Thursday, March 30, 2017

Flowery Birthday Card

In my family, my husband refers to October, November and December as birthday season.  We have quite a few of the family birthdays in a short 8 week period right around the holidays.  Brandy has a birthday season of her own, but it occurs around March and so she's been on a roll lately.  I get the pleasure of sharing this lovely with you today.

The flowers were stamped in Copic friendly ink onto white cardstock using WPlus9's Doodle Buds stamp set.  Brandy colored the flowers and leaves with her Copic markers and used some foam tape to raise the flowers making them 3D.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set.  Such a bright a beautiful card - its a great choice for a spring birthday card, don't you think?

Since she's on a roll, I'll have more Brandy creations to share with you just as soon as I edit the photos and get them posted.  Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, I'm linking this card up to the following challenges:

City Crafter Challenge Blog Week 355 - In Bloom

The new-to-me Try it on Tuesday challenge: Botanical

Monday, March 27, 2017

A New Home

I'm back today to share a change of address notification card that I made for my grandmother.  They recently moved from Colorado to Arizona and now live 12 miles from me.  Yay!  I couldn't resist the urge to combine stamps from my Papertrey Ink Winter Village stamp set with my Art Impressions Foliage stamp set to create this lovely scene.  The inks used are also Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate, Simply Chartreuse, Soft Granite, Sweet Blush and Lovely Lady inks.

I printed the text out at FedEx again with their white, matte cardstock.  This makes it easy to handle and stamp over.  I die cut the image out with my WPlus9 Sunshine Layers die to create that fabulous stitched frame.  All in all, I think it pleased her to send out this card to her friends and family.  Moving at 90 (my grandfather is 92) is a daunting task and making these for her to show off was a pleasure.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Through the Window since my house has quite a few windows!

Word Art Wednesday's challenge - Week 274/275 Anything Goes

Hope your week starts off with a bang!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Recycling a Thank You

Since I've been a bit busy, I thought I'd throw together this cute little thank you card.  The bear with his sentiment was given as a thank you in my Ellen Hudson order and I just couldn't throw him out.  I cut away the signature and added him to this patterned paper and ribbon from the stash - very simple but great use of recycling.  Hope your week ends spectacularly.

Welcome Home

I get the lovely opportunity to share this card made by Brandy today.  She needed to wish a friend a happy new home and this card is her work of art.  So full of fun details to catch your eye.  Brandy used the Art Impressions Cottage and Die set along with her Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers  on Bristol paper to create the image.  That's her handwriting in the sentiment folks...Such a wonderful way to wish someone a brand new start in their home, don't you think?

I'm entering this card in the following challenges, you should stop by and check it out and maybe even join the fun!

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Through the Window since the house's window features so prominently!
Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge - Layer it Up as Brandy used a combination of die cuts, coloring and stamping to create the different layers on this card
Word Art Wednesday's challenge - week 274/275 Anything Goes

Have a spectacular weekend.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Do Unicorns Love Rainbows?

Brandy sent me the lovely card as a thank you.  I can't decide what I enjoy more - the rainbow of colors?  The epoxy heart "tattoo"?   The glitter paper?  Oh I could go on and on.  It's ever so lovely such that I felt really special and know the depth of Brandy's care!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sympathy Cards II

I'm back today sharing some more of the sympathy cards that I made.  These used an iris stamp that is just lovely in it's design - perfect for sending love and care over the miles.  The background of this card is more of the aged gold embossing powder that I used on the flowers from the cards I shared earlier this week.  

I switched up the design creating a frame for the flowers and leaving the background brighter.  It's hard to think brighter when loss is so near, but I truly wanted to give the recipient something to hold in their hands which expresses my love.  I'm praying this worked...

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sympathy Cards

We've had our share of losses this past month.  This makes for an unusual time of support and encouragement to others.  It is one of the reasons why my blog posts have slowed so considerably.  With more than one reason to make them, I'll be sharing a few sympathy card designs with you.  This set was made using my Concord & 9th You are Enough stamp set on Bristol paper so that I could color with the Zig Clean Color watercolor markers.

The Zig markers make coloring easy and the final product very pleasing - a small mercy that I can send to let loved ones know I care during their time of grief.

I kept the background of these cards simple - letting the flower be the focal point and a simple, heartfelt sentiment on the front.  The flower is heat embossed with some aged gold powder - softening the edges and yet adding some definition to the card.

I'm sorry to say these are all used up and I had to make more.  Yet, in our fast paced world where things move pretty fast it is one way to demonstrate care across the miles to spend time making something to express your love.  That's what I can do now...

I'm entering these cards in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge : Handmade Flowers
Word Art Wednesday's Challenge Weeks 274/275: Anything Goes

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Celebrating 90 Wonderful Years

My grandmother is turning 90 years old later this month.  What a wonderful time to have a celebration!.  I stamped these lovely cards following the general layout of these cards I created last year using my Altenew Vintage Flowers stamp set.  The inks are all Simon Says Stamp (Soft NavySurf Blue and Willow).  I printed the sentiment out at Fed Ex where their matte finish white cardstock is perfect for stamping.  I simply layout the sentiment with a mock rectangle for aligning the die when cutting using Word.  The printer at Fed Ex is always a solid print and resistant to smudging during die cutting and stamping.  The inside of the card was created the same way, just using different stamps.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge: Simon Says For a Special Lady
Word Art Wednesday's challenge: Week 272/273 Anything Goes

We can't wait for the celebration which will be in a few short weeks.  I am so very blessed to be able to enjoy this celebration and looking forward to the time with family focused on such a dear, lovely grandma.  I'm off to get some more crafting done as making these consumed a large amount of time.  Hope your weekend is filled with crafting fun!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Another Set of Notecards

I just couldn't put my Papertrey Ink Fresh Floral Wrap Ups stamp set away.  This set was made by using some of the wrappers I stamped and die cut for the previous card set and then stamping onto a piece of Bristol cardstock after cutting out with my stitched rectangle dies.

I adore the patterned paper matches on these cards - from a 6 x 6 paper pad.  The dark navy coupled with kraft and pink, scrumptious!

I even like the large polka dots behind on these cards.  Those teeny, tiny paperclips make the card, if you ask me.  So endearing.

This caps off a season of tough times.  I think I was longing for more cheery subjects and these cards are a reflection of that.  Yeah, definitely cheery cards....  Wishing you a cheery weekend!