Monday, April 16, 2018

Kitty Conductor


Is it the middle of April already?  I barely remembered to do our taxes and get them sent off in time!

This is a special request card.  Mother's Day, music, kitty.  Got it!  



I sponged some grass onto the die cut image and added some music. 



Sponged an envelope to match and finished off the inside with a Mother's Day sentiment.  This darling kitty would work great for just about anything really.  



Download Kitty Conductor HERE.

Dropbox seems to work differently for different people.  Either right click and save when image appears or click the download button in the top right corner.  If neither method works, email me and I'll send the files to you. 

Happy April!


Sunday, April 8, 2018

Creating with Pretty Printables from Iralamija Shop



When you want to create something pretty Beatriz Jennings makes it easy for you.  In fact, when you look at all the goodies in her shop, it's hard to decide just what to create with first!


I love her butterflies.  She has some of the prettiest around.


And what about the sweet house?


I think this pocket and tag is perfect for mother's day or for a friend.  Maybe even slip in a wrapped candy bar?

Beatriz's images are so pretty, you hardly have to add anything to create something special.

So glad you stopped by.  Have a wonderful day!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Let the Inside Out!



Hi, there!  Hope you had a lovely Easter.  Did you have a lovely start to spring?  Ours has been a little gloomy and cold, but I can tell the flowers and trees are starting to bud - showing off their pretty colors.

Kind of like the inside of these cards - the insides wanted to show off!  Letting a little bit of the inside of your card peek out is fun way to change things up a bit.


The inside of this one is peeking out at the bottom - easily accomplished by cutting the top a little short.  I added that tiny border die to decorate the shortened top and added another pretty border and flower to peek out the bottom.


Seriously.  Look at that sweet image.  Did your insides melt just a little?

If you would like to create a little sweet something with the girl, her burro and black cats, it's ready to download below.


On this card, the insides are peeking out not only at the bottom, but the side too.  That was also easily accomplished by cutting the card base larger than the scallop die cut that's forming the top.  


The top of the scallop die cut is scored about 1/2 an inch from the top and folded to create the fold for the card.    I turned this one into a Mother's Day card simply by adding the sentiment.  For a note to a friend, it could be left blank for room to write a note.



Download Girl, Burro and Cats HERE.



Download Girl Mailing Note HERE.

Dropbox seems to work differently for different people.  Either right click and save when image appears or click the download button in the top right corner.  If neither method works, email me and I'll send the files to you. 

So...be a little bit daring...let the inside out!  
Have a lovely day!




Sunday, March 25, 2018

Adorable Easter Chick + Floral Stamped Background


Cute and sweet and colorful, too!  Love this little Easter Chick.  He's all ready for you to download, if you would like to create a little Easter something with this cutie!

We had an early Easter in Savannah.  Dennis went with me (Lauren gave her daddy tickets to the Savannah Home Tour for his birthday).  I stayed with Louisa while they visited all the houses.  Below are a couple of pics from Louisa's first Easter Egg Hunt...

Do you like to create stamped backgrounds?  If you haven't tried it yet, I've got a few tips.



To make a stamped background easier, you can start with colors in your image.

If you are using large and small stamps, start with the large ones.

Use odd numbers.  For example, on this card there are 5 pink flowers, 5 green leaf branches and 3 yellow flowers.

You can turn the stamped image all different directions and stamp some off the edge.



Fill in with smaller stamps.  

Use the theme of your card.  I added Easter egg stamps to this one.

Use dots!  I really like the dots on Mama Elephants Water Blooms stamp set.

Finally, these "rules" are all made to be broken!  Go with what you like and just have fun!





Download Easter Chick HERE.

Dropbox seems to work differently for different people.  Either right click and save when image appears or click the download button in the top right corner.  If neither method works, email me and I'll send the files to you. 





I took some eggs and our old easter basket (poor Dennis had to lug it through the airports) that was used by my uncle, me, Lauren and now, Louisa.  After breakfast, we stopped at one of the squares in Savannah.  Her Daddy put out the eggs.  She loved carrying the basket.



Here she is, figuring out that there are goodies inside.  Louisa took all the eggs out and lined them up on the ground.  This is why I use all my money and fly to Savannah every three weeks!

Happy Easter!




Sunday, March 18, 2018

Easter Carrot Treat Box + Free Template +MicroFine Glitter Tag



Bunnies and carrots go together, of course.   And so do bunnies and carrot treat boxes.

I've got a carrot treat box template for you to download below.  You can print it right on top of your favorite carrot paper.  

And I've got a video that shows just how easy it is to make.  



On the video, I also share some tips on making a tag with micro fine glitter.   This is the cool highlights version.

It's super hard to photograph just how lovely this glitter is.  It really is my favorite.  I used it on THIS card (with warm highlights) and used my copics to color on top of it!  So very cool!

Here's the video:





Download Easter Carrot Treat Box Template HERE.

Dropbox seems to work differently for different people.  Either right click and save when image appears or click the download button in the top right corner.  If neither method works, email me and I'll send the files to you. 

I'm going to be taking this carrot to Louisa, my little honey bunny.  Do you have a little honey bunny (or a big honey bunny) that would enjoy an Easter Carrot Treat Box?



Sunday, March 4, 2018

Easter Girl Card with Inlaid Die Cuts


We had a bunny:  Little Bo Binkin.  He lived 13 years.  He loved cinnamon toast and would actually beg for it.  He really like carrots, too, but cinnamon toast was what he lived for!

Isn't she sweet with her little bunnies?  These bunnies obviously love carrots!

The background of this card is really pretty with inlaid die cuts.  Packs a lot of punch for something so easy!



I just got these pretty medallion dies and think they're perfect for this technique.



Basically, inlaid die cuts is just placing the die back into the negative space created when you cut the die.  Simple, but effective.



This Easter cutie is ready for download if you would like to create a little something with her.



Download Easter Girl with Two Bunnies HERE.

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Little Bo was really a great pet, but he had one BIG problem.  He would chew anything and everything.  Furniture feet?  Yummy.  Couch pillows?  Yummy.  Lauren's toys?  Yummy.  When he was out we had to watch him like a hawk.  It was a little stressful.  At least, I can enjoy these cute bunnies without having the chewing issue!

Have a lovely week!


Sunday, February 25, 2018

Easy Custom Envelopes + Gift Card Holder + Sweet Girl and Kitty



Do you make odd sized or shaped cards?  I never think about the envelope until I have the card finished.  You should have seen me in the past, flinging open drawers, slinging out envelopes, pulling out my hair...  

I have a LOT of envelopes.  Seriously.  Drawers Full.  And still half the time, I've made a card that just WON'T FIT or is dwarfed by the envelope.

Solution:  Make envelopes.  Well, okay.  But.... (confession here), I really don't have the patience for that really cool envelope maker that I have stashed away.  I just can't figure out how to make envelopes with it that work for my cards.

Real Solution:  Make really easy envelopes.  Okay.  How?  Here's how: 



 
The video shows how to make easy envelopes for small, large and shaped cards.  I use my score pad, but you could use a straight edge and a bone folder to make the scores.


One fun thing to make with this method is gift card holders.  We love books in our family, so this gift card holder has a Barnes and Noble gift card.  And see that little cat reading?  Adorable!  The kitty with the party hat is stamped on sticker paper.  It will be the seal for the back of the gift card holder.


This card is long enough for some envelopes I have, but it's too skinny.  So, a custom envelope it is.


This is another of my Agnes Richardson images.  I just love the sweet little girl and the black kitty.  You can download her below.



Download Agnes Richardson Girl with Black Cat HERE.


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Louisa made valentines when I was there last week.  We didn't make them until February 15th, but oh well...  I die cut some hearts and then printed unicorns on sticker paper.  I peeled the stickers for her and handed them to her.  


She really did a good job and had a lot of fun.  She made 6, which was just about right for a 15 month old.  I rubbed some baking soda on the back parts of the unicorn stickers that stuck out over the hearts to keep them from sticking to anything.  

You can see I also made envelopes the same way as I show in the video.  

So, go ahead and make those small, large and shaped cards.  Envelope?  I've got you covered.

Have a wonderful week!

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