Birthday Card (1 of 4)

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I started making a birthday gift for my aunt last weekend (yes, that Aunt…the one that appreciates my handmade gifts).  I was hoping to make more than 4 birthday cards to gift her with but 4 is the number that I was inspired to make in the time limit I gave myself so 4 is what she gets.

This is card number 1. 

This was my “starter” card to try and get my creative juices flowing.  I had the paper out from the crocodile/alligator card and notepad and this leftover strip is what jumped out at me when I was going through my scrap pile.

As I initially planned on making a lot of cards, I kept the image simple – I didn’t want to spend a ton of time colouring.

More bonus points (that don’t actually earn me anything but personal satisfaction) for using two Prima flowers on this card.  I love these flowers and have LOTS of them but they’re not actually my style so I have trouble incorporating them into my cards. 

Back tomorrow with 2 more cards.

Baby Chicks

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Our office closed for the day due to a power outage (Hurricane Leslie) and it was a stressful drive home (very windy plus a rock took out my back windshield…fun times).  Happily, I’m home now and safe and warm and almost dry.

Since I have some extra time that I wasn’t expecting, I thought I’d try to write up a few blog posts.  Even though I’ve been doing a reasonable amount of “creating” lately there isn’t enough time to take pictures, edit the pics and then write up a post.  While I do enjoy blogging, I feel actually making the cards is more important than writing about them so when time is tight I’d rather make a card than talk about it.

I’ve got 2 cards to show today.  Same stamp, same paper line but different layouts.  The first one is my favourite of the two:

I used my Mr. Huey mister (white) which I love but I’m still struggling with trying to get a more “blotchy” look.  So far I mainly end up with a fine spray.  Hopefully, I’ll get the hang of it soon.

I’m giving myself bonus points for using up 3 brads (making memories – I’ve had them since my early papercrafting days).   I think the paper is Chicken Dumpling (Jillybean Soup).  The stamp is a Recollections stamp (Michael’s).  I coloured it and cut it out so I could pop it up on the tag.

Card number 2:

More Chicken Dumpling mixed with Basic Grey (the pink paper).  Fairly traditional layout but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

I cut out the image again and popped it on top of the same image stamped in pink (the stars are part of the image but I didn’t want to use the full image on the first card).  I prefer the image without the stars, personally.

So, now I’ve got two baby cards for my stash.  Yay me.

Tree (well, 4) Notecards

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ETA:  The patterned paper used on these cards is from an older K&Co line (one of my faves) called “Greenhouse”  I used papers from both the 12×12 and 8.5X8.5 paper pad.

Excuse the title of this post…bit of a “local” joke – my fellow Canadians might get it…

I made a thank you gift for a friend consisting of 4 notecards, a matching notepad and a cute pencil that I bought at M’s (the pencil dictated my patterned paper choices).  This particular friend likes earthy tones like I do so it was a pretty easy project – I just made cards that I’d like:





…and here they are all packaged up  – after taking this picture I slipped the notepad and the pen under the elastic bow so everything was all cute and tidy:

She liked it!

Rockin’ Notecards

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I’ve been making a lot of cards and notepads lately and have some really large scraps of patterned paper left over from my projects.  I give away a lot of my “scraps” to a crafty friend with crafty children but these particular leftovers were a bit too large to toss in the donate pile just yet.

I decided to make a little set of “good job” cards to use at work – these come in handy as a supervisor when I want to show someone that I really appreciate a particular contribution they’ve made to our team (I am really lucky to have a great team to supervise).

I purchased a set of Lawn Fawn stamps at my LSS just a few days earlier and thought the set was just the ticket for these 3X3″ cards:

Here are the first 2 using Echo Park paper:

and here are the other two using Carolyn Gavin paper from K&Co.:

I’m giving myself points for using up some “In Colour” scraps for the cardstock – I have to confess that I prefer PTI cardstock these days despite the hefty shipping etc.  I still have LOTS and LOTS of SU cardstock and doubt I’ll give it up completely but it’s nice to use up some of my huge stash of cardstock.

DH liked these cards so much that he asked me to make some to have on hand for his student assistants.  I have to get cracking on that since school starts on Tuesday!

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