Monkeying Around

Fun and crazy birthday card for a little four year old.  Check!  I know, I know, lots of polka dots and zebra together on one card.  It adds that craziness that sweet kids putting together a card might do. Busy?  Yes, but it's fun.  Four year olds don't care.  ;o)  The ribbon the monkey is hanging from needed something on the ends to finish it.  I made these small ribbon roses with some Scor-tape.  They come together quickly.  I like how the bow on the monkey matches the roses.  The monkey was only attached at the tail to the ribbon so it was able to swing freely when moved. 
Paper: KI Memries - The Classics Stack - pink zebra, DCWV - Animal Crackers stack - animal print polka dots, Best Occasions - Textured Cardstock - brown, Recollections - tan

Embellishments: googley eyes, Sharpie - ultra fine pink, Copic - C1, Papertrey Ink - Hibiscus Burst stain luxe ribbon, Michael's - green grosgrain

Other: Scor-tape, Cricut New Arrival cartridge


I have gotten quite a bit of use out of this Papertrey Ink Rock On stamp set and coordinating die.  Here I used black, clear, and silver embossing powders to give it a raised and dappled look.  
I was very hurried when I put this card together.  Embossing all the guitars while holding them with tweezers so I didn't burn myself with the heat tool took the bulk of my time I had allotted.  I really like how they turned out so it was worth it.
Every time I pull out this stamp set I do something different with the staff and music notes.  It's a fun set.
Paper: The Paper Studio - red, Staples - white cardstock, My Mind's Eye - Stella and Rose chevron on the back of Hazel fancy doily paper
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Boys Basics: Rock On!
Ink: Momento - Tuxedo Black, Colorbox - Cranberry, Essential Glue Pad
Embellishments: Filagree - silver embossing powder, Zing! - black embossing powder, a la Mode - clear embossing powder
Other: PTI - guitar die, Cuttlebug - diamond plate embossing folder

Girlie Onesie

Recently, I needed a special card for a special friend's baby shower. I went through my patterned papers to find just the right paper to make a [fairly] believable onesie. 
I wanted to make the onesie really girlie so I pulled out two colors of tissue paper and pleated them to make ruffles.  The flower at the top is tissue paper too to pull it all together.
I had heard there would be butterflies in the decor at the baby shower.  I knew I wanted to in cooperate them into her card.  The print on the onesie has a few but I chose to decorate the inside with them as well.  The yellow and white pocket on the left side is a gift card holder.  The pink satin ribbon wasn't exactly what I wanted so I flipped it over and used the textured underside on the lip of the holder.  
Paper: DCWV - The Lemon Flower Stack - white and yellow grid, Recollections - dark and light pink, Staples - white cardstock, DCWV - The Stack 6 - summer time print, light and dark pink tissue paper
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Congrats All the Way set
Ink: Stampabilities - white pigment
Embellishments: Hero Arts - green flower gem, Papertrey Ink - luxe satin ribbon - Hibiscus Burst

Birthday Kitten

A colorful birthday card for a sweet one year old.  Her momma really likes kitties so I thought a little kitten on her card would be appreciated.  
I pulled out my bling to embellish the kitten.  Everyone who likes cats needs one with a rhinestone collar, hair bow, and eyes, right?  The white fur is actually white flocking so it was furry.
On the inside I used this cute little sentiment to tie it together.
Papers: The Paper Studio - Birthday Extraveganza stack - pink swirls and multicolor scallops, KI Memories - pink polkadots, DCWV - The Glitter Stack - aqua and dark pink, Staples - white cardstock, The Paper Company - blue and pink cardstock, Recollections - black cardstock

Embellishments: Kaiser Craft - aqua and pink rhinestones, Hero Arts - clear flower rhinestone, Hampton Art - Sprinkle Glitter Flocking in white

Other: Cricut, Create a Critter and Lyrical Letters Cricut cartridges

Cinderella Wedding Invite

Challenge: To make Cinderella inspired wedding shower invites that used the wedding colors, were elegant, inexpensive, beautiful, and easy to assemble as there were around 100 to send out.  
*a lot of info has been removed from this invite so I could post it*
My friend and I came up with this.  We felt it incorporated all the criteria.  It was a blessing to have help making, assembling, and addressing so many invitations.  I wish I would have taken pictures of the process and the assembly.  There were stacks of the different papers and ribbons as well as partially and fully assembled invites all over my craft room.  
The shoe was cut from the same brown shimmer paper as the back matting but the vellum overlay muted it so you could still read the places they were registered easily.  It can be found on the Tie the Knot Cricut cartridge.
Paper: The Paper Studio - brown and teal shimmer and vellum.

Embellishments: brown satin ribbon, The Paper Studio - brown grommets (on the holes the ribbon goes through)

Other: Cricut, Tie the Knot Cricut cartridge
My son requested a Pixar Cars themed birthday.  To set the mood I made invitations with the Cars theme as well.  The diamond cut pattern embossing folder was perfect for this project.  There has to be Lightning McQueen's lightning bolt incorporated somewhere and what better place than the front?  I literally bought the Cars Cricut cartridge just for this lightning bolt which I manipulated in Design Studio to fatten up.  (I really need time to play with that cartridge.)  Thank goodness for Ebay and the great prices on cartridges there.  I was excited to find the Cars font as it really put the finishing touch on the invites.
I edited out some information on the invite but you get the gist.  The logo and Lightning McQueen are one large clip art for invites I found online and then added the Cars font.  You can see the reflection/shadow of Lightning on the bottom.  The inside of this trifold card was black so the invite really popped on it. I enjoyed making these special invites for my sweet son who carried one around with him for weeks.  I think he approved.
Paper: The Paper Studio - all paper except white, Kodak - glossy photo paper
Other: Cuttlebug diamond cut embossing folder, printer, Cricut, Disney/Pixar Cars Cricut cartridge, Cars font, Cars clip art
This is the thank you card I sent out for my eldest son's birthday.  I stayed with the Pixar Cars theme and used the scraps left from making the invitations.  The diamond cut embossed pattern on the red cardstock I'm still oohing over.  I enjoy texture on cards a lot.  I printed out a few sheets of these the Cars logos then cut them out using my Cricut.  I had used them as the seal on the birthday invitation envelopes and had several leftover.  I mounted them on a Spellbinder's scollop, attached red grosgrain, and volia!  It's a ribbon or as my son calls it "a Cars badge."  The inside had a simple stamped sentiment of "thank you very much" at the top so I had plenty of room to write in it.
Paper: The Paper Studio - red, black, and turquoise cardstock, Kodak - glossy photo paper, Staples -white cardstock
Embellishments: red grosgrain ribbon from Hobby Lobby
Other: Cricut, George and Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge, printer, dimensional foam adhesive

Father's Day

My boys were so excited about "Daddy Day."  Where was I going to find a "Daddy Day" stamp?!  I remembered my JustRite set and made my own.  
This is the plainest front of a card I have ever made.  It's just three pieces of paper matted on top of each other.  I knew the green argyle would be a hit just itself. 
Since the front was so plain, I made sure the inside had something detailed.  This pocket held a gift card and three pieces of paper with a message from each of the kids.  
Paper: DCWV - The guy Stack - green argyle, Papertrey Ink - New Leaf and Kraft
Stamps: Technique Tuesday - Cake & Candles, JustRite - Brayton font
Ink: PTI - Dark Chocolate
Embellishments: The Paper Studio - brushed nickel brads

My friend was telling me about her new house and how she was putting together a house warming in a few weeks.  I offered to make her some invites and get them to her in four days--when she would be seeing most of the people she was inviting.  I was so excited that I made them in two evenings since we were heading out on a mini vacation. Why do I do these things to myself?  Because I love card making!  Any excuse to do it, right?  :o)
I thought these were a bit plain and needed a little something.  After thinking about it I added the ribbon, the medallions on each side of 'new home,' and inked edges. 
This isn't a typical card that opens on the side or bottom.  Only the white door opens to reveal the house warming information.   I thought it was more than appropriate for the occasion.
I think the wreath turned out cute with the pearl in the middle.  The embossing folder I used on the brown cardstock mimics Spanish terra cotta roofs.  Nice touch.
Paper: DCWV - The Lemon Flower Stack - patterned green, Recollections - brown, Staples white cardstock
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Congrats All the Way, Flower Fusion #6, and Mehndi Medallion 
Ink: PTI - Dark Chocolate, Colorbox - Cranberry, Powder Puff - Amaretto 
Embellishments: The Paper Studio - self adhesive pearls, PTI - Dark Chocolate Luxe Satin Ribbon
Other: Cuttlebug embossing folder from Asian pack, Cuttlebug

Today I have something out of the ordinary.  A friend of ours had a baby and she likes moneys so I whipped out this cute monkey with the baby's name for the flowers we took to her at the hospital.  I love two tone roses. I don't know the actual name of these, but they are like fire and ice roses except they are yellow and orange.
The rickrack ribbon layered on top of the grosgrain ribbon is really cute here. The vine that the letters are attached to had leaves spaced out just as I needed.  Don't you just love it when things pull together themselves.  

Paper: My Mind's Eye - Twinkle Twinkle Little Boy - yellow with tone on tone stars, light blue with stars, Recollections - tan, black, and green, Best Occasions Textured Cardstock - brown
Embellishments: Hobby Lobby - green grosgrain, Michael's - blue rickrack
Other: Cricut Create a Critter cartridge - monkey and vine, Cricut George cartridge - stars, Cricut Hannah Montana cartridge - letters

Bachelorette Invite

I was asked to create about a couple dozen bachelorette/lingerie party invites for a friend.  To go for a more demure feel with this cute lingerie cut, I chose a pale, shimmer pink and light aqua.  The zebra paper is fun; the black stripes on it are actually velvet.  Perfect! 
I really like how these turned out.  I am a little disappointed that the shimmer on the pale pink paper didn't photograph as well as I'd liked.  It has such a sweet, subtle shimmer.  Great alternative to glitter paper.
This corset can be found on the Tie the Knot cartridge.  The layering of it added a lot of detail.  These clear rhinestones finished it off beautifully.

Papers: The Paper Studio - velvet stripes zebra, DCWV - The Glitter Stack - aqua and pink, Joann's - pink shimmer paper (discontinued), black paper is from an unmarked pack from a local discount store
Embellishments: clear rhinestones
Other: Cricut Tie the Knot cartridge, dimensional foam adhesive 

This card is full of textures, patterns, colors, and dimension.  Since the maroon and turquoise papers read solid mainly from afar I went ahead and used them with the stars and the stripes papers.  It has a fun yet masculine feel.  I picked up this small star embossing folder over the weekend and it goes nicely with the multicolor star paper.  
The screw embellishments are fun brads I picked up on the same shopping trip.  I found some just like these a few weeks ago online for $7.50 a package, but I couldn't justify the price.  Glad I waited since I snagged these for $1.50 a pack! Yes, I got multiple packs. They really finish off the card.
I mainly build my cards on thick, white cardstock, but when I am using Papertrey Ink cardstocks as a base color like this card I sometimes go ahead and make the whole card out of it.  It's more expensive, but I like the overall look. 

Paper: DCWV - The Guy Stack - all papers except the solid green, Papertrey Ink - Simply Chartreuse 
Stamps: PTI - Year of Flowers: Carnations
Ink: PTI - Dark Chocolate 
Embellishments: The Paper Studio - screw brads and small star embossing folder
Other: Cricut Classic Font cartridge, Cuttlebug, dimensional foam adhesive
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