The challenge at Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge Blog is all about pearls this week! My card making style isn't exactly flowers and frills, so this was a nice way to stretch my inspiration. Its not that I don't like the more glamorous looks, its just that I usually don't pull them off well.
It helped that I just got some freebies in the mail this week from a previous card challenge. There were some gorgeous flower embellishments and Parisian inspired die cuts included, so I attempted to put them to use on these projects.
I like the way these two projects turned out. They are still very simple, but definitely a different flair than my usual cards.
The first card, which is the one I entered at Simon Says Stamp, is another tall and skinny, 3.5"x 5.5". I am in LOVE with the more slender cards, I think they just look right. I used a light gray cardstock for the background and also some patterned paper from my Mariposa Matstack. I used a paper doily, and a few of the flower embellishments I received in the mail. The butterfly I stamped and covered with a little Glossy Accents, and then inset the pearls.
My second project is mostly from more of the goodies I received. I used a little treat bag as the envelope for the tag, which I cut with my Cricut and then stamped. Then I just added an assortment of embellishments on the bottom. Simple, yet cute.
Happy Friday, all!
I had good intentions on making a few cards for various Wednesday challenges, but since I ran out of tape adhesive last night (while making this card), I might have to take a break for a few days. Or at least until I can run out and get some more.
I was inspired once again to try a tall and skinny card, like the one I made for Mojo Monday. This card is 3.5"x5.5" and will fit in a regular A2 envelope.
The cherry, sentiment, and tag were all cut with my Cricut. The only stamping I did was the little loopy border behind the sentiment. I used my white gel pen to add just a bit of detail to the cherries and to add a dash line around the top.
I used my Crop-A-Dile to add a red eyelet to the top of the tag, and ran some twine through for a bow.
The cherries are getting me thinking of all the fresh cherries that we will hopefully be able to enjoy this summer, as long as we don't move before they are in season!
I'll just answer everyone's question off the bat to start out... NO, I do not have any particular person in mind for these cards. I get excited when someone announces a pregnancy, too, but that's not the case here. I just found some cute little onesie images on my Cricut machine and decided to put them to good use.
I cut out the onesies and also the little hearts and duckies that I adhered to them. I added some white dash lines around the onesies to help them stand out. The polka dot backgrounds were also cut with my Cricut. I stamped the polka dots with VersaMark ink. I just wanted a subtle pattern- nothing too bold that would overwhelm the overall card.
I then added a string and bow before taping all the layers together and onto the background. The word "baby" was stamped and cut out, and added with foam squares.
The last thing I did was to add a few tiny rhinestones to offset the bow.
Here's my take on today's Mojo Monday sketch. Go me for actually following the sketch this time, right?
I've never attempted a tall and skinny card before so this was fun! My card is 3.5"x5.5", and it fits in the standard size A2 evelope, even with the sentiment a little off the edge.
I really just used some scraps on this one. I found all coordinating papers in my scrap bin and sized them to where they needed to be. The circles were cut with my cricut. The sentiment is stamped and I added three tiny heart embellishments at the top left corner of the long rectangle strip.
I'll admit the patterns on the papers were never my favorite, but seeing them on this card- I love it!
I'm really enjoying my "just for you" sentiment as well. Its so versatile as a card stamp. It would work for a number of different occasions.
I love the sketch challenges they offer at Operation Write Home. Basing a card layout on a sketch always helps me get out of my ruts of repeating the same type cards. I have learned though that I have a slight problem strictly adhering to a sketch. I start out with good intentions to follow it as-is, and then it usually turns into something totally different.
This card follows the sketch's vertical and horizontal lines with an embellishment in the corner, but that's about it.
I dry embossed the bottom part of the background paper just a bit to give it some texture. Then, the white background was cut with my cricut, and I rounded the top right corner. I also cut the butterfly with my cricut. I cut two butterflies and glued them together, then bent the top one just a bit to give it some dimension. I hope it's not too much dimension for OWH, though. I then added the string and bits of paper, and stamped the sentiment.
The Card Concept website has a challenge theme this week of using florals on your card. How perfect in anticipation for spring! I tried to keep this card CAS (clean and simple), with a light brown cardstock for the base. I stamped the green background with VersaMark ink and my polka dot background stamp. I had some pretty floral paper that I cut the flowers from, and arranged them along the border of the background. The sentiment is stamped and heat embossed.
Check out the challenge page here!
This card is in response to Operation Write Home's Midweek Throwdown! The challenge was to make a card using the theme of light. Well, of course I'm counting down the days till spring and warmer weather, so a card about sunshine sounded good to me.
I just kept it simple with a plain craft cardstock background. Then, I drew sun rays on a piece of cardstock, watercolored them, cut them out, and adhered them around the sentiment. Added some dash lines with my white gel pen just to give it a little pop.
I'm in the mood for spring! Especially with the sunshine and warmer weather outside. Sure, it may be a bit unusual for this time in February to be around 40 degrees out, but I certainly won't complain!
I used some patterned paper from my Mariposa Matstack, and, in keeping with the butterfly theme, made the cutest little butterfly embellishment. I found the tutorial for it here:
This is this week's card sketch from Mojo Monday.
I wanted to use something other than a big heart on the tag, because I feel like I've been making a lot of Valentine themed cards, so I decided on this cute little dog die cut from my Cricut. After that, somehow, everything else went back to Valentine's Day with the colors and the hearts. Oh well, the whole month of February is about love, right?
Since I used a black background, I put a lining in the inside of the card so any writing done in this card will show up.
Happy Monday, everyone!
Who's familiar with Operation Write Home?
I don't know why I have never heard of this organization before, but I think its brilliant!
You can ship your handmade cards to Operation Write Home and they will send them on to our deployed troops! Our troops can then select a card from the shipment to write in and send to their families. What an absolutely wonderful way to help our military families stay in touch!
If you would like to know more about this organization, visit their website at http://operationwritehome.org/
I visited their blog today and I see they have a sketch challenge. I used the sketch to come up with this card. I cut the circle out of the front panel with my cricut, and then embossed the polka dots with clear embossing powder. Then I used several different ink colors to make a resist effect. The scalloped edges were also cut with my cricut, and the sentiment was stamped and embossed as well.
I just ordered my free Operation Write Home rubber stamp, so once it comes maybe I'll be able to send a variety of cards in.
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