Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sometimes pretty paper is almost all you need...

I've had this pretty patterned paper for quite a long time. Not even sure where or when I got it. When I looked at the fairly large flower design, I thought it looked like it could just stand alone, with one of the flowers framing my sentiment. To add just a bit more interest, I added some white ribbon and pierced a border around the edge of the card.

Here's a look at the inside of the card. I used a Spellbinders Labels 8 to cut the rectangle for the sentiment. I didn't want to add another black mat, but I did want the edges to be defined, so I ran a black Sharpie marker around them. I like the way that turned out. I also cut out one of the tulips on a scrap piece of the paper and added it as an embellishment.

I tried a little trick with my ribbon. I added a narrow band of Fray-Check to the ribbon at an angle where I wanted to cut it. I let that dry and then cut the ribbon through the Fray-Checked area. If you check closely, you'll see that the cuts look very clean. No fraying at all!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Yellow and blue together are perfect for an Easter card...

I really love  this color combo. It just seems so fresh and springlike to me. I used some Tim Holtz distress inks (Broken China and Mustard Seed Yellow) for the flowers. They were stamped with a Sizzix/Tim Holtz stamp and cut out with the matching die.

I added some liquid pearls to the centers for a little added dimension. I was actually surprised at what a difference this little bit of added dimension made to the look of the flower.

The flower stems were stamped directly onto the scalloped rectangle (cut with a Lifestyle Crafts die), and then the flowers were popped up on some foam squares.

A little more of that pretty gingham paper, another scalloped rectangle and a yellow flower with a couple of ribbon tails on the inside.

I actually didn't have any yellow ribbon other than some 1/8" stuff, so I colored a piece of 1/4" white ribbon with my yellow Spectrum Noir marker. It worked perfectly, and gave me the ribbon I needed in just the right color.

Have you ever colored ribbon with an alcohol marker? You can color white, of course, but you can actually color any ribbon as long as the marker you're using is a darker shade than the ribbon. I've even colored black and white patterned ribbon with markers.

The inside sentiment on my card is some lovely word art from Hannelie (Desert Diva). You'll find her blog here and her Easter sentiments here. I really love her work and have been using it a lot on my Easter cards.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter cards with pretty scallops...

Here are a couple of Easter cards that both have scallops as part of their design.
 This card is super simple in its design. The little bunch of flowers is a sticker and is adhered to an oval that has been cut and matted with Spellbinders dies. I couldn't resist using this cute dimensional sticker when I saw how perfectly it matched the patterned paper. I used my Fiskars scalloped border punch to add the scallops to the bottom of the  card base.

The little bouquet originally had a pink gem where you see the tiny bow. I decided that I wanted to bring out the small amount of lavendar in the paper, so I carefully removed the gem and replaced it with the bow.

The inside of the card is simple, as well. I used a little strip of the patterned paper to add some scallops at the bottom of the sentiment.

This card is a great way to use up some scraps of DSP. All three of these papers come from the same paper pad, so I knew they would coordinate perfectly. The only "putsy" part of this card was to make sure I had three pieces that covered the face of the card and were equal in width.

Another simple sentiment on the inside, decorated only with a scalloped strip  from one of the papers on the card front.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Beautiful wedding card...

My sister created this lovely wedding card using the Elegant Edges cartridge for the top mat, the Darice Argyle embossing folder for the center mat and the Perfect Bow die from Simon Says Stamp. I'm not sure if she cut the sentiment out on her Cricut or if it's a stamp or sticker. I forgot to ask her about that. Maybe she'll leave a comment and let us all know.

Isn't it pretty? The string of silver beads around the center panel is the perfect embellishment! I love how she added a short string to each tail of the bow, too.

Thanks, Michelle, for letting me share your lovely card.

And thank YOU for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pink and white Easter card...

 As I was making my Easter cards, I realized that I didn't have a single one with a traditional bunny on it. I had to make at least ONE with a bunny!

I had this lovely pale pink Core'dinations cardstock that I wanted to use for this card. I embossed it with the Darice 5" X 7" Plaid embossing folder. I actually sanded the top of the embossed cardstock, but because the color is nearly the same on the outside as it is on the inside, the sanding didn't show any real contrast. I heat embossed "Happy Easter" onto a vellum banner which is attached to the front of the card underneath the two little tiles you see at the end of it. I think I also added a tiny bit of vellum adhesive under the sentiment, itself.

The bunny was cut from the Kate's ABCs cartridge. I cut it a couple of times out of white cardstock and glued the layers together. Then I flocked the bunny (love that stuff!) and added a white bow and a pink pearl for an eye.

After I had placed my bunny on my card with some foam dots, I realized that it was just kind of hanging there in mid-air and needed something to stand on. I used my Fiskars grass border punch to punch a little grass and trimmed it so it would just fit around the bunny. I also added a tiny pink butterfly (also a Fiskars punch).

For the inside, I printed the sentiment using my computer, then inked around the insert. A little strip of cardstock and two more sparkly tile embellishments finished it!

Have you finished all your Easter cards yet? My sister informed me that she has made 30 of them - a dozen ahead of me (not that we compete....much). I made a list today of all those family members and friends that I want to send Easter cards to and discovered that I need four more. Back to the drawing board...

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Monday, April 7, 2014

"Hoop" you have an awesome day...

I decided to take a little break from Easter cards, and share a birthday card I made a while ago.
I made these two cards for my daughter to have for her "card drawer." Her kids seem to get invited to lots of birthday parties, so it's nice for her to have a few different cards on hand for those occasions.

The basketball and hoop were cut from the Father's Day cartridge. Can you see how I debossed the basketball with the Swiss Dots embossing folder?  I debossed it a second time in a slightly different position so that the indentations didn't look too evenly spaced. When you do this, you have to go back with an embossing tool and and re-do the first indentations, but that only takes seconds.

The Father's Day cartridge is a "lite" cartridge, but I use it quite a bit for male cards.

The inside was the same for both cards - just done in different colors. I added the faux stitching with a gel pen. These were very quick cards to make, but I like the way they turned out.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Pretty posies all in a row...

Sometimes just a simple line of flowers says it all. I pierced straight lines for the flower stems and then joined the pierced holes with a green gel pen for some faux stitching.

The flowers were punched with the Martha Stewart hydrangea punch and some colored gems added to the centers.

The inside was decorated with a single flower, and the sentiment was computer generated. Easy peasy!

If you're looking for some quick Easter cards to make, this one takes only minutes.

We had a lovely day today, and although it was only in the 40s, much of our snow has melted. Predictions are for near 60-degree temps on Sunday, so I am hopeful for most of our snow to disappear. It's very sad when there is still snow on the ground on Easter Sunday!!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.