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!
Seaside Carnival – Take Two.
After purchasing the Seaside Carnival stamp the other day I find I am a little obsessed with it. I really do just love all of the detail in the stamp. I took some time and slightly rethought my card from the day before. I added some tickets and found a great vintage looking “Happy Birthday” stamp. This card has more of a vintage carnival feel that the previous one. I’m really happy with the way it turned out.
One More for Him
Continuing with my masculine card theme of the day (I guess!) I give you Seaside Carnival Birthday in Blue. I was at AC Moore today and I saw this stamp and fell in love with it. The detail is amazing, you can see the waves, ferris wheel, roller coaster, sky and boardwalk. It actually reminds me a little of Navy Pier in Chicago, minus the roller coaster. I decided to go with a blue theme and used the Martha Stewart Beach Edge Punch and Sand Dollar/Starfish Double Punch. The stamp is from Inkadinkado, there were more beach themed stamps that I would like to add to my collection, look for them in future cards. 🙂
A Card for Him
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. 🙂
These two cards have a 70’s inspired feel to them. They are 4 bar cards so they are perfect for a little note to tell someone how much you appreciate them. The kraft paper background, mint green paper, corner rounding and simplicity give them a little bit of a retro feel. The stamps are i-cling from g studios and the paper is Recollections from Michael’s, my favorite!
Saturday Morning Quickie!
I started this card last night so it really was finished this morning. I love the color purple and the script and print stamps that I got from Michael’s are my current favorites. I am going to try using more stamps and branch out a little. I feel like a lot of my cards have been themed the same lately, not that it’s a bad thing. 🙂
Late Night Card
When I got home tonight I decided to make a card for one of my friends to thank them for all that they do for me. I was inspired by the Pals Paper Arts Challenge for this week. I completely forgot that I even had the colors that were to be used in the challenge. Anyway, here is the card below. Let me know what you think!
A few weeks ago I ran into an old friend of Mine, Sandy. We talked for a little while and I mentioned to her that I was making cards and showed her some pictures. She mentioned that she also makes cards and emailed me a link to her blog so I could take a look at some of hers. She makes very beautiful cards. She is also a demonstrator for a company called Stampin’ Up. I was so inspired by Sandy’s work that I decided to expand my tool collection and I picked up a CuttleBug, I also got a bunch of embossing folders. I can’t tell you how amazing the embossing looks on the cards. I use it mostly for backdrops but occasionally for the embellishments. It has inspired me to make more cards lately and a friend of mine has given some to friends of hers. I am having such a great time using the new tools and incorporating the old ones that I have. It’s funny how others can inspire you to push your own creativity. I was glad that I ran into Sandy and look forward to seeing her again soon. In the mean time I have posted a few pictures of the cards that I made and also a link to her amazing blog. Enjoy!
CuttleBug Circles embossing folder and strip. The stamp is from Michael’s
CuttleBug D’vine Swirl embossing folder and Dots strip. The stamp is from Michael’s.
My new Blog
Hello everyone out there! I’m Justin and I already have a Computer blog on WordPress. I love computers and anything electronic, I read about it all day and love to help people get the most out of their modern day tools. There is however another passion that I have… Card Making. I love to make cards, Birthday, Thank You, Anniversary, Holidays you name it I have a stamp, punch or folder for it. I have always been a creative person and this is a great outlet and I find it very relaxing to do.
In January of this year I was watching WLIW 21-2 Create TV and came across this show called the Spotted Canary. It is a show about crafting but the episode that I caught was one about making cards. They made a waterfall card and gave the instructions on how to do it on their web site. I thought, I can do that so the next day I went out and got some supplies and made the card with my own little twist. As soon as I finished I was hooked! I now have over 100 paper punches, about 60 stamps and tons of embellishments and card stock. Friends ask me to make cards for them now and it makes me very happy to be able to do so. I can’t wait to share some of my creations and get some feedback. Below is a picture of my first card. Let me know what you think!