Thursday, January 29, 2015

I finished up the last of the 3-D (3 layered) Kitten and Puppy greeting cards.  Here they are:

Kitten in Daisy Pot 3-D (3 layers) light blue greeting card (4¼ X 5½") with background papers from Blackberry Lane paper pack (wild rose studio), mottled blue matt, sheer Ivory ribbon and bow, and 3 Rhinestones (want2scrap). 

Puppy and Kitty Tulip Basket 3-D (3 layers) with background papers from Peach Blossom paper pack (wild rose studio), marbled green matt, Polka Dot ribbon and 3 Rhinestones (want2 scrap and EMP from Europe).

Kitten & Puppy on Red Plain Blanket edged in Lettuce ink (cats eyes) and on Flight of Fancy paper (wild rose studio).   Flower with Pink Rhinestone (a'muse).

Dalmation & Kitten on Blackberry Lane paper (wild rose studio), white floral ribbon and 3 green Pearls (cloverleaf of The Netherlands).

Lab pup & Tabby kitten with Butterfly on Butterfly Glade paper (wild rose studio) and Metallic Moss Green matt.  Purple Lace Ribbon (the paper studio) and 3 Pearls (cloverleaf of The Netherlands) complete the card.

Pup & Kitten in Pail on Blue Bell paper (wild rose studio), light Purple cardstock matt and Purple Rhinestones (want2scrap).

Sunday, January 25, 2015

For all you sports fans out there -- 

University of Washington State Huskies on Huskies paper (sports solution) with Gold ribbon (art talent The Netherlands) and 3 Pearls (cloverleaf of The Netherlands).

Huskies again, but on horizontal card with same materials, except Purple ribbon.

Washington State University Cougars on Cougars paper (sports solution), green fibre matt (dcwv), Maroon coral ribbon and 2 Cougs stickers (sports solutions).

Seattle Seahawks with Seattle Skyline!  A favorite design amongst customers.  Background paper from Old World Stack (dcwv) with 1½" glitter green Starburst die-cut. 3 Pearls from cloverleaf of The Netherlands).  Happy Thoughts sentiment dazzle -- perfect Birthday card for the Seahawks fan in your life!

Lastly, we cannot forget the Seattle Mariners for the Baseball fans!  Base paper from Cardstock (mementa) with stock blue cardstock matt, stock grey or sheer blue ribbons, and Mariners patch (ek success).  Baseball, bat, tickets and helmet stickers (ek success) complete the cards.

With the exception of the Mariners card with the grey ribbon, all the other sports cards are for sell on my website.

Friday, January 16, 2015

If you are a card maker and use regular card racks at craft shows, you may very well have the card rack where the slots are two different sizes.  I have three different sizes on mine.  I've been struggling for years trying to deal with the small part of the rack.  Well, I finally decided to just bite the bullet and start doing a smaller card.  This is why I started the more affordable Vintage greeting cards last summer.  But the 4¼ X 5½ inch card size I was using just wasn't cutting it -- it was still simply too big.  Over the holidays, my husband and I finally made a trip up to the Craft Mart in Marysville, Washington.  They had 3½ X 5 inch card stock.  I picked up one packet of 10 to see how it would work.  What do you think?

This Cuddled Kitty is on Letters from Paris paper pack (wild rose studio).  A green Ribbon and 2 pink Pearls (cloverleaf The Netherlands) complete this simple, cute card.

Base and matt papers for this Basket of Kitties is Peach Blossom (wild rose studio).  Green glitter Tape ribbon (american crafts) complete the card.

These two are of the small size I just purchased.

In comparison, this one is size 5½ X 4¼ inches:

Who doesn't love these Kitties?  They are edged with Mowed Lawn ink (tim holtz) on Garden Party papers (marianne design).  The green Ribbon (american crafts) and 2 green Rhinestones (kaiser scrapbook) complete the card.

There really isn't too much difference in the cards, but it depends on the size picture I use that makes the card.  In contrast, a larger piece had to go on my regular 5 X 6½ inch card stock:

Base and matt papers from A Ladies' Diary (graphic 45), Meow ribbon and 3 dark pink bling (a'muse).  Just as cute as the smaller ones.

Now the big question is -- do I go with the smallest card stock size, or do I keep both smaller size cards and use as appropriate?  Decisions, decisions.

These are now posted on our website for sale.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I just love doing 3-D, layered greeting cards!  They are so much fun!  Of course, they are more fun when the pieces are punch-out, but even if I have to hand cut them out (which takes much longer), the cards are simply stunning!

This is a new set of 3-D greeting cards, all with 3 layers.  This kitten and puppy are sitting on Belle paper stack (wild rose studio) with white braided ribbon.

These "kids" are enjoying their toy on Stationer's Desk (prima) with a blue ribbon and 3 different red brads (medium red, dark red and glitter red).

These sweeties are enjoying their roses on Annabelle's Meadow paper pack (wild rose studio), with a sheer green ribbon and 3 pearls (kaiser scrapbook).

Lastly, these little guys are cuddling on Blue Bell paper pack (wild rose studio), purple coral ribbon and 3 Pearls (clover leaf of the Netherlands).

All of these cards are available for sale on our new selling website.  Have some more of these cuties to finish up before I post, so stay tuned....

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

With the New Year comes the holidays all over again as well as Birthdays, Anniversaries, Births, Deaths, Weddings, etc.  Cards are needed to celebrate these life events.  To start off the year, I have made this card to celebrate a Wedding Anniversary:

This Rose 3-D die-cut (4 layers) came from a book of die-cut 3-D designs we received from our Belgium friends.  So wonderful they have such gorgeous items to work with.  It is much easier to punch out the die-cut layers (rather than cutting out the die-cuts), then you layer the pieces using pop dots or similar adhesive.  Base paper is Glitz Pack (afternoon muse), stock dark blue satin ribbon, 2 Pearls (cloverleaf of the Netherlands), and 3-D Butterfly (europe) where the wings turn up. Sentiment is a dazzle (hotp).  Now I need to pop this into the mail!

This Strawberry Cupcake 3-D Birthday Card (4 layers) is sure to please someone.  Base paper is Confetti (hotp), mottled Blue matt, and Happy Birthday Blue Ribbon.

This 3-D Bountiful Feast card (4 layers) would also make a nice birthday card.  Base paper Autumn layered pad (me&myBigIdeas), matt is stock Dark Green, Wine ribbon and 3 bling (want2scrap).

All these cards have a hint of glitter on them.  Quite attractive.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope your year is off to a good start!

Well, I finally did it.  I made all our Christmas cards this year, all 65 of them.  But instead of showing you all 65 cards, I am just going to show you a sampling.

But first, since Hanukkah came before Christmas this year, I made this lovely card for some great friends of ours:

Base paper Christmas Traditions (the paper studio), Music ribbon (american crafts), black Musical Staff brad (HOTP) and Music stickers (recollections).  Sentiment was stamped in Circus Ink (splendor).

Now to show off a sampling of my Vintage Christmas cards I sent out this year:

Aren't they fun? These are on smaller cardstock, quick and easy to make, but adorable.  As you can see, a variety of papers, ribbons, bling and brads were used.

Sports is a big thing in the Puget Sound Region of Washington state.  I've been getting orders for greeting cards depicting Seattle Seahawks, Washington State Cougars, University of Washington Huskies and the Seattle Mariners.  I'm in the middle of making a batch of Seahawks cards.  I've shown a Seahawks card previously with the Seattle Skyline behind the Seahawks bird (November 25, 2014).  I discovered a new Seahawks die-cut, but it is bloody expensive!

I only made 1 card with this design, and that's it.  And it is sold.

This is the only WZU Cougs card I have made so far.  Base is Modern Chic (recollections), Metallic Bronze starburst die-cut, Cat Paw ribbon, and 3 Peals (cloverleaf from the Netherlands).  I have a new batch of die-cuts, so will post those cards when made.  These sports cards are fun to make, but a challenge as well.

I didn't do much in making cards over the Christmas-New Year week, I so needed a break.  Now, I'm back in the craft room with new cards coming out.  I also need to plan on my samples for greeting card classes this year.  What shall I have the students create?  Stay tuned to find out....

I hope your New Year is starting off well.  Take care and Happy Card Making!