Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Thoughts of Love and Spring...and other fine things.

We are getting more snow today in my area and I took my FIRST EVER "snow day" off work. Okay, so I am really sick today with a nasty sinus infection....I called in "snowy" instead of "sick." So I guess that counts as a snow day :) I have been working in my craft room since the weekend...making a valiant attempt to organize some of the clutter that just seems to appear out of nowhere. It has been like a treasure hunt...I have found things I had forgotten and even a few I don't recall ever seeing before...a scrappers dream come true :)

My first card is all about Valentines, white and of my favorite color combos. I made this flower from Martha Stewart Crepe Paper....oh so easy! I used a 3" scalloped circle punch and punched 6 flowers. I crumpled them tightly and then straightened a bit, anchored the center with a brad....gave the center scallop and extra pinch and crumple, secured it with a glue dot and added my button! Pretty simple and simply pretty. I also used Die Cuts with a View Paper, Keepsake Essentials Paper, Imagine That Button, white ribbon scrap, craftsmart stamp and MS ink. The sentiment on the inside reads, "All you need is Love."

This card has me thinking SPRING!!!! I just love the oversized Michael's Flower....beautiful and it makes me feel oh so hopeful that nice weather will come soon. This is a birthday card for my niece, Amber. Today is her birthday and since I will not be seeing her today, I thought that I would post it especially for her so that she can enjoy it on her BIG DAY! Happy Birthday Ber...praying that you are blessed today beyond measure! (You can visit her wonderful blog at The Country Scrapper. She is an awesome artist and an awesome niece ;)...oh and she loves gerber daisies.

I have been practicing my "paper quilling" for flower making. Hmmmm, this one didn't turn out quite like I had envisioned....but, I will keep trying. Lollychops blog has a great tutorial on making these cute flowers and she does it much better than I, so hop on over and check her out. For this card I used Nature Preserve 100% Recycled papers, ribbon scraps, Craftsmart Stamp and Martha Stewart Ink.

Packer Puppy and I have certainly enjoyed this mid-week day off. He has been my shadow all day and is even now, lying on my chair arm watching me type. Ahhh, such devotion....everyone should experience the unconditional love of a sweet puppy! Hope that your day is great.....until next time....happy scrapping.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Oh Happy Day....

Oh Happy Day.....I have had the day off work today and LOVED it! I have wandered into my scraproom several times and stayed longer and longer with each visit :) Ah...I love it when the creative juices are flowing...and today they were....fountain-like! So much to little time.

With Valentine's Day approaching, I tried out a neat little treat bag for my coworkers. A sweet little treat filled with chocolate goodness! What more could a gal want?

I used scrap papers to create my header....added a splash of ribbon and an inspiring verse of scripture and a gift was born. Easy....easy and oh so much fun!

My first card was inspired completely by the little picket fence sticker by Jolene's. The rest, as they say, is history! And although rain, sleet and MORE snow is in the forecast...I'm thinking Spring!

Iused My Mind's Eye Yellow Paper, John Christopher Hydranga Blossom Paper, Primas Flowers, Buttons from Next Image and an Inkadinkadoo stamp with Martha ink!

I threw this next little card together in minutes! I was inspired by Lollychop's blog tutorial on flower making and I made a "bunch" (hehe) of these in advance. When the card came together, all I had to do was add the 3-D flowers. I used DCWV Luxury Stack Papers, Best Occasion Chipboard Phrase and HL Ribbon! These flowers are soooooo easy to make and are beautiful! The key is to use 2 sided paper to give both the top and underside petals a finished look.

And finally, I turned 45 years old last week....and I will "pinched" a bit! Usually age means nothing to me...I love birthday's...the cards, well wishes, cakes....get togethers, but this year, it gave me pause. 45...I am halfway to 90!!! And if the first 45 years have went by this fast....I had better not even blink for the next 45!!!! Oh well....time flies when you're having fun....and I will admit...I AM!!! So taking all of this in stride...I made a page to commemorate the big day!

I used snappy reds and purples for my LO and my favorite embellishments are the homemade flowers. I saw a great tutorial on Danielle Dobson's blog and for these, I used actual pages from an old book, purple ink and a button center. Oh so easy to do! I have also made some from brown paper sacks which look so vintage!

Thanks for letting this "older woman" ramble and bearing with me! And thanks for taking the time out of your busy days to visit me here. And as always....may all your days be "happy" ones.