Archive | October 6, 2012

For Baby: Yay! Woo Hoo! Congrats!

This super-cute card by designer Sara Grafton brings baby congratulations in an adorable, and slightly unconventional, design!


Supplies | Cardstock: Neenah (Solar White), Stampin’ Up! (Daffodil Delight). Patterned paper: Lawn Fawn (Bright Side “Silver Lining”). Clear stamps: Lawn Fawn (Plus One, Critters in the ‘Burbs, & Critters in the Forest), Hero Arts (Right at Home). Ink: Tsukineko Memento (Tuxedo Black & Danube Blue), Ranger Tim Holtz Distress (Peeled Paint). Markers: Copic (YR61, E33, E39, V09).

This card was designed for Sara’s friend who just adopted a beautiful baby girl.  The nursery theme is owls, so she used that as inspiration for the card theme.  The owls were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copics.  After the owls were cut out, a black marker matching the ink color helped define the edges.  The hill was hand cut and Distress ink added some definition to the patterned paper. One sentiment did not seem to be enough for this card, so Sara mixed the sentiments from three Lawn Fawn stamp sets to complete the card.

Sara Grafton is a wife, mama, academic advisor, and college instructor who squeezes in time for stamping, scrapbooking, and blogging.  She began scrapbooking in 2005 and fell in love with card making in 2008.  She is settling into life in the Bay Area of California and blogs at  Her 3 year old son loves to take pictures and took the photo shown here.


Warm Wishes

Welcome to World Card Making Day! Later today, we’ll have more cards – and a GIVEAWAY! But in the meantime…how about some holiday card inspiration to kick off with?

This adorable card by Kristy Dalman of Some Odd Girl stamps will have you counting the days until the snow flies and the scarves come out of the closet!

warm wishes

Supplies | Stamps: Some Odd Girl (Winter Friends and Warm Wishes Tia). Pattern Papers: Studio Calico (Classic Calico Vol 2) , My Minds Eye “Follow Your Heart” (Be Happy). Glitter Paper: Doodle Bug Sugar Coated Cardstock (Swimming Pool). Ink: Tsukineko Memento (Tuxedo Black and Teal Zeal). Misc: Button, Thread, Copic Markers, Ranger Stickles (Stardust).

Kristy shared this with us about her card:

“During the holidays i love making snowy winter inspired cards. For this card I couldn’t help using the cute polar bear and giving him some light snow flakes and just as freshly fallen snow glistens in the sun, I added some sparkle to the snowflakes as well as using the glittery cardstock. For the snow flakes I used Teal Zeal from Memento which is a very rich color ink (its the same as the sentiment is stamped in) but I wanted it to have a very soft feel and not to over power my back ground. So I stamped it on a scrap paper twice before stamping it the third time onto my background paper.”

If you like Some Odd Girl, be sure to check back later in the day, because we will be giving away some of their stamps in a World Card Making Day giveaway!

Kristy Dalman is the Owner/Artist/Designer of Some Odd Girl Stamps: She describes herself as a “crafty, artsy girl” and says “finding a career in a creative field has always been my number one dream”.  She worked grocery retail for 11 years before following her dream and becoming the owner of Some Odd Girl. Kristy has been Copic Certified since June 2010 and Intermediate Certificated in November 2011.

Some Odd Girl Stamps, based in a small town in Michigan, was founded in January 2010 as a digital stamp company. In May 2011,  the company released its first clear photopolymer stamps. The company is known for owner Kristy Dalman’s signature hand illustrated quirky designs of animals and figures of girls.


Silhouette Announces New Portrait Machine

Silhouette America has announced a new addition to their blockbuster brand of digital die cutting machines, called the Silhouette Portrait.

The Silhouette Portrait has the same motor and cutting mechanism as the company’s hit Cameo machine, but the more portable Portrait machine weighs only 3.5 lbs and cuts materials up to 8″ wide (versus 12″ for the Cameo). Like its bigger sister, the Portrait works with Silhouette Studio software and has the ability to register and cut printed materials.

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