Monday, February 28, 2011

Butterfly Wall Decor

My folks were visiting last week and while they were here my Mom and I decided to do a little redecorating. We call my Mom "Decorator Woman" because she is so good at setting up little vignettes. We both are so tired of winter and wanted a touch of spring. She set up a little butterfly vignette on the end table and it got me thinking about a cute wall decor item I had seen in my newest Simply Handmade magazine. Well it got my wheels spinning and inspired me to come up with this:
Now I just have to decide the perfect place to hang it. I'm thinking I might put it in the guest half bath to replace the ice skating couple that is hanging in there now. Yes, I think winter needs to move out and be replaced by spring!
For this project I first purchased a frame at Kohls, I was lucky because they had all their frames 50% off this weekend. The frame has an 8 X 10 opening with mat. I removed the glass.

The background paper is Jack & Jill "How Sweet It Is" yummy stripe paper from the Quite Contrary line by My Minds Eye cut 8 X 10.
Then Breeze in Blue Hill collection by Crate Paper cut 6 1/4 by 8 1/4 and distressed.

The butterflies are all cut at 2 1/2" with the Once Upon A Princess Cricut cartridge.
I used both sides of Jack & Jill "Sooo Cute" engaging gingham and both sides of Jack & Jill "Life is Good" serene spots paper. I used one side of Little Boy Blue "When I grow Up" daydream paper.
All of these are also from the Quite Contrary line by My Minds Eye.

I outlined the butterflies with my Zig pure black writer and attached only the bodies to the background so that the wings can bend up.

I tied a ribbon by American Crafts around the mat.
I am happy with the result!

Thanks Mom for the inspiration!

Happy Monday everyone!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Super blog candy!

You should hop on over to Melissa's blog Creating from the Heart she's giving away a Brother computerized sewing machine and the new We R Memory Keepers sew easy tool and goodies!! She also has plenty of inspiration!

Just Because, Birthday, Mother, etc

Boy is it snowing today, which makes it a perfect day to be in my craft room! Somehow you don't feel guilty holing up in your craft room if the weather is horrible. Kind of gives you an excuse.

My first card today is Mother. I liked the simplicity of this card. Just one piece of cardstock, one piece of patterned paper, ribbon and a button. Easy on the pocketbook, but looks very pretty!

Card is 5 1/2 X 4 1/4

Supplies used: cardstock - coral; patterned paper - madras in Silk Road by SEI; sentiment Squigglefly; ribbon - Michaels; button - my stash; corner rounder - Fiskars

My second choice for a card today is Doily Thank You. I picked it because I had some beautiful paper by SEI that had a similar image. I thought it would make a striking card.

Card is 4 1/4 X 5 1/2

Supplies used: cardstock - oasis in Oasis by SEI; patterned paper - sichuan in Oasis by SEI; rhinestones - Kaiser Craft: rub on - SEI; corner rounder - Fiskars

The third card I picked is Elegant Just Because, which I picked just because it was elegant.

Card is 5 1/2" square

Supplies used: cardstock - cream and brown; patterned paper - foulard from Silk Road and rochester & brighton from Windsor all by SEI; font - Edwardian Script ITC; label punch - EK Success; border punch - Martha Stewart; ribbon - Michael's; rhinestones - Kaiser Craft.

Last card for today I picked True Friend, another card which uses few supplies yet looks very pretty.

Card is 5 1/2" square

Supplies used; cardstock - brown; patterned paper - lemon meringue pie in nook & pantry by Basic grey; label - element sticker in curio by Basic Grey; ribbon - Michael's; sentiment - Crate Paper; rhinestones - bon bon jewels by Doodlebug

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Wedding, Birthday, Thinking of You

Last night my parents (who are visiting) and my hubby & I had a Thanksgiving Dinner!
I know it is February, but we are thankful to be together. So, we had turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, asparagus, cranberry jello salad, basically the whole nine yards minus the pumpkin pie. It was delicious! We even got out the good china. I think maybe it should be a tradition, Thanksgiving in February.

Anyway, on to cards. The first pick was Thank You Butterfly, it's just so pretty.

Card is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2

Supplies used: cardstock - green, mustard yellow, brown; patterned paper - aromatherapy from origins by Basic Grey; rub on - sentiments by Crate Paper; pearls - Kaiser Craft; border punch - Martha Stewart; label punch - EK Success; butterfly sticker - element stickers in Curio by Basic Grey

For my second card I picked Gradient Thank You, but I chose to use paper rather than a stamped image.

Card is 4 1/4 X 5 1/4

Supplies used: cardstock - key lime and guava in Mimosa by SEI; patterned paper - valencia in Mimosa by SEI; chipboard elements in Mimosa by SEI; rub on - sentiments by Crate Paper

Third I chose My Sincerest Thanks because I thought it would make a beautiful wedding card.

Card is 7 X 4

Supplies used: cardstock - cream; patterned paper - Lush Blue Damask Paper by My Minds Eye; sentiment - Wedding Day Sayings by Me & My Big Ideas; ribbon and button - my stash; rhinestone - Lush Rhinestones Blue by My Minds Eye

Last card I chose Pink & Black Just Because.

Card is 5 1/2" square

Supplies used: cardstock - black and grey; patterned paper - scrap from my stash; border punch - EK Success; chipboard accent - glitter flourishes by ColoBok; tag accent - Polished Pearl accents in Bridgeport by SEI; rub on sentiment - Accessories Book Three MiniMarks by American Crafts; flowers by prima; glitter brad - Making Memories

Have a great Thursday!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Friends, Christmas, Thinking of You

I missed posting yesterday and I have to admit Jacquette (my poodle) and I were both getting our hair done and I was also running a few errands. Back to some cards today, and I think you'll like them!

My first card I chose Classy Celebrate because it is simple to make but looks very elegant.

Card is 5 X 6 1/2

Supplies used: cardstock - white; patterned paper - palmetto in poppy line by Sei; ribbon - my stash; journal die cut - Poppy frames and tags by SEI; stamp - simple messages by Hero Arts; rhinestones - Kaiser craft

For the second card I chose Pink and Green Friend because I liked the design, but I went with a different type of paper.

Card is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2

Supplies used: cardstock - mustard and cream; patterned paper - dishes from nook & pantry by Basic Grey, ribbon - my stash; flower bauble - Paper Reverie Noir baubles by Making Memories; rub on - Sweetwater

For the last card today I chose Traditional Joy. I thought this card was just beautiful!

Card is 4 1/4 x 5 !/2

Supplies used: cardstock - cream; patterned paper - tinsel & twig by The Girls' Paperie; rub on - Yuletide rub ons gems by K&Co.; red rhinestone - ladybug jewels by Doodlebug; lace - Walmart; ribbon, button, corsage pin, jewelry findings, crystals - my stash; ScorPal scor board

Enjoy your day!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Mom, Birthday & Halloween Cards

Hi everyone! Hope your weekend was wonderful, mine was. Spent time in my craft room, which always makes me happy and my parents came for a visit! They haven't been up for a visit since July so I was very excited to have them!

Anyway on to cards. I just loved both the font and the lace cardstock used on Mom Valentine, so that was my first choice for today. Since Mother's Day is coming our way I changed it to a Mother's Day card.

Card is 4 X 7

Supplies used: cardstock - kraft, cream and white; patterned paper - sweet nothings in Lovebirds by SEI; lace paper - SEI; pink glitter cardstock - Best Creation Inc.; fonts - Mutlu Ornamental & Engravers MT

I really loved the font used in Utterly Bewitching! It is so perfect for a Halloween card. I also thought this made a very sophisticated Halloween card.

Card is 4 1/4 x 7

Supplies used: cardstock - black orange and white; patterned paper - Night Light Cauldron Swirls by My Minds Eye; border punch - Martha Stewart; black ribbon - JoAnn's; rhinestones - frosting by Glitz; fonts - Chisel, Modern No. 20 and AL Fantasy Type

Pink Flower Happy Birthday is definatly a very elegant card so I chose it to inspire me. This is what I came up with:

Card is 4 1/4 X 5 1/2

Supplies used: cardstock - white; patterned paper - Keepsakes tiara by SEI and a scrap from my stash; lace trim - boutique trims by Doodlebug; rhinestone swirls - Prima; flower - prima; rub on - AlaCard - 7 Gypsies

For my last card today I picked Plum Birthday. I liked it because it was simple to make and was very elegant without having to use a lot of embellishments.

Card is 4 1/4 X 5 1/2

Supplies used: cardstock - white; patterned paper - Daydreams in Le'Romantique Collection by Graphic 45 and black polka dots from Bitty Dot Collection by Papertrey Inc.; rhinestones - limeade jewels by Doodlebug; ribbon - JoAnn's; stamp - Cameo Ovations by Fiskars; sentiment -

Have a super Monday everyone! I'd really love to hear your comments1

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Classy and Elegant

Today we move on to Classy and Elegant in my Card Style magazine challenge to myself.
I'm excited because these are the kind of cards I like to make! Although, they are not always the easiest for me to do. I hope you enjoy my pics!

I started off with Welcome, Precious Girl which I thought was a beautiful baby card. I used a cool new sight I found called Squigglefly which is a digital stamp website!

Card is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4

Supplies used: cardstock - green; patterned paper - Keepsakes Tiara by SEI; sentiment - Welcome Baby Sentiments - Squigglefly; ribbon - my stash; rhinestones - Kaiser Craft; border punch - Fiskars

My second choice was Birthday Tea Party which I chose because I just love all the paper lines by - Webster's pages.

Card is 4 X 5 1/2

Supplies used: cardstock - brown, burgundy, olive; patterned paper from Postcards From Paris by Webster's Pages; rub on sentiment from Wholly Cow by Basic Grey; ribbon - my stash; border punch - EK Success

I picked the third card because I loved the way they used a peacock feather. It is just so elegant.

Card is 3 3/4 X 7 1/4

Supplies used: cardstock - cream; patterned paper - So Sophie "Open Your Heart" Royal Paper by My Minds Eye and Alpine Frost through the woods by SEI; flower, ribbon, buttons, twine - my stash; peacock feather - JoAnn's

Last pick was Celebrate with Style, mostly because I really felt that the other card belonged in the category Fun and Cute.

Card is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2

Supplies used: cardstock - brown; patterned paper - Cerulean Jade Dots by Scenic Route paper Co. and Victorian Lace from fancy free collection by Fancy Pants; ribbon - JoAnn's; pigment ink - chestnut roan by ColorBox; rub on - sentiments by Crate Paper; tag cut with Accent Essentials cartridge

Thanks for looking! I love to hear what you have to say, please leave a comment!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Last of Clean & Graphic Category

This is the last two cards in the Clean and Graphic category and tomorrow we move on to Classy and Elegant! I'm looking forward to that, because it is the kind of cards I prefer to do! I am glad I started this challenge, though, because it has made me stretch my creativity into places I wouldn't usually go.

The first card for today is Boom Box Greetings which I picked because it is just a fun card!

Card is 4 1/4 X 4 3/4

Supplies used: cardstock - blue; patterned paper - Options kit; brads - Doodlebug; boom box chipboard - The Boyfriend by Cosmo Cricket; scribbles doodling template - Sweetwater; font - 2peas Ditzy

On this second card I just loved the 3D graphics of the city skyline. I cut out a similar skyline with my Going Places Cricut cartridge and changed the sentiment just a bit.

Card is 6 1/4 X 5 1/2

Supplies used: cardstock - black, two shades of gray and yellow; patterned paper - Meadowlark "Dusk" Lark Paper by My Minds Eye; font - Rockwell; city scape cut with Going Places Cricut cartridge

Hope to see you tomorrow when I start Classy and Elegant!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Sympathy Card, Etc.

Another snowy day spent in my craft room, bummer huh?
I have four new cards for you today, hope you like them and possibly get some inspiration from them.

I rarely find sympathy cards that I really like and choose to scraplift, but Love Memory is just perfect. I just really loved everything about it. The bird image and the sentiment are perfect!
I cut the bird image with my Home Decor Cricut cartridge.

Card is 4 1/2 X 5 3/4

Supplies used: cardstock - cream and black; patterned paper - Noir Polka Dot Rose in the Paper Reverie line by Making Memories; Bird cut from the Home Decor Cricut cartridge

I have to admit I wasn't super inspired by either of the two cards on the next page. For me, the Halloween card was a bit blah and I just didn't know what I would use the Go Dawg Go card for although it was cute. I decided to go with Halloween Wishes.

Card is 5 1/2 X 3

Supplies used: cardstock - orange and black; buttons - Little Yellow Bicycle; black floss; sentiment stamp - Halloween Night by Penny Black

You may wonder how my final version of the next card came from For My Friend, but I did keep the design the same. I just changed the image of the repeat and chose different paper.

Card is 5 X 7

Supplies used: cardstock - kraft; patterned paper - moving day by Moxxie; twill ribbon - my stash; rub on alphabet - Purkey miniMarks by American Crafts

Last for today is Simple Hello, which is just that, very simple to make.

Card is 4 1/4 X 5 1/4

Supplies used: cardstock - cream and rust; patterned papers from Hello Sunshine by Cosmo Cricket; brad is from my stash; alphabet letters - Daiquiri from America Crafts

Enjoy and have a creative day!