Sunday, July 27, 2014

Butterfly Chase

It's a hot, humid day outside today, and I'm grateful for the cool comfort of being indoors.  You may have noticed that I love my Joy Crafts butterfly die and I've used it once again on today's card.

Recently, I picked up a 6x6 paper pad of Prima's Printery papers.  I love the aged look of them.  This card was so easy to make.  It began with a base of black cardstock and the butterfly edge inked with tea dye Distress Ink.  The bow was made with tea-stained twill from Melissa Phillips.  I made the tag from another sheet of the Printery paper and attached a Recollections butterfly and pearls to dress it up.  Prima flowers were tucked under the tag and a couple of vintage buttons attached to the upper right corner.

If you click on each photo, you can view them in a larger size.  When I saw the words "Butterfly Chase" on this paper, I knew I had to pair it with that die and the jeweled butterfly.  Some things just seem to come so easily together, and I hope you like this.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!  I do enjoy reading your sweet comments.  Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

C'est la Vie

Another week has gone by so quickly!  Time does seem to fly.  Life can be so hectic at times, but I make it a point to take some time each week to work on a craft project.  It is my way of relaxing and something I enjoy so much.

Today's card was made with various papers from the Melissa Frances C'est la Vie 6x6 paper pad.  I love the soft, shabby chic colors and patterns of these papers.

Each pattern paper was layered onto white cardstock.  A simple seam binding bow was tied around the smaller panel.  A scalloped circular sticker from this collection was adhered to cardstock for support and attached with foam tape.  I stamped a sentiment onto it and highlighted it with a circle of pearls from Prima.  The tiny butterflies were made with a Martha Stewart punch from the same papers, edges inked and little pearls added to them.  A small piece of white crocheted trim was glued across the bottom.  At this point, I felt the card needed something else, so I added the pretty Joy Crafts butterfly diecut to the side.

I hope everything is going well for you.  Thank you so much for stopping by and your kind comments.  Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Faeries Thank You

Hi everyone!  I hope all is going well with you.  It's been a busy week for me, but I did take some time and went shopping for new craft supplies.  I can't wait to work with what I bought and share them here.

Today, I have a thank you card I made using just about everything Prima.  The papers are from the Nature Garden collection and the cute stamped image is from Fairy Rhymes.  I cut apart a Prima swirl to accent the larger flower and bow and added a couple of the pearls to the stamped image.

A Martha Stewart doily was cut in half and placed at the top and bottom of the fairy image which was raised a bit with foam tape.  I lightly colored the faeries with pencils and highlighted their wings with gold Stickles.  A seam binding bow finished it off.

Have a wonderful week!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I do enjoy reading your comments and appreciate them.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

80th Birthday Card

One of my aunt's recently celebrated her 80th birthday, so I made this card especially for her.

Some of the patterned papers I found in my stash and do not know what company they are from.  However, the journaling card, flowers and chipboard are from Recollections.  Once again, I used the pretty Catalina Wreath from Memory Box (love it!).  The gold number stickers are from Making Memories.  Foam tape gives a bit of dimension between the layers, and a sheer gold bow adds a finishing touch.

Today is an absolutely beautiful day after several days in the 90s.  Another heat wave is expected in a few days, so I am enjoying this respite while it lasts.  I hope everything is going well for you.  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and the sweet comments you leave.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Mini Canvas

Here we are at the start of a new week, and I am certainly glad the past one is over.  As I mentioned in my previous post, my husband was in the hospital.  He had surgery finally last Monday.  He came home on Thursday after eleven days in the hospital.  Making matters worse, I started feeling ill with flu-like symptoms.  I was down for the count for a couple of days.  Other stressful things also took place but were resolved.  Here's hoping for much better days ahead!

Anyway, I've had this tiny 4x4 canvas that I've been wanting to alter for quite some time but was a bit intimidated.  I whipped out some white paint to coat the canvas and then applied Distress Inks in Salty Ocean and Squeezed Lemonade spritzed with water.  I made a mess trying to stamp a sentiment on the canvas but corrected that with some gesso.  Modeling paste was applied to a Crafter's Workshop script stencil which also helped to hide my stamping mess.  The tiny vines are from my favorite Cherry Lynn die.  Then, it was just a matter of applying all kinds of items from my stash to embellish the canvas.  The resin corner, butterfly and some of the flowers are Recollections.  Rhinestones, pearls and a couple flowers are from Prima.

Around the sides of the canvas, I attached some crochet lace from the bargain bin at Joann's.  The trinket hanging from the bottom of the canvas is from Maya Road.  I finished it off by attaching a satin ribbon and vintage button to the top.

As you can see, I am still having a bit of a problem learning how to use a new way of editing my photos.  I thought I cropped the first photo but, obviously, not.  However, it did work on the second one!

Here's a better photo of the card I shared in the previous post where I did not have a photo editing program.  I need to get the hang of this new program better!

I hope the week ahead is a wonderful one for everyone.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Playing with Dies

Let me begin by apologizing for the photos in this post.  I'm having technical difficulties with the computer I usually use to make a blog post.  I'm using a laptop with Windows 8 and, apparently, it doesn't have photo editing options.  I am not computer savvy, but I think I have to install some type of editing program.  As you can see, I couldn't zoom in or rotate the photo.  Hopefully, I'll figure it out soon.

I recently received two dies--Catalina Wreath by Memory Box and Butterfly Edge by Joy Crafts--and couldn't wait to use them.  I think they are so beautiful!  I used Graphic 45 Secret Garden papers and also did a bit of fussy cutting.  Various sizes of rhinestones were added to the wreath for sparkle.

Again, I apologize for these photos but you can click each one for a closer look.  It's been a trying week here.  My husband was admitted to the hospital last Monday night with severe upper abdominal pain.  He has gall bladder stones and is scheduled for surgery tomorrow.  He hasn't been allowed to have anything to eat or drink since he was admitted as they are trying to resolve the inflammation.  Hopefully, things will go well and he'll be home soon.

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

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day 2014

To all the dads out there, I hope you had a happy Father's Day.  To celebrate today, I made a turkey dinner for my husband and parents.  It's a beautiful day here and I managed to squeeze in a little time outdoors as well.

My card today is made predominately with products from Tim Holtz.  I started by using his postage stamp die as a base.  All the papers are from his Crowded Attic line and the edges roughed up with his distressing tool and inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The black stitched edge trim is also Tim Holtz.  I also used Vintage Photo to give an aged look to the cheesecloth.  The bottle cap is from Bead Landing.  I used a Recollections 1 inch circle punch on the paper for the center of the cap and covered it with an epoxy sticker.  Black twine from TH was used on the Prima butterfly button.  I cut the banner from the paper, stamped the sentiment and added a couple of Queen & Co black pearls.  Although I tried hard, I could not stay away from adding a Prima flower to the card.  I don't think it makes it look feminine!

I usually don't like to make masculine cards, but I had fun with this one.  Maybe because I added the flower!  Time for me to kick back and relax for the rest of the evening.  Hope the week ahead is a good one for you.  Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate the comments you leave.