Lyla’s First Birthday

Hi, Everyone!!!

My daughter Lyla’s birthday party was two weeks ago and I honestly cannot believe I have not thought to share the event with you!  I even took a week off after this party to relax and get things done around the house! Oxymoron! I definitely got a lot done around the house but there was not a single day of rest or relaxation!

Let’s talk about this party, shall we? I’m a DIY person to the core. I seriously did everything I could possibly do myself for this party. The hardest part was deciding to do the party at all. My family works a lot. Most of them work 7 days a week and after 10 years of kids’ birthdays, I’ve learned not to try to work around their schedule. We knew that a few of my husband’s family members would come but only have a few close friends. So it was between a small intimate group or a large group-including all our neighbors who have grown to be both friends and family to us. My only daughter only turns one once right?!  Go big or go home, they say!

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First things, first. The invitation. I’ve been wanting to learn handlettering for a while now. My wonderful husband got me and iPad Pro for Christmas and I decided to play with it to create an invitation for her. I went with a boho theme. My lettering is not too great here and I did this way before I started my lettering journey with ipadlettering.com and thehappyevercrafters.com. If you want to see my work/progress, I have a separate instagram account for lettering named Calygraphy 😜. I got 50 invitations printed at Costco (they only sell them in sets of 25).

 

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Next, I saved Starbucks frappe jars that my husband brings home from work, cleaned, and dried them. I gave them a coat if white spray paint and then blasted them with gold glitter paint. The brand I used was Krylon. Save yourself 40% at a local major craft store. I don’t buy anything without a coupon! I also got some large white feathers and spray-painted the ends with gold glitter as well. I got some silk flowers to arrange these. So many options here!

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I used my Brother Scan N Cut 2 to cut out the word “one” here and you’ll see some more things similar in later photos. I love my electronic cutting machine fire things like this.

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Let’s go ahead and talk about these balloons. Balloons are a huge waste of money, aren’t they?!? But you have to have them to add to the esthetics!  I wanted clear so I got a huge bag of clear latex balloons from Amazon. I cut strips of teal, white, and pink tissue paper to give them tassels.  You see the confetti in there? Yep…I punched circles using the same tissue paper and hand-stuffed 12 balloons before taking them to a local floral shop to have them blown up. 😱  I know…I’m either hardcore or somewhat over the top crazy about this decor.

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My apologies if this is a bad picture. It’s a direct screenshot from a photo I posted on Instagram.  That’s my handwriting on those teeny tshirts!!! I made two for a neighbor who turned one in March and the gold one for Lyla to wear on her birthday.

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I learned a few things practicing handlettering since I created the invitation! 😜  This chalkboard is done using Chalkola markers. These markers are amazingly vibrant. So I’m going to have to say this…the company reached out to me and sent me these markers for free. First time that’s ever happened to me!  If you want some…click HERE. Enter the following code to get a 15% discount: 15OFFSTAR. It comes with a pack of metallic chalk markers that are amazing too!

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This is another quick project. I usually make a banner to display monthly baby photos but decided after walking down the aisles at Michaels that I wanted a frame. I had one sitting at home all busted up without glass on it-so I spray-painted it white and hot glued twine on them. I made a bunch of Pom Poms and tied them in randomness spots to the twine. Numbers cut using my electronic cutter and got photos printed at Walmart. The backing is just posterboard. Nothing too fancy. I actually have something hanging behind it that I didn’t want to take down…got lazy…hence the posterboard. 😬🙄

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My first day off work was supposed to be a shopping day. I waited…and waited…and waited for my husband to get home. If you know anything about residents-when they say they should be off by 1pm….don’t expect them to walk through the door until at least 5:30pm. This is at least true for my husband. Nevermind the numerous times I’ve been disappointed…I’m learning slowly not to believe him when he gives me a time. So while I waited…I decided I would make a wall arrangement of paper flowers. I used card stock and cut out petals. I tend to always tweak things I see – but the tutorial I watched can be found HERE. It turned out amazing-way better than I had envisioned!

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Maybe you’ll believe me…maybe you won’t…but I spent 2 days on those cookies. If you ever wonder why decorated sugar cookies cost so much-its because it takes a lot of time and detail. Ok…so a few hours to bake them on one night…and at least another 5 to decorate them on another. Making royal icing and coloring them to your liking takes at least another hour. It’s no joke. It’s a definite labor of love.

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I spent another day baking just cakes, cupcakes, and cake pops. I made a cake just like this the week before in teal for Lyla’s smash cake photos. You can see it in the photo above below the paper flowers on the wall. So for the party-I thought I would make a pink one instead. I also baked vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with frosting in the same colors.

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These were simple and took little time compared to everything else I did. Gold cupcake liners for the win!

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Don’t look too closely-they are far from perfect. The stand is a Deflecto brand that is versatile. I found it on Amazon-there are lots of different options!  These cake pops were a huge hit with the kids and disappeared first!

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I also had a spread of savory appetizers which were only touched by adults and is nothing too amazing to share. But that’s a wrap, Ya’ll!  It was a full-house!  Hardly any room to walk at all and I was so happy with the outcome!  It’s also a relief that it’s over! Phew!

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I can’t leave you without a tease of Lyla and her cake. I hate to post a personal photo so I’ve tried to put a big watermark over the image (for the unwelcome who might try to save the photo regardless…you are trespassing and violating my wishes). I hope everyone else enjoys viewing my post and can get some wonderful ideas for their next party!

XOXO,

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Birthdays and Babies

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to stop by and share a few cards I’ve made recently – all birthday related.

I made a floral card in a box card last month for a friend that was a huge hit -another neighbor asked me to make one for her mom. If you want to see the details for the box, please see this blog post here.  The only difference is I used Clearly Besotted’s Miniature Florals for the flowers.  I’m also entering this card in Darlene Devrie’s LiveLoveCards’ monthly challenge. 🙂

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She asked for bright colors!

Another neighbor had a baby last week – so this is a really quick card that I made to welcome Baby Joseph:  I used MFT’s Stitched Banner Alphabet dies, Snuggle Bunnies, and their Stitched Square Scallop Frames dies.

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This card is so simple – I just sponged some Blue on a square piece of white cardstock, stamped the images and then colored them with various copic markers.  The die cutting really does all the work on this card.

Last but not least – I have another birthday card that I made for a personal friend who lives in California.  She loves bunnies – so this time, I used Mama Elephant’s Page Huggers to make her a card.  I actually have a list of supplies for this card that I will post below.  Just some sponging, stamping and coloring again using Copics :).

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these! Until next time – I’m busy working on Holiday cards!

xoxo,

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SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

COPICS: N2, N4, W00, W1, G14, YG09, YR15, YR16, B60, BV00, R20

ME Words Defined
ME Words Defined

EH | SSS |ME

ME Page Huggers
ME Page Huggers

EH | SSS |ME


SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black

EH | SSS

EK Success Powder Tool
EK Success Powder Tool

EH | SSS | AMZN

WOW Clear Gloss Superfine
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine

SSS | AMZN


Crisp Canteloupe Ink
Crisp Canteloupe Ink (Retired)

Pistachio Pudding Ink (Retired)
Pistachio Pudding Ink (Retired)

Sweet Sugarplum Ink
Sweet Sugarplum Ink

Whisper White Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN

Glossy Accents
Glossy Accents

EH | SSS | AMZN


Absorber
Absorber

SSS Friends Die
EK Success Cutter Bee Scissors

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched

Mini MISTI – Laser Etched

Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board

EH | SSS

Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS

A Little Bundle

The second month of my term with Splitcoaststampers was March – I can’t believe this card was made 6 months ago! The theme was “The Little Things”. I had just gotten this stamp set by Lawn Fawn and knew I wanted to make a card using it immediately. It’s so cute and simple but you can really spice it up with color!

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I stamped all the images using my MISTI to make sure it all stamped well and crisp. I then colored the tiny clothes with Copics. Once done coloring, I masked off these images and then used distress ink to ink the background. THAT’S IT! So simple.

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I usually don’t double mat – but I felt this card needed more pink..:)

This is a short post – but I hope you enjoy it anyway!

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Thanks again for stopping by!

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SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

COPICS: RV91, RV11, G00, BG11, V12, V15, RV10, RV02

Distress Inks: Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass

LF Little Bundle
LF Little Bundle EH | SSS | LF
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink EH | SSS | AMZN
Molotow Masking Pen 2mm
Molotow Masking Pen 2mm EH | SSS
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks EH | SSS
Ranger Mini Round Foam Blending Refills
Ranger Mini Round Foam Blending Refills EH | SSS | AMZN
Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools

Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools

EH | SSS | AMZN

LF Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables
LF Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables EH | SSS | LF

Big Shot
Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform EH | SSS | AMZN
Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads EH | SSS | AMZN
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb EH | SSS

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb

Pink Pirouette Cardstock
Pink Pirouette Cardstock
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN

MISTI - Laser Etched
MISTI – Laser Etched
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board EH | SSS

Baby Shower Thank You Tags

Hey, Everyone!

I’ve been producing a lot of mass projects lately with the holidays and I had to do it again this morning for “Thank You” tags that I wanted to make for my neighbors who incorporated a shower into our monthly ladies’ night.

I wanted to make these tags coordinate with my nursery theme, so I chose grays, light pink and teal, chevron, and and elephant.

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I used a background chevron stamp to stamp on 4.25x 5.5″ pieces of cardstock, then used a large tag die from Mama Elephant called Tags A Lot. This die set also comes with 3 different types/sizes of re-inforcers for the hole – so I used Brushing Bride cardstock for those.

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The word “thanks” is from a Stampin’ Up! die set called Hello You Thinlits. I used Mint Macaron cardstock for it and finished the tag off with an elephant stamp from Zoo Babies and some Blushing Bride Twine – since I’m hand-delivering these, I wanted the twine to be long enough so that I can string these on door knobs if I had to if neighbors were not home. You can also mail these of course!

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These tags were fun to make because they go along with the theme to my nursery – but you can do whatever you want to personalize it :).  I hope you like it!

Here’s a video if you’d like to watch. I share some insights to the best method for cutting clean words using my big shot.

SUPPLIES:

Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).


Smoky Slate Ink
Smoky Slate Ink

Blushing Bride Cardstock
Blushing Bride Cardstock

Mint Macaron Cardstock
Mint Macaron Cardstock

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb

Positively Chevron
Positively Chevron

Zoo Babies
Zoo Babies

Big Shot
Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform EH | SSS | AMZN
Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads EH | SSS | AMZN
MB Metal Adaptor Plate
MB Metal Adaptor Plate EH | SSS
Sizzix Precision Base Plate
Sizzix Precision Base Plate EH | SSS

SU Hello You Thinlits Dies
SU Hello You Thinlits Dies
ME Tags A Lot
ME Tags A Lot EH | SSS | ME

Fast Fuse
Fast Fuse
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue EH | SSS

Clear Block Bundle
Clear Block Bundle
EK Success Craft Tweezers
EK Success Craft Tweezers EH | SSS | AMZN

MISTI - Laser Etched
MISTI – Laser Etched

Paper Piercing Tool
Paper Piercing Tool

Blushing Bride Baker's Twine
Blushing Bride Baker’s Twine

Absorber
Absorber

Baby Boy Dresser Step Card

Hi Everyone!

I’m back today with another dresser step card. I showed a coworker my dresser card from last night and was asked to make one for a boy. So without going into the details since you can view my last post here, I’ll just show you the pictures and list the colors/stamp details.

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Card Base: Soft Suede

Hardwood background stamp in Soft Suede

Baby onsie from Baby Tees Stampin’ Up! wheel stamp (retired)

Baby socks from Something for Baby stamp set

Baby in bassinet and greeting from Bundled Baby stamp set

Stamped images are stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities markers.

Baby Girl Dresser Step Card

Hi Everyone! I tried something new today when I decided to make a baby card for our friends, Jimmy and Thai, who welcomed their first baby this week. I’ve been wanting to make a step card, and this is the perfect occasion for it! It’s a lot easier than i thought. I saw some ideas on Pinterest which ultimately led me to a video on YouTube. You can find it here. I made a few tweaks and you can change it up as you like. Here is my version of the card:

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I began with a piece of white card stock trimmed to 5.5″ x 8.5″. These directions might be confusing to read so be sure to check out the video so you can see what’s happening. Next, cut down the center of the card base on the “long” side – the card should stop at the 2.75″ mark on your trimmer – from 1″ to 5.25″. Don’t cut all the way through!!!

Once you’re done cutting, you’ll want turn your card stock clockwise and two score the right side of the previously cut line at 1″ and 2″. Here’s a diagram I created to help you visualize what I’m trying to say (click on the image to see a clearer/larger version):

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Make a mountain fold with the first score line at 1″, and a valley fold at the second score line at 2″. Once these folds are in place, you want to fold the entire thing in half while keeping those step folds in place. This will create your card base.

I used a label punch to punch the dresser side to give it the look of dresser legs and a border punch on the right side. Then I sponged on the sides and edges with Pink Pirouette.

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Here is what the card looks like once it’s folded:

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To make the dresser drawers, cut out three pieces of card stock to 0.75″ x 2.25″ pieces. Sponge the edges of these as well. On the top drawer, I added a small piece of Venetian Crochet Trim to make it look like a small piece of clothing is hanging out of the drawer.

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I used a piercing tool to mark the centers of each piece and added Pink Pirouette Candy Dots to create knobs.

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The greetings and image is from the Bundled Baby stamp set. I did some coloring with Stampin’ Up’s Blendabilities markers and used the Word Window Punch and the Modern Label Punch on the embellishment/greeting.

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The booties and duck are from other stamp sets that I have – you can use anything you have to dress up the card. On the inside, I cut a piece of Blushing Bride card stock to 2.5″ x  4.5″ and layered it with a white piece cut to 2.25″ x 4.25″. I sponged the white piece with pink pirouette ink as well to carry over the effect from the front of the card.

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Trim your greeting if it can be seen when you close your card (you’ll have less space if you punch out too much space for the legs of the dresser).

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All done!! I LOVED making this card! Hope you liked it!  Please leave a comment if you have any questions! I really have plans to start making video tutorials one of these days if I’m ever brave enough!

Playing Catch-Up is a little Overwhelming

I’m pretty excited about getting this blog going. So I’m trying too do too much too fast and it’s giving me some heart flutters and butterflies. So, I’m really going to fly through these cards that I made. Some I made for fun, others for special occasions.

Stampin’ Up has retired all their wheel stamps. I bought some from a lady off craigslist and unmounted mine to make them flat for ease of use. That took quite a bit of patience since I had to peel the rubber off the wheels, then mount them to some clear foam. Stampin’ Up sells Clear-Mount Cling Foam sheets that you can buy to covert any stamp that you have into a clear mount stamp. To clarify, clear-mount stamps are stamps that cling to clear acrylic blocks for stamping (versus using a wood block). I used a gingham stamp that I converted from a wheel stamp for this card. The sentiment is from Label Love.

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At one point, I made it a goal for myself to make cards with every stamp set that I had purchased. My neighbor told me that she had stamp sets in her closet that had never been used. I didn’t want this to be me! I have to use everything I buy!  So I made this using a set called A Fitting Occasion for a friend who just recently got pregnant and is expecting her first baby..

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This card was very simple and sweet. I used a stamp from a set called A Round Array, which doesn’t seems to be retired now. I stamped the same image in 5 different colors. To make the embossed lines and dots, I used Stampin’ Up’s Simply Scored Borders Scoring Plate. It just makes it so pretty! I also added some pearls to the center of the flowers to give it some extra umph.

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This cute card is another Hostess set called Nuts About You. It’s just whimsy and fun. I made it for my husband because I was bored. No special occasion required.

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My oldest son, Noah turned 8 this year. We’re in a new town and he’s in a new school so instead of throwing our usual house party and inviting everyone we know, he chose a few friends to come over for a game day. I made these invitations using a retired set called Make a Wish. I was so pleased with how they turned out!

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This next card, I used the Flower Patch set. I actually used an embossing folder as a stamp for the background.

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The next four cards were designed by my upline, Cindy Clements. We visited Kansas City in September and I just just missed one of her stamping parties, so she put together this kit for me to case the cards she created. The first one is a stamp from a set called For the Birds. The second card, from a set called Bloom with Hope.

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For the Birds

These two cards are made using a versatile set called Work of Art. The stamps are images of watermarks and it’s just up to you to create whatever image you want. I’ve seen lots of creative cards made with this set!

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I’ve made two wedding cards. One for a coworker of mine and another for Stephen’s coworker. The first is just heart cut shapes. I used a white Chalk paint to draw the collars and pocket. Black ink to draw the buttons and a small ribbon to make the bow. The white heart is just embossed and accented with pearls. Nothing too complicated.

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The second wedding card for my coworker was made using a retired set called Love and Laughter. I didn’t let it dry and smeared it a little. So I took a sponge and smeared the entire image intentionally to give it a wind-blown look. Oh well – I’m sure no one is going to complain that my card isn’t perfect, right? 😉

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I made this birthday card using Zoo Animals. I cased this card from Pinterest and the original can be found here.

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This cute little guy…I feel like it’s a bug with giant eyes…but I guess you can see a frowning face too is actually made from a retired set called flower set called Pick a Petal. People really are just too creative – my neighbor actually made this one and I found a set on Ebay that I purchased because I love it so much. She stamped a few images for me to take home to make my own card.

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This is the Swallowtail. Just gorgeous. I stamped the image with pigment ink and embossed it with white embossing powder. Then I sponged the image with some Rich Razzleberry ink to give it this effect. I really like sponging. I think it’s easy and creates such depth to an image. I’m posting other cards using this technique on other cards as well.

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Swallowtail

My father in law loves to golf. So for his birthday, I cased this card from Pinterest. The original card is found here.

Golf Card

For Christmas, I got a 3 month Paper Pumpkin Kit subscription for my mother in law. Since I didn’t want to send her an email to announce what her gift was, I made this matchbox using my Envelop Punch Board and stuck it in there.

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These last two are two of my favorites. I made them early on with little experience and thought they turned out great. I again used my unmounted Gingham stamp from Stampin’ Up to create the fading background (just keep stamping without re-inking). then I stamped several hearts then punched them out and sewed them down with my sewing machine. The sentiment is from a set called Kind & Cozy.

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The Post Card stamp is so timeless and you can really do so much with it. The background is stamped with a set called Postage Due. I really don’t think you can make this card and give it a vintage feel without it.

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I made this one for Stephen and his sister, Emily’s graduation. This set, called Pure Gumption is now retired and I’m really sad I didn’t get it. The great thing about this card is, you can change the colors and the embossing design for any graduate in mind…so easy to customize! I looked this set up on Ebay and they were trying to get $85 dollars for this set! Talk about price gouge. It was only about $13 if I can remember correctly!

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Last but not least, this is the card I recently made Stephen for his birthday a few weeks ago. It too is a Pinterest idea and I cased it. The original card is available here. I changed it up a bit by making it an easel card – it props up and is held up by a sentiment popped up by a Stampin’ Dimensional. This is the first time I’ve done any card-tearing. Apparently it’s a technique that used to be very popular (may still be, I don’t know!)

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More to come! Just 4 more posts before I catch up!