Monday, March 14, 2011

SEW Glad We Are Friends

The upcoming workshop on 3/25 is titled "Sew Glad We Are Friends" and these are the cards that will be showcased. The papers are Material Girl by Cosmo Cricket! Stamps are from Crafty Secrets, Vintage Sewing. I love the aged look of the cards. Reminds me of my mom and grandmom. Both of them were seamstresses- my mom made her wedding gown, my dad a leather coat, and eventually reupholstered our living room couch. While I was taught to sew, I certainly lack the advanced skill that these ladies had in sewing. Unfortunately, I am finding that today, it is more economical to shop for clothing (I am a second hand girl at heart) then it is to buy a pattern, find a great fabric, and find time to create. Oh well, the best I can do now is make cards featuring something nostaglic from my childhood!!!

Each guest will be able to choose 3 of the 4 designs to create (kits are all ready to assemble). 2 of these cards are basic, while the other 2 are more time consuming- intermediate in level of crafting.

Email me for more information. Address located on the sidebar, near my profile.
Thank you for looking!
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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Funny Valentine

I think everyone has love on the brain this week! I cannot believe how many blog challenges out there are asking for red, pink, hearts, love, love, love!! So today, I am sharing the love. I am trying to plan for this weekend's Valentine's Day Dinner with the family. We decided collectively to eat on Saturday, with the 5 of us each choosing one part of the meal to make. DD1 is making dessert, DD3 is making salad, DD2 still undecided, Hubby is in charge of meat, and I am choosing twice baked potatoes. I am very excited about this, see our entire family has really gotten into cooking! We have become addicts to Food Network anything, Cake Boss, Top Chef, anything related to baking/cooking. Yummy!

Kristen passed my way some great Bo Bunny Love Bandits paper she had lying around and I just had a ball making the girls their cards. Now I need to come up with something for Hubby- romantic, funny, cute....still undecided. Maybe blog surfing the Valentines challenges will get my mojo cooking!LOL!

Crazy 4 Challenges: #73, valentines
Crazy Challenge: #53, Lots of love
Totally Stampalicious: 3 hearts
Crafty Cardmakers: #39, hearts
Cupcake craft challenges: #128 seeing red
Paper Play Time: #37 cupid or hearts
Cute Card Thursday: #151 hearts and flowers
stamp with fun: #97 Love
My time to Craft Challenge: #127 hearts and flowers
For Fun Challenge: hearts
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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Getting Creative with Shapes

I have been in a very creative mood lately, trying different techniques and varying my card shapes. Next week, I am hosting a Folding Card Workshop, highlighting "thinking out of the box" card shapes. The easiest one to change is the Stair Step fold. This card uses a 5.5 x 12" cardstock, scored on the 2", 5" and 8" marks, valley/mountain fold. As you can see by the first photo, it easily fits into a standard envie since the card is 4.25 x 5.5". It is also easy to decorate using larger pieces of scrap paper.

Supplies: CTMH cardstock, ink, stamps. Glitter on B'fly, 3d foam tape, Kaiser craft dew drops. DP is misc from scrap bag.

It is for the following challenges:
crazy challenges #52, Happy Birthday and it is this blogs 1yr anniversary
Claudia and company #73, unique fold
Anything challenge: butterflies
my time to craft challenge: #126 flourishes
papertake weekly: anything goes, extra: flowers
for fun challenges: snow or spring? i choose spring!
sew many challenges: #42 anything goes
sweet stamping challenge: spring flowers
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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Love Grows

I cannot believe that we are in February already, my oldest DD is choosing classes for HIGH SCHOOL next year, getting ready for taxes, and thinking spring. We have birthdays galore over the next few months and my sister and I are getting things together for our big vendor fair in April. Whew- I am tired already!

The weather here today in PA, ice, ice and more ice. It is now melting like crazy- however, I am hoping that the arborvetae surrounding the property recover. They look like such sad little creatures, all bent over, like the weight of the world is on their shoulders. 8 foot 'trees' now bent to about 4 feet....... so, another day off from school: kids are reading, playing games, and I am crafting!

This card was so much fun to make! Kristen, my wonderful generous sister, lent me this Poppy Stamp from Hero Arts, and I am in love! Coloring in with pencils, using copics to blend- pop dotting and glitter, oh my! She also made this fabulous crinkled ribbon- lettuce green is the color. She is running at Etsy sale on all of her colored seam binding ribbon- check it out, to get to her store.....

I made my own background paper, using a Teresa Collins stamp, harlequin diamonds, stamping tone on tone in blush ink. Kraft paper for matting, green and pink cardstock from CTMH. Misc heart button, nylon string, and prisma glitter, pink stickles, doodlebug glitter brads round out the embellishments factors on this card.

Entering the following challenges:

the Shabby Tea Room #47: Get Creative, no patterned paper, stamping only and to make all embellishments
for fun challenges: more snow? spring? which one?

tuesday taggers: feel the love theme

totally stampalicious: Hello Card- anything but a birthday greeting

flourishes timeless tuesday: #103, valentines creation (the heart button and love sentiment make this card a unique take on the typical heart card)
papertake weekly: anything goes, extra option flowers
paperplay challenges: #4, layer it up!

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bird has a song

For my "Birds of a Feather" Card Workshop approaching at the end of February, I decided that I was going to play with my Cricut machine and the many cartridges I own. I wanted to make a big bird for the card's focal point and found this particular one on the Home Accents cartridge. The paper is from CTMH, a long ago retired pattern. As I was working on the bird and using the colors from the DP, I found some scraps of musical notes DP, but not enough to make 8 card kits. So now the bird and songs were in my head, I knew I needed a good sentiment to pull it all together! The saying is from Maya Angelou, which I saw on SCS and thought is was perfect!

I am entering this into the blog challenges:

"this and that" on 365 Cards, Day 332 for the "this-yellow" and the "that-cheery".
Belli Challenge #109: P is for ?, purple, pink, pearls
CASE study #24, by Mercy Kerin: used pink, purple and 8x4 card long

Paper Play challenges: #4, layer it up! lots of layers here!
stampin bee's design: #95 use a song, I used the creative liberty of the word sing and song in my sentiment (and the song rockin' robin was in my head as I made this...hehehe!)

Thanks for stopping by- Kelly

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Friendship Butterfly



This is my second post of the day- go from 5 months absence to 2 posts in one day!

This butterfly card is called a Joy Fold Card and it is the second card to be featured in my Folding Frenzy card workshop in February. The beauty of this card is that you can customize it to open the way you would like. Put the flap on top, to open upwards, right side or left side, or even on the bottom. You choose!

I used BoBunny Flutterbly collection, chocolate ink, Cricut for the butterfly, yellow rhinestone and lots of glitter, MS seam binding and doily punch. The inside sentiment is Stampin'Up and the butterfly is the BoBunny stamp that matches this collection. The heart pin plays double duty. It adds an element to the card as well as holds the flap shut!

thanks for stopping by today-

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Happy Birthday


This card is a style I have loved to do, but is time consuming. It is called the Stair Step Card and it is going to be featured in an upcoming card workshop, February 11th, Folding Frenzy!

I actually broke out the Cricut machine to help make some cuts: the cupcake and the Birthday Blessings sentiment. bo Bunny Papers (Petal Pushers) is the paper line I used. Hero Arts stamp set for the candles, The Twinery pink twine, buttons, glitter and the Cuttlebug HB embossing folder "happy birthday" completes this card.

Enjoy and I will be back with some more cards!
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