Graphic 45 Birthday Challenge

It has been a long long summer! I don’t remember ever having felt this way before, but this year has been very difficult, especially for my sweet husband, David. He lost his mother in June, and his father at the end of August. We also had a long (but wonderful!) trip overseas – and came home to find out that the pool man AND the lawn guys hadn’t come to our house for 3-1/2 weeks! The pool was greenish-brown, the lawn was a ragged little jungle, and we had jet lag! On top of all that, earlier in the summer, we had the (white privilege, I know) joy of getting our air conditioner replaced! So I did my best to prepare items for this blog before we left on our trip, but have fallen behind since coming home. . . .

The old saying “absence makes the heart grow fonder” certainly applies to crafting (and swimming!!) – but I’m back in the swing of it now. I was excited to see G45 have a Birthday challenge, as their founder celebrates a birthday this month. This card uses their Fairy Wings collection & some fomiron flowers I crafted.

I veered from my usual pink and purple themes (it is September) and aimed to match the pale orange/ coral color with my flowers – I edged the white flower with a Zig marker, as I have NO coral or apricot type color among my ink pads.

For the inside, I got lazy and used one of the cut-aparts. The sentiment is a Sue Wilson die from Creative Expressions.

Thanks for stopping by!

A Farewell Card

So I know of someone who is moving soon, on to bigger and better things! and wanted her to have something to remember me by! This paper comes from a 6×6” pad from Crafters Companion, called Rustic Cottage.

I used a lot of generic die’s on this card: my large flowers are “fantasy flowers”, as are their leaves, the light blue are small wild roses, and the white leaves/vines, again just something that looked pretty, which I found on Amazon!

The window is a Spellbinders die, and the sentiment from Tim Holtz, so you can see this particular card is not part of a sponsorship, but a hodgepodge of sorts, nonetheless I feel it is pleasing to the eye, and I enjoyed putting it together!

Here is a peak inside, with plenty of room for a message. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Meadow Impressions

I so love this beautiful paper from ScrapandMe, Meadow Impressions, to me it looks like the flowers are kind of like the Purslane (in the Portulaca family) or Moss Rose, which I love! after all I live in Florida, and our flowers must be very hardy to endure July and August! I am sad that I cannot obtain (or at least have not found a vendor for) the type of stamens that I see in my European friends paper flowers, but I do my best with what I have (if any of you have info, please leave me a note!!).

This card is actually an apology card, not a sympathy card, and I didn’t really know how to do the sentiment on the front, so what you see is what you get!

The flowers are made from fomiron, which I’m finally getting used to using, you have to be very careful not to overheat the fomiron, or it will not only curl your petals, but may actually burn your fingers!! I sometimes will cover part of the petal and only curl one side, then come back to it, cover the curled edge with my finger, and reverse curl the other side, hoping to have it look more natural – but I think I might need some really thick gloves to protect myself!

The card base was cut from a Heartfelt Creations die (Gateway Arches) using 110 lb weight paper – much too thick, in my opinion, but I bought the paper, and I will finish using it – but only for square and rectangle bases, I suppose, as it was too too thick to run through my Sizzix machine, and actually kind of curved or bent, the die! I do enjoy heavy paper for making flowers (and HFC has some lovely paper specifically for this purpose) but it is just too thick for most of the things I do.

I have a couple of pearl sprays (Wedding dept at craft store) to add some dimension, and on the inside, I have a cutout placed on a die cut doily.

Thanks so much for stopping by! And please leave me a message, especially if you know where I can purchase cool stamens!

Best Wishes Card in Blue

My 2nd or 3rd card from Scrapandme’s lovely Sapphire Days. To be fair, this is modeled after one that Monika Jakubowska did several weeks ago – she used different paper, and colors, but I do have to give her credit for the design.

Once again, using many of my flower (and card) dies from Heartfelt Creations, the light periwinkle blue are made out of Fomiron, but the dark navy blue, and white blossom, are paper.

I did fussy cut the little design inside the card, as well as the sentiment from the paper pack.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and Best Wishes!!

Purple Springtime

One of my newest makes – for a little contest with the Scrapandme paper company (in Poland) – I haven’t been able to obtain the Purple Spring yet, so I had to use their Meadow Impressions – it’s still beautiful!

I’ve developed a new way (for me) of making rose buds, which results in a fat little bud and even works with Fomiron, as seen here. Not that I’m overly pleased with myself or anything, just wanted to share! I also created some dark purple Purselane- at least that is what I was going for! and mini Calla Lilies are tucked in there. I used Rajni Chowlas Crystal Clear sprinkles on one of the butterflies- fussy cut from the paper pack.

Thanks for looking!

Priceless Friendship card

This lovely uses Scrapandme Sapphire Days paper, it is about 4-1/2” x 7-1/2”. The flowers are (Heartfelt Creations dies) cut out of fomiron, and the fern are actually thin little woodcuts, which I found from Little Birdie Crafts – they are primed when you receive them, and I just daubed them with a little ink.

This is the inside of my card. I used the same sheet of paper that I had on the front, and just fussy cut he flowers out, and turned them lengthwise. Every time I do fussy cutting I marvel at people who claim to love it – what I love is die cutting! And electric die cutting machines like my Vagabond II, are the bomb!

Teaching myself how to heat the fomiron so that it does what I want it to, without burning me little fingers has quite a learning curve! I’m waiting with baited breath for some colored fomiron to come in the mail….it just adds such a nice, soft touch, but it is a little bit fiddly!

For the sentiments, I cheated and found a sticker pack from Hobby Lobby – I actually have about 5 of them – some are religious, some family oriented, some friendship – and their handwriting is much neater than mine!

Thank you so much for stopping by, and please give me. Humans up, or a note, if you like my work!