Thursday, February 16, 2017

Steampunk Happy Birthday Card Plus Key Pens


Pulling out the Kaisercraft box today, I'm using a variety of papers featuring Miss Empire for a steampunk birthday card. I've always been head over heels with this collection, but sad to say I'm reduced to scraps and just two full sheets, neither of which are my top favorites. Whine, whine, whine. Sorry, that was terrible. I have such an abundance of beautiful papers, I should never complain about using them up.


I put together a pocket card, adding in some metal brads from Prima and Graphic 45 to help the steampunk effect along.


The flowers are all from I Am Roses and the foliage was cut with Alterations Thinlits Garden Greens and shaped with my tweezers. The tiny Happy Birthday tag is a Sizzix Framelits w/Stamps. It's tied with my old standby, ivory May Arts burlap string.


Lots of 3-D foam adhesive here to pop things up to different levels!


The Penmaker's two pens are both key pens made in designer acrylic. This one is antique pewter with an authentic patina and natural darkening that brings out the details of the finish and creates a unique feel with a charm all it's own. Very lovely!


His second pen has a rustic, authentic look of antique brass. It's been chemically darkened to simulate aged brass, resulting in a beautiful, long lasting brown plating with golden undertones. I love the purple he chose to go with this!


Which is your favorite? I have a hard time deciding between the pair.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day


Just a quick post to show you the last six of my valentine cards that I put to gather for the youngest of our grandchildren. I used retro valentines from The Graphic Fairy. Be sure to check out what Karen has to offer... I know you'll be impressed.
Happy Valentine's Day to all!

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

You Make Me Happy


It's a busy, busy, busy week. We decided to move some furniture around to make more space in my studio, and it's snowballed. Now we're switching what use to be The Penmaker's den into our new eBay room. His "Man Cave" is now in the living room downstairs which was the apartment where our son and his family (my sweet Adelaide) lived... part of which is still empty. Why do I start these massive projects? This one is going to go through to the weekend. I can't wait to get this done... my studio was really in need of a makeover.


Now a brief synopsis of my card. For this one, I pulled out Graphic 45's Mon Amour collection. For some odd reason, I never think to use this. Here is is tucked away in the closet while I work on Valentines using all my other papers. That's just crazy! These papers are beautiful!


Well, I combined them with My Mind's Eye Heirloom and did a pocket card.


I added in some pretty pink I Am Roses flowers and a tiny heart tag (Sizzix Stephanie Barnard Framelits w/Stamps) tied with May Arts ivory burlap string.


I cut "greens" using Alterations Thinlits Garden Greens. I cut hearts and the pink frame with Spellbinders Classic Hearts and Lattice Rectangles.


This frame is from the Mon Amour chipboard pack. It's embellished with Liquid Pearls. I cut the loving couple with Spellbinders Classic Ovals which is popped up with 3-D foam adhesive.


The antique brass corner is a new one a bought online. The organza for my bow came from Michaels.


If you have any questions, please ask. I'll be working away in my studio... or in the eBay room... or maybe downstairs... I'm not sure where. Have a happy day, my friends!

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Happy Birthday 2 You


Time was running out, and I had to have a birthday card for our grand daughter pronto. With all the sickness going around our family, Penny's birthday party was delayed. So when our daughter called and asked if she could invite everyone that was able to come to our house for the gathering, I had to do some quick creating. Her birthday gift was already wrapped, but with not being well, I just hadn't gotten to making her card.


Since all my valentine makings were on my table and a lot of it was pink (Penny's favorite), I decided to go with that. My Mind's Eye Record It Heirloom to the rescue again.


I just did some basic layering, adding on vintage lace, MME 3-D stickers and ephemera.


I topped it with a bow of Michaels ribbon, I Am Roses flowers, and a teeny stamped Happy Birthday tag (Sizzix Framelits w/Stamps by Stephanie Barnard).
A big, happy 13th birthday to our sweetheart!

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Provincial Sympathy Card


Kaisercraft's Provincial collection has a classic shabby chic feel to it that lends itself to so many different themes. I pulled it out the other day when I needed to make a sympathy card for a dear friend of our daughter and son-in-laws's who had lost her husband recently. The soft whites, muted blues, elegant timepiece, and sketched florals were, I felt, perfect for what I wanted to convey.


I kept my card simple so I wouldn't have to use a padded envelope. Even though I fussy cut and layered, it fit into the flat envelope successfully. 


The only embellishments are a half pearl from Queen & Co and some May Arts ivory burlap string. I find that simple is more of a challenge than than any other form.
Have a great day, my friends.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Love Story Valentine Card & My Final Sneak Peek


After a week of stomach flu, I think I'm finally pretty much back to normal. Yesterday I got a burst of energy and made three cards of various types... but this one is pre-flu.


I ordered a few sheets of paper to "fill in the gaps" in my Valentine selection. These are from Kaisercraft's P. S. I Love You. Very muted colors... just a beautiful collection. And they seemed to blend nicely with my older stock.


Along with my I Am Roses flowers, I just had to add in some glitter paper in the form of a berry spray I cut with Alterations Thinlits Garden Greens. I tucked in a bit of vintage pink lace, too.


 The darling little boy and girl couple image is a digi. My hearts were cut with Spellbinders Classic Hearts die set. The doily with Alterations Distressed Doily.


This last sneak peek from the new product collections shown at Creativation this year, is the Idea-ology Tag Press Tool. I have been wanting a tool to create metal rimmed tags "foreva"! Finally, it's here. Well, at least it will be as soon as the stores get them!!!


Isn't this just about the coolest thing you've ever seen? It's on the top of my want list. I can envision all types of neat looking tags made with this. I hope it will live up to my enormous expectations. Only time will tell!

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Love You Valentine Card, Pens, & Sneak Peeks


Bad times come to us all, and mine came in the form of stomach flu. Ugh! In fact, most of our family seem to have it, including some of the grandchildren. Is anything worse than that? 
I'm going to try to get this post up, but it will probably be mostly photos. Here goes.


I created this Valentine card before falling victim. I nearly used up what was left of a 6x6 My Mind's Eye paper pad on this, a digi image, I Am Roses and Recollections flowers, lace from my stash.


Two more beautiful pens, from The Penmakers workshop.


A Civil War pen with red, white a blue designer acrylic...


And a Motorcycle pen in the same colors.

Now sneak Peeks from Idea-ology...










What a great lineup of product. Do you agree?

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