Sunday, August 24, 2014

Week of Celebrations

This past week has surely gone by so quickly.  It's had its ups and downs, but let's concentrate of the ups!  We celebrated my father's birthday on Tuesday and then a dear friend took me out for a belated birthday lunch on Thursday.  Yesterday, we attended a housewarming party for another friend's daughter.  Today, we are celebrating a friend's parents 50th wedding anniversary which brings me to the card I made for the occasion.

The papers and banner are from Melissa Frances' C'est la Vie collection and were inked around the edges in brown.  The frame, from Recollections, was painted white, coated in glitter and highlighted with pearls.  The tiny roses were given a touch of Diamond Stickles.  The butterflies were punched from one of the pattern papers with a Martha Stewart punch.  All pearls are also from Recollections.  The gold stickers are MME.

Well, I need to get ready for the next celebration.  And then I need to get the diet back on track!  Have a wonderful week and thanks for taking the time to stop by.

*It's been awhile since I entered any challenges, but I think I will submit this card to the current "Celebrate" challenge at The Shabby Tearoom.

**Just popping in again to let you know that Linda at SWG Original Designs is sharing Blogversary Candy.  You have until August 31, 2014, to take part in the giveaway.  She makes the most beautiful cards!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Enjoy Your Day

My Dad's birthday is this week, so I made this card for him.  Everything is from Tim Holtz except for the tiny tag, vintage button and sentiment.

The papers are from the Crowded Attic and Wallflower collections.  The branches and leaves are cut with Tim's Spring Greenery dies.  I added two bare branches under the robin and a couple others peeking out from under the clock.  I then drew some veins onto the leaves.  A couple of gears and a clock hand dress up the clockface.  Some foam tape was put under the Thrift Shop ephemera pieces for dimension.   A few chitchat word stickers were added last.

This card is a bit larger in size than I normally make measuring 6-1/2x6-1/2 inches.  You can click on each image if you would like to see a larger view of the details.

It's kind of a transitional weather day here today.  We've had some almost springlike days this past week--very unusual for August.  I have to admit I loved that bit of a touch of fall air in the mornings!  Have a wonderful week!  Thanks so much for stopping by and your sweet comments.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Butterfly Tag with Firefly Paper

Hi everyone!  Thanks so much for the sweet comments and birthday wishes.  I had an enjoyable, relaxing day for my birthday.  We spent part of the day at our favorite smorgasbord in Amish country where they also have an amazing unique gift shop filled to the brim with all things wonderful.  We stopped at a farm stand on the way home to stock up on some fresh produce.  There were also some extra special surprises waiting for me when I got home.  Later in the week, I met one of my cousins for lunch and also met up for a yearly get-together with friends and their families.  It's back to work tomorrow and the regular routine!

One thing that is a must for me to do each week is to spend some time crafting.  I look forward to that time so much.  Even though I didn't have much time to spare this past week, I managed to put together a quick tag.

My idea for this card was much better in my mind than what actually came out on the tag itself!  I blame it on rushing!  Anyway, I covered a pre-made tag with Prima Firefly paper.  Love that sweet collection!  I adhered part of a doily to the left side.  The pretty flowers are Prima that I have been hoarding forever.  The wooden butterflies are from Recollections and were given a generous coating of Martha Stewart glitter.  The three tiny crystals are also Prima.  I tucked in pieces of cheesecloth around the flowers, tied a bit of twill at the top, and then spritzed everything with Lemon Meringue Glimmer Mist (I think I should have skipped that part!).

Well, that's it for today.  I do hope the week ahead is a good one for all.  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Firefly Congratulations

Happy Sunday!  I hope you are having a good weekend.  I took tomorrow off from work for my birthday, so I get to enjoy an extra long weekend.  We will be going to my favorite smorgasbord to celebrate tomorrow.  Tonight, we are having a small family celebration with cake and ice cream.

My card today was made with 6 x 6 paper from Prima's Firefly collection.  I love the watercolor like palette of these papers.

This card is very simple and came together quickly.  I tried my hand for the first time at using the resist canvas label from Recollections.  I spritzed it with Recollections sprays in pink and purple.  I didn't quite achieve the color variation I was looking to do.  The sentiment was stamped in Archival Ink from Ranger.  The flowers, I believe, are Prima.  The butterflies were made from the same paper using a Martha Stewart punch and highlighted with rhinestones also from Recollections.  The crochet lace is from Joann's.

Well, that's it for today.  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and for the sweet comments you leave.  I wish a wonderful week ahead for everyone!

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.