Monday, March 26, 2012

A Cup of Thanks

Recently I have come to know a very special woman. We bonded over our stories of medical circumstances that no one should have to go through, let alone people at our age with young children. Fortunately we've made it through them and hope the worst is behind us. Since our daughters are the same age, we try to get together when we can. The first time she invited me to her home, she offered me a cup of tea. She is a tea connoisseur and had some really yummy, fresh loose leaf teas to choose from. She definitely reignited my love for tea and since then I have started to try all different kinds.

When I saw this stamp set, Tea Shoppe, I immediately thought of her. I wanted to make a card for her, but didn't really have an "occasion" to send her a card. I thought I would make her a set of cards with envelopes and package them up so she could use them. She really liked them and of course said that she wasn't sure about using them because they were so nice. I completely understand! Anytime I used to make my husband a card, I would write what I wanted to say on a Post-It note and stick it inside of it. Then when he was done reading it I made him give me back the card. He just laughs at me and hands it over! He seems to get my passion, or at least he forgives me for it!

Using Stampin' Up!'s Tea Shoppe set, I stamped the tea cup image in Marina Mist on a Very Vanilla panel and the sentiment in Marina Mist on another vanilla panel. I cut a thin strip of Cherry Cobbler cardstock and pierced it with the paper piercer across the length of it. The tiny flower was punched out using an Itty Bitty Shapes punch and attached with a silver brad. Using First Edition Designer Series Paper, I punched with the Scallop Edge Border. I put everything on a Sahara Sand textured cardstock and packaged it in a cellophane bag tied with a ribbon. I made four of the same card and included vanilla envelopes. And then I forgot to take a picture before giving it to her! LOL! She was kind enough to take a quick pic with her cell phone camera and text it to me though! I hope she enjoys using them as much as I did making them for her!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

March Birthdays

We typically always celebrate adult family birthdays by having dinner together. And I, as the cardmarker, don't usually have a card ready for the recipient. I just don't plan that well, plus there is usually not much notice as to when we are getting together. This year I wanted to make a card for my sister-in-law to express how much she means to us. She has been very supportive of her brother (my husband) and their mother and father. We have all been going through a lot the past couple of years and she has really stepped up and been there for everyone. She is a very special person.

The card was inspired by a card made at leadership. I have not seen the exact card (I don't think) but the cards everyone else has been making with it. I wanted to stay vintage-y and use the Twitterpated paper. I just love the color combination, Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler, Pink Pirouette, and a dash of Pear Pizzazz.

I embossed with the Big Shot using Vintage Wallpaper folder the Whisper White panel and then punched out the flower shape using the Blossom punch. I had to rotate the punch so that the petals would be oriented the way I wanted. I stamped the image from Mixed Bunch stamp set in Cherry Cobbler and punched out with 1" circle punch and layered it on top of a Pink Pirouette 1-1/4" Circle punched panel. Added a Baja Breeze twitterpated button to the center, tied with Pool Party Baker's Twine. The Island Indigo flower was punched out using the Blossom Bouquet triple layer punch with a Cherry Cobbler Itty Bitty Bits image punched out with the Itty Bitty Shapes punch, all held together with a silver mini brad. The sentiment was stamped on a Whisper White banner using Friendly Phrases set colored with Cherry Cobbler and Baja Breeze markers. The tiny flower was punched out of Baja Breeze using another Itty Bitty Shapes punch and a silver mini brad was inserted into the center.

I didn't have a good sentiment that I wanted to use for the inside, so I left that to my husband to write something. He did a really nice job adding a hand written sentiment inside. I was impressed!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Birth Mother Card Option #1

My sweet friend has asked me to create a card to put in a care package to the birth mother of their baby. I really wanted to create something special and memorable. I decided to use the vintage trend as a starting point, which is not typically my style. I will probably make a few cards for her to choose from if she doesn't think this one has the right feel for what she wants to convey.

To get started, I was inspired by CPS 254. I used Stampin' Up! set Apothecary Art and Loving Thoughts stamped in Early Espresso ink. Cut out the apothecary image with the Labels Collection Framelits. Watercolored with ink and blender pen with Baja Breeze, Lucky Limeade and Cherry Cobbler. Cut out a couple extra flowers and popped them up using mini glue dots and filled the centers with Dazzling Details Cherry Cobbler. Added a couple of pearls. Used Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder on a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock and lightly dabbed with Early Espresso ink. Cut a tail on the bottom and rolled the top. Punched another piece of Cherry Cobbler with the dotted scalloped ribbon border punch and adhered it to the back of a piece of Morning Mocha specialty paper. Used the Cutter Kit tool to fray the edges. I spritzed the Baja Breeze Textured Card Stock base with Early Espresso.

I've been in my craft studio a lot lately with the intent of cleaning and organizing it. While some of that is getting done, it is slow going and I usually end up discovering something that inspires me. At least I am being productive in my procrastination. :)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Happy Adoption Shower!

Today is the Adoption Shower celebration for my good friends that I made the invitations for. It is also a milestone as the grace period for the birth mother has passed and she can no longer change her mind about the adoption. I can't imagine what a hard thing she had to do, but I am utterly thrilled that she picked the best parents for her baby!

We picked up a cute little outfit for the baby to wear this summer, complete with matching sunglasses! Can't wait to hang out at the beach with them! The card I made for the shower gift uses some of the same motifs as the shower invitation, but uses a different images. I wanted to use similar colors as well to tie the two together, but still making the card unique.

Crumb Cake cardstock is the base card with a Pretty in Pink layer embossed with Dots. I stamped the carriage from the Baby Bundle set in Stazon Black ink and watercolored using ink and a blender pen. I die cut the carriage using the Labels Collection Framelits Die (getting a lot of use out of these). Then I popped it up off of the pink panel using dimensionals. I added 5/8" chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon to the bottom, which is actually a throwback to the bridal shower invites I made her! Added a piece of crochet ribbon at the top corner and fastened with a chocolate chip brad.

Congratulations to Kathy and Dave and may you guys enjoy the journey of parenthood! You are one month in and already are amazing! I am so proud to call you my friends!

Friday, March 2, 2012

I was offered an opportunity to sell some of my cards at a retail shop in Plymouth. Karen at Tiny Boxes Boutique was kind enough to put them in her store for me! Here are a couple of examples of cards that are for sale.

The above card uses the Stampin' Up! set Bordering on Romance from the 2012 Occasions Mini Catalog. Colors are Baja Breeze, Lucky Limeade, Blushing Bride and Regal Rose. I colored the flower images using ink and a blender pen on Glossy White cardstock and cut it out using the new Sizzix Label Collection Dies, also in the Mini Catalog. Added a few Basic Pearls to the center of the flowers and raised the label shaped panel with dimensionals.

This card was made using the Sale-A-Bration set Elementary Elegance. The stamp set is free with a $50 purchase. It's a very versatile set with sentiments including "Happy Birthday." I used Poppy Parade Cardstock and Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper (another free option when you spend $50 purchase). Stamped the fancy border image in Soft Suede ink onto a Whisper White panel and colored in the outline with a Calypso Coral marker. Stamped with Poppy Parade ink the "Hello" sentiment and punched with Curly Label Punch, adhering it to the frame using a dimensional so it is raised up. Embossed the white background paper with the Stripes embossing folder. Cut out a butterfly using the Beautiful Wings Embosslits in Pool Party card stock and stuck 2 rhinestones on it. I am really liking this color combination right now! I am starting to see it everywhere, in decor, clothes, etc. Makes me think spring will be here soon!

If you'd like to visit Tiny Boxes and see all the great things Karen has for sale:

Tiny Boxes Boutique
31 Main St
Plymouth MA 02360