Happy New Year (Plus 5 Days)!

Hi Friends!  Wow, I can’t believe it has been a whole month since I have posted, but what a whirlwind of a month it was.  Christmas is always a busy time, but starting the week before Thanksgiving until the day after Christmas we had construction going on at our house.  The end results are beautiful and definitely worth the hassle, and I love our two new upstairs bathrooms.  We also got new interior doors throughout the house which meant each closet had to be emptied out in order to remove the old doors and doorjambs, and then once the new doors were in place I cleaned the shelves of all the dust and errant wood particles before putting everything away. Well, not quite everything was put away because I made a vow to get rid of half the stuff from each closet and then put away only what I really wanted to keep.  Many things were given to St. Vincent DePaul or recycled.  I tried to keep the trash to a very minimum with the paring-down process and think I succeeded overall.  All of this was going on while trying to work, Christmas shop, gift wrap, plan, etc., but I have learned to listen to myself as far as limits go so I opted not to put up our regular tree and decorations.  Carrie was a little bummed but I did get a teeny, tiny tree and a small Nativity set to put on our TV stand; Christmas is not about the tree anyhow and while I did miss the beautiful sparkle and glow of our regular tree, I knew it would have been filled with dust by the time the construction as over.  Anyhow, Christmas was a lovely as always with spending time with family and friends, and that is what counts the most!

When time is short, this card is easy to make and has an excellent layout to use when larger quantities are needed, yet the outcome is simple and elegant.  I checked my stock of organza ribbons and matched the colors to my cardstock and inks.  A top layer of white was dry embossed with Devine Swirls, Birds and Swirls, or Perfect Paisley, and then the bottom edges were punched with a variety of Martha Stewart edgers.  The sentiments are from Stampin Up’s Short and Sweet set.

Yellow Card Pink Card

Black Organza Ribbon Card

Black Organza Ribbon Card

Happy New Year Plus 5 Days!  I hope 2014 is an extra-special year for you filled with love, health, family, and friends!

Love Cards with Unconventional Colors

It has been a productive, crafty week.  I made a big batch of these Love/Valentine cards for OWH following a challenge of using unconventional valentine colors and think the golden yellow/olive look so pretty.

Punch Pourri Card

Punch Pourri Card

The background is embossed with Devine Swirls in white.  The stamps are from Stampin Up’s Punch Pourri set and coordinate with the Boho Blossoms, Heart, and Bird punches.  The olive strip is embossed with SU’s Square Lattice folder, and the yellow edge is punched with a Martha Stewart edge punch.

Next I am working on some traditional-looking Love/Valentine cards with Cricit cutouts.  Hopefully I will finish those in a few days – so many ideas, so little time!

Making Some Crafty Strides

How in the world did November arrive so quickly?  Guess time flies when you are having fun!  I finished the Hawaii scrapbook but know it is not my best effort.  It was so overwhelming because of the length of the trip and the amount of pictures to go through, but I was determined to get that off my plate.  Over two weeks I devoted huge chunks of time to it but was glad to get the last embellishment on the last page.  Then I had to get all the pages over the metal binding posts with added extenders, which is no easy feat, and just as it was almost on my last nerve, the final post was screwed together.  Of course that was after one kept popping off and the dog tried to eat it multiple times!

Another reason it was on my last nerve was because I have so many ideas swirling in my head for the other projects I want to finish by the end of the year as I mentioned in my previous post.  I am making headway on the love/Valentine cards for OWH and am showcasing this one today.

Owl Silhouettes

Owl Silhouettes

The owls are from the Stampin Up Owl Punch and the branch is from the Stampin Up Bird punch.  The heart is a Martha Stewart sticker, the moon is a 3-1/2 inch white circle, and I used the Cloudy Day embossing folder from Stampin Up on the blue background.  Thanks, Sharon, for giving me a gentle nudge to update.  Now back to my crafty corner to start a new batch.  Happy November!

Elegant Hearts Wedding Card

Elegant Hearts Wedding Card

Elegant Hearts Wedding Card

This wedding card is clean, simple, and elegant. A variety of white- and cream-colored hearts were cut in various sizes with Cricut George. Hearts were then dry embossed with Devine Swirls, Square Lattice, and Plaid Pattern embossing folders. The top of the card was embossed with tiny hearts. Mr. & Mrs. Stamped is a Doodlebug stamp from the “You Said It” set. TGIF – Have a great weekend!

Rhinestones and Pink Champagne

Always and Forever

Always and Forever

Here are yet 2 more wedding cards that I made for a wedding this afternoon. One of my favorite things to do when I receive invitations (wedding or graduation) is to see if there are elements on the invitations that I can use on the cards I make. The colors on the invitation were pink and black so that set my color choices. The “Always and Forever” card is stamped on a plaque I made with the Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge, and the background is dry embossed with Swiss Dots. The ribbon and rhinestone heart were actually cut off the invitation and reused to give this card a personal touch for the Bride and Groom.

Pink Champagne Wedding Card

Pink Champagne Wedding Card

I was really happy with the “Pink Champagne” card. Kim so graciously shared with me her Stampin Up Stamps, Cheers to You, and I knew the champagne glasses would make a great wedding card. Again, the round plaque is cut from Elegant Edges and the Best Wishes stamp is from Stampin Up’s Sincere Salutations. My favorite part is the actual champagne, which I colored in with a light yellow colored pencil and topped with a Stardust glitter pen. I added Glossy Accents over top the coloring, and it hardens and gives just a little bit of dimension and sheen to the champagne, which I think is a pretty effect. I added a simple ribbon bow and a rhinestone heart, which again was reused from the original wedding invitation. Sorry that the close-up picture below is a bit blurry but I hope you can see what I am describing (click on the pictures to see details better).

Pink Champagne closeup

Pink Champagne closeup

I hope you’re not tired of wedding cards yet, because I have one more to show you later this week. Have a great weekend and stay cool!

Three Coordinating Wedding Cards

Mr. & Mrs. Wedding Card

Mr. & Mrs. Wedding Card

Here are three wedding cards made for my son and daughter-in-law’s wedding two weeks ago; one from my husband and me and one for each set of grandparents to give. I wanted the cards to coordinate with their wedding colors yet be different from each other. I like how clean and simple the first card is. A simple embossing folder and gossamer ribbon can make such a pretty card. Three paper flowers set off the Mr. & Mrs. design quite gracefully.

The second card is another example of simplicity. The top panel is embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder and edge punched with a Martha Stewart scallop edger. Simple heart outlines were cut on the Cricut, and a tiny slit in one enabled them to be entwined with the slit being hidden where the hearts meet. Of course I had to embellish with a little sparkle too.

Double Hearts

Double Hearts

Last but not least, I love the colors on this card. Again hearts were cut on the Cricut. One was matted and the other dry embossed, and the smaller 3 were cut from patterned paper. The MS scallop edger was used at the top as well as three paper flowers and a tiny white bow.

Blue Hearts Wedding Card

Blue Hearts Wedding Card

Glad it is Friday because I have lots of crafting I want to do this weekend, and I hope you have something enjoyable to look forward to as well. Thanks for stopping by!