Monthly Archives: March 2012

Just A Note Card

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Hello there!  Today I decided to whip up a little generic card that could be used as a thank you or just to tell someone special you are thinking about them.

I started with a 4.5 inch circle card in Colonial White, some papers from the Close To My Heart (CTMH) Stella paper pack, and these ink colours (which match the papers)…

The first thing I did was stamp the flower outline and flower pieces.   The stamp set I used is a cute little CTMH set called Just For You.  You will see in the picture that I stamped the outline of the flower in Cocoa and then filled it in with the petal stamps in the three other colours.  I also stamped an extra set of petals and cut them out.  The middle of the flower was stamped second generation in Cocoa.  I added a chocolate flower button tied with a piece of Lagoon baker’s twine.

After cutting out the extra petals I sponged the edges with Cocoa ink.

Next I assembled the flower.  The extra petals were curled around a pencil to bend them up a bit and then adhered to the flower.  The middle was popped up with a dimmensional foam dot.  Here is the assembled flower.

Lastly, I cut out the other paper pieces for the card.  I stamped the sentiment in Cocoa ink and the leaves in Garden Green onto Garden Green CS.  The blue patterned paper is a 4 inch circle.  The brown CS is also a 4 inch circle with the top and bottom cut off.  I added a 3/4 inch strip of Tulip CS in the centre of the brown.  Now it just has to be assembled…

  …and here is the finished card.

Pretty and straight forward.  I drew my inspiration for this card from the background patterned paper.  It certainly helped to have the coordinating inks.  Hope you enjoyed today’s post.  Have an inspirational day!

Happy crafting!

Happy Moments Scrapbook Page

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Hello happy crafters!  The sun is shining, the snow is melting and the clocks have gone ahead an hour – all sure signs of spring!  And to match that happy thought today’s project has lots of flowers on it.

I have been trying to finish a scrapbook calendar for my husband to take to work and thought I’d share the latest page.  I am trying to get the whole thing done before 2012 ends! LOL!  I only have three more pages to go so hopefully it will be complete before the end of March.  It has been quite an undertaking since I actually hand stamped all the numbers plus added in little extras for birthday and holiday reminders.  Anyway, without further adieu here is the finished 12×12 page (minus the calendar section)…

I used a gorgeous layout sketch I found on Pinterest for this page.  Thank goodness for you super talented people who come up with these layouts to help people like me out!  It really speeds up the process and the results are fantastic.  The materials I used were the Close To My Heart (CTMH) Florentine paper pack (pg 52 of the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book) and two stamp sets – Happy Moments and Love Life.

The first thing I did was cut out my basic shapes for the page.  This included a piece of 4×12 CS in Twilight, a 5×8 piece of floral patterned paper, a 4.5 inch circle frame in Garden Green CS, a 3.5 inch scalloped circle frame in blue patterned paper, a 3 inch circle frame in Twilight CS and a 4.5 inch circle in orange patterned paper.  The circles were cut out using the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.

I printed out and cropped my photos to fit in the circle frames and then adhered the shapes onto my 12×12 piece of Vanilla Cream CS.  Once these were adhered I began my stamping.  For all the swirls and curlycues I used Twilight ink.

I stamped some tiny flowers and hearts directly onto the paper around the curlycues using Sorbet (orange) ink.  This helps tie in the stamped images with the patterned background paper.

The rest of the stamping was done on Colonial White CS and cut out.  I used three colours of ink for the flowers – Garden Green, Sorbet and Twilight.  I stamped them in one colour and then rolled the edges in another colour to get that multicoloured look.  Here is a look at of one of the flowers before it was assembled…

A silver brad was used to hold the clear flower button and pieces of flower together.  Here is the after…

Besides using stamped flowers I also used a couple of orange paper flowers that I had laying around my craft room.  All the flowers were assembled before they were glued onto the page.  That gave me the opportunity to play with the placement a bit and come up with something I liked.

The last thing I did was cut out and stamp the sentiment.  Once again the flower was cut out using the Cricut.  One layer in green and the other in Colonial White.  The edges of the white were inked with Sorbet.  I also used the multicoloured stamp technique so I would have all three theme colours on the sentiment.

To finish it off I stamped the word Laugh onto the bottom right just beneath the large photo circle and added the paper word border to the top and bottom of the flowered patterned paper.

Hope you enjoyed today’s project and are inspired to try the multicoloured stamping technique on something of your own.

Happy crafting!

Unicorn Birthday Party Invitation

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For today’s post I decided to share the birthday party invitations that I made for my daughter’s 4th birthday party. She loves mythological creatures (she calls them mythies) and decided she wanted a unicorn theme this year. So I set about trying to find a unicorn stamp set which was not easy! Finally after checking out the internet and driving around to a few different craft stores I came across this cute little stamp from the Stamp Barn’s Enchanted Hollow series.

Of course my daughter loves pink and purple (what 4 year old girl doesn’t) so those are the colours I used on the invites.   Here is the final version but I’ll show you how I got there.

I used a 4.25×5.5 card base in Colonial White and cut a piece of Blush CS to 4×5.25 which I ran through my Cuddlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder for the background.  I stamped the unicorn onto a 3.25×3.25 piece of Gina K Pure Luxury 120lb Heavy Base Weight card stock.  This paper is fantastic for colouring with Copic markers.

I really liked the look of the original picture that came with the stamp so I based my colouring on it.   After stamping the image I took a CTMH sponge dauber, loaded it up with Blush ink, blotted it, then started transferring the ink onto the middle section of the card in a circular motion.  This looks kind of mystical to me and sure beats colouring in the whole unicorn!

Next I coloured in the berries and vines and the unicorn’s horn, mane and tail with Copic markers.  The colours I used were YG93 Grayish Yellow for the vines, RV19 for the berries, and BV000 Iridescent Mauve and BV04 Blue Berry for the horn, mane and tail.  And to finish it off I added clear glitter gel pen to the swirls in the mane and tail (not very visible in the picture).

I matted the stamped image with CTMH’s Spring Iris CS and rounded the corners of both with my corner rounder.  I glued this onto the Blush CS background.  The sentiment tag layers were cut out with the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  I love the swirls on the purple top layer (Spring Iris again) of the tag.  It matches nicely with the swirls on the tail and mane.  The bottom layer of the tag was cut out from Colonial White CS and stamped with Blush ink and then gone over with a pink glitter gel pen (I told you I love my glitter pens!).  Two pink rhinestones were added to finish off the look.

The last detail I added was the pink bow in the top left corner.  It was looking kind of bare up there so I thought a little bow would fit the bill nicely.  So that’s it.  Luckily I only had to make 4 of them!  I hope today’s post has left you with some birthday invitation inspiration (say that 3 times fast!) of your own.

Happy crafting!

So Happy For You Card

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Hey Everyone!  A very good friend of mine just started an exciting new career so I thought I’d make her a card to let her know how really happy I am for her.

For this card I used some of the papers from the Close To My Heart (CTMH) Lucy paper pack and the CTHM Word Card Puzzle stamp set.

I started with a 4.25×5.5 card base in Colonial White and then cut out a Blush CS background to 4×5.25.  The background was stamped with the two larger flowers from the Card Word Puzzle stamp set in Blush ink.

With the CTHM Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge I cut out  the green patterned paper tag and the Colonial White tag.  You’ll notice the white tag has a branch and leaf pattern die cut out of it so that the green patterned paper shows through.  Here’s a closeup…

All the flowers on this card are paper pieced.  This was done by stamping the flowers onto pink patterned paper, as well as Sweet Leaf CS for the green parts.  They were then cut out and glued onto the die cut branches.  For the other side of the tag I stamped the flowers onto the white tag first and then stamped them again onto the pink patterned paper, cut them out and glued them on.  I added a rhinestone in the centre of each flower and coloured the leaves with a blending pen and Garden Green ink.

The butterflies were stamped onto Blush CS and coloured with the blending pen using Garden Green and Pansy Purple.  I also added some glitter with a clear glitter gel pen.  Oh how I love my glitter pens!  The butterflies were cut out and glued on only by their middles so the wings were left free to bend up slightly.

The finishing touches were the purple and green sparkly brads and the diamond patterned CS strip I used across the middle of the card.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink right onto the white tag after all the flowers were placed.

Hope you enjoyed today’s card.  Happy crafting!

Super Hero Birthday Card

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Hi everyone!  Welcome to my blog.  This is my very first post and I’m trying desperately to figure it all out so please have patience.

Last weekend my son had a birthday party to go to and I decided to make a birthday card with my Close To My Heart (CTMH) Super Powers stamp set and Superhero paper pack.  Such a cute set for boy projects.  I came up with a step card which I have been wanting to try and here is what came out…

First I cut the step card shape out from the comic strip patterned paper CS and scored and folded it to make the appropriate steps.  I found the template and instructions for the step card on Photobucket.

Next I stamped the city skyline onto Moonstruck CS with Outdoor Denim ink and cut it out.  I pasted it onto the front of the card and added a strip of preprinted star border onto the bottom to make it look a bit more finished.

The super hero was stamped and coloured with Copic markers.  My colouring skills are pretty limited so I tried to keep it simple – blue and yellow for the suit, skin colour for the face and hands and brown for the hair.  I popped him up with dimmensionals onto a star background that I cut out with my CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  He was stuck onto the second step of the card along with a bit more city skyline.

The sentiment shape was also cut out with the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.   I had to use the masking technique to stamp the sentiment and then I added some sparkle to SUPER with a blue glitter gel pen.  The rocket ship was stamped onto patterned paper and cut out by hand.  This is my favourite part of the card.  I love how the stripes look!  The background is just 3 layers of cardstock (Cranberry, Sky and patterned paper).  I popped up the rocket and sentiment on the background using dimmensionals then added some bling for interest (gotta have bling even on a boys card).  I glued the background onto the back step of the card and Voila! a cute boy birthday card.