Paper crafting is works of heart

Paper crafting is works of heart!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Card making for 8th grade niece

Promotion or Graduation from 8th grade?

No matter how it is declared, my niece has reached a milestone in the American educational systems of finishing elementary level and is deemed ready for high school. Yea!!

About making the card--I made lemonade out of lemons! The oval floral garland embossing folder was received in this month's issue of a U.K.-based crafting magazine and even with thin paper, I wasn't getting much embossing. So, I thought there's more than one typical way to use this--I'll try a colored pencil texture rubbing and see what kind of results take place.

Here's the card cover:

(sorry, I forgot to crop the photo after I scanned)

I used 4 colors for texture rubbing: orange, pink, purple, and green. I'm hoping my soon-to-be high school niece will like the card!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Paper crafting cards for a retirement and a promotion

School colors of black and yellow are the color inspiration

Masculine recipients

Shopping through my mounds of supplies can be fun or quite a daunting and frustrating task when starting new cards. Themes of retirement and promotion help with supply selections along with striving for gender neutral with color tones of black, gray, cream, yellow, and/or gold.

Here are the finished cards:

Vintage Mother's Day card plus home decor art gift

Mother's Day 2016:

A silvery white gray ink was swiped over the teal card stock to add to the aged vintage look that I wanted to go with the cameo stamp. There are 2 old-fashioned Victorian type ladies fans stamped in a medium blue but will be too hard to see because of the dark lighting when photographing. Embossing was added too in order to give a textured-type border.

The home decor art was my interpretation of many different doily creations I had been seeing this past year at antique malls, blogs, and craft magazines. This one pictured below for my mother is probably the sixth one that I've put together. Last summer for $1 at a garage sale, I bought a medium sized box full of blue variegated doilies and off-white doilies. Since my mom's favorite color is blue, I just had to use one of the variegated blues. Mom was thrilled with it! Yea!

The background paper for the doily was a freebie as an insert in an U.K. based crafting magazine. The cameo and fan stamps and embossing folder were also freebies that came with previous issues. With a subscription they add a "gift" (can be card stock pattern papers, embossing folders, small dies, clear stamps or combination) which is highlighted within the issue. Same thing with the glossy paper inserted within each issue. On two pages, they have 4 prints printed on both front and back, which gives you more crafting options. English crafters are selected to create examples using the freebies. It's always fun putting my own crafting spin with using these new supplies!!!

Here's the framed doily art made for my momma:
The tag under the butterfly sticker is stamped with "Best Wishes".

These are my 2016 Mother's Day craft creations!