Today is my mom’s birthday. She is the best mom anyone could ever ask for. I know a lot of people say that about their moms but she really is. I wanted to make her a really special card and I was looking around on the Stampin’ Pretty (http://www.stampinpretty.com/) blog yesterday and I came across a link to Mikki’s Creative Corner (http://mikkiscreativecorner.blogspot.com/) and a tutorial for a Tri Shutter Card. This is one of the coolest cards I have seen in a long time. I love the way it looks and the instructions were nice and easy to follow. I made mine with White Card Stock and a Deep Purple. I used some printed paper that I had (waiting for my DSP from Stampin’ Up!, think how much better it will look when I get that!) and some EK Tools Punches that I have. The sentiment is from the Stampin’ Up! Retired Afterthoughts Set. I’m so happy with the way it come out, I hope mom likes it!
Today was my good friend Brian’s birthday. He’s a really nice guy and will do anything for anyone. He a real manly man, being he’s a fireman and all! So, for his card I got to use one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! Sets, Open Sea. I love the detail in the stamps and the set has a nice masculine quality about it. The greeting is from the Happiest Birthday Wishes set. I’m huge fan of navy blue and vanilla card stock and those colors work well with this set. The silver star brad in the corner balances out the card front and gives it a little shine. Thanks for looking!
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 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.
Mini Happy Birthday
I’m working on my brother’s Save the Dates and I needed a little distraction. I got the Scalloped Square Punch the other day and decided to try it out with the Stampin’ Up Happy Birthday which is part of the Punch Bunch. I love the studio g Grey/Blue ink. I was trying to think of a good coordinating color and came up with orange. I love the contrast of the bright orange with the muted greys. I also used the CuttleBug Sheet Music and Dots embossing folders. The square stamp is from TPC Studio and my trust EK Tools mini cupcake punch. I am also trying to improve a little on my iPhone photography. 🙂
Friend’s Birthday Card
It was a friend of mine’s birthday the other day. She is a fun and colorful person so I was inspired by her personality to create this card. I like the bright green and purple together, it reminds me of spring. I’m also a big fan of the Happy Birthday CuttleBug Embossing Folder. The cupcakes are a favorite of mine too because who doesn’t like a cupcake!
Pals Paper Arts 107
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!