Monthly Archives: January 2012

Delightful dragonflies and drooping daisies

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Hey my fine blogging friends!  As you know, I’ve been participating in the weekly Alphabet challenge Dani has each week where we also have to write another few lines to our continuing story with  the emphasis being the letter of the week.  Well, we’re on the letter ‘D’ this week and I had a heck of a time trying to figure out what to do!  As I told Lynn, I just couldn’t find my mojo and figure it must have ran off with the sweet tarts……man! I hate when that happens!!  I decided to just start going through my few stacks of paper to see if inspiration would jump out at me.  I came across some paper I’d used in the past and wouldn’t you know it…..there was a dragonfly on the page!!  The mojo was back!!

 

 

 

I’ve had these dried flower looking flowers for a while and have used them a couple of times…..for this card they worked out very well….’drooping daisies’!!  The paper itself has what looks to me like a dried up old bees nest and I really like the sort of vintage feel of it.  I also have these strings of beads that I thought looked good coming out of the dried moss and of course, as I’m sure you can plainly see, they were ‘dazzling diamonds’!  I added an extra ‘dragonfly’…..oh!, sorry… a ‘delicate and delightful dragonfly’. 😉   This little beauty is from a package of beautiful embellishments my Secret Cupid  sent my in my package.  It’s from a K&Company package and their Susan Winget Botanical set.  I just love all the embellishments in this set and I know I’ll be putting them to good use!!  Thanks again Kathy…..you rock!!!

 

 

 

 

So, here’s a look at the whole card.  I really do like the look of this paper.  It’s from a paper pack by K&Company and their Tim Coffey line of Designer Paper.  I’ve used this paper pack quite a bit and I love every piece of paper in it…..and that doesn’t happen too often. 

 

 

 

I’m off to post my card to the SCS Alphabet thread now and then go and find my pillow.  Thank you so much for popping in, I do appreciate the company!!

Huggss,

Yvonne 😉

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Monochromatic…..it was harder than I thought!!

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Hello to my blog friends!  I hope you had a great weekend!  I didn’t get as much time in as I thought to play in my therapy room, but that is okay.  I was able to make a card to play along in the Mix It Up! challenge thread.  Ashdale (a.k.a. Lisa) started the thread where we have a different host each week and there are pretty much no rules……kinda. 😉  You really should pop on over…..we have allot of fun there.  So, this week we have the wonderful Muscrat (a.k.a. Kathy) hosting and she brought us a doozy!  Our challenge was to create a monochromatic card, right down to any and all embellishments used, ink, paper, etc.  I love the look of the monochromatic cards and I really thought this one was going to be easy…..pfft…..ya right!!  Me and my bright ideas decided I’d do a white card….pretty simple…..I have lots of white paper, white ribbon, white pearls…….but white ink for a sentiment on white paper…..ya, never thought that one out so well….lol. 

I made a 5×5 card and used paper from my Recollections cardstock paper and the Precious Metals pack.  I love the shimmer of this paper and thought it would work great for a monochromatic card.  I ran a stip of it through my Cuttlebug and used my Swiss Dots folder.  I also cut out a doily using my Close To My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge…….have I told you how much I LOVE this cartridge??  😉  Okay, maybe a few times.  That beautiful lace flower is from a strip of lace my mom and I purchased when I got married 32 years ago.  Neither one of us can remember why we bought it anymore, we never used it, and I’m sure glad now we didn’t and that mom found it and cut some for me to use too!!  The front of the flower where you see the pearl drop is actually open and filled with a little bit of cotton.  That’s how we bought it…..it’s just beautiful in real life.

 

I did actually figure out what to do for my sentiment, I used the white embossing powder, from Stampin’ Up!, that our hostess with the mostest gave me in my Phyced Valentine package over in the Secret Valentine thread.  I was very lucky to have her as my Secret Valentine and she sent me the most beautiful package…..I think I drooled all over it for a day before I dared to take anything out of it to use.   So ya, there is my sentiment.  It actually shows up pretty good in real life and says “Love is spoken here.”  The sentiment is from my Close To My Heart Treasure Life stamp set.  I use that set allot as it has some very nice sentiments and flowers in it.  The ribbon is from our local Dollar Store again.  I’m very lucky they have a half decent scrapbooking section here or I’d be hooped for any supplies at all!!

 

 

 

Here’s a closer look at that awesome doily die cut from my CTMH Art Philosophy cartidge.  I cut it out at 3.5″ and added some little butterflies I punched out using my Creative Memories butterfly punch.  I added some pearl drops to the body of the butterflies.  

 

 

So, here’s a view of the whole card.  I added a grouping of pearls on the corners of the cardstock that was embossed with the swiss dots.  These pearls are from Close To My Heart and come in a package of 36 in four sizes.  I really like them.  I also used a pearl swirl  in behind the lace flower and I’m not sure where that was from as I’d thrown the packaging out…..ooppsss!!   There you have it…..my version of the monochromatic card!  I hope you enjoyed it and thanks so much for stopping by!

Huggss,

Yvonne  😉

 

 

Pink bows and butterflies??!!

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Hey there blog friends!!  Got side tracked there with grandkids again!  This is the second card I made last night just cause I could.  This one isn’t for any particular challenge.

Take a look at this fabulous ribbon!!!  I found it in Saskatoon at one of the DollarRamma stores!  I thought of my friend Lisa right away when I saw it and if there had been two rolls I would have bought one for her!  I just love it!  That cute little pink butterfly is punched using my Creative Memories butterfly punch and is just perfect when I need a tiny butterfly for something.  For this card I used the Marth Stewart Double Arches Punch Around the Page border punch.  This is another of my favorites.

I had to add a bling swirl to the card.  The sentiment is from my Close To My Heart Treasure Life set and it’s matted on top of the Deco Fan punch around the page border punch. I sort of cut and pasted it to make this frame for the sentiment.  I like this sentiment and use it quite often.

Here’s the whole card.  I’m quite happy with the results…..maybe I’ll have to deviate from my earth tones more often! 

Thanks so much for stopping in to have a peak!  I love hearing what you think so feel free to leave a comment!  I’m off to visit the other grandchild now……..hope to get inky again this evening.  Later my friends!

Huggss,

Yvonne  😉

I spy me some beautiful lace!!!

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Hello my blogging friends!!  Another weekend has almost past me by and my plans to spend the weekend in my craft room didn’t exactly work to plan…..but that’s okay cause instead I spent some time with my grandkids which is always an added bonus!!  I did manage to get over to a friends house last night a make a couple of cards.  This one is for Dani’s ‘I Spy’ challenge over on Splitcoaststampers.  We do have allot of fun with these challenges and you really should go and check them out if you haven’t already joined us.   I hadn’t used my Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page punches in a while so I decided to play with them last night.

This is the Deco Fan punch and I really like this one.  I inked the edges of the punched border with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Old Paper.  I strung a chocolate brown ribbon through the holes in my lace, added some of my favorite butterflies that I punched using my EK Success layered butterfly punch…..I love this punch!!  Added some bling to the butterflies and some Old Paper distress ink to the edges of the wings and glued ’em down!

Isn’t this rose awesome!! I got them at our local Dollar Store for $1.50 for 6 of them and they come is about 4 or 5 different colors!  This one was an ivory color and I inked the edges of it with my Tim Holtz Old Paper Distress Ink too, added a piece of the chocolate brown ribbon under it and I really like the look of it.  The background paper is black with these beautiful gold glitter embossed hearts and I really wish the gold glitter would show up on my picture! 

Here’s a view of the whole card.  I have a sheet of sentiments that I don’t remember where or who makes them as I tossed the packaging years ago….silly me!  I matted the sentiment in black and then attached it to another Deco Fan border, inked the edges and pop dotted it onto my card.  I attached two more butterflies and ta da!  It’s done!  I love my earth tones.   I stepped outside of my normal color box for my next card…..come check it out!

Huggss,

Yvonne 😉

All dressed up!!

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Okay my little blog friends…..this is going to be my last card I’ll make for this weeks Mix It Up challenge over on Splitcoaststampers.  I obviously had allot of fun with this challenge this week…..lol.  I really like how this one turned out.  Check out that bling!!

 

 

The blinged out ‘brouch’ is actually from a bobby pin I found in the hair accessory section at our local Dollar Store.  I just broke it off the bobby pin…..I really like it!  The blinged out buckle I made using some clear bling and a buckle shape cut out of cardstock on my cricut using my CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge.  I think I’m getting some actual blinged out buckles soon….. 😉 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a view of the whole card……pretty shwanky!!  I love the look of the pink houdstooth paper.  I haven’t put a sentiment on this card yet……I couldn’t decide what I might use it for yet.

 

 

 

 

Well, I’m going ot post this to the SCS Mix It Up thread and then head to bed!!

Huggss,

Yvonne  😉

 

Our Cabin….

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Hello my blogging friends.  I really think I’ve either lost my mind or I’m really just enjoying the shaped cards for a change of pace.  Lauren was teasing me to make a cabin for the challenge…..I thought, why not?!  How hard could it be?!  Actually not that hard at all!!  I had a card template for a birdhouse and so I just changed it up a bit as I built it. 

 

Now does this cute little welcome sign not make you want to come in and warm up with a nice cup of hot cocoa??  I have strips of birch bark from some of the trees up at the cabin so that’s what I used for my ‘siding’ and my ‘shingles’…..clever, ain’t I??  lol  I used one of those skinny coffee stir sticks, broke it, distressed it with a pair of my old scissors and then inked it with my Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Vintage Photo, Antique and Weathered Wood.  I also had some green spanish moss and thought it would look okay for the front yard of the cabin.

 

 

 

 

Here’s a look at the whole card.  I thought it needed a door and maybe a window but I couldn’t think of anything I could use to make them so this is just a view from the side of the house…..I mean, cabin.  😉

 

 

 

So Lauren, there is your cabin…..my cabin…..a cabin, sort of…..lol.   **Sigh**  maybe I should have stuck to a bird house!!  lol

I have one more card I made for this……off to post it to my blog!

Huggss,

Yvonne 😉

I Spy a Star….

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Hi there blogging friends!  I’ve decided to combine a couple of challenges again over on our SCS site.  I’ve done another card for the Mix It Up challenge and combine it with the solution to what Dani spied in the I Spy Challenge.   Everyone is pretty sure she’s spied a star, and then she came on today and posted a comment that has us doubting what she’s spied…..she’s a tricky one that Dani!!!  This was a pretty easy card to put together. 

I decided to use another one of Tony’s digi’s on this card.  Head on over to the talented Lisa’s blog –  Crafting Cottage – she offers free digi’s that her hubby designs for her.  Check out her blog and grab those freebies…..I love ’em!!  I inked around the edges of the cardstock with some Tim Holtz Peeled Paint and then added some Broken China to the rest of the digi and pop dotted it onto the card front.  I wanted a pocket for my apron so I just freehanded a pocket out of the same cardstock (the reverse side), added a little strip of ribbon and a blinged out flower.  Had to add some bling to the digi sentiment too….right?!

Here’s a look at the whole card.  I love my little Holly Hobby dolls in the background.  A good friend of mine bought them for me when she moved away……I thought they fit in very well with the theme of this card. 😉  You’ll see the pattern on my designer paper has stars on it.   This is paper I’ve had in my stash for a while now…..thought it was a good time to use it.   I put eyelets in for the ties of the apron to get tied onto the card through. 

For the inside of the card I used a stamp I’d picked up at Michael’s in the $1.50 bin a while ago.  I’ve used it quite often cause I just love it!  It’s a Hampton Art wood mounted Studio G stamp.  I used my Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Ink pad.  In case you can’t read it all, it says, “I thought of you today and a smile landed on my face.”   How cute is that?!

I’m going to try and figure out why my pictures have a sort of yellow tone to them this weekend hopefully.  I built myself a photo box out of a cardboard box and some frosted window film and I’m kinda thinking it might be the window film I’m using.  It has a slight design in it and I think it’s distorting the difused lighting coming in through it……we shall see if I can’t figure something out over the weekend.

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my new card entry……I love seeing the comments!

Huggss,

Yvonne 😉

Dressing it Up….

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Hello blogging friends!  I’m on a mission making shaped cards the last couple of days.  I’ve had fun with this challenge and our Miss Lauren has really stirred us up this week!  I’ve had this template for this little dress number for a while now and here’s what I came up with.  I wanted something fun and sort of retro looking.  I chose this bright patterned DP and added some bling…..I know!!  Me adding bling to a card……I hardly ever do that….lol lol lol.

I’ve had these strips of swirly bling for a while and they just worked perfect for the neckline of this little number.  I added a bigger single pink one to the centre of the flower, some bright pink thin ribbon and my card is pretty much done!

Here’s a view of the whole card……I really like it!  I’m not much for the bright colors and I’ve been kinda playing with some of them the last little while.  I’m having fun with them…….not that they’re going to become my new ‘go to’ colors, but they’ve been fun!  And Lisa……check out what I used for the inside of the card………..

Yup!! One of Tony’s digi’s!!  Check out Lisa’s blog……she offers up these wonderful digi’s from time to time.  Follow this link to grab some of them for yourself!!  Crafting Cottage

I still have a couple of other templates I’ve found that I want to play with……we’ll see what tomorrow brings. 

Huggss,

Yvonne 😉

Mix It Up challenge x 2 and the Alphabet Challenge combined…..

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Hello bloggin friend once again.  I made another card for the Mix It Up challenge that Lauren is hosting over on SCS.  (See my previous post for the link) and decided it would also work for this weeks Alphabet Challenge for the letter C!!  With the Alphabet Challenge we have to write another line to a story we started with the letter C.  The idea is that each week we’re to add another part to the story using a word that starts with theat weeks letter…..it’s turning into quite the fun challenge as we have a couple of masters who are seeing who can come up with the better story each week using more words starting with that weeks letter than the other.  It sure makes us pull up our socks if we want to to come to the plate swinging!!!  Come on over HERE  and check it out….it’s allot of fun!!

 I’m still making birthday cards for a friends nieces and nephews for this year and thougthh this would make a very cute card for a little boy for his birthday!! 

I headed into my template file again and this card was the winner for this round!

This card was all paper pieced together and the licence plate stamp by Stampology I’ve had for quite a while and it worked just perfect for this card!!  I may go back to it and mat the bumper and windshielf in black just to make them stand out just a bit better.  Now this card is definitely not square or rectangle and follows the rules for sure!!! 

I’ve had these screw looking brads for a while too….perfect addition to the license plate!  The two spots for the month and year I’ll fill in once I know which nephew she wants to give this one to…..pretty cool way to finish it off and personalize it I think!

Thanks for stopping by again!  I’m off to post these to SCS real quick and then go find my pillow.

Huggs,

Yvonne  😉

Mixing it up at SCS…….Lauren style!!

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Hello my blogging friends!!  Over at SCS this week we have the wonderful and creative Laurenscraft hosting Ashdales Mix It Up! challenge thread.  She has given us quite the assignment for this week and it’s going to be sooo much fun!!!  Check it out here This is her challenge for us:Think outside the box by making a project that is not square or rectangle or cube shaped.

 

I have this little file where I’ve got all these templates saved of different shaped cards I’ve collected over the years.  Most of the templates came from the PaperCrafts web site and I haven’t made any of them.  This little number caught my eye this evening as I love purses, so why not do a card that looks like one!   So here’s what I came up with using my template.  I’m not sure if I really followed the rules as it is rectangle shaped, but it is 3-D!!!  Please Lauren…..does it pass the assignment??!! 

I love the alligator looking paper and have had it forever.  I just loved it when I bought it.  There was only one sheet and it was 8×8.  I think it looks pretty cool on my purse.  Who doesn’t like patent alligator?!!  Faux alligator of course as no real alligators were harmed in the making of this card…..whew!  Thought I’d better add the disclaimer!!

I really like my little pewter embellishment…..it’s a decoration from off a hair accessory I found at our local Dollar Store.  I just took it off the bobby pin and tada…embellishment for $1.00!!!

I’m off to go and try another shaped card…..I’m on a roll now….look out baby!!

Huggss,

Yvonne 😉