Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hello Friend

Happy Thursday! Hope you are all enjoying your week thus far.....I was really in the mood for a bit of Blues and Chocolates today....something vintage....and....nature inspired.....yum....and I added in some yellow and pink for good measure....

Hello Friend

I used this fun die from MFT/Die-namics called Chicken Wire.  I'm still way in love with the new Graphic45 paper pack called Botanical Tea Collection, so I used it in abundance on this card.  No stamping whatsoever, I kept it easy.....finished this card within 20 minutes.  

Hope you have a wonderful, crafty day! Take care! xo

Supplies:
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Die: MFT/Die-namics - Chicken Wire.
Patterned Papers: Graphic45/Botanical Tea Collection.
Sprinkles: Doodlebug Designs.
Round corner punch and circle punch: EK Success.
Blue paper flower: Recollections.
Yellow twine: Recollections.
Die cutting tool: Cuttlebug/Provo Craft.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Live every moment....love everyday

Hello! I dabbled in a bit of watercoloring and distress inks today with a yummy new stencil.  I needed another wedding card too....for a family member coming up soon. ;))

live every moment love everyday

Since the bride's colors are a deep purple with hints of grey/black, I decided to make the card for the couple in the same hues.  A very classic design, simple and straightforward.  The stencil is from Penny Black and the sentiment is from Mama Elephant's Everyday Greetings set.  Don't you just love that sentiment?  Hard to tell, but I did the gradient effect here and made the bottom part of the stencil darker than the top. I always go from darkest at the bottom to most delicate going upward.

Supplies:
Stencil: Penny Black/Promenade.
Sentiment stamp: Mama Elephant/Everyday Greetings.
Patterned Papers: Basic Grey.
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Distress Inks: Tim Holtz/Dusty Concord and Milled Lavender.
Pearls: KaiserScrapbook.
Black Ink: Versafine Onyx Black.
Ribbon: Local scrapbook store.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Self Documentation

With all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, I find that we are always challenged to capture the images and memories of others, all of our loved ones and friends combined....and I absolutely love doing that so much.... but do you ever take a moment to create something just for yourself? Something to document the things that YOU like?  And it doesn't have to be anything significant, just perhaps a hobby you enjoy, your favorite foods....or maybe...one of your favorite colors:

the color PINK

Can you believe I actually opted for a 12 x 12 for this LO? I have probably three or four, at most, 'self' layouts that I've created throughout the years.  I got to use some new goodies today....when I saw this new patterned paper from Graphic 45, I knew just what to do with it.  Perfect spring time colors! The colors on this collection is breathtaking!  Also, the new curved and scalloped dies from Mama Elephant that I used as a border on top and bottom there....LOVE!  I'm imagining many uses for this die set.

Also used another die from Memory Box, the leaf die you see on the left side of the LO.  If you would like to see a close-up detail of this layout, you may click on the photo and it will take you to a zoom shot on Flickr.

I would love to finish up one for the rest of my family and get all of these framed and hung up on our walls.

I'll be back later with a lavender inspired wedding card! ;))  Have a great weekend everyone! And for all of my friends celebrating Easter, I wish you a wonderful holiday!

Supplies:
Patterned Papers, leaves, and journaling tag: Graphic 45/Botanical Tea Collection.
Leaves Die cut: Memory Box/Fresh Foliage.
Pink fabric flower: Little Yellow Bicycle.
Creative Cut Dies/Sentiment stamp: Mama Elephant/Everyday Greetings.
Pink clay resin rose, button: The Paper Studio.
Pink ticket tag: Dear Lizzy/American Crafts.
Yellow lotus whimsies: Webster's Pages.
Butterfly die cuts: Cosmo Cricket.
Wooden alpha letters: Pink Paislee/Expressions Wood Shop.
Pink alpha letters: Webster's Pages.
White cardstock: DCWV.
Black Ink: Versafine Onyx Black.
Die cutting tool: Cuttlebug/Provo Craft.
Fine tip pen for journaling.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hello....Springtime

This card is somewhat similar to yesterday's card, except I think it varies with color intensity.  I really packed it with more color!  I just adore this time of the year and all the vibrant hues popping up everywhere:

Hello

I rarely, if ever, flip my cards horizontally.  I normally like the vertical stand... left, or top fold.  I'm still playing with a lot of Dear Lizzy embellishments and die cuts. Some older products but still so much fun to use up on some 'any' occasion cards.

I added some faux stitching up top near the sentiment and a vintage charm kind of completes the look I was going for. Have a happy day, everyone!

Supplies:
Yellow journaling tag, yellow floral die cut, large floral cluster die cut: Dear Lizzy/American Crafts.
Yellow clay resin rose, Oval charm: The Paper Studio.
Sentiment: Mama Elephant/Water Blooms.
Patterned Paper: Creative Imaginations/Loolah.
Green Ink: Memento/Tsukineko.
Cardbase: Neenah Solar White.
Lined tag: Dear Lizzy.
Stapler.
Faux Stitching: Fine tip black marker.
Ribbon: Hobby Lobby.
Paper flowers (yellow and blue): Recollections.
Corner rounder: EK Success.
Pearls: Martha Stewart Crafts.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mother....

I was feeling especially vintage-y tonight (as in a design style, not my age....haha), and came up with this card:

Mother

I pretty much just placed all the elements on as I went along. Came together really quickly.  Hope it brightens your day and makes you smile......enjoy!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Brown Stitched tag, green outline tag: Maggie Holmes.
Pink heart die-cut, Yellow floral tag, and 'love' ticket: Dear Lizzy/American Crafts.
Large White, Lace Crocheted Flower: Prima.
Patterned Papers, Light pink clay resin: The Paper Studio.
Sentiment: Mama Elephant/Lovely Mums.
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black.
Black Fine pt. pen.
Pearl: K & Company.
Ribbon: Michael's.
Twine: Recollections.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

my kind of guy....

Today, I decided to play with Geometrics.  Normally, I like my LO's to have a softer look to them, but I wanted this layout to be more edgy and playful, oh, so boyish - encompassing a lot of circle gears, zigzags, straight edges, and triangular shapes:

my kind of guy

My main go-to colors are oranges and blues. I did create both a top and bottom scalloped edge and aligned that so they would match.  Layered all of the fun sticker shapes from Echo Park/Lori Whitlock's "All About a Boy" Collection.  I very, subtlety 'hid' his age behind some of the stickers, can you see it?

All in all, a very fun piece to work with today. Hope you all have a beautiful week ahead!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Patterned Papers: Fancy Pants, Bo Bunny, and SEI.
Gear stickers, Orange arrow sticker, Sentiment stickers, Zigzag border (blue), Bubble sticker, Orange corner rounders: Echo Park/All About a Boy/Lori Whitlock.
'Oh my love' embellished button: Recollections.
Puffy Alpha letters: Pebbles.
Scalloped edge punch: EK Success.
Small white doily: Martha Stewart Crafts/EK Success.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Now & Forever

Hello! I needed a super, simple wedding card. I so heart weddings and I'm so excited when I either get to make a wedding card for someone or attend an event in person. :))

Congratulations

These papers from this DCWV stack called "White Fern" is my favorite go-to color for a more neutral toned look. It has a bit of a soft yellow mixed with light browns and white.  The chipboards, die cuts, and rub-ons are all from Basic Grey.

I added a little lace trim at the the bottom to finish off the entire design.  Is everyone enjoying their Spring Break? Or perhaps, your littles are returning to school? We finally have ours next week, yay! Hope to get some R & R and some sleeping in time. :)  Have a good one!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Floral Chipboard, Leaves die-cut, sentiment rub-on: Basic Grey Wedding Kit.
Patterned Papers: DCWV/White Fern.
Lace Trim: Webster's Pages.
Round corner punch: EK Success.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mother....you're the most beautiful

Can you believe we are in April, and that Mother's Day is just around the corner? How do you celebrate your mom? I know everyone has such unique and special traditions...each tradition being enriching and dynamic for all of our families.  I always struggle to make the most perfect Mother's Day card for my mom each year.  But I still have a little time....in the meanwhile, I did make a layout of my adorable mom:

Mother...you're the most beautiful flower in the garden of life

Hmmm, wondering where I get my love for flowers? ;) My mom is a classy lady, she is old fashioned in some ways, but is exquisitely modern in her thinking, wisdom, and expression of humor.  She has guided me through some of my worst moments in life, and she has also rejoiced with me during my best moments.  I could go on forever about her....but truly...what an amazing woman.....

For the layout, I meshed together papers and embellishments from Simple Stories, Chickaniddy Crafts, and Bo Bunny.

I used almost an entire set of sentiment stamps from a Mama Elephant set to create my own little journaling bit at the top.  The leaf stems are from a die that I just love!

Supplies:
Patterned Papers: Simple Stories, Chickaniddy Crafts, Bo Bunny.
Stickers, Tabs, Floral stickers, Sentiment Stickers: Chickaniddy Crafts/Twirly Girly.
Green Cardstock: Doodlebug Designs.
Sentiment Stamps: Mama Elephant.
Leaf Die: PoppyStamps, Inc.
Die-cutting tool: Provo Craft/Cuttlebug.
Corner Rounder: EK Success.
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
White flower: Recollections.
Pearls: Martha Stewart Crafts.
Floral Washi Tape.
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black.