Sunday, March 12, 2017

So Glad We're Friends

I am sharing a card I made for a dear friend's birthday. Terrie and I go way back to when we were in high school together! And friends, that's been many years ago!
 I attended a Stampin Up Technique class and water coloring was the focus.  I tried my hand at water coloring which is way out of the box for me.

 I stamped the flowers in Versamark and embossed with silver embossing powder on water color paper. I started with a dark purple ink using an aqua painter by Stampin Up and filled the inside of the petals with a lighter shade of purple. The hearts were painted with a medium shade of pink but it looks red in the picture. I outlined the flowers using a greenish blue ink.

 I took a piece of white ribbon, made 3 loops and using glue dots, adhered it to the back of the oval. I adhered the oval onto a purple,embossed panel which was adhered to a white card. The card was adhered to a light purple panel.

My grandson was christened on February 19th. Here are a few pictures to end my post for today.
Enjoy your week ahead.

                                                         My daughter Dana was Godmother -

                                                  

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Up and Away

Good Sunday afternoon!
I have a couple of cards to share today using a new bundle of stamps and dies by Stampin Up called Up and Away. The stamp set can be used for just about any occasion. I decided to make my nephews valentine cards using this set.

 I used red cardstock for the base and layered a piece of white cardstock on top of the red and die cut a circle; then added a piece of pattern paper from Stampin Up's Stacked with Love tablet of paper and adhered it to a piece of black card stock and adhered that to the bottom half of the front of the card.
 I stamped a hot air balloon in red ink and used one of the die in the set to cut it out. I added clear Wink of Stella to the red stripes. You can see it better in the top picture.
For the inside of the card, I stamped hot air balloons in navy and green inks and the clouds were stamped in navy ink. I also added Wink of Stella to parts of the clouds and balloons.


 My second card was taken from a card I saw on Pinterest. Again using red cardstock for my base, layering light gray and white panels on top.

I die cut a hot air balloon using dark gray cardstock; backing red behind it and adding red gems to the center.
 
                                    
I die cut a heart and added a crystal gem and adhered it to the panel making it look as if the balloon is pulling the heart through the air!

Now off to think of a design for baby's first Valentine!!
Have a good week ahead - N~

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Still Sew Cute

Hello on this early Sunday evening! I am popping in to share a sweet birthday card using the Maya Road Still Sew Cute chipboard set.
I had forgotten I had this set until I had envisioned a card I needed to make for a friend who designs her own clothes and patterns.

 I stamped 'birthday wishes' on the Graphic 45 sticker which I popped up on a scallop circle. I painted all the chipboard pieces with a cream colored acrylic paint, distressed the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink by Tim Holz. I dressed up the dress form with a piece of pleated ribbon by Melissa Francis and added pearl gems for the 'necklace'.

 I painted the needle with silver sparkle paint and inserted it through the 'thread' which is red twine that I wrapped around the spool. I added a piece of 'measuring tape' at the bottom.


Here is my sweet grandson in one of his valentine day outfits!

That's it from me. Enjoy your week ahead!
N~

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Praying for you...

Good Sunday afternoon to you all!
I'm so excited as I'm going to a Chicago Blackhawk's game tonight! The hours are dragging by so to help pass the time, I made a couple of sympathy cards.
We all hate to make them but unfortunately we have to. Recently I had a friends father pass away. I decided to make a few sympathy cards now rather than later.

 I embossed a piece of white cardstock and popped it up with dimensionals onto a white card base. I stamped my image and sentiment with gray ink and adhered it to gray cardstock - all by Stampin Up. I used deminsionals again to adhere it to the embossed piece.
 I stamped my butterfly with gray ink and punch it out. Added pearls and glued it onto the front.

 Using the same stamp set by Stampin Up, I used colored markers to color the tree using brown and teal markers. I stamped it on a piece of white cardstock along with the sentiment. I sponged the edges with Tim Holz Vintage photo distress ink. I adhered it to a piece of taupe colored cardstock and popped it up on an embossed Teal card base.

 On this card, I stamped the background with 3 different shades of blue using Gorgeous Grunge stamp set by Stampin Up. Using brown ink, I stamped the tree and sentiment and adhered it to navy cardstock. Tied a blue and white polka dotted piece of ribbon around it and tied a bow and adhered it all to a white card base. They're all clean and simple and quickly put together.

I am closing with yet another sweet picture of baby Bradley -



Have a wonderful week ahead~
N.


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year-2017

 Are you ready for a new year?  A fresh, new start?  I happen to love new beginnings and a clean slate! As a matter of fact, I have already started to clean out my craft room. The first 5 minutes I had already filled a box! I'm saving the Christmas totes for last. I just can't put them away yet.

I made another gift box of tags, cards and goodies which makes the 3rd one.

                                    
 
 I used an old Christmas paper line from Stampin Up called Christmas Jingle.

 Each compartment holds 4 long tags...
 



4 cards...


..and 4 square tags.
                                     

The 3 small compartments on the side will hold any edible treats if you so chose or any bits and bobs you want to fill it with.

That's it from me. Back to 'out with the old; in with the new' - cleaning out my craft room.

Here is a sweet picture of my son and grandson taken at the pediatrician's office during the baby's 4 month checkup a couple of weeks ago.

                                                
Have a great week ahead!
N~

 


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas 2016

Happy Christmas Eve!
Popping in quickly to share some last minute cards I made. Too late to send them out but I will have them for next year!

 I had made this style card a few years ago but added some tiny details. I used a different ribbon that has more sparkle in it, added glitter to the brick background and to the cuffs on the stockings.

 I love, love, love the Stampin Up's Cable Knit embossing folder! I ran the stockings through my Big Shot using this folder. The cuff of the stocking was ran through the Big Shot using Stampin Up's Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.

                                  

 Here is another card I made using the Cable Knit embossing folder. The pattern paper and chipboard piece is from Carta Bella's Christmas Wonderland - last years Christmas line.



                                    

                                      Below is a matchbook style gift card holder.



I used Stampin Up's Cherry Cobler & whisper white cardstock and Graphic 45's A Christmas Carol paper line and chipboard. The twine is from Michael's.


 
Lastly, I am sharing picture of my Grandson's very first visit to see Santa! He doesn't look very happy with the big man in a red suit!!


 
And to close this post with another Christmas photo!
Happy Holidays!
 
 
N~

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Swirly Scribbles

I hope you are staying indoors today and avoiding the frigid temperatures! I certainly am. Although the weather forecast said we were getting hit with 8-10" of snow, I barely got 2" but with the wind gusts, I have drifts about 2' high! That makes a wonderful day to craft!
I finally decided on my Christmas cards this year. I had ordered some new products and went to Pinterest for ideas.

 
This is my Swirly Scribble Snowman. I used an embossing folder on a piece of light blue cardstock and adhered it to a white card base. I used punches, dies, glitter, snow, ribbon and pearls. And a white pom pom was glued to the end of his hat.




 I used the same Swirly Scribble die for the wreaths, ribbons, embossing powders, stamped sentiments, ribbons, fuzzy trims and red stickles.






 
 
 Another set of cards using the same Swirly Scribble die along with a window pane die. I dry embossed a layer of white cardstock to get the brick look and the vellum behind the panes to resemble snow. I also die cut the 'merry' and 'peace'. I tied a bow from red/white twine and adhered it with a small glue dot.  Red stickles was added to the wreath after I took the picture.

One more card I made and this one is being sent to my boss in California. Her favorite color is pink...



I adhered pattern paper to a pink card base. I punched out the pine branches and glued 3 red gems for the berries on to the die cut ice skates. Using black and gray markers, I colored in the heels and skate blades. And using a light brown marker, I added "x's" for the faux laces. Everything was shaded using Tim Holz 'gathered twigs' distress ink.
 
Last but not least is my grandson's 4 month picture. At his Doctor visit this past Friday, he weighed in at almost 14 lbs.! This little guy wouldn't smile for his mommy since he just had 3 shots!
 
 
 
Have a good week ahead. And a blessed and very merry Christmas!
N~