22 October 2007

Big Baby

I am soooooo overdue on my cousin's baby gift. Here's the 6x6 card I made to go with it. It was supposed to be a "quick" card, but the Crystal Effects slows things down with drying time. But it's so cute on the pacifiers, I just had to use it. And AFTER I made the card, I found a perfect baby footprint stamp by PSE that I could have used for the "i" in Big. Next time!

Stamp Sets: Think Big (retired), Little Layers Plus (ret), Twinkle wheel (ret)
Ink: Pretty in Pink
CS: White, Pretty in Pink
Other: Crystal Effects on pacifier nipples, 1 1/4" circle punch, paper snips, pop up glue dots, rhinstone for dotted "i"

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21 October 2007

Happy Jacks Treat

I made over 50 of these for my kids' classes, so it had to be easy! Crimped the bottoms, filled with candy corn, stapled yarn tags to top. Stamped "From, xxx" with Karen Foster snap stamps - quick!

Stamps: Happy Jacks Wheel, Too Terrific Tags, Karen Foster snap stamps (mini casual font)
Ink: Only Orange, Basic Black
CS: heavy copy paper, orange, white
Other: large & small tag punches, 1/8" circle punch, black eyelash yarn, paper crimper

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20 October 2007

Merry Cards

Completely inspired by this card:

Totally do NOT like how these pics turned out - yuck on the colors/detail, but we just bought a NEW camera after these were taken, woo!

Stamp Set: Merry
Ink: Certainly Celery, Almost Amethyst
CS: white, celery, amethyst
other: celery grosgrain ribbon, ticket corner punch, glitter glue on mittens, stampamajig

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11 October 2007

Oldie but Goodie Halloween Card

This was CASEd from an old OnStage several years ago, and my stamp clubs made them in '04 I think. Anyway, I still have the last one that you can never bear to give away. It always makes me smile.

The 'ghost' was made by stamping the boy on a plain piece of paper and tracing in pencil where a ghost sheet would land on him. Then I just cut the ghost outline out, punched holes where his eyes were with a 1/8" punch, and used it as a template for the actual cardstock ghost: just trace & punch.

If you look closely, you can see we used a craft knife to cut around his hand, and 'tucked' the handles of his trick or treat bag underneath, so he's really holding it.

Stamps: Crayon Kids (retired), Brushstroke Alpha (retired), Tag Time
Ink: Black, Pumpkin Pie
CS: White, Kraft, Pumpkin
Other: 1/8" circle punch, hemp, mini glue dots (for the hemp to the pumpkin square)

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06 October 2007

Moss Baroque Motifs

I was inspired by a card posted on SCS by chitcha here and used her idea to make some Mellow Moss Thank You/Thinking of You cards to replenish my stash.

The background was created on one 8.5 x 11 sheet and then trimmed for 4 card fronts. I stamped the small flower in moss and then the large swirl in versamark and embossed it in white. Same for the greeting layer. The tiny strips that I trimmed off the large sheet, I placed on the inside bottom of each card for a bit of continuity (plus I hated to waste any of that work!)

I also stamped the envelopes. I love to use paper envelopes for that reason. I have the clear envelopes and use them, but mostly love white, vanilla, or kraft envelopes with my cards so I can stamp them to match.

Stamp Sets: Baroque Motifs, Sincere Salutations
Ink: Mellow Moss, Versamark
CS: White, Moss
Other: White EP, non-SU green organdy


Where I've Been

Sorry, internet! Stamping completely went out this window this summer. I lost my mom to a sudden, unexpected illness in July and the world came to a screeching halt as you can imagine.

I was very glad to have a large stash of Thank You cards, as I used every bit of them for the hospital staff, pastor, funeral director, family, friends, etc. Well over 30 I think.

I'm just now stamping again to re-up my stash of cards, and it's ever so therapeutic. I had forgotten just how accurate it was for me to call it my 'Art Therapy'.

Will upload my latest in a minute!