Friday, May 27, 2011

2 Cards from Mom - Graduation Cards

Happy Friday!!  I wanted to share with you 2 cards that my Mom made this week for 2 teenagers graduating from high school this weekend.  I hope she doesn't mind me sharing these on my blog. I really love how she makes unique cards based on who they will be given.  The "denim and daisies" card (will that's my name for it) was actually designed around the young girl's senior pictures.

Masculine Graduation Card:  (I am in LOVE with the red background on this card!)


Denim and Daisies Graduation Card:


I hope you enjoyed these cards as much I did!  I hope to show more of her creations (if she will let me) in the near future!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Joy's Life Design Team Thursday - Congratulations! (Baby Boy)

Joy's Life Design Team Thursday featuring Joy's Life Mother & Daughter Clear Stamp Set.


Here is another really simple print and cut card.  I have a co-worker who is now a proud first time Grandpa to a beautiful baby boy.  So I decided to make a more masculine Congratulations Baby card.  I used this great baby set form Lettering Delights called Cutie Patootie Boy Graphic Set.  I sized the little onesie using Make-the-Cut and used my Epson printer and Cougar to print and cut it out perfectly.  I also cut out the star in the same manner so I could pop that up to create another layer to the card.


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Supplies:
Card Base - Blue Dot Paper Shop Cream | Card measures 4.25" x 4.25"
Sentiment - Joy's Life Mother & Daughter Clear Stamp Set
Diecut Image - Lettering Delights Cutie Patootie Boy Graphic Set
Ink - ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink Chestnut Roan
Corner Punch - We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper 
Accessories - Stars (37-1936) Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

Equipment/Software - Black Cat Cougar 24"Make-the-Cut

Be sure to check out the other design team creations by visiting Joy's Life.  Here is a list of all Joy's Life Design Team Members.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Joy's Life Design Team Thursday - Surf Dude

Joy's Life Design Team Thursday featuring Joy's Life Father & Son Clear Stamp Set.

My friend and I recently went to see the movie Soul Surfer so when Joy mentioned this week's theme was Summer Time my brain jumped to surfing.  I found a cute surf board image to cut from Lettering Delights Summer Vacation DoodleBat Font.  I used MTC to size and color the surf boards.  For the larger surf board I used a wood grain pattern from LD Dee-licious Paper Pack.  I used my Epson printer and my Cougar to print-and-cut the images.

I actually made this card with my Mom who was visiting this past weekend.  I always love crafting with her!  We laughed so much!  At one point, I was ready to put the clear embossing powder on the big surf board but I accidentally used the white embossing powder instead...ha!  Anyway once the surfboards were finally embossed and ready to go on the card we both thought it needed something else, but we weren't sure what.  After walking away for the night to take a fresh look the next morning there were still no good ideas so I simply used pop dots to adhere the 3 surf boards to the card base.  I may have to revisit this one if an idea finally hits me to dress up this card.



I hope you enjoyed this card.

Supplies:
Card Base - Blue Dot Paper Shop White | Card measures 4.25" x 5.5"
Patterned Paper (middle surfboard)- Lettering Delights Dee-licious Paper Pack
Sentiment - Joy's Life Father & Son Clear Stamp Set
Diecut Image - Lettering Delights Summer Vacation DoodleBat Font
Ink - VersaMark, Red and Blue Memento Dew Drop ink pads
Corner Punch - We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper 
Accessories - Ultra Thick Clear Embossing Powder and White Embossing Powder

Equipment/Software - Black Cat Cougar 24"Make-the-Cut


Be sure to check out the other design team creations by visiting Joy's Life.  Here is a list of all Joy's Life Design Team Members.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Joy's Life Design Team Thursday - Latte Love

Joy's Life Design Team Thursday featuring Joy's Life You're So Punny Clear Stamp Set.

Over the last few weeks I have been really trying to nail down the technique for print-and-cut using MTC software and my Black Cat Cougar.  It would work every now and then.  After many hours testing, I have discovered that my PNC mishaps were being caused by my printer.  I sent an email to Epson's tech support only to find out that they do not have a calibration feature to fine tune the paper feed guides of my printer.  So to solve the problem, I now print my images on a 4.25 x 5.5 sheet of card stock.  Using the smallest paper possible allows a perfect PNC and it saves on paper!!

Below is an example of my PNC using the smaller paper technique.  I found a cup image on the web and performed a pixel trace/set as texture twice to get the entire cup and isolate the lid.  I printed both out on one 4.25 x 5.5 sheet of card stock and my Cougar cut it out perfectly.  I didn't even need to use my scissors to trim off any white areas!!


I really enjoy PNC cards and I am so glad I finally figured out how to get the perfect cut.  I hope you found this post helpful.

Supplies:
Card Base - Blue Dot Paper Shop White | Card measures 4.25" x 5.5"
Sentiment - Joy's Life You're So Punny Clear Stamp Set
Diecut Image - PNC image from web
Ink - Stazon Jet Black
Corner Punch - We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper 
Accessories - Foam Heart Sticker
White Gel Pen - Uni-ball Signo Broad White

Equipment/Software - Black Cat Cougar 24"Make-the-Cut

Be sure to check out the other design team creations by visiting Joy's Life.  Here is a list of all Joy's Life Design Team Members.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Every 2nd Counts - Happy Bird-Day!

Very rarely do I ever put a sentiment on the inside of my cards, but this idea for a "cat" card using the Joy's Happy Bird-day stamp has been bouncing around in my head for a few weeks so I just had to create it.

I wanted the outside of the card to be very plain to just focus on the empty bird cage and the two yellow feathers. 


The inside of the card is like the "prize" inside!!  I used my computer to create the sentiment for the inside of the card that played on the saying "having your cake and eating it too."  I stamped the cute little cat and added another feather at it's feet to continue the idea that the cat ate the bird.


I hope you enjoy this creation!  Have a great Wednesday!

Supplies:
Card Base - Blue Dot Paper Shop Caribbean | Card measures 4.25" x 5.5"
Sentiment - Joy's Life Wild Life Puns Clear Stamp Set
Stamped Image - Recollections Clear Animal Stamp Set - Cat
Diecut Image - Lettering Delights Bird Cage from Mothers Day Album SVG Set
Ink - Stazon Jet Black
Corner Punch - We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper 
Accessories - Crystal Rhinestones

Equipment/Software - Black Cat Cougar 24"Make-the-Cut

Monday, May 9, 2011

Every 2nd Counts - Happy Birthday!

For this E2C card, I am using one of my favorite Lettering Delights SVG sets.  I have used this Birthday Sparkles SVG set a few times back in March.  I needed to create a gender neutral Birthday Card for a friend so here is what I came up with.  I hope you enjoy!



Supplies:
Card Base - Blue Dot Paper Shop White | Card measures 4.25" x 5.5"
Sentiment - Studio G $1 Clear Stamp Set from Joann's
Diecut Image - Lettering Delights Present from Birthday Sparkles SVG Set
Ink - Stazon Jet Black
Corner Punch - We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper 

Equipment/Software - Black Cat Cougar 24"Make-the-Cut

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Joy's Life Design Team Thursday - Mom

Joy's Life Design Team Thursday featuring Joy's Life Mother & Daughter Clear Stamp Set.


This was a really fast card to put together.  First, I stamped multiple times the "Mom" sentiment with VersaMark ink and used clear embossing powder to make my own designer paper.  Then I used various punches to create the elements and adhered them to the card base with glue and pop dots .  Can you believe it...I didn't use my cutter or Lettering Delights images!?!

I know Mother's Day is coming up, but I think this card can be sent anytime throughout the year just because you care.

Supplies:
Card Base - Blue Dot Paper Shop Cream | Card measures 4.25" x 5.5"
Sentiment - Joy's Life Mother & Daughter Clear Stamp Set
Ink - VersaMark
Corner Punch - We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper  
Punches - Martha Stewart shape punches Butterfly and Hearts Confetti, EK Success circle punches @ 1 1/4" and 5/8"
Accessories - Clear embossing powder
White Gel Pen - Uni-ball Signo Broad White

Be sure to check out the other design team creations by visiting Joy's Life.  Here is a list of all Joy's Life Design Team Members.