Sunday, May 29, 2016

Middle School Graduation Card for a Boy

Hi Folks! I've been working on a middle school graduation card for my cousin's son. Ever since the kids were little, they've enjoyed playing cards at our family camper, so I thought the In the Cards set from CASual Fridays would be perfect for his card.


The MISTI stamping tool came in so handy for making this set of cards! I was able to keep the large and small spade and the same spot every time, and then just switch out the different numbers. I have to be honest, usually I'm too lazy to get out the MISTI for stamping, but for this situation it was a life-saver.


I just put the cards in the pocket so they would be removable. You may also notice that I've invented a new suit of cards ... red spades! His school colors are red. It's definitely not the case that I got mixed up : )


Seriously, could the Tin Roof background stamp be more perfect for the backs of cards?! I think I even have some actual playing cards that look like this!
 

You could also stick in some money here, or potentially swap out the 10 card for $10. I could go either way on this version.
 
  
This card is over at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog today if you'd like additional information. Feel free to use my code "KELLY2016" which will save you 15% off any purchases at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.

Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

Friday, May 27, 2016

First Cell Phone?!?!

I kid you not. You read that correctly. Up until about 2 weeks ago, I had never owned a cell phone. Ever. 

At first it was because I didn't want to pay for one. This was back in the mid-late 90's when I was hard at work at my first (and only) job out of college. 

Then I realized I didn't really like talking on the phone that much, so I didn't see the point. 

Logistically, they were a challenge to keep track of since I also don't carry a purse.

Once the smart phones came out, it seemed like many people were on their phones all the time, and missing what was going on around them. Or ignoring the person sitting across from them at the table. 

Most recently, it was a sort of identity. I was the only person everyone knew who didn't have a cell phone.

So what changed? Well now that my kids are getting older and more independent, it's getting more challenging to stay in contact with everyone I need to. And I did start feeling bad that the 12 year-old was the only one in his grade without a phone (sadly, that's not an exaggeration). It was fairly easy to deny his incessant requests for a phone, however. "I don't have one and I'm 45 years old. Why would you need one?" : )

Anyway, here is the scrapbook page I made in honor of this most recent life change.

  
 This page is on the Winnie & Walter blog if you'd like to see more details.

Thanks for looking!
Kelly

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Calling All Sistah's Blog Hop

Hi Folks! Did you remember? It's the 17th of the month ... time to check yourself! And to have fun hopping on the CAS-ual Fridays Calling All Sistahs blog hop : ) 


You may have come from the lovely Kristie Goulet's blog. If you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, head on over to the CAS-ual Fridays blog.

   
For this card, I used the ribbon and sentiment from Hope Ribbon. The ribbon is stamped in a few different colors. I love the large size of it, which easily fills your card without much effort at all. I wanted to play up the "you are loved" sentiment, so I colored in all the hearts that are part of the ribbon design. I kind of felt like a hidden shape puzzle, searching for all of those hearts. Fun! 


At this point in my card-making process, I usually step back to assess whether or not it needs sequins. Most of the time I'll add them, but in this case, I was happy to see how the pink hearts ended up filling in for my well-loved sequins. 

As such, it remains a true one-layer card. Woo-hoo!

I hope you're enjoying the hop so far; you're about halfway through. Should you be interested in purchasing anything from the Calling All Sistahs line, 50% of the profits  are donated to National Breast Cancer Foundation. New this month is an opportunity for you to participate in next month's blog hop. Check out all the details at CAS-ual Fridays, along with information on prizes.
   
 
Your next stop is the wonderful Kimberly Rendino who I am quite sure has something delightful in store for you. 
   
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 29, 2016

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Release: Day 5

Hi Folks! Welcome to the last sneak for CAS-ual Fridays!


You've seen both the Thanks and Tin Roof stamps sets in use on prior cards. I love, love how the different pieces of the sentiment fit together so snugly. The bottom is stamped with the Tin Roof pattern, masked, and then inked overall with a sponge. It's a true one-layer card! Hooray! I don't create many of them.
  

Remember the tuxedo from Day 4? Same concept here. Do you get this one? It's a take on the yellow smiley face, only instead of two eyes and a smile, there are two dotted "i's" and the word "smile".


Mirroring the word "smile" ends up in a pretty neat shape on its own! This one is ultra simple, just a die cut adhered to a card base, but still interesting. I think this one is my favorite of the bunch.


Check out the rest of the Ink Squad to see more awesome projects with these stamps.

Thanks so much to those who came back and looked at the sneaks all week! Everything you've seen will be available to purchase in the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps store on Saturday.
-Kelly

Thursday, April 28, 2016

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Release: Day 4

Hi Folks! Welcome back to more peeks from the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps release!



I love a good cheerleader card, and the new Bravo stamp set is perfect to create one, especially with a stamp that says "hip hip hooray!" Stamping the "hip hip" multiple times in rainbow colors is an easy way to fill up a card base.


I could have left it all text, but for fun I added some flowers from the first day in coordinating colors. And sequins from Lucy's Cards. Gotta have sequins! This could easily be a one-layer card if I stamped "hooray" directly on the card instead of a solid piece of cardstock.



Here are today's sets, Bravo and Smiling Fri-Dies.


This one I was particularly happy with, especially since my husband "got it"in the first few seconds after I held it up.

 Does it make sense to you?

It's supposed to look like a tux with a white shirt and outlined details in purple glitter. The "outlined details" are actually more than that.

Yes? No?

It's the word "bravo" mirrored and turned on its side. 

To get this look, you overhang the word die slightly past a folded piece of cardstock, run it through the die machine, and then open it up. You can do this with any word die that has a fairly straight edge across the bottom. It's an easy way to make your sentiments a little more interesting and challenging to figure out.

 
The "B" makes a great bow tie, and I thought the vertical lines of the rest of the letters turned sideways make good shirt ruffles/wrinkles.
 
Our cousin just finished med school, so he will be getting this one in the mail. The tux theme is great for a special occasion that needs celebrating. I still can't get over how perfect it is that the "B's" resemble a bow tie. For the jacket, I made a cut down the middle of the black cardstock, and then bent the lapels backwards. Pretty darn easy.


Check out the rest of the Ink Squad to see more awesome projects with these stamps:

Thanks for looking, and come back tomorrow for our very last day!
-Kelly


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

New Hairstyle!

       
Hi Folks! I'm excited to share a project on the Winnie & Walter blog today! It's another scrapbook page in the "Hello xxx" series. Last month it was "Hello Iso, Aperture, Shutter Speed" documenting the beginning of my journey to learn how to proficiently shoot photos in manual mode. This scrapbook page is saying hello to a new hair cut, which normally wouldn't be a big deal, but I've been going to the same hair stylist for 19 years and she'd always talk me out of a new style. It was always shoulder length and one length instead of long layers. So I finally got up the nerve to change stylists (and, unfortunately, salons, because I'd be too embarrassed if my old stylist saw me with someone else in that salon!!)

 Winnie & Walter, LLC

Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Release: Day 3

Hi Folks! Two cards for you today with the new CAS-ual Fridays Stamps release:


The sentiment "little card, big thanks" made an appearance in one of the first CAS-ual Fridays stamp sets, which is now retired, so I was happy to see it come back in this new Thanks set.
 

The letters in "BIG" are nice and thick so they were easy to cut out. That allowed me to layer them over the patterned paper and doily, and run the first part of the sentiment on a strip through the letter "G". I like connecting the sentiment together like that. The "thanks" is from another die set called Smiling Fri-Dies.
   

Here are the two new sets. Lots of fun combinations for sentiments.



Check out the rest of the Ink Squad to see more awesome projects with these stamps.
Thanks for looking, and hope to see you tomorrow!
-Kelly