true to the red, white & blue...

Here's a quick share of a tag made with all things patriotic...

I use it as the label for a vintage Redmon picnic basket that stores some of my patriotic embellishments. I've collected picnic baskets for years because they make great storage pieces (and they're darn cute too).
The house on top of the basket is from a recent class- 76 Glory Lane. It was such fun to put this together and I'm looking forward to making more of the neighborhood next year!
Happy Independence Day to all!



festive meets masculine...

'If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.' 
It's hard for me to design masculine cards but this image of the boy with his plane makes the perfect accent for one! 

I resisted the instinct to grab too many embellishments and worked hard to use restraint in keeping it clean and simple.
Using heavyweight black card stock to cut out 2 of the birthday sentiments and gluing them together, I ended up with an element sturdy enough to layer over the vintage frame, exposing the metallic gold paper underneath. 
No additional frills, just a small bit of Stickles to accent the frame and some detail on the birthday boy. 

And that's how I do 'festive meets masculine'!



have a bee-autiful day...

Every morning I wake up with a smile- I've got 24 beautiful hours ahead of me... what will I do with my time? Hmmmm. 
As long as it's got something- anything- creative in it, it's a great day. It can be a day with paper & scissors or maybe some sugar, butter & eggs. A paintbrush & a piece of furniture is always fun, but so is fabric & thread. Doesn't really matter to me...
This calling card with the bee and pretty pink flowers was the perfect size for the swirly border die- Garden Terrace; by using it on both top and bottom, the only other thing it needed was a thin strip on each side to make it into a frame.
The entire thing was mounted onto some gold mirror card stock and layered over another layer of matted paper. It's a simple formula that makes quick work of putting together a card that looks more complicated then it truly is. I'll take that! 
I hope you have a beautiful day, no matter how you choose to fill it.


fairy wishes...

I love to make banners. Don't be fooled into thinking they're only for holiday- banners are a fun way to decorate! As soon as I saw the sweet Fairy Wishes illustrated paper pack I thought it had everything a little girl could want to make her bedroom a magical place!

The finished artwork was perfect for me, as I would never consider myself an artist with pen and paper. No way, no how, but... with the darling little fairies already colored in... how could I go wrong? Put away your scissors too, because the dies from the Fairy Reflections collection make fast work cutting out each individual fairy. What a time saver that was!

The individual bunting flags needed a little accent so I selected one of the floral motifs from the Thinking Of You collection and cut it out of a heavy watercolor paper. I actually use the watercolor paper quite often when I want to cut something lacy and delicate because it's really sturdy- much more so than your regular card stock. Keep some in your arsenal!

Nuvo Crystal Drops in Dandelion Yellow made the perfect domed flower center for the daisies. I didn't like that the one flower on top of the cluster didn't have a center so I stuck a piece of tape to the backside of the die cut before adding the Nuvo drop. Once the drop dried I was able to remove the tape and the flower center was firmly attached to the watercolor paper.

The fairy images were layered with small pieces of chipboard to give them some dimension- they kind of look like they're dancing off the bunting flags! Layering always gives a nice shadow effect.

To tie the banner together I used crinkled seam binding that I dyed in soft shades of pink and green. If you feel like you can't tie a beautiful bow, then you should definitely try using seam binding! Since it's crinkly and shimmery, every bow looks absolutely perfect in it's imperfection. I fell in love with seam binding years ago for this very reason. Once the pieces were tied together the only thing left to do was to add some crystals to the bottom point of each triangle with some bakers twine...

Voila... a banner fit for a sweet little fairy!



from the heart...

I think I've fallen head over heels with making cards! I mean, it's a project that I can actually sit down and complete, start to finish, in one sitting. Who knew???
This G45 paper with the peacock was so pretty I just had to use it somewhere. Combining the image and some cardstock with a few Tonic dies, it all came together lickety split!
The simple addition of a matte gold circle plus some sparkles from Stickles and it was ready for an envelope, a stamp and a friend to send it to!

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