Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Inspired by Vintage Cards

I've been hosting the Papertrey Pals blog this month! This month I posted a blog post about how I've been inspired lately by the lovely and vibrant vintage cards from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. I collect them and love them!

Here's an example...

And another one...

You can check out the post I wrote about vintage cards HERE! Thanks for taking a peek and hope you enjoy! :)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

May the Lord Bless You and Keep You...

Today's card is a card I made to encourage someone and to cheer them up. I heat embossed in gold a beautiful sentiment from the PTI stamp set, Everyday Blessings. It's my favorite scripture sentiment from that set, there's something very hopeful and encouraging about it. It says: "May the Lord bless you and keep you. May he smile upon you. Numbers 6:24-25"

The base is a gold shimmer paper, the same type of paper I used in yesterday's post. I usually don't use patterned paper on my cards and projects, but lately I've been using it quite a bit! I cropped it from a 12x12 Mariposa DCWV stack and matted it with Ocean Tides  cardstock.

Here's a closeup of the shimmer of the gold embossing, cardstock and butterfly (I added sparkles to the butterfly with a spica glitter pen).

Thanks for taking a look and I hope you have a sunny and great day!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Papertrey Pals May Card: Birthday Card for My Mom

I am hosting this month's Papertrey Pals May Challenge. The challenge is to make a card for your mom and to include some handcoloring on your project! Anyone may play along so feel free to join in! :)

My mom's birthday is one week after mother's day. I made her a birthday card using her favorite bird, the cardinal.

I stamped dogwoods to the front of the card with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I diecut the front of the card with the sending you die, so you could see the cardinal inside the card. I tied Pure Poppy ribbon across the front and then I attached vellum to the back of the diecut opening.

Vellum can be a nice way to disguise your coloring if you want the look of hand coloring, but don't want to show all of the close up details (aka: hard lines, blending, etc.). It softens the coloring and helps to blend the colors!

And here's the inside of the card with the Cardinal colored in colored pencil. I originally colored him with chalks and loved the look, but it smeared slightly and I wasn't sure how to set it. I'm still happy with how it turned out!

The base of the card is a beautiful gold shimmer paper that I've been using a lot of lately. I will have another card tomorrow using more shimmer paper!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a sunshine-filled day!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New Challenge: Make a Card for Your Mom!

It's my turn to host a Papertrey Pals challenge! The challenge for May is to make a card for your mom and to include something hand colored in your project! :)

For all the details, please see the Papertrey Pals challenge blog. Everyone is free to join in and we would love for you to play along! :) You can link up any mother's card that you have already posted to your blog in May too!

Have a sunny day!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Card for My Grandma

So glad that Blogger is up and running again! I've missed seeing everyone's new posts and I'm glad I'm able to post now too. It looks like things may have been worked out, although my comments are still missing from my last post!

Today's card is a card I made for my Grandma for Mother's Day. She is one of the kindest, most gentle people I know and I'm so glad to have her influence in my life. Here's the card.

The patterned paper is from the DCWV 12x12 Botanicals stack, which I really love. The papers are so gorgeous! The pearls are by Zva Creative.

And here's the inside, stamped with the Wplus9 stamp set, A Special Lady, which is the same set I used in my mom's card from my last post.

A couple more things before I go! I've been taking a Wilton cake decorating class and thought I'd share with you some flowers I have made using royal icing. The flowers are roses, daffodils and violets. It's such a fun class and I recommend it if you've ever thought about getting into cake decorating!

Also, our pretty cat, Ashley, just recently turned 15 years old! Her favorite toys are mice, so we bought a whole bunch of toy mice to celebrate her birthday and now they're scattered all over our home. :) She's the sweetest cat, always following us around and jumping on the couch to cuddle with us. Love her! Happy birthday, Ashley!

Thanks for stopping by! I always love reading your comments. Have a great day and hope you are able to get some sunshine today!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Special Card for a Special Lady

Today I thought I'd share with you the card I made for my mom for Mother's Day. I really worked hard on this card, I wanted it to be extra special for her this year! You will see why further down in the post! :) I never ever use patterned paper, but wanted to give it a try!  My mom loves flowers and the color fuchsia, so thought she would like the Raspberry Fizz paper, ribbon and patterned paper.

I rearranged the swirls of the pearls, so they would be swirling across the front of the card and forming a heart. The sentiments are from the Wplus9 set, A Special Lady. I really love the font and it's a beautiful stamp set! The patterned paper is from the DCWV Botanicals stack. It is the 12x12 stack trimmed down to fit a card. I think that I prefer the larger papers, so I have more options to trim it and crop it how I like!

And here is the inside...

I included a picture of my sonogram, showing that we are having a BOY! :) :) :) She was really surprised and happy to find out the gender!

Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!! Have a beautiful and sunny day!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day to all Moms!

Wishing all mothers a truly wonderful Mother's Day today! Thanks for all that you do! :) As a mother-to-be, I'm looking forward to sharing this very special bond one day with my child.

Hope you have a wonderful and sunshine-filled Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Just a Note: More Mini Cards! :)

I sold a few things recently and I like to include a small note when I mail the package out! So I thought I'd share with you some mini notes I made using the PTI Lunchbox Note die (my favorite PTI die at the moment!). I love to make mini cards, I think it's my favorite kind of card. :)

The PTI Postmarks set is a wonderful set, full of so many great little images that you can mix and match! It also works really well with the Button Boutique set.

And the inside of the notecard...

I also decorated the back of the notes using the woman's silhouette stamp (from Postmarks) and the handmade stamp (from Button Boutique). It's a sort of way to "sign" the back of the notecard. :)

And one more thing! Some of the stamps in the PTI Postmarks set work great on the packages themselves. It's a way to decorate the package, but also make sure it arrives safe and sound! :)

Here are all of the notecards together!

And my apologies that I have not updated over the past month. We were having some work done in our home, so it was a little hard to find room to craft. I plan to do many more posts over the coming weeks. Thanks so much for stopping by! :) Have a sunny day!!
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