Friday, February 27, 2015

Butterfly greeting card

I took inspiration for this card from one on pinterest, but tweaked it a bit.  The base is Whisper White and a portion is cut out from a square nestabilities, then used a smaller one to cut the patterned paper.  The patterned paper is from SN@P 6x6 pad collection.  I punched out the butterflies from the discarded middles (2 from each square) and stacked them.  I ran them under the sewing machine, then fluffed up the upper butterfly.  Just a little adhesive and apply to the middle of the cut out area, then add a sentiment from SU Simply Wonderful set to the front of the card.  Easy peasy.  Thanks for looking!  April
with different patterns & sentiments

Saturday, February 21, 2015

And One to Grow On card

This card base is Pool Party with layers of silver glitter paper, Real Red, and Whisper White.  I stamped the base in Pool Party with the cake, then the Whisper White strip with the candle in Dove Grey Staz-On (its a little less juicy than the Smoky Slate ink pad, giving a cleaner image, and almost identical color).  Since this card is for my hubby's BFF for his 42nd "big day", I stamped 42 candles across the front.  Inside, I made a panel of Whisper White, stamping the sentiment in Jet Black Staz-On.  I added some color with a blender pen in Real Red and Smoky Slate.  I stamped the cake in Dove Grey and made sure to add one more candle "to grow on".
 Thanks for looking!  April
inside detail

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Blooming Thanks

This card has a base of kraft cardstock and layered with Project Life cards stamped with SU Quintessential Flower in Coastal Cabana and Pistachio Pudding.  I also used some Season of Style washi tape and the in-color decorative pieces in Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantalope and Pistachio Pudding.  I also stamped the sentiments in those colors from the Four You set.  Only one card is pictured here.  Thanks for looking!  April

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Love Swing Card

I found this adorable card on Pinterest and love the colors, but I don't have the stamps.  I wanted a super simple Valentine card, since the fold is fancy.  The colors are Pool Party, Real Red and Whisper White.  The pin will take you to Julie's page and she has a simple tutorial to show how to put the whole thing together.  I decided to tweak mine a bit by using the retired Extreme Elements splotch in stamped off Pool Party and a punched heart in red glitter paper.  The banner is from Becky Higgins Project Life dies and is stamped with a sentiment from Best of Greetings in Basic Grey.  Once everything was cut, it went together pretty quick and I thought turned out pretty nice.  Sorry for the awful pics - I had sun coming in the craft room window and have a lot of shadows in the pics.  Thanks for looking!  April

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Clean & Simple Sympathy

It is so sad how many sympathy cards I have needed in the past year.  I hate trying to think of something on the fly too so I decided to try to make a stack to have set aside.  It is always a challenge to not be overwhelming with decorations or too cheerful looking.  I decided to pull out the kraft cards and stick with neutral colors.  I stamped the leaves from SU's Day of Gratitude and sentiment from SU's Best of Greetings in Early Espresso ink.  I punched the butterfly in Early Espresso core stock, curling the wings around a stylus for some dimension, and added a couple of different size pearls.  Inside, I stamped the sentiment from Petite Pairs in Early Espresso.  Thanks for looking!  April

Friday, February 6, 2015

December My Paper Pumpkin rewind

So I wanted to make some more cards from the awesome December My Paper Pumpkin kit.  I grabbed some of the blank pre-scored card from Hobby Lobby and started stamping.  These are a serious no brainer and great to keep in my stash for a fast teacher or friend gift.  The base stamp is the multiple greeting inked in Smoky Slate.  The upper layer sentiment is stamped in Real Red, Bermuda Bay and Rich Razzleberry (not pictured).  I used copic markers to color the bling to match the Stampin Up inks.  It took me less than 30 minutes to put together 25 cards.  I had to wait for the copic to set up a bit since I did not think of coloring them first.  Thanks for looking!  April

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Owl Love You Forever

So this card is for my wonderful brother and sister in law.  I have seen a few of these before but couldn't resist the adorable punch art owls.  I made this as an easel card and the base is Early Espresso with layers of Bo Bunny Back to Basic polka dots and kraft.  I used a woodgrain embossing folder to stamp the grain in Early Espresso before layering the kraft and polka dot papers and removing the middle with a nestabilities circle.  The owls are made with a 1 3/4" circle, then using the same punch to remove a little notch at the top and make a belly for each in a lighter color.  I also embossed the bellies with the Swiss Dots from Cuttlebug.  The colors used here are Night of Navy, Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler, and Pink Pirouette.  The eyes are a 1/2" circle punch with Whisper White and a 1/4" punch with Basic Black for the pupils.  I punched the nose from a heart border punch.  The sentiment is from Best of Greetings, stamped in Versamark and embossed in silver metallic.  Thanks for looking!  April

Sunday, February 1, 2015

October My Paper Pumpkin trees

These Christmas gifts are made from the October 2014 My Paper Pumpkin Thanksgiving pie kit.  I used electric tea lights and stamped vellum to create these little tree gifts.  I marked a 1/2" line in from the embossed lines of the box, then cut a triangle from each large side.  I used Endless Wishes in Whisper White.  The banner is stamped in Very Vanilla with Cherry Cobbler.  I added some gemstones to the snowflakes within the tree for some extra sparkle.  I used left over stars from the Wish Big kit.  I made a stem by making a 1 inch square box from Early Espresso.  Before sealing the pie box, I punched a circle big enough to reach inside and turn on the tea light.  Thanks for looking!  April