A Simple (and Pink) Birthday Card

Wishing You The Happiest Birthday CardIt’s official. I can’t stop making cards.

Happiest Birthday CardThis one is one of my favorites, and I let a piece of patterned paper do most of the work! I used my Wishing die once again and layered several of the die cuts to make that part of the sentiment really stand out (I also added a small piece of vellum behind the word to give it some extra pop. For the panel, I cut down a 6×6 piece of patterned paper (I love those irregular pink ombre dots) to the size of my card, but then chopped it apart toward the bottom to create some blank space inside of which I stamped my sentiment. I mounted everything on an A2 size card base, and added a little enamel dot to the left of the sentiment to finish it off.

Birthday Card

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CASe-ing Cards // Sending You Smiles

Sending You Smiles Card

I recently learned that in the card making world, “CASe-ing” a card is what you do when you copy and share someone else’s card design. I’m finding that I like to do a lot of CASe (Copy And Share everything) card making, because it’s a great way to try out new techniques and improve my design skills. And sometimes I see something I like so much that I just have to make my own copy of it. So, this group of cards was heavily inspired by THIS card made by Laura Bassen at Doublestick Heaven. I should add that I absolutely LOVE just about every card she makes. She’s a big source of inspiration for me.

Sending You Smiles CASed card

Of course, I used what I had in my stash – the tiny dots stencil for the background, a limited number of distress inks to color my embossing paste, and stamps from my sending and wishing stamp set (links to all of these will be listed below). I stamped some of the envelopes on vellum and embossed the ink, and I also stamped some on white cardstock and colored them with copics to match the rest of the card design.

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I included one of each of these cards with the handmade card sets that I sent off to some far away friends a month or so ago.

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Handmade Card Sets

Handmade Card SetsHandmade sets of anything always make a really nice gift. In all my cardmarking, I decided that sets of cards would be a really easy and thoughtful gift to send off to some of my friends who live far away. I decided on an easily reproduce-able design and used a very simple technique of embossing a sentiment on watercolor paper, and doing a watercolor wash in various colors for the different cards. I then mounted the watercolor panel onto a 4bar-size card base.

Watercolor Card SetsFor some of the cards, I embossed the Hello sentiments with platinum embossing powder, for others I used white or clear embossing powder. Some cards I mounted on off-white cards, others I mounted on kraft cardstock cards. I like to mix it up. I also used a variety of smaller sentiments to go with the “hello” to give a variety of card choices to the recipients of the card sets.

Handmade Card SetsI included 4 cards in every card set, along with 4 envelopes, postage and a pen. I put everything in a nice clear box (that I ordered from clearbags.com), and made a little label for each set on my computer. I had so much fun making these and shipping them off.

Handmade Card Set Box

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Wishing You Joy

Wishing You Both Joy CardSharing a very clean and simple card today. I made this card by first blending some distress ink onto a piece of white cardstock then die-cutting the “wishing” sentiment and layering the colored piece on top of several die cuts of the same sentiment from plain white cardstock. I scored two lines onto the lower portion of my card base, stamped the “you both joy” stamp between the lines (I’m lucky it fit just right, because I didn’t do any measuring) and then glued my wishing sentiment above the top score line.

Wishing You Joy CardAfter everything was put together, I decided I’d go ahead and round the top edges of the card, just to add a little somethin’ somethin.’

Wishing You Both Joy

Happy Friday!

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Winter Wonderland

Home tonight preparing for another 12+ inches of snow.

Radar in the SnowAt least one of us is having fun! (Snow Fatigue/Cabin Fever/Boredom has set in)

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Like Cookies Need Milk

Happy Almost Valentine’s Day. My husband and I are celebrating tonight, and I thought I’d share the card I made him. I don’t think he reads my blog too often, so it should stay a secret long enough.

Valentine's Day CardI used the Milk & Cookies Stamp set and coordinating dies from Wplus9 to create the card. I used memento tuxedo black ink to stamp out the black and white elements on the card front and shaded them with some neutral gray Copic markers. I used Sweet Gelato ink for the straw. I also covered the straw in glossy accents to give it some dimension and shine. I used some stitched rectangle dies to create the white front panel, and the gray panel (Fog card stock), and created my own patterned paper background using Versamark ink and the round heart stamp from the Milk & Cookies stamp set. I popped several elements up using some foam tape and then mounted everything onto a red cardstock card base.

Milk & Cookies CardI witnessed my husband eating more than half of a box of Oreo cookies in one sitting last week, so I think this card is pretty perfect :)Milk & Cookies Valentine's Day Card

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Midweek Manicure // V-Day Hearts

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Cute and simple nails for Valentine’s Day! I used Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Royal Blush for the base coat, and then used a dotting tool and Orly Swizzle Stick polish to create the little hearts on each nail. Sealed everything with a top coat and I was done! This nail art was inspired by this post of mani ideas – a great place to find inspiration for your Valentine’s Day manicure.

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So, what is everyone doing for Valentine’s Day? We are of course expecting another big snow storm Saturday night (it just won’t stop snowing in Massachusetts). Luckily, the hubby and I will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on Friday night at a dining event at the same place where we held our wedding reception. Can’t wait!

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