Or in other words, Crafty Thursday! Well, I have a few more cards to share with you.
The first was made with the the new Tim Holtz die cutter I got for my birthday – Bird & Birdcage. I used gold glitter card stock for the cage, to which I added gold ribbon, and I added feathers to the bird. For the background, I embossed it with the Swirls embossing folder and my Cuttlebug. Inside, I used a piece of sheet music and curved the corners with a punch. The stamped bird is from Stampin’ Up‘s Confucius stamp set. I believe the Happy Birthday is Stampin’ Up as well from a sentiments set I got a long time ago. I like the swirly look to it and use it a lot for birthday cards.
The next card was for my niece’s wedding. She really likes Betty Boop so used the black & white theme with red accents. That’s why I chose the red background. I stitched across the top with pink embroidery cotton. The stamp is a discontinued wedding flourish that I first stamped with Versa Mark (sticky pad) and added black embossing powder. Add a little heat and the powder forms a shiny raised impression, to which I added black ‘jewels’. The ‘love’ is also made with black embossing powder on pink card stock.
The inside contains a sentiment that I created with MS Word. I added black, heart-shaped jewels to the sentiment. The hearts were black-embossed on pink card stock. They are from Close To My Heart’s ‘Love Life’ clear stamp set.
For our ‘Sweet Sixteen’ nephew, I created this card using a background from a calendar my brother’s wife gave me a few years ago. It was a ‘Scrap Booker’s’ calendar that contained 365 pages of elements you could use for making cards or scrapbook pages for all occasions. The page I used had masculine colours and the swirl looked like a six, which seemed appropriate for the occasion. The ’16!’ was embossed with blue embossing powder. The stamps are from CTMH’s ‘Varsity Alphabet’ set. The base paper that I used was a crackled-look paper from a set I got years ago – so long ago I can’t remember the name of it! I found some pearlized buttons to put on the black-net ribbon.
On the inside, I used the left-over piece from the calendar page and embossed the ‘Imagine the Possibilities’ (from SU’s ‘Word Play stamp set) and the ‘Happy Birthday’ in blue. The Happy Birthday I punched out using a 2 inch circle punch.
The girl who got married (above) was also celebrating her birthday at the Easter gathering, so this is the card I made for her using the same red/white/black colour scheme. The background was embossed using the Cuttlebug and the ‘Victoria’ embossing folder. This has to be one of my favourite patterns for the Cuttlebug. I used a 3 1/2 inch scalloped circle punch, I cut out the base for the CTMH bird from the ‘Find Your Style’ set. The silver ‘feathers’ are rub-on transfers from one of American Crafts ‘miniMARKS’ transfer packs that we got as one of the specials offered by the owner of The Scrapbook Cottage during our scrapbook weekend in March. The ‘soar’ is also part of CTMHs ‘Find Your Style’ set cut out with a 1-1/2 inch scalloped oval punch. The final embellishment is the black and white polka-dot bow.
On the inside, I added a feather, then put on the black-embossed ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment, cut out using SU’s 2-3/8 inch scalloped circle punch. The sentiment ‘Go confidently in the direction of your dreams’ was stamped with black embossing powder and painstakingly cut out using a sharp pair of pointy scissors.
The final card for this week was fun to make, especially when I made one for each of our grand nephews born on the same day! The background is a wallpaper sample from which I cut a few matching leaves to cover the giraffe and the ‘photo hunter’ using ‘pop-up’ sticky strips. The giraffe is from the ‘ZOO’ Recollections stamp set that I stamped on a beige patterned paper. The ‘hunter’ is from my Publisher’s Gold clip art disc. It is normally a black and white image, but I used coloured pencils to brighten him up a little. Inside is more wallpaper in a kind-of African pattern. I printed the sentiment from the computer. It was stamped with a bargain-bin ‘Happy Birthday’.
Hope you enjoyed this week’s installment, even if it was a day late! 🙂
I love the bird cage and the safari one with the giraffe and photographer. You should make these to sell, if you don’t already. Cute and one of a kind.
Thanks for the kind words, Jenny. You’re right about each one being one of a kind. There aren’t too many that I’ve duplicated. They may be similar, but never Identical. I think if I were to make cards to sell, I wouldn’t have time to make all the ones I need to for family and friends. At Easter alone, I gave away two dozen to those who had birthdays and anniversaries since January, not to mention that over the past few months I made another dozen for friends and family on my side. That doesn’t give me a whole lot of time for writing or working! Mind you, if they did sell well, I might not have to work anymore! 🙂
Ohmygosh! The time, effort, and financial commitment in your artwork as HUGE! I hope the recipients of your amazing work FRAME their collector cards!
Thanks, Laurie, I hope the recipients do appreciate the cards I give them. As for the financial part of it, I just hope the hubby doesn’t start finding all the bills and adding them up! lol
The embossing powder makes a lovely effect and I also adore that giraffe and what a fantastic use of left over wall paper. More superb examples of your talent.
Aww, thanks, Diane! I love using the embossing powder. It really does seem to add an elegant touch. As for the wallpaper, our Goddaughter used to work in the paint department of a hardware store. When the wallpaper sample books were discontinued and the store was going to throw them away, my Goddaughter saved them from the trash bin and handed them out to all her crafty aunties and me. 🙂
Another great set of cards! 🙂
I am loving that “Imagine the possibilities” stamp! Where did you get that?
Thanks, C. B. “Imagine the possibilities” was from a set called ‘Word Play’ by Stampin’ Up. It also contains the “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams” stamp and six other sentiments. 🙂
These are beautiful. 🙂
I love the little giraffe and the wedding card!
Thank-you, Tanya! 🙂
My fave is the bird & birdcage card! The tie in with the sheet music is great 🙂
Thanks, Christy! I always think music when I think about birds even if some birdsongs are a little grating. My favourite is the chickadee. 🙂
I’m always impressed with your crafting endeavors! I think the birdcage card is my favorite, but they all look great.
Thanks, Nicole! 🙂