Sunday, February 18, 2018

Flowers and Valentines

Hello again!  I have been so horrible about posting on a regular basis, as I've been sporadic about crafting.  We had weeks of really cold weather and all I wanted to do was crochet and watch tv on my day off.  Gone are the days when I stayed home with my son and would craft whenever I felt like it.  I work full time, have an elderly client I care for on Sunday, and try and make it to the gym 4-5 days a week after I get off work.  That really only leaves me with Saturdays, which I usually go to the gym on that day as well, weather permitting.  Needless to say that my card-making has gone by the wayside.   

Here are a few cards I made over the last month.  A couple Valentine's and a Best Wishes card for my work bestie that is leaving and going to another job.  As soon as I'm done typing this out, I am going to create some more.  Stay tuned!!  

All cards were created using Papertrey Ink cardstock, ink, Stamps, and coordinating dies.  

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wishing You A Quick Recovery

Good afternoon!  I have a couple cards to share with you that I made for some of my coworkers, that are having surgery.  I used the same basic design, just varied the stamps.  

 The above card background was stamped using an MFT background stamp and PTI Lavender Moon ink.  The flowers were stamped in Lavender Moon, Lilac Grace, and Melon Berry, while the leaves were stamped in Spring Moss.  Cardstock is Spring Moss and Stamper's Select White.

The card below was made using Lavender Moon and Lilac Grace cardstock.  I stamped the sweet butterflies from Butterfly Dreams in matching ink on the Lavender Moon and Background Basics is stamped on the Lilac Grace in the matching PTI ink.  The Darling Butterfly is stamped in Lavender Moon and Melon Berry with added Stickles for some glitter.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

We Love Dawn Blog Hop

I've been using PTI stamps nearly as long as I've been blogging  and making cards.  They were the very first company that I ordered stamps from.  When they posted a Blog Hop for Dawn, one of their long time stamp designers/DT members who just had a much needed transplant, I decided that I wanted to make a card to send and show my support.

This card was made using Garden Party, one of my favorite floral sets designed by Dawn.

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Sweet Butterflies

Hello, and Happy Friday!!  I don't know about where you are at, but the temps has significantly dropped and its been in the 30's for highs and teens for lows.  Brr!  I made this Thanks card last weekend but have yet to have time to post it.  I didn't make this for any particular reason other than wanting to have more thank you cards on hand.

The photo below is most true to color, the top photo has a bit of yellow cast to it.  As I have mentioned before in previous posts, I like to stamp backgrounds ahead of time.  I have a small basket sitting on my desk with background stamped patterns.  The sweet little butterflies were stamped using PTI's retired set called Butterfly Dreams.  For the life of me I can't think f the name of the set with the little polka dots.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Quick Birthday Card

Hey!  It's Friday and we've had some snow flurries!  I am not ready for snow.  Heck, the trees just started turning for fall, now its snowing.  Ugh!  I do in home care for seniors during summer breaks and on Sunday's.  I have an elderly lady that I have been working with since last June, and her birthday was yesterday.  She loves her coffee, so I thought this was fitting.

I used all scraps for this card, expect for the die cut coffee cup and label.

I am entering this into the Seize the Birthday.

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Build A Wreath

Happy Sunday!  I am popping in quick to share the card I made for Make it Monday at PTI.  This week Melissa is challenging us to build a wreath.

I used a few PTI stamp sets to get this look.  Graceful Greetings, Tag its 2, Background Basics: Text Style, and Sending You.  I like how this turned out.  I followed Melissa's advice on building the leaves behind the die cut wreath.  Ink colors used: Honey Nut, Pale Peony, Simply Chartreuse, Melon Berry, Classic Kraft, and Fine Linen.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Make it Monday

Hey there!  Told ya I had several cards to share.  This one was created for PTI's Make it Monday.  I have to admit, this didn't turn out like I had hoped.  Something I realized after making this is, that I do better with less restrictions on my creativity.  I like my cards best when I am creating for myself, or for an occasion, not a sketch or specific challenge.  When you are new to cardmaking you need these challenges to help you create.  It is the trial and error process that makes you learn your style and likes.  For me, I like the elements of this card separately and individually, but not how this ended up when put together.  

For the first time I tried the shadow effect for my sentiment.  I now see that it would have been better if I had not only moved it down, but over slightly as well.  The sweet butterfly background was stamped alternating each solid and open butterfly group pattern.  I stamped this background several months ago and it had been sitting in my basket, awaiting to be used.  I have to say that hands down, butterflies and flowers are my favorite and go to for stamps.

I am also not happy with the lighting for the photo of my card.  I did spend the money and buy a light tent, but it was absolutely not what I had hoped for.  Unfortunately I let it sit in my craft room closet too long to return it to Amazon.  I'm totally kicking myself in the butt!!  It looks much better IRL.  I may try and add a thin Melon Berry frame around the circle window.  I think that it needs it to ground the middle of the card.  Heck, I am way too hard on myself!  Story of my life.  Haha

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