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Monday, October 10, 2011

A Bit of Whimsy

I find myself in need of cards for various occasions. Ideally, I would design a card, make a whole bunch with various sentiments, and be prepared. I do, in fact, do this. Then an occasion arrives, and I decide that I need to design a new card. So I do, and my stash of ready-to-send cards remains untouched. They do make a great last minute teacher gift, though…a set of greeting cards for them to send. Heaven knows teachers don’t have time to be making cards. At least my boys’ teachers don’t, with all the phone calls to parents they have to make everyday after school. Or maybe they just have to call me.

Anyway, I felt like making some fun birthday cards. Here are a couple:


All Stampin’ Up! supplies: Bring on the Cake stamp set

Just Add Cake DSP, Poppy Parade and Whisper White Cardstock

Staz On Jet Black Ink; Poppy Parade, Marina Mist, Pumpkin Pie,

Wild Wasabi markers; Petite Pennants and Scallop Edge punches

White Bakers Twine

I wanted to play with the Petite Pennant builder punch that’s been sitting on a shelf in my craft room for a couple of months now. I’m so glad I finally did. It was quick and easy to punch out all the pieces for this card, and the only stamping was the sentiment. These would be super speedy to mass produce (if you’re inclined!), and I think it would work for any age, child to grandparent!

Octopus-BdayAll Stampin’ Up! supplies: Kidoodles stamp set

Just Add Cake DSP, Marina , Wild Wasabi, and Whisper White Cardstock

Jet Black StazOn ink, Uniball White Gel Pen

So Saffron, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, and Pumpkin Pie markers

1 3/4”, Scallop, 3/4”, and 1/2” circle punches; corner rounder punch

My kids love this stamp set and bugged me to make a card, especially the almost-8-yr-old (the octopus has 8 tentacles, get it?). The “2” and “u” I just punched out of the DSP. The octopus color looks off, and I’m not sure why. Oh, well. Perhaps he’s seasick or something. I really like this stamp set, too…it has a great variety of messages. I also used dimensionals to pop out the greeting and the “u.” It felt a little naked at the end, so I added the white hash marks for a little interest.

There you have it…tomorrow I think I feel some designs for the grownups in my life brewing.

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