Birthday in Gold!

So here is a card where I finally “mastered” the gold foil applied to cardstock via heat technique…

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I almost like it better with less gold foil believe it or not!

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For this card, I added a few more elements including the die cut gold foil heart and banner with a gold staple. I actually used this card for a masculine birthday card and it was well loved by the recipient.  More gold foil coming this way!

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Welcome Baby Owen!

I finally got around to posting pictures from my best friend’s baby shower! (Talk about better late than never! lol) I was tasked to make all the lovely goodies with help from the wonderful mother to be and friends!

I absolutely love this picture frame we made for the wishing tree!

We stayed up until the wee hours of the night wrapping gift boxes and tying bows to make cute little stands for all the yummy food.  And the food was absolutely delicious!

I founds this adorable baby favor stamp set from PTI – it had all of these cute sayings like “Bun in the oven” and “About to Hatch” that were perfect to make into little tags/flags for food!

Who doesn’t love a ducky on a stick with banana budding?

These water bottles were too cute to even drink!

This was such a wonderful event filled with so much love and happiness! It’s so true when they say love is in the details… We love you baby Owen!

Sweetly Thinking of You!

I love rootbeer floats!

Nothing more delicious! I am really liking the use of spellbinders to make these fun shape cards.  I will have to invest in a few more!

  • Recipe:   CS from PTI, Scrapbook paper from Doodlebug designs, Stamps from Paper Smooches, Buttons, Japanese Twine, Bling, Glossy Accents, Spellbinders.

Flying Turtles!

Up up and away…

This card was lots of fun to make because I got to use twine, my new balloon punch, and my turtle die cut.

  • Recipe: White card stock from PTI, Spellbinder die cut, Michaels Thanks stamp, Cuttlekids Turtle Die Cut, Martha Stewart Balloon Punch, Japanese Twine, Baby Scrapbooking paper.

No Such Thing as Too Many Baby Clothes!

Why are baby cards so adorable?

This card looks so much better in real life, the photo does not do it justice but will have to do! I had no idea that PTI also makes die cuts which makes it a lot easier than cutting out stamped images.

  • Recipe: Card stock from PTI, Baby Scrapbooking Paper, Bling, White Gel Pen, Souffle Pens.

Happy Birthday with Pleated Ribbon!

I love this new technique I just learned for pleating ribbon!

Now, what I would like is a  little sewing machine so I can do little details on my cards!

There’s always something new to learn!

  • Recipe: Green cardstock from Recollections, Ribbon/stamp/pearls from Michaels, Polka dot paper from K & Company, Border punch from Ek Success, Sizzix Texturz Plate Polk a dots, Spell binders label 8, Stampin’ Up Classic Ink Spot in Tempting Turquoise.

My favorite everything!

“This is my favorite card that you have made to date!”

That was the best-est compliment ever!

This card was really fun to make because there was a lot of parts to it.  First, I stamped on the flowers and colored each of them with my Sharpies.  (I picked colors that would match nicely with the butterfly)  Then, I added half pearls to the center of the flowers which I love love love!  I hand cut the grass and texturized it with mini polk-a-dots.

After stamping on the sentiment, I used a small black and pink marker to make the little dots leading to the butterfly.  I mounted the entire background onto a bright blue cardstock and then attached my butterfly sticker.

Helpful tip: If you plan to add bling, stickers, half pearls etc., you should wait to attach them at the end once you have mounted your background onto your final card stock.  (In my case, the white card stock is the background and final card stock is the bright blue).  The reason is when you are applying adhesive to attach the background to the final card stock it may get wrinkled because with all the bling, half pearls and stickers makes the card stock uneven.

Hope you love this card as much as I do!

  • Recipe: Craftstock/Half pearls/3D butterfly from Recollections, Stamps from Hampton Art, Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black, Sharpies, Stampin’ Up Mini Polk-a-dots Texturz plate.

Somebunny loves you!

and that somebunny is a cutie!

I’ve had this bunny stamp since the very beginning of spring and for the life of me, I could not figure out what to do with Miss. Rabbit???  It seems almost silly to send someone a “happy spring” card-even though I do have a stamp with that sentiment.  lol.  For some reason, the saying “somebody loves you” came to mind and I just hopped ran with it.

Again, using my favorite Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black, I stamped the bunny on two pieces of cardstock.  I cut out the first bunny and colored her in with a pink sharpie and attached a flower bling so it would look like she was holding a bouquet.  Then, I used my scallop punch to make a cute border around the sentiment.  Final touches were attaching Miss. Rabbit with mini-pop-dots and texturizing the cardstock with polk-a-dots.

I hope the “bunny” I sent this to will love it!

  • Recipe: All craftstock from Recollections, Studio 18 Strass pink flower, Pink Sharpie, Martha Stewart Edge Punch Scallop Dot, Stampin’ Up Polkadot texturz plate, Memento Ink Tuxedo Black.

Finding inspiration in everyday things…

Like gift wrap, for example.

I found this lovely green dots gift wrap at target and absolutely loved it.  So much, that it inspired this card!  Also, I think wrapping about 15 little gifts in this wrapping paper started to rub off on me!

For this card, I wrapped the gift paper around a piece of card stock and textured it with polkadots.  I noticed the wrapping paper started to wrinkle in a few areas because it was so thin and the polkadots helped to cover it up!  Using special double sided adhesive tape, I mounted the wrapped card stock onto a white cardstock.  Then, I added matching small and larges circles to give the card a little personality.  I have to say the circles that were partly cut off are my favorite!

So the next time you pick out some wrapping paper keep an eye out because creativity can just be a gift (or 15  gifts) away!

  • Recipe: All craftstock from Recollections, wrapping paper from Target, 2×2 Cuttlebug circle die cuts, mini-pop-dots, Stampin’ Up Polkadots Texturz.

Here’s the (ice cream) scoop!

“Tomorrow we can eat brocolli, but today is for ice cream!”

FINALLY, I received my memento ink in tuxedo black and I had to make a card just to showcase it.  Now I know why people love this ink! Within a few seconds, the ink was dry (so cool!) and ready for me to add some color.   For this craft delight, I used a combination of highlighters and sharpies to color the sundaes.  This is my first attempt at using colorful sharpies and I have to say, I am rather pleased with the result.  The pigment from the sharpies are great and my only complaint is that they tend to be a little darker (in color), thus I incorporated the highlighters.

After carefully coloring inside the lines, I added a little red bling for the cherries! How can you not love a sundae with a little bling bling?  I attached the sundae with a mini-pop-dot and after much thought, I stamped on the sentiment “enjoy” which is a part of the stamp!  I couldn’t decide if I liked it or not, so I opted with adding blue bling around it.  Now, I love it.  I think that’s the key to craft-happiness, when in doubt, add some bling!

Helpful tip: If  you really want the texture (i.e. polkadots above) to show up on your cardstock simply add another piece of cardstock to your “bigshot sandwich.”  For example, your sandwich layers will be (top to bottom): Impressions pad, an extra piece of cardstock, silicone rubber pad, your cardstock, embossing/texturz plate, multipurpose pad.  Some people prefer to mist the cardstock with a little rubbing alcohol to get the same effect but the thought of soggy “sandwich” is not appealing to me!  Try this technique out-it really makes a difference!

Happy Birthday Soobi!

May your birthday be filled with lots of treats! *munch munch*

There is just something about personalizing a gift (name, initials, a quote) that is so wonderful! This craft was so fun to make and I’ve been looking forward to it!  I scored my blue cardstock and texturized it with polk-a-dots.  Next, I stapled the cellophane bag to the back of the cardstock and used flower punches to cover up the staples poking out the back.  I cranked out my alphabets using my cuttlebug die cuts and stamped on a birthday sentiment!  My only worry is that the goodies will get crushed in the mail! *keeping fingers crossed*

My little Scottie showed signs of birthday-envy and wanted to take a bite out of the gift! 🙂 She’s just going to have to wait for her birthday!

  • Recipe: All craftstock from Recollections, Cellophane bag from Michaels,  Cuttlebug Olivia Alphabet die cut,  Happy Birthday stamp from The Paper Company, Brillant Blue from Classic Stampin’ Up ink spots.

A Girl’s Bestfriend.

Whoever said it was a diamond, had it all wrong.

I honestly feel that I would have never known how big my heart is if I didn’t have my little scottie in my life.  She really is my best-est friend!  Love her 🙂  I was finally able to capture the polkadots texture on the pink cardstock which turned out great.  I have been getting a little bored of my square  cutouts so I decided to try this gift tag idea.  I just punched two holes on the top of the tag and looped the ribbon through to make my knot.   I love this watermelon color theme and it makes me feel like summer is right around the corner.   Enjoy!

Helpful tip: Sign up on Michaels.com and you will receive weekly coupons for 40% off any regular item along with many other coupons! I find it so much than chasing down a sunday paper for a discount.

  • Recipe: Pink/green/white craft paper from Recollections, Green stitched ribbon and pink buttons from Micheals, Clear Best Friends stamp from the Paper Company, Stampin’ Up Polkadots Texturz Plate, Polkadot paper from Scrapbooking & Paper craft supplies, Pixie Pink from Classic Stampin’ Up ink spots.

Beautiful Bellas

These beautiful Bellas are from Canada!

I absolutely love the Bellas collection! The characters look adorable & sassy which is a perfect combination. I used simple highlighters to color in the dresses and sprinkled a little green glitter on the bouquets.  It’s hard to tell from the photo but I also texturized the purple craftstock with polk-a-dots.  I’m excited to make more bella inspired cards!

  • Recipe: Purple craftstock from Martha Stewart, Paper Shapers Retro Flower Punch, Studio18 Pink Rhinestone Strass, Polk-a-dot craft paper from Scrapbooking & Paper craft supplies, Polk-a-dot purple ribbon from Michaels, Green glitter from Martha Stewart.