pink princess

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This card is really all about this horse and carriage die.  When I first saw it, I knew I just had to have it – I think it’s perfect for a little girl!  Knowing that a particular little girl loved princesses and the color pink, this card was pretty much a no-brainer.

I did have to make it larger than the usual A2 card, in order fit the full image.  Usually I stick to A2’s (5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″… or exactly half the size of a standard 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper), but I keep a handful of cards in different sizes to use as templates.  Ever get those “free” blank gift cards in the mail?  I get quite a few of them from various “save the animals” charities.  (I have trouble saying no to anyone helping little fur-balls.)  When I get one in an unusual size, I save it and its matching envelope.  I just carefully pull the envelope apart and then I have the perfect template for future use.  🙂

I cut the wheels for the carriage out of glitter cardstock, and added some clear Wink of Stella to the top of the carriage.  A die-cut flower and sentiment, and just a few drops of Liquid Pearls, and it was done.

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Products used:  Bazzill cardstock (pink and brown), Kaiser Craft “Magic Happens” patterned paper, DCWV Glitzy Glitter cardstock, Cottage Cutz “Horse & Carriage” die, Simon Says Stamp “Happy Birthday” die, Spellbinders Shapeabilities Floral Corner One die, Clear Wink of Stella pen, Petal Pink Liquid Pearls.

for the car-lovin’ daddies

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Okay, so maybe these cars are just a little bit too “cute” for a Father’s Day card, but I just love them!  I was hoping to tone down the cuteness a bit by going with a simple color scheme, but I would like to try this design again with bright colors for a little boy’s birthday card.

This one is pretty simple – it’s really all about the car and truck dies.  The roadway would have been very easy with rectangular dies, but I didn’t have any, so I actually used the partial-die-cutting method to “stretch” my square dies.  It was easier than I expected.  A white gel pen was used to add the dash lines.  I just heat-embossed the sentiment and hand-cut the flag ends, popping it up on a bit of foam adhesive.

Happy Father’s Day!  Wishing everyone a bright and sunny day!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used:  all cardstock is Bazzill, “Auto Parts” die by Memory Box, sentiment stamp part of “Dude” clear stamp set by Kelly Purkey, from the June 2013 Simon Says Stamp card kit.

quality vs. quantity

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I first tried my hand at card-making as simply an off-shoot from scrapbooking, but now, it’s much more than that.  It’s still a wonderful creative outlet, but now it’s also my driving passion – sharing “paper love” with those who need a little cheer in their lives…

which leads me to a dilemma:  quality vs. quantity.  My free time is very limited.  I know I could increase quantity and send more cards to more people if I stuck with just a few simple, easy to replicate designs.  But if I stop stretching my imagination and stop trying to improve my work, my heart won’t be in it, and ultimately, I’m sure that would affect my ability to share joy.

So what does that have to do with this card?  Well, this started out as an intentional attempt to design an easy-to-replicate card that I could still be happy with.  The end result?  Well, whether it’s any good will be up to the recipient (and any viewers), but I’m fairly happy with the outcome.  However, it really wasn’t all that easy, or quick.

The white mat is dry-embossed with swirls.  I die-cut the butterflies from a strip of Kraft cardstock and cut it at an angle, adding a twine bow.  I decided it needed some dimension, so I popped up the strip with some foam adhesive.  I added the butterflies, popping the largest up on foam adhesive as well.  The sentiment is die-cut, and I added three dots of white enamel accents.  While not terribly difficult, working with tiny bits of foam adhesive, and those very delicate die-cuts, slowed things down. (This is one of those cards that only looks good if you take your time and do it right.)

So, I like the card… but I think I’m still going to have to work on finding a “happy medium”.  Does anyone else struggle with this dilemma?  How do you handle it?

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Supplies used:  Neenah Desert Storm cardstock, Hammermill white cardstock, Simon Says Stamp “Thinking of You” thin die, Memory Box “Dancing Butterflies” thin die, Ranger Enamel Accents (white), Cuttlebug “D’vine Swirl” embossing folder.  (Hemp twine from my stash.)

blue butterflies

KIT-AC1Once again, I have been inspired by the amazing Jennifer McGuire.  She recently posted a beautiful card using a matching die and stamp set, that I really wanted to try myself.  But, as often happens, I didn’t actually have the products she was using, so I had to improvise… and I ended up with something a bit different.

I absolutely adore my Sizzix Big Kick.  I actually tried a Silhouette electronic cutter a while back, but it brought me nothing but frustration.  While I still love the idea of being able to “cut anything on your computer screen”, I’m going to stick with my old-school manual die-cutter.  However, “partial” die-cutting was something I hadn’t tried before.

Now, this idea really works best with a clear stamp and matching thin die… but I don’t happen to have any at the moment.  What I do have is one set of rubber stamps with matching dies (Sizzix Hero Arts Framelits).  Try as I might, I just can’t get these things to line up right unless I stamp first, and then die-cut.  So, instead of die-cutting my card and stamping over it, I die-cut the card with three different butterflies, and then stamped and die-cut three matching butterflies, which I then adhered to the card.

Now, in hindsight, since I wasn’t stamping directly on the card, I suppose I could make a pretty nice card by simply folding the card-base the same way and just adhering the stamped images so they hang over the edge… but that wasn’t what I did:

kit-AC2I actually did a “partial” die-cut with those butterflies on the white card-base.  It does create a pretty cool effect, but it takes a bit of patience to get everything to line up correctly.  The butterflies were all actually heat-embossed with a clear iridescent embossing powder, giving them a sparkly tone-on-tone look.  (Sorry, the sparkle really didn’t photograph well.)  A tiny “hi”, and some sequins, finish it off.  (Have I mentioned my new obsession with sequins?  I never thought I’d be into them… and now, I can’t get enough of them!)

This really didn’t turn out like I planned, but in the end, I’m okay with it.  And now that I know how to do a partial die-cut, I’ll be ready when I finally get myself some of those cool new matching clear stamp & die sets.  (Hey, my card-making supplies wish-list is only three pages long… there’s room for more.)  🙂

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!