Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Carrying on the Balloon Theme

I'm thinking that Brandy's balloon card was great and I wish I could say that her card inspired mine, but I think it was just that the spring in Arizona fills the skies with hot air balloons and so we were both probably inspired by the same spirit of wonder at looking up to see them floating by.  Here I clear embossed my balloons, dipping the baskets in some coffee Archival Ink to give me the perfect medium to watercolor with.  These balloons were watercolored with my Mission Gold watercolors.

On the inside, I used one of the coordinating stamps to keep the theme with this banner.  It was difficult to get a good picture of the color in the banner, but trust me that it was subtle, but nice in person!

I backed the balloons with a stitched rectangle patterned paper piece raised with foam squares.  The kraft card base was embossed with a swiss dots embossing folder.

I simply can't decide which background I like best.  They all have their own inspiration and my set of cards was put to good use expressing some gratitude.

I'm going to link these cards up to the following challenges:

City Crafter Challenge Blog A Few Stitches since I used my stitched rectangle die

Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge Transport It since I used my hot air balloons which are a manner of transport

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Wall Hangings More Than a Year in the Making

In 2015, I spied a Pinterest idea and made some pastel paper flowers with  a thought to make some wall hangings for my office at work.  I shared the flowers that I made in this post.  I changed jobs since then and my new job moved our offices (1 mile closer to home!) recently.  I decided that getting this project done needed to be a priority.  So, I'm sharing the flowers with you today.

I die cut plain white cardstock with my Arianna Blooms die and then water colored the flowers with Worn Lipstick, Faded Lilac and Peacock Feathers Distress ink.  After shaping the flowers, I used a lollypop stick that I stuck through a hole cut in the center of the flower.  Using floral tape, I wrapped the bottom of the flower down the lollypop stick to create the stem.  I poured a fair bit of Crystal Accents in the center over the step and covered with the Heart of Gold prills.

The wood plaques were purchased on sale from Michaels and I stained them with some mahogany stain I had on hand to match the furniture in my office.  Here's what it looks like alongside a picture of the spot where my husband asked me to marry him almost 26 years ago...

This project was a long time finishing, but well worth the effort.  Maybe I can be an encouragement to get those projects completed.  I'm certainly glad that I get to look at these every day.  They make me smile and brighten my office.

I'm linking this project up with Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge, Fantastic Florals and Word Art Wednesday's Weeks #270/271 - Anything Goes and since I took this "old" flowers and finally made them new, I'm going to link up to the City Crafter Challenge Blog's Old Stuff, New Look challenge.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Our Beautiful World - Love

Our Beautiful World is hosting it's last challenge this week.  I've had so much fun playing along, I just couldn't help but join the fun.  The word prompt this week is Love and I wanted to share this photo of my grandparents, Bob and Mabel.  They celebrated 70 years of wedded bliss last year (it will be 71 in a few short weeks).  This picture was taken at their anniversary party and will always come to mind when I think of the word Love.

Love is in the air this week.  What are you doing to celebrate?  Why not snap a picture and join the fun over at


Saturday, February 11, 2017

You're Cool Set of Cards

I had this great inspiration for a card and thought that I had the perfect die cut using my Cricut.  However, I could not find the Cricut cart that I was looking for (what happened?! the world may never know).  I had picked up Lawn Fawn's Snow Cool stamp set in a post holiday sale and so, I ended up purchasing Avery Elle's Be Jolly stamp set.  The snowman and sentiment were stamped using Memento London Fog ink. I colored the scarf, nose and arms with colored pencils to stay with the soft color scheme.  The snow is embossed in white and some snow glitter is on the hat.

I made a set of these cards for thankgiving and note cards for this season.  We don't really have snow in Arizona, but this makes me think I got a small taste (not really!).  Have a fantastic weekend with or without snow!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Special Milestone Birthday

I've a milestone birthday card to share with you today.  The big "5" "0".  I'm rapidly approaching this milestone myself and my husband will achieve this milestone later this year so it should come as no surprise that my friends are achieving this milestone as well.

I stamped the focal image using my Concord and 9th Happy Day stamp set onto Bristol paper.  I colored the image with my Zig Clean Color Clear Brush markers using a waterbrush to spread the color on the image.  The image was then fussy cut out.  I used the matching dies to cut the image out of the polka dot patterned paper creating a window to place the image over some black cardstock.  A little grosgrain ribbon from the stash and the card is finished simply. I think the result is a cute card that hopefully cheered the recipient.  

What cute card creations do you have up your sleeve?  I'm still feeling the new year swell of creativity so I'll be back with more creations later this week.  Hope it is a good finish to your week!

I'll linking up with the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge:  Cute 
Word Art Wednesday's challenge #268-269 Anything Goes