The Box is Filling Up . . .

The “box of love” is filling up faster than I thought thanks to a productive weekend with friends at a new crafty hideaway, which I will talk about in another post.  Here are a couple of cards that I was able to finish the week before I left.

Universal Man & Woman

Universal Man & Woman

This man and woman images were cut from Cricut’s Going Places cartridge and they sweetly share each other’s hearts (which are enameled with Glossy Accents) and are holding hands.  The red background is a bit difficult to see but it is embossed with a Darice heart embossing folder.

The next two cards follow the same assembly but were made in alternating colors.   I really like the designs of the damask patterned paper that was bought at Michael’s.

XOXO Pink & Purple

XOXO Pink & Purple

XOXO Purple &Pink

XOXO Purple & Pink

Only about one-third of the box left to fill!  Have a great week!

Have a Fintastic Day!

Hi Friends!  Long time, no blog!  As many of you know, I was fortunate enough to go on a beautiful vacation recently and island hopped the Hawaiian Islands.  In a nutshell, Pearl Harbor really touched my heart and the Punchbowl came in a close second.  Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island was the most awesome of the “organized” natural wonders we visited and I found it quite intriguing, not to mention the random beauty we saw around every corner including pristine beaches with turquoise waters, large turtles close to the shore, and gorgeous sunsets worthy of a Sierra Club publication.  You know those calendars – they show photos so breathtaking that you think they must be Photoshopped and color enhanced.  Turns out these things wonders of nature really do exist and are even more stunning in person.  Also, the smells of the flowering trees and shrubs caught me by surprise each day.  Okay, I will admit it was really, really hot in some places and unfortunately some cities, mostly Honolulu, suffer the same blights of any other big city, but overall I considered it a trip of a lifetime.

The six-hour difference really kicked my butt after we got home on Sunday.  Finally on Thursday I started feeling like my body clock was back to normal and it has taken until now to have a breather from work, chores, and everyday life to update my blog.  In honor of all the colorful fish and sea life of Hawaii, I am featuring a cute fish card to wish you a Fin-tastic Day, and while you are at it, Have a Fin-tastic Weekend!

Have a Fintastic Day

Have a Fintastic Day

This card was made with Cricut Life’s a Beach fish cut at 2”, 3”, and 3-1/2”.  The seaweed was cut at 2”, and the sand is simply a ¾-inch torn paper strip.  The shell is from Create a Critter and is 1-1/2”.  The background was dry embossed with the Sizzix Swirls and Waves folder, and air bubbles were enhanced with Glossy Accents.  Aloha!

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!