Saturday, March 10, 2012

You Hold the Key to My Heart - Make Over

 Good Day!  I hope you are all doing well.  It is a beautiful spring day here.  The sun is shinning brightly and the sky is a brillant blue.  The cats are loving looking out the windows.  They are enjoying watching the birds and the squirrels.

I am sharing a card that I remade.  The original card was really sad.  I should of taken a before picture to post - but I really didn't like it. 

Butterflies are really popular now.  I found this gorgeous ribbon with the butterflies and post marks at my local craft store.  Not sure which one, either Hobby Lobby or Michaels.  Both are wonderful stores and have weekly coupons for 40% off. The coupons are easily found on their websites to be printed off as you need them.   I never buy anything from them without a coupon.

The original card had too much going on.  Also, I had tried my hand at paper flowers.  While they turned out it was just too much for a card, especially if you plan on sending it through the USPS. Anything over a 1/4" costs extra.

The designer papers are from the Recollections All Season Paper Pad.  The green and silver papers are from my left over pieces of paper scrap stash.  I fussy cut the butterfly out of  the designer paper and mounted it on a heavy card stock so I could use foam tape to pop it up and off of the page.

I finished off the inside with the same designer paper to give it a nice sunny feeling.  Looking at the picture reminds me I need to take some ink to the edges.  The white card is too blaring white against the green.

Thank you for visiting.  I hope you enjoyed my card and was able to draw some inspiration from it.
Take care and have a wonderful day!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Lighthouse in Water Color - Masculine Card Idea

I have used this light house stamp before.  It is one of my favorites to use.  I suppose that is because it is one of my mom's stamps from when she was making and selling them, and my guy loves anything nautical.  He and I have climbed and photographed a number of lighthouses here on the east coast.

I chose blue card stock and incorporated the oranges from my sun rise as accent papers.  I feel the kraft card stock was a nice neutral color and tied the blue and oranges together nicely.

I decided not to use a sentiment so the card would be more versatile.  I love the 3 brads on the front of the card, but did not like them on the inside of the card.  So I followed up with a stripe on the inside of the card to help hide this.  Since the card stock is dark, I added the ledger paper on the inside for handwriting your favorite sentiments and/or memories.  

What do we do at the sea shore?  Collect sea shells!  So I thought it would be cute to add a sea shell to the inside as hidden surprise.

This card will be presented for:

Frosted Designs  Fabulous Friday Challenge - Kraft Paper
Polka Doodles    Week 10 - Giveaway...lets hear it for the Boys!
Totally Paper Craft  Challenge 107 - My Favorite Things
Wags 'n Whiskers  Challenge 74: Spring Break

Thank you for stoping by to visit.  I hope you enjoyed my card and were able to draw some inspiration from it.

Have a wonderful day!

Happy Birthday in Violet--

Purples and violets are some of my favorite colors.  I believe that one look at these cards, and most will agree too.  I love the way the colors compliment each other.

I used paint sample cards for my embellishment squares.  I don't remember where I first saw these used, but have been wanting to incorporate them in a card for awhile.  The best part is that they are already laid out in complementary colors for you.  I used the squares on a card and the negatives on a second card.

I chose complimentary colors from my left over paper stash to mount the squares on.  The dark purple is a plain paper, while the lighter purple has white polka dots on it.  I chose the white vellum with purple polka dots to print a sentiment on.

I printed the sentiment and flowers, using Microsoft Word, onto the vellum paper.  I attached it to the first card using eyelets, and to the second card using my Xyron Creative Station.  I love to use my Xyron for many things, but did not like the way the sentiment turned out this time.  So I just took a cropped picture of the  second card so you could see how I used the negatives from the squares on the second card.

Both cards were finished with a purple satin bow.  I like to use Loctite Crafter's Indoor-safe adhesive for this.  It is a gel that dries clear, and the ribbon is firmly attached.  I found mine at Hobby Lobby, but was not able to find it on the Loctite site for you. 

I finished the inside of the cards with a light purple paper and Wishing You Love vellum stickers from Annette Allen Watkins PrintWorks.  However, these are dated 2001 so are probably not available.  Sorry, I just loved these stickers so much I have been hanging onto them and plan on using every last sticker on the 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper they came on.  The bad news for me is there are just a few left. 

This card will be entered into the following challenges:

Card Positions Systems sketch #255 
Lollipop Crafts Challenge #70 Clean and Simple
The Pink Elephant TPE138 Let's See Those Layers
The Poodles Parlour Birthday Challenge
Clearly i Stamp Clearly Inspired Challenge #47 (CIC47) Anything Goes

Thank you for stoping by.  I hope you enjoyed my project and perhaps learned something new.
Have a Wonderful Day!