Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Happy Birthday with a Cherry on Top

Well the cherry is not exactly on top as the title suggest, but it is still a birthday card.  When I saw this card on Pinterest I just knew I needed it for my birthday card stash.  I changed it a little by using the cherry in the stamp set instead of the bow, and I used a different border punch.

Stamps:  Create a Cupcake, Happiest Birthday Wishes - SU
Paper:  WW, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
Ink:  Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Handsome Hunter
Accessories:  Red Stickles,, Cupcake Builder Punch, MS Border Punch, Stick on Gem

Monday, November 28, 2016

Heartfelt Sympathies

I made these cards a couple of months ago.  A co-worker had a death in the family and everyone in the office signed the card.  I used my MISTI tool to do the shadow technique.  The MISTI made it so simple that I could easily make a similar card using different colors.

Stamps: New Mercies - Verve
Paper:  WW, Certainly Celery, Almost Amethyst, Perfect Plumb
Ink:  Certainly Celery, Almost Amethyst, Perfect Plumb
Accessories: MISTI

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

You'll be Tea-fully Missed

This card was made for a co-worker who left our office to move across the country.  She loves tea, so when I saw this card on Pinterest I just knew that the design would be perfect for her.  I used different colors in my card and a sentiment that expresses that she will be missed by all of us in the office.

Stamps:  Wild about Flowers, Petite Petals - SU
Paper: WW, Handsome Hunter, Lucky Limeade, DP
Ink:  Handsome Hunter, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories:  Flower Punch, Framelits, Bird Builder Punch, Beads

Saturday, November 19, 2016

There's Always Time for Tea

It seems weird for coffee freak like myself to create a tea-themed card.  While coffee is my number 1 choice of starter fluid in the morning, I do enjoy a hot cup of tea in the evening.  After all, coffee and tea are caffeinated cousins and can be enjoyed together.

The idea for this card is from the sketch challenge at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog.  All caffeinated drink themed creations are welcome.  I added a little sparkle to this card by spraying the embossed layer with Glimmer Mist and went over the words in the cup with a Gelly Roll pen.  I coated the tea tag with Wink of Stella.  Unfortunately the sparkle touches do not show up well in the photo.

Stamps:  A Nice Cuppa - SU
Paper:  Bermuda Bay, WW, DP
Ink:  Bermuda Bay
Accessories:  Embossing Folder, Wink of Stella, Gelly Roll Pen, Glimmer Mist, Bakers Twine, Stick on Pearl

Serene Sympathy

I'm sure that every artist or creative person experiences a mojo-block.  A mojo block is when you want to create but the ideas are not coming.  When I experience mojo blocks I go to Pinterest to jump start the creative flow. This card was made almost a year ago during a block.  I got the inspiration from this card.  At the time I wasn't looking to create a sympathy card but I loved the design and it was easy enough to recreate with the stamps I have and I can change the sentiment for other occasions.

Stamps:  Fine Lace, Secret Garden, Brighter Tomorrow - SU
Paper:  WW, Brocade Blue
Ink:  Brocade Blue - SU, Tea Dye - Tim Holtz
Accessories:  Stick Pearls

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Our Savior is Born!

When it comes to making my annual batch of Christmas cards I start think about designs during the summer.  I get out all of my Christmas themed stamps and play around to discover that year's design.  I tried a few different things stamp sets and Verve's Weary World came out on top.  This isn't the design I chose for this year's big batch, but it is highly likely that  I will use it for a future year's batch.  The design I chose for this year will be revealed after Christmas.

One of the reason's I love the Weary World set is because the images and sentiments represent the true meaning of Christmas, that Jesus Christ was born to save us from our sins.  This is the message I try to convey in the cards I give out each year.

Stamps:  Weary World - Verve
Paper:  WW, Concord Crush, Daffodil Delight
Ink:  Concord Crush
Accesories:  Embossing Folder, Verve Die, Framelets

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Butterfly Trio

While I'm in the middle of making my annual batch of Christmas cards, I remembered that there are cards that I have made and photographed but have not posted on my blog yet.  This card is one of them.  I actually made about 6 of these cards to have when I need to send a quick "thank you".  It was a very easy design to do.  I used my Martha Stewart butterfly punch to create the butterflies in colors matching the the background paper and added rhinestones to give the card some sparkle.

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper:  WW, Early Espresso, Lucky Limeaide, Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder, DP
Ink:  Early Espresso
Accessories:  MS Butterfly punch, Stick on Gems,