Sunday, July 26, 2015

In the Pink Birthday Card

Hi friends!  I can't believe another week has gone by.  Time certainly does seem to fly.  I got a lot of crafty time in this weekend and had so much fun.  Happy mail arrived with some new Julie Nutting stamps for me as well as a couple of RAKs.  It certainly inspired my creations this week which I'll share at another time.

Today's card was made a few months ago and I found that I hadn't posted it yet.  I, again, went to my stash of older craft items to make this.

The pretty floral background paper came from a K&Co paper pad that was probably among my first ever craft purchases.  I then took two smaller size papers from the same pad, cut the corners with a fancy edge, and adhered them to the center.  The large crochet and lace flower and tiny roses are from Recollections.  The cream corner pieces at the top were part of a frame that didn't die cut very well but I managed to save these two pieces.  I stamped a sentiment onto a diecut label.  The butterfly was cut with a Martha Stewart punch from the background paper.  Pink pearls from Michaels were added for a finishing touch.

I really am trying to use up my older collection of items.  I keep thinking that I'll use them on the perfect project but it just seems the stash grows waiting for the right creation.  No more.  It's time to make use of these things.  Who knows--the perfect creation may come about in the process!

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by.  I appreciate each of your comments and enjoy hearing from you.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend and have a good week ahead.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Making Flat Cards

Hi everyone!  Recently, I received a request to make 41 flat birthday cards that would not require extra postage.  This was somewhat of a challenge for me as I do love dimension to my cards.  Of course, it does cost extra to mail them.  The first batch of cards I made were fairly simple stamped images that I colored.  As I got into the swing of things, I did add some embellishments that still were somewhat flat and should be good for mailing.  Today, I will share just a few of the cards.

I've had this Julie Nutting doll stamp for awhile now, and this was the first time I used it.  I did a bit of paper piecing and coloring with Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils.  I used Stickles and Liquid Pearls for a touch of sparkle.  Flowers from Petaloo, diecut doilies from Martha Stewart, and a bit of trims and rhinestones add a small amount of dimension.

Sorry for the poor picture quality on the above.  The little present box stamp and a couple of the stamped sentiments came with the doll stamp.  I also used a sentiment from Papertrey Ink.

The Stampendous bird stamp on this card was in the clearance bin at Michael's.  I really love this stamp.  I did some light coloring on the bird and added Stickles and Recollections gold gems to his crown.  A little Distress Ink shading was done to the image and the Prima Printery paper.  The burlap flowers and leaves are from Recollections.  If you click on each photo, you can see the details a little better.

I have several more cards to share from this batch that I'll save for another time.  I have developed a liking to the Julie Nutting doll stamps and plan on getting a couple more.

Have a wonderful week!  I do appreciate the comments you leave.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Angel Card

Hi everyone!  Just a short post today.  Not too long ago, there was a call out on a Facebook site requesting cards for someone who was ill and loved angels.  Here is what I made.

The background was created with scraps of papers from my stash.  I'm not sure what line they are.  The doily, flowers, and gems are Prima.  The pretty Prima gem center was adhered to the bow.  The beautiful layered sticker is from La Petites.  A piece of finely detailed lace was attached across the bottom.

Well, that's it for me today.  Not feeling too well, so I think I'll have an easy Sunday.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I love and appreciate each comment you leave.  Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

For You

Hi there, dear friends!  Yesterday, we celebrated the 4th of July here in the States.  Our family got together for a barbeque at a cousin's home.  It was nice to catch up with everyone.

Today's card is similar to one I posted a couple of months ago but in a different format.  The papers, scalloped diecut and journaling card are from Pink Paislee.  The gold dimensional butterfly and the tiny diecut doily peeking from under the flower and leaves are Martha Stewart.  I'm not sure who made the burlap flower.  The leaves are Prima, and the rhinestones and gold beads are Recollections.  Unfortunately, I stamped the "for you" sentiment from Paper Salon on an angle but decided to go with it anyway.  A twine bow adds the finishing touch.

I've had these things in my stash for quite awhile so thought I better start using them as I love the soft color palette.

I haven't had a chance to get crafty this weekend, so I think I will squeeze in a bit of time for that this afternoon.  I so look forward to that time each week!  I hope the week ahead is a wonderful one for you.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I appreciate each of your sweet comments.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Yellow Butterfly/Flower Tag

Hi everyone!  What a week this has been!  We were hit with a brief, but severe, storm Tuesday that left our little town and some of the surrounding area without power.  Ours was out for three days.  Ice was hard to come by, so we had to throw most of the food away from the refrigerator.  Our town declared a disaster emergency.  I must say the people pulled together to help where they could.  There were a lot of uprooted and split trees as well as property damage from the straight-line winds.  Fortunately, no one was seriously injured from this.  Most of the power is back on but there are still some outages.

On a brighter note, I have a tag to share using everything Prima except the lace trim at the bottom.  The paper is from the Tea Thyme collection.

It was very simple to make.  After creating the tag base with the patterned paper, I layered a Prima diecut doily and some fussy cut flowers on top.  Next came the flower embellishments and the sparkly butterfly.  A couple of pearls, lace and ribbon were added to finish it off.

I love making tags.  They come together so quickly.  Of course, using Prima products makes it so easy!

Well, that's it for me today.  I hope the week ahead is a wonderful one for all of us.  Thank you so much for coming by.  I appreciate each comment you leave.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day 2015

Hi friends!  Today is Father's Day and I wish a very happy one to all the dads out there as well as the men who act as dads to those without one.  In honor of the day, I made this card for my own Dad using just about everything Tim Holtz.

First, I began with a cardstock base of Frayed Burlap paper.  I then adhered a piece of paper from the Wallflower collection.  I highlighted the paper with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, the rays stencil, and Golden's Pearl Mica Flake for sparkle.  A bit of cheesecloth was tucked under the Spring Greenery diecut leaf branches cut from Crowded Attic paper.  The Bird Silhouette was diecut also from Crowded Attic, inked with shades of Tumbled Glass, Vintage Photo, and Black Soot, and attached with foam dots.  Using Crowded Attic stickers and foam dots, I spelled out the word "DAD" in the upper left corner.  The rhinestones in the lower right corner are from Recollections.  Of course, I couldn't resist adding a little bow to the bird!

My Dad really liked this card which made me happy.  I struggle making masculine cards, but I did enjoy this one.

Have a wonderful day and week ahead!  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and also for your sweet comments.  It's hot and humid again here today, so I'm wherever it's cool!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Tea Thyme Paper Tag

Hi friends!  I hope you are well.  We are in the midst of a heat wave and I'm not liking it.  Heat and humidity zap my energy.  But, it does make me appreciate the change of seasons so much!

In my quest to start using papers I've been hoarding because they are just "too pretty" to cut, I came across these gorgeous Prima Tea Thyme papers that I won as part of a giveaway awhile ago.  I also had a beautiful Prima butterfly and flower set (who knows how long I've had it) that I thought matched perfectly.

I decided to create a tag with the paper.  I did a bit of fussy cutting from the patterned paper of the roses, leaves and label and simply adhered them to the tag.  The flowers and butterfly were placed next.  The flower was accented with leaves from a Prima die.   A piece of crochet lace was added to the bottom of the tag and a satin piece of ribbon to the top.  Tiny pink pearls add a finishing touch.  If you click on each photo, you can see it in larger detail.

And there you have it.  The tag came together so quick and easy.  I made another one in this same style but with different colors that I'll share another time.

Thank you so much for stopping by and for the sweet comments you leave.  I appreciate each and every one.  Have a wonderful week!