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, January 25, 2011

Swivel Clasp charm swap/ vintage Valentine

I had the opportunity to be an Angel swapper this month for Regan's (@emmoradesigns) swivel clasps swap and that means I got to have not one but two partners this month!  I enjoy this swap so much that I am happy to do the extra swivel clasp.  I made them similar but there are little differences.  I sure hope that my partners, Rosie and Leila, enjoy what I've made here for them.  Our theme for this swap was Vintage Valentine and the challenge Regan gave to us was to use lace on the charms somewhere.  I must admit at first I didn't have any idea how I would attach lace to a charm but I eventually found this heart shaped lace and thought it was perfect so I attached some jump rings to it and strung it on to the head pin with some beads.  I meant for the lace to kinda spiral around the charm but, naturally it moves around.

These are the cards I made to go along with the swivel clasp and charms.  I made each lady a valentine.  I made these with my cricut using the gypsy and the sweethearts cartridge.  I think they turned out soooo cute and they remind me of the valentines we used to exchange every year in grade school. lol.  I have to give my friend, Robin, the credit for the valentine idea.  It was hers.  "Thanks Robin." So here you go, these are my projects for the swivel clasp swap.  I hope you enjoyed them and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Birthday card for my Mom

I wanted to make a pretty card for my beautiful Mother for her birthday.  She's such a wonderful lady who does so much for so many people around her.  I just wanted to let her know just how special she is to me and I do that best thru my craft. So here's the card.
For the card base I used a 5x7 pre-made card from K & co, for the background I used designer paper from Websters pages from the "life's portrait" line.  I used my Martha Stewart lace (I don't know what it's called) punch for the boarder strip and the distress inks I've used for this card are scattered straw and vintage photo.  I used that on the boarder punch piece and sentiment label and vintage photo all around the patterned paper and the card base.  I was really trying to highlight the yellow color from the patterned paper.  The flowers at the top left are layered primas and I've used glimmer mist on them to get that color.  I think they turned out pretty cool. the brown flower is from Wild orchid crafts and the yellow ones are from an unknown source.  I used some of my vintage buttons for this card.  The sentiment label die cut is from the Sentimentals cricut cartridge and I made it with my gypsy.  I used a stamp from Hot off the Press and archival ink in black.  Hope you enjoy this card and don't forget to leave a comment, I love hearing from you guys.
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Enjoy the Journey Birthday card

I just thought I was late mailing my birthday cards in the last year.... I am really off to a bad start for this new year. Infact, this card was supposed to be mailed last year. lol. What can I say? I have really understanding family and friends. lol.
This card is for my cousin, Ben. He's a really cool guy and I wanted to make a card for him that would kinda reflect his laid back manor. I did alot of stamping for this card using several different stamp sets. I used two different visual artistry stamp sets from Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous for the car, the bingo card, and the "enjoy...." sentiment. The "thinking of you..." stamp is from the paperwork greetings set from Inkadinkado. The journaling label in the background and the label around the sentiment are from the Basic Notes stamp set from Basic Grey. And last but not least, is the Happy birthday sentiment. It's one you've seen me use numerous times before, its from the Say it in style set by Close to My Heart. I used designer paper from My Minds Eye; Jen Wilson's LePaperie stack. I used three different green tinted Glimmer Mist on it to give it that color. I used one of those wonderful vintage printed paper bags that my good friend, Robin sent to me for the bottom portion of the card. I did a white wash over it with antique white paint and crinkled it up and then dried it out before adhearing it to the card front. I also used antique copper paint around the edges and a little copper glimmer mist in a few areas. I colored in some of the cut out stamped images with distress inks in scattered straw and barn door and peeled paint. For a finishing touch, I added a vintage piece of brown lace.
It took me a while to get this card in the mail but I think It came together well. I hope that Ben enjoys it. I've got to go get ready for the next birthday coming up later this month. I think Mom's is the next one. Thanks for stopping by, please feel free to leave me a comment as I always do enjoy hearing from you guys.
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