Every month I participate in this awesome project life card swap. I really enjoy making these DIY cards and then getting some back in return. I look forward to this little piece of happy mail every month. If you are interested in participating in these swaps you can go to the Project Life Card Swap site by clicking here.
Any who, this month I choose the monochromatic theme and the happy birthday theme. Let me just say I had the hardest time with coming up with the ideas for these cards. When I orginally signed up I thought it was going to be so easy.
The monochromatic card ended up with two prototypes before I settled on the card that I created. The happy birthday card got as far as the two papers and the stamped happy birthday and then I was stuck because I couldn’t decide on what else to do for the card. I ended up stitching on it and felt that was good enough.
For the bases of both cards I used some Bazzil cardstock which had some texture on them. I love textured cardstock because it gives your projects that little extra something, something. The patterned paper came from American Crafts Neapolitan paper stack.
The heart on the monochromatic card was created with a Heidi Swapp stencil and some Tim Holtz distress ink. The stamp that I used came from Close To My Heart’s True to Life Stamp set which also works with the Close To My Heart Art Philiosophy Cricut cartridge.
The happy birthday card I used the stamp of the month that was from July to stamp happy birthday on some scrap white paper in crystal blue ink from Close To My Heart. Let me just say stamping happy birthday ten times was not the most exciting thing I have done. I then spritzed it with some gold shimmer from Heidi Swapp because the white paper just looked to stark white to me. Lastly I used my Sew Easy tool to create the holes for the stitching on all these cards and stitched away.
This is the final product of my cards that I thought was going to be so easy to create at first, which turned out to be a lot harder then I thought they would be to create. Have you ever thought something was going to be so easy to create and then when you sit down to create and turns out it wasn’t that simple?
Now for the good news if you are a subscriber and you leave a comment on this post between now and Setember 19th, which happens to be the release date of the new iPhone you can win the July Stamp of the Month, a We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy Tool and a $10 dollar iTunes card!