Sunday, July 31, 2011

Summertime Invitation

The following card was made to invite friends to a late-summer potluck.

The layout is Operation Write Home's challenge sketch #60. The horizontal strip measures 5 1/2 inches by 1 3/4 inches, while individual squares are 1 inch by 1 inch.

The patterned paper and circle embellishment are from Jillibean Soup's Watermelon Gazpacho Soup line. Final details include gold Straight 'N Narrow ribbon from Michael's, stickled dots, and desert sand inked edges -- all of which were included to add a little pizazz and texture.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Cards for Family and Friends

The last couple of days, my scrapping purpose has been to make cards for family and friends -- celebrating a new job, congratulating a promotion, sending birthday greetings.

The card below was made for the daughter of a friend who just landed her first full-time teaching job! To go along with the school theme, I went with primary colors. To establish a strong focal point, I remembered the rule of 3s -- technically, the rule of odd-numbered items -- and positioned design elements near the stamped sentiment -- also in 3s. Paper edges were distressed and inked. Finally, the frugal side of me made the most of garage-sale paper and free Highlights for Children stickers.

The second card I will feature today is a birthday card for my nephew who is turning 10 next month. So, what kind of card do you make for a 10-year-old boy? The answer came in another garage-sale find. This 10 cent sticker was perfect -- yep, 10 cents! The sticker is actually 3 stickers in one. To add interest and dimension, I used pop up dots to raise the middle portion. This 3-D effect, combined with its edgy sentiment and boy-friendly color scheme, made for an amazingly simple and perfectly suited card for Josh. (And, naturally, the handwritten note inside says, "Hope you have a Gr 8 day!")

Monday, July 18, 2011

Scrapping while on Vacation

My husband and I recently took a trip to our favorite South Carolina spot. Naturally, OWH card-making supplies made the trip, too!

The following school-themed cards were made using some old Creative Memory stickers, garage sale papers, and a random die-cut sticker.

The following cards were made with Stella Rose My Mind's Eye paper. In addition, sentiments were stamped, edges were inked, and stickles were applied to flower centers.

The school cards were purposely made to be really colorful and quite simple in design. The Stella Rose cards were designed to appeal to a more sophisticated audience.  :)

During vacation season, OWH card submissions often slow during the summer months. And, while the end of July is the deadline for school-themed/First Day of School cards, cards with general sentiments are always appreciated.

So, scrap on!