Thursday, August 28, 2014

A BIG Happy Birthday

On Tuesday I shared our God daughter's birthday card and today I am sharing a card for her big brother! I did my best to keep this clean and simple but in the end couldn't resist layering in stamps and color and doing some embossing on the inside of the card. 
I'm not so sure it would qualify as "clean and simple" any more but for my usual style it is!
I think it will bring a smile to a little boy's face!!

As a bonus picture for you today, here are all of the September birthday and 1 just because cards that I have sitting out on my desk, ready to be signed, stamped and delivered!
Tip: Set a reminder on your phone mid-month to get cards and gifts ready for the following month. 
And hopefully never be late again (unless you have a really cute "late" birthday stamp that you wanna use! ha!)
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Driving By Birthday Card and CCC10

It's been 10 weeks with the Creative Challenge Club and I haven't missed one yet!
This week's sketch was nice and simple and I did my best to keep it that way!
Here is what I came up with:
I am in love with that old truck stamp. The set is long gone and honestly I think the greetings are a bit cheesy for my taste but I love that truck so the  set is here to stay!

This card is for our God daughter's second birthday so what is "cheesy" to me I'm sure will make a little girl smile!
I stamped the truck, added the lady as a driver (me? ha!) and stamped some unexpected puppy dogs in the back. 
The faux stitching is done with a silver gel pen.

 And as always, don't forget to give the inside of your cards a little love!
I punched 2 banners with the banner punch and embossed the "happy birthday" in white to make sure it popped off the rich razzleberry card stock.

Wanna play along with this week's sketch?

If you make a card using this sketch by Sunday, be sure to link it up for a chance to win a $10 shopping spree at Stampin' Up!
Details can be found here:

Happy Stamping!

 I lOVE sharing what I make with you! If you would like to use any of my pictures on your own blog, please directly link back to me and give Christina Thurlow credit!

Friday, August 22, 2014

"Vintage" DSP and CCC09

Repeat after me:
I refuse to be wasteful and not use up my retired DSP even though I have shiny brand new product starring me down saying "Pick Me! Pick Me!"

I've been organizing my stamp room and realized I MUST use up some of the retired card stock and DSP if I'm going to keep buying the new stuff. 
What better way to use up some product fast than stamp a stack of cards to give to someone!
That is exactly what I did!
I'm linking up to the Creative Challenge Club with today's project!
Check it out, make something beautiful, link-up by Sunday, and have a chance to win $$ to spend on Stampin' Up! products!

Here is this weeks sketch:

And here is my birthday gift for my sweet Mema!

 I love this designer series paper! 
It is called Beau Chateau and I just love those roosters. To be honest it was the roosters that sold me on the paper!

I kept things simple with a piece of DSP cut at 3-3/4" by 5" layered on top of my Baja Breeze (another "vintage" item) card base. Added a band of DSP matted with basic black across the front of the card. I really think the black grounds the card and gives it a fresher look.
The circle stamp is embossed in gold for a little shine. It is from the Kind and Cozy stamp set.
I love that little chair. It is also retired and I'm so happy I got my hands on it before it went away. 
There is something relaxing and warming like an old wooden chair. Like a comforting hug!
I flagged both ends of the "happy birthday" and added a star sequins for an unexpected pop of color and shape.

 The inside greeting is stamped and cropped out with the decorative label punch. I sponged the edges with crumb cake.
And now for the fun part (not that making the cards wasn't fun but I love wrapping a pretty gift just as much!)!!! 
I created a belly band with a brown paper gift bag (from the current catalog) and layered a doily on top. On top of the doily is a small 3"x3" card tucked inside a custom envelope made with my envelope punch board. A tag-a-bag builder tag sits on top of the envelop with a little washi tape holding it in place. The whole thing is wrapped up in some wisteria wonder bakers twine that I picked up from the clearance rack and to finish the whole project off I couldn't resist a hello honey mini wooden clothes pin!

I love how all of the patterns and colors and textures play together and hope my Mema loves it!
(I know she will!)

Happy Stampin!

 I lOVE sharing what I make with you! If you would like to use any of my pictures on your own blog, please directly link back to me and give Christina Thurlow credit!

Monday, August 18, 2014

You Are Awesome!

Hey there, Rock Star!
Is there no limit to you AWESOMENESS?
I didn't think so!
 I made this super fun and simple card over the weekend.
I was in my craft room cleaning up and organizing and found myself stamping instead!
Does that ever happen to you?
I sponged crumb cake on the edges of the ovalish shape that I die cut.
Cropped 2 banner punch flags out of gold glimmer paper and did some faux stitching around the edge of the DSP. All mounted on crumb cake card stock with rounded edges and then on a blushing bride card base.

The inside of my card got a little stampin' love as well!
This card already has a place to go and won't even make it to my box of cards!
Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Get Well Wishes and Feathers

Earlier this week I mentioned I finally jumped on the feather band wagon and I'm so happy I did!
Feathers are so fun and easy to make and depending on the size and colors you choose you can really change up the mood and tone of your card. 
This time I used darker deeper colors from Stampin' Up's Regals color family for this get well card for my Dad. He is having surgery this week so hopefully this card will be a welcome in his mailbox when he gets home afterwards! :)

On the card I posted Tuesday I mentioned I used a circle punch to crop the feathers. 
This time I free handed them! Sounds hard? It really wasn't! 
I first cut my paper to the length I wanted them and then starting at one end started cutting the shape.
I scored them down the middle and use my paper snips to make little cuts along the edge.
I love texture and these feathers have a lot of it! After I cut the feathers out I took full size ink pads and "stamped" the pad onto the feathers to add a little color and texture. I think it really brings them to life!
And no card is complete without something on the inside!
I thought this stamped was perfect for someone who was going to be in recovery mode, not able to do the things they love to do for several weeks! :)

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Feather Card and CCC08

I have a bright and happy card for this weeks Creative Challenge Club!
Feathers are so popular in card making right now and I'm so glad I joined in on the trend.
Here's our sketch for the week:
This sketch is so clean and simple and I love it! I had so much fun coming up with my card and love how it turned out.

I knew when I saw the sketch that I wanted to use the "Life Doesn't Have To Be Perfect To Be Wonderful" stamp by Stampin' Up! I haven't used it yet and just knew it would be a perfect fit for this challenge.

I used a circle punch to crop the feather shapes, scored a line down the middle and then used my paper snips to turn the simple shape into a feather! 
I thought I was being so clever at first by using my fringe scissors but they didn't work as I had hoped for this. Just so ya know!
The inside of this card even got a little attention. I love stamping on the insides of my card and this was no exception. It got a great big star stamp AND a stamped and die cut start layered over as well. I have this thing about doing things in odd numbers but broke my rule with the stars. For some reason 2 stars seemed perfect and 3 would-have could-have been too much!

To finished it off I made a custom envelope with my envelope punch board, added a little washi tape action to the front and already know who this card is going to!
Hope it brightens their day!

Don't forget to upload your cards to the Creative Challenge Club (like at the top). They do a prize when they have 20 or more entries!

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Perfect Man Card

For today's card I cased it from one of my favorite Stampin' Up! Blogs. 
Justin is so talented and I'm always excited to see what he has to share each and every day! 
Go visit him from day after day of creative inspiration!
The Greeting:
I know Valentine's Day isn't on anyones radar right now.
It's not even on mine but when I was making this card this stamp was calling my name!
Lucky for me, I'm super ahead of the game by already having a Valentine's Day card ready for my husband come February 14, 2015!

Happy Stamping!