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!

Weekend Retreat at the Crop-A-Doodle-Do

I was fortunate enough to enjoy another weekend at my favorite crafting place – the Crop-A-Doodle-Do – which is Indiana’s finest crafting Bed and Breakfast!  It is a farmhouse renovated into a crafter’s haven.  What a respite.  All our meals and snacks were made for us, and all we had to do was craft, relax, and reconnect with friends.  Here are some pictures of the weekend.

Friday's Sunset

Friday’s Sunset

Friday's Sunset

Friday’s Sunset

Relaxing in Adirondak Chairs

Relaxing in Adirondak Chairs

I planned to make 114 owl cards to to go along with the owl pun stamps I just bought.  After about 35 owl cards I had had enough of the tedious piecing and moved on to another project.

Components to make 114 owl cards!

Components to make 114 owl cards!

Guess Whoo Misses You

Guess Whoo Misses You

Guess Whooo Loves You

Guess Whooo Loves You

The owls were made with Stampin Up’s owl punch and the branch is from their bird punch.  I pieced everything together with my craft tweezers and Tombow’s Mono Multi Glue.

You Rock components

You Rock components

I borrowed the CADD’s Cricut Cartridge called Nifty Fifties and cut out all these terrific guitars as well as the phrases of “You Rock.”  I made these cards for OWH and thought the You Rock cards were perfect for deployed service folks to send home to their teenagers.

Now back to normal tomorrow with work, etc., but at least I am starting Monday feeling refreshed and rested.  Speaking of work – Missie, here is the card I dedicated to you for covering the weekend’s dictation for me.  Thank You – You Rock!

You Rock

You Rock, Missie!

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 More Wedding Cards

Wedding Cake Card

Wedding Cake Card

Wedding Cake Card

Wedding Cake Card

The 2 wedding cake cards were based on a card I learned in a Stampin Up class. They were simple and quick to make yet have an elegant feel.   The cake layers were made with graduating sizes of rectangles embossed with the Devine Swirls embossing folder. Once stacked, the rectangle “layers” were offset by a strand of adhesive pearls. The 3 flowers and bows were just from odds and ends I had in my sticker stash. I tried to use background colors that coordinated with each individual wedding we attended (and we had quite a few in the last year).

Double Heart Love Card

Double Heart Love Card

The double-heart card can easily be an anniversary or any type of “love” card. Two hearts and their shadows were cut with the George Cricut cartridge. The hearts were stamped with a flourish design with VersaMark and heat embossed with gold powder. The Perfect Paisley embossing folder was used for the background which was layered on the same gold cardstock as the heart shadows. A pretty gold ribbon finishes the look.

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!

Love Ewe

Love Ewe, Unity Stamps

Love Ewe, Unity Stamps

How adorable that this mama ewe and baby lamb can be interpreted as giving kisses, rubbing noses, or just snuggling. I made a big batch of these cards to send to OWH and hope the children who received them can feel the love of the sender.

The stamp is called “Love Ewe” from Unity Stamps. I stamped the images with a clear VersaMark Dazzle Frost Shimmer ink pad and heat embossed them with white embossing powder. The background paper has printed barnyard sounds and sayings. I used a white grosgrain ribbon vertically on the card with a bow in between the picture and the saying. The “fluffy rectangle” on which the animals sit was cut with my Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge as was the Love Ewe sentiment.

I hope you are enjoying my blog posts and thank you for reading. Please feel free to comment or leave suggestions, questions, or requests. I want you to enjoy this blog as much as I enjoy making cards!