September 29, 2015

Showered with Love

A few days ago, I shared a custom birthday card I whipped up - today, I want to share one more!  The last one was a very open-ended request, so I figured I'd counterbalance that with this card, which was a very specific request.  The customer asked if I could make a bridal shower card.  Why, of course!  Can I make it with penguins?  Sure, why not!  At this point, the request became quite specific - a boy and a girl penguin, standing together while a bunch of hearts fall on them, and then the sentiment should say "showering my new sister with love."

Well, alright!

I wish it would've photographed better, but the girl penguin actually has a little lacy doily veil.  Tee hee!  A nice contract to Mr. Penguin's tuxedo and little buttons.  The custom sentiment was printed onto Whisper White cardstock with my computer and added as a liner on the inside of the card.

I love how this custom request turned out, and so did my customer - so nice to see someone's ideas take shape!

Have a fabulous day!

September 27, 2015

Calling All Birthday Boys!

I've been up to my eyeballs lately in custom card orders, so I thought I'd share a couple of the fun ones this week!  I've been doing baby shower thank you cards, new baby cards, birthday cards, wedding cards, thank you cards... but of course, one of my favourites is going to be a birthday card for a little dude just older than mine. 

The request for this card was simple - his name is Ryan, and he's turning 5.  I found out he had blonde hair, so I worked that in too to make Ryan his very own superhero card (with a mask in his favourite colour - Tangelo Twist!  Er, I mean, orange.  Haha!)

This fabulous build-a-comic stamp set, called Calling All Heroes, is still around!  It's one of my favourites and I highly recommend snapping it up, especially if you have little boys in your life.  It even has its own alphabet, so you can make custom comic book sentiments!  Eek, so fun!

See you again on Tuesday for another custom card - can't wait to share it!  

September 22, 2015


Halloween is creeping up on us and I couldn't be more excited.  October is my favourite month and Halloween is such an awesome end cap for it! Share this quick and easy card with a friend to wish them a wicked night.  



September 20, 2015

Project Life - Legoland!

I have a quick, easy, and fun project to share again today - Project Life!  

This past January, we took a family trip to Legoland - including my dad and stepmom - and spend a week in sunny California.

And, of course, why scrap one photo in seven hours when you can do a whole week in one hour?!  Here's a quick sample of two pages - one more "traditional" using Project Life supplies, and one in the Project Life pocket style.

I love (LOVE.) this method of memory-keeping.  It's SO easy, fast, and fun!  And at the end of the day, isn't the goal to get memories into albums?  What better way to do it.  

See you again soon!  

September 18, 2015

TGIFC21 - Happy Birthday!

It's Friday, and you know what that means!  

It's time for another round of TGIF Challenges!  This week is a theme challenge, and our theme is a fun one - Happy Birthday!  

This challenge is so wide open that nearly anything goes - and I'm SO excited to see everyone's entries this week!  But first, here's mine: 

I decided to wrap up a little gift in a Sketched Dots bag and then decorated it for a special birthday girl - it's no secret that I'm a firm believer in "more is more" when it comes to paper crafting, and this was no exception!  What started with the "they say it's your birthday" flag and a bow turned into this a short while later.  With so many DSP prints (in that gorgeous Cherry On Top stack), plus glitter, die cuts, twine, and banners, how could I resist?!  Whoops...  what can I say?  I'm weak.  :)

Please jump over to TGIF Challenges to see the design team's creations for TGIFC21, then come back and join us before Wednesday night to submit your own entry!

September 17, 2015

Triple-Up Thursday: Cheer All Year

I feel like it's been a hundred years since I've done a Triple-Up Thursday post!  But no, you're not dreaming - it's back!

Is this your first one?  Triple-Up Thursday is a (weekly-ish) feature where I share a set of three 3x3" cards made from basic supplies - one stamp set and five ink colours.  It's so easy to get sucked into the idea that you need hundreds of dollars worth of supplies to start making cards, and you DON'T.  At all!  Keep it easy and fun by using these three cards for inspiration.

This set of cards came together with a rich colour pallet of Basic Black, Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Garden Green, and Cherry Cobbler.

But wait - there's orange on the Hello Autumn card!  No, I didn't cheat - I just sponged!  Get out your sponges and get back to basics - yellow plus red equals orange - so stamp into yellow ink and sponge a bit of red on top of it.  Voila!  Orange!  This technique is used on the autumn card as well as the "Boo" sentiment on the halloween card.

Remember I said it's been ages since I've done a Triple-Up Thursday post?  Obviously I'm out of practice - I forgot to take pictures of each individual card!  Whoops!

Thanks for stopping in today - check back tomorrow for my weekly contribution to the TGIF Challenges design team!

(Need more inspiration?  Click the "Triple-Up Thursday" tag on this post to see more like this!)

September 14, 2015

Happy Gotcha Day!

Have you ever heard of Gotcha Day?  Unless you're a pet owner to a rescued animal, you probably haven't!

When you rescue an animal, the odds are not good that you'll know their actual birthday.  Most rescue animals have a guess at age, at best, so there's no real way to celebrate their birthday each year.  As an alternative, many families celebrate "Gotcha Day," the day the animal joined their family, as their special day.  Personally, we've known the birth dates of our three rescue dogs (two were retired racing greyhounds with all of their paperwork, and the other was born into foster care from a pregnant rescued mama!) but we still celebrated their Gotcha Days every year.  Why NOT have a second excuse for cake??  (Because yeah, I'm the crazy lady that makes a cake on account of her dog.)

Anyway... my nearest and dearest friend recently adopted another dog - a little girl to join her little boy - and we just had to celebrate with a card and cake!  

I wanted to make a cool vintage theatre marquee, and I used a technique that she herself designed - tee hee!  It creates such a fun effect and is a great way to use the Little Letters dies.

And the cake?  Double-layer chocolate with chocolate buttercream and pink candies on top.  Perfect for the little lady.  (And no, she didn't eat it... just us humans did.)  :)

Perk #901824 of being a card maker: being able to make just the right card for the occasion.  Because "Gotcha Day" deserves a celebration!

Cheers and have a fabulous Monday!

September 11, 2015

TGIFC20 - Sketch Challenge!

It's Friday again already!  So excited to share another round of TGIF Challenges with you!  

This week's challenge is as sketch - and I must admit, sketch challenges are always my favourite ones.  The possibilities are endless and each design team project and every submission is completely unique - it's so cool!  Check it out:

And here's what I cam up with!  I decided to keep it neutral, earthy, and pretty, using Kraft, Typeset DSP, and burlap with a touch of gold.  That little flower came together in a flash using scallop circle punches and a brad, and the rest of this card was a piece of cake.  The decorations are actually a belly band that slips off, allowing the card to open as a gate-fold.  A fun fold is a nice little touch, isn't it?

I'd love to see what this sketch inspires you to make!  Hop over to TGIF Challenges and join us for TGIFC20!