Four Bar Cards

My last cards of the year for our Happy Mail Card Club were two “4 bar” cards.  The 4 bar card is smaller than the typical A2, which makes it A1 (3 1/2″ x 4 7/8″).  I was inspired by a card Cathy sent me, which had an A1 on top of an A2 card.

First, the owl card – I colored the embossed stickers using Copics and Blendabilities.  The wooden “Thanks” is from Stampin’ Up.

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The second card was very simple.  I used a pre-created tag from Target and stamped “Amazing” on the chalkboard part using Versamagic Cloud White.

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Two fun cards for my group.  Here is to a wonderful 2016 of Happy Mail Card Club!

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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! 🙂

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!

Ballerina Card

I have definitely been on a coloring kick with my cards lately!  I do it all in stages – usually coloring on a holiday break, fussy cutting images at a crop, and then putting the images on a card at home when it is time for to mail cards to my group.  This ballerina image was a printout from the Copic Markers for Cardmakers online class.  I actually used my Night of Navy Blendabilities from Stampin Up’ to color this image – a set I kept even after they discontinued the line. I am really happy with how the skin turned out, but I am still working on the perfect coloring for hair.  The saying stamp is from a Close to my Heart set.  The embossed banner just gives it an extra pop.

Hope your day is brightened a little bit!

The Dogs Say Hi Cards

When I sat down to make the last group of Happy Mail cards, I decided to make another set to use up more sticker alphabet letters.  I also wanted to use a Cuttlebug embossing folder that had been sitting in the stash and the new(ish) Stampin’ Up embossed flower paper.  I also embossed the flap of the envelope, a trick I learned from my other card club members.  A pretty simple card, but fun!  When I went to photograph it outside, the dogs decided they also wanted to say “hi.”

Now you know why I am always distracted when I am crafting at home!  Love these two!