Thursday, March 31, 2011

a true friend remembers. . .

Finally a break in the rain so I could photograph this card to share with you today! I used Treetops, in Pear and Chocolate ink, along with some red jewel apples.  The sentiment (inside and out) is from the Card Chatter - Birthday set.  I wasn't sure I liked the way the chocolate ink showed through, underneath the green part of my tree (I popped that up on foam tap) but now that I'm looking at it in the photo, I really like it because it makes a great shadow effect.

As a quick finishing touch, I added some baker's twine top the top of this card.  Easy peasy!  
We are enjoying Spring Break  . .although it's rained for half the week, we've managed to have a pretty good time, and it's been nice to have the wacky and wonderful 6 year old home all week.  And we started off vacation with my parents here for a quick visit (which is why you didn't see me here last week! I was playin' with my parents!)
I hope you have a terrific weekend! Back to the grind, next week!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Top 'O the Mornin' to Ya!

Have you been pinched today, or did you remember to wear green today?  Thankfully, the toddler boy doesn't know about such traditions, because so far, I am green-less today.

It doesn't get much more quick and simple than THIS clean white card.  But you may be a little surprised about the stamp I used. . . it's the cute Affection stamp set, with all the sweet hearts and flowers.  The heart flower makes a perfect clover, and the dotted stem can be bent to fit right in it.  (Gotta love clear stamps, that you can curve and bend!)

I am obsessed with twine right now.  A few friends and I split a GIANT (and I mean SERIOUSLY GIANT . . .3400 yards) roll of twine (well, we actually split three rolls of twine: red, green, and brown, but who has to know that?)  So I will be making cards, and wrapping gifts with twine for the next 5 years.  Hopefully it will stay in style for a LONG time.

I hope you have a lucky day today! Bryce was super excited to go to school, because he was pretty sure that some leprechauns were going to have made some trouble in the classroom overnight!  I can't wait to see if he was right!!!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Friday, March 11, 2011

happy trees!

Hello, hello! Today I have a card to share with you, featuring Treetops and Over the Rainbow.  The trees in the Treetops set are quite versatile. . .they are bright and springy on this card, but envision them stamped in Vineyard Berry, and Autumn Terracotta, for a beautiful autumn card.  I stamped the trees in Pear ink, and stamped and trimmed some on Pear cardstock, popping them up on foam tape. 

I chose a white background for this card, but I sort of want to do it again, and put it on blue cardstock, just to see how it turns out.

Next week I'll be back. . .with a St. Patrick's Day card - using a NON-St. Patrick's Day stamp set! Fun, fun, fun!

Have a terrific weekend.  Go make something pretty!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Don't scrap the scraps!

It's a quick and SCRAPPY card today - I sat down to create, with two goals. #1 - Make a QUICK card (because I could only contain the 18 month old at my feet, for a short time!) #2 Use up the scraps of Mayberry paper, that I couldn't bear to throw out!

So here's what I came up with. I loosely based this card on a sketch from Paper Crafts Magazine. But it took on a life of its own, as cards so often do! I inked the edges of all of my paper in Gray Wool ink. Inking the edges always makes it look more finished to me. If I had a sewing machine, I would have stitched it - sort of a patchwork quilt sort of deal. And the kraft color-ready border was the perfect finishing touch, along with some Opaques stuck on!

And once Tanner got busy playing with adhesive tubes (sealed of course!) and ribbon at my feet I had another two minutes to embellish a matching envelope!

Success. And a quick cute card to send out for a special someone's birthday!
So go sit down with some scraps, and see what you can create! Have a terrific weekend!