Thursday, May 18, 2017

My Rejected Home Sweet Home Anniversary Card


I created this cute Home Sweet Home card for an anniversary, but realized it just wasn't quite right. Who wants "cute" for their anniversary? I'll show you my second more romantic attempt next week after the big day. In fact, you can catch a sneak peek of it in my new banner above.


I used a combination of Graphic 45's Ladies Diary, Echo Park's The Story of Our Family, and Carta Bella's Home Sweet Home. Pretty wild mix, aye? Especially with all the black cardstock. It just seemed to fit together, though, with the 5.5x5.5 black base.
The teal textured flower is by Petaloo. The tiny red and white blooms and small aqua flower are from I Am Roses. The leaves are from my stash... vintage.


I added three wood pieces (a key, clothes clip, butterfly) and a section of wild vine that Adelaide brought me from our woods out back. I need her to visit again so she can go find me some more. This was my last.



I layered on several die-cuts as well.
You've heard of "the straw that broke the camel's back"? Well, this is the card that broke the Sizzix Vagabond. I've now officially broke two of those machines. I hear that now the new ones have the overload problem remedied. I may even buy one of those someday, and give it a go. In the meantime, I've gone back to my old faithful, hand crank Circuit Cuttlebug. Can't let broken equipment stop me from creating, right?

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sarah's 2017 Birthday Card


Our daughter-in-law, Sarah, had her birthday this past weekend. We celebrated with a party, but even more exciting... a day in Amish country shopping and eating. 


The Penmaker and Adelaide stop for some fun and games while in our favorite primitive store in Berlin.


A brief rest afterward.


Lunch in another of our favorite shops.


Our birthday girl and little Adelaide - who's not so little anymore!





I created her card with Graphic 45's Ladies Diary, vintage lace, I Am Roses flowers, and a vintage button. A pretty simple card, but made with a whole lot of love!

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

William's Chicken Birthday Card


Today we celebrated our grandson William's eighth birthday. A very festive occasion with a chicken theme. Our daughter always goes all out for her brood of four, and since they started raising chickens I suppose the poultry theme was top on Will's list.


I created his card with Graphic 45's French Country... the perfect collection for the simple, clean look I wanted. Country with a touch of class... not just your everyday chicken, but chickens with style!
Happy Birthday William!

(Check out the chicken cupcakes!)

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Happy Card for Our Son's Birthday


Seriously now! When you go to create a birthday card for a specific person, how do you start?  Do you come up with a design that strictly says Happy Birthday or do you plan a card that will relate to the person you're giving it to? Ummm... to be honest, I generally try to make something that when it's opened, the person getting it will think... hey this is me!!! Of course, that idea doesn't always prove out... but I like to give it a shot anyway.


This is a card I made for our youngest son. LOL! Youngest... we're talking 33 years old here. He, like most of our family, is a book collector. When he was little, he loved the cross section books by Stephen Biesty. This Tim Holtz paper from his Idea-ology 12x12 Dapper Paper Stack reminded me of those books with the little men, so I thought this would be a great start for his card.


The base is kraft paper cut to 5 1/2 square. The papers are all from Dapper with some dark red cardstock mixed in the layers. I found the vintage boxing gloves in my stash... in a pack of Jolee's Nostalgiques Sports stickers. The bow is ivory May Arts burlap string.


The antique copper corner is by Momenta, and "happy" was cut with Alterations Thinlits Celebration Words.
He took some time looking at it, so hopefully I did alright.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Let's Celebrate Birthday Card


Happy Monday dear friends!
The first day of May... and 100% chance of rain! That's Ohio for you, but ahhh, I love it here!


I've made a neat little birthday card for our son's father-in-law that I want to show you. A pretty simple card, which most of my masculine cards are... from Tim Holtz products, a Cord'inations white card base from Pat Catans, and a Momenta antique pewter metal flourish.


All the TH products are by Idea-ology. The papers are from the 12x12 Dapper Paper Stash. The border strip is from their Industrious Stickers, Frames and Trims. The white and silver Let's Celebrate is from the Metallic Quotations Stickers. Everything is sponged with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.


My fussy cut dapper gent is popped up with 3-D foam adhesive. I added the fancy metal flourish for a touch of class... because Tom is!

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Botanical Nature Walk Pocket Card


Layers... lots of layers! All made with 7 Dots Studio Nature Walk... one of my all time favorite collections and Tim Holltz Botanical Layers.


This floral Botanical piece was just perfect for what I was going for in this card. I added in a chipboard fern from the Nature Walk collection by UmWow Studio called Exotic Florals. I left it in it's natural state so it wouldn't compete with the neutral color scheme.





For a bit of glitz, a Prima pearl swirl, lace, and some half pearls...


and a white organza bow for my tag.



I chose the small yellow butterfly from the Botanical Layers for my only little color pop.
I am totally happy with this one!!!

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

We Can Do It! Pocket Card


Can't help but think of our daughter Sarah when I look at this image. This is her to a T. I may just put this card away until her birthday.


I made this a while back, and as usual, when I wait to post, I forget half of the papers I used. The image, I know, is from Authentique's Honor. The card base is Bo Bunny's Heritage Census from the Heritage collection. I think the others are by Bo Bunny also. My flowers and leaves came from I Am Roses. I especially love the navy curly rose.


The ephemera pieces are by Tim Holtz Idea-ology, and the text printed stars are Artisan Chipboard by PinkPaislee. The wood US flag is from my favorite wood shop in Tennessee.


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Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy Birthday Card and Motorcycle Pens


Just a quick post today with a birthday card I created for our son-in-law JD. He is quite the manly man, and it's always a challenge to make him a card with no frills. A real test of my metal. 


The Penmaker created a couple new motorcycle pens I wanted to show you. These are both of designer acrylic.


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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Home Sweet Home Pocket Card


Hi friends! 
Today I have a bright, cheery card to put you in the mood for some sweet, tasty strawberries. I've combined several different paper collections here to come up with my pink and red home sweet home theme, starting with a base of Bo Bunny DoubleDot in Passion Fruit Vintage.


The pink gingham is from Echo Park's Lori Whittlock Celebrate Spring collection called Blooming Flowers. Next up are Authentique's Saucy. I used their Saucy Two and Saucy Four sheets. 


From Carta Bella I chose their Carina Gardner collection Home Sweet Home. The tag is cut from Baking Tags and the red home sweet home sentiment from Kitchen Labels.


The cute little pink clothes clip I bought at Pat Catan's.


The recipe tab and the banner came from the Carta Bella Home Sweet Home Ephemera pack. My flowers are all from I Am Roses and I used raspberry wrinkled seam binding for my bows.


My layers are popped up with 3-D foam adhesive. 
This is one of my favorite images, mostly because of her sweater. I have one just like it that I'm wearing as I write this. It say the least... I'm a huge cardigan fan.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

A Tim Holtz Extravaganza Pocket Card


Yeah, I know extravaganza is probably not the best word to describe a card, but it was the closest fit for what I felt it is... a elaborate production of quality paper products creatively put together in a card to gave to a family member or friend. Ummmm... a bit much, you say. Still, it is a lot of TH.


 The base, tag and the focal image are from the 12x12 Wallflower Paper Stash. You'll also spot some Dapper mixed in those layers. 


In between is paper from Echo Park's Celebrate Spring collection, and a TH Alterations Thinlits Doily cut from Garden Tools of the same EP collection.


Do you remember my Sneak Peeks from January's Creativation 2017 that I moved over to my want list? Well, at least one of those SP made it's way to my craft room... Idea-ology's Botanical Layers. This bird image...


the arch of flowers, and the yellow wild flowers all came from that collection.


I mixed that yarrow piece in with my other florals, popping it up with 3-D foam adhesive. The ferns and berries were cut with Thinlits Garden Greens.


The yellow bloom is a Petaloo Botanica. These are still my top favorite flowers from Petaloo.


Tucked into the layers, you can see some TH Ephemera Thrift Shop. The antique brass corner piece is from my stash, and a beautiful way to finish up a card.

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