One of the things I love best about making my own cards is the ability to customize each card to the friend or family member it's going to.
It was that way with this card. I had gone shopping with my crafty pal back in September, when I picked up the Hero Arts clear set, "Happy Day Animals." As we were standing in line, we compared purchases, and she especially liked the bird from this set. Fast forward to her birthday in April, and I was able to incorporate her favorite bird and her favorite color, red.
The balloon was paper-pieced with the back-side of the patterned paper used in the card, so they match perfectly. I love it when I can tie it all together!
As I'm cleaning my craft room (and trying to find new holidays to celebrate!), I'm trying to use my resources more wisely. One of the things I noticed in my craft room cleanings is that I have a lot of stamped images lying around, so I'm trying to use the extra card pieces up as I go instead of adding to the pile.
That's what happened with this card. I had stamped a bunch of the trophy images (left over from the card last week) and colored them to see which colors I liked better. One of these ones didn't match the card base, so I didn't use it, but I ended up finding another card base that did match, and colored some additional trophies to make a set. I used some leftover scraps from the previous card too. I love adding to my card stash!
Trophy and Congratulations stamps by A Muse, star stamp by Memory Box. Trophies colored with Copics.
Happy day after Easter! Did you all have good ones? Ours was pretty mellow. DH and I went on a long drive out into the country to go to church with the priest that married us, and then made a quick appearance at a friend's Easter celebration before coming home and relaxing. Easter dinner was at my mom's, complete with lamb and a beautiful carrot cake. Yum!
The Easter Bunny did hop by my office last week and left little souvenirs of his jaunt.
I first saw these on Heather's blog, and then I had to go get them at A Little Hut. They're super-cute and easy to make, except that the cutting can become a bit tedious. Good thing I only have 5 close co-workers!
I'm always a little sad the day after Easter. It feels like the last big celebrate-able holiday until the 4th of July, which really isn't a card kind of holiday at all. Anybody know any quirky holidays worth celebrating?
Happy Tuesday! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty awesome. On Sunday, DH and I went over to another couple's house and got to experience Rock Band for the first time. What a blast! It was a really fun night.
In addition to rocking out this weekend, I managed to get my card done early for Tracy's Sketch Challenge #31. Her challenge actually fit my card-making mood perfectly, since I've been all about the small circles lately. There was this card, today's card, and I have a couple more to show you this week that I did.
Here's the sketch:
and here's my card:
I did adapt the sketch a little to include space at the bottom for my sentiment, but the main panel is the same so I figured it would work.
This was my first time inking up this little trophy, and I just love it. What a cute image! I stamped it with brown Memento ink, and colored it with Copics (Yellowish Beige, Cobalt Blue and Sand, I think). I punched the circles out, then adhered them to the blue cardstock. I used a Memory Box stamp (Stars) on the card base with a Citrus Color Box chalk ink, and then attached the blue panel using pop dots. I cut a slit in the fold, threaded some ribbon through and attached it to the sentiment.
The cupcake image is part of a great clear set by Hero Arts, but the popped-up strawberry is by Stampendous. Don't they look like they go together? The patterned paper is called BW Sweet Talk Sweet Treats by K and Company. The cardstock is Periwinkle by Bazzill, the ribbon is by American Crafts.