Bright and Beautiful Birthday Card

Simple and Quick Stamped Birthday Card

Stamps used: “Have A Great Birthday” (Inkadinkado)

Other: Flowered Paper (From K&Company’s Happy Trails Mat Pad)

July 6, 2012. Tags: , . Card. Leave a comment.

Hand Stamped Football Flower Mother’s Day Cards

I’ve got some football-loving mamas in my family and since they are each such fans I designed and made these stamped Mother’s Day cards with each of them in mind – can you guess the teams they root for?:) The beginning of this design started when I realized that I could turn stamped football images into the petals and leaves of a flower.  (Note: a smaller pair of scissors designed for detailed cutting made cutting out the small footballs a bit easier).  Also, as an added touch I used a ribbon as the stem.

And on the back of the cards, I got to use my new barcode stamp with the words “Made just for you, because you’re . . . PRICELESS”.  Stamps used:

Football (Inkadinkado)

“Happy Mother’s Day” (Stampendous)

Barcode Stamp (Inkadinkado)

May 9, 2012. Tags: , , . Card. Leave a comment.

Stamping Timesaving Tip – “Stamped Scraps”

Thank-you note scraps

Let’s be real . . . stamping can make a mess!  Even if you want to make a card at the last-minute, do you really want to take out all your supplies, make a card, and then clean up?

So how can you be ready to make a last-minute card with little to no stamping or mess?

It just takes a little preparation!

I have found that if I am in a stamping mood and am already in the middle of a creative mess, I should just keep on stamping!  A stamp will have to be cleaned whether you use it one time or many, so I figure I may as well get a few uses out of each stamp that I am already using before I clean it.  For example, if I am stamping a flower for one card, I will stamp a bunch of extras for future cards – if I have time I cut them all out, or if I don’t have much time, I just leave them uncut.  To maintain a little stockpile, I store these little “stamped scraps” by category in little sandwich baggies or in a mini notecard file.    Then, when I need a quick card – I can just look through my “stamped scraps” stockpile and either repeat a design I have already used or come up with a quick design.

"Stamped Scraps"

Because I had a little stockpile of already-stamped flowers, I could make a quick card that turned out like this:

Flowers on Circles on Circle Card

No stamping or glue required!  I just had to finish cutting out some flowers and use some little adhesive tabs to put it all together.

April 5, 2012. Tags: , , . Card, Tip. Leave a comment.

Fun with Paper Flowers!

Paper Flowers + Rhinestones + Glitter = Fun!

I had a blast putting together these cards – so easy too! I used one stamp per card, layered some paper, and then played around with the positioning of each paper flower with a selected rhinestone center.  To attach the flowers you can either use tacky glue (Pro: Gives you time to wiggle and rearrange flowers after glue has been applied, Con: slow drying time) or glue gun (Pro: Quick Drying Time, Con: Can’t easily move flowers once you have glued them down).  I finished each card with the added touch of some glitter glue (which again, took some time to dry, but added to the fun factor!)

Note:  Click on a thumbnail photo above to open a larger version

June 4, 2011. Tags: , , , . Card. Leave a comment.