Crafty Weekends are the Best!

Last week once again we spent a relaxing, crafty weekend at the Hickory Road Inn, a bed and breakfast in Batesville. Our group has such diverse talents and interests so lots of sewing, embroidery, painting, scrapbooking, paper crafting, and card making took place. All the food was scrumptious and the Inn is very comfortable and accommodating. At least this time we didn’t have any run-ins with ice storms or ticks!!

 

Emily's canvas pictures

Emily’s canvas pictures

Hedgehog banner by Mariele for college dorm door hanger

Hedgehog banner by Mariele for college dorm door hanger

 

Colorful Birthday Card

Colorful Birthday Card

Hexagon Birthday Card with Sequins

Hexagon Birthday Card with Sequins

 

Window Card with Flower Box

Window Card with Flower Box

Chevron Birthday Card with Sequins

Chevron Birthday Card with Sequins

Emily worked on two canvas collages which were very stunning, but unfortunately I don’t have a picture of her second one.  Mariele is getting ready to go back to college and worked on door hangers and other decorations dorm room and her service group.  Above are some of the cards I made.  It was fun to add some sparkle with the sequins.  I can’t decide if the window box card needs to have some curtains in the window, so I will probably add some to the next batch and see which I like better. Have a great week!

Chalkboard Cards

Chalkboard Card - PinkHi friends. Today’s cards were totally cased (Copy And Shared Everything) from something I saw online. The flower colors look so vivid and really pop against the black “chalkboard” background, and the white ink of the greetings and outline also lend to the chalkboard feel.

Chalkboard Cards

Chalkboard Cards

I used Hero Arts’ white unicorn ink and the stamps are from Stampin’ Up’s Secret Garden set. I thought they were so striking that I made quite a few color and sentiment combinations. Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Hats Off to You – Another Masculine Card

This is a clean and simple card that has the look of class and refinement. I love when cards come together so tailored and sophisticated looking with only 2 colors and very few supplies. The Classic Hats stamps are from Inkadinkado. The tiny sentiment comes from Impress Stamps, and I picked it up at their shop when we visited Seattle last year. Don’t you think the individual stamps worked perfectly together?

Hats Off to You

Hats Off to You

The white squares are 1 inch with a black shadow background. The white background of the card is embossed with Stampin Up’s Stripes embossing folder.

Love is in the air

Man and Wife

Newly Married

Wow, it has been a while since I posted but we have been rather busy because my son and new daughter-in-law were married last Saturday! In my opinion the wedding was beautiful and everything went perfectly. The rehearsal and rehearsal dinner went smoothly, the weather behaved while outdoor pictures were taken, the wedding was gorgeous, and the reception was so much fun! I love this picture of them when they were pronounced man and wife – such happiness!

In the next few posts I will show you some of the cards I have made over the last year in honor of the many weddings we have attended since last fall. I have known many of these couples since they were freshmen in high school and love seeing them get married and start their lives together.

Below is the bridal shower invitation I made for my daughter-in-law’s shower. I tried to keep the aqua color consistent throughout all the cards I made for her along the way. I saw a similar card on Pinterest but of course had to add a little sparkle to it (it is easier to see the sparkle if you click on the photo and enlarge it). I drew the dress silhouette by hand and when I was finally pleased with it, I cut out a template from heavy chipboard. I traced and cut out all the dresses by hand. Then I stamped a pretty swirl with VersaMark and heat embossed with a sparkly iridescent powder. A simple snip of ribbon was wrapped at the waist. The sentiment is from Stampin Up and I used background paper in their wedding color. The newlyweds arrive home tomorrow and I can’t wait to hear all about their adventures in Antigua.      

Bridal Shower Invitation

Bridal Shower Invitation

Lastly, while on the topic of love and weddings, yesterday was my parent’s 54th wedding anniversary.  Isn’t that incredible?   Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad.  I love you!

Fantastic!

Fantastic! Stampin Up, Furnished with Love

Fantastic! Stampin Up, Furnished with Love

Today’s card was made with a retired set of 2004 Stampin Up stamps called Furnished with Love.  I love puns so when I found this set at a used stamp sale, I grabbed it up.  The fan and sentiment are stamped on a shape from the Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge and heat embossed with silver embossing powder to give it a little texture and dimension.  I colored the fan blades with two shades of blue Copic markers.  The paper is from an inexpensive set of matching papers I found at our local OfficeMax when they were closing a nearby store a few years ago.  I didn’t even know they sold craft items but was thrilled to find such a pretty set for under $2.  I love that this sentiment can be used to celebrate a variety of occasions and events.  Have a fantastic day!

Cards of a Feather Flock Together

Happy Monday! I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Warm Fuzzies, Green Flocked Paper

Warm Fuzzies, Green Flocked Paper

I have had some interesting flocked scrapbook paper that I bought at Target almost 5 years ago. It came in 12×12 size, six papers to a pack, and they were on clearance for $2.00. I couldn’t pass that up, could I? The green paper has various fuzzy, flocked vines, leaves, and flowers, and the red has dark red flowers flocked throughout. I used the papers after I got them and made a few cards. When I think about those cards and how rudimentary they were, I’m thankful that people were sweet enough to accept them from me and use them. You all encouraged me in my card making and since that point I have learned a lot! Naturally, as any crafter does, I accumulated more and more papers over the years, and the unique flocked paper got pushed to the bottom of the pile.

Warm Fuzzies, Red

Warm Fuzzies, Red Flocked Paper

Warm Fuzzies, Red with Ribbon

Then I bought a new set of polymer stamps by Hero Arts called “Everyday Sayings.” I loved that it had stamps to pertain to many events in our lives, but when I saw the one that said “Sending Warm Fuzzies,” I knew exactly which paper to use with this stamp. I think it worked out rather well since the flocking is fuzzy and so is the saying. I love when two separate items work so well together. To add a little interest I backed the flocked paper on coordinating colored cardstock with one edge punched, and I cut triangles out of the ends the sentiment rectangle to create points. The tiny flower at the beginning of the sentiment was also included in the Everyday Sayings stamps.  

The third example uses a beautiful iridescent red ribbon to add some flair, but sometimes these cards can be bulky and difficult to mail, so that is why I opted for a flatter front on the first two cards shown.  I think “Sending Warm Fuzzies” is a bit more personal and special than a generic “Thinking of You.”  Hope your week is full of warm fuzzies!

“Core’dinating” a Birthday Card

Core'dinations Paper Birthday Card

Core’dinations Paper Birthday Card

This brightly colored birthday card is made with Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock.  Maybe you are not familiar with this product so I will explain.  This cardstock has a core color that “coredinates” with the surface color.  You can choose to keep the core hidden or add your own creative touch by sanding, tearing, or antiquing.

I ran three colors of the cardstock through my Texture Boutique Embossing Machine using the Cuttlebug Birds and Swirls embossing folder.  I also embossed a rectangle with the Happy Birthday mini embossing folder.  I used a Sand-It sanding block to lightly sand away the top layer of the cardstock to reveal the lighter color core of the paper.  After sanding I wiped each piece of cardstock with a Dust Buddy tacky cloth to remove any residual paper dust.

Then I cut them vertically into three equal panels and mixed and matched the panels so each card had one of each color.  I learned through trial and error to be careful how I placed the paper in the embossing folder so that the patterns would match up seamlessly.  I mounted the panels on piece of blue cardstock and tied three coordinating pieces of Baker’s twine across the card, and I mounted the Happy Birthday sentiment on yellow.  The assembled card front was placed on a piece of orange cardstock, and I used three paper flowers to add a little embellishment at the sentiment.

This technique was wonderfully messy with lots of paper dust, but I like getting my fingers dirty while crafting.  Somehow, it makes me feel more creative.