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!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

A Couple of Valentine Cards

Hi everyone!  We have an overcast day here today with moderate temperatures but will be back with colder temperatures tomorrow.  I have a turkey roasting in the oven, so I thought I'd take the time to  share a couple of Valentine cards.

I pulled out my Tim Holtz large postage frame, heart and small postage stamp dies.  I love these dies!  The base of the card is kraft cardstock layered with K&Co papers.  A piece of cream crochet lace was placed on the left side.  The sentiment card is from Crafty Secrets and was among some things sent to me from my stamping friend, Sharon.  You can visit her blog here.  The heart was inked in Tattered Rose and Tea Dye Distress Inks.  I stamped a tiny postage stamp image onto the tiny kraft stamp.  The little flowers are Prima but I'm not sure where the larger one is from.

Next up is a card made with papers from Recollections.  The diecut heart and ribbon are from Sharon also.

The tiny hearts were done with a Heidi Swapp stencil, modeling paste and glitter.  The key is from Recollections, and the heat-shaped pearls in the center of the large heart are Prima.

Once again, I used the Tim Holtz large postage frame die as a base for the card.  On the envelope, I just added a strip of Recollections washi tape and a tiny rosebud.

Another wonderful blog to visit is SWG Original Designs.  Linda is having a blog giveaway which is open until February 28.  If you click on her blog candy link, you can enter to win her fantastic prize.

Valentine's Day will be here in less than a week, so I wish a very happy one to each and every one of you.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate all your sweet comments.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Valentine Tags

Hi friends!  It is an overcast, chilly day here with snow/sleet/freezing rain/rain/snow expected tonight and tomorrow.  Quite a mixed bag!  Here in the States, it is Super Bowl Sunday but, frankly, my only interest is the half-time show.

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I thought I'd better start making some crafts for the occasion.  Today, I have two tags to share.  Each one uses some old K&Co diecuts I've had in my stash for quite awhile.

I used pre-made tags for the base of each one with a heart doily from Hallmark under the diecuts.  Foam dots were placed under some of the diecuts for dimension.  Some of the images already had touches of glitter.  A piece of lace from Prima finishes this one off.

The next tag follows the same pattern as above.  I simply added a piece of something called "All Seasons Festooning by Bethany Lowe Designs" across the bottom and a piece of sheer ribbon with a flower at the top.

These precut images made these tags super fast and easy to put together.  Plus, it helped me use a lot of older things in my stash!

If you click on each image, you can see the glitter touches on each which, I think, really catches the eye.

I also made a couple of cards which I'll share another time.  I do have a couple more to make before the 14th gets here.  Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!  Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Card and ATC

A possible major snowstorm is forecast for our area over the next couple of days, and I do hope they are right!  I need one good snowstorm at least this winter.  We have only been getting a couple of inches here and there.  I know most of you probably do not like the snow, but I love the peaceful quiet of fresh fallen snow.  With such chilly weather, I made a large pot of homemade chicken noodle soup today to be enjoyed with some warm, crusty bread.

Enough about the weather and food!  Today, I have a card and an ATC to share using Prima's Romance 6x6 paper pad.

One of my co-workers recently celebrated a milestone birthday which also happens to be Christmas Day.  She is adamant about not receiving Christmas-theme cards or wrappings for her birthday.  I did a lot of fussy cutting from the papers to create the cluster layered onto the Wilton doily.  I have had the flowers forever.  The vine is a Cheery Lynn die and the sparkly dots are from Recollections.  Sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.  The butterfly was cut from a piece of notepaper.

Next up is an ATC that I made from the leftover pieces of paper used for the card.

The flowers and black pearl swirl are Prima as well as the diecut skeleton leaf (love it!).  I added some Stickles and rhinestones to the fussy cut flowers.  The little crystal drop attached to the bow is from 7 Gypsies, and the metal corner is from my stash.  All edges were distressed and inked.

Well, that's it for me today.  I am working on some Valentine projects and hope to share some of them next time.  Thank you so very much for taking the time to stop by.  I love to read your comments and appreciate receiving them.  Enjoy the week ahead!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Distress Style Tags

We woke up today to freezing rain but now it is a steady downpour--a good day to stay in and craft!  I have two tags to share that I recently made for a swap.  We were to create them in a Tim Holtz style distress/grunge/dark look.  These are what I made.

The background on my first tag was created with Distress Inks in peacock feathers, peeled paint and squeezed lemonade.  I used some TH seam binding to soak up the leftover ink.  The edges of the tag were inked with vintage photo and black soot.  Vintage photo was also used on the Tim Holtz clock stencil.  Various TH stamps and rub-ons were then added.  The butterfly is a Tim Holtz die cut from cardstock layered with a piece of washi tape.  A 7 Gypsies bird charm was attached to the seam binding with a TH pin.  The metal flower is from Recollections.

The same technique was used on the next tag with Distress Inks in fired brick and wild honey for the background.

The patterned background was created with a Tim Holtz Harlequin stencil and vintage photo ink.  The hearts and sentiment stamps are from Dina Wakley.  I stamped the hearts in black soot and then gave them a coat of clear embossing powder.  The heart charm, key, seam binding and rub-ons are Tim Holtz also.  The key is nestled onto pieces of burlap and cheesecloth with some inked Prima roses.

I also stenciled the backs of each tag with Distress Inks but neglected to take a photo of that.  If you click on each photo, you may be able to see the pretty shine I gave to each tag using Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold Mist.  These were a lot of fun to make.

That's it for me today.  I hope you are enjoying the day even if the weather isn't cooperating.  Have a wonderful week ahead.  Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment when you can.