Sunday, January 22, 2012

It Worked! and His and Her Birthday Cards

Well, my thoughts of snow finally worked!  We awoke to about 2-1/2 inches of snow topped with a layer of ice on Saturday morning.  It's still pretty well frozen today; however, tomorrow is expected to be in the 50s, so it will soon disappear.

Snow always inspires me to bake; so while I waited for a batch of peppermint sugar cookies to bake, I made this card for a friend's birthday.  I don't usually like to make masculine cards; but when I saw this line from My Mind's Eye, I had to give it a try.

The only things not from My Mind's Eye are the kraft cardstock base from Recollections and the twine.  I love the die-cut banner and celebrate wood pennant.  The tickets are part of their die-cut borders and the green polka dot Don't Forget is a sticker.  I used foam popup adhesive stickers under the star banner and celebrate wooden pennant.  There is some fun circle garland that is part of this collection that I'm anxious to use on something else.

This is another first for me--making my own envelope.  I used a sheet of Recollections kraft cardstock and my Martha Stewart scoring board.  I was surprised how easy it was (as long as you don't press too hard!).  I had fun playing with the matching stamps to this line of paper.  I adhered a layered sticker to the ribbon (?) in the upper corner.  Ink used was Ranger Distress Ink in Forest Moss.
 Last Sunday, I spent some time crafting with my SIL Anabelle.  She generously allowed me to use some of her supplies, so I made this birthday card for another sister-in-law whose birthday is this week.

The pattern paper, chipboard label, swirl, butterfly and certificate stickers are all Prima.  The twill, button and stamped sentiment are Papertrey Ink.  I love how this turned out.  The patterns are so pretty in person.

Again, I appreciate all who stop by to visit here and leave a comment.  I am happy to see I have followers, too!  Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Thoughts of Snow

So far this season, we've only had a dusting of snow or some flurries.  I love me some snow, although I don't want to drive around in it!  With these thoughts, I had to create my own "snow."  I found a pad of My Mind's Eye Christmas papers in my stash from who knows how long ago, but I wish I had looked at it sooner.  The papers are all so gorgeous! 
I decided to alter another makeup container and make a matching card.

The papers already have a nice glittered texture.  I used a Martha Stewart snowflake border punch and a snowflake punch.  I adhered the patterned papers to Bazzill teal cardstock.  I also used some shabby seam binding from Deb's Simple Treasures, pom-pom trim and twine from AC Moore, a teal button, the snowflake and a tag stamped with "let it snow" from Belinda Landtroop.

The container was difficult to work with as it is so tiny.  I used more of the same paper and trims but also added an Anna Griffin snowflake sticker, snowflake button and a tiny silver bell.  Of course, both the card and the box received a coating of Martha Stewart glitter.
Thanks so much for stopping by.  We'll see if my thoughts of snow bring me some soon!!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

My First Altered Shabby Container

A couple of blogs I frequently stalk such as Melissa Phillips, Anabelle O'Malley, Audrey Pettit and Cherry's Jubilee (see links on sidebar) show the most gorgeous altered items.  I decided to try to give it a try myself.  I love that vintage, shabby look.  I have a whole new appreciation for the work it takes to make these.  I also realized that when working with hot glue you need to work fast!  Here is what I made.  It is by no means perfect, but I know what not to do the next time. 

The container I used was an empty Philosophy facial moisturizer pads box.  I covered in with K&Co Life's Journey papers and a Martha Stewart adhesive diecut on top.  The flower is Prima and the tag is stamped with a PTI sentiment.  The seam binding came from a vendor at the CK Valley Forge Convention and the pearls are from Joann Fabrics.  The lace, buttons, and metal tags were a birthday gift for me.  I used several shades of Tim Holtz alcohol ink to tone down the gold edge around the pearl button in the center of the flower.  Spray adhesive and Martha Stewart coarse glitter finished it off.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Happy 2012

Happy 2012! I wish the best for everyone in this new year.  I hope you had a happy break.  We had a wonderful, relaxing holiday.  The first couple of days were busy but so enjoyable with family and friends.  Some time was spent crafting a couple of things I never tried before--tags and containers.  It was so much fun!

Today, I have a card and tag set that I made for a sweet friend.  This is the first time I ever tried decorating a tag.  I've seen some beautiful ones on various blogs and wanted to give it a try.

Papers used here are K&Co Julianne line.  I bought the 6x6 size pad that had 96 sheets--I think it is going to last a lifetime! 

I used a Martha Stewart punch to make the decorative strip of paper.  I love this flower that was given to me as well as the trim.  A PTI stamp was used on the tag.

I handcut the flowers from the paper, attached them with foam adhesive and added a touch of Ranger Stickles.  The cream flower is from Recollections and the stamp from PTI.  Finished it off with a hemp bow and a piece of twill.  The edges were inked with antique linen Distress Ink.

It is a bit overcast here, so I haven't had a chance to photograph the container I made.  Hopefully, I'll be able to share it over the weekend.  Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments!