My friends and I gather in my card cave to stamp, share ideas, talk, and eat!
Enjoy some of my card cave creations!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Warmest Wishes

UPDATE: My card was the winner of The Shabby Tea Room's Week #7 challenge.

It's time for Week #7 at The Shabby Tea Room, and we were asked to design a card based on a photo of quilts, blankets, and pillows! I found a quilt on the right side of the photo that had some greens, reds, and blues in it, so I based my design on those colors.

I took my {almost} completed card to AC Moore to try to find some flowers for an embellishment. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the exact flowers I wanted, so I bought some "greenish" roses (which were too big for the card), took them apart and cut the petals, and then sponged the edges with cranberry ink and recreated the flower with the result being I now have a flower that will never exist in nature! I'm including it in Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply search for 3-D flowers too.

(See my previous post for instructions on how to make this card. I'm either on a roll or in a rut as I also made a birthday card using the same instructions.)

Supplies included: SU's Not Quite Navy CS, K&Company designer paper, SU's Whimsical Words and Floral Greetings stamp sets, SU's Word Window and Modern Label punches, Marvy Uchida scalloped oval punches, Martha Stewart lattice punch, SU's Beautiful Wings Embosslits folder, Ink It Up! and Stampabilities stamp pads, and flower and brad from AC Moore.

Sunday, April 25, 2010


I recently watched a video by Dawn Griffith where she demonstrated how to make a card that she had received from a friend. After watching (and pausing) the video several times, I finally completed my version.

Supplies used included SU's Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive CS, SU's Cottage Wall DSP, SU's Vintage Vogue and Whimsical Words stamp sets, SU's Beautiful Wings Embosslits die, Martha Stewart lattice punch, Marvy Uchida scalloped oval punches, and some flowers and ribbon from AC Moore.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Storybook Thank You

Update: My card received an Honorable Mention "Cup of Tea" at The Shabby Tea Room!

"Sketch This" is the Week #6 challenge at The Shabby Tea Room. Using the posted sketch as my layout design, I created a thank you card.

Supplies included SU's retired DSP Georgia Peach, SU's Regal Rose and Old Olive CS, SU's scallop trim border punch, SU's Little Leaves die, rhinestones and rhinestone brad from AC Moore, paper flowers from Michael's, K&Company butterflies, and SU's Beautiful Wings die. I used the Circut Storybook cartridge to cut out the letters for "thank you."

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Embossed Thank You

I used SU's DSP Jersey Shore (retired) to make this thank you card for my grandchildren. I used Cuttlebug's embossing folder for the sentiment and sponged it with SU's Pumpkin Pie, and used SU's Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, and Bashful Blue CS. The ribbon is from Michael's, and the button was an "extra" from a jacket in my closet!

Florida Thank You

I am continuing my map series of masculine cards with a Florida thank you card. My father-in-law lives in Miami, so I thought a map of Florida would make a perfect thank you card.

Supplies include SU's Old Olive CS, SU's Short and Sweet "thank you" stamped in Old Olive, button and ribbon from Michael's, and red paper from my stash.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Welcome Baby

My granddaughter is being baptized on Sunday. After she was born, I designed a birth announcement for her and then made 50 announcements to send to family and friends.

Supplies used were pink toile paper, pink card stock, baby buggy stamp, white ribbon, and brads from Hobby Lobby, white buttons and embroidery floss from Joann's, SU's scallop edge, modern label, and word window punches, and SU's Short and Sweet stamp.

Thanks So Much

I wanted to make another lattice fold card, and I needed to send a thank you note, so I created a "lattice fold thank you card." I modified the lattice fold so that there is not a gap on top.

Supplies used were Cosmo Cricket's Early Bird paper, SU's Old Olive and Real Red CS, SU's scallop edge, scallop circle, and designer label punches, SU's Riveting stamp, and brads from Michael's. I love Cosmo Cricket's designs, but I either have to drive 35 miles to buy it or purchase it on the Internet!

You're Too Kind

I recently purchased a new Sizzix die, a gate-fold card with flowers as well as a coordinating flower die. After cutting out the card, I realized that I did not like the way the card closed, so I modified it by changing the fold line and putting a ribbon over the original fold line.
Supplies used: SU's Pink Pirouette and Gable Green CS, SU's Whimsical Words stamped in Gable Green, SU's Little Leaves die, DCWV's Nana's Nursery Baby Girl paper, and a gingham ribbon from Michael's.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Enjoy Your Day

UPDATE: My card received an Honorable Mention "Cup of Tea" at The Shabby Tea Room!
The challenge for this week at The Shabby Tea Room is "It's Hip To Be Square." Debbie posted a photo of a quilt with the challenge being to create a card using as many squares as possible.

If you count my card (which is square and embossed with squares {which I did not count}), I used 16 squares including my pink brad!

I used an embossed card from DCWV and sprinkled it with glitter since we "card cavers" have a motto: "More is more!" I used SU's Regal Rose and Old Olive CS and the DSP is Georgia Peach. I could not find a stamp with a square border, so I used a round stamp from SU's Riveting and punched it out with a square punch, bordered it in Regal Rose, and popped it up with a dimensional. The square brad and ribbon are from Michael's.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Masculine Birthday Card

Recently our local library held its semi-annual book sale, and I bought several books that I thought I could use for my cards. I needed a birthday card for my son-in-law, whose family is of Irish descent. I looked through the atlas I bought and found this great map of Ireland which became the background for my card. I also used a large piece of the Atlantic Ocean for the blue background!

When I was blog-hopping, I noticed that the Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog's challenge was "It's a Man's World, " so I thought this card would be perfect! Besides the map, I used SU's Old Olive cardstock and SU's Sincere Salutations birthday stamp which I stamped in SU's Basic Black ink. The ribbon and thread are from Michael's, and the button was an "extra" that was attached to a sweater I bought!

Small Wonder

For The Shabby Tea Room's Week #4 contest, the theme was "Embrace the White." I created a baby card using pink as my accent color.

I used an embossed card from DCWV, and punched a border around the front using SU's corner/border punch. I sponged the card with SU's frost white glimmer ink and the inside edge of the card with pink so it would show through when the card was closed. My sentiment is from SU's Whimsical Words, and I used Marvy Uchida punches. SU's Beautiful Wings embosslits die was used for the butterflies. The flowers, ribbon, and pink rhinestones are from Michael's.