In my last post I mentioned that I would be catching up on a bunch of random cards I'd made in the past year but never gotten around to posting. With that exciting introduction, without further ado...
This card really is quite stunning in real life; this photo does not do it justice. I made this card for the kids' daycare teachers, and sent it into school with homemade cookies for everyone. (I definitely lost some sleep pulling all of that off -- not sure it was the best use of my time and energy!) The wreath stamp and die are from Memory Box and are meant to coordinate. I must say that I found them to be a bit fussy and a little frustrating. Even though I was lining up the wreath just so each time, onto the stamped image -- and securing it in place with washi tape -- I never, NOT ONCE, was able to perfectly align the stamped image with the die cut. Bah! I made myself be ok with it. I stamped the wreath and the sentiment (from an A Muse Studio set) in Memento Rich Cocoa, and then colored in the leaves with various colors of Liquid Pearls. These leaves have the most beautiful shimmer to them. Coloring -- nay, PAINTING -- them in was just a bit tedious and took some serious meditative thoughts, but the end results made me really proud. The card base is a favorite (but now retired) Stampin' Up! cardstock, Confetti Cream in Ivory.
This next card was made in a jiffy -- it was made with some leftover supplies I had from a project I had made for some of my colleagues at work. The mug and steam stamps and dies are from Stampin' Up!; I believe the set was called "Holiday Collection." I stamped the images with A Muse Studio inks. The sentiment is by Rosie's Roadshow. I used a craft knife to cut a slit in the mug stamp so I could stick the steam into it. (Does that make sense?) I used a Quickie Glue Pen and some ultrafine glitter to add a little bit of sparkle to the snowflake on the mug. All papers were from A Muse Studio.
Here is a Valentine I made super, super quick for the kids' friends and teachers. I was faced with such a time crunch that I seriously went with the easiest idea that first popped into my head. The image and sentiment are both from A Muse Artstamps, and I stamped them with Memento Rich Cocoa. I used a pink Copic marker to color in five of the hearts; for the sixth, I used a blue heart bling (also by A Muse). Card base and ribbon are from A Muse Studio. (Oh, and if you notice a weird shadow near the center of the card... there is a Minnie Mouse sticker on the inside. I forgot to keep one out as a sample for myself and slapped a sticker on it.)
And finally... here is the Valentine I made for a handful of my family and friends. Again, this one was super simple! The card base is kraft paper from Memory Box. The patterned paper is, I believe, from Doodlebug Designs. The main image is from Michael's and was a gift from my dear friend Tracy; the sentiment is from A Muse Artstamps. I stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa and colored in the owl with a Copic marker, likely Sugared Almond Pink. I tied a piece of A Muse Studio ribbon around it and there you go!