I have had so much fun this week playing with this Cape Cod stamp set created by Jenn Shurkus.
I think part of the reason is because it brought back some fond memories from beach vacations of the past. We had planned on going to Ocean Isle next week, but because of the Covid 19 outbreak, we rescheduled for next year. Creating with this stamp set made me feel (almost!) like I was at the beach!
Here are the cards I created this week with an exclusive stamp set created by my friend Jenn Shurkus.
Jenn lives on Cape Cod and is raising money for the Cape Cod Resilience Fund. This fund will help small businesses on Cape Cod who are experiencing financial difficulties due to Covid-19. This fund will be around for the long run, and continue to help small businesses out in the future. YOU can help by purchasing one of Jenn’s exclusive Cape Cod stamp sets. This set is so perfect for summer and beach themed cards! For each set sold between June 15 – July 1, $10 will be donated to the CCRF. Another way you can help? Share this with your creative friends and help spread the word! More details can be found on Jenn’s site here:
When I saw the cool patterns, they reminded me so much of my brothers. Both of them are very fond of the beach and tropical attire, so making them tropical shirts for Father’s Day seemed like the perfect fit.
This is my brother Mark. As you can see, tropical shirts are his “thing.”
And this is my brother Marty. He loves his Hawaiin print shirt!
To create these cards, I first die cut the card base from the Couture Collection Die. Next, I used the new Everyday Shirt dies to cut out the shirt front and glued it to the card base. (Do not put glue on the sleeve portion, as these do not adhere to the card base.) These cute cards fit into a standard A-2 envelope – simply fold the sleeves on the score line. I had fun picking out patterns from the new paper pack. There were so many cool options to choose from!
The blue and green tropical shirt is perfect for my brother Mark, and the pineapple pattern is exactly what Marty would choose.
I love this new shirt die for making masculine cards. What dad wouldn’t want to receive one of these for Father’s Day?
Happy (early) Father’s Day to my brothers!
PS Mark just became a grandfather to his first granddaughter yesterday💗
At a very young age, my son, Kyle, decided he really liked to wear a tux.
It all started when he was in my sister’s wedding at age 4. He loved the tux he wore. In fact, he asked me what job could he do where he could wear a tux.
I told him he could be a limo driver. He liked that idea.
As Kyle grew, his admiration for tuxes continued. And he found lots of reasons to wear one.
Above: Kyle playing piano at my wedding 2006.Below: Senior Prom 2011
Above: University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony 2019. Can you spot Kyle?
Kyle’s love of tuxedos inspired this card.
The Suit Jacket die is part of Divinity Designs latest release. To create this card, I started by die cutting the card base from the Couture Collection Die Set. Next, I die cut the suit coat parts, as well as the bow tie and pocket square, with the Suit Jacket Dies. I liked the idea of a polka dot bow tie and pocket square. To make this even more “tux like,” I added a boutonnière. I used a pop dot to give the boutonnière some dimension. I created it by stamping the rose from the My World Stamp/Die Duos with red ink onto red cardstock. I die cut it out and added a green leaf cut from the Bitty Blossoms Die Set.
I love the detail I can achieve with this set of dies! Aren’t those buttons so cute?
I’ve been an emotional wreck lately. Those of you who know me, know how sentimental and sappy I can be. Well today was full of all kinds of emotions! This afternoon I met my brother and sister in law to pick up my mother’s old writing desk. I wanted it to give to my daughter for a graduation gift. My mother was a writer and my daughter is graduating with a creative writing degree. I thought it would make the perfect, sentimental graduation gift!
My sister in law told me she had a surprise for me. She gave me a small box and said she thought I would like these because I make cards. I really didn’t look inside until I got home. To my surprise, inside the box were a bunch of handmade cards my great aunt had made.
I totally remember them.
My great aunt was a nun and she would give these cards as gifts because handmade gifts were all she could afford. Here are two of her handmade cards.
I think she crocheted the little flowers and drew the leaves with a marker. Aren’t these cards so sweet? I was really thrilled to find out I had something in common with my great aunt. I have very fond memories of her and loved my Aunt Teresita so much.
Here is the card I made from her inspiration.
I made this card for my mother in law. I hope she likes it!
It’s time to start thinking about how we can honor the Mother’s in our lives. My mom loved roses and she would have loved the projects I made with this new stamp set from Divinity Designs.
I was fortunate to be a guest designer for Divinity Designs this month. I really fell in love with this new set – My World Stamp/Die Duo. It has the perfect sentiments for creating Mother’s Day projects.
Here are a couple of cards I created using this new stamp and die set.
I also thought it would be fun to create a Mother’s Day themed Timeless Tote.
I decided to use glitter paste and the new Rose Mixed Media Stencil on the front pocket to add some sparkle and texture.
This pocket is the perfect size to hold a gift card! Inside the tote I placed a small pack of tissues and a small hand sanitizer. We can’t have too much of that these days!
To create my card, I first used the Lawn Fawn Quilted Backdrop die to add some texture to my card. Next, I stamped all of the elements. I used Catherine Pooler dye inks in Spruce, Skylight, and Sand Castle, and Chocolate ink from Close to my Heart. Layered stamps can be tricky sometimes, but using the MISTI stamping tool makes it simple! These stamps were easily lined up.
After stamping, I die cut everything and adhered it all to my card base. Super simple.
Thanks again to Kathy for inviting me to be her coffee date…truly wish we could meet in person for coffee. Hopefully soon!
PS I dedicate this card to my fellow co-workers. I miss you all so much!
I certainly hope so! I am so thrilled to have joined Divinity Designs as a guest designer. I have always been a huge fan of their unique dies and I appreciate all of their uplifting stamps and sentiments.
This month they have released the Twist and Pop die. This die helps you to create a fun, pop up feature to the inside of your card!
For my card I used the Great Faith stamp/die duo for the florals and sentiments. I really love the hibiscus image, so I stamped it in a light ink to create a floral background. I’m so pleased at how this turned out. I stamped and Copic colored several more of the hibiscus images and then die cut them to place on my card.
Here is another card I created from the new release. This card features the My World stamp/die duo. This set contains lots of sentiments that would be perfect for Mother’s Day as well as some pretty rose images. I also incorporated the Delicate Doily Die that I decided to use the inlaid die-cutting technique. I have been creating lots of “thinking of you” cards during this pandemic. I believe this card would be perfect to send to one of my far away relatives.
For this card, I really wanted the Delicate Doily Die to be the focus. I die cut 2 doilies and offset layered them. I stamped the sentiment from the Great Faith Stamp/Die Duo directly onto the top layer of the doily. Lots of rectangle layers to complete the background.
I bought this pin a while back from The Grey Muse. Who knew that sentiment would become the topic of my blog post!
Unfortunately, last week I broke my arm. I wish I could say that I fell while dancing on a table, but I actually tripped on the vacuum cord as I was cleaning my craft room. This accident has prevented me from making cards. But in this first week of a long recovery, I’ve learned a few things. I mean, what I thought was true, has definitely been proven to be the case.
Truth #1: I need to create
I often joke that my crafting time is my therapy. It’s been a week of no crafting and I am one grumpy girl – just ask my family! I’m really missing that creative time!
I’ve also just received some new stamps and supplies and I am unable to try them out! It’s like being on a diet and someone sets a plate of brownies in front of you. It stinks.
Truth #2: Receiving a hand made card is magical
I love sending cards. I really think about how my card can send a little happiness or express how much I care. I keep a list of cards that I need to make and add to it as I hear of things… like Sue’s cat just passed away or Ruthie got engaged. Anyway, I’ve gotten a couple of cards this week and those cards have transformed my dull, gray day into a bright, even sparkly, day! Of course I’m saving each of the cards. Knowing that my friends care enough to make and send me a card means so much. It reminds me why I love to send cards.
My point in writing this is that if you are a card maker, give yourself a little pat on the back. You need to know that you are making a difference in this world… one beautiful card at a time. Keep creating!
Meet Mr. Pumpkin. He’s been in my life for almost 30 years! I have very strong feelings for him. In fact, I think I love him. What’s not to love? He’s always smiling and he shows up every Fall (my favorite season). And besides, he’s really cute!
My mom bought him for me at a craft show years ago. He was one of my first Fall decorations. Mr. Pumpkin has followed me to 3 different homes. I think he loves me too.
Usually towards the end of September I start thinking about him and really want to get him out and put him up in my yard. Once he’s out, I feel complete. I sometimes wonder why he makes me so happy, but I’m pretty sure it’s because he reminds me of my mom. If you haven’t figured it out, I’m a very sentimental soul. So, when Lawn Fawn released the Stitched Pumpkin Frame and Outside In Stitched Pumpkin, I had to have it! I wanted to make a cute paper pumpkin!
I created this little thank you card using both sets of dies and the sentiment is from Hello Bluebird.
My goal was to make a simple, cute card. I needed to make several of these, so a quick card design was needed. This card came together so easily. I just die cut the pumpkin pieces and glued them together. I cut an additional pumpkin to attach to the top, back part of the pumpkin, to create the little card.
Lastly, I die cut 3 of the sentiments and glued them together, to add dimension.
Super quick and easy card. This card makes me smile almost as much as Mr.Pumpkin!