5 Minute Wedding Card

It happened. I had a wedding to attend a couple weekends ago, and had no wedding cards made and no time to make one with a toddler and a newborn. Well, I refuse to buy a card when I can make one so I challenged myself to create a card as quickly as possible that could still pass for a nice wedding card.

I turned to a DCWV foiled patterned paper, a congratulations die from the My Favorite Things Centerpieces Congratulations Shaker die set, and topped off the die with a Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen. There’s a lot more I could have done to pretty it up, but I think it turned out darn good for a 5 minute card!

5 Minute Wedding Card

Paper Smooches October Challenge

I decided to give the Paper Smooches Sparks challenge a try for this week. We were given an image as inspiration (shown below) to create a card using Paper Smooches products as the main focus of the project.

I thought it would be fun to cut apart a new happy birthday die from Lawn Fawn and stagger the words using the adorable Chubby Chums stamps and dies from Paper Smooches to create the curved look across the card. I cut out a second set of paws/hooves to make it look like the animals were holding the banners; a trick I did a couple weeks ago.

This is the first challenge I’ve been part of. I hope I did it right, and that it’s well-received!

Paper Smooches October Challenge

Paper Smooches October Challenge

Supplies:
Paper Smooches Chubby Chums stamp set and dies
Avery Elle Finished Frames dies
My Favorite Things Blue Prints 15 frame die
Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders die
Lawn Fawn Happy Birthday Border die
DCWV The Birthday Wishes paper pack
Momento Tuxedo Black ink
Inkssentials Enamel Accents
Inkssentials Glossy Accents
Wink of Stella clear glitter brush marker
Recollections small star punch
Misc Copic Ciao markers

Here is the original image to use as inspiration:

October 2015 Paper Smooches Challengee

SPARKS BADGE

Thank You So Much Card

It’s 2015! I’m celebrating by going to an all-weekend craft event. Here’s a card I’d like to share before I leave for the weekend. This cute little monkey stamp from CC Designs was colored with Copic markers, and the tulips were topped off with glitter from the clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen.

Thank you so much card

Happy Birthday – SC #2

I’m particularly proud of this card design because I stepped away from my normal tendencies and tried something a little different. I stamped the adorable Penny Black Greetings stamp and Stampabilities Happy Birthday 10 stamp directly on yellow patterned paper from The Paper Studio, and colored it in with Ranger Distress Markers. Stamping directly on patterned paper is not something I’ve done before. I’m very happy with the results of this card, and plan to try this technique again in the future.

Happy Birthday Card

Supplies:
Penny Black Greetings stamp
Stampabilities Happy Birthday 10 stamp
Ranger distress markers
Staz-On Jet Black ink
The Paper Studio Simplicity paper pack
Uniball Signo white gel pen

*SC – Stamp Challenge: I am challenging myself to use every single stamp I own at least once.

Happy Birthday – SC #1

I have A LOT of stamps. A lot. Since there are possibly hundreds that I’ve never touched, I decided to challenge myself to use every single stamp I own at least once. This could possibly take years and years, but I’m up for it! Once I use a stamp, I put a piece of washi tape on it to mark that it’s been used as part of the challenge. I hope this will help me to stretch my stamps and think outside the box as I will no longer look to grab the same designs over and over.

The first stamp I chose was a rubber Happy Birthday stamp from Inkadinkado. I chose this one because my rubber stamps tend to get neglected and I’m very short on happy birthday cards.

Happy Birthday Card

Supplies:
Inkadinkado Happy Birthday stamp
The Paper Studio Simplicity paper pack
Mama Elephant Eggplant ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Versamark ink
My Favorite Things Dainty Bows die
My Favorite Things Blue Prints 1 die
Assorted gems
Studio G glitter glue
Stickles lime green
Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen

*SC – Stamp Challenge: I am challenging myself to use every single stamp I own at least once.

Thinking of You Card

I’ve recently placed a few orders online at MarkerPop.com, MFTstamps.com, and SimonSaysStamp.com to stock up on supplies and tools I want to work with before our little girl arrives and I won’t have any time to craft. I’m absolutely IN LOVE with this stamp from Crafter’s Companion, and wanted to share this thinking of you card I created with it! I’m so excited to get started on more projects with the other supplies I’ve received. 🙂

Thinking of You Card
Thinking of You Card
Supplies:
Crafter’s Companion – Party with Bamboo Stamp
Thinking of You wood stamp – Unknown
Studio Calico Snippets paper pad
Tim Holtz Distress Markers – Walnut Stain, Antique Linen, Barn Door
Stampin Up Watercolor Pencil – Yellow
American Crafts Twine
Wink of Stella Glitter Pen
My Favorite Things – Pierced Rectangle Die
Kraft Card Stock
Uni-Ball Uno Signo Broad White Gel Pen

1 Paper Pad, 3 Cards

Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out how to use a paper pad in different ways after you’ve created one design. That design tends to stick with you, and makes it hard to envision other creative ways to use the papers. I challenged myself to create different cards using one paper pad to rev up my creativity.

Thanks Card

Happy Birthday Card

Thinking of You Card
Supplies:

Card #1:
The Paper Studio – Poteeka Souffle Paper Pack
Pebbles Cardmaking Pad 1 (for card base)
Paper Smooches Stamp Set – Perky Plants
Assorted Copic Ciao Markers
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Glitter Stickles
Inkadinkado Thank You Words Stamp Set

Card #2:
The Paper Studio – Poteeka Souffle Paper Pack
Paper Smooches Stamp Set – Perky Plants
Assorted Copic Ciao Markers
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Hampton Art – You Said It Stamp Set
Doodlebug Twine
Spellbinders – Lacey Ovals Dies
Simon Says Stampe – Small Folded Banners Die

Card #3:
The Paper Studio – Poteeka Souffle Paper Pack
TPC Studio – Brush Stroke Greetings Stamp Set
Ranger White Embossing Powder
VersaMark Ink
Sizzix – Flower Layers Set #3 Die
My Favorite Things – Button Border Die
Doodlebug Twine
Lifestyle Crafts – Chain Embossing Folder
Martha Stewart Scoring Board

Monotone Card

I had a few sheets of red patterned paper laying around, so I decided to challenge myself to a monotone card. I’m really pleased with it, especially since it would make a great card for men, who can sometimes be hard to design for.

Monotone Card
Supplies:
Georgia Pacific card stock
DCVW Cotton Bloom Stack paper pad
DCVW Dots, Stripes, and Plaids Stack paper pad
DCVW Citrus Stack paper pad
Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler stamp set
Versamark ink
Ranger white embossing powder
Martha Stewart Scoring Board

Warm Thoughts Card

I wanted to challenge myself to use supplies I haven’t used from my crafting stash yet. The first thing that caught my eye was the “Warm Thoughts” stamp by Paper Smooches. My mind immediately went to weather, being that Wisconsin seems to have the winter that won’t end!

Once I had my Warm Thoughts inspiration, everything else fell into place. I had this fun paper from K & C Company with rainbow colors, arrow shapes, and airplanes that I never knew how to use in my designs. Well, it ended up being the exact look and feel I was going for with my theme.

Warm Thoughts CardSurprisingly, I also found use for a pair of my ancient fancy-edged scissors! I usually forget I have those tucked away, and it was nice to get some use out of them to give a little bit different edging than I normally use.

Supplies:
K & C Company Summer Travel paper pack
Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler stamp set
Kraft Edgers Grecian scissors
Spellbinders Ovals die
Recollections Oval punch
VersaMark Ink
Ranger White embossing powder
Georgia Pacific white card stock
Uni-Ball Signo white gel pen