Saturday, June 30, 2012

"Thinking of You" Card for Freshly Made Sketches, 41

     I featured one of my favorite color combinations--red, white, black--in this "thinking of you" card.  The flower is made from petals by Spare Parts (Hobby Lobby). I punched a smaller red flower and added a white one behind it.  I embossed the white sections with a Sizzix embossing folder, then added a red / white ribbon over the black section. The stamp is from Hampton Arts. After I had stamped and punched the sentiment with a window punch, I ran it through the same folder, matching it up with the background behind it. Small red gemstones on flowers in the embossed section and a larger white one for the center of the silk flower complete the card.

The card is my take on Sketch 41 from Freshly Made Sketches at I hope you enjoy it.

Another Long, Lean Gate-fold

This 4 1/4" x 9" gate-fold is like the birthday one in the latest video. I added one extra mat (the white one, 1/8" larger than the yellow), but the size dimensions and the other pieces are the same. It has the bright colors of summer and some small buttons to highlight its summery theme. Hope it makes you feel warm all over. If you tweek the tall envelope on the Plantin Schoolbook (8 1/4") using the Gypsy or Design Studio, you can get it to fit onto a 12" x 12" paper and make a nifty enclosure for your snazzy creation.

Gate-fold Birthday Card

A break from the A2 card. This one is a long and lean 4 1/4" x 9" gate-fold type.  It has three frame cutouts along the center and a couple of party hats to kick off its birthday theme. Hope you enjoy it and that it conjures up some creative ideas for a tall and skinny tri-fold in your near future.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Birthday Card Using Paper Piecing

While I was in stamping mode, I pulled out a favorite "oldie" and created this bright birthday card. The gift stamp works for weddings and Christmas as well and is easy to use as a pieced paper design. If you have stamps that have open spaces in them, paper piecing adds a new dimension to stamped images. Have fun with this idea.

Baby Animals Welcome Baby Card

I saw some so cute Stampabilites stamps just  recently and bought them because of the adorable elephant in the set. Here is the result. I added a giraffe and a bear, used colors that would work for either a boy or a girl, and created this welcome card. Hope you like it.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Another belated birthday card

I can't really understand why birthdays that I know are coming seem to sneak up on me then pass me by. But they do. If you don't have my problem, you certainly could change this very easily to make it an "on time" birthday card. Hope you enjoy it.

Pocket album, like the one from Mary at Cardztv

Thanks so much to Mary for her great ideas and videos. This album is my take on the one she did before Father's Day. I hope it inspires you to create your own.

Wedding Card with Window and Charm

Finally another video. Maybe I'm stuck in wedding mode, but this little wedding cake charm was calling out to be used. Creating a window by using the center point feature on Cricut worked well and was quite easy.  Hope you enjoy it.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Today's cards are two using the same photo, once in color and once in black and white. I used one from Printmaster, but you could use one of your own and make the card even more personal. These cards also combined a sketch, #39 from Freshly made Sketches, and ideas from the May issue of Cardmaker Magazine.  Have fun with photos. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Have a great day.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Father's Day card--just in time

I'm not early with this card, but at least it's not Saturday night! I love the combination of red, black, and white--and all their shades.  Hope this inspires you as you find just the right idea for your dad or other special man. Many thank to the folks at Freshly Made Sketches. Sketch # 10 was the one I used here.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

First-ever prize give away.

Summer is nearly officially here, and to celebrate the season, I'm giving away two sets of Life's Little Occasions dimensional stickers and a package of Scrapbook Adhesives 3-D Foam Squres. These product lines are two of my favorites. The camping and ice cream stickers are sure to fit in with your summer cards and page layouts. And who can ever have too many dimensionals? 

To enter to win, simply leave a comment stating your favorite paper craft and why it's your favorite.  Leave your comment by noon (EST) on Monday, June 11.  Later on Monday, I'll choose my favorite and declare a winner.  Anxious to hear what you have to say.

More pictures, #3--Father's Day card

Father's Day will be here before we know it. This card is for my dad.  I recently purcased the "Great Outdoors" Finshed in a Flash pack from Hot off the Press.  The papers and embellishments are very masculine. I know they're designed for scrapbooking, but they're perfect for cards, too. The card is a 5 x 7 from kraft paper. The envelope and the tag sticking out from it were included, but you could easily cut them from other paper. On coordinating blue paper in the pack, I wrote the sentiments and cut them out.  Placing them on dimensionals highlighted just a few of the things my dad has given me. Hope the card helps you with ideas to show your dad some love this Father's Day.

More pictures, #2--Masculine birthday card

It seems as though most of the men in my life have their birthdays and other big holidays in June and July. This card is for my brother who is turning 50.  I used the spider image from Cricut's Stretch Your Imagination cartridge. I think that the hat makes the spider look more like a guy. The image is cut in the blackout feature so that I could stamp the face (Peachy Keen Stamps) rather than have the cut out one. I added glossy accents to the eyes and an Action Wobble to the spider.  The inside sentiment is "Don't let it scare you!" I think it's both masculine and fun.

I'm entering it in the Freshly Made Sketches #38 contest. I turned the sketch upside down.

More pictures, #l--It's a girl thing.

It's June, and wedding season is full swing. So is the time for creating scrapbooks to save the special memories.This is a 12 x 12 layout for a wedding album.  It has all the necessities for the "big day"--the wedding colors, flowers, bling, glitter, lots of trims and embellishments, and a large mat for the bride's favorite photo. Everything except the purple glitter background paper (from Joann Fabrics) I purchased at Hobby Lobby.  Most of it is Paper Studio. The borders are from K and Company.  I'm entering it in the "It's a Girl Thing" contest at Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog   .  Hope you enjoy it.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Baby Boy Mini Album

Another reason to love Cricut's Elegant Edges--the Book Feature.  Using cardboard, cardstock, papers, and miscellaneous embellishments, you can create a purse-sized album like this one for a newborn boy.  Have fun coming up with great ideas