All products are from my stash. The background is a gorgeous vellum that I wish I could find again, it's just perfect for Christmas cards. Sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.
As the season gets into high gear, the pretty packages are ready to mail.
These are on their way to two very special friends. Inspiration came from Pinterest.
The embossed kraft bag is from SRM Stickers here. Sentiment is also from SRM here. The ribbon, label punch and stamp are from Stampin' UP!. I dug out the old chalks(which I haven't used for ages) to distress the doilies.
I'm entering this into Virginia's View Challenge # 10, the theme this month is distressing.
Here's my card. CAS, with a bit of POP. Lesson learned from the editors of PC magazine. Their submission calls always encouraged us to make a card stand out...make it pop!
Thought I'd share the first issue one of my cards was published-Card Creations Vol 2.
Here is that very first card.
My family remembers the day well. I had submitted several times with no luck.
But I kept trying. And trying. When this email came through saying one of my cards was picked up for publications, I ran around the house chanting "Pa-Per Crafts, Pa-Per Crafts!!" Even though my cards had been published in other magazines, it didn't feel like I had 'made it' until my card was published in Paper Crafts. Amazingly, 20+ of my cards/projects made it into the pages of PC magazine.
Cut to the present...I broke the news to my family when I heard that they were ceasing publications and they all still remember my very first 'Paper Crafts' victory. And they shared in my sadness.
So thank you Paper Crafts, for challenging me, inspiring me and accepting me into your family of published designers! The card making world will not be the same without you.
Hello. Here's today's card. I'm revisiting my Anna Griffin days. I love the elegance of all of her products. I just can't do all the gorgeous layering that are the cornerstone of any of her cards.
But I think I've captured the elegance at least.
The paper and sentiment are from the Anna Griffin vault...(I tend to hoard them). I used the cracked glass technique to give the sentiment some depth and texture. The gold paper is from American Crafts, die cut is lacey squares from Spellbinders.
Just looking at this card puts me in a festive mood. Love these stocking stickers from Jolee's and the frame stickers from The Paper Studio. The embossed Holiday Frame from Stampin' UP! makes the perfect background. And a little Martha Stewart glitter does not hurt either. :)
Oldie Moldie Monday started several years ago in an effort to use up supplies on hand. My friend Barb has been so very consistent in her posting of Olide Moldie Monday cards...me not so much.
I recently took a few days to 'just create'...not worry about theme, supplies used, or anything stressful. It was so much fun...just to go with the flow and use what I had on hand. I made a whole bunch of cards that I am taking to sell at work, all the proceeds are going to Mission Services Hamilton in support of the Christmas Hamper program.
Sticker is from SRM, embossing folder is from Cuttlebug.
Hello...it's been a busy summer, not too much time for creativity. The summer ended with our youngest starting university. She is about an hour away, not too far thankfully. She's doing great so far and she came home for a quick visit this weekend. It was great to have her home.
Today I'm sharing a 8 x 10 canvas I made for her dorm room. I painted it black and the gorgeous image is by Donna Estabrooks from DCWV. The whole paper pack is full of images ready to be framed. The chipboard letters were painted white then lightly rubbed off while the paint was still wet, to reveal the original colors.
A girl in university gives me a whole new reason to create. :)
I used Dots and Clockworks Cuttlebug embossing folders, Making Memories glittered stars, and SRM Graduation Stickers by the Dozen. I brushed the cardstock with Platinum Planet Brilliance ink pad for some added shimmer.
Thanks for dropping by today. There's still time to join in on the SRM challenge (there are prizes!), go check it out.
Well, hello there. Its been a while, hasn't it? Hard to believe it's nearing the end of July. We've had a busy but wonderful summer so far.
It's been a while since I've had studio time. So happy to receive this week's Papertry Ink video on Monday. I loved the technique shared and had fun trying this out. So here is my entry for this week's challenge PTI Make It Monday #173, no outline watercolor.
The flower stamp is from Scrappy Cat, I used SU Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie with the aqua painter. The sentiment is PTI Fillable Frames # 3. I used watercolor paper and lightly painted the background as well.
Thanks for stopping by today.
(This made me realize I need more PTI stamps. Love the large flower image Heather used.)
Adventures in cardmaking here today. This started out as a sketch and color challenge for one of the blogs this week...and it ended up like this...nothing at all like the sketch or color challenge. What can I say? Sometimes I go rogue like that!!!
The flower is from Petaloo, leaf die is from SU, sentiment is from Studio G. I flicked some Twinkling H2O's on the background and it has a nice shimmery effect...which of course here looks like bile.
Sorry for the visual.
I'm joining in the current challenge at Cardabilities this week. Love this sketch.
There's a lot of silver going on today. It's pretty but hard to photograph.
I didn't have a silver doilie so I used Heidi Swapp's color shine in Tinslel to make it silver. It worked great and added a nice shimmer to the card. Silver paper is from Die Cuts With a View. Flowers and leaves are from Prima. Sticker is from SRM We've got your Sticker/Forever.
If you haven't checked out Virginia's View Challenge blog, you have to head over there now...run!! Virginia from Yes, Virginia just started this challenge blog in March. The first challenge is water coloring and it has taken off like no tomorrow!! Oh my. The entries for the challenge are really so fabulous and so inspirational that I know I'm going to spend a lot of time going from link to link enjoying all the glorious creations.
It's been a while, hasn't it? No real explanation. Perhaps it's winter hibernation...
Anyway, it's good to be back and today I'm joining in with CAS-ual Fridays blog for their Shades of Gray challenge.
Here's my card.
The patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye (Chalk Studio), The stamp is from PTI, everything else is from my stash. I heat embossed the frame and the flower with Zing Embossing Powder (Powder shade), I painted the medallion with DecoArt white acrylic paint then wiped some off while paint was still wet, then heat set it. I added some shimmery white chalk to the card stock.
I don't really have any 'punny' stamps but did manage to dig out this totally cute Magenta stamp that is part of my 'piggy' collection. The sentiment stamp is from Jilly Bean Soup and Unity. I'm pretty sure both of these are courtesy of my wonderful friend Barb.
I colored the background kraft paper with LuminArte's Twinkling H2O's (Pink Azalea and Key Lime)