Saturday, February 28, 2015

New Little Bundle

I have always loved the "Scattered Showers" set from PTI and it works perfectly for this baby card I made for a shower I am headed to this afternoon.  It just donned on me as I was typing this, that I didn't use the word "shower" anywhere on this card. Oh well. This is another one of my "gift sack" challenges and the sack I chose had an umbrella on it, so that is why I used it. LOL!

The umbrella was diecut and stamped and then I added some stickles to the polka dots.  I tied a little bow around the handle for some added texture.
The dew drops were the perfect touch to mimic some precipitation. I also added a few sequins for some extra shine.  I am going to make a concerted effort to resist putting sequins on everything from now on. Must stop....must stop......
The sentiment is from the "Boutique Borders: Baby" set and I used the coordinating die.  I really love this one. I also used a cuttlebug embossing folder. It is seriously old, but it is one of my favorites.

The inside just has a little bit of detail; another sparkly umbrella and some sequins. Not much to say today...just simple and straightforward.  Thanks for fluttering by!

P.S. I have another baby shower next Saturday and I have been working on some fun projects I can't wait to share!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Thanks for the Lift!

 There's always something to be thankful for....always! I'm so grateful for a friend who is willing to pick my son up from wrestling practice EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.  I thought it was about time I did something about it and say "thanks" and try and make up for it. I made her a card so that I can tuck a gas gift card inside.  I was also thrilled to be able to use this sentiment. I'm sure it is geared more toward someone who did some "cheering" up, but it is perfect for my purposes, so I'm going with it!

I colored the die cut hot air balloons using Copic markers.  I then added some Star Dust stickles to certain portions of the balloons for some sparkle and shine.  The clouds were stamped using "London Fog" ink.  Some were stamped off once, but others were used full strength.   I did a little bit of machine stitching since some of the pattern papers that I used look like fabric.  All of the papers are from Authentique and I have had them for over TWO YEARS and I have never used them...not even once.

I added a bit of decorative tape to the lower left corner for some added interest and well as a few gold sequins scattered across the "sky".  The ticket detail was already printed on the pattern paper.  I hope she enjoys her card as well as the gas card! Thanks for fluttering by!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Birthday Girl

 Happy Monday! The weekend went way too fast, as usual! We did have a great time with extended family as we celebrated the return of our nephew from serving a mission in Russia! It was such a thrill to hear him speak in Russian. He got to meet our baby for the first time as well when we greeted him at the airport on Tuesday. Lots of things to celebrate, hence today's card. One of the sweet little girls in our culdesac had a birthday so I needed to whip up something girly and sweet for her.

 Today's mojo monday sketch was perfect for the ideas that have been swirling in my head. I have been wanting to make a tiny tassel garland on a card for some time now and finally got to work. The sketch doesn't show anything at the top so I decided to use the blank space as the backdrop for these tiny tassels.  I was just experimenting, but by the time I got them all done, I was running out of crafting time, so the "experimental" ones had to do.  If you have ever made a tassel garland, you will know just how easy they are to make and so inexpensive. The background was dry embossed with the faux wood embossing plate from PTI. I just love the dimension it gives.
 I chose to use the circle image to create a little wreath of flowers. I knew some would be stamped and some would be out of felt. I really like how the mix of materials makes everything pop.  The mini felt roses were actually made out of one flower. I knew they would be too big if I used the whole thing, but used in two pieces, it was PERFECT! I love how they look so different, too. The one on the bottom was from the first portion and the one on top was from the second. I also used some adhesive pearls and flower sequins.

The flower sequins came from the "Shakers and Sprinkles" kit and they were perfect.  I had a lot of fun working on this card and I hope the birthday girl likes it also.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Thank you "sew" much!

 I needed one more quick thank you for one of my PTA friends that helped me with the teacher dinner last month. I made these for everyone else, but she has a gluten allergy so that wasn't an option.  I have always wanted to make a sewing themed thank you and this was the perfect opportunity.  I just grabbed one of the dollar store travel sewing kits and added this little tag.

 While I could have made the entire presentation a little more "splendid", if you will, I didn't want the other ladies to regret having to have chocolate instead of a sewing kit! LOL! Anyway, it just needed to be simple, yet fun!  I have only used these thread cards from the "hanging by a thread" set from PTI once, but I love them. I love Nichole's clever use of her favorite literary and television characters on some of the images. This one in particular references Anne and Gilbert Blythe from the "Anne of Green Gables" series, which is one of my ALL TIME favorites. I'm thinking I'm going to need to work some of these into a fun gift for my book club!

I obviously wanted to work some "sewing" themed elements into the card so I did  a little zig zag stitch at the bottom using my sewing machine, I also added a pin which when I add them to cards or gifts, I use wire cutters to snip off the sharp end. I don't want to injure the recipient.  I created a small felt rose and added a button to the inside. The finishing touch was the accordion medallion to the back and a few dew drops for some shine.  Quick, easy and fun! I hope she likes it!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Birthday Bag Challenge

 I'm back again with another birthday design to share with you. When I was searching my stash for a gift bag the other day, I realized how many bags I had without matching cards. If you will remember, I made a little "challenge" for myself to create matching cards for all of the cute gift bags I was getting at the dollar store. It was a little  bit of an inspiration challenge for me. Today's card was created using the newest Mojo Monday sketch as well.

 The pattern paper I used on today's design is a double sided piece, which I love!  The stamp set is "Tag It's #10" from PTI and I think I have only used it once! Shame on me!  It is a cute little set and worked perfectly with this week's sketch. I always love what Julee comes up with.  The sketch included a diagonal piece which I chose to place a little more emphasis on. I ran it through my cuttlebug using the same embossing folder that I did on the previous card. I then die cut it using the ticket punch. I think it gives it a little more visual interest.

 The gift back had some sparkly embossing on the words so I chose to use some Iridescent Ice embossing powder on the star image to recreate the feel a little bit.  Lots of sparkles and sequins for whomever the recipient of this card will be!  I like being prepared for crazy days when I just need to run to my birthday stash and grab something quick. I always like having a coordinating set as well.

You can see the card with the bag here.  It is a super cute bag and in the end, I am not sure I did it justice. I have a few St. Patrick's day things I want to make, so stay tuned for those.  Thanks for fluttering by!

Monday, February 16, 2015

You are just plane cute!

 First birthdays; the most epic of all birthdays!  Today's card was made in honor of a super cute 1 year old who just happens to live next door! He is such a sweetie and I wanted to make a little card to go with his gift to celebrate his special day.   They really have a passion for airplanes at their house, so I thought I would incorporate one into my design. I also chose this particular sentiment because of the part that says "Enjoy the Ride". I knew that it would be easy to add a "vehicle" of some sort and in this case, an airplane.  The plane image is from the "Little Hot Rods" set from PTI and has a coordinating die cut.

 I stamped this diagonal line image to represent a candle. I then added a star for the flame and added some sparkly stickles for some shine. I didn't have any intention of covering the candle up, but in the course of design, it just looked best to place it there.  

 The background was embossed using a cuttlebug embossing folder that I have had for years, but it really is a classic.  I added a little bit of blue bakers twine to the side for some extra detail and texture.

Of course since the cute little recipient is so adorable, I just had to add one of the coordinating sentiments with another airplane to the inside.  A few clouds finish it up and all I have to do is wait for the stickles to dry!  Thanks for fluttering by!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine Birthday Hugs and Wishes!

 A VALENTINES birthday! How fun is that? Emma is off to one of her friend's birthday parties tonight! I had forgotten that her birthday was actually ON Valentine's Day, but when we got the invitation, I remembered right away.  My sister has a February birthday as well and I remember always being so jealous when she got to take her birthday cupcakes to school all decorated with pink frosting and ju-ju hearts on top! I had a summer birthday so I NEVER got to take cupcakes.

 Pink frosting and ju-ju hearts were in mind when I made today's card.  In all of my heart crafting I found lots and lots of heart shaped things including this cute button that is the PERFECT topper on this sparkly, sequined cupcake.

 I was happy to remember that I had this sentiment for today's card because I was thinking all about Hugs and Wishes instead of Hugs and Kisses!

I made a concerted effort to leave the 14 and February showing at the top. How fun to get paper specially made with your very own birth date!  Easy Peasy and hopefully Emma's friend will like it.  Well...the 14 days of Valentines have come to a close. I have had so much fun! My kids and I took around all of their treats and cards today and had so much fun! They loved their cards I made them!  Have a wonderful day and thanks for fluttering by!