Friday, March 28, 2014

Double Happy Birthday Cards

I made these cards thinking they would be for a sketch challenge, but in the end they didn't really match the sketch. I still love how they turned out. Since the front of the card was made with dies, it made sense to make two cards at once. 

Again, I was inspired by the colour palette of a Recollections paper pack for these cards.

I used an MFT die to die-cut the happy birthday sentiment from panels of paper.

I used MFT hybrid rose die-namics from purple paper.

Craft tweezers are on my wish list, but for now I just use pliers to roll flowers. I use this scotch glue, and hold the flowers in place for a couple of seconds until the glue sets. It takes about 30 min for the glue to dry completely.

For the other part of the flowers, I fold up the little tab...

Apply some glue, and then put the pieces together.

 I added loads of glue behind where the sentiment goes.

I fit in the opposite-colour die cut, and then fill in the gaps.

Here's the finished product:

And the same thing for the other card:

Now that the individual pieces of the flower had dried, I added more glue to the layers of the flower, and put it together.

I held it in place until the glue set.

I die cut the leaves from green cardstock.

I busted out my xyron sticker maker for the first time to get adhesive onto the leaves. It was SUPER easy to use. I feel like I wasted a bit too much tape, but I'll get better at that.

It ended up with some cob-web like glue in some places....

I have these little clips for a stamp storage thing that I have, and I used the hook part to get rid of that excess adhesive.

All that was left for the front of the card was to glue everything in place.

I have archival inks that matched the colours of the card, so I used those to stamp the sentiment on the inside of the cards.

Here are some more shots of the completed cards!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Paisleys and Poppies

Here is a quick card that I made for my mom for her birthday. She loves paisley prints. I embossed some shiny paper with a paisley embossing folder using my cuttlebug. 

I cut a little band with the same cardstock that I used for the card base. I added a scalloped circle die cut, and put some flowers on top. My mom loves poppies, so I tried to recreate the look using MFT's rolled flower die-namics. I put a black brad in the center of each flower. The card was really quick and simple to put together, and she really liked it!

Embossing the shiny paper did cause some cracks... But they weren't too noticeable

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Quick Male Birthday Card

Here's a quick card that I made about.... 15 minutes before leaving for a friend's birthday party! I used a MAMBI card that was pre-cut and pre-scored. I cut a panel of paper and stamped "Cheers to You" from MFT's Let's Toast. I created some simple layers for the inside and stamped the birthday sentiment from the same stamp set. Since there was a boozy gift to go along with it, I used some more stamps from Let's Toast, and added the birthday boy's initials to the tag. Quick and easy!

Friday, March 07, 2014

Serenity Now Pure Innocence Christmas Card - Cardmageddon #26

Here it is! My last Cardmageddon post. It was a blast of a weekend. It was crazy, but so fun. I really hope to do it again soon. I gave away pretty much all of the cards I made, as well as some Christmas cards that I had left over from last year. I'll definitely need to create a new stock pile for this year!

I saved one of my favourite cards for last. I actually ended up mailing this card to my massage therapist. She's a great gal, and helps me out a lot throughout the year. I knew she was working during the holidays, so hopefully this brightened up one of her days!

The patterned paper is from Recollections. I really like how the snowflakes on both panels are the same. I layered the image with a lacey circle die cut from Spellbinders.

As always, the image was stamped using memento tuxedo black ink onto Neenah solar white cardstock and then coloured in with my Chromatix markers. I love the little button and twine that I added to create some more interest. 

The inside of the card was clean and simple. This card just felt really well put together when it was done. I've gotta get my hands on more stamps that I can colour in and layer like this. 

That's a wrap for all my Cardmageddon posts! Thanks for reading along.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Stitched Stockings - Cardmageddon #25

For this card I cut a panel of patterned paper, then die cut out a window large enough for three dies cut using MFT's Stitched Stockings die-namics & stamps.

Both the border and the stockings were attached using foam glue.

I created the sentiment on the inside using stamps from the same MFT set.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Lots of Roses! - MFT Color Palette Challenge 2

This card was a labour of love! I made it for an MFT Color Palette Challenge (link HERE). I spend a ton of time die cutting rolled roses (made from MFT dies) and then assembling them. I actually ended up die cutting WAY more than I needed.

I don't have any MFT ink or cardstock, so I wasn't sure exactly what the blue should look like, so I used three different colours.

The stamp is also from an MFT stamp set - Let's Toast!

Love all the dimension!