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

birthday {mojo}

Well, you're not alone...I'm as surprised as anyone to be posting again, but here I am. ;)  Even though my blog design is rather old, I still like it and feel like it's new since I haven't seen it in such a long time. 

I have so many people in my life who are celebrating birthdays this time of year that I've been "forced" to dust off my supplies and make some cards this week {yay!}.  To get started, I was really drawn to the latest sketch over at Mojo I actually made two cards with it as my inspiration.  They're quite different from each other, but that was part of the fun of it for me.  That, and having two cards to share will give me two chances to be randomly selected to win the monthly contest Verve sponsors over there...and who doesn't want to win free Verve stamps? ;D

So here's the first one --it's a bit more on the clean and simple side than I typically make, but I love the crispness of the colors and patterns:
 And the second one?? --well, it's way past my bedtime and I haven't photographed it yet so I guess we'll both have to come back tomorrow. ;)

So tell me, have you been inspired to create something new?  

Besides making cards, I tried something else this past week.  See the backdrop I'm using here?  It's one of the doors to our master bathroom cabinet.  Well, the reason I mention it is that it was my first attempt at refinishing furniture --I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint {it totally sold me when I heard there is no sanding or virtually any prep work required!}, and I have a feeling I'll be finding other projects to torture revive in the near was a fun, relatively quick way to give a tired 30-year old cabinet a new updated look {unlike my blog here -lol}!  It was waiting for new hinges, so I thought I'd borrow it for this photo.  The hinges made it here today, so I won't get to use it much longer...well, not for cards anyway.}  Have you ever done anything like this before?  Have you tried Annie Sloan Chalk Paint?

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

Supplies shown some lovin':

Floral cupcake

Cardstock:  White Daisy, (ret.) Summer Cloud Blue, (ret.) Pink Carnation {CTMH}
Patterned Paper:  Miss Caroline "Dolled Up" 6x6 collection {My Mind's Eye}
Stamps:  Small Packages {Verve Stamps}
Ink:  VersaFine Smokey Gray {Tsukineko}; Heavenly Blue {CTMH}
Other:  Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder {ProvoCraft}; Classic Scallop Rectangles Small die, Classic Scallop Squares Large die, Classic Squares Large die {Spellbinders}; Tag Sale #5 die {Papertrey Ink}; Liquid Glass, sponge {CTMH}; crochet trim {Wright's}; rhinestone {my t-shirt}; foam dimensional tape