Friday, May 29, 2015

Wishing you a speedy recovery...

Hey everyone....and happy Friday to you!  A couple of days, my super awesome tech support guy (that would be Mr. Sonya's Paper Trail) was doing some updates to my laptop.  I needed to entertain myself and was feeling crafty, but without access to my computer was going to have to go a bit "old school".  I picked out a piece of chipboard and went to work on this card:


Pretty cool for "old school", right?

Supplies used:
Card Stock by SU
Patterned paper scrap by MME
Ribbon scrap that has to be 10 years old
Die cut shape: Cricut Pagoda
Chipboard...also a decade old or so from Joann's $1 bin
The new-ish item--Candi Dots that I colored with my Copics to match the flower petals

I'm happy with my everything-old-is-new-again card!


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Paris

Hey everyone....you all know how much I love Paris, right?  I put this Eiffel Tower stamp to good use every chance I get.  I needed a "thank you" note for a friend who is also a huge fan of all things Paris, so this is the card I made for her:


I used my Cameo to cut out the medallion shape out of patterned paper.  I stamped on it, then used my Copics to color in the tower.   The rustic MME paper is perfect for this card.  I used up some scraps and a couple of pieces that I wasn't sure how to put to use.  Guess I was in the right frame of mind, because it all came together like I had envisioned! 

I seem to be making more cards intended for a specific recipient these days.  I'm enjoying that...though I probably need to evaluate what I have on hand for those "unexpected" occasions. 

What's on your workspace today?




Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Parisian Themed Gift and Stamped Gift Bag

Hey everyone...today is my design team day at She's A Sassy Lady.  I've been saving up this post for a special day and today seems like a special day to me! 

A few weeks ago, I received an invitation to a 50th birthday party for someone I used to work with.  She was a wonderful friend and mentor and I really hoped to make it to the party.  Our schedule is usually pretty packed this time of year, but we checked the date...and it was OPEN!  It was a sign that we just had to go to the party!  

My friend visited Paris a couple of years ago and fell in love with the city.  Paris is very special to me, too.  I've had the pleasure of spending quite a bit of time there over the years, so I decided that I wanted to get her a gift that had a touch of Paris to it.  My local bead boutique does custom work, so I picked out some beads and let the owner do her magic.  

This gorgeous necklace was the result:


Isn't it stunning?  

The shop owner refers to them as "drops".  They can be interchangeable if you have other drops made.


I couldn't resist stamping her a tiny gift bag.  This is a muslin bag that I got from CTMH.  Stamps and ink work so well on them!


I added a matching tag and a tiny bit of twine and decided it was perfect.

The lovely hostess decided that she'd not tell anyone that my husband and I were going to attend.  It was so much fun to surprise everyone when we walked up to the door.  I hadn't seen some of my former coworkers for probably 5 years or more.  The party was wonderful, seeing friends from my past was very special, and being able to share in someone's milestone birthday was pretty  awesome, too.  I'm so glad we made the trip!   Oh, and she loved the necklace!!

Have a super day! 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Fireside Christmas

Hey everyone...I nearly missed my monthly goal of posting a Christmas card around the 25th.  The crazy thing?  I've had the card done for a week or more, just sitting down to write a post was a challenge for me this week.  We wrapped up a school year, had a good holiday weekend and are trying to map out what our first week of summer vacation is going to look like.  I got a few flowers planted, we grilled out, we went for a bike ride, I got a flat, my husband fixed it and we all rode on.  And I did just a tiny bit of crafting.   Not a ton...but enough for the bit of creativity that makes me tick.  

Random enough to start the week?  I thought so.  It's kind of how life is right now.

So here's the holiday card for the month of May:


The stamp set is "Fireside Christmas" by Stampin' UP!  I colored it with my Copics and added some Stickles for some bling in the greenery.  The papers are scraps of Echo Park Tis the Season.  I sure have gotten my money's worth out of that line.  You need that paper, trust me.

I did some scrapbooking this past week, but won't be sharing those pages.  There's a lot of pictures with other kids in them, which I hesitate to post.  And some of the pages are so simple you'd probably be scratching yourself asking, "Why on Earth did she post *this*?"  So...they went straight in the album and I'm thrilled to be making headway on those pictures that are stacking up.   As much as I share cards, jewelry and such, I really am at my core a scrapbooker.

So what is your family doing for fun this summer?  I'd love to hear some of your ideas and activities!



Friday, May 22, 2015

A Wedding Page, of sorts!

Hey everyone...hope you have had a great week!  Today's my son's last day of school, so this week has been a busy one at our house.   


The project that I'm sharing today is a fun one.  I received an email from my best friend's sister, needing help for a "letters to the bride" scrapbook page.  It looked easy enough, so I accepted the challenge.  She provided me with some pictures, some color combo suggestions and the text for the "letter" and put her own spin on it--by addressing the letter to the groom (her nephew!)  Without going into lengthy detail, trust me...it's a cool concept and the bride will definitely appreciate the words of advice to her groom.  

Here's the result:


 
The page "closed up". I love the tuxedo, which originally was a card from the Silhouette Online Store.  It had a year with it, probably for a graduation, but this is exactly what I needed.
 
And here it is open, revealing the letter to the groom!  (And a couple more pictures).


The paper is actually shimmer paper, which is perfect for a wedding page!

So that's it....challenge completed, school year wrapped up and I'm ready for summer.  

How's things in your corner of the world?





Monday, May 18, 2015

Happy Birthday

Hey everyone...I have an awesome card totally inspired by a great Pinterest find.  Check out the original pin HERE.  This is such a fabulous, simple design and would make a great masculine cards.  I love everything about the original card, so I did my best to copy it as closely as I could, but used papers that I had in my collection instead of buying anything new.  

Check out my version:


I'm not a fan of buttons on cards. I think they look awesome, but they don't mail very well--so I substituted some jute twine in a bow for the button on the original version.  I really love how this turned out and will likely use a similar layout in the future. 

Hope you are having a great Monday.  This is our last Monday of the school year, so we're definitely in the home stretch to summer break now!

 



Friday, May 15, 2015

Christmas Eve Scrapbook Page

Hey everyone--I'm sharing a scrapbook page today!


I used Pinterest to find a general layout for this page.  The papers are mostly Echo Park Tis the Season, but there's a few other things mixed in, too.

I had an *ah-ha!* moment while scrapbooking this page.  I generally do not enjoy making Christmas layouts.  I get bored doing them.  And I know why....we take the same pictures every single year.  Every year, in front of the fire place.  Every year, we all sit in the same spots to open gifts.  Now, I like those memories--don't get me wrong, but my challenge for next year is to add some photos to the mix that are not our "norm".  Maybe I'll find more enjoyment in scrapbooking them!


Have a super day!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Apple Box for Teacher Appreciation

Hey everyone...I made this box and filled it with Rolo candies for my son's teacher:


The box is a cut file from the Silhouette Store.  I filled the window using a sheet of acetate so that the candies would stay in the container.  

Sure hope it brought a smile to our awesome teacher!

Monday, May 11, 2015

CAS Mother's Day

Hey everyone...the card I'm sharing today is the one I sent to my very own special Mom!  I hope she liked it!


I went very clean and simple on this card and let the focus be on that pretty floral stamp.  I used my Copics to color it, which is a goal of mine...use those markers more!  The stamps are by SP&Company (no longer in business).

We have a busy week ahead at our house.  Sure hope I can sneak in a little crafting here or there!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

MOM

First of all...Happy Mother's Day!  Whether your a mom, have a mom or act like a mom to someone, hats off to you!  And to my own mother and mother-in-law, special wishes to you both!  This is the card I sent to my husband's mom for her special day:


The card itself is a cut file from the Silhouette Online store.  I had this piece of very busy paper around for a long time, really unsure of how to put it to good use.  Then I realized--hey, this is all sewing related stuff and my mother-in-law loves to sew!  Perfect!  This is why I hang onto stuff like this sheet of paper--there is a use if you think hard enough!

I hope you have a wonderful day!