Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sympathy card

Ok, so I'm working on cards to give to my Mom as her Christmas present.  She's asked for quite a few sympathy cards. This is one I just made yesterday.  My style tends to be very simple. I'm not the best at adding layers or a lot of detail. (I'm hoping that I get better at that in the future but for now it is what it is.)  So I made this card and took a picture of it for my file.  This is the picture:
It's not a bad card, I don't think, but it seemed a little too simple even for me.  So I stared at it for awhile and then added some faux stitching to it.

And this is how it turned out.  Better?  I wish I had a steady hand to make my dashes look a little better.  I did stamp the flower image on the inside of the card and also on the envelope to give it a little something extra.

That's my card for today.  I'm hoping to get quite a few cards done on World Card Making Day.  I'll probably be sharing more with you then.  Thanks for looking.

Monday, September 26, 2011

A few cards

I thought I'd start out with showing you some of my favorite cards I've made so far.
First up is a card I just made yesterday.  It's for my MIL's birthday at the end of October.
The stamp is from Stampin Up and the papers are all from DCWV.  The "love always" stamp is from Fiskars. The stamp actually has a border around the words but I taped them off so I just inked the words.   I inked the edges of the card base and the white paper with Pink Geranium from Martha Stewart. I inked the green paper and the oval sentiment with Dark Brown from Color Box.

I also used Studio G glitter glue on the flowers to give them some bling. I'm pretty happy with how this one turned out. I hope my Mother-in-law likes it.

Next I'll share the card I made for my brother and his wife.  They just celebrated 18 years of marriage yesterday.  It's a pretty simple card but I thought it was cute.  I cut the giraffes from my ZooBalloo Cricut cartridge.  I think I cut them at 4.  I also cut the grass from this same cartridge. The Happy Anniversary stamp is Hero Arts.  I took the picture before I went back over the sentiment with more ink.  It needed to be darker.  The bow on the girl giraffe was just a piece of scrap cardstock that I cut to look like a bow and I drew around it in black marker.   It's hard to tell from the picture but I inked around the card base in a blue to kind of look like the sky.

Anyway, a simple card but cute.

Lastly, I'll share a thank you card I made for a friend who gave me some hand me down clothes for my daughter.  The paper is from DCWV Nana's Nursery stack.   I cut out some of the dresses to make the banner and used rub-on letters to spell out thanks. I made them stand up with some foam squares. I'm not sure where I got the orange strip of paper I used. Sorry about that. The string is some green floss.

So thanks for looking. I hope you enjoyed your time here.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

DCWV September Stack-a-holic Template challenge

I absolutely love DCWV stacks and have made a layout for their September Stack-a-holic Template challenge.

To see the Template and learn about the challenge, click HERE.  I used the Citrus Cardstock stack.  The little squares were done digitally and printed out to add to the layout.  Not sure if that will count in the challenge but I knew I wanted smaller pictures to run along the left side and doing it on the computer was the best option for me.   I really liked the template and had lots of fun making it.  Thanks for looking.

Ribbon Storage

My mom would undeniably be my biggest fan.  She supports me in so many ways with my crafting (and everything else for that matter!)  I had been telling her that I needed to find a way to get organized especially with my ribbons.  I had them in grocery bags all over my craft space and was always digging through the bags whenever I needed a ribbon.  So my mom drew a design of what she thought I needed for my ribbons and showed it to my dad.  My dad built it.  And now I have fabulous ribbon storage.  (As a side note, I do buy some things new but most of what I work with are things I'm re-purposing or things that my wonderful mom has bought me at garage sales. The majority of my ribbons are from garage sale finds.)  So anyway, here's how I keep my ribbons now:

The beginning goes.  I'm really quite nervous about this and probably shouldn't be.  I've only recently started following other people's blogs and I'm not sure I'm ready for my own but here goes.  My goal is to share my creations and to learn from others so that I continue to grow and bloom. Most likely I'll be posting my card creations.  That's been my main focus lately.  I'm sure I'll throw in a few scrapbook pages and projects for my son's classmates and teacher.   Anyway, for those of you that read this, thanks for looking and God bless you.