Diecut Owl Valentines

Having received a Silhouette Cameo for my birthday in January last year, I wanted to put it through its paces. I used the Cameo to make the main part of my older daughter’s owl Valentines in 2012.

The owl ended up being inspired by a jumble of different ideas…

• The owl outline came from this cutting file by Peppermint Creative:
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• The feathery belly came from an owl box in the Silhouette online store:
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• The eyes (circle punches), beak (heart punch) and wings (oval punch) were made in the same way as these pillow box owls that my kids made in church:
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And here is the final result:
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I found that I could tuck a note under one of the wings, so I downloaded a free Valentine’s card printable and redesigned it to fit my needs. My daughter used these mini cards to address her Valentines.
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Sizzix Diecut Valentines

I still love to use my old Sizzix diecut machine, the one with a red base and a lever with a black ball on the end of it. It’s fast and easy, so I made my kids’ Valentines in 2011 using the large heart die and the medium bow die. I cut quarter sheets of red and pink card stock, glued the hearts (and bows on the ones for my daughters) down and let the kids do the rest (stamping and addressing).

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Stamps used:
• One-eyed alien – from Monster Fun set by Hero Arts
• Little girls – from Three Girls set by Hero Arts

Christmas Snowman

I love snowmen and I love polkadot paper. This year’s holiday card for my kids’ teachers featured both. All supplies are from Stampin’ Up, except for the sparkly snowflake embellishment (on clearance for 35¢ for 12 of them at Michaels…score!) and the Spellbinders scalloped circle die.

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My card is a combination of the following two cards I saw on the splitcoast stampers website for the “A Cute Christmas” stamp set.

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Teacher Anya Card

At the end of each school year, I enjoy making cards to thank my children’s teachers. Teacher Anya is one of my favorite images from The Greeting Farm. When I bought it, I knew instantly that she was going to be the focal point of my teacher cards for the end of the school year. I incorporated a pocket on the inside of the card to hold a gift card. To hold the bulky card closed, I used an ultra-thin 5/8″ transparent velcro circle.

Patterned paper: Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up
Cardstock: Real Red and Old Olive by Stampin’ Up
Rubber stamp (outside): Teacher Anya by The Greeting Farm
Rubber stamps (inside): Apple Blossoms by Stampin’ Up, “thank you” by Inkadinkadoo

Asian Girl birthday card

I’ve had the Asian Doll set by Hero Arts for a while, and I finally got a chance to use it. The final card turned out far different from what I had first envisioned, but with a bit of tweaking, trying different papers, and moving things around I came up with something that I really like. The background is stamped with Chocolate Chip (dark brown) ink, and the little girl was cut out and mounted with foam tape.

Here is the inside:

Supplies used:
Little girl – from Asian Dolls set by Hero Arts
Asian background stamp (Flower Dots) – JudiKins
Dragonfly Pair stamp – Hanko Designs
“Just a note…” stamp – Endless Creations
Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, and Very Vanilla cardstock – Stampin’ Up
Tuxedo Black ink – Memento line by Tsukineko
Small flowers patterned paper – from Sending Love specialty DSP by Stampin’ Up
Other supplies used on front: Nestabilities and Copic markers

Sweet stuff

This was my first time last year using Copic markers, which seem to be all the rage these days for coloring in stamped images. I have a lot of practicing to do to get my blending technique down, but this was a pretty good first effort. Of course, after I made this card I found out I was using the “wrong” paper and the “wrong” stamping ink with the Copic markers! Lots to learn…

The words (“You’re sweet”) are embossed with fine white embossing powder. The popsicles were cut out and attached with foam tape.

Supplies used:
Popsicle stamp – from Sweet Kawaii set by My Cute Stamps
“You’re sweet” stamp – Inkadinkadoo

Polka dot paper – from Baby Safari line by Little Yellow Bicycle
Pumpkin Pie, Green Galore, Summer Sun cardstock – Stampin’ Up
Scalloped border and corner rounder punches – Stampin’ Up

Back again…

Whew, I disappeared there for a while…

Here is one of my favorite cards that I made for a friend’s birthday:

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This card was inspired by one I saw on an issue of Card Creations:

Supplies used:
“You are a great friend” clear stamp: Hero Arts
Soft Sky cardstock and ribbon: Stampin’ Up
Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock: Stampin’ Up
Flower punch: EK Success
Scallop border punch: Stampin’ Up