Saturday, July 30, 2016

Happy Birthday Cake Cards

Posted by Amanda at Saturday, July 30, 2016 0 comments
Cake, anyone?

I love getting those $1.50 card packs at Micheals and turning them into different cards, complete with matching envelopes for matting. These two were made with some paper from my stash along with some pop dots. I then used a Lawn Fawn 'Happy Birthday' stamp inside - simple and sweet! 

I used the little cake that was on the back of the original Michael's note card, fussy cut i,t and added a pierced rectangle from my Spellbinders die set to write on. I just love to do this!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Spring Accordion Mini-Album

Posted by Amanda at Saturday, July 23, 2016 0 comments
Hello and Happy Saturday!

This is another accordion album I made from scratch. It measures 9x7 with a 1 1/2" spine. I used left over file folders for the base pages and covered them with a ColorBok paper stack I got at Walmart for $5 called Mint Julep - such a very pretty stack and I loved the big flowers! I glittered up the flowers using my WOW embossing pen and some WOW sparkling embossing powder. This time I made a double flip page to hold more pictures.

Here are a few highlights.

Front cover

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Kitty Cat Greetings

Posted by Amanda at Tuesday, July 19, 2016 0 comments
                Long time no post! I guess the older I get, the harder it is to work nights! I've still been crafting on my Saturdays, however. I've enlisted the help of my daughter to photograph what I've been working on and quite a few posts are queued now for the future.
On to the cards!

I was busy last month making some thank you cards for my daughter to hand out at her work. I decided to use these really cute cat stamps I just ordered – CoolCat Clear Stamp set by My Favorite Things from SimonSaysStamps. I've really fallen in love with stamping lately and I'm trying not to go crazy, but there are so many cute stamps out there! I try to buy stamps that I know I can use multiple times. I seem to be leaning towards clean design and I love the look of watercolor and colored pencils. There are some pretty (but pricey) watercolor sets out there but those may have to wait for Christmas! Right now I am using Recollections watercolor and pencils from Michaels. I feel like I've already learned a lot thanks to Youtubers using Tim Holtz distress inks. The colored pencils are Prisma from Walmart – 24pack at a pretty good price!

The gang is all together.

On the left: I really like how this turned! I cut cut a frame window from my Spellbinders pierced die rectangles and used a flower and vase from a Belle&Boo stamp I had gotten years ago.

On the right: I used the paw stamp in the set to accent the paper. I cut a circle with my Big Shot and a circle frame die from Sizzix. The pierced rectangle came from a Spellbinders die. The cloud paper was from my stash and the 'thanks' stamp is another one from the OTC company. Added a few star sequins and a bit of Wink of Stella on the clouds (new favorite!).

On the left: I love this kitty, it looks just like my rescued baby Noxie so of course I had to do her in black watercolor. The congrats stamp came from a set from Oriental Trading Company - they have quiet a few nice sentiment stamp sets! 
 Last but not least: This was my retro kitty - well that's how I saw her. The 'Thank You' also came from OTC and I just used half of a border stamp I had to make the shelf. Pop dot for the vase on the shelf. Pretty simple, and a little Wink of Stella on the pillow of course.
Simple & cute on the inside.
Hope you like! Can't wait to use these again.

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