Oh, Boy!

Hi, Everyone!

I have been making cards and I have forgotten to share!  The two I’m sharing on this card are birthday cards.  This Mickey Mouse card was for a 1 year old’s birthday.  He loves Mickey!  I got this stamp set along time ago at Michael’s, I think.  If you want to see an image of the stamp, you can click here to see it on Amazon- but it doesn’t seem like a great price, so check your local craft store first!

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I stamped Mickey on Neenah cardstock and then colored him with copic markers.  For the black piece, I embossed the sentiment with white powder and the Mickey heads in clear powder.  Then I fussy cut the image and adhered him on using some foam tape.

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A quick and simple way to add some wow to a plain background.

Lotso Card in a Box

This second card is for a friend who recently moved to Hawaii.  She asked me to make a card for her husband’s upcoming birthday.  They love Lotso the bear.  I know….it’s kind of weird on this card and I almost didn’t want to share because I wasn’t sure if anyone would appreciate it!  It means a lot to them – since their love story involves this purple bear so I tried to incorporate as much as she asked for: Lotso, palm trees and turtles.

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Lotso was printed from the internet.  The turtles are from Clearly Besotted and the palm tress are from Lawn Fawn.  The back ground is sponged with distress ink.

I wince… but I think Lotso is pretty cute on this card – especially if you know my friend Kat at all.  She got this card in the mail the other day and “lurves” it!  She’s excited to give it to her husband.  🙂

I hope you enjoyed those!  I have two wedding cards to share but I’ll share those next time!  Have a great week!

XOXO,

caly-sig

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Amelia Rose

I love it when I get to make baby cards because I get to use soft pastels and all things cute.  I don’t know this little Amelia Rose – but her parents sure are blessed!  And seriously…what an awesome name to have!  I just adore it!  I made this card by request for a friend about 2 weeks ago so I’m hoping it got to it’s destination and that I can share this.  I honestly don’t make time anymore to craft like I used to and most things I share are things I’ve made by request for friends who need one made.  The new 30 day coloring challenged started on September first and I didn’t even realize it.  Being sick and celebrating my 13th wedding anniversary may have something to do with the mind lapse this past weekend also…

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That man right there is my husband.  I’m a lucky girl because he is an amazing father and support system for us all despite his struggles with trying to finish up his last month of residency right now.  Life has been rough on us and he’s been in school our entire marriage.  I’m so glad I won’t have to say that again soon :).

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Sorry for the tangent…back to the card!  I die-cut a cloud to use as a stencil to create the sponged background.  Then the rest is simple stamping and embossing of the letters.  The cute little monkey was colored using copic markers.  Can you guys what the HARDEST part of this card was?  Those strings!!!  I used gold thread – and they did not want to stay. I ended cutting two little slits on each end to hold the thread in place at the bottom of each balloon but it was still difficult to hold them all in place.  Finally, I added two layers of glossy accents over the pink and mint green letters.

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Hope you enjoyed that!  I’ll try to get more posted soon.  I got some images stamped last night for the 30 day coloring challenge so that’s motivate me to make some cards!  Have a wonderful rest of your week and thanks for stopping by!

XOXO,

caly-sig

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.).

Copic colors used:  YR30, E31, E55, R20

ME Balloon Letters
ME Balloon Letters

EH | SSS |ME

SPD Chunky Monkey
SPD Chunky Monkey

SSS | SPD

MFT Adventure Is Calling
MFT Adventure Is Calling

EH | SSS | MFT

ME Balloon Letters
ME Balloon Letters

EH | SSS | ME

LF Puffy Clouds Border

LF Puffy Clouds Border

EH | SSS | LF


White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot

Blushing Bride Ink
Blushing Bride Ink

Mint Macaron Ink
Mint Macaron Ink
Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black

EH | SSS

WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle
WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle

SSS | EH


Pink Pirouette Cardstock
Pink Pirouette Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb

EH | SSS

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN

ZOTs Adhesive Dots
ZOTs Adhesive Dots

EH | SSS | AMZN


3.5

SSS Friends Die
EK Success Cutter Bee Scissors
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS


SU Stamping Sponges
SU Stamping Sponges
Glossy Accents
Glossy Accents

EH | SSS | AMZN


Coats & Clark Gold Thread
Coats & Clark Gold Thread

Miscellaneous Cards

Hi Everyone!

I’m here to share some recent cards that I made.  Sometimes I feel like I haven’t done a whole lot until I look back and all the photos I’ve taken.  I made a set for a friend this past week and have a few older cards too.

  1.  Princess Thank You cards

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I made this set for a neighbor.  Her daughter turned 1 and she waned a set of thank you cards to send out after the party.  I printed the crowns on cardstock using my laser printer and added some gold foiling using my Minc machine.  I used We Are Memory Keeper Next Level embossing folders for the pink cardstock.  It’s the Quilted set (there are two in each embossing folder set).  The sentiment is from Hero Arts and is a stamp and cut set called Thanks.

2.  Little Bundle

This Little Bundle Lawn Fawn set has been my go-to set for baby shower cards.  I just love that you can make it over and over again and it never gets old.  So…it might look similar to something I’ve shared before.

3.  Happy Pandas

I’ve made a similar card like this in the past as well, but this time, I used Copic markers. Copics and watercoloring are my favorite mediums.  This Happy Panda set is just adorable and super simple to color since Pandas are already black and white.  I just added some gray to them for some variation.

4.  Amazing Peonies

In the past, I have always used just the outline of this Peony Bouquet set to stamp and color.  This time, I decided to use this layering stamp set as it was intended – I used 3 different ink colors and it was effortless.  These cards can be whipped out so quickly!  The sentiments are from a My Favorite Things set called Amazing – imagine that! 🙂

5.  Wedding Cake

Concord and 9th makes amazing stamp sets.  I love this Happy Day stamp set because it can be used for so many occasions!  I made this for a wedding reception we went to last weekend.  I embossed the image in gold and watercolored using Distress Markers – I’ve never done that before and it really works a lot like Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

6. Hello Florals

I used this stamp set for the 30 day coloring challenge in March.  I had to stop and think about that because I can’t believe it’s already May.  This is another set by Concord and 9th called Hello Lovely.  Instead of using black to emboss, I used white.  It really changes the effect of the card.  I used Zig Clean Color Real brush markers for this card.  I love the vibrant colors!

7.  Mickey and Minnie Birthday

Last but not least – I have a card I made using Mickey stamps that I got from Michaels – I don’t have a link for this one, sorry!  I personalized them using My Favorite Things’ Stitched Alphabet Banner dies.  A little personalization always makes a card more fun!

I hope you enjoyed those cards!  You can click on the images to enlarge them.  I have a few Mother’s Day cards to share next time – I hope I remember to share them before next Sunday!  Until then, take care!

XOXO,

caly-sig

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,

Caly sig

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,

caly-sig

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!

Caly sig

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