Friday, March 31, 2017

The Cure for Anything Card

When I first heard this wonderful quote I assumed it had to have been written by a woman. When I found the stamp at a show last summer, I was a bit surprised to see a man given the credit. So I looked him up and I am learning this as I type – Isak Dinesen is a pseudonym of Karen Christence Dinesen, Baroness Blixen-Finecke. She also used the name Pierre Andr├ęzel. She lived from 1885-1962 which explains (sadly) why she wrote under men's names. Oh, but a bit of joy to discover, that indeed, a woman would know the cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea. 

The quote stamp is by Verses Rubber Stamps;
the girls above and the boats below are older stamps by Stampin' Up. 

Her notable memoir is Out of Africa, and now I believe there is a movie I need to watch. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Baby Pink Cards

One of my daughter's favorite teachers is having a baby, and I am happy to have a chance to make a baby card. Since I made teddy bear cards last week, I chose non-traditional baby images, but I used pink ink, because the teacher is having a girl. 
I made thank you notes with the Dickens stamp when I was pregnant with my first daughter, and used it for the birth announcements of my second daughter. It is such a precious quote, and I use it often for baby cards. That stamp company is no longer in business; the angel is by Stampin' Up. 
Local King Rubber Stamp makes the giraffe stamp and the set includes Mother's Day and parenthood sentiments plus another cute mom and baby giraffe. The "hello baby" sentiment and the punch are from Stampin' Up. This is the card my daughter wants to give her teacher. 
If the phrase "baby blue" immediately conjures a color in the mind's eye, why not "baby pink"? It is different from "bubble gum pink" and "cotton candy pink", after all. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Bear Hug Cards

Whenever I don't have a story, I google some element of my cards and go from there. Today it's bear cliches such as baby bear, mama bear, and Yogi Bear, who is better than the average bear. I can be hungry as a bear, wonder if bears poop in the woods, or read Goldilocks and the Three Bears. My cards depict the best ones though–– bear hugs and teddy bears!

Sentiment by Simon Says Stamp is heat embossed in black.
The bear is an older stamp from Stampin' Up colored with Prismacolor pencils.
Background stamp by Local King Rubber Stamp.

One thing you won't find in my blog is bare naked cards. Oops, wrong bear. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Stamped Cards

Coming up with a title each week with the word "Card" or "Cards" if fun for me. It narrows my creative focus, plus I think I am terribly clever. One could question that this week, so please read on. The real commonality between these cards is the 30 Day Coloring Challenge with Kathy Racoosin at The Daily Marker. I have participated in her challenges before and every time I am exactly that - challenged! That's why I used small stamps this week! 

The flower is by Unity Stamp Co and I colored it with Prismacolor pencils.
The flower embossing folder is by Darice. 
Happy Mail and envelope are by Honey Bee Stamps.
The cancelled postage is thanks to my in-laws. I am lucky to benefit
from their hobbies of stamp collecting and collage making.

I am so glad a little bit of coloring goes a long way – kinda like postage stamps on Happy Mail. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Izzy's Mom's Card

Here is good question for all Moms: What is better than one of your children asking you to make something special for them? One of THEIR FRIENDS asking you to make something!! I am on the crafter's equivalent of cloud nine! YEP! My daughter's friend asked me to make a card for her to give her mother on her 50th birthday. I am so very flattered and happy to do it for her. She looked over my IG account, told me the color and style ideas she liked, and this is the end result. 

I actually do not own a stamp that says Mom, so I printed the sentiment from the computer. I used a gold leafing pen to outline the nesting die cuts. The stamps are by Stampin' Up. I used Versamark ink and clear embossing powder to heat emboss the flowers on the turquoise paper. 

Three important question are raised here, but only one can I answer with certainty: 1) How much longer before I own a "mom" stamp? 2) What is really the equivalent of cloud nine for a stamper? 3) Will Izzy's Mom like her birthday card? Of course, she will. It was her daughter's idea!