Archive for September, 2011

A Kind Word

Don’t forget that tomorrow is World Cardmaking Day – take a minute to make a card!

Operation Write Home is having a bloghop tomorrow to celebrate, and I have a really pretty card to share in it, so be sure and check back tomorrow to see mine and a whole bunch of others!

Today’s card features this sweet little girl on her swing from one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! sets.


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About this card:  I stamped the girl from SU! A Kind Word in SU! Basic Black ink and colored her with SU! markers on Wausau white cardstock.  I used a ticket corner punch to add interested and matted with SU! Early Espresso.  Then I used a Viva Pearl Pen in ice white to create my pearls.  The ribbon is a sheer white ribbon from Michael’s.  The aqua blue textured cardstock background is from Jo’s Stash and has corners to match the focal image panel.

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For this week’s OWH Stars & Stamps Midweek Throwdown, Jan asked us to make AnyHero Christmas cards – holiday cards with a note of encouragement for the troops.  OWH includes these cards in the boxes of blank cards they send.

I’m planning to have the ladies at my upcoming OWH cardmaking party sign some AnyHero letters, so this was a great challenge for me to get some made!  I recently received an envelope full of great die cuts in a Facebook swap, including several groovy “thanks” that I was itching to put on a card! I fell back to one of my favorite sketches, #68, tweaked a little, and came up with this:


Love that “thanks” so much that I’m going to fire up the Silhouette this weekend and figure out how to make myself some more similar ones.

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About this card:  The “thanks” I received in a swap is on dimensional adhesive.  The sparkly silver ribbon is recycled from a gift I received.  The snowflake paper is from The Paper Studio and is matted on Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso cardstock.

Bonus! A few more cards using those die cuts:

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These use a free digital sentiment that I downloaded from Paula and printed on cardstock, and the yellow stars were die cuts from the swap.

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Winter Birdhouse

Today’s card is another that I made with a birdhouse image that I received in a swap.  I decided to leave it without a sentiment, since the image isn’t overtly Christmas-y, that way it could be used throughout the winter.


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About this card:  The birdhouse image was received in a swap, it is from a stamp set made by Lily of the Valley and is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic markers.  The background is Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue cardstock embossed with the Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder.  I matted both panels with a generic brown cardstock and added some red ribbon from The Paper Studio.

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Special Cards for OWH

I recently made the acquaintance of a sweet lady named Barbara who lives at The Glyn Retirement Estates.  She is a retired Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, and since papercrafting is a lifelong hobby she’s started a small group of papercrafting ladies at The Glyn. They recently devoted a day to making cards for Operation Write Home, and even collected some shipping funds to donate as well!

Barbara passed the cards and funds along to me to include in my next box, so I thought I’d share a couple of pictures here.

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Aren’t they cute? I love the tone on tone stamping and scalloped oval mat for the sentiment.

In addition to these cards, there are also some unique cards made by a very special resident of The Glyn, a gentleman named Morgan.  He is a mentally disabled man who likes to express himself through very detailed abstract art.  He loves to create different geometric designs, color them with pencils and give them to the residents.  He normally draws large scale pictures, but Barbara introduced him to the idea of small ones that fit on notecards, and he was delighted to make these for military men and women.  She gave him some die cut cardstock and he liked the shape very much and has asked for more! Here are my two favorites:

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I think these are so unique and cool looking.  I am typing up a little label for the backs of these cards explaining where they came from – I think the troops will find it touching.

CASE the Catalog Monday!

Hello all! I have a cute card for you today for my CASE the Catalog project.  This one comes from page 220 of the current Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalog.

Here’s the inspiration card:


So cute, right? I love the use of text and of course the butterflies and the window effect.   I kept those elements, in fact I made the window a true window cut into the front of the card.

For my text, I have a little story.  I’m a member of the website and occasionally do a handmade card or supply swap there.  In my profile there I have a little description of me and things that I like.  That description includes fiction, especially southern writers or books set in the south.  I also have a list of things I’d like to have for crafting.  That list includes old maps or old books.  Someone I swapped with awhile back included in my package a very old paperback novel by William Faulkner.   I really don’t know if she was trying to send me a book to read or a book to craft with!! However, I’m not a fan of Faulkner and the book is so old it’s sort of falling apart, so you’ll be seeing bits of Faulkner on my cards now.  You can see how yellowed the paper is – I didn’t alter the color in any way.


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About this card:   The butterflies were made with the Beautiful Wings embosslits die using Stampin’ Up! Pretty In Pink and Bravo Burgundy cardstocks.  I mounted the fragile Faulkner text onto cardstock before die cutting it.   I used the Designer Frames embossing folder on SU! Bashful Blue cardstock, then used the Scallop border punch down one side.  I adhered a strip of my book page down the right side of my white cardbase, then adhered the die cut Bashful Blue on top of it.  I used an X-acto knife to carefully cut out my window through the front of the cardbase.  The large butterfly is mounted on the inside of the card and accented with a large adhesive pearl.   The sentiment from SU! Sweet Little Sentiments is stamped in SU! Basic Black on a scrap of Pretty in Pink cardstock, and then punched with the Word Window punch.  I tied on some pink and white baker’s twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon to complete the card.

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Scrap Background Cards

As promised, here are two other cards I created using strips of scrap designer paper as the backgrounds.  For these I went a little more structured and matted the strips into a panel first.  Which do you like better, yesterday’s or today’s?

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About these cards…   First card: The little girl from Stampin’ Up! Greeting Card Kids was stamped with SU! Basic Black ink and colored with SU! markers (Creamy Caramel is a good color for darker skin tones!) on Wausau white cardstock.  I made my background of designer paper strips and matted both panels with SU! Ballet Blue cardstock.  The ribbon is random striped grosgrain from my stash.  Second card: The image from Stampin’ Up! It’s the Thought is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic markers.  I added some Crystal Effects clear laquer on the cherries.  The background is designer paper strips, and both panels are matted with Bazzill black cardstock.  The ribbon is a polka dot grosgrain from my stash.

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It’s the Thought

Over the weekend I attended an all day “scrap” with a fun group of ladies.  Of course I worked on cards while most of them were scrapbooking!

I’m always looking for a way to use up my leftover bits of designer paper, and I saw this method recently on the Papercrafts site, so I thought I’d give it a try.  It’s simply strips all adhered down to create a striped background.  I added ribbon (of course) and some cute little sentiments for a focal point.  I like them but I think I might go back and round the bottom corners off.  I made a slightly different second version that I’ll show you tomorrow.

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About these cards:  Both sentiments came from the Stampin’ Up! set It’s the Thought and were stamped in SU! Basic Black ink and colored with SU! markers.  I matted with some generic brown cardstock and popped the panel up on dimensional adhesives.  The ribbons are random from my stash as are the designer paper strip backgrounds.

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Christmas Doily Wreath

I’m playing around with Christmas card ideas – and making Christmas cards for OWH while I’m at it.  Today’s card is one that I really like, even though it is a bit involved to make.  As someone recently pointed out to me, that never stopped me before!

So here is a version of this card, and I already have a few small changes in mind if I do end up using this design as my “official” holiday card this year.  For one thing, a better bow. This one is sort of awful. Just don’t look at that part :)

Despite the awfulness of my bow (and it’s the bow, not the ribbon, that is the problem),  I’m entering this card into the OWH May Arts Christmas Card w/ Ribbon Challenge.


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About this card: The sentiment from Studio G is stamped in Stampin’ Up! Real Red ink on Wausau white cardstock.  The SU! Hello Doily is stamped on the same panel and heat embossed in clear embossing powder.  I sponged over the doily with SU! Garden Green ink.  I matted the panel with a generic dark green cardstock, then I punched a hole through the middle of the doily through both layers with a 1 3/4″ circle punch.   I layed the panel onto my white cardbase and used a pencil to mark the location of the circle, then punched another 1 3/4 circle through the cardbase.  I tied on my red ribbon (awful!) to the stamped panel then adhered all of it to the cardbase, lining up the circles.   Through the hole in the cardbase, I stamped an ornament from the SU! Tree Trimmings set on the inside of the card, and accented it with a Sakura gold gel pen.

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CASE the Catalog Monday!

Happy Monday, everyone! I’m going to have a great week this week, and you are too! If I sound chipper it might be because of the super bright, cheerful card I have to share with you today.

I found this card on page 210 of the current Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalog and just had to make my own version of it:


I love the pennants, the bold colors, and the way the sentiment hangs off the side of the card.  I kept all of those elements in my version.

I made my card slightly different dimensions so that it would fit in an A2 sized envelope, and I made the pennants larger, just because I wanted to.  I used buttons instead of punches since I didn’t have a punch that small.  And it’s hard to see in the picture but my buttons do have a bit of yellow thread in them – y’all know I hate a naked button!


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About this card:  The sentiment is a Studio G stamp I got from the $1 bin at Michael’s.  I stamped it in Stampin’ Up! Pink Passion on white cardstock and punched it out with a 2 3/8″ scallop circle punch.  I cut a 1/4″ strip of SU! Tempting Turquoise cardstock and adhered it just below the sentiment.  The yellow buttons are from the SU! Itty Bitty Buttons collection.  The pennants were cut by hand from various scrap cardstocks including SU! Pink Passion and SU! Tempting Turquoise.  I used a paper piercer to poke holes along the top of the pennants after they were adhered, then ran a white gel pen along the holes for a faux stitched effect.  I cut a strip of SU! Only Orange cardstock and punched it with the scallop border punch before adhering it down the left side of my Only Orange background.

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CAS Floral

I saw a version of this card awhile back and made a mental note to try it out.  I ended up with a very graphic, CAS style flower and I kept the rest of the card CAS as well.  It’s much cuter in person (aren’t they always)!

You can’t really tell from the picture but the flower petals have a slight ruffle effect that is very cute.


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About this card: The flower is made by punching four scallop circles of patterned paper from The Paper Studio, then folding them into quarters and adhering them to a square base of generic raspberry cardstock.   I fastened a large gold brad to the center.  I stamped the sentiment from Stampin’ Up! So Happy for You in SU! Baja Breeze ink on white cardstock and tied on some gold cord.  The card base is a prefab light blue.

Bonus card! Another attempt:


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