Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Simply Jane Cases

  I ordered a big pile of goodies from Papertrey Ink a few weeks back, and the summer has been so crazy I haven't even had the chance to play with them! I just HAD to do a little project last weekend but had very little time, so I opened up the Pinterest board and cased a couple of cards using my new Simply Jane stamps and dies. I'm grateful that we belong to a generous community of crafters so willing to share their talents and inspiration for the benefit of all of us!

  The first card was originally designed by Betsy Veldman. I substituted Strawberry Slush for her PTI colors, added a few rhinestones, and came up with this:

 
  
The second card is based on a design by Melissa Phillips. The original design used bright pink, purple, and yellow, but I decided to substitute Pistachio Pudding (a light green) for the yellow:
 
 
 
 
  I can't wait to play with this set more as well as the rest of my haul! I'm working on getting a craft area set up in my new house, which will make crafting so much easier!
 
  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Pleasant Poppies

Hi, friends! I hope you've had a wonderful 4th of July holiday! I'm super excited to spend the evening with the family (especially now that my sissy lives four blocks away!) and have some fun with sparklers when it finally gets dark.

Since I had some holiday free time (or made some), I wanted to try out the newest stamp in my stash, Pleasant Poppies from Stampin' Up. I needed to add some sympathy cards and get well cards to my card box and found some inspiration in my red rose bushes. I broke out much much-neglected Copics and did a little coloring!


 
 
Of course, I realized after I had colored my image that Poppy buds are GREEN! Oh well, next time! This stamp is so lovely and so versatile and really is a classy addition to my stash. I know I'll use it a lot!
 
Have a fantastic holiday weekend and thanks for visiting!

Monday, June 23, 2014

I'm Back!

It's been an absolute age since I've posted, but I'm back! So much has happened, and wonderful life stuff took over crafty stuff for a while.

We're getting settled in our new house. Things are still in disarray but settling down enough that I can finally find all of the essentials. I adore our cozy, cute little place, our yard full of flowers, and the quiet, tree-lined streets in our new neighborhood. I feel so grateful and happy!




My little girls also "graduated" from elementary school in recent weeks, and I've loved spending lots of time on field trips, programs, and end of school sleepovers. These two are just everything, and my only regret is that I can't slow time down enough to feel as though I can take it all in.

Now that I've been able to find most of my crafty supplies and have unpacked enough not to feel guilty spending some time relaxing, I was able to dig out one of my My Creative Scrapbook kits featuring My Mind's Eye Now and Then Collection and let the creative juices flow ... all over the kitchen table for hours and hours!
 
I spent a little time with my Copics coloring this adorable digital stamp from Tiddly Inks and my On Film dies from Stampin' Up. 

 
Since I had my On Film dies out, I used this super cute camera from the die cut pieces in the MME collection and used stickers to create a cute sentiment on the outside. I left the inside blank so I can use this card for a belated birthday or a foot-in-mouth apology, both of which will be useful in my stash. 

 
 
I was having so much fun with this cute set that I broke out the photo box and the sketch from the kit and did a layout as well. (These kits are so huge ... I can seriously make a ton more projects just from one of them!) The wood grain paper in this collection was my favorite, so I matched it with two of my favorite portraits of my daughters. What other subject could I choose?

 

 
Thanks for visiting after my long hiatus. I hope you're having a wonderful summer!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Farmhouse Hello

  I saw a fun scrapbooking technique on Two Peas in a Bucket on my YouTube feed the other day, and I thought it would make a really fun card background! Paige Evans used a diagonal triangle pattern as a page background, so I adapted her idea to make a fun country-themed card.

 
Using the last itty bitty scraps of my Stella and Rose collection papers, I punched a variety of triangles and staggered them over my kraft paper base. Then I ran the whole shebang through my Big Shot with a chicken wire embossing folder. So fun!
 
I would be neat to adapt this idea for use with other geometric shapes as well. The embossing creates a neat quilted effect, and real quilt patterns could provide all sorts of inspiration.
 
Thanks for stopping by today, friends!

Friday, February 28, 2014

To a Wonderful Mother

  It's never too early to start on Mother's Day projects, especially if you suffer from a chronic lack of planning ahead like I do! My mother-in-law absolutely loves red, so I used the last of my Paper Hearts collection from Crate Paper on a card for her highlighting her most loved shade.

 
  There were dozens of die cuts in the collection and this was one of my last. The modern red florals were just right for adding the color theme to the focal point of the card. I had a little bit of red seam binding left from my Valentine's Day projects, so I used it to add even more red.
 
  I hope my mom-in-law likes her card, and I hope I can remember to actually get it in the mail on time when the big day rolls around!
 
  Have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by, my friends!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

With Love ...

  I absolutely ADORE Stampin' Up's In Colors this year, and out of the five I'm the most obsessed with Crisp Cantaloupe. This beautiful pinky-peach is such a gorgeous spring color, and it is just brilliant used in combination with all sorts of shades, even some unexpected ones like Summer Starfruit!

  I used a little of my Sale-a-Bration Sweet Sorbet paper for the background, and used one of my favorite stamp sets, Field Flowers, to create some lovely Crisp Cantaloupe flowers for my project.

 
This card turned out simpler than my usual ones perhaps, but I love it just the same. I can smell the spring flowers already!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Love You

  Hi, everyone! I'm trying to get back into the crafting groove after our AMAZING trip to Disney World at the end of January. We had the best time EVER, and it was so hard to say goodbye to that shining castle on our last night. (Sniff, sniff) I hope we'll be able to go back again someday. Now that I've had my first real vacation ever, I think I'm a believer! Where should we go next?


  Valentine's Day blew past me, and I forgot to share my last Valentine project. I really wanted to try some vellum layering to create sort of a misty effect on this card. I've been on a mission to use up some of my Valentine-themed stash, so I went for my last few scraps of Crate Paper's Paper Hearts collection.

 
 
  I went for traditional V-day colors and used a Blushing Bride card base and some Real Red seam binding that I dyed with a spray bottle and reinker. I stamped the flower images onto some vintage sheet music (love-themed, of course) in Blushing Bride, Real Red, Pistachio Pudding, Pool Party, and Tempting Turquoise and adhered the layer to my card base. I embossed the vellum layer with glitter embossing powder, embossed and sanded a scrap of printed paper for the card topper, and punched holes for tying my seam binding. A little white gel pen on the title, some pearls, and tada! I might have liked the image to show through a *bit* more, but I did use a heavy vellum.
 
  This was a very fun card, and I need to use vellum more often in my projects. It's one of those card-making staples that I sometimes forget about.
 
  Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!
 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sending Love


   Love is in the air! This week I've been looking through some of the leftovers from my My Creative Scrapbook kits, and I found some bits and bobs from the Paper Hearts collection from Crate Paper that I hadn't used up yet. I love the punch out elements from this collection, and I decided to make this postage stamp style sentiment the focal point of a Valentine's Day card.

 
   I layered the letters over some strips of paper from the collection and some vintage sheet music. Some Prima roses and Diamond Stickles were the perfect finishing touches for this Valentine.
 
   Wishing you lots of love, my friends!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Shaped Happy Birthday

 
  I'm still replenishing my stock of birthday cards, and I found this cute image on my Birthday Bash Cricut cartridge. I made this quick and simple shaped card by cutting two 6" sundaes and adhering them together at the top. I wanted this to be a light and feminine card, so I chose some pastel scraps from my stash and some London Market 6x6 papers. A little white gel pen and some Diamond Stickles  top off my ice cream sundae.
 
  Thanks for stopping by today, my friends!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Jazzin' Up Cricut Cuts

   As you've seen in some of my previous posts, I've been experimenting with my Cricut lately and some techniques for embellishing my cuts. My card stash was running low on birthday greetings, so I broke out the Cricut and my Birthday Bash cartridge and got cutting!

 
  I chose some festive patterned paper from K and Company for this set of llama-rific cards. I cut the first llama from patterned paper and added some sewing lines around the outside edges. Googly eyes are always a must for adding some character to animal cuts!
 
 
  For this version, I added some shadows with my Copic markers and chose a different type of eye. I also added some highlights with a white gel pen.
 
 
  The last version just might be my favorite! The white gel pen stayed, but I added some shadows and rosy cheeks with a Q-tip and some chalk pastels. What a little cutey this little guy turned out to be!

Thanks for stopping by, my friends!