Thursday, October 21, 2010

Baby Shower Thank You Cards

A high school friend and his wife are expecting their first baby this month and I recently made them some thank you cards.

They are expecting a girl so of course I had to jump at the chance to go ALL pink...not that it's my favorite color or anything! I wanted to keep the card design as flat as possible so there wouldn't be any concern with having to use more than one postage for mailing.

I used kraft cardstock by Papertrey Ink as my card base.  It's a good heavy 100# cover weight perfect for one-layered cards. I stamped tiny hearts randomly on the card using Rouge Fluid Chalk.

For the main image, I stamped the crib by A Muse onto white cardstock and colored with my Copic markers. Then, I stamped the crib again onto Pink Gingham cardstock and cut out just the rectangle piece of bars. I used some light brown Copics to color the bars on the gingham piece to match the rest of the crib on white cardstock. The image is layered onto Leapfrog cardstock by Bazzill.  I used a Marvy Scalloped Circle punch and then punch holes into each scallop with a paper piercer. The 'Thank You' sentiment is by Stampin' Up! The pink and white twine is actually thin cotton yarn by Lily called The Original Sugar 'n Cream.  It's a bit thicker in weight compared to craft Baker's Twine.

I kept the inside of the card really simple by stamping this cute image by A Muse. I wanted leave enough  space for my friends to write their notes. 

I heard back from my friend's wife the other day and she totally loved them!  Yay!

Have a great rest of the week!  Halloween is just around the corner...can't believe how fast it's approaching! 

Monday, October 18, 2010

Birthday Fleece Blanket

Last week, we went to a birthday party for a girl who turned four years old. I wanted to make her a gift that would be fun yet practical. I decided to make a no-sew fleece blanket for her since the weather is beginning to get a little chillier in the evenings.

Isn't this such a fun and colorful pattern for a little girl? I really like it too!

Here's a pic of the front side and the flip side. I love how well both patterns go well with each other. I bought the fleece at JoAnn's and got a total of 3 yards (1 1/2 yards of each pattern) to make the blanket. I trimmed the ends off that showed the manufacturer name to get a clean edge. Then, I laid the fleece one on top of each other evenly. I cut a scrap piece of heavy cardstock into a 5 inch square and laid it down on each square end of the fabric on four corners and cut the square off. Be sure to use a sharp pair of scissors. With a long ruler, I cut one inch strips in width all the way around the outside of the fleece. Then, I took the strips and tied knots all the way around the perimeter to secure both pieces of fabric.

The whole process from start to finish took me about 2 1/2 hours to complete.  That size is perfect for a four year old...big enough as a blanket and when they get older, it will be great as a throw blanket. One of my friends, Maria, made me a no-sew fleece blanket and she used 2 yards of fabric and it's the perfect size for me!

Here's the gift bag I made for the blanket.  I took a kraft shopping bag and used 5 inch circle stickers from Paper Source to make polka dots on it.  I cut some of them in half for the top and bottom of the bag.   It's a quick and easy way to decorate when you are short on time!

This is a close up of the oversized gift tag I made for the bag. I used a piece of A Muse Kitchen Purple cardstock for the tag part and a large Cupcake background stamp from Stampin' Up!. I paper-pieced the paper cup using A Muse Gingham Grass cardstock. The alphabet letters are from a set by Kim Hughes.

Finally, this is the birthday card my son made for his friend. He used Prismacolor pencils as his coloring medium.  I believe he was practicing his circles and color blending!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Card Tin for Wanda G.

Yep, I'm still here...just been super super busy! Just wanted to pop in and share a greeting card tin I made for my crafting sistah Wanda earlier in the year.

Isn't that Elzybells image just the cutest? It's just the perfect image for a cardmaker! I colored her hair blonde like Wanda's and used American Crafts Thickers to spell out her name. The apple pattern paper is from a collection by October Afternoon if I remember correctly.

Of course I had to embellish the top with yummy ribbon and buttons to coordinate! I threaded twine through the button holes and used glue dots to attach them to the lid.

The crafty cup of supplies is by A Muse. I used my Copics to color the cup part and Spica Glitter pens for the pencils, brushes and scissors in the cup.

I hope to be back more regularly so stay tuned and thanks for stopping by!


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