Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Busy Season for Card Giving

This is a very busy season for cards. I shared a wedding card with you last week but that's just one card you might need in the next few weeks. Today I have a masculine graduation card to share. The feminine grad card will be coming soon.
I made this card for our nephew who is graduating from College!! Good job Peter, woot, woot!! 

The sentiment is from Our Daily Bread. The paper on the top half of the card is from Creative Memories. I think the bottom paper is from teh Paper Loft (I'd have to make Daisy, my protector, move to verify and she is sleeping so soundly :).

This is an anniversary card I made for friends. It stands to reason that if there's lots of weddings in June, there are going to be lots of anniversaries too. T'he paper is from My Mind's Eye, I think (again the dog's in the way!). The sentiment is from Inkadinkado and the flower is made from the same ribbon used underneath the sentiment. It's from Michaels.
I made this card for a masculine birthday. The paper used here IS from the Paper Loft. The brads are from Tim Holtz.

Finally, here is the dear one. She doesn't do much cardmaking but she does keep me company especially when we should be outside taking our walk. If you'd like to stay in touch, follow me!!

Off we go!


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Cards to Share: Wedding, Baby and Military, oh MY!

June is the month for weddings and as the summer months approach, you might have a wedding or two to attend and this card is pretty fun and easy to make.  I stamped a swirl from Autumn Leaves with Sticky Stuff by Judikins and heated it just slightly (until it becomes shiny) then I sprinkled a bit of ultra-fine white glitter and heated it again. This seals the glitter into the Sticky Stuff  better than glitter glue. Then I added some ribbon, a Prima flower, misted with Tattered Angels, Olive Vine, and 2 stick pins from Maya Road. Easy peasy!
We had a wee, small baby, born into the extended family this month. He weighed 3 pounds 8 ounces! He was supposed to join us right around our Texas trip in June, but we must welcome him a bit earlier with this card. The stamp is from Inkadinkado. I used regular watercolor paints from Crayola to paint him! This is my favorite way to apply color. It is so quick and easy. The sentiment is from Whipper Snapper Designs and the heart was a random stamp. The background is embossed with a Sizzix folder called Beaded Ribbons.

This is the card I sent to Chris as encouragement while he serves our country in the Navy. He's been sharing the cards I send him with his "peoples" which means I have to send more!! Don't you know I just LOVE IT?? The stamped sentiment is over an anchor stamped very lightly in Antique Linen Distress Ink. These stamps are from Our Daily Bread (which I am fast becoming a shareholder in). The background map paper is something I got free at CKC and the anchor strip is from Stampin' Up.

I hope the sunshine finds you doing what you most love to do. I'll be making cards :).


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wow Has it Really Been This Long?

Clearly I have been up to something, but what, you ask?  I am really enjoying the added bonus of challenging myself  to read books I've had on my shelf or have wanted to read. I am averaging 3 a month which isn't fantastic but it's more than I thought I could read. Since I've been away from blogging, I enjoyed Easter with one of my boys (the other is in the Navy) and my mom and husband. I've been excerising more and reading about the Paleo Diet, thanks to my friend, Brenda. I spent some prescious time with Peggy and Mel, making cards and a Button Farm album kit and shopping with Laura. Oh yeah, and making cards :).

I made this sympathy card a bit more cheerful and hopeful than most. I used My Minds Eye "Be Amazed" paper, which is a huge favorite of mine! The oval die is from Spellbinders. The pearl swirl is by Zva and the sentiment is by Stampin' Up.

This is a pretty card and easy to make. I used book text for the background. The poppy stamp is from Hero Arts. I colored the poppies with Distress Markers from Ranger and distressed the image with Antique Linen Distress Ink also from Ranger. The scripture sentiment is from Stamp Camp.

This is a pretty, very feminine card that could also be used for Mother's Day by changing the sentiment. The paper is by Crate Paper, the die is from Spellbinders.  Improvise on the rest and you'll have a beautiful card also.

Thanks for looking at my creations today. I'm sorry it has taken so long to share my passion for all things paper with you!


Books I've Read for April (A little late I know)

I read some great books in April!

I continued the series by Debbie Macomber and read 74 Seaside Avenue. It is the ongoing story of the folks who live in Cedar Cove, Washington. This book was even better than her last one! There was a great twist at the end and then the tease for her next book. I like this series because the books are simple, the plot keeps me turing the pages and I don't get tired of cheesiness. I look forward to reading the next one! I read this book for the Finish the Series challenge.
One Good Dog by Susan Wilson was a great book! I would highly recommend it to you. It is a book about healing and finding what's most important in life--money or peace and the well-being that comes when you leave your selfish tendencies and help others.  The dog (yes, another dog read) has to learn to trust and love humans.
The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd was an unusual book which got me somewhat wound up about the characters and would they do the right thing. It has a tilt toward The Thornbirds but there are other twists and turns that make it different enough. The main character learns the truths about her childhood which causes her to think about how she views herself and the choice she must make for love. The setting for the book is on an island outside of Charleston, SC.  I read this book for the Southern Lit. challenge.

I forgot to tell you that I read the Hunger Games in March!! Yes, it was a great book. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I want to. You have probably heard that Katniss has volunteered before the Council to take her sister's place in a game that is played and broadcast on TV every year. The game is to be the last one standing by surviving other kids that have been chosen to represent their district. I know it sounds grim, but it is a great story of love and survival.