Monday, October 13, 2014

An Autumn Get Well Card

My good friend's mother recently fell and broke a hip, had surgery and is now in rehab at a nursing home so it is definitely time for a Get Well card! I remember when my own mom fell and broke her hip several years ago, it really frightened and depressed her for the first few days. But she bounced back quickly after alot of encouragement, prayers, therapy and her own determination...along with her special sense of humor! So here is the card I made:


It is a "swing" card...the first I've ever made! I found a tutorial online and decided to give it a try. I think it could be easier if you didn't use double layers but that was what the directions called for.


The base is a kraft card stock and the designer paper is thinner but worked nicely with the die cutting.


I was hoping the Stickles on the teacups and green oak leaves would show up in this photo....oh well, it does show in the photo above. 
How do teacups go with leaves? A hot cup of tea on a cold, rainy fall day is perfect!


The sentiment on inside of the card is really on the back of the swing part...makes a nice space to place either a sentiment or a good-sized image. I'll try to get a list of ingredients together later. If you are curious about what I used just message me in the "comment" section. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Challenges:
http://thekraftjournal.blogspot.com - #193 All That Glitters
http://theshabbytearoom.blogspot.com - #237 Show your shape

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Simple & Quick Step Card

 One more quick card this evening. A "Center-Step Card", otherwise known as a "Double-Side Step Card", this one has a larger area in the center and two smaller side pieces that are also lower because of the "step". Scoring these correctly is always a challenge for me!


Ingredients
Dies: Spellbinders "Fleur de Lis Squares"
Sentiment: Bible verse artwork from Word Art Wednesday
Adhesive border: K&Company "Spring Blossoms"
Rhinestones: KaiserCraft "Ice Blue"
Card stock: print- Little Yellow Bicycle "Vintage Summer", solids- from my stash

Challenges
http://sweetstampsblog.blogspot.com - August/September Monthly Challenge: Double-Side Step Card

An Autumn Wedding Card

Well, the past 6 weeks got even busier than I anticipated...so my break from blogging and card-making was a bit longer too! I'm back now, but will not be doing as much as I have in the past...too many commitments.
Today I actually spent a few hours in my new craft area (I'll explain some other day!) and produced a pretty little wedding card for an October wedding.

 Wedding cards are so fun to make 'cause I get to go a little crazy with extra "frills"! I used some of my favorite dies for this one...and the butterfly is a favorite stamp too! It is colored with colored pencils.

The inside is much plainer but simply "needed" to match the front. The vellum in the "window" with the pearly embossed stamp has been floating around my desk for almost a year now and I finally figured out what to do with it. I don't very often use kraft card stock for a wedding card...but this seems to work.

Ingredients
Stamps: "Medallion de Fleur" by CDS, "Butterfly" by Sky Kids, "Sunflower" from Michaels
Inks: TH Distress Ink in "walnut stain" and "antique linen"
Embossing powder: "Pearlustre" by Stampendous
Embossing folder: "Birds & Swirls" by Provo Craft
Dies: "Anglaise Lace Circles" by Spellbinders, "Catalina Wreath" by Memory Box, "Vintage Flourishes" by Joycraft
Card stock, velum and ribbon are from my stash
Sentiments are computer-generated

Challenges
http://diecuttindivas.blogspot.com - #182 "Picture Challenge"
www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com - #149 "Anything Goes"
http://thekraftjournal.blogspot.com - #188 "Anything Goes"

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you all have a blessed Sunday!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

SweetStamps Parchment Challenge


The monthly challenge going on at SweetStamps right now is "Parchment Crafting" which is something I don't have the tools for so I just used vellum with embossing (which they said was okay to do). I used 3 of their stamps: "Just a Note", "Love Birds Collage", and "Pretty Parchment Frame". The last two are what I embossed on the vellum using Stampendous "Pearlustre" embossing powder. The flowers I added in the corner are from StampingScrapping.com; the leaves are Spellbinders "Foliage". Card stock and ribbon...from my stash. Rhinestones= KaiserCraft; glitterdots= EK Success.
Challenges:
http://sweetstampsblog.blogspot.com - Parchment Crafting/Monthly
http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com - #143 Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you are all having a lovely weekend!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Christmas in July


Today it got up to almost 80 degrees and here I am working on a Christmas card! The challenge this week at SweetStamps is to use gold and/or silver...so I used both. The frame stamp called "Elegant Scrollwork" is one of my favorites from SweetStamps. It is so beautiful when embossed! I used vellum and colored in the corners just a bit by inking the back side of the vellum with TH Distress Ink "Antique Linen"


I used 2 different brands of embossing powder: Rubber Stampede (silver) and PSX (gold). They melt differently...the silver gets smoother, but I prefer the texture of the gold. The embossing "ink" is Top Boss "Tinted". The 'Merry Christmas' sentiment stamp is from Stampin' Up. It is mounted on gold foil paper and popped up a bit using Scrapbook Adhesives squares.


To stamp the 2 silver trees I first cut a mask of the tree then held it carefully in place while stamping both side trees. I don't usually use gold and silver together...but this time I like it!

I'm entering this in the challenges at
http://sweetstampsblog.blogspot.com - #177 Gold and/or Silver
http://timbroscrapmania.blogspot.it - #98 Christmas in July

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Cut Out "Windows"


All of the different rectangles were cut out of the white cs using the smallest dies in both sets of Spellbinders Matting Basics Card Creator (A&B). I just lined them all up like a puzzle and ran it through my Cuttlebug....that was the easy part! Then I trimmed small pieces of pretty rose and butterfly paper (Webster's Pages "Petite Papers") to fit in each window. Two of the windows have HouseMouse stamped images: Contented Mudpie and Maxwell's note. They are colored with colored pencils.


The pale blue flowers and the leaves are die cuts from Tim Holtz Sizzix "Tattered Flower Garland". Tiny glass beads were used for the flower centers. "Happy Anniversary" was added using tiny sentiments from Stampabilities. And almost everything is held together with Glue Dots!
The pink paper flower, the glass beads, the ribbon and the twine are all treasures from my gigantic stash.
Thanks for stopping by today! Have a wonderful Sunday!

Challenges:
http://craftingforallseasons.blogspot.com - #81 TicTacToe (ribbon, square, pink)
http://diecuttindivas.blogspot.com - #173 Wedding or Anniversary
http://craft-deebowz.blogspot.com - July: Anything Goes w/handmade bow

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Painters' Tape Technique

I tried a new technique this evening...using painters' tape to make a textured background in wide undefined bands. I also wanted to try some clear embossing as part of the background, but I used the wrong kind of embossing powder...I grabbed the one for bonding materials not just the plain clear. So I added some very fine glitter to take care of the stickiness. Now I'm glad it worked out that way!


The sparkle and the tape texture show up a bit better in the photo below.
The butterflies are colored with a variety of alcohol markers and have a bit of glitter glue along the wing edges.


Ingredients:
Stamps - Stampabilities "All things are possible", Sky Kids "Butterfly"
Inks - TH Distress Inks, Memento "Tuxedo Black", Top Boss "Embossing"
Embossing Powder - Stampendous "Stamp N' Bond"

Challenges:
http://sweetstampsblog.blogspot.com - July "Painters' Tape Technique"

Friday, June 20, 2014

A Fancy Birthday Bag


My granddaughter Lilly is 4 1/2 (almost!) and since her birthday is December 25, her parents are thinking of going to a "half-year" birthday celebration for her. That would be June 25. So I made a pretty little birthday bag for one of her gifts. She is a little princess...complete with shimmery gown, wand, crown and shoes! So I know she'll love the bling and lace and PINK!


Here is a compilation of supplies I thought I'd use...but that changed of course! Didn't use some of the cs and added more/different dies and stamps.


A close-up shows the intricate butterfly better...and the hand-made flowers.


The back of the bag is decorated more simply. To be honest, I think I like the back better!

Ingredients:
Paper bag of  kraft paper
DIES- Cheery Lynn Designs "Small Lace Faerie Queen", "Olive Branches", "Small Lollipop Cutie Fringe"; 
Spellbinders "Standard Circles Lg.", "Beaded Ovals", "Anglaise Lace"
Sizzix TH "Tattered Flower Garland"
BORDER PUNCH- Martha Stewart "Doily Lace"
STAMPS- Stampin Up "Happy Birthday"; StampingScrapping "Lacey Circles"
BOW- Craft-deebowz bowmaker; ribbon from stash
CARD STOCK - American Crafts "Soho Garden"; Paper Studio; my stash
INK- Memento "Bamboo Leaves", "Tuxedo Black"
BLING- Ranger Liquid Pearls "Platinum Pearl"; Pizzazz Aplenty "Frosted Pearls"
ADHESIVES- Aleene's "Tacky Spray", Glue Dots, 3M Tape
Flowers, lace, markers...from my stash

Challenges:
http://diecuttindivas.blogspot.com - #170 Things with Wings
http://craft-deebowz.blogspot.com - June: Anything Goes
http://theshabbytearoom.blogspot.com - #223 Pretty Gifts & Packaging

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!