Saturday, June 30, 2012

Teacher Thanks

I made this card for Jake's kindergarten teacher for the last day of school.  He had the same teacher for JK/SK (it's a small rural school) and our family really grew attached to her! I was hoping she would teach our daughter too in a few years but unfortunately she has accepted another teaching position elsewhere next year.  Hopefully the next teacher will be as wonderful (I'm sure he/she will be!). 
I used papers from the Schoolhouse collection by October Afternoon, with some banner dies, stickers and twine.  I flipped through my May/June issues of Paper Crafts magazine from the past 3 years for inspiration and found a card to model mine after.  I love that kind easy card making!

Paper: (Schoolhouse collection) October Afternoon
Other: (Thickers) American Crafts; (twine, banner dies) Papertrey Ink; (YOU stickers) October Afternoon

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Famous couples

Not exactly paper-crafty here today, but crafty just the same.  I've been seeing these subway art prints on Pinterest and Etsy a lot lately; even Papertrey Ink has a stamp set that includes a stamp with famous couples listed. I decided it was easy enough to make something like that on my own just using Microsoft Word, despite not being a complete editing wizard.
I used Copperplate Gothic Bold as my font, printed it on Rustic White cardstock (PTI) and included some of the more popular couples in history, as well as the parents of the couple. I gave this to my brother and his fiancee as an engagement gift. They are getting married this summer and I am just thrilled!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Washi love and reorganzing!

I'm taking the Washi Workshop at Studio Calico and am just LOVING it. Here is a project inspired by one of the lessons- using washi tape to decorate household items.  I used an electrical outlet and covered it with various tapes and voila! It's done...easy peasy! Tapes are miscellaneous from a variety of companies.

Here's a bad picture- lighting was *off*- but just the same you get the general idea. I recently reorganized some of my die cuts so I had them at just above eye level and would hopefully use them more. I found I wasn't using all my border dies as much as I liked, so this has made a difference. I only used 2 12x12 cork squares, but have 2 others for more dies.  The first two I wanted to use for my border dies, and for other dies that I use most often.  I love it because I'm reaching for my die cuts all the time now! The squares were covered with 12x12 paper, spritzed a bit with Studio Calico spray mists, and then adhesive backed magnet strips were added.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Enjoy Summer

As much as I love to get my hands inky and dirty from stamping up a storm, sometimes it's nice to put the stamps away and create with other bits and pieces.  For this card I kept it realllllly simple by using Simple Stories 4x6 element cards from the Summer Fresh collection. It's the focal point of the card, with only a bit of twine tied in a bow, and some inking around the edges of the cardstock base. I love the "bring your own sunshine" quote- how true is that!? 

 I hope everyone enjoys their weekend.  It's the first of many busy summer weekends for our family with a birthday party, bridal shower and family supper.  Only 2 more school days for my son and then he's done with Kindergarten.  My how time flies!!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sunshine & Happiness

Echo Park's Sweet Day collection is just lovely.  Paper, stickers, and a journaling card came together for this sweet card. I added a touch of glitter glue to the flower, and popped it up for some added dimension.  I love creating quick and easy cards like this! The journaling cards are perfect for when my creativity has hit a slump and I just need something easy to put together. :)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Highest Star

Did you check out the Paper Crafts blog today? I've been added to the Designer Blog Roll there. :) So exciting and wonderful! I entered this card in the ongoing Paper Crafts Gallery Idol contest as part of the Round 1 encouragement category. I didn't make the Top 20 but I sure had fun putting together a few cards for it! I went a little spray-mist happy with this card, mixed in some washi tapes, die cuts and a inspirational sentiment. Have a great day everyone, and if this is your first time here thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Hello, Friend

Chevrons are everywhere in the cardmaking world right now! I've seen them in clear stamps, patterned papers, die cuts, and much more.  It's a trend you can't really escape, and it seems that Waltzingmouse Stamps were on the bandwagon early on. I used their Off Beat Backgrounds stamped in multiple colours for my almost one-layer card that could be good for a man or a woman. All edges are inked with tea dye ink from Papertrey Ink, and that AMAZING die cut/stamp set is the Ring Me die & stamp set by My Favorite Things

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Showered with Love

I originally liked how clean and crisp this card turned out, but the more I look at it, the more I can tell I whipped it up in 10 minutes. That's what happens when a friend calls and says, "I'm on the way to your house to grab a baby shower card!" I have no idea where the patterned paper came from, but those MFT Dienamics are just adorable! I love having a perfect set for showers of any kind.

I'm not feeling overly perky this week so posting may be sporadic (uh, wait, isn't it ALWAYS sporadic?!). I have strep throat (yuck!) AND yesterday I developed an ear infection.  Geez! If it's not one thing it's another...oh well. I'm full of antibiotics and none of it is keeping me down too much so I'm sure I'll get back to stamping shortly!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Hello There FWF

Happy Friday to you all! I'm linking up to FWF on the Unity blog today and sharing this quick and easy card. I used the sentiment from the tanis "hello" owl Stamp of the Week. Everything else is pretty self-explanatory! Can you see the washi tape? It's subtle, but it's there!