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Floral baby card

I made this baby shower card for a friend of mine who just had her baby girl!

I went looking for inspiration on my “Scrap” board on Pinterest, and in browsing through my pins, I saw several that heavily influenced my design:

You can see that I took the ideas of floral clusters around the sentiment as my inspiration…

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I had a floral sticker sheet that had orange, yellow and pink blooms on it, so I chose a patterned paper that brought out the pinks in the flowers that were more predominantly orange.  I made a little cluster, adding foam behind some of the blossoms for extra dimension.

I added die-cut feathery leaves for more texture, and I put everything on top of a doily  that I stitched onto the white background in a spiral.  The sentiment is actually another sticker that I trimmed to be more narrow and then clipped into a banner shape.

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I really like how this one turned out, and based on the number of cards that I’ve pinned with a similar design, it seems to be something that my eye gravitates toward!  I will definitely be using this design idea in the future!

 

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I’ve been doing some more coloring with the Copic markers that Husband bought for me for Christmas, and this is the first completed card (aside from some lunch box notes for V!) that I’ve made.

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I used the Space Cadet set from Paper Smooches to make the cute little alien ship and the planet, and I white heat-embossed the starry background for inside the window.

That set doesn’t have a birthday greeting, so printed my own onto the card front, which I created with my Silhouette SD using the print-and-cut feature.  I used the fonts Hiragino Sans GB and Nightly Poem (the brush script).  I also added the detail of a thin black line around the circle window by using the offset tool and changing it to be a non-cut, printed line.

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I assembled the card using a lot of craft foam for dimension!  I like how it gives the look of the cute little alien flying right out of the opening!

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I’m linking this up to the Paper Smooches’ January 2018 “Anything Goes” challenge!

http://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2016/09/september-challenge-anything-goes.html

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For Christmas, I wanted to do something special for the teachers of our kids’ classes at church.  They give selflessly to teach our children, and in addition to a small gift card, I wanted to do something a little more hand-made.

The design of these cards was inspired by Laura Vegas’ project HERE.  Even though the design on my version is actually fairly simple, it took me a surprisingly long time to get it right, haha!

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The wreath was a cut file Kerri Bradford offered this year during her 12 Days of Christmas, and the “Joy” in the middle was another, much older cut file from Kerri Bradford, too!  I added some extra branches from an oldie-but-goodie fern-ish looking leaf file to which I seem to come back over and over again.

Because I wanted even more dimension and texture, I mounted the wreaths on a rectangle of textured white cardstock, which I sprinkled with gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine (I’ve been watching a lot of Inkie Quill!).  And then I added a little lift to the rectangle by adding a smaller cardboard piece underneath.  I didn’t want the cards to be too thick, but I definitely wanted some emphasis on that center piece.

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Did I mention that we have just over 20 teachers?  I made a lot of cards!  After I worked out the design, I really enjoyed putting these together.

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A dear friend of mine is embarking on a new career, and I wanted to send her a congratulatory note!

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I just can’t get enough of this Paper Smooches Blossoming Buds set, and so I decided to use it again on this card.  I stamped both of the large clusters onto cardstock with blaxk pigment ink and heat-embossed them with clear powder.  I borrowed my daughter’s markers and colored in the flowers (it was so fun!)

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After I cut out each of the clusters with a small white border, I layered them onto the card front with some foam behind the upper cluster.  I used a very old Hero Arts sentiment set to stamp the “Congratulations” greeting and used some foam to pop up that paper ribbon.

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It’s a very clean-and-simple card, and I really love how it turned out!

http://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2016/09/september-challenge-anything-goes.html

P.S. (<–no pun intended!)  I’m linking this card up to the Paper Smooches October challenge to use pink, and also to the Simon Says Stamp “Anything Goes” challenge!

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Saturday was World Cardmaking Day!  For maybe the first time ever, I was able to participate in a hobby holiday: I had a quiet weekend at home, and I made it a priority to set aside some time to do some paper crafting.  Not only did I get to make a scrapbook page with V, but I worked on these cards, and she planned a card, too!

These cards are based on two specific challenges I saw: the October Paper Smooches challenge to use pink, and the Jillibean Soup sketch challenge for WCMD.

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They both are based on the first sketch at the Jillibean Soup challenge post…and this first one uses patterned paper from the older Jillibean Soup “Blossom Soup” collection 6″x6″ paper pad.

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The featured stamp is from Paper Smooches’ “Blossoming Buds” set, and the greeting is an older stamp from KaiserCraft.  I colored the flowers with colored pencils before mounting them on foam with a little yellow banner underneath.

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These are fairly plain-and-simple cards, but I hope that they will bring sunshine to their recipients!

 

http://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2016/09/september-challenge-anything-goes.html

 

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This idea has been marinating in my brain for a while… I’ve had this red-rubber cling background stamp (Hero Arts “Chinese Thank You”) for years! (It is actually the only large background stamp that I own. ) I got it as a free gift with an order I made at Two Peas in a Bucket way back when I was in graduate school.  I’ve used it a few times, and it is quite beautiful.  I remember asking one of my Chinese friends to translate it for me– she told me that it says things like “Thank you from the heart,” “Thanks,” and expresses a feeling of being honored and of gratitude.

Recently, I wanted to make a really special thank-you card, and I thought it would be the perfect time to try the finger-blending technique again.  This time, my main inspirations were a rainbow snowflake card by Kalyn Kepner for Paper Smooches and this gorgeous and gigantic set of cards in a post by Jennifer McGuire.

I simply white heat-embossed my background onto white cardstock.  I’m so grateful to Husband for getting me a Mini MISTI for Christmas!  It definitely helped me make sure that I had a good impression with the embossing ink for the powder to cling well.

Then I got out my colored pigment inks and went to town, using just my index finger to add and blend the colors.  Yes, I certainly could have used blending tools, but I don’t have enough for all of my colors, and my finger easily cleans off with a baby wipe to be ready for the next color!

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I had a lot of fun making color combinations, and in the end I had four backgrounds.  I heat embossed my sentiment onto colored cardstock strips to pop up on the background with foam, and then I added some iridescent sequins for a bit of sparkle.

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I mounted each card front onto a white cardstock base, lining up one edge flush with the card’s edge, and leaving a white border around the other three sides.  I love, love, love how these turned out!

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In my previous post, I shared a pair of monograms I made as baby gifts for a friend of mine.  I wanted to have a special card to go with them… and thankfully the May sketch challenge from Scrapbook and Cards Today popped up in my blog feed right when I was looking for some inspiration!

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I looked at the sketch for a bit, and then I put it away and used my impressions of it to make this card (and–spoiler alert!–two more!).  I made a template from scrap cardstock so that I could piece together the sunburst pattern.

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I collected up some pretty pink patterned papers (they are girl babies, after all!) and pieced them into this sunburst.  I stitched along the edges of each wedge, and added a piece of doily.  The join between the sunburst and the vertical strip of patterned paper is covered by wraps of crochet thread, and I added a 3-D specialty sticker as the focal point of the card.

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And I loved making this card so much that I went on and made two more–this time “thank you” cards!  But this time, I turned the design on its side.

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For someone who has a penchant for pink, I used the same set of papers.  This time, I stitched down the center of each wedge, and laid the long paper strip across the bottom side and stitched it down.  I used a sentiment sticker and some enamel dots to finish off the card.

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As I searched in my scrap drawer for my pink pieces, I kept coming across little bits of limey greens, and I couldn’t help but make another card with them!  This card was made exactly the same way as the pink “thank you” card, and I even had the perfect shade of enamel dots to finish it off.

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