Posts tagged ‘greeting card’

October 8, 2013

Paper craft project #66: You are here

2013-10-07 OLC You are here

Edited to add (10/22/13): This card got picked as one of 5 Trigger Targets over at Moxie Fab World. Woohoo!  ***happy dance***

Here’s a one layer card I managed to create when I was lucid enough. (Still on the mend — but been having to take stronger meds which leave me in a haze for the most part).

I used CAS(E) this Sketch #48 for the layout and I was inspired by the photo in this week’s Tuesday Trigger over at Moxie Fab World (it made me think of chevrons/arrows).


Stamps: map, arrows, sentiment (Teresa Collins); hearts (Fiskars)
Inks: jet black, sienna (Ranger Archival inks); butter bar mid-tone, neon blue (Hero Arts)
Other: bronze spray mist (Ranger Perfect Pearls Mists)

September 19, 2013

Paper craft project no. 59: Autumn blessings

2013-09-19 CAS Autumn Blessings

Whenever I clean and re-organize my supplies (I have been at it since Sunday — and I’m not done yet), I get both frustrated and excited. Frustrated because once I’m done, I have a hard time finding all the stuff; I usually end up putting them in a different container or spot. Excited because as I go through my stash, I’m bound to come across things I’d forgotten I have — like the packs of linen textured cardstock. And the 5-inch pile of paint chips I’d collected from my trips to the paint section at Wal-mart, The Home Depot, and Lowe’s. It’s like Christmas. So what’s a girl gotta do but use ’em? And use ’em I did.

For this A2 card, I picked out a few paint chips in autumn colors and die-cut some leaves out of them. I also used my score board and bone folder to emboss the bottom part of my dark panel before adhering it to the card base. I then adhered the die-cut leaves to the upper part. I stamped my sentiment on white cardstock, trimmed it, and adhered it to designer paper. Quick and simple autumn-themed card.

I based the layout of my card on the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch #46. I’m also linking this card to An Inky Situation Linky Party #9: Fall Leaves; Creative Knockouts #3: Texturize It; Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog #89: Autumn (with a sentiment); Milk Coffee Fabulous Fall Colors Challenge; Sarah Hurley Challenge #84: Autumn Glow; Fab’n’Funky Challenge #185: Leaves; Inklings & Yarns Inky Linky #30; The Perfect Sentiment Challenge #92: Find Me Some Fall; and Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge: Fall/Autumn Colors.


Stamps: sentiment (STAMPlorations)
Ink: raspberry jam mid-tone (Hero Arts Shadow Ink)
Other: textured cardstock (The Paper Company); designer paper (Prima Marketing Ink.); leaf die (Sizzix Sizzlit); die cut machine (Sizzix Tag-a-long); paint chips; score board (Martha Stewart Crafts); bone folder; glue dots

Thanks so much for visiting. Please feel free to leave a comment — and if you have a blog, make sure to include your link. I would love to visit and see your creations!


PS: Will you join me in a holiday papercrafting challenge? It ends this Sunday and I would love to see what you create! Details are here!

September 17, 2013

Paper craft project no. 57: Queen for a day

2013-09-17 CAS Queen for a day

All day today I’ve been itching to get to my craft table and make a birthday card. However, I needed to finish cleaning up our room and put away the things I wasn’t able to put away last Sunday when I started that cleaning and re-organizing chore. I’ve been wanting to create a card that I can enter to the Fusion Card Challenge #17. I combined the inspiration photo and the sketch, although I didn’t completely follow the sketch. I had the card already made in my head, as I wanted to use a particular Alice in Wonderland clear stamp I have and for some odd reason, the phrase “Queen for a day” was stuck in my head that I knew I had to use that in the card. So after I had put away the last of the clutter in our room, I got a chance to sit down at my craft table. Halfway through, I knew exactly why this card was just begging for me to create — today’s the birthday of one of the nicest, kindest, and craft-savvy ladies I’ve met online: Gina. So Gina, this is for you, and it may be late in the day, but it’s still your birthday — and you are Queen for today! :-)

To create this card, I embossed the card base with the quatrefoil embossing folder then lightly sponged the surface with distress ink. Next, I die-cut white cardstock using the ATC die, stamped the Alice image on it, and masked the image before stamping the newspaper background. I colored Alice with my distress markers then blended butter bar, soft apricot, and vintage photo inks all around. Since I didn’t have a stamp that spells out “Queen for a day”, I turned to Adobe Photoshop CS. I found a blank vintage banner and typed the text on that, making sure the text followed the path of the banner. I printed it on cardstock, fussy cut it, and then colored it with vintage photo distress ink and marker. I adhered the ATC and banner onto the card base using glue dots. I punched out the curly label, stamped the sentiment, distressed it in the same ink colors I used for the ATC, and then mounted it onto the card using foam dots to give the card dimension.

I’m linking this card to these challenges as well: Through the Craft Room Door Challenge: Anything Goes; Created with Love Challenges: Anything Goes; Make It Monday #158; Tammy’s Scrapin Corner Challenge #80; Challenges 4 Everybody #29: Anything Goes; Scribble & Scrap Challenge #1: Always Anything Goes; A Creative Romance Challenge: Dies or Punches; and The Corrosive Challenge #183: Maiden, Mother, Crone.

Stamps: sentiment (Fiskars); Alice in Wonderland (STAMPlorations); newspaper background (Hero Arts)
Inks: jet black (Ranger Archival ink); vintage photo (Tim Holtz Distress ink); butter bar mid-tone, soft apricot (Hero Arts Shadow Ink)
Other: picket fence, tattered rose, fired brick, faded jeans, mustard seed, worn lipstick, broken china, barn door (Tim Holtz Distress markers); artist trading card die (Sizzix); quatrefoil embossing folder (The Paper Studio); curly label punch (EK Success)

Thanks for stopping by! I’m going to make me some more cards! Enjoy the rest of your day/evening wherever you are in the world :-)


PS: Please join me in a holiday papercrafting challenge. Details are here! :-)

September 15, 2013

Paper craft project no. 56: Sending love your way

2013-09-14 CAS Sending love your way

Here’s an A2 card I made last night for CAS(E) this Sketch #45. I must have gone through at least a dozen stamps in my stash and tried them all on scratch (unlined index cards) before I settled on this particular flower stamp. For some reason, the indoor photos I’ve been taking have been coming out not so great even after post processing them, so I had to wait this morning to take a photo of this card outside. (I’m beginning to love using our old bench table for the cards.) This one I took when I managed to get a break this morning. For months, the hubby and I have been wanting to get the hutch out of our bedroom and in storage and it’s been put off many times for one reason or another. Around 6 a.m. today, we finally set out to do what’s been needing to get done. Anyway, a couple of hours into it, I had a bit of time to snap a photo of my card.

To create this card, I used painter’s tape to mask a 9″x12″ cold-pressed 140-lb watercolor paper so I’d have a stamping area that’s 4″x5.25″. I used Memento markers and applied them onto different areas of my stamp. I spritzed a little water then stamped on one corner. Repeated it to stamp on the other corner. Then I took my Faber-Castell water brush, loaded it with water and then painted on the stamped image to drag the colors and give the image that watercolor wash look. After it’s dried, I removed the painter’s tape, cut the watercolor paper, and then mounted it on my card base. Finally, I stamped the sentiment.

I’m also linking this up to a few other challenges:

Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenges #48: Anything Goes
Inspire Me Fridays #120: Anything Goes
Keep It Simple Challenge #22: Water
Sister Act Card Challenge #24: Anything Goes
4 Krafty Girlz Challenge #1: Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #62: Make Your Mark
Happy Campers Challenge #21: Use a stamp
Paper Crafting Journey Challenge: Flowers

Stamps: sentiment (Hero Arts); flowers (Inkadinkado)
Inks: jet black (Ranger Archival ink)
Other:  dandelion, tangelo, lady bug, danube blue, rose bud, grape jelly (Memento markers); water brush; watercolor paper (Canson)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful week ahead. I’m off to clean and organize some more!


PS: Interested in a holiday papercrafting challenge? Click here! :-)

September 14, 2013

Paper craft project no. 55: Oh, Christmas tree!

2013-09-13 CAS Oh Christmas tree
Here’s an A2 card I made for the Merry Monday Christmas Card Club Challenge #74. The challenge calls for using white and green + woodgrain. The Christmas trees also look like silhouettes, so I’m linking this up also to the CASology Week 61: Silhouette challenge.


To create this card, I first stamped the woodgrain background in vintage photo (a neutral color). Then I repeatedly stamped two different Christmas tree images in emerald green. I stamped another Christmas tree on cardstock, cut around it, and then used foam dots to adhere it onto the base so it pops up. Next, I stamped the sentiment in emerald green ink. Finally, I used my black soot distress marker to hand-draw the running stitch and create a border around. This is one of the quickest cards I made — took under 10 minutes to create.

Stamps: Christmas trees, sentiment (STAMPlorations); woodgrain background (Stampabilities)
Inks: emerald green (Ranger Archival ink); vintage photo (Tim Holtz Distress ink)
Other: black soot (Tim Holtz Distress marker)

Welps, unlike yesterday’s blog post, this one’s a shorty ;-) Enjoy the rest of your weekend! I’m off to create more cards!


PS: Interested in a holiday papercrafting challenge? Click here! :-)

September 13, 2013

Paper craft project no. 54: Wishing you well

2013-09-13 OLC Wishing you well
This one layer card has got to be my most photographed card — meaning I had to photograph it 27 times before I got a good one. I wasn’t too happy with the first two photos I took at the usual spot in the living room after post-processing them, so I took the card out on the front porch and set it on our weather-worn bench. Ahh, success! :-)

All week, I’ve been thinking of how I was going to do a card for Less is More’s Week #136 Color Challenge. The colors are dark green and rust. Didn’t have a problem with the green since I’ve got plenty of inks in various shades of green and it would be easy to darken them. My problem was the color rust — I don’t have rust-colored ink. So yesterday, I decided I’d skip this week’s LIM challenge. But then this morning, I had a light bulb moment (well, it’s more of a why-didn’t-I-think-of-that-I-oughtta-smack-myself-silly moment). Here I was all week thinking I couldn’t do the challenge because I didn’t have the right ink when I had inks I could blend together to create a rust color — orange (spiced marmalade), red (barn door), and brown (vintage photo). Problem solved!

Edited to add: I took waaaay too long to publish this blog post that I missed LIM’s deadline! I thought I had an hour or two to spare. (I really wish InLinkz would display the deadline in terms of date and time in addition to how many hours are left.) Ahh, well…

So while the hubby and I watched an episode of McMillan & Wife on Netflix, I made this one layer card. I got to use three new supplies for this card: Heidi Swapp and The Crafters Workshop stencils, and the music background stamp — which I bought yesterday when I was in town with my mother-in-law (MIL). The hubby called it our girls’ day out. We’re practically inseparable but he didn’t go yesterday because of a severe headache he’s had all day. It was the first time in three or four years that I worked out at the gym alone. The MIL dropped me off at my gym and she drove off to hers. Hobby Lobby is a 5-minute walk from my gym so after 45 minutes, I headed over there. Anyway, long story short, I picked up a few items there and MIL and I hit several more stores (Costco, Wal-Mart, Winco, Asian store, Starbucks). We were gone for 4.5 hours or so. That night, I asked the hubby if he’d let me have a girls’ day out again. “Yeah,” he answered sleepily, holding me tight as I snuggled up to him. “But not for a while.” I guess he missed me ;-)

This card also fits two other challenges: CASology Week 61: Silhouette and Addicted to CAS Challenge 21: Music (code word).


Stamps: sentiment (Hero Arts); music background (Stampabilities)
Inks: pine needles, spiced marmalade, barn door, vintage photo (Tim Holtz Distress inks)
Other: stencils (Heidi Swapp; The Crafters Workshop); scoring board (Martha Stewart Craft); bone folder

Thanks for reading this far! I got a bit long-winded in this post. Have a wonderful weekend and if you’re looking for something to do over the weekend, please consider taking up the holiday papercrafting challenge I have on my other blog.


September 9, 2013

Paper craft project no. 52: Season’s greetings

2013-09-09 CAS Seasons Greetings

Here’s an A7 card that I made this morning to start off the week. I ran a piece of white cardstock through my Cuttlebug with the top note die, then I placed the die cut in an embossing folder (poinsettia) and ran it through my Cuttlebug again. I cut it in half and sponged it with barn door distress ink and rubbed the surface a little with sandpaper. It fits a few challenges: Inkspirational Color Inkspiration Challenge #36 (colors: red, dark yellow, and powder blue), CAS(E) This Sketch #44, Make It Monday #157 Anything Goes, and SSS Monday Challenge: Embossed.

Stamps: sentiment (STAMPlorations)
Inks: tuxedo black (Tsukineko); barn door (Tim Holtz Distress ink)
Other: textured cardstock (DCWV); top note and scallop edge dies, embossing folder (Sizzix); Cuttlebug; paper brads (Candi); glue dots; sandpaper


By the way, I am hosting a holiday papercrafting challenge on my other blog. I’m giving away a prize package of 7 holiday clear stamp sets to the winner. The challenge runs until September 22. Any kind of papercrafting project is welcome — cards, tags, scrapbook/album covers, home decor. I would love for you to be there!

Hope you all have a great week. Thanks for stopping by :-)

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