Monday, July 11, 2016

Chevron Birthday CAS Card

Playing along with CASology Chevron challenge today.This is a single layer card with a side cut-out and flowers peeking out from the inside of the card. I sponged the chevron background with MFT Lemon Drop ink and stamped flowers and sentiment with SU Melon Mambo for a bright summer combo.

Single layer chevron background birthday card using MFT blueprints 21, PTI birthday and SU Happy Harmony

Here's the cue card for the challenge if you're interested in playing:
Thanks for reading.

Supplies:
  • Stamps: PTI Think Big Favorites #7 Mini Stamp Set, SU Happy Harmony (retired)
  • Tools: MFT Die-namics Blueprints 21, Stencil On the Diagonal stencil
~Olga

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Red White and Blue Ironman Card

Last month I posted the first Ironman card that I made for friends who will be doing a 140.6 mile triathlon race in Chattanooga. Here's another good luck card. The red, white and blue colors were part of the Simon Says Monday Challenge and are very fitting for the 4th of July week.
Red white and blue US map card; good luck 140.6 triathlon race

Again, since I struggled to find triathlon specific stamps, I was trying to find other stamps that could work.  Here I used the US map from Lawn Fawn Wish You Were Here and colored Tennessee in red since that's where the race is. The "Good Luck" sentiment is from Papertray Ink These United States and die cut numbers are from PTI as well.

Thanks for looking and I'd love to hear your ideas on what stamps can be used for athletic inspired cards.

Supplies:
  • Stamps: Lawn Fawn Wish You Were Here, PTI These United States
  • Tools: PTI Modern Numbers Dies, Darice Chevron embossing folder
~Olga

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Baby Card Pink Giraffe

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge this week was Animal Magic. I have a good selection of animal stamps to choose from, but needed a baby card for a friend's shower so went with this cute little giraffe. 
Pink and brown baby card with giraffe image from SU Bundle of Joy set, Avery Elle Oh Happy Day and MFT Blueprints13 dienamics
This is a 2007 Stampin'Up! set called Bundle of Joy that I've used a lot over the years. The paper and buttons are also old SU that coordinated with the cardstock. The image and star diecuts were finished off with the clear Wink of Stella pen for a touch of whimsy. 

Thanks for looking.

Supplies:
  • Stamps: SU Bundle of Joy, Avery Elle Oh Happy Day
  • Tools:MFT Blueprints 13 Dienamics, Spellbinder Ovals 
~Olga

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Thank You Gift Card Set

Every year it seems like there's a constant stream of birthdays, weddings and baby showers April through July. A handmade card gift set makes a great small gift or adds a personal touch to a store-bought item. I've made gift sets in the past and often they would similar cards with slightly different sentiments or color variations of a card. This time around I made a set of Thank You cards based on the CAS(E) This Sketch 176.
Here's my take on it:
Handmade thank you cards using Paper Studio Hello Darling paper, Avery Elle Oh Happy Day stamps

I know the card doesn't look like a clean and simple card at first glance because of the colors, but it's just a single sheet of patterned paper so it's very simple and quick to make. I added sentiment from Avery Elle Oh Happy Day set and added a touch of gold washi tape. That's it! The inside of each card and corner of the envelopes are stamped with the flowers from the same set to coordinate with the colors of the paper. The inside of the envelopes are lined with paper from the same collection.

Hello Darling Cards packaged in PTI gift boxes with coordinating tags
In this set the cards are all the same so my friend can send them to her baby shower guests. I put the set in a clear box I bought from PapertrayInk and finished it off with coordinating ribbon. I used the paper from the same set as wrapping paper and added a coordinating tag.

What kind of card sets do you like to make?

Supplies:
  • Stamps: Avery Elle Oh Happy Day
  • Paper: Paper Studio Hello Darling
  • Accessories: PTI gift boxes
  • Tools: MFT Stitched Fishtail Flag Dienamics  
~Olga

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Firefly Mason Jar Card

The card I'm showcasing today is slightly different dimension. It's based on the Mojo Monday 450 Sketch and is a little skinnier than usual to allow for tilted label. I call this the firefly card. It's a little hard to see from the picture, but I used glitter cardstock for some of the die cuts to give the illusion of glowing and added some other sequins to the shaker. 
Handmade card based on Mojo450 sketch, shaker style with mason jar die cut and fireflies
After taking the picture, I realized I forgot to add the jar lid and have adhered it since.Thanks for looking.

Supplies:
  • Stamps: MFT More Essential Sentiments, PTI Wreath for All Seasons
  • Accessories: SU Lost Lagoon stitched satin ribbon, sequins
  • Tools:MFT Maison Jar dienamics, Simon Says Stamp Wishing dienamics
~Olga

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

MFTWSC282 Scribbles Card

Posting a few days in a row since I was able to do a bit more crafting during the three day weekend. This is a quick card is based on the MFTWSC282 sketch

The white background is slightly embossed with a stencil and the scribbles are die cut from scraps. Thanks for looking.

Supplies:
  • Stamps: MFT Celebrate Big
  • Tools: MFT Dienamics Scribbles, Petal Circles stencil
~Olga

Monday, May 30, 2016

Ironman 140.6 Bike Card

Some of you may know that triathlon is another one of my hobbies. I don't scrap as much in the spring and summer because  I spend most of my free time running, biking or swimming. This year I've decided to focus on Nationals and only race in Sprint and Olympic distances, but a few of my friends are currently training for an Ironman triathlon, which is 140.6 mile long race - 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run (a full marathon). The amount of training that goes into preparing for something like that is unbelievable. I'm making some cards for them that our team will sign before the race for extra encouragement. I wanted to make some tri themed cards for a while now, but there aren't a lot of athletic stamps out there. I've had a few ideas though that I've been wanting to try and this card is one of several tri themed handmade cards that I plan to make soon. 
Handmade card for Ironman 140.6 triathlon distance using PTI Pedal Pusher, Modern Numbers, Technique Tuesday Borderline Industry adn

The card is for Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge with Technique Tuesday stamps. I had this Technique Tuesday bike chain stamp from Borderline Industry set for a while and have hardly used it, but this is a perfect occasion. I just stamped it a few times in grey ink to create a background. The bike and number die cuts are from Paper Tray Ink.  I also added eyelets to the wheels like I usually do with this stamp. It's not the most aerodynamic bike, but it'll have to do. Plus, it looks like the basket could store tons of nutrition for the 112 mile journey. I know, I need to stop making cycling jokes on a paper crafting blog, but I just can't help it. 

If you're a runner, cyclist or a swimmer, have you found other sport related stamps that you can recommend? Thanks.

Supplies: 
  • Stamps: PTI Pedal Pusher, Technique Tuesday Borderline Industry
  • Tools: PTI Pedal Pusher and Modern Numbers Dies, Darice Chevron embossing folder
~Olga

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Birthday Rose CAS Card

I've been making a lot of birthday cards lately for the Splitcoast Stampers Birthday RAK committee. Here's a quick one based on this sketch from CAS(e) This Sketch challenge:

It's the first time I've tried this set from Altenew and love how quick and easy it is to create multi dimensional looking rose.
Handmade birthday card using Altenew Beautiful Day stamp and Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday diecut
Thanks for looking.

Supplies:
  • Stamps: Altenew Beautiful Day
  • Tools: Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday Die
~Olga

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Make A Wish Embossed Card

I've had a lot going on the last few weeks and didn't have a chance to post, but I'm finally catching up and playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Make a Wish. I had this striking striped gold paper from DCWV Favor Boxes stack and was trying to figure out how to use it without hiding it behind layers of paper until it occurred to me to try and emboss it. I wasn't sure it it would hold up to the heat, but it worked just fine. I really like the contrasting effect and the combination of metallic and kraft.
Embossed Hero Arts Starbursts on gold striped paper DCWV DIY Favor Boxes
I had to take the picture at an angle to show the reflection, but in real life the flowers stand out well on both lines. I think the card is fitting for the challenge not just because of the sentiment, but it has a bit of dreamy, whimsy feel to it. 

Thanks for looking. 

Supplies:
  • Stamps: Hero Arts Starburts, MFT Make a Wish
  • Paper: DCWV DIY Favor Boxes
  • Accessories: La Mode embossing powder
~Olga

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bella Birthday Card

I'm playing along with Bellarific Friday Birthday Challenge this week. I kept the sketch pretty simple, colored the Petunia image with Copics and accents with glitter gel pens.
Handmade celebrate birthday card using Stampingbella Petunia Thinks She's a Prezzie MFT Stax and Papertray Ink Hooray
Thanks  for looking and happy Friday!
Supplies:
  • Stamps: Stamping Bella Petunia Thinks She's a Prezzie, Papertray Ink Hooray
  • Tools:MFT Dienamics Stiched Fishtail, Rectangle, Inside & Out Stax
~Olga

Monday, April 18, 2016

Bring on The Blue Baby Card

This is a card for a friend's baby shower. It's based on the Simon Says Polka challenge
Handmade baby boy card using MFT Baby Bump set
I needed a baby card for a friend and still had the blue polka dot paper sitting on my desk since last week when I made the Sweet Treats card. I'm really loving this DP. It's from DCWV DIY Favor box collection. I wasn't a big fan of DCWV paper in the past, but this one is double sided, heavier paper and I love the colors in the stack. The "bump" on the image is paper pierced and the rest is colored with copics. I also added some glitter accents with Wink of Stella pen. 

Handmade card and tag set for baby shower MFT Baby Bump Bring on the Blue
After making the card I couldn't resist adding a coordinating tag and vellum envelope. Thanks for looking.
Supplies:
  • Stamps: MFT Baby Bump
  • Paper: DCWV DIY Favor Boxes
  • Tools:MFT Stitched Scallop Edges
~Olga

Sunday, April 17, 2016

CAS Dog Card for MFTWSC276

I was racing this weekend so just a quick card today. It's based on the MFTWSC26 sketch and using a couple of different MFT stamps including one of my favorites - You Make My Tail Wag. The background is also embossed using the Large Polka Dots template, but it's hard to see on the picture.
Simple handmade card using dog image from MFT You Make My Tail Wag and Piece of Cake
Thanks for looking. 
Supplies:
  • Stamps: MFT You Make My Tail Wag, Piece of Cake
  • Tools:MFT Stitched Speech Bubble, Large Polka Dots Template
~Olga