Welcome to the world baby Sarah Emily Baird Locke! This gift was a real crowd pleaser at Ally’s shower, I did up two matching portfolios, each with 12 annoucements in them (24 total) and I decorated one annoucement in each portfolio so she would know what they were going to look like. I had to take them back so I could print the details inside when Sarah was born, but that could be avoided by leaving a line for the mom to fill in the information herself. The elephants on the cards are all hand stamped and cut out of Bo Bunny double dot cardstock. I included a pack of pink photo corners with the gift so All would be able to attach her own chosen photos before sending out the annoucements. I’ll have to remember to post a picture of the inside as well when mine arrives
Holy Mackrel, it’s SNOWING in St. John’s, Newfoundland today! It’s actually a combination of snow and torrential rain – eeeew. I’m tucked away in the cosy office at The Paperie waiting for my ride. I made this card for a Halloween Tricks & Treats class I’m teaching on Sunday…
A Muse Stamps Used: Crooked House, Tiny Witch, Parade, Happy Trails. When I was doing the ordering a few weeks ago I totally messed up and forgot to order the new A Muse “Boo” sentiment. It would’ve been absolutely perfect for this card because of the nice bold font - most of the sentiments I had didn’t show up on the green Gingham paper. I ended up using an acrylic alphabet set to spell “Boo” which turned out okay, but still wasn’t quite what I had envisioned. The Happy Trails stamp worked out great with the little Parade of costumed kiddies – love that stamp so much!
Here’s another card I made for the aforementioned class….
A Muse Stamps used: Boris, Be Scary. I always refer to interactive cards as “trick cards” – this was my first-ever attempt at a spinner card and I was surprised by how easy it was. The tutorial I watched recommended you use two pennies, but I didn’t have any and was eager to try it out so I cut out two chipboard circles that were roughly the same size and it worked perfectly (and it was 2 cents cheaper! )
I made a quick congratulations card for my friend who just eloped – now that’s the way to do it! Part of me thinks it would be nice to tie the knot in front of all my friends and family, but the other part of me thinks… I’d rather spend that money on stamps. And maybe a honeymoon, but stamps most importantly. Maybe I will end up a crazy cat lady, with a hundred cat stamps and one cat (I’ve discovered that I am not too interested in scooping up after more than one kitty cat every day). But enough about me! Here’s that card I mentioned…
A Muse Stamps used: Flourish frame, Bride & Groom, Congratulations MA. I saw this Flourish frame on a sample that A Muse sent to The Paperie and I knew I had to have it. The stamp is actually half of a frame so you can make your frame as wide as you like – or use it alone as an accent. Gotta love versatility like that! The Bride & Groom is one of my go-to stamps for almost every wedding card I make.
I am a big worrier when it comes to repeating the same images on cards that are for the same people – that typically won’t happen for a wedding card, but for birthday’s and Christmas it’s nice to know who got what. For the last three years I have promised myself that I would make a book of my stamps so that a) I would know which ones I have (not that I could ever forget, each one is like a child to me) and b) I could record who has received what images.
Basically, the idea is to have an index card for every three stamps with the image/words and name of the stamp on it, then put the name of the people who have received a card using those stamps on the back. I started to make this book once using a 4×6 photo album and I hated it so I gave up. I think the only way is to make one from scratch – I should really get started on it soon because as my stamp collection grows it becomes an even bigger undertaking.
My goodness, I’m rambly today… since the theme of this blog entry is Congratulations, it seems only fitting to congratulate… MYSELF! *hehe* My card for the A Muse “No Coloring Zone” Challenge made it to the A Muse Challenge Round-up on their Blog! YAY! I also had some projects featured over on the AccuCut blog on Thursday – pretty exciting stuff!
I can’t wait to celebrate Thanksgiving with the family tomorrow, this has been such an incredibly wonderful month and I truly do have so much to be thankful for. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Here’s another card I made for the A Muse “No Coloring Zone” challenge.
Ok, even *I* impressed myself with this idea (although I’m pretty easily impressed). I printed off a wintery Starbucks cup from the internet and stamped the “To Go” cup over it, then cut it out and popped it up with dimensional foam tape in the center card. The sentiment is originally all one line on the actual stamp but it didn’t fit as well so I staggered the sentiment by stamping one word at a time.
Here’s another card I made with the same idea, but I cut out the logo from the cup above and adhered it to the plain white cup – unfortunately I did not have the right size circle punch for the logo, but I made do… as you can probably tell, I never use a stamp positioner so my cups aren’t all aligned perfectly.
I’m kinda sad that the Mod Dots Notecards are discontinued, but the plethora of beautiful new papers coming out definitely makes up for it.
Look for more Blog postings from me in the near future – I have gratefully inherited a laptop of my very own! Watch out Internet – here I come!
A Muse Challenge: No Coloring Zone
I’ve been without a personal computer for the last few months which is why my online activity has been limited, at best. It has been maddening, but now that I’m back in action I thought I would make a card for the latest A Muse challenge over in the A Muse Lounge…
A Muse Stamps: Elephant & baby, Tiny bird, Little bird told me.
For this card I paper pieced both the Tiny bird and Elephant & baby using A Muse papers. My friend just had her second baby girl on the 17th and I used the Elephant stamp to create her Birth Announcements as well (I’ll post pictures later).
I’ve been trying to come up with a clever Header for my blog – something to match the name, but I have been thus far uninspired. Luckily my friend Marg loaned me all of her A Muse stamp today and I spied the Octopus in there so inspiration might just be an inkpad away…
I used a reverse masking technique for this card by punching a 1.25″ circle out of a post-it note (near the sticky side), then stuck the reverse-mask down over each dot one at a time so I could stamp each bird inside of the dot without going outside the lines.
Supplies: Hero Arts Decorative Birds, You Hoo Owls, Birthday Messages, Bird Greetings, and Clear Smooth Gemstones (coloured with yellow Sharpie); A Muse Mod Dots Notecard; Tombow Dual Brush Pens; EK Success Circle Punch, Signo White Uni-ball pen; Onyx Black VersaFine Ink
I made this card for another Paperie class a few weeks ago – I thought it was a stroke of genius to add some micro beads to the liquid applique before heating it.
Supplies: A Muse Cupcake Builder Set; Marvy Punches and Liquid Applique; Tombow Dual Brush Pens; Stix2 Microbeads; Onyx Black VersaFine Ink; various cardstocks.