I had fun making my niece's birthday card this week - thanks to Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration. The colors were so playful, which was a perfect match for my cute little niece's personality. Here are the colors:
Here is my card:
I started with a long card that was white. I added the brown cardstock and then made my own "background" paper to match the colors. I used a set from Stampin' Up that has been retired for quite a while but I still love its playful nature. It just seemed to go with the feeling I wanted to create. I cut the letters with my Cricut. I'm going to post my efforts on her blog too. I usually don't do that part but I'm pretty happy with my card. She is giving away prizes this time and after looking at some of the submissions I don't expect to win - but I am thankful for the creative "boost" from the challenge!
Supplies: Brown cardstock (source unknown - came with a kit from Wal-Mart), White, red, yellow and turquoise cardstock and matching inks (Stampin'Up), Stamps: Simply Circles (Stampin'Up), Cricut "Don Juan" cartridge.
My card supply is so pathetically low! My mom came over last week to "play" and after I stamped 50 lunch sacks for the Primary Activity - I decided to make a few cards.
I made two of each of these. Same sketch - different supplies.
Happy New Baby Swiss dots embossing folder (Cuttlebug), Stamps (Stampin'Up), ribbon and button brads(Making Memories). The card base is from a box of textured cards from DCWV.
Here is the same card sketch - just different colors etc. Embossing folder - sorry forgot the name (Cuttlebug), Stamps (Stampin' Up), ribbon (American Crafts), brads (unknown source - they came in a kit).
It was fun to make cards and rebuild the supply. I have been so focused on Austin's scrapbook that making cards has taken a back seat. I think I'll go make some more!!
It finally dawned on me (today), that Easter is THIS Sunday. I thought I'd better get some cards in the mail to the out of town relatives, so I hit the craft room. How is it that I have been scrapping/card making for 10 + years and do not have an Easter stamp set? I did see a really cute one online that I am totally wanting (it's called Jelly Beans by My Cute Stamps and the bunny is so adorable), but there is no way it would be here in time, so I took out my Cuttlebug and Cricut and made some eggs and grass. It's a simple card, but it was made with love.
Also, this week, I made a thank you for my daughter's science teacher. She did an amazing act of kindness for 4 kids at the school and I thought this quote summed it all up quite well. I used my Summer Picnic paper from SU and the Tart and tangy stamp set. I hope she likes it.
Just one more happy thought for today. There's nothing better than seeing a boy and his dog!!
Since I'm going to concentrate on cards and layouts on this blog now, I thought I would post a collage of some of my recent "stuff". There are a couple of Valentines, Some Thank yous and, of course, an Easter card. The back to school layout is one I did for Austin's scrapbook. I'm trying to get it all caught up before he gets home from his mission in October. I think I'm almost to his High School years! (I think I can, I think I can!!!)
I'm taking a free online "card class" at Two Peas in a Bucket. Each month there are 3 new card ideas using a different technique. This month it was fun ways to use ribbon. It has been fun to recharge my creative juices and actually make some cards for my stash. Here are two I made so far for the ribbon class:
This one is a 3x3 card: I love how my stamp-a-majig makes the words all nice and staight!
This one is a regular sized card and I cut the words with my Cricut: One other fun thing - I promised myself I would only use stuff I already have to make cards this year - and so far so good. I made cards in January and February and now March with "stuff" that was already in my craft room. Yay me!