Sunday, August 21, 2016

Summer of Love!

This summer has had me creating pretty steadily. I attended a wedding in July and my in-laws had their 50th wedding Anniversary on August 20th. I helped to design some of the decorations: the banner, the place-setting cards, the table numbers and the favour boxes. I did the design and cutting. My mother-in-law did the assembly. On top of those two things, a former co-worker of mine also got married on August 20 and another former co-worker asked me to make his card.

So, here are three version of the same wedding shaker card!! The first one was for the July wedding. The colours were purple and silver (grey).

This one had the most filling and the most variety of filling. I've been trying to get better at not over-stuffing my shaker cards! The two stamps (The heart and "together") were from Close to My Heart sets that my sister loaned me. The "Happy" is a die-cut from Your Next Stamp. It's finicky to work with, but oh so pretty!

I had a package of white flowers from Michael's. I coloured one with my copic pale purple/grey marker. I think it turned out well. Then I had two colours of grey glitter paper to cut out with my memory box gear dies to add the touch of a male element to the card as we attended from the groom's side.

The next version is the one I made for the former co-coworker. Her colours were beige/gold, so I'm told.
This card is a 5x7 so that I could fit the spray and the couple. I wrote a poem on the inside that ended with "Now and Always" so that I could use this stamp!

These flowers I sponged with honey yellow ink to make them gold-ish.

Yellow and a light green were the colours of my in-laws wedding party. Gold is the theme for a 50th anniversary. So, for that version of this wedding shaker card, I embossed the heart in a "pearl lustre" colour which looked kind of pale gold to me.
This one is also 5x7. Thank heavens for 5x7 embossing folders! I had progressively less and less time to make these cards. This one probably has the least shaker stuff in it. I could have added more but I'd rather too little than too much! At least you can get movement!

The anniversary party went well. My in-laws renewed their vows with their two children each participating and their only grandchild too. It was really lovely.

What's kept me the most busy has not been these three cards and the room decor. It's the wedding mini (or not-so-mini!) albums I made! I have videos of both to post in the future! (I am so proud of them, it hurt a little to give them away! Hence, the videos so I can return to them for future inspiration too!)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Sheltering Tree Sympathy Card

A co-worker of mine recently lost some close family members. I needed to make her a sympathy card. I want it to look soft, but not sad. I searched around the internet and found one like this. I used what I had to re-create it. I liked how the grey was a softer neutral than black.

The stamp set (tree, ground, blossoms, sentiment) are all from Stampin' Up!'s Sheltering tree set. I added some Wink of Stella sparkles to a few of the blossoms (hard to see in the picture. Click to enlarge it.) I used my new pink stamp pad from Close to My Heart. I would have liked to have used more than one pink colour but I have only one. I used second generation stamping but it hardly shows on such a light colour. You can see the second generation stamping on the two ground swooshes though.

I finished it with a glitter, silver heart to brighten up the grey.

My co-worked got it later than I'd hoped, but she let me know it was appreciated nonetheless.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Holy BUCK! Father's Day card

I went for something punny this year for father's day.

The deer head I got at Michael's in their sale bin. The banner is from a CMTH set. The ovals are Stampin' Up! nesting dies and the branches are a Martha Stewart punch. The "herd" is from Frog Whisker's stamps.

I gold embossed the buck on the black patterned paper. Unless it's in sunlight, it's a little hard to see. I put the ovals on foam tape so the branches could be behind it.
It turned out to be fairly easy to make! I wish the banner were bigger. I want to find a way to make a "Holy Buck, Dude!" version. Guy cards are so hard to think of!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Humourous Masculine Birthday Card

When I saw this sentiment stamp set from Your Next Stamp, one single sentiment made it worthwhile. I thought it would be perfect for masculine birthdays, both young and old. My dad celebrated his birthday in May and this is what I made him:

I used a nested stitched rectangle from Your Next Stamp to make the yearbook/Polaroid type frame.

The sentiment says: "Birthdays are like boogers - the more you have the harder it is to breathe." I thought it was funny! My dad did too. I felt it went well with the little monster stamp too.

I LOVE this Lil' Monster's Balloon stamp from Annabelle Stamps. So sad they closed up shop. (Looks like you can still get this monster set here though while supplies last! --> LINK) I coloured the monster with alcohol markers, practicing to leave some white space as highlights.

I like this result so much I made a variant into a shaker card. You can see that one in my shop.