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Sweet Baby Girl Cards

Sweet Baby Girl Cards with Really Reasonable Ribbon & Polly’s Paper

Hello, Friends! Oh just wait til you see what I have for you today!  It’s sugar and spice and everything nice…a trio of Sweet Baby Girl cards with Really Reasonable Ribbon and Polly’s Paper.

I don’t know what it is about baby girl cards that just make us all go “awwwwww…” but it happens every time.  When I saw these darling Sweet Baby Girl digital images in Polly’s Shop, I couldn’t wait to make them up into some sweet baby girl cards.  Throw in some beautiful Really Reasonable Ribbon, and my fingers begin to itch!

Sweet Baby Girl Card/Kathy by DesignThis first card was custom made for a client of mine who was just blessed with her first granddaughter.  I layered the beautiful digital image with DCWV Lace and Linen papers, using my craft knife to cut around the tops of the floral border so I could tuck it right in there.  The die cut shoes are made with a Marianne cutting die.  I used the eyelet paper in the collection, and I just love the way they turned out.  A bit of vintage lace from my stash and some beautiful Baby Pink Seam Binding topped with a Baby Pink Two-Tone Sweetheart Blossom complete the card front.

Polly's Baby Girl Digi 04The inside is stamped with Fiskars Precious baby quotes.

Polly's Baby Girl Digi 01The baby girl in this sweet image reminds me of our first grandbaby.  All pink and sweet resting on a pile of lace pillows. I created a belly band with 1.5″ Antique Gold Gingham Ribbon.  I don’t know why this is called antique gold, because in real life, it’s a beautiful shade of soft beige and it goes with almost anything! I topped this with one of the new ribbons in Bonnie’s shop: Canvas Color Band Ribbon with Pink Stitched Edges.  You’re gong to be seeing a lot of this ribbon from me, as I absolutely love it and it comes in a rainbow of colors! Finally, I dressed my sweet baby girl  up with a beautiful triple bow tied with Pearl Pink Delicate Stitched Satin and my Zutter-Bow-it-all Tool.   I really do get a perfect bow every time I use this amazing tool, and I would be lost without it.

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Another stamped sentiment from the Fiskars stamp set fills the inside of the card.

Polly's Baby Girl Digi 05I think this card is my favorite.  I created a shabby chic frame, added some Prima pearls and a beautiful triple bow tied with that same Canvas Stripe ribbon.  I topped it off with White Iridescent Metallic string and a pink resin rose from my stash.  Doesn’t this little cutie pie look like she’s about to crawl right out of the frame?  These Sweet Baby Girl Digital Images are amazing!

Polly's Baby Girl Digi 06Once I got out all the papers and bits and bobs, I figured I might as well make a bunch of these Sweet Baby Girl Cards.  I always seem to be needing one.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Bundle of Joy

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Bundle of Joy for Dynamic Duos & Mojo Monday

Hello, Friends!  Happy first day of October.  Can’t believe we have just entered the final three months of 2013!  Today I’m popping in with a sweet little bundle of joy card that I put together for Mojo Monday 313 & Dynamic Duos #72.  Here are the original challenge colors and sketches:

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And here’s my take on this fabulous sketch and luscious color combo:

Mojo Monday Oct 1 03  This is a 5″x5″ card made with Primrose Petals and Blushing Bride cardstock base.  The designer paper is from DCWV.  The rosettes were made with Tim’s Mini Rosette die.  Paper tape from Basic Grey and sticker from Prima.  So, yes…this was basically a “raid the stash” kind of card.  Here are a few more pictures:

Mojo Monday Oct 1 05  I added a little stitching because I love the texture it adds.

Mojo Monday Oct 1 04 The buttons were originally brown, but I colored them black with my Spectrum Noir pen.  I wanted them to tie in with the silhouette in the sentiment panel.

Mojo Monday Oct 1 07 The rosettes were sponged with Vintage Photo ink and threaded with jute string.  I also added the jute string to the organdy bow.  Double layer bows are so much fun!

Mojo Monday Oct 1 08  The interior of the card.  I computer journaled the sentiment for this bundle of joy card and free hand cut the heart.  All other die cut shapes were made with Spellbinder’s Nestabilities. 

Mojo Monday Oct 1 01 Mojo Monday Oct 1 02 And of course I lined the envelope and covered the flap.

And that’s my Bundle of Joy card!  I love these two shades of pink together.  How about you?  If you have any questions about today’s card, please feel free to ask me.  I respond personally to each and every comment you leave…because your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!  Until next time,

Cheerio,

kathy

Blue and Brown Baby Boy Card (Mojo Monday 302)

Good Friday morning from sultry North Carolina.  Phew!  It is almost too hot to live…I’m keeping my glass filled with ice water, the a/c going and I’m holed up in my studio.  I’m knee-deep in my new project for BMW, but I had to take a little creative break yesterday to make a card for Mojo Monday 302. Here’s the sketch:

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Since the last Mojo card I made ended up being a baby girl card, I decided that I wanted to make this Mojo sketch into a baby boy card.  I love blue and brown together, so I pulled together this quick and easy blue and brown baby boy card.

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I started out with a 5×6 1/2″ card base made from Baked Brown Sugar cardstock.  The white panel was dry embossed with my Stampin’ Up Patterns II Texturz Plate. The lattice design reminded me of a quilt.  I found some Bashful Blue and Chocolate Chip cardstock to use for matting.  I still had some of the cute Onesies I’d rolled out with my jumbo Stampin’ Wheel for the baby girl card, so I fussy cut one of those out to use as the card focal.  (What is it about Onesies that makes my heart melt?  I love seeing a baby in a Onesie!)

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The patterned paper is some old DCWV that I had on the shelves, but the colors were a perfect match, so I added those in.  A little stitching, a little stamping,  a lot of matting, a little punching and the card was complete. 

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Again, I used my new favorite sentiment stamp, “One in a Million.” 

One In A Million Clear-Mount Stamp Set

I can tell I am totally going to get my money’s worth from this versatile stamp set.  I love the font, and the sentiments are just perfect.

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Here’s a peek at the inside:

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…and the lined envelope flap. 

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I inked the Jumbo Wheel up again with Soft Suede ink and rolled it along the bottom edge of the envelope front.  I love the way it looks.

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That’s it for me today, folks. Don’t overdo it this weekend.  Make yourself a cool drink and hang out by the pool if you can.  I hope you got some good ideas from this blue and brown baby boy card. If you would like to order any of the Stampin’ Up products featured here, please let me know.  I’d be happy to order them for you. Thanks again for all your kind comments.  I read and respond to every single one…and each one makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time…

Cheerio,

kathy

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Mojo Monday # 298 and Dynamic Duos # 58

Warning: Bright Colors Ahead!

Hi, Folks…just squeaking in under the line for this week’s Mojo Monday sketch…and it’s a great one!  Here’s the sketch:

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https://i2.wp.com/2.bp.blogspot.com/-zl8zMvcY194/UaJmRop6qhI/AAAAAAAASnI/5FZ99T_hpjc/s1600/DD%2358.png?resize=280%2C206 That’s some bold color right there folks….and here’s what I did with Mojo Monday # 298 and Dynamic Duos # 58:

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 I started with a 6 1/2″x 5″  card base made from Tangerine Tango, topping it with a 6 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ panel of Cajun Craze. To this, I added a 3 3/4″x 4 1/2″ panel of DCWV paper from the Taj Mahal pad., matting it with Tangerine Tango.  The ruffled polka dot ribbon was adhered with 1/8″ sticky strip.  I then cut a 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ strip cut from the embossed border of this paper and matted it with the Tangerine Tango.  Seven little flags were cut and mounted on Tangerine Tango and spaced evenly down the right hand side of this panel.  The panel was wrapped with Lawn Fawn twine in pink lemonade.  Then a large button with a twine bow was added.

Stamping the Sentiment

A white panel 3×3 1/2″ panel of confetti white cardstock was stamped with a Red Lead statement stamp.  The stamp was inked using Distress Markers in Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade and Dried Marigold and stamped down the left hand side of the panel.  Then, I inked up another great Red Lead stamp in the same way and stamped it at an angle on the white panel.  The edges were also brushed with Distress Markers.

Mojo Monday June 23 05 The bright and bold  bird was punched from the border print, using my Stampin’ Up Bird Builder punch.  I added a little orange rhinestone as a finishing touch.

The white panel was mounted on a panel of Tangerine Tango and Cajun Craze that had been dry embossed.  The Cajun Craze was embossed with the Swiss Dot embossing folder and the edges were brushed with Distress Markers.  The Tangerine Tango panel was embossed with a Sizzix collage folder and the edges were inked with Distress Markers.  They were adhered to the center of the decorative panel, then the sentiment panel was bumped up with dimensionals at an angle.  A square orange rhinestone was adhered in the lower right corner. 

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Sunshiny sentiment on the inside

I kept the inside pretty simple, since the exterior is so bright an bold.  I cut a 6 1/4″x 4 3/4″ panel of the DCWV paper and  glued it down with Aleene’s Tacky Glue.  The sentiment, is from the Typography stamp set from Artistic Outpost.  I simply inked it up with Rusty Hinge and then matted it with a rectangle of Cajun Craze and Tangerine Tango.  

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The envelope was lined with a complimentary paper from my scrap drawer

Mojo Monday June 23 08 and then I covered the envelope flap with the same paper:

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Here’s another look from a different angle:

Mojo Monday June 23 01 Remember, you can click on the photos for a larger image.

Mojo Monday June 23 02 And that’s it for me today, folks! I hope you enjoyed my take on Mojo Monday # 298 and Dynamic Duos # 58.  Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for always leaving such encouraging comments!  They make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers! Until next time…

Cheerio,

kathy

Let’s Hear it for the Boy! (Masculine Birthday Card)

Just a quick post this beautiful Friday morning.  The lovely Miss Sophie (my three year old granddaughter) and I have a play date, and she will be here any minute.  But I wanted to share this masculine birthday card I made for the boy next door, who is turning 25 in a few days.  I titled this one, “Let’s Hear it for the Boy!”  (“I love planting a song seed in your head first thing in the morning”, she says with a mischievous grin on her face.)

Our big noisy family of 7 moved into this house about 15 years ago.  My two youngest sons were 13 and 7 at that time.  Almost immediately, they met Fletcher, the boy next door, who was 10, and an only child.  He was perfectly aged between my two boys: 3 years younger than Andrew and 3 years older than Joel. It was one of those instant friendships…the boys just clicked.  And for many years, my boys were either at Fletcher’s house, or Fletcher was here.  In fact he was here so often that I began to call him “the son I never had!”  These boys lived in each others pockets: fishing in the creek, building tree houses, playing strategy games, exploring the woods…you get the idea.

Now, Fletcher is married with a baby of his own.  And one of my sons is married and about to finish up his first year of grad school,  and the other is engaged.  Where did the time go?  I wanted to make Fletcher a special card for his upcoming 25th birthday.  I found a great sketch at Seize the Birthday and very quickly put this masculine birthday card together:

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The 1 inch panels on the bottom of the card were machine stitched, to add texture and visual interest.  Some Maya Road stick pins, a little glossy accents on some grunge numbers and some layered diecuts all work together to make a festive card.

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For the inside, I grouped several birthday sentiment stamps  onto my stamp press, inked them up with Coffee Archival ink and used a template to cut the whole thing out:

007 (3) I pulled the star stamp from Tim’s 4thof July set to add a little splash of color.  Despite all the stamping, this masculine birthday card was actually very quick to make.

So, let’s hear it for the boy…who has grown into a man…and a very fine man at that!  Happy Birthday, Fletcher!  We are celebrating 25 years of greatness with you!

  I’m linking this up to the Seize the Birthday challenge.  Here’s the original sketch, just in case you need to make your own masculine card.  Enjoy!

And one more peek at my take on the sketch:

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That’s it for me today, folks! Thanks for stopping by….I’d love it if you left me a comment…they always make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Have a great weekend!  Until next time,

Cheerio,

kathy

Products used in this project: Paper: DCWV Rustic Paper Stack, Natural Parchment Cardstock, Paper and More; Stamps: Birthday Greetings Stamp Set;Tim Holtz Americana Silhouettes; Ink: Ranger Archival Ink in Coffee and Pale Ochre; Embellishments: Maya Road Vintage Trinkets Super Star Gold; Dies: My Favorite Things Die-namics labels; Other: Gold Crochet Thread; Paper Wishes Tool Kit #3

Precious Pockets (Baby Card and Custom Box)

Precious Pockets

Nothing in this world is more precious than a new baby.  So when a friend asked me to make a special card for a sweet baby girl, I wanted to do something really out of the box.    My friend Julie asked for pearls and lace and tulle and satin…”make it too, too, ” she requested.  “Too, too?”  Can do!  I designed a card that I like to call Precious Pockets.  The card is a cutaway card  with three hidden pockets for tucking in tags.  So let’s take a look at this Precious Pockets baby card and custom box.

Card size is 5 x 6 1/2".

Precious Pockets Card size is 5 x 6 1/2″.

Here you can see the first inner page of the card.  There's room to tuck a gift card into the lace border.

Here you can see the first inner page of the card. There’s room to tuck a gift card into the lace border.

Here's the inside "spread" . I used Paint.net to block out the family's personal information to protect their privacy, but the real card has all the vital statistics handwritten into the space.

Here’s the inside “spread” . I used Paint.net to block out the family’s personal information to protect their privacy, but the real card has all the vital statistics handwritten into the space.

I love all the tags, ribbons and chipboard bits peeping above the pockets.

I love all the tags, ribbons and chipboard bits peeping above the pockets.

Side one of the first tag.  The word "precious" is also stamped directly onto the card, so even after all the tags have been taken out ot the pockets, the card still looks "finished."  The stamped image is from Crafty Secrets Baby Girl clear art stamp set.

Side one of the first tag. The word “precious” is also stamped directly onto the card, so even after all the tags have been taken out ot the pockets, the card still looks “finished.” The stamped image is from Crafty Secrets Baby Girl clear art stamp set.

The back side of the first tag.  The sweet baby faces, and all papers used in this card are from Graphic 45's Little Darlings paper collection.

The back side of the first tag. The sweet baby faces, and all papers used in this card are from Graphic 45’s Little Darlings paper collection.

A photo of this newly born princess was cropped  to fit the tag, then stamped with Ranger Coffee Archival ink.

A photo of this newly born princess was cropped to fit the tag, then stamped with Ranger Coffee Archival ink.

Front side of tag 3: Canvas letters were colored with Spectrum Noir pens and then accented with white acrylic paint.

Front side of tag 3: Canvas letters were colored with Spectrum Noir pens and then accented with white acrylic paint.

The flip side of tag 3: more precious chipboard images from Graphic 45 and a little hand written sentiment are added to this door knocker tag.

The flip side of tag 3: more precious chipboard images from Graphic 45 and a little hand written sentiment are added to this door knocker tag.

Another photo of the card, all put together...but it's too think for a standard envelope.  What to do?

Another photo of the card, all put together…but it’s too thick for a standard envelope. What to do?

....Create a custom box to hold the card, of course!

….Create a custom box to hold the card, of course!

Some satin ribbons, a sweet pink posy and another tag from the Little Darlings paper collection adorn the top of this hand made box.

Some satin ribbons, a sweet pink posy and another tag from the Little Darlings paper collection adorn the top of this hand made box.

So there you have it: my Precious Pockets baby card and custom box made with Graphic 45 Little Darlings collection and a few items from my stash.  I really enjoyed figuring out how to put this card together….and if you’d like, I’d be happy to write up a tutorial so you can make one as well.  For now, I have to get on with my day.  I’m taking a few days off to help my daughter Liz get settled in her new apartment.  I fly out very early tomorrow morning and will be in Baltimore until the day before Easter.  Easter Sunday is filled with fun family plans: Easter breakfast and egg hunt with Sophie and Julia, then Easter Dinner with the gang back at our house.  So this will be my last blog post for several days.  But I’ll be back next week, and will share a tutorial on how to make a custom box for those bulky hand made cards. 

Thanks for taking the time to read my little blog.  I hope you all have a loving and peaceful holiday weekend with your friends and families.  If you have any questions or comments on today’s post, please be sure to leave a reply.  You know how much I love hearing from you.  It makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time…

Cheerio,

kathy

Products used in this project:  Paper: Graphic 45 Little Darlings collection; DCWV Once Upon a Time stack (for the box); Inks: Ranger Coffee Archival Ink; Stamps:  Crafty Secrets Little Girl and Little Boy Clear Art Stamp Sets, Fiskars Precious Baby Quotes; Spellbinders Borderabilities/Lace; Flowers: Prima

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Minute Masculine Valentine Tutorial

013 (2)Got those Last Minute Masculine Valentine Blues?

Oh no!  It’s 24 hours until Valentine’s Day, and you still haven’t made a card for your honey…or your son, or brother. And you don’t have a clue of what to make.  No worries!  If you have 20 minutes, I’ve created this totally fun, quick and easy Valentine tutorial.  Just follow these simple directions and you’ll have a masculine Valentine  that’s manly enough for any man.  And, we’re off!

Got 20 Minutes? You can make this Valentine!

Start with a 5×7 kraft card base.  Distress the edges with a distressing tool and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Cut a 4 3/4 by 6 3/4 panel from the DCWV Timeless Type 8×8 pad.  Tear the right hand edge.  Stitch around the perimeter..messy is good. Stamp “love” in Coffee Archival ink.  Dust with clear embossing powder and heat set.  Thread a button with twine and place it over the “o” in love.  Using a section of the green clock page, cut out a heart. Spritz with water.  Run it through a Stampin’ Up Texturz plate, Harlequin design.  Lightly brayer Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the heart and cover with clear embossing powder.  Use a small paint brush to carefully remove any embossing powder that’s lodged itself into the recessed areas of the design.  Heat set.  It should look like this:

015 (2)   Pop the heart up on dimensionals. Adhere a small compass (I had this one in my stash) or gear, or cog or other manly item onto the heart.  Punch out 3 small dots from the green paper and adhere beside “love”.  Ta-da!  The front of the card is finished!

The Great Adventure…the inside of the card

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Cut a 4 3/4x 6 3/4 panel of the map paper from the stack.  Distress the edges pretty heavily and ink with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Using scraps from the bicycle page, hand letter the inside sentiment and cut into flag shapes.  Tear some edges, and ink all the way around.  I adhered every other banner with dimensionals, and the “adventure” banner was creased and popped up for extra dimension.

Finishing Touches for your Masculine Valentine

Can’t forget the envelope!  018 (2) 017 (2)You can reference my “How to Line an Envelope” Tutorial found HERE

So, if you’ve got 20 minutes, you’ve got time to create a masculine Valentine for the manly man in your life! It would be very easy to adapt this design for birthday or anniversary or even a get well card.  Just change up the sentiment a bit and you’re ready to roll.

Blog Candy Alert

Thanks for stopping by today.  Don’t forget to leave a comment to win my one month blog anniversary giveaway.  (You must be subscribed to this blog in order to win.)  You can find the details HERE.  The drawing will be at noon on Valentine’s Day, and I’m adding some vintage dictionary pages to the mix today.  Woot!

Cheerio!   kathy

 

Supplies used in this card:

: DCWV Timeless Type 8×8 pad, kraft card base and envelope, Stampin’ Up Dimensionals, Clear Embossing powder, Versamark Ink Pad, Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo, Tim Holtz Distressing tool, Tim Holtz Ink Applicator Tool, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Button, twine, felt tip marker, compass brad

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