Mother’s Day Cards

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching! I’ve been working on some fun cards for the occasion. I’m trying to offer as much as I can right now in my Etsy shop – and I also have been eager to use some fun dies that I purchased from Simon Says Stamp. These cards gave me the chance to do just that.

This first one I created using some Simple Stories “Hello Baby” paper. Really love the colors from all their lines.

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These next few cards are a variation on this card by the amazing Laura Bassen. I used an old Martha Stewart Butterfly Punhch that I have had forever. Just love this punch and how simple, yet elegant these cards are:

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Thanks for looking! I will be back soon with more greeting cards…gotta start thinking of ideas for Father’s Day! :)

8.5″ x 11″ Layout: 14 Months

The other day I was in the dining room with Henry – he was exploring, being a little mischievous and the natural light in the room was excellent. I looked over and saw my camera bag with my DSLR sitting on the floor and decided I should bust it out. I never seem to grab my real camera these days, and I need to be better about it. I got several super high quality candid shots of Henry just being himself and playing. I just love how they turned out, and knew that I needed to use them right away, in a layout!

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I mean, this face…(mischief!)

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…and this one… (SWEETNESS!)

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I decided to pair these photos with some recent journaling that I had done about him. I kept things in a list format, as that is what I used when I sent myself the email with all these little facts about him at 14 months. It was pretty easy to just print out and scrap everything around it.

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I had fun adding detail to this page with little embellishments. I used Echo Park That’s My Boy Kit for almost the entire page. (Plus some Thickers from American Crafts for my title). I (again) found that going with an 8.5″x11″ size was much less intimidating and it allowed me to complete this layout relatively quickly.

Love this little guy, and I am enjoying scrapping all these fun things about his life!

Some fun Paper Smooches cards

Today I am sharing some fun greeting cards made with the Paper Smooches Clear Stamps Free Spirits stamp set coordinating dies. How fun are these cards to give as something different? Love the stamp images in this set.

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The background on this card was stamped with the Interlocking Borders stamp set from Lawn Fawn. – love the options for backgrounds with this stamp set – they are modern and funky!
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I colored all the images with my Copics. I even used my colorless blender to create some “bubbles” in this mixed drink. I added glossy accents for shine, too. I think this card would be perfect to give to a friend or co-worker.
Paper Smooches Free Spirits Card

Paper Smooches Free Spirits Card

This last one is my favorite – the saying cracks me up! Ha! Again, I colored with Copics and added some glossy accents to make these look like real glasses of red wine. YUMMM :)

Paper Smooches Free Spirits Card

Paper Smooches Free Spirits Card

Thanks for checking these out! You can find them (and other cards!) for sale in my Etsy shop :)

Teacher Thank You Cards

Shifting things up a bit, sharing some cards today!
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It’s time to start thinking about Teacher Appreciation or even end-of-the-year gifts for all those Teachers in your life. I decided to pull together some cards and offer them for sale in my Etsy shop. I’ve been having some fun with new supplies to make these. First up was some fun paper from the Simple Stories Smarty Pants collection, combined with some awesome “Teacher” wafer dies from Simon Says Stamp. I love the intricate cuts of these dies. I made a bunch using this adorable pencil patterned paper…

Teacher Thank You Card

Teacher Thank You Card

I added some wood veneer stars onto these to add just a little element of dimension. I love the look they add. They are a mix of wood veneer from Studio Calico and also Michaels Recollections brand.

Teacher Thank You Card

For this card I simply used one of the cute globe 3″ x 4″ cards from the collection and embellished around it. I stamped a sentiment from an Ali Edwards stamp set and I realized just how awesome that set is to use on Teacher gifts!

Teacher Thank You Card

Teacher Thank You Card

And here is another one using the other style die cut from the SSS Teacher dies:

Teacher Thank You Card

Teacher Thank You Card

My last card that I am sharing is probably my most favorite. I had so much fun putting it together! I just love the apples – which I simply trimmed from the Simple Stories designer paper. I stamped the border along the bottom with a stamp set that I believe is a Hero Arts/Studio Calico set. Just love the way it turned out!

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If you are interested in purchasing any of these cards, please check them out in my Etsy shop. I am hoping to stock more of my greeting cards in the shop, too. Thanks so much!

Craftsy Blog Post: 7 Paper Crafting Hacks

Craftsy Blog 7 Paper Craft Hacks

Just a quick post to let you know that my latest article is now live on the Craftsy Blog. Today I am sharing 7 Paper Crafting Hacks that you may or may not have heard before. What are you favorite tips for saving time and money when you craft?

If you would like to read more, you can CLICK HERE for a full list of all my articles on the Craftsy blog. :)

 

12″ x 12″ Layout: Henry at 8 Months

My layout today is of the scraplifted variety…

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Let me tell you, that I have been on this mission to use up many of the supplies I have (scrapper’s guilt) and one of the things I have quite a few of is Project Life style cards. I actually only own *one* Project Life core kit – but then there are all the other off brands, and we all know that every scrapbook kit now comes with those cute little 3″x4″ cards. They are cute to look at but honestly it’s not realistic for me to do pocket scrapbooking all the time. I like it here & there, and that’s enough for me.

So, with that being said – I am on a mission to use up these cards in any way I can. I even have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to this very topic…which is where I found this awesome layout from the Simple Stories blog. This layout is my take on their design. I LOVE how it turned out.

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This page is a mix of stuff from Echo Park’s That’s My Boy collection and some cards from the Project Life Boy mini kit (found at Joann’s).

I used my Silhouette to cut out the “8”. I cut it twice and layered to add some shadowing/dimension to the number. The rest of the title is just stickers and some Thickers that I had in my stash. I LOVE that “Love you to the moon and back” card.

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I added some other embellishments that I had on hand in my stash, some from Recollections, Studio Calico. I love the dimension that wood veneer adds to a page.

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I’d say I was successful at using up a handful of 3″x4″ cards…only a couple hundred left to go! ;)