Sunday, October 11, 2015

it's your {day}

Happy Sunday to ya!  

I haven't had a lot of time to make cards in the last week or so, but I did manage to put one together in time to mail off to one of my sweet nieces.  I used the current sketch over at Mojo Monday --I think it's a really fun one with so many possibilities!  Anyway, here's what I came up with for her: 
I'm not crazy about the balloon strings, but I opted to go with the softer embroidery floss rather than the tougher twine that may have been curled/shaped a bit.  I did that mostly because my twine wasn't the color I wanted, but a little because I was afraid the twine might get all funky during the several days it would spend being crushed by the mail service.

If you didn't know, I'm a big huge fan of dies.  That said, I didn't have a single balloon die to be found so I had to get creative and turn a tag die upside down for a makeshift "balloon."  While I would have preferred smaller balloons, I was just happy that it worked out.  Not wanting a plain balloon in front, I also found an old embossing folder {one that came in a set of four once upon a time way back when they were the new kids on the block} that somewhat looked like one of the larger flowers {or is it a fancied-up ladybug??} in the patterned paper --it was the perfect size for embossing the balloon, so I happily went with it.  Then it still seemed a bit boring, so I added clear WOS all over it, filled up the petals with Liquid Glass, and popped a pink half pearl into the flower's center.  All better now ;) ...only I wasn't able to capture any of the WOS in this photo {sorry --the clouds were starting to roll in}.  The WOS is also covering the pink balloon and the pink ribbon/bow on the cute little package.  Oh, and I also added it on all of the edges of the pink cardstock so there are touches of sparkly shimmer everywhere you look.  I thought my niece would like that. 

Well, the weekend's almost over around here.  I hope that wherever you are and whatever you did over the course of yours it was enjoyable. 

Thanks for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!
Supplies shown some lovin':

it's your {day}

Cardstock:  Cherub (ret.), Summer Cloud Blue (ret.) {CTMH}  
Patterned Paper:  Miss Caroline "Dolled Up" 6x6 collection {My Mind's Eye} 
Stamps:  Think Big Favorites #2 {Papertrey Ink}
Ink:  none
Other:  Cuttlebug, unknown name small encircled flower embossing folder {ProvoCraft}; Tremendous Tags die, Make a Wish die collection {Papertrey Ink}; Versamark {Tsukineko}; Detail White Opaque embossing powder {Stampendous}; white organdy ribbon, heat tool, Liquid Glass {CTMH}; clear Wink of Stella brush glitter {Zig}; pink Opaline designer half pearls {BasicGrey}; embroidery floss {DMC}; foam dimensional adhesive   

Friday, October 2, 2015

tall and skinny {50}

Happy Friday {night}! 

This week it's finally beginning to feel a little like autumn around here --yay!  My oldest daughter has been talking about it for weeks already, and so I think it's definitely time for me to start breaking out my recipes for all things pumpkin.  Yum!  

Well, the card I'm sharing today is one I made for my youngest younger brother...who's technically not all that "young" anymore, I suppose.  Of course, age is just a number, and regardless of that number, you can still be young at heart --that's what I like to think anyway.  ;)  

I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch.  {I've rarely made "tall and skinny" cards, but playing along with the theme of the sketch seemed only fitting this time, as it describes my brother pretty well so I thought I'd give it a go.}  I tried to make it masculine looking, but I'm not sure I succeeded.  Oh, well....ya win some and ya lose some, I suppose.  

Here's his card:
I still have a few more cards to make in the next couple weeks, but I think they're going to have to wait a little bit.  My weekend will likely be spent in the garden, trying to wrap things up for the season.  Whatever you have planned, I hope you enjoy your weekend.

Thanks for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!
Supplies shown some lovin':

Cardstock:  Colonial White, Black {CTMH}
Patterned Paper:  Vintage Finds 6x6 collection {Teresa Collins}
Stamps:  none {sometimes a card comes together without 'em --shocking, I know}
Ink:  Antique Linen Distress Ink {Ranger}
Other:  Cuttlebug, Regal Flourishes embossing folder {ProvoCraft}; Classy Labels die, Pennant Trim die {Verve Stamps}; Men's Dew Drops {Robin's Nest}; Liquid Glass, sponge {CTMH}; chipboard, foam dimensional adhesive

Sunday, September 27, 2015

it's your {birth}day

I hope you're enjoying your weekend.  ;)  

Around here, my hubby had a birthday yesterday...which means that once again, I'm the "younger woman" --ha ha!  Though that joke of his only lasts for four months, it still happens every year and he seems to derive a great deal of pleasure in reminding me of it...although, technically, I really am younger {if only by four whole months, but still...younger is younger, right?}, so I'm not sure why I don't hold this silly title all year long since that fact doesn't only hold true dependent on the month.  Hmmmm....  I just may have to keep reminding him of that all year long so he doesn't think I'm old when my "number" becomes the same as his.  {Or maybe it's only a quarterly moniker he gives me because it would make him feel old if I'm always "younger"??}  Well --regardless {we know the truth, so we'll just keep this between us, okay?}, I think it's still really cute to have him want to make me smile like that...if only four months out of the year. ;P 

Anyway, here's the card I made for this sweet man who holds my heart:
I used this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  At first I was a little stumped as to what to do with it, but then it came to me!  I decided to turn it on its side and make a matchbook card of sorts {that's why the side with the button looks a bit wonky}.  To remain true the sketch, I chose to make the little piece sticking out from beneath the "tag" panel an interactive slide-out:
And here's a view from the top to see the 'matchbook' effect, though I opted not to staple it down like a typical matchbook card usually is:
And here's a peek at the inside:
After I took these pictures, I wrote my own gushy personal sentiments on the computer {even though the personal touch of a handwritten note is often appreciated, I prefer the look and choice of fonts --sooooo much nicer and more uniform than my handwriting, plus I can squeeze in a whole lot of words by selecting a smaller font...luv that!} and then adhered them to the right side of the card.

Sorry for the multiple pics of the same card, but I wanted to you see how it all worked.  Hopefully you can still see the sketch in what I created.  I ended up really enjoying this sketch and my hubby really liked the card, so I'm a happy camper...not to mention a {temporarily} "younger woman"! *wink wink* ;P 

Thanks for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!
Supplies shown some lovin':

it's your birthday

Cardstock:  Grey Wool, Cranberry {CTMH}
Patterned Paper:  Daily Grind 6x6 collection {Simple Stories}
Stamps:  Wonderful Words:  Birthday, Stylish Sentiments {Papertrey Ink}
Ink:  Versamark {Tsukineko}
Other:  Cuttlebug {ProvoCraft}; Wonderful Words:  Birthday die {Papertrey Ink}; heat tool, Liquid Glass {CTMH}; Detail White embossing powder {Stampendous}; white Gelly Roll pen {Sakura}; black Multi-Liner pen {Copic}; button {my stash}; baker's twine {King Arthur Flour};  sandpaper  

Friday, September 25, 2015

{destined for} greatness

Happy Friday!  ;)   Are you ready for the weekend?  I sure am. 

Today I made this little card in well under an hour...a record for me, I'm pretty sure.  I think most people probably create their cards in a fraction of the time it takes me --it's a rare occurrence when I don't spend hours on them {the thought process is what takes me the longest, by far}.  In fact, I've never been one of those people who could get together with friends to work on cards because I need time to think/plan before I can actually start working.  And I can't do that if I'm talking...or listening...or eating -lol!  I've wished I were different, but my "creativity" just isn't sparked when I have distractions.  Crazy, no?  Although I don't know anyone else like that, I can't believe I'm the only one.  How do you do it?

Anyway, I found the sketch for this card while scouring Pinterest and was surprised when I discovered it was a couple years old and from a challenge blog I'd never heard of before {where have I been???}.  I really like it, and the card came together so quickly once I found it --gotta love that!

{Sorry the photo's a bit on the dark side.  I'm not sure how to brighten it up and I can just imagine totally messing everything up if I tried to "fix" it, so I opted to leave it.} 

I wish my sewing machine were set up, as I always feel like my cards are missing something when I haven't stitched on them...especially since I don't have any of those lovely stitched dies that are all the rage now.  But, alas, it's I did the next best thing:  some faux stitching with the gel pen.  Oh, well.  I was really pressed for time, so it is what it is.  And what it is is already in the mail.  ;)  

I hope to share another one with you tomorrow, so stay tuned....

 Thanks for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!
Supplies shown some lovin':

Cardstock:  Colonial White, Cranberry {CTMH}
Patterned Paper:  Smarty Pants 6x6 collection {Simple Stories}
Stamps:  Great Expectations {Verve Stamps}
Ink:  Jet Black StazOn {Tsukineko}
Other:  Cuttlebug {ProvoCraft}; Class Act Confetti Cuts dies {Reverse Confetti}; Banner Bundle die set {Verve Stamps}; embroidery floss {DMC}; white Gelly Roll pen {Sakura}; clear Wink of Stella brush {Zig}; foam dimensional adhesive   

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

birthday {joy}

Happy Tuesday!  ;)

Today I put this card together for a friend who will be celebrating her 50th birthday next week.  Seems that most of my friends are either reaching that milestone birthday this year or next {I think they made sure I would go before them to tell them how it is on "the other side" they have a choice --lucky for them I'm such a good sport that I'd agree -lol}.

I used the sketch over at Paper Craft Crew, PCCCS162, as my starting point, and here's what I came up with:
I was about out of daylight when I took this photo, so I didn't capture much of the detail in this picture...sorry.  ;(  

I know it looks a bit plain, but the sentiment was embossed in clear on the pearlized cardstock, so it's actually quite shimmery/shiny in real life {really ;) }.  The leafy vine on the flag is embossed in white, so it's got some shine to it  too.  And the scalloped piece is a light lavender gingham {not white}, just like the little piece that's peeking out on the right corner...really soft and pretty.  In hindsight, I think it may need a bit of color sponged on the sentiment panel to make it pop a bit...what do you think?  You also probably can't tell that I used the WOS glitter brush on all of the flower centers, as well as on the pink flowers themselves in the patterned paper {not sure why I singled out the pink ones, but that's what I did}. 

Well, the week is quickly flying by here.  I'm sure I'll be back before too long since I still have a couple other cards I need to make before the weekend.  I hope your week is off to a great start!

Thanks for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!
Supplies shown some lovin':

birthday {joy}

Cardstock:  Pearlized White {Accent Design}; Amethyst {CTMH}; True Black {Papertrey Ink}
Patterned Paper:  Gingham Spring Combo (ret.) {CTMH}; Kioshi 6x6 collection {BasicGrey}
Stamps:  Stylish Sentiments:  Birthday, Choose Joy {Papertrey Ink}
Ink:  Versamark, VersaFine Smoky Gray {Tsukineko}
Other:  Cuttlebug, D'vine Swirls embossing folder {ProvoCraft}; Threading Water border punch {Fiskars}; Clear embossing powder, heat tool, Liquid Glass, black gingham ribbon {CTMH}; Detail White Opaque embossing powder {Stampendous}; Clear Wink of Stella Brush {Zig}; button {my stash}, embroidery floss {DMC}; sandpaper; foam dimensional adhesive

Friday, September 18, 2015

happy {in a pocket}

Happy Friday to ya!  ;D

This week has flown by for me!  For you too??

I have so many friends and family members whose birthdays are around this time of year, so I took advantage of Mojo Monday's latest sketch {again, I's a regular occurrence with me}, but I also made it do double duty for a new {to me} challenge {thanks, Jeanne for pointing me in her direction!}.  It's Darnell's NBUS challenge, which is an acronym for Never-Before-Used-Schtuff...boy, do I have a lot of things to choose from in that department!  And I'll bet you do too --come on, just admit it.  ;) 
So here's what I came up with:

The Wonderful Words: Birthday die and coordinating stamp set are both NBUS --LoVe that phrase! lol}, as well as the Confetti Garland Borders stamp set where the sweet little heart came from {all supplies are by Papertrey Ink}.

And here's a better shot of the little tag tucked inside the pocket:

Well, it's about time for me to head out to pick up the kids.  I hope you enjoy your weekend! 

BTW, Darnell's challenge ends tonight, so if you haven't played along yet, you've still got a little time. {Oh, and even if you're not going to participate in the challenge, if you want to drool a little lot over her stamp "room," you will not be disappointed.  She's quite a character too, so you'll appreciate her humor even if you find yourself coveting her playhouse. ;P } 

Thanks for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!
Supplies {finally!} shown some lovin':

Cardstock:  White Daisy, Creme Brulee, Pink Carnation {CTMH}; vellum {Papertrey Ink}
Designer Paper:  Everyday Flair 6x6 collection {My Mind's Eye}
Stamps:  Wonderful Words:  Birthday; Confetti Garland Borders {Papertrey Ink}
Ink:  Versamark {Tsukineko}; Pink Carnation {CTMH}
Other:  Cuttlebug {ProvoCraft}; Tag Sale #9 die, Filigree Border die, Wonderful Words:  Birthday die {Papertrey Ink}; Liquid Glass, Clear embossing powder, heat tool, Prisma Glitter {CTMH}; Detail White Opaque embossing powder {Stampendous}; button {my stash}; twine {Hemptique}; embroidery floss {DMC}; foam dimensional adhesive 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

{busy} butterfly

Hello again! ;)

I'm back to share the second card I made using this sketch {if you're interested, you can see the first card here}.  This one has a lot more going on with it...perhaps even a bit too overloaded with elements, but I had fun and went with it anyway.  {It's a good thing I don't have to mail this one! lol}

You can probably see the butterfly's wings have two layers {vellum beneath the patterned paper}, but what you probably can't see is all the shimmery glitter covering both {THREE applications' worth!...the principle of 'more is better' didn't seem to apply here, so my advice is to do one coat and call it good --no risk of over-saturating your paper and you get to save your lovely glitter for more projects}.  So even though my photography skills haven't improved, you can kinda see the beautiful shimmer here and there if you look really hard in this close-up: 
Well, that's it for me today.  Hope you're enjoying your Sunday!  I'm off to make some bread dough and then start on another birthday card.  ;) 

Thanks for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies shown some lovin':  

busy butterfly 

Cardstock:  Pearlized White {Accent Design}; Sorbet, Grey Flannel {CTMH}; vellum {Papertrey Ink}
Patterned Paper:  Vintage Bliss 6x6 collection {Simple Stories}
Stamps:  Poppy Birthday {Verve Stamps
Ink:  VersaFine Smokey Gray {Tsukineko}
Other:  Cuttlebug {ProvoCraft}; Wood Grain embossing folder {Darice}; Labels One die, Labels Three die, Butterflies die {Spellbinders}; Double-Ended Banners {Papertrey Ink}; Threading Water border punch {Fiskars}; baker's twine, button {my stash}; rhinestones {my t-shirt}; Liquid Glass {CTMH}; foam dimensional adhesive