Sunday, July 25, 2010

A Summery Birthday Card

Good Sunday morning...looks like it's going to be a beautiful day after all the rain we have had. I woke up early and have a little time to blog this morning before we leave for church. Found a couple of challenges that fit this card I made. I like the way it turned looks pretty to me, like the niece I made it for.

OOOOOPS I am so SORRY!!! I cannot get this to come in matter what I do, it still loads sideways!!!  UGH!!!

Anyway, the background paper is a beautiful light purple polka dot that I had hoarded until the perfect card came along. The lacy white under the purple strip is a Fiskars edge punch that I have had for a long time.
Then an assortment of flowers and a huge brad heart from Paper Wishes. They sell these in red, white and pink and I just love them.

Again, sorry about the sideways picture....this is the first time I could not fix it....hope you understand.

Oops, almost forgot, the challenges I am  entering are CARDVAARKS (a Birthday card to commemorate "My Favorite Things Stamps'" Birthday celebration) and CRAFTY CALENDAR (a summer card). I thought this card fit both of these nicely.

Have a WONDERFUL week,

Thursday, July 22, 2010

A couple of vintage cards

I have a couple of cards for you. I have been madly dashing around trying to get caught up with Birthday cards and other obligations that I almost missed during the time my family was visiting.  It is sooooo much fun playing with grandkids and taking time out from the usual stuff....but then you  have to race like crazy getting back on track....I'm not complaining....just saying :o)

Here's my first one. I love the image cut from Graphics 45 paper. There are several different images on each 12x12 paper and can be cut up and used in many different ways.  Great bargain!
The background paper is a vellum print by Anna Griffin.
To embellish, I used lace and a deep burgundy ribbon.  The lace flower is leftover lace I have had since my daughter's wedding, 18 years ago. The flourishes are Tim Holtz grungeboard.

Ok, here's the second one. The image of the girl on the clock is another Graphics 45 paper. These are all the same image on the page, except for being different sizes. I chose the largest one for this card. In going through my stash of papers I found this map paper and KNEW that the orange flowers would be perfect....that background just fit together so well....I LOVED the color combination. This year my favorite seems to be ORANGE!!!! I wouldn't paint my rooms orange but patches of orange for effect just constantly catch my eye.
Next, finding this strip of chipboard stamps that had been in my stash for ages was the perfect touch for this traveling theme.
The flourishes are Quik-Kutz embossed first with clear and then with Kaleidescope embossing powders. I love this technique because it gives great depth to the embellishment AND the kaleidescope leaves a multi colored glittery top that changes colors and shimmers as the card is moved.
The flower is made from coffee filters. If you would like directions, please email me and I'll be glad to write you back.

Soooo, thanks for visiting.
Hope you enjoy,

Thursday, July 15, 2010

A fun, crafty day with the grandkids...

Hi everybody,
WOW it's been about two weeks since I've gotten on my blog....
Our daughter and her family are visiting us from Chicago and I get so involved in doing things with them and keeping the kids entertained that making cards has taken a back seat (not in my mind, just in my time on the computer). Anyway, we are having a great time and even spent one whole day crafting.

We found a project...making tiles...then went to the store, bought some Sculpey clay, a HUGE pack of shells made for craft projects, beads, etc. AND frames to cover with the tiles. The next day was actual craft day...rolled out and cut the clay into tile are very inventive and we had shapes of all sizes and shapes (very few square ones for this crew!!!)  We used stamps to get images on the tiles (worked really great!) Dried them in the oven, then colored images and tiles to our hearts' content. We attached beads, glitter, wire...all sorts of stuff that is in abundance in any scrapping area. The problem is, EVERYTHING gets pulled out and the putting back isn't nearly as fun as the pulling out (sigh).
This is the youngest...Eli, he is 5...he was very particular about his tiles. Only used a few colors and he wouldn't allow us to cover the words (which is actually where he was supposed to put the tiles so that he would have a frame around his "Picture"....BUT this is how he saw his project and was very pleased with it!!!
This is Kassidy...She is 10 yrs old. Again, knew exactly what she wanted. Didn't want the tiles together. Made her own "Jesus" picture for the center...looked great! She also made a necklace for herself and a bracelet for her new teacher when school starts....get on the good side of the teacher right from the get-go. No, really, I think it's wonderful that she even thought of her teacher in the middle of summer vacation.

And here's their oldest....Kirstin, she's 14....lovely job. We found this friend frame that she really liked and then decorated it to make it her own...I love the detail and the "organized" look.

Most of was a GREAT TIME together...Fun for a granny to watch the new generation show off their personalities and do "their" thing!!!!

So, that's it for now. We'll be alone again next week so I will be posting cards and things will be back to normal....BUT I WILL MISS HAVING A HOUSE FULL OF FUN, LAUGHTER, FIGHTING, and being a FAMILY!!!! Family is God's gift to us....and I am very thankful for mine.