Tuesday, September 14, 2010

been a card makin' fool....kinda.

(warning: picture heavy post ahead)

with sick kids, doctor appointments and other such nonsense that keeps me hopping, i haven't had much uninterrupted time in the studio the past few weeks. but i have been able steal away small moments here and there to push around scraps of paper. the result = cards for the shop.

this one above is using the gorgeous FreeSpirit collection from Little Yellow Bicycle and makes me giddy just looking at it! i really should have made use of it myself instead of listing it---but, i know it will make some friend out there ridiculously happy to open it. yes?

the pearls on the acetate flower accent steal my heart. and the dainty scallop on the purple diecut paper... *swoon*

the next few cards were all put together with leftover kit materials from The Story Matters September kit. these are *my* colors. my whole bedroom is nothing by sky blue, chocolate brown, orange and a celery/limey green. :)

99% of the cards in my shop are finished inside and out. i just think it adds a whole other level of beauty to the handmade card and gives it a nice flow.

since i can't live without foam tape, the majority of them also have lots of texture and dimension. my favorite purchase ever has been my cuttlebug machine to use with embossing folders. the kraft cardstock on this card was embossed using it. my second favorite purchase? my Fiskars border punches. i used the Upper Crest border on this card. (and no, i'm not getting paid to promote those products).

here's a closer peek at the dimension the embossing adds to the cardstock. lovely, yes?

and again, finished on the inside. usually a repetitive design from the front. and some 'xo' stickers. love adding those. :)

more pinwheels! if you missed my tutorial on how to make them, you can find it here.

oh, butterflies, how i love thee! my Marvy Uchida butterfly punch makes the most delightful butterflies. i like to double them up and create dimension like shown on this mini-card.

i think this might be a new favorite color combo of mine. watermelon, navy, butter yellow and mint green. mmmmm.

there's those charming little letters again. :) i wanted to keep the inside lightly embellished since the card front is full of flutters.

and lastly (for today, anyway), i finished this one. not entirely thrilled with it, so i didn't put it in the shop. i'll just tuck it away for one of those unexpected birthday invitations that inevitably come along.

i made it using leftovers from the July kit (sold out--sorry!) at The Story Matters with a SRM Sticker sentiment from this sheet.

i used a sheet of Pink Paislee border & banner stickers along with my 2" circle punch to create the icecream cone--topped with a rhinestone cherry of course. not sure if you can tell, but the cone was a banner sticker that i stamped made a mess out of using the star stamp that the background was stamped with. yeah. i don't claim to be a stamping extraordinaire, LOL. the yellow circles with stars was a border strip, cut down. the rest is pretty self-explanatory.

so, yeah. that's about all the creating that's been happening around here in the past 10 days. not much--but i'll take what i can get.

get 'em before they're gone.


  1. You JUST posted and the I LUV U card is gone! Crap.

  2. sorry, melanie! i do take custom orders :)

  3. Can you do another like that one? I will take it! For my anniversary which is soon (two weeks!)

  4. I love your ice cream cone card! Even the mess looks just right to me. you should post it, i bet it sells!

  5. smahrty...thank you. you've convinced me. i'll list it this afternoon.


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