Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cascading circle card...

This is a cascading circle card that I made for one of my granddaughters for Halloween. It was actually really fun to make. The hardest part was deciding how to decorate each circle. You really can't use anything that pops up too far, or it won't fold together nicely.

This picture shows the bottom circle with the two top circles still folded together. You can see that you have to remember to lay them in opposite directions before punching the holes and adding the brads that connect them.

This photo shows all three circles cascaded out. You can also see where the connecting brads have been placed. I would have liked to add googly eyes, but again, that would have made it harder to close it, so I just used a little Diamond Glaze instead. The bit of ribbon at the top helps the receiver to pull the card fully open.

When I inserted my brads, I put the points of a small scissor under the head of the brad before I spread out the prongs.  This helped keep the connection fairly loose. I didn't want it so tight that it was hard to open and close. The circles were each made 1/2" smaller than the previous one, which left that nice 1/4" border and made them all nest nicely together. I believe I started with a 5" circle.

To keep from having to use extra postage for a square envelope, I made my own envelope at 5" X 6".  Every time I have to do this, I appreciate my WRMK envelope punch board even more!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

You're becoming a classic...

I needed to make a couple of a couple of masculine birthday cards in the past month, so here's what I came up with. This one was for my brother who turns 66 this year. I thought that the "Route 66" sign would be perfect, given his age.

This one is for my SIL who is nowhere near 66 years old, but really enjoys classic cars. I think he'll like the classic look of this red convertible. I also made the envelope beneath the card. I liked the chevron "tracks" on it, and since it was from the same stack as the cracked yellow DSP, the colors coordinated perfectly.

Both the Route 66 sign and the convertible are images from the Nifty Fifties cartridge. I love that cartridge, and it has some great images that work well for those oh-so-difficult male cards.

Here's a little peek at the interior of the first card. The inside for the second one is much the same. It's simple, but I think it works with the card front. The sentiment is computer-generated, and the font I used is called Magneto. I think it looks like one a car manufacturer might use in its ads.

That's it for me today. Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Happy anniversary to my wonderful husband...

In my "maturity," I have become quite the choco-holic, so to say I love someone more than chocolate is truly saying a lot. I often buy the good quality dark chocolate bars - you know...ones like those from Lindt, Ghirardelli or Godiva. Then my husband and I will have a piece or two of chocolate with our tea after our evening meal.  We both enjoy this a lot, but I'm the one who really LOVES it.

I hand-cut the chocolate kiss for this card and then used a few ProMarkers to shade it a bit and give it some depth. I think you might be able to just make out the shading if you look closely. It's much easier to see IRL.  The hearts were cut from the George cartridge, and you can see that I embossed the white one with the Swiss Dots embossing folder.

I hand-cut the little sentiment banners and added a small glitter heart on the end of each. The hearts were left over from making last year's Valentines, and I knew they'd come in handy! The sentiment was done with my computer and the font is Vivaldi.

The inside is simple with another glitter heart and lots of room to write a personal note.

We don't give each other gifts on our anniversary - we figure it is gift enough just to be together. I think I may offer him a piece or two of chocolate though (and have a couple myself) to celebrate!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope there is lots of chocolate (or whatever else you love) in your life.

Remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

If the shoe fits...

My sister and her friend, Connie, are both crafters and card makers.  They often make special cards for each other, even though they live in the same town. In fact, they are even within walking distance of each other.

My sister sent me the photo below of the Halloween card she made for Connie this year.
Isn't this a fabulous card? She cut the shoe using her Cricut and the Happy Hauntings cartridge. Then she added the lace, square brads, the spider web border at the top, the pink polka dots and the sheer black ribbon.

I just love all the extra little details on this shoe, and I know that Connie is going to love it, too!

I was particularly intrigued with the font she used for the words "Witch" and "fabulous." When I asked her what it was, she told me it was Vivaldi. I know I am going to use this font more often, now that I know just how pretty it is. In fact, after getting the name of it from my sister, I immediately used it on an anniversary card I was making for my husband. It looks great with its romantic flourish. I'll be sharing that card with you in a couple of days.

If you love this card as much as I do and would like to pin it to one of your Pinterest boards, just hover your mouse over the photo and the "Pin" button will appear in the upper right hand corner.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Happy Birthday, Sebastian...

My grandson turns 10 today, so I want to wish him a very happy birthday! He spent some time with us this summer, and one of the things he liked to do was practice his skate-boarding on the walk in front of our house. For that reason, I thought he'd like this card:

I think he'd be thrilled if he could ride his skateboard like this! I added a few stars made from glitter paper, because...well...everything looks better with a little sparkle!

The image was cut from the Dude! cartridge, and I used my ProMarkers to color some parts of the bottom (skin-toned) layer to add some more dimension. I actually prefer to do this when I can, rather than cutting out all those tiny pieces and trying to adhere them together properly.

I liked the blue and green patterned background paper except for the odd red centers on some of the circles. To change them, I simply colored them with a purple marker (to better match my skate boarder) and then added some Diamond Glaze on top. These centers look nearly black in the photo, but they truly are a deep purple.

For the inside, I added a few more glittery stars to my sentiment and embellished the panel with a couple of flags cut from the DSP.  The card didn't bend back easily, which is why it looks a bit rounded on either side at the top.

I do hope Sebastian has a spectacular day! He is growing up in Germany, so we don't get to see him as often as we'd like.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Friday, October 10, 2014

A couple of Halloween cards...

This card was made with a few stamps, stickers and a circle die.  To determine the placement of the holes in the strip of black cardstock, I first cut 3 circles out of scrap cardstock and adhered them with repositionable tape. That way I could make sure they were evenly spaced. Then I simply placed my circle die over the top of each scrap paper circle and cut the hole in the right place. The black cardstock was adhered with foam tape and then the skull and crossbones stickers were centered in each hole.

Here's the inside of the card.  The sentiment was computer-generated and I stamped a few more spider webs for fun.

Speaking of spiders, I had this sheet of green Halloween DSP with a fun little spider on it. It would have been a great page for a Halloween scrapbook layout, but I decided to cut a piece of it to use for this card.
I added the googly eyes and the sentiment. Those googly eyes make any creature cute, don't they?

For the inside of the card, I used another piece of the paper on which I adhered another, smaller spider from a sheet of coordinating elements and also the "Happy Haunting" phrase from the Happy Hauntings cartridge.

I really love making Halloween cards. I usually try to make interactive cards, but this year I've been too busy to spend that much time on them.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Two cards, twice the fun...

I recently made these two cards with a new (to me) stamp set by Jillibean Soup. I love these larger sentiments.  The other sentiments that come in the set are "hello there" "love you bunches," This is me missing you," today makes me smile," "Wishing you joy," "So happy for you." The bolded words are the ones that are in the large, heavy font.

Here you can see a close-up of the heat-embossed sentiments and how nicely they stamp. I know I will use these stamps a lot. They make really quick and attractive cards.

The flowers were created with a Reflections punch and the leaves with an EK Success punch.  For the flower centers, I punched some little circles from the coral DSP with a hole punch, adhered them to my flowers and covered them with Diamond Glaze.

I hope you enjoyed my cards today. Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.