Sunday, August 26, 2012

National Stamping Month Promotion!!!

If you love stamping as much as I do, you'll love this stamp set!  I LOVE that Close To My Heart is coming out with these double stamp sets!!!  These images are great for card making or adding embellishments to your scrap booking pages.  Click here to get yours today!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Adorable Name Frame

This is as close to scrap booking as I get!  This was an ADORABLE name frame we did a few years ago.  I didn't really name my son 'Chunk'.  I've always called him that because he was such a fat baby!  Now he's all elbows and knees and he'll be 11 on Halloween!  They really do grow up fast!!

But I had to share this with you all because it's such a cute piece of wall art!


Friday, August 24, 2012

Easy-Peasy Thank You Cards

I'm making Thank you cards!!  My husband was thrilled to see my card-making stash cluttering up the kitchen table.  He is the most well-mannered person I know and he has been all over my tush about getting Thank you cards made.  We have a brand new baby at home and I haven't had the time - or the energy - to make cards.  Our new little one is not a sleeper and that's also reeking havoc on my creativity.  But since I had my stuff out (and the baby was softly snoring in his car seat), I decided to go for it! 
I love the muted colors in the Florentine paper pack and thought it would be perfect for a thank you card.

Here's my product list.  The only thing not pictured is my adhesive, paper trimmer and pop dots.  I LOVE this stamp set!  It's the perfect addition to the card-maker's arsenal.  I also used the cards and envelopes from the Value Pack.  They're already cut to size and scored. Such a time saver!!

Since I was going for easy (and I was time-crunched), I totally used the extra 1/2 inch border strip at the top of the patterned paper to my advantage!  Whenever I cut smaller strips of paper to size, I'm always worried about the edges not matching up.  But this was all from one piece of paper, so I didn't have to worry about that.

The pieces don't look like much now, but I always ink the edges.  For this card I used Cocoa ink.  If this is not a technique you're familiar with, you should definitely try it!  I think it makes the finished product more elegant and helps to focus your eye...

...AND you have the makings of a super-cute card!

Next I stamped the sentiment.  For the Thanks, I used the Rock 'n Roll technique.  I stamped the whole image in Bamboo and then rolled the edges in Twilight.  Super cute, right?  But it was still missing some embellishing. I didn't want to add too much because I wanted the card to stay simple.

You can see at the top of the picture I considered using a stamped image.  But then I flipped over one of the pieces of paper and decided to cut the floral images out.  In order to achieve the same adorable embellishment, I would have had to paper piece them together and that would have taken the "Easy-Peasy" title away. 

I put pop dots on one side of each embellishment and used regular adhesive on the other side and stuck them on the card at various angles.  It gives the card a little bit of dimension.

Isn't this Thank You card cute? And I DID get it finished before my little one woke up!  I plan on making a BUNCH of these cards during his nap times!

Hope you enjoy!!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Frankie's Birthday Invite

Isn't this Frankenstein card cute??  My oldest son is a Halloween baby, so you'll see LOTS of Halloween cards - it's my ALL-TIME FAVORITE holiday!!  I made this card for his birthday invitations four years ago.  It was really easy (but time consuming) to make 20 of these adorable little gems!  His eyes, eye lids and nose are made from cardstock that was punched with a paper punch.  I edged his nose and eye lids with black ink.  I free-handed his crooked little smile (doesn't he just look devilish??).  The only stamped images on this card are the two little "neck bolts" in the lower corners.  His hair is cut with a pair of scissors - no two invitations were alike. 

Hello Blog-O-Sphere!!

Hello one and all!  This is my first post on my new blog!  I love paper crafting and card making and I want to share that with you!  I hope you'll enjoy perusing my crafts as much as I know I'll like making them!