonderful Whipper Snapper stamp borrowed from Karen. (I want to have a card making session with her but the longer it goes the longer I get to keep her stamps!)

The stamp inspired the paper choices for this card.  It’s a larger 5X6.5″ card which I usually find very difficult to make but the image was such a generous size that it took up a lot of the white space.  I had a tied bow in my stash from a project I was working on a little while ago so I sewed an orange button to the front to give it an extra splash of colour and used it on this project.

The pillow and quilt are paper pieced.  A great technique but it requires patience (I am sadly lacking) and some sharp scissors (luckily, I have an awesome pair of Cutterbee scissors – I recommend them.  You can get them at your local M’s and using a coupon makes them reasonably priced)

I used the same papers as the background and used a new punch for the blue accent on the bottom of the paper.  I love the smaller scallops in this punch and it was quite easy to use.  Sometimes punches don’t like the thickness of SU cardstock but this one did a great job. 

I took two pictures of this card (well, about 7 really).  The first picture has better colour but the angle is a little off…the second picture is a little too “blue” but I’m adding it in case you think the angle on the first card is as strange as I think it is.

Picture One:

Picture Two:

Forgot to mention that the PP is from a K&Co Brenda Walton Mat Pad…got it on clearance at Mikes.  Great pastel designs suitable for country-themed cards or for a baby card.

Weekend coming up…I hope to get some stamping time in!

(ETA: OMG! My *HERO* left me a comment – be still my heart!)

Bird-Day Tweet

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Give me a break…I have quite a few bird cards in my portfolio and there are only so many things I can think of for a post title. (if brother Scott is reading, please do NOT send me a list of 250 bird-related puns…I don’t think I can take it!)

I was extremely pleased with this card when I made it.  The colours in my image are vibrant (still working on the colouring skillz peeps…) and I think they do justice to the amazing Carolyn Gavin papers featured on the card. (just can’t get enough)  I even managed to find a couple of prima flowers that almost match the cardstock and paper. (I’ve got lots of primas…just never the right colour)

Birdie’s ballon is stamped a second time and pop-dotted to the card.  I struggled (once again) with the debate over adding a sentiment but decided not to detract from the patterns in the paper.  This is another smart purchase by my friend Karen who has graciously allowed me to use some of her stamps before she even inks them herself.  (I am mounting them for her so I hope she feels she’s getting some benefit while I get to play with her new toys first!)

I just need to add a sentiment to the inside of this card and it will be ready to leave the nest (that was for you, Scott!).

I’ve got another one to share tomorrow if I can find the time to blog. (nasty basement repair job sucking my creative chi at the moment…foundation crack – the horrors!)

Squeaky Baker

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As mentioned yesterday, today’s card uses the CUTEST mouse stamp EVER.  This is an image my friend Karen purchased the last time we ordered stamps from WS (we go halves on the shipping as it’s steep!) and it is a lot bigger than it looks on the website.  I think I’m going to have to order one for myself the next time we buy WS stamps. 

This guy is called Squeaky Baker and I had fun stamping some elements twice and popping them up on the card with dimensionals.  Not sure if the apron was the right thing to pop but I did that in addtion to the baker’s hat and the stack of goodies.  Next time I use this stamp I will be coating the sweets with lots of glitter.

I used some American Crafts patterned paper for my background and the cardstock base is kiwi kiss from SU.   I was going to add a sentiment but haven’t decided if I really want to.  I’m playing with punching a small hole in the plate under the pie and adding a tiny tag that says “for you”…

The inside of the card says “Hope your birthday is the sweetest ever!”

I had another project to share but I gave it away without taking a picture.  My cousin had a 40th birthday party on Saturday and I made a card and a set of personalized stationary but I was actually too busy to take pictures of it before we left for the party.  (We’re redecorating our spare bedroom and it has been a little more time-consuming than anticipated.)  I reallly need to make myself take pictures of my projects (my picture taking skills are so bad that I dread taking photos so I only take them at the absolute last minute before blogging about the project.)

Must dash…work starts in 5.

Hoppy Birthday

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I’m here!  I know you missed me.

We’ve been so busy doing things at home and it’s been way to warm to work in my stuffy little craft room and make it even warmer by turning on my computer so I’ve been fairly slack with maintaining my blog or visting other blogs. 

I do have a card to share tonight – it’s a masculine card that I made a while ago but never got around to sharing.  It uses a Hero Arts stamp set that was about $6.00 at 7kids (love that store!).  I did have to steal the word hoppy from an SU stamp set and the word birthday came from a Stampendous set – 3 different stamp sets to make one simple card!

I also used some ancient retired cardstock…well, two cardstock seasons ago…that managed to escape my notice for a while.   Some funky Basic Grey paper (my go-to pp for masculine cards) and the end result looks like this:

Not my best card but about on par with any other masculine card I’ve made.

Back tomorrow (Really!) with the cutest Whipper Snapper image EVER! (too bad it’s borrowed from a friend…I think it will be in my next order)

Bee-utiful Bookmark

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I had an order for a bookmark and decided to try a magnetic one as seen on SCS.  While looking for instructions (I wasn’t sure if the magnet was supposed to be hidden) I stumbled across a really cute one on Valerie Stangle’s blog.  She didn’t have instructions but her bookmark was adorable.  I used the same main cardstock colour (she inspired me!) and made my bookmark based on her picture…I have no idea if I did it right as I don’t really understand why the score marks were made if a grommet is preventing the folds from moving anyway but I made them anyway.

I used fun flock on the flower petals and some doodlebug glitter on the bee’s wings.  It’s a simple bookmark but I think it turned out pretty cute!

Back to work tomorrow.  I know I shouldn’t wish my summer away but it’s sooo busy there at this time of year.  I wish I could have a few days off!


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I really hope you’ll be able to see the details in this card.  It’s a pregnancy congratulations card for some first-time parents and as the card is for both of them I didn’t want to use an image of a pregnant woman (of which I only have 3 anyway and none of them are particularly wonderful) so that left me with a baby or a baby animal.  I went with a baby.  No particular reason.

I decided to paper piece the baby carriage in the image – originally I was going to glue the paper directly on the stamped image but it was thicker patterned paper (cardstock weight) so I used dimensionals and the carriage really pops out on this card.

Not sure if you can tell that the wheels are on dimensionals as well.  There’s glitter on the band of ribbons running across the carriage (I used my Copic Spica clear pen) but it doesn’t show in the pic.   I also used lots of Ranger Antique Linen distress ink on the edges of just about everything. (left the ribbon alone)

The ribbon is from this year’s Sale-a-bration bundle.  It’s great ribbon and I’m actually using it which leads me to believe that I don’t use my other ribbon because it’s not a width I find easy to work with.  I must remember that next time I buy ribbon.

The paper is K&Co – Brenda Walton – which has rapidly become a favourite of mine.  I still like Basic Grey but the double sided papers really help mix and match patterns on cards.  I don’t need to wonder if the patterns really go together.

The computer-generated verse on the inside was written by me so I’m a little bit worried that the person who requested the card won’t like it.  I am actually a decent poet but rarely use those skillz anymore.

Time to start work!

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