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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Demensional Doilies

Hi All!
I have a quick post to share today. I was planning on using a Make It Monday technique of cracked glass, but it just didn't work out and ended up morphing into this card.
The bow that I made (same technique as my last post) was fairly thick and inspired me to make an overall thick card. I usually make very mail-able cards, but not today!!!

I heavily distressed all of the pieces of the card with the Vintage Photo color. It's not my usual, but I like it anyhow.

Thanks for checkin' it out!!!

   Paper: The Paper Company- Kraft; cream scraps
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Damask Designs, Delightful Doilies, Mat Stack 2
   Ink: Colorbox- Stucco, Merlot; Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Vintage Photo
   Other: Wrights' Bias Tape; water spritzer; brad; Papertrey Ink- Delightful Doilies dye cut

Sunday, May 29, 2011

All time FAVORITE card!!!

Hi All!
Today I have a card that I made from complete scratch that turned into my ALL TIME FAVORITE CARD!!!! I was not really planning on participating in the Make it Monday challenge, but I found myself in need of a sympathy card. I took their advice and made it classy, but cheerfully colored.
I was inspired by the Watch Me Wednesday video at Ashley Newell's blog to create my own background paper and it was a GREAT experience!!! She also used seam binding that she colored herself with spray and ink. I tried to do the same, but I found that it did NOT work as well for me- but I was pleased with the final result anyway. I don't know if there are different varieties of seam binding, but I'm guessing there are because her's did not have a seam and mine did. I spritzed it with water, dabbed it in a brown and an orange ink, and scrunched it up in my hands. It created a fabulous bow!
To create the background, I started with plain white paper cut to the same size as the card front. I first stamped the text in a light color. I then stamped the swirlies (for lack of a better word). Then the birds; then the butterflies. The butterflies are stamped in white and were not very visible before I distressed the paper. I've never distressed over white ink before and it turned into an awesome thing!!! The butterflies now stand out more since the distress ink changed the paper differently than it did the inked portion. I would definitely encourage you to try this technique!!!
To finish off the card, I took the edge of scissors around the edge, attached it, and then added more distress ink along the edge. Like I said, this is now my ALL TIME FAVORITE CARD!!!!

I also made up a digital scrapbook page with the free downloads from the Shabby Princess website.
I changed the picture to almost sepia in order to have the same hue as the papers. It's a simple page, but I am excited to get it printed at some point.

Well, THANKS for checkin' out my favoritest card ever- and, yes, I do know that that is not a real word, but this card somehow makes me a little giddy.

   Paper: white card at 5.5" x 4"; white scraps
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Damask Designs (Praying for You), Mat Stack 1; Inkadinkado- Flourishes 97618, text 8347
   Ink: Colorbox- ochre; Studio G- orange; VersaMagic- wheat; Tim Holtz Distress Ink- vintage photo
   Other: Wrights Bias Tape; scissors; water bottle

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Recycle, Reduce, Reuse!!

Hi All!!
Today I have a birthday card to share with you. It's centered around a polka dot theme because I picked up a 3/4" circle punch this week. The circles are all punched from a card that my mom was given recently. It had a pretty pretty sheen on both the pink and the white sides. Recycle! Reduce! Reuse!! eh? I think it's a great example of recycling :)
The ribbon casts a shadow onto the sentiment, so I took a close up as well. It says "wishing you a Happy Birthday".
There are subtle polka dots stamped onto both the white paper and the darker pink. The white paper has a light pink on it and the dark paper has a slight white stamped underneath the big dots. After I had made the darker pink section, I attached the lower light pink section. I noticed that the alignment was slightly off, so I added some more light pink along the top so that it was equal distance from the sides and the bottom. Easy peasy fix!!

Thanks for checkin' out my card!

   Paper: white card at 5.5" x 4"; Stemma- Victorian (pink papers)
   Stamps: Studio G- mini polka dots; Papertrey Ink- Birthday Wishes, Mat Stack 1
   Ink: VersaMagic- Malted Mauve; Colorbox- rosebud, chiffon white
   Other: Buttons Galore & More- Plantation; ribbon scrap; brown and white twine; Fiskars- 3/4" circle punch

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Recipe Review- Indian Burgers

Hi All!
Today I have a recipe review to share. It was my dad's birthday and he wanted us to make Malaysian Indian Curry-Spiced Burgers. The recipe is from The Food Network and is linked to the name. This is not the first time that I've made these burgers and I keep forgetting to take a picture!!! But, they pretty much look like regular hamburgers- just with a better smell!!!

Like all recipes (and card sketches for that matter), I tend to follow the basics and make changes as I see fit. For example, this recipe calls for red pepper and jalapeno- which I don't like, so I leave them out. But I'll add some red pepper powder for some spice instead... And when cooking, as opposed to baking, I don't follow measurements too too closely. I sometimes will use the proper measuring tools, but often I will measure amounts in my palm. :) For this one, I palmed the curry so I definitely did not use as much as called for. 

For this burger, the recipe calls for thinly sliced cucumber instead of lettuce and a Cumin Mint Aioli as a sauce. As a rule, I LOVE LOVE LOVE all aiolis (A-oh-lee)!!! This one uses lime instead of the standard lemon, but is just as delish!

My Rating: with my changes, this recipe gets a 5/5 stars. It is spicy (but not tooooo spicy), has a ton of flavor, and the sauce is FABULOUS!!!

Thanks for checkin' it out and I hope you decide to make it too!!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

CR84FN Coffee Card

Hi All!
I have a quick post with the card I made for the CR84FN color challenge. I love, Love, LOVE the colors for this week: dark plum, light plum, and kraft!
Today I'm having coffee with a dear friend that I haven't seen in a while, so this card seems very fitting.
I made a kraft card, VersaMarked the background, cut out the design, and voila! It was a fairly quick card to make! Thanks for checkin' it out!

   Paper: The Paper Company- Kraft folded at 5.5" x 4.25"; cream scrap
   Stamps:  Papertrey Ink- Warm Happiness, Warm Happiness Too, Mat Stack 1; Studio G- polka dots
   Ink: VersaMagic- wheat, purple hydrangea, pretty petunia, perfect plumeria; VersaMark; Papertrey Ink- Scarlet Jewel
   Other: corner rounder; Papertrey Ink- Warm Happiness dye cut


Monday, May 23, 2011

My First Play Date

Hi All!
I have my first Play Date Cafe card entry. The colors for this challenge were brown, yellow, and blue.

I created a birthday card for my dad with these colors and a card sketch from the CardPatterns blog.
The background is a woodgrain pattern stamped with a blue-gray color and then distressed with a brown. The blue pieces on the top and bottom are also pretty heavily distressed. The big picture doesn't show the pattern well, so I took a close up.
Here's the sketch for the card- it did not turn out the same as the sketch, but most of my cards are not exact matches. I like to think of mine as a more CAS card (clean and simple) version.
I know this is a lot of pictures and not many words, but I think my brain is running a little slow right now... Maybe it'll be better tomorrow! Thanks for checkin' this out!

   Paper: cream card at 5.5" x 4"; light blue cardstock; cream scraps
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Background Basics Woodgrain, Mat Stack 1, Birthday Basics; Studio G- small polka dots
   Ink: VersaMagic- Aegean Blue; Colorbox- sky gray; Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Vintage Photo; Studio G- light orangy yellow
   Other: brown/cream twine; button from Buttons Galore & More- Plantation; Spellbinders Nestabilities- Labels Thirteen


An Owl Congrats

Hi All!
I'm back from a sick week hiatus. Now that my head has firmly reattached to my head and my sinuses are all clear, I can share the congratulations card that I made last week. I was supposed to make two for my mom to give to her co-workers, but I only got one made before I had to take to my bed.
My mom requested a long card that would fit in a standard size envelope to fit some sort of gift certificate. The overall size of the card is 9" x 3.75". I scored the background of the card at half inch increments.

The owl template is from the Papercrafts Magazine downloads. I didn't use the face from the download because I like my triangles a little more than the cartoony eyes. The wings have a subtle polka dot stamped on with VersaMark ink and the belly has a woodgrain background.

Hopefully this week I will have some energy and creativity to create some more cards- especially since I need a birthday card for my dad by Wednesday! Thanks for checkin' this one out!!!


   Paper: White card stock at 9" x 3.75"; scrap of metallic blue; DCWV- The Garden Party; The Paper Company- Kraft; dark brown scraps
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Background Basics- Woodgrain; Inkadinkado- Somerset Alphabet; Studio G i cling- IC0117 grad, polka dots
   Ink: Studio G- brown; VersaMagic- Ocean Depth; Colorbox- silver; VersaMark
   Other: Martha Stewart Scoring Board; Fiskars- Apron Lace punch; K & Company- Winter Whimsey Snowflakes grand adhesions; Momenta- Grad Clear layered stickers


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

CR84FN and CAS-ual Friday Challenges

Hi All!
Today I combined the CAS-ual Friday Challenge with the CR84FN Color Challenge. The CAS-ual Friday Challenge was to create a card with twine/string and buttons; the CR84FN colors were red, yellow, and neutral (I used black and white as neutral colors). Here's the color board:
 For my card, I used my Sew Artsy stamp set by Hero Arts. I hand cut the spools and the sentiment. The sentiment is popped up, but the spools are glued flat.

The black string runs the whole length of the card and is tied off on the inside. I thought about actually wrapping some thread around the spools, but I liked the more simple look from the stamp. The stamp set comes with three sewing patterns- straight stitch, zig-zag, and something else that I don't know the name of.... I used the three of them over and over to create the background in yellow. 

My second card is another of my thank you cards that I still need to send out for my graduation presents. 
The flower stamps are from the Papertrey Ink Flower Fusion #2 set. It's an overall purple card! 
Thanks for checkin' out my creations!!

Thank You SEW Much
   Paper: white card at 5.5" x 4"; white scraps
   Stamps: Hero Arts- Sew Artsy; Papertrey Ink- Damask Designs
   Ink: Colorbox- Cranberry, Antique Pewter; Studio G- yellow
   Other: black string; scissors; yellow buttons (I have no idea where they came from)

You are in my Thoughts
   Paper: white card at 5.5" x 4"; white scraps; Stemma- Victorian (pink)
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Tag Its #3, Flower Fusion #2
   Ink: VersaMagic- Malted Mauve, Perfect Plumeria, Pretty Petunia, Purple Hydrangea
   Other: scrap of pink ribbon


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

On a Cold Day in Cali

Hi All!
We are having some crazy cold weather for So Cal in mid-May this week! Consequently, I huddled in my room with the space heater and "cleaned". Our old house doesn't heat up so well, so I didn't make it into the craft room (otherwise known as the computer room) because that room is under construction and has a hole where the chimney used to belong and it is COLD!!! So- these cards were made a few weeks ago.
Even though I created a background with doily patterns, the metal studs and the subdued colors have a masculine feel. The sentiment is actually three different stamps that I pieced together, stamped with VersaMark, and heat embossed with black powder. Unfortunately, I have learned that the black powder can actually melt away if the heat is applied for too long. On this sentiment, the right side of the top line is a little melted :(. I think this is probably because my colored embossing powders are very cheap.... (I picked them up clearance at Michael's at least two years ago).
For this card, I stamped the image while the white paper was in one piece and then cut it up. I used two different stamps by Inkadinkado that had similar swirlies. The background is a small polka dot outline that I stamped with VersaMark. The sentiment is actually done with a bright green embossing powder, but it does look fairly black now that it is melted. I added Stickles glitter to all of the green tips, but it doesn't show on the big picture- hopefully it does on this close up.

I inked the edges of each square with a dark purple ink.  I do like the cut-up-image idea, but I think it might work better with a single large image. Thanks for checkin' out the cards!!!

Just a Little Note
   Paper: The Paper Company- Kraft; Papertrey Ink- True Black
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Delightful Doilies, Take Three: Summer (to say thanks), Mat Stack 2 (just a little note); Inkadinkado- Round Frames (for making my day)
   Ink: Colorbox- black; VersaMark
   Other: Michael's Stud Embellishment ($1 bin); black embossing powder

Best Wishes
   Paper: Papertrey Ink- Plum Pudding; white scraps
   Stamps: Studio G iClear- VS4911 (polka dot); Inkadinkado Clear Mini- 99031; Papertrey Ink- Mat Stack 2
   Ink: VersaMark; Colorbox- Verdigris; VersaMagic- Purple Hydrangea
   Other: Ranger Stickles- Frosted Lace; green embossing powder; black string

Monday, May 16, 2011

Bitty Bird Card

Hi All!
I have a couple cards to share today that I made last Saturday. The first one is inspired from a Make It Monday challenge. I used my new Little Bitty Bird stamp set from Papertrey Ink.

I generally don't decorate the inside of cards, but maybe I should start because I like the look of this! I used VersaMark on both pieces of the tealy-green paper with a pattern stamp to create a textured background. Also, I added Diamond Glaze to the birds on the front as well as inside. The white paper with the sentiment is one piece of paper that wraps around from the outside to the inside. That's something that I hadn't done before.

In my next card, I tried to create a 3D effect by stamping some of the flowers with full ink and then others with partial ink. I would stamp one flower then immediately, without re-inking, stamp another. I don't think it really worked. I think that if I had more realistic flowers, versus cartoony, then it might look better.
I accented the two outlined flowers with Stickles glitter and on the other three flowers I added Diamond glaze to the very center. To make the clouds, I hand-drew the shapes on the back of the patterned paper and cut them out with my scissors. I thought they needed a little oomph, so I added the white stitching lines around the shape. Finally, I outlined the whole card with a gray marker.

Thanks for checkin' these out! I love sharing my "work" with others!

Bird Card
   Paper: white card at 5.5" x 4"; teal-green scraps; white scraps
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Little Bitty Birds, Mat Stack 1, Think Big Favorites #2, Flower Fusion #2
   Ink: Colorbox- Silk Green, Verdigris, Burnt Copper
   Other: Judi Kins- Diamond Glaze; Le Plume II- red; Fiskars scissors- corkscrew

Flower Card
   Paper: white card 5.5" x 4"; Melissa Frances- Kitschy Kitchen (clouds)
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Flower Fusion #2; Hampton Art- Celebrate and Thanks
   Ink: VersaMagic- Tea Leaves, Pink Petunia, Pretty Petunia
   Other: Le Plume II- gray; Inkssentials- white gel pen; Judi Kins- Diamond Glaze; Ranger Stickles- Frosted Lace

Hi All!
Melissa from Scrappy Cupcakes bestowed upon me the "Liebster Award"!!!
The Liebster Blog Award is given to bring new blogs into the light. It's a great way to share blogs that might not otherwise be noticed and should be. As a recipient of this award I am to pick 3 - 5 blogs, pass it on and do the following:

  1. Let them know you chose them.
  2. Copy and paste the award to your blog.
  3. Have faith that your followers will rally and show their crafty love back out to those awarded.
  4. And have fun!!
So without further ado my choices are:
  1. Giugizu at Giugizu's Corner
  2. Theresa at Enspired by Cards
  3. Alyson at Crazy-Crafty-Critter
  4. Katie at Katie's Quarks
  5. Cyndie at Artful Haven
Go check out these wonderful ladies- they all have fabulous sites and are full of wonderful inspiration!!! Thanks again to Melissa for nominating me!!!


Friday, May 13, 2011

Playing with new toys :)

Hi All!
Today I have some cards to share that I made with my new toys that I got this week. I picked up an Inkadinkado stamp set (Utopiary) in the clearance at Michael's and made this first card with it.
I love the images in this set! The card has a very soft feel to it. I distressed the edges of both layers of the card make a more consistent tone to the card. It was for the Embellish Magazine challenge that ended yesterday. However, blogger was having issues so I had to upload it to my flickr account to enter it into the challenge.

This morning I found my package of Papertrey Ink stamps on my porch!!! Sadly, I only got one card made with them today.
This is a flat, mail-able card that I intend to send out this week. I used my new Damask Design stamp set with VersaMark to create the background on the paper. I really like using the VersaMark as a background creator (which I also did with the polka dots on the first card) because it turns into a design that is slightly darker than the paper. It always matches!!!

Thanks for checkin' out my creations!!! I should have some more tomorrow with my other new Papertrey Ink pretties!

Thinking of You
   Paper: white card at 5" x 5"; Papertrey Ink- Aqua Mist; Pink Paislee- Butterfly Garden Collection
   Stamps: Inkadinkado- Utopiary; Hampton Art- Celebrate and Thanks; Studio G- iClear- Series 57 (polka dots)
   Ink: VersaMark; VersaMagic- Oasis Green, Malted Mauve; Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Vintage Photo
   Other: corner rounder; scrap of ribbon

Thank You so Very Much
   Paper: white card at 5.5" x 4"; scrap of white cardstock; Papertrey Ink-Aqua Mist
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Damask Design, Mat Stack 1
   Ink: VersaMark; Papertrey Ink- Ripe Avocado, Scarlet Jewel
   Other: Sharpie in maroon


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

CAS-ual Friday Challenge

Hi All!
I participated in the CAS-ual Friday Challenge in their first challenge. CAS = clean and simple- for anyone who didn't know (which was me this morning). I have one text stamp that I used on the background of the card as well as the background of the dress.
The text is subtle, but adds a great deal. I think the card would look like it's lacking something if I hadn't used the text in it. I think I can use this as an engagement card or a wedding card or even a girly birthday card. It was a fun challenge and I am looking forward to their next one!!!

Thanks for checkin' my card out!

   Paper: cream card at 5.5" x 4"; scrap of cream cardstock
   Stamps: Inkadinkado- 8347 (text), 8353 (dress)
   Ink: Colorbox- stucco; VersaMagic- Wheat
   Other: string; rhinestone; corner rounder


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

CR84FN27 Challenge the second

Hi All!
As promised, here is my second post for the CR84FN27 color challenge using gray, cream, and bright pink.

I used the Papertrey Ink Modern Basics stamp set to create this very clean and simple card. To me, the design somewhat looks like a row of feathers (maybe off-colored peacock feathers?).  I also made a couple of other thank you cards- not for the color challenge- for my graduation gifts :)
This one is bright and cheerful- also made from the Modern Basics stamp set. My final card is one that I made a few weeks ago. I traced the flower petals that were used in a class I took at my local scrapbook store, Collective Journey. So, I don't know where she got the flower template, but it sure makes a nice flower!
I outlined each petal in Stickles to give them a shimmer. It's a very simple design, but very pretty. I picked up a few things at Michael's today, so I should have some new things to share tomorrow!!!

Thanks for checkin' these out!!!!

Thank You- Color Challenge
   Paper: white 5.5" x 4" card; white scraps
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Modern Basics
   Ink: Studio G- creamy white; Colorbox- Sky Gray, Silver; Papertrey Ink- Berry Sorbet
   Other: Michael's Celebrate It- Holiday Ribbon Bow-tique; Buttons Galore & More- Plantation, corner rounder

With Heartfelt Thanks

   Paper: white 5.5" x 4" card; white scraps
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Modern Basics, Tag Its #2, Wreath for All Seasons; Hero Arts- Sew Artsy
   Ink: Papertrey Ink- Berry Sorbet, Ripe Avocado; Studio G- yellow, orange
   Other: dimensional adhesive

Thank You- Flower Card
   Paper: white 5.5" x 4" card; computer paper; K & Company- Classic K Bailey Mat Pad
   Stamps: Hero Arts- Circle Pattern; Inkadinkado- Round Frames
   Ink: Colorbox- Burnt Copper; VersaMagic- Oasis Green
   Other: Ranger Ice Stickles- Gold Ice; copper gel pen; Buttons Galore & More; scrap of white ribbon


Monday, May 9, 2011

CR84FN27 Challenge

Hi All,
I know I just posted an entry about an hour ago, but I made several cards today and two are for the CR84FN27 Challenge for the CR84FN blog- which I just realized sounds out into "create for fun"!!! HaHa! This week's colors are cream, gray, and bright pink.
For many years I have thought that cream/browns do not coordinate with grays, but I have recently (in the last 6 months) decided that they can go together as long as the hues are similar.... This challenge is more proof that they can combine.
I used the Papertrey Ink Modern Basics stamp set again for both cards that I made for this challenge. I think I have to post the next one on a separate post (probably tomorrow) in order to submit both of them to the challenge. I outlined three of the shapes with a bright pink to make them look like butterflies. I also added some Stickles glitter to each of the butterfly wings to add a little bling-bling.

   Paper: White card at 5.5" x 4"
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Modern Basics
   Ink: Papertrey Ink- Berry Sorbet; Colorbox- Antique Pewter, Wheat
   Other: Ranger Stickles- Frosted Lace

Thanks for takin' a look!!

Tuesday Trigger Polka Dots

Hi All!
Today I made several cards from the Papertrey Ink Modern Basics stamp set. The first one is for the Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Trigger.
I used the colors from the Tuesday Trigger, but I did not use exact polka dots. I liked the rounded square designs from the stamp set that I used to create the background and thought it was a nice play off of polka dots. To create a visual line across the top (where the sentiment is), I used yellow stamps inside of the gray and red. I think it made a pretty cool feature in a very modern simple way.
Here's another card that I made with the same stamp set. It is bright and cheerful and I LOVE it!!! I rounded the top corner and used the same size rounded stamp on the corner to emphasize it. I've never made a card quite like this before!

Thanks for stoppin' by!!

Tuesday Trigger
   Paper: white card at 5.5" x 4"; white card scrap
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Modern Basics, Tag Its #2
   Ink: Colorbox- Cranberry, Antique Pewter, Sky Gray, Black; Studio G- yellow
   Other: Prima- Say It in Pearls (rhinestones)

   Paper: white card at 5.5" x 4"
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Modern Basics, Tag Its #2
   Ink: Papertrey Ink- Ripe Avocado, Berry Sorbet; Studio G- yellow, orange
   Other: corner rounder


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Graduation Cap and Mother's Day Cards

Hi All!
Today I have a to share my graduation cap with you! I am so proud of it! I did not want to decorate it at first because I wasn't feeling too excited about graduation, but I changed my mind and LOVE what I did!!!
So, my graduation has happened! I am officially A. Livoni, RN, BSN now!!! So exciting!!! I still have the state boards to study for and pass, but I'm taking off the next few days! This morning I rushed to make two Mother's Day cards since I was so busy earlier in the week. They are the same design, just different background papers and tags.

I used the Papertrey Ink Postmarks stamp set to make the "background" pattern on the paper. I have to say that I LOVE my bows today! There are some days that I cannot make a bow to save my life, but today I was able to make two VERY nice bows! Woo! I don't have a dye cut for the tags, so I hand cut them in the shape that I wanted.

This week I get to do a little splurging with my graduation gifts, so I am going to order some new Papertrey Ink stamps! I can't wait to pick out the designs I want!!!

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Graduation Cap
Stickers: Studio G- Adhesive Gems; Me & My Big Ideas- Soft Spoken Nurse; G.C.D. Studios- Orange Glitter Letter Stickers; Momenta ATD- Green Alpha Puffy Glitter; Making Memories- Sticker Puffy Alpha Red

Mother's Day Card #1
   Paper: cream card at 5.5" x 4"; K & Company- Classic K Bailey Mat Stack; scrap of cream cardstock
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Postmarks, Tag It's #2
   Ink: Studio G- Brown; VersaMagic- Wheat; Papertrey Ink- Ripe Avocado
   Other: Offray- Spool o' Ribbon in cream; twine; Papertrey Ink- Postmarks dye cut

Mother's Day Card #2

   Paper: cream card at 5.5" x 4"; PinkPaislee- Butterfly Garden Collection; scrap of cream cardstock

   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Postmarks, Tag It's #2

   Ink: Studio G- Brown; VersaMagic- Wheat; Papertrey Ink- Ripe Avocado,

   Other: Offray- Spool o' Ribbon in cream; twine; Papertrey Ink- Postmarks dye cut


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Catch-up Time...

Hi All!
I haven't had time to post the cards that I made over the last week 'til today. So, I have a couple of them to share today :)

The first two are masculine birthday cards that were for my awesome uncle's birthday (one from me, one from my parents- but both made by me). They are both more on the simple side, but I really like them!!!

I find that for masculine cards I tend to go for a more simple design to ensure it looks masculine. This one has a banner stamp on it that I picked up this last week- I bought the stamp set specifically for the banner. I didn't have a blue button, so I took a clearish-white one and colored it with a Sharpie marker to get it the right color. I hadn't done that before and I was really pleased with the outcome!

This one is using the stamps from the Papertrey Ink "Postmarks" set. I distressed the edges to make it look a little aged. The actual sentiment is from the Papertrey Ink's "Wreath for All Seasons".  I think it looks very classic.

My last card could be used for many different occasions: graduation, birthday, job promotion... I made the flowers with triangle cut-outs that I placed together with a piece of tape until I could properly fasten them with the brad. After the pieces were in solid place, I used glitter glue around the edges. The box and the stems are in a dark green Sharpie marker. I drew the stems lightly in pencil first, then I went over them with the marker and after the ink had THOROUGHLY dried, I erased the pencil. I'm thinking of making a variation of this card as a Christmas card. I think the flower kind of looks like a poinsettia.... I'll share it when I make it!

Thanks for checkin' out these cards! I had a blast making them!

Hooray Birthday Card
   Paper: The Paper Company- Kraft
   Stamps: Studio G iCling- IC0117; My Little Shoebox- Cute as a Button
   Ink: Colorbox- Sapphire Silk, Burnt Copper, Verdigris, Black
   Other: Buttons from Buttons Galore & More- plantation; blue Sharpie; black string

Postal Birthday Card
   Paper: The Paper Company- Kraft; Papertrey Ink- True Black; on a white 5.5" x 4" card  
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Postmarks, Wreath for All Seasons
   Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Vintage Photo; Colorbox- Merlot, Brown, Black; Studio G- Brown
   Other: scissors to distress the edge of the black cardstock

Red & Green Hooray Card
   Paper: white card at 5.5" x 4", scrap of green and a red with a metallic shimmer
   Stamps: Studio G iCling- IC0117
   Ink: Colorbox- Cranberry  
   Other: green Sharpie; silver brads; ruler; Tulip Silver glitter glue