Wednesday, November 23, 2011

birthday tag!

i have just recently been trying out tags & really enjoying it. you can really go crazy with embellishments since you don't have to try & stuff them into an envelope. :) this one is for a birthday!
wanna know a secret? i heat embossed the circles on the bottom AFTER adhering the REAL wax birthday candle & kinda melted blue wax all over. with my husband watching. ::sigh:: so much for impressing him with my mad skills.

and yes, that is my amazing model, Smalls. it's always difficult trying to finish a project with both of my cats climbing all over my desk & tapping my to get my attention. or stealing all my stuff. but i love them too much to shut them out of the room. :) so i can't complain.

i used a premade tag and adhered patterned paper. i glued the candle down & used foam tape on both the polkda dot label & sentiment for dimension. then i embossed the dots (obviously in the wrong order, so learn from my mistakes).

materials used: Paper Studio tag base & patterned paper, Hero Arts Assorted Dot Border Stamp, White ZING embossing powder & Paper Smooches Chit Chat Stamps.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

saying goodbye

there were two coworkers of mine that left the company i work for in the same week, so i made a couple good luck cards. this was the first time i was really showing off my hobby at work, so i was pretty nervous... but i got a lot of compliments. :)

materials used: Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page Punches, Offray ribbon, BasicGrey Origins Collection, PS Cardstock, Card Bases & Glitter Alphabet stickers.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

white elephant : reinvented

so, despite my husband STRONGLY disagreeing that i am not following the white elephant gift rules (NO SPENDING, give only something you have already), i am giving a small collection of christmas cards. i can't see how i'm breaking the rules... seriously, i didn't buy anything for this!

so, here are the cards:

simple sentiment on the inside

they're all small (4.25 x 5.5) and have the same sentiment. i have red envelopes to give with them. i got the christmas stamps from The Stamps of Life & it was my first purchase from there, so i was excited to ink up as many as possible. they have really crisp lines & i had to double stamp them a couple of times on a few cards to get the strength i wanted in the main sentiment.

materials used: Paper Studio textured cardstock (deep red & forest green) & kraft paper (used for card base), BasicGrey collections Figgy Pudding, Jovial & Nordic Holiday 6x6, Stamps of Life Holly4Christmas, Offray 1/8" white ribbon, Martha Stewart Edge Punch, Martha Stewart White Mini Pearls, Stampabilities Present Stamp & Corner Punch. ::whew::

Saturday, November 12, 2011

this card...

was for one of my husband's coworkers, whom i have never met. so it was a definite challenge to not have someone in mind when making this one (but a really good learning experience!).

i don't typically make my card bases out of vellum, but i wanted this to be a really sweet card and the slightly pink color seemed perfect. my favorite part of working with vellum is the more you layer it, the more versatile it is.

thanks for peeking in!

materials used: BasicGrey Porcelain collection (patterned paper & alpha stickers), Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page scallop 3 dot punch, Martha Stewart Dove Punch, & a Stampabilities Stamp with Black Ink.

Friday, November 11, 2011

i love fall!

i have been baking apple pies & carving pumpkins & getting those awesome fall-ish candles from yankee candle. we had a carving contest and here's what we came up with:

i am looooving the weather we have been having! my husband and i have only had our house for a year and a half, so i am still realizing that i can decorate for the seasons & holidays. :) but we got a beautiful wreath this year & i can't wait to put the christmas tree up & get things all wintery.

another thank you for another great person: my best friend growing up! she is one of the few people i have kept in touch with from high school and it's nice to know i'll always get a birthday card from her. I enjoyed sticking with a fall theme.

materials used: Paper Studio card base, Martha Stewart Punch around the page Double Loops, Paper Smooches Chit Chat & Houndstooth patterned paper.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

card for the pet-sitters

this card was totally necessary as it was for our pet-sitters! we were out of town for a week, and having 2 cats and a dog (who is practically the same as an extremely energetic toddler), we needed someone to be taking care of them.

this is more my style, having lots of layers & patterns & no stamps. but i am excited to see what i can do with stamps & embellishments. :)

materials used: basicgrey origins collection (paper & stickers) & Paper Studio Glitter Alphabet stickers.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

silly cards are my forte, by the way...

i feel like when you send a card, you should mean what it says; that's why i started making my own. all those corny poems & silly sayings that seem so forced just didn't cut it! this card was for my dad - he turned 55 last week, therefore: 

the inside says 'see, there are BIG perks to getting older!' this was made using some houndstooth paper i had & chipboard stickers. i wanted to use alot of patterns (don't ask me why), so i used the vellum & blocks of simple woodgrain paper to calm it down a bit. my dad likes to spend time outdoors, so i thought the woodgrain was perfect. plus, it's basicgrey & i am a bit obsessed with their products.

thanks for coming by!

materials used: BasicGrey Life of the Party 6x6, own vellum, chipboard stickers & patterned paper.