Clever Gift Giving: Works for Me Wed

23 09 2009

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I always like to spiffy up a simple card or a gift card gift with something handmade. Adding a small personal touch makes the recipient feel special.
A mini-clipboard from the craft store decorated with scraps of nice paper makes a fun and useful gift card holder. Why not add a strong magnet to the back and the recipient can put it on the fridge? More about this particular clipboard here.

aug 2009Recently, we had the honor of attending a friend’s Eagle Court of Honor. Boy, did we ever have a hard time finding an appropriate card! I ended up making a card by printing the image of an Eagle on magnetic paper and affixing it to the card stock with dimensional dots. He’ll (hopefully) be able to use the magnet long after he’s thrown out the card and burned through wisely spent the cash gift.

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Christmas Cards for Kids

4 11 2008

Here is another fun thing I made for the craft fair last weekend. These are color-me cards that I packaged with a box of crayons. The image is in black and white and it’s large enough to encourage budding artists to create their masterpieces. It’s an easy way to add a personal touch to Christmas correspondence and make your cards stand out among the masses of packaged greetings.


The stamps are from the Stampin Up’ Crab & Co set. If you don’t want to make your own, sets are available to purchase through our Etsy shop; just send me a convo for more info & prices (less than $1 per card). Thanks!

PS—Win a free box of Smuckers Uncrustables over here.

A Pink Princess Girly Card

24 09 2008

This pretty princess card is the perfect fix for frugal royalty since it’s put together with forgotten materials and imitation bling. The whole card was inspired by a friend’s swap on the theme “Enchanted” and a roll of princess ribbon from Michaels that I bought last year to add to Bean’s tutu (but never actually used it). I brushed the pink cardstock with the brillance ink to make it shimmer like the Bazzill paper. A star punch helped create the mask for the background. The fairy dust is courtesy of a ranger pen and a marvey silver gel pen. The illusion of brads is made by first gluing hole punches to the paper, then stamping with a pencil eraser dipped in Brilliance ink and embossing. I don’t know where the cheesy plastic stars came from, but they are perfect for this card. I would have embellished it even more with glitter, but I’ve put the glitter away for safekeeping from Bean, and can’t seem to find it again.

stamps: SU like it a latte swirls, studio g hearts & princess wand
inks: Tsukineko Brilliance: Pearlescent Orchid & Starlite Silver, VersaMagic Perfect Plumeria
Bazzill basics string of pearls, pink cardstock, tracing paper, unknown patterned paper

I discovered this neat blog by a crafty mom today called Nessy’s Notes. I’m posting this card as a tribute to her on her birthday. Wishing you another great year! You should visit her too, wish her a happy birthday, and eye her beautiful blog candy…



Wedding Cards

3 08 2008

My latest card creation is this wedding card for a friend. I used a combination of blue and browns on a cream base. The white floral patterns are stamped in white ink and embossed, but on the dark surfaces, they look cream colored as well. I adore Bazzill papers because they have a unique texture that makes the card feel important when you pick it up. I hope my friend likes it!

On a side note, I’m still at a loss for capturing colors true to life with my camera…