Sunday, January 29, 2012

Finding a place for everything ...

It's good to organize, tidy up, or otherwise "find a place for everything".  We all do it ... occasionally.  And whenever I do I am always pleasantly surprised by what I find.  Today's treasure was a sheet of printed daisies.  Bright cheerful colors in a variety of colors - they have me thinking of warmer weather as the snow blows outside.  Inspiration is found in many places.

A mix of printed papers in shades of green and tangerine made a pleasing combination.  I used First Edition along with Paisley Petals and our new Everyday Enchantment found in the Sale-A-Bration catalog.

A shabby bow is a must for anything I create.  This one is made of hand dyed seam binding in a light shade of blue ... embellished with matching deep green decorative pins.

A bright tangerine button, a treasured daisy, and happy words of greeting are layered simply and become the center of attention.

Once again, I am grateful for your time and do hope you enjoyed your visit!

Monday, January 23, 2012

things i love ...

There's nothing left now of the snow that fell on Friday.  Three inches of accumulation drew me out the door to shovel the driveway.  Now, the rain last night and the nearly 50 degree weather today will wash it all away.  I'm sad to see it go ... the cleanliness of a pure white blanket.  There will be no ice fishing for my two Boy Scouts this month.

Another card created Saturday with friends was a mix of deep reds and soft pinks.  The checked paper is from my scrap drawer while the cameos and polka dots are found in the Timeless Portrait collection.  Each sheet is gorgeous and since all of our papers are double sided there are many wonderful ways to mix and match.    

While browsing through a local craft store (there to find the right shade of green yarn - something you'll see in the future), I happen across a roll of red felt hearts.  I was thrilled!  Funny how it's the simple things that bring such joy.  Stitched on my card front gives a "cottage" feel to my project.

My bow is hand dyed pink seam binding.  I added a few embellishments such as a velvet leaf, decorative pin, and the sweetest little pink flower.  I love the fullness created with seam binding.  Misting with a mixture of alcohol and Shimmer Paint makes the "ribbon" stiff and easier to shape.

I'm sharing with the uber-talented ladies over at Just Us Girls where they are celebrating these romantic colors.

Before I go, I wanted to show you this adorable photo of felt hearts found on Tiny White Daisies ... love them!

Enjoy the rest of your day and thank you for stopping by to visit!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Be My Valentine

Yesterday was wonderful.  Friends filled my afternoon with stamping, laughter, and great conversation.  Our monthly gatherings are a time to de-stress and enjoy the company of our "sisters".  It amazes me to think we've been doing this for over 10 years.  Some have come for just that long while others are newer to the group.  Regardless of who or how many attend, we are lovers of pretty papers, glittery embellishments, and one of a kind results ... kindred spirits appreciating our time together.

I crocheted hearts for everyone in a lovely coral to coordinate with these gorgeous papers.  They are from our newest collection being released in just a few days.  This sweet heart sits on up-cycled corrugated cardboard that has been brushed with paint and "glitterfied" with mica flakes along with Beau Chateau paper in soft shades of blue print shaped with the Decorative Label Punch.

The bow is made of Bashful Blue Satin Ribbon and hand dyed seam binding.  Decorative pins from Viola and a button with natural hemp are added for texture.

Finally, the banner is from Sweet Cake, a new stamp set in our Occasions Mini Catalog (there's a link over on the left if you want to see more).  The Chantilly Lace is beautiful with these papers.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I have more to share and will be back soon with another posting.  Until then ... enjoy your day!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A heart to share

I admit I am crazy for hearts lately.  I'm crocheting them like mad and enjoying every minute!  I have friends coming over next weekend for our monthly get-together and I'll certainly have to plan a project that has a heart for everyone!  For now, I placed one on this Valentine to share with you today.

I love our striped ribbon as much today as when it first came out.  I love how it feels and it ties so beautifully.  Paired up with red satin makes for an incredible bow.  The white "doily" beneath is new - cut with the Paper Doily die...a touch of ink on the edges makes it shabby.  Layered on top is a calendar print from the Beau Chateau Side Notes collection.

I crocheted the heart with red twine and love how it turned out with a vintage country feel.  Another button and the perfect greeting with pearls makes it complete.

Thanks for your patience as I work through my Valentine craze.  How about something in pink?

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

I (heart) U

I've been away too long and it's so wonderful to be playing with my papers once again.  Life gets too busy sometimes without a moment to steal away.  Over the past couple weeks we've celebrated a birthday, attended volleyball clinics, made gifts for friends (shhhh) and enjoyed other family distractions.  I never tire taking my dears here and there ... watching them play with friends, challenge themselves with new adventures and achieve their goals.  I realize now that rock climbing is something for the young and brave at heart.

I am in LOVE with our new products in the Occasions Mini catalog.  There's a link on the left so you can see for yourself.  Here I inked up Sweet Cake in Real Red ink.  A bit of Dazzling Diamonds glitter and a heart (Small Heart Punch and Red Glimmer Paper) on top makes this cupcake "oh so sweet".

Red Satin Ribbon with Bakers Twine and a button is the perfect embellishment.  Be sure to add a heart shaped tag with a mini pearl for your Valentine.

Before I go let me take a moment to wish Ros the Happiest of Birthdays.  She's an "angel on earth" I tell ya'!  Stop by her blog to see the beautiful things she creates and wish her all the best.

Thank you for visiting with me ... it's so good to be back with you.