A million years ago, I bought a box of blank cards and envelopes by My Mind’s Eye, the Union Square set. Beautiful, thick, glossy cards patterned with creams, dark orange, and grey. And there they sat for years. They moved with me to the Pacific Northwest and moved back to the desert Southwest. I think they may have been a bit sad being tucked away in the craft room closet. But today was their day!
I recently purchased the Spring Critters stamp and die set from Close to My Heart and thought the images and sentiments would be perfect for a quick card for my work colleagues. Since I was crafting on my lunch break, I wanted to make the cards simple, but I wanted them to be cute too.
I punched a 2.25 inch circle out of olive green card stock from LCI Paper and glued it on to the card front. Used the fox stamp with the “hello there” sentiment and a bit of water color pencils to make the image pop a little. I mounted the image on foam squares to add a bit of depth.
One of my colleagues had a death in the family this week, and my heart goes out to her. I wanted to let her know I was thinking of her, so I put together this simple sympathy card.
I used a lilac base and layered white card stock on purple. To add a little texture I tore the edges. I used the calla lily stamp from Stampin’ Up’s retired Long Stemmed set. There are two lilies on the white piece, with a third lily that I fussy cut and put in place using foam dots. I used water color pencils to add a little color and finished it off with a bit of cream satin ribbon.
I hope this card can brighten my friend’s day a little.
Portland has been snowed in for days. We usually don’t get all that much snow here, but this last storm was a doozy! I have been using my time off well. I have read three books and took the bus to the movie theater and saw Hidden Figures (really good) and spent a lot of time crafting. My rug is about 4″ bigger and I have a bunch of new cards.
For Christmas my friend gave me a gift card to Joanne’s (she is a great friend, indeed). I promptly spent it 😜. I got a cool bird punch. Now, what to do with little birds? Birdday cards. I used cute paper to make the birds and used a heart punch to make wings. It was a co-worker’s birthday and we needed a card, so I made her a Birdday birthday card. Turned out so cute I made some more!
The stamping was a bit tricky as I used stamps with longer sayings to get my happy and my day. I used a Stampin Up! marker to ink up just the words I wanted. Worked like a charm.
I am very excited because I signed up for a Russian class this term. I haven’t had a Russian class in years. It is a conversation class, so it should be tons of fun. The best part is that it is a community education class, so no grades.
I recently made some cards with Soviet stamps. I purchased these used postage stamps on a whim from a seller on Etsy (I really love Etsy, so much cool stuff), and when I was going through my new treasures I found several stamps with Russian icebreakers. They are beautiful stamps. So I glued them on some card stock, to make them a bit more rigid, and then added them to a blank card. Easy peasy. They turned out pretty good.
Do you think I should give one to my teacher? Since there are no grades, that wouldn’t be brown nosing, would it? Ha!
A while ago I bought a button maker. I love it! What I really like making are magnets. Find a cute paper, punch it out, put the parts in the machine and, bam, you have a cool magnet. I love my button maker so much, I just bought a second one. I have a one inch button maker and I am soon to have a one and a half inch button maker. I can’t wait to get it. Let me know if you need some cool magnets 🙂
Please don’t tell my husband that I will soon have another button maker. I told him I would clean up my craft room last year. Now I know that last year was really only a couple of weeks ago, but I am pretty sure I told him I would clean up my room last, last year; and it is still not clean. This is a problem, because I kind of said I would clean my room before I bought the bigger button maker. Well, I do have Monday off in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. So guess what I will be doing on Monday :-).
Here is my latest card. I used the button maker to make a cute flower magnet. Then I attached it to a card. So when I send the card, it is also a little gift. Pretty cool, right!
This weekend I met up with my friend and we did a bit of crafting. I brought my Sizzix Bigshot and a few dies and a bunch of Stampin’ Up! Halloween stamps. I used my new favorite die, the step up card and went to town. I stamped out this totally awesome witch. Tonight, I pulled out my Copic markers and added a bit of green to that witch. She looks good, doesn’t she!
I don’t like the stamps on the bottom too much, so for the next one, I think I’ll skip them.
You know that they say the best things in life are free. I believe that the best things in life are simple. It can be as simple as sharing a meal with friends or just chatting away and enjoying the company. Or it can be creating something simple. In case you haven’t guessed it by now. I like simple cards and crafts. I like complex cards, too, but the is just something so nice about a simple card.
For this card I used basic kraft colored paper, a punch from Stampin’ Up and a small flower stamp. The bright orange really pops on the card and the ink is a perfect match for the card. I love this card and I am not ashamed to say so. I hope you like it too!
I have been just a little stressed out at work recently. A colleague retired and we don’t have a replacement yet. So I am pulling double duty. It has been fun learning, but I need something to calm down my brain when I get home. So I have been using my craft room full of toys to destress my life.
This weekend I opened up a new ink for my letterpress. A beautiful deep purple. I pressed a bunch of “Happy Birthday” tags to use on cards. Once I have a good example I will post a picture!
I also made up some cute construction themed party invitations using the Stampin’ Up set “Fun on Wheels” set.
I have a problem. The first step of a program is to admit the problem. I fully admit I have an obsession with Copic markers. I am not ready for treatment.
Copic markers are alcohol based markers that are blendable. This allows you to use multiple hues of the same color to add depth to your art work. I really enjoy stamping a cute image and then adding color to make it pop!
For this project I used a Stampin’ Up stamp with Memento black ink. I cut a small square out of the front of the card, matted the cute dog on a slightly bigger brown square with foam to add dimension. It is a very simple card, but perfect for a quick note to cheer up a friend.
My good friend is expecting her first child. She and her husband are going to be awesome parents! To celebrate their upcoming bundle of joy, I am hosting a baby shower for them. I am having fun making various invitations, trying to get them perfect. Here is one idea. Very basic, but stylish. They decided to be surprised, and have not found out the gender of the baby, so I went with a neutral color scheme.
Shimmer gray paper, mint green onsie (die cut) and dark gray letters. Please think positive thoughts for a healthy, happy baby!