Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Custom Cards

Quick post tonight, mainly to share some custom cards I made for a friend who guided me with a few themes in mind for the special people receiving the cards.  Digital images really come in handy when there is a unique request, such as "kickboxing" for a theme...

Since the front was pretty simple on this card, I got a little more ambitious on the interior, adding a small pocket that includes a small token of thanks, a bookmark that matches the card's color scheme...

I used traditional rubber stamps to decorate the bookmark.  The thank you card is for a book that was given as a gift, so the quote that was made into a stamp from Stamping Bella seems to fit.  The bird image I colored in with markers in an attempt to mimic a specific kind of bird... can you tell what bird's image I was trying to capture?  If so, I did a good job, if not, well...I'll work on it!

Next is a retirement card for a teacher. I struggled with just the right image to show on this card, but when I found a sentiment I thought was most appropriate for a teacher, "As one chapter ends, Another begins..." I used that as my guide.

I custom made the digital image adding the book to a pre-designed school desk. I used the recipient's favorite color, blue, which just happens to be one of my favorite retired SU! colors, Brocade Blue... the mini clip I added is easy to detach if need be, or if my friend needs this to fit better for the mail... Here's an image of the simple interior...


Last card of the night to share, I just had to make a more traditional stamped image card...
I need to learn how to take better pics, but as this card was probably finished late in the evening the other night, the lighting is true to form... Yes, I'm often a stamping insomniac!  :)

As the interior card says, I wish you all HAPPINESS always...
Happy crafting!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

PPA99 CAS Element of Style... It's in the Stars...

This weeks Pals Paper Arts challenge is to use STARS in a project. 
Good timing, eh?  I need to make some Independence Day cards so I jumped right in to make some with stars as the central focus.

I used the star stamp from the Itty Bitty Bits stamp set from Stampin Up!.  I colored in the image using my markers, then punched out the images with a 1/2" circle punch and then layered those on alternating Riding Hood Red and Night of Navy circles I punched out with my 3/4" circle punch.
I used my Star punch to make the central star layers and adhered that to the center of the card with dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the stamp set, Made in the USA, from Technique Tuesday...

I added a little Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine at the bottom for a simple additional embellishment.
While it wasn't entirely intentional, the twine adds some "stripes" to my star theme card. Stars AND Stripes? Seems just right for this American holiday card!
I hope everyone will enjoy a wonderful holiday next weekend. 
Keep crafting everyone!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

PPA98 Sketch Challenge

FINALLY, I'm back into the swing of card making...
Glad to find a sketch challenge, that really helps...
Pals Paper Arts is a great place to get inspired & stretch those creative muscles.

Here was the sketch:

Ppa sketch

Pulled the pretty simple card together after a weekend of trying to get back in the crafty habit.
I used Stampin' Up's Fine Flourish & Word Play stamp sets.  I also just HAD to try out my new large lace border punch I got in my SU! demo pre-order (so here is a sneak peak of that lace border if you haven't seen it yet).  Circle & small heart punches make the accent really easy.

Cardstock colors used are Real Red, Early Espresso, Whisper White.  The flourish background was stamped in Crumb Cake ink and the sentiment stamped in Chocolate Chip with Real Red on the accented word.  Thanks Pals for helping get my card making muscles back in shape.

Reduce Reuse Recycle! but farewell to retiring "So Green" stamp set...

Just finished a box of cards for a gift set using the retiring Stampin' Up! set, So Green.
A simple set, with a simple theme I still expect to use again.  I enjoy finding things around the house to incorporate in the recycle theme cards, too, so check out what I came up with...

I posted the card design above with an aluminum can flower last year.
I remade the card for the set as it is the card that prompted the interest in the gift set.
I created a few more designs showing other things you could "recycle" for a card.

The ribbon added to the card above is a strip of used dryer sheet!
Not only does the card have something recycled added to it, but it should smell nice, too!

Bubble wrap adds unique texture to the card above.
Glue dots hold the bubble wrap on the card, and are almost imperceptible.  I can even imagine someone playing with the bubble wrap card- trying to pop the remaining bubbles!
Scraps from an old paper bag and another can tab used on this one.

The last card I'm sharing with you from the set combines the Trendy Trees stamp set (that set is still available) with the "reduce, reuse, recycle" words from So Green.  The twine gives it a natural look, although I guess the main recycled items used on this one were paper scraps...
Main colors used for cards in the set include: Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Mellow Moss (retired), Always Artichoke Whisper White & Naturals Ivory.
The variety & combo of cards were fun to put together. 

Have a great weekend everyone!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Inspirational Sympathy Cards

I want to thank my Inky Paws Pal, Marsha, for helping me find Papercraft Memories
Karen Murray has some terrific WordART files she shares with her fellow crafters. I used one of the free files to make the sympathy card above. The message is so wonderful, there really seems no need to add much more to the card than a pretty frame.

It was an added treat to find out that the preset "Aqua" color choice for the scripture message matched my Baja Breeze paper perfectly. Be sure to check out Karen's site.

Marsha Fisher is so talented as well, she always inspires me to try just a little harder to get a pretty card made just right.  The card above was inspired just from browsing around her site.  In this case, I just selected & printed a verse using a Word doc on my computer. If you are looking for some spiritual, inspirational cards, Marsha is your "go-to" gal!  Thanks ladies.  Your help really meant a lot to me. 

Bring on the Sunshine

Sharing a birthday card today.
This was made for a request for a "Sun Theme" birthday card.  
 It just so happens, my fitness friend who requested the card is a member of my team on the Jillian Michaels Beach Body Challenge so I think the beach scene & sentiment from Stampendous is perfect.

This is a close up of the beach scene.  It's hard to get a photo showing the shimmer spray I added, but the close up photo does show it a little better.  I was told the birthday girl likes pink, so I colored the beach umbrella & chairs pink (Melon Mambo, to those SU color fans) and used the matching bright pink color cardstock for the card base. 

Other SU! supplies & cardstock color details are:
Cardstock colors used includes Melon Mambo, Old Olive, So Saffron, and Early Espresso. 
Creamy Caramel ink was used to color in some of the tan/brown parts of the beach scene
and Bashful Blue ink was lightly sponged onto the sky & also watercolored on the water.   
So Saffron stripe ribbon added for embellishment. 
The sun was made by layering punch shapes of a 3/4" circle & the largest Boho Blossom punch flower.

The interior has a sentiment, but I have not yet adhered it.
I'll wait to see if my friend likes this sentiment or wants to leave the interior blank. 
Sure hope she likes it!  I loved making it for her!


Love my craft buddy!

Love my craft buddy!
Dog's view of the Craft-a-torium!