Baby Boy Thank Yous, part 3

A few more of the Baby Boy Thank you cards that I made after Monkey was born. You can find the previous posts starting here.

I wanted to make a variety of styles. It’s always fun to try things out, though I might try to streamline things and make several of just a few cards the next time that I need to make a bunch in a short amount of time.

 

I love this fun argyle print, the bit of shine on the tag, and the little seed bead accents, but I think that the inking of edges makes the biggest difference in this card.

 

Very simple. Very clean. I am a sucker for a onesie and a tie!

 

This dot paper was one of my favorite prints from this project, so I enjoyed showcasing it here. I also like the repetition of the square elements, and the two-tone inked edges of the sentiment square.

 

In my next post, I’ll share my 3 favorites of the baby boy thank you cards that I made! It was hard to pick. I don’t love every card that I made, but there are at least 2 that narrowly missed the cutoff. I hope you’re enjoying these and have been inspired. Please share with me your thoughts on these! I want to grow as a crafter, and I’d love to know your opinions and ideas!

 

COMPLETELY BESIDE THE POINT: I said once that I’d keep track of all of the words and phrases that this blog spell check does not recognize. I haven’t always done that, but here are today’s: crafter, onesie.

 

 

Baby Boy Thank Yous, part 2

I think I’ll have 4 posts in this series. I made duplicates of several of these cards, depending on what supplies I had on hand. It was fun to match up each card with a recipient!

I designed this one on my Silhouette, then tried several different combinations. I like it, but I don’t love it. This is another one that I’d like to revisit and change up a bit. I have definite preferences for some color and pattern combinations than others. I was working with a limited stash, and felt like I needed to use as much as I could, even if I wasn’t thrilled with the results. These are posted from my least favorite to my favorite of this set.

Baby Boy Thank yous

The first of a few posts with some thank you cards that I made for gifts, meals, etc. after Monkey was born.  I like some more than others. Which one is your favorite?

Proof that I need a stamp positioner. I’ve seen some DIY versions that I think I might try.

This one almost made it into the top 3.  I just like it. The design is simple and understated, but the patterned paper makes it fun and eye-catching.

I loved the embossing of the foot stamps. It really emphasized the fine lines and little imperfections that make them seem real. The embossing on the sentiment is less than stellar. I should have redone it. Leaving a smidge of border around the edge would have been an improvement. This one just begs for dimensional adhesive!

I’d love to hear your thoughts about which ones you like best, or what could be done to improve them. I know that dimensional adhesives would work to really add layers and interest to several of them. I just bought some, and I’m sure they will be a new addiction in papercrafting! I also think that the paper choices in several of them could be better. I bought a bunch of single sheets, and a collection would likely have worked better. There are some lovely boy themes out there!

Sweet Baby Girl Card

I was so very proud of this one when I made it. I designed some of these shapes myself – the onesie, the little lace edging on the neckline and sleeves, and the delicate scalloped circle. It’s hard to see in the picture, but this is a tri-fold. The yellow portion is a bottom flap, and the pink gingham folds down over it. The circle embellishment overlaps to help keep it closed. It’s a great design if you want to make a nice, long note inside. If not, it can leave a lot of empty space, so consider carefully how wordy you are feeling, or how big your handwriting is!

I like the colors on this one. Pink has grown on me a lot since having my first baby girl almost 6 years ago, but it’s still not my favorite color. I like it quite well in certain combinations, especially bolder, slightly funky colors. I think it’s fun and it adds a little punch to what can otherwise be a little too sweet for my usual tastes. (I want to say that it would be a bit ‘twee,’ because this is my newest favorite British word that I wish we used in the US! Chuffed is another.) If I ever put those little hearts on the banner again, they will be in a color with more contrast to the background, or I’ll ink the edges. They annoy me without that touch. I think some dimensional adhesive would really give this card some life and take away the very flat feeling. So, even though I like this one, I see lots of potential for improvement!

I should make a list of all of the cards that I want to do again, but better. That could keep me busy for a while, but I think I’d enjoy seeing how my style and techniques have progressed. What do you think? Make it a mini-series in the future?

Personalized Banner Welcome Card

This was one of my first Silhouette projects over a year ago, made for a cousin’s first baby. It’s still a favorite, and I should probably go back to this style more.

I should use sewing more. I am almost never sorry when I do. It’s such a nice detail, but I tend to have either papercrafts or sewing stuff accessible, not both. One of the reasons that I love my Silhouette is that I can get such a detailed, personalized, downright neat look without using a lot of different papers. I tend to favor solids and subtle patterns along with a clean and simple look. This isn’t the only way to achieve that, but it’s one of my favorites. If I had a dedicated crafting space, I would do a lot of other techniques. But I love being able to use nothing but paper, glue, and my machine when crafting space or time are tight.

Big, Bold Happy Birthday

I made this card for another friend in my birthday card swap. I need to figure out what this blue paper is, because I absolutely love it! It has a rich color and an incredible shimmer and shine. It’s almost glittery, but not quite. I can’t really get it to come across in photos, but it is gorgeous! I usually use it in small doses. It glams up a card really nicely, but I decided to try an over-the-top approach this time.

I designed and cut the navy blue bit with my Silhouette SD. It’s all one piece. I cut (with my Silhouette again) some pieces of cardstock to back the open bits of candle. I used Mod Podge to stick loads of red and gold glitter to those pieces. After they dried, I added a nice layer of mod Podge on top to really stick it down and coat it. I didn’t want the recipient cursing me later. Tiny bits of glitter seem to appear everywhere in my house, but I realize that may not be true for any house that doesn’t have 3- and 5-year-old girls regularly doing craft projects. When that layer was still sticky, I put the pieces in place. After it dried, I added the lighter blue backing. Here’s another attempt to show the beauty of this paper. The colors are truer here as well.

 
I was pleased with this one. It’s simple, but the bold graphic and shimmery textures make it special. I think I’ll probably revisit this idea in the future.
What do you think? What kinds of birthday cards are your favorites to receive?

Bright Birthday Card

I haven’t had much chance to blog for a few weeks. I blame it on the Olympics!  I have several photos of cards I’ve made, so I’m going to do a little series showcasing a few of those. If you have any questions, I’ll do my best to answer them, and maybe it will even lead to some tutorial posts or further inspiration.

Today’s card was made for a birthday card swap that I’m in. My Silhouette SD machine was packed away while I did some reorganizing, so I cut all the pieces by hand. I absolutely love the front of this card, and I’m definitely using this idea again. I just used one flower stamp and several different colors of Crayola markers instead of stamp pads. I used the same markers to color the stamp on the inset, and tried to get the colors close to the papers I used for the pop-up inside.

I wanted to do something fun for the inside, so I made a pop-up birthday cake. Originally, I had several different pop-ups making a dimensional pile of presents, but my brain stopped working around midnight this night, and I had a major mistake and had to start over. Thus, the birthday cake. I still like it, and I think the pennant on top pulls it together and keeps it from being too bare.

The inside is okay, but my main thought is “I can do better!” It’s an idea that I’ll revisit in the future. I know that the recipient enjoyed it, and that’s the most important thing!

Unfortunately, this is a card from before I started tracking my supplies, so I can’t tell you what papers I used or where to get them, but I think it would be quite easy to do something similar with whatever supplies you have or can get at your local craft shop.

Sunflower Spinner card

I made this card for a birthday card exchange. I have a friend who just loves sunflowers, so I knew I wanted to include one. She’s also the kind to appreciate a bit of whimsy, so I made her this spinner card.

It’s simple, nothing too fancy or girly for this chick. But it has an element of fun. See that little shadow of a string to the top and bottom of the sunflower? That’s so it will do this:

I always twist it up just a tad, so it will spin when opened. The only downside to this card is that having that big hole meant a teeny place to write Birthday greetings. I added a little ribbon bow and a touch of bling to finish it off. It’s not exactly what I originally envisioned, but I think it’s nice. Not super-wonderful-fantastic, but I know she liked it and appreciated the personal touch of a handmade card.

Apple print Father’s Day cards

ETA: I like to give credit where credit is due. Since we made these last year, I didn’t remember finding them anywhere specific. We did apple prints as a part of another school activity, so I thought this might have just come out of that idea. But I recently saw this page, and I think it must have been my inspiration for this idea. (Scroll down a bit for this particular card.) I apologize for not linking it sooner!

http://www.daniellesplace.com/html/mengifts.html

 

I’m always on the lookout for holiday card, decoration, and gift ideas that my littles can enjoy making. The girls and I made this last year, and I thought I’d pass the idea along. We had a blast making it, and their Papa really appreciated the effort that they put into it. It’s my idea, but may have been influenced by others, and I’m not one to think I am so terribly original that no one else could have come up with the same thing. Use it freely!

We started with apple printing. I will hardly eat a Red Delicious apple any more, because I find them terribly flavorless , but they are inexpensive and a beautiful shape for this! Any apple with a characteristic cross-section will work just fine. I just spread a little puddle of red tempera paint on a paper plate, laid out a big sheet of craft paper, and let the girls stamp away. I let them do several, knowing that some would be better than others. When they were dry, we picked the print we liked the best, added leaves and seeds with markers, and cut it out to paste on the front. My little Cricket could write words, but in order to help her with spacing, I printed out the phrases using the tools here: http://www.handwritingworksheets.com/ I use this tool all the time! It is great for practicing things like name and address that need to be personalized. We use them for days of the week, months of the year and any letters that need a little more practice. In this case, I printed out the sentiment that I wanted for the card, Cricket traced them with a colored pencil, and we cut and pasted them into the right places. Letter stickers helped to highlight the key words.

For the inside, I helped each girl make a caterpillar out of their fingerprints. (I find the index finger easier for them to manipulate than the thumb.) I used a thin layer of tempera paint for this, too. When they were dry, the girls added details like legs, antennae and faces with a marker. They signed their pictures and the card, but I edited them to show their blog names instead.

I hope this helps you think of some other ideas for helping your little ones to express their love and appreciation for their Father! What other themes do you think would be nice for a Father’s Day card?

All Aflutter

 I made this card for a sweet, wonderful woman who is battling breast cancer. She and her husband were my Sunday School teachers for a year or two in high school *mumble, mumble* years ago. They are dear to me, and I wanted to do something to let them know how much I care about their family. I hope she can put this somewhere where she will see it and have a tangible encouragement and reminder that people are praying for her, and that God upholds her.

I’m discovering that I have an affinity for butterflies. They are so beautiful, and I think they are a very versatile embellishment. They work in a wide variety of colors and moods. The colors on this aren’t quite right in the photo. I’m still working on my editing skills. They’re a bit softer, particularly the batik-y piece with the sentiment.

I have not been in the habit of keeping track of the specific papers, inks and embellishments that I use. I am new to sharing my work with others in the online community, so it may take me a while to get the hang of it. Please bear with me! Here’s what I do know: For this card, I used solid lavender cardstock for the base. I cut all of the shapes with my Silhouette.  The swirls are in a very thick metallic silver canvas textured cardstock. The background oval is a purple-tone on-tone scroll print. The sentiment and background of the butterflies is in a lovely watercolor/batik print. The matte for the sentiment and the butterfly details are in solid black cardstock. I embossed the black part of the butterflies by rubbing Versamark all over them with a sponge and adding clear glitter embossing powder that I have from like 20 years ago when I bought my first embossing kit at the buy it barn at the Stock Show! I added brads to the sentiment and clear rhinestones.

I think this is my favorite card that I have ever made. I plan to make more, and other variations of it. I think it would be a nice one to have on hand. It would be easy to make it up with a variety of sentiments and color combinations, and I think it’s really quite nice without taking immense amounts of work with specialty techniques.

What other sentiments or occasions do you think would fit this card? What sentiments do you recommend to encourage someone in the midst of a serious illness?

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