More Wedding Cakes

Continued from my last post, here are a few other wedding cake cards inspired by the DIY post on Beth Brigg’s blog.

Wedding Cake 3

Wedding Cake Card 3

Wedding Cake 4

Wedding Cake Card 4

Wedding Cake 5

Wedding Cake Card 5

While painting these I got lost in the designs and details and found it almost calming.  Hopefully, I now have enough wedding cards to finish out the year.  Many thanks to Beth Briggs for sharing her easy-to-follow DIYs and the encouragement she gives to everyone to find their inner artist!

Cards for Dads, cont.

Here is my second installment of Father’s Day cards I made for OWH.

Dad Card - Service Station Attendant

Dad Card – Service Station Attendant

I actually remember when service station attendants actually existed and it brings back such a nostalgic feeling. I can almost smell the gasoline and motor oil. The tire track stamp and diamond plate embossing folder went along perfectly with the theme. The stamps are by Tim Holtz and the embossing folder is from Sizzix.

Father's Day Card - Car Theme

Father’s Day Card – Car Theme

To continue the car theme (kind of near and dear to my heart since my own dad worked at Ford for many, many years), I used a car stamp – which I am SURE must be a Ford – with lots of gears and bolt stamps. I mimicked the gear shape in the two circular pieces and got a little more “mileage” out of the tire track stamp (pun intended). The car stamp is from a set called Dude, which was designed by OWH’s founder Sandy Allnock and is produced by Hero Arts.  Gear shape pieces are from Cricut’s Elegant Edges cartridge.

Dad Card - Fore My Dad

Dad Card – Fore My Dad

This golf card will hit a hole in one for many dads out there. I don’t remember who made the golfer stamp but the saying is from Unity Stamps.

Father's Day Card - Lovely as a Tree

This card uses Stampin Up’s Lovely as a Tree stamped in light gray, and I thought the masculine color combination set it off nicely.

Anyhero Card - Off the Charts by Stampin Up

Anyhero Card – Off the Charts by Stampin Up

Included in each box sent to OWH we include “anyhero” cards. These cards have thank you notes written inside and are dispersed to the military folks who sacrifice and work so hard to keep us safe and free. A big thank you to Judy for writing out half of the anyhero cards and saving my poor hand from aching. The stamp is from a retired Stampin Up set called Off the Chart, so I thought the eyeglasses at the top of the chart set it off just right. The glasses were made with my Cricut cartridge called Nifty Fifties.

Box of Father's Day Cards for OWH

Box of Father’s Day Cards for OWH

Lastly, here is what a box of 278 cards and envelopes looks like just before it is taped up and taken to the post office.

Now I am off to start a brand new batch. Thanks for looking and putting up with all my puns!

Rhinestones and Pink Champagne

Always and Forever

Always and Forever

Here are yet 2 more wedding cards that I made for a wedding this afternoon. One of my favorite things to do when I receive invitations (wedding or graduation) is to see if there are elements on the invitations that I can use on the cards I make. The colors on the invitation were pink and black so that set my color choices. The “Always and Forever” card is stamped on a plaque I made with the Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge, and the background is dry embossed with Swiss Dots. The ribbon and rhinestone heart were actually cut off the invitation and reused to give this card a personal touch for the Bride and Groom.

Pink Champagne Wedding Card

Pink Champagne Wedding Card

I was really happy with the “Pink Champagne” card. Kim so graciously shared with me her Stampin Up Stamps, Cheers to You, and I knew the champagne glasses would make a great wedding card. Again, the round plaque is cut from Elegant Edges and the Best Wishes stamp is from Stampin Up’s Sincere Salutations. My favorite part is the actual champagne, which I colored in with a light yellow colored pencil and topped with a Stardust glitter pen. I added Glossy Accents over top the coloring, and it hardens and gives just a little bit of dimension and sheen to the champagne, which I think is a pretty effect. I added a simple ribbon bow and a rhinestone heart, which again was reused from the original wedding invitation. Sorry that the close-up picture below is a bit blurry but I hope you can see what I am describing (click on the pictures to see details better).

Pink Champagne closeup

Pink Champagne closeup

I hope you’re not tired of wedding cards yet, because I have one more to show you later this week. Have a great weekend and stay cool!

OWH Memorial Day Weekend Bloghop

Beginning of OWH Bloghop 2013

Beginning of OWH Bloghop 2013

Welcome to my blog! Because I recently started my blog, this is the first time I have been in an OWH Bloghop and am thrilled to participate – so thrilled that I made 2 cards.  I chose sketch #102 first to create this distressed Thank You card for a Hero.  

OWH Sketch 102

OWH Sketch 102

Thank You card - Sketch 102

Thank You Card, Sketch 102, Core’dinations Paper

Supplies: I used Core’dinations Dark cardstock in red and the Cuttlebug Stars embossing folder. The large star was cut with my Cricut George cartridge and the sentiment is from Stampin Up’s Service and Sacrifice set. The dark blue starred paper and crackle paper underneath are from Hot Off the Press by Paper Pizazz. I finished up by distressing the star with brown ink, adding a little faux stitching with a brown Sharpie, and embellishing with 3 wood veneer stars by Studio Calico. 

I selected sketch #142 for the second Thank You card good for everyday use.  

OWH Sketch 142

OWH Sketch 142

Thank You Card, Patterned Paper

Thank You Card, Sketch 142, Patterned Paper

Supplies: I used a Nutmeg My Mind’s Eye Indie Chic 6×6 paper pad for the coordinating papers and a Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge to make the sentiment shape.

Happy Memorial Day.  Thanks for stopping by!


Love Ewe

Love Ewe, Unity Stamps

Love Ewe, Unity Stamps

How adorable that this mama ewe and baby lamb can be interpreted as giving kisses, rubbing noses, or just snuggling. I made a big batch of these cards to send to OWH and hope the children who received them can feel the love of the sender.

The stamp is called “Love Ewe” from Unity Stamps. I stamped the images with a clear VersaMark Dazzle Frost Shimmer ink pad and heat embossed them with white embossing powder. The background paper has printed barnyard sounds and sayings. I used a white grosgrain ribbon vertically on the card with a bow in between the picture and the saying. The “fluffy rectangle” on which the animals sit was cut with my Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge as was the Love Ewe sentiment.

I hope you are enjoying my blog posts and thank you for reading. Please feel free to comment or leave suggestions, questions, or requests. I want you to enjoy this blog as much as I enjoy making cards!

3 Cards, 1 Weekend

As I promised in my last post, here are the cards I worked on during our weekend at the Crop-A-Doodle-Do. 

 First is a masculine card using my new Stampin Up set “Clockworks.”  It is an A2-sized card with a dark green panel dry embossed with a Tim Holtz gear embossing folder.  The middle panel with the stamped images is 2-3/4 x 3-3/4, and it is outlined with brown cut to the size of 3 x 4-3/4 then edge punched with a Martha Stewart paper edger.  I used a bit of baker’s twine to tie at the bottom of the panel.  I stamped the “splotches” with Memento Desert Sand ink, and the dark green is Versafine Olympia Green.  I love Versafine ink pads especially when stamping detailed images.  I love using a general celebratory phrase like “Let’s Celebrate” because then the card can be used for any happy occasion.

Stampin Up Clockworks

Stampin Up Clockworks

Then I decided to break out the Cricut and use my Create A Critter cartridge, one of my favorites, as well as Elegant Edges which I find to be the most versatile Cricut cartridge I own.  I actually received the sentiment stamp as a freebie from Unity Stamps when I placed an order with them.  I used the Elegant Edges and cut an image that looked cloud-like (Eyelet3-s, oblong and shadow).  I cut a 3-inch moon and simply added a square of black behind the facial features rather than cutting out an entire black background shape.  I cut out 1-¼-inch and 1-½-inch stars from yellow gingham paper as accents, and they look perfect on the background paper that was dry embossed with the Stampin Up Cloudy Day embossing folder.  I cut one 2-½-inch cloud from the gingham blue and playfully tried to use it as a pillow for the moon, while the sentiment is his blanket.  What a sweet, gentle card for one of our OWH recipients to send home to a child.

Love You to the Moon and Back

Love You to the Moon and Back

Lastly I cut out thirty 3-inch kitties (Cat2) and shadows from Create A Critter.  I tried to use color combinations that would make the cat look neither masculine nor feminine, and I love the pattern play of the small Swiss dots on the 2-inch pillow bed in contrast with the larger dots on the background paper.  The separation with the bright yellow strip makes it all work.  Again, I selected a “punny” sentiment that would be applicable for any occasion or just to send home to say hi.  

Purr-fectly Wonderful

Purr-fectly Wonderful

I made approximately 30 of each of the above 3 cards, so I had to finish up the cat cards after I returned home from the CADD.  Currently I am working on 30 cute skunk cards (a prototype of which I gave to my mother-in-low who seems to enjoy puns as much as I do) and a special-request First Communion Card for my Mom to give.  I have made First Communion cards in the past and am researching something new and improved on Pinterest and other favorite websites. 

Thank goodness I have my creative outlets to go to when the world seems turned upside down.  Please send good thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the events in Boston today.