I was recently at Michael’s and spent some time rummaging through their dollar bin section. They had a bunch of items that were in the range of $1 – $3 in price. They actually had some cute paper crafting stuff that all coordinated. My immediate thought was how I could likely create some super cute greeting cards using this stuff! So of course, I grabbed it
Here are some of the awesome cards I created. I did pull some stamps and a few items from my stash – but the majority of these cards were made using the cheapo stuff from Michael’s. Fun!
The kites were so cute, they were killing me. I was dying to use some of my new stamps from Simon Says Stamp and I thought these kites would be a perfect fit. When I went to use the kites, I knew I wanted a sky background – but I wasn’t sure how I would do it. I dug through my stash and found these Project Life cards, from the Honey collection. I wanted to see if I could somehow use them?
I decided to trim them down using my Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle dies. This made them the perfect size for a cardfront.
I then used the adorable cloud background to build my cards. The speech bubble was in the perfect spot for my greeting. These cards came together super fast and I love them! Big score finding this stuff in the Michael’s dollar bins!!
Just sharing a simple and fun layout I did using the Midway collection from October Afternoon. A collection I’ve been lusting after and hoarding for far too long. I think it’s time to use up more of it, now that I see how cute this turned out.
I used a variety of mediums for my text on this layouts. Letter stickers, thickers…and the “Go Out and Play” sentiment was stamped on vellum using an Ali Edwards stamp set that I love. I was going for a spin on the song “Playmate”…I hope that comes across here. If not, oh well – at least I know what it means 😉
In case you’re wondering, I did print journaling for this layout. I didn’t like how it looked on the page, so I simply stuck it to the back of the page. I figured it’s better then not having a story at all, right? I am trying to be better with my journaling – so this was my solution! And as always, I am making sure to date my layouts…
A few weeks back I got into a stamping kick – specifically stamping colorful backgrounds for my cards. I think it was because I discovered how well the Stamper’s Secret Weapon works. I had bought it on a whim to try it out and HOLY MOLY was I impressed! I am now able to get such a clean, crisp image when I stamp with solid images. I’m so darn impressed. Only wish I had bought this thing sooner!!
I’m sharing a set of fun cards I made from Paper Smooches Clear Stamps. I had stamped and colored these little guys with various methods: Copics, colored pencils, etc. But the stamped backgrounds were all done with some Papertrey Ink Polka Dot background stamps – something I’ve had in my stash for years. Such a great stamp set.
Here’s a close up look at each of the cards:
The images in this stamp set are so darn cute. I love how this set of cards turned out.
If you’re looking for more info on how I create my colorful hand stamped backgrounds, check out my recent Craftsy blog post. I share some tips and how-to’s. Thanks for looking!!
Ever have so many cute pics you can’t decide which to use on your layout? Um, that is me ALL the time. I finally decided instead of trying to squeeze my pics onto one layout (and I’m not a fan of 2 page layouts these days) that I would simply use a 6″x12″ insert and DUH: Problem solved. Not sure why I haven’t thought to do this sooner? Clearly I own these inserts and they were just begging to be used. Anyway, this layout came together quickly and I LOVE that I got all my favorite pics into one layout/insert. Woop!!
This page started off a little tricky because I didn’t want it to be overly “themed” with ladybug stuff – but I certainly wanted the colors to match. I decided to simply use some red polka dot 12″x12″ patterned paper, some touches of striped paper – and then I punched out some black circles with various sized circle punches. This gives the hint of a ladybug, without being ladybugallupinyourface. Know what I mean? 😉
I ran a 3″x4″ card through my printer for journaling and used a piece of ladybug flair that I have literally had in my stash for YEARS. These were the original pieces of flair that American Crafts came out with in like, 2008. Can’t believe I still had it (and was able to find it! HA!!)
Here’s a closeup of the insert. It holds 3 4″x6″ pics and I think they are from American Crafts (snagged them at Hobby Lobby). I didn’t really do any embellishing on these pics at all, aside from these few words stamped with a Heidi swap stamp set. Done!