Monday, April 23, 2018

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

1988 Mustang GT Shaped Birthday Card



What a lot of fun I had creating this card this morning !

It was made to resemble a 1988 Ford Mustang GT
and will be given to my son for his birthday.
He's building one of these cars into a race car.
His last few birthday cards have been Volkswagen inspired cards
since that is what he drives daily.



Sorry, but there isn't really a tutorial that I can give.
I made it like my other car shape inspired projects,
I start with making a simple sketch to use as a sort of pattern.
I then cut it apart and trace around the pieces,
trimming as needed, to make things fit.
I look at a photo of the car at the same time to help. 

A little bit of detail work with ink, pencil and Crystal Effects.
Adding some pieces as raised or recessed layers
to create a bit of dimension helps.

Once the front is complete, I lay it out on folded card stock,
trace around it then cut it out with scissors to make the card.


Here are a few more photos to help show the detail.
I even cut out the tiniest oval and tried to write
Ford in script on it with a white gel pen! 





The bumper is raised up and slightly
and curved around a piece of chipboard

The headlights have stamping and stenciling
details, topped off with Crystal Effects

The fog lights were made with 
white card stock glued under
holes punched into the front end.

The tires are made from textured card stock



 No, I didn't recreate the back of the car ;)
It took HOURS to do the front as it is.
I love my son dearly, but . . . . . 




The inside is blank since I will be 
handwriting a note in it to him. 





 My basic sketch above (I folded it in half to cut it out
so it might be a bit more symmetrical) 
and below the pieces I cut from it to use as patterns


Thanks for looking =) 


I'm entering my card in the following challenges:

Cardz 4 Guyz - #192 Travel or Transport
The Male Room #83 - Symmetry
Shopping Our Stash #350 - Yo Dude!
Cards In Envy  - Birthday 
Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes April

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Swingin' Cupcake Birthday Card








I was inspired by the colors in the photo 
at Retro Rubber for their current challenge 
to make this fun swing birthday card.


At first thought, I was going to make a 
Mother's Day card with flowers.
Sure, I have a rubber boot stamp
even miniature umbrella stamps
that I could have used , too.
In the end I decided to make a colorful birthday card
and put some old patterned paper to use.

 The cupcake has glittery icing 
and is mounted on a dimensional!









The patterned paper is from an old
Die Cuts With A View stack.

Positively Pink, Island Indigo, Whisper White card stocks
 plus coordinating markers (Stampin' Up!) 

Stickles Diamond glitter for the icing on the cupcake
(shiny, wet, reflective rain soaked look inspired)

Bright green brad-let to attach the sentiment banner

All stamps are quite old and from Stampin' Up!
1990 - Year Round Fun (gift)
1997 - Dots background
2009 - Wagon Full of Fun (cupcake and sentiment)

Thanks for looking =) 



Edited To Add 4/22/2017:
Excited to announce that my card was a top pick ! 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Have A Rockin' Birthday




My daughter asked if I would make a card for her new boyfriend,
a twenty-something man.
Me:  "Really? I'll give it a go then......."

I knew what stamp set I wanted to use since 
he played guitar in a band at one time.

This is what I came up with.

He hasn't been given it yet,
so I don't know if it'll get a seal of approval 
- by him or my daughter!

The stamp set is an oldie by Inkadinkado, Rock Star. 
( I bought this stamp set years ago to make a card 
for my daughters birthday; she was starting to get into
listening to music at that time. Here I am using it
for her boyfriend now, kind of neat!)

I simply stamped several images onto white card stock
with black ink then die cut them into squares with the guitar 
being on a rectangle. I ran the edges of the piece with the 
guitar on it along the top of the black ink pad.
Each was backed with black card stock.

I used my much neglected mini square paper punch
and Crystal Effects to create faux square brads.
They are glued in the corners of the guitar piece.
It was then mounted above the square pieces
with dimensionals/pop dots. 



There is a music clef background embossed 
on the white layer. That was a bit tricky to make,
it could only make one pass through my Big Shot
then I had to use a stylus to fill in the missing portions.
The portions embossed with the stylus aren't nearly as crisp
as those done with the embossing folder, but it worked well
enough since too much of it doesn't show anyway.
This is a 5x7 card and my embossing folder is only 4x5.
This is actually my second attempt at it ;) 

All of these layers are glued to black textured card stock. 

I printed out 
Wishing You A Rockin' Birthday
to put inside. 

I'm entering my rockin' birthday card in the new challenge 
at Use Your Stuff, squares.
I have die cut squares and faux square brads.


Thanks for looking =) 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Jar Upcycled Into A Vase


Repurposing items is one of my favorite things
to do and I couldn't wait to make this jar vase
with a new to me die - Floral Dance Edge'ables ! 

I'd never seen such a die before
and as soon as I saw it,
I thought of several things I could use it for.
This was one of them.







This jar originally held pasta sauce
(Prego Farmer's Market) .
I kept it because it was a neat looking "mason" type jar
with measurements on the side. 

I decided to make this quick wrap for it 
in hopes of having some more Daffodils to cut. 
Snow and three nights of below freezing
temperatures this week did them in.
I did get the few that were blooming cut on Easter
before the winter weather hit. 

Anyway, moving on to my project details.


I cut a strip of white card stock 12" x 4"

I ran my new Edge'ables Floral Dance die through my Big Shot
along the two long sides several times. 
(yes, they aren't lined up very well)

The flower petals were colored with two shades of yellow
chalk/ Stampin' Pastels then popped up.

Pale green paper was adhered on top of this layer
and was then topped off with yellow and white 
polka dot 5/8" grosgrain ribbon. 

A small sentiment stamped and layered over
a scrap of plaid paper is attached to the center of the bow.








Since I don't have any flowers blooming
now to cut and place in the vase ,
here is an edited photo using a picture 
of the few I did get cut on Easter ;) 


I've had fun crafting again the past several days,
taking a break from my massive photo album project.
It's time to get back at it , though.....

Thanks for looking =)


I'm entering my jar in the following challenges:

Happy to have used my rarely used chalks on this project!