Thursday, May 1, 2014

Card happy!

This week I had felt a little burned out creatively. I had no interest in working on my Project Life album 2013, that is, after finishing the digital pages for last week 2014. 

I decided to play with a Studio Calico card kit that I had gotten cheap with a coupon code from Big Picture Classes National Scrapbook Day event. (You can still sign up for the event, but I don't know the availability of the discounted kits.)
This is Studio Calico's CUPPA card kit that I used to make my cards.

The first thing I did was cut all the 8.5x11 sheets of cardstock in half and folded those in half for my card bases. The first card I made was simple. I cut a square card from the 6x6 paper pad and embellished with one of the bows in the kit.

The second card inspiration came from the stamps included in the kit and this card sketch from Studio Calico's blog. For the sentiment I used a now retired Technique Tuesday Birthday stamp set.

For the third card, I was inspired to use the circular stamp. The Hello sentiment fit in it so I chose that and heat embossed it in gold. I used some green chevron washi  and glitter tape from my stash and layered some punched hearts over them.

This card wound up being one of my favorites. I found the a sheet in the 6x6 pad with the frames and cut one out. Heat embossed the thank you sentiment with white embossing powder. Embellished with some of the star confetti in the kit.

My nephew's graduation is coming up soon, so that inspired this card. I used the brick paper from the 6x6 pad and heat embossed the "you are here" sentiment with black embossing powder. This stamp came from a previous Studio Calico Project Life kit. I had a piece of graduation vellum in my stash that I cut the hat and certificate out of. Used some silver photo corners also found in my stash.

Also had a first communion card to make. Other than the base, this was made with things from my stash. I actually recycled the flowers from a card I had received. I heat embossed the sentiment in white and added a banner with the hand written sentiment in silver pen.

This card still feels a bit unfinished for me. I used another piece of the brick paper and heat embossed the stamped images in black embossing powder. Added a strip of red cardstock and stitched the Xs (used an Amy Tangerine embroidery stencil) with the grey thread included in the kit. I think it may need two more red things to finish it off. 

So that's what I have been doing. Happy to have been able to play a bit with my supplies, use up a chunk of the kit, and use the stamps. Happy to have some cards on hand to send out.

Don't know that making the cards has cured my burnout, but I am no worse off! 

Thanks for looking!


  1. Cute cards. Like the two cards with brick paper because the sentiment looks like you tagged the wall. Ok what do you expect from a LA. Girl

  2. these turned out really cool. Love the frame Thank You, and of course the Grad card :)