Saturday, March 21, 2009

Published in April/May Stamplers Sampler

Every couple of months, as I check the mail, I am looking for a small buff colored post card alerting me that I am going to published in an upcoming issue of Stampler's Sampler. It is a beautiful magazine, based in Laguna Beach, CA, that is dedicated to stampers.
This is my second notice of being published in an issue of their magazine. I do not yet know which card(s) will be published, but I know it is for their Celebration issue and included Birthday, Wedding, Anniversary, Graduation cards, etc. The process takes a while. Generally when you submit cards for consideration, it is six months before they are published.

I hope you will check back in a couple of weeks, whn I will add what is published to my blog. Thanks for stopping by!

Birthday Buttons and Bees

Once a year, I get the chance to make a card for my beautiful daughter. My inspiration for this design began with the stamp for the Polaroid Cutie collection by Artistic Outpost. The little girl could be anyone, but she looks a lot like me as a small child, and coincidentally like my granddaughter, so I am really drawn to this image.

I generally stamp most of my work in black ink, but decided to choose a soft pink ink color this time. My cardstock is limited at the moment, and so, working with what I had available, I chose this soft green Bazzil cardstock. Green is a favorite in our family. Since my daughter's birthday is right after the first day of spring, I wanted soft spring colors.

In my travels, I am always looking for things to use in my card making. The soft watercolor design behind the image is from a paper store in Philadelphia, PA. I tore the edges of the border to soften the look for this card. The pink satin ribbon with bees, the promise of summer to come, is from a little gift boutique in Sonoma, CA.

Rather than flowers, I chose buttons as my embellishments. The sentiment, in soft pink ink is from Heidi Grace.

Happy Birthday, my beautiful daughter!

Horse and Buttons - Well Wishes

I made this card for one of my husband's friends who is recovering from heart surgery. Masculine cards are always a challenge for me. I find it easier to make a pretty card! For this card, I choose earthtone colors for the cardstock. The horse stamp by Inkadinkado is stamped in septia ink. I used black photo corners to soften the white card stock against the brown mat. For embellishments, I chose neurtal tone buttons in multiple shades to keep the card from getting too dark, and rafia for a more rugged look than ribbon.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Birthday Greetings for a Dear Niece

Our niece recently turned 15. As I thought about a card for her, I knew I wanted to make her something fun, but not too childish. After all, we all remember being fifteen! I chose purple Bazzil cardstock for my base as I think most young ladies love purple. For my focal image, I chose a "Party Cat" from Lost Coast Designs. Though I generally stamp the image with black ink, I decided to use a new green stamp for a fresher, more youthful look. Rather than mat the image, I kept it lighter by just edging the image with the same green ink. The sentiment is by Heidi Grace. I added a bright striped ribbon and some perky paper flowers in complementary colors for a finishing touch. Hope she likes it! Meow!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Welcoming a New Baby

Our dear friends just became grandparents for the first time. I wanted to make a special card to send to the new parents. I found a Debbie Mumm "Nursery Rhyme" paper pack at Jo-Ann fabrics and crafts and thought it would make a beautiful card of congratulations. I used the matching stamp set to include a monochromatic illustration on the inside of the card. My husband just loves the card. I hope the young couple will too!