Spring Thank You Card

Spring Thank You Card – Tree in Bloom

More and more cards are popping up theses days of landscape scenes. I didn’t set out to create one, but that’s what I ended up with! I think it turned out really cute. My husband…not so into the cute factor. To his defense, he didn’t see the card with the gems on it….maybe he’ll think it’s cute, now.

I used a myriad of stamp sets and product to create this card. The tree, flower and bird are from Stampin’ Up. Not sure how old they are because I borrowed these from my sister. The background is stamped with some words near the top right. That is a Stampin’ Up stamp as well. The scallop circle in the background on the bottom left is new from Hero Arts. The thank you on the bottom is Stampendous.

The brown and pink inks are Stampin’ Up. All others such as yellow, green, blue and red are Tim Holtz Distress Ink. These I used to distress edges and to stamp the background images.

The cloud shapes were created from Papertrey Ink dies. Well, the dies aren’t available right now, so these clouds are inspired from that. The grass is from a Creative Memories cutting plate.

Paper, ribbon and gems are from my stash.

I adore the contrast of the blue gems with the pink flowers. That is something I would not normally do. I’m a big fan of tone on tone…but love the contrast this brings. To be honest, my husband struggled with the blue of the clouds. Now I wonder if he would like them better seeing the blue gems.


Birthday Card for Grandma

Birthday Card for Grandma – the Big 95!

My grandmother is turning 95 in a couple of weeks. My mom and sister came over to make cards for her. She has lost most of her eyesight…so not sure how much of the detail she will be able to see with her magnifying machine. We enjoyed making cards for her. I’ve posted them all here for you to see. It’s amazing how diverse our cards are!

I opted for a sunflower theme. I made a giant sized card. This is 8.5 x 5.5. I made a custom envelope for her card, as well. I colored in the large sunflower stamp with copics. I opted not to blend…but to leave the three different shades of yellow be more chunky looking. The Happy Birthday greeting is a stamp from My Sentiments Exactly. The Swirl Die is from Sizzix. The 95 are QuicKutz letters. Not sure who makes the paper.

Here you can see a close up of some of the details of the card. I added gems and used a bit of puffy tape (dimensionals) to give the sunflower some depth.

Inside I left a very large open space so I can write a large handwritten note.

I also brought a few pieces of paper from the front of the card to the inside. I just adore this wood fence paper. I think I originally bought it for a masculine card…so it’s kind of funny to me that I used it on a card for my grandmother! I think the sunflowers help off set the masculine feel of the wood.

Maybe I thought the weathered wood would be appropriate for someone turning 95. The wood illustrates the passage of time. What do you think? Good touch or no?

One thing I failed to add to the card is ribbon. Hmm…does it need that little extra touch of fabric to take it to the next level? Too bad I already sealed the envelope!

Birthday Card for Grandma – My Mom’s Card

My mom selected a beautiful green paper with pink flowers for her card. She said the paper just seemed appropriate for someone older. Regardless of age, I agree it is beautiful.

We hand made the flower. It is four scallop circle punches folded in quarters with the centers all being covered up with the button.

Inside my mom’s birthday card to her mother-in-law she stamped a birthday greeting. Same stamp I used, which is from My Sentiments Exactly. She also used a very old stamp from an old stampin’ up set. I am shocked and pleasantly surprised to see this stamped dusted off and put to good use. I’m thrilled that it coordinates so well! Who knew! =)

No coloring of the stamp, though. I think my mom was afraid she might not stay in the lines or something. Or maybe she likes the look of the black ink on the pale blue paper. It does look nice just as it is.

Birthday Card for Grandma – Deborah’s Card

My twin sister was the first to complete her project. That said, she did spend a good chunk of time on it.

The leafs and butterfly part of the card is cute enough to be an ATC. But, we aren’t into making those. This one was specifically created for this birthday greeting. I love all the distressing that she did with various Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

Inside, Deborah put as much thought and care into distressing and stamping. The green flowers that offset the red are a nice touch. I’m going to have to try to remember that technique for a future card.

When it was all said and done, we made a fine mess of the dining room table…and had a nice time being creative.

Thanks for looking.

Homemade Recipe Card

Homemade Recipe Card – For Bridal Shower

Upon being asked to write a recipe on a single piece of plain yellow cardstock for inclusion in my soon-to-be niece’s bridal shower cookbook, I couldn’t resist throwing caution to the wind and creating my own, more elaborate recipe card. I suppose most people will write one recipe on one side of the little yellow card and call it good. But I had a vision of creating an interactive card in the colors of the wedding…and incorporating the bridal shower invitation, to boot.

The cover utilizes stamps from Stampin’ Up.  I colored them in with copic markers. The wedding colors are brown and leaf green. I used a piece of light green columns vellum for interest behind the chef. I got the green vellum from a paper sample book from my good friend Vickie (thank you!).

A little pull tab helps keep the card closed. There are a few layers inside the card that hindered it from laying flat when closed. So I created a pull tab mechanism to keep the card nice and tidy.

Bon Appetit is stamped in black and the edges are distressed with Tim Holtz Distress Ink. The brads are from Creative Impressions.

Homemade Recipe Card – The Inside

For the inside, I attached recipes on both the left and right panels. I added little green flaps that open outward. The green flaps are of a stick figure couple. These are trimmed from the bridal shower invitation.

You can see the pull tab on the very far right. When pulled, it slides to the right and allows the card to open.

On first glance it appears that I am only providing two recipe’s for the bride-to-be. But I really wanted to give her some of my favorites and oft requested recipe’s. So, in addition to Beanless Chili and Spaghetti Sauce, I have included a couple of desserts.

As this picture shows, I have additional recipe’s below the top card. I couldn’t resist sending her a couple of dessert recipe’s with main dish recipe’s.

Once you open the little green tabs that have the stick figures, you can see the photo I added of the corresponding desserts. The left tab has Chocolate Covered Grahams. The right tab has White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies.

The top recipe is simply attached with a piece of leaf green cardstock behind the bottom recipe. The piece of green cardstock acts as a hinge.

Homemade Recipe Card – The Back

To finish off the card, I  added another portion of the bridal shower invitation. This is adhered with puffy tape (dimensionals) so that I could hide the slider mechanism. That, and it’s a fun way to decorate the back of the card.

The slider is created with puffy tape which creates a track for the slider and also a stop mechanism so that the slider doesn’t come off the card.

I stamped a couple little Stampin’ Up stamps on it and signed the card. I may need to insert a little card to write a note to the bride-to-be because I won’t be able to attend the bridal shower since it’s out of state.

The host is creating  little recipe book. I’m not sure how this will work with that. But hopefully they can make it work!

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!

Baby Pooh & Friends Card

Baby Pooh & Friends Baby Shower Card

There’s something special about homemade baby cards for baby showers. The card gets passed around, people ohh and ahh over it. It makes the effort totally worth it.

Baby Shower Card Cover

My nephew and wife are having a baby soon. Several family members went together on a Pooh print all-in-one car seat/stroller for the baby shower gift. I created a card using the wrapping paper pooh and friends.

As you can see, I simply cut out Winnie the Pooh from the wrapping paper. I adhered him to a piece of shiney teal/blue paper. Then attached that to a lilac piece of cardstock.

I went gender neutral on the card because we do not know if they are having a boy or a girl.

Card untied and slightly openWhen the ribbon is untied and the card is slighly open, you can see that I created a mini book. There are four panels to the card.

I was originally going to make a separate panel for each couple that contributed toward the gift….but couldn’t figure out how to make size pannels using one piece of 12×12 strip. So I settled for the four pannels.

If you look closely, I notched out a half circle on the right most panel to allow the ribbon to attach to the cover.

Bible VerseI wanted to let the new mother know that children are a blessing. So I printed out a Bible verse. Psalm 127:3 says, “Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him.”

 I framed that with the same teal blue paper from the front. The little butterfly on the verse is from the pooh and friends wrapping paper. The circle on the cover and the inside right panel is a QuicKutz die.

All four panels

Instead of having one panel for each family that contributed to the gift, I simply printed them out. The center two panels each list three families that contributed to the gift. Again, all the images are from the wrapping paper.

This is the first time I’ve used wrapping paper as my main focal point. I think it turned out cute. Maybe I should be scoping out the wrapping paper aisle more frequently!

Copic Winner

Copic Winner

A little over a month ago I posted a little blog candy for some copic markers and a 3D cowboy boot. The boot is a template from Ellen Hutson. I used the template to make both a 3D boot and some  cards. You can see more in the original blog candy post.

I would like to thank everyone for participating in the blog candy. Thanks, too, for looking at the $1.3 Million Dollar House. As you can see in the graphic, the winner is #5.

Milton said,

I like the cowboy boot card. That’s a good one for guys. I would love to win the markers. My family enjoys doing crafts.

Congratulations, Milton! Please email me your mailing address and I’ll send you the markers, boot and cards!

Homemade Wedding Invitation Elegant Purple

Homemade Wedding Invitation That’s Purple and Elegant

Here we go again, another bride and groom inspired card. This time for my nephew’s wife’s sister. Say that fast 10 times! Nici loved my simple, gate fold bride and groom card and asked my sister and I to make her wedding invitations. I couldn’t pass up this opportunity. A special thank you to my mom for helping us make the 40 invitations.

Elegant Purple Wedding InvitationAs you can see here, Nici’s wedding colors are a light shade of purple. She called it Wisteria. We had few options at the store, so we opted to accent the lilac with a deeper purple.

The white crack in the middle of the card is the gate fold, meaning the card opens in the middle just under the dress. That feature alone, took a lot of time. There are two sets of layered cardstock (left and right). Black on lilac on purple all adhered to the black cardstock.

We also opted to add a few extra features. The tux shirt is all free handed. The bow tie and lapels are cut by hand. The buttons are from a small hole punch. The tux shirt is white glitter paper cut from a template. (Video and template available from this Wedding Card Post).

If that wasn’t enough, we went the extra mile on the dress. It is stamped and embossed using “bridal” embossing powder. Then, we stamped another dress and cut out the bottom part of the dress then trimmed and layered that on top of the original dress. We used single sided tape at the waist and puffy tape at the base of the layer to give it dimension.

Homemade Wedding Invitation Interior

We went very traditional for the inside. We printed the invite on plain white paper and frame that on the right and left with the lilac.

The invite pictured here was the small invitation. We actually had wider margins on the finished piece.

Homemade Wedding Invitation Save the Date Card

Two Options for Save the Date CardsThe wedding guests RSVP’d via the internet, so we only needed a Save the Date card inside. We provided two options to Nici, she chose the Daisy theme, because it is the flower she is using in her wedding.

The flower is a QuicKutz die. I love the pop of color and the contrast of the purple against the black. The other card is more simple and straight forward. An option I put together for the fiance who indicated that he would like to see something simple.

Close Up of Daisy Save the DateAs you can see, we also incorporated the thin purple ribbon from the dress into the Save the Date card. We used a thin double sided tape to adhere it.

Again, the text is printed on plain white paper and adhered to a piece of black cardstock.

Homemade Wedding Invitation Supply List

  • Matte and Shiney Black cardstock
  • Lilac and Purple Cardstock (DCWV)
  • White cardstock and copy paper
  • Sparkle White cardstock (DCWV)
  • 1/8″ lilac ribbon
  • Dress Stamp (My Sentiments Exactly)
  • Daisy Die Cut (QuicKutz)
  • gems
  • printed invitations
  • double sided tape
  • puffy tape