Thursday, February 28, 2013

Catchup on cards and new Paper Smooches

Busy, busy, busy. Aren't we all? But when you have to make a card, you have to make a card. Happened to me twice. Needed one for a friend's daughter's wedding and another for dh's birthday.

First, the wedding card... I have a cute old Quickutz die that cuts that happy couple. I love that I can cut through different papers and then assemble the couple (fine motor skills and tweezers required... Lol.) I put them on that heart frame that was made with another tool that I bought a while back and is fun to use. (Remember it?) The background was the result of using a Stampin Up embossing folder with T!m Holtz' distressable cardstock with the white core. I kept it simple with just a little delicate ribbon. It was almost too simple for me so I stamped Happy Wedding Day inside the card and threw in a few scattered silver adhesive backed dots from the $1 bin at Michaels. Their presence in the card made me smile.

I picked up some other T!m Holtz products recently when Joann's put them on sale and the tree trunk embossing folder was one of them. I paired it again with T!m's distressable cardstock and then sanded it a bit afterward for a little white to peek through. The bird and the branch are from a TH Sizzix die. The sentiment comes from Paper Smooches Birthday Buddies. (I just hand cut the little banner long enough to fold it and pop it up. Love how easy that is.)

By the way, at midnight tonight, Paper Smooches is releasing new stamps with coordinating dies (which I think is the best idea since sliced bread!) In celebration, they are running a blog hop and if you hop along you have tons of chances to win some goodies. Head over to their blog to check out what you need to do and get a little inspiration at the same time!

Thanks for dropping in....

Friday, February 8, 2013

Always late, but worth the wait

I saw this on a magnet once, so I had to buy it as a constant reminder that my heart may be in the right place sometimes... it just gets there a little late. Hee hee.

Which brings me to one of the few recent cards I've made at home. I told you that I'm working for EK Success on their Creative Artist Team, so I'm working on projects when I'm there. Doesn't leave much time or energy for other crafting, but when there is an event that can't go without a card, I put it in overdrive.

Such an event was my son's girlfriend's 22nd birthday. Sent it a day late but I like to think about another quote I found: "The deadline is the greatest inspiration." I believe that I wouldn't have made this card if I'd had more time because the theme is the lateness. Ha.

I used Paper Smooches' turtle from Party Posse (I have to tell you that it is one of a few that have been pre-stamped, pre-cut and pre-colored and are sitting in a little stash for just this purpose.) He's sitting on the latest card sketch #158 from Operation Write Home. (Sketches are another life saver when you're in a hurry.) The sentiment is from a Dollar Store stamp. (Those little impulse buys come in handy, too.) Oh and those cute little birdies are my absolute favorite stamp from a Unity kit. They never fail to make me smile. Lastly, the wonderful papers are from DCWV's Playtime stack.

I have Mr. Turtle pulling a wagon with the sentiment on the inside. The wheels are from my numbers stash. Cute, huh?

Thanks for dropping by. We are experiencing a blizzard here in the Northeast today and I'm hankering for a little crafting on this cozy day, so maybe the next post won't be so far off.

Oh and I just discovered an iPhone app called Vine. Have you? I don't have an iPhone yet, but I got the app on my iPad. Unfortuantely, it doesn't have a camera so I can't play along yet but it is fun to see this new 6 second video sensation. Check out Claudine Hellmuth's videos. So cute!

Til next time, *smile*