Friday, November 18, 2016

Apples for a special couple

If you view this post, it should count as two servings of fruit for you today. ;-)

I made this almost a year ago, as a thank you for a special couple who were our hosts at Christmastime. This card is chock-FULL of personal, custom details.

1.)  Our hosts' last name begins with the letter C. I used chipboard tiles from Girls' Paperie, and I ran an 18kt Gold Pen from Krylon around the edges of these tiles.

2.) Our hosts live on a street that is named for an apple. I used the stamp set, Apple of My Eye by Flourishes for the focal point, and colored with Copic markers. Just barely visible, I stamped the word 'apples' in the background very faintly.

3.) Our hosts' house # is 3.  Again, another chipboard piece from Girls' Paperie came to the rescue.

4.) Their home is cozy and full of style. I chose a gingham pattern to go along with the apples...I think they make a good match. :-)

Thank you so much for coming by today!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Peaceful Snowflake

Hello! Today I'm sharing a Christmas card that features a muted version of the traditional red and green.

The highlight of the card is the "Peace"-topped snowflake, set on a stitched rectangle die cut. You might be able to see that clear crystal glitter was added to the snowflake (Avery Elle Noel). The Peace die is from Impression Obsession, and I do so love that fancy font.

Had to add a smattering of Sparkling Clear sequins, you know.  I do tend to think that sequins make everything better -- at least on handmade cards.  ;-)

Thanks so much for visiting me today, and Peace be unto you!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Nautical anniversary

My sister-in-law and brother-in-law celebrated their one year anniversary earlier this year. Their wedding was held at the Jersey Shore, and it was such a lovely day! You may remember this card I made for that special day.

The guests who stayed overnight at their wedding were given striped treat bags containing fun snacks and drinks. Each bag featured a customized label with their wedding date and names. I saved one of the bags, carefully cut it apart, and made sure to include that label.

I blurred out the date for this post, but you can see I decorated the spot above their names with a Spellbinders die cut and a few matching gems.

The anchor was on another favor from that day, and I used a circle punch to cut it out and create an embellishment for the lower part of the card. The bow was made with vintage Irish linen twine.

To keep the wedding fun fresh in my mind, I created this anniversary card just days after the nuptial event. :-)

And I loved the anchor image so much that I was inspired to buy an anchor stamp shortly after the wedding!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Sweet Pea Sympathy

As I sit here typing up some posts in a batch today, I realize I've made a lot of sympathy cards this year. Some are for the shop, and some are for people I know who are bereaved.

This card was made for a friend who lost his wife to a brain tumor. Broke my heart to see him go through the valley as his beloved suffered. Upon her passing, I knew exactly which stamp I wanted to use for a sympathy card, as her nickname was 'Sweet Pea'.

I pulled out Sweet Pea from Flourishes, and stamped the smaller image onto a Spellbinders Floral Ovals die cut, then used Copic markers to color and shade.

The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Words of Comfort set. I use that set a lot.

Thank you so much for your visit today.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Falling Leaves on Pumpkins

I was playing around with Distress Ink Sprays one day, and came up with this beautifully-mottled background. In order to keep it part of the focal point, I added sparing details:  stamped pumpkins, a sentiment, and a few stamped leaves. Then, I surrounded it with an embossed frame.

The pumpkins (Stampin' Up! Autumn Harvest) were stamped on lined paper, inked with Distress Inks, then trimmed out and placed on the background. Sentiment is from Inspired By Stamping's Little Phrases.

As you can see in the picture below, I stamped the leaves (also from Autumn Harvest) directly onto the background, and then once on lined paper, trimmed out and popped up on foam tape.

This was such a joy to make! I love autumn, my favorite time of year. And as I get older, I appreciate the profound meaning of our Thanksgiving holiday...but my heart has thanks-giving in it every day of the year. My life is full of blessings from above.

Thank you for coming by today!

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