Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween!

I love, love, love Halloween!  When Lauren was little we had the most fabulous Halloween parties with games and goodies and even trick or treating right in the house!  This little banner project was one of the first Halloween projects I created this year.  I've had him hanging on my lingerie chest and forgot to take pictures!  I just love this postcard.  I enlarged it quite a bit (apprx. 5/12 x 9) and printed extras of the boy and the cats so I could pop them up a bit.  
I added pretty ribbons and a little banner. 
 The verse on the postcard talks about a moon, but there wasn't one in the picture, so...I added one!
  Best Wishes for Halloween!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Vintage Goodness

Betsy Veldman uses a lot of vintage goodies in her creations.  She has a challenge going on right now to use something vintage in a creation.  Of course, vintage is my thing, so I couldn't resist participating! I used a vintage image, book page, and buttons.  I found this darling book at an estate sale awhile back. 
 It's large:  about 9 1/2 x 13".  So I scanned in the image I wanted to use and reduced it.
  I know it's way early for spring, but I like to think ahead.
  I used an old children's book page to create the rose. 
The papers are from My Minds Eye and the cardstock and the embossing die used on it are from Papertrey Ink.   I used a Martha Stewart punch to create the fence...continuing the idea from the image.  I had a little green seam binding ribbon left (got to find time to dye some more!), just the color I wanted.  I also used the sketch from Mojo Monday  - it really caught my eye. 
 Love the set up. 
I just have to show you another of my birthday presents.  My daughter, Lauren,  knitted a pig for me.  Isn't he cute? 
He has the sweetest face and the cutest curly-Q tail. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Cutting Cafe Thanksgiving

I love the combination of one of my favorite cutie vintage images with The Cutting Cafe's Thanksgiving Day set.  The Happy Thanksgiving frame and the November circle are from that set. 

There are a lot of great images in the set including a very darling turkey!  I dyed some seam binding ribbon to match and wrapped it all up with twine from Papertrey Ink and a vintage button.  The papers are October Afternoon.   The punch at the top is from Martha Stewart.  I used one of the sentiments from Thanksgiving Day inside:  There's always something to be thankful for.   I'm so very thankful my husband and I got to spend the weekend with our daughter and her husband and my mom and dad.  We did some antique hunting (got Lauren a pretty coffee table) and did some good eating!  I love being with them all!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

So Tweet for Pixie and a Birthday

Just have to say it:  This card is so tweet!  Okay, corny, I know.  Just about everything is from the October kit at Pixie Dust Paperie.  I love the combination of the kraft journal spots and the pretty paper.  The cardstock is thick with a nice texture and it looks great behind that cute little bird. 
 I roughed up and aged the flower a little, added the buttons from the kit, and, of course, that pretty seam binding ribbon. 
 Tweet! Check out the Pixie Dust blog for great inspiration from all the DT and remember we have a challenge going on right now.  Would love to see your creation there!

I wanted to show you what Dennis got me for my birthday.  I took him with me to work today.
 Isn't this the cutest black kitty?  I just love him!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Scraplift at Pixie Dust

It's challenge time at Pixie Dust Paperie!  It's a Scraplift challenge, open from Oct. 20 to Nov. 5.  Just pick out an October DT creation and give it a spin, give it a new look.  Kirsty is offering some great prizes:  one lucky winner will win a $15 gift certificate to Pixie Dust and one winner will receive 4 yards of hand dyed crinkle ribbon!  The Winner and Top 3 will be showcased on the Pixie blog.  There are some simple rules to follow:  become a follower of Pixie Dust, use the "I love Pixie Dust Paperie" badge, and link back to the blog.  Check out complete details here.  I have a sample here of a scraplift (and check out the blog for the other DT samples):

I chose Kirsty Vittetoe's Love Notes to scraplift.  Isn't this box gorgeous? 
 And here's a sample of the love notes she created for her daughter's lunchbox and her husband's suitcase. 
 You can see Kirsty's original post here.  I really love Kirsty's project and when she suggested a scraplift, it was the first thing that came to mind.  I put a spin on her project by changing it to valentine postcards and changing the color scheme.  You can see some of the similarities in the design of the cards.  I enlarged the Artisan Box pattern from Papertrey Ink to fit  my cards.
  I used Pink Paislee and My Mind's Eye papers. 
 One of the details I really like on Kirsty's project is the pretty spiral flowers.  I had to include a couple of them on mine.
And of course, it's hard for me to do anything without vintage images and I LOVE vintage valentines. 
 This little girl is one of my favorite stamps.  I haven't used her in awhile, but something made me think of her.
  She's paired with some cute PTI heart stamps and a pretty vintage button.
  Aren't this couple adorable?  
Be sure to check out the rest of the examples of Scraplift and the details of the challenge at Pixie Dust Paperie blog.  Join us in the challenge!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Cutting Cafe BINGO

I make all the birthday cards at work and I needed to make a guy card.  I really like how Regina's bingo cards are so versatile.   I used one of the images from the blank Bingo set from The Cutting Cafe to create this guy birthday card.  It's almost monochromatic...just a little bit of orange added to the black and creme.  Love how the vintage ad looks on the bingo card. 
 Then when I saw the ad said watches on the bottom, I thought about the Tattered Angels frame and the clock faces I had.  One of the clock faces fit perfectly! 
Printed Happy Birthday in BlackAdder (a font I really like).   I just love going through my buttons when it's time to add one to a card.  Vintage buttons just make me smile.  And these are no exception!  Hope you've had a great start to your week!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Pixie Dust Tea Party Favor

Hi, everybody!  I have another project to reveal for the October kit by Pixie Dust Paperie.  I love tea!  Most days, I have it in the morning and in the afternoon, too!  I come home, start up the tea kettle, and cozy up in the library with a great book.  And even though my daughter is in her own house in another state, I know she's doing the same thing at about the same time. As she's gotten older, she's gone more for the green tea type, while I've stuck with the strong Irish black tea.  A tea party is on my agenda...not exactly sure when, but soon.  I thought the Maya Road kraft journal cards would make a perfect mini book as a favor for the tea party.  They needed to be easy to create, but also cute.  I had a few stickers and scraps left from the pretty papers, so I used those as accents for some of my favorite sayings about tea.  The first one by Eleanor Roosevelt is my all-time favorite.  (And I think it's so true!) 

And here's a bonus idea for the journal cards (especially the ones with the pretty thick black frames):  Halloween treat tags!  Just stamp and add ribbon. 
 Pretty easy, but frightfully cute!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Enjoy every minute!

Life...we should enjoy every minute!  Most of the time, I'm very happy.  I'm very lucky:  great family, great friends, great place to work... When it's hard, I find smiling (whenever possible) seems to help.  Also, this is may be a little strange, but I tend to enjoy every minute when it's cooler outside!  How about you? 
 This card is for the sketch at I(heart)2stamp.  I have noticed that the  most awesome sketches are available there.  I decided to give this week's a whirl. 
 I've had this cute cuckoo clock stamp for awhile  - it was definitely time to get it out.  The background papers are from Echo Park and they are so pretty! 
That vintage button came from the huge collection I lucked into awhile back.  It's such a rich, pretty brown.  Are you ready for the weekend?  Speaking of good friends, I get to have lunch with one of my favorites, Lisa, tomorrow!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Cutting Cafe W I T C H

Halloween!  I love it and I love The Cutting Cafe's Bingo Cards!  The Halloween Bingo set is no exception.  I started this Halloween banner by aging and roughing up the bingo card a little.  
 Awhile back I made some felted beads, which I thought were a perfect color for this.
  Look at that cute green and purple polka dot paper framing the little witch - those papers are from The Cutting Cafe, too.  I really like the little velvet flowers which trim the vintage lace quite nicely. 
 You know how much I like vintage images... the witch is darling, but that little black kitty won my heart!  It reminds me of my sweetest ever black kitty!  Right now my daughter and son-in-law are gagging - they don't think he's sweet at all!  (He tends to be a little prissy when they're here.)  Oh, well...thanks for stopping by!
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