Saturday, May 21, 2011

Two from One Design!

Hello Friends!

Today I would like to share a couple of cards made using the same DCWV cardstock design. Once again, I have gone to my favorite Fun in the Sun pack! This has become one of my favorites due to the double sided designs and the touches of glitter on the cardstock.

My maternal grandmother was a tiny lady with a big heart. One of her favorite sayings when we washed the dishes was, "While you have that hot wet rag, how about wiping down this...or that!" She managed to get her entire kitchen cleaned that way!! We use that phrase still today and I was reminded of it when I had this cardstock out. So, while I had this big piece of cardstock out, why not make two cards??

The anniversary card is standard size. I cut the outside edges with Majesty design scissors. The greeting layer is cut with Spellbinders Scalloped Rectangle die and stamped in Really Rust craft ink. The edges are sponged with Ballet Blue ink. I added copper pearls for accent as well as the heart gem brad. I used the SU Bird punch to add some extra interest with the bird and branches. The bird's eye is also a copper pearl. Simple and fun with this card!

The second card was made for my daughter's friend. Military wives are so awesome about encouraging and supporting each other! She needed a card just to say she appreciated her friend's efforts and prayers. Same standard base as before. The greeting is stamped on a strip of GP white cardstock and cut with an MS border punch. The flowers are from a K & Company pack. The centers on the flowers were yellow so I went over them with a copper glimmer gel pen and added the white dots. You are gonna laugh I know, but I thought you would get a kick from the fact that I used the little dot cut outs from the border punch on the flower centers!! How's that for recycling?!?!? The flowers are adhered with dimensionals. I added a rust colored ribbon to soften the card a little and rounded the lower corners. Here again, simple and fun!

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend and you have enjoyed your visit here today! Please come back soon! And, remember....put that hot wet rag to good use while you have it!! Hugs and...

Blessings to you,

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Design DIVAS OBG Blog Hop!!

Hello and Welcome to the Facebook Design DIVAS OBG Blog Hop! So glad you are here! If you came here from Mary Griffith's blog, then you are in the right place! If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop, head over to Cindy Grigiski 's blog!
The Facebook Design DIVAS (Divine, Inspirational, Virtuous , Artistic "Sistahs") is a group of crafters who love to share their inspiration, talent and fellowship! We have our "Oldies But Goodies" Blog Hop the third Wednesday of each month. Our challenge is to use products that have been neglected or forgotten for at least six months. Be sure to mark your calendars and stop by each month to share in the fun! You are sure to see some amazing projects!

My project to share today is a masculine birthday card. These always seem to be needed and seem the hardest to come up with. This time I needed a card for my son-in-law. I even got excited when I came across a stamp set I had not used in quite some time! I started with a card base from My Mind's Eye. I love the brown and blue together for a masculine card! I found some matching cardstock in my stash and stamped/clear embossed the lighthouse in Night of Navy craft ink! This image is from The Angel Company's "Light the Path" set. I then stamped and embossed the birthday greeting from the Inkadinkado's "Greetings" Collection. I cut the image and greeting down to size with scalloped scissors. Next, I cut the mats and sponged all the edges with the craft ink. I also added the Making Memories "Metal Sayings" sticker for some extra interest. The last detail is some baker's twine in Cappuccino color. Then I adhered the image and greeting to the card with dimensionals. I hope you like the result! I was pleased to see these older products come to life again!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! It is always a treat to have you here! Now, you will want to hop on over toDru Cabral's blog! She always has the neatest things to share!

Hope you enjoy the hop and I leave you with...

Blessings to you,

Friday, May 13, 2011

Vintage Birthday!

Greetings to all! Ready for the weekend? We were looking forward to some cooler weather but looks like we are going to have the storms to come with it! Crazy Spring here in the mountains!

I have a birthday card to share with you today. This was a true labor of love as I made it for my best friend, Mary! She is such an awesome lady and my "rock" for several years now! I hope all of you have someone in your life that is your "Mary"! It is such a blessing!

Mary likes vintage styles, and her favorite colors are pastels. I tried to incorporate those "likes" in her card. I started with some wonderful double-sided cardstock from DCWV's "Fun In the Sun" collection. I cut the 12 x 12 sheet to 8 1/2 x 11 and made a half fold base. I used the tree branch stamp from the SU "Easter Blessings" set and Color Box Chalk ink in Warm Violet to stamp the background. I then cut the top layer edge with a Martha Stewart border punch. I rounded and distressed all the other edges. The greeting was cut and embossed from the same stock with the Spellbinders "Peony" die and then stamped and clear embossed with the a Stampede "Elegant Birthday" stamp. I outlined the embossing with a pink glitter pen. The ribbon trim is an Offray ruffled white satin. I also used the white ribbon to make the flowers. I embellished the flower centers with petite flower brads. The flowers are very easy to make with the ruffled ribbon. It is just curled in a spiral with glue dots to hold it all along. These are attached with glue dots also. To "bling it up" even more I added a jeweled hat pin and ribbon slide from Making Memories. The heart "Gemstones" are from Paper Studio and the pearls are from K and Company. I found a wonderful poem for the inside of the card and thought you might have a "sister" in your life you would like to share it with.

You may see me use more of the ruffled flowers all along as they are so easy to make and ruffled ribbon comes in so many wonderful colors. I don't know about mailing a card with these flowers. I hand delivered this card, but I know there is extra postage required to mail a half fold card. I was also told that any card that is too thick to go through the machines is charged extra. I just don't think I would risk mailing a card with these flowers and beads on it.

Well, my four legged babies are telling me I have said enough(they want to go out), so I will leave you with a wish for a wonderful weekend and, as always...

Blessings to you,