Last month I started subscribing to the Simon Says Stamp card kits on the recommendation of my friend Cathy. These kits include the raw supplies to make cards and there are many people who provide inspiration card ideas to get you started. You could make dozens of cards from each of these kits. And I especially like them because I get to try new supplies. For my Happy Mail Card Club this month, I tried to recreate the card Kristina Werner posted from this kit. You know how I love her cards. I skipped the embossing and used the phrase “missed” instead. My camera (phone) is not doing the card justice, it really is a cute one. The burlap ribbon is my favorite part.
Now I need to get started with the supplies from the March kit! Fun motivation to stay current!
I have been making and sending my own Christmas cards for over six years now. Usually, I create one style of card and replicate it for everyone. Well, over time that led to a couple leftovers. And over the years I have attended classes where we made Christmas cards. Or I bought a kit and made those Christmas cards. Sometimes my card clubs would send Christmas cards to swap. So I finally collected enough so this year I could send out the hodge podge of Christmas cards. It was perfect timing because it has been such a busy year and my list has exploded since gathering the wedding address list – from about 60 cards to 90! Here are some of the cards I sent out this year:
Diane Deszo Card Kit
Basic Grey Card Kit
Stickers from Target with my design – Cuttlebug embossing die.
Card Kit (Bo Bunny I think?)
Card made at a Stampin’ Up class.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
I follow a lot of popular cardmaking blogs, so once I saw this card from Mish Mash (Michelle Wooderson), I knew I had to replicate it. Especially because my friend Cathy gave me some of those exact tags in my Christmas goody bag. So I pulled out an older Basic Grey 6″ by 6″ paper pad (Two Scoops) and got to work. I used a basic stamp so I can write “just a note” or something similar on the front. I loved this card so much, I made it both for my Paper Capers and Queen Bee swaps. It is really funny too that Cathy made her own version of the card and sent it out for our swap. We were both inspired! Maybe you can be inspired now to create your own version.
This month for my Paper Capers card club I wanted to replicate a fun flag technique I saw by Nancy Riley. My spin is a more masculine version using a 6″ by 6″ paper pack from Basic Grey.
The stamps are from a Close to My Heart (CTMH) set and the card is actually larger than my typical A2 size at an A6. I used the green paper again on the inside for writing a note. I will definitely use this design again in the future – very versatile!
For my June Paper Capers cards, I replicated a fun design by Stephanie. I purchased the Lattice Background stamp in anticipation of the Stretch Your Stamps class that begins in a few weeks. Yes, I realize the irony of buying new stamps for a class that is encouraging me to use my old stamps. But such is the life of a crafter.
I used Basic Grey paper from a 6″ by 6″ paper pack. The paper ribbon on the envelope is from Basic Grey too, a freebie I picked up at a scrapbooking crop. Always love to use my freebies. I used my white Picket Fence Tim Holtz marker to create the dashes. A paper doily in the center. And the “thinking of you” stamp set is from an old Hero Arts frame set.
After making the first set of the lattice background, I did not want to make any more. It takes time to cut those little pieces. But I stuck with it. I do not know how my friend Pam does it all the time. I need to work on my patience as a paper crafter. 🙂
Sometimes it is just nice to create a simple card for a good occasion. I made two of these cards to send in packages for Mother’s Day. Here I used one of my Cuttlebug folders to create the pink background. The plaid patterned paper was from a Basic Grey paper pack. And I inked up the paper flower and added a matching button. Love the simplicity of it!