Monday, March 21, 2016

Hopping Into Easter

While I was listening to the news this afternoon, they announced that it is the first day of Spring.  Now, keep in mind that in Minnesota there is still snow on the ground, and we as Minnesotans know that the snow can still fly even into May.  But for today, it is Spring.  The snow will slowly begin to melt, and new signs of green will peek through before we even know it's happening.  The warmer weather will be upon us, and as a school teacher........HURRAY!  I know that Summer is coming before too terribly long.  Oh, what a day that will be!  Teachers always love Summer break (at least I know this one does).
I saw some challenges this weekend that I really wanted to enter.  So, with all of them in mind, I created this card which covers both Easter and Spring categories.  I love playing along in my favorite challenges, so I had to cover all my bases so that this card would fit the requirements for the challenges where I want to play along (and cross my fingers to potentially think of winning....WOW), it's all so fun.

I used two patterned papers that are really old.  The papers, tag and chipboard I used on this card are actually from a baby girl collection.  I just decided that I wanted to turn it into an Easter card, so I used a Melissa Frances rub-on to add a Happy Easter sentiment to the little tag.  I tied some light blue seam binding on the tag, and poked a sweet fabric brad into the tag as well.  I have some really cute vintage deep pink lace on my card, machine stitching, and a sticker.  It's simple, but yet it turned out kinda cute!

Here is where I will be sharing my card:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says Cute and Cuddly

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Crafty hugs,

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Good Luck

Hello, my creative blogging friends!  I hope that you are all doing well and having a great week.  It's finally the weekend, and I had a chance to make a couple of cards last night.  I hope to be able to do even  little more crafting this weekend in between grading a whole lot of tests and assignments that are piling up and require completion before Monday morning.  So.....wish me "Good Luck" to be able to get it all finished and still have time to make a few cards.
This card came together pretty quickly and easily.  I started with some old patterned papers from my stash (one is polka dot and the other has little fish on it), and I glued them together and machine stitched them into place.  I ran some seam binding across my card and into a bow to add a special touch.  The sentiment was stamped using an old stamp, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, and some sticker gems.

It's a very simple card.  I plan to give it to a co-worker who is leaving our school at the end of the month and transferring to a local elementary school to teach Third Grade, so I thought that the fish were cute for her card.  While I will miss her at my job, I know she will do a great job with the younger kids.  I will admit that it takes a lot of energy and patience to work with Jr. High School students every day, and that it's not for everyone.  I hope she really loves her new position.

I'm sharing my little Good Luck card in the following challenges this week:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "A Bit 'O Green" - I used lots of great dark green on my card in the patterned papers, the seam binding and the cardstock in the background.

V's Sweet Ideas - Challenge #44 - Lady Luck - I made a green Good Luck card

Word Art Wednesdays - Challenge #221- Anything Goes/Family Friendly

CropStop Linky Party #14 - I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot and in Peeled Paint Green

Really Reasonable Ribbon - Challenge #136 - Show Me The Green With Ribbon - I used Hug Snug Seam Binding, just like that found at Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Fun Cuts Alphabet Challenge - O is for Oval - I used an oval die-cut for my sentiment, and turned it onto its side.

Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog.  I appreciate hearing your comments on my card, and I look forward to visiting your blog to see your cards and artful projects.  I hope you all get a chance to do more crafting this weekend as well.  Have fun!


Friday, March 4, 2016

Going Green

Well, my original intention for this card was to use a cute St. Patrick's Day image.  However, my printer decided to run out of ink so that idea went out the window.  Instead I created this card using lots of green patterned paper, some ephemera, flowers, ribbon, and gold twine as an accent.
Once I had the patterned papers together, I ran some gold ribbon trim along the top and bottom to create borders around the green polka dot paper.  I used a die-cut for the sentiment which was cut from gold cardstock.  I used some gold ephemera flowers, journalling spot with gold corner accent, and then toed a big fluffy bow from pink seam binding, and then placed some gold twine with a gold button in the center of the bow.  I really like the green all the gold accents.

I will be linking up this card in some fun challenges.  Thanks so much for stopping by to take a quick peek at my card.  I always appreciate your visits and comments.

V's Sweet Ideas - Challenge #44 - Lady Luck - I decided to create a THANK YOU card for this challenge, and incorporate green.

Choux Choux Paper Art - Challenge #4 - St. Patrick's Day/Green

Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #221 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

Really Reasonable Ribbon - Challenge #136 - Show Me The Green

NBUS - DJKardKreations - Challenge #6 - Anything Goes - The NBUS I used on this card is that gorgeous gold twine that's in my bow.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Giving It A Try

I'm NOT good at all these new techniques.  I'm the first to admit it.  This isn't even cute!  But hey....give me the BIG E for EFFORT.  At least I gave it a try.  My card looks NOTHING like Betsy Veldman's sweet sample card, but then again I don't have the same supplies she used either.  I gave it a whirl with what I had.  This is my Top 10 Ugliest Cards Ever category.....LOL
I used inks, sponge, a stamped sentiment, and Papertrey Ink flower die-cuts on felt, some buttons with baker's twine, and green rick rack for the stems.  That is IT!  Like I said, it's definitely not my finest work.  But there is something to be said for giving it the old college try.  I'm adventerous, and that's good for something (probably not good enough for a win here, but good enough for me).  Nonetheless, I enjoy playing along and will be linking up my card in some challenges.

Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink - Make It Monday #241 - Ombre Stenciled Backgrounds - As I stated above, not like Betsy's, but I tried.  I used a Papertrey Ink floral die-cut on my wool felt flowers.

CropStop Linky Party #13 - Anything Goes - I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Little Scrap Pieces - Anything Goes Show It Off Saturday Linky Party

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