Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Card Share: 5 Documented

This card (put together with items from various Paper Issues Swag Bags and items from my stash) is definitely heavy on the pink (and black and white) but that's what little five year old birthday girls love, isn't it? 

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Card Share: Have a Blast On Your Birthday (Echo Park That's My Boy)

I don't create many boy/masculine projects, but when I came across this rocket ship paper in my stash an idea for a boy's birthday card popped into my head and I went with it. Before I knew it, it was done. It doesn't happen often, but I sure love when it does. 

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Card Share: On a Journey (Simple Stories I Am)

One of my nieces recently graduated from high school. I really can't believe it! It seems like just yesterday she was born. She's heading off to the University of California Berkeley in the fall. Before she does, she plans on spending three weeks in Ohio shadowing my sister, Deborah, to experience the day-to-day happenings in the life of a pediatric neurologist. I'm thinking we're going to have another doctor in the family before long...

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Paper Issues: Seas the Day with October Afternoon

Would you like a chance to win October Afternoon's Treasure Map collection kit? Then be sure to check out the new linky party, Seas the Day, at Paper Issues. You'll find all of the details on the Paper Issues blog. You have until Sunday, 7/5 to share projects having to do with summer/vacations, spending time in the water, projects that use Paper Issues free cut files, anything made with October Afternoon products and more.

Come join us! It will be fun. :)

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

She's a Queen Bee

(Photo by Clix! Portrait Studio)

If you can believe it, today I'm sharing something other than a card! Alexa's dance team performed their jazz routine to a cover version of the song, Queen Bee. With her black sequined top, feathery flower clip, fishnet stockings and bright yellow skort, she certainly looks the part.

See the oval sticker in the top right corner of the layout? The one that says, "Oh, Honey"? It's a product insert from the false eyelashes Alexa wears for competition. I've been holding onto it for some time, not knowing how or when I'd use it, and along comes this routine! How perfect!

Have you used product packaging on your projects? There are so many fun labels and tags on the products we buy. I love to put them to use!

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Card Share: Learning is Fun (Webster's Pages Hall Pass)

I paired scraps from Webster's Pages Hall Pass with Doodlebug's new mini doilies and glitter enamel dots and a Crate Paper Poolside mason jar pocket to create one last teacher thank you card. Feed Your Craft flair and an acrylic word from Color Cast Designs finish off the card. I like how the card is school-themed but also has a fresh, feminine and summery look.

I know some schools have been out for quite some time, but school is in session here until next week.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Card Share: Lightbulb Moments (Teacher Thank You Card)

With the school year coming to a close, I wanted to share this fun and cheerful thank you card I created for Alexa's teachers. It will be presented along with a monogram marquee light. Alexa will come up with a saying to write inside, along the lines of thanking them for lighting her way through 8th grade.

Because I had to make quite a few of these, I wanted to keep them clean and simple. I used a Lori Whitlock lightbulb cut file and placed it on top of a Bella Blvd. yellow polka dot transparency (love these things). The banner is an Echo Park "Merry Christmas" cut file. I ungrouped the elements, removed the holiday text, and added in the words "thank you".

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Card Share: A Medley of Father's Day Cards

I've made a number of Father's Day cards recently and rather than share them in separate blog posts, I thought I'd feature them all together. As you can see, I was somewhat partial to orange, although I didn't plan it that way. I just worked with product I had on hand.

The first card (which I shared last Monday), Mr. Fix-It, was created with Echo Park/ Silhouette cut files. I printed the words "Happy Father's Day" repeatedly on the B side of the "Smell the Roses" paper from Chickaniddy's 365 collection, embellishing very simply with wood veneer sequins, an ampersand and orange puffy heart. 

The second card, On the Playlist, was inspired by the vintage radio paper from a Paper Issues Swag Bag and the fun wood veneer circle from Color Cast Designs. This time I printed repeated text on a transparency and layered it over wide-striped orange paper from the Simple Stories I Am collection.

You are the Best Dad also features a warm, masculine color scheme and wood veneer embellishments for dimension. I used a June calendar (from an older Simple Stories collection) from my stash. I love finding something that works with the project I'm working on, don't you?

Last, but not least, It Takes Someone Special to be a Dad, was created with odds and ends from my stash. In fact, the sentiment chipboard piece is from an old Bella Blvd. collection — Man of the House, I believe.

I hope you enjoyed seeing this assortment of Father's Day cards and it provided you with the inspiration to make some of your own.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Card Share: Dance Thanks

I made five of these cards, each with the same overall design, but with slightly different color schemes, for Alexa's dance teachers. Each one is "monogrammed" with the teacher's initial and a piece of dance-themed flair from Feed Your Craft. Elise was so sweet to alter a set of six she had designed so I could have six of the same pieces (I used the sixth on this layout).

Some of Alexa's teachers actually save cards I've made for them in the past. Last Christmas I ran out of time and gave them store bought cards. You would think I had committed a crime, given their disappointment. LOL!

You can get a look at last year's end-of-the-year card design right here.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Card Share: Eat Cake

I've been working on adding birthday cards for little ones to my Etsy shop, The Card Kiosk, starting with this sweet card for a three year old girl.

I had just received a Paper Issues order so I put my new goodies right to work. The background paper is from Chickaniddy's 365 collection 6x6 paper pad. For embellishments, I used Dear Lizzy's Fine & Dandy ephemera die cutsDoodlebug's new glitter enamel dots (they come in a beautiful rainbow of colors) and MINI doilies (cute, right?) and a puffy heart sticker from Studio Calico's 7Papers Baxter collection.

Paper Issues offers an assortment pack of Doodlebug mini doilies. It's nice to get a few of each color without having to buy single packs of 75. Even better, you can get them (and anything else that catches your eye) for 20% off with the code LISA20.

What have you added to your stash lately? Do you like to dig in right away or put it aside and savor it for a while?

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Card Share: Smile (9th Birthday)

Pink, black and white has always been one of my favorite color combinations. It just seems so classic and timeless. I put the Paper Issues May Swag Bag to use, along with items from my stash, and the new card sketch from Paper Issues to create this birthday card for a nine year old girl. I think it turned out fun, fresh and trendy.

Here's a look at the sketch I used:

Join us for Sketchy Saturdays at Paper Issues. Use the layout sketch and/or card sketch for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the Paper Issues shop. You have until July 3rd to link up.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Paper Issues: Mist-er Fix-It with Fancy Pants

A new linky party has started at Paper Issues. Mist-er Fix-It is sponsored by Fancy Pants Designs. You'll find all of the details on the Paper Issues blog.

Come play along for a chance to win this awesome prize from Fancy Pants — an Insta-album, Making Waves (brand new collection) 6x6 paper pad and coordinating embellishments:

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Song of the Heart (Bella Blvd. Color Chaos)

I can't tell you guys how excited I am to be sharing a LAYOUT with you! No matter how much I beg, Alexa just doesn't want her picture taken. Of course when she's summoned to the dance studio for professional pictures, she's happy to participate. I'll take what I can get though, plus I have four more dance photos to scrap. Yay!

This year Alexa's team performed their tap routine to "Song of the Heart" from the movie Happy Feet (hence the penguin-like costume with white on top and black on the bottom). The choreography is really fun and I'm happy I'll be able to see them perform it two more times this season.

I'm working on another dance layout now so hopefully I'll work through it and be able to share it with you soon.

Have a great weekend! I'll see you next week.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Card Share: Congrats Grad

Target's Dollar Spot has some great graduation party supplies, including packages of scalloped chipboard tags, like the I used on this card. The tags came with thin gold glitter ribbon that just wasn't working for me so I replaced the ribbon with black satin bows.

I created multiple variations of this card, using different pieces of flair (from Feed Your Craft), to sell in my Etsy shop, The Card Kiosk. They've been popular so I should probably make more.

These were quick and easy to put together since I stuck with the same design. The classic colors (black, white and gold) are perfect for either a male or female graduate, whether it be from kindergarten all the way on up to graduate school.

Do you have any graduations in your family this year? One of my nieces is graduating from high school in a few weeks and then heading off to the University of California Berkeley. Another niece just graduated from college. They're all growing up so fast!

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Card Share: You Make My Days Bright

I'm loving the combination of light aqua, black and white lately. It's trendy and soothing at the same time. Plus, anything with polka dots and old fashioned typewriters makes me happy. 

What's your favorite color scheme lately?

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Card Share: How U Doin?

When I started this card, I have to admit I was stumped by the house paper. It's busier than most papers I work with so I wasn't sure what to do with it. After I thought it over a bit, I found embellishments I could layer over it, adding in a tree sticker to give it a homier feel. I think this could be used as a great thank you card to send to a friend or neighbor who invited you for dinner or another event.

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