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~

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!


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!

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!


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Beary 1st Christmas

Good Sunday morning!
Poppin' in to share a Christmas card I made for my grandson who will celebrate his first Christmas in just a few short weeks.
 I use the Baby Bear 3-step stamp set by Stampin Up. I used 2 different ink pads to get the right color for the teddy bear - crumb cake and soft suede.

 I traced the hat onto some pattern paper, cut it out and adhered a white pompom for the tassel and cuffed the hat with white cardstock and added glitter.

I use red stickles on the berries to make them pop but you can't tell from the picture.

We got about 3-4 inches of snow overnight so it's time for me to clear off the driveway and sidewalks before I have to go to work in the morning. And the forecast is calling for additional snow on Tuesday. Gotta love winter in the Midwest!
Enjoy your week ahead!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Framed Art

Good morning!
I'm planning to stay indoors and in my craft room today - all day! I was off work all last week and had every intention of cleaning out my craft room and "purging" - I mean there are pattern papers and packages of old and discontinued paper lines from companies that aren't in business anymore! I literally have no more room to put anything. Instead, I went Christmas shopping nearly everyday of the week, put up the Christmas tree and decorations. I never did make it into the craft room.

I did attend another workshop by my Stampin Up demonstrator - she holds workshops during the week in the mornings and afternoons. Since I was off, I signed up for this one - Framed Art.


 I don't think you can see it, but we used lots of glitter, gem stones, ribbons and pearls. We fussy cut images from the Candy Cane Lane pattern paper. We water colored, punched out shapes and stamped.



 This one is geared towards the New Year celebrations. We did a lot of embossing, stamping, used glitter and vellum papers. I love silver, black and gold together!

These were so easy to put together once all the shapes were cut out, punched out, stamped and embossed. The frames were purchased from Michaels craft store.

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