Sunday, January 22, 2012

Valentines Cards

So I've started to work on some Valentine's cards, just playing around and have come up with a few.  These first two used printed card stock by Recollections (Michael's) mounted on red on the left and pink on the right.  For the card on the left I used my Cuttlebug hearts embossing folder on the patterned paper before mounting it on the red paper and ultimately on white card stock as my background.  I cut a small heart, also embossed it with the hearts folder used above, and stamped it You & Me and added some pink pearls to give it some bling.  For the one on the right I used my Tim Holtz rosette die and cut the rosette out of a pretty pink glittered paper scrap from the My Minds Eye paper stack.  I added a couple of jeweled hearts one of which had an arrow through it and some other bling.  I also added the matching jeweled arrow heart in the inside next to the stamped sentiment.

This next card I was trying a different color from the standard pink/red theme usually associated with Valentine's Day.  I layered on top the same patterned paper used above, added a text block on the front with some white pearls and a glittery pink ribbon along the edge.

For this last card I used my Sizzix Texturz plates, the Retro Hearts one and embossed a piece of white card stock.  After cutting it down to the size I wanted I mounted it on pink card stock, I used the Colorbox Cranberry ink pad which looks somewhere between red and pink when sponged onto the raised hearts.  I then used some pink ribbon from my stash that's printed with the words I Love You and hearts.  On the tag (Cuttlebug tags die) I stamped You Complete Me from the My Creative Time, "Turn That Frown Upside Down" set of stamps.  I love her stamps, they are small and petite and you can fit them in small spaces on your projects.  A touch of bling on the bottom of the sentiment tag and we are good to go!

That's it for now!  Imagine, Create, Enjoy!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Birthday Cards

Earlier this week I shared some gift card holders I made for upcoming birthdays.  To complete those gifts for the niece and nephew I did matching cards to go with them.  The card on the left is for my nephew.  I continued the rock and roll theme with some of the leftover scraps from the Rock and Roll paper.  I mounted that on some matching turquoise blue paper and mounted that on white card stock.  I then used another piece of the turquoise paper, cut a frame with a Spellbinders die, stamped the words You Rock on it and used black embossing powder to make it pop.  I mounted that on the flip side of a scrap of the Rock and Roll paper and then cut out one of the guitars from the scraps from the giftcard holder paper and mounted it on the tag with foam pop dots and then used pop dots to mount the sentiment on the front of the card. 

Nephew's Card

For my niece's card I used some of the leftover paper with water lilies on it, mounted on lavender paper and then on white card stock.  I used my Sizzlets Decorative Label die to cut a sentiment block on purple card stock.  I stamped Happy Birthday on it in purple and embellished with some green pearls.  Because this paper had some sparkles in the design of the paper I didn't add much extra bling. Both cards have birthday wishes stamped inside.  Here is each card with the matching gift card holder ready to be sent with their gift cards tucked inside.

Niece's Card

Catch you next time.  Until then, Imagine, Create, Enjoy!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Birthday Gift Card Holders

Well the holiday's are over and the new year begun and now starts the rounds of birthday cards, and I'm just talking about my family!  This month we start out with a niece and a nephew just a week apart.  During the Thanksgiving weekend sale I picked up a new pocket die from Sizzix on a deal I just couldn't pass up, about 70% off.  I loved the original selling point of the die which was for Christmas gift cards.  Unfortunately, I didn't get around to making any of those for the holidays.  It is an extended die which required an extended crease pad which I could not find anywhere in town so had to send away for it.  Since I didn't get that ordered until after Christmas, I decided to use the die for my upcoming birthday gifts.  The first ones are for guys, I had some rock star paper and some paper with guitars on it by Best Creation, Inc., what a perfect paper background for a guy gift card.  The paper with the guitars I used for the one of the holders didn't require much additional embellishment as it was glittered up, so I just added a party hat from my Doodlecharms Cricut cartridge in complimentary colors.  Since the embellishment was really a tag, I added a sparkly silver brad on one and a charcoal black on the other one.  The only thing to remember when working with paper with lines and a definite pattern direction is to make sure your paper is going in the correct direction when using the die!  I also decided to make a envelope to go with the guitar gift card holder.  It is not one you would be putting in the mail, rather hand delivering it to the recipient.  I used my Plaintain Schoolbook Cricut cartridge and cut the envelope from the rock star paper.  I attached a small tag in the upper left corner to write the recipients name.

I then made a couple more in just solid colored blue and neon green paper.  I used the Happy Birthday embossing folder by Cuttlebug and added the party hat embellishment cut on my Cricut.  On the blue card I spritzed some silver Perfect Pearls to make the paper shiny and to match the silver glitter paper on the back part of the card holder.  I left the green one kinda plain, still embossed and spritzed the hat overlay to give it just a little pop.  I didn't want to go to overboard on the glitzy on these solid colored ones figuring they could be for either a guy or a gal.  If I do use one for a gal, I'll just add a little bling to jazz it up.

For the girls gift card holders I went with some floral papers I had from K&Company, the Susan Winget collection.  I've gotten such a great amount of projects from these paper pads it's just amazing.  For the green one with dragonfly's I added some paper embellishments after embossing the folder with the Happy Birthday folder.  Ont the blue folder I used an embellishment and added a small tag with a little bling.  For the last one I used some of lilies paper from the same pad, added some of the coordinating puffy embellishments and a small lavender tag with a green pearl brad for the recipient's name.

I can see gift cards holders for all sorts of holidays and occasions in my future!  Imagine, Create, and Enjoy!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Monogrammed Note Cards

I had previously seen these beautiful monogrammed card sets here and knew I wanted to make some for gifts.  So I made a set for my hairdresser as a Christmas gift and then made two other sets as gifts.  I chose white card stock for the card and embossed piece and used a deep purple card stock for the contrast color.  I used the Musical Flourishes Sizzix embossing folder to add some texture to the front of the cards for the lady's version, an embossing folder that has plenty of schwoopies, and added the monogram for each lady.  I popped up the monogrammed circle off of the card to give it some dimension.  A little bit of bling and they were simple but very pretty gifts.  The first set I made for my hairdresser Kelli I made all the same orientation and they opened from the bottom.  I also embossed the flap of the envelopes as well. 

The second set of lady cards I did half with a top to bottom orientation and the other half opened from right to left.  That changed it up just a little bit.  I chose white card stock again but went with a more lavender toned paper for my contrasts.  The monogram was popped up off the card and blinged out and I also embossed the flap of the envelopes on this set as well.

The third set of cards was for a man so it needed to be more masculine.  I used a Sizzix embossing folder with diagonal lines for the texture and instead of white card stock I used cream and burgundy.  For the monogrammed pieces I used my Cricut and cut a kind of retro sign looking piece in two different sizes.  For these I used the person's first and last initials of their name rather than just their first, and because they were for a guy, I used a font that was a little less swirly and feminine looking.  Again, I did two sets, one that opened top to bottom as shown on the left and then one set that opens right to left.  I think they turned out nicely and were well received when gifted.

I will be making some more monogrammed notecards for gifts for sure.  Until next time, imagine, create, enjoy!