Saturday, March 30, 2019

Such pretty flowers

I've been working on my flower making lately.  It's a skill that I've always admired, just never mastered.  Now I've found Heartfelt Creations and Simon Says Stamp sets and I've been having a good time learning!  Both companies make beautiful flower stamps with matching dies.  The two floral swag card were cut out by hand.  Enjoy!  If you'd like more details about any of these cards, just pop your question in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Hurry, Spring!

I live in Michigan, where we enjoy four distinct seasons.  We expect to have a cold, snowy Winter season.  It can be beautiful when a fresh coating of snow covers the ground and trees.  It is not, however, my favorite season.  And so far February has been especially Wintry!  I'm really ready for Spring!

I chose all Sabor papers for this project because their colors are so vibrant.  Two sheets of this floral paper were cut into 12 x 7 inch pieces.  I left a small width of the paper's label on one sheet so that I could easily line them up and tape them together on the back.  I also put a small amount of glue inside the overlapped pieces for more stability.

The leftover 12 x 5 inch pieces were trimmed to 12 x 4  and 8.5 x 4 and attached the same way.  This double panel was centered on the banner and two strips with a candy pattern was added as a border at each end.

Squares of orange paper edged with pink ink were added to back up each of the letters on the banner.

I traced my stencil letters onto the backside of this pattern with a permanent marker and cut them out.  This Sabor paper is heavyweight and the marker does not bleed through to the other side!

The green looks great on the orange squares!  They need just a little shading to really make them stand out.

Each of the letters was attached to the banner with adhesive foam squares.  The extra lift adds a little shadow and gives them even more dimension.  Did you notice the six little orange flowers near the word SPRING?  They're small but act as a photo corner would to draw attention to the blue panel.  A piece of fancy yarn as a hanger is a fun little touch and it's ready to hang on your door to welcome the season.

Sabor Sorpressa
Sabor Dulces (candy border)
Sabor Fiesta (orange squares)
Sabor OLE Sentimentos (green letters)
Sabor OLE Diecut Pack (orange flowers)
Memento Angel Pink
Memento Teal Zeal
Foam Adhesives
Double-sided Tape

Sunday, January 27, 2019

It's never too early to think of Christmas

I have never started my Christmas cards in January before.  This year I made the decision to not put away the Christmas paper.  I did the math and if I make 6-7 a month I will have enough by the time Christmas gets here.  Since I am giving myself so much time, I can try new things like this hot air balloon die set.  I may even have time to bake this year!  This batch was all made with Heartfelt Creations' Celebrate the Season paper pad and other stuff from my crafty stash.  

Friday, January 18, 2019

Preserving Family Recipes

My project today for DIY Design Studio is to encourage you to preserve those memories associated with family recipes.  Have you ever considered scrap-booking your recipes just like your photos?  The embellishment possibilities are endless.  Add personal photos or digital images.  How about fibers, buttons, pearls or Dew Drops, chip board, Scrabble tiles, ribbon...make the cards in your style or theirs!  Make a keepsake album or cookbook for yourself or as a gift. 

I recently took the time to combine my grandmother's, mother's and my recipe boxes.  I found there were several that were in all three.  Some were handwritten and some were typed and my choice was to keep the earliest handwritten version of each, even if it wasn't the easiest to read.   Could I have typed them into my computer's word or recipe program and made them easy to find by an index.  Yep.  I could also have scanned them in as pictures and stored them in folders.  That's actually what I plan to do with the finished cards so that I can share them with family.  But without the actual cards, I would lose a piece of the sentiment...the history...behind them.

 I chose to work with two Authentique paper pads.  Both Saucy and Fabulous have wonderful retro designs.  Since many of my old family recipes are from my grandmother and mother-in-law the patterns are perfect.  

Between the two paper pads, there are a few kitchen-specific themes.  Pictured above are pans & kettles, strawberries, aprons and utensils.  I chose a pink card stock because each of these four has a pink element in the paper.  I made the decision to permanently mount these three cards because there was nothing written on the back.  You could also use photo corners.  If your recipe card has a B-side, you could pop it into a clear sleeve or glassine envelope and have it flip up to access the rest.  I plan to photocopy any of the backsides and attach them to the back of the card.

For this recipe from my grandmother, I chose to put her picture on the front.  This is one of my very favorite photos of her and my mom and I.  This is one of those recipes that was in all three boxes and I thought a photo of the three of us was a fun nod to that.  I made a brief note about the photo on the back.  Two little gold glam stickers are on the front to give it a little tiny touch of bling.  Pretty, without being too fancy.  Gram would approve.  

This recipe from my mother-in-law is from one of the first family dinners that I was invited to!  I asked what she wanted me to bring and she handed over this chicken casserole  recipe that was a family favorite.  Now that she's gone, I make it with sour cream.  I can make that change now on my photocopy without altering her beautifully written card.  It's embellished with some darling ribbon and a charm that says, "HAND MADE WITH LOVE."  Absolutely fitting for the woman who was my second mom.  The picture of the woman cooking was cut out of another sheet of paper from the Saucy paper pad.

My mother preferred her cards typed and used to pull out her old 20 lb. Royal typewriter with the sticky keys when she found one that she wanted to keep.  Even in the full size scan, you can't see that there are two pretty big folds in the card.  I can't tell if it got caught in the box or just damaged while she was cooking, but just looking at the stains on it tells me it was one of her go-to recipes.  It's probably why I love short ribs now!  This card was embellished with a pink ribbon and more fun pictures cut out of the paper pad.

Be sure to scroll down so you can access full copies of each of the recipes.  Please use and enjoy the recipes!!  

Friday, December 28, 2018

Happy New Year to all of you party animals!

My mom used to use a saying "Putting on the dog."  It's not something we hear anymore, but Wikipedia defines it as an expression that means 'to make a display of wealth or importance, especially by dressing stylishly and flashily'.  And isn't that what we do when we get out our fanciest party clothes for New Year's Eve?  I took it just a tiny step farther with today's card.

This fancy pooch is ready to party!  You can find her on the Hounds collage sheet at the DIY Design Studio web site..  That tiara she's wearing makes me giggle whenever I see her.

The background paper and embellishments I used on this card are all shiny and add to the festive feel.  The clear florals were stuck on more of the same red paper and then cut out and layered.  The tiniest of them are attached with foam squares to give it more dimension.

Because it's New Year's Eve, I thought a clock would tie the theme together.  The Celebrate sticker sheet has a few beautiful clock designs.  You can even choose which clock hands to use.  All of these were layered with black card stock and scraps of patterned paper and collages cut into geometric shapes.  I added a couple of Dew Drop centers to the White Gold flowers.

And the words "Time to Celebrate!" make the inside of the card bright and shiny, too!  Just sign it with a gold gel pen and it's ready to give away.  Happy New Year to one and all!

Supplies used:
Celebrate and White Gold sticker sheets  and other fun gold glam designs
Red Satin Shimmer paper
Hounds digital collage sheet
Dew Drops and glue dots
Foam  squares and double sided adhesive tape
Card stock

Friday, December 14, 2018

Christmas tags

Many crafters (including me) have been making Christmas cards to send to friends and family.  It's a wonderful way to show those you care for how much you love and appreciate them.  Another way is to create special tags for your gift boxes and bags.  The three tags below are each different styles.

This one uses a single focal image with a scrapbook paper background and a couple of embellishments.

Another style is to use a large image and either attach it to a shipping tag or simply cut your card stock into a tag shape and embellish.

And the last is a collage of themed collage images.

Whichever style you choose to create, your presents will have a little pizzazz to make the person receiving it feel special!

Check out your Christmas collage images at DIY Design Studio.  And don't just stick to Christmas.  There are collages for all types of themes and occasions!  The files are digital so it's not too late to order and start creating your own personal art!  


Saturday, November 24, 2018

Christmas with Graphic 45

All paper artists and crafters understand how supplies can accumulate when you aren't looking.  I swear they multiply all by themselves!  When I buy scrapbook paper it's because I think it's pretty and /or has great greeting card potential.  This year as I was thinking about what to make for Christmas cards, I found a few sheets of an old Graphic 45 pattern called Twas The Night Before Christmas that I had forgotten about.  It was finally time to use them.  Enjoy!