Sunday, September 7, 2014

Birdie Garland

 Here's another set of pictures of a sweet little bird garland.
 I die cut each bird from vintage dictionary paper and a variety of pink patterned paper.
 Then I layered the two papers, and sewed them together with silver and white thread.
 As I final touch, I added dew drop eyes to each bird for a bit of sparkle.
 This garland is so light, and catches the air so easily.
 Even inside, the air conditioning moves it around.
 I have one hanging in the doorway of my studio. I can see it from the kitchen, and it's nice.
 It's always interesting to me how such insignificant things can come together to make something pretty.
 Don't you think so?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Butterfly Banner

 This is another banner from my Etsy shop.
 There are only five picture slots there, so I thought I'd put the extra views here.
 It was a sunny, breezy day when I took these pics, so some of these might be a tad overexposed or blurry.
 You can still get the idea, and they did look so charming fluttering about on this old shed.
 I began by die cutting lots of butterflies from vintage dictionary paper, kraft cardstock, and patterned paper.
 Then, I made little butterfly sandwiches, with the kraft cardstock in the middle.
 Next, I stitched them all together with silver and white threads.
 As a final touch, I added a red vintage button to the bottom to help them hang nicely.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Autumn Banner

 Banners are hard to photograph, and Etsy allows for only five photos per listing, so here are some extra views of this banner.
 I printed the letters on gorgeous ivory cardstock for a vintage fall feel.
 I rounded every corner so it looks pretty and finished.
 I hand sponged all the edges to give it a lovely aged look.
 As a final touch, I added 105 inches of hand crinkled seam binding in a gorgeous harvest brown.
 I think it might be just the banner for you!
 You can click on any image for an even larger view.
 Thanks for stopping by!
 Happy autumn!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Butterflies & Bicycles

 These top two cards are some much loved Unity stamps, which is fairly obvious if you know Unity! I made these this summer when my little sister was here for a visit. The supplies I used here are OLD! My Mind's Eye Bohemia old. How do I still have this stuff around?
 The heart and the sentiment here are new to me 7 Gypsies. I bought them on sale, and there are just a bunch of fun little die cuts all in this colorway. Funny thing about that grosgrain ribbon: I got it in a ribbon share with Texas Jody Lynn about 10 or so years ago. Can it really have been that long ago?
 Playing with Gina K Designs stuff here. This butterfly is from Eclectic Summer. I used the Polished Stone technique to make the background. The technique is much more fun if you use Ranger's metallic fixatives instead of pigment ink. It dries much quicker and is much more metallic in finish.

This is a CASE of an STV card Gina did with the Enjoy the Sunshine kit. I do love playing with my STV kits!

Don't you love this sentiment? I think it's so sweet and versatile. This pretty bunch of flowers and sentiment are from GKD Enjoy the Sunshine. I use this bunch of flowers quite a bit. It looks good on any color card, and is fantastic to emboss.

I hope you are all enjoying a lovely Thanksgiving weekend! I am, but it would be perfect if our oldest was here. He'll be here at Christmas, though, so I have that to look forward to. I hope you are surrounded by your loved ones!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

365 Cards Super Sketchy Sunday Day 328

 Another fab sketch from Wendi over at 365 Cards! I hope you are enjoying November, we sure are here in Colorado. We had snow all day Friday, a day of for frolicking in it yesterday, and today it has been snowing all morning. I love the snow. I figure if it's going to be cold, it may as well be beautiful as well.
 I think this is the last card I was able to make with the lovely goodies Pam sent me. I really enjoyed working with them-thanks so much Pam! I added a little Cosmo Cricket tag to the glassine bag because, well, bags need filling in order to reach their ultimate destiny, don't you think? This card got a little busy. It really shows when you are looking at a picture on a computer screen.
It's okay, though. I've never been one to insist that every card I make be a masterpiece. I don't mind a little chaos every now and then. It is part of the process. Besides, I do this for fun. Getting stressed when a card isn't perfect is just silly to me.
CHEERS to you! Here's hoping you always enjoy your process, even when the final results are a little messy! 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

365 Cards Day 321 Super Sketchy Sunday

 Wendi's sketch this week was a fun one to play with! I hope you can join us at 365 Cards! I have my cards made through the first, and Wendi's sketches just keep getting better, so you have lots to look forward to! For some odd reason, I never make cards during the work week. However, Wendi has sketches for December posted, and something tells me it would be wise to do a little card making this week so that everything is in order for the holidays.
 I continued to use the wonderful packet of goodies Pam sent me here on this card, I just couldn't resist a little scrappy fun. I think this may have been the quickest card I have ever made. I think it took less than 20 minutes from the time I walked into my stamp to start the card, and the time I walked out to photograph the card! I wish they all came together so easily!
Lots of fun stuff here:

                                              Echo Park sticker (one of the few things I added)
Cardstock Bazzill Bling
8x8 Patterned Paper Sheet Glitz
6x6 Patterned Paper Sheet My Mind's Eye
Floss American Crafts
Die Cuts Fancy Pants
Tape My Mind's Eye
Wood Veneer Circles Studio Calico
 vellum bags from Fancy Pants
And here's my card from last week that somehow didn't get posted:

I used all the same supplies, except I added a WPlus9 die cut sailboat, and an A Muse Studio Buttercup felt die cut flower and matching button. The sailboat is cut from a|s card stock.