Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Butterflies mean spring!!!!

We are having cold weather right now...but I am NOT complaining. I KNOW THAT SPRING IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!!! It's already in my heart, and I will see it outdoors soon!!!
Michigan takes a long time to get around to being warm. We get teased with a few sunny days and then back to the cold and grey skies...but when it comes, it's AWESOME!!!

All our kids live out of state and we still have three Birthdays to celebrate...so the next month will be filled with long rides and family fun. I LOVE travel of any kind and being with family on top of that, it's like icing on a cake!!! CAN'T WAIT!!!

I've been working like crazy around here! Had lots of Birthdays to make cards for and then have to do taxes on top of that...AND I still have some winter decorations up. Christmas is such a short season and I really enjoy some of the wintry stuff, so I leave it up for a while...BUT IT'S TIME to get SPRING in here.

So anyway, here is one of the cards I made.

My inspiration came from Brenda of "Infinite Possibilities". She had a very cute card. All white with a cut-out that she filled with flowers. I just loved it...and came up with this card. Check out her blog, you'll like her stuff.

The deets on my card: White cardstock stamped with Hero Arts "leaves" in black StazOn.
The opening is cut with Spellbinders rectangle (ragged edge).
I cut a piece of designer paper to fit the rectangle and glued it to the back of the opening.
I scribbled three times around the hole and then attached rhinestones to the edge.
All the edges of the white cardstock was roughed up with my scissors...that works better for me than using the tools made for that purpose.

Time to tell you that I am entering this card in thia challenge:

God bless you,

Monday, March 14, 2011

Orange, Blue and Pink....hmmmmmm

Orange, blue and pink are the colors for this week's challenge on the PLAY DATE CAFE blog.
I saw those colors and I KNEW I had to try a card. What a combination!!! .I knew it would work because ALL colors work in different shades and different amounts... but I just really wanted to try it!!!
How fun!!!

So here's what I came up with. The heart, which is really the center of the orange/pink combo was a piece I had done while playing around with embossing powder and Pearl Ex thinned out with water. It turned out to be totally the right colors. YAY!!!

 That little strip under the double circle Martha Stewart punch is little beads. Doesn't that add a nice happy touch to the card? I love it. I haven't used beads for quite a while. I'm glad I tried it there. I really like it.

I am also entering it in the Hero Arts Challenge for Birthdays.
I love their blog too. Check it out.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Birthday Card!

Here is a Birthday card I made for my boss...I'm a little late with giving it to him, but that's been my life lately...the ideas are there and I can't wait to get in there and start putting it together, but it seems that stuff just keeps coming up and keeping me from what I REALLY love to do...
I wish I had made the words a bit smaller...they look too big to me now, even though it didn't seem that way when I was putting them together.

The paper is from the Mariposa pack by DCWV...I love that pack.
The bird, butterfly and birdcage are cuts from that paper. Isn't that birdcage the prettiest ever? All the little wires on it are gold glittery. You can't see it here but it is very lovely (and I don't use that word often!!!)
The words are cut with my Cricket. I still find that a very useful tool in my craft room. I've had it for almost as long as I've been crafting (almost 6 yrs now). I couldn't work without the Cricket, dies that can be cut with my Cuttlebug and punches. These tools make most of my embellishments.
Last but not least is the heart at the top. I am disappointed that it doesn't show up too well in the photo. I cut it from grungeboard. embossed it 4 times with a turquiose powder and then painted with different colors of Pearl Ex. I made a bunch of these embellies in different shapes and I love most of them. I don't go for grunge that's too weird but that look of being artsy and kind of out of the ordinary is my "thing".

So, here's the two challenges I am going to enter this card into:

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