Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Pony Ride Layout

Here's a layout I put together showing my daughter on her first pony ride.

The title letters were cut using my Silhouette Cameo and I glittered the letters using some loose glitter from Martha Stewart in the color Brownstone.

The back 2 layers of kraft and light green were both spritzed using some Glimmer Mist in Tattered Leather.  The green layer has all rounded corners and I used my sewing machine to stitch some orange zig zags on the top and bottom of it.

The fun patterned paper is from Simple Stories and their Harvest Lane line.  There are a couple of small brads on the edge to the right, and on the edge of the paper to the left I rounded the corners.

The border strip was punched using a Martha Stewart border punch.  I also added some brown grosgrain ribbon.

The adorable little horse was cut from the Country Life Cricut cartridge.

The photo mat was created extra long to allow room for journaling.  I used a white get pen to draw dots and dash lines all around it as well as do my journaling.

I'm pretty pleased with this.  The photo isn't the greatest because the sun was in her eyes and she was squinting.  I was also disappointed not to have a better photo of the sweet little pony, but I made the best of it and included the cute horsey embellishment so at least there was one full horse on the page.  
When I have photos I don't like too well, but still want to use I tend to put more effort into custom embellishments than when I'm working with photos I really love.  That way I can really enjoy all the pages I create for one reason or another.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Elegant Love Card

I made this card to use for a wedding or anniversary.  I wanted something elegant and not too complicated.

Instead of using patterned paper I created the background with the Dainty Flourish stamp from SP & Company.  I stamped it repeatedly using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  That patterned layer is 4 by 5 and 1/4.

The teal ribbon is from Celebrate It by Michael's.

The tag shapes were cut from my Silhouette Cameo.  The bling is from the $1 section.

The love sentiment is from SP & Company's I Love Love set, stamped in Taken With Teal ink by Stampin Up.
You can see the sparkle a little better in this photo if you enlarge it.
I also used lots of Star Dust Stickles around the edges of the patterned layer and also the white area of the tag.  It really didn't photograph well, but adds an awful lot to the card in person.

Thanks for visiting!  I'm glad to be getting back to crafting :)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Dream Card

I wanted to create a little fantasy world on a card.  My children love Dr Suess books and I enjoy the crazy looking characters and strange trees.  Although I'm not fond of the colors in those books I really enjoy the fun and whimsy of the pictures.  I took that basic concept for this card.
I was feeling sad yesterday.  I'm not even sure why.  I just felt tired and gloomy.  Nothing cheers me up like beautiful colors and letting my imagination run wild.  So, that was my jumping off point for this.  Nothing realistic, just pure fun.

The papers are from the My Mind's Eye Lime Twist Happy Go Lucky 6 by 6 pad.

The pinwheels are from Stampin' Up's Sweets for the Sweet.  Stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.

The alphabet used to spell "Dream" is from Close to My Heart.  Stamped in Close to Cocoa by Stampin' Up.

Bling is from Irock.

Gelly Roll pen used to do white faux stitching.
Close to Cocoa Stampin Up marker used to do faux brown stitching on the hill.

This card really did cheer me up :)  
Not sure what kind of occasion it would work for.  Perhaps someone starting a new job, business, or life venture.  Or maybe someone who was laid off or otherwise unsure of what direction to go in because of a setback.  Maybe as a very non-traditional graduation card.  I really had no idea what I'd use it for when I was creating it.
Hopefully someday this card will feel just right to help someone realize the beauty and power of their dreams
Thanks for visiting!  You are beautiful, unique, and truly special.  Do something today that brings you pure joy, you are worth it!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Baby Girl Gifts

For the little book.  I created a binding by using my Crop a Dile and some ribbon.  
It's a really basic book with little tags and mats.  I designed it for the mother to journal and write notes.
Sometimes the last thing a new mom needs is something specific that looks empty if she forgets to record the first day the little squirt rolls over.  *LOL*  So, this time I thought I'd make it more free form for her to keep any records that are important to her in a cute way.  I figured this was also a safe bet since there's a good chance she already received a baby's first year book.

The birth announcement was embroidered using a machine.  I custom designed it using some software.  So I picked all the fonts and colors, but the machine did the hardest part.

Baby gifts are the best!  What could be more fun than making things all girlie and covered with glitter for a sweet little girl?!

Have a fabulous day :)

Friday, February 8, 2013

Simple Band Aid Card

I kept this card very simple.

The card is the standard A2 size in vanilla cardstock.  I rounded the corners on a 1/4 inch setting with my Corner Chomper.

The little dots and lines border was done with a Stampin' Up Creamy Caramel marker.

The kraft layer was embossed with the Cuttlebug folder Heart Blocks.

The twine is by My Mind's Eye.

The adorable band aid stamp is from Stampin' Up's Patterned Occasions.  I stamped it in Creamy Caramel.  I attached them to pink cardstock first, and then trimmed the cardstock to fit and rounded the corners.  The stitching lines were done with a white gel pen.  As a finishing touch I added some Crystal Effects to the little hearts in the band aid centers.  It's subtle, but I do really like it.  Just a bit of shine and dimension without detracting from the stamp's design.

Thanks for visiting friends :)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Whole Latte Love Gift Set

I thought it would be a good idea to have a simple set on hand if someone is going through a rough time and needs a little cheering up.

I have had times in the past where I heard some horrible news of a friend going through a rough time and ran straight to Hallmark for a perfect card and some little gifts.  I thought it would be a good idea to have something ready to go.  The inside of the card is blank so I can tailor a personal note later and fill up the little bag with whatever seems appropriate.  This would work for any occasion from being sick all the way to a family tragedy.  That way I can act quickly and bring some love and well wishes to someone who needs it.

Supply List
Paper: Recollections stack All Girl. 
Stamp: Stampin' Up's Pattern Occasions
Ink: Stampin' Up's Taken With Teal
Yellow Stickles
Brown Lunch Bag
Stampin' Up Woodgrain embossing folder
Ribbon: Stampin' Up Island Indigo
Nestabilities Lacey Circles
Border Punch Open Scallop by EK Success

For the bag I just folded a 2 inch flap at the top and creased it with a bone folder.  Then I added the paper.  I used my Crop-a-Dile to punch 2 large holes for the ribbon to tie through and keep the bag closed. 

Have a fabulous day my crafty friends :)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

How To Create Your Own Felt Embellishment

Here's a fun little felt embellishment I created.

I was inspired by this pack of felt embellishments.  They are by KI Memories.

I thought I'd make my own smiling sun embellishment and maybe later try my hand at making some other things too.

The great thing about this project is that the supplies are affordable.  So, if you want to try it you aren't investing a lot to learn to sew with felt. 

I've created a video tutorial for you.  It's under 5 minutes, but if you're really strapped for time here's a quick list of what I used.

I used cheap felt you can get from any craft store.
Create a Critter Cricut Cartridge to make a template to cut the darker orange shape.
Nestabilities to cut the circle.
Embroidery floss, 2 strands thick.
Googly eyes attached with Scotch Quick Dry.
Poly-Fil Stuffing, but feel free to recycle and use something else.

Here's the quick video that will show you the process.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Loads of Love Card

I had fun with this one!

It has some depth in person.  The frame is raised up and the lower hills are raised also, but not as much as the frame.

Products used:
Stampin Up Loads of Love and Loads of Love Accessories
Stickles in Fruit Punch and Silver
Pink Bling from Michael's
Clouds Stamp from Hero Arts
Twine from the Twinery
All Inks are From Stampin Up
 Corner Chomper

Thanks for visiting my crafty friends :)

Friday, February 1, 2013

Winter Banner Card

I was inspired to make this card after seeing a card that Kristina Werner made.  Here is the original card that inspired me!

I just loved what she did with it and I had been wanting to play along in the Whimsical Designs challenge to use a snowflake and bling. 

I started with a kraft base.  The top 2 corners are rounded at a 1/2 inch.

I used a Gelly Roll pen to do the faux stitching.  

The papers are from the Echo Park 6 by 6 pad Winter Park.

The bling is just from the $1 bin at Michael's.

The stamps are all from SP & Company.
Snowflakes from Falling Snow stamped using Marina Mist ink from Stampin' Up.
Sentiment from Ultimate Sentiments 1.  Same ink.
The bottom is Circletastic stamped with Versamark and then heat embossed using some white embossing powder.

This came together SO quickly since I was using Kristina's sketch.  Normally I spend hours on a card so it was nice to have one come together so quickly.

I'll be entering this over at Whimsical Designs for their Winter Wonderland challenge.