Thursday, April 28, 2016

Lots of candles!

Hey everyone!  Boy is it ever a gorgeous day here, finally....we have had a rough couple of days in terms of weather.  Today's card is one that is so stinkin' simple and it's a wonderful way to use up some scraps.  I was inspired by a cute card I saw on Pinterest, but here's my take on it:





I simply cut a ton of candles using scraps from Fancy Pants Designs paper.  I added some Liquid Pearls to the flames (it matched the tone of this card better than Stickles).  So very easy, but really cute!  

Have a super day!



Thursday, April 21, 2016

Teacher Thank You Card

Hi Everyone!  I have been busy making a few things that are going to be door prizes for teacher appreciation week.  I made a couple of sets of teacher themed cards.  This is one of the cards in the set:





Such a simple card and it came together very quickly!  I started out with a few mats in red, lime green and white.  I stamped the sentiment using CAS-ual Fridays Big Thanks stamp set.  The apples are stickers!  Yes, I broke out some stickers--in fact, I bought them just for making these cards.  They are a little puffy and a few of them had gemstones.  I just used a random color scheme with each card--turned out so cute!  While not necessarily Clean and Simple, there's lots of clean lines and balance to this card--I love the result!



Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Super cheery greetings!

Hey everyone...I was gifted a Peachy Keen stamp set called "Funny Flowers" several years ago.  In fact, it was a gift from a digi stamp artist and I did some design team work for her for a year or so--my very first design team.  This set is just darling, as are all the Peachy Keen sets!  

Check it out:





Now...I was beyond thrilled with myself in creating this card.  I recently replaced my color printer/scanner as my old one ate ink like I eat cheesecake.  I had watched many video tutorials on how to create a "template" for you to stamp on by scanning your stamps and creating a shadow.  But with my old printer, I never could get it to work properly because my scanner didn't keep the sizing right when I imported the image into my Silhouette design software.  It was incredibly frustrating, as I know I was following directions to the letter.

I tried the exact same steps with my new printer this weekend and it worked perfect--wait for it--on the first try.  For this tech challenged girl, that was a huge win!  So I cut myself a sheet full of shadows, stamped them and got to work coloring a few.  

So stinkin' proud of myself and thrilled that I didn't have to bug my husband to help me.  Oh let the scanning party begin!



Monday, April 11, 2016

Teacher Themed Thank You

Hi Everyone...I'm making quite a few handmade items to donate to our teacher appreciation week celebrations.  One of the items is a variety back of handmade cards.  I have done this in the past and the teachers love them, so this year I'm changing it up a bit by making them school themed.  This card is one in the pack:





Details:
Cardstock: SU
Patterned paper: SU (dots) and DCWV (background)
Stamps: My Craft Spot
Cut file from Silhouette Online Store
Stapler
Punch: EK Success



Sunday, April 10, 2016

Happy Birthday

Hey everyone!  I did something different this month.  I addressed all the birthday cards I needed to send out this month on the first of April.  I'm sending them out in a timely manner, but prepped them for mailing all at once.  I feel so organized!  But I also realized that I need to stock up on more birthday cards for next month!  Check out this easy one that will be ready to mail soon!





Details:
Cardstock: SU
Patterned Paper: MME Charm
Stamps: SU A Greeting for a Reasons
Other: Embossing Powder, Twine

Oh I do adore this simple layout.  You will see it again, I'm sure of it!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Sympathy Card in Pink

Hey everyone,  I have a sympathy card to share today.  I've said many times, but this is the one type of card I really always try to have on hand because they are important to send out when someone has experienced a loss.  I try to have a variety of colors and "tones" on hand, too.  This one is different than any I've made before.  I rarely use pink, but I like the result:






The details:
Carstock: SU
Stamps: GinaK Friends are Forever, PTI Mega Mixed Messages
Copic Markers 
Pearl accents

Truly clean and simple, but I really like this card.  What is your secret to a good sympathy card?



Friday, April 8, 2016

Beading for a bit...a necklace in brown and teal

Hey everyone!   My mom recently celebrated a birthday and I decided to make her several necklaces as gifts.  She seems to enjoy freshening up her necklace stash every now and then and loves how easy my creations are to hook, so one morning I pulled out my beads and went to work.  This is one of the necklaces I made her...I'll share the others in coming days.  





The last time I tried to do beads, I hit a creative road block and put it away for several month.  I was glad I found my mojo...I was pleased with this necklace and the others!  And so was Mom.  Win!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Birthday Card for a Baseball Player

Hey everyone...I have been busy as can be in my craft room today.  After a week full of errands, appointments and fun outings, I had some free time and needed to get busy on some cards.  One of my best friends has two sons who play baseball.  I love to send them personalized cards for their birthdays and have accumulated a lot of baseball themed cuts over the years.  I haven't used this one yet and thought it would be perfect:





The details:
Cutfile: Silhouette Online Store
Carstock: SU and scraps
Stamp: SP&Company (no longer in business)
Other: Embossing powder

I simply used his team's colors to make a personalized card I think he'll enjoy--so easy, but effective!  

Hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Huge congrats - new home card

Hey everyone!  Where has time gone?  We've enjoyed a busy spring break, a visit from family and all sorts of things around our house.  I haven't had a lot of time in my craft room, and the one attempt I made, I ended up with a failed Copic coloring image.  Drat!  But I needed to make a congrats on your new home card for a cousin of mine who just purchased her first home--so exciting!  Here's what I came up with:





This is so simple!  

Cardstock is by SU, the patterned paper is Charm by MME. The stamped sentiment is by SP&Company (no longer in business).  I added a few nail heads to the corners.  The main house/heart image is from the Silhouette Online Store.  

I am a fan of clean lines and boy does this ever make me smile!  Now, off to drop it in the mail...have a great day!



Monday, March 28, 2016

Graduation Card - Class Act

Hey everyone...I'm actually ahead on a card that I won't need until June!  My nephew is graduating this year, so I made him this card in his school colors:




I used my Cricut to cut the cap and tassel.  I added some stickers for the date and used a stamp that came from Archivers for the "class act".  It needed a little balance, so I added two silver nail heads in the top left corner. 

Simple, but effective.  I'll take it!