Wednesday, July 11, 2012

How Cool Is This?

My colleagues at work are becoming big fans of Haystack Cards... thanks to them, I have been able to sell a few cards here and there for birthdays, holidays, etc.  I enjoy sharing my creations with them and I really appreciate their support, feedback, and friendship.  Here is my latest design:

It has also become somewhat of a tradition for me to make cards for those of us who celebrate birthdays in our "birthday club" at work.  In our club, you are responsible for providing or baking the cake for the person who has the next birthday after yours.  Who doesn't love an opportunity for birthday cake at 10:00am -- especially if it's homemade strawberry cake with homemade strawberry frosting!

One or two years ago, I made a special card for a coworker in our birthday club who has a love for gardening and two grandsons.  Not only was it personalized but it was the first pop-up card I had ever made.  It was awesome!  She loved the card so much that she proudly displays it on her desk - still to this day. 
So a few weeks ago, she put an order in to have a card made for a close friend (another colleague) in our birthday club.  I wanted it to be extra special because she has a one-year-old granddaughter and a very loveable dog named Puggles.  I eventually found an idea online that I thought was too adorable to pass up.  I just had to recreate it for this purpose so I figured out how to make a side-step card.

Using the Car Decals cartridge, I cut the lady and doghouse at 3" and the little girl at 1.75".  With this card, I have discovered how versatile this cartridge can be!  I used small googly eyes because they are really cute and added some orange stickles to the flower and cotton candy pink stickles to the lips.  Even the doghouse is personalized!

Even though this card was a lot of work with all the details in the cuts, I am super proud of this creation!  It's one of my favorite cards.  Happy Birthday, Wendy!!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it for you.  Now I only need to find someone who can make a card like this for my birthday!  :)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Back in the Saddle Soon

I made this card for my boss (who has a few horses of her own) when she was recovering from surgery this week.  The office just hasn't been the same without her.  Best wishes, Ginnie, for a speedy recovery!!

The red rhinestones add bling to the 5" apple tree cut from the Serenade cartridge.  The horse from the Create-A-Critter cartridge is cut at 3.25" and I added white stitching with a white gel pen to the mane and tail to add some interest.  The yellow card base is by Bazzill Basics.

I raised both the tree and horse with pop dots to give the card dimension.  The "Get Well Soon" sentiment is stamped in light brown ink using the Everyday Sayings stamp set by Hero Arts.  I do hope that my boss loves the card and that's she's back in the saddle real soon!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Inspiration for Education

Have you ever been inspired by an educator in your life?  This adorable little apple and caterpillar were the perfect combination of cuteness when a co-worker asked me to make a Mother's Day card for her sister who is an educator.  I should also give a big shout out to Kelli at Bee Craftee who not only inspired me to create this card but to start my own blog for Haystack Cards.

I come from an education background myself... my own mother is a school counselor and my undergraduate degree is in Science Education.  That could explain why I also enjoy working at the School of Education at the College of William and Mary.

Not only did this card work for Mother's Day, but had I thought about it sooner, the sentiment could have been modified for Teacher Appreciation Week at the childcare center where my children attend school.  I'm particularly appreciative of the educators in my life -- thank you for inspiring me to be a better person and mother.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Sending Sunshine and Laughter on Mother's Day

Welcome to my very first post!  With Mother's Day right around the corner, I've been busy this week making lots of cards for family and friends.  These little frogs on Create-A-Critter are too cute for words.  The grandmother frog is cut at 3" and the little girl and boy frogs are cut at 2.25".  They are sitting on lily pads cut at 2.25".  I added stitch marks with a white gel pen to provide interest.  Pop dots behind the frogs give the card dimension.  I used Shine Shimmer Metallic card stock (Color: Moss Green) for the card base and assorted colors of Colorbok textured card stock for the other elements.  I used Coredinations card stock (Color: Grassroots) for the light green lily pads and tummy accents.

Those who know me know how addicted I am to my Cricut.  As if I don't have enough supplies already, I recently decided to add stamps to my collection.  For the sentiment, I used the Celebrate Everyday and Everyday Sayings stamps by Hero Arts.  The inside of the card is blank.  The overall card dimensions are 5.5''x 8.5".