Lots and Lots of Squares

I have had this little square punch for at least a decade from Creative Memories.  It cuts two nested squares.  So I decided to create this card using paper from a 6″ by 6″ paper pad.  The bottom right square was cut out from the base of the front, but I put a patterned square on the bottom part of the card.  Pretty simple, but a fun look!

Congratulations could be for anything in this case! 🙂

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Happy Birthday this Summer

My Happy Mail Card Club got a fun, summery birthday card last month!  I had just purchased the retired Label Love set with punch from my Stampin Up’ demonstrator and was browsing Pinterest for ideas.  I found Lisa Young’s card and knew I wanted to replicate it.  I used a 6″ by 6″ paper pad from one of my past Simon Says Stamp kits.  I did not have any regular buttons that matched, so I die cut the button out of matching paper.  Stamping, Cuttlebug embossing, die cuts, twine, embellishments – this card has it all going on!

I liked this one so much, I made extras for myself to send out.  Hope your July is as bright and summery as this card!

Bazzill Ambrosia Swap

Time for another Bazzill card swap!  This one used the Ambrosia line of paper, a fun summery collection.  I decided to replicate a card from a past Bazzill swapper.  Banners have been so trendy, so I especially loved the look of this big banner as the main focus of the card.  The “happiness always” stamp is from an old Stampin’ Up line and the twine is from American Crafts.  Also a good use for the cream buttons in my collection.  Bazzill showcased one I sent in with different paper.  I also sent these out for my July Paper Capers swap.

All of the cardmaking materials are packed up for the big move!  I have plenty of portable crafts to do in the mean time!

Sweet Threads Simply Sent

When I saw the Simply Sent kit in the last Stampin’ Up catalog, I knew I had to have it.  Two hobbies combined: cross-stitch and cardmaking.  I miss cross-stitching sometimes.  When I was growing up, it was the trendy hobby.  I remember going into stores devoted to cross-stitch with my mother and grandmother.  I loved picking out new colors of floss for our collection.  I do not have many finished pieces, but I definitely spent a lot of time practicing!  These cards were a reminder of that.  A little different with the paper background.  And much more time consuming than I remember.    But really cute and simple cards.

 

Thanks for taking a look!

Hoping You’re on the Mend Cards

This month I decided to create cards based on a new paper line from Stampin’ Up and an older stamp set from Papertrey Ink.  The paper has little stitches on it in some great fall colors.  I used the spool stamp for the front of the card, stamping in Versamark and then dusting Perfect Pearls on top in a warm copper color.  The brown half circle was actually a large sticker cut in half, a product I have had for years and I finally found a good use.  The inside phrase says, “Hoping you’re on the mend.”  Some colored staples, twine, and a border punch rounded out the card design.

 

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After that fun card design, it is time for Christmas around here!  The Christmas cards are done, Christmas gifts are being finalized, and its almost time for the annual cookie exchange.  Hope you are enjoying the end of November!

More Baby Themed Paper Crafts

Yesterday I went to an all day scrapbooking crop.  I was able to catch up on some of my own scrapbook pages, but the main theme of the day was babies.  First, I put together the 8″ by 8″ album from the baby shower last month.  I included the handwritten notes from the guests and photos from the day.  Just some simple embellishments to highlight the album.  Here is one of the pages as an example:

 

I will take the album with me on my first visit to see the new baby and proud parents.  Still a few weeks out from the due date, so I feel ahead!  Then I created a few cards from the leftover scraps.  Simple stamping and patterned paper made for some cute cards:

 

That second card is actually a long rectangle (4″ by 9″) and ended up being gender neutral.  Now I am set on baby cards for awhile.  Off to go work on some regular cards in my craft room now!