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.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Thank You Scalloped Treat Bag

Hi everyone! Hope you've all had a great day! It's been busy, busy for me today but I love it! ;)  I was able to sneak in this little treat bag tonight - using pretty much all scrap and leftover items, really simple.

Thank You Scalloped Treat Bag

This was the pink and white version. I made a 'blue' version too but will just show this one.  Using a plain, kraft bag, I used my scalloped edge punch to create the top fold. I also added a little washi tape, florals, a decorative clothespin, and some lace, some yummy twine, and a Heidi Swapp sentiment stamp.

I took a whole doily but decided to only trim the 'middle' part of it to tuck underneath the flowers and leaf.  Thought it would be fun to use a different part of a doily.

Simple, quick - and makes a great little appreciation gift for someone sweet in your life! ;)

Supplies:
Lace Vintage Trinket: Maya Road.
Sentiment Stamp: Heidi Swapp.
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black.
Scalloped Edge punch: EK Success.
Pink flower: Prima.
White flower, leaf, twine, kraft bag, clothespin, washi tape: Recollections.
Doily: Wilton.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Sweetheart

Well, Goodmorning! Hope everyone is doing well! I was in the mood for something a bit pink today, but to not have this card overwhelmingly pink, I balanced it out with some gentle blues and a touch of yellow:

Sweetheart

Makes me happy with all the spring time colors!! :)) This could be a Mother's Day card or just a "Hello" card for a special friend! Hope you enjoy! Have to run some errands soon! Monday's are always my busiest day of the week! Have a good week!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Patterned Papers: Simple Stories/Vintage Bliss.
Small yellow and blue flower: Recollections.
Red floral tag: Martha Stewart Crafts/EK Success.
Pearls: Martha Stewart Crafts.
Pink Frame: Recollections.
Sweetheart tag: SEI.
Trim: Re-purposed Gift from a friend.
Scalloped edge punch: EK Success.