Drive by Greeting:

chautona-card65Yeah… the title leaves something to be desired. It’s better than the original, though. I went for “Drive By Birthing…” Ahem. I don’t think so.
I saw this plaid and HAD to use this truck with it. I don’t know why. Who knows what this crazy brain of mine is thinking half the time?

This is one of the cards for my readers, but I still only made two due to lack of enough plaid for more.. The other one I tried to make a “woman of color.” I chose a bad brown, but she still looks pretty good. I need to work on my darker toned coloring skills.

I do have a problem with the sentiment. It’s not very clear and I stamped it nice and crisp. I think they tried to fit too much on one little stamp.

Stamps: Stampin’ Up “Loads of Love”
Paper: SU Gray, Scraps
Paper Size: A2 (4.25 x 5.5″)
Ink: Versafine
Accessories: Twine, SU tab punch
Techniques: Colored pencils

WynneWORD Birthday

chautona-card66I’ve been DYING to use this stamp ever since I found out they made it. This map is actually one of the maps in my children’s series, “The Annals of Wynnewood.” The illustrator, Craig Worrell, allowed eMagine stamps to recreate it in rubber! I AM IN HEAVEN! I love the sentiment, “Find Joy in the Journey.” I thought it worked for a birthday sentiment too.

I just hope Craig doesn’t mind that I utterly destroyed the image after I stamped it. I stamped, roughed up the edges, crumpled it in a ball, and then sponged the heck out of it. It looks nice and dead–er antique. Just how I wanted it.

Stamps: eMagine “Wynnewood”
Paper: PTI Smokey Shadow and SU Naturals
Paper Size: A7 (5×7)
Ink: Unity Pallette Black, SU Suede, Crumb, Mustard, Cocoa, and Sand
Accessories: Twine, Brads, Sponges
Techniques: Destruction of perfectly fine paper.

chautona-card64I’ve been dying to use this snail for ages. Doesn’t he just scream, “I’m taking my sweet time to get you your birthday card?” What a perfect way to pin the blame on something cute instead of me! *cough*

Okay, so these are actually going to readers who signed up for my birthday card program just a day or two late for their birthday month. I just had to use this stamp, so I used it as an excuse to send theirs out this year. WOOT!

Stamps: Paper and Such Snail & SU Happiest Birthday Wishes
Paper: SU Pear and Daffodil and PTI Orange. Amuse gingham. Neenah
Paper Size: A2 (4.25 x 5.5″)
Ink: Memento (snail) & Versafine (sentiment)
Accessories: Grosgrain ribbon
Techniques: Watercolor pencils

Washi the Day

chautona-card63Fastest, easiest cards on the planet. I seriously did all 4 in about 10 minutes tops. I wanted to play with the idea of the all black and white after doing a black and white spread in my EC planner. So, I did it. Liked it. Then I wondered what colors would look like. So I did that.
Look, they’re not genius cards. They’re not super amazing CAS masterpieces either. They’re just cards. But they’re nice and I like ’em. I won’t make LOTS like this, but if I ever need a card in the space of a couple of minutes, I now know one way to make something that looks good and is fast.

And Leigh Anne (leibetty), I TOTALLY owe you kudos for loving Versafine. I’ve never gotten the appeal. But I keep trying it because I know some people–and you are the one who comes to mind–love it. After this card, I too “get” it. CRISP. Man, that ink is crisp. I never noticed it before.

Stamps: PTI Birthday
Paper: PTI White and Gina K Black
Paper Size: A2 (5.5 x 4.25)
Ink: Versafine
Accessories: Washi tape, ticket punch
Techniques: Get ‘er done

Have a Sunny Birthday!

chautona-card61Well, I don’t love it. But I do like it. I love the idea, but I tried too hard to keep it too simple. I should have stamped the sentiment on a tag hanging from the knot. I used SU Watercolor crayons to color the leaves a bit etc. I love how thatl ooks. So, it’s not exactly what I wanted, but it is nice and I do like it. At least I didn’t succeed in making it as “ugly as possible.” Sometimes failure is a good thing, no?

Stamps: SU Sunfower
Paper: SU Kraft
Paper Size: A2 (4.25×5.5)
Ink: SU Mustard and Pallette Burnt Umber
Accessories:SU Seam binding and homemade “flower-not-so-soft.”
Techniques:Trying to make it as ugly as possible

Just the Write Birthday…

chautona-card60Oh, my this was a fun card. I LOVED making it. It’s simple, sure, but it’s so ME. The colors, the typewriter–everything. It’s one of many I’m making in my quest to send as many of my readers birthday cards this year as I can! WOOHOO! I made six of these beauties and I’m going to try it in more “dead” colors too. WOOT!



Stamps: River City Rubberworks typewriter
Paper: PTI White, SU Pool, Gina K Black
Paper Size: A2 (5.5 x 4.25) Ink: Versafine
Accessories: SU Dots embossing folder and baker’s twine from Target dollar spot
Techniques: Printing (I printed the sentiment)

The Years Flit By

chautona-card59So I saw this card on Pinterest. Now I can’t find it. I want to give the original designer credit, but I can’t. No idea what’s wrong and what search terms I used. I thought I “pinned” it so I could find it again, but shocker of all shockers–not there. I’m pretty sure the original didn’t use lace and did use another butterfly. That’s all I know. If you know whose it is, I’d love to give credit. If it was yours, please forgive me. I did try.

UPDATE: Thanks to Nancy on Splitcoast Stampers, I found it. She called the paper scraps, “Washi” and I thought, “HEY!  I bet I did find it under a washi search.  And I did. WOOT!

Stamps: PTI Birthday set
Paper: PTI White, scraps from MME and SU. Oh, Amuse gingham. LOVE that stuff. SU Rose red too-I think. Talk about a run-on sentence. Yes, I are a writer.
Paper Size: A2 (4.25×5.5)
Ink: Unity Pallette Accessories: Lace trim from HL. SU Dies–Beautiful Wings and some label thing I’ve never used before. Score for finally doing that.
Techniques: Shameless copying.