Saturday, May 14, 2016

Happy Birthday Sister!

     Hello Everyone.  I hope your weekend is going well.  Hot and in the 80s here today.  I am feeling guilty for not being outdoors enjoying this sunny weather, but other things have priority.  Instead I find myself indoors cooking up a storm of meals and heatin up the house.  Go figure, right?  Lol.
     Recently my sister had an upcoming birthday where she was turning 50.  I wanted to make her something special, unforgettable, crazy and funny...... did alot of thinking of the "special" birthday card.  After much thought, I finally decided to step outside my normal cardmaking box and take on a project of taking the Head Over Heels Mini Album as my Sister's birthday card.
     I spent hours staring at the mini album wondering and pondering as to what I was going to do with it.  Yikes!  What was I getting myself into.  I had thoughts of there was no way I was going to pull off completing this project..... I just wasn't feeling it at times while I tried to assemble it.   But I kept going and seeking out for that special look I wanted to put in card for my sister.
      I dug through my stamps hoping something was going to jump out or trigger a spark to jump start my creativity again.  Well, when I got to the AI Girlfriends collection, I knew I had found my starting point!  There was several stamps from the AI Girlfriend collection that personalized things in common with my sister...... java mamas/Starbucks; workouts; extremely fun tubing trip; etc.  Well, I guess enough chit chatting ..... time to reveal my newest masterpiece......

     I apologize for camera being out of focus.  I think it has a mind of its own.  But, even with it being out of focus,  I was able to catch a detail that had been overlooked.   I fixed it before it was mailed out but forgot to take a updated picture for the blog.  What I fixed was the camera view window that had the message from an inside page instead of what I wanted it to be.  I wanted it to show 50 in that view finder spot.   I kinda went alittle overboard on the cover of the mini album card with doing the over the hill/ old as dirt accents.  Note to self.... do not go overboard with them next time.  lol.
     All in all, I had a blast working on this once I dug in and started to put it together page by page.  I was not going to allow this multi page mini album to get the best of 
     The part of the mini album that has a see through section... I wanted it to be a shaker filled with birthday deco;  there are three sections to the shaker.... the outer layers have Happy Birthday pieces that face the correct directions, and then the middle section between the Happy Birthday sections is filled with party hats, balloons, and mini birthday cakes.  I thought the 3 layers of shaker would make it more interesting and attempted to give it more dimension layers since it was a rather large area to be working with.
     Now that my first mini album is done, I can say it was a huge challenge for me and there were times I did struggle with it ... and now sitting back and looking it over, there are some things I wished I would have done differently,  But all in all, pretty happy with what I did and proud of myself for the completed project.
     Thank you for stopping in to visit.  Hope you enjoyed my newest masterpiece. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Fight Like A Girl

     Hello.  Today I am posting my latest creation that I made for a very dear childhood friend of mine.
I have been meaning to send her out a card to tell her I am thinking about her.  Of course, I got creative block while trying to come up with a perfect card to send her.  But I happen to run across several things that just fell into place and I ran with it.   I had recently watched a YouTube of Maymay Made It and found a "must have" for my stamp inventory.  It is two stamp sets named Pray For The Cure Set and the Pray For The Cure Companion Set.  Extremely fast shipping.  Extremely awesome quality stamps. I am very happy with my purchase and wanted to share it with you.   And while I was on a small spending spree, I happened to stop in at a local Tuesday Morning Store and found the perfect paper pad to go with the Pray For The Cure sets; and then I also had bought a "must have" die and stamp set from Scrapbooking Made Simple.  This Die/Stamp set is the Simply Defined True Beauty Collection - Graceful.  All three things just fell into place and all seemed to work very nicely together.  Some of the things I wanted to use were a little large to use on normal card layouts, so due to the size, I thought outside the box and made up a unique layout I was happy with. 
Take a look at my creation I put together with my latest purchases.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Greetings

     Happy Easter to everyone.   I just wanted to post a Holiday Greeting to all.
It is a gloomy and rainy day here and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to give a holiday greeting and post my most recent creation.    I did multiple cards in same design for sending out to family and friends.   I tried to keep them all with a clean and simple look. 
This first photo does not really show the shiny white with gold sparkly paper used for the cross. 

This second photo shows the shiny paper that  I used for the embossed cross. 

Supplies used on cards:
Darice's Cross with Script Embossing folder,
Recollections White with Gold Sparkles,
Uncertain on the name of the Designed papers used,
Bazzill Purple Sparkle Card Stock,
Memento Elderberry Ink,
Embellishments on some cards are:
Recollections small purple pearls,
and on other cards
Nuvo Crystal Drops in Pink Raspberry

Thanks so much for stopping in to view my blog posting.  I hope you have a very blessed day!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Snowflake Shaker

     I know I am posting this card out of sequence.  I overlooked this one in my saved files until now.   I thought I would post it and share with everyone what an awesome shaker some background dies can make. 
     I got this new Snowflake die around the Holidays.  I could not wait to find a little spare time to sit down and play around with a haul of goodies I had ordered from Scrapbooking Made Simple.  I am in love with the specially designed sets that the owner, Stacey, of Scrapbooking Made Simple has created.  The Snowflake Background Die is part of a collection set called the Simply Defined Winter Wonderland Collection.
     Here is a picture of the die cut I was cutting out the snowflake on the lower levels and stacking the outer portion of the die to give the height needed for a shaker area.
     Once the layers of the outer portion of the die cut were glued together, I then started to assemble the outer layers of the card before trying to finish up the shaker section.  For the backing of the shaker section, I used a silver glitter paper for an additional bling layer dimension to shaker.  Gold micro beads and round red sequence were used in shaker.

     Thank you for stopping in to visit my latest creation posting.  I hope you like and enjoy it.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Banner Time

     I stepped out of my box and tried something besides just making cards.  I thought I would try to make a banner for a birthday party I would be going to and to surprise the guest of honor with it.  I know she loves The Greeting Farm Cheeky Beach girl as much as I do.  Love TGF!  I took and colored the Cheeky Beach girl three times in different colors.  The banner letters were stencils that I traced and hand cut out.  Yep you heard it correctly....all were hand cut and then glued onto another layer and hand cut again.  Once the letters were layered to give a shadow affect, they were popped up onto the die cut banner piece.  The flowers were sticker embellishments I had gotten from the Dollar Tree Store.  The background banner pieces were from the decorative pack of DP that were all shiny patterns, but I am not sure the name of the company the pack is from.  If I was to guess at it, I would guess it was a Recollection pack of DPs.  The die cut used for banner is from what I do believe is the Postage Dies Set from SpellBinders.  And then once all was assembled, I strung a sting through some of the holes of the edge design to complete the banner.
I hope you like and enjoy.  Thanks so much for stopping in to view my latest creation.
Oh yeah and forgot to mention, please don't mind the mess I had while trying to lay it out before stringing it all together. 
And drum roll please.......ddrrrrrrrrrruummmmm.
Here is the finished project.
And sorry if it appears rather blurry.  I still have a lot of practicing in my photography skills.

Baby Greetings

     I forgot to post this one when I made it and sent it out, so I am posting it now so I can share it everyone.  I hope you like and enjoy it.  Thanks for stopping in to view my latest creations.

and the inside of the card is:

Texting I Love You

     Here is yet another one of my posts for this mega marathon postings I am doing today.  This one is very dear to my heart since this is the special one I did for my Granddaughter.  It seems rather fitting these days..... she is always taking her Mommy's phone for one reason or other. 
      I was rather upset and disappointed with the different glue I used to put this card together.  I should have stopped what I was doing and took time to go buy my favorite Tombo glue I normally use.  But I pressed on and did the best I could do with what I had at the time of working on the card.  I guess I am chalking this up to live and learn...... do not use a new glue on projects until its been tested out on scraps before projects.  Yikes what a space out moment! 
     The I Love You embossing folder was used in the background.  I thought it would go well with the stamp choice and could be what was being texted on her phone.  The stamp is named Evie  which is from the Super Secret Stamp Club Collection of The Greeting Farm  Company.   I am so in love with TGF stamps!  Awesome selections of stamps!  The Embossing portion used as the sentiment was colored in with a glitter gel pen and then a colored heart from the St Valentine's Recollection collection from Michael's Store as the heart portion of the sentiment.  I added a die cut from Memory Box Company to the bottom of the card just to break up the design paper a bit and make it appear a bit softer and blend back into the background.  The heart layers used behind Evie are from the die cut set from Nellie.
     I hope you like and enjoy it.  Thanks so much for stopping in to view my latest creation.

Heart You

     While I was digging into my valentine themed stash, I found the perfect embossing folder that matched up with some new embellishments I picked up at Michael's Store recently.  I could not have asked for a better match!  Awesome!!  It took more time trying to find what I wanted to do than it took to do the card.  Go figure, right? 
      I also found that the green color of Sparkle Foam Sheets  from a variety pack I purchased from the Dollar Tree Store, to use for a variation of green color to add to make the card designs pop. 
     On top of the sparkle foam sheet, I then added the hearts designed layer done with the Cuddlebug Embossing Folder.  I love, love, love this heart design embossing folder!!
     I  randomly added the little colored hearts with sentiments onto the embossed layer.  These colored heart embellishments are from the Recollection's St Valentine collection set found at Michael's Store.  The Happy Valentine's Day Sentiment is also from the Recollection's St Valentine collections and was stamped with one of the green shades of Momenta Inks  I have in my stash. 
     And I also wanted to share what I did to the inside of the card.  I realize it does not totally match up with the outside of the card, but I could not keep myself from making it randomly different design and use up some other supplies I also had bought at Michael's Store from that same St Valentine's Collection.  It was like I couldn't stop with randomly using as many items as possible.  Lol. 
I hope you like and enjoy it.   Thanks so much for stopping in to view my latest creation.
and the inside of the card:

Puppy Love Valentine

     I was able to find a bit of time to play in my Valentine's Day themed stash.  I was also blessed with spending quality crafting time with my Granddaugher for the day.  What a great time we had! 
     It is amazing what one can find in their themed stashes.  LOL.  I came across a puppy stamp, and I just had to use it for one of my cards I wanted to send to family members.    The puppy stamp is from the SP and Company.  I think the SP and Company is a retired company.  I love their stamps I was able to purchase..... awesome stamps!    This puppy stamp is colored in with my Spectrum Noir set of markers I use when I am crafting with my Granddaughter.  I then added a layer of different colored hairs to puppy with colored pencils.  I used stickle type glitter glue on the larger hearts the puppy is holding, and a pink colored gel pen on the little hearts on the present the puppy is popping out of.  The rounded sentiment of the I Love You is from a framelit die and  stamp set from Stephanie Barnard which is called the  I Love You and Happy Anniversary set.  I added some sparkle sequence hearts in between each sentiment of the circle.  Behind the puppy and the sentiment I used the mini hearts embossing folder.  The sparkly frame layer is a sparkle foam sheet.  I found the sparkle foam sheet variety pack with several different colors at the Dollar Tree Store. 
     Thank you for dropping in to view my latest creation. 

Love You Berry Much

     Here is another card I did for another birthday.   This card took a different path than the ideas I had in my mind on what I wanted to make..... but I thought it wasn't too bad and cute enough to share with everyone who stops in to view my creations.   Of course I am beginning to repeat myself when  I say... I did not have a sentiment to say what I wanted it to say and one that would bend around the die cut I used for this card design.... so again I decided to free form it since it was a card for family member.  I was limited in embellishments at the time I was putting the card together, so I went with something close in color that I found within my stash.  The stamp is from CC Design, the Mashi Collection.   I just love that collection of stamps.....they put a smile on my face every time.  I hope it does the same for everyone who drops in to view this too.

Birthday Greetings

     I'm back!  I realize it has been a long span of time since my last posting.  My life took some unexpected turns and things were quite chaotic and crazy to say the least.....filled with some family issues, other personal issues and then the loss of my cat Travis-a-meow.  I lost my creativity and was unable to do any crafting for a long span of time.
     I thought perhaps with the beginning of the new year, I would try to get back to doing some crafting.  I was able to get a little bit of creativity back and have created several cards.  I am just now finding time to post the cards.
     This card I used a stamp which is from The Greeting Farm and the stamp is from the Anya Collection.  The background of the card is several design papers that were in my stash but I am not sure from what company.  The birthday design background is an embossing folder I have.  I think the embossing folder might be from Darice.  I colored Anya from TGF with colored pencils and colored the embossed areas with water colors.  I could not find a Birthday greeting that would bend with the decorated area in which I wanted the greeting to be in, so I free formed it with a sparkly gel pen.