Friday, June 16, 2017

Father's Day Cards That Kids Can Make

Last night I finally found time to craft up some ideas for Father's Day cards that are simple enough for grade-school children to make, and that don't use the Big Shot, since this class is happening in my garage!!  Whenever I'm making cards with kids, I always pull out the long-retired Pun Fun stamp set... cute, colorable, and well-suited to CAS (clean & simple) card designs.  

First, a card for coffee-loving Dads:


Love you a Latte from Pun Fun, cups from Every Little Bit, the largest Circle Punch and Window Frames Framelits (I'll just cut a few before class!)

Next, for the father who is fun:
You're a Blast

Pun Fun rocket & Every Little Bit star.

Then I found this adorable dinosaur in a sandbox, and I bought it online, but can't remember the company:


Does Dad brighten your day?

Sun from Every Little Bit and sentiment from a Sale-a-bration set: You Brighten My Day.

Does he mean the world to you?
Uses Chalk Talk, Chalk Borders & Open Sea stamp sets.


Thanks for stopping by!  Please let me know in the comments which one of these ideas you think the dad in your life would really love.

Links to previous Father's Day cards, maybe not as kid-friendly...


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Birthday Rocket Boy

I love the old Pun Fun stamp set.  Between myself and my kids, I think it's gotten more use than any other stamp set I own!   Every time I've used the rocket ship stamp, I use a little of this DCWV paper with stars on it, but this time I stamped the "You're a Blast!" greeting as a background on the other half of the card front, and added some shine with a Silver Glimmer Paper star punch.  I'd have liked to have more smaller stars, I think, but I don't trust myself to cut them freehand.




Hope my nephew likes it!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

BS&J Take it or Leave it Stamp Off Challenge

Today we're playing along with my talented friends: Buffy, Susan & Jackie (hence BS&J).  Be sure to click the links and check out their creations!  My daughter and I both managed to incorporate ribbon and doilies, but I stopped her before she added cupcake images to the gorgeous card she had made!!  I reminded her that it's Take it or Leave it, so if there was no food, she was okay!!

I used a Stampin' Up! doily Thinlet on So Saffron CS, and glued a couple dozen scraps of Certainly Celery, Midnight Muse and Real Red behind it.  The center is embellished with a retired In-Color Adornment that I have always thought looked like candies, so that is my "food" element!!  The Chocolate Chip card base is embossed with a contraband folder by Tim Holtz and the little sentiment is from Lovely Little Labels (retired).  Most of my colors have food names, though celery with chocolate and saffron probably looks better than it tastes!




DD's card uses Papillion Potpourri and coordinating punch, doily stamp from Petal Potpourri, and sentiment from Chalk Talk (retired).  We both used the same Certainly Celery twill ribbon (retired).  Sorry for the shadows on her card... I'm going to say it's the screen, not that my windows need cleaning!




Friday, April 21, 2017

Friends 4 Sketch Challenge


Darling Daughter played along with me again today because we ARE Crazy 4 Challenges!  What a great sketch this is!  I notice that the cards I've been making this week seem to use stamps from many sets, so I added the "challenge" that the card I made could only use ONE stamp set!   



Spring inspired me to choose Storybook Friends and this lovely Lost Lagoon DSP from the All Abloom stack.  The mat, ink and ribbon are Soft Suede and the card base is Crumb Cake.

DD liked the sparkle of this retired DSP and we paired it up with some Raspberry Ripple CS.




Thursday, April 20, 2017

Serene Lagoon

You know that rare and wonderful feeling when you make a card and it looks just as good in your hand as it did in your imagination?  This is one of those cards for me.  I liked this week's sketch at Mojo Monday, and thought it would look great with the butterfly circle stamp from Serene Silhouettes.  Found a sweet little sentiment in the You're a Gem set that fit inside a circle stamp from Collage Curios... but what about a color scheme?  I had just gotten some cute paper from My Mind's Eye, and it is a near-perfect match to SU! Lost Lagoon and Calypso Coral... and here is the result.  Now to find a worthy recipient!!





Ribbon is Whisper White Taffeta, also from Stampin' Up!




Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Vintage Nature Walk

I couldn't resist this sketch I found in the Splitcoast Challenge Forum.  I used the Elegant Tag Punch and the Nature Walk, French Foliage & Flower Shop stamp sets.  Embellished with Rich Razzleberry ribbon and a gold-embossed R.R circle with a sentiment from Posy Punch.  Inks used: Stazon Timber Brown, SU! Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand, Early Expresso & Soft Suede.  Images colored with Stampin' Up! markers.  Happy spring Hello to my friends at Watercooler Wednesday!




A Big Spring Thank You

My 10-year old is really getting on the card-making bandwagon this week!  She loves the idea of a challenge, I think that's helping!  She started with a sketch we found from MyPaperCrafting and Melon Mambo ink, with Daffodil Delight DSP, some Pretty in Pink (I think) cardstock, and an edge punch from American Girl Crafts.  Retired Stampin' Up! stamps (Beautiful Bunch & Perfect Punches) and punches for the flower and sentiment.





Be sure to check out the other lovely submissions to the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - this week the theme is Spring!

Butterfly Thank You

I love this new two-layer buttterfly die I got on Amazon!  This time it turned into a vintage thank you card.


The embossing folder, ribbons, pearl and hardware are all retired Stampin' Up!.  Sentiment from the Postage Collection stamp set.  Embellishment on the right is layered Cuttlebug die cut, Basic Black on top of Very Vanilla.  The green CS is Mellow Moss.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

CAS(e) 217 & LIM 324

This was a fun one!   I colored the flowers from Beautiful Bunch (retired) with SU!'s chalk pastels (also retired); why did they discontinue those?  I love the soft look, even if they are a little messy.  I used the coordinating Fun Flower punch (retiring soon!) to make a mask so the chalk didn't end up all over the front of the card.   Finally, MISTI to the rescue for that nice, straight sentiment! I never could get the Stamp-a-ma-jig to work for me.  Yes, it took a little patience, but without the MISTI it wouldn't have mattered HOW long or how careful I was, that sentiment would have been crooked and my card would have looked yuck.  Now, it's YILM!!



Created for the CAS(e) this Sketch and Less is More Challenges!


Monday, April 17, 2017

CAS Throwdown

Made this card for CAS Colours and Sketches #218 and this week's Color Throwdown...  All Stampin' Up! papers and embellishments, but no stamps!  gasp!  Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Green Galore.




My daughter wanted to try the Color Throwdown as well, so here is her card...