My crafty friend Melissa had a birthday party for her beautiful daughter Addison yesterday. It was originally supposed to be held on August 28th but hurricane Irene had other plans. It was a very nice backyard party with a Strawberry Shortcake theme, Addison has lots of nice red hair! Melissa did a great job with the decorations, most of which she made herself. I love working with a theme so I found a little image of Ms. Shortcake and got to it. I used the CuttleBug Preserves Embossing Folder, some EK Tools punches, Stamp from TPC Studios and a Thicker for the 1. I also made a little gift card holder that coordinates with the card using the same tools. I hope that she enjoyed the card as much as I enjoyed being part of her daughter’s special day!
My friends Neal and Stephanie were kind enough to invite me to the baby naming for their son Max. Another friend of mine Kim was also invited but couldn’t make it. She asked me if I would make a card for her too, of course I said yes. The first one is the one I gave them. I’m hooked on the dark blue and cream colors together. I used the CuttleBug Dots Embossing Folder and the tag punch and a tag stamp from the retired Stamin’ Up! set Punch Box – Terrific Tags. The celebrate stamp is from TPC Studios.
For the second card I used the CuttleBug Circles Embossing Folder and the Buttons Embossing Folder. The realistic large buttons on the card were made using the Martha Stewart Button Double Punch. The stamp is one of the great phrase stamps from studio g. The card is cute as a button just like Max!
What better way for my friend Melissa and I to spend a Thursday night than at a techniques workshop. My friend and super talented Stampin’ Up! demonstrator Sandy Mathis hosted a techniques workshop at her beautiful house tonight. We learned four different techniques; layered marker. thump with a twist, spritzing and marker to stamp. It was great to see new ways to use stamps and ink, plus spending some time with other people who enjoy the craft was a lot of fun! We made three cards that we got to take home with us. I can’t wait for next month’s class. Below are the cards we made. Please take a minute to visit Sandy’s blog and see all of the wonderful things that she makes. Thanks!
I really liked the layout for this weeks Mojo Monday. I decided that this would be the perfect layout for my very first Halloween card. I didn’t think I would like the square card but I do. I used some studio g Halloween stamps for the Skelly-Kids, spider web and lettering. Martha Stewart Crafts spider web edge punch made a great dividing line. The three black brads on the green rectangle complete the card. Hope you like it!
My friend Sam comes over every Saturday morning for breakfast. We use the time to catch up and I love seeing her, we have been doing it for about 2 years. Today she said to me “Oh, I need two birthday cards, one for a 30 year old and one for a two year old. Do you think you could make them for me? Sorry such late notice but I need them today!” Wow, two hours is plenty of time! LOL! So this is what I came up with. I showed her some cards that I had made previously and she picked the ones that she liked. I then tweaked them a little and this is how they came out.
Since we had the company of the obnoxious Irene (the hurricane!) I had some quality time at home which I don’t get very often. Thankfully we didn’t loose power at my house so I decided to try my hand at the Mojo Monday Challenge. The card has Alice in Wonderland type feel to it. I love the black, red, grey & white together. I used a Sizzix Embossing folder on the black part of the background and Martha Stewart Craft Edge Punches on the white and grey. The “ribbon” was made with a CuttleBug Embossing Folder. All of the punches used are EK Tools and the stamp is an ditto by studio g. I hope you like it. 🙂
I decided today that I wanted to enter the Pals Paper Arts weekly contest for the first time. I’m very happy with the way my card came out. There are some nice little touches like the eyelets that I set using my new Crop-A-Dile Big Bite. I love the colors, black being my favorite. The card was made with Recollections Card Stock, CuttleBug Circles Embossing Folder, EK Tools Circle Cutter, Martha Stewart Crafts Cupcake Punch, EK Tools Swiss Cheese Edge Punch and Stampin’ Up Terrific Tags Set. I was so excited to get my first Stampin’ Up product. It is a retired set and I love it. Thanks for checking out my card!
Quite a few of my friends had babies last year. Soon it will be time to celebrate all of the 1st birthdays. This card has a fun shapes theme. With it’s shades of pink it’s just perfect for a special little princess to celebrate turning one. The background is made using a CuttleBug folder, the cake is a stamp from TPC Studio, the punches are all from EK Success and the ribbon adds a nice touch of dimension.
I found this vintage post card stamp at AC Moore. I liked it because it has good detail and a nice crisp image. The ribbon across the middle of the card was made by stamping the paper with a border image and then gluing some black ribbon across it to give it some depth. I also used a Sizzix folder for some texture on the background. I think the black, grey and cream is my new favorite color combination!
I realized the other day that most of my cards are geared towards the lovely females in my life. Yesterday I thought it would be nice to come up with a nice masculine birthday card. I had purchased some kraft color and black paper the other days and decided that those would make great colors for my card. I’m pretty happy with the results. Let me know what you think. 🙂