Sunday, May 17, 2015

Pocket Pal Letter Featuring Prima

Hi everyone!  I hope you are having an enjoyable weekend so far.  We had some very pleasant weather for a couple of days but got hit with heat and humidity yesterday and today.  The humidity just seems to sap my energy.  Thank goodness for air conditioning!

Recently, I participated in a swap for Pocket Pal Letters.  This was my very first one.  The theme was fairies.  The papers are from Prima's Butterfly collection.  Mostly all of the embellishments are from Prima.  I made charms using the 6x6 paper pad.  The little mason jar in the upper left corner was stamped onto white cardstock with a tiny fairy embossed in pink--these are also from  the Butterfly collection.  There are leaves from Prima dies, flowers, chipboard from Fairy Belle and Nature Garden as well as some pearls and rhinestones.  There are some Tim Holtz charms and a fairy charm hanging from the large white bow.  Other pearls are from Jolee's, and the lacy butterfly top center is Martha Stewart.  Stickles were added here and there for sparkle.

On the back, we were to fill each pocket with little goodies.  I added a vial from Tim Holtz of fairy dust, more charms, mason jar tags, diecut leaves and butterflies, flowers, fairy images from the collection, a tea bag, and a note about myself.

Once I got started, I really enjoyed how this came together.  It was a lot of fun, and I hope to give it a try again.  If you click on each image, you can see the details a bit better.

Well, that's it for me today.  We have a graduation later today, so I better get some things done before then.  Have a wonderful week!  Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Hugs and Hearts for Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms in the world!  In honor of the occasion, I made this card for my own sweet Mom.

Reaching into my stash of paper goodies that I have been hoarding, I began with a premade card from DCWV.  The patterned papers are from Teresa Collins.  I did a border of Liquid Pearls in Buttercup to highlight the paper a bit.  The flowers are from Recollections and were highlighted with Stickles.  The sentiment was stamped onto a tiny tag and attached to the twine.  Rhinestones are also from Recollections.  See that pretty butterfly?  A friend sent me a letter on some stationery that had these pretty butterflies.  I simply fussy cut one and attached it with foam squares for dimension.

These usually aren't colors I go for but I think they made a nice, colorful card.  I thought the stamped sentiment worked well for Mother's Day, too.

On that note, I'm sharing a photo taken today of me, my Mom and my son.  He surprised us both with flowers and candles.  To those celebrating Mother's Day today, I hope you have an enjoyable, relaxing one.  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and leaving your sweet comments.  xoxo

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Anniversary Love

Hi dear friends!  Looks like Spring will be short lived here as temperatures will be in the 80s beginning today, so I guess Summer is starting early.  It is a pretty day today.  We are celebrating Mother's Day a week early with my husband's family today, so the weather is cooperating.

Also, today is my parents' 63rd wedding anniversary.  In honor of the occasion, I made this card for them using a lot of diecuts.

A sheet of flower paper from Prima's Anna Marie collection was attached to a white cardstock base followed by a sheet of gold patterned paper.  The pink doily is from one of my most favorite Prima dies (but then again, I love everything Prima).  A layered heart sticker was glued to a black diecut heart and placed onto the doily.  The rose diecut and tag were placed at opposite corners.  These rose diecuts are Anna Griffin.  The pretty pink crystals are from Doodlebug Design.  The gold stickers are from Making Memories.  A pink bow adds the last detail.

I wasn't quite sure if I liked this card, but it is starting to grow on me.  Do you ever feel that way with things you make?  I did accomplish quite a bit of crafting this weekend, so I feel good about that.

That's it for me today.  I thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and appreciate each and every one of your sweet comments.  Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Pretty in Pink Tag

Hi there, friends!  I hope you are all doing well and fitting in some crafty time.  Spring left us this week as we've been having quite chilly weather; however, I'm sure it won't last long.

Today, I have a pretty pink tag to share in honor of Spring as I'm sure she'll return!  I used one of my favorite collections from Graphic 45, Sweet Sentiments.

The base of the tag was created using some scraps of papers from the line.  I then put down a layer of cheesecloth and some pieces I took apart from a diecut wreath.  I fussy cut some postage stamps and butterflies from the paper to decorate the post card and also added a couple of dots of Liquid Pearls.  The tiny butterflies are highlighted with Stickles. The butterfly/flower set is Prima as is the diecut leaf.  A couple of pieces of lace and adhesive pearls finishes it off.

If you click on each photo, you can see the details a bit better.  I am loving my Prima skeleton leaves dies.  I just love tucking them here and there in a project.  I have had the butterfly/flower set for ages and have hoarded it in a few other colors.  I think it's time to part with them and make more tags.

Here's hoping the week ahead is a happy and healthy one for all.  Thank you so much for stopping by and the kind comments you leave.  I appreciate all of you!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Masculine Birthday Card

Hi everyone!  It's been a beautiful weekend here with bright sunny days.  Spring (and a hint of summer) has definitely arrived.  Tomorrow is another story with heavy rain expected.  I, for one, do love rainy days too.

Today, I have a masculine birthday card to share.  Tan cardstock was used for the base.  The papers and some ephemera are from Tim Holtz.  The butterfly is Jenni Bowlin.  The "Happy" brad is My Mind's Eye.  I simply cut the prongs off the brad, glued it to the circular matted ephemera, and adhered it to the journaling card with pop dots.  I tied a piece of hemp into a bow on the wooden button and added a couple of Recollections rhinestones to finish it off.

Masculine cards aren't easy for me to make.  This was made for a nephew's birthday.  While there are no flowers, I couldn't stay away from adding a bow!

I finally started my spring housecleaning this past week.  How I hated to give up some of my craft time to do it, but it is a good feeling to see things fresh and clean!  Of course, I did squeeze in a bit of craft time.  I am working on my first pocket pal letter for a swap and hope to be able to share it soon.  What are you working on?

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and for your kind comments.  I do appreciate them.  Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Burlap Embellishments

Hi everyone!  Hope you are having a good Sunday.  Spring is trying to force its way here--the days are warming up to 60s, sometimes 70s, but the nights are still in the 30s to 40s.  I enjoy that bit of a nip to the air.

Today's card features some burlap embellishments.  It was made for my dear sister-in-law's 50th birthday.  If you click on each photo, you can see it in larger detail.

Once again, I used my beloved Tim Holtz postage stamp die for the card base.  The papers and journaling tags are Pink Paislee.  The gorgeous burlap and velvety flowers and leaves are from Petaloo.  I'm not sure who made the butterfly, but the pearl swirl is from Prima.

Here you can see the dimension of the butterfly and its glittery sparkle.  I love this shade of blue with the brown tones.  I think the aqua burlap is so pretty.  I added a Recollections crystal to the center of the large flower.  The stamp on the tag is from Papertrey Ink.

That's it for me today.  I intend to relax and enjoy this beautiful day.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I appreciate all your sweet comments.  Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Cards

Happy Easter, friends, and Happy Spring to those who don't celebrate!  We just got home from a large Easter breakfast at my parents and will be having dinner later with my husband's family.  It is a pretty spring day today with just a bit of coolness in the air.

I have a couple of quick Easter cards I put together yesterday.  The other day, I was in Joann's and picked up a set of Tim Holtz holiday blueprint stamps (at 30% off).  In it was a bunny stamp that I thought would be perfect for the Easter cards.  I got out my watercolor pencils and colored a couple images.

I used things for the cards that I've had for quite awhile.  Both cards use papers from Prima's Firefly collection.  I love these papers as they have a watercolor look to them.  On this first card, the flowers and butterfly are from Recollections.  I added some watercolor and Stickles to the butterfly.  I gave the frame a coating of Distress Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter.  The roll of lacy trim was only 50 cents at Joann's.

The frame on the second card is from Recollections also.  The pearls are Prima.  The Easter stamp is from Inkadinkadoo.

That's it for me today.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend.  Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and for the sweet comments you leave.