A place where I can show my creative side. I love to be artsy and crafty... Things I enjoy: scrapbooking, making cards, stamping, painting, sewing, playing the piano and singing. I've posted photos of some of my past creations and will continue to post more as I make them. Put your feet up and stay awhile.
None of us ever want to need a reason to have a sympathy card but in reality we will know someone who loses a loved one so it's always good to keep one or two on hand. I like to have my sympathy cards convey a soft and comforting feeling. Butterflies are often used for sympathy cards as a symbol that the loved one has emerged from a cocoon and is flying as free as a butterfly in heaven. Sadly a dear friend of mine's daughter passed away so I made this card for her. She has some rough times ahead of her but I'll be there for her especially since it's a road I am continuing to travel.
I used Basis Pink for the background and embossed it with QuicKutz Frame embossing folder. I stamped the image onto Cryogen White and colored the image with copics. I used Magenta Vellumfor the frame behind the image and the butterflies. I used one fabric rosette and made the leaves out of Mica/MetallicEmerald. I LOVE this paper! I frequently use it for making leaves.
Quick hint: Cut out the center of the vellum before adhering to the back of the image. You can use that vellum for other projects or to punch out butterflies like I did.
I love how that fabric rosette looks on the card. I also bent the butterflies in the center before I adhered them to the card so they look like they are flying. The mini pearl centers are a nice touch.
Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Copics = RV00, R81, R83, R85, YG63, G24
Image = Stampin Up's Apothecary Art
Sentiment = My Cute Stamps: Ashley's Blossoms
Fabric flower = The Paper Studio's Pink Large Rosette
Martha Stewart Punches = butterflies and leaves
I know that Valentine's day is over, really I do! hehe! But I feel that every day is a good day to be in love. I'm a bit of an expert at it because I've been married to my awesome husband for almost 29 years! Our anniversary is in April and we are more in love now than ever before! We've raised 4 children together and hope to have grandchildren to spoil someday.
I LOVE all things that have to do with hearts, the color pink and love. I also love Magnolia stamps and Tilda is holding out her heart today. I used my favorite paper for coloring copics on which is Cryogen White. I colored Tilda with my copics and cut and embossed with Spellbinders.
Here's a closer look at Tilda. I haven't used my Magnolia stamps in a while and I was so happy to use this one. I'll have to dust the stamps off and use more of them because I really enjoyed coloring this Tilda and putting this card together.
I can't believe that Valentine's day is just around the corner! I made this cute card for my Stampin' Up card making group so I made 10 of them!
I had fun putting this cute card together. These two love birds (ok,they’re owls) are looking at a beautiful moon together. I used Wild Cherry Pop Tones for the background and tiny heart. Wild Cherry is also found in Paper Temptresses Valentine’s Day Package which on sale!!
I used Black from the Basis Package for the silhouettes of the owls and branches. The picture below is darker so that I could show you the shimmer of the moon. LOVE the Gold Sparkle paper for it’s beautiful shine.
Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Embossing folder is by Sizzix called “Valentine set”and the punches are from Stampin Up.
Are you ready for Christmas?? If you are then hooray for you! Me... not so much! haha But I'm working on it!
My card today is a simple yet elegant Christmas card. The background is the gorgeous Black Onyz . The stamp "Come to Bethlehem" by Stampin' Up was embossed with silver embossing powder. The sentiment was stamped onto Autumn Hay glimmer paper and then a red silky ribbon was added. Easy Peasy and fast!
Thank you for stopping by! And as always, I appreciate each and every visit and comment!
Thankful Thursday….that is PaperTemptress’s sale name LOL!
Okay there is Black Friday,Cyber Monday,Small Business Saturday so I decided that PaperTemptress’s sale is going to be Thankful Thursday! Clever huh…yeah right LOL!
Okay now to the good stuff! Starting Thursday at 6AM (pst) everything and I mean everything will be on sale for 30% off until Monday December 2nd @ 6PM (pst)except for the products that are already discounted more than 30% off. The amazing Leather paperline is already 40% off,all Ribbon is already 50% off,all Hambly Overlays,Screenprints,and stickers are 60% off too.
Once Monday @ 6PM every product that isRed,White,Green,Silver,Gold,Bronze or can be used on any Christmas design will go back to being 30% off so even if you miss the Thankful Thursday sale amazing deals are still available at PaperTemptress.com.
I found a video by Jennifer McGuire here: Die InlayIt's a fun technique and I think I did pretty well considering this was my first try at it. I had to work with a LOT of small pieces because I chose snowflakes... which have a lot of small pieces. hehe!
First, you need to choose your background paper and the inlay paper. You need to decide where you want the inlay pieces (snowflakes) to be on the background paper. I placed the snowflake dies on top of the black Onyz background, taped them into place and ran it through my die cutting machine. (pictured below - you can see the black snowflakes top left of the image and the black background cut out just below.) You then need to cut the same pieces (in my case - the snowflakes) out of the contrasting (inlay) paper also shown below:
Be sure to save all the little pieces - you'll need them! Next you will adhere your background paper to the card and then start filling in the white spaces. It's just like a puzzle. You need to be sure to fit the snowflakes and the tiny pieces in where they fit. You'll need to dot liquid glue to the backs of the pieces. My favorite glue is Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue found in most craft stores. The smaller bottle has a fine tip so you can easily manage how much glue comes out. Try not to get glue on the background paper or on the top of the snowflakes. I use tweezers to pick up the pieces and place them onto the card.
You can see that parts of a couple of snowflakes hang over the edge. Carefully cut off the excess for a professional look. You can see in the photo below how the card is one layer. I added 1/2 pearls to the snowflakes to give them an elegant look.
I added a sentiment for the finishing touch. I just LOVE how the Black Onyz shines in the light.
Thank you for stopping by! This was a fun card to make even if it was a little more time-consuming than most cards. Once I started putting the "puzzle" together, it was fun and went quickly! If you try this technique of Die Cut Inlay, please let me know! I'd love to see it! Please leave a message for me below!
I haven't been posting very often because I've been creating Christmas cards like mad! Below is an idea of what I've been doing. All of these card fronts are made using paper from the Paper Temptress. I only used 1/2 of the Christmas paper package! These papers are luscious and so fun to work with. And you're in luck! This paper package is ON SALE right now!!! So hop on over to the store by clicking here.
Stay tuned because I plan to highlight these cards one at a time and will include a few tutorials.
Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to leave a comment! Comments make my day!
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! *singing* At least it does in my craft room! I have been busy making Christmas cards from the wonderfully beautiful paper from the Paper Temptress! All of the paper I used is from the Christmas Paper Pack.
We brought our creativity together in the hopes that we would inspire you to join us (DT members) in doing a good deed!
Most of you know our Boys and Gals from the armed forces are deployed all over the world. Sometimes these men and woman are in places that make it very hard, or they’re far away from anywhere that they can pick up a sweet card to send a quick note home. Luckily, they have OPERATION WRITE HOME (OWH). OWH is a non-profit organization that sends special boxes filled with cards to soldiers all over the world. How can you help OWH keep the good deed going? Making cards!!! Yes! OWH angels receive tons of handmade cards from crafters all over the world, then they check and organize cards to be sent out to our soldiers.
We would love for you to join us to help OWH. We thought it would be amazing fun to do a blog hop to inspire you! Design Teams from PaperTemptress, Oozak and Color me Creative Class will join together in one amazing Card Drive HOP. The fun just gets better! You can join in by making a project (following OWH – size and safety guidelines), entering a picture of the project on the hop inlinkz (One project linked per person please) then mailing the project to us. We would loooove it if you could send as many as you can by November 7th (we will screen them and send all of them to OWH) . You could win super prizes from amazing, super generous sponsors!!! YES!! You do a good deed and you also can win a sweet gift!!!
This second card also uses mostly shiny, smooth paper from the Mica/Metallicpaper family. I used Amethyst for the background; Emerald, Azaleaand Bronzfor the flag and Emeraldfor the "happy birthday" sentiment. Just a hint, I used a water-based ink to stamp the sentiment and then used clear embossing powder and heat-set it so the ink wouldn't smear. I used Cryogen White for the image and used my copics to color the image. By the way, the image is from A day for daisies.
It’s time to HOP around. Leave little note as you pass by these lovely designers’ blogs! Don’t forget to add you project to the inlinkz at the end of the Hop! You will also find the address to mail your cards at the end of the hop. You can Hop throughout the month of October. This way everyone in their own time can hop and join in!
OWH Prize Guidelines: The ONLY objective to this blog hop is to get as many as possible "QUALITY" cards to our soldier's to send home so to meet that objective we are offering many great prizes that you can win! Here are the 14 prizes that are available: Two $25.00 Gift Certiﬁcates from PaperTemptress.com Three $15.00 Gift Certiﬁcates from Oozak.com One Copic Coloring class offered at Color Me Creative classroom worth $50.00 One $25.00 Gift Certiﬁcate from Heartfelt Creations.com (I want to win that one LOL) One set of designer stamps created by Gilli Stamps.com One $30.00 Gift Certiﬁcate from Bugaboo Digi Stamps One $12 Gift Certiﬁcate from A Day for Daisies A one year subscription of Through The Craft Door Magazine worth $18.00 Three Digis from Floppy Latte (worth is determined by choices of digis) One $15 Gift Certiﬁcate from Sweet Pea Stamps $10.00 worth of digis at Pizzas Aplenty SENTIMENTS TO USE…noChristmas since they will not arrive in time: Birthday Love Thank you Missing you Thinking of you Blank (no sentiment) HOW TO WIN! The person who sends in the most "QUALITY" cards (description on what is considered a QUALITY card is below in red) will win TWO prizes of THEIR choice having the ﬁrst selection also so a real incentive to make as many QUALITY cards as possible…heck you have a whole month to create so do your best work EVER! Then EIGHT more prizes will be handed out for the most QUALITY cards that are submitted with the winner also being able to select the prize they want. Example…one submits 10 quality cards and the next submits 9 quality cards so the person who submits 10 quality cards will have ﬁrst choice at picking the prize and then the person who submitted 9 will choose next and so on. The remaining 5 prizes will be selected randomly for everyone else that has submitted a QUALITY card and left a comment. GOOD LUCK TO ALL, please remember this is such a worthy cause so let's work really hard to create a lot of happiness for those who are defending our freedom right now! QUALITY DESCRIPTION We do our best work for our heroes, since they do their best for us! Take your time to make beautiful cards, use your nice cardstock, and be sure everything is glued down well. No glitter, and no handwritten sentiments.....just really pretty cards! Remember that your card could be the last communication a family receives from their hero - and it could be scrapbooked and kept forever, so make it withstand the test of time. Thanks again and don't forget to leave some love! ♥♥♥
Are you looking forward to the Operation Write Home Blog Hop?? We sure are! It's coming up soon! So for today's post I decided to give you a sneak peak at one of the cards I am sending to our brave soldiers.
The image I used is from A Day For Daisies who is one of the many sponsors for the Operation Write Home Blog Hop! It is printed on my favorite paper Cryogen White which is VERY copic-friendly. I love how it shines and is very smooth and great for blending your copic markers. It's great for all your inks as I sponged around the inside of the tag with water-based ink pad.
Don't you just love all these luscious papers from the Paper Temptress? I used Amethyst for the background; Emerald, Azaleaand Bronzfor the flag and Emeraldfor the "happy birthday" sentiment. Just a hint, I used a water-based ink to stamp the sentiment and then used clear embossing powder and heat-set it so the ink wouldn't smear.
Here's a closer look at the image. Isn't he cute?
Thank you for stopping by today! I look forward to each and every visit! Don't forget to check back on October 2nd for our official Operation Write Home Blog Hop. Make some cards for our soldiers and win some great gifts as well!
As you all know, some of our favorite ways to follow each other's blogs are no longer available. I am on Google + and on Facebook but I am also on Bloglovin. I really like Bloglovin because you can choose to receive your updates individually as each blog your follow posts a new update or you can choose to have one email per day. I chose the latter one and I love scrolling through one email to view each update. You can click on an individual post too in case you would like to take a closer look. Sign up for Bloglovin!
Good afternoon everyone! I'm so sorry I'm late getting my post up today. I hope my project is worth the wait!
I made a Fairy Angel for a sweet little girl named Aspen who is having heart surgery next week. I wanted to make something pretty for her to look at that could be hung from her IV pole. I think it will help to brighten up her hospital room and as she looks at it she can remember how loved she is.
I didn't just want to hand the Fairy Angel to Aspen so I made a pocket card to put her in. Some time ago I bought Martha Stewart's Circle Edge Punch but hadn't tried it before. I found a great video on YouTube on how to use it. It's found HERE.
I used one of Sherry Baldy's stamp found here. I printed the image on Cryogen Whitepaper and colored her with copics.
I flipped the image in my Photoshop Elements program, printed her up and colored her with copics. For some reason the flipped image turned out slightly smaller than the original so I cut out a doily in Smoothie Silver Lustre to help hide the small discrepancy in the different sizes of the image. It also gives it shine and a delicate, feminine touch.
Thank you for coming by today! And don't forget to shop at The Paper Temptress for all your paper needs! Patricia has some awesome sales going on now which will end soon so hurry on over!! Also, please keep Aspen and her family in your prayers. I've been in their shoes with my down daughter (who had multiple heart surgeries & other surgeries) and it's not an easy thing to get through. Thanks again and don't forget to leave a comment!!!
I had fun making this card for today’s post. I LOVE the Ruche line! I love how the Deep Blue Crepe looks like it has a wood grain to it so I was excited to use with with the window die and stamp set I have.
The window is open into the center of the card so that the picture of the inside of the house is visible from the outside. I made the flowers out of light pink and light purple paper from the Basis cardstock packand the butterfly is out of Amethyst Metallic paper.
I love the sentiment, "Start each day with a Grateful Heart". I couldn't resist buying the stamp set 'Vintage Rose Medallions' by JustRite which contains this and other wonderful sentiments. I made 10 cards just like this one to take to my Stampin' Up card exchange group. I didn't have time to add the butterflies before having to go to my group so I ended up adding them to the card I posted on The Paper Temptress Blog.
Here's some of the cards ready to go to the card exchange. I had either white or pink flowers on them for the ladies to choose from.
I punched the butterflies out of Magenta Vellumbut since the large butterfly was going to be on top of the pink, I punched it out again in Heavy Duty Clear Vellum and layered the magenta butterfly on top of it to help it stand out. You can see some of the details better in the photo below.
I added a strip of Laser Silver Lustre on the bottom of the card. Isn't that gorgeous paper? I then added some pleated ribbon, a flower and some pearls to the butterflies.
Thank you for coming by! Hope you get some crafty moments this weekend! Don't forget to leave a comment! Everyone loves comments.