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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Driving by with a Birthday Hi!

My brother and several nephews are motorcycle enthusiasts, so I'm always looking for appropriate images for birthday cards for them.  Here's another masculine birthday card with a  motorcycle theme.

I found this free clip art image when I did a Google search, so decided to try resizing it for a card. I printed it onto white Bella card stock. PTI's Mat Stack #4 die was the perfect size for the image, so after colouring with copic markers, I cut the die shape and then sponged the edges with black ink.

A small strip of black and white polka dot paper was added to a strip of white card stock before mounting to the black, white and turquoise plaid paper.  The focal panel was attached on top of this.

The sentiment ( from SU's Loads of Love) was stamped onto white card stock, a circle was punched and then mounted onto a Twilight circle. A silver eyelet was added to the sentiment panel so I could attach a piece of baker's twine.
The corners of the card were embellished with photo corners and small metal adhesive dots.

The main card base was made from PTI's True Black, so I needed to add a white panel to the inside of the card. I stamped the sentiment from PTI's Big Birthday Wishes and a few images from Grunge Me with Black and Twilight inks for some extra detail. I repeated the Twilight coloured photo corners and sponged black ink on the edges to finish the card.

Card Details
Stamps: Digi motorcycle image; SU: Loads of Love;  PTI: Grunge Me, Big Birthday Wishes
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; CTMH Twilight
Paper: Making Memories: Black Small dots;  Autumn Leaves: Honey Do- Work Shirt; CTMH:Twilight;  PTI True Black; Bella White.
Other Supplies: copic markers; PTI Mat Stack #4;  The Twinery Black Baker's Twine;  Colorbok adhesive metal dots; EK Success photo corner punch, circle punches; silver eyelet.

Thanks for visiting. 
We have a long week-end in Canada, so we will be celebrating with family tomorrow - BBQ and fireworks!! Have a great week.
Karen C.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Another Golfing Birthday

 We have lots of July birthdays and I seem to have little time or creative mojo this summer to make cards!!  We've been spending a lot of time outside over the last few weeks. With our short summers, we really need to take advantage of every ray of sunshine.

Here's a birthday card using Kraftin' Kimmie's Raymond the Golfer. I  used this same stamp for this  Father's Day card, but chose a different layout and colour scheme. The card base and matting was made with a bright blue card stock that complements the patterned paper.  Little mini golf balls on the paper were the inspiration for the colours (red, yellow, green & blue) used on the main image.

The grass stamp from PTI's Garden Variety was added to the bottom of the image. The grass needed a bit of colour, so I used the smallest single dot from Polka Dot Basics and added spots in Cranberry and Sunny Yellow. 
It's fun to add little unexpected details to a card - isn't that little bird on Raymond's elbow the cutest fellow?!! (from PTI's Grunge Me.)
The sentiment, from Close to My Heart, was stamped on the side of the focal image. Finally a red button (from my stash) was tied with PTI Pure Poppy Baker's Twine.

I always like to finish the inside of the card. Here I stamped more of the grass images on the bottom of the white card stock. The same bird from Grunge Me was placed at the bottom corner. The sentiment, the golf ball and tee images were stamped from Clear Dollar Stamps: Golf Set.

Card Details:
Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie: Raymond the Golfer.   Close to My Heart: Happy Birthday.
Clear Dollar Stamps: Golf Set.   PTI: Grunge Me; Garden Variety; Polka Dot Basics
Inks:  CTMH Star Spangled Blue, Cranberry, Clover Meadow, Sunny Yellow;
Memento Tuxedo Black;  PTI Fresh Snow.Papers: Bazzill Basics: North Sea;   Karen Foster: Mini Golf Balls.  PTI: Stamper's Select White
Other Supplies: copic markers; red button; PTI Pure Poppy Baker's Twine;

Thanks for visiting.
Karen C.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

1st Birthday with Cupcake Phillip

One of my grand nephews will be turning 1 in August, so thought I would get a 'jump' on his card this week. I can't believe that it's already the middle of July.
I still have several cards to make for July birthdays, but I need some inspiration for those!!   Must figure it out soon though!!

Here's the card I created for Nathan. He's a real little boy, so thought I would start with some bright colours that I pulled from the "true blue" paper pack from My Mind's Eye. I used coordinating patterned papers for the large numbered mat on the card base, for the ledger paper behind the main image, and the argyle pattern on Cupcake Phillip's little shirt.

Here's a close up of the little birthday boy. I paper pieced the shirt and the cupcake icing. The rest of the images were coloured with copics and then fussy cut. I used some yellow Stickles on the flame of the birthday candle. 
The bench was glued directly to the ledger paper and then the main image was attached with foam dimensionals. The edge of the paper was sponged with orange ink and then mounted on orange and Seaweed card stock.

The sentiment, from Little Bitty Bird was stamped in Close to My Heart's Orange and Twilight inks onto the ledger paper cut with the Double Ended Banner die. ( I cut off one end of the banner in order to get the size I needed to fit the image)  The orange mat was also cut from this die, but in order to get all the different sized layers I cut the sentiment panel a little bit on on the top and bottom edges and then attached it to the orange banner. This in turn was glued to a piece of  Seaweed card stock and then hand cut to allow for a small reveal all around. 
The little tag was cut with Tiny Tags die and stamped with the matching image and sentiment from the Tiny Tags stamp set. A matching button (from my sewing stash) was tied with some baker's twine and then attached to the end of the banner, along with the tiny tag.

The inside of the card needed some attention, so I added a piece of Confetti White card stock that had been stamped with Polka Dot Basics using Twilight ink.  I left a little space at the bottom for a hand written note. 
The cupcake, from Tiny Treats:Valentine was stamped directly on the card stock and then coloured.  
The main sentiment, from Big Birthday Wishes was stamped on to another piece of ledger paper and then the number "1" was die cut using PTI's By the Numbers. The edges were sponged in Orange ink before adding the orange card stock matting.

Card Details: 
Stamps:  C.C. Designs: Cupcake Phillip, Bench.
PTI: Big Birthday Wishes, Tiny Tags, LittleBitty Bird, Tiny Treats: Valentine, Polka Dot Basics,
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black; CTMH Orange, Twilight
Papers:  My Mind's Eye true blue paper pack;  Bazzil orange; Coredinations Seaweed: SU: Confetti White
Dies: PTI: Double-ended Banner;  Tiny Tags, By the Numbers
Other Supplies: copic markers; My Mind's Eye: lime twist Baker's Twine; button; Yellow Stickles;

Thanks for visiting today.  Have a great week!!
Karen C.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Wishing You a Wild & Crazy Day

Happy Saturday!!

I've been trying to get time in my craft room all week in order to CASE 
 this card that Nichole Heady made for the June Papertrey Ink stamp release. 
I knew that I was going to order the Mehndi Medallion set, but I HAD to
add the sweet It's a Jungle Out There  set and die once I saw her card. 
A few weeks ago Nichole also posted a Make it Monday video showcasing
the technique used to create the framed image. (Polaroid 2-Step Masking).

Off to my craft room I went, determined to make a similar card. 
My first attempt just didn't seem quite right, so after checking Nichole's
post, I made a second card that actually did look like the original.
Note to self:   
When you want to CASE a card, it might be a good idea to review the post before starting !!

Here's my first attempt, with a green ribbon and little black rhinestone accents. I mounted the stamped medallion panel onto a black card base. 
(I realized after watching the video again, that Nichole used a ribbon accent and a black card base for the video example. I guess I must have been thinking of that when I created this.)

Here's my second attempt. I stamped the Medallion images directly onto the Kraft card base before adding the zebra framed panel. Just like Nichole's!! 

I added the sentiment, from It's a Jungle Out There. I think it will be a fun anniversary card for my brother and sister-in-law;  they are a very adventurous duo!! I can use the second one for a birthday card by adding an appropriate sentiment on the inside.

Now I can't decide which one I like the most!! What do you think?

Card Details:
Stamps: PTI Mehndi Medallion, It's a Jungle Out There' Turning a New Leaf.
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; PTI  Fresh Snow; Close to My Heart: Clover Meadow
Papers: PTI Kraft, True Black
Other Supplies: green ribbon; black rhinestone pearls; foam dimensionals

Thanks for visiting. 
Karen C.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Cheers to You

Here's the last of a two week marathon of masculine cards!! 
You can find the many other masculine cards that I have featured here.
I made this card for one of my sons to give to his brother.
Sometimes it is a challenge to create for a young fellow in his 20's.  
Stampin'Up's Cheers to You has several images of specialty drinks in
a variety of glasses and mugs. I chose the beer stein for this pull up tag card. It was a bit of work measuring and cutting, but I really like the final effect. You can find the instructions for this style of card here
Card Front

I used lots of Stickles on the beer foam portion.
I think Liquid Applique would also look awesome.

Inside Panel
When you pull up the tag portion it reveals the interior of the card -
a great place for another sentiment and a signature!!
The pull-up tag revealls more stamping - Seeing Spots and Cheers to You
along with lots of faux stitching and chocolate ink sponged along the edges.

Pull-Up Tag and Front Portion of the card

Card Details:
Stamps: SU: Cheers to You, Seeing Spots;  CTMH: Happy Day
Inks: CTMH Crystal Blue, Chocolate
Papers: 2 sided designer paper (chocolate and aqua stripes/ plain aqua); white card stock
Other Supplies: Nestabilities Deckled Rectangles; SU Designer Label Punch; circle punch; corner rounder; turquoise brad; Stickles; brown  and golden  markers

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Candles and Fireworks

 I make cards for all the fellas in my family -  husband, sons, 
brothers, nephews and grand nephews.  So . . . I thought I 
would dedicate a few more blog posts to all the boys and 
men in my life. Hope you find something that inspires you!!
Blues and yellow or orange always seem to be a good colour combination for male cards and I've used some patterned papers for interest as well.

Do you remember the movie "16 Candles"?   
I used that title to inspire this card for a 28 year old!!  The multi-coloured plaid paper acts as a matting for all three panels on the card front. 
The candles, the number and the wording have also been matted onto green and a yellow/orange card stock for lots of layering.  The word 'candles' was made with a set of letter punches that I purchased many years ago (from Michaels)
On the inside of the card, I made sure to stamp and colour 28 candles - they certainly filled up the interior of the card.   LOL!!

Card Details:
Stamps:  Studio g: Candles;  Close to My Heart: Charm Alphabet/Numbers
Inks: CTMH Black, Goldrush
Paper: SU Certainly Celery; yellow/orange, white, blue card stock; plaid patterned paper.
Other Supplies: markers;  glitter pen;  circle punches; letter punches

This Clear Dollar Stamp has lots of options to fill the little wagon. 
I love stamps that give this kind of  versatility. For this young fella's birthday card, I used the fireworks image to create a card that celebrates a special day. 

The main image was stamped on white card stock and then coloured with water colouring pencils and markers. It was fussy cut and then added to the focal panel with foam dimensionals. Stickles add sparkle to the fireworks and the centers of the wagon wheels.  
A  two sided patterned paper was used -  the striped side has the various colours that were used to pick the accents of Goldenrod and Cranberry. The navy and white polka dot side was used to mat  the focal image.

Card Details:
Stamps:  Clear Dollar Stamps: Wagon Wishes, Tag Its (sentiment)
Inks: CTMH black, Outdoor Denim
Paper:  Three Bugs in a Rug: Rescue Stripe; Goldenrod, Cranberry card stock
Other Supplies:  water coloured pencils; markers; Stickles; navy saddle stitch ribbon; corner rounder punch;  foam dimensionals

Thanks for visiting today. I always appreciate your comments.
Karen C.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Make It Monday #21 - Polaroid 2 Step Masking

It's a beautiful, hot and sunny day here, but I really wanted to play along with the most recent Make It Monday Challenge from Papertrey Ink, so I took some time in my craft room this morning.

When I saw  this  card from Nichole Heady during the June release stamps, it took my breathe away. And.... then she made another similar one for the challenge. You can find the video and instructions here.

I have several family celebrations to attend this summer, so I decided to make an anniversary card for one of my nieces and her husband.  I used the new Papertrey Ink 2010 Anniversary set: Botanical Silhouettes for my main stamping image. Green, orange and pink were used to stamp the leaves and flowers onto Kraft card stock and PTI's Fresh Snow was used to sponge the white frame around the image. The sentiment, from Tag-Its #5, was stamped on the bottom corner of the frame.

The little butterfly was added to the top corner for some balance. I stamped an image from Butterfly Dreams with Versamark, onto a piece of pink cardstock. I then heat embossed with gold embossing powder, before cutting it out. The wings of the butterfly were folded and then the thin body of the butterfly was glued to the corner of the prepared frame.

The larger Kraft card stock panel was stamped with PTI's Background Basics: Tin Types using the same green ink. Fresh Snow was also sponged around the edges. Rustic Jute was wrapped around the card stock and then a green button was added to one side. The main focal panel was added with foam dimensionals.
A bright green card base was used to complement the green inks that were used throughout the card.

I just love this technique and all the possibilities. I know it's something that I'm going to try again and again!! Thanks for the inspiration, Nichole!!

Card Details:
Stamps: PTI Botanical Silhouettes, Butterfly Dreams, Background Basics: Tin Types, Tag-Its #5
Inks: Close to My Heart: Clover Meadow, Orange; SU: Pixie Pink; PTI: Fresh Snow; Versamark
Paper: Recollections: Kraft, Green; pink from my scrap bin
Other Supplies: PTI Rustic Jute; Stampendous Gold Detail Embossing powder; green button; foam dimensionals

Hope everyone has a great week. 
An early Happy July 4th goes out to my southern neighbours, too. 
We had our July 1st 'fireworks' on Friday, so it's back to business for us tomorrow!!

Take Care.
Karen C.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Birthday Elf

I make cards for all the fellas in my family -  husand, sons, 
brothers, nephews and grand nephews.  So . . . I thought I 
would dedicate a few more blog posts to all the boys and 
men in my life. Hope you find something that inspires you!!

 Looking for ideas for a birthday card for a man (or boy) in your life? 
Sometimes, the perfect image can be hiding in your stash!!

The little elf from Merry Pursuits. (Christmas/winter set from Close to My Heart) 
was chosen for a birthday card  -  he's holding a wrapped parcel (birthday gift ?)  
By using a blue, red and yellow colour scheme instead of green and red, 
the little Christmas elf was transformed into the perfect birthday fellow!!
Card Details
Stamps: CTMH: Merry Pursuits; Hampton Art: Age; Stampin'Up: Weathered Background
Inks: CTMH Black, Moonstruck
Papers: blue and white card stock
Other Supplies: water colour pencils; corner ticket punch; maple punch; circle punches; red marker


Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.