Thursday, May 16, 2013

Paper Loft's May Sketch!

Good morning! Happy Thursday to you!
I wanted to share my card for this month's Paper Loft sketch challenge! 
This challenge runs until 5/31/13.
One participant will be chosen as the guest designer, get a $30 gift certificate and special badge, AND will have their projects featured on the Paper Loft blog throughout the month of July.
To participate: Make a project (card, scrap layout, or any project that works with the sketch) using the sketch below.  Upload it to your blog or online gallery.  Leave a link on the Paper Loft blog HERE.

I loved the circular elements of this month's sketch.  I used my Spellbinder's dies to create them.  I added some homemade satin flowers and leaves to my largest circle. 

I added various colors of twine with a bit of seam binding to pull my card together.  
Tonight is Cortney's Fine Arts Fair at school.  Her school always does such a phenomenal job  making the school look a professional art gallery!  It is amazing to me what they are able to get the students to produce!
I am anxious to see what Cort created this year!
Have a great day my friends!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Butterfly Birthday!

Good morning! I hope you all had a fabulous Mother's Day! 
 I know I did. :) I had the opportunity to relax a bit in the morning and even sneak in a bit of crafting before heading to brunch with my family. 
I don't often get a chance to just create for the sake of creating.  Most of my projects are tied up with DT requirements.  But once in a while, I will sneak out a project.....just for fun.  This card was kind of a work in progress that kept getting put to the side and then slowly added to. 
While cleaning out a drawer in my craft room, I came across a box of SEI die cuts. 
This pretty butterfly and the 2 circles.
I had been wanting to use this pretty Prima flower too, and thought it worked well here. 
I added an SRM sticker birthday sentiment and added a few rhinestones to finish it off. 
This is another busy week here! Cortney has her fine arts festival on Thursday evening, and my school is hosting their first annual talent show on Friday night!  I know my principal and a couple of the teachers are performing! It should be a fun night! ;)
I am off!
Have a great day my friends!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day Tutorial!

Good morning and Happy Mother's Day to all of you!  
I often get e-mails and comments asking about my layering technique.  I am definitely a lumpy, bumpy gal!  Nothing flat leaves my craft room! ;)
I created this Mother's Day box using the Heritage, Flower Shoppe cartridges, and a perfume bottle box.

Here is the box I had in my container of “alterable” items.  Do you have one of those?  I actually have 2 very large rubber maids full of stuff to alter.  It is ridiculous how many things I have hoarded! I look at packaging a whole new way! It sometimes pains me to throw items out…..but I can’t keep it all! ; )
Here are the papers I used as well as the cameo from the Heritage Cartridge and the flowers created from Flower Shoppe.
I adhered my paper and lace to the box using Modge Podge glue and a soft foam brush to get an even coat. 
I love the look of doilies peeking out….there is something about the delicate edges I adore. It doesn’t look so great at the moment with the glue still wet……
My glittered cameo needed to be backed with black to make it pop, and I wanted dimension, so I added dimensional foam circles.  I like my projects to have depth. :)
Here is the cameo backed in black and placed on the two doilies.
I have literally hundreds of ribbons in my stash and I seldom go without it on my projects.  I found this soft, blue, silk ribbon and thought it was perfect for my box.
I had decided I wanted my twine longer to help “frame” the cameo, so I tied a longer piece to the center.  I also added leaves that I inked and creased.  When doing projects like this, I do use my glue gun.  I get impatient otherwise!
Add a couple more leaves and the flower. 
I decided to add 3 little flowers to the left side to help balance the box visually.
  The sun is shining, I got to sleep in a bit.....and I am heading to brunch soon with my family, sister, and mom. So it's a perfect Mother's Day for me!
What are you up to today for your special day?