A few years ago, before the adult coloring book craze hit, I purchased this beautiful stamp at Stampaway.
It certainly is timely!
Not only am I able to color in style, when I am finished, I can turn my creations into beautiful cards. The combinations of color choices make for a different look each time with endless possiblities of unique designs.
My sample cards were created with embossing powder and Twinkling H2Os. Alcohol markers, watercolor markers and colored pencils offer other options.
I like to stamp up a number of images and have them available to color while watching television, waiting on hold on telephone calls, or other down times.
I have a dear friend who I have known from childhood who has been fighting breast cancer. She is truly an inspiration to others. I admire her positive attitude and determined spirit. I pray for her every day and whenever my thoughts turn to her.
Several weeks ago, she asked me if I could make her some note cards. I was touched and honored by her request and thrilled to be able to provide her with a special gift.
The stamps I used on these cards are from A Muse Studio’s “Fight Like a Girl” stamp set. My former TAC upline is now with A Muse Studio and surprised me with this set as a gift last year.
You can find all the wonderful stamp sets and products A Muse Studios has to offer at http://www.amusestudio.com. Please email me if you are interested in placing an order and I will be happy to put you in touch with a wonderful consultant!
When I was a little girl, my mom would save the Christmas cards we received and then the following Christmas, recycle them into gift tags. She would cut around them with an old pair of pinking shears and use bits of left over ribbon for ties. I was always fascinated with her pinking shears and thought they were completely magical. These were the days WAY before all the scrapbooking and card making tools and supplies were available so her idea was very much ahead of the times.
I have to confess that the past several years, I have opted for the convenience of the preprinted adhesive gift tags. But I still saved my old Christmas cards.
I had been working on putting some quick cards together with items from other projects. I actually have a drawer labeled “unfinished projects” where I put those bits and pieces I don’t know what to do with. While searching through this drawer, I came across some leftover tag shaped card stock. Then I remembered my stash of old Christmas cards.
The tags were 2-1/2 inches wide, so I cut the Christmas card images to 2 inches square and matted them on 2-1/4 inch square coordinating cardstock or wrapping paper. I especially liked the effect when I used foil wrapping paper. I then stamped the back with the words “To” and “From” and added a ribbon tie to the top. I was very pleased with the update to my mom’s idea from years ago. Now I just need to get to wrapping my Christmas presents.
The tag bases themselves are very easy to make. You don’t need a Cricut or a die cut machine. The ones I had started out as 2 inch by 3 inch rectangles. I simply snipped off two of the corners with regular scissors and used a 1/8 inch circle punch to create the hole at the top.
I worked with what I had on hand, but the tag bases could be made just about any size. I’m thinking that next year I might make them a bit larger so that the Christmas card image and mat could be done with decorative edges. I already have several different decorative edge scissors, but I think I will be looking for an old pair of pinking shears when garage sale season rolls around!
It’s not too early to start planning ahead for Father’s Day I don’t know about you, but sometimes I really struggle to come up with ideas for guy cards. Here are a couple of the cards I have made just for this occasion.
The images and sentiments are from the Greatest Dad and That Guy retired stamp sets by The Angel Company. I found the argyle ribbons in the dollar bin at Michael’s. Throw in some blue, green or brown card stock and you have the perfect card for that special guy in your life!
These cute little 6 inch by 6 inch scrapbook albums are available at a number of stores. They are relatively inexpensive and so quick and easy to decorate.
I have templates for creating coordinating layouts for all 20 pages using only 4 pieces of 8-1/2 by 11 inch cardstock — 2 sheets of white and 2 sheets of 2 different colors. The guidelines are printed on the backs of the cardstock and show exactly where to cut the cardstock. Prior to cutting, the white sheets are covered completely with randomly stamped images, again in coordinating colors. Letters which are printed on the individual pieces aid in matting the pieces together so that they are ready to be attached to the pages. The result is a completed album just waiting for pictures!
Smaller images and solid stamps give the most striking results. I selected The Angel Company’s “Aged Ornaments” stamp set for these albums. The images coordinate so well with the album covers!
I have quite a collection of old stamping catalogs — Stampin’ Up, Close To My Heart, The Angel Company just to name a few. I cannot bear to part with them! Even though the products may have changed, the catalogs are full of SO many wonderful samples and ideas.
I remember when The Angel Company came out with its 2010-2011 Inspiration catalog. “Inspiration” couldn’t be a better name. The first time I looked through the catalog, I fell in love with Christine Pennington’s card on page 63. To put it simply, it is stunning. I loved the Butterfly Swirls set before, but I love it even more now!
I needed to make a card to go with a wedding gift and I knew that one would be just perfect. I’d wrapped the gift in black and white paper with a bright pink ribbon.
Here’s my version of Christine’s card recreated in pink.
Remember, your new (and old) catalogs are great references!
Thank you Christine for being my inspiration!
This card was created using The Angel Company’s True Beauty stamp set, VersaMark Ink, and Pebbles Jewel Tones Chalk Kit. The camera doesn’t exactly do the image justice in capturing the beautiful shimmer of the chalk. I absolutely love this set of chalks!
There are at least 5 different sets of chalks in this series by Pebbles. (More may have been added since this original post from 2010.)
The Jewel Tones Chalk Kit is my favorite! The colors are rich and bright and shimmer when applied to images.
The Shimmers Chalk Kit is very similar to the Jewel Tones Kit but with lighter colors. It coordinates quite well with the Jewel Tones Kit.
The Basic Brights Chalk Kit is a wonderful collection of basic colors. These are regular chalks without the shimmer.
The Pastels Chalk Kit is another set of colors without the shimmer.
Last but not least is the Earth Tones Chalk Kit. It is a wonderful set of rich earthy colors without the shimmer.
I can’t say enough good things about these sets! They come with reusuable pom poms and an applicator tool all within a metal storage case. A must have for any stamper. The hardest part is choosing just one set — but then again, why limit yourself to just one!