Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Since I am short on time and the girls will really be doing all of the fun notes, I kept it super simple. I used the same image stamped and embossed with gold powder three times...well, four, if you count the inside. All of the images are from the "Tags for Spring" set from PTI. The paper is also from PTI and is called Pretty Pastels. I love using my older supplies in new ways.
The inside is decorated to incorporate the "theme" of the project. I like how it all turned out! Thanks for fluttering by!
Friday, March 27, 2015
The sailboat was die cut and then paper pieced as well as a little bit of coloring. I "frosted" the edges of the sentiment panel and the entire perimeter of the card with white ink for a little bit of extra dimension. This is a great way to add some interest without adding any bulky layers.
I sprinkled a few of my new burnished silver sequins over the top. The anchor button does just that...it "anchors" the elements together. A piece of baker's twine wrapped twice finishes off this simple design.
I always love adding a sentiment to the inside and I especially love when the stamp set includes it, such as this one. Thanks for fluttering by!
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
As a creative person, it is common to look for and find inspiration EVERYWHERE! I don't know when I realized that I didn't look for it as often anymore and I surely wasn't finding it, either. Maybe because hauling 3 toddlers/preschoolers around with me everywhere I go exhausts me mentally, physically and creatively. Maybe because I was forgetting some of the parts of me that make me....well, me! I used to "see" a project literally everywhere I went or with everything I did. Those days have faded and aren't as much a part of me anymore, but I am not willing to give up on myself...because that part of me is something that I liked. So...with all of this being said, I have cleared the cobwebs from my eyes as well as my "mind's eye" and have started to look for inspiration again! Today's card is part of that journey.
here. I love them...so springy and cheerful! The first step was to create the tag; I liked the texture that the inspiration tags had so I used the woodgrain embossing plate from PTI. The cardstock is Sahara Sand from SU! and I am not quite sure if they still have it. It is one of my favorites, though. I knew from the get go which flowers I would be using; Rosie Posie and Rosie Posie 2 or shadows or something like that! I used Pink Pirouette ink and Rose Red from SU!...I thought they looked the most like the ones that the tags used.
Once I had all of my flowers cut and stamped, I added the sentiment. It was stamped using Versamark ink and then embossed using detail white embossing powder. I really wanted to make sure it all got down in the impressions of the woodgrain. It worked out well. I found a piece of background paper that I used on my baby's first year mini album that I made a while back. It was perfect. It added just the right amount of detail while keeping the design simple. I didn't want to take away from the original inspiration too much.
I used the gold sequins that I bought in the set that I talked about the other day. I love them. I also add some dew drops to the flowers for an extra bit of dimension. The baker's twine on the tag was the finishing touch as well as a little zig zag stitching. Thanks for fluttering by and coming along on my inspired journey!
Monday, March 23, 2015
Today's card is for a friend, who I always knew was amazing, but has proven it to me even more in the last 24 hours.
My desk was far too clean and I hadn't had any creative time in a few days, so I seized the opportunity while the baby was napping. Today's design is simple and clean with a few details to make it a little more interesting than dull.
I played with the sentiment strip and finally settled on this arced placement. I really like it and since it will be hand delivered, there is no fear of it getting damaged. I think it gives it a fun, whimsical feel without being overdone. I added the brads on either side of the seed packet to get it to arc the way I liked it best, and while I worried it would detract, I think it gives it some extra shine it was needing.
Just a little something for the inside to tie it all together. I hope my friend will like it and it will brighten her day! Thanks for fluttering by!
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
I love making boxes of all kinds and I find they are so useful for so many little gifts. If you have something specific in mind that you want to put into a box, all you have to do is measure the dimensions and get to work. This particular box has a lid so it takes a little more time and patience, but it is always worth it when you see the smile on the recipients face.
I die cut the blue piece twice...once out of heavy cardstock and the other out of pattern paper. The paper was thin and I knew it wouldn't be able to withstand all of the other layers that would be added to it. I always put the focal image onto the lid so that it can be slid apart easily and then put back together.
I made a coordinating card; just a small 3 by 3 but it is the perfect size to tuck inside the box so you don't even need an envelope!
I know you might die of baby overload, but I have another baby shower to go to on Saturday, so stay tuned for some baby boy projects!
Thanks for fluttering by!
Monday, March 16, 2015
Each sack has a pair of St. Patrick's Day socks and a pack of green gum. I found the socks at Dollar Tree and scooped up as many pairs as we needed. I thought socks are always a useful item and they were cute, too! The funny part is that when I bought them it was during Valentine's Day time and the worker thought that because some of the socks had kissy lips on them that they were trying to combine the two holidays. I had to explain to her that it goes with the saying "Kiss me, I'm Irish!" She had a light bulb moment! Ha Ha!
Emma has a boy who has joined the class and the socks were most definitely for girls, so I had to get a box of skittles and then he got a pack of gum, too. The tag is the same but I wrapped it all up with the shamrock paper.
I ended up by going to a training class on Saturday for my church calling and each table had gold coins for us to take home. I was lucky and ended up with 12 coins. I'd call that a blessing! So...each pot now has its coin and all is right in the world!
P.S. If you look at the picture above and peek under the watermark you will see a stray piece of chocolate that escaped his lips! I didn't notice it until I had snapped the picture! LOL! It isn't there anymore!
Despite eating 11 gold coins, my little munchkins are my "pots of gold" and I am LUCKY to have them for children! Happy St. Patrick's Day and thanks for fluttering by!
Sunday, March 8, 2015
The first design I have to share today is for a new-ish couple that moved into our culdesac back in December. I have hesitated to take anything over to them because #1 I have never even seen a glimpse of them #2 I've been lazy. Neither of these are good excuses and I need to remedy that, so....I got to work on a quick card to take over with a goody of some kind.
I used the PTI set called "Boards and Beams" and the coordinating dies. I cut the pieces I wanted to use and got to work coloring them. I also decided that the card needed a few fluffy clouds so I die cut those as well. I always struggle with coloring the windows on this house, so instead of stressing, I just used some glossy accents for a realistic effect.
I chose to keep the background layers simple; green for the bottom (grass) and blue for the top (sky) and then layered all of the other pieces. I used varying heights with my foam squares to give it the dimension I wanted. The sentiment was stitched in place using a nice straight stitch for some added texture but nothing busy. I liked how it mimicked the lines in the blue paper.
The inside was stamped using Palette Noir ink and then punched with a large circle punch. I also added a little punched heart with a button for a touch of homespun appeal.
I pulled out a collection of St. Patrick's Day paper I got last year and was thrilled to see that on the backside of one of the pieces, it had about 8 pre-designed panels. I cut the one that I thought would work the best with this little girl and just added a few embellishments.
I layered her onto a punched circle. I then took one of my birthday sentiment stamps and colored each letter using rainbow colors and then stamped it onto white cardstock. I like how it turned out. Super easy, but festive! Thanks for fluttering by!