Friday, 30 May 2014

Happy Bear-Day to a Brother-in-Law!

A couple weeks ago, my brother-in-law and two nephews came to PG for a visit to go bear hunting with my hubby. They had a great time! A week later, Julian celebrated a birthday. I decided to continue with the bear theme and create a card with black bear punch art. I found a great punch art image on Pinterest and decided to CASE it, making some slight changes. 

I love this bear! It's perfect. And so easy to make! 
Inside I wrote a pretty funny bear-day message, using bear puns. He should get a kick out of that! 

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Loved Ones
Paper: Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White
Ink: Black Staz-On
Tools: Ovals Nestabiltiies, 1-3/8" Circle punch, 1" Circle punch, 3/4" Circle punch, Small Oval punch, Owl Builder punch (for the eyes)

Monday, 26 May 2014

Horse Punch Art

One of my many nieces, Leah, celebrated her 10th birthday last week. Leah is a beautiful girl, inside and out. She has a big heart and a love for her family and for animals. One animal she absolutely adores right now is her horse. So I knew I had to incorporate this in her birthday card this year! I found this adorable horse punch art card on Pinterest and decided to CASE it, changing the colours a bit to resemble her horse.

I used Stampin Up's core'dinations cardstock in Early Espresso and the woodgrain embossing folder to create the background. Using an xacto knife, I cut out a square piece from the center. To create the horse, I used the Owl Builder punch for the head and eyes, the wings from the Bird Builder punch for the ears, the Boho Blossoms punch for the tuft of hair on the head, and the Small Oval punch for the hooves. I love how cute this character is! 

Here's wishing Leah a very Happy (belated) Birthday!

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Fabulous Phrases
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Early Espresso Core'dinations Cardstock, Sahara Sand, Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Certainly Celery
Ink: Rose Red
Tools: Owl Builder punch, Bird Builder punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Small Oval punch, Itty Bitty punch, Woodgrain embossing folder
Accessories: Rhinestones (Michael's)

Saturday, 24 May 2014

An Aviator Baby Boy Card-in-a-Box

I had a request from a friend to make her a second baby boy card-in-a-box. You can see the first one I made  for her by clicking here. I was excited to make another one! The last one matched so perfectly with the fabric she used to make her gift, and this time was no different! She had aviator-themed fabric that looked like this: 

I used the colours and theme in this photo as inspiration for my card. Using punch art, I created a couple different style planes and used part of the Cupcake Builder punch for clouds. Here's how it turned out:

Cute, right? I just love this fold! My next project is a baby girl card-in-a-box. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Zoo Babies, To the Moon (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Pool Party, Smokey Slate, Basic Black, 2012-2013 In-Colour DSP
Ink: Island Indigo
Tools: 1-1/4" Circle punch, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, Owl Builder punch, Cupcake Builder punch, 1/2" Circle punch, 3/4" Circle punch, 1" Circle punch, Large Oval punch
Accessories: Rhinestones (Michael's), Letter "C" foam sticker (Michael's)

Friday, 23 May 2014

Belated Anniversary Wishes

It's been a while since my last post! It was a relaxing, yet busy long weekend with family visiting from Alberta. I've also been taking a bit of a break from blogging/cardmaking, trying to finish a scrapbook album I've been working on of my hubby's training/career history. But now that I'm a bit caught up and have some free time on my hands, I'll be slowly getting back into making cards, entering challenges and sharing my creations.

Last week, my parents celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary! I made a special card using the easel fold and here's how it turned out:

I stamped the flowery image on Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock, fussy-cut some of the flowers and popped them up on the card, adding pearls in the center of each of them:

I followed these simple instructions found on YouTube to make this card. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Apothecary Art, Memorable Moments
Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe
Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Calypso Coral, Staz-On Black
Tools: Label Framelits, Square Lattice embossing folder
Accessories: Crisp Cantaloupe button, pearls (Michael's)

Monday, 12 May 2014

Double Slider Card

What a beautiful day it was yesterday! So warm and sunny!  My hubby and I got to enjoy the outdoors by taking a hike at a recreational park just outside of town. We hiked around a beautiful lake, taking pictures at the lookout point and walking down to the water. Our dog, Keta, especially enjoyed it and was wiped by the time we got home! 

I had a couple requests to make Mother's Day cards this past week and wanted to try a different fold. This one is called the 'Double Slider'. I love it! Once put together, it really is a mystery to the person who receives it - these are the best kind of cards! 

Just pull the tab and both ends slide out! 

Here's a softer colour combo using the same pattern and stamps as the one above:

Cool, right?

Thanks for stopping by! 

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Happy Mother's Day

Here's wishing my Mom and Mother-in-law a very Happy Mother's Day! 

It's holidays like these that I wish I could be closer to home. To show each of them that I am thinking of them, I sent a unique pop-up greeting card. Using the card-in-a-box fold, I filled it with tulips and butterflies. Love how it turned out! 

I am entering this card in the theme challenge over at The Pink Elephant

"Mother's Day" 

To all the mothers and mothers-to-be, have a Happy Mother's Day! 

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Summer Smooches DSP (ret.), Retro Fresh DSP
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Tools: Bird Builder punch, Beautiful Wings embosslit die, Scallop Border punch, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, 1-1/4" Circle punch
Accessories: Rhinestones (Michael's)

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Judo Punch Art!

I have a friend who loves to give me the most fun challenges when it comes to making greeting cards! This time she asked me to make two thank you cards for her kids' judo instructors. I wasn't quite sure where to start, but I knew punch art was going to be involved! Often I find inspiration on Pinterest. I found a recipe for karate kid punch art and decided to CASE it, but make it somewhat my own. I made one a boy character, and the other a girl. For the card layout, I used the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:

How cute are these characters?! 

I had a lot of fun making these! 

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Made for You (ret.)
Paper: Basic Black, Always Artichoke, Pistachio Pudding, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, Blush Blossom, Blushing Bride, Chocolate Chip. 
Ink: Staz-On Black
Tools: Circles Nestabilities, Diagonal Strips embossing folder, Small Oval punch, Word Window punch, Small Tag punch, 1" Circle punch, Owl Builder punch (for the eyes), 1/2" Circle punch (for mouth & ears)
Accessories: Pistachio Pudding ruffled stretch trim, Crisp Cantaloupe ruffled stretch trim

Monday, 5 May 2014

Baby Boy Card-in-a-Box

My favourite card fold lately has become the "card-in-a-box". I just love the fact that they pop open and then fold flat, perfect for mailing! Recently, a friend of mine asked me to make a baby boy card-in-a-box with grey chevrons and turquoise accents. I had SO much fun making this card! I chose to use one of the cutest stamp sets from Stampin Up called "Zoo Babies". Here's how it turned out:

Probably my favourite baby boy card ever!! How cute are those little animals?! I also love this colour combo. The bright turquoise against the grey looks fabulous and is so perfect for a baby boy! I added a plain white piece of cardstock (with a couple stamped animals on it) on the back of the card for a space to write a personal message:

And the best part is, the lady I made this for had a matching gift to go with it:

The fabric on this diaper carrier and blanket match perfectly with this card! Check out TC Creations to see this lady's adorable products! 

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Zoo Babies, Little Additions
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Basic Gray, Whisper White, "I Am Me" DSP
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Basic Gray
Tools: Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, 1-1/4" Circle punch, Owl Builder punch (for the heart)
Accessories: Rhinestones (Michael's)

Sunday, 4 May 2014

A Masculine Birthday Card

We celebrated another brother's birthday this past week! My older brother, Jason turned 30 something!
I always find it somewhat challenging to create masculine birthday cards. I started off with a unique layout - sketching my own by combining different layouts that I saw on Pinterest. Then I chose the colours. Brown and blue generally come to mind. This time I threw in a brighter accent colour. I added a mixture of texture, patterns and punched out images. Here's how it all came together:

Here's wishing Jason a great year ahead!

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Happiest Birthday
Paper: Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Well Worn DSP, Sweater Weather DSP, 2012-2014 In-Colour DSP, Neutrals DSP
Ink: Early Espresso
Tools: Circles nestabilities, Chevron punch, Square Lattice embossing folder, 1-1/4" Circle punch, 1" Circle punch
Accessories: Tangerine Tango Candy Dots

Saturday, 3 May 2014

A Super Mario Birthday Card

Just this past week, my brother-in-law, Victor, celebrated a birthday. From what I hear, one of his favourite past times was to play video games, in particular Super Mario. So I thought, wouldn't it be fun to create a punch art card with this video game character on it :)
I was inspired by a card I found on Pinterest (unfortunately the website link no longer exists) and made one of my own using punches and pieces of cardstock. 

I think it quite closely resembles Super Mario! It was a challenge trying to figure out which size punches / nestabilities would work for each part of the face, but I love how it turned out! I kept the remainder of the card super simple and just embossed the card front with an argyle design. 


Thanks for stopping by! Tomorrow I will share a second birthday card made for another brother's birthday this past week. 

Card Ingredients:
Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Blush Blossom, Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Real Red (for sponging), Real Red marker
Tools: Circles nestabilities, Ovals nestabilities, 1-1/4" Circle punch, Scallop Circle punch, Small Oval punch, Argyle embossing folder