Crafty Wednesday – a day late, again

Sorry I missed posting this yesterday. I was hoping to get back into the swing of things, as I have a lot of cards to show you from all the ones I made over the past couple of months. However, as I was sorting through the pictures I took of them, I realized there were a few cards I neglected to take pictures of. Oh, well!

I thought I’d clump some of them together that have a similar theme. I chose a bird theme mainly because we’re still waiting for spring to arrive here in the frozen north!

I love that Stampin’ Up has come up with punches that go with some of their stamp sets. I especially like the bird punch that goes with the ‘Language of Friendship’ stamp set. While I didn’t use the stamp set with these cards, I did use the punch, which not only cuts out the bird shape, but also the wing and a branch for it to sit on.

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For this card, I also experimented with Martha Stewart’s stamp-around-the-page set that included this fern pattern. I heat embossed the ‘Happy Birthday’ in the centre and added the bird in the corner, with a flower-patterned ribbon along the bottom. With a small scalloped circle punch, I cut out a frame of music, then cut out a pointed section at the bottom to make it look like a speech bubble. Although it’s a little difficult to see in this shot – you have to click on the picture to enlarge it – I also used my shiny paint set to add copper-coloured ‘feathers’ onto the bird and used a fine-tipped Sharpie for the bird’s eye.

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The bird in the card above was created using my sister-in-law’s stamp and blue heat-emboss powder. The card’s base colour was a 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ piece from a wallpaper sample book that looked a little like a wood grain. For the next layer, I cut it an inch smaller in all dimensions out of a green marble-patterned paper to which I added a wavy green velvet ribbon along the bottom. I cut out a 3″ scalloped circle from textured green card stock for the next layer and the smaller scalloped circle was a left-over piece I had cut from another card where I had a sky-patterned piece on top and ‘grass’ below it.

Miranda '12

You may have seen the card above in a previous crafty post, but wanted to show it again because I really love the ‘Find Your Style’ stamp set from Close To My Heart. This card is beautiful in its simplicity. The background was embossed with the Cuttlebug‘s ‘Victoria’ embossing folder. The bird was heat-embossed on white card stock, cut out and placed onto a 3″ scalloped circle. The feathery bits were from a booklet of rub-ons. The ‘soar’ was from the same stamp set as the bird, also heat-embossed in black and cut out with a 1-1/2″ scalloped oval punch. I love the 1″ wide black polka-dotted ribbon accent, too.

Joce '12

The final card is also one you may have seen before, but wanted to showcase Jim Holtz‘s birdcase die cutter that can be used on the Big Shot as well as the Cuttlebug. For the cage, I used a glittery gold card stock. The bird was cut out of brown card stock, using the same die cutter. I added feathers to the bird’s wing and tail for an added touch. I happened to have 1/4″ gold ribbon to tie to the loop at the top of the bird cage and placed the cage, bird included onto blue paper (embossed using the Cuttlebug‘s ‘Swirls’ folder). I hand-cut the ‘tweets’ and used the scalloped oval punch to cut out the ‘for you’.

And there you have it – four bird-themed cards! Hope this post gave you some ideas for making your own bird-themed cards. 🙂

Crafty Wednesday

I took an extended holiday last week. I started a Crafty Wednesday post but decided you’d probably had enough of Christmas cards, but this one is a little different. I thought I’d share a card I made for my brother-in-law, the one who was in a fire (see previous post). He wanted to send a suitable thank-you to the doctors and staff at the hospital where the majority of his surgeries took place. It was there that he received his many skin grafts and healed well enough to be moved to his home town.

He is now staying with Hubby and I while he receives physiotherapy and medical care at the local hospital. His hands are still the most affected of the burned areas, so he requires assistance with many things, but he is fiercely independent and tries to do as much as he can on his own.

Anyway, he wanted a card that the staff would recognize as coming from him. He had told them how he would often play Santa Claus at our family gatherings, the reason he was sad that they had to shave off his beard, which was always perfect for his role as Kris Kringle.

To make the thank-you card, I started with plain white card stock (8-1/2″ x 11″) folded in half. The cream background is a diamond-shaped embossed ColorCore Cardstock from Tim Holtz‘s Core’dinations ‘Timeless Collection’ cut an inch smaller than the base card size (7-1/2″ x 4-1/2″). The sentiment was from Close To My Heart‘s ‘Thoughtful Tidings’ clear stamp set, using Versa Mark and black heat-emboss powder. The graphics from my Printmaster Gold program had just the right pictures, which I fused together to create the perfect image for the front of the card – a Santa Claus obviously resting after a busy night and a man with an IV bottle lying in a hospital bed. I physically cut and pasted the pieces I needed, adding a yellow gingham ‘blanket’ to hide some of the ‘surgeries’. Here is the end result:

Leo's front

I think we created something that will give the staff a chuckle. What do you think?