Sunday, January 26, 2014
This is my second post of the day...not sure I have ever achieved that before!! My craft goal this year was to make more cards for charitable organizations. I actually managed to send about 16 cards to the Send A Smile For Kids organization for this past Christmas. I was pretty excited that I managed to do that...time just gets away from you and your well intentioned plans usually fall by the wayside!! Another organization that I wanted to make cards for was Operation Write Home. You create cards for the military troops that are fighting for our freedom, so they can in turn use those cards to send to their loved ones back home! (No local Hallmark in their neck of the woods to buy them!!!) Anyway...love cards are one of the most frequent request of the soldiers, so I used this Bugaboo Stamp image to create a card to send to them. Now I only need to duplicate that about 15 times!! I am going to do it!! Thanks for stopping by to take a peek!!
About a year & a half ago, I bought a kit from Close To My Heart called "Who's Your Valentine". I thought the Valentine Treat containers would be fun to make for my grandchildren. It was not yet close to Valentine's Day when I ordered the kit, so I laid it up when it arrived, and then forgot about it until it was well past Valentine's Day 2013 & I was cleaning/reorganizing my craft room! I can just hear many of you saying..."Oh Yeah"...I've done that before!! Anyway, when I rediscovered the kit, I was aggravated at myself that I hadn't used it, so I laid it on top of my craft room desk and would not move it until I used it this Valentine's Day! The kit came with some Valentine colored papers, a cute set of Valentine/Love stamps, 12 tubes, 12 prescored boxes, and some general suggestions of what to do with them! I've really never made a project other than cards & scrapbook pages, but I set about creating these treat containers no matter what, and ended up enjoying myself in the process. The kit came with 12 treat tubes, and I completed 7 of them, one for each of my 7 grandchildren. I think I'm going to complete the other 5, fill them with candy, and set them out around my workplace for my coworkers to enjoy. Below is a picture of five of my favorites! Hope you enjoy...thanks for stopping by to take a peek!
Saturday, January 18, 2014
I have less than a month to make Valentine Day cards, so I thought I better get cracking on them!! If nothing else, I needed one for my husband.....since Valentine's Day is also our wedding anniversary! Yep, you heard it...we must have been crazy! It's nearly impossible for us to celebrate our anniversary by going out to dinner on the actual date, because every other couple in the world is trying to do the same with their significant other!! We usually just wait & go a few days later. Anyway, I thought I would try to challenge myself to make a card almost entirely white, or close to it. This was very stressful for me, but I wanted to try new things this year, and I actually ended up liking what I did. The white panel in the back was embossed with Cuttlebug's Decorate Tile folder. The second smaller panel was embossed with Sizzix folder..don't know the name. I put some double-sided foam tape in between the two to make the card have some dimension. The heart was cut using Spellbinder's Vines of Passion, ( I just bought it for myself this year after seeing it on someone's blog) and I framed it with Spellbinder's Lace Doily Motif die, and popped that layer up also with some pop dots. Then I just added some white pearls on the heart, some red ones on the doily, and added my sentiment "Sweet Valentine" from My Creative Time's Teeny Tiny Tag set. Thanks for stopping by to take a peek!
Sunday, January 12, 2014
My mom turns 83 this Thursday, and I made her this card using Bugaboo Stamp's Stella Birthday Firemen Call image. The saying inside reads "You know you're old when... the firemen are called because your candles caught on fire"! My mom has a great sense of humor, and I think she will get a good laugh out of this! I love the look on Stella's face...cracks me up! Anyway...she loves lavender & pink. She recently repainted her whole condo, and one of the rooms is lavender, and another is a dusty rose color. I colored Stella with promarkers, and the die cut behind her is Spellbinder's Resplendent Rectangles. The sentiment stamp & die cut is My Creative Time Teeny Tiny Tags set. The papers, bow, and pearl embellishment are from my stash. You can't tell by the picture, but those pearls are actually a light lavender color. Well, that't it for now... thanks for stopping by to take a look!
Thursday, January 9, 2014
No I am not!! Digistamps4Joy is going to be running a monthly Christmas challenge for 2014! Each month Digistamps4Joy will be offering a free Christmas image for you to use for the challenge to create a card or tag. Considering that the one & only Christmas card I managed to create & send this last year was for my son who lives thousands of miles away in Oklahoma, I thought it was probably a good way to make sure I did better this year!! Why not join in on the monthly fun!! Digistamps4Joy has many lovely digital images for every occasion year round!! Here is the card I made using January's free Christmas digital image! I colored it with my promarkers and surrounded it with a border using an EK Success punch. The gold ribbon is from my stash! Hope you enjoy!!