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Yesterday, I retired from a job that I’ve held for the past thirty-seven years. Like any job, there were days when it just drove me crazy — the commute, the hours, the seemingly endless workload, the stress — you name it! But it was also a place where I worked with a special group of people and made many lasting friendships that I will always hold dear even though I’m not with them every day.

I decided to make a few cards to give to some of my co-workers (because when you’re a card maker that’s what you do!). This is one of the last that I made, but I hope that the message is clear no matter how simple the design.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copic; Midnight Blue Dots from the Micro Dot Collection by Authentique
Stamps: Hugs! by Penny Black; Sentiment Sampler by Paper Smooches
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp
Copics: C1, C4, C6, E30, RV10 (cat) YG06, YG17 (grass)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

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Tori the Dragon Birthday Girl

I’m over on the Passionate Paper Creations and Friends blog today with this adorable image from Conie Fong Art called Tori the Dragon Birthday Girl. When I first attempted to color this image, I did a basic blend of blues and blue greens, but the result was so blended that it was too smooth (duh!). So I started again, this time employing some pointillism enhanced by a white Sukura Gelly Roll pen to get both shading and texture.

Rowhouse Greetings | Tori the Dragon Birthday Girl by Conie Font

My style tends to be clean and simple, but I wanted the layout of the card to reflect the quirkiness of both the image and the sentiment stamps. So I skewed the layers a little bit and tucked a stitched flag die cut in the bottom corner. For the inside, I repeated the off-kilter layout and added a couple more stitched flags.

And here is the inside of finished card!Rowhouse Greetings | Tori the Dragon Birthday Girl by Conie Font

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copics; Kraft in Color – Kraft 6×6 inch paper pad by Doodlebug; Simon Says Stamp Cardstock in Island Blue
Stamps: Tori the Dragon Birthday Girl by Conie Fong Art; Sentiment Sampler by Paper Smooches (front sentiment); Birthday Sampler by Paper Smooches (inside sentiment)
Ink: Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko
Dies: Basic Stitched Flags (*) by Creative Basics
Copics: B0000, B00, B01, B02, B04, B05, B06, BG10, Y02, Y15, Y19, V04, V06, V09, Sukura Gelly Roll Pen in white (dragon); BV00, BV01, BV04, RV10, RV52, RV55, RV63, RV66, Y02, Y15, Y19, YR09 (cupcake, heart, and flowers)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

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Happy Birthday and Many More

Rowhouse Greetings | Birthday | Zoo CrewI’ve colored a lot of cards recently (emphasis on A LOT) with my Copic markers so it was fun to make a card composed entirely of stamped images and die cuts. This stamp set from Paper Smooches called Zoo Crew caught my eye and the zebra is just adorable.

I decided that I wanted to use a black and white print for the card, but not a zebra print. So I used one of the Back To Basics papers from Kaisercraft. One side is a black and white stripe while the other is black and white polka dot. The paper, along with a loopy leaf die cut and sentiments from the Paper Smooches Birthday Sampler stamp set, matched the whimsy of the zebra.

Rowhouse Greetings | Birthday | Zoo Crew Rowhouse Greetings | Birthday | Birthday Sampler by Paper Smooches

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Neenah Index in White; Black Stripe (*) from the Back to Basics Collection by Kaisercraft; Bazzill Basics in Arroyo and Lagoon
Stamps: Zoo Crew by Paper Smooches; Birthday Sampler by Paper Smooches
Inks: Tsukineko Memento in Tudexedo Black; Tsukineko Versafine in Onyx Black
Dies: Loopy Leaf by Paper Smooches

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

I Love You the Mostest

Here’s another simple card that I put together for Demo Day at PhotoScraps. Sometimes you just want a clean, simple card that you can put together quickly. I had the basic concept of what I wanted to do in my head but couldn’t get it to gel until I found this fun design paper from Fancy Pants. I added a Spellbinders die cut heart in pink card stock and cut the sentiment from silver foil paper using the Love Word die from Paper Smooches.

Here’s a look at the inside, featuring a sentiment from Paper Smooches’ Uplifters stamp set.

Rowhouse Greetings | Valentines | Uplifters by Paper Smooches
Rowhouse Greetings | Valentines | Uplifters by Paper Smooches

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Wrap it in Color from the Joy Parade Collection by Fancy Pants (*); Bazzill Silver Foil Cardstock (*)
Stamps: Uplifters by Paper Smooches
Dies: Love Word Die by Paper Smooches; Classic Hearts by Spellbinders

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

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I Love You Just the Way You Are

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, mainly because I’ve been trying to get organized. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by crafting supplies — paper, stamps, inks, markers. It all adds up quickly! So I’ve taken a step back just get things in order.

The nice thing about getting organized is that it forced me to look through all of the paper, stamps, and dies that I purchased over the past year (and haven’t used). That alone should stop me from buying anything new for while, but that’s a resolution that I’m not even going to pretend to make! But over the next few days, I’m going to post a few cards that I made from my stash so that some of these supplies will finally see the light of day.

Today’s is the first of two cards that feature stamps and die cuts – no Copics! I love to color, but sometimes I just want an easy card that goes together quickly, especially if I want to make multiple copies. Since I don’t really like to color the same image multiple times, using die cuts was my ready solution. For the sake of my sanity, I backed the red foil paper with iCraft adhesive sheets before running it through the die cutter. Then all of my embellishments were just peel and stick. Can’t get much easier than that!

Here’s a look at the inside of the card.

Rowhouse Greetings | Valentine's Day | Uplifters by Paper Smooches
Rowhouse Greetings | Valentine’s Day | Uplifters by Paper Smooches

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Midnight Blue Dots from the Micro Basics Collection by Authentique; Ladybug Swiss Dot from the Petite Prints Collection by Doodlebug; Bazzill Red Foil Card stock(*)
Stamps: I Love You More by My Favorite Things; Uplifters by Paper Smooches
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp; Linked Hearts by Paper Smooches; Classic Hearts by Spellbinders

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

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