Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Shimmery Blue Anniversary

Hello again!  In the midst of all the craziness, I made a anniversary card for my wonderful in-laws.  They are such a blessing to us all and such an encouragement too.  What a great example of God's love to all that come in contact with them.  They have recently taken on the wonderful challenge of being foster parents.  As if that is not is not amazing on its own, they went from being empty nesters to foster parents to 4 children all under the age of 7 years old.  The youngest was less than 3 months old.  They are truly an amazing couple.  It has not been easy at all, and we have all come to love these children as if they have always been a part of our family.  Our own children love these kids a lot.   When they do get to go back home to their parents, it is going to very hard to let them go.  Anyways, they got to get away for a few hours to celebrate their anniversary!  This is the card I made for them.  It is simple but when you don't have a "scoreboard" it took a little bit if figuring out to get those crisscross lines.  Plus the shimmery paper is a heavy cardstock and it did not want to score at all.  Either way, I think it turned out very nice.  I love the gray and blue contrast!

I Used:
Blue Pearl Cardstock
DCWV The Shimmer Stack for the BG paper
Martha Stewart Scalloped Corner Punch
Gray Statin Ribbon from my stash
Stamped Sentiment from Hobby Lobby
Silver Liquid Pearls
Thanks for taking a look at what I have been doing!
I hope you have a wonderful day!
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Red, White and Blue Birthday

HI!  This time of  year is a very busy time for me and my family!  We live in such a great location, for the 4th of July festivities.  We are directly across where they put on a great 5 day carnival and on the 4th the wonderful fireworks show.  We do a lot of work of cleaning up and preparing to have a large picnic here at our home.  Lots of people come by and visit and sit in our yard to enjoy the fireworks.  It is a lot of work but so much fun and excitement.  Our kids love having so many friends and family stop by and just the fun of it all.  Either way because of all the labor and fun, and having to keep my craft area cleaned up, I was a bit delayed on getting some cards done until after all the other things were done.  So needless to say some family members got their birthday cards a bit late this year.  Plus when they have birthdays so close to the 4th, all I can think about is Red, White and Blue!  So here is a simple and quick cards that I made up.  I think it turned out pretty nice!  They are both the same card but with one slight difference.  See if you can spot the difference!  This card is very gender neutral too. 

I used:
Stand and Salute Cricut Cartridge for the star cuts
White and Blue Cardstock
Stars Embossing Folder
Red Ribbon from my stash
Stamp Sentiment from Hobby Lobby

Did you see the slight difference? 
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a
 day filled with many blessings!
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Graduation Card

So from my previous post of the Graduation Jar, you have to make a card to go with it, so that the recipient knows who it is from.  Sounds like a good enough excuse to play in paper, right?  Anyways that is exactly what I did.  She needed a card because the jar could get broken in her haste and need for candy!  LOL  So a card is something that she can keep and store away more easily along with the rest of her graduation cards.  So this is what I came up with.  What I forgot to take a picture of is how the "Cap" part lifts up.  That is where I put the "Message", but you could just as easily put it on the back of the card, too.  Quick and simple.

I Used:
Blackletter Cricut Cartridge for the numbers
Black and white cardstock
Blue Iridescent Cardstock
Blue and Silver and Black Ribbon from my Stash
White tassel from Hobby Lobby
Blue Glitter brad from Stampin' Up!
Thanks for stopping by! 
 I hope you have a wonderful day fill many blessings!
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Graduation Jar

I just got back from a trip celebrating my niece's graduation and open house.  It was fun yet very busy helping my sister get everything ready for the open house.  Most importantly it was great spending time with my family.  Before we left though, I had to make a gift and a card for my wonderful niece.  So I wanted to do something fun and yet creative for her.  So I again saw an idea on Pinterest of making a candy jar and hiding the gift/money in the middle of all of the candy.  So as if the candy was not enough of a distraction I had to take it a step farther and decorate the jar up with vinyl using my Cricut.  And also as if this wasn't enough, I used a large 1 gallon "pickle" jar.  Whew, that was a lot of candy and fun!  Vinyl is fun and fairly easy to work with once you figure it out.  Sometimes I get to the point of "what else can I put vinyl on"!  LOL  Anyways, here is what I did up the jar before putting in the gift and candy!  Very simple and yet fun looking!

I Used:
Blackletter Cricut Cartridge for the numbers
Cricut Craft Room Basics Cricut Cartridge for the Letters and welded them together
Create A Critter Cricut Cartridge for the Owl
Everyday Paper Dolls Cricut Cartridge for the diploma and graduation cap
Red/Black/White/Orange Vinyl
Heat tool to smooth out and help the vinyl stick better
Googley Eyes for the owl
Side 1
Side 2
Side 3
Side 4
The Lid!
Thank you for stopping in again and
I hope you have a fabulous day!
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Monday, June 16, 2014

Father's Day Pop-Up Gift Card Holder Card

Hello again!  Well I was able to take some time and make a few more Father's Day cards.  These were made for my dad and FIL.  I wanted a fun, unique to give them their gift cards.  So this card idea I found on Pinterest.  I love that site, it is wonderful for inspiration and finding tutorials too. These are very simple to make.  I do believe that I will be doing this type of card again for others! 

I Used:
Mustaches and Glasses Cricut Cartridge
Grey Textured cardstock
DCWV The Natural Stack (love this paper stack for masculine cards)
White Printer paper for the Gift Card envelopes
WRMK Envelope Punch Board for the Gift Card Envelopes
Circle Punch for the envelopes
The Paper Studio Mustaches embossing folder
Time Holtz Black soot Distress Ink
Googley Eyes
Brads from my stash
I-rock gems
Ribbon from my stash

Thanks for taking a look at what I have been doing!
  I hope you have a day filled with lots of happiness!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Celebrate Dad!

Nothing like waiting till the last minute to get my Father's Day cards done and in the mail!  Yikes!  I guess, they will receive them after Father's Day.  It is the thought that counts, Right?  I love having an excuse to make cards and all the fathers around us on Father's day is a great reason to make them.  I used a lot of different things in the making of these cards.  They were simple and quick to make, once I figured out the paper choices and such.   I have about 3 more to make yet, so I need to go get busy in my little crafty corner! 
I Used:

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a day filled with many blessings!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

2014 Graduations

It is that time of year again, where we have graduations and open houses to attend.  Next year will be my first time being one of those Open Houses that people will come to!  I cannot believe that I have a amazing young lady who will be a senior this next school year.  Where does time go?  Anyway, this year we have a couple of young men and a niece who are graduating.  This card is what I made for the young men.  Simple yet very striking in the colors.  I love it!  I hope they do too!

I Used:
Blackletter Cricut Cartridge for the number cuts
Everyday Paper Dolls for the "Diploma" cut
Red and Grey Textured Cardstock
Graduation Paper from Hobby Lobby
Shimmer White cardstock for the "Diploma" and the Sentiment
Sentiment stamp from Michael's stamped with Black Staz On Ink
IRock and gems
Dimensional Tape

Thanks for looking around!  
I hope you have a great day filled with many blessings!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Get Well Wishes!

Well, it finally stopped raining for a day here.  So glad it finally did.  Just a little break and maybe we will get to see a glimpse of the sun today too.  Sunshine is good for making things seem so much better, including the healing process from surgery.  You see my SIL just recently had a major surgery and is going to be laid up for quite a while and is in a lot of pain.  So naturally, a get well card was in order, one to make her smile.  Because you know the saying, "Laughter is the best medicine"!  So I knew I wanted to make something that would make her smile a bit.  So this is what I came up with.  Something so simple yet bright and cheery!  These little band aid people are sooo cute!  They kinda remind me, of little Minions!  They sure do make me smile!  I really hope they do that for her too!

I Used:
Band Aids from my medicine cabinet
Elegant Edges "negative" cut from a past card
Recollections Comic Heros Paper Pad for all the patterned papers
White/Yellow Cardstock 
Googley Eyes from my stash
Stickles for the tiny flower on the one band aid
Get Well sentiment stamp from Hobby Lobby
Ribbon from my stash 
Thank you so much for stopping in! 
I hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Happy Mother's Day, for our Mom's

Okay, this is the final post for Mother's Day cards this year.  Each set of cards were all so different from each other and for totally different family members.  So these two were so different and yet sorta, kinda, complicated to make.  I was trying to make a book card with less folds to keep it more shallow but yet, get that layered look.  I don't know if I accomplished doing so or not, but I am very pleased how they both turned out and I think my Mom and my MIL enjoyed them too.   These two ladies have been such a blessing to our family and we are so blessed that God chose them to be our Mom's. So I wanted to give them that dimensional look yet not to deep. And again, these images were free printable from Pinterest.   Anyways, here is what I came up with.

I Used: 
Printable Images found on Pinterest
Purple, Pink and Blue Textured Cardstock
DCWV The Luxury Stack for the Pink Card BG
K & Company Life's Journey Designer Paper for the Pink and Blue card
Purple Velum Paper for the purple flowers
Adhesive pears and gems from my stash
Purple, Pink, green, yellow Stickles
Pink Dogwood flower sticker set from my stash
Martha Stewart Hydrangea Punches for the purple flowers
Ribbon and lace from my stash
Dimensional Dots from Michaels
Quotes and Scripture were computer generated in Word
Mother's Day Stamp from Hobby Lobby
Cuttlebug Embossing folder: D'Vine Swirl for the Dogwood card frame

Thanks for stopping in again and I hope you are inspired to create!  I hope you have a fantastic day too! 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Happy Mother's Day, Sister in Law's!

I have two wonderful SIL, that I love and enjoy spending time with.  Each one has a special and unique quality that I love.  Anyways, they both are special to us all, and have been great moms to some wonderful kids.  As always, I try to make them a card too.  So this year, I used free printable images that I found on Pinterest, which has a wealth of choices to choose from.  Picking just a couple can be a bit of a challenge.  I knew the look I was wanting and I knew I wanted to do something with birds and their babies with a bit of a vintage/distressed look.  I think I may have accomplished that look.  I am very happy how they both turned out.  Pretty, yet simple ...

I used:
Printable images found Pinterest
Blue/Burnt Orange Cardstock
Craft Paper Cardstock for the actual cards and the BG "Crimped" scrap papers
Buttons from my button can
Sentiment Stamp from Hobby Lobby
Green Flowers from Hobby Lobby
Adhesive Pearls from Michael's
Burlap scraps
Bakers Twine: Brown and white
Vintage Lace from my stash
Vintage Seam Binding from my stash
Paper Crimper from Hobby Lobby for the brown BG craft paper

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a day filled with many blessings!