Thursday, February 14, 2013

Getting Ready for March

Today is Valentine's Day and I had a great day getting ready for some of the March events with cards! I started with my daughter-in-law's birthday for March 1st. I really wanted to try the "swing" card that I saw a video for on Pinterest. It was so much fun to make and relatively easy...

Here is the folded front of the card. The middle "swings" showing the greeting when you open it.  Erica loves sunflowers so I couldn't resist two large Mixed Bunch flowers- doubled- and then cutting into the petals after punching it out. The DSP made a perfect center for the sunflower, as well as the second layer on the card base.

Here's the opened card with the greeting! I just love the technique! The cute little bees from SU Just Buzzin' By, corduroy button, baker's twine and the 7/8" scallop flower made great additions... after all I am O-BEE. The honeycomb embossing folder on the edge yellow is hard to see in the picture.

Here's a picture of what it looks like from the side. How cool is that? Colors are SU Summer Sun(retired) and Early Expresso paper. 

Then I moved right on to St. Patrick's Day! We'll be away so I need the cards ready to send to the family. I saw got an idea from Pinterest, and decided to make the large shamrock from the heart punch, then embossed in dot folder. Folded hearts together on one heart from the  Hearts a flutter die. I love the way it came out! I used Garden Green and Certainly Celery for the greens and a DSP green for the bottom segment of the card. The ribbon was ok, but I liked the little pearls better, covering them with crystal effects.

Still have a couple of birthday cards on my list of things to do, can't wait!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day has always been a favorite holiday for me. As a teacher (in a past life :) it was a time the kids always had good thoughts about each other. It was always encouraged, even suggested that cards be sent to everyone in the class in the younger years. So some kids that never got positive reinforcement from their peers, were accepted by peers even if for only one day! SO I do send Valentine cards to my family... Here's this year's selection:

I used a selection from the Heart's-A-Flutter set with stamps and dies to create a mix of red, pink, white and black to make to cards for family and friends this year. I just love the dies and embosslits. It was my introduction to really coordinating the sets. LOVE, love it! Used the hearts embossing folder or the dots embossing folder for the white layer on the card. On some of the pink I used dimensionals to raise the heart to add interest to the front although you can't see in the picture.

But this was the best.... In each family card I added grandchildren valentines from the heart die! I love how they came out! By cutting the die leaving the top of the heart out, it became a hinge for the heart... Soooo cute!

I used washi tape to close the valentines until those little hands get them!  Some times I do get a good idea... all on my own!  Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

February birthdays

Three family February birthdays means lots of cardmaking! My son's family has 4 February-March birthdays and celebrates with a Birthday Bash for all the celebrants! I like to send the card for the "special" day but needed tags for the gifts too! Here is the card info....

Mason's 5-year old card was made for a Lego-lover if ever there was one! I have been casing this card on Pinterest for a  while, but a changed it up to be a 5! I also used the Happy Birthday embossing folder on the card layer to add interest... how about that beautiful little face? It's hard to believe he is 5 already! Mason is amazing because he has no idea how awesome he is... he considers himself able to do everything his 7-year old brother can do... so much like his dad did with his older sister...

And he is John and turning 36! He has to be the best son there could ever be... I am just so proud of the man that he has become.  What a blessing to our family!

One of many things he enjoys is golf and I wanted a card that showed him that! It is a time that I see him really relaxed and that is not often. Again, a Pinterest card that I basically tried to just copy! I love the idea of the tee and the long way to go... My Stampin' Up supplier sent a gift of DSP cut to the just the right size to use for the second layer on this card. I love the embossed golfball! How about the layers of green, with sand and water traps?

Carter is turning 7... He has been such a pleasure to watch grow! Although he is our oldest grandson, he is a such an enigma to me... I can't explain the pleasure he brings! His card was harder for me this year because I couldn't get a connection to the videogame he's into now, Mindcraft... so I went for the idea of 7!

Carter also loves cupcakes! So this was my thinking... I used the scallop edge punch and the Happy Birthday embossing folder. The larger scallop punch for the birthday message. I use the create-a-cupcake set quite a bit with the crystal effects on the candle tops.