Wednesday, March 17, 2010

February Card Workshop

Oops, it's the middle of March already and I've been promising people that I'd get photos posted of the cards we made in the February card workshop, so I guess I'd better get to it. The theme last month was "Birthday", so we made a variety of 5 Happy Birthday cards. Who can't use some birthday cards in their stash?

As always I had some inspiration from fellow consultants. I loved this first card so much when I saw it done by Connie Macfarlaine I just had to duplicate it for my workshop peeps. The workshop attendees had the option of 3 different colors of cardstock, markers & matching buttons: Crystal Blue (shown here), Blush or Buttercup. The card looked so cute in all the different colors, I should have taken photos of every one's all together.

Items used:
Stamps - Smiles, Happy Birthday
Paper - Black, White Daisy & Crystal Blue card stock

Ink - Markers (Crystal Blue for this one), Black Stamp Pad
Accessories - Winter Cozy buttons, Designer Ribbon - Black , Black Waxy Flax.
Tools - Paper Piercer

This second card has been in my "inspiration" file for a long, long time. I originally saw it done by a really talented consultant named Lisa Stenz. I've always loved everything she does, so I have lots of photos of her cards & projects in my file. Isn't that little birdie cute and I love to add those bitty sparkles to lots of my cards. They're such a great deal at $2.95 for 100!

Items used:
Stamps - Bird Basics, Gracious Greetings, Key to My Heart (retired)
Paper - Chocolate Textured Cardstock (retired), Caboodle Level 2
Ink - Sorbet & Chocolate Stamp Pads
Accessories - Bitty Sparkles, Liquid Glass

I came up with this next card very quickly on the morning of my card workshop (shhh, don't tell anyone, lol). I just found a pattern in the "Originals Card Confidence" book and followed the cutting guide, easy peasy. This Topstitch paper is so cute and I love the faux stitching on the "Togetherness" stamp set.

I also wanted to do a little preview of March's Stamp of the Month called "A Little Everything". It's a very versatile stamp set, but it's only available during the month of March, so you've got to make sure and get it before March 31st. Stamps of the Month are great too because you have the opportunity to get them at a discount or even for FREE - what a deal!

Items used:
Stamps - Togetherness, A Little Everything (March SOTM)
Paper - Chocolate Textured Cardstock (retired), Topstitch Level 2
Ink - Chocolate Stamp Pads

For this next card we used one of my favorite card patterns called a Criss Cross Card. They're a fun alternative to the standard folded card. With this pattern you write your greeting on the little insert. We used the fun Caboodle paper again and attached a "Tiny Tab" on the pull out insert, too cute! We even stamped on the twill ribbon, how fun!

Here's the card all together.

Here it is with the Insert pulled out.

Here's a closer look at our stamping on the twill ribbon.

Items used:
Stamps - Somethin' Special
Paper - Colonial White & Sweet Leaf Cardstock, Caboodle Level 2
Ink - Sorbet & Crystal Blue Stamp Pads
Accessories - Tiny Tabs, Twill Ribbon

And last but not least, our final card was a fun, colorful "Joy Fold" card using the new "You Rock" paper pack. I hadn't done much with this paper yet, so it was exciting to give it a try. My good friend an fellow consultant, Kim Ouimet, had done a very similar joy fold card using this paper for a swap we participated in, so I took inspiration from her.

Here's the card shown from closed to all the way open. On a Joy Fold card the front flap tucks under a button or some other embellishment to stay down. This "You Rock" stamp set is a lot of fun too. We random stamped the splatters and music notes (in second generation ink) on the front of the card to make our own design.

How do you like the guitar? We Liquid Glassed the heck out of that thing. I love Liquid Glass!

Items used:
Stamps - You Rock, Happy Birthday
Paper - White Daisy & Outdoor Denim Cardstock, You Rock Level 2
Ink - Indian Corn Blue, Outdoor Denim & Smokey Plum Stamp Pads
Accessories - Clear Buttons, Indian Corn Blue Waxy Flax (retired), Liquid Glass

During the boys' birthday party the following weekend I knew I was going to see my good friend Alicia's daughter Abigail, who had just turned 11. I thought this You Rock card would be perfect for holding a gift card, so I made another one and this time personalized it with her name (done with the Delightful Alphabet set) and added the gift card on the inside flap. I even decorated the envelope to match. Isn't this paper just perfect for that iTunes gift card?

And speaking of gift cards, one of Mateo's classmates (Savanna) invited him to her rollerskating birthday party back in February. Man, I'm so far behind on my posting. I still have to put the photos and videos up from that, not to mention my own children's birthday events - yikes! Anyway, back to my story, so Mateo picked out a gift card for Savanna and I thought it would be fun to "wrap" it in a bag-a-lope. Remember that from the Valentine's card workshop? Click here to see.

Here's how her bag turned out.

Check out the cool gift card from target. When you push the button on the front it lights up. Target has some very cute gift cards I must say. Hopefully Savanna liked it.

Here's a picture of Mateo and the birthday girl. Isn't she just beautiful? I think Mateo should marry her, lol.

Mateo's best friend Alex was also invited to the party. Here they are, the first time on roller skates for both of them.

Whew, if you made it all the way to the end of this post, thank you! I know it was a long one. Now I'm off to design the cards for my March workshop, this Sunday. I'd better get busy! Thanks for stopping by!


Sparkle said...

Such a darling couple, lol. Did they do the couple skate? :)

Lovely cards! And love the gift holders!

Anonymous said...

You are so amazing and creative! Not to mention a perfectionist! Beautiful job on the card and raising such wonderful boys! Savannah is a cutie-maybe in a few years...Mateo will notice!

Sharli said...

Wonderful cards - I wanted to comment on the first one, then there was another and another and another . . . LOL

I still LOVE the first one - the blue and the flower are so pretty - it just grabs me, know what I mean?

Excellent work!