Welcome to Cards by Amy K.

I am SO GLAD you stopped by to check out my blog!!! Here I will be posting my current projects for you to see. PLEASE feel free to leave me a comment. I would LOVE to hear what you think about what I'm working on. I have been a scrapbooker/paper crafter since I first caught wind of this wonderful hobby in 2006. I am lucky enough to get to spend my days doing something I love so much and which brings so much joy into my life. I first started scrapbooking as a way to pass the time as I found myself at home alone all day suddenly, now I can't imagine life without it. Too bad I don't get paid for it, then I really would have it all!!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A birthday card for Mel

I wanted this card to be simple elegance.  I made it for my wonderful sis in law, Melissa,  AKA Mel.  She's a sweet heart and we have all loved her dearly from day one. She and Brother were married last June and we all just couldn't have been happier; that was until Christmas and they announced that they were having a baby and wanted Brian and I to be God parents.  Oh, how happy we were then lol.  I'm just trying to say how much I love this girl.  She's awesome and funny and easy going.  Maybe I love her so much be cause she's so much like me, lol, or maybe its because I know she's good to and good for my Brother.  I think that she makes him happy and nothing could make me happier.  Mel is a feminine girl with out being a girlie girl.  She doesn't care much for too much frill or things that are just over the top.  She's always just going to be a tomboy at heart. lol.  So in making a birthday card for her I tired to tie the card into the idea of what I think that her personality is.  I wanted to create a card that would suit her to a tee.  I hope this card is it.  It suits her perfectly in my eye, but like I said "its an idea of her personality" that I am imagining.  In this card I see a lot of feminine with out all the frill.  Hope she likes it.   The construction of the card was simple.  I just took a 6x6 piece of Life's portrait paper from Webster's pages paper line and cut it to 6x5.  Then I used the Lacy labels Lite cartridge for the cricut and cut out the label.  You can't tell it really but it is in three layers.  I just used plain old Ga. pacific white and black paper for the cuts.  I then took my Tim Holtz distress ink in Old Paper and used it to change the color of the white to more match the Webster's pages.   I layered all the pieces together and used a stamp from Hot off the Press for the sentiment and some dark brown chalk ink from Color box.  Then I added a few of the tiny Prima flowers and a little bling to the centers and used some pop dots to attach it to the front.  Simple, elegance; or at least I hope. :) Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy it. 

Another Birthday card for August!!

Wow!! I sure have a lot of friends and family members with birthdays in August!!!  This one was made just for the coolest teen I know, Cassidy.  Cass, as we call her, or Kazz when she's extra spunky, she is my Best friend, Wendy's daughter.  I love Cassidy dearly, as I do all of the kids, but her being 15 years old this year makes her the most independent and the one that comes to stay the night with me.  When she comes over to stay the night we do a little scrappin' and she does a lot of tv watchin'.  She also helps me out with anything I've ever asked her to do.  She's old enough to understand a good bit about my disability and knows that even tho I might not "look" like there's anything wrong with me, that it doesn't mean there's not pain and stuff going on with me.  She's a good girl and I love having her come and spend time with me.  She's crazy smart and can figure things out really fast.  She's learned a lot about scrap booking from just the few things that she and I have worked on together.  I have a lot I would like to teach her yet and luckily she hasn't lost interest in it yet;)  She still likes it and thinks it's pretty fun to do.  I love to share my knowledge with her and at the rate that she's learning it, she will be much better at it than me one day soon:)  We especially like to make cards and mini's right now.  Maybe we can work on an 12x12 album when she goes to prom or something.  I'll let her decide..  She's smart and knows what she likes.:)

To make this card I used  the DCWV, punk, stack for the paper.  The file card was cut with the cricut wth the Graphically speaking cartridge.  For the back ground of the sentiment piece I used tumbled glass, victorian velvet, and shabby shutter distress inks by Tim Holtz.  They seamed to most closely match the background paper.  I used a Happy Birthday stamp by Rubber stampede by Delta.  I also used a mini marks rub on by American Crafts for the You Rock.  The black flower is by bazzill basics and the little pink flower is a cricut cut from the sweet treats cartridge, the bling brad in the center is by Heidi Swap.  I think that about covers it.  Hope you enjoy!!! hugs. amy k

A Best Friend Birthday Card

I made this card for, you guessed it, my best friend, Wendy Brown.  I wanted to come up with a card that had lots of texture on it.  I started off with the brown paper that is very textured by a company called Canson.  It's something I found at my local Micheals a while back.   I think its especially made for card making, but I don't know. lol.  I then used my sizzix texture boutique and a cuttle bug texture plate in  textile to emboss white card stock that I ripped down the right hand side and sprayed with peach delight glimmer mist and then rubbed the top of the texture with walnut stain distress ink from Tim Holtz.  I made the flower out of book pages that was cut out of the tattered florals die from sizzix and Tim Holtz and covered with the gold shimmer modge podge and layered together and an antique button, one of my very favorites in fact, was used for the center.  I used green hand made paper for the back ground on the right hand side and the brown strip at the bottom is a border sticker from Anna Griffin's Flora collection.  The sentiment is a stamp set from inkadinkado and it is heat embossed with Zing metallic finish embossing powder in copper.  I also used it along the sides of the sentiment piece.  I'm really happy with the way this card turned out and I was so happy to put the work into it, like I am with all the cards I do now days.    Im not making cards to sell anymore and so I only make them for the people I love now.  Im happier that way;)  It brings me joy to know that the people I give them to actually have come to look forward to getting on of my cards on their birthdays, anniversaries, or other special occasions.  I love to hear how much they look forward to them coming in the mail, even tho they are mostly late getting to them, and how they enjoy them and never throw them away.  I would never be mad at anyone of them for throwing one of my cards away.  I know how those kinds of things can accumulate.  Wendy does have special instructions, however,  to give that button back to me should she ever decide to discard of that card. lol  Hope you enjoy!! Hugs. amy k