Paper crafting is works of heart

Paper crafting is works of heart!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

embellishing pre printed designs

Another quick post for today to show some easy to get ready cards by embellishing/enhancing the printed design.

Consider the colors and styles in the pre-printed designs to determine what to embellish and how to do it.

using music for cards

The RCC 7 challenge is over but I wanted to use music for a thank you card. So here's how it was used as more of a background element:

Saturday, June 25, 2011

card making= quick post for quick cards

Hi! I shocked myself with how quickly I was able to create these grid pattern thinking of you cards for 2 aunts (dad's sisters). The grid lines were used with old graphic arts-newspaper border lines used in the late 80s by my father. My mother came across his old supplies from his days when he created and published a monthly agri-news paper with circulation in Missouri. (I helped him as a typist and columnist for part of this time.) Mom gave me the leftover stash for my paper-crafting and I use it occasionally.

By using transparency-type stickers, the cardstock color shines through. The bright pink card will be shown with just the front view. The pale pink card will be shown with both views.

Maybe this will inspire you to create your own grid pattern cards...

Sunday, June 19, 2011

quick post for cards using floral pattern paper

Not sure how or where I purchased the pressed flower pattern papers but I've used them twice now in 2 days for a thank you and birthday card.

I'm very pleased with how I used it--embellished. For the thank you card, I didn't add too much (a jewel stick-on and some well-placed vellum butterfly stickers). For the birthday card, I added a contrast strip for a coordinated paper in order to add stamping. And I also added lots of felt flower gems to both views and a couple jewel stick-ons. Add some ribbon, another stamped sentiment to inside, a layered floral embellishment,...viola!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

received last PWmb circle swap card

Over the last month or so I've posted what the cards have looked like when they arrive and then after I've added to them. Well, since this card arrived last week while I was in Texas and had to wait for most of this week before I could work on it, I've only scanned the after-looks.

4 other crafters in my group worked on this before. I added the gold holly leaves (PW/HOTP dazzles) to 3 corners of the cork material focal. On the inside I added the brown tone paper (HOTP) that was cut using a stencil from the Pebbles accent stencils set (purchased through PW) and it was embellished with the large gold bells dazzles (PW/HOTP).

With the joy definition sentiment and cream, brown, and blue colors I could have finished this as a thinking of you card, but I chose to go as a non-traditional Christmas card.

new blog and challenge undertaking

Ribbon Carousel's latest challenge, RCC7, is to include music along with an item that comes from a spool (thread, twine, ribbon, etc).

For a teacher thank you card, I used the chorus portion of the hymn "Count Your Blessings" that I copied onto a light blue linen parchment paper. It's mounted onto light blue cardstock and then placed onto the background pattern paper (DCWV or Colorbok, not sure, since I deconstructed the paper pack).

I used blue satin ribbon in one corner and white string bow in opposite corner. There's also white thread tied on the button.

The layout design is simple and clean. On the inside there's another button with white thread.

Here's what the card looks like outside and inside:

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

June sketch challenge at Paper Wishes

In the midst of celebrating my 49th birthday, I was the guest host challenger for Paper Wishes message board yesterday. I also had a great-aunt with a birthday who appreciates my hand-made cards, so I needed to make her one. Also I'm stockpiling cards to donate soon to OWH (Operation Write Home) for our overseas military.

Using the June sketch challenge and also criteria for my guest host challenge, I did 2 interpretations of the layout. One of the cards has a closer (flipped) version and the other is a 'looser' translation.

Here are the 2 cards and their inside views:

Paper Wishes or Hot Off the Press products used for the light blues card include: all blue patterned papers, blue metallic paper, and basic white card and for the dark blues card include: dazzling, celebrate and star texts from the 1,000 Card Quotes CD, all blues and yellows patterned papers except the bright yellow, gold star dazzles, and basic white card.

Monday, June 13, 2011

completing a blank design card

The 2nd post for today will showcase a quick completion of a Current purchased card with blank inside. To the front, I only added a cute ladybug sticker and a blue jewel stick-on (for the bow knot). The inside, I divided into half, a large hot-pink flower shaped doily then pleated and stapled each to mimic the tulip petals. I added some butterfly stickers to repeat colors and the butterfly from the front. The sentiment and flower border were stamped with black ink onto a blue paper square and adhered with glue and some staples.

I hope this card brings a smile to my aunt's face.

Patriotic Summer Guest Host Challenge for PW

For today's post I have a patriotic themed card, bookmark, and ATC to show. For Paper Wishes message board, I am today's guest host challenger. I decided to give several criteria: besides using a majority of Paper Wishes and/or Hot Off the Press products, crafters can choose (1) a patriotic or summer theme; (2) a red, white, and/or blue color scheme; and (3)have to include at least one of each of these shapes=square, rectangle, circle, triangle, and star. WOW!!!!

Since tomorrow is Flag Day and also my 49th birthday, I've created patriotic samples. Here's what I have done so far for my own challenge:

Thursday, June 2, 2011

card topic: quick easy graduation for guy

Getting ready to leave in about 30-45 minutes for a road trip with my mom to Texas to see my nephew graduate from high school! He will be delivering the valedictorian speech!!!!!

This past summer and school year, one of his classmates has spent a lot of time at their house due to his father's failing health. My sister and her husband have sort of adopted "BB" in order to help him and relieve stress that he, his mother, and especially his father have been enduring for 2 years or more.

This quick card is for him. Their school colors are green and gold with black and white for accent colors. (Paper Wishes/HOTP for black and green checked patterned paper.) First photo is the cover and second one is the inside.