Luv Stampin' Sew Much, Burnaby, BC

A blog about handmade cards and handsewn sock animals

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Quick and easy birthday card


I was so glad I had a reason to get back to my craft desk to make a card for Jonathan’s uncle’s birthday. It’s been more than a month since I last touched my craft tools!

We were in Alaska on a cruise in the beginning of July. It was our first cruise, and was definitely a fun experience with all the entertainments on the ship and the beautiful scenery at the ports. The break was much needed. I felt really good and proud of myself for surviving without the Internet for the entire week. Well, there was no free Wi-Fi on the ship anyway, and at first I thought I would go crazy, but at the end I didn’t even care when we got the Internet back. The food on the cruise was great. It’s going to sound like a complaint, but I think I ate too much good stuff, and actually got this horrible cough. Luckily it seems like I’m finally getting better this weekend.

Back to my card… I was glad that I got a reason to create a card, but was not so glad that it was the toughest type of cards that I have to make. Haha. I always find it the hardest to make a guy’s card. Anyway, I kept it simple. Some dry embossing and sanding on the “coredination paper”, minimal embellishments with just two brads, and there it is! I am happy with how it turns out. What do you think?


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Getting out of my creative comfort zones…


I have to admit I struggled a little to make this card look interesting. The hexagons looked a bit dull no matter how I placed them on the card. Then I thought… Why don’t I play around with the layers? I am usually someone who wants things to be straight and square. Not having the layers straight bugs me a little, but as I started tilting the white and the crumb cake layers to the left and to the right, I saw more potential to the card. I finally decided that I would tilt the white layer to the right and the crumb cake layer to the left. When I pulled out my glue stick and glued the white layer down, I realized I made a mistake! I glued the white layer down tilting it to the left! Oh no… what do I do? Can I tilt the crumb cake to the right to make it up?? No… that wouldn’t work (in my own little world anyway), it looked like the sentiment would fall out of the card anytime. Okay, calm down… let’s try tilting the crumb cake even further to the left. And yep, approved! 🙂

The hexagons are popped up at different heights using dimensional tape.




Another masculine birthday card (PPA170)


I often find it hard to come up with the right colours for masculine cards, but when I saw the PPA170 Color Challenge, I instantly thought of creating a masculine birthday card.


I am glad that I used the Alphabet Press Embossing Folder, which I originally bought for making baby cards 😛 I think it goes well with the birthday stamp, and I definitely like how it turns out after sponging the raised areas with Early Espresso ink.