Saturday, February 19, 2011

Bingo game cards

Backtracking a bit, I want to show you these Bingo cards I made when I went home for the holidays. I made sets of cards for various family members and hope that they'll enjoy their Bingo cards every year on Christmas Eve in the future, as it has been a tradition in my husband's family for years.
By adding the sewing machine stitching around each border, it not only permanently adhered all the layers together, it now eliminates worry about anything coming apart the way paper crafts sometimes tend to do, plus this dainty threaded accent also creates a tailored keepsake edge. I really like the colorful cheer of all the pieces together too.
I almost forgot about making the game pieces, but they were easy to whip up. I used Stamin' Up's Bingo Background stamp along with the Jolly Bingo Bits set. White cardstock was the best choice for stamping the Bingo image, as I had less of a clean, bold look when using confetti white or confetti cream. Very vanilla would be my second best preference.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Chinese New Year card

In case you haven't noticed, this is my first post in months! We moved to Taiwan in August from Texas, for a year. I didn't know how much space I would have, so I didn't pack my stamping supplies and I missed everything desperately!
When I went back to the States over the Christmas break, I loaded up my luggage with rubber stamps, punches, cardstock, inks, pens, scissors, adhesives, you name it. My cousin helped me unload my junk from her trunk when she dropped me off at the airport in San Francisco and I was embarrassed at how heavy all my bags were! I maxed out on the luggage weight limit and carried back as much as I could. I snatched up this darling lantern rubber stamp in Taiwan, which was made in China.  I found a fun way to make your own paper lantern card on this blog.
Now I can create once again! Thank you, Eva Airways!
I made these wonderful Chinese New Year cards and hope to post more fun cards over the next several months while I'm living on this tropical Asian island. Enjoy!