Thursday, January 31, 2013

Day 3- Love Monsters

As mentioned on Day 1, most of my cards will be geared toward kids since I'm sending them out to my numerous nieces and nephews. None of my cards are exactly alike but the color schemes and stamp sets will definitely overlap. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Day 2- Valentine's Day Card Series

As promised,here is another Valentine's Day card. This is an easel card sized 4 1/4 square. It was created for my nieces/nephews so tailored for a younger, sweet human. :) The monster is from the Monster's Ink set from Technique Tuesday, the hearts from a Martha Stewart Valentine's Day set and the background stamps of famous couples is again from Papertrey and was heat embossed. The paper is from My Mind's Eye 6x6 paper pad.

A little bit under the weather, so my apologies for the short post!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Day 1

Today starts my Valentine's Day card series, in which I will be posting a card daily! I must tell on myself though-- I do not generally use hearts in my designs so it is turning out to be a bit of a challenge, which is precisely why I decided to start this series! I am sending most of my cards to nieces and nephews so most will be geared toward children, but I will make a few others for those who struggle like me with this theme. So here is my first-- This card features the Love and Marriage stamp set from Papertrey. I absolutely fell in love with it and even managed to sneak in a few hearts behind the tree without it being over-bearing. I used Spellbinder dies and a few rhinestones to accent the border stamp. It's admittedly busy but yet somehow works. Hope you enjoy! I'll be back tomorrow for another one, though I may come back with some non-Valentine related cards I have been working on and perhaps even a tutorial for a recipe box I plan on gifting to my mother-in-law!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Just a regular Monday...

Well, a regular Monday in my household means waking up, grabbing a cup of coffee and then proceeding to my craft room where I spend 45 minutes to 1 hour doing a nebulizer breathing treatment for my petulant lungs... whilst making a card, of course! As of tomorrow, I will be starting a love and Valentine's card series with one daily-- I hope you'll check it out! I'll be featuring the Love and Marriage stamp set from Papertrey Ink and some other miscellaneous stamp set I have in my collection. Today's cards will be a bit frilly and girly. My sister loved the cards I made and wanted a few more-- she made me push the envelope and stray from my comfort zone, which I loved!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Another Day, Another Post

Hello there,
Yes, *gasp* there was a lapse in posts but in my defense, it was due to technical difficulties with my internet connection. I am currently hiding out from the flu and dreary cold winter in Mexico and thus the internet and phones are not always reliable! So here are a few more cards I wanted to share--

 These are still part of the series of the gift set I am making for my sister who shall be visiting me in Mexico in a few short days!  I am out here with my 2 year old son and husband and while I adore them, a 2 year old is not necessarily much for conversation and a male cannot partake in discussions about Grey's Anatomy, hehe.  But I digress, this one I intended for a more mature woman. I started off with the gingham cardstock from Michaels and layered it with a Spellbinders Lattice Rectangles Die. I sponged it using Tim Holtz's distress ink in Salty Ocean and then stamped with Memento Love Letter the flowers, which are from one of the My Mind's Eye stamp collections. The side flourishes are from an older stamp set, I cannot remember the manufacturer. I finished it off with red vintage seam binding and mini floral pearl accents at the flower center and a blue rhinestone at the corner. I love the contrast of striking blue and red. This card could also easily be altered to accommodate a card for Independence Day.
 This card is for a younger girl's birthday. I absolutely love this sentiment stamp set from Fiskars-- it is a very complete set with humorous quotes and thoughtful ones. The top cupcake die cut was done using a steel rule die from Sizzix in my Big Shot and the Layered front dies are from Spellbinders.
This last card and envelope set is for the younger man in your life. :) Stamped and then colored in a few submarines with Salty Ocean and Lemonade. Used the Gears die, used the border punch circles from EK success to get the medallions and then finished it off with the vintage seam binding at the top.

Hope you enjoy these cards as much as I enjoyed sharing!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I'm a newbie!

This post is simultaneously exhilarating and intimidating! It's one thing to spend hours... yes hours, perusing various craft blogs and Pinterest, but quite another to have my own. So there you have it, this is my official first blog post and certainly to be the first of many for I am utterly addicted to crafting. Ah, I suppose that would have been a better introduction but hey, I'm a newbie so go easy on me! This blog's primary focus will be on papercrafts, particularly cardmaking but most likely peppered with some scrapbooking and various projects that I like to 'dabble' in.  I have taken pictures of all my cards so I will go ahead and upload a few recent card projects and go from there.
 I am currently working on a gift set for my sister filled with birthday cards and here is one of them. It's intended for a younger girl. There are details that unfortunately cannot be seen via the photograph, such as the background heat embossing using Ranger's Holographic embossing powder. It gives a pop of bling but yet still subdued enough as to not cloud the foreground of the card. The ribbon I purchased from Ribbon Carousel --LOVE them!- is reversible, orange on one side and pink on the other. For the sentiment I used one of my favorite stamp sets called 'Wish' from Fiskars and used Nestabilities Labels 7. A few rhinestones, a birthday cake with a tag and some baker's twine and voila!

 Same stamp set from Fiskars but this time I used the Nestabilities Beaded Ovals and threaded ribbon through the slits. Added some gingham ribbon from Ribbon Carousel, as well as some lace. Pearls used to accent the lace, rolled flower and sentiment. Patterned paper from Bo Bunny Powder Mountain and back punch border from EK Success "Brick".
This card was made for a friend who has been a little blue. I know it's not your typical Winter card but I thought she needed a bit of sunshine and summer to cheer her up! 

Thanks for reading my first post!

Craft on!