Monday, June 30, 2014

Feeling Caribbean

Before the month of June comes to an end, I have a quick card to share with you that I made for my sister's birthday celebration on Sunday. I feel like June was a complete whirlwind -- not to mention we were recently in the Dominican Republic for a week at a good friend's destination wedding. Our first extended trip -- just the two of us -- in almost 7 years!!! It served a dual purpose for our 10-year wedding anniversary this year!  I mean, where does the time go? If you have kids, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

OK... so get on with the card, Jen!

I added a scrap of Cryogen White cardstock to the Bermuda Bay card base that has a cute little gift box border (from the Verve Borderline set) stamped in Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, and Crisp Cantaloupe. For the focal point, I stamped a stitched rectangle and the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Verve Treasured Words set in coordinating Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral inks and secured it to the card front with foam tape. A big SP In Color blue lagoon button threaded with Coastal Cabana and Crisp Cantaloupe twine add a finished look to the card.  

After talking about all of these really cool colors, I feel like I'm back in the Caribbean!! Here's another close-up:

Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, June 9, 2014

A New Adventure is Awaiting... in Virginia!

This weekend, my cousin Amanda made the big move to Virginia! I am so excited for her and for the opportunity we will have to see her more often. She had a whirlwind of a job offer and in two weeks she found herself moving to Virginia from New Jersey. Today was her first day on the new job so as a surprise, I sent her a handcrafted card as her first official piece of mail in her new home state.

I used the ray of sunshine cutting plate from Taylored Expressions for the card front. Each alternating ray was layered with patterned cardstock from the same coordinating stack in my stash. I added a circular sentiment from Lili of the Valley to the center and matted it on a black cardstock circle in the next size up. I left the card relatively flat for mailing purposes. Next time, I would heat emboss the sentiment to match the black shimmer accents on the cardstock.

Simple yet elegant!!  Have a great day!

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Another Lazy Afternoon

These hot and humid days here in Virginia call for another Lazy Afternoon! I made two Father's Day cards this year with this adorable little guy from Lili of the Valley.  You can see my other post here.

I will be entering this card as well in the following challenges:


  1. LOTV Monthly Challenge for June - Male or Sporty
  2. CFC132: What a Catch - Masculine, No Kraft, Include Ribbon
  3. RRR #96: Masculine with Ribbon
Wish me luck!! Come play along!!

A Lazy Afternoon

I'm feeling pretty good today that I am one step ahead of Father's Day this year. I used Lili of the Valley's Lazy Afternoon as my main image and colored him with my Copics. How adorable is this little guy... leaning up against a hill taking a snooze with the daily news? I can see my Father-in-Law now reading his Standard, the hometown newspaper of Merriton in St. Catharines, Ontario.

The Happy Father's Day sentiment is from a retired SP&Co stamp set and the red chevron striped twill ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  After tying the ribbon in a knot, I frayed one end to make it look like a tassel.  Cool, eh?

I will also be entering this card in the following blog challenges:

The catch is to make a masculine card without using Kraft
and to include ribbon on your project.

I do hope you decide to come play along in these great challenges. Have a great day!!

Here is another close-up:

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Beyond Bricks Birthday

Sticking with the little boy birthday theme this week, here's another card I created a few weeks ago for my daughter's classmate.  He was having a lego themed party at Beyond Bricks in Williamsburg.

I found inspiration for this card on Pinterest. The legos are basically square and rectangle blocks of various colored cardstock with circles punched from a standard office hole puncher.  The circles are secured with glue dots to give a slight dimensional look and glossy accents add a little shine.

The sentiment is from one of my Verve stamp sets.  The 1/4-inch stitched grosgrain ribbon adds a nice touch and also coordinates with Pacific Point cardstock by Stampin' Up.

Here are a few more photos:

Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great day!!