Cheers to you, Dad! Handmade Card

Why Hello There Paper Crafters,

Let me start off with saying I’ve been so busy.  Summer is in full swing and I can’t keep up with anything in life it seems.  With two vacations under my belt thus far and Stampede quickly approaching I wanted to make sure I get a blog post in before my life becomes more of a Stampede (see what I did there, bwahaha)!!  Alright, so a very important day happens in June every year, Father’s Day!  So today’s post is all about dad.  Let’s drink to him, and that!

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So, as you can see I went with a beer theme.  Which is “different” than my recent work (my recent work has included a lot of stamp work), but more closer to my work that I originally started out with (using stencils and designs).  I actually set out to use my Silhouette cutter for this project.  I was on a mission.

So I opened the Silhouette Studio and off I went.  So I searched “Fathers Day” and found this project by JMRush and loved the look of the beer mugs.  So I proceeded to purchase that project and started thinking up what the card will look like.  However, side note, because I’m all about making things harder then they should be I actually found (now that it’s one month later) another project template here (also note it’s by the same designer, JMRush – and don’t worry I purchased this project today so I don’t forget about it the next time I want to make one of my beer-loving friends a card) that would have been perfect for this card and would have required far less manipulation. Sigh. Well, you’re welcome!

So after playing around with the original template (I can’t even harbour a guess at how long it took me to manipulate it to the correct size I wanted it) – yay for learning how to use my Cameo!  In the end, I came up with this beer mug with “hoppy bubbles”.

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And yes, I added glitter (because there is nothing more manly than glitter, I’m sure you agree):

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For this handmade greeting card you will need:

  • Your chosen stencil of a beer mug (or free drawn if you are oh-so talented), or the Silhouette Studio project templates here (for you adventurers like me this one, or for the more practical and sane crafters this one – see above my long winded side-note).
  • Cameo (or scissors if you are using a stencil or hand-drawn)
  • Card stock
  • Colouring weapons of choice
  • Glue
  • GLITTER!!!

Cut out your beer mug stencil.  Prior to assembling all of the layers, I coloured in the “hoppy bubbles” with my brush markers.  Arrange all of the mug layers so that they overlap (refer to photos above and below) and add chosen “greeting”.  Glue all layers and greeting together.  Using a glue stick (I used a glue pen above but I think a stick would have worked better as I had to press down the glue and glitter once I had everything on the card stock) add accents of glitter to the “beer windows” and “hoppy bubbles”.  Let everything dry overnight and paste your finished mug onto your card.  I finished the card off by stamping a greeting of “Hoppy Father’s Day” on the inside, because, well, it was just so fitting for the card.

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And there you have it!  A fun card for the beer drinker in your life.  I hope you enjoyed it!  What did you dream up for your father’s day cards?  Until next time!

Warmth,

Kim

 

Handmade Card: “Hoppy Moother’s Day, We Ruff Ewe.”

Hello Paper Crafters!

Although my first post for a handmade Mother’s Day card was quite early, we are so much closer now (where does the time go?!).  I hope you enjoy this greeting card, it was really fun to make.

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I was staring at my Mama Elephant Lunar Animals stamps last weekend wondering what I could come up with as an idea for a Mother’s Day Card and came up with this: Hoppy (bunnies hop) Moothers (cows moo) Day, We Ruff (Doggies ruff) Ewe (a lady lamb).  So it was decided, I started stamping the four little darlings out in preparation to use my new brush markers.  Colouring is just so therapeutic!

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Next, I was trying to think of ways to arrange these little darlings into a scene with my chosen saying.  I thought maybe a cute lil’ barn?  A green, luscious field?  Naw!  I went with some cute lil’ polaroids.

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For this greeting card you will need the following supplies:

  • Mama Elephant Lunar Animals Stamp Set
  • Stamp Pad
  • Cardstock (white and chosen colours)
  • Markers, or your colouring weapons of choice
  • Scissors
  • Polaroid Template (I purchased my template from the Silhouette Design Store)
  • Glue
  • Alphabet stamp set (I used this stamp set I got at Michaels that click together and apart to create words) – or if your calligraphy skills rock totally just write the words out!
  • A few sequins

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Stamp, colour,  and cut out your lil’ critters.  Get your polaroid frame ready (I used my Cameo for this) and glue your little friends to the four corners of the frame.  Now that the animals and frame should be one piece, attach it with glue to the front of your card.  Stamp, cut, arrange and glue your words to form the phrase on the card.  Lastly throw on a few sequins, because well, you only live once and there should be more glitter and sequins in everything, period. (Ohh man did I just #yolo about glitter and sequins!?)

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Anyways, back on topic.  Just plain ol’ cute right!?  I love this Mama Elephant stamp set and have used it quite a few times already on a few card projects.  The possibilities are endless.  I think this is my favourite card I’ve used them on to date though.

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What handmade greetings cards have you dreamt up with this stamp set?  How about Mother’s Day cards in general as well?  I’m curious and would love to see your work, so please leave me a comment so I can check out some of your paper craft adventures.

Until next time fellow homemade card lovers!

Warmth,

Kim

Sympathy Handmade Card

Hello Card Crafters!

I wanted to share a handmade card that is close to the heart as it was a sympathy card for a friend of mine that lost a loved one.  I made this card using my Silhouette Cameo.  It’s the first time I’ve made a card of this nature so I didn’t have any stamps that coordinated with this card theme.  So I thought “why not check out the Silhouette store”, and viola! I found this this card design from Bits of Paper (you can also just search “sympathy” in the Silhouette online shop as well).

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Although the original design for this greeting card was beautiful, I was inspired by another bloggers work, Kristina Werner.  I really liked how she added dimension to the bottom of the card with an embossing folder and the coordinating strip of card stock.  I also really loved her design period, so I have also purchased and downloaded her greeting to use in future cards.  Anyways, back on topic, I created a hybrid of these two lovely ladies cards:

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You will need the following card making supplies:

  • Chosen Sympathy Design (you can purchase and download either of the ladies work Bits of Paper or Kristina Werner)
  • Card stock of choice (for the two above i used white, and pastel yellow and blue)
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Glue
  • Embossing folder and Embossing Machine (I love my Cuttlebug)

“Cameo” your chosen design and arrange it according to the colour scheme you went with.  Emboss the lower portion (just below the half-mark) of your card).  Trim a coordinating colour strip of card stock (I just eyeballed the strip).  Glue all of these coordinating paper pieces to your card.

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I must admit, I’m more into stamps but the odd time I like to break out my Cameo (perhaps I maybe just need to get better at using all of its functions…?), but I like how this design turned out.  And I was happy to give something to my friend that I picked out and card crafted myself.

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What’s next for me?  Well I’ve been reading up and getting some inspiration on card making ideas from other card crafter blogs.  I’ve read some pretty good content on taking photos of finished greeting cards.  So I will be practicing my photography skills for my next project and will share with you the knowledge I have come across.  I still can’t get over how amazing some peoples card photo’s turn out so I am excited to get started on this.

Also, I’ve ordered some more card making supplies that revolve around babies and new arrivals (because, well, it seems everyone and their dog is expecting these days!  Jokes, I am so happy for my expectant friends – I can’t wait to be the crazy bunny auntie that crafts her own cards and drives an oh-so-boxy white Nissan Cube – wait a second maybe I’m related to the Magic School Bus Driver?!).  I am really getting off topic here…  Anyways, so my next focus once these items arrive will be to paper craft some cute lil’ greeting cards for my expectant friends.  I was extremely torn between the Lawn Fawn and Mama Elephant stamp sets, and don’t worry I didn’t buy both (even though I wanted to).  You will have to check back to see which set I went with!

Warmth,

Kim

P.s. Even though I already chose and ordered just the one stamp set, the other one is still on my mind…