Special Day

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I haven’t had much time to spend in my craft room lately as I’ve been working on some other “personal” projects that are a higher priority.  I sometimes feel guilty letting all those craft goodies go to waste while I’m doing other things but I know they’ll be there waiting for me when I do get time for creativity.

Happily, I had to make some cards for events so I had a legitimate excuse to spend a little time in my happy place.

I also got to use a PTI stamp that I bought last year but forgot to order the matching die when I placed my order.  My last order included the die and I got to play with it for the first time today:

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I was going for “earthy but happy”…hope I pulled it off!

This card has to be Canada Post friendly so I didn’t pop the trees or the green panel up off the card but made up for it by adding some tiny prima flowers and some pearls.

Must dash!  Miles to go before I sleep.

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Yup!  I officially love this layout!  After yesterday’s post I decided to colour another bear image and swap out the colours to see how different a look I get just by switching the colour palette.

I went über-girlie this time – it’s a fantastic layout for using LOTS of patterned paper – which I have.  Too much.  It’s my not-so-secret shame.  Whenever new papers come out in my favourite lines I stalk them until I finally cave and buy them.  I have managed to dial back my Basic Grey purchases though as those papers are more my original  card-making style and they don’t get enough love.  Echo Park and My Mind’s Eye, however, are the current rulers of my craft supply budget.

Anyhoo, enter today’s card – the only difference is the patterned paper and the sentiment placement:

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I really love the vibrant colours on this card.  Got to play with the enamel dots again.  Woohoo!

Lots to do this week and we’re having a little dinner party this weekend so craft-time is probably not happening again for a few days.

Bear Hugs

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I finally got to use some MME Enamel dots yesterday.  Every time I went to place an order, the ones I wanted were sold out (or they were in stock but the coordinating paper was sold out).  I ordered from a different supplier this time around as I couldn’t wait any longer to get my hands on those dots!

They ARE fabulous!  A little pricey at $5 per pack but the colours are great and they’re a perfect accent on a card.

Funnily enough, I paired my first dots up with paper from a totally different line from MME.  The dots I used are from “Boy Crazy” and the paper is “Fly a Kite”.

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I also dusted off some Whipper Snapper stamps and stamped up a bunch of images to use on my next handful of cards.  The above layout was CASEd from the fabulous Alice Wertz.  A freakin’ genius when it comes to patterned paper accents.  (she actually uses a LOT of washi these days but my supply isn’t that extensive so I just cut some paper on an angle to mimic the look)

The sentiment is Paper Smooches – I was going to go with a Happy Birthday sentiment but I saw this on my desk and couldn’t resist.  I also wanted to use another dot next to the sentiment but I made the card a little top-heavy.  Next time I’ll place the sentiment at the bottom left and stick another dot right there!

April Showers

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…bring May flowers…or in this case, the thought of Spring is causing me to use retina-searing colours on my cards!

I made two more cards for work yesterday – they’re out of my comfort zone colour-wise but they’re certainly cheerful!

Construction is self-evident.

Card 1:

 

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Card 2:

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Must…go…find…sunglasses…

Important Crew Members

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As work is getting busier, it’s getting harder to feel energetic and creative enough to pop into my craft room in the evening to see if I can come up with something fun to make.  Other than some 3-D Easter projects and a couple of cards that I NEEDED, I have been spending more time watching TV in the evenings and baking/cooking on the weekends. (lazing around and making food are probably NOT the best activities for the waistline)

Today, I promised myself I’d make something paper crafty before doing anything else and I realized yesterday that I’ve run out of little “way to go” cards at work – I use them when I want to write a special thank you to one of my fabulous team members when they do something above the call of duty.

Enter today’s project – so far I’ve only made two note cards – and am going to make two more but with a different layout – and matching envelopes.  I used some cute Doodlebug paper and Doodlebug pearls as well as a new die that I got this week.  I teamed the supplies with one of my Paper Smooches stamps and came up with this:

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I think they turned out pretty cute!  Here they are individually:

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(this card is standing on the two envelopes)

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…and the second one was a deliberate attempt to use more masculine colours.

I got 4 card bases from one sheet of cardstock – these guys measure 4.25X2.75″ and a sheet of 6X6″ paper is just big enough to make a coordinating envelope.

I am determined to make 2 more cards but have to come up with the concept.  I’m surprised how few smaller images I have that are good for fussy cutting.  Must keep that in mind next time I’m trolling for new images.

Enjoy your Saturday!



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