Monday, March 30, 2009

Kids Cards

I wasn't able to complete these cards in time to post last week so I decided to just hold off until they were done. The next birthday's on our calendar are for Joshua and Abbey, twins who will be 4 years old this Friday. They are the youngest children that I have to make cards for and subsequently I don't really have any appropriate stamps.

The first card was made using a flower border by Nana's Kids card pack by Die Cuts With A View. The butterfly sticker was a freebie that was included with Papercraft Magazine. The pink cardstock was embossed with D'Vine Swirls and a Cuttlebug. Isn't it cute?

The next card was inspired by a layout from Papercraft Essentials Magazine. The polka dot paper and animal cut outs are from Nana's Kids paper pack by Die Cuts With A View. The inside flaps were edged with Memento Desert Sand ink for some dimension. The Partytime stamp is by Inkadinkadoo and was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black. The writing was done by hand with an Ultra Fine Point Black Sharpie marker. I was pleased with the end result.

I hope the kids enjoy receiving these cards.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Additional Info & New Cards

First off I need to say that the cards I made from the previous post were inspired from the book "Susan's Journal of Paper Engineering Secrets" by Susan Cobb. I should have included this information in that post but frankly I was way too tired to go find the book that night!

The first card I'm posting today was inspired by a sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You. The flower and button have not been secured to the card yet because I'm still not convinced they are the right element for the card. I also plan to add a sentiment once I figure out who I will send the card to. I just love the purple swirled paper I used on this one but I can't find the name of it. Sorry.

The second card was something I came up when I got frustrated making the first card. The multi-colored paper is called "The Goods" from American Crafts and I'm pretty sure I got it at AC Moore. This is a double-sided paper with the back, or reverse, being solid orange. It's a really nice paper.

Now I'm trying to make a box without using someone else's template. I know there are plenty of free templates and even templates you can buy on the internet but I thought I could figure it out for myself. I must say that it's coming along pretty well. I just wish I could have found the specific paper I was looking for. Stay tuned ...

Make time each day to be creative.


Sunday, March 8, 2009

Weather and New Cards

Well it's been an interesting week for weather up here in the NE. Last Monday we got over a foot of snow and this weekend the temp has been in the 50's! Tomorrow it's supposed to snow again. Ah well, I guess this winter's way of saying 'it's not Spring yet'!! LOL I was able to get outside for a while today and soak up some sun. It was so nice even though I was cleaning dog refuse from the yard. Probably a little too much info huh? :)

Anyway, my dh picked up this book a while ago and I found several cards that I wanted to try my hand at. I don't think they're too bad for a first try but I will definitely make some changes if I make them again. I really simplified this from the original instructions but am still very happy with the results.

This second card was one I really struggled with. It took me a while to find papers that I felt went together well enough for this one and the diamonds weren't as easy to cut as I thought they would be.

I still need to add the sentiment to each of these but since I'm not sure exactly what occassion I will use them for, I figured that part could wait until later.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy my latest creations!

Take time each day to be creative.


Sunday, March 1, 2009

Valentine Cards

Sorry I missed last weeks post, I was under the weather which is saying something considering I live in New England and it is winter!

I don't usually make holiday cards but I became inspired by all the beautiful Valentine's Day cards I was seeing. So I decided to make a couple; one for my mom, one for my sister and of course one for my husband. I wanted them to be simple and I really wanted my husband's card to be more "manly". Here is what I came up with:

I think the red card was nice for a man. Just red, white and black, no pink! I saved the pink for the "girls" in my life. Everyone seemed pleased with their gifts. All of the heart shapes were made with a Cuttlebug die, the ribbons were purchased at AC Moore and the red flowers were purchased at my LSS.

Thanks for letting me share! Make time each day to be creative.