Saturday, February 26, 2011

Celebrate buttons!

What a special treat, being a guest designer for Card Patterns sketch#104.
When I saw the sketch I knew I wanted to use 6 buttons for the 6 squares, and everything else just came together. Of course all the PTI button inspiration, from last week, helped! 

I used some fabric scraps, and layered them onto a large manila tag.
I had a lot of fun going through my Papertrey Ink Vintage Buttons, to find the perfect ones for this card. Then I threaded them with some button twine and glued them to the squares.  Fun! 

The papers I used are October Afternoon, I love that green polka dot. The fabric scraps are Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane and I'm pretty sure the yellow floral is from Windham's storybook collection. 
I hope you're feeling a little inspired to play with this fun sketch! 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Flower clips card gift

I started by making these flowers out of my favorite fabric collection EVER, Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey. After the flowers were done, I though there's no way they are just going to be embellishments on a card, sticking there for all eternity.. they're way to cute for that! So I decided to turn them into hair clips by gluing a hair clip, that I covered in ribbon, on the back. 

But I still had a card to make, so instead of gluing (the horror!) these little cuties to the card, I added this extra strip of scrap fabric, only gluing down the ends. Oh how I love every single fabric in that collection! 

I clipped the little flowers onto the piece of fabric....

There! I have my card done, but those flowers come off and can be clipped in your hair, on your headband, or even in your jacket's button a brooch, but not...  This card and gift in one is perfect for girls of all ages. I would totally wear those flowers in my hair, and they would look adorable in my 3yr olds hair too (if she had any left... she gave herself a hair cut a few days ago and is now sporting a mullet a la Joe Dirt...)

This whole thing started with a bit of inspiration I got from The Shabby Tea Room for their buttons and bows challenge 

(P.S. I made the flowers with PTI's Beautiful Blooms#1 dies, I used 8 fabric flowers to create one big fluffly one. It took a lot of die cutting, folding, and burning my fingers with hot glue.)

I also linked this card to Someday Crafts for their Whatever Goes Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Luxurious Birthday

This card speaks to my girlish fantasies of  vintage lace, pink, sparkle, and feminine glamor.
I kind of love it.

I was really inspired by the colors and the color board at CR84FN. Just look at this...If I had an extra house I might decorate it only in this color scheme. So elegant and feminine.

***Please use the 3 named colors as your MAIN colors.*

I used the sketch from Get Sketchy for my layout. 

I layered different sizes and types of doilies on top of each other for the layered circles of the sketch.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A couple of jars

 I used PTI Friendship Jars and additions, one of my favorite stamp sets ever, to make these two simple cards

This first one uses the marbles? or bubblegum? or candy? and jar from PTI and a noteblock stamp from Purple Onion Stamps. The papers are from October Afternoon- I love them.

I'm entering this first card in the Off the Wall Craftiness color challenge. How could I not be inspired by such a beautiful collage of photos? Oh how I love vintage...and the idea of vintage fairs and carnivals and parties that I get from this color board. (Okay IRL fairs and carnivals are stinky)


This card uses the PTI Jar and pickles, and Melissa Frances Kitschy Kitchen papers. This is my FIRST ever attempt at paper piecing. It was fun, I might (maybe just might) do it again...hah
I entered this card over at Moxie Fab World for their paper piecing challenge.

Embrace Happiness

So here's a little card I made for the Play Date Cafe and Case Study twist Challenge....

I made the flower out of a pattern laying around, and really I'm not much of a pattern user when I sew...usually I wing it! So I cut it up and used it for this pretty flower.
The rose cabochons sitting inside the flower is one I made with translucent Sculpey and a mold. The bird is another cabochon I made. 
I used some PTI satin ribbon in simply chartreuse to make leaves for the flower.

Want some real eye candy? Check out this treasury I made on Etsy, it is YUM-O!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Easter Cutie

I linked this card to these challenges:
Off The Wall Craftiness-colors
Crazy4Challenges-Use die cuts
 Wee Memories- Source of Inspiration...I was inspired by vintage looking easter decor. 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Exciting exciting announcement.

Have you noticed anything new on my blog? Like maybe something over here>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Like on the right hand side?
YEP, thats right! I'm one of the two new designers over at The Shabby Tea Room! Can you believe it? I'm so excited.
I hope you'll come play with me, the challenges at TSTR are always so fun, and they have great prizes too!
You'll see my first design March 21st, but I'll be playing in the challenges along until then.

Wishing bird

This little guy is a wishing bird, you might throw your wish into the wind, and he'll find it and catch it, and bring it to you. In the form of a coupon. A cool vintage Crafty Secrets coupon. True story.

I stole a moment to craft yesterday. I've been really busy and haven't been crafting as much as I'd like to..
I love to create, its so fulfilling and satisfying. Its that instant gratification, and the realization of an idea that is all yours. Its a piece of your world that is just right, no matter what.

Well on that note, I took a few minutes to make a card for The Shabby Tea Room challenge this week.
Here is the cozy inspiration photo.

(small secret- I love knit blankets and these ones look absolutely warm and snugly...I could just curl up with these, a good book, and some Twizlers-yum.) 

I had a hard time getting the ribbon to look right in the photos, its actually a little closer to the bird's greenish blue color. I really need to take a photography class. Until then, I'll continue to describe what your are really seeing in these photos. ;o)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Live Laugh Love

Here's a card I managed to make yeserday.... I made it with a few challenges in mind.
The colors are straight from The Color Throwdown 

The layout of the card is from the sketch at Card Patterns 
sketch102.jpg (480×300)

I also entered this card in the 'Live Laugh Love' challenge at Wee Memories.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hello Sunshine

 Hello Tuesday evening. Here's a card I made yesterday and just now had a chase to post. The sentiment it appropriate for today, we had some lovely sunshine weather. It was actually warm and when we went outside we weren't afraid of our lungs freezing. Could it be something like spring?

Well, I'm not feeling wordy (thank me later) but I will tell you that this gorgeous color combo came from CR84FN #15
Look at that fabric lineup, so pretty

For some reason, the green ribbon looks darker in the photos...IRL its closer to the green in the polka dots. 
I hope your Tuesday was fantabulous.

BTW, tell me the truth, do you like the smaller pictures or the bigger pictures or a mix? 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Embellished cards

It all started with this Mother card. I made the Mother card for a challenge at Embellish Magazine.

I mean, how could you not be inspired by that color board?

After creating the Mother card, I had all these wonderful papers and embellies out... and then came the Baby cards. 

baby 1
baby 2
baby 3
So now I have this family of retro kitschy vintage-y cards. 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy colors

This lovely color combo on this card comes from a brand spankin' new color challenge, Totally Hues
What a gorgeous presentation of the colors. Wow. 

I love this color combination. The bright colors with the cream just make me happy.