Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Season's Greetings... a few months early

Hi, everyone.

Today's card is for this week's OWH Midweek Throwdown challenge to use die(s) and/or punch(es) in a card for our troops. Perfect timing since I've been chomping at the bit to try out a new Stampin' Up! punch. :)

Doodlebug north pole; black cardstock
??? sentiment -- from the $ bin???, heat embossed in Distress Ink black soot
Stampin' Up! hexagon punch; Mark Richards rhinestones
OWH fundraiser ribbon; Zots 3D glue dots

Picked up a couple of packs of this paper last year and really, really like it. And, when my OWH ribbon package came this week, I never dreamed I would use this gray ribbon on a holiday card. But, it's such a perfect fit for this paper. Thanks, OWH!

Parting Thoughts

Have a great rest of the week! Thanks for visiting and happy scrappin'!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

A Patriotic Thanks!

Hi, everyone.

Today's Any Hero card was inspired OWH Sketch #183. Still loving this yummy Bo Bunny Anthem paper. :)

Bo Bunny Anthem dp; Distress Ink core, lightly sanded
sentiment heat embossed in Distress Ink vintage photo
Fiskars star punch: Stampin' Up! brads; Zots 3D glue dots

Love today's sketch. There's just something about CAS sketches that makes me smile. They seem to make it just a little easier to mix paper patterns.

I took special care to punch out the star so that the blue field would be in the upper left portion of the star. Played with different embellishments before deciding on the 3 neutral brads.

For the Bo Bunny Liberty collection, I usually use Bazzill admiral and watermelon cardstock. But, I'm finding the Distress Ink palette works really well with the Anthem collection. Bo Bunny and Distress Ink: a combo made in paper heaven!

Parting Thoughts

Enjoy the rest of the weekend -- it's so pretty here -- and have a great work week!

As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Fun Ribbon for an Any Hero Card

Hi, everyone.

I've had the ribbon on the card below for about a year.

Couldn't resist it when I found it at a flea market when shopping with a friend. But, since the colors just didn't quite go with any of my patriotic paper, I hadn't used it until now.

So, I decided to pair it with some neutral core paper and brads for this week's Midweek Throwdown challenge to make an Any Hero card. Even so, I'm still a little ambivalent about the paper being too formal for this more whimsical ribbon.Hmmm... 

sentiment from Stamper's Best, heat embossed in Distress Ink vintage photo
flea market ribbon by ???
Core'dinations paper  -- a great garage sale find  :)
Stampin' Up! brads
Creative Memories circle cutting system

Parting Thoughts

Had a fun time at a Stampin' Up! one-sheet wonder class last night. Still have a few cards to finish!

Looking forward to hubby getting home tonight!!! He and our little doggie have been gone for almost 2 weeks.

Enjoy the weekend!  As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Monday, July 22, 2013

On a Scale of 1 to 10

Hi, everyone!

Hope the first day of the work week went well. Boy, it was a good day to be inside here. We got over 2 inches of rain. Wow, is it wet!

Today's Card

The current CAS-ual Fridays challenge is to make a card involving at least one number. Should be a perfect challenge for a math educator... right? So, why did I struggle so much with this one?

hand-drawn table, sponged in Distress Inks using Stampin' Up! daubers
Distress Ink core paper
computer-created stars, adhered with Zots 3D glue dots
Paper Smooches stamped numbers
non-identified stash number stickers

INSIDE SENTIMENT: On a scale of 1 to 10, You're a 100!

I'm always hearing people say something like, "On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give it [...] an 11!"  So, the math teacher in me decided to do a take on this... 

MATH ALERT WARNING: Math stuff ahead!!!!  Since 10 raised to the 0 power is one and 10 raised to the 1st power is 10 and 10 raised to the 2nd power is 100, I decided to go with the numbers 1, 10, and 100. I know, sometimes the math-i-ness just comes out in spite of myself. :)

I sponged the lower numbers in red, the middle numbers in yellow, and the upper numbers in green -- going for an ombre effect at each level. After that, the card took on a life of itself. The sponged ink had more of a primary feel/look than I had envisioned. So, I went full-speed ahead with the primary feel, going with primary-looking numbers and primary-like stars.

Most of my cards go to Operation Write Home. So, I'm thinking a little boy or girl might really like receiving an encouraging card from mommy or daddy as a new school year begins.

Parting Thoughts

Have a good rest of the week.

Thanks for visiting and happy scrappin'!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Another 2 for 1 Day!

Hi, everyone!

Hope everyone's having a great weekend!

It's a cloudy day here with some must-see television viewing for golf fans. Translation: This is some prime cardmaking time!

Today's Cards

This year, I've tried to make an Any Hero card for every OWH Sunday sketch. But, when I saw today's sketch, I immediately thought of a masculine birthday card with 5 candles. (Maybe the card I made for hubby yesterday was still mulling around in my brain...)

So, what's a girl to do? That's easily answered -- make two cards! :)

Distress Ink core paper; Cuttlebug embossing folder
hand-drawn flames; computer-generated sentiment (Mistral)

Distress Ink core paper; Darice embossing folder
computer-generated sentiment (Mistral)
Fiskars and Paper Studio star punches; garage sale brad

Parting Thoughts

Hoping to work on a card for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge to make a card with numbers. Should be easy for someone who's spent a life in mathematics education, right?

Have a wonderful week. Thanks for visiting and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Happy Birthday to Hubby

Hi, everyone.

Hubby's celebrating a birthday in a few days. So, I took advantage of a little alone time to make a card for him. Since he's a no-frills kind of guy, I made a no-frills card. I didn't even put one brad on the card, which was really hard for me not to do!

Distress Ink core paper, lightly sanded
EK leaf and hole punches
(And, that's all folks! As no frills as possible.)

To make the flames, I punched out a tiny leaf from an EK punch, scanned the punched-out leaf, pasted and enlarged the image into a Word doc, printed the enlarged image, and used the enlarged image to trace the leaf and cut out some flames on the card.

The orange candles are actually two-layered, with the flame placed between the layers. In addition, I trimmed the tops of the candles with a pair of Fiskars paper edges to give the look of melted wax.

Lastly, I added the three tiny circles at the bottom to reinforce the yellow of the flames. I stuck to my guns to make this a no-brad/gem/embellishment card for my no-frills guy. :) 

Parting Thoughts 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Snowflakes and Pearls

Hi, everyone.

A quick post for a CAS card inspired by this week's Christmas in July Midweek Throwdown

snowflakes stenciled in Distress Ink faded jeans on watercolor paper
sentiment heat embossed in Distress Ink black soot
cardstock: black Bazzill
snowflake punches: EK, Recollection; hole punch: EK
Queen and Co. and Mark Richards pearls

I punched snowflakes and a hole out of cardstock and used them as stencils, applying ink with Stampin' Up! sponge daubers. And, I went with a non-holiday sentiment for a longer shelf life. Finally, I kept Paula's three-color rule in mind -- although it might not be quite 60:30:10.

That's about it for this little card. Have a good rest of the week.

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

[Just Because] It's Design Bootcamp

Hi, everyone.

A couple of days ago, I posted version 1 of the card below. The revised card shown below was inspired by this month's OWH Design Bootcamp lesson on using three colors in a 60:30:10 ratio.

In the original version, I actually used 4 colors, instead of 3. Also, the 60:30 balance was probably closer to 50:40.

In the revised version, I stuck with just 3 colors. And, I tried to be truer to the percentages that Paula talked about in her lesson. For this card, I went with 60% white, 30% brown, and 10% green.

Stampin' Up! Off the Grid stamp, heat embossed in Distress Ink walnut stain
computer-generated sentiment in Franklin Gothic Book (40 red, 20 green 0 brown)
Hero Arts white paper: swiped with bundled sage using baby wipes
Distress Ink core paper: bundled sage; Paper Smooches twine, pressed in walnut stain

There is actually a tad more green than shows in the scanned image. I took a baby wipe and swiped small patches of bundled sage around the card. If you look closely at the scanned image, you can see teeny, tiny bits of green. These little swipes of green actually bring the percentage closer to 10%, rather than the lesser ratio that shows on the screen.

In addition to concentrating on the 60:30:10 color ratio, I tried to incorporate the rule of thirds. The sentiment and stamped image were placed in the top one-third and bottom two-thirds of the card, respectively.

Think I need to trim the twine just a tad. Then, this little card should be ready to go.

Parting Thoughts

Thanks, Paula, for another wonderful lesson.

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sweet Land of Liberty

Hi, everyone.

Today's Any Hero card was inspired by OWH Sketch #181. When I first saw the sketch, "USA" immediately popped in my head for the square element. The rest of the card flowed from there.

Bo Bunny Anthem; Distress Ink core (antique linen, fired brick, chipped sapphire)
computer-generated sentiment (Times New Roman; R: 184, G; 0, B; 0)
Distress Ink vintage photo for inking of paper and twine; garage sale brads
; Zots 3D glue dots

This one got a big thumbs up from hubby!  :)

Even though this was a pretty busy sketch, the card feels calm to me. Interesting enough, I consider myself a CAS aficionado. Yet, I struggled more with last week's simpler sketch. Hmmm...

Parting Thoughts

Have a great week. I'm hoping to find time to play with the new Paper Smooches Super stamp set.

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

This one got a big thumbs up from hubby.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

[Just Because]

Hi, everyone.

Hope your weekend is off to good start.

Our weather here is so gorgeous! It's hard to imagine that I stayed inside long enough to make a card. But, when you have a new stamp you just can't wait to use...  Well, you know what I mean. :)

Stampin' Up! Off the Grid stamp, heat embossed in Distress Ink black walnut
computer-generated sentiment in Franklin Gothic Book (40 red, 20 green 0 brown)
white paper: swiped with Distress Ink antique linen, faded jeans, and bundled sage
Distress Ink core paper: black walnut and bundled sage
Paper Smooches twine

Unfortunately the applied ink is too light to really show up on the screen. However, to lightly ink the background cardstock, I pressed "used" dryer sheets into the ink pads and swiped them across the paper.

I'm also pleased with the way the sentiment turned out. I went with brackets instead of curly braces -- and chose a more linear font -- to coordinate with the embossed grid. 

This was a mock-up for a possible craft fair card. Think I'm going to green light this and make a few more of these cards.

Parting Thoughts

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A ROARing Good Day!

Hi, everyone.

Isn't any day that includes a Stampin' Up! technique class a ROARing good day?

The card below was started in class and finished at home.

lion and cardbase: Stampin' Up! paper, punches, ink, scoring tool
computer-generated sentiment
baker's twine from the Twinery

Parting Thoughts

Thanks, Bernadette, for another fun class!

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Falling Leaves

Hi, everyone.

Hope everybody is okay after this afternoon's storms.

The card below was made for today's Midweek Throwdown challenge to make a masculine-themed card.

Craft Smart stamp, heat embossed and sponged in Distress Ink
Distress Ink core paper; Sizzix embossing folder
Stampin' Up! brads; Zots 3D glue dots

I'm very excited about the technique used for the leaves. After heat embossing the image in Distress Ink walnut stain, I used cotton swabs to sponge on various Distress Inks (wild honey, scattered straw, fired brick, dusty concord).

I also like the sketch. It came from that fabulous Leisure Arts book. I tried to create a strong focal, use odd numbers of elements (5 strips of paper, 3 brads), and pay attention to the rule of thirds. It seems I can't help but channel Paula these days. :)

Not so sure this is masculine-themed enough. Hubby loves fall. So, I went with a neutral/male fall palette. Also, not so sure about the embossing folder. Wanted to add some texture, and this was the closest to nature folder that I had. Maybe I should've bought a wood grain folder after all.  :)

Parting Thoughts

Have a good rest of the week. Thanks for stoppin' and happy scrappin'!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Say It with Legos

Hi, everyone,

Okay, making a legos card was not on my day's crafting to-do list when the day began. But, when I saw Julie's stinkin' cute card idea at this week's Tuesday Tutorial, well I just had to join in the fun. Thanks, Nancy and Julie, for such a fun idea for a cute kiddie card!

Distress Ink core paper and ink (chipped sapphire, barn door red, scattered straw)
Stampin Up! sponge daubers; white gel pen; Marvy circle punch; Tombow dimensional adhesives

Julie suggested stamping a sentiment on a separate sheet of paper and adhering it to the card. I decided to make the sentiment out of the legos.

My only regret is that I didn't have an embossing folder to create the lego base. So, I went with a larger piece of white cardstock.

Parting Thoughts

Thanks again to the OWH blog team for a great idea! (BTW: The math teacher/editor in me LOVED the fractions -- even though I just eyeballed my circles and rectangles!)

Have a great week. Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

A Patriotic Thanks

Hi, everyone.

A REALLY quick post for today's Any Hero card, inspired by Operation Write Home Sketch #180.

Bo Bunny Anthem, Distress Ink core
brand-spankin'-new Darice embossing folder
sentiment heat embossed in Distress Ink chipped sapphire
star punches: Fiskars, the Paper Studio

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Dear Santa -- UPDATED

7/22 UPDATE: A special welcome to those of you who have come from this week's OWH Tuesday Tutorial. I was so excited when Nancy said that she would like to feature Dear Santa. Thanks, Nancy!

Paper Smooches Super stamp set
computer-generated shapes & text
Distress Ink core
lots and lots of fussy cutting
Since I made Dear Santa, I applied the same technique to make a Super Hero card. One tip I learned when making this second card involves the white strip used at the bottom of both cards. If you're interested in including a similar strip of writing space, I had my best luck when the strip went from the left edge to the right edge. While I played with a number of combinations, the one that seemed to have the biggest visual impact was this full-width strip of white. 

Thanks so much for stopping and happy scrappin'.  Can't wait to see your take on fold cards! [As soon as my Blitzy stamp order comes in, I'll be making a princess card version. :)]

Hi, everyone.

The card below was born from two inspirations: a Crafting at the Spotted Canary show about making greeting cards with surprises and movement and a Studio G stamp purchased a couple of years ago.

This card's surprise is a sentiment that pops up when you open the card. The first two images show the front and inside of the card. The latter images illustrate a few of the steps used to create the popped sentiment.

Inside of Card
AC Christmas cardstock
computer-generated sentiment, inspired by Studio G stamp
Marvy and Paper Shapers circle punches, EK hole punch
Creative Memories cutting system

Stampin' Up! trimmer with scoring blade

Front of Card
AC Christmas cardstock
computer-generated sentiment (Andy), inspired by Studio G stamp
Marvy and Paper Shapers circle punches, EK hole punch

The Steps

Step 1: Cut out two 5.5" by 8.5" sheets of cardstock
Step 2: Fold one of the sheets in half, and make cuts 1" length that are 1.5" from either edge
Step 3: On the cut sheet, score along the card fold between the two 1" cuts
Step 4: Pop out the cut section, or "step", towards the interior of the card

Step 5: Apply tape/glue to the front of the "step"
Step 6: Attach sentiment/ image to be popped

Step 7: Apply tape/glue to inside cardstock, taking care to not apply any adhesive to the step.
Step 8: Attach interior (cut, scored) cardstock to the exterior (uncut) cardstock.
Step 9: Decorate, decorate, decorate!

Other Considerations:
  • I used solid cardstock as my bases. But, there's no reason not to use dp. I'm thinking 8.5" by 11" sheets or 12" by 12" sheets would work better for this purpose than 6" by 6" pads.
  • I added the wavy, white strip on the inside for a handwritten note.
  • When making cuts and applying adhesive, you'll want the "better" sides (textured, patterned) to face inside and out.
  • I popped a sentiment on the inside, but images would work, too. :)
  • In the past, Operation Write Home has offered tutorials and hosted challenges dealing with fold cards. In addition, the Spotted Canary broadcast (Show 106) showed more elaborate, intricate cards. If these really interest you, there are lots of internet resources to help you create more elaborate folds. 
  • That said, this is the first fold card I've ever tried. There were two reasons for this: 1) I wasn't sure I had the skills needed for these fold cards, and 2) I definitely didn't have precise enough tools for them. So, for my first effort, I went with a much simpler model.
  • Because of the sentiment, I chose to embellish with a variety of circles and a few waves to create a more whimsical feel.
Parting Thoughts

July 12 Postscript: Today's CAS-ual Fridays challenge is to create a polka-dotted creation. Think I'm going to post this little card for this challenge.

Hope you give one of these a try. I'm planning on making a few for OWH and the holiday craft fairs.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Jean Scene

Hi, everyone.

This month's Our Daily Bread Design challenge for OWH is to make a card with stitching -- faux or real. Glad they included that faux part!

Core'dinations paper, lightly "worn"at the bottom
garage sale sticker; garage sale brads
faux stitching in Zig chocolate

I bought 8 of these stickers dirt cheap at a scrapbooking garage sale a while ago. Last year, I made 6 cards for OWH and set aside 2 stickers for 2013 nephew cards. (Please click here to see the original post that includes tips on making the card.) Since one nephew actually turned 13 this year, I decided against the "kid" card idea for him. So, this left me with one last jean sticker. And, since these cards were crowd favorites in my Top Ten of 2012 list, one last jean scene card seemed perfect for this month's ODBD challenge.

One quick word to the wise: When you make a template, ALWAYS keep it. :)

Have a great rest of the weekend. Thanks for visiting and happy scrappin'!

Friday, July 5, 2013

An All-American Classic

Hi, everyone.

They say the third time's a charm. And, I'm hoping that's the case for the card that I made for this week's CAS-ual Friday challenge to make a project that uses fabric, canvas, etc. My first effort went in a totally different direction, trying to make a super hero card involving aluminum foil Then, the canvas idea came to me. But, the star stenciling did not go quite as I hoped the first time around. However, it led me to the card below.

Recollections natural canvas
Distress Ink core (chipped sapphire)
computer-generated negatives, sponged in Distress Ink (chipped sapphire, fired brick)
Stampin' Up! sponge daubers; garage sale brads

First, let me give credit where credit's due. Becca posted a similar design on Operation Write Home a few weeks ago. I loved her card -- and even remembering asking if I could CASE it. Thanks, Becca, for a wonderful idea.

That's the good news. The bad news is I remember Becca using a Cricut-like machine to create her card. So, to create my star and stripes, I created basic shapes in Word. Then, I cut out the shapes to make stencils and sponged using these negatives. I'm really pleased with the look of the sponging on the canvas!

To make sure the canvas stays in place for OWH, I used brads to secure the canvas to the cardstock.

 Parting Thoughts

Thanks CAS-ual Fridays, for really taking me out of my box this week!

Hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful holiday weekend.

Thanks for visiting and happy scrappin'!

Sweet Birthday Wishes

Hi, everyone.

Today's card is for a friend who lost her husband to cancer a couple of months ago. It's sure to be a tough day for her. So, I wanted to send her a card that wasn't overly celebratory, but... just something sweet to let her know she was being thought of on her special day. Hope this card will do that.

bubble wrap background, heat embossed with clear powder and inked with Distress Ink
Really Reasonable Ribbon ribbon-of-the-month ribbon
Inkadinkado sentiment, heat embossed in Distress Ink
Distress Ink core paper; Stampin Up! cupcake punch
Creative Memories corner rounder
Zots 3D glue dots, Glossy Accents

I'm kind of ambivalent about this little card. At times I really like it; at other times, well....

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One thing I do love is the background. The polka dots were created using the same technique that was used on The Sky's the Limit card at the right. I then inked the background in Distress Ink tattered rose.

I also like the ribbon itself. I placed a narrow strip of tattered rose under the ribbon so that it coordinated with the background and the sentiment paper. As it turns out, this is one of the elements about which I am ambivalent. I like the effect of the ribbon and paper, but am wondering if I should have chosen a contrasting color of paper. But, then again, I was trying for sweet and not jubilant...

Speaking of the ribbon, it is from Really Reasonable Ribbon -- one of the ribbons in the June Ribbon of the Month pack. The ribbon on the card is so pretty -- and I so love this company!

Another element I went back and forth on was the color of paper to use for the icing. I wanted it to pop, but not pop too much. It actually blends in much better on the card itself than it appears to blend on the screen. I think the color is Distress Ink barn door.

Two other quick notes: I rounded alternating corners because of the arcs of the cupcake icing and the straight lines of the cupcake base. Lastly, the sentiment was from a birthday set of Inkadinkado stamps that was $2 at a garage sale. :)

Parting Thoughts

It's a really rainy day here. Sounds like a perfect day to go to an afternoon movie and make some cards in the evening. :)

Enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend.

As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Lady Liberty

Happy Birthday, America!

Sandy Allnock MJD Chihuahua
Sandy Allnock's card
The card below was inspired by today's Midweek Throwdown color challenge to make a card featuring red, blue, white, and kraft, and by the layout Sandy used for the card she posted yesterday. (Okay, so I'll never be able to color like Sandy -- not in a million years. But, CASE-ing one of her designs.... Now, that's something I can totally do. Thanks, Sandy, for some wonderful inspiration!)

Bo Bunny Anthem dp; Distress Ink core: vintage photo and chipped sapphire
Stamper's Best image, stamped on watercolor paper, heat embossed in Distress Ink vintage photo
garage sale brads

I believe the Lady Liberty stamp was included in an order awhile back from Stamper's Best -- a complimentary token of appreciation. She seems to really work well on this card.

I soooo love Bo Bunny paper. And, I didn't think I'd ever like a patriotic pad of paper as much as I liked Bo Bunny Liberty. But, this yummy Anthem pad (that just happened to make its way into my Archiver's basket last night) might just give Liberty a run for its money. :)

One of the things I most love about Bo Bunny papers is that the patterns are so easy to combine. For this card, I simply chose three of the papers that had vertical stripes -- small, medium, and wide (tone-on-tone), added some crimped paper, and used one of the bolder, more solid papers for the bottom layer and a few accents or two and.... VOILA!

I wanted to ink the edge of the banner, but never quite know how to handle the triangular cut-out portion. Today I realized that I could lightly brush an ink pen against those edges. Duh! Why hadn't I ever thought of that before?

Parting Thoughts

Have a fun, festive, and safe celebration!

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Holly, Holly, Holly

Hi, everyone.

The first batch of craft fair cards is finished. So, it's on to batch #2.

My strategy this year is to alternate between making general-themed cards and holiday cards. So, cards like the one shown below are next up in the rotation.

Hero Arts stamp and embossing folder
heat embossing in Inkadinkado glam gold
Bazzill jade cardstock; May Arts wrinkled ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon

I was going for an elegant CAS card. Hope I've achieved that. Still tinkering with ribbon treatments, but loving the overall look of the card -- and the yummy ribbon. :)

Speaking of the ribbon, this pretty ribbon came from Really Reasonable Ribbon. This was my first order from this company -- and I couldn't be happier. An e-mail inquiring about ribbon samples was answered immediately, ribbon samples came soon after I placed my request, and my order was filled and shipped so very quickly. Bonnie's customer service was AMAZING and the ribbon is so pretty. Thanks, Bonnie! (Loved the service and ribbon so much that I enrolled in the Really Reasonable Ribbon's monthly ribbon club.)

Parting Thoughts

Think it's about time to turn in for the night.

Have a wonderful holiday celebration. Be safely festive!

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Recipe for a Happy Birthday

Hi, everyone.

Maybe it's because hubby and I both have July birthdays... But, for some reason, I've been motivated to make some birthday cards. Hubby would actually like me to try a couple of craft shows this year. So, I'm trying to get a little jump on craft-show cardmaking. :)

ODBD background stamp; Distress Ink core papers and ink
Stampin' Up! cupcake punch; Fiskars border punch
original sentiment, computer-generated as a table in Word (Lucida Handwriting)

I'm actually making an assortment of these in various color combinations -- mainly as a matter of necessity based on the current availability of Distress Ink papers and coordinating inks in the menopause room.

The background for the card above is from Our Daily Bread Design, a wonderful supporter of OWH. This stamp was part of a blog candy prize. The minute I saw it on the ODBD Web site, I knew I wanted to use it as the background for some recipe cards.

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But, that meant coming up with the recipe itself. So, I went online and checked out some recipe card sentiments. Next, I did some
word smithing of my own and came up with the recipe shown -- with special inspiration from similar verses at from Scribble Kitty. I used a table in a Word doc, with some cute bullets, to help with formatting, alignment, and so on.

My first attempt included some lace. (Interestingly enough, hubby didn't care much for the lace.) There are also some glue dots in the original -- and a hand-written, less sophisticated recipe. I decided to change things up a little to make cards that were a little more craft show friendly -- cards that a craft show customer could drop in regular mail without worrying about bumps and or thickness.

Parting Thoughts

Hoping to knock out a few more of these birthday cards. All is cut out -- but there is still some assembly required.

Thanks for stopping and a happy scrappin'!