Saturday, April 18, 2015

Comfort in Crafting

So little time, so many crafty things to do...

I have neglected sharing my creativity here as my attention has been required elsewhere, but that doesn't mean I don't find time to make a card for a special occasion.   Card making still puts me in a happy place.  In my craft space, calm and comfort returns when everything else seems so hectic.  

When I heard news of someone's retirement and knew about their passion for quilting, coming up with this card was a no-brainer.  Putting the little pieces together, in the colors and patterned paper I thought looked best, THAT was the hard part.  

Stampin' Up! Lattice die and square lattice embossing folder combined make a striking card quilt.  The SU!  seam binding ribbon, sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes, and bits of pieces of retired DSP and card stock to match complete the rest.   I cannot wait to share this with my Stampin' Up! consultant,  I think she'd be proud of me!

Now back to simply dreaming of a day when I can spend more time in the craft room.  At least now I know there is one friend getting a chance to enjoy her hobbies more.  Oh, so jealous! 

 Happy crafting, friends.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Lawnscaping Birthday & A Man Card

Lawnscaping Challenge blog is celebrating birthdays for their 100th Challenge!
Perfect timing for this Lawn Fawn fan as I officially break from Valentine mode into Birthday mode!

For my project, I challenged myself to make a masculine birthday card with my Lawn Fawn products.  I know a macho style can be a challenge in itself , but I wanted to showcase how even your cute Lawn Fawn stamps can be used for a special guy in your life.  Check it out...

I decided to remove the smiley face from the cake stamp from Year Three and add HAPPY using Milo ABC's above birthday.  I kept everything simply layered with subtle patterned paper from Hello Sunshine and Sweater Weather, coordinating everything in a manly brown and blue color scheme.

year three

Hope you are staying warm and enjoying some indoor crafting time if you've got icy or snowy conditions that seem to have hit most of the United States this weekend.  Stay warm and happy crafting, everyone!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Heart FELT Greetings

OH how I love FELT!
I have not used my supply of quality wool felt nearly enough this season.  I love to create felt embellishments.  They are fun to touch while making the project then after the project is complete, I find myself petting my little creation like a fuzzy little kitten... yeah. I'm goofy that way.

For today's project I used My Favorite Things felt and word and circle die, and Mama Elephant stamp, arrow die and Femme Frames dies.  Patterned paper is from BoBunny.

This card was part of my Valentine Extravaganza for the office charity sale, but I don't know that it was properly featured in a post before, so I must add it here.  

Hope you will be enjoying some quality time with your loved ones this weekend.  Happy crafting and have a very Happy Valentines Day!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Only One For Me

Yes, my man is the only one for me, but alas this card was not the ONLY Valentine I created.  
I have finished my barrage of 36+ Valentine greetings.  That's more cards than I made for Christmas.  I took a card making break last Christmas since I was busy knitting gifts.  A knitting break after Christmas then meant time to pull out the card making supplies again.  I always have to keep busy in the Craft-a-torium.  Can't stand to let my supplies sit idle - too easily they could end up in the box for a garage sale or something while the husband is in his household cleaning binge... EEEK!

On Friday I have a Valentine Gallery Extravaganza over at my new blog, Live. Craft. Repeat.  Check that site out for a few other card ideas.

For the main details on the card featured today, I used stamps from My Favorite Things and dies from Stampin' Up! and Spellbinders.  Patterned paper is from Lawn Fawn.

Happy stamping everyone!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Feminine and Floral

And now for something entirely different.  Last post was a manly-man card, so time to switch gears.

There is quite a blog party going on over at Papertrey Ink.  Lots of contests and inspiring projects.  The latest contest is a bit out of my comfort zone, but while I'm in the swing of love theme cards, I knew my set could not be complete without something flowery... so here it goes...

The lovely single rose was stamped using both stamp sets for PTI's Rosie Posie, the main image and coordinating detail stamp sets.  This was my first time using the Rosie Posie Step 2 set.  NBUS's Darnell should be so proud of me! With two contrasting colors, you can create a lovely flower.   I found it easiest to stamp the darker detail image first, then layer the lighter color solid flower image on top of that.  Stamping in that order gave me the best results.
The rest of my leafy bouquet was stamped using a lovely image from PTI's With Sympathy.  The sentiment is from another PTI stamp set, Heart Prints Sentiments.

This feminine floral card, with the light pink and green is not my usual style, so this was a really good contest to challenge my card making skills.  Just a few other deets...the stitched dies I used came from Lawn Fawn (circle) and Mama Elephant, Femme Frames.  I punched out a few extra leaves for added detail using the bird punch from Stampin' Up!

If you get a chance, stop by my other blog to tell me what style of cards and what style of blog you may prefer.  I started thinking it's time to refresh the look in the Craft-a-torium, so that goes for the blog, too!

Have a lovely evening, everyone!

Love my craft buddy!

Love my craft buddy!
Dog's view of the Craft-a-torium!