Wednesday, May 23, 2018
I've been busy creating cards, but today I want to share some things that I am even more excited about than my cards. Yesterday I saw some patriotic treat holders that were created by Susan Campfield. I love her creations, but decided to make mine be a little detailed. I have a stash of star buttons and used them in the center of my treat holders.
I have nesting star dies from Spellbinders that I used to create the patriotic holders.
I was laying in bed this morning thinking about the holders when I suddenly had an idea. If the star dies made cute holders, why not use other shapes to create holders? It was very early in the morning, but I jumped out of bed eager to try my idea.
I decided to create some favors that could be used at a baby shower. Since I was trying out my idea, I used random papers from my stash.
The idea works. Place 2 pieces of paper with right sides facing on the die. Cut out the shape you want. Create the "box" as described in Susan's blog and adhere it to your cutouts.
Think of the possibilities. I like to have little creations on hand to give to friends when they come to visit.
Look at your dies. Maybe you have some that will work for you to create treat holders of your own.
Have a great day!
Monday, May 14, 2018
When we moved into this house 35 years ago our neighbors were Bob and Jan. They were both the nicest people you could ever meet. They were like grandparents to Robbie and Marie and were always there for any of us who needed some help, a conversation, or just a hanging out time.
After they passed away their daughter, Heidi, moved next to us. Their other daughter, Holly, lives down the street. Holly and Heidi are just as wonderful as their parents. Robbie is especially close to the two of them.
Jan loved backyard birds and her daughters and I learned about them through her. So for Mother's Day in memory of Jan, I created some gift bags and bird cards for her daughters.
I love the gift bags I have been using lately. They are smaller than the ones I have used in the past and measure 4.5" wide and are 5.75" tall. I have been adding patterned paper to them and embellishing them with stickers from Echo Park paper collections.
Here are the bags I made for Holly and Heidi.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Yesterday my friend Susan sent me this card.
She used origami to create the dress. The paper she used has a fabric look to it. The creases in the dress are perfect. I think she used paper with owls on it because she knows how much Robbie and I love owls. She even put owl washi tape on the envelope.
Susan is a real artist. She used to own her own company and designed all of the note pads and cutouts that they sold. Now she and her husband own an awesome gift store called the Dogwood Trading Company in Dansville, New York.
Susan introduced me to paper crafting almost 20 years ago. When we were at a trade show she showed me how to heat emboss. She also showed me how to make punched out flowers look dimensional simply by pressing a stylus in the middle of them. She designed the logo that I use on my cards, on my signs at craft fairs, and as the signature on my blog.
When I opened the card that she sent me last night I recalled how much fun origami is and decided to create an origami card of my own. I chose to create a sailboat because it's one of the easiest origami folds.
It's hard to see in the photograph, but there are waves on this card. I used Lawn Fawn's puffy cloud borders to create the waves. The sentiment was created with a stamp from Lawn Fawn's "Float My Boat" clear stamp set.
Have a great night!
Friday, May 4, 2018
I cannot believe that it is nearly 5 PM. Where on earth did this day go? I did some paper crafting errands today and then I started to clean my bedroom. Not sure where I will sleep tonight. My bed is covered with things that need to be put away.
I am taking a break from cleaning right now so that I can post a few more get well cards on my blog.
This first card was created with a stamp from the Hero Arts "Flower Power" clear stamp set. It's an older set of stamps so I am guessing it's no longer available. I stamped one of the images 4 times and cut out each layer of the flower. After I colored them I used glue dots to adhere each layer on top of the previous one. I stitched the stem of the flower and used a grass paper punch to create the grass.
For today's second card I stamped the small bandaid from Lawn Fawn's "Get Well Soon!" clear stamp set repeatedly onto white tag. I used markers to color them. Then I stamped a mouse stamp from Great Impressions onto white tag and colored him in. I added a sentiment from Lawn Fawn's "On the Mend" clear stamp to the bandaid that the mouse is holding.
The ladybug on today's card is from The Stamps of Life's "ladybugs2love" clear stamp set. This time I stamped the ladybug repeatedly onto white tag. I colored them a bright red, but they look darker in the picture. I used a couple of different stamps to create the sentiments.
Now I must reluctantly get back to cleaning.
Have a nice night!
Thursday, May 3, 2018
I bought the cherry blossom wooden stamp that I used on this next card at Impress Cards and Crafts in Seattle last year. It is one of my favorite stamps and I used it over and over again. The sentiment was created with a wooden stamp from Verses Rubber Stamps.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Today I will share the last few gardening theme cards that I created for my sister. According to the USPS she'll get the package today. In addition to the framed wall hanging and one dozen cards I included garden markers, a pair of gardening gloves, and some packages of seeds. It's not for any special occasion. It's a "just because" package.
Both of the stamps I used on this first card are from the Lockhart stamp company. That company no longer exists and I miss it a lot. I learned the technique I used to create score lines on the garden clogs from their blog a long time ago. Basically after I stamped the image I used a stylus to create the lines. Then I colored the clogs with colored pencils.
I embossed the layering paper on this card before I added the embellishments.
Here's the last card I included in the package.
That's it for today. I'll be back tomorrow to share some of the other cards I've created lately.
Enjoy today's sunshine!
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
I've had a very productive morning. I cleaned and filled the birdfeeder. Then I scrubbed the burner bibs on our stove. Last night I soaked dry baby lima beans and this morning I used them to make succotash for tonight's supper. I've cleaned the kitchen and even made a couple of get well cards.
Today I will share more of the garden themed cards that I sent to my sister.
I used an AccuCut die to cut out this T shirt shaped card. I love that little shirt and can use it for so many occasions. It's small, but is perfect for a little gift card.
I wanted to use tiny green pompoms for the peas on this card, but decided they might make it difficult to mail. I used sequins in place of them.
I used some Spellbinders dies to create this apron shaped card. Even the tools were cut with the dies.
That's it for now.
Enjoy your day!