Saturday, June 30, 2012

Still Making ConGRADulations Cards!

Well this weekend marks another graduation party for our neighbors' sons and so I needed to make a couple more cards. I ended up making three, and I am not sure that this one will be used tomorrow. I may have to save this one for my niece's party at the end of the month, since she is probably a better audience for this cutesy card. But I couldn't resist posting it because I think it came out so adorable.
The worm, graduation cap and pencil are from the Paper Smooches' stamp set Smarty Pants and the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Signature Greetings set, which I bought recently from a fellow crafter's blog (thanks Suzanne, this set is getting so much use).

Friday, June 29, 2012

They Say, Imitation is the Greatest Form of Flattery

 On a recent Make It Monday post on Nicole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog, Betsy demonstrated how to create bordered sentiments...I thought it was such a great way to spotlight the sentiment, and so I gave it a whirl. One of these days, I will actually participate in blog challenges, but this one was just for me.

 Sorry for the horrible photo...I just couldn't get the pale colors to pop...but this photo enhancement is worse! I used the Signature Greetings sentiment from Papertrey Ink and some miscellaneous flower stamps that I have in my collection. I love how it came out and will definitely be using this idea again.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Measure Once...thanks to Kiwi Lane Designs

Within the last year, I've started using sketches to help me plan out my scrapbook and card layouts. Using somebody else's design saves me from falling into a creative rut and making everything one dimensional and boring. I especially love the sketches that have the measurements right on them. But even with all that assistance, I still manage to cut my photos or patterned paper wrong....too much taken off the right side leaves me chopping off someone's arm on the left side. Well all that has changed thanks to a FANTASTIC invention, known as Framing Templates from Kiwi Lane Designs

They have created a whole system to help you layout your scrapbook page (or card, for that matter). Each set consists of transparent templates in various sizes that you can position wherever you'd like. There are border templates, accessory templates, photo and photo matting templates. With the photo templates, you can place the templates right over the top of your photos so you'll see exactly what you are cutting (see photo to the right)!

Now I didn't invest in the entire system, but I ended up purchasing the mini and regular photo sets because I knew I would use those the most! 

If only I could just find some time to get into the craft room!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Copying the Pros

So one of the things I love most about Pinterest and following other crafters' blogs is that I come across great designs that inspire me to try new techniques. Today's card was inspired by Joy Taylor (creator of the blog Less is More). She created this really great card using not one, but two background stamps. Click on her name to see the actual card.

For my card, I used two background stamps (the hexagon and the dots) from the Geo-Graphic set by Paper Smooches. The squirrel was cut from the Cindy Lou Cricut cartridge cut at 2 1/2 inches. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches Little Fella set.

Sometimes the simple cards are the ones with the biggest impact. Hope you are inspired to try something new today.