Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I love You ...

Since I don't speak French, I thought it best to find out before I place it front and center.  Jacqueline tells me it means "I Love You" ... thank you!  I adore the color red but mostly in more earthy shades ...  like those found in the autumn months.  However, when Valentines Day draws near - I can't get enough of red polka dots!

Digging through my scrap paper drawer I found plenty.  The paper used here is from the Love Letter set and is currently on clearance!  Beau Chateau Side Notes surrounded by a glittery frame provides the focal point.

Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon combined with a stripe of cranberry and white are tied tight with seam binding and string.  My numbers are stamped in Cherry Cobbler punched with the Jewelry Tag punch.  An old button and embellished stick pins complete the bow.

To finish I used Pinking Hearts Border Punch and a sweet red button tied with cotton twine.

It's always a joy to have you stop by - thank you!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Do not open 'til ...

Hello friends.  I hope you are beginning your Holiday festivities with friends and family.  I am officially "on vacation" from the office and have two glorious weeks home with those I love.  Last night was my Book Club discussion group.  We just finished "The Incredible Life of Henriatta Lacks" and celebrated the Holidays together with a cookie/ornament exchange and a bit of Eukere.  It was such fun ... thank you Sue for hosting!

I love the classic colors and the traditional images of Christmas.  Red and green ...snowflakes and holly ... bring the Holiday season to mind.  Stamp sets pulled from the shelf for this card include Christmas Postcard (a favorite of mine) and Winter Post.

Thank you, Geri, for inspiring me with your beautiful use of the these frames!  I painted and sanded mine to antique it.  The ribbon is Very Vanilla Satin.  Red Glimmer Paper and a Snowflake Punch created the smaller snowflake.  I think this paper will be absolutely perfect to make beautiful hearts for Valentines too.  The large white snowflake behind the frame is cut from this wonderful Snowflake Die ... a large and simple snowflake pattern - perfectly shabby.

I've decided to play along with the Design Team over at Just Us Girls.  They are celebrating Christmas with the traditional color scheme I love.  Their sample cards are gorgeous ... as always.

One more thing before I let you go today ... you've got to look at these ADORABLE houses Victoria created.  They are posted on her blog Things I learn from BEAR.  She has a whole village!  What a fabulous idea for any celebration ... Valentines, Fourth of July, Halloween, or perhaps a housewarming or a new nursery?  I love them ... thanks for visiting my ETSY and for sharing your talents Victoria!

Enjoy your weekend everyone ...

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Hello friends.  It's terribly cold here today.  Last night was our Christmas parade through town.  Our son walked behind his Boy Scout troop float.  It was wonderful with a turning Ferris Wheel and gifts piled below covered in twinkling lights.  It won first place and the boys couldn't be prouder!  Me too.

Here's another card created yesterday with a few friends over for an afternoon of stamping.

The papers in the Timeless Portrait collection are gorgeous, one can be seen here along the bottom of the card.  I paired it with a simple green and white flower print letting the bright red scalloped circle take center stage.

Those little birds are so sweet and really catch your eye layered on classic black and white sheet music.  The bow is a combination of Red Satin Ribbon and dyed seam binding, topped with a beautiful red button.

Happy Holidays is stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink and is part of the Four the Holidays stamp set.  We used this set over and over yesterday ... the fonts are perfect for classic Christmas greetings.

Thank you, once again, for stopping by!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Peace ...

It was nice to have a few friends over today for an afternoon of stamping.  We spent time catching up with each other, sharing tips and techniques for projects recently made, and created some new ones of our own.  

I love the varying shades of plums and pinks mixed with the hues of green.  The hand dyed seam binding is in the same colors.

The flower is created from Very Vanilla Cardstock with a pearl jewel center.  I misted the flower with a solution made from rubbing alcohol and Frost White Shimmer Paint - it worked beautifully.  These wonderful embellishments are available in my ETSY store (see link on the sidebar) and can be created in any color with either a pearl or rhinestone center.

The greeting is from Four the Holidays and stamped with Soft Suede ink.  A button here and on the bow gives the card a shabby chic look - one I adore.

Thanks for stopping by ... I'll return soon with more to share.

A Christmas Gift

Hello again!  In my last post I explained my absence and told you about a little project I've been working on.  Well, we celebrated my family Christmas last weekend so I am now free to show you pictures without ruining any surprises.  I enjoyed playing with yarn again and you may see more from time to time....

I'm photographing three new papercrafts created for an afternoon of stamping with friends.  I'll be back tomorrow with more!  Thanks for stopping by and spending some of your time with me!