Thursday, June 6

All for a Buck

Who doesn't like dollar stamps?  My visit to Michaels or Joanns won't be complete without digging through the dollar stamp bins.  

For this new graduation card, I used a couple of my dollar stamps - one by Studio G, and the other by Michaels.



Materials used:
cardstock/dp - Recollections, ColorBok, leftovers
image/sentiment - Studio G, Michaels
ink - Tsukineko, Copic
tools - EK Success edge punches
adhesive - Scotch, mounting tape


This sentiment stamp by Michaels was heat embossed, then touched up with  Copic markers.  The rest of the images/sentiments are from a Studio G dollar stamp set.




It was also my first time to use the EK Success 2-in-1 Deep Edge Punch.  I sure like it!  You can see below the two designs on the two layers of the top flap.





I have one more graduation card to make, and my goal is to finish it before the weekend.  'Til next blog!

Tuesday, June 4

Congrats

One of the things I like about this season are the graduation parties.  For some reason, it seems like a silent contest among the adults as to how many graduation party invitations have been received.  It's also a good time to see relatives that you haven't seen for a long time.  I guess you can agree with me that it's more fun to be with relatives during graduation parties than funerals.  The down side?  The more invites you get, the more likely you are to spend money.

But to me, one of the good things I like about being invited to graduation parties is making the graduation gift cards.  Every time I make one, I make sure to follow the graduate's school or class colors. 

Last weekend, we went to a relative's graduation party.  In other words, I was able to make my first graduation card this year:

 

Materials used:
cardstock/dp - Recollections, Georgia Pacific, ColorBok
image/sentiment - Close to My Heart, Stampers Anonymous
ink - Stampin' Up, Tsukineko
tools:  Spellbinders, Martha Stewart edge punch, Martha Stewart punch around the page
misc.:  Velcro
adhesive:  Scotch, mounting tape






I still have several graduation cards to make... 'til next blog!

Sunday, June 2

It's A Party

I can't believe it has been ten days since my last post.  

Well, I actually do believe it.  The past couple of weeks have been really busy with work.  But the last big event took place this Friday, and I tell you... I was sooo excited to play in my planet.

I was very ready to do my pending craft projects, but I started with cataloging my new stamps that I have bought from weeks or months ago (click here to see how I catalog and store my unmounted and clear stamps).  There are still a good number left, but it sure feels great to finally store a bunch of them the "right" away.  I will do my best to buy any new stamps (even though there's a lot I really want right now), until all my stamps are catalogued and stored. 

Then last night, I started making invitations for my cousin's 50th birthday and 20th anniversary party.  While making these cards, I realized that this year is the most I ever made - from baptism, to wedding and now to birthday/anniversary invitations.  I would consider it an accomplishment, craft wise.  

Anyway, as my cousin and I were talking about the color scheme of the party, it was decided that gold will be used for the 50th, and emerald green, china and platinum for the 20th.

This is what I came up with:



Materials used:
cardstock/dp - Georgia Pacific, Recollections
image/sentiment - Inkadinkado
ink - Stampin' Up, Tsukineko
tools - Quickutz embossing folder, Fiskars corner punch, Stampin' Up punches, Spellbinders, EK Success edge punch
adhesive - Scotch, mounting tape






To achieve this look, I punched a strip of white cardstock with the EK Success edge punch, then stamped the sentiment above it.  After that, I punched with the Stampin' Up Label Punch, then inked the edges with Tsukineko Brilliance Ink in Platinum Planet.




The design is easy and simple that I was able to make 42 in a few hours.




Now it's the season for graduation parties.  Another good reason to play some more in my planet.  'Til next blog!

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