Thursday, April 30, 2020

A Little Springtime Happy Mail

Hello!  Today could technically count as a Throwback Thursday because I used lots of older goodies to make my springy cards!  These are a few more of the cards I made to send out to friends and family.

I used three different stamp sets for the flowers and another stamp set for the Hello.  This may be the most stamping I have done in quite a while, and I even did some aging on the edges too!  Lots of ink in this post! I'm going to list the stamp names under the cards just to make them easier to identify if you decide you want to hunt Ebay for them!

Blessed Easter- I only inked the tulips, not the sentiment.

Because I Care-this is one of my absolute favorite flower stamps!

Love and Sympathy

On all three images, I inked the stamps with markers to get different colors.  I love this technique, even if I haven't used it in a while.  Such a great way to make a colorful image in one stamp!

Thank you for visiting and I hope you were motivated to pull out some of your old favorites and give them some fresh inky love!  Have a wonderful day!

Card Recipe:  Paper-Tea Party, whisper white, certainly celery, Stamp Sets-Sunshine Sayings, Love & Sympathy, Because I Care, Blessed Easter, Ink-pretty in pink, certainly celery, almost amethyst, crumb cake, early espresso, Accessories-Labels and Ovals framelits, ribbon

Monday, April 27, 2020

A Little Snarkasm...

Hello!  I've recently been making more of an effort to send out thinking of you cards to people.  Some of the cards I've sent have been in my card stash for a really long time and it felt good to find a new home for them.  However, some people just require a specially made card.  Especially when they have a warped sense of humor similar to mine!  I have two wonderful friends who fit this category and my recent purchase of Tim Holtz's Snarky Cat seemed like the perfect starting point!

I stamped the snarky kitty on white cardstock and shaded it with pastels to give it some color without overpowering the stamped image.  A little snarky sentiment above the cat and inside completed this fun card.  I also managed to pull out some really old DSP to create a fun background for the focal piece.

Both friends really enjoyed their extra special cards, and I am really enjoying my time making things for others!  As a bonus, it is also such a great way to eliminate some stress and relax!

Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope you make some time to be creative, snarky or not!!

Card Recipe:  Paper- Rainbow Sherbet DSP, whisper white, Stamp Set-Snarky Cat (TH), Ink-tuxedo black(memento), SU pastels

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Scrapbook Sunday-Bittersweet Memories

Hello!  I'm so happy to be sharing a few scrapbook pages again!  I've been working on my youngest DD's albums, but haven't had time to post.  These pages were each a bit bittersweet to make.  The first one made me a little sad realizing that even though we didn't know at the time, it was her last high school spring concert and there won't be one this year when she would be getting recognized as a senior.  The second is a birthday page which always reminds me my babies aren't babies anymore, and the last one has photos of the last Easter we would celebrate with Dad.  Great memories, but still make me a little melancholy.

Once again, the pages are quite basic which tends to be my style.  I love pretty, foofy pages with lots of details, but most days I'm just as happy letting my photos be front and center, and focus more on telling the story.  I'm still on that mission to work through my older stash of paper, stickers, and embellishments, and it felt good to put lots of goodies to good use on these pages.

I've had those metal flowers for quite some time, and
they seemed to work well with this page.  The papers
were from a music theme kit I won at a crop last year.

Not sure where I got the paper, possibly purchased-maybe a freebie...
I rubbed a little white craft ink on the letter stickers to tone them
down to match my page.  I also worked in some old mats and epoxy stickers.

I think everything but the photos are old on this one! I 
worked in a hidden tag behind the bottom left photo.  Been
doing that a lot lately to maximize room for photos!

I'll be back tomorrow with a fun card and hopefully later this week will bring more cards and pages!  Until then, thanks so much for visiting and have a wonderful day!

Page 1 Recipe: Paper Pizazz base, Kaiser Craft On Stage tag, basic black for letters, Accessories-metal flowers from stash

Page 2 Recipe: Amy Tangerine Yes Please, old photo mats DCWV, Accessories, old letter stickers, epoxy stickers

Page 3 Recipe: Prima Sasha collection, Accessories-old vellum letter stickers, old resin eggs from stash

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Belated Easter Greetings

Hello! I am so glad you visited today!  I'm a bit behind on sharing my Easter cards, but this whole working from home/remote learning/everyone's home thing has me a bit loopy!  While I don't like the reason, I am counting my blessings that both of my girls are home and actually seem to enjoy being here with their mother!  They have both recently rediscovered that they enjoy baking, gardening, and spending time outdoors.  My oldest has even started a little side hustle doing custom embroidery on sneakers.  She updated an old pair of Cons with a ton of pretty little daisies, and suddenly two of her friends wanted their own sneakers personalized.  It's been a nice past time for her and helps her de-stress from trying to do college lab classes online...

But I digress... Because we're all sheltering in place, I thought sending Easter cards would be a little way to let family know I was thinking about them and maybe brighten their day just a little.  They were super easy (seems to be my 'go to' design lately) with the gorgeous Cottontail paper from Authentique!  I just added a little embossed cardstock, ribbon, and a base, and taadaa!!

Don't you just love those gorgeous vintage Easter images?! So sweet!  Well, I have about 5 projects in the works right now, and they're not getting finished while I'm on here.  Thanks so much for hopping in (see what I did there?!) for a visit!

Card Recipes:  Authentique Cottontail, very vanilla, blushing bride, certainly celery, baked brown sugar, Accessories: square lattice and fancy fan embossing folders, assorted ribbons from stash