So Thankful

Today’s card is an entry for the CAS-ual Fridays Card Challenge. This week, in line with celebrating the release of their first 5 sets of clear stamps, they are giving away all 5 sets to the winner (wow thanks Michelle – I hope I win) ­čÖé

The theme for this week –┬á

So here’s my card –

My goal was to use any scrap paper I had and to still be able to come up with a decent card. I had some pumpkin patterned paper which I adhered on to a dark cream card stock. I had some scrap double sided textured paper from The Paper Studio which I cut longer so it would go over the edge. I stamped the “So Thankful” sentiment from Hampton Arts and Studio G (I got it at Walmart for 99 cents – great bargain in my opinion) using Memento ink in Potter’s Clay. I stamped out the Pumpkin image from Imaginisce Monster Mash collection and colored it in with Copics. My first time to try Copic coloring – I think I failed but with practice I know I’ll get better. To finish the card, the added a faux stitching line with a Sakura white gel pen.

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Wednesday Card Day – I Love You

Today’s card is an entry for the CAS-ual Fridays Clean and Simple Challenge. The challenge for this week is

There will be an amazing prize from

So being that this week’s card needed to have a heart on it, here is my card for the challenge –

On a dark cream card stock base, I used a heart patterned paper from Hot of the Press Light Backgrounds. To that, I cut out three 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 squares from papers found in the Basic Grey 6×6 Out of Print pad. I used the “I Love You” stamp from the Operation Write Home – Year Round Sentiments from Hero Arts. I┬ádidn’t┬áwant to cut my stamp, so I carefully stamped each word and cleaned any ink i┬ádidn’t┬áneed, so I was able to stamp each word on a different piece. I just got some plain red card stock and punched out a heart and replaced the “o” on love. I used some stickles to make the heart stand out. I used the heart stamp from Lawn Fawn’s Winter Owl stamp set as a top and bottom border. To finish the card, I rounded the corners and drew white dash lines with a Sakura white gel pen for a faux stitching effect.

I Thank My Lucky Stars For You

Today’s card is a combined entry for The Play Date Cafe Color Challenge and the Hero Arts Monthly October Challenge.

I found that it was a happy medium since I used the color scheme that The Play Date Cafe was looking for with one of the card challenge sketches that Hero Arts had for their challenge.

For The Play Date Cafe, their color scheme for this challenge was: Bubblegum, Tangerine, and Pear.

And for the Hero Arts challenge, I used the sketch below as an inspiration. This was one of the suggested sketches and I gravitated towards this one.

So here is my card –

For this card, I used a light cream card stock from The Paper Company and on the left side, true to the sketch, I created my own pattern by staggering the stars from the Operation Write Home – Year Round┬áSentiments┬á from Hero Arts. I used Rose Bud, Pear Tart and Tangelo inks from Memento to match the color scheme for The Play Date Cafe. For the accent piece, I stamped the bigger star in each color, and double stamped the smaller solid star inside for more depth and adhered in to a circle piece. I used the sentiment “I thank my lucky stars for you” from the same Hero Arts stamp set. For more interest, I used the Martha Stewart Arch Lattice Edger on pink card stock very close the Rose Bud ink color. I rounded the corners to finish the card.

Wednesday Card Day – Simple Birthday Cards (October 10, 2012)

For today’s Wednesday Card Day, I made 3 simple birthday cards that can easily be replicated or altered to fit the┬árecipients┬ápersonality. I love making birthday cards because they come in so handy and everybody you know will at some point celebrate their birthday.

Happy Birthday Flowers

For this card, I started with some cream card stock from The Paper Company and layered it at the bottom with patterned paper from ColorBok’s Miso Pretty 12×12 paper pad. For added interest, I attached a border strip with the┬áMartha Stewart Crafts Arch Lattice edger on brown card stock. Then using brown chalk ink, I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Operation Write Home stamp set by Hero Arts. I finished it off with a flower row using the Imaginisce Princess Petals stamp┬áwith the same brown chalk ink.

Hi Cupcake! 

All the papers I used for this card (card stock and patterned paper), are paper scraps that I wanted to use up. I used a light blue card stock and layered it with a plaid patterned paper. I got a strip of a marble effect paper and attached a border strip using the Martha Stewart Arch Lattice Edger. Then I got some cream card stock and stamped the Hi Cupcake sentiment from the Cupcake Stamp Set from TPC Studio┬áwith Memento Tuxedo Black ink.┬áTo finish the card, I used a Sakura white gel pen to create a faux stitching line around the card. The entire lay-out of the card is proof that I have been watching too many card videos of Kristina! ­čÖé ­čÖé ­čÖé

A Cupcake Birthday 

I used black card stock for the base of this card from The Paper Studio. For the neon background, I used a similar chevron technique that Kristina Werner (@starofmay) used in one of her Friday Focus videos. I used just regular neon computer for this. Using the TPC Studio Cupcake stamp set, I stamped this trio of cupcakes and used permanent markers to color it in. I adhered it on to the card using dimensional adhesive. I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Cupcake and Ice Cream Snag ‘Em collection from Imaginisce. I layered that with some blue neon computer paper made made ribbon edges.┬áTo finish the card, I used a┬áSakura white gel pen┬áto create a faux stitching line around the card.

Enjoy making your own birthday cards! It’s┬ádefinitely┬áa lot of fun! ­čÖé