Monday, April 29, 2013

A face only a mother could love . . . .

Happy Mother's Day to a mom of FIVE --- suppertime in the South --

Update to the story --- had a bird build a nest on the plug on the front porch by the ceiling near the front door last year. . .   over the winter DH removed that nest and then he reads up and builds not one but 3 bird houses for the blue birds to the specks they like --- facing the direction they like, etc. DH also built a condo -- has 8 bird houses -- for the sparrows..... to date just one blue bird family has moved in and DH is not a happy landlord..... but the different type of  bird from last year --- builds another nest on top of the plug on the porch again . . .  

Mom has 5 eggs she tends to and when I go out the front door I always move slow so I don't startle her and the kiddies. All 5 eggs hatched and now are all fuzzy  -- I waited for Mom to go to the grocery store for supper (the front yard and garden for the fav bugs and worms) and I got up on the ladder and took photos... sooooo cute but a face only a mother could love . . .  (am thinking we are keeping the cleaning deposit though --- hahaha)  TFL and this is what life is about ---

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mother's Day Nine Patch Card

Saw the instructions by "nonapearl" to make this Nine Patch Mother's Day card for a friend who has quilted for years and loves natural colours.

Card is on a card stock base of True Thyme by SU, cream is Close To My Heart, kraft is from Mike's. I used green card stock for the embossed piece and that was embossed using the Whimsy embossing folder from QuicKutz in the Cuttlebug.

The patterned card stock used for the quilted piece is from Hobby Lobby "Mirabelle" which is sold in a pad pack of card stock. Used an EK Success square punch for the printed pieces. Glue pen was used to put the quilted squares together on the cream square. Once that was done I put this onto the kraft card stock using the ATG and then added a button from the button jar. Here is a close up photo of the quilted piece:

For the greeting "happy mother's day" I used a stamp from the SU stamp set Teeny Tiny Wishes and stamped that onto scrap cream card stock using SU Riding Hood Red ink. Used the SU Bitty Banners die set to cut this out in the Cuttlebug. I always use painters tape to tape my dies onto the card stock before I run them through the Cuttlebug.  I put the die piece all the way to the right of the greeting to make room for my red gem I put on the banner. But first --- once I had the banner piece cut out I kept the piece in the die and used a small embossing tool to go around the inside edge of the die to emboss the banner piece. The dies from SU do not emboss the edges of the die cuts like Spellbinders and for this card I wanted that on the banner --- here is a photo I took to try to show this:

Once the cream banner was cut out and I had embossed the edge I then use scrap dark red card stock and cut out a red banner. I cut that in half lengthwise and put it behind the cream banner piece with red sticky tape. The banner piece and the quilted piece are on the card with pop dots for dimension**.  TFL and YOLO  (** When I use buttons on cards, due to their thickness, if I use pop dots behind that piece I am careful not to put the pop dot behind the button -- I put the pop dot to the side or above or below where the button is on the card.)

Quilted Mother's Day Card

Card base pink is Stampin Up, white is GP, the "happy mother's day" stamp is from SU and it is in the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.

To begin with I used a square punch and punched out 6 pink squares -- polka dots from Hobby Lobby. Then punched out 6 green squares -- green paper also from Hobby Lobby. Used the new Quilt Pattern squeeze punch from Fiskars for the star quilt pattern.  Here is a photo of the printed card stock I used and it is from a pad of paper from K&Company:

Once the squares were punched out I punched out 12 of the stars with the star punch. Using a glue pen I put the star shapes onto the squares. Once they were all done I ran the ATG over a piece of white GP cut larger than the size I would need. I put the squares on the white card stock and then I trimmed the white edges off. Put the quilted piece in the Damask embossing folder by Darice and ran this through the Cuttlebug. Here is a photo of that:

I then cut and scored the pink card stock base and the white GP piece for the card front. Once the quilted piece was embossed I trimmed that to the size I wanted. Put this on the white card front piece. Put a piece of pink satin ribbon across the lower card front and using the greeting stamp I stamped the greeting in the lower left hand corner.Put this piece on the pink card stock base. Added green crystals from the stash.

This card takes some planning in that you have to figure out how many squares you want for your card front and where to place the ribbon. I used the pinks and greens because I began this card with the printed card stock from K&Company.  TFL and YOLO

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Trellis Mother's Day Card

Two Sizzix dies on clearance at Mike's so I picked them up --- wanted to make a Mother's Day card for a friend who has many bird houses so I think she will like this card:

To begin with the card base is turquoise card stock from Stampin Up. The white is from GP and the printed card stock for the trellis and the bird is also from Stampin Up.

First I cut and scored the card base. Cut a piece of white GP for the card front. Using the Cuttlebug and my extended plates I cut out the trellis ("Interlocking Circles") die being careful to cut around the Stampin Up logo on the printed card stock. Once that was cut out I cut a second piece of white GP larger than what I would need. I then put the trellis piece on the white card stock using a glue pen --- once again I used the wallpaper seam roller to go over the trellis to be sure the glue and papers were adhered together. I used the SU Square Lattice embossing folder to emboss the trellis piece. Once that was embossed I then took it to the trimmer and trimmed it to the size I needed for the card front. Set that aside.

For the bird I used the die "Bird & Flower Vine Set in the Cuttlebug and I cut out the printed card stock. I wanted the wing to the bird to be raised so I used the SU Bird Punch and punched out a wing -- used a sponge to lightly sponge the edges of the wing and put that on the bird with a glue dot. I used the vine from the die and cut out two pieces of green card stock from the scrap box and cut them to the size I needed with scissors. Put them together with a glue dot. Using the sprig/branch punch from Marth (Martha Stewart) I punched out a few pieces. Put them on top of the vines using glue dots. Put the bird on the branches also with glue dots and set this aside.

I put the card front pieces together onto the card base using the ATG. Then I added the bird/branch piece to the card front using pop dots.

For the "Happy Mother's Day" I used a stamp from Inkadinkado and Temp Turquoise ink from SU. Used the large oval punch from SU for that piece and the turquoise ovals under it. Added blue crystals from the stash and put the greeting on the card with glue dots.

Here is a photo of the embedded embossing:

Here is a photo of the bird and branch cluster:

And the card front again:

Since the trellis piece is a long die I am able to use the other part of the trellis piece I cut off  for another card or project. The bird die for this card is sizable so I think it worked well with the trellis. The sprigs help to fill up the vines under the bird and adds more texture to the card front. TFL and YOLO

Boo Banner Card

Archiver's sent out the email this week for their new item that they offer with a note at the bottom that they had extended their sale on their clearance items. The new product they were offering is the exclusively to them Hero Arts stamps with a die. These are usually 4 stamps with a matching shaped die in the same package for $9.99. We had to go to Raleigh for errands anyways so I put the stop at that store on the list.

When I got there I picked up my Hero Arts stamp/die and went over to the clearance racks. Being a card maker usually the larger border dies by Sizzix, Spellbinders, and QuicKuts would not work for a card. But this time in the clearance section were the holiday word dies from QuicKutz. There was a die for Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and the above, Halloween. Being so large these would work on a 12 x 12 scrapbook page but certainly not on a card . . .   but the Halloween I thought I could use on a card but this would take some planning.

In the above photo you see the back of my die and my seam roller for wallpaper. I use the seam roller over items on cards that I use a glue pen for to be sure the glue spreads on the back of my piece and will have a strong bond on my card stock. This is the card I made:

This card base is on card stock from Stampin Up and the dotted paper is from the stash. Here is the whole card opened:

It is early for Halloween of course but I had this idea and I wanted to make up a card so I could see if this idea would work and I can always add to this between now and Boo Day for the cards I will make and mail out.  Here are some of the details:

First I cut out the word die using the Cuttlebug, extended cutting plates, and a piece of 12 x 12 card stock trimmed larger than the die but that would fit in the machine. Once the word was cut out I cut my purple card stock to the size I wanted for my card. Using a glue pen I put glue on the back of the letters --- except for the "H" I did not do the top and bottom of the "H" so it could hang over my first scored line. Once that had the glue on it I placed it on the purple card stock. Once that was on I ran over the letters using the seam roller to be sure my glue adhesive would stick the letters to the card stock base.

Now I had to score the card --- I scored the first line to the right side of the "H" and then again I scored the card at the first bend in the "W". With the card stock base, and then the glue, and then the word I did not want to score through too much bulk so I had to decide where the score lines would go -- when I first had this idea I made a "mock up" card just to see if it would work and where to put the scored lines to keep my card even.

I then used SU black ink and sponged the edges of the card piece. Using a stamp set from Close To My Heart "Say It In Style" I used the "happy" stamp and stamped that to the left top of my "H".

Once the card was scored where I wanted I then went over the scored lines with a bone folder. Now for the fun --- for the spider web on the "H" I added a glitter pen for the web lines. I also used that pen for the eyes for the bat and spider. I used the ghost squeeze punch from Fiskars for the ghosts and those are punched out of glitter card stock from Hobby Lobby. But the punch only punches the ghost going in one direction -- to change that I punched one ghost from the glitter paper with the glitter side facing up and then turned the glitter paper over and punched another ghost so now they go in 2 directions for the card.

Using a Jolee jewelry oval punch I punched 3 ovals from scrap card stock and sponged the edges of those. Used glue dots and put the ovals together to make my pumpkin -- used a small leaf punch for the leaf on the pumpkin:

 For the two words "EEEK !" and "BOO" I used Martha Stewart punches:

The "EEEK !" letters are all separate but the "BOO" is connected at the bottom and to the ghost. I used scissors and cut away the 'boo' and used a glue pen to put these on the card.

This is a simple card to make -- just plan ahead and I would make a mock up card to start. I will be adding to this I am sure once I make them for Boo Day --- esp the front of the closed card --- but for now I have an idea to work off of. The QuicKutz dies always cut out very well and no "hairs" on your card stock or having to use a tool to poke out small parts.  TFL and YOLO

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Mother's Day Card

All card stocks are Stampin Up. Used the Sizzix/Stampin Up Petals-A-Plenty embossing folder to emboss the lighter card stock. Doily is from the stash and I folded that over the edge of the embossed piece. The turquoise piece across the front is made using the Sizzix/SU Two Tags die and I used the scalloped tag for the front of this card. Using various flowers from the flower jar I made a cluster of four flowers. Those are held together with a white brad. I added a blue feather behind the flowers. The butterfly was made using scrap card stock and the Martha Stewart three butterflies punch. Added a blue crystal to the center of the butterfly and that is on the card front with a glue dot. The stamp "Happy Mother's Day" is from Inkadinkado and I used SU Tempting Turquoise ink for that. Here is a closer photo of the flowers and tag piece:

Easy card to make and was able to put the flowers and feathers to good use. TFL and YOLO

Best Mom Mother's Day Card

This card was inspired by a card for "Friendship Mix" on the blog. I used the pattern she offered for the seed packet for my card. She had used a stamp set from Gina K Designs but I did not have that set so I used a watering can/flower stamp from my baker's rack. These are other photos of this card and how it came together:

This photo is a close up of the flower seed packet. Because I wanted to use the seed packet on front of my card I had to consider the weight if I were to use regular card stock for the packet. Instead I used a pink stripe printed card stock from Hobby Lobby which is much lighter in weight.

To figure this packet out in size first I made the actual pink striped packet and used an ATG to put that together. Then I needed a template for the front white piece for the packet. I used copy paper for that and I cut it to the size I wanted. Using the computer I typed/printed out Best Mom Mix and at the bottom I put Premium Seed Company. I printed it out on the computer to copy paper and had to make a change to where my words were and then printed that out onto white GP card stock. Trimmed that to the size I wanted  for the front of the packet.

Once that was printed out I then used a stamp from the Lockhart Stamp Company and stamped that onto my white piece using StazOn black ink. Set that aside. Then using a dark pink card stock base I cut and scored my card. I used the Whimsy embossing folder from QuicKutz for the white GP background piece on the card front and cut that to the size I wanted. Using a 2 1/4" circle punch I punched two circles from pink checked paper from Hobby Lobby. Put those on top of the white embossed piece using the ATG. Using the ATG I put the white embossed piece onto the pink card base.

I used a white paper doily for the card front as well. I peeled the layers of the doily away until I had just one layer and cut that in half with my scissors. Set those aside. I then used Crayola colour pencils and coloured the watering can and the flowers. Using a fine black marker and a ruler for the lines I made lines on the floral piece.

Using the ATG I put the coloured piece onto the front of the packet. Used twine from my stash. Used a flower button from my button jar and cut off the loop on the back of that. Put that on top of the twine using glue dots. Using double sided tape I put the doily pieces on the back of the packet piece. Then using the double sided tape again I put the decorated packet piece onto the card front.

To add sparkle to the card front I used a glitter pen on the flowers:

So here is a Mother's Day card that has sparkle and shine like Moms do. TFL and YOLO

Friday, April 19, 2013

Not as it seems - - -

This is a single stamp that Stampin Up put out in 2001. I have used this stamp on 3 x 3 cards that I have made --- I made blue cards, red cards, and kraft card stock cards. Here is a photo of one of those cards:

This stamp can be very limiting --- for my 3 x 3 cards I used markers to colour the stamp and then I stamped that onto the white card stock for the card fronts.

Again I used markers for the stamp and this time I used a lighter blue and a lighter red marker. Here is that stamped impression:

Want to use this stamp again but wanted to change it up a bit so this time I used the lighter blue marker and the lighter red marker and skipped stripes -- this photo shows the two ways I used this stamp:

When you have a good stamp it is nice to be able to try to use it in other ways. I have also used a maker just for the "God Bless America" for tags on July 4th treat holders. So look at your stamps in a different way as they may be "not as it seems"  . . .   TFL  and YOLO

One embossing folder -- four looks

Received an email from Archiver's yesterday morning that they were having a sale --- buy two embossing folder packs from QuicKutz and get the third free. They also had specials on dies as well . . .   pushed back the plans for the rest of the planting project for the front porch and I was in the car . . .

This is one of the embossing folder sets I bought. QuicKutz sells two embossing folders in their packs so it ends up I got 6 embossing folders for the price of 4 --- this is a sale not often done from Archiver's.

Below are photos of one of the folders in this Courtyard set and how I used it for four different looks. I did all the techniques on white GP card stock so it is easy to see how different they all look on the same colour of card stock. I picked up this folder set to use on the cards I am making for my gal friends that are Moms for Mother's Day be it kids they raised or their furry four legged friends.

To begin with, as I have mentioned before on my blog, when I use an embossing folder to emboss card stock I always use two pieces of card stock at a time. This gives me a softer embossed piece and it also will prevent the card stock from ripping or showing small tears in the paper.

This first photo is your standard embossed piece:

This folder has a lot of detail and it shows on the embossed piece. The photo below is the other piece of card stock I had embossed with the above first piece but I flipped it over so my embossed design is inverted instead of a raised pattern:

This next photo is the same embossing folder but I did not emboss with it --- I used the ink pad Pretty in Pink from Stampin Up and inked the raised side of the embossing folder. Once that was inked I put a piece of card stock in the folder and closed it. Using a brayer I ran the brayer all over the closed folder which will transfer the inked design onto my card stock --- this way you can use any of your embossing folders as a background stamp. To clean the folder after use rinse it with water and set aside to dry or use a baby wipe to wipe off your ink. Here is that inked piece:

For this last piece I used VersaMark ink on the raised side of the embossing folder and put in the card stock and closed the folder. Using the brayer I ran that over the folder up and down and sideways. Being careful to remove the card stock I then laid this flat, inked side up, and using the Blushing Pink embossing powder from Stampendous I covered the piece with the embossing powder. Tapped off the excess and I then embossed this piece with the embossing gun. Here is that photo:

Each of the techniques turned out well using the embossing folder in different ways. Now I will have to decide which technique to use for my Mother's Day cards. But --- try using your embossing folders for other techniques than just embossing --- this design is very detailed and shows nicely used for embossing and also as a stamped background. TFL and YOLO

Monday, April 15, 2013

A Simple Hello Card

Card is on a card stock base from Stampin Up, white from GP, and the plaid and printed card stock are double sided card stock from Stampin Up --- I picked up that 6 x 6 card stock pack at Betty's Customer Gargage Sale for $2.00 --- but again beware using the double sided card stock from Stampin Up as they print their logo on their card stock so be sure you cut around that so it does not show up on the front of your project.

To begin with --- used Spellbinders for this card. To begin with I had made a card last week using the Splendid M-Bossibilities folder from Spellbinders and as usual I emboss 2 pieces of card stock at a time. This makes the embossed piece have a softer image and it also prevents the card stock from ripping when it is embossed. So this is the 2nd piece from that card. I then used the Wonky Rectangle die set from Spellbincers to cut out my flower embossed piece.

To assemble the card I cut and scored my card base, but the white GP to the size I wanted, and for the plaid printed card stock I cut that to size as well. I put all these pieces together. Set it aside and cut out the flower piece with the Wonky dies -- trimmed it to the size I wanted and put this on the card front with the ATG.

Using the Shapebilities Butterfly dies by Spellbinders and my pack of 6 x 6 printed card stock from SU I cut out the butterfly. For the white print butterfly I lightly spritzed that with Shimmer Mist. Once dried I added clear crystals for the body and put that on top of the 2 butterfly the die cuts out. I had flipped the 2nd one over so there is contrast. Put this on my card front with red sticky tape.

For the flowers I went to the flowers jar and picked 3 flowers out and used a large brad to keep those together. Using the sprig/branch punch from M. Stewart I made sprigs/branches and put those on the back of the flowers with glue dots.

The "hello" is a greeting stamp I had and I used red ink from SU for that. Once stamped onto scrap white card stock I then used my new Spellbinders Back to Basics Tags die set and cut out my greeting using the Cuttlebug. Put that on the flowers with a glue dot and then put this on the lower front of the card also on top of the Wonky Rectangle embossed piece.

The Shimmer Mist on the butterfly shows up on the card front but the camera did not capture that.

Dig out the Spellbinders and see what you can make with them -- TFL and YOLO

With Sympathy Card

This card was made using two older stamp sets from Stampin Up that I bought at the Customer Garage Sale at Betty's Stamping and Scrapbooking Room in Greensboro. Both sets of stamps were NIB and never even mounted and CHEAP.

To begin with the card is a card stock base from Stampin Up, with the lighter shade theirs and the white is GP. I cut and scored the card base and then the lighter colour card stock. For the white I cut the piece to size that I would use and I wanted to use a raise piece for the "With Sympathy" so I stamped the full stamp of the larger detailed image to the left on the white card piece. Then I stamped the corners with the inked stamp. Left room for my small ribbon piece in the upper left corner. Set it aside.

Using a scrap piece of white GP I stamped the large detailed stamp from the Bliss stamp off to the side. I then used the "With Sympathy" stamp from the Kindred Spirits stamp set to stamp that to the lower side of the stamped image. Using the Spellbinders Ovals dies I centered the die I wanted to use over my words and cut that out with the Cuttlebug. Sponged the edges of the oval with the Perfect Plum ink.

I put the card pieces together and then added a small piece of ribbon and a knot. Put the oval on the front of the card lining up my stamped images with pop dots. Added pearls here and there and the card is complete.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Circles Abound

Seems circles abound --- cards being made with circles from punches, Spellbinders, and other dies. Made this card for someone that is going through a trying time in her life and wanted to use the circles. This card is on a card stock base from Close To My Heart. The white is GP and printed card stock** is from SU in a 6 x 6 pad of paper.

To begin with I cut and scored my blue card stock base. Set that aside. I cut a piece of white GP card stock larger than what I need. Using the Spellbinders M-Bossabilities folder "Splendid" I embossed the white card stock in the Cuttlebug. As usual when I emboss I used two pieces of card stock so I would have a softer embossed piece. Once that was embossed I trimmed it to the size I needed from the backside of the paper so that the embossed side would not tear.

Put the embossed piece onto the card front. Using a 2 1/4" and a 2 1/2" circle punch I punched out the 3 blue card stock circles and the 2 printed card stock circles. **On each sheet of the SU 6 x 6 card stock is their logo --- be sure you are cutting or punching around that logo so it does not show on the front of your card. Using the ATG I put the printed circles onto the solid circles. Arranged my circles on the card front as I wanted them and used the ATG to adhere them.

For the "Sending happy thoughts" I used a new to me stamp set from Gina K Designs that I just bought at the Customer Garage Sale at Betty's. Using Bliss Blue ink from SU I stamped this onto scrap white card stock. Used the Banners/flag dies from for that and cut it out using the Cuttlebug. Sponged the edges of the banner and put that on the card front.

Used the Vines mini die from Sizzix and cut out the vine piece. Spritzed it lightly with Shimmer Mist. Dug out a white button from the button jar and added white twine to that in a bow. Put them on the vine piece with a glue dot and used a glue dot to put this onto the banner. Pop dots are behind the banner piece for dimension.

For the inside of the card again I used a stamp from a Gina K Design stamp set that I picked up at the garage sale and again used the Bliss Blue ink from SU. Using smaller circle punches I added circles to the inside of the card:

Tried to match my embossed piece with the floral design on the printed card stock from SU. Blue and white always looks crisp and clean and cheery to me -- hoping my friend likes it --- TFL  and YOLO

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

New Handbag

Had made this treat holder for the holidays and it holds on Ghiradelli candy bar. Used the Sizzix die "Booklets, Purse, and Pages" to make this. Used double sided card stock so when the flap is down it matches the inside. The die is large as it cuts this out as well as pages for the inside of this if you should want to use it as a book.

Wanted to make a purse for Mother's Day but did not want it to be small. Went through my dies and decided this die would work with a few alterations ---

I used double sided card stock from Stampin Up for my 'handbag' --- be careful using their double sided card stock though as they have their logo printed on it and you need to be sure that is not on the front of your project. I measured the part of the die I wanted to use and added about 1 /12 inches to that --- cut and scored my piece in half width wise. Put this on the die above the cutting lines on the die and ran it through the Sizzix machine. Then I used a scalloped circle punch and punched out a circle from scrap card stock. Using the same printed card stock I punched out a circle. Cut these in half and put them on the front of the bag using the ATG.

Using two flower punches from Marvy I punched two flowers out of scraps and added a large brad in the center. Using a  Sizzlits die from Sizzix/SU from my binder of small dies I cut out two pieces from green scrap card stock in the Cuttlebug --- here is the binder I use for the smaller dies:

Easy to locate the smaller dies and easy to see what shape dies I have.

Here is the handbag/purse I made next to the original treat holder:

I used glue dots to put the leaves behind the flowers and then I lightly spritzed this piece using Shimmer Mist for a little sparkle:

 Inside the insert in the purse is white paper shred from the dollar store and I can fill it up with candies and treats for Mother's Day. This is a good size holder and although I have the basket and insert dies from I did not want to make a basket. Look at your dies and see what else you can make with them besides what they are for.   TFL and YOLO

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Landlords again - - - -

After last year with our first bird family and babies ...  then the problem with the stray bird leaving her egg in the nest with the other eggs and she and the other Mom fighting... we decided after babies left we would remove the nest . . .   which we did . . .   Then DH decided he would do some searching and he found what Blue Birds like in a birdhouse and he began building to their specs - - -  like a good custom builder he is we now have three bird houses, built and painted and facing the way the bird experts say they like on their posts. He also built a condo birdhouse that has 8 separate houses with interior walls, and he put that on the post the way the birds will like. So all these houses and what happens? New bird rebuilds a nest on the porch and here is her family in the above photo -- only ONE house DH built seems to have any interest in it and it is by my front garden that I just planted my flowers in . . .  DH built all the houses from wood and the roofs are removable so he can clean the houses after the tenants move out for the next family . . The porch bird is not a Blue Bird so I am hoping he will get more tenants as he is not a happy landlord right now. We will take photos here and there and post any progress we have in our new tenants' family --- which makes you wonder? Which came first? The chicken or the egg ? ? ?

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Medical Degree Online Card

This card is a joke for one of the younger doctors at our doctors office --- he and I have been around and around about medication and I suggested he should not have skipped that class when he was in med school.... he then assured me he just finished this class online from the University of Phoenix and he just graduated --- so made him this card and I know the nurses will get a laugh from it too.

The card is on the card stock base of black card stock from Stampin Up. Used a textured gray card stock for the front of the card. Used various black print papers and white from GP for the banner pieces. Used the Spellbinders Labels 4 die set for the "University of Phoenix" label and cut that out of the black and white card stocks. Used the computer to print out those words for my label piece. For the "2013" that was printed on the computer and I used the SU Jewelry Tag punch for that. For the rolled up diploma I used a thin straw and cut it to the size I wanted. Using red sticky tape I rolled scrap white GP card stock on it and then used the black and white twine and tied a bow. Used clear Tacky Glue to keep the bow tied and put the diploma on the labels piece with red sticky tape.

Below is a photo of this closer:

To give the gray piece some interest once it was cut to the size I wanted I scored it at 1/4" on both long sides and then scored it at 1/4" at the short ends before I put it on the card front:

DH has lab work to be done on Monday so he will drop off this card for this doctor --- I am sure he will laugh when he sees this as the nurses and I were really giving him a hard time about this. Tried to make it as masculine as I could so it is rather plain to me but it should work.  TFL and YOLO

Friday, April 5, 2013

Celebrate Spring Card

Mailed out the 22 Spring cards I made --- three different colours. Used the Four Seasons stamp set from Close To My Heart for the tree and used only their inks for the cards including the white. Card bases are CTMY or SU and the white is GP. Here is a close up of each card colour:

This stamp set is nice as it has a tree for each season and for Spring the tree has small buds on it. Under the stamped tree I used a dollar stamp for the "Celebrate Spring" greeting. Ribbons are from the stash.

Due to Easter being in March I waited to mail out these cards until after the holiday. First we had St Patty's Day in March, then the first day of Spring, and then Easter. Glad I waited to mail them out since some places were still getting snows for Easter.

Here is a close up of the tree stamp and greeting:

Hoping we all will be seeing green grass soon and all enjoying our springtime flowers as well. TFL and YOLO