Farewell! Congrats!

Farewell card

I said goodbye to a coworker last week, so a farewell card was in order. There’s something I like a lot about big red letters on a craft background (especially for masculine cards) so I went with that here.

First, for the panel, I used VersaMark ink to stamp out a few wonky circles from the Sparkle and Shine stamp set. I also stamped a few “congrats” from a Mini Messages stamp set (I cut this sentiment apart to only use one of the three congrats messages). I then cut the panel down a bit using a stitched rectangle die.

Farewell card

I cut FAREWELL out of red card stock several times using Jounaling Alpha dies and stacked them up several letters high to give the sentiment some dimension. The congrats was stamped with VersaMark onto black cardstock and heat embossed with some white embossing powder. I then adhered that little sentiment strip to the card with some foam tape.

Farewell card

To finish the card, I adhered the panel onto an A2-sized card base cut from some more craft cardstock. No extra frills because it is a masculine card, but I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out otherwise!

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You Are…

Hello Friends! The summer seems to be winding down here, which means the summer staffers who’ve worked for me this summer are headed back to school in a few weeks. It’s always tough to say goodbye to them, but so great to have been a part of their summer job experience. Lately, every year, I’ve made cards for the two summer staffers, and we have a nice BBQ celebration to mark the end of a busy summer and to celebrate their efforts. This year is no different, and I’m really looking forward to some burgers and hot dogs on the grill!

Appreciation cards

These two are pretty match-y, but are obviously different colors with different sentiments. I heat embossed the Mini Scenery: Madison stamp in white onto each panel, and created watercolor washes over top, as ya’ll know I love to do.

Appreciation cards

The YOU part of the sentiment was cut using Journaling Alphas dies, and the sub sentiments, embossed in white on black cardstock strips, came from the Hand Lettered Thanks stamp set.

Appreciation cards

A few sequins on each to finish them off (and some confetti tossed around) and they were finished!

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Negative Die Cut Thank You Cards

I’ve been focusing a lot of energy on my Etsy shop lately, and things seem to be going well there which means I’ve been making a lot of quick thank you cards that I slip into orders. I made these two recently, and I thought I’d share them here.

CAS thank you card

Both cards came together pretty quickly. And the best part was that I was able to use up some “scraps” to put them together. I started by die-cutting the word thanks into a panel (one rectangular and one round) using Journaling Alphas dies. I then put a scrap piece of already-painted watercolor paper (I have a lot of practice panels lying around) behind the cut outs, propping the die cut panel up with some foam tape before adhering the two pieces together.

CAS thank you cardI then found a scrap of black cardstock (lots of that lying around, too) and stamped out sub-sentiment from the Hand Lettered Thanks stamp set, heat embossed in white.Then I added everything to a card base.

The process was much the same for the circular card.

Circle thank you card

You can see that with the second card I didn’t bother with adhering that little center portion of the “A” because I learned after the first card that ain’t nobody got time for that… :)

Oh! I also added a bit of Wink of Stella glitter to the watercolor panel pieces before adding them behind the die-cut panels. The glitter doesn’t show up well in the photos, but it added a little bit of shimmer to the card, which was nice.

Circle thank you card

That’s it!

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Floral Happy Birthday Card

It’s amazing how the weather inΒ  New England can fluctuate so much from day to day. Two days ago I was sweating to death in my not-air-conditioned house and today I’m wishing I wore a sweater and looking forward to hot soup for dinner! Though some of my flowers and veggies are doing really well, this fluctuating weather seems to have also taken a toll on my garden this year. So for now I’ll have to settle for lots of floral cards in bright colors to get me by!

Happy birthday floral emboss resist

I created this one by stamping several floral images from the SSS Spring Flowers stamp set onto a watercolor paper panel. I used VersaMark ink and white embossing powder to stamp and then emboss the images. Over all of that, I painted two layers of watercolor washes in pink and purple-toned shades.

Happy birthday floral emboss resist

The die-cut sentiment comes from the Painted Happy Birthday die. The rest of the sentiment was stamped on black paper and heat embossed in white, then mounted to the front of the panel with some foam tape.

Happy birthday floral emboss resist

You can just barely see it in the photos, but I also added a bit of string just behind the sentiment for added interest. I wrapped some string around my fingers in a circle, then placed it on the panel, pulling at it here and there to create a less perfect look. Some light pink sequins scattered around the panel finished the whole thing off!

Happy birthday floral emboss resist

I’ve also entered this card into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge #76!

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Inspired By // Two Clean and Simple Masculine Cards

Every once in a while I end up in a little card making rut. During these times I just don’t feel especially motivated or inspired to create. When this happens, I sometimes have to force myself to get in my craft room and crank something out (especially if I need to make a card for a special occasion coming up!). Enter Pinterest. I usually stop there first to search my pinboards for various cards I’ve pinned in the past, to see which catch my eye and which ones I think I can take a bit of inspiration from. It usually works really well, and this time is no exception. So, here are two cards inspired by ones made by Therese Calvird and Laura Bassen.

Masculine cards

First up is this birthday card, which uses a repeating “pattern” of sentiments from Altenew’s Label Love set. Since I was making this card for a male recipient, I chose a masculine color theme that is pretty close to the color scheme used in the original inspiration card. The inks I used were Wild Mango, Lake House, High Dive, Fog and Green Apple. Thee sentiment was made with the SSS Painted Happy Birthday die.

Masculine cards

The second card is a get well soon card, made with the same color scheme. I used Mama Elephant Brush Strokes stamps to create the design, based on the original Laura Bassen card I used for inspiration. I love how clean and modern-looking it turned out!

Masculine cards

The die cut sentiment is from the SSS Sending wafer die, and the sub-sentiment on black cardstock is from the Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set.

Masculine cards

Now that I’m feeling more inspired and creative, I’ll be back in my craft room making some more cards as soon as I get the chance!

So, I’m curious, what do you do when you feel like you’re in a creative rut? Do you search for inspiration in Pinterest? Seek inspiration from nature? Browse instagram? I’d love to know!

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Sweet and Simple Note Cards

Antique rose note cards

Well, summer has finally arrived here in New England! After weeks of some very uncooperative whether (hot, cold, rain, cold, warm, hot…etc., etc.) my flowers are all blooming and my vegetable garden is in full swing! And (!) I’m headed to the beach this weekend to celebrate my birthday, which is this Saturday. :)

Antique rose note cards

These cards represent that nice summer-y feeling to me. I put them together pretty quickly, cutting some panels to about 4″ x 5″ and stamping an antique rose onto the bottom left corner of each card in various colors (Hot Mama, High Dive and Onyx Black). Then I cut each panel a bit smaller with a stitched rectangle die and stamped a greeting in a coordinating color.

Antique rose note cards

The sentiments all come from my Doodle Buds stamp set (if you’ve been here a while, you know it’s one of my favorites!), and I thought the font matched the floral image nicely.

Antique rose note cards

I mounted each stamped panel onto a white 4bar-sized card base. I kept these nice and simple – no sequins and just one layer. I really love how they turned out!

Antique rose note cards

Some of these guys will be available in the shop soon!

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

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