Posts Tagged ‘handmade card’

Our little granddaughter turned 3 today, but we all gathered yesterday for the birthday celebration.  She loves to dance and especially enjoys ballet, so that is the theme I used for her birthday card.  As luck would have it I just received my new Silhouette Cameo on Thursday so I was able to download the ballet slippers and resize them perfectly as an addition to the card.  The leotard was made from a punch I have had for several years and the tutu was hand sewn from some sparkly tulle that I purchased just for this card.  There are 3 layers to the tutu, as my first attempt with just one layer looked sparse and unattractive.  The idea for the tutu and leotard is from a card I saw here on SCS.  I liked the way the punch was used for the leotard and that was my starting point.  Thanks to mrsbblackmoor for the inspiration.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be the proud owner of a Silhouette Cameo.  I have had a Silhouette on my wish list for years now and can’t believe I finally have one to enhance my card and papercraft projects.  I also plan on making appliques for my quilts using some of the fabulous designs or even by creating some of my own.  The best part is being able to download the design, resize, cut and glue it on the project without having to purchase expensive cartridges.  Most of the designs for the Silhouette are 99 cents which makes them quite affordable and there are so many choices for all occasions.  Thanks to my sweetie for getting this special machine for me.


White Card stock from Papertrey Ink – (this is fabulous card stock)
Lavender, purple & Vellum card stock – SU
Tag punch from SU
Cuttlebug dot embossing folder
Glittery tulle from Hobby Lobby
Versamark Ink
Purple Embossing Powder from SU
Xyron used to adhere vellum to card
Dimensionals – SU
Scor Tape
Self adhesive pearls from A Touch of Grace – (I love these)
Ribbon from my stash
Ballet Slippers from Silhouette


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My hubby asked me to make a card for a business acquaintance to congratulate he and his fiance’ on their recent engagement.  Since I’ve never met the couple I wasn’t sure if I should go with a frilly type of card, something rather simple using a Cuttlebug embossing folder and a sentiment, or should I just go with my instincts.  After some pondering, I decided to go with my instincts and hope they enjoy the card.

I used the Sarah Kay stamp called “A kiss for Chloe” because I thought it was the perfect image to depict a young couple’s love for each other at this special time in their lives.  I colored the image with my favorite Prismacolor Pencils and used Gamsol to smooth out and blend the colors.  It took me awhile to find the right card stock and paper colors, but in the end I decided I liked the combination of dark brown, ivory and pink.

Supplies use for this project:

Sarah Kay Clear Stamp – “A kiss for Chloe”
Anna Griffin Stamp-  “Love”
Prismacolor Pencils
Pink & White polka ribbon from Piggy Tales
Dark Brown & Naturals Ivory card stock – SU
Background paper – Hot Off the Press
Light pink paper – ?
Pearls – The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby)
Martha Stewart Border Punch
Close to Cocoa & Chocolate Chip Classic Ink – SU
Crystal Effects (I use this to adhere the pearls as the glue dot type of adhesive they come with doesn’t always hold)
Fabri-Tac – (to adhere the bow to the front of the card) – I love this stuff for permanently affixing bows & fabric type elements
Spellbinders Dies
Stamping Spongs – SU

Until next time…..  Have a blessed day!

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I saw a free Father’s Day digital download over at “Just Something I Made” and knew immediately what I wanted to do with the fabulous images from Cathe.  Even though this was a post from a year ago, these images are timeless and very appropriate for cards, bags & tags for this Sunday’s special event, Father’s Day.  The construction of the Father’s Day card is pretty straightforward, I just printed out the images on Kraft cardstock, cut out the part of the collage that I wanted to use, added a few layers, a bow and red heart and the card was exactly how I wanted it.

Making the gift bag was another story.  I wanted to print the images directly on paper from a brown lunch bag.  I never tried that before so it took some trial and error, but after 2 tries I succeeded.   As a side note, I discovered this type of paper is too thin to run through my printer on its own, so I adhered it at the top (where I feed it into the printer) with some removable adhesive (Dotto).  One other noteworthy item, it seems cheap lunch bags drink a lot of ink during this process, so I won’t make a habit of using this type of paper.  After printing I reconstructed a bag (which took a little bit of finessing).  Once that part of the project was complete, the rest came together easily.  I used the same heart punch as on the matching card, but used all 3 of the punchouts this time.  The bottom of the topper was made simply by using my scalloped decorative scissors from Stampin’ Up! which I’ve had in my craft room for years.  A small black button, a dash of DMC embroidery floss, some fussy cutting & layering for the sentiment and the bag was complete.

I still have more than half of the collage images leftover to use again next year or the year after.

Free Digital Download from Cathe Holden at "Just Something I Made"

This was such a fun project to make and I’m anxious to fill the bag with goodies for my special hubby this Sunday.  A special thank to Cathe Holden  for this incredible freebie to honor those special guys in our life, our Dads & hubby’s.

Supply List

Digital Download from Cathe Holden
Kraft, Real Red & Basic Black cardstock from Stampin’ Up!
Red & Black checked ribbon from The Ribbon Boutique
Button from JoAnn’s
DMC Embroidery Floss
Uhu Glue Stick
Bow Easy
Quickie Glue Pen from Sakura
3 Hearts paper punch from Tonic Studios

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Oh how I wish I were a better photographer. This card truly looks much better in person. With that being said I still want to share this card with you. It is for our youngest daughter’s 7th wedding anniversary. I was inspired by a black & white card I saw at Scrapnextras.. This is my take on a black and white card adding just a bit of red for interest. The pearls were added to enhance the Cuttlebug embossing for that extra special touch.

Products used for this product are:

Shimmery White, Real Red & Basic Black card stock from SU
Self-adhesive pearls
Spellbinders dies
Sentiment and swirl stamps from SU
Ribbon from Hobby Lobby
Cuttlebug Embossing folder
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Oh yes, I used the Bow Easy to make the bow. Have you tried that tool?

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