Sunday, May 1, 2016

Little Birdies Card

Happy May!  For the first day of May, we are experiencing heavy rains and chilly temperatures.  Also, today, my son participated in his first 10-mile Broad Street Run in Philadelphia, which is a very big thing in this area.  We are so proud of him!  Not a good day weather-wise for the runners (some 40,000) but it is better than being too warm.

As much as I love making shabby chic items, every once in awhile, I love to pull out my stamps and Distress Inks and get a little messy.  Recently, I purchased Dina Wakley's Little Birdies Stamp + Stencil set.  I love these sweet stamp images and decided to make this card.

Using watercolor paper and various Distress Inks, I first created my background.  Using the stencil from the set, modeling paste and more inks, I was trying to go for a somewhat leafy background.  Not exactly what I had in mind but, hey, in art there are no mistakes!  The little birdies were stamped with Archival Ink onto watercolor paper, colored and cut out.  They are adhered to the card with foam tape.  A piece of string from Tim Holtz was tied around the card.  I stamped hello onto a stitched diecut from Tim Holtz and attached that to the card with pop dots.

And, there you have it--a fun little card.  I cannot remember all the shades of ink I used.  I just kept mixing them up until I felt satisfied.  Not too fond of the background, but it's a learning process!

That's it for today.  I thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog as well as the sweet comments you leave.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend and have a wonderful week ahead!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Butterfly Bestie Card

Hi friends!  I'm back a day early as I have a busy day ahead of me tomorrow and wanted to get a post up.  I have had a wonderful week filled with surprise blessings.  It is good to focus on the little things in life.

Today's card features a Besties stamp and papers from Prima's Butterfly collection.  Love this color palette.  The base of the card was made from a medium shade of purple cardstock.  The Bestie image was colored with Copics.  I added a tiny Spare Parts flower to the bow of her hair.  I matted another piece of pattern paper as well as the Bestie image in a lighter shade of purple.  A wreath from Memory Box was placed between the two and placed onto the woodgrain paper.  Ribbon roses from Spare Parts were placed along the bottom edge.  The butterfly, rhinestones and roses are from Recollections.

I find I am drawn to the various shades of purple a lot lately, particularly in the softer tones.  It makes a pretty palette for spring.

Well, that's it for me tonight.  I hope you have had a good week and wish the best for everyone in the next week.  Thank you so much for visiting my blog.  I read and appreciate each of your kind comments.  Hugs.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Quick & Easy Get Well Card

Hi friends!  Back today with a short post.  Recently, I needed a quick and easy card for someone battling an illness.  Here is what I made.

Beginning with a white card base, I layered two pieces of pattern paper from my stash.  Along the edge of the floral print, I used an EK punch to give a bit of extra design.  I stamped a sentiment from Papertrey Ink onto chipboard from Recollections.  The flowers are also Recollections.  It is difficult to see here but the beautiful Recollections butterfly is dimensional.  A few rhinestones were added for accent.

And there you have it--super easy and quick!  I was also able to use up more items that have been sitting in my stash of supplies.

Thank you so much stopping by and your sweet comments.  Today is a very pleasant weather day, so I'm going to put the screens in my windows and let the air blow through the house.  Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

A Day in May Tag

Hi everyone!  Since Winter was pretty much replaced by Spring during its season here, Winter is taking a bit of revenge now that the Spring season is here!  Yesterday, it snowed most of the day.  Since it was a wet snow, accumulations weren't high.  Today, it is very cold.  Seems like the seasons don't know where they belong anymore!

It is no secret how much I love Pion Design papers and really don't like to cut into them!  However, I did make a tag for a swap using A Day in May papers.

I began by inking the edges of a manila tag  with Tea Dye Distress Ink.  Next, I layered a couple of pieces of pattern paper onto the tag.  Martha Stewart Smoky Quartz glitter was applied to the Spellbinders diecut doily.  I cut an image from the papers, attached it to the stripe paper and adhered it with foam tape to the doily.  The flowers and metal embellishment are from Recollections.  The butterflies were fussy cut from the papers.  The vintage button is from my stash.  A bit of vintage lace trim was attached to the bottom of the tag and a seam binding bow was tied at the top.

It was a lot of fun putting this tag together.  Some of you may already do this, but in order to save time, I have started to diecut quite a few different shapes to have on hand when I'm crafting.  It makes the time go faster in putting together a card or tag when these items are all ready to go.

Well, that's it for me today.  It's been a busy weekend, so I haven't had much time to craft.  I did manage to squeeze in some time to stamp a few images to color for future cards.  I hope you are having a good weekend with some crafty time.  Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Blueprint Bunny Card

Hi friends!  It's a very windy, chilly day here.  Once again, we are experiencing sew-saw temperatures--chilly one day, warm the next.

Today, my card features a Tim Holtz bunny blueprint stamp.  Even though it may be used primarily for Easter, I think it is adaptable to any occasion.

Let me be the first to admit that my coloring skills on this image are not very good.  I used a combination of watercolor pencils and Copic markers.  The background was too dark, so I tried to lighten it with some modeling paste clouds.  Not really happy with it but didn't have time to make another one.  To enhance the image, I used an old, I believe, Tattered Angels chipboard frame which was given a coat of glitter and distress ink to the edges.  For the card base, I layered a piece of Tim Holtz Wallflower paper onto blue Distress Cardstock.  Across the bottom of the card, I used my new TH lace edge border die.  I then wrapped pink TH string around the card and accented it with flowers from Spare Parts and a hemp bow.  Next, the frame was placed on the card with some cheesecloth underneath.  A butterfly was fussy cut from the paper and highlighted with Stickles.  A kraft Chitchat sticker was placed at the top and a few more flowers were added to the bottom.  I love how the lace edge diecut almost looks like a fence here.

I did use this as an Easter card but I think it would work just as well for a Springtime card.  Next time, I'll need to choose my marker colors more carefully!

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by.  I appreciate each and every comment.  I love to visit your blogs as well--there is so much inspiration for me out there.  Have a wonderful week ahead.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

A Happy Easter

Hi everyone and a Happy Easter to those who are celebrating today.  It is cloudy and chilly here today--certainly not warm for the pretty spring outfits people traditionally wear today.  But that doesn't stop most people, myself included.  We will be celebrating dinner with family later.  We had our traditional Easter breakfast with my parents today which included ham, potato salad, kielbasa, eggs, babka, and cake.  I'm certainly not ready to eat again for awhile today!

For Easter, I have two cards I made which both feature Pion Design's Easter Greetings paper.  I love the soft color palette of these papers.

For my first card, I wanted to showcase this beautiful Easter photo from Pion.  I adhered some ruffled lace and a string of pearls around the photo edges.  A piece of the Spring Fairies paper was placed onto white cream cardstock.  I fussy cut some flowers from the Cherry Blossom paper and glued them to the right side corners.  A Prima diecut doily was placed to the left of the photo.  An Easter egg was cut from the tag sheet and decorated with some trim.  Flowers from Wild Orchid and Spare Parts were used for embellishments as well as a couple of hemp bows.  The butterflies were also cut from the papers and highlighted with Stickles.  I gave a touch of gesso and Glass Bead Glitter Gel to the flowers.

My next card features Violet Field and Easter Basket papers.  This color palette is so pretty as well.

Again, a sweet tag from the papers is the focal point.  The leafy scroll is from Cheery Lynn.  The metal violet flowers are from Making Memories.  The lace trim at the tag bottom is Recollections.

Well, that's it for me today.  For those celebrating, I wish you a wonderful Easter holiday.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I look forward to your comments and appreciate them so much.  Have a wonderful week ahead.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

My Besties Card

Hello everyone!  Happy first day of Spring!  We had snow flurries yesterday and are expecting a coating to an inch of snow tonight--so much for Spring.  It seems the seasons are confused anymore.

Today, I have a card using a sweet Sherri Baldy My Besties stamp.  I made it for Valentine's Day but feel it can suit any occasion.

The card base was made with grey Bazzill cardstock.  Once again, I used a lot of older craft supplies such as the patterned paper.  The wide lace trim is from Webster's Pages.  The flowers are Prima and Recollections.  I felt they matched the paper perfectly.  The diecut leaves are Prima which I inked in Pumice Stone Distress Ink and highlighted with glitter.  The image was colored with Copics and framed with a die from Wild Rose Studio.  The rhinestone heart and beads are from my stash.  If you click on the photo, you can see that I added rhinestones to the flowers on the girl's dress and shoes.  The "sweet" word block and resin flower tucked under the bow was in the pack with the large purple flower.  A simple satin bow is the final touch.

It is difficult to see here, but since the card base is grey, I used white cardstock and a decorative die to provide space for writing on the inside of the card.

Today is a special day in our home.  It is our son's 26th birthday.  How quickly that time has flown!  It is so important to savor each moment in time.

Have a wonder week ahead!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I appreciate each comment left.