Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Fourth Of July!

Good morning! I'd like to take this time to wish all of my fellow Americans a safe and happy Fourth Of July! I hope you get to spend some time with the ones you love on this fine summer day. I didn't have time to make a new card for today, so I'm reposting my favorite patriotic card from a couple of years ago.
































 This remains one of my most popular cards and was also my first published card! It was in the June 2013 issue of CARDS magazine.

Ironically, I entered this one in about a dozen challenges and it didn't win one! LOL. If you want to see the original post for this card click HERE.

Changing the subject just slightly, have you seen this picture in my right sidebar lately?

I'm going to be participating in this year's Where Bloggers Create blog party! Where Bloggers Create is a yearly event where artists and crafters alike showcase their work spaces.  I'll be showcasing my craft room and showing it all to you; the good, the bad and the ugly! You can participate too, just click the image in the sidebar for all of the details. It all begins next Saturday, so make plans to see some awesome craft spaces.

Thanks for stopping over today! Have a lovely weekend!♥

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Marie Antoinette Cards Made With Gilded Lily

Good morning! I hope your week is going well so far. The heat is subsiding for a few days here, it's been incredibly HOT this June, way more than usual! I've been taking refuge in my craft room this month making cards and getting some things organized. Graphic 45 recently released a new line called "Gilded Lily". I've been stalking my favorite online stores all during May waiting for it to arrive. Finally, I was able to get get my hands on it and here are the fruit of my labors.
This one is my favorite! I used Grand Labels One Spellbinders dies to cut my card base and smaller layer. After that, I simply fussy cut the focal image from a larger piece of paper and adhered it. Some May Arts silk ribbon and lots of flowers, jewels and pearls were the finishing touches. I love the chipboard piece! It's Not Easy Being A Princess!

Next up is a card with that famous (mis)quote: Let Them Eat Cake! I think Marie Antoinette is certainly a romanticized character. Her indulgence and opulence has captured our imaginations somehow. Back in her day she was reviled and called 'Madame Deficit' by her subjects, criticizing her spending habits while France's people were starving. We know that she eventually lost her head over it! What a comeback she has made!  This full size A7 card is decorated with a tulle flower and I've sprinkled gold pearls in the middle. I've used my Spellbinders Petite Monarch die to cut the crown border.Very fitting for a queen! I've added a gold fleur de lis and gold thread stitching for an extra regal touch.

Last but certainly not least, is a frilly card featuring some tulle trim and silk ribbons.I love the big blue jewel embellishment in the center! I used my Oval Regalia Spellbinders die here as a back layer for the focal image and more rose clusters as embellishment. I've left this card blank,so it cn be used for any occasion. Here's a peek at the inside:
I used the same Oval Regalia die as the front except I've left some of the smaller pieces in the die cut instead of pushing them out. I think it just adds a little variety for the recipient.

I've had a blast working with this collection and you will probably be seeing more projects using this line! I hope you like my cards today, thanks for stopping over to see them! Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

My Sheri Crafts Challenge 160-Patriotic

Happy Saturday! It's time for a new challenge over at My Sheri Crafts! This time we're calling out for your patriotic projects. July Fourth is almost here,so show us your pride!  I love making patriotic cards, I like to make them distressed and vintagey for some reason.
I used what is left of my Authentique "Glory" paper pad. It has to be hands down my favorite patriotic collection. The colors are just right and the papers are gorgeous. I purchased the cute vintage boy image from a shop on Etsy. There are so many neat image collages to buy there! My card is pretty straightforward in design. Kraft base and LOTS of layers that have been super distressed. I finished it off with a star fish tailed banner,some antiqued and crumpled red seam binding, and a cute glittered star for sparkle. The sentiment was stamped using one of my alpha sets.

Supply breakdown:
  • card stock-PaperTrey Ink Classic Kraft
  • patterned paper-Authentique 'Glory'
  • vintage boy image-Pixie Land Farm
  • red seam binding-Stamp Simply Store
  • banner die-Spellbinders
  • star dies-Spellbinders
  • fish tail flag punch-EK Success
  • glittered star-Recollections
  • stamps-American Crafts
I hope you'll join us this time and link your projects over at My Sheri Crafts. Have a wonderful weekend and hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Best In Show

Good evening friends! I hope this post is finding you well and having a great week so far, we're close to the weekend! Do you have any special Father's Day plans? I have a few masculine cards to show you later,but today it's all about cats and dogs! I recently purchased some of the Best In Show Collection from Anna Griffin. It's a really cute pet themed line that has bright colors and modern patterns.
How cute is this? I love the cat head stickers and this chevron paper is one of my favorites. Here's a cat thank you card:
There's also some really cute die cuts for you to play with. Look at that banner and trophy! So adorable!

I haven't' forgotten the dogs, how could I?

That sweet little collie has stolen my heart! Love the blues and greens together here.


Not sure the breed of this dog,but he's a first place friend!LOL Check out the cool silver foiled kraft paper. I couldn't get enough of the blue chevron paper, love the hand drawn look!

Lately I've really enjoyed working with collections. It is not what I've always done in card making, but somehow having everything perfectly coordinated allows cards to come together almost effortlessly. Are you working with any pretty collections? I would love to hear from you  in the comments! Thanks for stopping over, I hope you enjoyed your visit!♥

Saturday, June 13, 2015

My Sheri Crafts Challenge- Masculine

Happy Saturday! It's time again for a new challenge over at My Sheri Crafts!  This time around,we're challenging you to a masculine project! Since Father's Day is right around the corner, I'm sure you've been working on some manly projects for Dad.
This is not really my Dad, but I'm sure he was someone's! This dapper gentleman is found in Tim Holtz's Found Relatives Card pack. I love his expression; he looks like he has a sense of humor! I chose some manly paisley paper and some buttons that could easily be found on Dad's suits. Here's a complete supply list:
  • Paper-Papertrey Ink (brown and kraft card stock)/Anna Griffin (paisley)
  • Dies-Spellbinders (pierced rectangles)
  • Die cut sentiment-Anna Griffin (All About Him Die Cuts)
  • Buttons-Tim Holtz, my button stash
  • Reproduction photo- Tim Holtz (Found Relatives Card Pack)
I hope you'll link up with us over at My Sheri Crafts and show us your masculine projects! See you there!♥
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