Make a Wish

by Meghan Rowe on October 10, 2014, no comments

Now that my kids are in school we receive a number of birthday party invitations throughout the year. To keep up, every few months I try to make a big batch of the same simple card; here’s the most recent one:

Make a WishStamps: PTI, WPlus9, Mama Elephant Paper: PTI Ink: SU!, VersaFine Onyx Black Accessories: Doodlebug

Birthday Wishes

by Meghan Rowe on October 5, 2014, no comments

Altenew’s Painted Flowers is one of the prettiest stamp sets I’ve ever seen…

Birthday WishesStamps: PTI, Altenew Paper: PTI, SU! Ink: SU!, Versamark, Hero Arts

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A Baby Card With Sparkle

by Meghan Rowe on September 28, 2014, no comments

I love making cards for precious new babies!

IMG_1952I adore SU!’s glimmer paper, and it’s so pretty paired with enamel dots. There is a little multi medium matte on the twine bow tails to help them curve.

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IMG_1961Stamps: PTI Dies: PTI Paper: PTI, Pattern Paper from Stash, SU! Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black Accessories: SU!, Doodlebug

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Color Theory Thank-You

by Meghan Rowe on July 25, 2014, one comment

Color is something that does not come naturally to me. When making cards I find a palette that works and tend to stick with it and variations of it. I love the confident way Dawn McVey uses color – I would never think to use the combinations she does; the schemes she chooses for her cards always look inspired, fresh, and well composed.

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This card came out of my desire move outside of colors I find comfortable. I used two shades of red, and one pink to represent colors side by side on a color wheel, along with kraft and gold. In the first picture you can see a bit of shimmer in the gold ink – those triangles are from PTI’s Ombre Builders Stamp Set. The flowers are PTI’s Bigger Blooms, and the sentiment is Altenew’s Label Love.

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Stamps: PTI, Altenew Dies: PTI Paper: PTI, SU! Ink: SU!, VersaFine Onyx Black, Encore Gold Accessories: Pink Thread from Stash

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Quilled Thank-You

by Meghan Rowe on July 22, 2014, no comments

I don’t order from Papertrey Ink very often as I live in Canada (I love the products, but their international shipping rates are a little high for me). On occasion, if I know I am going to cross the border I will place an order and have it sent to a shipping company in the town I’m visiting. Hello low or no shipping fees!

Quilled Elegance is a set I’ve longed after for quite a while. I finally picked it up this spring on a ‘cross border order’. I love the large image below, it suits this layout so well and the filler stamps make this such an easy card to make or re-produce. This set is also a winner for me because it comes with sentiments – wonderful practical ones like ‘happy birthday’ and ‘thank-you’.

Notice that my bow is sitting quite nicely – not Kristina Werner nicely of course, but not too bad at all; that is a rare occurrence around here!

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Lately I’m loving embroidery thread; it comes in so many wonderful colors, looks like twine, and it’s cheap, cheap, cheap! I found a decent selection at Wal-Mart last week for $0.45 each. The cashier was a little confused when she asked me if I was doing embroidery and I replied ‘no, it’s for cardmaking’ – she didn’t seem to have a clue what I was talking about so obviously an awkward silence ensued.

Last winter, a lady at a Mom’s group I attend was giving her stash away; that day I was able to take home up a bunch of great thread!

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This card was made for my Mother in Law, who held a lovely dinner party for my birthday and gave me a very thoughtful gift.

Stamps: PTI Ink:  SU!, Hero Arts, Memento Paper: PTI Accessories: Embroidery Thread

Have a wonderful day!

 

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Anything Goes

by Meghan Rowe on July 17, 2014, no comments

Curtain Call is 1 year old – CONGRAGULATIONS! They are celebrating with an Anything Goes challenge, and lots of fun goodies to give away. I had fun playing with some of my PTI dies, and came up with a couple of great baby cards.

I know that I spend far too much time drooling over fabulous cards on Pinterest; can you blame me, there are so many wonderful designers. However; I feel like have lost a sense of ‘my style’ – what I like in a card, what comes naturally to me. With the cards below I really tried to add elements that I love.

This first card I am submitting in the challenge:

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There is a layer of vellum behind the baby die to soften the pattern paper a bit. I used an embroidery backstitch on the stitched rectangles die – my first time ever, it was fun! To finish off the card I added a heart and coated it in glossy accents.

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This next card was inspired by a couple of castaways on my desk. I put both the stitched piece and the shaker piece at an angle on the card base and left the tails from the stitched seam long. The bases for both cards were put through my cuttlebug with PTI’s Linen impression plate.

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IMG_1469IMG_1440Many thanks go to my husband for giving me a new 50mm lens for my birthday, my last one suffered an unfortunate death in a drop a few months ago. Though I have a way to go and lots to learn, my photo’s are much better than they have been in the recent past.

PINK BABY CARD Dies: PTI, SU! Paper: PTI, SU!, Basic Grey Accessories: Embroidery Thread

SHAKER BABY CARD Dies: PTI Paper: PTI, SU!, Basic Grey Accessories: Teresa Collins Sequins, Gutermann Thread 

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Something to Try: Clean Your Sponge Daubers

by Meghan Rowe on July 14, 2014, no comments

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I know, I know, they’re just sponge daubers and they’re pretty inexpensive, but; I had them in my cart on an order this morning and my total was already more than I wanted to spend. I wondered if I could just wash the (incredibly inky) ones I had already instead of buying new ones. I filled the sink with hot water, added lots of dish soap and a little bleach.

It took a little time and elbow grease, and some staining was still left behind, but they seemed pretty clean – and after they dried there was no ink residue from any of the daubers when stamped onto paper.

For an item that does not get a lot of use in my craftroom, cleaning them worked great!

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End of Year Teacher Gift

by Meghan Rowe on June 25, 2014, one comment

My daughter just finished her last day of Pre-School – ever! My husband and I can hardly believe that we have a kindergartener in the house! For the teacher gift this year I made a set of cards (happy birthday and thank-you), and included a coffee card.

Cristina at My Paper Secret made this card a while ago and I used it as inspiration to create the card below:

IMG_1275Just look at that sparkle, I LOVE Stampin’ Up!’s glimmer paper!

IMG_1274These clear boxes are such a nice way to present a gift, and make wrapping so easy.

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The gift card is enclosed in a seed packet envelope (tutorial by Amber at Damask Love). Embellish them, leave them plain, customize the size… brilliant for gift cards.

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Card: Stamps: WPlus9 – Basic Banners Dies: Stampin’ Up! – Timeless Type (I think) Paper: Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up! Ink: Versamark Accessories: Doodlebug Enamel Dots, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, White Thread from Stash

Gift Card Holder: Dies: Paper Smooches Tag Stitched Die Paper:Stampin’ Up! Accessories: Stampin’ Up! White Baker’s Twine

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Thinking of You

by Meghan Rowe on June 15, 2014, one comment

Joy at Simple By Design made this beautiful card. I was inspired by her design to create the card below. Some of my favourite things are included here: SU!’s glimmer paper, and both PTI’s Soft Stone paper, and linen/canvas impression plate.

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Have a wonderful day!

Happy Birthday Wishes

by Meghan Rowe on June 10, 2014, no comments

To make this cheerful card, I used inspiration from this Danielle Flanders design.

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The flower and leaf dies are from Stampin’ Up!, and both the birthday wishes stamp and ‘happy’ die are from WPlus9.

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