Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A few thank you cards

I was recently asked to make a few thank you cards for Pastor Appreciation day this month. The idea is to have some cards out for people who have forgotten to bring one, so they can sign it and show their appreciation for our Pastoral staff at church. Well, a few of the board members are friends of mine and they thought it might be nice to have hand made cards out. Long story short, I just can't say no when it comes to making cards for people! The first 3 cards are put on precut and scored cardstock from Fred Meyer...they sell these great packs of about 500 or so precut and scored cards, in a huge pack, for only $9.99!!! And if you get them on one of the great buy 2 get one free sales or their great 20% off sales, it's really cheap!!! So here they are, plus one I'm not willing to give away.

This first was a simple card using patterned paper I bought a long time ago, and a piece of yellowish paper I stamped a 2 step stamping image from Stampin Up. Then I just put in 2 eyelets, and ran a piece of hemp twine between them and tied a bow! On the inside it says "Heartfelt Thanks" sentiment from Stampin Up.

This second card is a quick Thank You, punched out with my Stampin Up tag punch...I trimmed the stamped one down about 1/8 inch on all sides and mounted it on a piece of punched patterned paper. The tag was then stuck onto a piece from a Mat Stack from Fred Meyer...a while back I got quite a few of those neat little mat stacks on clearance for about $1 each, and they come in handy when making lots of cards fast. I left the inside of these cards blank for people to write on.

This third card is my favorite of the three so far...The image is Stampin Up, then I punched small holes for all the flowers and put in flower brads that I have had for a long time but don't remember where they came from. I mounted the small white stamped piece onto the larger orange, then onto a pretty patterned paper out of one of those huge stacks of paper, then onto the precut and scored yellow paper from Fred Meyer once again. I had a ton of little pieces of ribbon, so i tied them in a knot and stuck one each to the cards with a glue dot. I think these turned out so great...I absolutely LOVE them!

This last card is not for the Pastor Appreciation day, but I wanted to share it with you anyways. I made a bunch of these up at a ladies retreat I went to, and had fun doing this. I love to sit down with a Stampin Up Scrappin Pack and just play with the cardstock and patterned paper. This is a small 3x3 card, so easy to make! This Scrappin Pack is called Party Pieces. The cardstock I think is Tempting Turquoise, but I'm not too sure. I stamped the main card with my canvas background stamp, in tempting turquoise, so you can barely see it. I then cut a small piece of one of the patterned paper from the scrappin pack, inked the edges just a little with orange ink. The stamps on the front are a new set from Stampin Up that I've been dying to try out, called Just Like You. Well, one reason I love this set is because when you buy this set from a Stampin Up Demonstrator, $2 of the sale goes directly to the Ronald McDonald House Charities...it does help that the set is absolutely adorable! Back to the card...I used a swirly stamp from the set to make my own background on the top of the card, then used the butterfly stamp a few times. I inked the edges of the top layer with tempting turquoise to make it stand out a little more. 2 eyelets and a little hemp finished off the front. The inside is stamped with "it's just like you to be so nice!" also from the Just Like You set.

Hopefully I'll get some more cards done soon...almost have my stamping room reorganized so I'll have more room to move in there! Hope you have a great day!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

WCMD Halloween cards

I've been working on halloween cards lately...got a pack of SU's Creepy Crawly and can't stop using it! So here are my favs...
This first one was very simple, sadly, in the picture you can't tell that the black background is the spider web paper out of the Creepy Crawly set. It is a very simple card, and says "Trick or Treat" on the indside.

I was going for a spider web look with the Black hemp twine from SU...kinda worked. Again, using the Creepy Crawly paper from SU, and a bunch of eyelet, running the twine through them and around the card. The spider is from SU's Trick or Treat set.

This last one is my favorite. Have you ever had a few smallish pieces of great paper, but couldn't figure out how to use them very well? Well, that's what I did...I had a few pieces of the double sided Creepy Crawly left over, so I cut them into 1-inch lengths and put them all together, back and forth for a background. Every other piece is actually the same paper, just the opposite side. I then put 4 eyelet in the corners, and ran black hemp twine through them, offsetting the middle by twisting it together. The Pumpkin is from SU's Trick or Treat again.

Hopefully I'll get some more done today...I LOVE this Creepy Crawly paper...it's been one of my favorites these last few weeks!
Have a great day!!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

For the girls

Ok, this is very rare indeed, that I post 2 times in a single day, but having this challenge to make a card for the two little girls, I just had to get stamping. I broke out a few new items for this...my chipboard pick a petal set and the polka dots and paisley paper. I also actually used some of my HodgePodge Hardware, never used before today! I'll show you the picture of this card, which I am very very proud of, then I'll try to remember exactly what went into it!!!

OK, the cardstock I used is from the bold brights, I think it's the pixie pink. The patterned paper is from the polka dots and paisley one, the one that came with the stamps a while back. The chipboard came was painted with white acrylic paint before stamping, with the Pick a Petal stamp set. For the petals I used Pixie pink, stamped off once so it would be lighter and the biggest of the petal stamps that stamps the whole things (no pattern) because i wanted it pink but didn't want to paint it pink. The outer part of the petals are done with the outline style stamp in Pixie Pink, but not stamped off at all. The middle part of the flower is stamped in Gable Green and Green Galore. The ribbon on the side was given to me, so I don't know any color names or anything. I ran it through a piece from the HodgePodge hardware set and then tied the knot with a lighter piece of ribbon along with the darker. 3 brads from the hardware kit are on the other side of the card. On the inside I stamped a saying from Friend to Friend, "Hope is the thing with feathers-That perches in the soul-And sings the tune without the words-And never stops-at all." -Emily Dickinson. Stamped in Not Quite Navy.
This card was fairly simple, and I always love a reason to stamp in pinks, since i have all boys. I'll be posting some Halloween cards in the next few days...have the cards made and the pictures taken, just takes forever to download on my computer. I also have a bunch of thank you's and a Christmas card or two to show!
Have a great day!!!

A good cause

I know my Blog isn't the most widely visited on the web, but thinking that even one person may just happen upon it and learn about these two beautiful babies was enough for me to post. A very wonderful lady is giving away some BLOG CANDY, but it's a special blog candy, you make a card for these babies and then you are entered to win the candy. I just couldn't NOT do this one. Here is the site for the BLOG CANDY but that is not the most important part of this. You can visit the website set up for the girls here and see these gorgeous girls for yourselves. Hopefully I'll be able to take a picture of the card I send away for the blog candy, but for me, it's more important to send the card. Hope you all decide to take part in this candy.