A Day At The Beach Handmade Birthday Card

Hello My Fellow Crafters,

Today I want to share with you a birthday card that I hand stamped for my father-in-law aka Poppa.

I just think the stamps from Art Impression are so funny.  When I started designing this card I took this relaxed man sitting in a chair and decided to put him on the beach, under a palm tree.  That’s a good way to spend your birthday if you asked me :)

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Since I don’t have an air brush and I didn’t want to use lots of different color cardstock for the background, I decided to take out my watercolor pencils that have been in this pouch for years and see what I could do.  I also used some Copic Sketch  markers to color this guys clothes.

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Once I stamped the palm tree it looked like it was just growing in the middle of the sand, so I found a stamp of this boat in my stash of rubber stamps, and once I added it to the bottom of the tree it totally looked like it belongs.  Added some layers of cardstock to the base of the card, attached some brass brads to the corners and it’s done.

It still amazes me how by just using 3 rubber stamps you can make such a cool handmade/handstamped greeting card.

~ Hope you enjoyed your Day At The Beach ~

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Love You A Bunch Handstamped Birthday Card

Hello My Fellow Crafters,

Have you ever had so much fun making a card that you totally get lost in your own little world?  Well I have and I just did :)

I took a piece of cardstock and stamped the same flower image in it until it filled up the page. then just started coloring with every Copic marker that I have.  When I was done I punched  each one out with the paper punch.

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So now I had this pile of flowers and needed to create some kind of card so put these beautiful flowers on.  I remember seeing a card that was cut on an angle and then folded into thirds.  I cut a piece of cardstock 12″ x 5 1/2″.  Then I marked the cardstock on the right side at 2 1/2″  and from that point to the point at the top of the card at 5 1/2″ I cut the cardstock on that angle.  Then scored at 4″ 8″ and folded with peaks and valley fold.

Once I put the flowers onto the card, I noticed once it was open that that backs of the flowers were just plain white cardstock and really didn’t like the way it looked.  So, I  colored more flowers and used adhesive to make a double sided flower.  Now it looks great from all angles.

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I also had a paper punch of leaves and just added some randomly around the card for the final special touch and dimension.

This was a great card to make when you just feel like coloring.  You can use Copic markers like I did, or colored pencils, watercolors, anything that you like to color with will work great!  Remember it’s you artwork and you can do anything that makes you happy when you create.

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2014 back purple love you a bunch

I really had fun so decided to make another card but just changed the base of the cardstock.  Also I added my circle handmade stamp and made it the center of the flower.

~ Sending Happy Birthday Wishes to my niece Nicole and also to my Mother-In-Law ~

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Cuttlebug Birthday Card

Hello My Fellow Crafters,

This is a busy month for Birthdays in our family and I have to also make some cards for birthdays that were last month (sorry Luke and Riley)  So I really have to be creative and not make the same card over and over.  I am loving this bakers twine, it adds such a perfect accent to all kinds of creations :)

2014 rileys birthday card

Using Memento tuxedo place ink I stamped the image of the flower twice, since I wanted to use a pop dot for a layered look.  Colored the flower with Copic sketch markers, and added some Stickles for the extra shimmer.

Then took out the Cuttlebug and cut the green cardstock using a Framelit Labels die from Sizzix.   Added some bakers twine by just wrapping around the paper and tied a knot.  Put the pop dot on top of the knot and added the stamped flower.

The card just needed more, so again I used the Cuttlebug but this time used an embossing folder of Big Dots, and craft cardstock.  I still needed to stamp happy birthday someplace, and I found some metal frames in a container with some rhinestone brads. This wound be perfect.  Since the brads went in the back of the Big Dot embossed cardstock I put another layer of cardstock behind so it wouldn’t tear the white base card.

The great thing about using a Cuttlebug is that you can cut images with thin metal dies (Framelits) and also emboss with all of the embossing folders on the market.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope this birthday card gives you some good ideas when you are making your own handmade greeting card.

~ Happy Birthday Riley ~

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Handmade Confirmation Card Using the Cricut Expression

Hello My Fellow Crafters,

Today I want to share with you a Handmade Confirmation Card that I made for our Godson Tyler.

I wasn’t sure how to go about making this card since I really didn’t have any rubber stamps for Confirmation, but I wanted it to be simple yet perfect.  Looking around my “craft world” I saw some American Crafts bakers twine and of course my Cricut Expression machine.  I knew that there had to be an image of the Holy Spirit in one of my many Cricut Cartridges, and I found it.  Using the Life is a Beach Cricut Cartridge, and the images of seagulls would work great.

2014 tylers confirmation card

Cutting the image onto white cardstock using the Cricut Expression and then layered onto a strip of craft paper that I wrapped in the bakers twine.  I then computer generated the wording and printed on the same white cardstock that I used for the Holy Spirit (seagull).  One more layer of red cardstock and I think this card turned out just the way I expected.  The Cricut never lets me down, another great Cricut card idea!

2014 inside confirmation card

For the inside I layered the same white on red with the computer generated message.  I forgot to take the picture before I wrote my personal message inside so that’s why the picture is cropped :)

~ Congratulation Tyler on this Very Special Day ~

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Handmade Fabric Wreath to Celebrate July 4th

Hello My Fellow Crafters,

Today I want to share with you a fun patriotic wreath that I made.  I found some cotton fabric in my craft room and there was a lot of cut pieces and you know me I saved them and I am so happy I did.

I cut the fabric into strips (most of them 1″ x 10″) and tied them around a wire wreath frame.  Ended up I ran out of fabric so I added a pair of flip flops :)

Patriotic Wreath

This was a fun project.  It did take a lot of time, but I did creatively use all the fabric scraps that I had stuffed in a drawer.  I have other colors too, so maybe you will see another wreath soon  but it will definitely be smaller so it will take less time.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the Military Men and Women all around the globe who keep me and my family safe everyday.  I can’t thank you enough for all of your dedication and courage.  May God Bless each and every one of you.

~ Wishing Everyone a Happy Independence Day ~

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