A Random Assortment of Cards

Sometimes when I get in a carding groove my cards have a theme, and other times  I am experimenting with techniques, paper or stamps. Here is a random assortment of cards I made when I was in an experimenting mood one afternoon. A few are birthday cards and some are thank you cards. All were made with Stampin Up stamps and punches.

With two of the birthday cards I was playing with embossing and using my new stamp set Elementary Elegance which was offered for a limited time during the Sale-a-bration event. I love embossing stamps and think the gold really sets off the swirls in the stamp.

 

With the third birthday card I made was experimenting with the eggplant embossing powder that my friend had brought over. I ended up giving this card to my sister for her birthday. I love the cupcakes on the bottom.

I continued the butterfly theme with my thank you cards. I was making these cards for the wonderful volunteers who had helped us with the overnight at the Nature Museum. Our museum is known for its fabulous butterfly haven so I thought the butterflies would be appropriate. I used the Flight of the Butterfly Stampin Up set and the butterfly punch. I used paper from The Green Stack by DCWV. (Which was the first paper stack I ever bought so it holds a special place in my heart). I used this card I found on Pinterest for inspiration.

 

I couldn’t help myself and had to use my favorite punch and  “put a bird on it” for the last thank you card.

The bird just makes me so happy and I love the strip of birds in the trees on the side. Do you have any favorite stamp sets or card techniques? Leave them in the comments.

 

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Grazie! Italian Wrapping Paper Thank You Cards

My sister manages Sally Bourne Interiors, a interior design store in London, and sometimes sends me fun little wrapping paper remnants from the shop. I like to use these to make cards. Here are a number of thank you cards I made with some of the red and green paper she sent.

I used a variety of Stampin Up sets including “Art of Life” and “All the Best”. I also went back to my Portland roots and  put a bird on it with the Stampin Up bird punch. Which is one of my very favorite crafting tools. I love me some embossing so I embossed stamps and the paper on most these cards.  I am excited to make more cards with these beautiful papers!

Happy Mother’s Day!

I am aware that this is a week late. Believe it or not, I did this on purpose. I wanted to share the Mother’s Day cards I made, but didn’t want to give away the surprise. Also, mother’s are wonderful enough to celebrate everyday!

       

 

I made all of these cards with various Stampin Up stamps and punches. I didn’t have any “Mother’s Day” stamps so I thought about what the holiday meant to me and found stamps to match. I am really happy with the results. I love the gold embossed flowers and I can’t get enough of the blossom punch. I think it is so beautiful and look forward to buying some of the stamps that go with it. Most importantly I was happy to send these cards to some amazing mothers in my life. Love you mom!