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.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

My First Mini Album

Hi everyone!  Recently, I watched a Live with Prima class where Frank Garcia and Jodie Lee Patterson shared making a mini album from a 12x12 sheet of paper.  It looked easy enough, so I decided to give it a try.  This is my first attempt at a mini album, so I see the flaws.  Looking back, I know I could have done a bit better with it.  Anyhoo, here it is.

I wasn't sure how to photograph it as it was difficult to get it to lie flat.  Everything I used is from Tim Holtz.  Washi tape was placed over the spine with some twine and a charm tied around for decoration.  I also used Industrious Stickers and Thrift Shop Ephemera to decorate the front and back covers.  A bit of Stickles was added to the butterfly.

Inside, quite a bit of stamping was done.  I cut journaling cards from the Crowded Attic papers and inked the edges.  I stamped images onto each one and a quotation onto the backs.  Unfortunately, I didn't photograph those.  I used various remnant rubs, clips, stickers and ephemera to decorate the insides.  I was sending this to a friend and didn't want it too bulky for mailing.

Well, there you have it.  I hope to try making another mini with more embellishing.  It's difficult to stay away from flowers and bling!

Have a wonderful week!  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and for all your sweet comments.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

25th Birthday Card

Hi friends.  Thank you so much for the get well wishes on my last post.  I am feeling much better.  Winter was not ready to leave us this past week as we had six inches of snow on Friday.  Temperatures are still unseasonable but we should be in the 60-degree range by the end of this week.

Also last week was my son's 25th birthday.  I pulled out my 6x6 Prima Printery papers to make his card.

I simply layered scraps of paper on top of each other and made a tag out of one of the scraps.  The bottle cap is from Bead Landing.  Using a one-inch circular punch, I cut a design from the papers for the cap,  placed an epoxy sticker on it, and added a couple of gears to that.  A banner was also cut from the papers and stamped with a PTI sentiment.  The butterfly is from Prima's Engraver collection.  The black twine is from Tim Holtz.  The tag was adhered with foam dots for dimension.  Love the Engraver paper clip in the upper right corner.  The "25" stickers are from Making Memories.  I then added a few more gears to the lower left corner.

Since it snowed all day on Friday, I spent a good amount of time crafting.  I was happy to complete several projects.  They are spring themed.  It felt odd making them while watching the snow fall!

Thank you once again for the well wishes and also for your sweet comments on my projects.  I hope the week ahead is wonderful for everyone!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Springtime Cards

Hi friends!  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  Unfortunately, for me, I have spent most of it sick.  I feel terrible and hope it will pass before I go to work tomorrow.  My dear, sweet Mom gave me a container of homemade soup today--I can't think of anything better when feeling under the weather!

Today, I have a couple of quick springtime cards to share using papers from Prima's Anna Maria collection.

This card is my favorite of the two.  I love those skeleton leaves made with Prima dies.  The flowers are also Prima.  The crystal flower is Zva and the crystal frame on the journaling card is from Martha Stewart.  A little rose trim and a bow add the final touches.

My next card is similar to the first using the same color palette.  The doily and crystal oval frame are from Martha Stewart.  The pink flower and rhinestones are from Recollections, and the button is from Jolee's Boutique.

All the papers were cut from the 6x6 paper pad which is perfect for cardmaking.  I also inked the edges a bit.

Well, that's it for me today.  I think I'll heat up some soup in a bit and rest.  Also, welcome to my new followers.  I thank everyone for taking the time to stop by and leaving a comment.  It means a lot.  Have a fantastic day!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

More Romance Novel Paper

Hi everyone!  Again, I have another card using Prima's beautiful Romance Novel papers.  I can't believe how many projects I've made from this 6x6 paper pad and still have most of the pad yet to use!  I love the vintage cream, black and pink colors together.

I fussy cut some flowers and distressed the edges of all the papers.  The diecut heart was a gift from a friend which I inked up a bit with tea dye Distress Ink.  The tiny envelope and "beautiful" label were  cut from one of the sheets of paper in the pad.  It holds a little tag (also cut from the paper) with a stamped birthday sentiment.  The flowers (all inked with tea dye) are Prima except for the lacy one from Recollections.  I placed a Recollections pebble in the center of the larger flower.  A bit of twine and Recollections crystals finishes it off.

We had about 8 inches of snow here on Thursday.  Everything looked so beautiful especially the trees!  However, warmer temperatures arrive this week.  I'm not too happy about that since I love the winter.  I think I have the opposite seasonal affective disorder that most people get in winter--I get it in summer, seriously!

Thank you so much for stopping by and your kind comments.  Wishing everyone a wonderful week and, hopefully, time crafting!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Two Very Different Birthday Cards

Hi there!  March is certainly coming in like a lion today with a wintery mixed bag of snow, sleet and rain.  Today, I have two cards to share--one masculine and one feminine with completely different styles to each.

Up first is a card I made for my husband's birthday last week.  I don't enjoy making masculine cards but I was pleased with how this one turned out.  All the papers are from Prima's Printery collection.  I used a distress tool on on the edges.  The gears are from Bead Landings and the clock charm is from Michael's.

Next card was done in a spring theme using bits and pieces from my stash.  The patterned paper is from Prima's Firefly collection.  I love everything Prima!  The doily is Martha Stewart.  The large wooden butterfly is from Recollections.  The flowers and leaves are a combination of Prima and Recollections.  I made a banner and stamped the sentiment onto it and then finished the card off with a couple of Recollections rhinestones.

Winter is still holding its grip here and I will be unhappy to see it go.  Yes, unhappy.  I love the colder weather, so I am in my element during this time of year.  I do love spring and fall but my favorite season is winter.  On that note, I leave you with this photo of my little Jasper who loves the fresh fallen snow.  Thanks so much for stopping by and all your sweet comments.