Thursday, July 30

Mom Cards

This week's post is going to be short.  I was only able to make a couple of Mom cards for my "You've Been Crafted" Project.  

This card features a Stamping Bella image.  I quickly checked online and Stamping Bella still exists!  However, I can see that their designs have changed.  I have to say I prefer the original Bellas because they are one of a kind.

I love love love these dimensional stickers!  They sure made a difference on this card.  I gotta look for them next time I go craft shopping.

Stay safe... 'Til next blog!

Thursday, July 23

Masculine Cards

Making masculine cards has always been a challenge for me.  You would think it'd be easy to make a card for a guy because it shouldn't involve much, but that just isn't the case most of the time.  I just try to stick to neutral colors, clean and simple, and avoid the swirls and flowers.  For my "You've Been Crafted" project, I knew I had to make masculine cards so here's a bunch of them.

If you are a card maker, you will recognize the background of this card.  It is part of packaging for a Tim Holtz embossing folder.  I have mentioned before that I keep these sometimes to use on a card.  It gives me something to talk about.

I cheated on the next two cards you see.  The card bases are already preprinted with designs.  They come in handy when I'm in a hurry.

The stamped background you see in the next three cards were received from a background image swap a long time ago.  I finally got to use them.

The embossed background in this card is actually a Fiskars embossing plate from primitive crafting times.  I ran it through my Big Shot and it worked.

Stay safe everyone... 'Til next blog!

Thursday, July 16


Hello crafty reader!  I'm so excited to show you this week's card set.  They feature Hero Arts Kokeshi Girls.  There was a time in my crafting life that I was so into anything Japanese because I lived in Japan for 5 years.  So when these stamps came out, I had to have them.  I think I even hosted a Japanese image swap before, and if I'm not mistaken, these actual stamped images are from that swap.

Sadly, I just checked and Hero Arts doesn't have this available on their website anymore.  But I sure am glad that the Hero Arts brand is still out there.  Things have changed in the craft scene, and I'm slowly discovering these changes as I slowly try to go back to crafting regularly again.

These cards are so cute, I wanted to keep them for myself.  But I hope whoever received these cards during my "You've Been Crafted" project like them.

Stay safe... 'Til next blog!

Thursday, July 9

More Happy Birthday

I hope you all had a great 4th of July weekend!  Keeping safe while celebrating American freedom in your own way.  We got to watch our small town big pride fireworks - a tradition I'm glad that kept on despite the virus.

Here's another set of birthday cards, using a stamp I got from an image swap at Splitcoaststampers.  I was very active in this online community a long time ago.  I would log in every now and then to check things out and I'm glad that it still exists.  I typically use this image for masculine cards, but it could work with other age groups depending on the color combination you use.  

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Thursday, July 2

Graduation Cards

This year has not been all that good for most students, especially the high school and college seniors who were not being able to march and get their diplomas on stage in front of their proud family and friends.  I feel for them.  I used to work at the high school office and I always pointed out to the seniors that their graduation is a once in a lifetime event.  A milestone.  The graduates of school year 2019-2020 didn't have that special event.  No ceremonies.  No graduation parties.  However, each town got creative and celebrated these graduates in different shape or form.  In some towns, I saw pictures of the graduates alongside their main drag for everybody to see.  I saw on TV some graduates receiving their diploma on a small stage in front of their house.  

This post is for them.  I hope the recipients of these handmade cards are able to give these cards to the graduates in their lives this year.    

You all stay safe... 'Til next blog!