Cards created this year to send to our Nation's Heros....24

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Shabby 3x3 notes Part Duex

I posted a little swap from 2 Shabby Sisters a bit ago, here is the other set of cards I made to go along with it.  Remember, the presentation for these had to be a little special... so I went to my stash of cute bags and dressed one up to hold this set of 3x3 cards.  I am still using up the last of that amazing Prima Primrose paper, added a great metal filigree from Butterbee Scraps on Zibbet (my new favorite obsession), and  a great paper flower that came to me in a swap from the super generous Amelia.  I layered that all on to a couple of top notes and edged everything with Black Soot
I just love how these note cards turned out.  I stamped one of those sweet $1 stamps from Michaels on a softly patterned paper, edged with black soot and layered on a bit more shabby pink.  That black trim is a pleated trim from May Arts Ribbon which I just love.  Finished off with a simple flower to draw your eye right to the stamped image.

 Six of these tucked in a little bag on their way to my swap partner - hope she enjoys!!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Shabby Notes

My passion for all things shabby chic has led me to a ning group called 2 Shabby Sisters.  This was one of the first swaps I joined there.  3x3 note cards, they needed to presented in a pretty way and have a string/ribbon for attachment.
I made a little box from the green card stock, and layered on paper and a butterfly from the Prima Prim Rose collection.  The flowers were from my stash... it wasn't quite as vivid as this.. I promise!! lol
But I was really happy with the closure.  I call this the manilla envelope style  I use a button with a shank, punch a hole so the shank can 'hide', but still it still allows the height needed for the pretty twine to wrap behind it.  The little beading on the end is a nice touch, too.
I made three of two different designs - this one is more green and I used papers from the same collection and added a little key a lot of gold heat embossing.
The second set of three in the little box is more pink and the tiny script is a Prima stamp.  I punched two butterflies and layered them to give a feeling of movement... topped off with tiny pearls and the coordinating lock from the keys on the other half of the set.
Here is both of them side by side - coordinated but not too matchy/matchy... I hope :)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Father's Day Card... a bit late

Life has been crazy!!  I have taken the summer off from all design team obligations to focus on projects just for me... and that means less posting, sorry about that.  I have been snapping pics and have a whole bunch to load so hopefully, we can get you inspired again.
This card was made for a special guy's first Father's Day.  I made this card using the amazing layering pieces from Anna Griffin.  I just love LOVE her card kits ... see why!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pocket Full of Hope

Your Paper Pantry has a 'Pocket for Your Thoughts' swap... which your's truly will be hosting for a few months come August.  But in July, Roxy asked us to make three little pockets for someone in need of some Get Well Wishes.  I focused on the cancer treatment gals.  Sadly, we all know someone who is going through the horrors of trying to get and stay healthy - and their bag of love is a little different from chicken soup and cough drops.  .  I filled it with a few things like hand sanitizer and airborne - because staying healthy during treatment is so hard and so important, added some tums... never enough of those, chapstick and hard candies.
To make the bag topper I cut a piece of card stock as wide as my bag and 5 inches long - then scored at 2 inches so I had a good base to fold over the top and staple it all closed.  The HOPE was cut on my cricut and then I just had fun layering pretty pink/white/black flowers and brads.

 This beautiful metal filigree is from Butterbee Scraps, which I love these days and topped off with a large bit of bling.  I sure hope these help make someone's time in 'the chair' just a touch more pleasant.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Altered Book Cover

More swapping fun with Your Paper Pantry - I love this altered book cover idea.  Originally, I was going to go super crazy and make a mixed media collage.  But as I started with it, I just LOVED the way the pretty blue of the book was showing through the Gesso.  On the spine I added a brad from Tim Holtz called Ring Fastener; this makes hanging a charm ... charming!  Lots of metal from Butterbee Scraps - the corners and two pieces under that AMAZING flower that came to me in a fabric flower swap.  On the bottom is a bit of antique lace topped of with ribbon from Love Bug Creations

 Here is an up close of that flower - isn't it beautiful!!  As much as I hated to part with it, it was a little easier knowing my swap partner would appreciate it.  Head to YouTube to check out the video

Friday, June 20, 2014

Pretty Congratulations

I just can't tell you happy I am to have found these card kits by Anna Griffin... When I need a special card these are my go to pieces.  The way they layer and all coordinate make the cards look so finished and artful, in a very quick... run out the door kind of time!!  Seriously, this card took me less than 3 minutes start to finish!!
I have made so many of them, I am finally starting to see where other products, like Butterbee Scraps metal fits right in.  And of course, every special girl deserves some bling on her big day.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Funky Pin Cusion

Over at Your Paper Pantry we swapped pin cushion recently... I used an old ice cream cup for this one.  I used Adirondack Ink's Stream to color the inside.  The 'cushion' is made of a soft creamy felt, I thought this looked a bit like the scoop.
I used a super HUGE piece of blue rickrack around the edge and layered on a pretty white trim.  For the focal point I hand dyed a big ribbon rose, layered on a metal filigree piece and pretty brad I have been hoarding.  I tucked some mulberry flowers in to the valleys created by the rickrack.
I topped it off with some pretty stick pins... should have taken some close ups of those :/
There is a quick video for a more close up look ... here