Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Cards

Hello dear bloggers! I know it's been a while.  But I finally got a break from graduate school! This has been a difficult year, but I am happy to come back to the crafty world and create some Christmas cards for friends and family! So here you go!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Handmade Christmas Trees

Hi Dear Crafty Friends,
It has been a long time... This hiatus had to do with my very demanding semester of graduate school work.  I moved in June, and then took my general degree examinations in September (3 days of grueling testing).  Then took my oral examinations and wrote my dissertation prospectus.  Ah, and almost forgot, submitted about 15 applications for internship.  Yes, it has been a very long and very hard couple of months and my craft suffered during this time.  

But yesterday my son saw some Christmas trees and he asked me if he could have one.  I turned to pinterest for inspiration and voila, I made our very own mini Christmas trees.  Here they are:
 Super easy to make... I used cereal boxes as my base! I used wired glittered ribbon on the one at the far left and glued it with a hot glue gun.  Then used some nice trimmings on the rest of them.  All in all this was such a great chance to get back to my crafts!  
TFL and hope to see you soon!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Thank you Cards

Hi dear bloggers, finally here to share some crafty work! I recently moved and you know how that is... took a while to get all my crafty stuff organized.  I was asked to make some thank you cards for a school donor and I think I took it overboard, as I created so many!  But the ones not used will be donated to OWH...  So here they are!

I used a big and bold sentiment from Papertrey Ink.  Papers from Pink Paislee Daily Junque and Prima Camelot flower
A more soft and shabby chic design, using papers from Melissa Frances, sentiment from Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday. 

Another card using papers from Pink Paislee Daily Junque.  Sentiment from Big & Bold collections by Papertrey Ink.
I think this one is my favorite! I used papers from Melissa Frances and a flower from Prima. Stamp from Big & Bold sentiments by Papertrey Ink. 
For this card I used papers from Pink Paislee too, stamp by Papertrey Ink.  Prima flower, Ribbon from American Crafts. S
Another super cool card using Pink Paislee papers and a big prima flower. 
This next card is one that makes me happy.  Maybe it's the color combo.  The papers are from Webster's pages Let's Celebrate.  I used glimmer mist to ink the mat paper yellow.  Then I used Copic markers and blended them to look like they're fading,  Sentiment from Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday.
 This is the first time I use vellum in a card, but it made sense since I wanted the festive Webster's pages paper to shine through without losing focus on the sentiment by Papertrey Ink.  Ribbon by American Crafts.
I want to add two more cards that I loved! It's funny how inspiration sometimes just comes without warning... I used papers from Heidi Swapp and a brooch by Melissa Frances.  Sentiment by Papertrey Ink.

Another cool card using papers from the new Heidi Swapp collection.  Sentiment is from the super whimsy and cool stamps from Paper Smooches.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Hi everyone! Just want to share some cards I made for OWH.  It's my new passion... making cards takes such a different approach! Especially the ones I donate to OWH because there are certain guidelines about chunky embellies and the such (basically no chunky embellies or glitter).  I gotta tell you, I used mostly scraps here! So proud of myself when I do that!

For this card I used a Stampabilities stamp, and papers from Sweet Tooth from Bo Bunny.  The star is from Pebbles. 

 The sentiment is a stamp from Waltzingmouse Stamps, image and pps from Sweet Tooth by Bo Bunny. 

 Stamp from Tim Holtz Visual Artistry (jalopy) and the sentiment is from 'Father knows best' by Papertrey Ink.

 Stamp from Papertrey Ink.
 Recollections stamp (sentiment), pps and image from Sweet Tooth by Bo Bunny.
Heart from Stampabilities, sentiment from Waltzingmouse stamps collection.  
 Papers from Country Garden collection by Bo Bunny.  DA chippie cut in half, covered with ceramic stucco and buttercream acrylic paint from Folk Art collection.  Sentiment is a stamp from Stampers Anonymous by Tim Holtz.
 Sentiment by Papertrey Ink.
XO diecut from Anna Griffin
Stamp from papertrey ink
 Stamp from papertrey ink
Stamp from Waltzingmouse collection.  Cameo by Martha Stewart.
Sentiment and heart stamps from Tim Holtz Visual Artistry.  
 Sentiment from Waltzingmouse stamps, their "Words of Wisdom" collection. 
Stamp for sentiment from Fiskars.

 Sentiment stamp from Ali Edwards for technique Tuesday. 
 Stamp for sentiment from Fiskars. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Card Extravaganza!

I know I have been MIA for the past month or so, but I have been so extremely busy and stressed out with school.  It was so hard to slow down and learn to do the best I can and only that.  You see I tend to be a perfectionist, but it is getting to me.  So I stopped doing the one thing that is relaxing for me.  Spring break for us begins today, so I'm taking a little bit of time to post some of the things I've done in the last week.  

I was in the mood to make cards and decided to make some and donate them to OWH.  This nonprofit sends blank cards to deployed military members so they can write home to their families.  You will see the cards are very simple, as in the past I had gone all out with chunky embellies and was told that as beautiful as these embellies are they don't travel all those thousands of miles very well. So I decided to keep things simple but trying to add some texture and details here and there.  

The first card is made with papers from Pink Paislee Daily Junque and stamp by Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday.  I wrapped some seam binding around one of the panels and then used some chipboard from Basic Grey Sugar Rush I've had sitting on my stash for a very long time.  I tell you, if you are a layout scrapper, making cards can help use all your supplies!
 This card is also made with papers from Daily Junque by Pink Paislee and stamp by Ali Edwards.  Chipboard heart from Sugar Rush collection by Basic Grey.  I used seam binding to "hug" the card and then added a button and laced it with twine. 
 I think I really pushed myself with this card.  I used like 4 kinds of patterned and non-patterned paper.  But I think it works.  The base card is made from paper from Daily Junque, then I used a white panel that I had machine stitched.  Then on top two scrap panels from the same Daily Junque papers.  I tied a pretty ribbon around and made a bow.  Stamps by Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday (Loving words).  The bling is from Webster's Pages Lets celebrate collection.
 Another very simple card using the same line of papers.  The stamp is one of my favorite quotes and I love the combination of blue and red. I also used a button and twine to top the seam binding wrap.
 I had gotten this packet of Basic Grey's Out of Pring collection, including the chipboard and everything and just didn't know what to do with it.  I do layouts most of the time and prefer real mulberry flowers rather than chipboard ones.  But I was surprised to see how well this came together.  The sentiment is from stamps from Ali Edwards.
 I totally fell in love with the patterned papers in the Daily Junque collection by Pink Paislee.  Especially this navy and white patterned paper, which looked so great with vibrant, neon colors.  I used stamps by Ali Edwards here too. The twine is from Pink Paislee Soiree collection and the button is from Basic Grey.
 Another card using this beautiful navy and white paper.  I mixed it up with a red button and some neon yellow/green scraps.  I used twine to tie up the button, which is from Jenni Bowlin.
 Another very simple version of the same idea in a card.  Love the simplicity of it.
 I used a bit more embellies for this card, layering seam binding over ribbon and topping it off with a prima flower.  I think I still did well considering I wanted to keep the negative space going on. Stamp from Ali Edwards.
 I love how this card turned out.  Papers from Daily Junque, tag from Basic Grey Sugar Rush chipboard.  The pretty red seam binding makes the card pop. 
 The paper here is from Snow Day by Pink Paislee.  Believe it or not this collection is winter themed.... but so versatile! Loved the combination of pink and light blue/turquoise.  I used a corner punch to embellish.  Butterfly punch from Martha Stewart, stamp by Ali Edwards. Little roses from Kaisercraft.
 I wrapped some twine around this card and then tied it up with a small rose.  The sentiment is from Ali Edwards stamps. Paper from Out of Print by Basic Grey.
 A very sweet color combo: red and pink.  Totally perfect for the sentiment, which is a mix of stamps by Ali Edwards including Mom rocks and Loving words.  Papers from Snow Day collection by Pink Paislee.