Thursday, May 6, 2021

Teacher Appreciate Gifts 2021

Hello! It is Teacher Appreciate Week and boy do we appreciate our teachers! After months of virtual learning I am SO glad my kids are back at school in person! I put together these small gifts for my kids' teachers as a small way of saying thank you for all they do. 

I spied these adorable mini sparkling juice cans at Trader Joe's this week and the wheels immediately started spinning on how I could dress them up for gift giving. They came in a few different flavors; I bought the strawberry and watermelon ones. I had some small white gift bags already that fit the cans perfectly. They just needed tags!

For the strawberry cans I pulled out a retired Papertrey Ink stamp set called Strawberry Patch. I used the cans themselves as very literal inspiration for the tags. I began by die cutting an Essential Tag from Sweet Blush card stock. Then I cut several of the strawberries and leaves out of white card stock and stamped them in Real Red and New Leaf inks. The "For You Teacher" sentiment is from another retired Papertrey Ink set called Enclosed: Apple. I was delighted to find this "so appreciated" sentiment from one of my The Stamp Market sets called Summer Stems! I also stamped a few curly vine images, also from Strawberry Patch, directly on the tag peeking out from the strawberries and leaves. I tied the tag using some matching green satin ribbon.

For the watermelon tags I also cut an Essential Tag, this time from white card stock. I used the Fruit Salad: Watermelon die set from Papertrey Ink for this tag. SO fun! I used Berry Sorbet, New Leaf and white card stock. I die cut the watermelon a second time from True Black card stock and inlaid the seeds. After the tag was assembled I also went back over the seeds with glossy accents for some realistic shine. The sentiments were stamped in New Leaf, Berry Sorbet and Onyx Black inks. I used matching Berry Sorbet Saddle Stitch Ribbon to tie them on. 

I am so happy with how these turned out and they were delivered to the teachers today. I hope they enjoy them and thank you to all of the teachers out there!


Stamps: Enclosed: Apple, Strawberry Patch (PTI), Summer Stems (The Stamp Market)

Ink: Berry Sorbet, New Leaf (PTI), Real Red (SU!), VersaFine Onyx Black

Other: Berry Sorbet Saddle Stitch Ribbon (PTI), Limeade Splash Satin Ribbon (Fun Stamper's Journey), glossy accents

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Purple Layered Bouquet Mother's Day Cards

Today I am sharing more Layered Bouquet Mother's Day cards. I seriously stamped a big pile of pink and purple bouquets and went to town making cards! These are very similar to yesterday's pink cards

For today's purple cards I used Altenew inks. The blooms are stamped in Soft Lilac and Lavender Fields. The leaves are stamped in Leafy and Mossy inks from The Stamp Market. The background was die cut from Lilac Grace card stock with the Pierced Plaid Cover die, also from The Stamp Market. The sentiment is a retired Papertrey Ink set called Keep it Simple: Mother, stamped onto a Tag Sale Quilted die. To add some dimension I used Jennifer McGuire's trick of layering die cuts. I had a couple of bouquets that didn't stamp well, so I glued them underneath! Both the bouquet and sentiment strip have three layers glued together. 

This card is stamped in the same inks. The background was die cut with Pinkfresh Studio's Essentials: Diagonal Stitched Plaid die, trimmed down to leave a white border. The bouquet is layered onto an Intricate Mandala die cut. 

Here are the last two purple cards. 

This time I layered the bouquet onto a Delicate Doilies die cut from vellum. 

These last flowers were stamped in slighter darker purple shades. I used Lavender Fields and Deep Iris. I stenciled directly onto a top folding notecard with the Diagonal Plaid stencil to create the background. This sentiment is also from Keep it Simple: Mother. This simple design was one of my favorites! I also used the Flappable Stencil from The Greetery to embellish each of the envelope flaps. 

As I said before, I stamped a big pile of the Layered Bouquets, but I don't really like to mass produce the same thing over and over again, so I enjoyed making each one slightly different!


Stamps: Layered Bouquet (Pinkfresh Studio), Keep it Simple: Mother (PTI)

Paper: Lilac Grace (PTI), Accent

Ink: Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris (Altenew), Leafy, Mossy (The Stamp Market), VersaFine Onyx Black

Other: Diamond Plaid Stencil (Pinkfresh Studio), Flappable Stencil (The Greetery)

Monday, May 3, 2021

Pink Layered Bouquet Mother's Day Cards

I am making Mother's Day cards for all of the moms and mentor moms in my church moms's group. We have been entirely virtual for over a year now so I wanted to send them each something personal to stay connected and hopefully brighten their day. I used lots of Pinkfresh Studio supplies on these, including more of the Layered Bouquet set I used in yesterday's card

I stamped the blooms in Pale Peony and Hibiscus Burst inks. The leaves are stamped in Leafy and Mossy. For this card I layered the bouquet on an Essentials: Braided Circles die cut. The pink layer was die cut from Pale Peony card stock with the Essentials: Diagonal Stitched Plaid cover die. I trimmed it down to leave a white border. The sentiment is from a retired Papertrey Ink set called Keep it Simple: Mother, stamped onto a Tag Sale Quilted die cut. 

This card is much simpler, with the bouquet adhered directly onto the card front. To create the background I blended Pale Peony ink directly onto the card base with just the first layer of the Diamond Plaid stencil. The sentiment is again from Keep it Simple: Mother. 

This card is much like the first, except the Essentials: Diagonal Stitched Plaid die was cut from white card stock, and the flowers were layered onto an Intricate Mandala die cut from vellum. The plaid die cut is also popped up with foam adhesive underneath. Also, I used the Flappable Stencil from The Greetery to decorate each of the envelope flaps. These were so fun to make! I loved cutting a big pile of blooms and then changing each card slightly to make them each unique. I'll have more cards to share later this week!


Stamps: Layered Bouquet (Pinkfresh Studio), Keep it Simple: Mother (PTI)

Paper: Pale Peony, Vellum (PTI), Accent

Ink: Pale Peony, Hibiscus Burst (PTI), Leafy, Mossy (The Stamp Market), VersaFine Onyx Black

Other: Diamond Plaid Stencil (Pinkfresh Studio), Flappable Stencil (The Greetery)

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Layered Bouquet Happy Birthday


I have been growing my collection of Pinkfresh Studio goodies so I challenged myself to make a card using only products from that company. This was fun! The background was created by blending Slumber ink directly onto a top folding white notecard with the Diamond Plaid stencil. The focal point is the lovely Layered Bouquet stamp set on top of an Essentials: Braided Circles die cut. The circle is popped up with foam tape for dimension, and I added some clear drops here and there. The sentiment, from Happy Birthday Sentiments, was stamped in black clear heat embossed. More cards using these products to come soon!


Stamps: Happy Birthday Sentiments, Layered Bouquet (Pinkfresh Studio)

Paper: Accent

Ink: Mossy, Leafy (The Stamp Market), Slumber, Blue Jay (Pinkfresh Studio), VersaFine Onyx Black

Other: Diamond Plaid Stencil (Pinkfresh Studio), clear embossing powder, clear drops

Sunday, April 25, 2021

I Love You to the Moon and Back

My husband and I recently celebrated our anniversary and this is the card I made for him. This was one of those very rare times where I had an idea in my head and it turned out just the way I hoped! Usually I get stuck somewhere along the way when making a card and have to think about how to finish it. :) 

The focal point is the very realistic moon from Altenew's To the Moon stamp set. I first cut out the moon from white card stock with the matching die cut, and then used Morning Frost, Evening Gray and Weathervane inks to stamp the three layers. The moon is popped up with foam tape. 

To create the starry background I stamped MFT's Paint Splatter Background with Versa Mark ink onto black card stock and then went over it with silver perfect pearls to make them shine. The border was die cut with Ink to Paper's Border Bling: Skinny Diagonal frames die. I actually cut it twice, once from black card stock and once from black fun foam which I adhered underneath to add dimension. The sentiment, which is also from To the Moon, was stamped in Versa Mark and then embossed with silver powder. 

Thanks for reading!


Stamps: To the Moon (Altenew), Paint Splatter Background (MFT)

Paper: Basic Black (SU!), Stamper's Select White (PTI)

Ink: Morning Frost, Evening Gray (Altenew), Weathervane (PTI), Versa Mark

Dies: To the Moon (Altenew), Border Bling: Skinny Diagonal Frames (Ink to Paper)

Other: Perfect Pearls, silver embossing powder, black fun foam, foam tape

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Up, up and away!

My youngest son turned 5 a few weeks ago (a whole hand!) and we celebrated with an airplane themed birthday party. I made this airplane shaker card for him using a retired Papertrey Ink set called Little Hot Rod. 

I started by stenciling a white card stock panel with the Cloud Stencil from My Favorite Things using a blending brush and Tumbled Glass distress oxide ink. I also die cut and stamped the little airplane in Real Red ink because my son's favorite color is red. 

The sentiment is stamped using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I used my Stamparatus to get it positioned exactly where I wanted it on the cloud panel. 

To create the shaker clouds I used a retired die-namic from My Favorite Things called Cute Cloud Outlines. It has three sizes of clouds, and I used them all. I cut one of each size out of the cloud panel, and then I cut them again from double sided adhesive foam sheets, which were adhered underneath to create the shaker walls. 

I filled each cloud with a mix of blue and clear beads from JoAnn. The blue beads are a very good match for the Tumbled Glass ink! This was a fun one to make and my son was so excited to receive a shaker card of his very own! 


Stamps: Little Hot Rod (PTI)

Paper: Stamper's Select White (PTI)

Ink: Tumbled Glass (Distress Oxide), Real Red (SU!), VersaFine Onyx Black

Dies: Little Hot Rod (PTI), Cute Cloud Outline die namic (MFT)

Other: Cloud Stencil (MFT), double sided foam adhesive, beads, clear acetate, Stamparatus (SU!)

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Egg-stra Special Easter

Up today is a sweet little Easter card. This is a case of a card where the background really dictated the rest of the design. What I mean by that is after making the Mother's Day cards in my last post, it occurred to me that creating another gingham background using both the pink AND the yellow inks would be really pretty. I tried it out and loved it! So using the Square Dance Stencils by The Greetery, I blended both Spun Sugar and Squeezed Lemonade distress oxide ink onto the first layer, creating a really pretty orange color. Then with the second layer I used only Spun Sugar, and with the third layer only Squeezed Lemonade. I had no real idea of what I was going to make ahead of time, but when I saw the cheery gingham pattern and cut it down with the Crimped Frame die, it just looked like it needed to become an Easter card. :) 

I looked through my Easter supplies and just started pulling things out and playing. First I embossed my little bunny (from a retired PTI set called Bunny Blessings) onto Kraft card stock and cut it out with the matching die. I also die cut a bunch of the flowers and leaves that are also in that set and inked them up using the same colors as on these cards. The colors I used were Pink Pirouette, Pale Peony, Barely Banana, Daffodil Delight and Vintage Jadeite. 

I used my Big Egg die to cut a white egg and used that as a place for my sentiment, which is from Hoppy Easter. And actually it helped determine the sentiment as well. I love the pun of an "Egg-stra special Easter"  being on an egg die cut! A little butterfly, also from Bunny Blessings, was added to the top of the egg. My entire main panel was popped up with a large piece of fun foam behind it and adhered to my white card base. This was a fun project and it went out to its new home in yesterday's mail. I hope it arrives in time! 


Stamps: Hoppy Easter (Honey Bee Stamps), Bunny Blessings (PTI)

Paper: Stamper's Select White, Kraft (PTI)

Ink: Squeezed Lemonade, Spun Sugar (Distress Oxide), Barely Banana, Daffodil Delight, Pink Pirouette (SU!), Pale Peony, Vintage Jadeite (PTI), Versa Mark

Dies: Big Egg, Bunny Blessings (PTI), Crimped Frame (The Greetery)

Stencil: Square Dance (The Greetery)

Other: white embossing powder