Sunday, April 21, 2013

April Birthdays

Another week has passed and what a week it has been!  My thoughts and prayers go out to the people affected by the terrible events in Boston and the Midwest this week.  I also received sad news that one of the doctors I work for over the past seventeen years lost his wife this week and also an elderly neighbor I've known for twenty-five years has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  Words sometimes are so inadequate at times like this--I never know what to say.  Being there for people and prayer are the best you can do.  Needless to say, I am glad the week is over and hope the week ahead is much better.

Recently, my sweet sister-in-law and her dear son celebrated their birthdays just days apart; so I made two quite different style cards.

I love the aqua and white color combination.  The background paper is just a piece of leftover scrap, so I'm not sure of the company.  I used a Martha Stewart punch on some white cardstock.  I stamped script text onto another piece of paper and placed that on top of the lace-edged paper.  The pretty butterfly and white flower are Prima, the small white and aqua flowers are Offray, pearl swirls are Recollections, lace bow is from Celebrate It, PTI sentiment is used on the banner, and the stickpin was made by me.  I don't know where I got the random crystals from.

A completely feminine card is much easier for me to make!  Next one is totally different.

The card base was made from Recollections kraft cardstock.  Papers used are October Afternoon, Webster's and Farm House.  A bit of baker's twine was wrapped around the card.  The pennants, gumball machine, cross stitch border and 5 cent stickers are all October Afternoon.  I finished it off with birthday stamped at the bottom.

Well, that's it for today.  I am working on Mother's Day gifts.  I have several small containers that I am altering.  I did finish a tag and have some cards to make as well.  Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Pixie Card

After a rainy, chilly Friday, the weekend has been seasonably beautiful!  We spent yesterday with family and friends celebrating my one brother-in-law's early retirement and another brother-in-law achieving his doctorate.  It was so nice to spend time with everyone and especially those we don't get to see that often.

The card I am sharing today was made for a co-worker's little eight-year-old daughter who recently won a couple of art contests in the county.  The image is called Pixie Lucy by C. C. Designs (given to me by a sweet blogging friend, ReNae Allen) that I stamped onto white cardstock and then punched it out with an EK punch.  Copic markers were used to color Lucy and a bit of glitter glue and Liquid Pearls were added for highlights.  Lace from Webster's Pages was attached to the bottom of a glittered DCWV premade card.  I then added the image and some Petaloo flowers spritzed with Glimmer Mist.  The sentiment was stamped onto a Martha Stewart tag.  As a final touch, a Prima butterfly with a couple of Recollections rhinestones was added to the lower corner.

I thought this card was perfect for spring using these colors and all the sparkle.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I enjoy reading your kind comments and do appreciate them.  Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Quick Cards

Hi Everyone!  I think we may be skipping spring and going right into summer.  We've had some chilly weather since the official start of spring, but the temperatures are supposed to soar to 80 degrees by mid-week.  But, by the weekend, we will be 20 degrees cooler.  Crazy weather!  I did clean by window screens and popped them in this weekend since I know the windows will need to be opened this week.

Recently, I needed two quick cards to send to friends I haven't heard from in awhile.  Plus, I like to give the postal service business.  With the advent of email, facebook, texting, etc., sending cards and letters are almost a thing of the past.  I, for one, love to get "happy mail"!  Anyway, these two cards were quick and simple.

Both cards use the same blue cardstock base.  I first stamped leaves randomly with a stamp from Heidi Grace.  The flowers and Prima (love them!) and the butterfly is K&Co.  A hello stamp finished this one.

For the next card, I used EK punches on K&Co paper.  Platinum liquid pearls outline the circular shape.  I spritzed the yellow Prima flowers with Sand Glimmer Mist to tone them down.  Pearls are Recollections.

These were so easy to make using the same basic supplies.  Now, I just need to get them into the mail!  Thanks so very much for stopping by and your sweet comments.  I appreciate them.  Have a wonderful week!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Happy Belated Easter

I had intended to get this post up yesterday; but needless to say, the weekend was very busy.  After church on Easter morning, we spent the day with family and had a wonderful time.  Even though we were going to be out on Easter, I spent the day before doing traditional Easter activities like coloring eggs, baking a cake, making potato salad to take to Easter dinner, and, finally, making an Easter card.  Sad to say, it is the only one I made for the holiday.  But I did make a birthday card for a dear nephew that I'll share another time.  Here is my lone Easter card.

I fell in love with this vintage image that Inger Harding used on a gift bag she shared on her blog.  The image came from her Pinterest page where she has pinned many beautiful vintage images.  I simply glued the image to a piece of DCWV cardstock that I then attached to a pre-made Recollections card.  I tied a piece of soft green seam binding around the card and adhered a Recollections flower to the bow.  A strip of Recollections self-adhesive lace was added down the left side and some pearls from Jolee finished it off.

Well, that's it for me today.  I hope the holiday was wonderful for those of you who celebrate it.  I had the day off from work today and spent it doing some spring housecleaning.  Looking forward to sitting back and relaxing now.  Back to work tomorrow.  Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!