You are My Sunshine Kraft Card

Sunshine and clouds stamped and punched card

This card is the result of getting inspired by an accidental purchase!  A couple of weeks ago, I was looking to make the most of my crafting budget and I got excited when I thought I saw some punches at a steal-of-a-deal price in the clearance section.  I purchased them, but my mood dampened a little bit when they turned out to be cartridges for the Fiskars Everywhere Punch Systems – oops! I guess I got so blinded by the clearance sticker and cheap price that I didn’t read the package carefully enough.  I did end up going back and purchasing the Everywhere Punch starter set (thankfully on sale and I also used an extra-percent-off total purchase coupon) that included the base and alignment guide so that I could use my cartridges and here’s what I ended up with:

Fiskars Everywhere Square Cartridge, Burst Cartridge, and Scalloped Square Cartridge

Fiskars Everywhere Punch System (Came with 2″ square cartridge). The Burst Cartridge and Scalloped Square Cartridge were what I purchased initially (by accident!). I still got everything for a bit less than the regular full price of just the starter set, so not a bad deal, even if it wasn’t what I thought it was.

This is a great tool for making windows . . .

. . . but not so great for punch outs since the tool makes holes in them.

I do look forward to using the main “window-making” feature of the tool, but at the moment, I was more interested in having fun punch-out shapes that I could use on cards.  So in order to use any of the punch-outs, I just had to figure out how to cover up the holes somehow – perhaps with a sentiment or a circle punch-out?  I also thought this shape would be great with a “You are my sunshine” sentiment, and I lucked out and found a stamp with just that phrase in the $1 bin a few days later!  Yay!  I was also excited to find the cute little cloud paper in the 6×6 pad I had just purchased.

I finally had some cute components for a card and when I saw the Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home to use kraft cardstock I thought that would be a good addition and then I got to work to put it all together.

For a bit of extra finish, I enjoyed trying out “inking the edges” of my cutouts and layers on this card.  I don’t normally do this, but it was fun to try something new and add a little bit more pop to the card.  It’s going into my first and growing stack of cards that I will mail off to OWH – hope it will brighten someone’s day when they receive it!

Stamp: “you are my sunshine” (studio g, Hampton Art)

Other: Fiskars Everywhere Punch Starter Set and Burst Cartridge, Vintage Sepia Archival Pigment Ink (Versafine), Orange Dual Brush Art Performance Marker, “Shine on . . .” 6×6 Patterned Paper Pad (Basic Grey), The “Just Dreamy 2” patterned cardstock underneath the sentiment (My Mind’s Eye), Kraft Cardstock (the Paper Studio), Heart Punch (McGill), Circle from a pack of unknown-brand-already-cut-out circles in natural colors (although I think I will have to add a circle punch to my craft wishlist because it would definitely come in handy)


August 15, 2012. Card. 5 comments.

Simple Masculine Football Card

Are you ready for some football?!? Pre-season football is already starting!    I already had some footballs stamped and cut out, so I attempted to make some masculine cards with them and use some new paper that I got last week during a big sale.

I find making masculine cards is challenging, but I just tried to keep the design simple and avoid using more feminine colors and patterns.

Here is my attempt:

Footballs with Chevron pattern, masculine hand stamped CAS card

I wish the lighting on the photo was a bit better (I had a great photo of the earlier version of this card since I took it earlier in the day, but then I changed the card – oh well! – maybe I can set up a light box soon.)

I also did a couple of other variations of this design with some other patterned paper and some brighter colors.

Shine On . . . 6x6 Paper Pack from BasicGrey

All of these cards will go in my growing stack of cards that I plan to ship to OWH.  I will also post a picture under the OWH blog post: Our Daily Bread Designs August Challenge so they can get closer their goal and have some shipping costs donated.

Stamp: Football (Inkadinkado)

Other: 1.5″ Squares (Colorbok Stax), “Shine on . . .” 6×6 Patterned Paper Pad (Basic Grey), Beige Paper (K&Company 4×6″ Neutrals Solid Designer Mat Pad), Small Star Punch (Marvy Uchida)

August 14, 2012. Tags: , , , . Card. Leave a comment.

Kids Giraffe Card to say “hi!”

Handmade Hi, "Thinking of You" Card for Child (from parent)

I had used these giraffe stamps on some Mothers’ Day cards a few months ago, but thought they would also be cute for a kids’ card if I used some brighter colors and a polka-dot card background (OWH challenged its cardmakers to make a kids’ card this week).  I used a border punch to imitate some hilly “grass.”


Giraffes (Clear Stamps by Autumn Leaves from the Mindy’s Zoo Set)


Polka Dot Card (DCWV), Burst Punch (Fiskars), Border Punch (Martha Stewart)

August 14, 2012. Tags: , , , . Card. 1 comment.

Encourage a Friend with a Stamped Card

Hang in there and You go girl

Most mail these days are just bills, ads, and other junk mail . . .how boring!  Don’t you love receiving a piece of personal mail?  Give a friend this gift of a mailbox surprise.  Do you have a friend going through a rough or tough patch?  Encourage them with a card!   I had made the card above to encourage a friend going through a week of studying and taking final exams and let her know I was praying for her.

Also, to get involved with OWH, I wanted to make some cheerful and encouraging cards so I used the same “You go girl!” stamp and also added the sentiments “be you” and “live life to the fullest.”  A picture of a couple of them is below.  Hopefully they will encourage the final recipients!

Who could use some encouragement in your life?

Encouragement Card for Woman with Bright and Cheerful Colors, Brown and Pink

Card #1:

Stamps: Monkey – Changito Swing (Stampendous); “Hang in there . . .” (Stampendous); “You go girl” (Kolette Hall)

Other: Plaid Paper (Mind’s Eye)

Cards #2 and 3:

Stamps: “You go girl” (Kolette Hall), “be you” and “live life to the fullest” (clear faith stamps from studio g), daisy flower

Other: Heart punch (McGill), butterfly punch, patterned card (DCWV)

August 14, 2012. Tags: , , , , . Card. Leave a comment.