Friday, April 17, 2015

Love the Beauty of Brushed

 April's card class began with the beautiful papers of Brushed and the card recipes found in the how-to book Originals
The recipe Overview page 102 became the start of One Recipe Six Ways --

Each card turned out so unique, from the little black dress friend card to the polka dot Birthday Wishes card.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Easy Like Sunday Morning Memories

Mom and I began our paper crafting fun around 2000. And soon we needed a craft room. Over the years, we have added new organization ideas. When our paper shelves fell off the wall, my late husband put on his thinking cap. He was a frugal man and he came up with a little shelving unit that has kept our paper safe over the years.

He took two closet shelf units and place one a top the other but the trick was to put the top shelf upside down so the tops would create a thick and sturdy shelf for our paper.

A metal bracket along the sides keeps the units in place and they are attached to the wall.

A re-organization is going on, so my paper labels are missing. The sturdy shelf holds most of my cardstock (I keep the neutrals, White Daisy, Colonial White, Cocoa, and Chocolate in a smaller shelf unit next to this one. I will share that later.

 Here you can see the double middle shelf.

My craft room is full of frugal pieces which makes it feel 'lived in' like the rest of my house.

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easy Like Sunday Morning Memories

It is Spring and many of our plants are beginning to bud and bloom.

 Confederate roses along the top of the fence. Japanese Iris, the first rose bud, and an apple tree full of blossoms -- I love Sprng

Saturday, April 4, 2015

A Little Black Dress Birthday Card

 My little Emily's birthday is coming up and it dawned on me that she is not so little anymore.

In our many just Grandma and Emily talks, she shared her desire to be a fashion designer.

When I saw this pretty colors of the Brushed paper packet, it brought to mind a little black dress.

Using the Artiste Cricut cartridge dress image and shoes from Gypsy Wanderings, I created a perfect card just for my Emily.

Adding texture by embossing the pattern paper with circles. A little shimmer trim and the bottom of the pattern paper were scalloped with the scallop border punch.

To finish the card, I add squiggly lines along the sentiment piece.

And as she knows, she is perfect to me.

Stamp set is a hostess reward stamp set - ready to host! Better with Friends (D1608).

Another set of these cards for my friends is on the craft table now.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Brushed Mother's Day Card

My desk is full of my April Brushed paper packet projects.

A Mother's Day card begins my April card class cards.

Using Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge coordinating diecuts make it so easy to create a card with a little pop.

A pretty Artiste Cricut cartridge bow wrapped in the Pixie Thick Twine had that pretty girly look.

I used a new technique using pigment ink and fine clear embossing powder (a Jennifer McGuire video is shared below).

The flowers are created from pigment is spread on the flowers using my finger. Practice is needed to get it perfectly blended.

While it is wet, clear embossing powder is poured over it, shaking off the excess and last heat embossed creating a beautiful glossy look.

Flowers for Mom (B1473) is the stamp set I used.

And don't forget the inside.

I hope you enjoyed my creation. This card and 5 others will be a part of my April card class and kits.