Friday, September 26, 2014

Masculine Birthday Ship

The last card I want to showcase this week is a masculine birthday card that was made for my father in law. I enjoy the challenge that masculine cards bring to the table because often times you cannot add a ton of glitz, glam, and bright colors (which takes away about 90% of my cards). Like sympathy cards the tone of a masculine card is often muted and accessorizing can be challenging but think buttons and twine or even just a clean and simple focal point on a masculine colored paper.

For this card I knew that I wanted to use that ship stamp.. look at how amazing it is and I have not had the chance to use it yet so I thought this was the perfect chance. I decided to not add a ton of color just because I did not want to loose the detail of that ship. I also had a different layout in mind when heading into this project, but then I came across the Mojo Monday sketch and decided that I wanted to enter it into the challenge.


The star paper is another paper which I had on hand and thought I would try it out on this card. Looking back I would have just kept to the dark blue and not used the stars, but oh well, I suppose it works. I also wanted to add another pop of color so that the sentiment did not get lost in all those dark colors so I decided to use red. I had a little bit of trouble picking the right twine to match this card so following the red, white, and blue then I stuck with some white hemp cord.

Some more details about the challenges which I entered this card into:

Mojo Monday - Sketch Challenge
Paper Players - Masculine Birthday

Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone has a safe and happy weekend! I also hope to see you back here on Monday for a Halloween goody box tutorial!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Trio of Christmas Tags

I've been all about making sets of cards and today I have another trio to show off to you. I am not big on making tags - although I should start practicing tags more - I just find my supply of cards diminishes a lot faster than tags so I tend to focus more on those. However, one time of the year that tags really come in useful is during the holidays and that is exactly what I have to show you today. 

 
I cut these tags from the basic shapes in the Cricut Craft Room using a red solid cardstock. I then cut out the red patterned paper using the same shape just in a slightly smaller size. I did this to create a border and to break up the busy design. The trees are cut out using the cartridge  "Christmas Cheer" and then I just stamped the "Merry Christmas" and added some sequins. I wasn't sure where the sentiment would look the best so I switched it up with each tag - and then realized that I could cut it in half and stack them which is the one that ended up being my favorite.
 
I hope you enjoyed the tags today. If you are interested in purchasing these or any other tag set you can hop on over to my store by clicking the link on the side bar. I also take custom orders if you have a big event coming up or would like to get some Christmas cards and tags in prior to the holiday rush. As always I can be reached at jenileighdc@gmail.com

Thanks for stopping by!


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Monday, September 22, 2014

Thinking of You Set of 5

Good Morning Monday! Thanks for joining me for another week full of cards, projects and more. Over the weekend I had a chance to throw together a set of 5 cards. A lot of the time I will find this great design and decide to quickly put together a bunch of cards using that design (think of an assembly line.) I did the same thing with these pretty little 3x3's and quickly realized this is a great idea for building up your stash or for a selling because it gives you the most bang for your buck.

With these cards I create two cards with a "thinking of you" sentiment, two cards with a "just because" sentiment and one thank you card. I initially had six cards but I ran out of that lovely maroon paper and had to switch that down to five - I didn't really mind too much since I am a bigger fan of odd numbers anyway and hey you can only do what you can do. I kept the sentiments and the color scheme pretty generic in hopes that these cards could work for a number of different occasions.

 
Because there was a lot of focus on the outside of the card I chose to keep the inside of the card blank. As many of you know I typically have a very clean and simple style so it was a little out of my comfort zone to mat and layer everything. However, I am very happy with the way these cards turned out.
 
The two patterned papers are matted onto a maroon heavy cardstock and joined together using a two inch strip of maroon (which is the solid color I chose to carry throughout the design.) I then cut out the ovals and the scalloped ovals using my Cricut and chose to stamp the sayings and the beautiful floral design on top of the gold paper with a red ink. Notice that by using the gold and maroon I was keeping with that beautiful color scheme from the pattern papers and these two colors could have easily been switched out to an orange and brown or even a brighter red - any two colors pulled from those patterns.  
 
I hope you enjoyed my cards today and please do come back later this week for some Holiday tags!
 
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Flippin' Awesome Birthday

Happy Tuesday!! Welcome back to another Link Party over at Pause, Dream, Enjoy. Again with these link parties anything goes as long as you are following the theme for the week. So it doesn't matter if you scrapbook, make altered items, or showcase a card. The theme for this week is:

 
So any project with real or faux stitching on it can qualify. The challenge as always runs for two weeks so I always encourage people to get a project in to showcase.
 
For my card I decided to hold onto a little bit of summer before swinging fully into fall and I "stitched" up a beach themed birthday card.
 
 
The picture came out a little bright but I enjoyed making this card and I am very pleased with the final result. Everything was hand drawn and cut out..to make those beautiful green sandals pop I added some bright pink gems. I also used a little bit of a tearing technique to create "waves" in the water. Then for the card to fit the theme I dashed stitched around the outside and added a "Have a Flipping' birthday" sentiment to the inside.
 
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my card for today.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Paper Pumpkin

I know that I promised a tutorial for today but in between preschool homework and camera problems I was unable to get one together for you. I am working on getting some video tutorials set up so that way anyone who is looking to learn can do so much easier.
 
I do however have some Paper Pumpkin cards to share with you because ever so soon the new kit will soon be in my mailbox. The cards today keep to a clean and simple design and switch up the original sketches a little.
 
 
Thanks for stopping by today to view my cards and I hope they inspired you.
 
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Monday, September 8, 2014

Thinking of You Card

One of my favorite co-workers had a family member pass away this past weekend and I wanted to make a quiet card for her to just let her know that she was in my thoughts. Sympathy cards are often hard for people to make because the tone is very quiet and subdued, however in my opinion these are one of the most important cards to give to someone.

For this card I wanted to keep the colors monotone and I could not pass up using that beautiful patterned paper for the background so I continued to use the brown tones... plus I absolutely love using brown and think that its such a great color.

 
The images are from old stamp sets and I apologize but I do not know the origins and the dragon fly adds to the card but was actually put there because I had an ink spot from the sentiment that I needed to cover.. very clever thinking on my end because I love the way it came out. The inside of the card is blank because we had a number of co-workers signing and passing on their condolences so the empty space ended up being filled with love.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my post today I hope to see you back here on Wednesday for a fun tutorial. Also don't forget to stop by PDE and check out the second half of our link party - the theme is puns and I promise it will make you smile :)

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Sparkling Stars & Birthdays

Happy Friday and welcome to my final challenge post for this week. Ever since I receive last months Paper Pumpkin kit I have wanted to make a shaker card using those wonderful cut outs and this week I finally sat down and threw one together.


Shaker cards are very easy to throw together and only require a few basic materials.
  • First you will need some clear acetate (I used a page protector cut to size) and some double sided sticky tape which you will use to tape your acetate to your die cut. Just make sure that the acetate covers the window in the die cut enough so your shaker material does not fall out.
  • Once I have the acetate adhered to the die cut I then took some foam tape and taped around the outer edges of the die cut. We are layering these steps so you should have a die cut, then acetate, then 3-D foam tape around the outside. The tape is meant to provide a  pocket that you will add glitter, gems, gel, or whatever else you have on hand to hence creating a shaker card. One thing to keep in mind is to make sure your foam is touching on all edges so that your shaker material does not fall out. I also added a little too much glitter to that above card and looking back would only use half that amount. 
  • After I have the die cut filled I then glued the card to the back of the die cut creating a complete enclosed area for my shaker material to move around in.
Shaker material can literally be anything from gems to sequins, to glitter, to gel. I once came across this really cool card that used hair gel as the material and the theme of the card was water so she added some small plastic fish and other marine life.. how totally cool! This card is meant to be cool and creative so don't be afraid to try different things depending on your theme.

I also promised you one last challenge to finish out the week and have taken the above sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches blog where they challenges readers to make a project using the following sketch.
As always there are some really great creations over on their blog so make sure to stop by and check them out. The sketch is also very clean and simple so throw together a quick card and submit it... who knows you may just win!

I hope you enjoyed learning about shaker cards! Thanks so much for joining me and please have a safe and enjoyable weekend. I hope to see you back here next week for some scrap pages and 3-D projects - I assure you I will have at least one tutorial for you to try!

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Holiday Present Card

As promised I have another card and some more challenges for you today. With the holidays fast approaching it's time to start building your stash of holiday cards and I started a few weeks ago and have high hopes of completing 1 a week until crunch time.
 
If you are like me then you could use a little inspiration for completing this mission (especially since the summer just ended) so with that in mind I found a few blogs that help. One of my favorite holiday blogs is Merry Monday where the designers challenge readers to make a holiday card every week. This week the inspiration was to make a card with some sort of present or gift on it and here is what I came up with.  
 
 
Here's a closer view of the presents, which were cut at random sizes (free hand) and then embossed and tied with some twine. I then added a small sentiment to the bottom of the card and layered the white on white.
 

So if you remember at the beginning of the post I did say that I had challengeS to share with you so my second inspiration for this week was the lovely designers over at CAS on Sunday where they challenged readers to use Black, White, and one color - which in my case was red. Because this second challenge was a CAS or clean and simple challenge I wanted to keep the card just that - Clean and Simple - and therefore the elegance and design comes mostly from the embossing.

So that is all I have for today, I hoped you were inspired. Make sure to hop on over to the challenges and submit your cards and I will see you back here tomorrow for my final two challenges of the week.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Patriotic Cards and Challenges

Good Morning! I hope you enjoyed the new pun party over at PDE which started yesterday. I have a new found love for Puns and I promise you will too so head on over there and check it out. Plus with this link party you have two whole weeks to showcase your favorite pun on a card..so it's definitely worth checking it out.

For today's card I decided to catch up and take part in a couple of challenges. The first and primary challenge was over at Bitten by the Bug 2 where the challenge is to salute 9/11 and those who served and to make a patriotic card or layout. I am a huge fan of my native land and jumped right to this challenge. There are so many men and women, in the service industry and not, who show strength and bravery everyday and I am ever so grateful for the liberty and freedom which these people continue to provide to me in such a selfless way. I'm proud to be an American and thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has ever helped to strengthen our beautiful country.


The second challenge which helped with this card is one which the Paper Players are playing this week. The Paper Players are doing a Tic Tac Toe challenge which is so incredibly fun to take part in because not only do you get to choose the three elements but you get to also see a variety of very fun and random projects which are created using the below chart.

 
For my card I decided to use red patterned paper, I embossed the white with a beautiful star spangle folder, and then I added some white buttons to help make the card pop out a little. The card was very easy to throw together (P.S. I cut the stars from Cricut basic cut since my free hand is not the best) and therefore I had a chance to add a little flair to the inside.
 
 
 I hope you enjoyed my card for today and please make sure to head on over and take part in some or all of the challenges which I showcased.

I hope to see you back tomorrow for another challenge filled post.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Thanks a Melon Link Party

Happy Tuesday and welcome to another Pause, Dream, Enjoy Link Party! This week we are challenged to make a pun card. I was challenged with this theme because while I tend to be slightly sarcastic, puns are not often found in my vocabulary.

So after some thought and a little bit of research I came up with this lovely card.

 
Keeping to a clean and simple design I only used a little bit of extras on this one. The watermelons were cut by hand and the small sequins (or seeds) were the only flash added to those. I started the melons by making a whole one which I cut out and shaded and it looked good by itself but I did not like how it fit on the card, so I came up with these little slices instead. The watermelons could also be printed out or cut using your cutting machine.. again I was going simple so I just drew them up and cut them out.

The "Thanks a Melon" saying I wrote in free hand and then I outlined it with a simple cardboard frame. I am still learning how to use liquid glass (from CTMH) so I thought this would be a great place to try it out again and I covered the whole sentiment square with it to give it a small glass effect. Then I added a simple white button with some tied twine.

I also went back and forth with the background paper before I settle on this one. I think this one adds a lot of color and it reminded me a little bit of a picnic table cloth.

So another very easy card to throw together for our bi-monthly challenge. If you are interested in joining the Pun challenge feel free to jump on over to the PDE blog and join in. The challenge will end on Monday the 22nd.

 
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