To Honor Mom and Dad

Two very special holidays are celebrated in May and June – don’t forget to create special cards to honor mom and dad for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

It’s Jill Cornell here today to share a card idea for each holiday. For this Mother’s Day card, I created with bright colors in mind and let pretty teacups and flowers take center stage. Although Mother’s Day is now behind us, you could make this card for Mom’s birthday, too.

A few glittery accents in the form of pink sequin trim and a gold sequin help give the card a little glitz and glamour for mom. All supplies are from the Soho Garden collection by American Crafts.

And for Father’s Day, honor one of dad’s special skills or hobbies by creating a themed card. I created this card for a dad in mind who loves to grill! Other ideas might be camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, sports, reading and more!

There are some easy ways to make a card more fitting for dad: 1) create with masculine colors like orange, green, navy and brown; 2) use “earthy” embellishments such as stars, buttons, twine and staples. All supplies are from the Take a Hike collection by Simple Stories.

Whether you are creating a gift or buying a gift, a handmade card will show you put a little extra thought into making Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, or their birthdays, just a little more special!

Happy crafting!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (www.jillcornell.blogspot.com)

Motorcycle Fun!

Stampendous is getting geared up to release their new stamps. I am sharing a sneak peek of one of their new stamps called Motorcycle Elements W097.  I was thinking this would be a great card for a boy on his birthday!

1. Stamp image on white cardstock using black ink. Repeat on another piece of cardstock. Cut first image into circle using die or circle cutter. Punch circles from various patterned papers and cardstock.

2. Cut patterned paper and cardstock into strips of varying size. Cut 4-1/4″x5-1/2″ white cardstock background panel.

3. Color both stamped images using STAEDTLER Karat Aquarelle watercolor pencils and waterbrush.

4. Sponge edges of the circle using blue and green dye inks. Sponge edges of background panel using the same dye inks.

5. Detail cut remaining motorcycle image and adhere to circle image using foam adhesive dots.

6. Adhere white cardstock panel to 4-1/4″x5-1/2″ card base of choice.

7. Adhere patterned paper and cardstock strips to background panel.

8. Adhere punched circles randomly around the background.

9. Adhere stamped circle element to card using foam dots.

Products

  • Cardstock: blue, green, white
  • Stampendous Motorcycle Elements Stamp W097
  • Dye inks: blue, green
  • STAEDTLER Karat Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils
  • Circle dies
  • Circle punches
  • Hole punch
  • Sponge
  • Adhesives: tape, glue, foam dots

Happy Stamping!

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)

Cards for Boys and Men

Welcome to the Crafts ‘n things Blog. This is my first post of the New Year! I know many of us who are card makers want to try to send more cards this year, and for many of us, making cards for boys and men is one of our hardest tasks.

I want to share with you some tips for making cards for the men in your life!

When designing for guys, I still like to make cards that are visually interesting. I do not think that I need to make plain cards just because the cards are “for the boys.” I want to create cards with layers, embellishments, and trims, the same way I do for the feminine-themed cards that I make.

My first step in creating cards for the guys is to find (or create) a sketch or a layout on which to base the card. Then, I will choose the color scheme. I stick to neutrals and rich, bold tones. I use the colors found in a gentleman’s library or sports club.

If the sketch calls for flowers or ribbon, I will instead reach for gears, buttons, and twine. Metal items also work well for masculine-themed cards. I try to avoid frilly items such as flowers, lace, beads, and other “glitz.”

I stick to masculine images such as sports, boats, vintage cars, and other rustic items. For younger boys I find animals, cute monsters, and circus images work well.

Once you get the hang of crafting for men and boys, it becomes easy. Keep a supply of metal embellishments, buttons, twine, natural fibers and ribbons on hand. Look for rich colors and textures when shopping for paper and cardstock. You will soon have a stack of manly cards in your card stash!

Gloria Stengel from Scraps of Life (www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com)