October 5, 2015

Anna Griffin Style Birthday Cards

You are in for a treat today if you like ornate or elegant cards. This is one of the cards that are from Design Studio, Make it now cards from Anna Griffins Flourish Cartridge.  I always alter the cards a little bit for my needs and they always work out well. I am amazed how easy this card was to cut out. I do need to share that cards like these are easier with a spray adhesive.

I also used one of Anna's embossing strips to make the center piece. Thank you Pam for my Lace embossing/ die cut set, you can see that this really adds a lot of detail to the front of the card.

As you see the spray adhesive is very important. I saved the strips of paper I cut from and made a strip for the inside of the card. It offers a great look.

This is how the inside turned out and I really love that stamp. A friend gave it to me and she got it from Michael's or Joann's.

This is a Close To My Heart Stamp and it goes beautifully with the other stamp, don't you think?

Look at the detail in this card, it is amazing, and the embossing seems to go perfectly with the rest of the card.

This is a final look at the front of the card. I have to admit it is one of my favorites. I am continually looking for nice elegant cards to send out.

I hope you enjoyed today's post, I enjoyed visiting with you. Thank you for your sweet-sweet words, your comments continue to inspire me.

Have a blessed week.

October 2, 2015

Sweet Birthday

Happy October Sassy People!!

Can you believe there are only three months left in the year? In the month of October, there are a lot of birthdays in my family. My mother-in-law’s birthday is today and my son’s is tomorrow. I have an uncle, cousin, and a few friends who will be celebrating birthdays this month. So I am going to share a birthday card!

Let me tell you; this card is completely different than what I intended. When I first started off, I was just going to do a simple watercolor background using distress inks add happy birthday with a few sequins and call it an evening. However, the markers (Chameleon) were calling my name and the stamps (Lawn Fawn’s Baked With Love) said, “Play with us Kenya, play with us!” Before I knew it, I was coloring and masking off stamped images to give a layered look. 

Chameleon markers are fairly new on the market. I have had them for about three months and colored with them just a hand full of times. There is a learning curve, but I really do like them. I used this card to further play with color layering and how to fuse the colors correctly. I can sit here and cry about all of the mistakes, but I would rather focus on what I do like. I like being able to have one marker make smooth transitions between colors. But again, this can be tricky. I really like how the bowl turned out as well as the butter and eggs. 

After I finished coloring the image, I used Avery Elle’s Wonky Rectangles to cut out my watercolor layer as well as the colored layer. I was going to put the sentiment on the inside with the piping bag, but decided at the last minute to put it on the outside instead. The sentiment is up a little higher than I would like, but overall, I think it still turned out ok! 
To add a little more shimmer, I added Wink of Stella Clear Pen to the bowl, and hearts (stamped with LF’s Lobster ink). 

That’s it! I hope you were inspired by this project…imperfections and all. That is all apart of the crafting process! Remember to stop by regularly to check out the talented DT. Have a great weekend, Kenya~

October 1, 2015

Getting a jump on some Christmas cards!

Hi Everyone!  It's Sonya from Sonya's Paper Trail and I am sharing a Christmas card today.  This is a super easy card that can be made with scraps or in bulk--it's that easy!  Mine happens to use some very traditional paper by Echo Park's "Christmas Reflections" line of paper.  

Check it out:

I started with SU cardstock for my base. I then added a layer of kraft cardstock that I ran through my Cuttlebug using a striped embossing folder.  The stamped sentiment is by My Craft Spot from the "Mistletoe" stamp set.  I stamped it on a banner cut from the Silhouette Online Store that I sized for my stamp and card. I decided the kraft was blending in to my card too much, so I inked the edges for all of the kraft pieces, which provided just the right touch.

I hope you have a wonderful day!  

September 28, 2015

Balloon Wishes Birthdays

Good morning - Adrienne from Eagle Canyon Arts.  It's always a pleasure to be a part of Sheila's talented Sassy Lady design team.  Thank you, Sheila.  

September brings lots of birthdays.  So I made two different cards using a new Close To My Heart Stamp called "Balloon Wishes".

The first one uses retired papers and accents from the Tommy collection.

Additional supplies for this card include:

Joyful Birthday Stamp (B1419)
Desert Sand Ink (Z2118)
Shin Han Markers

The second card is for my sister.  She LOVES bling, so I really outdid myself on this one!
In addition to the Balloon Wishes Stamp (D1667), supplies include:

White Daisy Cards (X254)
White Daisy Cardstock (1385) - one sheet
CTMH Artiste Cartridge (Z3167)
Thistle (Z2640) and Sweet Leaf Inks (Z2153)
Joyful Birthday Stamp (B1419)
Junebug Puffies (Z3038)
Pink Glitter Gems (Z1807)
Confetti Wishes Paper and Complements are retired.  Replace with Zoe Papers (X7197B) and Complements (X7197C)
Pink Glitter Gel (retired) 

I used a Copic marker - Honey (Y38) to outline the "Celebrate" emblem.

Since so many of the stamps in the "Balloon Wishes" collection use the Artiste cartridge, I went ahead and cut up a whole sheet of banners and "Celebrate" emblems.
Forgot to take a picture before I started peeling them off the sheet - oops!

These two cards show how completely different "looks" can be using various papers, complements and ink colors.

Thanks for following along.  Happy autumn!

Hebrews 13:1-6

September 25, 2015

Birthday Shaker Card Made With WRMK Fuse And My Explore Of Course

This is the card that I made for my cousin Brenda. Brenda owns an Alpaca Farm in Wisconsin and we all love going there to see the animals. Her favorite animal is Arthur the Lama. Every time we go to Brenda's we have to out to the pasture and see Arthur. Now you know when I saw this piece of artwork on the Birthday Bash cart I had to make this birthday card for Brenda. Join me this morning with your cup of coffee or tea while I put this card together.

Wasn't that great and I got to use this  great new too that Patsy Gamble sent me and it was so much fun. It took me a while at first I think because of the thickness of my plastic. But it worked out great.

I decided I would try using a few stickles on the front of the card and I think it turned out great. Her are a few close ups that I thought you might enjoy.

Here is a close up of Arthur. Brenda takes things she enjoys and shows Arthur. It is my understanding that this card was shown to him too!

Another close up of the front of the card. Oh by the way the paper is DCWV the Lemon Stack.

This is the way the card looks from the inside , nice and clean looking isn't it?

Here is the inside of the card and the color is just right.

Here is a last look of this adorable shaker card. Be sure to make some for your Birthday Cards as they are so much fun both for the creator and the receiver.

I hope you enjoyed today's post, I enjoyed sharing with you. Thank you for your sweet-sweet words of encouragement. Your comments always continue to inspire me.

September 23, 2015

Christmas Tags

It's that time of year where you need to start thinking about Christmas. Around March this year I signed a list on Facebook for a Random Act of Kindness (RAK). In it you signed your name and whoever started it would send you a gift. You were then to place it on FB and you would send a gift to the first five that signed up under you. Well I had six people within hours and then put a comment that it was full. Well my first 2 ladies I sent them each a little Note card set that was monogrammed. My net two ladies I made a packet of 10 cards complete with envelopes, occasional cards.  Then there is this little gift and I made 2 sets of 16 Christmas Tags. So much fun and I think they will enjoy.

I went to my mothers house this weekend so I cut all my tags out and packaged up all kinds of jewels, stickles and ribbons to decorate each tag. She sat at the dining room table embroidering a baby quilt for my new granddaughter that is due in November and I stickled. We went to dinner and when we came back I was able to glue on all the gems.

I hope you enjoyed all the sparkle and it puts you in the mood to start making your Christmas goodies.

The reindeer I kept simple by just putting a red gem on it's nose.

The little mouse I stickled and added the gems.

Sorry you can't see how pretty the FaLaLa is, but it is adorable.

This is another little baby Jesus. I added 2 rows of gems along with some stickles on the basket.

I love the light bulb it is so sparkley you have to love it.

Another Reindeer, just a different look.

The snowflake just glistens.

Another Reindeer.

A snowflake with a different look. Don't you love how the paper glistens?

This little mouse is on a wobble and is so cute when in motion.

This little reindeer is put on with foam tape giving us plenty of dimension.

Little Rudolf wiggles his way through the sky.

Our little enguin was placed on plain paper that is why I added the gems to this wobbler.

Our little owl is also a wobbler and is as cute as can be.

This is our little baby Jesus. I addles lots of stickles to the north star along with a large gem. The little gems look like clouds, wind or stars depending on your imagination.

Well I hope you like today's post. I had so much fun putting these tags together. Thank you for joining us today. Thank you for your sweet-sweet words of encouragement. Your comments continue to inspire me.