Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Together

I'm impressed with myself. I've gotten quite a bit of crafting done this weekend.  I made this card for my Great Aunt & Uncle's Anniversary.  They like to bike ride together (after 30 years of marriage), and it's something they've always enjoyed doing, I thought this would be a great card for them.  It's a little bit "girly", but usually my Aunt is the one who is more into the cards anyway.  My aunts, cousins, Mom, Grandma, and most of the women in my life are the ones who really like getting my hand-made cards.  I was just really happy to have enough time this weekend to create a few of them that I needed for various upcoming occasions.
I made this one with one of my favorite pieces of pattern paper (and I'm running out of it).  It's from My Mind's Eye, and the stick pin is from Maya Road, the doily die-cut is from Cheery Lynn Designs, the stamp is from Prima and I used a tiny bit of flower soft on it.  The seam binding is from a lady on Etsy that I found who sells it at a really great price.

These are the challenges I've found where I can share this card:

Cheery Lynn Designs Blog - Challenge #190 - Anything Goes - I used Cheery Lynn Designs French Pastry Doily Die-Cut on my card.

Word Art Wednesdays Challenge Blog - Challenge #188 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

3 Girl Jam Challenge - June: Anything Goes with Ribbon

CropStop Linky Party #5 - I used adhesive and Tim Holtz Ink sold at CropStop.  This is my third entry in their FUN challenge!

I would be thrilled to have you as a new blog follower here, and I would be more than happy to stop by and follow your blog in return.  I'm trying to reach out and make new blog friends, and to find more challenges where I can share my cards.  Sometimes it's hard to find challenges that fit the cards I make, so I'm always looking.

Have a great and creative week!

It's ALL About You

I made this card for a friend that I work with who NEVER puts herself first.  She is a Special Education Teacher, and she is always thinking of others and doing things for others.  Well, her 50th Birthday is next week, and we are throwing a BIG SURPRISE party for her.  She has NO IDEA, and I thought this was a perfect sentiment for her card.  I stamped Happy Birthday on the inside of the card as well.
I used some October Afternoon supplies on this card (the pattern papers and the journal card with the rooster), and I also inked the card and added a button and some baker's twine that I wrapped around it.  I hope she likes it, and I hope that she can finally enjoy just one day that is all about her - she deserves it!

I've found the following challenges where I can add my card:

Classy Cards 'N Such - Challenge #90 - Red and Black and Rooster!  What a fun challenge.  I used a couple of things from CCNS including Tim Holtz ink and black baker's twine.

Stamp & Create Challenge Blog - June Challenge:  Summer Fun

Word Art Wednesdays Challenge - Challenge #188 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use Your Favorite Technique and/or Product - I used baker's twine which is a favorite product for me.

V's Sweet Ideas Challenge Blog - Challenge #35 - Use Your Favorite Technique - I can NEVER resist inking my cards.  It seems not only be a "favorite technique", but also a "go-to" move for me as well.....LOL

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and have a great day.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

It's warming up in Minnesota, and I'm guessing in most places by this time of year.  However, I recently found a fun challenge that called for a Christmas card; and I thought, "how fun"!  I couldn't resist, and decided to create a Christmas card to play along.
I used some really old My Mind's Eye pattern paper, and some little stickers from another MME set.  I also added some glittered bells that I tied with jute.  It's a fairly simple card, but it's one Christmas card that's already completed.  Only about 100 cards left to create...LOL

These are the challenges where I am linking my card:

ABC Christmas Challenge - L is for LYRICS - I used a sticker to give my card the sentiment "We Wish You a Merry Christmas", which I thought was a perfect sentiment to use because it's one of the very first Christmas songs I learned in English.

Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Linky Party - What a sweet challenge.  Come and play along!

Word Art Wednesdays Challenge - Challenge #188 - Anything Goes

V's Sweet Ideas - Challenge #35 - Favorite Technique - My favorite technique has always been sewing, and I love to machine stitch on my cards.

CropStop Linky Party #5 - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Use Your Favorite Technique and/or Product" - My favorite technique is sewing, so I machine stitched on my card

Thanks so much for visiting my little piece of blog land.  I'm so grateful to have you stop by, and I would be DELIGHTED to have you as a new blog follower.  I will stop by your blog to follow you as well.


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Rule of Thirds Meets Friendship

I saw a WONDERFUL tutorial yesterday over on the My Favorite Things Blog, and I just HAD to "share with the class".  They're holding Summer School, and doing some wonderfully helpful tutorials on how to improve the aesthetics of your cards.  This particular class was about the "Rule of Thirds", and showed how you can imagine your card in nine equal squares (three equal rows by three equal rows), and then placing your elements on those imaginary lines to help spread things out and make them pleasing to the eye.  You can see the entire tutorial here on the My Favorite Things Blog.
So anyway, I used this "Rule of Thirds" to create a sweet little card for a friend.  I used some Create Paper patterned papers, and a lovely flower die-cut from My Favorite Things called Die-Namics Loopy Blooms.  I used this lovely die-cut to create my flowers from wool felt that you fold over, hot glue, and then roll into blooms.  They're just SO cute.  Then, I used more wool felt to die-cut some leaves using a PTI die.  I tied in some baker's twine and natural burlap jute.

I'm going to enter my card in a few challenges:

My Favorite Things - Summer School - Rule of Thirds - I used the My Favorite Things/Die-Namics Loopy Blooms Die-Cut.  I really enjoyed this tutorial, and it really explained how this technique makes your cards aesthetically pleasing.

Word Art Wednesdays - Challenge #187 - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Friends or Super Heroes - I chose to make a lovely friendship card.

CropStop Linky Party #5 - I used a couple of different things from the CropStop store including a Die-Namics die-cut and some May Arts Natural Burlap String

V's Sweet Ideas - Challenge #35 - Favorite Technique - I like sewing, so that's probably my favorite technique.

Sketch Saturday - Challenge #365 - I love this sweet sketch, and I also love Simon Says Stamp.  What a dream that would be!

Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Show It Off Linky Party

Thanks for saying hello here on my blog today.  I would love to have you become a new follower here, and I would be more than happy to come by and follow your blog as well. Just leave me a message and let me know.

Have a great week!