Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Cards

While I don't usually send cards at Thanksgiving, I did send one to my mother at the nursing home and one to a friend who could use a positive mailing. Love the PTI Gobble, Gobble stamp and matching die set...

Here's the cards:

Love the sentiments stamped around the outside of the card. The acorns are from the SU Autumn set and fussy cut to complete. I used the white pen to outline the tips of the tail feathers... maybe I have been watching too much Kristina Werner, because I really didn't need too! I used SU chocolate chip for the base, and a polka-dotted orange first layer under the pumpkin pie top layer.

I like the cream color so much better than the orange on the mat. The DSP is from SU in chocolate chip.  The mat is die cut from Lil Inkers and I really love the look! I made the tail feathers with Distress inks and water, then die cut the shape. Love the random look of the gobble in orange, first and second generation prints. Twine finishes off the acorns across the bottom of the card.

Oh my! I haven't started my Christmas cards yet... happens every year!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Emma Rose is 8!

So hard to believe that Emma Rose will be eight on November 19th. She is really amazing and I just couldn't be more proud of her! Emma has always had a special affinity for My Little Ponies and now Equestria Girls... So I tried to add that to her card. Not my most successful addition... But my heart was in the right place :)

Here's the card...

Rarity is the name of the pony... which transforms into a girl.  This is another Magic Window card, with Rarity showing in the plastic window. The words "happy birthday" were diecut on gold vellum (hard to see in the picture). The base of the card is a patterned heavy cardstock with raised flowers. The added 8 candles are die cut with the tips embossed with gold embossing powder to look as though they are lit, then attached to the base with foam squares. I used Silver Stickles to make dots on the candles to match with the paper.

The ribbon has an "8" die cut and tied in the center, matching the pull at the top of the card to reveal a surprise when pulled up.

Rarity transforms into Emma by cutting and inserting Emma's picture to match the image on the front. The letters for her name and age are diecut using the patterned paper from the card base. The whole "Not Quite Navy" piece was then covered with Crystal Effects to give added shine. The heart-shaped bling in Emma's hair added just the right touch! 

The back of the card has a little embossed gift card from Simon Says Stamps die Circle Card Border, "Love U" was gold embossed from the matching stamp set. The clasp in the front was diecut with Avery Elle's rounded diamonds.  Inside is...

... an envelope (die cut in vellum) from SSS small envelope die which is holding an iTunes gift card! Love how that worked out! 

So I guess while this isn't my favorite card... I am hoping that it makes Emma Rose, my little artist granddaughter... smile!

Friday, November 8, 2013


We have two November birthdays on our family, Avery Neal will be 3 years old and Emma Rose will be eight! Avery is really into Doc McStuffins and Emma is fascinated with the Equestria Girls! So my task was cut out for me...

I knew I wanted to do the Magic Window Cards for both girls. Trying to get the logistics of how the card could work with their faces in the characters was tricky for me. But here's what I ended up with...

November 4th for Avery Neal:

I followed the Magic Window card pattern. After cutting the window I inserted an image of the Doc from the web, separating the head and gluing it on the white paper inside the window. The body I colored and glued to the inside of the plastic overlay so it would match up with head of Doc McStuffins when the card was closed and...

Avery's face which was on the white inset connected under the plastic sheet by the ribbon, when the card was opened.  Crazy right? The next picture shows what the card looks like when extended on both sections. The line on the picture is actually the plastic when it is pulled all the way up. 

Because the image was bigger than the original Magic Window card insert, this insert is longer, 2.75" x 4" which made it fit perfectly! Avery was over the moon with excitement about the card! Almost as much fun as her present... almost! The cupcakes are from SU's Create a Cupcake stamp set and punch. The frosting is on vellum and a little bling star is on each of the three candles. Again I used the alphabet die from SU and the number die from Avery Elle's Count on It for the sentiments, along with PTI's Bigger Bloom's "Best. Day. Ever."

The card is closed at the bottom with three purple flower brads. Because this is a card that doesn't open, we wrote our message for Avery on the back. My next post will be Emma Rose's Equestria Girls!