Tuesday, April 22, 2014

My Kind of Find

Hi Friends,

Hope everyone had a fantastic Easter!
I'm of course playing catch up around here.
So....instead of a card or project I am sharing
one of my favorite finds.

I found this little gem of a bracelet at a very charming
and old fashioned ice cream parlour in a little town not too far from home.  The shop is located in an old building with creaky hard wood floors, and original glass front windows.   You are not going to believe it but in the back of the shop is a dream of an art studio!!  
I was in heaven! 
The artist makes these bracelets and sells them at the ice cream parlour.  She also teaches classes to children and was sweet as can be.  Of course I am all about supporting local artists!

This weekend I am supporting a new-er web shop owner, Paulina at
 Pretty Pink Posh by playing along in her blog hop.  Click on the link at the top right for more info.  So many talented stampers will be joining in the fun showcasing their sequin shaker cards.  
Hope to see you there! 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Elephants and Babies

Hi Friends,

My card today was a special order for a personalized baby card.
The sketch from Freshly Made Sketches worked perfectly for my elephant baby card.  There's just a thing about elephants and babies that just works together, ya know!  The elephant and sentiment stamps are from a new set by My Favorite Things.  It is beyond adorable!  
My card has lots of yummy texture including the die cut elephant, felt heart, my melted pony beads and twine.
I am entering my card into these fun challenges as well:

Less Is More - Makes me smile
Open - Minded Crafting - Easter or Pastels
Simon Says Stamp - Animal Antics

Today I am doing last minute things to get 
ready for our Easter celebration.
Preparing eggs for the hunt and finishing off little goodies to tuck in the baskets.  

The real focus of Easter is celebrating the resurrection of our Savior.  I feel like it is a time of renewal.  That God is giving me a fresh slate.  So Sunday I will start the day off at Easter service singing some of my favorite hymns.  My favorite, since childhood, is  "I know that my Redeemer Lives".  Very uplifting!

Easter Blessings!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Love You "Moo"

Hello Friends!

I've got a fun card for you inspired by two challenges.

Paper Smooches SPARKS - Picture Perfect Challenge


I fell in love with this whimsical cow and sentiment from 
Paper Smooches when I saw it on another card.  
Sometimes it happens for me that way.  I don't always consider 
the possibilities of a stamp set until I see it in action.
Anybody else like that?

I thought it would be fun to demonstrate the "moo and moo" by starting with small hearts and increasing them in size.  
I'm happy with the result!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

For the Grad

Hello Crafty Friends,

It's a gloomy and rainy day here.  I can't complain though because the weather has been nice all week.  I'm thinking that my son's baseball tournament is not going to be in the cards this weekend.  I am making the best of the day and spending time in my craft room.

Today's card is bright and sunny and just a bit spunky!
I used a fabric scrap with Heat'n Bond ironed on to stabalize it, for the flower portion of my card.  Next I ran it through my Vagabond using the Coin Purse Pocket Die from Papertrey Ink.  I then sewed around it with floss using the punched out holes the die created as my guide.  Finally I attached it to my card base and glued a strip of ric-rac on the bottom.  I stamped and die cut the Streamer Wise Die from Paper Smooches and then choose a fun sentiment also from Paper Smooches to fit the grad theme. (Don't ya just love that font?)  The embellies are really Pony Beads that I melted down in the oven.  I like the pops of color they give on the fabric and my sentiment streamer.

My inspiration for this card comes from this
fabulous sketch from

I am also entering my card into the latest
Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge and a couple other fun ones.

I have several graduations coming up and this card 
will be going to one of my nieces.

Rain or shine enjoy the day friends!

Not Shown:  SU - Summer Sun Cardstock (retired); Jo-Anne - Ric Rac, Fat Quarter Fabric, Floss