Wednesday, 20 November 2013

     I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Stampin' Up demonstrators and other individuals who have shared techniques on You Tube.  As you can see on this blog I am learning so much from you!  Thanks so much!

    I made this group of 5 birthday cards using Stampin' Up Field Flower stamp set with Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Up ink for the flowers and Old Olive for the stems.  The bases are from Recollections yellow card stock.  The sentiment is from Stampin' Up Love Label stamp and punch set.  Stampin' Up Pumpkin Pie ink was used for the sentiment pieces.  

    Here are 2 tea match books I made for Christmas gifts.  I love making these for people! 

Joy fold Christmas card

     I really enjoyed making this joy fold Christmas card.  I learned the technique on You Tube and want to thank the person who came up with the idea!  I love it! 

Christmas card

    I made this sample Christmas card for a set of 5 pre-assembled kits for my friend to make.  

Birthday card

This is a birthday card I made last month.  I really like the paper clip bicycle on it.

Sympathy card

    This is a sympathy card I made last night.  It is made big enough for a group of people to sign. 
For materials, I used the following: 
Recollections brown card stock for base
Recollections ivory color shimmer paper for picture and label. 
Stampin' Up Whisper White card stock for mat 
Stampin' Up Hostess Simply Sketched stamps 
Stampin' Up Pumpkin Pie ink for the top part of the picture 
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Antique Linen for bottom of the picture 
Celebrate It Ribbon from Michael's. 

Friday, 1 November 2013

     This is a waterfall card for a 50th Anniversary.  The squares each have decades from 10  to 40 and the long piece says "Golden Anniversary" with two small gold hearts at the end.  I loved doing this for friends of ours who are celebrating 50 years of marriage tomorrow!  It was so much fun to design and put together for them!  The card base is brown paper from Recollections, The lighter paper is champagne color shimmer paper from Recollections embossed with Cuttlebug Swirl embossing folder.  The brown 3/4" x 4" piece is adhered with heart shaped brads. Inside the card are two embossed gold hearts on the bottom left side.

This is a Christmas card using the A Round Array Stamp set, rhinestones and sentiment from Stampin' Up.  I'm sorry I do not know what set the sentiment is as it was pre-stamped when I received the kit. The card stock is also from Stampin' Up. 

     Here is a collection of 5 cards on yellow card stock bases.  They are stamped with Stampin' Up Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie Classic inks.  I used the Field Flower stamp set and Love Label stamp sets from Stampin' Up.   

  This card was made for a young boy.  I'm sorry  the top edge was cut off in the picture.  I sponged it with blue ink for sky and antique linen distress ink for the bottom half.  There is a piece of gray card stock for the road with a bicycle paper clip.  The sun was stamped with Daffodil Delight ink (Stampin' Up) on yellow card stock.  The picture was adhered to a rust color card stock (Recollections).

Thursday, 10 October 2013

This is a fall birthday card using fall colored paper from  Recollections.  An acorn stamp and a maple leaf stamp were used for the background stamping.  I used Craftsmart Chocolate brown ink for the acorn and Tim Holtze Antique linen distress ink for the leaf.  For the band I used versamark ink and clear embossing powder with the acorn stamp.  I used the same for the Happy Birthday stamp on the top piece.  The Happy Birthday stamp is a retired Stampin' Up stamp.  

Anniversary card

     Here is an anniversary card ordered from a Facebook friend for her husband.  It was done in their wedding colors which I like to do as much as possible.  qh

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Gift card holder

     This is a gift card holder I made for a friend.  It is a 5" square.  The layers are as follows:: 
White squares are 43/4", 41/4" and 33/4".  
The orange squares are 5", 41/2" and 4". 
For the front piece, I stamped the image and sentiment on tissue paper, scrunched the tissue paper and then glued it to the smallest white piece.  I then added a green monarch butterfly.  I want to thank Brandy Cox for sharing this tissue paper technique.  The other two white squares are embossed with the Cuttlebug swirl embossing folder.   The large square base is 5" x 12" and scored at 5" and 10".  There are 2 white 43/4" pieces inside.  Each stamped with a coordinating stamp.  The pocket for the gift card is adhered to the inside with 1/8" wide score tape.  Have fun making one.  This size fits a Superstore gift card with the sleeve attached to it.  

    This is a birthday card I made for my son.  It is a waterfall card with coach related stickers.  He has been assisting coaching on the senior football team he played with prior to his graduation.  

  Here is a birthday card using the following materials:
Stampin' Up Pumkin Pie classic stampin pad
Stampin' Up Daffodil Delight classic stampin pad
Stampin' Up Field Flowers Clear stamp set
Stampin' Up Love Label Clear stamp set
Stampin' Up Pumpkin Pie card stock
Recollections White cardstock
Corner punch

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Here is another sympathy card I put together on Tuesday night.  It was fun putting it together although sympathy cards are not my favorite type of card to do.  The mat is embossed with the D'vine swirl folder and the green band is embossed with the honeycomb border folder.  The sentiment is heat embossed and punched with the word punch and matted onto a piece punched with the modern label punch.  Both of these are Stampin' Up products. The paper is Recollections paper from Michael's.  

Here is a sympathy card made yesterday morning.  Just trying to use some new art piece I found, to see if it would work.  I was happy with the result. 

The ladies asked for a masculine birthday card idea so this is what I shared with them using the brick embossing folder and the Happy Birthday stamp from Stampin' Up alphabet soup stamp set. I also used brads which resembled screws for the mat. I have fun putting this one together. 

This a sympathy card using the joy fold technique.  I really like the colors on it.

This is a triple stamping Thanksgiving card I shared with the ladies yesterday. It was fun to put together. 

     Yesterday, I spent the morning with these wonderful ladies, sharing ideas that I have learned over the past year and a half from other card makers.  We had so much fun together!

Monday, 12 August 2013

       This is a wedding card made in the couple's wedding colors, purple, white and mint green. The white front is embossed with the Cuttlebug D'vine swirl embossing folder.  The hearts are punched with a Martha Stewart heart punch and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up Occasional Quotes.

Well after a nice week in British Columbia, it is time to update this blog.  This is a joy fold card I made for my son and daughter-in-law for their first anniversary.  Their wedding colors were used for this card.  They liked it so much they asked me to make a card for their friends' wedding, so while they were visiting us in July I sat down and worked on another joy fold card for their friends.  I used colors to match the wedding invitation (blue, white and burlap).  It was fun. For this card, I used left over paper from their wedding card. The stamps are from Stampin' Up teeny tiny wishes. The sentiment is punched out with the word punch and the mat is from the modern label punch which are both from Stampin' Up. I regret that I do not have a picture of the wedding card.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

     Here is a 25th anniversary card.  The base is blue and the white panel is embossed with the roses embossing folder.  The corners are punched with a Fiskars lace corner punch.  The heart and sentiment piece are from the same paper as the base.  The number, mini hearts under the number and sentiment are heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  Silver mini hearts punched from silver foil card stock used for the sentiment piece.  Enjoy! 

      Several people we know have 50th anniversaries coming up this year so I need to be prepared.  The top one is a very simple one.  The white panel is embossed with my rose embossing folder and the corners are punched with a new punch I received from my sister recently.  I punched 4 mini hearts for the corners and the large heart is heat embossed with the number using white embossing powder. The sentiment was typed on the computer and then punched with a word punch and then glued onto the gold modern label. The white panel on the bottom card is embossed with the floral lattice embossing folder with the bottom edge punched with the scalloped edge punch.  The gold band is a 3/4" strip of the gold paper also used for the hearts.  I punched 4 hearts which I used in the top card.  The sentiment and heart are the same as the top one.    

Friday, 12 July 2013

These are some gift card holders to fit a gift card from Superstore with the cardboard that it comes in.  The holders are 5" square.  I used a 5"x 11" piece for one of them and 5" x 10" piece for the other two.  The front panel is a vegetable pack I had bought some time ago.  A strip of this vegetable paper is also used inside.  The holder made with a 5" x 11" piece has a 1" pocket adhered inside of the front.  The other two have a green panel with an opening for the gift card made with a word punch from Stampin' Up. I like those better because they are not as bulky.  

Here is a birthday card I made for a friend of mine.  I used the birthday embossing folder and some pieces I had for the top.  My sister gave me a punch which I used for the bottom corners of the pink piece.  The butterfly was an extra one from the birthday favors shown earlier.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

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Monday, 8 July 2013

Here is a sympathy card with both the plant and sentiment stamped and heat embossed.  Nice and easy for multiple cards.  

Materials used:  Recollections beige and coral card stock, orchid and sentiment stamp by Stampendous.  
Card base: 41/4" x 81/2" (scored at 41/4 " ).  The base could also be cut 41/4" x 11" and scored at 51/2".  
Mat: 4" x 51/4".  Sentiment strip is 1" (adjust according to stamp being used) x 4".  I used versamark ink and clear embossing powder for both the orchid and the sentiment. 

This card can modified for any occasion.  Enjoy!

Just wanted to share this idea for gift card holders to accommodate the extra packaging some cards are sold in.  These holders are 5" x 5".  The pieces for these are 5" x 10" with a piece 2" x 5" to use as a pocket and
to coordinate with the front panel.   These could also be used as a holder for a compact disc without the plastic case. Have fun making them!  Each of these gift card holders is made with a different embossing folder and paper.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Baby gift card holder

I would like to thank Tami White for her tutorial for this on Pinterest.  She did a Christmas one which was really cute.  I used the measurements to use it for a gift card holder as a baby gift.  

Monday, 1 July 2013

Birthday card

Since sewing has been such a big part of my mother's life, it just seemed fitting to make this card for her 90th birthday!  It is an easel card.

Favors for my mother's 90th birthday

These are favors my sister and I made for our mother's 90th birthday yesterday.  The triangle boxes were for her children and grandchildren and the spinner cards in the front of the picture were for the great-grandchildren.  It was a great day with perfect weather!

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Graduation cards

Good morning!  Now that grad is over, I will share these cards that I made for my son's friends at their graduation yesterday.  The swirl background was for the girls and the dots for the boys.  These cards were made in their school colors but can be done in any color combination.

Friday, 21 June 2013

With so many babies being born, I just thought I would share this idea for gift card holders.  They are matchbooks with pockets for the gift card inside.  Please e-mail me for any questions or comments you may have.  Enjoy! Happy gift card holder making!

Thursday, 13 June 2013

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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

The top picture is the inside of this joy fold card made into a money holder or could be revised for a gift card.  I used this particular one for a tip holder.  I was given a gift certificate to Posh Hair Salon for a Mother's Day Gift so instead of just giving the hair dresser cash I presented it in this holder. She loved it! 
It is amazing how a simple card like this can bring so much joy. The measurements are a piece 41/4" x 81/2" scored at 51/2".  The smaller piece is 3"x 8" scored at 4".  The mats are 1/4" smaller than each of the pieces. 

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

These are very simple little cards for our preschool students.  They are 4" square cards with embossed fronts and a butterfly punched out of different colors and a tag with their name on it.  The inside has a little note for them thanking them for a great year of preschool.  It is so much fun making special little things like this. 

Monday, 10 June 2013

2 websites that I go to for inspiration are and  YouTube has also been a source of inspiration.

This picture was taken at a craft sale I did last November. The matchbooks for tea are in red box on the right side and the hot chocolate and apple cider matchbooks are in the box on the left. As you can see there are assorted types of Christmas cards - regular fold, joy fold, easel cards and twisted easel cards. The tea and hot chocolate matchbooks were the best sellers at both craft sales.

This is an anniversary easel card which can be done in any color.  This one was made for a 40th wedding anniversary.

This is a tea matchbook.  My sister shared this idea with me and I have used the matchbook idea for baby shower favors and for Christmas craft sales.  People bought them to put in Christmas stockings or to include in a card.  For Christmas craft sales last November I made them 4" wide to fit a hot chocolate mix package or hot apple cider mix package.  They were also big sellers for gift giving!  This particular matchbook was made for a co-worker who was dealing with allergies.  It is 3" wide.

This is a gift card holder.  I used a 5"x 12" piece of card stock as the base.  It is scored at 5" and 10".
Materials used were: Stampin Up modern label punch, Stampin Up word punch, a Recollections music note punch, a dimensional sticker for the treble clef and a robin dimensional sticker.  The background paper is from the Recollections "Spice market" package of 12" x 12" card stock.  Please be sure to ask any questions you may have.
This is a graduation card that can be made with any school colors.  It is that time again.

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