Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Life...

Hello and happy belated Mother's Day to all my crafty mom friends! I hope your Mother's Day was spent with loved ones. We spent mine with Sophie's great-grandparents who were visiting from Florida. It was very cool to spend time with them.

I haven't been too crafty, just haven't too much time but I do have a card to share that I made a few days ago.

 
This card was super simple to make. I used Amy Tangerine's Sketchbook cardstock which already had a lot of watercolor features/smears and the flower on it. I added the sentiment, dotted "strips" (all from Stampin' Up) and a few more smudges of distress ink. I adhered everything a little crooked and added a few sequins. 
 
 
Thanks for stopping. We have a few fun days coming up...and then, hopefully, I'll be back to crafting!
 
I have a few more to share with you...hope you're all doing well. I'm linking this up with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Spring Flowers.
 
 
 
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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Happy Spring!

My allergies say that spring has finally arrived...anyone else feeling the same?

Here's a great way to use up scraps and bits. I CASE'd this card from a few cards in the PaperCrafts Card Design Handbook. I liked the way it used up my scraps...always have a lot of scraps. I just can't seem to throw anything away.

 
 
I used DCWV Fiesta stack, lots of fun and bright color. Each section is sectioned off with May Arts Jute Twine. A simple sentiment from TPC Studios and some sequins (from JoAnn's) and done.
 
 
 
I have a few more to share with you...hope you're all doing well. I'm linking this up with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Spring Flowers.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Happy Birthday for Him Card

Hi and happy almost Wednesday! Oye, our weather is warm and windy this week...record high temps of 90 degrees here, that is hot.

Just a quick share of this man card I made. I used some cardstock from Crate Paper's Storyteller line and a Amy Tangerine stamp made for Studio Calico. 


The stamp doesn't seem to stamp clearly (could be the operator - not the equipment lol) so I had to color it in with black marker. 


Anyone else dread making masculine cards? I like my girly pinks, purples, florals, sequins and bling. Though this card was simple enough to make and quick...gotta love that.


Hope you are having a great week! I'm linking this one up over at Pumpkin Spice blog - Challenge #69 Stamping. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

Hello all! Easter is done and Mother's Day is fast approaching. I've tried to get a head start on Mother's Day cards but only have a few made. This is one of them...

 
 
I got the inspiration from a card on Pinterest but can not find the link (sorry original card maker person). I used a floral set from The Craft's Meow (so sad they are out of business!) and stamped, then fussy cut each flower and arranged them to flow over the wood cardstock fence. You can't tell but I did cut the fence to have pointed posts.
 
 
I used some foam dots to pop up some of the flowers for some lift. I also lightly water colored the background blue and then adhered the whole thing to a white card base. The sentiment is from an online company called Clear Dollar Stamps...think they only do digital now.
 
 
I added a few Martha Stewart punched butterflies with little pearl centers and some green hemp cord tied in a bow. This is another one where I stamped the envelope flap to coordinate.
 
Happy Wednesday, thanks for stopping by!



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Butterfly Birthday

Happy Spring Break...Sophie and I are enjoying a week of play dates with friends, good food and getting ready for Easter. The creative bug has bit me and I've been crafting up a storm. Hopefully I'll get everything photographed and posted soon. 

I am super excited to share this card. I made it for Virginia's View Challenge #2. This challenge is all about stencils. I will admit that I own one stencil...yup, just one. I used it on a card that I might share. LOL. That should tell you what I think about that card.

Now this card on the other hand, I love. I use the negative from a die cut of a butterfly. I then stamped it with a wood grain strip stamp from MME Miss Caroline set in Early Espresso ink from Stampin' Up.


The plaid cardstock is also from MME Miss Caroline. I used Tea Stain Distress Ink and inked all around the edges of the card. I also inked the edges of the sentiment (from Stampin' Up). Honestly I wanted to add so much more to this card, but the more I tried and arranged other embellishments on it, it just didn't work.

Here is a action shot...I used washi tape to adhere the "stencil" to my cardstock. So easy to do and so easy to remove. 


I really had fun with this card...I'm definitely still learning and have a lot to learn! I'm also linking up with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Winged Things. Thanks for stopping by...hoping you're having a great week.



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Year in Cards

Hello friends (waves frantically!!). Oh my it has almost been a month since I last posted...tell me where did the time go? We have been enjoying our warm weather and sunny days, lounging around, spring cleaning, playing with new toys and visiting friends.

I've been crafting here and there but not steadily. Though I did put together and donated a box of cards for a charity gala. With the help of a friend, who is so clever and arranging and displaying, we put together a Year of Cards by Sophie n Me.


I made a card for each month of the year and then included some extras for birthdays, a thank you, thinking of you and hello friend. Here are a few closeups of some of the cards in no particular order...


August - Since there is no holiday in August (except for Sophie's birthday hee hee) I choose a ice cream cone to celebrate the summer heat.


 July - For the 4th of course!


November - This is my go to stamp for November since Thanksgiving reminds me of family and friends and the tree reminds me that we are all together, even if we are apart.


October - Halloween of course...love this pretty and elegant skull paper!


 Hello Friend - No specific month, just a sweet card to send to someone.


 Happy Birthday - again no specific month, just a fun card for a birthday.


January - I made a different card for Christmas that was red and green, but since January is still winter (every where except CA, right?!) I decide this cute snowman could grace this months card.

September - no holiday that was easy to craft for since there is Labor day and the first day of school for many kids. So I went with a fall theme for a family. One of my favorite cards!

I used a lot of brands - PTI, Echo Park, DCWV, Hero Arts...if you have any questions please let me know and I hope I can tell you.

I am so proud of this little box! I have no idea what it sold for at the silent auction but I hope it sold for lots since it was for charity.

That's all for today...hope you enjoyed my long picture post. I'll be back with some more cards soon. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Enjoy Every Day

Hello and happy Friday! It's almost the weekend and we have plans to spend it at the beach. Nothing like getting a warm beach day in the middle of March right?! We certainly are lucky.

I've been super busy doing this and that but I finally made time to play in Virginia's watercolor challenge. This is her first challenge and I'm so happy she started it. I love her work, it's always fun to stop by her blog. She even posts eye candy a la Ryan Gosling every now and then.

This first challenge is watercolor. I used 110 lb cardstock from JoAnn's, it seems to really hold up well. I smooshed Squeezed Lemonaide and Peacock Feather Distressed Inks onto my acrylic block and then picked up the colors with a water pen and just swept if over my paper.


The butterfly is from Cricut. I used the negative to cut another butterfly from a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf cup cozie-great way to upcycle and cheaper than buying corrugated paper. I have coffee and tea drinking friends save them for me.


I wrapped Caribbean twine (from the Twinery) around the middle of the butterfly and only adhered it in the middle as well. So the wings "flutter". The sentiment is from DCWV Vintage Collector and is stamped in Peacock Feathers as well. A few gold sequins from JoAnn's and tada! 

Check out Virginia's View Challenge blog for more on the challenge, techniques and some really awesome entries. Have an amazing weekend!