Two quick and easy cards 


Quiet crafting time is a rare entity these days – it requires coordinating 2 nap times and then ignoring everything that still needs to be done after a hectic week (I’m back at work full time after dropping off Sweet Caroline at daycare – sob). So when I found a quiet hour today I poured myself a huge cup of the in my Emma Bridgewater teapot, lit a scented candle and got down to it. These two cards were super quick and easy to make, but they are some of my favorites of late. I bought the bicycle stamp set off my upline – think she’ll regret selling it now?

It was a lovely break in the madness

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Teacher gift 

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I was pleased when I stumbled upon this pintrest idea. I did not want to do gift cards for the teachers – too impersonal – but I wanted to get something that I thought they had a shot at actually using. Who couldn’t use a cute mixing bowl somewhere at home? Add in muffin mix, a balloon whisk and a little cheesy joke and I think it’s cute.

An easy gift to make!

Fall thank you card

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I had an amazing thanksgiving this year – a friend in Houston took in me and my two kiddos and served up a feast – we’re talking turkey, ham, prime rib and Cornish hens! The sides were too numerous to mention… We all waddled home (even 6 week old Caroline who got the benefit of a boost in milk supply). I wanted to make a fall themed thank you card, and found the perfect DSP… Added in a retired stamp and die set (Fall Fest, given to me as a prize by my upline) and supplemented with Paper Pumpkin stamps from September 2015 (dontcha love it when you reuse your PP stamps? I feel like I’m getting a freebie set!).

 

Festive baby ;-)
Festive baby 😉

Christmas set

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Last Christmas, all my cards were designed by my upline… This year I lost control of my SU spending (happens to the best of us, right?) so thought I had better start designing my own… It was fun, although I think you can tell that I am a newbie. Which is OK, since practice makes perfect 🙂

All materials available from my Stamping’ Up! store

Paper Pumpkin July 2015 redo

My baby girl has been keeping me busy! I have found a lot of time to craft (even to hold my first class) but not much time to blog. But I am getting caught up now. Up first is a paper pumpkin redo from July 2015 “Thanks a Latte”. I was not very keen on the sample provided, but I am pleased with this adaptation. I added in some tangelo twist butterflies – they made it an elegant thank you card. I am excited that there is a tea stamp and die set in the new occasions catalogue. I am getting it right at the beginning of the next quarter!

Tool kit (all available from my Stamping’ Up! store):

Bitty Butterfly Punch

Tangelo twist ink

Papillon clear mount set

Thanks a latte kit (while stocks last!)

Back to this little thing – more projects to come soon

I’m a convert!

Well, I failed in my goal of posting a new project each week (and let’s not even go to my thoughts of entering a new craft challenge a week!). This third trimester has been kicking my proverbial both physically and mentally after a very difficult first birth with my son. However, I do believe that I have kept up with my goal of creating something new each week so I have lots of projects to share in upcoming posts!

Stampin Up thank you card

For this post I used a card kit put together by my lovely upline (and dear friend) JB Stamper for my birthday (back in early July and can you believe I have only just finished making my thank you cards 😁). When I first heard about card kits – where you get lots of precut pieces to assemble as you like and /or personalize I was not that enthused… I couldn’t really imagine assembling someone else’s stuff and knowing how to put together their vision. However, I needed some quick cards in an emergency (a card emergency… that’s a real thing!) so I cracked out my present.

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As you may have guessed from the title – I am a total convert!! It was super easy and quick to put these together, and even better: I prefer them to anything I have made from scratch. The kit encouraged me to get out of my ‘craft comfort zone’ and try styles and colors I might not normally. I genuinely prefer these to everything I have made recently, except maybe – maybe – my baby girl baby shower card. It was also much easier to personalize these than I had thought, just using my own stamps.

Stampin Up thank you card

I love this kit and am excited to use the other kit JB Stamper gave me 🙂 Then I’m moving onto the Stampin’ Up! kits such as Watercolor wishes:

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Stampin up Watercolor Wishes

If you’re hesitant about using kits – I would say: GO FOR IT!!

Friendship / Thank you card

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I participated in my first craft challenge. Fab Friday challenged us to use three strong colors in one:

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which was daunting for me, as I have been focussing too much on 2-color cards, and on classic pastel / light colors. Furthermore, I had only one hour to complete this as I had promised my husband I would squeeze in an episode of True Detective between putting the toddler down, making the challenge and going to bed (I need to be in bed by 10,30, yawn!).

Using something strong was fun, I added in Rich Razzleberry to give some relief to the Blackberry Bliss, and although you cannot see it too well, those are pearls on the centers of the flowers and down the middle of the butterfly.

 

 

Tool kit (all available from my Stamping’ Up! store):

 

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I am so glad I entered this challenge – it really made me try something new, and I am pleased as punch (yup, little bit of a pun intended) with the output. Definitely going to try more challenges!

As ever, if you don’t want to make it, you can always pick it up from my Etsy store.

Happy Stamping!

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