Saturday, July 31, 2010

Best Wishes

Hi there!  My friend asked me to make a card for her sister's wedding, so I started off with some aqua-ish KI Memories paper that matched the color of the bridesmaid dresses.  I pulled out some Making Memories Black Tie paper to add a bit of elegance. :)  I layered some black paper and used my Nestabilities to make the focal piece (I don't remember which company made it!) stand out.  I stamped a Melissa Frances sentiment and add some pearls by Michaels' Recollections line.  I think pearls and patterned paper really "fancied up" this card- I really like how it turned out! Thanks for stopping by!

-Suzanne :O )
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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Martha Stewart/Cosmo Cricket Wedding Cards

Hi everyone!  I've been diving in head first to all of the ISC challenges, especially to help me make more craft fair items!  Michele posted a sketch for this challenge, and I knew I was going to use it for a set of wedding cards.  At my last show, a lady wanted a wedding card literally MINUTES after I had just sold the last pack to a friend of mine.  Go figure, right?!  I could have made my friend a wedding card any old time, but that's life, I guess! lol  Anyway, I told that lady I would be back doing the same show in August, and she said "good, make some variety packs!  I always need cards!"  I don't know if she'll actually come back in August, but she made me laugh, and I figured she was right.  I've been thinking about making a variety pack of all occasion cards since I started doing craft fairs, but I've never actually made an ALL occasion pack.  So anyway, that was my long-winded way of explaining why I just made 8 wedding cards!  :)

I knew I wanted to use up my Cosmo Cricket Everafter paper, because frankly, I don't love it.  It came in a double pack with the Girl Friday collection, which I DO love.  I tried to pick out the nicest papers for these cards.  If you're not familiar with the collection, it comes with a couple of like, burnt orange papers... not my first choice for WEDDING cards, but whatev. ;)  Anyway, I went to town with the patterned papers, and paired some lovely little Martha Stewart embellishments to finish off the cards.  My coworker gave me a pack of 20 of the wedding cake stickers, and 2 packs of the wedding seals (40 seals total) so I wanted to put a dent in both of those, as well.  I also added a bit of grayish-bluish ribbon (which I got for 99 cents at Joann's, and I kid you not, it's a giant spool of 100 YARDS.  Wooo!)  

Tomorrow I'm off to CKC Valley Forge to shop shop shop!  Hopefully I'm come back with some fun card making goodies, but won't put TOO much stress on my credit card!  hehe!  Okay, enough rambling for one evening.  Hope you all have a great weekend!

-Suzanne :O )
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

You shore are sweet!

Hi everyone!  Just a quick post... I made these for a 3x3 card challenge on ISC.  I used up some swapped images, and colored and cut out this little Imaginisce penguin.  The cards are K&Co, the patterned sand paper is DCWV and I used some blue cardstock scraps.  The sentiment is part Starving Artistamps (you shore are special) and part Studio G (100% sweet).  I made these for some of my co-workers who got me a gift card, and I thought these little guys would be cute to display on their desks!  Hope you enjoy as well!

-Suzanne :O )

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Friday, July 23, 2010

a day to celebrate

Just a quick post- I'm playing along with the sketch challenge over at ISC.   I made this bright and busy card for my soon-to-be 14-year-old cousin. I used some SEI paper, Target dollar spot tags, frame & ribbon, buttons by Denami Designs, and the build-your-own cupcake stamp is by Woodware.  Hope you like!

-Suzanne :O )
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Basic Grey (Sugared)

Hi friends!  I made this card back in February but I'm just getting around to posting it now (I'm so behind!).  At work, we had a counselor, Danielle, with us for a few months while my co-worker Lisa was on maternity leave, so when Danielle left in February, my office threw her a going-away-party of sorts, and I made this card to thank her for all she had done for us.  The original Fiskars sentiment read "I appreciate all that you have done..." but since the card was coming from all of us, I didn't stamp the "I" and used a "we" rub-on from my stash instead.  It doesn't look as good as I'd wanted it to, but it was the best I could do with limited supplies.  Aside from the sheer yellow ribbon and ruby gems, all of the other supplies are from Basic Grey's Sugared line.  It turned out that Danielle was a cardmaker/scrapbooker herself, we had a lot to talk about while she was with us! :)  We've kept in touch and Danielle, Lisa, and I plan to do a crafty get together once a month, starting in the fall.  Anyway, hope you all enjoy my card, thanks for checking in!

-Suzanne :O )
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Monday, July 19, 2010

Back from vacation!

Hi all! I just got back from my vacation to Williamsburg for a friend's wedding.  It was like a mini high school reunion, but I had a blast with my friends- we all rented a suite instead of separate hotel rooms, and really enjoyed being together again.  I'll post again soon, just wanted to share one of my favorite pictures from the wedding.  

-Suzanne :O )
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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Baptisms, Christenings & Communions Galore!

Hi everyone!  I've been meaning to post these religious cards for a while, but I wanted to wait until they were all completed so I could just do one post. :)  I went to a stamp show back in April, and on my way out, I stumbled upon the Woodware USA booth.  I usually do one lap around at a show to see what everyone's got in general, and then on my second lap around, that's when I zero in and focus on what I really want to buy.  Well, at this particular show, I hadn't really noticed what Woodware was selling (maybe the name threw me off?), so I was actually just about on my way out (they were one of the last booths on my route) when I took a closer look and realized there weren't selling anything to do with wood- they were selling clear stamps!  I did a little "hooray!" after I scolded myself for being too hasty on my first round (heh heh) and took a closer look at their stamps.  They had tons of adorable sets, and I think they were offering a deal, like buy 3 sets, get $10 off or something, so of course I ended up with 6 sets!  The one that really caught my eye was the religious set, because I don't have anything like it.  I really appreciate that you can mix and match the outside sentiments, and that the inside sentiment is so appropriate for any religious occasion.  Here's what the set looks like:

Plus, I'm always relying on images to carry my cards, which are perfect for these special occasions! I have to mention that after I got done shopping at the stamp show, I showed my boyfriend this set, and he rolled his eyes and said "when are you ever going to use those??"  Naturally, a couple of weeks later, my friend commissioned me to make not one, but TWO communion cards (one for her to give, and one for her parents to give).  Yeah, Chris didn't have too much to say after I told him THAT.  Haha!  Anyway, here are those two cards:

On the first card, I used a pre-embossed (with a damask design) DCWV card, but I'm not sure you can see the embossing in this picture.  I stamped the chalice and sentiment on white cardstock, and matted it with gold vellum.  Pretty simple, but bold, I think! :)  The next card has more of the gold vellum, some K&Co swirly beige paper, and a bit of purple ribbon and metallic cardstock.  The cross was colored with some iridescent glitter.  I wanted to use a slightly different outside sentiment this time since both cards were going to the same girl.  :)  

A couple of weeks ago, my same friend asked me to make a baptism card.  So I pulled out my trusty stamp set, and used the baptismal font image for the main focus.  Again, I used more gold vellum, and added a bit of white ribbon.  I like to keep the rest of my religious cards pretty simple. :)  The sentiment was stamped to the right to balance the card. 

Finally, my parents and I were invited to a baptism the weekend before last, so I had to make a couple more baptism cards.  This time, I went all out on the one I made for my mom because she asked me to make a money holder.  

Of courrrrrrse I used more gold vellum paper, but I also wanted to use this gold polka dot ribbon that I had rescued from a note pad's packaging.  I wanted to add white flowers; I didn't have much of a selection, and I only had 6 of these little guys, but I figured I might as well find a way to use up all 6 on this card.  To the centers, I added these little gold pearls by Michaels' Recollections line.  I stamped the cross in gold ink.  I decorated the inside of the card with more of the same supplies, and my mom tucked the money inside the little pocket (I just cut some cardstock to size, glued the ends underneath the card front, and rounded the corner).

The card I made for me to give was pretty simple:

No gold vellum this time!  lol  You can see this card is very similar to the others, but I just wanted to show you all how much use I've gotten out of the stamp set Chris thought I would never use!  ;)  Hope you enjoy my cards, and thanks for listening to me ramble on and on!

-Suzanne :O )

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Hi again!  I made this card for my parents' friend who turned 65 last week.  When I reorganized my room, I came across this small-to-me card (it's a "regular" sized card though, 4 1/4" x 5 1/2") that I wanted to use up.  I pretty much only use 5" x 6 1/2" cards, so working with this small space felt like a challenge to me.  I started off with some kraft paper, and this vibrant Making Memories patterned paper.  I tend to feel weird not putting images on my cards, but since this paper was so bold, I figured just framing a quote would be enough.  The sentiment is by Fiskars, and seemed to fit the celebration well (I hope it didn't offend her though! lol!).  I stamped it in some Aquamarine chalk ink, and used my Nestabilities to frame and mat it.  I added a bit of sheer yellow ribbon, some teeny tiny flowers, and a Making Memories brad.  The ruffle treatment is sheer gold vellum paper, punched with a Martha Stewart border, and I played with the scalloped end to get it to raise up a bit.  

I don't think I could continue to make cards without images, but I do like how this one came out- the paper is so pretty and summery, and does most of the "work" on this card.  Hope you like it too, and are keeping cool- it's a whopping 100+ degrees in New York!!!

-Suzanne :O )  
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Monday, July 5, 2010

Winter Wishes

Hi friends! I just wanted to pop in to play along with Taylor's sketch this week. I used it for inspiration when making a pack of Christmas cards for my shop. Here's the sketch:

I rotated it so I could use these adorable Stampendous critters as my main image- aren't they cute?!  I love this set because each part of the body of separate, so you can mix and match outfits!  

I colored these little guys with my watercolor pencils, matted them with red cardstock, and layered the piece on DCWV patterned papers.  I added a little Stampin' Up! punched tab to house the sentiment.  This was a really fun layout, and aside from all the coloring (I made 8 of these cards) it came together pretty quickly.  I hope you enjoy, thanks for stopping by!

-Suzanne :O )

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Fourth of July, 2010

Hi everyone!  I've been busy working on Fourth of July cards, along with some craft fairs and my new etsy shop.  That all means less time to spend blogging, but here are the cards I made for today.. enjoy!

Have a great holiday!

-Suzanne :O )
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