Springtime

We have had lovely changes in weather lately as well as not-so-lovely thunderstorms with a bit of chill in the air, but that is what spring is all about.  I pulled out some long-loved Stampin Up stamps and punches to create this little bird card, and it reminds me so much of springtime.

Stampin Up Bird Card

Stampin Up Bird Card

Have a great weekend and try to get out to experience all the blossoms and renewal in your part of the world.

White on White Cards

Today I am sharing three cards that are white on white. After playing with watercolors for many weeks I got back to card making and wanted to start with a clean look. What could be cleaner than white on white?

White on White-Best Wishes

White on White-Best Wishes

Embossing folders add texture and only a few ribbons or inky words are needed.  The card above features the Stampin Up Bird punch layered on an embossed heart.

White on White - Swirls

White on White – Swirls

White on White - Hearts

White on White – Hearts

The edge punches add to the lacy, crisp, and elegant feel of these cards, which are so versatile and can be used for a multitude of occasions.

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!

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!