Saturday, April 25, 2015

Noel...this month's Christmas creation

Hi Everyone!  I'll admit, I really wasn't in the mood for making a Christmas card this month.  But I'm not generally one to back down on a challenge, so rather than struggle and get frustrated...I found a cut file in the Silhouette Store and used that as my boost to get started.  This pretty card was the result after about 15 minutes:

Sometimes knowing the shortcuts makes creating fun again!  Like many of the Christmas cards I've made this year, I've relied on the EP Tis The Season paper pad.  The sentiment is by SP&Company.  Other than picking out paper, the machine did all the hard work.   Am I'm a happy camper for continuing with a goal I set for myself this year!

Friday, April 24, 2015

First Communion Cross Card

Hey might remember a post I recently shared about helping a little girl make a First Communion Banner?  Well, I couldn't let her special day go by without sending her a sweet card.  Check out what I made for her:

I cut the cross out on my Cameo and sprayed the white piece with Perfect Pearls Mist.  Since the cross was so large, I really didn't have room for a lot of embellishment or  even a sentiment, so I simply layered a couple of Prima Flowers and added a glitter brad to the center.  The embossing is truly what makes this card.  Have you dug out your embossing folders lately?  You should.  The results are always, always, always a hit.

Simple, elegant and a tiny bit of bling. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Using up some designer paper....

Hey everyone...I have a card today that uses up some older SU designer paper.  I used to belong to an SU club and I remember getting this paper and thinking I'd use it right up because I loved the patterns so much.  I found it Monday...and since I still love the patterns, I figure it's high time I cut into it.   It's probably only four or five years old, not too late to love it, right?  THIS is why I'm on a spending diet.  I have too many treasures already in my room that I need to enjoy.  

And I love the result of this card:

I have no clue what the paper pack was called, but I do know that it coordinates with Rich Razzleberry, quite possibly my most favorite SU color ever!  The stamp is from PTI Mega Mixed Messages.  The pearls were white, but I colored them with my Copics to match the card.

I loved this card so much I ended up making a second one and stamped a different greeting on it.

I felt productive when I was done.  And not so wasteful.  Or less like a hoarder?  LOL

Have a great day.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Administrative Assistant Thank You in Pink

Happy Monday, everyone!  I have the third card today that I made for my husband's administrative assistants.  He took them in to work today to start having his colleague's sign.  I'm so excited to hear about their reaction to their cards and gifts.  

Check this version out:

This version is in PINK!  Again, all scraps.  The cut file is from the Silhouette Store.  Stamped sentiment is from My Craft Spot.

I'm not usually a pink girl...but I love this one.  It might be my favorite!

Friday, April 17, 2015

First Communion Banner

Hey everyone...I have something different to share today.  One of my friends called me in a bit of a panic, because they were assigned a First Communion Banner to make for her daughter.  Not being crafty people, this was quite a challenge to envision.  Now, my son didn't have to make a banner, but this was not an unfamiliar project to me.  Another friend had called me last year and even another friend had been through it a couple of times with her kids.  I will say, Pinterest was a HUGE help to us.  I wasn't active on Pinterest in years past, so if you have a banner in your future....Pinterest is your best friend. 

When my friends arrived, they had a crude banner that was double layers of felt glued to a piece of poster board.  They had purchased stickers and a stack of felt.  So with that and the arsenal of craft supplies in my room, we set of to get Miss K all set for her banner.  It had to have a last name on it, and pretty much that was the directive.  It was supposed to be mostly gold/white.  We obviously chucked that idea out the window when Miss K picked teal blue as her first color choice.  This is what our end result was:

How'd we do it? 

We used Glitter HTV and a heat press.  I helped her cut out the cross and dove and the letters for her name.  We ran it through my heat press, which caused the glue the teacher used to heat up and soak thru the felt.  Next step, hide the ugly melted glue!  So we added the ribbon boarder to cover up that.  Miss K is all about sparkly things, so we found some little ribbon/bling accent pieces I had never opened and we added those to the name portion and one to bottom as a center piece for her bow.  The result...feminine, tasteful and sparkly.  Miss K to a "tee".  So what if we blew off the white/gold recommendation.

So if you're ever wondering, Glitter HTV will stick to felt.  Pretty easily, in fact!

And what I learned?  Little girls are really good at craft projects.  She had a vision, didn't get bored, did quite a bit of the work herself, was interested and thrilled with the end project.  I have a boy.  He'd have been gone in about 10 seconds.

What I was reminded of?  It feels really great to help others.  Especially when it is something so out of their comfort zone, but so very much in mine.  I had a blast!

Have a super day!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hot air balloon

Hello everyone...I really am lovin' the card I about to share today.  And the best part?  It's already gone in the mail.  One of my friends is changing jobs and I thought I'd send a little encouragement her way.  

Check it out:

So why do I love this so much?  First of all, when I was a little girl, I went with my aunt to see a hot air balloon event at Johnny Appleseed Park in Fort Wayne, IN.  I remember getting up very early and just loving all the colors and the spectacle of the event.  I still love hot air balloons and hope to get to ride in one some day.

Next, I love the fun patterns and colors--all those papers on the balloons are by MME and are scraps of a paper pad I saved up.  And the clouds?  Really old paper by SU.  So glad I kept it.

The cuts are from the Silhouette Online Store.  Oh, and the balloon had no shadow, but I made my own.  I love my Silhouette.  Have I told you lately?  Because I do.  

The stamped sentiment is by SP&Company, no longer in business (sniff, sniff--loved those stamps).

Have a super day!!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Teachers Rule

Hey everyone...hope you are having a great weekend!  Things are off to a great start here in my neck of the woods.  I have spent the entire morning doing creative things, including getting a jump on a teacher appreciation card.  

Check it out:

The apple cut is from the Silhouette Online Store.  It was shaped differently, but I stretched it and made it fit on the front of an A2 card without really distorting the apple too much.  I added a few pearl beads to the swirls for some dimension (and because I tore one when removing it from my mat).  Pearls can be a great disguise of boo-boos.  The stamp is from SP&Company (no longer in business).  The papers are by MME from "Remarkable".  Simple...but I love it!

Have a great day!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Admin card #2...

Hey everyone, TGIF.  No, seriously, Thank God It's Friday.  It's been a looooonnnnngggg week at our place and we are in desperate need of a weekend.  We've been having extended school days to make up for snow days, had some sad things happen in our community this week and it's just been a week we'd like to close the books on.  

A couple of days ago I shared the first card that I made for one of my husband's administrative assistants.  I'm sharing the second version today. 

 Check it out:

Today's version is in purple.  And my picture coloring is off just a bit, it really takes on more plum tones in real life.  No amount of editing I tried made it work.  The stamps are by My Craft Spot.  The card is a pre-designed card from the Silhouette Online Store.  Easy Peasy.  And I finished their gifts up yesterday.  I feel like I have accomplished something!  

Tomorrow I'm helping a friend's daughter work on a First Communion Banner.  It should be fun, her daughter is full of spunk and makes me laugh a lot.  Looking forward to that as much as my son is looking forward to her brother coming along (they are best buds).

And race season starts for us on Sunday.  Wish my guys lots of luck!!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Baseball Birthday Card

Hey of my best friends has two boys who both play baseball.  I needed to make the youngest of the two boys a birthday card and was searching through my Silhouette Cameo images and found exactly what I needed.  I wanted to do a couple of bats crossed and come up with a way to incorporate his jersey number.  This is the result:

I love it when a plan comes together. 

All cardstock is by SU.  The sentiment is from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Exclamations".  I used three brads that I've had for years (and years and years) to fill in the blank spot at the top.  This card only took about 10 minutes, but I know Mr. J is just going to love that it is in his all-star team colors and has his very own number on it.  I may have to tuck this one in the back of my mind for future birthday card ideas--my son has a lot of baseball lovin' friends.  

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you're getting your fingers inky today.  

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Thank you...for Administrative Professionals Day

Hey everyone...I have a huge list of projects to get done and today I sat down and crossed "making four admin card" off my to do list.  I made them all the same, just in different color schemes.  I'll share them separately over the next few days.  I wonder which will be your favorite?  Up today...the blue version:

For each card, I looked in my big blue tub o'scraps and was able to put together some fun color combinations using nothing but scraps.  

The card design is straight from the Silhouette Online Store.  The stamped sentiment is from My Craft Spot's "Thank You" stamp set.  I added two glitter pearl accents to this card.

Watch for more of these soon!  And have a great day!   What is on your crafty to-do list?