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.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Heart Anniversary Card

Hi friends!  Yesterday, we had about 5 to 6 inches of snow followed by a coating of ice.  Note to self:  When having back problems, don't go and shovel snow.  Need I say more?  Anyway, today, we are above freezing so some of the snow should melt before the re-freeze tonight.

Today's card was quick and easy.  I wanted to make an anniversary card for my dear sister- and brother-in law that could be mailed flat.  It is difficult for me not to make a bulky card.  While this card was for an anniversary, the heart design could also be for Valentine's Day.

The base of the card is red cardstock.  I used a Tim Holtz' Springtime Background and Borders Set  embossing folder on white cardstock.  The red chipboard heart was in my stash.  The dimensional butterfly is Martha Stewart, the gold beads are Michael's, and the tiny ribbon flower cluster is from Joann's.

For the inside of the card, I used two borders from the set on white cardstock with a stamped sentiment from Kathy Davis.  Such a simple way to dress up the inside of a card!

What projects are you working on?  With this bitterly cold and snowy weather, I have been spending some extra time crafting, in particular, working on my first mini album using a 12x12 piece of cardstock.  I hope to share it soon.

Thank you so much for taking time to stop by.  I look forward to all your kind comments.  Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Romance Tag

Hi everyone!  It's a balmy 9 degrees Fahrenheit here today with strong winds.  We had only an inch or so of snow last night--just enough for treacherous driving conditions due to icing.  I was a nervous wreck waiting for my son to get home from work late last night.  Fortunately, he made it home safely.
Valentine's Day was yesterday.  I received roses from my husband as well as a bit of a shopping spree at an online craft store.  I opted for that over dinner out--I figured the craft supplies will last longer!

While making my Valentine cards this year, I had some leftover hearts that I cut from a Tim Holtz die and thought I would use them on this tag.  If you click on each image, you can see the details better.

The patterned papers are from Prima's Romance Novel collection and were layered onto a kraft tag.  I fussy cut the roses and tags on the lower left.  I layered the hearts slightly off onto the die cut kraft hearts.  The hearts and fussy cut roses were adhered with foam squares for dimension.  I added Prima roses to the centers of each heart.  The rhinestones are from Recollections, and the tea-stained twill is from my sweet friend Melissa Phillips.

I think this tag could be used for just about any occasion besides Valentine's Day.  I really love that Tim Holtz die!  I am linking this tag to the Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

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