Paper-pieced Silhouette Card

One of my co-workers also enjoys scrapbooking and cardmaking. About 6 months ago, I excitedly told her that I’d bought some new Silhouette shapes including a cute gnome. She looked at me like I’d grown an extra head…”what on earth would you do with a gnome?!”

I guess gnomes can fall in either the creepy or cute category (remember the one in the movie Amelie?), but I knew for her birthday this year, there was no getting around putting a gnome on her bday card! heehee This is the result…

Supplies: Silhouette SD, scrap cardstock, ric-rac, pearls (Hero Arts), sentiment (Hero Arts), ribbon (Making Memories)

I think she laughed for a full minute before she could talk.

I forgot to take a pic of the inside, but it had a matching forest-themed log . All was paper-pieced using my Silhouette SD. Love that thing!

So what do you think? Are gnomes creepy or cute?

Fun with swirly backgrounds…

Pulled out some old Adirondack multi-colored inkpads and had some fun with this Misty Swirl Pattern background stamp from Hero Arts.

After stamping the background image (with a spritz of water), I added a few small strategically-placed fuschia gemstones and did some extra coloring with my Prismacolors around the edges and white spots of the image. The thanks sentiment is from Stampabilities.

Thank you chipboard flower card

Pulled out a Sizzix die from my stash that had never been used before. Have any supplies like that?!?!

I first cut out the floral image from chipboard for dimension, and then added a layer of Lasting Impressions papers. I added texture to the stem with my Swiss Dot embossing folder and added a dry-embossed border to the side of the card. Rub-on is Stampin’ Up! and I added white gel pen accents to finish.

(Supplies: Flower & Vines w/ Stem 655821, white cardstock, Lasting Impressions papers, Stampin’ Up! Rub-On, Chipboard coasters, White Gel Pen, Swiss Dot embossing folder, dotted border Cuttlebug embossing folder, brown ink for edging, green cardstock, dimensional foam dots for layering ground)

Happy Anniversary Card

Today’s card was made for my parents’ anniversary (41 years this year – impressive, eh?!)

The damask background (Stampabilities) was stamped in red brick Tim Holtz distress ink. The sentiment (Hero Arts) was stamped onto vellum. Ribbon is from my stash.

Here’s an alternate version that I made for a co-worker’s wedding…

Greeting card designs for men…

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes struggle with creating card designs for the men in my life. I have a tendency to want to attach a bow, flower, or bling to each one. *lol*

When I find myself reaching for the glitter, I stop and think about how I could customize the card without all the extra shimmer. For my brother’s birthday this year, I incorporated a stamped image of an oil rig (he’s in that biz). Since it happened to be the shape of an “A” – it made for easy customization with his name. I used neutral cardstock and added a dashed border with black trim. I figure that’s as close to masculine as I’ll get.

I have to admit, though… the Spica glitter marker made an appearance on the oil drops coming out of the rig…couldn’t help myself.