Saturday, May 18, 2013

Birthday Monkey / Birthday Girl

I bought a great assortment pack at the Scrapbook Expo full of all the Happy Day collection by SEI.  I decided to make a stack of birthday cards with the pack, so that I would have a stash of birthday cards on hand.  I choose the two image stamps so that I would have cards that would work for both genders. 

I stamped the monkey and the birthday girl several times, and colored the images in (along with a little paper piecing).  However, I could not come up with one idea for a single card layout that would let me utilize all the pieces in the kit.  I turned to my craft magazines; I always try to tear out layout templates and ideas from my various magazines and keep a file of ideas.  I found the perfect layout in the Quick Cards Made Easy magazine – a large square card with lots of layers of cardstock and patterned paper.

Once I matched the layout with my images and paper – the cards came together very easily – leaving me with a stack of 6 very different cards.  Thank goodness for the ideas that the art pros share with us mere mortals!

Cardstock: (White) CTMH
Patterned Paper: (Happy Day 12X12 collection) SEI
Stamp:  (Birthday Monkey) CC Designs, (Birthday Anya) The Greeting Farm, (Sentiment Sampler) Paper Smooches, (A Word for You) Stampin Up!, (All Occasions Messages) Hero Arts
Ink:    (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Copics: RV52, RV02, RV06, R05, YR02, YR68, Y38, YG95, YG02, BG15, BG10, B12, E30, E33, E35, E37, E39, E57
Dies:  (Large Squares, Lacey Squares) Nestabilities by Spellbinders
Other:  (Happy Day glitter sprinkles die cuts, rhinestones, ribbon) SEI

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Thank You To Mothers

Last year I bought all the makings for this card in order to make a Mother’s Day card this year for my mother.  Unfortunately, we lost my mother late last year – so this Mother’s Day is a bit bittersweet.  However, I try not to dwell in the sad places in life for too long at a time, so this Mother’s Day, I want to focus on a few mothers who have been in my life for a very long time.  While they are not my mother, they are the mothers of my friends and cousins, and they have always opened a place in their hearts for me.

So this year, I would like to thank all the mothers for the tough job they have, and for making a little time to mother children who do not belong to them!

Cardstock: (White) CTMH, (Pear Pizzazz) Stampin Up!
Patterned Paper: (Victoria Gardens 6X6 Paper Pad) Echo Park
Stamp:  (Sew Pretty) Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine, (Circle Around) CTMH, (All About Mom Sentiments) AmyR Stamps
Ink:    (Onyx Black) Versafine, (Vintage Photo Distress) Ranger
Dies: (mini sewing room) Tim Holtz Alterations for Sizzix
Other:  (oval scallop punch) Stampin Up!, (Letterbox Ribbon) American Crafts, (sewing machine charm) CR Trimmings