Saturday, January 31, 2015

G45 Time to Flourish January Calendar

Can you believe it's the last day of January already? Time is flying by! I realized I haven't shared my January calendar page I made from the Graphic 45 Time to Flourish collection.

 Pieces from the gorgeous January Cut Apart sheet were used to make this 6X6 page.The pieces were adhered to a piece of Tim Holtz Core-dinations card stock. Some were added with tape runner and some popped up with foam to add dimension. The postage stamps are always a favorite of mine and were cut with a pair of postage edge decorative scissors that I've had forever.  The January calendar is from a printable 2015 calendar I found online. 

 I dyed some seam binding with Distress Ink in Barn Door spritzed with water, and added it to the tag cut from the cut aparts. A Tim Holtz snowflake charm was added with May Arts twine. I added some pearls to embellish and my page is displayed in a Recollections 6X6 scrapbook page holder holder from Michaels. 

Now, I also just realized when I flipped to the next page, that I haven't made a page for February yet. I guess I better get going.

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend. 


Saturday, January 24, 2015

w&w 1st Birthday Bash | One Challenge with Shay

I'm finally sharing a card for one of the many challenges at winnie & walter for their 1st Birthday Bash.

   My card is for the One Challenge with Shay.

I used one stencil (the Falling Hearts stencil from Simon Says Stamp), with one embossing paste (Wendy Vecchi Golden Metallic) on my one layer card.

One winnie & walter stamp set, The Big, the Bold and the Happy, was used to create my sentiment. 

winnie & walter is one of my favorite companies. Fabulous products, fabulous customer service and the fabulous Julie & Shay keeping it all together. Happy 1st Birthday winnie & walter!

I am also entering this card in the Simon Says Flickr Challenge #11: Love.

Have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for stoppping by!


Friday, January 23, 2015

Lots of Love

Hi. I'm sharing a quick valentine I made the other day. I've been making a lot of valentines using gold this year.

This one was made by stamping the Lace Background stamp by Great Impressions through a heart stencil. Once again, I used Golden Glitz ink by Delicata . I find myself reaching for this beautiful ink  a lot lately. The sentiment is from Avery Elle's Lots of Love stamp set. The panel was mounted onto gold Glitzy Glitter Paper by DCWV. I love that glitter paper - the glitter never flakes off. Then I adhered it to a Neenah card base.

I added a cascade of clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh topped with some pearls. Paulina's sequins are the best. You need to check out her site if you haven't already. She has so many different colors and mixes of seqins, as well as fabulous dies and other embellishments.

A quick and easy card that I can add to my stash for Valentines Day. Have a wonderful weekend!


Monday, January 19, 2015

Bokeh Birthday

I love the bokeh effect in photography and on cards. It creates such a pretty, whimsical look. This is my first attempt at creating a bokeh card and I'm fairly happy with how it turned out.

I began by watching several YouTube videos on this technique. One I found by Yana to be especially helpful can be found here. To begin I stamped my sentiment from Mama Elepahnt's Make a Wish stamp set in Versafine onyz black ink on my Neenah panel. 

Using the Lots of Dots stamp set by Simon Says Stamp, I stamped various circle sizes using several different blue inks from Hero Arts, Simon Says Stamp, Clearsnap and A-muse Studio. I began by stamping my largest circle with my lightest ink in a visual triangle around the sentiment. Odd numbers of anything are always more pleasing to the eye.

From there, I used a smaller circle stamp with a darker ink, again starting with a visual triangle around the sentiment and then spreading out to other areas. Each new size and color were stamped overlapping existing circles to create this effect. 

I mounted the panel onto a Hero Arts pool note card and added some of Lawn Fawn's Let's Polka sequins to finish off my card. 

I'd like to enter this into the following challenge:

Well, it's back to work tomorrow. That extra day off was very nice. I was able to finish my card donations for fundraisers for two different groups. One is a fundraiser held by the Teaching Assistants Union in my district and the other is a fundraiser for an organization near and dear to my heart, the American Heart Association. My son had his first heart attack at the very, very young age of 31, and the another late last year at 36. Surely, you can understand why I always donate to fundraisers benefitting that organiztion. 

I hope you all have a wonderful week. As always, thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Challenge Yourself Challenge #2 - From Christmas to Valentines Day!

It's time for another challenge at Lyn's Paper Petunia. Challenge #2 is again inspired by a Christmas card found on Pinterest. Once again our challenge is to turn it into a Valentines Day card.

Here's the challenge card:

This is my card inspired by the challenge:

Using gorgeous gold Delicata Ink, I inked up several stamps onto Neenah card and then used several punches and dies to cut them into hearts. The hearts were then added to the right side of my Neenah card base. I adhered some directly to the base with tape runner and used foam squares on some to add dimension. 

The sentiment is from the Avery Elle Lots of Love stamp set and was stamped with the same gold Delicata ink. I love that ink! Some gold ribbon from my stash is my only embellishment.

Sorry for the poor photo. Today was another gloomy day here in central New York. It looks much better IRL.

I'm off to finish up some card orders. I'll be back later in the week to share.


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Challenge Yourself Challenge #1 - Same Card, Different Theme

There's a new challenge that I just have to participate in. I have been a long time admirer of Lyn Bernatovich, from Lyn's Paper Petunia. You really must go check out her blog. She is a fabulous designer and you won't be disappointed by her creations. I promise you, she is amazing.

Lyn introduced her new challenge on her blog last week. You can find her post here. We all troll Pinterest for inspiration, and Lyn's challenge is to take a pin she's found and change the theme. This week's pin is a Christmas card and our challenge is to change it into a Valentine's Day card. This is our inspiration piece:

The link to this site is here.

This is Lyn's lovely card:

You can find all the details for her card on her challenge post here.

Now here's my take on the inspiration:

I changed the orientation of my card so that it opens on the side. My banners were made using papers from Basic Grey's True Love 6x6 paper pad, which is now retired. I just love the colors and patterns in this collection, don't you? I used 1.5" tulle from May Arts in white and robin's egg blue to wrap around the panel and tied it in a bow. 

The lovely floral piece is from the Funkie Junkie Boutique. It's a tiny tri-bud Venise lace applique and I thought it went perfectly on my bow. If you haven't visited the Funkie Junkie Boutique, you really should. Linda, the owner, is so sweet and another extremely talented designer. She offers many Tim Holtz & Ranger products, among others, and they are always 20% off MSRP. Fabulous products and excellent service!

The sentiment is an older stamp from My Sentiments Exactly, that I purchased from Hobby Lobby several years ago. 

I can't wait to see what the next challenge is. There's still time to join in. You have until 8pm Wednesday, January 14th, to enter. Have a wonderful week!