January 13, 2016 I have quite a few birthdays in January & February. The majority of them are for the males in my family. I always find this the most difficult card to make. However, when I purchased the Make It Market Birthday Pop Up kit last April, I promised myself that this year all the recipients would get some version of this kit. When I saw the colors for this week's challenge at Colour Q I though they would make a perfect masculine card.
I just used a tad of silver on my card embossing the balloons' strings and bow. I should have embossed the little tab too instead of stamping that in black.
I am submitting my card to the challenge at Casology where the cue word is:
Lifting the tab, the recipient opens the card cover to reveal a special message.
Just popping in to post two Christmas cards I made for two different challenges. Both were quick to put together.The first is for the Merry Monday challenge where the theme this week is plaid. I am not a plaid girl. At first I thought I would pass on this week's challenge, but then I remembered a had a piece of pattern paper that was plaid. Since it seemed rustic to me I paired it with the Rustic Wreath die.
I'm on a roll. One of my New Year Resolutions was to keep my blog active since I neglected it in 2015. So far I've been pretty consistent. In addition, I have been using more of my pattern paper. Using it always poses a challenge for me. Besides, I hate to give it up despite the fact that I have tons.
I'm trying to get a head start on my Valentines along with the many birthdays I have in January & February.
When I saw this adorable sketch for this week's challenge at Retrosketches, I knew I had to play along.
Having a limited amount of Valentine stamps besides endless hearts, I pulled out the love bug from the 2010 Love Tags from PTI. (This is a vault set now)
The hearts are from three different dies: Tiny Tags, Love Lives Here and Notched Heart Banner die.
I can't believe that I already have my husband's birthday card ready and his birthday is almost a week away. Staying home actually lets me get some card making done. Our master bathroom is being gutted and I need to stay close by to make all those remodeling decisions. Since cleaning would be furtile, making cards is the way to spend my time.
Now for the inside.
The inside is the real deal, don't ya think? Definitely a surprise, not what you were expecting from the simple cover.
I am also submitting this to two other challenges Seize the Birthday(anything goes) and Time Out # 47 where the theme is birthday. I didn't include the twist of sponging.
Playing along today with Pti's Make it Monday: 2015 A la Carte. I chose #215: BRINGING THE INSIDE OUT by Danielle Flanders.Loved this technique and will have to use it more often. Didn't bring as much of the inside out as Danielle did in her card as there is no die for the flowers in the stamp set With All My Heart. I am not a fan of fussy cutting either.
Here's a close up of the Inside coming out.
I do love the way this turned out. I was planning on giving it to my husband, but I think it is too feminine. So I'll send it to my daughter.
I've been busy taking down my Christmas decorations. It's finally done. Before I discarded the cards I received, I sorted through them to see if there were any I might replicate. I found several.
This is the first one I picked.
In honor of today's feast of The Three Kings, I made my first Christmas card for 2016. I have a lot of trouble with white space. When I see it on other people's cards, I love it. But when I make a card, something just doesn't look right. I had to add something around the sentiment. I took one of the stamps from O' Tannenbaum to add the small stars around the top of the card. The right side looks a little smudged in the picture, but it doesn't look bad in person.
Since I have retired I've been hosting card making classes for 6-8 teachers at the high school I previously taught at. This helps me fund my monthly purchases of PTI goodies. They usually make 4 cards. However, last month I offered a session to make a gift card set they might want to use as a Christmas present. I tried to keep the cards CAS. I had a variety of sentiments from which they could choose. They made two of each card. Here are my samples.
The birthday card:
Thinking of you/Get well:
I used the clear boxes PTI's stamps arrive in. The tag for the box was a case of Nichole's tag.
At the end of the class, everyone decided the card set was just too pretty to give away.
Thanks for stopping by to take a peek.
Happy New Year! Wishing everyone a healthy and happy New Year. One of my crafting resolutions this year is to keep on top of my blog. It has been so neglected. I've been crafting. I just find it so tedious to remember to take a picture and upload it to the computer.
Here's a card I made recently using the paper and dies from the Make it Market mini kit: Garden Gild. Using the papers in the kit makes for a fast card. Aqua Mist, Spring Moss and Vintage Cream felt were used for the die cuts.