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. :)


PETE said...

Glad to see you're back to blogging Crystal! You're making me look bad :) Very creative cards. You have inspired me to get back to work on my blog.

Crystalena82 said...

Thanks, Pete! Better get back to work over there...ha ha ha. :) Just kidding, but would love to see an update! Hope all is well!