Tuesday, August 23, 2016

French Country Rooster

If you're into French Country style, you must be familiar with rooster images, and sunflowers, too.


This Graphic 45 patterned paper (I don't know the name, sorry!) was the jumping-off point for the card's design. I bought a pack of the paper at Tuesday Morning, and it's got like 24 sheets in the pack...and all the same design.  Ha ha. It's going to last me a while!


The rooster image is from Fiskars' Vintage Farmhouse.  I used the script stamp from Stampin' Up!'s Rustic Rooster behind the little guy, in a light ink. The yellow die cuts behind the rooster panel were created with a die (cut twice) from this Spellbinders set, Fleur De Lis Motifs (right column, second one down):


There is a sprinkling of Espresso sequins, surrounding the focal point, as well as some jute braid, crocheted trim, and a teeny tiny tag with a Tiny Tag sentiment (Papertrey Ink).


I also dressed up the patterned paper with a couple of postmark stamps, in dark brown ink, near the bottom left corner of the card (Pink Paislee London Market / Vintage Impressions). The pattern of the paper is quite busy already, but I felt it needed something subtle.  Kind of like a, "Where's Waldo?" thing. ;-)

Thanks for coming by! You're wonderful and don't you forget it!  


Monday, August 22, 2016

Delight in Sweet Babies

This baby card has a shabby chic, vintage vibe and a ton of feminine appeal! Look at all those flowers!


It started with the sweetest carriage stamp from Unity's Delight In the Little Things set. I stamped it in Close to Cocoa (remember that Stampin' UP! ink color?), trimmed it out and inked the edges to give it a slightly distressed feel.


I added a bevy of Hydrangea punched flowers (Martha Stewart) up and down one side of the card, cascading past the sentiment from the same Unity stamp set. Each flower was topped with a pearl, or White Opal Liquid Pearls (Ranger).



Even the patterned papers have floral designs on them!


Thanks so much for swinging by here today. I appreciate your visit! Be blessed!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Vintage Cherries for a birthday

Clean and simple card lovers, you might want to turn around before you go any further. This card is chock-full of busy details!


I was playing with brown and cream patterned paper scraps, cut them into interesting angles, then assembled them all on a rectangular cream cardstock panel (before adding to the card base).

The focal point is a cluster of many things: a K & Co. vintage cherry illustration die-cut set on a doily, a few sequins in gold and white, some pearls, a tiny bit of gold washi tape, old Irish linen twine (curbside trash-picking score!), and a tiny tag stamped with a sentiment from Papertrey Ink's Tiny Tags.


Even the cherry illustration die-cut came pre-embellished with raised glittery accents.


Thanks for taking a look at my collage-style card today! Hope I didn't make you motion-sick with all that busyness going on!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Marbleized waves for Baby

I don't know what it is about the whale stamps and patterned paper I have in my collection, but they make me wanna do baby cards with 'em. (check out more here, here, and here- oh and this one from 2011 here)

This sweet l'il guy is from Papertrey Ink's Whale Wishes.


Isn't he cute??  Those little splashes were stamped in blue, then topped with a tiny bit of Glossy Accents glue. 


The frame was on my desk from another project:  you know when you die-cut a shape out of a piece of cardstock and you're left with the negative? That's what happened here. I love creating little scenes in frames. 

The marbleized paper scraps are from a Stampin' Up! goodie bag and I cut it with Simply Scallops Large die from My Favorite Things. I used both the positive and negative diecuts from it as waves.


Though you really can't quite see it, I glittered the starfish (Blockheads Paper Arts) with fine Crystal glitter. The sentiment is from Verve's Small Phrases.


BONUS CARD!
After playing around with the whale stamp and die from Papertrey Ink, practicing lining things up, I had one whale left over for another card.


This one is quite simple, but uses more marbleized patterned paper as the baby card above. A sun was cut simply with a circle die, and then for some extra interest, I added another strip of scalloped patterned paper at the bottom.

Thanks for joining me today!  Be blessed!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A nautical wedding

Last year, my sister-in-law married the love of her life in a ceremony set by the bay. It was so perfect, so fun, and so good to see the two of them get hitched!


I wanted to make their wedding card very personal and meaningful. I used the band that had held their wedding invitation pieces together, emblazoned with their names, as the focal point for the card.  I layered a pierced die-cut tag beneath it, and embellished it with a tiny bit of cotton twine tied in a knot:  not only does this have a nautical feel, but signifies their "tying the knot."


The patterned paper I chose is from the Netherlands, courtesy of my friend Stella. (thank you, Stella!) It has the perfect seaside feel, and already looks embellished. I just added a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.


I so love to make a card super-personal for the recipients(s)!

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