Saturday 31 March 2012

Cute Bunny Easter Card

I have had this sweet bunny image (Daisy Kingdom) for years, and this is the first time I've coloured it with Copic markers. Ahhhhh, colouring  ... so relaxing, and - well - fun!

This is an A2 card, the blue patterned paper is by K&Co and Bazzill makes the creamy yellow card stock.  I used a Nestability die to cut the fancy label out of white card stock, then sponged blue and green inks on it.  The dots were stamped on with my trusty 'Stamps By Judith' dot stamp.

After stamping and colouring the bunny, I fussy cut her out and popped her up on the label.

Ribbon (Canyon Clay) is by PTI, and I embossed the yellow panel with the Swiss Dots (Cuttlebug) embossing folder before attaching everything to the front of the white card base.

This card qualifies for the challenge at Cute Card Thursday, which is to make an Easter themed cute card. 

Since I'm definitely in a CUTE card making mode these days, the challenge was no problem.

Thanks for stopping by today - enjoy your weekend!

Friday 30 March 2012

Another Princess Card

In keeping with the Princess theme, this is the card that we made for Shae's 4th birthday.

I used a Sizzix die to cut the A2 shaped card out of pink 2 sided paper. The pennants were hand trimmed from a coordinating piece of patterned paper, the white textured label is from a Sizzix die, and the crown was leftover from the glittered chipboard stickers  I used on yesterday's card.

A princess card has to have BLING, so I added lots of adhesive gems.

The castles panel was from a third piece of patterned paper, trimmed to fit inside the card and the word stamp is by Gina K.  I made a third card for Shae, for my parents to give her. But I didn't take a picture of it!!!  It was a VERY glittery pony, done in pink and white and mauve, and lots of foam tape.

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Thursday 29 March 2012

Sparkly Princess Card

My cousin (Shae's Grandma) asked for a special, sparkly, princess birthday card for Shae's 4th birthday. I was happy to oblige. 

This is a large card, it's 6" square and I used one of my (wonderful) 6.5" square envelopes, which left me room for the embellishments on the card.

I found these glittered chipboard stickers at our dollar store and knew they would be perfect for this card for Shae.

While the background doesn't show up well on the photos, I used torn scrap paper, ink and sponges to create hills and stamped (Posh) clouds.

I then did a simple pop up base for the sparkly castle to rest on, sponged some hills in behind it and added cloud die cuts and some die cut scallops.

I was able to add the bulky embellishments since the card was being hand delivered.

A fun card for a special little girl. I would have loved to have seen her face when she opened it at her birthday party.

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Wednesday 28 March 2012

Bird & Branches Card

I found this die at the Mesa Rubber Stamp Show,  and this is my first time using it. But it won't be the last -- it is such a nice cut!

I cut it out of Kraft card stock, and the negative piece looked so interesting I used it to make Sue's April 1st card.  This was supposed to be the 'test cut' but I liked the pieces so much I wanted to use them immediately. I dug through my stash and found this die cut card in colours that worked with the kraft die cut so put together a feminine card for my stash.

I glued the kraft die cut onto a Nestability label, cut from white card stock and the edges inked with blue ink. I popped it up onto the patterned card front (K&Co) with foam tape.

I added a white card stock panel matted with kraft, to the inside of the patterned card -- and will write the words inside when it is time to use the card.

When I was done, I set about cutting several more of these bird & branches to use on Easter cards.  Fun!

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Tuesday 27 March 2012

Tiny Miracle

Our holiday was coming to an end when we noticed something AMAZING in the little palm tree outside the front door of the house we were renting.

It was something I never thought I'd be lucky enough to see ...

Yes, that is a hummingbird, sitting on her NEST.  There were two eggs in the nest, unfortunately we wouldn't be able to stay long enough to see what happened with them. I'm happy to have noticed the nest in the first place - what a little miracle!

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Monday 26 March 2012

'Prickles' Birthday Card

Yay - I finally got to play with one of my new stamps ... meet 'Prickles'.  I just could not resist him when I was at the 'Stamps By Judith' booth at the Mesa Rubber Stamp Show.  Almost every stamp I bought can be classified as CUTE.  (Sorry Tim Holtz style lovers).

This card (loosely) qualifies for 'The Great Outdoors" challenge at the Cards For Men Challenge Blog. 'Cause Prickles is sitting outside holding his balloons.  ;-)

This is one of those cards that I think looked better in my head, but I'm happy enough with it. There is certainly a learning curve to colouring line images that I have to re-learn.  I used pencils and mineral spirits to colour Prickles for my first attempt.

I punched the balloons out of coordinating patterned paper (Prima), and tied narrow twine around the bottom of each of them. I poked holes around Prickles' paws so the twine could go underneath them. 

A little glitter glue in spots, some Crystal Effects on his nose - and I have another masculine birthday card for my stash.

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Sunday 25 March 2012

Easter Sketch Card

There is a new sketch at the Clean And Simple Stamping Blog:

I was just ITCHING to play in my studio, so even though this sketch wasn't really 'speaking to me' I went ahead and made a card. I should have known better - circles are just not my thing.

I made an A2 sized card base from Pear Pizzazz (SU), and cut a white card stock circle with a Nestability die. That was stamped with clouds (Posh) and lightly inked at the edge with blue ink.

The sweet wreath is a Memory Box die, cut out of kraft card stock and I attached it to the circle with a (Tim's) Tiny Attacher.

The bird die is also from Memory Box - and it was cut out of Baja Breeze (SU), inked and then stamped with dots in blue and green ink.  Stamps By Judith makes the dot stamp - it's one I have had for years and years and I still love and use it often.

I used a MFT die to cut the long oval, and the word stamp is from Impress.  It still needed something, so I added gems with my iRock tool.

 Here is a peek at the inside - I stamped the same cloud around the edge of the white panel before attaching it inside, and will add the Easter or Spring verse when it comes time to send the card.

So while this isn't a card I'm overly happy with ... it's done and I really REALLY enjoyed getting back into my studio.

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Saturday 24 March 2012

Anniversary Sketch Card

Even though hubby is wanting to get going, I managed to get a little time in the studio this morning. I got a CAS card finished and even got the photo taken, but the washer taps started to leak and now we are a little delayed in leaving to check on our cabin.

Until I post the new card, here is one I made using an older sketch (FTL141) from the Clean And Simple Stamping Blog. It's another wonderful sketch and I have made several different cards using it!

This is a larger card, 5 x 6.5" - and while the card base is plain white, the additional papers have a lovely pearlized shimmer.  The paper flowers (Prima) were attached with a gold heart brad, and I wrapped the green panel with gold wire  and ribbon for a little more glitz.

I said I would get things packed up while he was off to the hardware store, so I'd better get off the computer here and get going!

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Thursday 22 March 2012

Butterfly Sketch Cards

I'm still sharing older card pictures from my file - no point in letting them just sit there, especially when I haven't had a chance to play and make anything new!

These are based on a sketch -FTL142- from the Clean And Simple Stamping Blog (see my Blogroll at right). Such a fun and versatile sketch!

Plus, anytime I can add a BUTTERFLY, I'm happy.  :-)))

I have all those new stamps and toys from the Mesa Rubber Stamp Show I got to attend while we were in Arizona, and I'm really itching to get some playtime. Maybe tomorrow ...

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Wednesday 21 March 2012

Lap Afghan for a Special Someone

We  Are  Home.


After a wonderful month long holiday in Arizona, we've been on the road for 3 days for our return trip. I had intended on scheduling some blog posts, but we had friends drop in on Saturday so instead of packing we sat outside by the pool and visited. With a cold drink. Or two.  (It was a really fun holiday!)

We had to be out of our (rented) house by 11am Sunday so there just wasn't time to get any posts done before we left, and I only had internet for the overnight hours in the Best Western Hotel's we stayed at.  (Note - they were pet friendly, as we had our 3 dogs with us on this trip. It was so nice not to have to worry about where we would sleep at night because of the dogs!)

Today's share for my 'Warm & Wooly Wednesday', is the start of the lap afghan I'm making for my Dad for his birthday. My parents gave me the loom for Christmas - it's an 'Infinity Loom'. It will make a panel up to 5 feet wide - the pegs are set in a spiral so the loom doesn't end up being 5 feet long. Brilliant!

The knit piece flows through the center valley, between the peg rows and out the bottom - this is a picture of the underside:

I worked on it for the first two weeks we were in Arizona, but after that we had visitors pretty much non-stop and the pattern requires concentration and counting.

 I will get back at it now that we are home.  Well, after unpacking and laundry and groceries and paperwork etc etc. It's back to Real Life for us now!

Oh, but it was a wonderful relaxing holiday. We've never done anything like that before. In fact we've never been away for even two weeks before! We loved it, ... but it sure is good to be home again.

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Saturday 17 March 2012

St. Patrick's Day Card 2012

I have an Irish pen-pal in the US, and every year I send her a St. Patrick's Day card. I mean - how could I not? !

 The word stamp I've had for years. I used some sparkly shamrock stickers and a sketch from the Clean And Simple Stamping Blog for this A2 card. And a little foam tape.  :-)

However you spend your day today - Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday 14 March 2012

Something Wonderful Card

I used my PTI  Layered Daisy die again for this card. I just love that die, with all it's layers. The background paper is by Prima and it matches the PTI rose card stock perfectly.

The label was die cut with a MFT die (I'm pretty sure) and stamped with a Gina K word stamp. The row of dots (?) is one I usually use for butterfly trails, but it does make a nice little border too.

I cut the flower from patterned paper (same stack as the mat) and also the rose card stock, then slightly off-set the layers. I love how the die was designed with cutouts in the centers of some of the layers to reduce bulk.

Here is a peek at the inside - I added a tiny strip of patterned paper at the top edge of the white panel, and a couple of the leftover flower layers. The button on this one? It's also a PTI die.  :-)))
It's the first time I've used it and I am so impressed that it also cuts out the little holes. I bought the SU button embosslet and was very disappointed that it cut and embossed the buttons - but not the button holes.

So this is another pretty card for my stash - I will keep it on hand for when I need to send off a 'pick-me-up' card.

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Tuesday 13 March 2012

New House Cards

Last month, BOTH our daughter/new hubby, and our son/girlfriend bought houses and moved in. I sent each of them a card to celebrate.

The card in the foreground was made using a Stampin Up roller stamp. I sometimes need to make house themed cards for a realtor friend, so that is why I purchased that particular roller. 

I rolled the background several times on a white card stock panel and again on a scrap. The scrap piece was cut out into a square, light colour added with a water brush and chalks, then it was matted on a caramel torn edge panel.

A strip of glitter house paper with layers of green card stock and orange glitter paper, and a word stamp (Gina K) stamped with orange ink. I LOVE this paper and colour combo.

We wrote our good wishes inside and sent the cards off to the happy couples.

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Monday 12 March 2012

Happy Birthday Tree Card

Hello and welcome to another Masculine Card Monday. This is the card I made for our SIL's birthday. I had found a package of these puffy felt tree stickers and of course I had to buy a package. They work so well for masculine cards!

I also used the Rolodex die I found on the SU clearance rack awhile ago. I have fun with that die for sure.

I popped it up with foam tape, after stamping it with the two (Verve) stamps.  This A2 card features a green card base and was lined with white card stock for stability. The green patterned paper was also popped up as we were hand delivering the card.

There were a couple of other tree stickers in the package and I used them for a couple of cards that I will share those another day.

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Saturday 10 March 2012

'Just Because' Card

'I love this flower die from Papertrey Ink. Love it. I've had it awhile, but this is the first card I've used it on - and it completely lived up to my expectation.

I don't have my notes handy, but I believe the words are by Gina K (or Verve, or possibly MFT or PTI) but I'm pretty sure the label die is by MFT. Word window punch is by Stampin' Up, and the fabric brad is by K&Co. Papers from my stash.

The pretty orange cardstock is 'Canyon Clay' by PTI - another new favourite of mine.

It's taken me forever to get this posted today. We had to take people to the airport and have had some drop in company. But I'm finally ready to hit 'publish' now!

Thanks for stopping by today - have a great weekend!

Thursday 8 March 2012

Anniversary Card

I used some metallic paper from a Christmas paper stack to make this 5.5" square card. The bling stickers were from Michaels,  and the label is a Cricut cut. I often cut a 12x12" sheet of various labels to have on hand, so I don't know which cartridge this one comes from.

I think it might need a heart or something in the center of the two glasses, I'm still thinking about adding it. At any rate, it's just a quick and easy card to add to my stash ...
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