Thursday, July 30, 2020

You Warm My Heart Mug Card

Hot Cocoa Christmas Winter Card

I made this winter card to keep my mind off of the hot and humid weather we've been having in the midwest. I pulled out my favorite mug die set from My Favorite Things along with papers that have been sitting for way too long in my stash. I enjoy making cards using contrasting papers and the Perfect Winter paper collection by Echo Park is gorgeous. I love how the red and blue floral paper and the red and blue stripe paper look on the mugs. The colors really pop against the neutral faux wood background. Tim Holtz Grit-Paste and Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter along with a snow stencil were used to give the faux wood background some dimensional texture. A Tim Holtz crochet die was used to make the beautiful red doily border. I added the blue snowflake washi tape to add another blue element to the red, blue and white color scheme of the card.


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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Cat Lady Birthday Card

DCWV Playful Pets Paper

I made this birthday card for one of my cat lady friends using only a few supplies from my stash. The Momenta Cat Lady stamp set and Playful Pets Mat Stack from DCWV that were used to make this card are absolutely adorable! The stack contains cat, dog, bunny and goldfish themed papers. I picked up both the stamp set and the mat stack from Tuesday Morning a few months ago. Who doesn't love a good Tuesday Morning find? This card is fairly simple because I wanted the focal point of the card to be those cute cat papers and the cat lady stamp. 


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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Birthday Wishes Cake Card

My Favorite Things Cake Die

This is my card entry into the My Favorite Things Color Challenge #146


I used the Cake die set from My Favorite Things along with one of their Stitch Rectangle Scallop Edge Frame dies to create this card. The cake dies are small so you can easily use scraps to make the layers of the cake. A Darice numbers embossing folder was used to create the background of the card. I love how the colors of the cake pop against the stark white background. A small sentiment stamp was used to finish the card. This card took only a few minutes to create. It's the perfect solution if you need to make a last minute birthday card, but still want something that looks pretty. You can also make several of these cards to have in your card stash, changing the color scheme for variety.


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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Rainbow Bridge Pet Sympathy Card

Dog Cat Card

This is my entry into the My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge #499.


This is a card I hope I won't have to mail to a friend or family member any time soon. Unfortunately, the need for a pet sympathy card does arise from time to time and it always makes me sad when I have to make one. We lost our Bert a little over two years ago and I know how it feels to lose a furry member of the family. A small gesture like a handmade card lets the recipient  know you care and are there for them during this difficult time. I find it's better to make a few of these in advance because it's more difficult for me to make them immediately after the loss of a pet. I love the idea that our beloved pets go to the Rainbow Bridge when they are no longer with us. This sympathy card represents the pet crossing over to the Rainbow Bridge.


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Monday, July 20, 2020

Warm Wishes Card



It's Christmas in July! I entered this card into the My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge #498. This is the first time I've entered a card into their weekly sketch challenge. I saw the sketch and immediately knew that I wanted to use their Hot Cocoa Cup dies for the challenge.  The American Crafts Hot Cocoa paper that I used has been sitting in my stash for a few years. I'm sure everyone can relate to having paper in their stash that they have yet to use. Right? This 6x6 stack has a lot of cute papers that are perfect for winter themed cards. The red and black buffalo check is my favorite from the stack. I love how this card turned out. The red and black papers really pop against the stark white embossed background. I thought making a winter card would help get my mind off of the very hot weather we've been having. As the saying goes "I can't wait for it to get cold again so I can complain about how cold it is." LOL!


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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Treat yo' self Card

HAPPY NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY!

I was in the mood to make an ice cream card yesterday because the heat index was 100 degrees! What could be better than ice cream on a hot and humid summer day? I pulled out my Jaded Blossom ice cream cone stamp set and starting to think of ideas for my card. We like to use the phrase "treat yo' self" at my house because we are huge Parks and Rec fans. I decided to combine the ice cream cone stamp set and the "treat yo' self" quote to make this card.  Keep reading for directions on how to make this card as well as a full list of supplies. 


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Thursday, July 16, 2020

I'm Gnome For Loving Coffee Card

I was so excited when I went to my mail box this morning and saw that the new Gnome Brewed Stamp Set and Coffee Bean Stencil from Jaded Blossom had arrived! The coffee gnomes are even cuter in person if that's even possible! I knew I wanted to purchase this set after seeing the sneak peeks and projects using this stamp set. I'm obsessed with gnomes, and this coffee themed set is really unique. I made this card today because I couldn't wait to create something with it. I hope you like it!


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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Birthday Cake Card



I created this card for the My Favorite Things Color Challenge #145. This is a really nice color palette and it works well for a masculine card. I'll probably use it again on other cards and projects. The Stampendous Party Background stamp is the perfect background for a birthday card. It gives the background some interest without taking away from the awesome My Favorite Things Birthday Cake die cut. Keep reading for instructions on how to make this card as well as the full list of supplies.


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Monday, July 13, 2020

The Man, The Myth, The Legend Card


I wanted to make a masculine Father's Day card for my husband, but I couldn't find stamps that I really loved. It was time to start digging into my stash to see if I could come up with something without buying more stuff. I pulled out my Graphic 45 gear die and some large alpha dies from my stash. I knew I could make this work. Our daughter has always called my husband Da. Not Daddy. Not Dad. Not Father. "Da." It stuck and she's been calling him Da since she was able to talk (almost 20 years!) Try finding a Da stamp! My alpha dies would definitely come in handy for this card! 


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Sunday, July 12, 2020

St. Patrick's Day Gnome Card



At the beginning of the year, I challenged myself to use this gnome for every season and holiday throughout the year. So far, I have used it on winter, Valentine's Day, The 4th of July and now a St. Patrick's Day card. From the moment I saw this gnome die, I just knew I wanted to make a St. Patrick's Day card with him. I used Authentique St. Patrick's Day themed papers for this card. You really can't go wrong when it comes to Authentique papers! I used an embossing folder to make a Swiss Dot pattern on the white paper, which made it so the oval background would have some interest and texture to it. Additionally, I used a Tim Holtz clover punch to make the smaller clovers. To make the larger clover I die cut 4 small hearts and arranged them to look like a 4-leaf clover. To top it all off, I added a sparkly gold enamel dot in the center of the large shamrock. I used a computer generated sentiment to complete the card.




I was flattered that Authentique chose this card to be included in their April 2020 Fan Feature.


Ingredients:

  • Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Gnome Die
  • Authentique Paper Emerald Collection
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables Die
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Mini Scallop Oval Stacks Die
  • Tim Holtz Clover Punch
  • Tiny Heart Die
  • Gold Sparkly Enamel Dot
  • Cardstock: green, white, orange
  • Darice Swiss Dot Embossing Folder
  • White Gel Pen
  • Twine

Baby Animals Baby Card


For this card, I decided to go with a more neutral color palette. This way, it could be used no matter what gender baby your friend or family member might be having. The baby animals look absolutely adorable in the light green, yellow, and pink papers. They pair perfectly with the plaid background paper I chose. I like to use various textures on my projects, so I chose cardstock that looks like linen and Swiss dot cardstock. Additionally, I used a peek-a-boo die from My Favorite Things and tucked the animals inside, so they look like they are peeking out from the card. For the "oh baby" phrase, I die cut 4 layers in light blue cardstock and stacked them on top of each other. In doing so, it has some dimension and is not be flat against the card. I like using this technique better than using adhesive foam dots. I will probably make a few more of these cards, just to have then on hand. After all, you never know when you may need a baby card!


Ingredients:

  • Sizzix Baby Jungle Thinlets Die Set
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Triple Peek-a-Boo Window and Edge Die
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables
  • Jaded Blossom Oh Baby Die
  • White Swiss Dot Cardstock
  • Textured Cardstock: Lt. Green, Yellow, Pink & Lt. Blue
  • Authentique Plaid Baby Paper

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Gnome Terrarium

As you may have already guessed, I love everything gnome related! This gnome stamp and die set, along with the mushroom die set, were my first Lawn Fawn purchases. There were a lot of ideas floating around my head, but I knew I wanted to make something to display in my craft room. In the end, I decided to make a gnome terrarium. Not just any gnome terrarium, though. Each gnome represents a member of the family - my husband, daughter, and myself. Although the beard my husband sports doesn't look the same, he's definitely getting there! Also if you look closely, you can see I even personalized the door of the mushroom house. Additionally, I added some moss along the bottom of the terrarium. Doing this ties together the woodsy feel of a gnome home, while staying true to a traditional terrarium. I especially like the shape of the terrarium I chose, as it adds extra character to the project as a whole. Finally, I finished it off by adding a burlap bow and a tag that says, "There's Gnome Place Like Home."




Meet my gnome family!




Close up of my family and our personalized door.


 I was delighted that my gnome terrarium was featured on the May Lawn Fawnatics Challenge Blog. It's a special piece and I'm glad so many people enjoyed it!


Ingredients:

  • Lawn Fawn Oh Gnome! Stamps & Dies

  • Lawn Fawn Mushroom House Die Set

  • Glass Terrarium

  • Burlap Ribbon

  • Tim Holtz Wire Pin

  • Prismacolor Premier Pencils

  • Cardstock in various colors

  • Moss

Baby's First 4th of July Card

I entered this card into Jaded Blossom's July Red, White, Blue Color Challenge.

 I wanted to think outside the box to make a card for this challenge. Then it came to me....A baby's first 4th of July card! I used the Americana paper collection from Pebbles for the clothes. The tiny patterns worked perfectly to make the baby clothes. A Park Lane star embossing folder was used to make the star background. The embossed stars add interest and dimension to the background without overpowering the card. I love how the red frame and pattened papers pop against the stark white background. I die cut 4 layers of the word celebrate out of star paper. The 4 layers were glued together to add dimension to the word. I typed "Baby's First 4th of July" in Word and printed it on cardstock. I use Word quite often to type up sentiments. It's a great way to customize your cards. I hope you enjoy my  red, white & blue card!


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Gnome 4th of July Card

I absolutely love gnomes! The Simon Says Exclusive Gnome Die is my favorite gnome die. This little guy is so versatile. I used him to make winter cards, Valentine's Day Cards, St. Patrick's Day Cards and now this 4th of July card. I wanted the card to look a bit grungy and aged so I applied Distress Oxide Vintage Photo ink to the edges of the card as well as the edges of all die cut pieces. I also added random ink to the background of the card. I love the look of it. I added some stars to the background of the card using a stencil and Distress Oxide inks. I love how this card turned out. I can't wait to make my next gnome card!


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Birdie Bride and Groom Wedding Cards


These wedding cards were made with the adorable Hero Arts Best Wishes Stamp set. The bride and groom birds from this set are just too cute! There are other stamp in this set, but the bride and groom birds are my favorite. These are the first wedding cards I've ever made and I really enjoyed creating them. We have 2 weddings to attend in the next few months and I wanted to make a special card for each couple. I really hope they like them!


I used a gray and blue color palette because I love how the two colors look together. I chose this particular shade of blue because it reminds me of a Tiffany box. The heart background was made using a heart embossing folder. I love an embossing folder and will look for any excuse to use one on a card! A scallop edge frame was added to the card to give it a more finished look. This is probably one of my new favorite dies. I added a crystal embellished bow to finish each card because a wedding card needs a little bling! 

 

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Friday, July 10, 2020

The Perfect Blend Card

Coffee Mug Wedding Card

I came across a beautiful bride & groom mug card designed by Irene Rhodes while I was searching for inspiration on Pinterest.  I knew this bride and groom mug card would be the perfect idea for a wedding shower card. I had already purchased a coffee maker for the bride-to-be and this would be the perfect card to accompany the gift. I immediately went into my stash to gather the supplies needed to make my version of this card. As luck would have it, the Hot Cocoa Cups dies from My Favorite Things arrived a few days prior! Yay! It wasn't difficult to find the perfect embossing folders in my stash. I love a good embossing folder! I was so pleased with how this card turned out. I really love the white embossed heart background and the white scallop edge frame die. They are the perfect background for the beautiful bride and groom coffee mugs. They really are "The Perfect Blend!" I put a lot of love and care into this shower card. I can't wait to give it to the bride-to-be!


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