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Stamping fun in June

This month, I’ve had a need for several cards for different reasons. One needed to be a card that would be more suitable for a guy. I saw a cute stamp on sale of a pocket watch, so I got it to use with this embossing folder of clock faces.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

I embossed blue cardstock, then stamped the pocket watch on cream. Gold accent paper and dark gold cardstock for the frame completed the color selections. The pocket watch stamp came from Just For Fun, and this is the card I will enter in their monthly challenge for June.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

All done, the blue and gold would be fine for a guy.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

For the inside, I went to the computer, and printed out a couple of sentiments, made up from my own thoughts. Working off the idea of ‘time’, I did this one.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

That sentiment could work for so many things! “It’s time to tell you (fill in the blank!).” – Happy Father’s Day, Happy Birthday, Thank You.  Or “It’s time you knew (fill in the blank)” – how much I care, how great you are, how proud I am of you, whatever you need to say!

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

For a birthday card, I had these frames as part of the gifted stash I received from dear reader Katie.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

Using one with some of the soft floral paper made a pretty card.  I fussy cut it so the butterflies would be in the right places.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

I cut the floral paper to size, and rounded the corners with my little punch.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

I put a contrasting color behind the flowers on the corners, then stamped Happy Birthday in the center.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

All done, with a pretty flower and butterfly on the envelope.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

Inside is my favorite sentiment for quilting friends.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

And yes, all my cards this time got my personal stamp on the back.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

Then, I needed a very fast thank you card for someone who is new in my life. I hope she will become a friend over time, but for now, I wanted her to know that the gathering she hosted at her home was appreciated. So, out came some floral paper with a coordinating solid, and a Stampin’ Up retired stamp set from some years ago.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

Another adorable card was sent to me, and I just have to share this fun idea from my new pen pal Jennie.   She sent it to me after I sent her some of the Katie stash.

Jennie's Cards at From My Carolina Home

No, I didn’t photograph it upside down, she did it that way on purpose. When you see the inside, you’ll understand why this is just so stinkin’ cute. How clever you are, Jennie!!  Thank you!

Jennie's Cards at From My Carolina Home

Speaking of clever, my friend Val who blogs at Val’s Quilting Studio takes the award for all time.  She sent me a Sunshine Box as Happy Mail just because she wanted to.  How very creative is this!  She painted the inside of the box yellow and wrote on the inside flaps!!  It was stuffed full of goodies with a sunshine yellow theme – fabrics, papers and bits for cardmaking, lemon drop candies, a cute Mary Englebreit book, ribbons, post-its, crayons, yellow sidewalk chalk, and more.

Val's Sunshine Box at From My Carolina Home

Every item was yellow in some way, and every one had a cute note attached.

Val's Sunshine Box at From My Carolina Home

Such a cute dish towel, with a lemon slice and a little note that said “Cheers!”  I was just delighted, it was like Christmas morning!

Val's Sunshine Box at From My Carolina Home

She included tea bags wrapped in teapot fabric with another cute note.

Val's Sunshine Box at From My Carolina Home

I have the most wonderful friends!  Thanks so much, Val!!

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A Card for Mother’s Day

Normally I would show the card I made for my MIL before Mother’s Day, but she reads my blog and I didn’t want her to see it until she got it in the mail.  The idea here can be modified for any holiday or occasion, just change the sentiment. I decided on yellow when I pulled out one of the packs of patterned papers, so I pulled a coordinating yellow base and cut an oversize card to fit an envelope. I had these bird stickers too, and she loves birds.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

I wanted a texture look on the inside, and this yellow did well. The green was for contrast for the stamped image.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

I took the paper to the computer to print out a nice sentiment as I did not have a stamp that said what I wanted it to say. There is a wonderful website with free verses to print and use – Imag-e-nation.   I selected Mother’s Day from the extensive list of occasions, and scrolled down the verses with DH to pick the perfect one for her card.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

The paper with the sentiment was cut to the size of the card and glued down. A goldfinch sticker was added.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

Another pretty paper was stamped with a floral image. The green frame cardstock was embossed for texture.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

I stamped a flower on the inside, and on the envelope, and colored them using my chalks and blender pens.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

The stamped image was mounted on the green embossed cardstock, and positioned at the bottom of the card front.  A little hummingbird sticker was added for extra interest.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

The top of the card front looked a bit bare, so these dimensional flowers were added.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

A floral and songbird card for a lovely MIL, here is the finished front and envelope.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

Naturally, I put my signature stamp on the back.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

Linking to Just For Fun May Challenge – A Mother’s Love.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

Did you have a nice weekend?  If you are a mom, how was your Mother’s Day?

 

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Stamping Fun in March

Now that I have a truly organized and wonderful stamping space, I made some cards for friends. There seems to be a constant need lately for support and cheering up. I got out this pretty lavendar rose paper, and it was easy to pick coordinating colors from the paper shelf, now that the colors are sorted.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Gluing the paper to the front of the cards, I added a dark purple ribbon tucking the ends behind the rose paper.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

I stamped “Thinking of You” on cream stock, mounted it on green stock, then set it at a slight angle.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Inside, I did the basket of flowers in three colors of ink, and added the sentiment.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Of course, my stamp goes on the back. Better than Hallmark, right?

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

I made one plus a spare to have one in reserve for later. A lavendar rose was stamped on the envelope.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

I had enough of the lavendar paper left to do one more card, so I tried it out with a darker cardstock. Over the top a green strip of embossed paper was added.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Adding a gold cardstock scalloped circle, and then a pink one with a stamped butterfly, the front of the card was done.  I could add a sentiment in the lower right, but this time I think I’ll leave it alone.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Then I got more creative with the inside. I needed something light to show up the sentiment, so I chose the coordinating lattice paper and cut a piece to fit inside. I added a rose in lavendar ink, then the sentiment in dark purple ink. I really like the way it turned out! This may be an inspiration for the next card front.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

I was on a roll, so I kept stamping. It was just too much fun to stop yet. This neat printed vellum was in the same paper pack as the lavendar rose stock. I had a stamp to use that looked nice with it, and I colored it with my chalks and blender pens.

Spring Stamping at From My Carolina Home

Picking up the gold color from the vellum, I embossed a strip for texture, and mounted the stamped image on two layers of frame.

Spring Stamping at From My Carolina Home

I only use my little rabbit tail stamp in the springtime, and usually I’ll just write my name under it. This time, I masked off the leaf on my personal stamp, and added my name below with ink.  It is crooked, but maybe that just adds to the charm of a handmade card.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Spring Stamping at From My Carolina Home

I use this sentiment a lot this time of year, this time adding a daffodil bouquet inside.

Spring Stamping at From My Carolina Home

A fun day of stamping!  I am getting started on my Easter cards too, and will show you those next month.

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Autumn Jubilee Stampin’ Up Halloween Cards and Giveaway

Time to get out the Halloween stamps and get our cards ready to send. It will be here before you know it! I got out all the Halloween inspired stamps and goodies, and began auditioning various looks. One thing I knew I wanted to use was a neat new embossing folder that had a spider web.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

I embossed the spider web design on black cardstock.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Oh, yes, I like that. An orange ribbon is added going straight across.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

I stamped a spider web with a goofy spider on orange cardstock, and mounted it on a purple cardstock frame. Then it was glued to the front, overlapping the ribbon.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Inside is stamped with a jack-o-lantern and Happy Halloween.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

On the back, I added a witches hat to my personal stamp.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

That witches hat gave me an idea. The witch shoes are in the same Stampin Up set called Wicked Cool. I remembered another stamp about shoes in another Stampin Up set called Humor in High Heels. I thought they would be a hoot together. Plus, how often can you use a striped paper? It reminded me of the stripes on the witch’s tights.  So, I mounted a large square of rust and white striped paper on cream cardstock.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

The sentiment is from Humor in High Heels, and the hat and shoes are from Wicked Cool.  I mounted the element on green cardstock as a frame. Perfect together aren’t they?

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Inside are some bats, with a cute saying.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

I added the witches hat to my personal stamp on the backs of these too.  I liked that idea so much I made three more, with different color combinations.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Of course the envelopes all got a stamp too.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Isn’t this fun?

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

We will get to more Autumn inspired Thanksgiving cards soon. And you can see the Welcome Autumn cards I did last month for more inspiration.  The best news for today is the wonderful giveaway sponsored by Stampin’ Up!! They are going to send a Paisleys and Posies bundle set to one lucky reader!

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This fantastic bundle is a modern twist on a classic shape.  The Paisleys & Posies bundle contains a set of 18 photopolymer stamps and 19 Paisley Framelits Dies with the largest piece: 2-1/2″ x 1-3/4″, a $45 value!  The stamps are not mounted, and can be used with the clear stamp blocks sold separately.

To enter the drawing for the Paisleys and Posies Giveaway, visit Stampin’ Up (just click on the words) and read a blog post, or view the catalog, then come back to comment on anything you like about Stampin UP!   Comments will be taken until November 1, so you have plenty of time to enter and tell your friends! Good luck!!

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Celebrate Birthday Card

A special lady has a birthday coming up, so it was time to get out the stamping stuff and get creative.  I really enjoy making and sending cards, and every birthday and holiday is an opportunity to create something new.  Starting out this time, I decided to use the embosser once again.  I have some new embossing folders, and you know that means I have to find a way to use them.

Celebrate Birthday Card | From My Carolina Home

I like this hummingbird stamp, and I have a new idea for the inside.

Celebrate Birthday Card | From My Carolina Home

This time, I used the versamark on the stamp first, then loaded it with purple ink.

Celebrate Birthday Card | From My Carolina Home

This gave me a nice clear image.

Celebrate Birthday Card | From My Carolina Home

I then covered the image with clear embossing powder,

Celebrate Birthday Card | From My Carolina Home

Tapped off the excess, and used the heat tool to set it.

Celebrate Birthday Card | From My Carolina Home

This created a raised outline to use my new blender pens to color.

Celebrate Birthday Card | From My Carolina Home

When I got to the bird, I referred to my bird book for suggestions.

Celebrate Birthday Card | From My Carolina Home

Since the little hummer that visits here appears to be a girl, I made this one a girl too, with no red on the throat.

Celebrate Birthday Card | From My Carolina Home

I added some patterned paper to the left edge, a birthday wishes stamp to the upper right corner, mounted the hummingbird on the embossed paper, and glued it down.

Celebrate Birthday Card | From My Carolina Home

Now for the inside, my sentiment stamps are small, and the card was large, so I needed to create a larger design with some additional stamps. This is three stamps. The flower and the ‘Celebrate’ are overlapped slightly to create the feeling of it being one unit.  All were stamped in the same color purple.

Celebrate Birthday Card | From My Carolina Home

All done. Of course, my handmade by Carole stamp is on the back, but I forgot to get a pic of it.  I like the way that the embossed outline has a bit of shine to it.

Celebrate Birthday Card | From My Carolina Home

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Stamping Christmas Cards and Stampin’ UP Giveaway!

Today we get working on those Christmas cards.  I am going to show you several designs with several techniques pulled from the past couple of years of stamping.  I love the dark green cardstock shown in several of these cards.  It does wonderfully well with punched out snowflakes, seen in the card on the left below.

Stamping Christmas | From My Carolina Home

The step by step instructions for these cards (above and below) can be found on my blog post from last Christmas Stamping Christmas Cards.

Stamping Christmas | From My Carolina Home

For a special card sent to a special lady, I rolled some evergreen with lights on the front of a tri-fold card, then added ribbon to look like a package, and a punched out ornament that says Joy.

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Opening the front, the center section has a nice verse from Stampin’ Up.

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Then the inside has an ornament that shows in the window, and Merry Christmas at the top. It encloses a gift card from a local department store.

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Here are some of my other Christmas Cards from a previous season.  Once again, that dark green cardstock was used in the cardinal card.

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I stamped a cardinal, and added color to the picture with my chalk palette.

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I put it on a bit of gold cardstock as a frame, then mounted the element on dark green card, on top of a glittery red ribbon.

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I really have fun with my rollers too, and I have several with Christmas themes like this one of peppermint candies. Using them with the straight edge guide keeps the lines straight.

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Isn’t this cute?  I did two cards with it, one with some space between the lines, and one with the lines next to each other.

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On this one, I added ribbon and a Christmas tree stamped in green with a red mat.

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On the other one, Snoopy is snoozing on his doghouse. I colored this one with chalks too.

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This one is a bit different for me. I had this snowflake stamp, but you can’t stamp white snowflakes on a white card, so I did them in pale blue. I was then obligated to finish it with more blue, my least favorite color. Then I added a gold snowflake ribbon, and the whimsical reindeer with blue mats. Even though I an not a fan of blue, this turned out OK. The little tag at the top was made with two tag punches and a tag stamp.

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The last idea I have for you is to use the dark green base with white embossing. Start with a tree stamp, a versamark pad and some dark cardstock.

Christmas Cards | From My Carolina Home

Load the stamp on the versamark and position the motif on the front of the card. Press evenly and firmly.

Christmas Cards | From My Carolina Home

You’ll see the versamark imprint on the cardstock.

Christmas Cards | From My Carolina Home

Cover the imprint with white embossing powder…

Christmas Cards | From My Carolina Home

then tap off the excess.

Christmas Cards | From My Carolina Home

If the coverage is uneven, go over it again with the powder and tap off the excess.

Christmas Cards | From My Carolina Home

Heat with an embossing tool until the embossing powder melts into a nice shiny finish.

Christmas Cards | From My Carolina Home

A white snowflake is wonderful on dark blue cardstock.

Christmas Cards | From My Carolina Home

Thank you to Stampin’ UP! for their generous support of my

Christmas in July event.

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Celebrate International Craft Month! Tri-Fold Birthday Cards, Prizes and Blog Hop

March is International Craft Month, and I am kicking off this month’s Celebration with a stamping project. Throughout the month will be more new ideas using lots of crafty things.  In conjunction with Quilt Shop Gal, a number of bloggers will be sharing crafting ideas this month, particularly today.  Read all the way to the bottom for a huge giveaway opportunity!  To start the month of crafting projects, today I want to show you this Tri-Fold Birthday card.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

These stock cards come in packages of 10 with envelopes at the local craft supply store. It has been difficult to come up with a good design, so I put them aside for a long time. I do like the little window, so I decided to pull together several elements to make the three sections work together.  I made this design initially for my MIL’s birthday, then I needed another one quick so used the same design a few days later.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

I started by centering a cute saying in the window of the card.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

Using a black piece of throw-away paper, I masked off the under section of the card so I could use a large stamp on the second fold.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

I inked up a large flower with purple ink, and stamped the image. I put the word ‘smile’ at the top.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

I colored the flower with chalk pastels, and added a butterfly.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

On the front, I stamped ‘Celebrate’ at the top. You can see how the flower in the second section makes a pretty border on the sentiment visible from the inside.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

I added purple and yellow ribbons down the left side, and began putting scallop circles at the bottom.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

On the last circle, I stamped a little pansy.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

Of course, my personal stamp goes on the back, this time with a little butterfly.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

Inside has the cute candle sentiment, and Happy Birthday.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

A few days later, I needed another one for a special family member to go with an old photograph. So, having only a little time, I just did another one in the same basic design.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

This time I used a rose inside the second fold.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

Getting out the pastel chalks again, I colored the rose yellow.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

Then added a little butterfly.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

The yellow ribbon has little dots on the yellow, and I used green satin ribbon with it.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

Five scalloped circles in two sizes complete the front, with a butterfly accent. Celebrate is stamped at the top.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

As usual, my personal stamp goes on the back, this time in green.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

As I did with the first card, I also put a stamp on the envelope to dress it up a bit.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

Thank you so much for visiting!  If you are not a regular reader, please look around to see what my blog has to offer.  I blog about so many things, and I love having new followers.

bee creative kick off badgeNow for the prize news and Blog Hop!  We have nine bloggers participating with this fabulous Celebrate International Craft Month blogger event.  So, let’s Bee Creative! Thanks to Quilt Shop Gal, our hostess for this great event,  Aurifil, Timeless Treasures, Martingale, Dragon Threads, The Wooden Bear, and more have all confirmed donation of prizes, most of which will ship directly and be open to international participants.  So, click on a Rafflecopter giveaway , and then visit these fun blogs for even more entries.

 

Marian  – Seams to be Sew: http://www.seamstobesew.com

Patty – Elm Street Quilts: www.elmstreetquilts.com

Cheryl – Cheryl’s Teapots2Quilting: http://cherylsteapots2quilting.blogspot.com/

Barb –Bejeweled Quilts by Barb: www.bejeweledquilts.blogspot.com

Vanda – Quilt in Piece:  http://chittenden.co.za

Julie – Pink Doxies: www.pinkdoxies.com

Carol – Fun Threads Designs: www.funthreads.blogspot.com

Carole –  You are Here!  From My Carolina Home

Darlene – QuiltShopGal: www.quiltshopgal.com

Are you crafting or stamping this month?

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