Simple Sunflowers

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Another quick card for my Mother In Law (her birthday is only days apart from my Father In Law’s).  Both cards went with me on the trip to visit Bristol as their birthdays are only about a week after we return to Canada.

I was making so many cards prior to the trip (to take on the trip plus some design team work plus some orders) that it was getting a little difficult to come up with something unique.  The only thing really unique about this is the colour combination – sage shadow, real red and um, yellows.

The PP on this card is actually the reverse side of the paper I used for my FIL.  The image is one that I stamped and coloured some time ago – it’s already embellished with some microbeads in the centres of the flowers.  I probably would have done something that matched the paper a little better if I’d had more time.  As it was I just coloured the rope around the stems of the flowers with a red marker to make it match the background a little better.

The sentiment inside is semi-mushy so I hope it makes up a little for the amount of time I didn’t put into this card.  Gotta jet…

Cute As A Puppy!

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This is a fairly colourful card – much more cheerful than my normal cards (it’s the amazing Cosmo Cricket paper). 

This little guy is for my father in law’s birthday.  The inside says “…you handsome dog!”.  I think he’ll like it.

The stamp is a Recollections stamp from Michael’s.  I did a review on a set a little while ago and have since purchased this set (I think I only have the two so far).  I have to say that the quality is quite excellent.  The image stamps cleanly and the ink doesn’t stain the stamps like it does with my Hero Arts clear stamps.  I don’t actually mind stained stamps but it’s nicer when they don’t stain.

I stamped the bone separately and cut a slot in the dog dish for the bone.  The image is stamped on watercolour paper and coloured with an aquapainter and SU markers (as usual).  The red strip with the black gingham ribbon is actually a piece of cardstock with the ribbon attached to it using Scor-tape.

Another quick layout to add to the pile!  Still in the UK…

Jolly Christmas

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Yet another Christmas card and I’ve only just really started designing them for this year. 

This will be a one-off though as the image is one I stamped off from my friend Karen last year.  The patterned paper is quite vibrant so I’ve kept this one simple. 

I used a Hero Arts rhinestone on the sentiment (in place of the “o” in Jolly) and some Martha Stewart snow glitter under the snowman…not sure how I feel about it really but it’s blingy!

The image was quickly coloured using SU markers.  I normally watercolour my images but this one was stamped on regular cardstock and I was worried about the image warping.

This would be an easy card to mass-produce if you don’t mind spending some quality time with your Cuttlebug!

Back in a day or two with another post – I’m probably shopping somewhere in Bristol, UK at the moment…hopefully scoring some stamps to bring home!

Little Dude!

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I’m still playing with my two newest WS sets.  This image is from His Favorite Things and it’s one of my favourite images from the set. (I like the plane and the truck too so you’ll be seeing them eventually).

The sentiment on this card comes as one complete sentiment but I cut it apart just to make my life easier.  As you can see, it’s easy to join the two pieces back together to stamp one single sentiment.  I don’t always take apart sentiments but I love the word “Dude” (just ask my co-worker, Mike!) and plan to use it on lots of teen/boy cards.

I used some older PP from the Nana’s Kids stack – I think I bought it in Buffalo a couple of years ago and I dust it off every now and then.  The paper is fun but I don’t do a lot of baby cards.

This card is for a friend at work – I missed out on the group gift for her baby shower as I wasn’t well so I picked up the cutest pair of slippers with giraffes on them.  (She’s having a boy)  I should have taken a picture to share but never thought of it and the gift is gone to its new home already.  Tip for local shoppers – The Tickle Trunk has some really cute baby stuff.  Prices are pretty good too!

Her Favourite Things

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DH and I are winging our way to the UK this evening (this is an autopost) so I won’t be making any cards for about 2 weeks…(There will be a couple of autoposts though…at this point I don’t know how many as I’m still not feeling very well and I have a lot to do before we leave…busy, busy!).

Today’s card uses the new Anna Wight set “Her Favorite Things” (note that I took liberties with the spelling in my post title…I gotta spell it the “right” way!).  I am anxious to use the teddy bear image for a baby card but haven’t had a chance thusfar…I’m hoping that changes very soon – I’ve got ideas but I’m too busy to get them out into the form of a card.  Luckily, I did get a chance to colour him once as this is the first card I made with the set.

I don’t normally do frilly cards but I thought this little girl called for it.  I used some Daisy D’s paper (I’m down to my last few pieces – the line has been discontinued, I believe) and this card really called for some sewing but I don’t sew on my cards at this point.  I do have a sewing machine but it’s in the basement and so not worth dragging out for a card.  Incidentally, I tried taking a picture of this card a squillion times but could not get the colours to come out “true”.  The pink is close but the green is a darker shade IRL.

I punched out a circle of the pink PP onto a clear button and made a bow from some gauzy pink ribbon.  The girl’s dress and hair bow are paper pieced from the patterned paper and I watercoloured the rest of the image and the bear which is cut out and placed in front of the girl.

I’m going to give this image another go when I get back from my trip.  I think I should stick to my simplified, tailored style of cards…it works for me.

Dude, where’s my kite?

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As promised, here’s another card from Anna Wight’s newest release “His Favorite Things”.  I am going to blame the Dayquil/Nyquil cocktail for the title of my post.  It’s nice to have an excuse!

I used the main image in this set for today’s card but I’m anxious to make a card using the truck or the plane in this set as the art is adorable.  For now, meet my kite flyin’ dude:

I used the Recollections Autumn paper I got from Michael’s (if you haven’t bought it you might want to pick some up – it’s on sale and it makes great masculine cards!) and teamed it with cocoa and mustard coloured cardstock.  I inked up the edges on just about everything and had to cut some dimensional foam into teeny, tiny pieces for that kite tail!  Here’s a side view of that detail (ignore how creepy the floating head looks…front on it’s just fine!):

The word “Dude” is from the same set.  I cut apart the “Little Dude” saying for greater versatility.  Of course, you could always choose to just ink one of the words but I often separate the words in my stamp sets. 

This set, just like yesterday’s, is quite versatile.  The images can be used for a number of different cards – you can turn the little guy into a baseball player or a cowboy, you could use the hobby horse for a baby card, the truck for moving, the plane for a going away card…you get the idea.

Now my head is just swimming in ideas…must go make a card before I lose those thoughts!

P.S.  If anyone finds a coughed up lung, it’s mine…reward offered!

Whipper Snapper Release Day!

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Anna Wight (Whipper Snapper Designs) has TWO stamps sets releasing today – Her Favorite Things and His Favorite Things.

Today’s card is made using two stamps from Her Favorite Things (I’ll be back tomorrow with a “boy” card!).  I used the stocking image and a portion of the sentiment “A little something just for you”.

I bet when you saw the picture of the stamp set you weren’t thinking “Christmas”.  I can see possibilities for baby cards (the sweet little teddy bear or the little rag doll), teachers (the easel or the cup with the pencils/scissors inside), Winter (candy cane, stocking, ice skates), plus the obvious birthday cards for a little girl.

My card uses a piece of Cosmo Cricket PP (it’s a great line – you need some!) and cardstock that’s been distressed – and in the case of the olive green strip, embossed.  I used some Prima flowers and my MS branch punch to make the floral embellishment.  The stocking image has been flocked (the white cuff and toe portions) and the orange in the stocking has been covered in glaze even though you can’t tell in the picture.  I love the addition of pink to the traditional green/red Christmas colour combo!

I used Nestability dies in my Cuttlebug to cut out the images and the mat but didn’t have the sizes I wanted so I customized the cuts by running them through the machine twice after moving the cardstock to where I wanted the extra cut.  Incidentally, if you don’t own any Nestability dies and you are thinking of getting some you can use the rectangle dies to make square shapes by using this trick.

Please be sure to show some love to the other designers for this month’s release:

The Who’s Who of September/October Featured Designers:

Danielle Lounds
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Jeanie Witmer
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Katarina (Kathy) Menzies
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Kelly Bee (that’s me!)
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Stephanie Kraft
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and last but not least  –  Anna Wight
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Just Chillin’

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An appropriate title today as all I’ve been doing since Thursday is Chillin’ – literally and figuratively.  I woke up on Thursday with a very sore throat and a fever and have gotten progressively worse since then.  To top it all off we are going away this Thursday and it’s a VERY long time on a plane (we have to backtrack to Halifax, hang at YHZ until midnight and then travel overnight to get to LHR…followed by a 2 hour car ride from Heathrow to Bristol…joyous).  I hope I’m better by then…the travel time is long enough without being sick in airports and on a plane…plus all the other passengers will hate me because you can practically SEE the germs right now! 

Whew!  Finished whining for now…

So, this is one of my 2009 Christmas cards – I’ve made a couple just changing around the patterned paper a little and I think it turned out quite cute.  Simple but fun.

I didn’t notice that the tail of my ribbon tucked itself under the image until I was editing my pictures (yes, I do edit them and they are still pretty bad!) but you get the idea.  I bought this WS stamp just after Christmas last year (my first ever WS order) and was happy to finally ink it up last week.   I made this card the night before the germ fairy visited – that’s the only reason I have something to update my blog with. 

The pp on this card is some really cute Bo Bunny paper that I bought at my LSS.  I didn’t buy too much as I’m waiting for Michael’s to put out their Christmas paper (presumably they’ll wait until after Halloween) to see if there is something I want.  I’m also dying for the new My Mind’s Eye paper (Colorful Christmas?) but I’d have to order it from the US and I’m not sure if I want to place another order right now (I’ve got WS stamps on the way).  I’ll probably cave in but I haven’t yet.

Please drop back tomorrow – it’s Whipper Snapper Cling Mount set release day and I’ve got a card to share!

Christmas Blessings

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Well, my trip to England is fast approaching (we are visiting DH’s family) and I only have a few days to finish Christmas cards and birthday cards.  Incidentally, I’d only have until now to get the cards done whether we were visiting or not as birthdays are just weeks away and we have to mail our Christmas parcels by the end of October if we want them to arrive in time for Dec. 25th (’cause we send them surface mail so we don’t have to take out a 2nd mortage!). 

I think today’s card is the winner for my in-laws.  I like to use a less “commercial” image for Christmas cards for several of my relatives and this Stampendous image is perfect.  It’s still cute enough that I can make a fun card while still focusing on the “true” meaning of Christmas.

The photo is a little dark but I’m quite pleased with the card.  It’s a very simple layout but the patterned papers are so richly coloured it doesn’t need ribbon or other embellishments.  I couldn’t resist attaching one star shaped rhinestone to the sentiment.  It’s shaped somewhat like the “Star of Bethlehem”.

One down, 3 to go!

Snappy Birthday

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Yeah, still waiting on that book of original blog post titles…

Quite simply, I had a request for a a masculine card – most card maker’s ultimate challenge.  You can find nice masculine papers in scrapbooking stores but there are limited options for stamps and embellishments.  Trees and wood animals (like deer) seem to be the go to for most people.

Of course, if you don’t want a serene card (I rarely do) you can go for a cute “cartoon” animal, like, oh, a crab.

I love this stamp set but I’ve only used it a couple of times.  I don’t know why as it has some really cute stamps in it (dig the little starfish I used as a background) and some punny sentiments (snappy birthday, sandy claws…)

I really wanted to use “googlie eyes” on the crab but his own eyes are quite cute so I left them alone.  The birthday hat is paper pieced using the Recollections paper (from M’s) that I also used on the background.

I did a few extra wrap arounds with the hemp so I had to cut slits in the mat to keep the hemp from unwinding…might have gone a little far with one of the slits but I thought the hemp would cover it…note to self…

The little dude is watercoloured using an aquapainter and SU markers.  I also added some MS glitter (carrara marble) to the sand for texture.

I’m giving this guy two claws up!

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