This stamp set is so versatile because the components can be layered in countless ways, creating many variations of each flower. I used the Stampin Up subtle ink collection and love the blendability and softness of the colors. Just in case they weren’t feminine enough, a little sequin bling took care of that!
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?
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.
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.
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.
Happy New Year Plus 5 Days! I hope 2014 is an extra-special year for you filled with love, health, family, and friends!
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.
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!
Last weekend was so bittersweet. Some crafty ladies and I visited the Crop-A-Doodle-Do one last time before they closed for good. You probably know how much I enjoyed my crafty weekends there, and I am really going to miss the farmhouse and the terrific folks who worked there. Also, I think we witnessed one of the most spectacular sunsets ever with its fiery reddish-orange glow cast all across the farm. I will miss the serenity and peacefulness found only in the country.
Anyhow, I was able to get a start on my Christmas cards but they will be a work in progress until I finally mail them out in December. There are a lot of steps to them, but I think in the long run they will turn out really pretty. It was fun to break out the heat embossing tools and supplies once again and even though it can be a little messy, the end result is so classy and beautiful.
In contrast to my poinsettias, Judy was working on a summer project and used the napkin transfer technique that we learned last weekend a Stampaway. So cute!
After a while I was weary of playing with the poinsettias, so I happily broke into my newest Stampin Up set called Secret Garden. With a little inspiration from Pinterest I made these cheerful-looking cards. I was really happy with the way they turned out.
Well, I guess our Crop-A-Doodle-Do fun is over but looking back we learned a lot from each other and made a lot of fun memories. Thanks, ladies, for making it so terrific!
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.
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.
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!
Welcome to my blog and my first post! Mostly this blog will encompass my love of papercrafting, but I am sure I will talk about things going on in my life from time to time. We have had a long, cold winter so I thought I would post a picture of a very springy-looking card. Hopefully it will help you feel a little bit of sunshine peaking out from behind the clouds.