Saturday, April 20, 2013

Birthday Bash -- cards by the dozen!

I recently did my first "Birthday Bash" card class -- you could choose any 8 cards for the $15 class fee, and then make as many extra cards as you wanted for $1.25 per card.  The idea was to make enough birthday cards for the whole year featuring everyone on your birthday calendar.  Here are some of the cards there were to choose from:
 A Pinwheel card of sorts -- you start by layering two 2 5/8 x 2 5/8" Midnight Muse card stock squares on top of each other as shown.  Next, punch out 4 squares each of designer paper with the 1 1/4" square punch and layer them in an alternating pattern over top of the first two squares you laid down -- put a brad or button in the middle where all the little points come together, and you've got an easy, but wow card!
 Simple masculine card using the Harvest Blessings stamp set and the window frames framelits.  I embossed the Crumb Cake card base with the Hexagon embossing folder from the spring catalog.  The Dotted Scalloped Ribbon punch adds just a little decorative border underneath the designer paper (from the Poetry Prints stack in the spring catalog).
 This Angry Birds card is a case of a card I saw on Pinterest.  Chevron embossing folder for the background, and various SU punches for all his parts.
 This is a case of a card I saw on Mary Fish's blog -- great little card for a teenager.
 Simple cupcake card using the cupcake punch in it's traditional way.
 Hello Kitty card -- cased from an idea I saw on Pinterest
 Ultra simple trifold card
 Perfect for your grandma kind of card -- featuring the Everything Elenor stamp set.
 A card featuring the Secret Garden and matching framelits (in the spring catalog) -- another case from a card I saw on Mary Fish's blog
 Simple layered butterflies -- check out the mini butterfly punch available in the spring catalog!  Layers perfectly on top of the larger butterfly in the current catalog.
Ice cream cone card using the cupcake top as the ice cream scoops.  The cone is made using the Pennant Parade stamp set and punched out with the Pennant builder punch.  The embossed cloud background is the cloudy day embossing folder from the spring catalog.

Hope this inspires you to do a little crafting this weekend! :)

THE cutest Easter Bunny on the planet!

For my last scrap booking class, I wanted to do an Easter layout -- so I searched the web for some cute new Easter ideas and ran across this adorable Easter Bunny and the little "hatching chicks" on Pinterest.  Just too cute not to share, so here they are!

The bunny is made with a huge pile of punches and Basic Grey, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, and Very Vanilla cardstock.  Here is the list of punches: the head is the ornament punch, the body is the 1 3/4" round punch, ears -- large oval punch and retired small oval punch, feet -- large oval punch, hands -- large petal from the petals builder punch, cheeks -- current small oval punch, eyes -- current small oval and the owl punch, nose -- owl punch.  The little chicks are the 1 1/4" scallop punch with the owl punch used for the eyes, and the beaks a folded triangle of pumpkin pie card stock punched with a petal tip from the petals punch.  For their little tufts of fluff on their heads, I took a little piece of Daffodil Delight seam binding and attached it to the back, then unraveled the end to look fluffy and trimmed it to the look I wanted.  The egg shells -- punch some wide ovals out of Melon Mambo, Wisteria Wonder, and Bashful blue card stock that has been pre-embossed with the square lattice folder.  Cut them free hand in a zig zag pattern and stick the little chick inside one of the halves. 

For those amazingly sparkly Easter eggs, I used one of my favorite Glitter Magic techniques -- simply apply the Big Shot multipurpose adhesive sheets to your favorite designer paper -- here I used the Tea for Two pack from the Spring catalog -- punch out your eggs using the wide oval punch and current small oval punch, burnish the egg a little with a bone folder so your adhesive sticks really well, peel off the adhesive backing and dump dazzling diamonds glitter to the sticky surface, shake off the excess and you have a lovely sparkly Easter egg.

The title is made with the Lovely Letters alphabet and postage stamp punch.  Easy peesy.

Enjoy your Saturday, and if you haven't seen all the fun specials going on right now, be sure to check them out on my website -- just click the link below. :)