Card making with friends and family

A few weeks ago I hosted a house full of card makers at my place. Some family, extended family, friends and new friends. We made a ton of cards!  I tend to have 6 to 8 choices available and on display for these classes, and all the materials are cut and ready to go, so it makes it very fast. And even with instructions and samples, there is still lots of room for creativity so we all ended up with different cards.

Here are a few of my samples

Perfect Blend Fabulous Four

The coffee cup stamp will not be available after this week, but it got lots of use on card making day. Everyone’s version had different greetings, different layouts and some used the other side of the patterned paper since it is also a perfect match.

Adventure Begins card

The Adventure card was fun for me to make. The wood grain embossed panel is rubbed with grey ink, then we embossed the greeting in silver on vellum to put over top. A few lengths of bakers twine knotted together in a button, and we’re done!  A few friends used the greeting “Choose the Road Less Travelled” which also fit really well in the red frame and could be appropriate for a baptism or encouragement card (or wedding card?). I think ‘the Adventure Begins’ is a lovely wedding sentiment too.

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With sympathy

Sometimes you need a card for  a somber occasion. At least you won’t have to go depressing card shopping, just make an appropriate card or two, then make the same card in brighter colors with a cheerful greeting for a happier event. It’s good therapy 😉

sympathy green
Card uses Simply Sketched stamp set (hostess set, retired) with Color Me Autumn paper, a silver embossed greeting.

Lotus Sympathy
This card uses the Lotus Blossom set from Sale-A-Bration that just ended. Since it is photopolymer, you can bend the stem piece when you stick it to the clear block. I didn’t want to fuss too much, so when I got an angle I liked (looking at this style card by Carole Parsons) I stamped it on this page, and 3 other cards. Then I repositioned the stem and stamped the second green stem on all 4 cards, and same with the 3rd stem when I had straightened the stamp.   Four super fast cards!

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Hexagon cards – plus free shipping this week

**All this week, April 6-10 there will be free shipping on all orders. So if you missed anything in Sale-A-Bration this is your perfect chance.**

A pair of cards this time using the positive and negative pieces from the ‘Hello You’ thinlits set.

Thanks card hexagons

I used the hexagon punch for this layout inspired by Dawn Olchefske.
– Crumb Cake base 8.5″ x 5.5″ scored on long side at 4.25″
-Night of Navy layer cut 4″x5.25″
-Hexagon punch-High Tide DSP (retired) 6 hexagon punches
-Eastern Elegance DSP (retired) for the flowers
-Boho Flower punch
-Color Me Autumn DSP for ‘Thanks’

First punch the 6 hexies, then lay them out on the blue layer, starting with the one touching 2 edges on the lop left corner. Leaving just a little margin between each, lay out the rest of them. Use a scrap hexie to show where you will punch through the blue layer – make a pencil line on the straight edge of this that is closest to the edge. Use this as a guide for punching out the 2 holes. Now glue it all together!

I made this card with the left overs I already had out

Thanks Color Me Autumn

The diamond pattern is the same sheet of paper as the thanks (the reverse side). Then I cut one of the hexies left over from the last card, and added them to each corner. A basic gold button with white bakers twine and lots of dimensionals. Fun colors!

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Hip Hip Hooray card making burst

Seems my projects have been coming in bursts lately. One week I am focused on work, later the focus is on sewing, or an event comes up and I need a specific card so I make a few for that purpose. I finally had another card making burst and I’m here to share the results with you.

Mom and I decided about an hour before dinner that we should make 20 cards to send to my family in Japan. I know they prefer ‘simple’ cards (that is, no obscure greetings and no doilies or extra bling) so we opened up a card kit and had them all ready to go well before dinner.

Here’s all 20 cards we made from the Hip Hip Hooray kit, plus envelopes, grey ink spot, clear block and 3 stamps that are also included. Meg, I’m keeping the stamps and block – you can have all 20 cards & envelopes though 😉

Hip Hip Hooray cards

Ok, I did augment the kit with a few things I had within arms reach: Calypso Coral ink, thank you stamp from Everyday Occasions kit, bicycle and Hey There Friend stamps from past Paper Pumpkin kits, also a scrap of patterned paper and a tiny piece of black paper. Everything else (clips, shapes, bakers twine) was included in the kit – I didn’t even need scissors or glue!

Hip Hip Hooray extras

Those extras were obviously not needed, but they were fun to add and matched really well. When we were done there were still a dozen or more card stock stickers left plus lots of bakers twine, dimensionals and a few clips.

I have had this kit on hand for awhile, originally thinking it would be a nice project for someone else, maybe a nice beginners project for someone. Mom and I are probably not beginners anymore – but we had so much fun putting it together and I was surprised at how lovely the colors looked in person. It’s hard to take pictures of these and show the sweet color palette.

Hip Hip Hooray kit

Hip Hip Hooray card kit
item 134998   $24.95
makes 20 cards





Don’t forget it’s still Sale-a-Bration until the end of the March!  Every $60 purchase earns you a free item from the list here (pdf will open in a new page) Plus there are 4 new SAB items that were just added this week:



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Hooray It’s Your Day Project Kit

I got my hands on the Hooray It’s Your Day Project Kit from the 2015 Occasions catalogue that starts on January 6. This is a technique card kit that makes 20 cards with different spritzing effects .   I haven’t used this technique much, so I thought I would share the process here.

The kit comes with:
-20 envelopes (5 each Blue, yellow, red, green)
-20 cards (5 each of 4 styles)
-2 empty spritzers
-2 masks (stencils)
-wood embellishments, twine, clips, washi tape, card layers, glimmer paper pieces

You also need:
-water or rubbing alcohol for the spritzers (alcohol dries faster)
-2 ink refills for the spritzers (Daffodil Delight & Pistachio Pudding)
-Bermuda Bay ink pad
-Strawberry Slush ink pad
-scrap paper to capture the spray as you work
-masking tape
-paper towel or wet wipes to clean the masks off

I started by folding each card base and taping them all down to the scrap paper so I could spritz them all at once.
Taping down masks

I used 3 big pieces of scrap paper, and folded 2 of them at about 4″ from the end. I put the side of  each card that I don’t want inked under the edge of the paper to keep tidy. So from left to right:  1) ‘Hello’ card base folded over left edge of paper with scallop mask taped on 2 edges to secure 2) ‘Tag’ card with embossed/patterned paper is tucked into scrap paper fold and the scrap edge is taped down, also a little piece of tape on the very right edge of the card  3) ‘File folder’ style card tucked into another folded piece of scrap paper, and the left edge (actually top edge of card since it is turned) is taped down. The edge of the scrap paper is also secured with tap  4) ‘Balloon’ card has starburst mask taped around it

I also put the 3 little flower punch outs above the starburst card, though you can’t really see them.

With this layout, only the sides that are going to be inked are showing and the yellow pieces are together and the green pieces are together.

I dropped 20 drops of Daffodil Delight (yellow) ink into one spritzer, then filled almost to the top with rubbing alcohol and did the same with the other spritzer with Pistachio Pudding (green) ink.

Now spritz!

Green card masks

The scallop piece and the left side of the embossed card get green ink. Then the right side of the embossed card is covered with yellow. Spray lightly, ideally you don’t want drops like shown above (although it will still turn out ok).

Yellow Card Masks

The sunburst card and the 3 little flowers get spritzed yellow, and so does the right hand side of the file folder card, so it will have an ombre look.

Now use the wet wipe and clean off the masks, the embossed card front, and any little puddled spots. It will dry within about a minute and the masking tape can all be removed then.

Hooray its your day card kit

Now that it’s dry it doesn’t seem too messy, right? Now you’re ready to put it all together!

The suggested stamp set in the catalogue had too many birthday messages for my taste, so instead I am using the free Sale-A-Bration set called “Simply Wonderful”
Hello card

Sorry, this photo doesn’t show the green ink background very well 🙁
Here I used an old alphabet set I have to add the word baby.

Balloon card

This greeting is from the SAB set, or the stamp “You’re the best!” would also fit. Aren’t those wooden stars so cute?

Ok, that’s it for now. I will post the other 2 cards soon.  This is the set I hope to make at the card class at my place this weekend – will you join us there?

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Travel album sneak peak

We recently got back from the trip of a lifetime to Japan. I would recommend that trip to anyone – we had so much fun, and we were able to visit family and old friends and meet so many great new people.

I got right to work, putting all the best pictures into a beautiful photo book.
Japan album cover
I used the My Digital Studio (MDS) program from Stampin’ Up! and the Nobody’s Business photobook template
Nobody's Business template

Every page is completely customizable, so I used my photo from the Origami museum at the Narita airport on the cover, and made the whole album 8.5 x 11 instead of 12 x 12.  I moved things around, made some photo boxes much bigger, and added a few more custom pages using the coordinating digital papers and embellishments in the kit.

Most of my album pages are filled with the people we visited and met, and are a little too personal to share online, but here are a few of the picturesque pages of scenery and castles in Kyoto.
Album page Kyoto

I love how the neon colours work with the bustling Japanese cityscapes, and still work well with the ancient gardens and castles we saw.

Nijo castle page

I’m having fun sharing all our travel stories and pictures now that we are home. And we are definitely planning another trip like this in the future!

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Crafting with kits

Time for a quick crafting fix! I opened up an album kit, and it’s amazing how quickly 10 cards came together.
Here’s the Mini Memories album kit, currently on the clearance rack for $7.19

Mini Memoires kit

I did a google image search for “Mini Memories Stampin Up” and found some cards to start with (google image search is fantastic for finding inspiration for any SU kit or set).  I made 3 cards that were exact copies of those on, then got a bit more original with these cards

Happy Anniversary Card

I added a green card base, embossed a piece of the craft paper and sponged it with white ink – everything else on the anniversary card were in the kit.

Vellum happy card

This card is a mashup of 2 cards from DD Stamps website. There was enough gold vellum to do 2 cards this style, plus some left over.

Anniversary card

This card has an added blue card base, and a small piece of Coral plus the stitching. The greeting is from the “Memorable Moments” stamp set. The other items and papers are from the kit.


Pear of pear cardsHere I added blue card bases, a small scrap of retired designer series paper (Sweet Sorbet from sale-a-bration last year) a retired greeting, and cut the paper into a feather shape for one.  The burlap ribbon is another tricky addition – I got it from another on sale kit!

Burlap and blooms

The Burlap and Blooms kit is on sale for $9.19 and includes 7 yards of burlap ribbon. A super buy, since the burlap ribbon by itself is regularly priced as 5 yards for $9.95

Grand total
$7.19 + $9.19 plus 5 full pieces of card stock = 10 cards fast and lots of coordinating leftover pieces for many future projects

See if you can find any other good deals on the clearance rack, or in kits you already own.  With a few extra scraps of card stock you will have all your projects done fast.

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Nuts About You Congratulations card

I love the new hostess set Nuts About You. Look at those adorable squirrels!
Here is an anniversary card I made with the set, and using the boutique details buttons I had left over from last year.

Squirrel card Nuts about You

The way the Stampin’ Rewards work – is with any order over $200 you get to choose free items to go with them. It might be your personal order, or a group order that you are hosting that qualifies. You can pick any merchandise to use your reward $ on, but the hostess sets are exclusive and are a great deal compared to similar sized sets in the catalog.

Nuts About You set
Nuts About You – clear mount $10 hostess dollars, wood mount $14 hostess dollars

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Typeset cards

It’s almost September, where did the time go?

Here is a bunch of projects I made using the Typeset Designer Series Paper set. This set has 24 sheets, all thinner than average like a real newspaper or book page BUT keeping archival quality. If you took a piece from a regular newspaper and tried to make a scrapbook page or art project you would have to worry about the materials deteriorating in time. With cards, this is not as big of a concern of course. I just love to make cards.
Koala card thanks
This is a single image stamp set, ‘Kind Koala’ I switched it to say ‘thank you’ instead of ‘thinking of you’ though. Also uses the new Hello Honey stitched satin ribbon.

Sweet baby flower card
Greeting with using My Digital Studio program, new Mossy Meadow stitched satin ribbon. Don’t you love the wording on the background paper from the old-style advertisements?

Envelope card
This card has an envelope on the front using the thin Typeset paper, with a glimmer paper circle sealing the flap. The flower and swirl are from the Everything Eleanor stamp set (a returning favorite!)

10 years portrait card
I surprised some friends with this card on their anniversary that features their likenesses. He is not completely expressionless of course, but the eyes and features that came with the Calling All Heroes stamp set just didn’t suit him.

So there you have it – a few new ideas using one set of designer series paper. Here are the details for the new items used.
-Typseset Specialty Designer Series Paper, item 133704 Typseset paperKind Koala
-Kind Koala, item 134360
-Calling All Heroes, item 138002 Calling All Heroes

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The finish line!

Running Like a Girl

The final instalment in the Running Like a Girl challenge

The weeks went by quickly, and now the finish line is already behind me!
Finish Line 2014
Here are the stats
First ever run – April 24 (2 km)
Total distance covered in April – approx 10 km
Total distance covered in May – approx 40 km
First race – 5 km Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women on May 31, 2014

Run for Women

I finished the race feeling great, a little red in the face but I know I could have gone a little farther or faster. Not sure yet about my next goal. I definitely want to keep up the active habit, and maybe improve my pace or time (or technique!), and maybe do a 10 km race in future.

My mom and my husband cheered me on at the race and we had a great day together. Thank you for your support as I built these habits and finally got moving. Also thank you to Simon & Schuster and the Running Like a Girl challenge for getting me started.
Family at the finish line

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