Mother’s Day 2017

Happy Mother’s Day, Crafting Friends!

Hope you’re having a wonderful day!  I should’ve shared these cards sooner but it’s been a busy couple of days and lots of activities.  I had my 10 year college reunion the other night…that makes me feel old, but it was a lot of fun!    I want to quickly share a few cards that I made for Mother’s Day as well as a a little project I did for Teacher’s Appreciation week.

  1.  Floral Card in a Box (click on images to zoom)

    I’ve made these a few times in the past year – their a favorite for my next door neighbor ;).  There are lots of tutorials on Pinterest and YouTube.  Here’s my last blog post here and the link to the video I used:  https://craftincaly.wordpress.com/2016/09/19/floral-40th-card-in-a-box/

  2. Freehand Florals (click on images to zoom)

    This is simple layered stamping – but I love the bouquet look.  The stamp set is called Freehand Florals and you can view it here.  I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder on black cardstock and added sequins to finish off the card.

  3. Second Generation SpotLight (click on images to zoom)

    As soon as I saw Jennifer McGuire’s video on this last week using the new Ellen Hutson’s Courage stamp set to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, I had to try this technique for myself.  I don’t have that stamp set yet (but I did order it this morning) – so I used the same Freehand Florals set from above and it turned out sooooo beautifully!  You can view Jennifer’s blog post with video here.

  4. Cross-stitched Roses

    This stamp set by Waffle Flowers called Stitched Roses is amazing!  I spent a lot of time lining up these layering images….my OCD killed me but it turned out looking so relistic!  You can find the awesome stamp set here.  I used a simple border die and some sequins to keep the card simple.  It’s so pretty!

  5. Teacher Appreciation – Cupcake Liner Flowers

    Last week was Teacher Appreciation week.  On Thursday night…I got a text from Evan’s friend’s mom asking if I had any paper flowers lying around.  It was bedtime and there was a situation/possible meltdown because crafting was not going so well in their home.  She wanted to make a project for her teacher and so I got excited at the chance to make some flowers so I went all out!  I followed this tutorial by Lia Griffith and made these cute flowers using cupcake liners and pencils.  I decorated some cardstock to wrap around a small jar and it turned out so cute.  The gift card was something I quickly stamped to hold gift cards for my boys’ teachers.

That’s all for now!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

XOXO,

Caly

2016 Teacher’s Card Gift Set

Hi, Everyone!

Before I start – I want to disclose that this idea is not mine. It’s Jennifer McGuire’s – she’s BRILLIANT. I didn’t feel the need to make a video because her’s is full of information and tips. I don’t have the same supplies as her so I wanted to post how I changed it up a little and made it my own. You can visit her blog post HERE and see hers and view her video – it’s great!

2016 Teacher Card Kit 6

Jennifer is a PRO at foiling. I’ve tried many techniques in the past with a standard laminator and gave up because I felt that nothing worked. Then I got the MINC Machine and put it in a drawer and haven’t played with it since – I only tested it using the few tags that came with the machine which worked great. SO – months later, here we are.  I watched Jennifer’s video yesterday and got inspired to make these card sets for my boys immediately because I don’t have much time left to get them to their teachers as school ends on Monday.

Jennifer has some downloads on her blog post – I tweaked them a little to remove the apple stem/leaf because I don’t have colored foil.  She goes through a lot of work to add a lot of color to hers with foil and it’s beautiful! This was the best way for me make the cards with the supplies I have.  After removing the stems, I added “from the desk of…” and then printed them on Neenah 80lb cardstock.  Make sure you print these on a laser printer – the foil will only adhere to toner that is heat activated!

Tip: I used my MINC toner pen to fill in some small speckles of white where toner didn’t cover the entire apple during the printing process (my printer is running low on toner).Here’s what they look like once I foiled them with red and gold:

I don’t have the Paper Smooches Notebook die that Jennifer uses, so I used the Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX dies from My Favorite Things for one set. I would’ve liked to use this die on both sets but because Mrs. Mack’s name is longer, it didn’t work out for an A1 (4 bar size) card. So I cut those down as small a I could, then rounded the corners and die cut a border of dots at the top using a Paper Smooches border die set that seems to have been discontinued :(. Those holes were really fun to poke out after each cut (NOT).

2016 Teacher Card Kit 1

I used a stem from a Clearly Besotted set and stamped it in Garden Green. Then I used an alphabet background stamp by Simon Says Stamp to stamp some colored cardstock that were cut down to 3 1/4 x 4 1/2 and adhered the “tags” to these colored panels.

2016 Teacher Card Kit

The final step was to cut some card bases to 3 1/2 x 9 1/2 (folded in half – the card is 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 for a top folding card). I’m not a colorful person – but look at these! They’re gorgeous! Jennifer used colored cardstock as the card base on her sets – but I personally don’t like to use colored cardstock as a base because I don’t think you can see the note inside well depending on the color you use. The extra step to make white card bases is worth it to me and gives the colored panel some highlight (and I get to prolong my stash of colored cardstock). 🙂

2016 Teacher Card Kit 4

I ordered some 4 bar envelopes on Amazon last night and they’ll arrive tomorrow – just in time for Monday.  I’ll make boxes for these sets and send them to school with the boys on their last day. I know the teachers will love these personalized gifts! My mom always told me to always respect my teachers like you would your parents – I truly believe this as well.  They aren’t babysitters! They’re parenting and teaching our kids the things we can’t/aren’t trained to and they deserve to be spoiled!

2016 Teacher Card Kit 6

SPEAKING OF COLOR – the new Stampin’ Up! catalog is available to me and I was able to do some preordering.  Sadly, I didn’t get any new stamp sets…but I did make a huge investment in the new IN-COLORS and stocked up on lots of paper, new and old. I think this is my last order with Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator. I know I’ve said this previously but I REALLY think this is my last.  I can’t keep up with the quarterly sales without customers while spending money with other companies too! We recently finished our basement and spent more money than we thought to furnish it – everything adds up so quickly and you don’t realize how much you’ve spent until you see the bill.  EEEK. The remainder of my maternity leave in unpaid so I am making a huge effort to not buy anymore until I start working again (WHY…oh WHY did Lawn Fawn’s new release have to debut this morning?!). Anyway….here’s a look at the new colors. I LOVE each one. Last year, I only purchased two colors. I think these colors really complement the current annual colors and really completes my collection of inks (for now…HA!)

SU 2016-2018 In Colors

That’s all for today! I’m not sure when I’ll have time to do a card video again! I’m on my 4th month (out of 6) with Splitcoaststampers – so I’ll be able to slowly share my work with you soon – I think I’ll start posting one card every few days soon!

Have a wonderful day!

Caly

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.).

CB Best Teacher
CB Best Teacher

EH | SSS


Crumb Cake Ink
Crumb Cake Ink

Daffodil Delight Ink
Daffodil Delight Ink

Old Olive Ink
Old Olive Ink

Pacific Point Ink
Pacific Point Ink

Real Red Ink
Real Red Ink

Wisteria Wonder Ink
Wisteria Wonder Ink

Crumb Cake Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock

Daffodil Delight Cardstock
Daffodil Delight Cardstock

Old Olive Cardstock
Old Olive Cardstock

Pacific Point Cardstock
Pacific Point Cardstock

Real Red Cardstock
Real Red Cardstock

Wisteria Wonder Cardstock
Wisteria Wonder Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb

EH | SSS


White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform

EH | SSS | AMZN

Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads

EH | SSS | AMZN

MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX
MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX

EH | SSS | MFT


PS Wise Dies, Dots & Dashes (Discontinued)
PS Wise Dies, Dots & Dashes (Discontinued)
Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper
Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper

EH | SSS | AMZN

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN


Clear Block Bundle
Clear Block Bundle
HS 12inch Minc Foil Applicator
HS 12inch Minc Foil Applicator

AMZN | SSS

HS Minc Toner Pen
HS Minc Toner Pen

EH | SSS

Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board

EH | SSS


MISTI - Laser Etched

MISTI – Laser Etched


Paper Piercing Tool
Paper Piercing Tool
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS


iCraft Deco Gold Foil - VP
iCraft Deco Gold Foil – VP
iCraft Deco Foil
iCraft Deco Foil

EH | SSS


Garden Green Ink
Garden Green Ink

SSS Tiny Alphabet
SSS Tiny Alphabet