Thursday, February 28, 2013

And More Cards!! :)

Happy Thursday! Here is the final post of cards from last weekend...Are you ready? One thing is for sure: I am ready for Friday! :) Enjoy!!

This first card is a special one for two people I love and miss VERY sister and her daughter. I wanted to play with the look of chevrons, so I cut apart one of my Valentine's Day stamps-$1 from JoAnn Fabric-and got to work stamping Staz On ink onto a glitter laminate cardstock. Then, I layered it with a sentiment stamped on vellum, since I was clearly on a vellum kick this weekend. :) I like it! It is more CAS than I am used to, but I have been embracing this aspect of card making recently. :)

This second card is for a friend I hold near and dear that lives in Boise. It is an inside joke of sorts, with that giant number 12 on it. Inside are some of the little things that go along with that number 12. :) It was fun to make.

Well, have a wonderful day! Hope you had fun checking these three days of cards out and got inspired! Thanks for all your love, support and inspiration! And, have a wonderful is almost here! (Shriek of excitement!) :)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

More Cards.... :)

Good morning! Here are more of the cards I made this previous weekend, as promised. :)

This first card is for my mother, as I wanted to let her know I was thinking of her. I lost my last grandfather two Sundays ago, and wanted to send my condolences. The stamp is from a Stampendous set, I believe, and was done on vellum, then put into a window which is cut based on the shape of the stamp. I used permanent marker on the back side of the vellum to create the addition color background. I really like how it turned out.

This second card is for my favorite uncle, who is in the hospital and not doing well. He has been in and out of ICU for several weeks. Another "thinking of you" card, as well as an I love you. The stamps are all Unity, with the exception of the key, which is a Tim Holtz stamp which came with a misting kit. Stamping is done in either Staz on Black or my shimmery Versamark. I really like the sentiment and the way it all came together, especially with the touch of the background.

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Hope your day is a beautiful one! :)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Bunch of Cards :)

Good morning! Today I am posting a few cards from my weekend cardmaking project. I line with telling my loved ones how much I care, I made a bunch of cards to send out...eight to be exact. :) This post has 4 of the cards, which I am sending out today. Tomorrow and Thursday I will post the others, so stay tuned! :)

This first card was inspired by an idea I had previously thought of...the original idea was to stack gifts, but with the recent Valentine's Day holiday, I thought it more fitting to stack the hearts. :)

That idea got me thinking of how else I could use my heart cut outs...and this is what I came up with. I thought of tying the hearts with twine, but wanted the focus on the "I love you" message, so I stuck with clean and simple.

This picture shows two more cards of similar design. I had fun with these! The hearts are stamps from a $1 stamp set from JoAnn Fabrics which is Valentine's Day themed. I stamped them on several scrap papers and cut them all out. Each of the "I <3 U" parts are highlighted with glossy accents to make them stand out. It is hard to see in the photos-Sorry! They look much cooler in real life! ;)

Hope you enjoyed! See you back tomorrow for more surprises! :)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

An Update...

Hello! Sorry about the long delay in my posting. It has been busy here and there have been many things to ponder. I have been busy making cards again, and completed my first scrapbook layout, complete with pictures! :) I have also been working on a quilt for my beautiful Niece, who will be turning 1 in June. I am almost finished, so will have to post it to share soon. :) Here are a few of the cards I have made in the past month for birthdays and just because I was thinking of two women who I hold near and dear to my heart:

This first card was for one of my Father's birthdays. I had a blast using brown paint and the green mesh from an avocado bag on this one. I also did a little bit of doodling. It is more free hand than I usually do, and was, excuse the pun, quite freeing indeed. The balloons and hat are all paper pieced.

This card is for one of my Moms. She loves purple. I love working with purple, so this was fun, too. I have been exploring different card styles lately, really just creating what comes to mind. And, I have been really loving the simplicity and sophistication of tags. Thus, this card was created. Love the corrugated paper, too! The tool that does this is one of my personal favorites!!

It is called a paper crimper. Very cheap to buy, yet lends a lot of texture to pages, cards, and other layouts. Fun stuff!

This third one is a card for my Mom. Her favorite colors are cobalt blue and yellow, so I thought I would play with the colors and have a little bit of fun. It turned out to be quite the adventure. I was inspired to make the heart from a heart shaped puzzle I saw. I like the look the torn paper gave and spread some paint around with my paint brush on this one, too. I love the look of the paint, but am struggling with the amount of warp-age I get on my card stock. Any ideas? I saw someone who was dry ironing their card stock, then placing it onto a base for a scrapbook page. Maybe I will have to try that, but with the card base to hold it flat....let me know if you think of anything! :)

These last two cards are for my Sister and a dear friend. I was inspired by Martina McBride's song "She's a Butterfly" and wanted to send some love and inspiration their way. I really like how they both turned out. There are two layers of patterned paper, plus a distress white sheet, then a butterfly diecut, handwritten lyrics, and some raffia. I just love them!

Sure hope you enjoyed these! I know I loved making them!! Let me know what you think and what your favorite style is right now. I would love to hear from you. :) Thanks for stopping by!

Oh, and since I am doing an update, I thought I should let you know that due to a recent chain of family events, I will not be selling cards. I decided that I would rather put all of that love and energy into telling the people in my life that I care about how much I love them. Life is short and I will take any opportunity I get to tell those I hold near and dear to my heart how important they are to me. :)

Friday, February 1, 2013

Happy Friday Everyone!

Good morning! Just wanted to stop by and say Happy Friday to you all! I am just checking in here before I head to the gym to run and pump some iron. ;)

I hope it is a great day for you and that your weekend is wonderful! Thank you for stopping in! (Shooting for 600 page views today...wish me luck!)

And, no, I am not that tan right now...I took this over the summer. Can't wait for the sun to come back! It is getting warmer... :)