Saturday, July 2, 2016

Marigold Studio | New Baby Girl Card

For this New Baby card, I wanted to use my dies differently than usual. So I cut a panel from the Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles Mat dies and then used a Stampin' Up Circle Die to cut a circle from the side of the panel.

The cute elephant image came from a smaller stamp set that I had bought a long time ago from Michael's. I stamped it in a light mauve color and then fussy cut it. Same for the balloons, except I colored them in with colored pencils (Stamp came from the dollar bin at Michael's... when it was still a dollar bin!).

The "Baby Girl" sentiment came form a Recollections stamp set I'd bought from Michael's which I fussy cut. I added some dimensionals behind it and paired it with an outline shape stamp. Finally I embellished the sentiment with some pastel buttons in yellow and pink. 

To finish off the card, I added a wide gross grain striped ribbon from Stampin' Up and die cut a couple of stars using the Little B Stars Dies which gave me an adorable stitch pattern too. A pink and white baker's twine bow across the top of the main panel, and a few silver star sequins gave it the required finishing touch. 

A stamped "Welcome" banner on light pink card stock completed the layout. Oh, did I mention, I added the final panel on foam tape in order to give it some depth. I finished the inside of the card with another stitched rectangle die cut from Lawn Fawn and stamped a sweet sentiment from a Fiskar's Stamp Set.  

Hope you enjoyed my card today! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Marigold Studio | "Celebrate" Birthday Card

This Birthday Card was a lot of fun to create! I had a great time coming up with the color combination and the layout... it has some of my favorite colors! Those who know me, know well how much I gravitate towards bright colors. They have a magical, uplifting effect on me!

So it all started with the fun geometrical pattern paper that I decided to use from my stash. I then stamped out the sentiment using the Avery Elle Framed Fonts Stamp Set which has some text stamps and a border stamp. This allowed me to use two different ink colors on my main piece. 

I then fussy cut the stamped sentiment and also flowers from the Avery Elle Oh Happy Day Stamp Set, and the cute bow that I had stamped using the  Avery Elle Laurels Stamp Set, punched out a couple leaves using a Martha Stewart punch  and arranged them on my card. 

On some of the elements I chose to give some depth by adding dimensionals. I added a scallop trim and also a strip of darker blue to get some contrast. I also rounded off the corners with the half inch corner rounder from We R Memory Keepers.

The inside of the card was finished by stamping the word "Celebrate" from the Fiskars Make A Wish Stamp Set and I adhered a couple of fussy cut flowers as well. 

Hope you enjoyed my card for today! Thank you for joining me on my crafty journey!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Marigold Studio | Floral Mother's Day Tag Card

Hello! Today I have a Mother's Day Card for you. I had bought the Avery Elle Gift Tags dies and co-ordinating Gift Tags clear stamp set some time back and was really wanting to use it in a project as a focal point. 

The card I had in mind was soft hued, but with a pop of color to brighten someone's day!
I started by stamping the tag in Stampin' Up's Tangerine Tango Ink Pad, and used Avery Elle Fizz ink in softer orange tones to stamp the sentiment. The banner was stamped using Avery Elle Build A Banner stamp set with the Happy Mother's Day sentiment came from Stampin' Up's Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.

I tucked a leaf die cut and some stamped and punched flowers behind the scroll and added clear rhinestones to the flower centers for a little bling. A polka dotted yellow washi tape added a touch of brightness to the focal point. 

Finally, I assembled the card on a white card base, with a mat of light blue patterned paper die cut using the My Favorite Things Stitched Rounded Rectangles STAX die set, and tying an orange jute twine with a bow. I added a couple buttons and silver sequins to complete the look. I also rounded off the corners and added a faux stitched detail on the outside using an orange gel pen. 

I decorated the inside of the card with a stitched blue mat and a "celebrate" die from Little B Handwritten dies.
Hope you liked my creation! I'd love to know if you use tags in your creations as a focal point.
Thanks for stopping by and visiting me today!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

#averyellestamps, #LittleB, #stampinup


Friday, February 19, 2016

Marigold Studio | Happy Pregnancy Card

Today I have a clean and simple (CAS) card for you. I needed to make a Happy Pregnancy card for a good friend of mine and wanted to keep it neutral since I didn't know if she was expecting a boy or girl! 

So I chose a soft yellow color card stock and combined it with a bright striped washi tape in aqua that complimented the yellow just right. I then stamped the dress and paper pieced it in a matching blue polka dotted paper, that made it look oh-so-cute!I simply love the font of the sentiment and the cute graphic of the hanging dress! 

I decided to die cut the stamped sentiment in a lacey scalloped circle shape from Spellbinders. But it seemed to still lack something- so I went with the rose embossing in the background and added a scalloped lace punch trim just slightly overlapping the washi tape, which really added so much to the final design, I think. 

To finish off the card, I tied an aqua twine in a knot to give it a warm and fuzzy feel. After all, this card was for a mother-to-be and I wanted it to have a warm vibe. I hope you liked my take on the card. 

Thanks for stopping by and visiting me in my creative space! 

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
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Monday, February 15, 2016

Marigold Studio | "Smile- Today is Your Day!" Birthday Card

My card today reminds me of soft hues, spring and the wispy colors of flower fields in the country side. This is a mix of things that makes me happy and glad to be alive! I started by coloring the coffee cup with pink hearts on watercolor paper, arranging it on a chipboard tag that is sort of old rose in color and decorating it with glitter hearts, a wreath die cut, and a ticket tag that I stamped in brown ink. 
I added a soft blue patterned paper with a hatch design, cut with the Avery Elle pinked edges die, and then to add interest and texture I added a mat with a stitching detail of creme textured paper behind it.
To tie it all together, I added a soft floral pattern and added the stitched detail to it as well. The Birthday Wishes sentiment is from WPlus9 and so is the banner die. A few silver sequins provided just enough bling that was needed to perk it up! 

I finished the inside of the card with a soft pink paper that I stamped with the Hero Arts background stamp, added a stamped sentiment from Hero Arts Stamp, and a couple of trims of patterned paper at the bottom.

Hope you liked my card. Thanks for visiting with me today!

P.S. This card is in my Etsy shop, Marigold Studio. Please find it here, if interested.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Marigold Studio | Retro Valentine's Day Card-Truly Smitten

This Valentine's Day card literally got designed around the oh-so-cute retro typewriter image that I had stamped and fussy cut out with a pair of scissors but didn't have a clear idea how I would put to use!
So this stamped element was lying around my crafting desk for a few days and every time I looked at it, I felt like I wanted to start designing a card with it. However, the actual flow of the design just wasn't coming to me, so I decided to wait a little before starting my design. You know how it is!

Then yesterday I decided I was just going to start "building" around the image and take it from there. And I was happy to see that it was surprisingly smooth going after that point! Sometimes not having a plan upfront works like a charm, doesn't it?
I die cut a piece of red card stock with an Art-C Hello Stamp and Die cut label shape, stamped with my Hero Arts wood grain background stamp and clear heat embossed it for some shine. An arrow die cut from craft seemed to fit perfectly with the evolving design, so I stamped and heat embossed it too with the wood grain background. A square from the  Little B nesting sqaue dies with their darling cutouts neatly held all the elements which I raised with dimensionals to give it added emphasis.
A strip of  red and white dots washi tape, type patterned paper and a black mat created the perfect backdrop to the arrangement. But something seemed lacking- so I added a Heart Garland die cut using Lil Inkers die from patterned light blue paper and a cork embellishment as final touches.
I added a Kraft card stock square die cut inside with a sentiment that matched the "Type" theme of the card from the Avery Elle Lots of Love stamp set and also added more arrows to continue the design inside. I think it came together fine! I actually had a lot of fun coming up with various ideas and placement options.

I hope you liked my take on a Retro Valentin's Day card! I would love to hear from you- do you design your cards as you go or do you have a set idea before you begin and follow it pretty much to the T? Thanks for visiting with me today!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
PDE Linky Challenge- Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

Friday, February 5, 2016

Marigold Studio | Valentine's Day Contemporary Card

Hello there! I had this desire to create a Valentine's Day card with a contemporary vibe that had all the fixings of a Valentine's Day Card like pink and red colors, a warm tone and yet was different in the way it used the various elements. I was rooting towards a modern, somewhat edgy card with the tag as the focal image. So this is what I came up with...

I started with a Kraft card base and used a  Hero Arts background stamp which I clear heat embossed to create an interesting backdrop. Then I die cut a soft pink scalloped rectangle from the WPlus9 Sunshine Layers Die, stamped the inner layer of brown card stock with a Heidi Swapp Arrow Background Stamp and clear heat embossed the pattern. 

I added a tag die from Avery Elle Simply Tags Dies, the die cut scripty "love" from white cardstock, and die cut the word YOU from the tag. I also added a starburst light pink die cut (using Avery Elle Pinked Elle-ments dies) that shows through the cutout and hangs off the tag for added emphasis. Finally I added the twine bow, faux stitching details, red buttons and a star garland in silver foil to complete the look.  

I decorated the inside of the card with a couple of sentiments from the Avery Elle, Lots of Love stamp set, as I think that really completes the experience of the receiver. Earlier I used to keep the insides of my cards blank, but I think I like the feel of continuing the visual experience inside better. 

I hope you liked my take on this card! I would love to hear from you. What kind of Valentine's Day cards or goodies are you planning on coming up with, this year? 

P.S: I don't put up all my cards and creations for sale in my Etsy Shop, Marigold Studio, but this one made it there! If interested, please find it here

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I am entering this card in the following challenges:

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Marigold Studio | Mother's Day Card-In-A-Box creations!

It was really enjoyable to come up with these floral arrangements! I had created these flowers earlier and picked and chose the ones I thought would look good together from my stash! I specially liked how the fence at the bottom of the pink box played into the theme of the card.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Marigold Studio | A Card Using The "Inlay Die-Cutting" Technique

I've been meaning to try out this fabulous technique that uses die cuts in a very creative manner. So this afternoon I dived right in!!! I was quite satisfied with the results. What  more, I got to use my leftover strips of paper that I had been saving! 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Marigold Studio | Custom Stationary Boxes using Envelope Punch Board

I needed to make a couple of note card sets for my kids' teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week and came up with these boxes to hold a set of 6 square note cards with matching envelopes.

To make the boxes I used light gray card stock, added a coordinated pattern paper as a mat on the top and made a belly band with a dimensional butterfly punch (made with two punched butterflies stacked on top of each other). To finish off, I stamped the sentiment on a die cut label.

They were big hits with the teachers, which made all my efforts worth it! :)

Have you made gifts for your kid's teachers? If so, I would love to see your projects too- leave me a link in the comment section below.