Sunday, May 21, 2017

Charmed

Hi there!
I finally finished up the last of the mini albums. I tried something new with these 4 albums - at least new for me - I added some charms and a cute tassle to the spines on each book.


 I've seen this done on so many books but never had the nerve to try it. I'm glad I did as I was happy with the way they turned out. Each album had a different colored tassle along with charms that had a vacation feel to it. I'm sure I'll be adding more of these to all my albums!

I'm finally able to get back to making cards which I miss dearly. And, I'll be starting my grandson's First Easter album - better late than never!

And here is Bradley's 9 month picture -

Thanks for visiting - have a wonderful week ahead!
N~

Sunday, May 7, 2017

May Birthdays

Hello there! Today's cards are for 2 of many May birthdays I have to celebrate. This first one is for my son Jake who turned 31 yesterday.



 I used Stampin Up's World Traveler embossing folder and shaded the raised embossed parts with light brown ink. I adhered it to a piece of a mustard color card stock.

I took the coordinating stamp set, Going Global and stamped the image with mossy green ink on turquoise card stock. I added a gold brad to the center. Using the coordinating pattern paper, Going Places, I cut 2 banners and adhered them on top of the embossed panel along with the banner with the sentiment, Happy Day. I adhered the image with foam adhesive squares to the banners. Here is the finished card.


This next card is for my high school best friend. Her birthday is tomorrow and we'll celebrate it over dinner one night that is good for both of us.
I used the Stampin' Up Beautiful You stamp set. This set is gorgeous and one I'll be turning to often.
I stamped the image in versa mark on water color paper and heated with silver embossing powder. Then I water colored the hat in yellow, her skirt in blue and her top in tan. I stamped the sentiment using Stampin' Up Soft Suede ink. I adhered the water color image to a piece of blue card stock.
My card base is made from light blue card stock. I mounted pattern paper from the Fallin in Love paper pad (Stampin' Up) to a piece of ivory card stock and tied a piece of lacy ribbon around the panel and adhered it to the front of the card.  I adhered the watercolor panel to the front of the card.

That is all from me for now.
Enjoy your week ahead.
N~

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Beautiful You

No, I'm not MIA!! I have been busy trying to meet a deadline on some mini albums I was asked to make for a friend's Cancun birthday trip.
Today I have 2 cards to share with you. I used the new Beautiful You stamp set by Stampin' Up.


I stamped the girl in black ink on white cardstock and paper pieced the hat and dress from the In Color designer series paper using Mint Macaron paper, ink and ribbon.
 I wrapped gold metallic ribbon over the Mint Macaron lace ribbon, added gold metallic nail heads in the upper right corner.
 This 2nd card uses the same stamp set. I started with a Kraft card base and layered a piece of cream card stock and a piece of  Stampin Up Falling In Love paper to it. I paper pieced the hat and dress using the same paper line.

 I die cut the image and layered it on top of a scallop circle die cut. I wrapped a piece of lace ribbon around the panel and adhered the circle die cut to the front of the card. I punched out 3 flowers from color coordinating card stock, added pearls to their centers and adhered them to the circle die cut.
And now some pictures of my handsome little grandson who turned 8 months on Easter Sunday! Have a good week ahead -
 N~


                                                    Love his expression on this one!

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~