Sunday, May 22, 2016

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Hi friends!  So far, we've had a rainy month of May.  Flowers are starting to bloom.  Today's card was made for an April challenge.  I used a My Besties stamp to create a card with the idea of April showers bringing May flowers.

I don't often work with the color yellow, but I just love these sweet Graphic 45 papers and decided to use that color palette when coloring the stamped image.  Beginning with yellow cardstock for the base, I layered white cardstock followed by the patterned papers.  Two strips of white trim were added next.  Tiny yellow rhinestones accent the white lace flowers.  The image was colored with Copics, matted to yellow cardstock and placed on the card.  The large daisy was a handmade gift to me.  The smaller flowers are Recollections.  The butterfly is a Spellbinders die--I also cut the butterfly in vellum to give a shadow effect.  A yellow hemp bow is the final accent.

My coloring skills need improvement, but it is so much fun and a wonderful way to relax by coloring.  There are so many adult coloring books on the market now for that purpose as well.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by.  I appreciate all your comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Mother & Daughter Tag

Hello, everyone!  After a few humid, rainy days, the weather today is crisp and windy.  I do love the fresh air, though.  It is odd to go from almost summer-like temperatures to fall-like temperatures in the span of 24 hours.

For my project share this week, I have used a beautiful image of a mother and daughter from Pion Design.  I began by cutting a tag shape from cardboard and covering it on both sides with paper from K&Co.  I attached ruffled lace trim and pearls around the tag edges and a crochet doily at the bottom.  I also attached more ruffled lace trim around the image and placed it onto the tag with foam tape.  The flowers are from my stash and accented with diecut leaves from Prima.  The gorgeous butterfly is a Spellbinders die--I also cut the shape in vellum to give a bit of a shadow effect.  A stained seam binding bow with a Maya Road trinket was placed at the bottom and a pearl/rhinestone bauble placed at the top.

I so love old images like this one!  It is wonderful that Pion has quite a selection available for use.  I do hate to cut into them but I can't keep saving everything!

Well, that's it for me today.  Since there is a chill in the air today, I think I'll make some comfort food for dinner--a chicken casserole with cream cheese brownies for dessert.  Thank you so much for stopping by and your kind comments.  Wishing all a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother's Day 2016

For all those celebrating today, Happy Mother's Day!  After much rain and chilly temperatures all week, the sun finally came out today and it is turning into a pretty day with a fresh breeze.

For my Mom for Mother's Day, I created this card using Pion Design Paris Flea Market paper for the background.  Prima trim was placed across the bottom of the card.  A Prima diecut doily was added next.  I cut out one of the thread spools from the paper and attached a Jolee fabric flower to it.  The sweet toddler image was a gift and I adhered ruffled lace and pearls around it.  The photo and spool were place onto the doily with foam tape.  The Papertrey Ink sentiment was stamped onto a piece of the paper which I then cut in the shape of a banner and placed it next to the photo.  The flowers in the corner are a combination of Petaloo and Spare Parts, and the butterfly is from Recollections.  The finishing touches were flatback pearls (given a coat of gesso), a Prima pearl swirl, and a couple of hemp bows.

This card was a joy to make.  I love the vintage, shabby chic look.  My heart always melts with those old-fashioned images.

Lastly, I'm sharing a photo of my Mom, myself and my son taken on this day.  Thank you so much for stopping by and your sweet comments.  Have a wonderful Sunday and week ahead!

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!