Monday, April 29, 2013

Congrats, Grads!


I know it's not quite graduation time yet, but our seniors here graduate at the end of May. Since I'll likely have a newborn around that time, I wanted to go ahead and get their cards made now while I still had some free time on my hands. I enjoyed making these cards so much. It felt good to do some stamping and coloring since I haven't done that in awhile. 

This card was for a customer who requested a graduation card for her son. I actually taught him my first year teaching when he was in 8th grade. I can't believe that group of kids is graduating now! I used the ConGRADulations stamp set by There She Goes - my go-to set for graduation cards. I used PTI Scarlet Jewel for my card background and embossed it with the Paper Studio Mesh Texture embossing folder. That's another new folder for me. I got it because I thought it was masculine, and I don't have a lot of masculine stuff. I guess I need to work on that since I have a little boy on the way! :) I also used the Paper Studio Tiny Stars embossing folder and added a border with the MFT Notebook Edge Die-namic. I felt the card needed something to offset all that maroon, so I added some die-cut stars and blinged them up with Stickles. I stamped the sentiment on a flag and popped it up with foam tape. The image was colored with Copic markers and also adhered with foam tape.

I made this card for my cousin who is graduating this year. I also used the ConGRADulations stamp set on this one. The layout is an older MFT Wednesday Stamp Club sketch. The papers are from the Echo Park Dots & Stripes collection. I've had these papers for so long, and shamefully, this was the first time I've used them! They worked great since her school color is blue! I did some more embossing with the Tiny Stars folder on this card and added a border with the MFT Simply Scallops Border Die-namic. I did some stitching and added ribbon and a blingy flourish. The image was colored with Copic markers and accented with an Ice White Viva Pearl Pen. I debated on adding a bow, but I felt like that would be a lil' too much going on!

That's it for my cards. I still have one more graduation card to do. This is such a busy time of year. I've been to four baby showers recently (not counting my own). Then there are weddings, several family birthdays, Mother's Day, and graduations. Wow, May is such a busy month! That means I have lots more cards to do. I better get busy!! Thanks so much for stopping by today! :)

Boy Card Supplies:
Cardstock: PTI Kraft, PTI Scarlet Jewel, Georgia Pacific white
Stamps: ConGRADulations by There She Goes Clear Stamps
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: silver brads, Stardust Stickles
Tools: MFT Stacking Stars Die-namics, MFT Notebook Edge Die-namic, Paper Studio Mesh Texture embossing folder, Paper Studio Tiny Stars embossing folder, MFT Sentiment Strips Die-namics

Girl Card Supplies:
Cardstock: PTI Kraft, Enchanted Evening, Georgia Pacific white
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Dots & Stripes
Stamps: ConGRADulations by There She Goes Clear Stamps
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: bling flourish, Ice White Viva Pearl Pen, ribbon, blue twine, foam dots
Tools: sewing machine, Classic Circle Nestabilities, MFT Simply Scallops Border Die-namic, Paper Studio Tiny Stars embossing folder

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Notecard Gift Set

Hi there! 

I promised yesterday that I would share the cards I made last week. I made a set of notecards for our pastor's wife. She is always sending out cards, and I knew she would love these. By keeping these all the same design, I was able to whip up a set of 10 of them very less than an hour! 

I used the Echo Park Sweet Girl this collection! The white background was embossed with the Quatrefoil embossing folder by Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby's brand). This is my new favorite embossing folder! Thanks to my friend Tracy for telling me where to get it! The monograms are the Mini Marvelous Monograms from Taylored Expressions. You just print them out - no stamping! I punched them out with a 1 1/4-inch circle punch and popped them up with a little foam tape. I didn't want to add too much dimension to these cards so that they could be easily mailed. I finished each one off with a strip of ribbon.

I didn't have any boxes on hand, so I packaged them up in a simple cellophane bag with a bow. Yes, this is a different set. A customer saw the first set on Facebook and liked them so much that she ordered a set. I remembered to take a picture of the packaging this time. :) 

These make such a great gift, and it's a really great way to use up patterned paper scraps!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Cardstock: PTI Sweet Blush, Pure Poppy, and Hawaiian Shores, Georgia Pacific white
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Sweet Girl
Embellishments: ribbon, twine
Tools: Paper Studio Quatrefoil embossing folder, 1 1/4-inch circle punch
Other: Mini Marvelous Monograms Download from Taylored Expressions

Saturday, April 27, 2013

My Baby Shower

Hi there!!
Wow, it has been over a month since I posted to my blog! Let me catch you up a little bit on what has been going on. 

I am currently not designing for any companies and have really enjoyed the break from stamping. This past week I made the first cards I had made in over a month, and it was FUN to create just because I wanted to and not because I had to. I will post those cards to my blog later this week.

When I went to the doctor two weeks ago, she put me on bedrest due to some complications that I was having. :( I was heartbroken. I love teaching, and I felt that leaving work right now would be very hard with our big state test coming up in May. However, my employer was very understanding, and I know that I have to do what's best for Grayson! I go see my doctor again on Tuesday for a check-up. I'll be 36 weeks then.

At the end of April, my family hosted me an amazing baby shower! We got so many wonderful things for Baby Grayson...more than we ever could have imagined! Andrew and I were so very blessed! 

My Mama and I

Look at all those gifts! We were so overwhelmed with everything, but we finally got it all organized and put away. There wasn't much at all that we had to buy...again, we were very blessed!

 My Aunt Pam made this beautiful quilt!! I LOVE the cute animals and how it spells out his name! 

My grandmother made him lots of burp pads, bibs, etc...such sweet, cute baby things that were handmade! I can't wait to use them!

I'll be back later in the week to share the cards I made this week, and I also want to share photos of Grayson's room! Thanks for stopping by today! :)