You Brighten My Day!

Thanks to Mary from Waynesboro Pennsylvania, I got to spend hours in my craft room doing what I love, and getting paid to do it!!  Seriously, can you think of a better scenario?!

Mary purchased a set of 10 “You Brighten My Day”  cards from my Etsy store   Sunday night.  This was my first custom request and I was thrilled to bits!

Here is a picture of the lot.. .well, 6 of the 10 anyway.  (I couldn’t fit all 10 into my photo box :P)

You Brighten My Day Card

You Brighten My Day Card – wholesale order

It sure was a learning curve!! I thought it would be easy peasy to recreate a card… was I mistaken!!  Thank GOODNESS for my uber talented loving boyfriend who is a trained artist AND graphic designer AND marketing guru… He helped me devise a formula to create a ‘template’ to ensure that all my cards were fairly consistent.  We sketched out a rough template onto a blank card then went over it with a sharpie.  He gave me his light box which I used to place the template underneath the blank card and that gave me visual guidelines to know where to stamp each fruit, and where to place the sentiment.

Before he showed me this awesome way to make a template, I had gone through FIVE cards, each of which I ended up recycling!  *doh*  I was also being hasty and got over zealous and just started stamping  >_<

I created a custom tag (which I will be posting in a day or two) and tied the lot together with orange bakers twine.  The package was as cute as the cards!!!  I even stamped a lemon lime and orange onto the front of the parcel by her address.  Hopefully she is as happy with her purchase as I am for making it!

 

Until next time stampers!

 

* Your comments & feedback are always welcome and appreciated, so don’t be shy!! *

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Stampin Up: May Flowers Workshop for Mother’s Day

I am pleased to say that this weekend marks another successful workshop!  I had the pleasure of running a private workshop with Leyla – it was a great experience for us both. As she is new to paper crafting, card making and Stampin Up in general, I really loved having the opportunity to work one on one with her to show her all the tips & tricks that I have learned along the way.

When I was planning the workshop, I tried to put a lot of thought in to which techniques would be good to work with for beginners while still making fun & appealing projects.

The theme of the workshop was “May Flowers” so I wanted to make a card similar to one that my upline had made with the Fancy Flower punch.  I found this video tutorial from Dawn on how to make a different style of a paper flower and LOVED the look of this technique.
I added an extra step to Dawn’s tutorial and sponged the edges of each flower layer with crumb cake ink;  it is a bit time consuming to ink / sponge the edges, but it REALLY makes a difference and give the flower so much more dimension.  You could also use the coordinating ink to match your card stock, or use a contrasting ink to give it an extra punch of color.

Stamp Right Up Mother's Day Paper Flower Card

Mother’s Day Paper Flowers Card

Here’s what we used to make this lovely card:

  • Crumb Cake card stock (4.25 x 5.5)
  • Very Vanilla card stock (4 x 5.25)
  • Pretty in Pink ink (background stamped image)
  • Crumb cake ink (sponged on edges of flower petals & along edge of very vanilla mat layer)
  • Fancy Flower punch
  • Itty Bitty Banners
  • En Francais background stamp
  • Pink Pirouette card stock (flowers)
  • Champagne glimmer paint (on flowers)
  • Pearls
  • Twitterpated buttons

 

As always, your comments & feedback are welcome and appreciated!

 

Until next time stampers!

 

I love Lawn Fawn!!!

I love Lawn Fawn!!!  These are my creations from the new “Home Sweet Home” stamp set.  I really love that there is a matching die for so many of the stamp images too!!  And, the dies are unique in that there is a little bit of white space around image when die cut to look like they were fussy cut too.

This Home Sweet Home set is SOOOO versatile! I really love the assortment of ‘decorations’ in the set, it really allows you to create a unique, personalized project.  Check out Kelly’s intro video showing all the stamps, coordinating dies & different examples she shows.

Here is what I made with this great set so far:

3×3 Note Card

3x3 Note Card Home Sweet Home ~ Lawn Fawn

3×3 Note Card using Home Sweet Home stamp & die set from Lawn Fawn

3×3 Note Card supplies:

Scallop All Occasion Card

Scallop Card Home Sweet Home ~ Lawn Fawn

Scallop Card using Home Sweet Home stamp & die set from Lawn Fawn

This card was pretty much a direct case from Kelly’s card from the intro video; here is what I used:

  • Stampin Up Pool Party ink (to sponge background color)
  • Colored pencils using blending technique here
  • Lawn Fawn Home Sweet Home Stamp & Die set

There are two more cards-in-progress on my work table right now too.  I also have stamped a bunch of leaves, branches and many different houses – that way I can just go crazy designing cards.  It’s much easier once all the elements are all done to design cards layouts – I just place all the bits & pieces on with tweezers, then move tham around until I get a layout I love.  **Fun** !!!!

I have ordered the Summertime Charms stamp & die set as well.  I cannot WAIT to get it!!

Until next time stampers!

** Your feedback & comments are welcome and appreciated, so don’t be shy!**