Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Blueprints for Masculine Cards

One of the things I like to do is create a welcome card when I hire new staff. As you can see from the date above, I did this card back in March, but am just getting around to sharing it now. This card was for a guy - and so Tim Holtz's blueprint stamps worked well. I used a Waltzingmouse Stamps date stamp for under the clear embellishment.

I thought the corresponding "Admit One" ticket stamp would work well inside, so here's a peek at the inside, too.

Here is a variation on the theme:

I seem to gravitate to these blueprint stamps for male cards. Here is a birthday card where I paired the images with a new sentiment stamp from Waltzingmouse Stamps:

Thanks for peeking in today!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Bird Crazy Brain Teaser

Can you see what's wrong with this card? I created a lovely watercolour background using Distress Inks and cut the clouds and tree branch from Memory Box dies. The Bird Crazy stamp was coloured with Copic markers and I fussy cut him out. I used a Dymo label maker and outlined the sentiment with a black Sharpie.

Still can't see the obvious error? I think the background is upside down! I think the blue should have been at the top (where the clouds are). Oh well, it was a funny little card for someone who is going through a lot of health challenges right now and so it hopefully made him smile and encouraged him, despite the faux pas!

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!