Saturday, May 18, 2013

Mother's Day card

Now showing the card I made for Mother's Day for my Mom and my Mother-in-Law.  Using my stash for papers (Provo Craft Slab III), shopping my existing stamps for background (Fancy Pants Designs Pollen Dust), and loving the options with SpellBinders (Carnation Creations and Labels 4) and Heartfelt creations dies (Decorative Blossom Corner) and stamps (Carnation Florals 1 and 2).  Donna Salazar just put out a very nice YouTube video about using this particular die set, so go check it out:   Donna Salazar's Tutorial.  I used two different colors of ink in the carnation, but it is hard to tell in the photo.  It is amazing how real the carnation looks with all of the layers and crumpled petals.  This card is very similar in design to a card we made in the Heartfelt Creations card class at the Portland CKC.    

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Therapy Through Crafting

A few weeks ago a very dear friend of mine received the news that her breast cancer had returned.  It was devastating news for her and her family.  As a long distance friend, there is not much that I can do to support her, other than pray on her behalf.  As a friend I also experienced grief at the news and decided to craft refrigerator magnets for her upcoming prayer time.  Thus I could be there is spirit, if not in body.  I also found time crafting the gifts very therapeutic, time to pray and bless each one for her healing and for those who provide support around her.
 I used SpellBinders dies for the border, ovals, and the foliage.  The Foliage is stamped with a Heartfelt Creations stamp, Leaf Medley.  The Roses are a HFC Vintage Floret.  I really like the Vintage Floret die and stamp because there is a 5 point bud leaf included.
I made 24 magnets for my friend to share with people who came to her prayer meeting.  I had no time to get them in the mail, so the photos were taken outside the FedEx office just before I shipped them to Southern California.  

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

My life is hectic . . . would be an understatement.  Yet I need to find time to craft as it brings joy to my life.  My boys love their scrapbooks, my husband wants me to make cards for special occasions, and I truly simply enjoy playing with paper, ink, stamps, dies, etc.!

I made time over the weekend to make a few new things for National scrapbook day.  My output was not huge, but I am glad I did sit down and do a few things!  

 The first was a card using the scraps from a layout using Echo Park Little Boy.  Happy Birthday is a stamp from a collection by Boxer, which sadly is out of business.  The Superstar is a stamp from Autumn Leaves, I used a small piece of tape to avoid inking up the "kid" part of the stamp.  The oval window was made by running the entire card through my Grand Calibur using several sizes of Classic ovals and petite ovals.

Next I put together a layout by using a sketch (loosely) that was a challenge from Big Pictures Scrapbooking. I used  Echo Park About a Boy collection along with Bazzill matching card stock purchased from Embellish It! at the last Creating Keepsakes Convention.  I really like how the colors compliment the photos of my son at play in a park with his airplanes and on the play equipment.  As you can tell I was also completing challenges from Echo Park.  I am liking their designs and papers as they are fresh and easy to use with masculine pages.  Enjoy!