Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas...

I'm wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and a very Happy & Healthy New Year.  Enjoy this time with your family and loved ones....

My Christmas Card creations...

It's such a busy time of year but I was determined to send out and give out my own handmade cards this year.  So here a few of my Christmas card creations.
 This one was done from a cut file on my Silhouette Cameo.
 On this one I used my new stamp & gear set by Inkadinkado, the added glitter glue for a little sparkle.
 For the wreath and the sentiment backing I used Spellbinder dies the Foliage die and the Mix & Match Resplendent Rectangles and I also used the Martha Stewart branch punch to mix in between the Spelldinder sprigs.
 This was a wooden block stamp for the tree that I heat embossed with a pretty pearlized green embossing powder then used my glitter glue and flat backed pearls to decorate, the Merry Christmas is also heat embossed with really pretty red with flecks of gold embossing powder.
For this card I used copper colored paper that has a pearl essence some 2" wide ribbon in the back ground with the border done with a lacey Martha Steward punch, I put a Perfect Pearl  dot on each little flower and I deconstructed a bunch of poinsettias flowers to add to the card.   The sentiment was heat embossed and I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  This one is actually my favorite, I wasn't able to capture the true beauty by camera.  I really need to practice getting better shots.
Last but not a all least, the manger scene was done from a wooden stamp from Michael's and heat embossed, though it very simple I really like this one too. These were so fun to make but next year I'm going to start much earlier, I didn't get to send out a many as I wanted to do the getting such a late start.  I hope to do better next year.

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas & Happy, Healthy & Blessed New Year!

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Cards a plenty...

I've been making card every chance I get. There's been so many birthdays and special occasions lately.  I get so behind with blogging so please forgive me.  I will attempt to get my creations posted as I make them.  Here are a few I've done lately.  For a new nephew born in Sept.  The blue matting & the plaid background was cut my Silhouette and the "baby" focal is a ready made 3D sticker from  AC Moore craft store.
This one was for a co-worker's birthday.  She loves to cycle and was planning 300 mile cycling trip right after her birthday so I couldn't resist this one.  The image the grass are Silhouette cut files
from the Silhouette online store.

The clouds and ground I did by masking and sponging using Memento ink pads & sponge daubers and I used stickles on the sun.

This next one was for a male co-worker, so I did it pretty clean cut. I still have to really think about making masculine cards but I thought this was pretty safe.
This one was for someone who had a recent loss in her family.
 These I donated to a group that gave them to critically ill patients just to brighten their day.
Lately I've also been working on making mini albums.  I see so many on Pinterest that I just love so I'm trying to hone my skills and make a couple albums for myself. Hopefully I have something to post soon.  Also I need to work on getting a stock pile of cards.  I've been making them as I need them but sometimes I just done have time so it will be good to have a few to pull from with I need something quickly.

Have a great weekend all & happy crafting!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Catching Up...

It's been a really busy few weeks lately so it's time for me to get caught up on my posts.  Here are a few things I've been meaning to post. If you remember from my last  post I'd made cards for a few friends with birthdays.  Well for each of them I also made their gifts, here are the gifts I made for tow of them....Monogrammed Note Cards.   The first set I made using Cuttlebug folders on some of the cards and Spellbinder dies.
 For this set I used Spellbinder dies but I decided to heat emboss the design and letters and for this set I made the envelopes cutting them on my Silhouette Cameo.  Then I popped them up a bit to really make them stand out since the die cuts were the same color as the cards.
My other girlfriend also got a gift that I just had a ball making.  I finally made a mini album and I love how it turned out.  It was inspired by Angelwings14100 on YouTube.  She has some great tutorials and this was a really easy one to start with. I did make a prototype but this was my first completed one.  The only thing to do it finish embellishing it.   I thought I'd let her chose her pictures first and I embellish around the photos.  Here the mini...

The tutorial is really about using left over paper from other projects but I picked this paper pad just for this mini.  I used Lemon Flower Stack by DCWV
I just love the papers in this stack and I have plenty left to make other projects.

Well that's it for now, more later.

Happy Scrapping & Crafting!!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

More Cards!

It's so much fun when you get a chance to play.  I really needed get these done for upcoming birthdays of very dear friends.

This one was for a friend of mine at church.
This one is for a friend who live in Philly, PA so when I made this one I thought I'd made a box to put it in.  The box is not that strong but it's not being mailed so that's OK.  But it nice not to crush the flower which sits about 1" high on the card.  This one is not my original design I got the creative inspiration from a lady named Christina at You really should check her out she's amazing and shares a lot of great information.  She also has a YouTube channel.
The next two are similar but neither person knows the other and in fact lives in different states so I felt it was safe.  You know how us ladies are, LOL.  I also made boxes for these to protect the flowers.
Most of the shaped elements are made using Spellbinder dies, on the last two I used a Cuttlebug folder for the background and I used purchased flowers.  I made the other flowers & foliage using Spellbinders dies.  The little bit of foliage that looks like a vine I cut on my Silhouette Cameo.  I had to size it down a bit to use it on my cards and it really cut out nicely.  I was really please that it did such a good job on such small intricate pieces.

There never a shortage of birthday to make cards for so I'm getting lots of practice.  Now, I would be too embarrassed to give some one a purchased card.

So, that's it for now, next I'm working on making my first mini album.  Hopefully I'll have something to show soon.

Have a happy crafting week!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Another Set of Cards...

I'm so off schedule lately, I meant to post these Sunday or Monday, but oh well.   I was hoping for some fun time in my craft room and took a few days off but mother nature had other plans.  As I shared in my last post a big storm came through our area and many lost power including myself.  I was only out of power for about 3/days but some were out for over a week.  So, I guess I shouldn't complain.  Here are the cards I made in the time that I did have to play...
When I want to touch base with friends that live in other states or too far to see on a regular,  I try to connect with a nice card.  Emails and phone calls are nice but cards just add a special touch and are so appreciated.
This one is for a girlfriend that will be celebrating a birthday soon.  I just got this Spellbinder dressform die and I love it, I can see myself using this a lot.  As a crafter I'd been a seamstress at heart (my first love)  until I dove into papercrafting.  Sewing has been on the back burner lately but I know I've got to get back to sewing too.
One of my nephews plays basket ball for his high school, so I had to do something for him with a sports theme.  I made this one on my Silhouette Cameo.  He loved it!
Last but not least, this one is a good-bye card I made for my sister-in-law for someone leaving her place of employment.
Well that's it for now, hope to have lots more to share soon.

Have a wonderful week....

Happy Crafting!!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

A few more Birthday Cards...

I've been meaning to post since the end of June.  Here are a few more cards I finished around the end of June.  The first two are cards my sister-in-law asked me to make for friends of her's.  It gives me good practice making cards for family on request but I've got to reserve some time for what I want  to work on.  I'm trying to learn and need personal time to play.
This one I made for my brother-in-law for his birthday, he love it.  I found a couple tutorials online for this kind of card and will try to find them so I can give props & the links.  I did alter it somewhat but the inspiration was from another crafter.  (please excuse my fingers in the shots, they were in desperate need of a manicure.)
I actually took a couple days off with the 4th of July holiday but we had a terrible storm blow through the DC metro area and I lost power, phone & cell service for 3/days just before the holiday.  So I didn't get as much done as I would have liked but I'm so grateful I got power back the day before the holiday and some of the hottest days we've had yet this summer, whew!!   I have more to post hopefully tomorrow stay tuned.

Happy Crafting!!

Monday, June 11, 2012

This was fun!!

I was invited this past weekend  to a house warming/open house for a couple recently married.  It took me a minute to decide on what I wanted to made for them.  Then I thought I can make something cute with my Silhouette.  So, I finally used my Silhouette Cameo to make a card, yea!  I've had it for a few weeks now and have just been getting used to using it.  I actually made the swirly white background on the cards from my last post here so I guess that was my actual first time using it for a card.  But, this card was totally cut by my Silhouette and was so fun & easy to cut and put together.

  I look forward to learning more and creating some great thing with my Silhouette Cameo.  I love it!!

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

A Prayer for the Cure...

Recently I've had two friends that have been diagnosed with breast cancer.  No matter who it is that news is always sad to hear.  So, this weekend I made cards to send them in hopes that they will be encouraged and strengthened.  I prayed over the cards and will send them out this week. This is the card,  I made the same cards for both ladies.  I also included a scripture tag of my favorite healing scriptures.  I know that God will see them through this.

Have a great & blessed week!

Happy Crafting!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

More Happy Celebrations..

Lately I made another  set of cards marking very happy celebrations.  I made another anniversary card for a couple at my church who celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows.   Here's their card,
This card is very colorful and vibrant in person, unfortunately I didn't capture it that well.  For the focal point rose on this card, I decided to take advantage of the pretty paper I used, first I just cut out a large rose with a circle Nestibilities die then I went around the edge with a clear sparkle gel pen. I cut out the shape of another rose and added a stickle type glitter glue to glitz it up a bit and few pop dots to layer it for some dimension. 

My boss celebrated her birthday this past weekend and I made this card for her.  This is the first card I've actually given that I did my Copic coloring on.  The flower is from the Gina K Dogwood and Butterfly rubber stamp collection.  I decided to cut them out and use pop dots and a little bling.
Can anyone say brownie points?!  LOL, She loved it.

My sister-in-law's birthday is today but we celebrated it over the weekend and she loved her card too, here's her card.
I made this rose again that I've made on the cards in my previous post.  I love making these roses.  I used the Spellbinder Rose Creations set by Donna Salazar, the leaves are also Spellbinders Foliage set, I usually use pearlized chalk to color the rose and ink the edges with an ink pad, then spritz with Tim Holtz Pearl glimmer mist. For the background I use a Cuttlebug folder & I inked it using the Tim Holtz Red Brick distressed ink pad & Mememto yellow ink pad... I can't remember the exact color but the blend was great.  Then I cut it in thirds, added a lacey paper doily & popped a little blingy circle for just to added a little interest.

That's it for now, more later.

Happy Crafting!

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