Sunday, July 20, 2014

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

It's hard to believe.....but it's already JULY! This is the month that many people start thinking about ideas for their upcoming Christmas cards which we will need in just a few months. It's never too early to start on holiday cards as we're all so busy with the hustle and bustle of the holidays with all the shopping and decorating. I say every year that I am going to have all of my cards done early..... but it just doesn't happen.  I was quite pleased when Faith made an adorable, digital snowman image for the progressive monthly challenge this month. At least I'll have one Christmas card made early this year!  :)

I started off with a white card base, adding layers of Handsome Hunter and More Mustard by SU. The designer papers are from the Kringle & Co. collection, made by American Crafters.  The dies used are the Pierced Square STAX and Mini Tabs Foursome, both by MFT. The Christmas Joy stamped image is by Papertrey Ink. I used a snowflake button as my embellishment, just snipping off the back of the button. StarDust Stickles were used on the button and the snow to give my card a bit of sparkle. The Copics used are shown below. I love this happy, smiling snowman image!  You can get this image or join in the progressive challenge at http://fromtheheartstamps.com
I hope my card gives you a bit of inspiration in thinking about your Christmas cards this year.  :)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

I have another birthday card to share with you today. This time the birthday was for my daughter, Jocelyn.  I just loved making this card, and with the help of MFT's new Gerbera Daisy die it went together easily.

I started off with white cardstock for the base, adding a layer of Barely Banana (one of Jocelyn's favorite cardstock colors). On top of that I layered it with a white panel that I ran through my Big Shot with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. The fun part was selecting the colors for the gerbera daisies. I chose Lavender Lace, Lovely Lilac, Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Barely Banana and Creamy Caramel. All the papers used is SU. The flourish I chose was another MFT die called Fancy Flourish using Mellow Moss cardstock. The little Happy Birthday greeting by SU was just the perfect size for the card. I had so much fun making this card that I'm going to make a few more, just changing the colors of the flowers.  :)  HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOCELYN.  I'm so glad you had a nice birthday!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SPARKY!

I wanted to post the recent card I made for Steven (a.k.a. Sparky!) for his birthday on June 27th. This little image was perfect with the letter "S" on his belt buckle. The cute little bird image was the Stamp of the Month digital image from www.fromtheheartstamps.com for the month of June.


I started out using Stampin UP's Garden Green card stock for the base of the card, adding Yo-Yo Yellow and Brocade Blue. The DP is from Daisy D's paper.  Copics used were BG000, B21, B95, Y15, Y17, Y11 and G43.  The dies used were all from MFT. Used were the Pierced Circle Stax, Star Stax, Blueprints 3 and Fishtail Flags Stax. You can't really see it in this picture but a silver Spica was used to fill in the belt and mask giving it just the right amount of sparkle. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

JUNE

Well, I've had my cross stitch project done for awhile now, but just haven't had the time to post it. The month of June is a crazy, busy month for me. I wanted to get this posted for you to see before it's time to post the month of July!  :)



I just love these designs by Lizzy Kate and really enjoyed stitching this months little design. The tiny little buttons were used as the centers of the flowers. I'll be back to show you the month of July before you know it....  :)

Friday, June 6, 2014

YOU GO GIRL!

Happy Friday everyone!
It seems as though it was such a long week....I really am happy that my work week is over with and I am looking forward to starting my weekend. My order also arrived today from MFT and I can't wait to play with the new things I bought. 
Here's the card I made for a challenge I joined called "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun". I made it for the challenge but with my granddaughter in mind. Lucy is a cheerleader and I plan on giving this card to her...

The cardstock that was used is Close to Cocoa, Yo-Yo Yellow and some designer paper all by SU!
Pierced rectangles by MFT were used along with Bitty Banners from The Cat's Pajamas. Copics were used for the color, using B000, B23, E00, E31, E35, Y02, Y11 and Y17.The cute little image is called "Stick Cheerleader" and is a digital image by Bugaboo Stamps. The Word stamp was given to me by a stamping friend. Thank you Jennie!
I hope you all enjoy the weekend....  :)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

MAY

One of my other hobbies is cross-stitch. About a year ago I posted a cross stitch framed piece that I had done for my sister similar to this, but with a leprechaun on it for the month of March. As I really like these 5 x 5 framed stitched pieces, I decided to make one for myself for each month of the year. I will display a new one each month in a perfect little place on my counter in my new kitchen.

 
 
The patterns are designed by Lizzie Kate. I really like each and every one of the 12 patterns for the months of the year. This particular series uses 3 little tiny buttons on each pattern each month. Notice, the 3 little buttons for this month are used as the openings on the front of the birdhouse.  I will share with you, the new one that I make each month until all twelve months are done. I'm finishing up the one for the month of June which needs to be done very soon......  :)


Monday, May 19, 2014

YOU are AMAZING!

My granddaughter, Lily Clara, just celebrated her 7th birthday! She is such a little tomboy and absolutely loves Spiderman.  She asked me if I would make her a Spiderman card for her birthday and I had no clue what I would come up with! I know there are some great Spiderman cards made using punches, but I didn't have all the various punches needed to make them.  Then I received an advertising circular in the mail with Spiderman on it..... I knew right away he was going to become part of Lily's birthday card. Needless to say, I was relieved being able to recycle my junk mail into my granddaughters birthday card!  :)
 


I used Brilliant Blue cardstock and ink by Stampin' UP. I did some fussy cutting on the image and used both the medium and small classic style snap-stamps by Karen Foster.

This is how the inside of the card came out...



 HAPPY 7th BIRTHDAY LILY!
YOU are AMAZING!!

 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

HOLY FIRST COMMUNION



My oldest granddaughter, Luchia Angelina, made her First Communion this morning. It was a nice warm day and everything from start to finish, went perfectly for this joyous occasion.

This is the card I made for Luchia (Lucy). Purple is her favorite color so I only used purple and white on her card.

The paper and ink is called Lavender Lace by SU and the designer paper was from my paper stash. Also used were the Pierced Circles, Fishtail Flags, and Upsy Daisy Die-namics from MFT. The beautiful cross image and word stamp is from Spiritual Sketches by Inkadinkadoo. To finish it off, a pearl was added for the center of the flower.

Here she is on her big day with Father Sanders. She did such a good job. I was so proud of her.

  
CONGRATULATIONS LUCHIA!


 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

SPRING MEDLEY

I have another card to share with you this week. The image is called Spring Medley and is the April stamp of the month from "From the Heart Stamps". You can find the information to play along here. Each month that you play, the following month you will get a free digital stamp! Faith has some wonderful digital images....be sure to check them out!   
 
The papers I used were all from Stampin' UP. Regal Rose, So Saffron, Lovely Lilac, and Wild Wasabi, along with a piece of designer paper. The wonderful little pink flower was done using the Flower & Leaf trio from MFT, along with Blueprints 3 to fancy up the inside of my card. Coloring was done using Y02,Y11,Y13,E35,YG11,YG13,YG17,RV02,RV10,RV21,BV00,BV02 and BV04 Copics. Below is what the inside of my card looked like.
 
Until next time...

Saturday, April 12, 2014

EASTER WISHES

 It was a beautiful day here in New England today...and it's finally spring!  I always look forward to the spring.....it's like a new awakening after the long, very bitter cold winter we had this year.  With spring comes Easter. We will be getting ready for our annual Easter egg hunt that my granddaughters really look forward to each year, then all get together and have a wonderful Easter family dinner.
This is the Easter card I will be mailing out to my sister this year.  She lives in Oregon and won't be able to join us.

The bright yellow polka dot note card is by Amuse. All other papers were taken from my
miscellaneous scrap bin. Also used are MFT's Fishtail Flags Stax, Mini Tabs, and Upsy Daisy Die-namics. I added a bit of bling and fine white glitter to the bunny.

Whatever your plans happen to be, I wish you all a wonderful, joyous Easter!