Mother Daugher Stamping

My mother and I got together to do a bit of stamping. We wanted some birthday cards, anniversary cards and get well soon cards. A tall order for one afternoon!

First – My Creations

I’ve seen a lot of large scalloped circle cards. Below you’ll see quite a few variations on that theme.

You’ll notice I have two very different styles here. The Get Well card (for my 98 year old grandmother) is a simple design. Solid papers and clean line images. I love the tone on tone of the greens. The birdcage card (a happy birthday card) is one of those “more is better” type cards. I distressed the edges of everything with Tim Holtz distress ink. Of course, bling finishes off both cards!

I’m sure you’re going to think I’m crazy. But I couldn’t resist creating a bright birthday card for a niece or nephew. This is definitely not my traditional style, but sometimes you want something that appeals to someone elses style.

Do young children have style other than a love for bright and colorful? I’m hoping not…cause the only thing going for this card is the color! =)

Believe it or not, I did color the image with Copics. This is a Stampin’ Up Stamp. Most likely it’s retired…but it’s a new stamp for me.

I was also playing around with my “simple” style. Here I used some shiney brown paper and added a simple horizontal line and flower.

I love how “white space” can really add strength to the focal point. Not sure if I successfully accomplished that here. But I thought it was fun.

I think this also may be the first time I’ve adde 3D flowers to my cards. I mail all my cards…so they have to be fairly flat.

My Mom’s Creations

Here’s a peek at what my mom created. She made her own version of the large scallop circle card. She opted for the more simple version…with lots of gems.

She created two other card following a layout she saw in an old issue of Paper Crafts Magazine. That’s a great way to get inspiration.

We had a nice time creating cards. I hope you enjoy creating some, too!

Homemade Get Well Card – Swirl Flower

Swirl Flower – Homemade Get Well Card

Homemade Get Well CardGet Well Soon Cards have been real stumpers for me. I’m going to blame it on the fact that I have almost no get well soon stamps! So that means most of my get well cards are flower! Which isn’t all bad when the card is going to a woman. It’s a bit more questionable when going to a guy.

I had created a little pink flower and embossed it with a Cuttlebug swirl die weeks and weeks ago. At the time I wasn’t inspired to make a card. But this past weekend, I was. And for some reason, I just had to create a get well card.

Homemade Get Well Card – Inside

Inside the Get Well Card

The flower is hinged and is embossed on both panels. So I trimmed a piece of white cardstock for the inside right panel to allow me to write a note.

Homemade Get Well Card – Back

Back of CardThe back of the card has a pink heart stamped in the center. Believe it or not…it took me quite a while to figure out that I wanted to do something simple!

The heart, flowers and the words “hand crafted” are all Stampin’ Up. The flower punch is QuicKutz. The mini hearts, the words “get well” and “thinking of you” are from My Sentiments Exactly. I can’t recall the company that sells the bird. Grrr…. I colored everything with copics. If you look closely, I used yellow chalk to add color to the edges of the white cardstock on the front and inside.

I hope this get well flower card cheers up my future recipient!

Homemade Cards with Neon Paper

Homemade Get Well and Thank You Card with Neon Papers

My good friend Vickie loves paper. She had a box of paper samples that she absolutely  adored. (You know, the kind that sales people leave behind at paper stores like Xpedx).  I say had, because she recently gave them to me! Wow, what an honor.

Vickie emailed me shortly after giving me the books of paper samples to discuss the neon paper. Just between you and me, I think she was a little worried that I wouldn’t cherish the bright colors as much as she did. She suggested I could make cards for teenagers with the bright colors. Sure, that’s definitely a possibility. We joked back and forth via email about the neon colors. That’s when I knew – I was going to make her a card with the neon brights.

Homemade Neon Thank You Card

I determined to make a card for my friend that used only papers from the sample books that she gave me and one of the requirements was to incorporate bright neon paper.

bright neon card with geckos

One of the paper stacks had this image of gecko’s to illustrate what printing would look like on it. I thought it too fun not to make a card out of. I created a thank you tag (Denami stamp) on bright neon green paper. I distressed the tag with Tim Holtz distress ink. I also used a special black cardstock for the front of the card that was the cover of one of the paper book. It has a beautiful embossed pattern on it – which is all but covered up.

neon stack also had shiney gecko on vellum

For the inside I added a shiney gecko that was on a piece of vellum in the paper book. I think he makes a cute addition here. The inside has neon green paper on the left (I needed to cover some glue marks from where I ripped the paper from the sample book) and bright yellow on the right.

When paired with the geckos and black cardstock, the neon almost looks natural, like they are colors you could use all the time on any card! And that’s what Vickie noticed, too.

Homemade Neon Get Well Card

One of the things my friend Vickie suggested in one of our emails was that I make a get well soon card for a friend of ours who’s having knee surgery. She suggested that the neon colors would make a nice bright and cheerful card. Not wanting to disappoint, I created a Get Well Soon card using neon bright paper.

Get Well Soon card incorporates neon paper!

Well, here it is. What do you think? Again, I think the neon’s look natural here on this brown paper. In fact, I think the bright neon paper makes the flowers look happy! I love happy! The flowers and punch are Stampin’ Up. The blue is embossed through my cuttlebug with distressed blue ink to highlight the embossing. The Get Well Soon stamp is stampabilities. The flowers are folded up to give depth and have little buttons in the center which have scrappers floss tied through them.

Inside I brought in some more embossed blue and scallop trim punched green.

So there you are. My neon paper experiment. A few years ago I think I would have stared at the neon paper and scratched my head in bewilderment. When in doubt, make flowers! =)

Get Well Flowers Card

Homemade Get Well Card of Flowers

My father-in-law had hip surgery and wouldn’t you know it, recovery from the hospital is worse than the actual surgery. He had some sort of pnemonia or something which bothered him worse than the surgery. So, I made him a card of flowers to let him know I was thinking of him.

Nothing says Get Well Soon like flowers.

Nothing says Get Well Soon like flowers.

I wanted to create a card using my Copics and Distress Inkpads since he send me some birthday money to purchase them. So, I stamped the flowers on the background paper and the foreground and colored them with copics and distressed the paper. I added dots to try to dress up the card frame and I added the dots to the “Get Well Soon” stamp as well.

It’s a pretty straight forward card. I did use puffy tape to layer the center piece and the words. I used more pastelish colors on the background so that it would be more faint. And I used more bold colors for the center piece flowers so they would stand out. I also distressed the background paper so that it wouldn’t be as vibrant…hoping it would cause the center piece to stand out more.

Stamps: Stampabilities D1075 Get Well Soon 03
Autumn Leaves Clear Stamps #2502 Flowers 0706

Plastic Grocery Bag Slider Card

Plastic Grocery Bag Slider Card

I am sooo in love with interactive homemade greeting cards these days. I’m not sure why. I love static cards, too. But there’s something fun about an interactive card. With my brother’s anniversary and his wife’s birthday falling on the same day, I decided to make them a double slider card. I saw this technique in a video a while back and knew it would be the perfect type card.

Earth tones since it's a card for my brother and his wife

Earth tones since it's a card for my brother and his wife

Nothing says happy anniversary and happy birthday like flowers. I thought the earth tones on this card would make a nice blend of masculine meets feminine. I stamped the flower with Momento black ink and colored it in with copic markers. I distressed the edge with Distress ink. Paper is scrap I had on hand from 10 years ago!

Greeting above and below!

Greeting above and below!

When my brother and his wife pull the slider on the top, a slider card will come out below at the same time. The upper card says happy birthday and the bottom slider says happy anniversary.

Now, imagine how excited I was to send them this card. I couldn’t wait to hear back from them. Well, come to find out, I didn’t put enough postage on the card…and they had to go to the post office and pay postage due just to get the card. I imagine they weren’t too thrilled with me for that mishap! =)

I needed some masculine birthday cards for my dad and a get well card for my father-in-law…so I recreated the cards for them. See my slight modifications below.

Card for my father-in-law

Card for my father-in-law

This card looks similar to the original, but I forgot to add faint sunflowers in the background. So I added my own little hash marks to dress it up.

Birthday Card for my dad

Birthday Card for my dad

This card I created for my dad’s birthday. I accidently cut the yellow too small, so I opted to make it smaller and more horizontal. I added my own hash marks again to dress it up.

Enjoy!

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