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May 24, 2011 - Cards, Uncategorized    No Comments

#2 Daughter’s Birthday Card

My #2 Daughter had a birthday this month and I waited to post her card because I didn’t want her to see it on my blog before she received it.

 

 

 

 

 

I used a Cuttle Bug embossing folder and then added some flowers with buttons on the impressions.  The leaves were hand cut and colored using Copics.

 

This is not a totally original design.  I used the “Just a Little Note” by Betsy Veldman card that was in the May 2009 Cards publication Vol. 4 Issue 5.

 

 

My daughter got a kick out of the “you”.  She said it looked like I didn’t know her name.

 

 

 

 

 

I embossed in white the TH’s stamp about being creative.  It is a true representation of her creative spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

It came out pretty nice and I think she enjoyed it.

May 8, 2011 - Cards    1 Comment

Mother’s Day

Henry always loves to look out the front door when it is open.

 

Here is my Mother’s day card for my Mom, she loves blue.

 

I used Spellbinders Label 4 and DCWV Linen Closet for the cardstock and paper.  I used Waltzing Mouse stamps Vintage Labels 4 and the ink is SU’s Bordering Blue.  I used some clear embossing powder and the sentiment is computer generated .  I used Sakura Star Pen to enhance it.

 

Here you can see the shadowing of the word with the Sakura Star Pen.

 

Simple sentiment for the inside.

 

The ribbon is ivory seam binding that I twisted before fore I attached it.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of You!

Apr 17, 2011 - Cards    No Comments

#1 Daughter’s Birthday Card

I received my PaperCraft magazine and saw this cute apron gift card holder.  I wanted something different for #1 Daughter’s birthday card and decided to make it.

The bundled stack of fat quarters was my inspiration for colors.  I found that fat quarter at M’s.

 

 

 

 

I was a little disappointed in the instructions on how to make this particular card holder but fortunately I figured it out on my own.  The most difficult part was getting the little pleated skirt to fit correctly on the card holder.

 

 

 

 

Once I finally got it to stay glued down I started with the embellishments and now that I look at it I could have easily done a decorative punch border but the little added ribbon added another dimension.

The tag I found in my stash and just embossed her age in white.  Man she is making me feel old.

 

 

 

Since I used pattern paper I reinforced the holder with black card stock which gave me a perfect place to write her a note.

I put some eyelets in and knotted ribbon on one side and pulled it through to look like the ties.

 

 

 

Although the card is a little difficult to make I would make it again because you can use the things in your stash.  it doesn’t take a lot of any one thing.  Hmmm, I may make a ruffle one using some ribbon, instead of pleating the paper.  Check back and see how that turns out.

Mar 16, 2011 - Cards    No Comments

Thanks!

I made a thank you card out of this pattern paper from the Recollections pack that I showed you yesterday.

This is such beautiful paper just plain but I decided I wanted to enhance some of the water lily areas and then one thing lead to another and before you knew it I had transformed the paper.

I started out using my Copics – C1 C3 & C7 to enhance the grays in the petals.  I then wanted a hint of color so I started layering some light yellow – Y02.  I added some mustard yellow to the center – Y28.

Now this is not the best paper to use Copics on but I think it worked just fine to enhance the paper.

The interesting thing about this flower is when I added some orange Stickles, the orange in the Stickles stained the petals adding another layer of dimension.  I also used Glossy Accents to enhance a few petals.

I stamped thanks with Versamark ink and then used white embossing power on the charcoal tag.

I’m loving the white embossing powder.

This flower is more violets and purples.

The seam binding that I used for ribbon is vintage ribbon that I got a long time ago from here.

There is something about seam binding that makes the use of it on a card soft and not as stiff.

The bow was made using my Bow Easy and I attached a little charm.

I don’t know that you can pick-up on this from the photo but I inked the edges with Tim Holtz Antique Paper Distressed Ink.  This has a muted green tint to the ink and love the way it added dimension.

I randomly added Glossy Accents to various leaves on all of the water lillies.

So now let’s take a look at this side by side.

Before                                                        After

With this much enhancement you do not need a lot of embellishments.

Sorry about the jumbled mess on this page.  I’ve tried to fix it several times but it won’t let me.

Feb 15, 2011 - Cards    2 Comments

Sunshine & Thanks

Couldn’t resist, Henry is so enjoying the sunshine….too cute!







I made my #1 Daughter a thank you for my Christmas gifts.  Yeah, I know it’s been a couple of months but I have not been very creative lately, so it took me a little while.

I also got a new sewing machine, and as you can see by the photo I’m needing to practice more.

These are the colors in her bedroom and she is in the process of changing out and getting accessories to update.  I’m in love with the rosettes lately.


The rhinestones are a piece of an embellishment from Recollections (ok similar) found at Michael’s.

I cut it apart and saved the lace and other parts of the embellishments for something later.




I used Tim Holtz rosette die cut and then used walnut stain distressed ink to give it some dimension. I use the Spellbinders circles and a little copper embossing on the Merci stamp from Waltzing Mouse.





I’m really into coloring the seam binding with the distressed inks to match your card.  I like the variations the ink gives to the color of the seam binding adds so much.  It goes from dark to light and then a few shades in between.





Then I finished the inside to compliment the outside.

I wrote a sweet note of thanks and encouraged her to continued to be the great woman, wife and Mother she is meant to be.

Thanks for stopping by be sure and leave me a comment.

Jan 23, 2011 - Cards, Family & Friends    2 Comments

Thanks – Amber!

I truly feel I am a blessed woman.  This is my #2 Daughter, Amber and the following card I made for her.

Amber is one talented and gifted woman.  I’ve always called her my miracle baby simply because of all the things I went through when I was expecting her.

Beautiful, talented, smart but most importantly a heart going after God with all the strength that is within her.


This card is loaded with “stuff”.  I used Tim Holtz stamps (thank you Phyllis) on the card and distressed inked everything in site.  I used TH’s rosette die cut and yes if you look closely that is his paper tissue.  Spellbinders- Ribbon Tag Trio Two and the white felt flowers was cut using Paper Trey Inks Beautiful Blooms II.  The very center of the felt flower is from M’s $1 spot (a little cute loopy flower with a rhinestone).  I sewed the stitching with some red Gutterman thread.

The black scalloped oval and the music paper scalloped oval was created, printed and cut on Circut Imagine.


Amber loves hounds-tooth (she got me hooked on it too), so I made sure I included it in her card.

I needed enough space to write her a very sincere Thank You.




Both of my Daughters combined my Christmas gifts and my Birthday gift together this year and bought me a Cricut Imagine and if that wasn’t enough they bought me a new Babylock Tempo Sewing Machine.  My old sewing machine is about 40 years old.  That is a beyond belief Christmas and Birthday for me.

I wanted to send her (I’m working on Daughter #1’s thank you too) a card that used what she had given me.



Here is keeping my finger’s cross and hoping she likes it.  Let me know what you think!

Nov 16, 2010 - Cards    3 Comments

WMSC #23 – I’m going to Try Again

Sometimes it just takes a little pushed to get inspired and your mojo going again.  Here is the sketch challenge for Waltzing Mouse!  This weeks sketch got my creative juices flowing again.


The only problem I had was I could not get the photo to look as good as the card.






So here is a variety of photos and you will have to be the judge.  I made the background pattern on the card stock.  I first stamped the snowflakes in white then embossed them with a sparkling embossing powder from Stamp-n-stuff cal Kaleidoscope.  When the heat hit the embossing powder it turned the snowflakes blue.  I then enhanced with some perfect pearls and some Viva Glitter liner in silver.  The rosette was hand made by cutting a 12″ strip of paper 1-1/2″ wide then used a Martha Steward scalloped punch on the edge.  I also used MS glitter to enhance the rosette.  The Peace  is silver embossed on vellum using a spellbinders die cut to cut the tag.  Light touch on heat embossing on vellum  but it can be done.


The corner piece of pattern paper was enhanced with some Viva Glitter and the edges were all heat embossed with silver.


This is the sketch.  Be sure to check out the challenge this week here.


Love this sketch and love the feel this blue and silver gives to the card.  Let me know what you think and everyone keep your fingers cross for me.

Sep 29, 2010 - Cards, Uncategorized    3 Comments

Waltzingmouse Stamp Challenge #16

The above sketch is this weeks challenge over on the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge.  You can see all the beautiful entries over at the website here.

Here is my interpretation of the sketch.  I challenged myself with using different stamps from Waltzingmouse.

I used Vintage Label 5 and Vintage Label 4, love these stamps.  I stamped with brown pigment ink and then used clear embossing powder.  I used TH Distressed Inks in brushed corduroy and the Thank you is a $1 Stamp from M’s.

Here is a closer view.

Love the way this card came out.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure and let me know how you like the card.

Sorry about the way the pictures lined up, somedays the blog just won’t cooperate.

Sep 21, 2010 - Cards, Copic Markers    1 Comment

WMSC Challenge #15 – aka Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge

I’m participating in Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #15.  You can find them at www.waltzingmouse.blogspot.com and see all the other creations.

The paper is from My Mind’s Eye Kraft Cardstock.  Love this paper pad.  Because this pad is all kraft papers the pattern papers look faded out with subtle patterns.

Be sure and click on the picture to get a full view.  This is one of those cards that you end up making when you can’t sleep.   The stamps and ribbon are $1 finds at M’s over the past year.  Very simple process – 1st I stamped the words and embossed them with Bronze embossing powder.  Next I found a decorative label stamp and then centered the word and stamped it and embossed with the same color of embossing powder.   I grundged the top of the tags just using my fingers to curl the edges and then I used my E31 & E33 Copic Markers to add some additional aging.

I didn’t include a sentiment because I believe the words on the card are enough.  Sweet words to live by!

Sep 19, 2010 - Cards, Family & Friends    1 Comment

Happy Birthday Mom – You Look Great!

I have to say I really struggled with Mom’s card for some reason.  I’ve been toying with it for a week.  Finally, I decided to cut the card down, it is 5 x 4.5 it was originally a 5.5 square.  I don’t know what it is about a size of a card but for some reason once I cut it down things started flowing.

All of the papers used are from my stash and if you look closely at the last purple mat, I embossed a paisley stamp ($1 from M’s) and then used Dusty Concord Distressed ink and inked the entire mat.  I took a baby wipe and wiped off the excess.  It makes a subtle background.



The butterfly is acrylic (about 1/8″ thick).  The butterfly was flat and I took my embossing gun and a pencil and started manipulating the acrylic as the heat gun softened it.

This gave the wings a curve.  I used alcohol inks to give it color and freehanded the lines and blinged it up with some pearls and glitter.   I used my black Copic Marker to do the center and edge it.  The antennae are wire.  I have a 3-D glue dot holding it in place.




I stamped using Waltzingmouse  stamps the Victorian Frippery set.  I use Memento Paris Dusk and embossed it with Zing Embossing power in purple.  I added some purple Stickles to dress it up a bit.  These stamps are designed to use with Nestibilities.

Layered the mats using Nestibilities scalloped circles and regular standard circles.  I added some piercing and a little bling.  You can click on the picture to get a closer look.



I took a couple of white Prisma flowers and colored them using the Memento Paris Dusk.  The little rose is my homemade flower and you can see how to do them here.


I added the ribbon and then just tied a knot in the gingham check, lavender and green sheer ribbon to give it some layers.  With the rest of the card being so ornate the simple ribbon with knots works perfectly.



This card is very dimensional and I’m going to put it on top of her gift, not making an envelope for it.

As you can see there is a border of pattern paper that runs behind the Happy Birthday medallion.


The doily that it is sitting on is one my Mom crocheted.


The inside is pretty simple; pulled some of the same papers I used on the outside and the sentiment is computer generated.  Oh yeah…more bling.

A little Stickles on various dots on the side and three little rhinestones after my name.





I have such a big surprise for her.  Besides this beautiful card, I got my Mom an Epic Embossing Machine.  Thank you Hobby Lobby for the 40% off coupon.  I went through my Embossing Folders and some dies and I’m sharing them with Mom so she’ll have something to use in her new machine!




Happy 82nd Birthday Mom!

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