Sunday, June 21, 2015

Christening Cards

My daughter needed a pair of Christening Cards for a 2.5 year old girl (Isla-Rose) and her 5 year old brother (Connor), both being christened this weekend. A quick search on Pinterest and Google leads me to believe that christenings typically take place when the child is still wearing baby booties, so I had to use my noggin. I decided the cards would be for the kids instead of the parents, and made interactive shaker cards that someone that age would enjoy.

I wanted these personalized so I colour-printed onto ink jet acetate the name and date. The cross stamp is a bargain bin stamp from Michaels that I clear embossed. The pennants were cut on my Silhouette Cameo.
While pretty much the same, I did try to coordinate the beads and sequins in each with the colour scheme.
The acetate seemed to create a shadow in the white card stock beneath so it was tough to get a good photo of these. The base is actually plain. Both have the date on there, too. I hope they liked them!



Happy Father's Day!

Here's a quick card. I had the watercolour paper leftover from another project. The stamps are Waltzingmouse and the clouds are Memory Box Dies. Tim Holtz Sizzix Embossing Folder for a background.
My daughter and her dad have automobiles in common. He washes them, changes the oil and checks the tire pressure; she drives them! Thought it was a good theme for today.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Graduation Card

Here's a graduation card using an old (c. 2003) stamp set from Stampin' Up! All the images were stamped in Kaleidocolor Blue Breeze and I sponged Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink around the edges. I stamped the stars and confetti in Versamark and heat embossed with Silver Tinsel embossing powder.

Recently Michael's locally started carrying the 110 pound Recollections cardstock that is so much better for card bases. I was avoiding these top fold cards before due to the flimsy 65 pound cardstock I usually use. Got packs in white and black so I am a happy camper. Thanks for looking!


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Coffee Lovers Summer Blog Hop


The Coffee Lovers Summer Blog Hop is underway right now. I love coffee, but I seem to be stamp-challenged on the subject. Thankfully this is an ecumenical blog hop - they'll take coffee, tea or cocoa themed entries!
They also need to be seasonally appropriate for SUMMER, so that really got me challenged. Then I remembered a pad of scrapbook paper from graphic 45, Botanical Tea, and it's summery feel. Voila! Just a little Copic marker work on the tea pot and stamped an Oxford Impressions tea-drinker vintage image and I am done.

Be sure to head over to the blog to see all the amazing entries. And if you're inspired, link up something new while you're at it. You have until June 12!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Manly, yes, but I like it, too!

Here are my cards for May's Waltzingmouse Stamps Pajama Party. The theme for the first two challenges was cards for men. Reminded me of the old Irish Spring soap commercial, where the woman says it's scent is "manly, yes, but I like it, too!"

First up, Man of the Moment - any occasion for any aged male. I told Claire man cards stump me, so she advised to put plaid on it. Good advice!



Second up, Surprise Him. This is a summer anniversary card. The heart is WMS, the fan is Tim Holtz and the sentiment was computer generated.




For Old Pajamas, here is my Mother's Day card for my mum, using the Camellia set.



See this tag?

That itty bitty bow was cut out on the Silhouette Cameo and measures 5/8ths of an inch wide!


I skipped the sketch challenge - ran out of time! Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Waltzingmouse PJ Party

It's the April Pajama Party on the Waltzingmouse Blog. Lots of fun ideas to get the mojo flowing. First up is a gift tag for a shower. Here's mine:
Next is a gift card challenge. I used my new Quietfire Design "Thanks" die and sentiment on the front along with WMS Old Country Roses and a ticking stripe that I stamped repeatedly to fill the background on this 9X4 inch card.

Inside of Thanks Card.


The third challenge was to use some nestie stamps - designed to go with Spellbinders dies. I chose a vintage circle as the focal point against matching WMS digital paper.

Lastly, the Bedtime Story Sketch was:

Here's my card:

I'll be making a lot of purple papercrafts in future as I just made 50 of these 2.5 inch square boxes for a bridal shower, and to get enough of that colour of purple I had to buy a number of multi-purple-hued packs of cardstock.
More purple in real life.

We are also making tissue paper balls for decor like these:

Hope you can join the PJ Party fun. Maybe I will get to visit your blog and leave a comment after I have got my beauty rest!





Monday, January 5, 2015

Celebrate like you mean it



I enjoyed the New Year's card with the bokeh background so much, I decided to make a few birthday cards with the same technique.

Each of these cards was made the same way - I dropped Distress Reinkers onto wet watercolour paper and let dry. Then I sponged on white pigment ink through a circle stencil I made on my Silhouette Cameo machine with a sheet of acetate.

I really like this sentiment from Waltzingmouse Stamps. Along the way I discovered something interesting.

Depending on the directon of the background wash, the circles end up looking like bubbles, or gauzy balloons, or...
if the background is streaked on the diagonal, they end up looking like planets in a galaxy.

The surface of the watercolour paper is soft and chalky feeling. I added a few white gel pen dots here and there to complete the designs. Each card is 4.25 X 5.5 inches. I am entering this post on the Seize the Birthday challenge blog. Thanks for stopping by!