Monday, June 30, 2008

Some Swap Cards

For my next set of swap cards going out! I hope the ladies like them because they were sure fun to make!

I love these little gift card holders. They are so simple and I'm sure will be my favorites for birthday and christmas gifts! I decided to do a little "Christmas in July" (ok almost July) for my next go at one of these holders. I choose to only color in small sections of the snowman to keep it simple and highlight the colors in the background paper.


CS: Real Red, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, DP- Provo Craft Holiday Slab V

Ink: Real Read, Certainly Celery

Stamps: Holiday Woodcuts

Accessories: Word Window Punch, 1 inch Circle punch, Buttons, Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pens

I finally inked up this stamp set, too! I got it back in March (free merchandise!) but hadn't really made any plans to use it. How sad I I finally just used it! I think they would be a lot of work if you are making a whole set (more than 25), but I think these would be great for small plates of cookies and candies at the holidays. Even for potlucks, or if you are hosting and want to share a great recipe with your guests! If you did about 5 or so in each category they would be fun for gifts and not too time consuming.


CS: Old Olive, More Mustard, Whisper White

Ink: Old Olive, More Mustard

Stamps: From the Kitchen of

Accessories: Round Tab Punch, stapler, Making Memories Harvest brads, Watercolored olive, Aqua Painters

Note: I used the Dotted Wheel to make lines on the back for additional recipe directions.

This card was inspired by one in the catalog. I like how simple and clean it came out, and it didn't take hardly any time to put together. The longest part was cutting out the butterfly.


CS: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Pale Plum

Ink: Certainly Celery, Pale Plum

Stamps: Priceless Set - butterfly, swirls, and flower

Accessories: Celery ribbon, half back pearls

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Cards For My Parents and More Birthday Cards!

Oh I suck at posting! Here are some cards I made recently! Enjoy!

First is my Father's Day card! This is a gift card holder. When I first saw these for some reason I was thinking they were a normal sized card...boy was I surprised when I put it together! They are gift card shape size, really what was I thinking?! I love how fast and easy this was! This was a Technique Challenge at SCS. There isn't a tutorial, but there are several links with directions. I'll post them here anyways.

Cut your paper 4 1/4" X 11", score 3" in from each end and also in the middle 5 1/2". Fold this so that you end up with a 'W' shape and then you will see where you need to put your adhesive and punch or cut your opening for the gift card pocket.

This is the outside! I used a faux wood technique to match the tool box from the "For Father" set. My dad used to do hardwood floors and they were always gorgeous! He even re-did the floors at Mount Vernon about 15 years ago! Working with his hands, building things, and anything to do with wood he loves! He now has his General Contractor's license and runs a pool enclosure business (they live in Florida) but I'm sure this will bring back fond memories!

Ok back to the card! For the faux wood technique I used Creamy Caramel cardstock as my base and streaked More Mustard, Close to Cocoa and Creamy Caramel ink pads down the cardstock. Then with just a ruler and a black Zig marker I made the wood planks and nail holes. Also, don't know if you can tell, but the edges are distressed on the main image. The tool box was colored in with SU water color pencils and blender pen.

And this is the inside, minus the gift card. Once you have sealed the ends together (a thin strip on the edge so the card will fit in) take the Word Window punch and make two windows, slightly overlapping. Then use a circle or oval punch right in the middle. Now your gift card can slide easily in and out. And the best part? You have the whole inside of this cute holder for your message! I think these will be a staple for me during the holiday season! Plus they are so simple to whip up!


Paper: Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White CS

Ink: Creamy Caramel, More Mustard, Close to Cocoa

Stamps: Tool box from For Father

Accessories: Scissors for distressing, Two black brads, Word Window Punch, Circle Punch, Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen

Then I have two birthday cards. I know, that's all I ever make anymore, but I have lots of birthdays this time of year!! They are pretty much the same cards. The first is for my best friends daughter who turns 1 on the 30th and the other is for my daughter who turned 9 last Saturday. I wanted to just make things simple and do the same card with a slight variation. I actually came up with this when I was at work one day so I grabbed a Post-It and just started sketching the card out and labeling parts with colors. I was surprised at how quickly it came together once I sat down to make it!


Paper: Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Lavendar Lace, Barely Banana CS

Ink: Pretty In Pink

Stamps: Small dot from Shapes & Shadows

Accessories: Pink Grograin Ribbon, Dots and Swirls Cuttlebug background, Crimper (on the cupcake), Pink Glitter, Doodle Charms Cricut cartridge for cupcake, George Cricut cartridge for number 1

The only variation is the placement of the numbers/cupcakes and on the number 9 I used the All Mixed Up Cricut cartridge.

And the last card is for my parents 27th Anniversary. I had been racking my brain for an anniversary card but wasn't coming up with anything. Then one night it came to me...rings! I was thinking of the best way to make this when I stumbled upon this card. Lol I had actually given up looking in the galleries on SCS! I had seen some beautiful images there, but nothing that really worked for me. So once I finally got my brain working it looks like someone else had already done it! I will just say GMTA!!! My parents wedding colors were baby blue and white so I stayed with those colors and just added the silver to go with the "rings". I am actually pretty happy with how this turned out after I struggled so long!


Paper: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Silver CS

Ink: Versamark

Stamps: Cherish from Warm Words, Circles from Riveting

Accessories: Silver embossing powder, heat gun, Swirls Cuttlebug background, Rhinestone brad and gemstones

Sunday, June 8, 2008

I'm a winner!

Work and life have been so busy lately that I haven't done a single crafty thing since Memorial Day weekend. *sigh* I still have to make my parent's anniversay card and a Father's day card, so I better hurry on that if I want to get them mailed out by Wednesday!!

So I have nothing crafty to show, but I did get my prize from the Simply Renee (Clip It Up) card contest! Here is the pic and the letter they sent me!!

You can see my blue card in the front next to the other winner's cards. And my faboo letter! I have no clue what I am going to do with my mini clip it up, I think I might actually put cards on it and then I can have inspiration at my fingertips!