Happy Bithday to You

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Good morning everyone!

This morning I am singing the praises of antibiotics as I blog and as I eat semi-solid food for the first time in 2 days. My throat infection turned out to be strep but I am fast improving thanks to this wonderful drug 🙂

A few weeks ago a friend of mine asked me to make a birthday card for her aunt who will be celebrating 90 years. I finished the card almost as soon as she as asked but am just now getting around to posting it.

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This was a very simple card to put together and I am pleased with the end result. The paper is from Kaisercraft 75 cent Collection. I used my Cheery Lynn Kiwi Doily die and my Spellbinders. The adhesive lace is from Recollections and the fabric flower and button is from the Close to My Heart Bohemian line. The small crystal adhesive flowers were found at the bottom of a clearance bin at Michaels months ago but just seems perfect for this card.

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Gift Card Holders

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Good afternoon everyone. Since I am battling a horrific ear/throat infection, I thought now would be a good time to show you some of the projects I was working on before I got sick. I found a tutorial on the Graphic 45 website for these terrific gift card holders. They are super simple, fun to make and are a great way to make use of some scrap pieces.

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Supply List:

Graphic 45 Ladies Diary, Graphic 45 Secret Garden, Romance  Novel Collection “Emotion”, Recollections Toile, Cheery Lynn Kiwi Doily die, Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily die, Recollections Butterfly stamp, Dollarama Faux Pearls, Wilton Black Doily and Stickles.

Finished product is 4 X 8 🙂

I think these will be a staple in my stash pile as gift cards are very common in this day.

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Gift Bag and Card Set

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Good afternoon everyone!

I am still in the process of making items for my niece to sell to help raise money for her upcoming trip. Since a lot of my great friends (I am so very blessed to have them) have donated a stack of homemade cards which I know will sell quickly, I am hoping the gift bags and matching cards will be a huge hit as well 🙂

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I am loving the Graphic 45 Secret Garden line – the colors are so soft and feminine. I also have a new Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page  which I used on this project (Thanks to Lisa Young-Folley for helping me master the technique – I was getting ready to return it to the store)

Items I used:

Gift Bag from Dollarama; Graphic 45 Secret Garden Paper – May Flowers #4500660 and Pretty Primrose #4500655; Bazzill Cardstock (Salmon); Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page Swirling Lace; Recollection Floral Embellishments; Prima Flowers; Recollections Butterfly Embellishment; Studio G Adhesive Gems; Spellbinders Fancy Tags Two die; Bazzill Cardstock (Vanilla)

I really enjoy making these sets and am very pleased with the finished result!

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Spring has Sprung

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Spring ahead!! Since I am loving the fact that that the sun is shining and the snow is fast disappearing, I decided to make a spring themed card for a friend of mine.

Since I love the Graphic 45 Place in Time paper line (March) & (May), I felt it was perfect paper for a vintage spring look, especially when pairing it with polka dot cardstock. To add some bling, I adhered purple half pearls, purchased at the Dollarama and centered a purple flower from Recollections. The “Spring” stamp was rescued from the $1.50 bin at Michaels and I used Pansy Purple ink from Close to My Heart. The Pansy border is also Graphic 45 Place in Time

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Give Thanks

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Good morning everyone!

A friend of mine asked me to make her a few  thank you cards to give to her instructors at the end of the semester.

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A lot of the paper I used came from my scrap pile and the majority of it is a blend of Graphic 45 Place in Time and Bo Bunny Gabrielle. I matted everything on Chocolate cardstock and cut a computer generated “Thank You” with my Spellbinders die Fancy Tags.

The next card had a bit of a stipulation attached – it had to contain an image of a red shoe. Going back to the internet, I was able to come up with a great image of a shoe (that even I would be proud to wear)

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The background paper is actually a piece of MME Christmas paper. The shoe is double matted with cranberry and black cardstock. I added some Recollections Glitter Adhesive Flourishes and cut my “Many Thanks” tag with my Spellbinders Scalloped Circles die.

With the final card, I wanted it to have a bit of a spring-y feel to it so, digging back in my scrap pile, I found some great vintage paper with roses (no clue as to the name of this line).

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I used a cut out from Graphic 45 Place in Time (March) and adhered it to a Cheery Lynn French Doily cutout. I plucked a few Recollections Floral Embellishments from my garden, centering a Bo Bunny Brad to give it a pop and a Karen Foster Swirl Burst Brad to finish things off. Using my Spellbinders Fancy Tags Two die, I cut a vertical “Thank You” tag on cream cardstock.

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Happy Anniversary

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Good morning everyone. With the Easter weekend upon us, I hope everyone will take the time to relax and spend time with family and friends, as I will be.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be making cards/bags to send to my niece in Alberta to help her fund-raise for a cadet trip in August to tour the European Battlefields. I am so excited that she got picked for this honor, as my great grand father was a veteran of WWI and I will do whatever I can to help her out.

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Grabbing a Dollarama gift bag, I covered it with black cardstock. I added a piece of Karen Foster’s “Wedded Bliss Brocade” and Bo Bunny Enchanted paper. I found this awesome self-adhesive lace tape yesterday at the Dollarama and was anxious to try it out – Love it!! To finish the bag, I added some Recollections Floral Embellishments, blinged it up with a Kaiser Craft Ebony Sparklet and topped it with a Jolee’s Boutique Timepiece, tied with a piece of black and white ribbon.

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The card consists of the same Bo Bunny Enchanted paper and lace tape. I cut the anniversary tag with Spellbinders Fancy Tags Two and fancied it  with a few Black Rhinestones stickers from Michaels and Dress It Up Flats Lunar Eclipse from the Great Canadian Dollar Store. To tie everything together, I added another black flower with an ebony sparklet.

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Masculine Birthday

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Masculine Birthday

Good afternoon everyone! I realize lately that my cards have been girly and frilly so I thought I’d try my hand at another masculine card (which I find challenging). However, after perusing Pinterest, I found a great card to C.A.S.E

I got this beautiful stamp set from Stampin’ Up, called The Open Seas. I stamped the background in Desert Sand, overlaying the image of the ship in Cranberry and the compass in Denim, all inks from Close to My Heart.  I double matted the image before adhering it to the card base. During my last trip to Shabby Shutters, I found some beautiful nautical themed paper from Moxxie, which I matted on black cardstock.

Digging into my ribbon stash, I found some matching ribbon from Little Yellow Bicycle, and since bows are a little “girly”, I settled for a knot. I then cut the Happy Birthday sentiment that I printed on polka dot cardstock with my Spellbinders Fancy Tags die.

All in all, I am pleased with the end result, even if it doesn’t have a flower or shiny sparkles.

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