Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sailboat Birthday Card

I was puttering around this morning, trying to clean up a bit in my craft room and came across the patterned papers that I used for this card. As I put the papers aside, I found myself picking them back up throughout the "clean up". Since I was really drawn to them, I put a hold on the clean up process and reached for these papers again and created this card.  I ended up layering vertical gray strips over the plaid paper at the bottom of the card and separated the patterned papers with a space covered with vellum.  Because I had included a sailboat, my husband suggested that I use a blue paper instead of the vellum (thinking that the blue would represent water) but I couldn't bring myself to add another color. Now I need to finish cleaning up. I love that I was distracted long enough to create the card, but I really do want to get the craft room a bit more organized. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

February Sketch @ The Sketch File

Tonight I am sharing another Christmas card. I am determined to create a huge pile of them so I have plenty of choices next December. Today's card is based on the current sketch at The Sketch File.  Kathy introduced a new sketch for February but I am just getting around to creating cards with it. As with all her sketches, she encourages you to twist it, shrink it, enlarge it and use if for whatever craft you please. I based my card on the "heart-version" of her sketch. Do you have a preferred version?  Please let us see what you create with the sketch. You can post your creation H E R E.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Hooked on Snowmen

For Christmas 2017 I created several cards with handmade snowmen.  I must be hooked on these little snowmen because I have created yet another Christmas card with a similar snowman. I started with a punched circle then hand cut a hat and scarf to fit the head. I used a bit of chalk to add highlights on the hat and scarf. I also cut along the bottom edges of the scarf to create a fringe. I drew the eyes and mouth, added a tiny cardstock carrot nose,chalked in rosy cheeks and blue chalk highlight on the outer edge of the head. The sentiment was created with a Cottage Cutz die cut (Merry Christmas Santa).

Monday, February 5, 2018

Valentine's Day Cards

Today I am sharing several Valentine's Day cards that were all inspired by projects I've seen on the internet. IThese cards will go-to some of my co workers so they can share them with a spouse.  I had intended on making a card for my hubby, but as I was working on these, he kept popping in and out of my craft room. I guess I'll have to work on his later this week when I know he will be out of the house for a few hours.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

3 Cards with Trees

I have spent much of my free time this week trying to be creative.  Truthfully, if I don't keep busy when I come home from work in the evening, it seems like the minute I sit down my eyes start to droop and the next thing I know I am sound asleep.  It would be fine to snooze but often my snoozes get so lengthy that by the time I crawl into bed, my body thinks it's had enough sleep by 1:00 a.m and I am wide awake.  So this past week, I have tried to stay awake later each evening to see if I can start sleeping through the night. I think it might be working.

 As I said, I am trying to be creative instead of snoozing so the three cards above are responsible for keeping me awake and encouraging a better night's sleep.  Each card has a Christmas tree, but each tree is different from the others. The first tree was created with glitter glue. I simply drew stars on white cardstock, let it dry, then brushed it with green chalk. The second tree is made with bits of ribbon and the third tree is handcut from green cardstock. I used chalk to create the branches. 

Hope you have had a crafty week as well! Thanks for stopping by.