OK, so maybe I had a little bit of fun with the title for this post – I hope it made you smile! I certainly had fun creating this Mother’s Day card for my mom.
I used this sketch from My Favorite Things for inspiration:
Here’s my card:
I decided to create my own patterned paper with the floral images from the Mother’s Day Bouquet stamp set. I used copic markers and Spectrum Noir Triblend markers to color the flowers, leaves, and berries. The strips and sentiment circle were die cut using two of the dies from the Blueprints 24 Die-Namics.
The card base is Boysenberry – my mom loves purple and was thrilled to see that I got the colors right for her Mother’s Day card (we won’t talk about how jealous my sister was of my coloring – let’s just say I am definitely Mom’s favorite;-)
So, I’m back to creating cards. Currently, I’ve got birthdays, Mother’s Day, and graduation cards to create. My friend’s birthday was last week, but we are getting together next week, so I’m good and I’m so blessed to have products that inspire me!
But first, there are those that create projects and then I get ideas for what is available, Donna Idlet is one of those creators. While I was inspired by a card she created with a different stamp set from the Gina K. Designs Forever Flowers Card Kit, I still appreciate that she opened my eyes to this wonderful kit and the possibilities it held!
Let’s look at what I created:
Currently, the Monthly Mix challenge at Gina K is to use Die-Cut Sentiments and I definitely wanted to use the lovely Birthday die from the Forever Flowers Card Kit. I wanted the sentiment to really stand out from the card base so I cut it from 110 lb cardstock twice and 80 lb Neenah Solar White once and glued those layers together then colored the layers with copic markers. I cut the shadow from vellum to allow the lovely flowers to show through while still allowing the birthday die cut to shine. I love the grouped flowers in the Lace Flowers stamp set that was in the kit and had a lot of fun coloring that image after stamping it in Obsidian Amalgam Ink.
And I highly recommend Connect Glue, if you like a glue that is a little on the thicker side, but doesn’t dry immediately and has a nice fine tip for application. I just dabbed it on for the die cut layers and didn’t end up with a mess and used it for the sequins as well. It’s got enough body that I just set the sequins on it and that was enough for the jewel picker to let it go, which is awesome!
Oh, yeah, and I cut my main panel and shadow panel (that I colored with copics to match my other coloring) with the Master Layouts 2 dies. These are great dies for creating layers on your cards easily with just the smallest border.
OK, so onward to my other projects.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a fabulous day and are able to create something!
Hi! I’m getting a little ahead of the game, but I do have a fair number of late April early May birthdays to celebrate, so I’m having fun making more birthday cards!
I had a LOT of inspiration for the project today.
Waffle Flower has a weekly challenge and this week the challenge is Tiny Stamps. I have the Surface Tag Stamp Set and it’s got some very small stars as well as a small Happy Birthday sentiment so my creative wheels started turning.
I know not everyone loves bees like I do and I know some people are allergic which is definitely problematic, but I think their fuzzy bodies are wonderful and I am fascinated to watch them busily visiting flowers. I have a couple of people in my life who I think about when I think about bees. One of them is my sister, whose name, Deborah, is supposed to mean “the bee” (growing up I definitely understood the whole “sting like a bee” metaphor when it came to her enforcement of the space she required me to give her!) She is celebrating a birthday this month, just like Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge so I made her a fun bee card, if you can bee-lieve that!
I struggle with designing cards. I always like to look for inspiration in the form of a sketch or a card that uses the same products. In the case of this card, the stamps and dies I wanted to use were from Hello Sweetums which is no longer in business, so when I searched the name of the stamp set I found a number of different cards with similar themes, but different products.
I really liked the way Dana Kirby used the small stamps from the set to create a background paper that was tone on tone as well as how she spotlighted her sentiment and a few images from the set in a simple shape:
There are not as many small images in the Bees Knees stamp set I was using, but I still felt like I could use the same idea.
Here’s what I did:
I couldn’t resist using my hexagon dies for the shape and I colored the flower with my sister’s favorite color (I love this kind of inspiration!)
I didn’t want to use the cute birthday sentiment on the front and then be left with nothing on the inside, so I thought the Hive Five! would be fun for the front and the inside looks like this:
Thankfully, my sister doesn’t follow my blog so this will be our secret until her birthday at the end of the month!
I loved the cute images in this stamp set and am very thankful for Dana’s design inspiration and the theme and color inspiration my sister provided!
I hope you have a fabulous day! Please let me know if you have any tips for how to design your cards! I’d love to hear them!
Hi! I’m so excited! My hubby and I are both allergic to cats (and I am allergic to all furry and feathered friends) so we’ve never had anything that is sweet to cuddle in our home other than stuffed animals. My daughter has been living in another state while she finishes up her Senior year of her undergrad degree remotely and works for the company she had an internship with over the summer. Her plan is to take a gap year, keep working, and hopefully get into the PhD program of her dreams. It’s been a tough year in so many ways and the isolation of COVID life definitely has been hard on her as a college student, so she’s finally taken the plunge and adopted a sweet, plump kitty.
What’s a card-making mom to do? Well, first of all she is delighted by all the fun kitty themed card-making supplies and she just learned some basic Copic coloring skills (thank you, Jenn Shurkus) so when My Favorite Things came out with their newest card kit she knew she had to have it! I mean, it is purrrfect!
As always, I appreciate any help with figuring out the design for a card so I thought the newest sketch from MFT would be perfect for my card!
Here’s what I did with it:
I love all the fabulous details in the stamps and dies that were part of the kit (as well as in the free gift with purchase.) I thought it’d be fun to use colors that were similar to the ones she has in her room as well as coloring the kitty the way her kitty looks! And this sentiment – it got me right where I live! I love a good pun and my daughter will know this is a card made by her mom!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Let me know in the comments if you have fun recreating your pets in different ways.
Do you have a month/time of year when it seems like there are endless birthdays? For me it’s February (with 4 for siblings-in-law and mom/mom-in-law) and then mid-late summer for my hubby and kids. So, I pretty much start making cards in mid-January (because I have another in-law with a late January birthday) and by the time mid-February rolls around (oh, yeah, there’s Valentine’s Day in there, too) I’m feeling like all I’m doing is making cards. I try to personalize them for the celebrant and I am very slow in designing so each one can take up to a week to create, which means there isn’t really enough time if I start in mid-Janurary.
What’s nice is when there is more than the person to inspire me. In the case of the card I’m sharing today I was also inspired by a number of things.
An image/color scheme (see inspiration image below) – this one really had all the bells and whistles because it fit with who was receiving the card and when – I saw the color purple and the flower as very inspiring because my mom loved to garden and loves the color purple and Amethyst is the birthstone for February!
A technique/design idea – I took a class with Nicole Watt through Altenew and used her technique of ink blending on the background and using a cover die over the top – this gave me a way to use the yellow from the color palette without having to include it in the sentiment (where it would be somewhat difficult to read) or in the stamped images (where I just didn’t like the thought of possibly having the purples and yellow overlapping because I wanted it pretty and clean and not muddy.)
My supplies – in this case I love the ink cube sets and Botanical You stamp and die set from Altenew and thought they would be perfect for this card and work with the above inspirations!
Here’s how the background looked after I painted it:
And here’s how things looked after I had adhered all the die cut elements and then started stamping the sentiment and realized I was stamping it backwards:
You see, I had put all the letters onto a block intending to stamp it all at once but because I was really tight on space I decided I would have more success if I stamped each letter individually. I drew out the arc I wanted the letters to follow, took the first letter off the block and stamped where it had been on the block, which was the right side. Argh! I was just a couple steps away from finishing and I managed to mess it up.
Today, I’m here to share another Christmas card design. I’m making cards for Bring Smiles to Seniors, Inc. to try to spread the love and joy of Christmas with those who might not be able to celebrate with their families this year. If you are a cardmaker, please consider sharing some smiles this year or donating financially to help this heart-warming cause. Here are some guidelines from their site related to COVID-19 needs:
“Due to senior isolation in Senior Communities we are experiencing unprecedented demand for our greeting cards. If you would like to help us continue delivering smiles, you will find a donate button link at the top of this page. Just $15 helps us get a package of cards to a senior community. If you are a card maker and are willing to include messages inside of your cards, that would be greatly appreciated since we have lost many of our school and civic group partners who normally decorate cards for us. We still welcome cards that are blank inside to use with our individual decorators.“
I was inspired by the wide strip that goes the length of the sketch but wanted to have it run horizontally, so to start I masked off an area on my Berrylicious cardstock and did some ink blending using my Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes and Gumdrop Green at the center, Blue Yonder to the outside of that, and finishing off with After Midnight at the far edges.
I just reused my blue painter’s tape (which helps to prevent tearing of the cardstock when you remove it – see the middle card base on the left side where it tore.)
It’s a been a long, strange year so far. I normally am looking to create Christmas cards for the Caring Hearts Card Drive at this time of year but the fabulous organizer is taking a year off. She recommended Bring Smiles to Seniors, Inc., so that is where I will be sending the cards I’m making this year. Please consider donating if you are interested in helping make the holidays a bit more cheerful for seniors! They accept cards and monetary donations.
I like to use challenges to focus my creating and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this past week was “Dry Embossing”, so I decided to focus on that with my first couple of cards.
I’ve used the Queen and Co. Holiday Wishes kit from my stash for the majority of the elements in the cards I’m sharing today, including the patterned papers, dies for the ornament, and shaker card foam and acetate. You might be seeing quite a few cards and tags from me using this kit this year so that I can use up the elements.
I love this vellum, which has a pearlescent sheen to it – I thought it would look nice dry embossed with my Darice Snowflake Swirl embossing folder. I thought it would look nice with the vellum looking more opaque, so I did back it with white cardstock to give a more solid color so the sentiment would read nicely.
I’ve used Concord & 9th dies from Take a Bough (the original) and Trim the Tree, MFT Blueprints Die-Namics (retired) for the card layers and the sentiment die was from a Jillibean Soup stamp and die set from my stash. On this card I used ribbon from Celebrate It, Target dollar section snowflake sequins as well as Queen & Co pink Pearlies. I used PinkFresh Studio CRYSTALS MIX Essentials to embellish the snowflake centers which I felt went nicely with the color scheme of this card and added a bit more shimmer.
Well, that wraps up this card! Onto the next one:
Supplies for this card are similar to the one above. The sentiment if from the Concord & 9th Trim the Tree Die set, and I used Target dollar section silver cording and Spielgelmom Scraps sequins from my stash.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ve gotta go and create some more joy!
ETA: I’m entering this into the Jingle Belles I’m Dreaming of a PINK Christmas challenge where they are donating $2 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for every design entered into their challenge in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! I hope you’ll consider joining in, too!
I have been loving the weather we’ve been having the past few days. I’m not a lover of a lot of heat and humidity, so temps below 80 degrees Fahrenheit and lows in the 50’s are greatly appreciated! I also love dedicating time during the day to making things for people who are special to me (and sometimes for charities that work to make people I don’t know feel special), but today I’m sharing a card I made for someone who I used to work with. She was the kind of person who made me feel special and appreciated and respected so I wanted to make her a card to let her know I was thinking about her.
I am a slow cardmaker, so this card was created over the last week. It all started with this sketch from My Favorite Things:
It sparked an idea because I knew I had some border dies from My Favorite Things that I could use the create the curved lines at the bottom of the card and I wanted to do some ink blending so I got to work.
Here’s the finished card so you can see what I am talking about it while I describe its creation:
(All products are from My Favorite Things unless I specify another brand name.)
The sky was done with the Sun Ray Mix-ables Stencil from My Favorite Things (retired – but similar to Sunrise Radiating Rays Stencil) I blended Pineapple ink onto the background and used the stencil to add the Orange Zest layer which I let fade out as I worked away from the sun at the center. With so much going on in the background, I could keep the card fairly flat, which makes for easy mailing.