Monday, January 22, 2018

A Sympathy Card

At this time of the year it is a tough thing to face the loss of a loved one.  Unfortunately, one of my staff at work lost not only one, but two of her brothers last month.  Tragic anytime, but definitely overwhelming during what is supposed to be a "happy" time of the year.  I wanted to send my condolences with something a bit bright, if understated.  This Kraft, one layer card fit my expectation.

I used my Simon Says Stamp Floral Bliss stamp and my Simon Says Stamp Friendship Messages for sentiment on the outside of the card, coloring the image with colored pencils.

On the inside, a simple sentiment with plenty of room for a handwritten note.  Since I was worried about getting something wrong in the coloring and I had the stamp in the MISTI, I stamped a few of these to color and add to the stash.  Without the sentiment inside, these cards can be used for many different occasions.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Mermaids and Birthdays

Who doesn't exactly love mermaids?  Especially with all the adorable stamp sets out there.  I'm sharing this card that Brandy made for her niece's birthday.  The amount of care and love thrown into all the intricate little details. Each of these pieces were fussy cut, ensuring a black edge and a seamless look.  That shading is all ink effects using a grey Copic marker - stunning!

Whoo hoo! A die cut card stand gives this little girl a method for displaying her card for weeks to come.  Those mermaids are definitely happy little girls and we'd have to agree that Brandy's niece must know how very much her auntie cares, making her one happy little girl as well.

We're both on a crafty roll starting the new year.  There's some fun we've planned for the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more cards and a little something extra.

Andie for 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Valentines with a Coffee Cup Theme

At Christmas time, I was so inspired by Nicole Spohr's Christmas gift card coffee cup holders that I picked up Honey Bee Stamps' Coffee cup card die set.  Nicole used the gift card holder which is slightly different from what I purchased.  Nicole's card has a "tri-fold" design which would ensure that the gift card is held in place.  My die set is the one which creates a standard A2 sized card which folds at the top and have the shape of a paper coffee cup.  The die set comes with the layering pieces for the lid, frame for the cup and insert for the frame of the cup.  There are also two dies for the sleeve that would traditionally protect your fingers from the heat of the coffee.  I decided to move in a valentines direction since Christmas is well and over, so I coupled these cards with some stamped die cuts using my Papertrey Ink You Have My Heart stamp and die set.

I decided to walk on the wild side and die cut from leftover patterned paper from a 6 x 6 Our Daily Bread Designs pack along with die cuts of hearts, arrows, etc. from coordinating cardstocks.  I cut way more patterns than I needed and just had fun pairing them together to create each card.

In the end, I finished off 4 different cards for the stash.  As I photographed these, I decided that I might want to make a bunch to give a valentine to folks at work.  I'm envisioning a Ghirardelli chocolate square tucked inside and held in place with a glue dot and that sleeve.  Nothing big, but a small way to brighten the day of a coworker or two (or 10 since I have a few folks in my organization at work).  Stay tuned as I intend to make more card bases and paper piece some more valentines.

I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:

City Crafter Challenge Blog At the Tearoom

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge Simon Says Add A Sentiment

Coffee & Creativitea Macaroon Inspired

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Rainbow Notecard Set

I'm here today to share with you a card set made by Brandy.  She used Nicole Spohr's inspiration from this post as the card design inspiration.  All techniques and supplies matched Nicole's with the exception of the word background stamp as Brandy used a scripty words background stamp that she had on hand.

The ink colors are all Altenew inks and she was so inspired and the stamping so easy to complete a rainbow of cards were created over the course of a week.  Both Brandy and I have full time jobs which consume many hours a week and these cards represent hours spent relaxing from our day jobs.  What a beautiful way to relax, don't you think?

The strips on the bottom of the cards were made with gold (on the pink, red, orange and yellow flowers) and silver (on the teal, blue and purple) gilding flakes.  Easy peasy finish to a card that just pops off the page. 

Here's the final grouping in rainbow order.  These cards went into the stash - how perfect given the assortment of sentiments.  This project would be a fantastic gift set as well.  We'll hope that these are as inspiring to you as Nicole's set was inspiring to Brandy!

Andie for 

Monday, January 15, 2018

A Baby Girl Greeting Card

I had mentioned that I was going to search the stash for some other baby centric stamps.  Instead, I decided to transform this tiny little creature from Penny Black's Critter Party stamp set.  He was just too adorable to pass up.  I die cut the frame and then stamped onto Bristol paper to color the image with my Clean Color Brush tip markers which blend color so nicely that it looks like I might be halfway decent at it!

I ended up coloring two different frames and liked them both well enough to make a second card.  These will both end up in the stash should I have need of them in the future - which will be soon as I have a coworker who will welcomed a baby this month!

On the inside, the same sentiment from my previous cards - because I thought that was so adorable.  So fun, these cards were made not for a purpose, but for fun and I thoroughly enjoyed it.