Sunday, June 27, 2010

Vintage Tilda

I had an itch to make a vintage style card, and Stamp Something Challenge has a challenge this week that is for vintage and flowers, so I was set! I used the Just Magnolia sketch and I am pleased with how it turned out! Magnolia Down Under has a "sweet" challenge this week too!
One Stop Craft Challenge is "pink and brown, " so I've entered this card there as well!

Sweet Tilda is available from the Magnolia-licious Store. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The hardware is from set that I got from Stampin' Up quite a while ago. I used several punches for the lace, ferns and the hearts. I distressed everything. I finally treated myself to some pearl accents, so I added those too!

I forgot to mention the lace paper, and many of you loved it, so here is the is by Karen Foster Designs, and it is called "Antique Lace." I may have had it a while, so I don't know if it is still available. Wish I had more of it!

The inside is done too...2 cards in a row!

Have a blessed Sunday!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Graduation Time #2!

It is the weekend! I stayed up too late last night finishing a couple of cards, so I slept in a bit this morning. My hubby is an EARLY morning person, so he is usually out of bed by 4:30 am...he lets me sleep in! He is very sweet! But sleeping in until after 9 am means you lose some good hours!

Here is one of the cards that kept me up late...for my niece in N. C. This is the second time I have used this is called "Cassie's Graduation" by Sassy Studios Design.

I entered this in the Sweet Sketch Wednesday Challenge this week--I used their sketch! For the Sassy Studios Design Challenge, you had to pick a movie and design a card with one of their images that goes with the movie. I chose "American Graffiti." the circles remind me of records, sock hops. boy am I dating myself! Not the I have any recollection of the '50's, since I was born in the '60's!
Th paper is something that has been hanging around a while...not even sure where it came from. I used my Copics for coloring, added the fun clip to hold the sentiment, and embellished with rhinestones around it too.

Take a peak at the inside:

Tomorrow's card has Tilda, and is done vintage...please stop by again!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tilda in the Garden

I have a day off from work, and it is another 90+ degree day here in Connecticut, with humidity too, so I tucked myself away at my craft desk and put together this card. I have made a few over the past week, but this is the first one with a Magnolia image in a while.


Magnolia Down Under--
Just Magnolia--
In the Garden
(oops, I was 24 minutes too late)

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge--
Totally Gorjuss--
Sugar and Spice
The Shabby Tearoom--
color challenge,
"Cottage Comfort"

This image is "Sweet Tilda" and you can
get her through the Magnolia-licious store.
Some of my flowers came from Wild Orchid Crafts,
others from my stash.
The pearl stickpin came from Susan at Killam Creative

Here is the inside:

A close-up of the embossed sentiment (from Stampin' Up!),
and the little punched butterfly with Stickles.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Baby Card

Thanks for stopping by today! Today is a muggy day, with not too much sun, or I think the weather would be unbearable! I have been missing my card-making--it was a busy couple of weeks. Today I put off the grocery shopping to sneak in a card. We still have at least a cup of milk left!

Pink Gem Challenge--ribbons and buttons

Update July 8, 2010--
I made the Top 5 at A Gem of a Challenge!!

A Spoonful of Sugar--good luck/best wishes
Creative Inspirations--one for the boys
Cute Card Thursday--sketch
PaperPlay--use your old stash
Create4Fun--baby card
Crafty Creations--stitching

This is such an adorable image from Pink Gem Designs, and it was screaming to be a baby card! I love the blue gingham paper--very old from my Creative Memories days. same with the ribbon and heart shaped buttons...old stash!
Wish there was someone having a baby boy, but maybe one will turn up!

Thanks for visiting...let me know what you think!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

Wishing all the fathers out there a blessed day...may you be spoiled by your kids, doing whatever you enjoy most, as a thanks for all you do for your families all year through.
This is the card I made for my sweet hubby...we have been reading the "Black Heels to Tractor Wheels" love story on The Pioneer Woman blog, so his card has a cowboy theme. My guy enjoys a good love story as well as action, history, humor and many other topics, be it in books or movies.
If you check out the blog, you'll understand this card a little better!

I found the images as a coloring book page. I colored them with Copics, and some Faded Jeans Distress Ink for... the... um... jeans! I added some distress ink accents in walnut, and used the Diamond Dust Stickles on the fire (close-up below).

I'll give you a peek inside...but I didn't snap the photo until after I gave it to him, so no blushing!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful week, and come back to visit me again soon!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Two Fun Cards

Today is being hailed as one of the top 10 days of the year here in Connecticut, and I would have to concur! It is warm, sunny, but not too warm because of the light breeze wafting through through windows. I have 2 great cards to share with you. First, there is the beautiful tent card my daughter made for a friend as a graduation gift. It is based on the tutorial from the Whiff of Joy Inspirations blog post titled "Punched Screen Card." I am so proud of the work she did, I had to share!
(If you are looking for my Magnolia card, scroll down a little.)

This beautiful butterfly with the Serenity Prayer
came from the rubber stamp show
we went to a couple of weeks ago. (Stamp Camp)
There are rhinestones, and pearls and dewdrops,
buttons, flowers and glitter.
The edges of all the punched pieces are
distressed with walnut ink.
we had great fun crafting together during her visit with us.
She is heading back to life in the convent on Sunday.

For my Maggie card, I have a sweet image that arrived from Susan at Killam Creative in her box of blog candy. I wanted to show off some of the goodies she included,
as well as to thank her again! THANKS SUSAN!

Here are the challenges I am entering:

Just Magnolia--sketch
Magnolia Down Under--swirly swirls
Magnolia BD Bash, week 4--bling
A Spoonful of Sugar--sunshine inspired

Susan gave me the lovely sunny yellow lace and flowers.
the sparkling stick pin, the little rhinestone flower centers and the purple flowers the rhinestones are decorating, in addition to this Tilda image!
She took the time to browse through my blog to find images I didn't seem to have...can you imagine how her thoughtfulness touched my heart?!

I colored Tilda with some Copics and some distress inks, and glitterated her with Stickles diamond dust--it gave a sun-shiny yellow glow to her halo, some of the yellow flowers and to the edges of the golden scalloped oval. Her socks and dress have Stardust Stickles.

I tried to give you a close up to see some of the
details a little better.
The sentiment came from a set by Stamp Camp.

Thanks for stopping by.
It means so much to read your comments.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Father's Day Card

Welcome to Sunday at Making Stuff Daily! I am sharing a card I made yesterday, after my trip to the hardware store. I was looking for embellishments that are more masculine in nature, since flowers and pearls and rhinestones and such can be more on the feminine side. I found screening, burlap, nuts, and these really cool looking locking washers! Plus I spelled out DAD in those little self-sticking letters you use on your mailbox!

Above is the on the picture to see a bigger photo, to see the embellishments.

The inside is a necktie I cut out free-hand, with the Happy Father's Day
stamped in a die-cut scalloped oval;
I inked the edges for emphasis.

Cute Card Thursday--anything but square
The Shabby Tea Room--Father's Day
Stamp Something--happy something

Thursday, June 10, 2010

A Shabby Tea Room DT Call!

I have been visiting the Shabby Tea Room blog and love their challenges! When I saw the call to be a design team member, I thought I would give it a go. I love participating in challenges, and think it would be a great experience to participate in offering challenges.

I present my entry:

Bride: Lost Coast Designs
Kraft paper card stock
Red pattern paper: Making Memories
Beige script paper:
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Lace, trims, ribbons, buttons from my stash
Heart punch, loopy edge punch
Sentiment: Stampin' Up!

I found Lost Coast Designs at the Heirloom Productions rubber-stamping show in West Springfield MA last weekend. The stamps come unmounted, and she has so many great images,
I could have spent a week's paycheck on them!

Wish me luck on the DT call!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Graduation Time!

June is the time for the end of school and the ultimate end is graduation. We have 2 graduations this June...our niece, and our next door neighbor.

Below is the card I made for our neighbor.

As soon as I saw this image from Sassy Studio Designs I knew it would be perfect for the 2 graduates in our life! I had a blast coloring "Cassie" too! The Copics worked great for this.
I used flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, and the leaves are from punches...added silver Stickles to the black ferns. The sentiment is part of a set from Stamp those at the stamp show in Springfield, MA last Saturday. They are unmounted rubber that I glued on to EZ Mount. I added silver Stickles to the black mount as well. The red pattern paper is from DCWV "Summer Dreams."

I really jazzed out the inside!
Most of the circles were punched, but the ones that look like
sunbursts are cut from the DP I used on the front...quick!
The congratulations sentiment is Stampin Up!
I entered this in the Sassy Studio Design blog challenge #23.

Next graduation card is headed to North Carolina...stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


It has been a busy few days! My daughter is home for a 2-week vacation, we went to a rubber stamp/paper craft show on Saturday, we spent Sunday afternoon making stuff, and I worked yesterday! Whew!

Above is my beach themed card.

Creative Inspirations--beach theme
Creating Life's Pieces--sketch
Cute Card Thursday--color combo
Stamp Something--Digi-day Challenge
A Spoonful of Sugar--floral delight

This adorably sweet image is from Isabella's Sketchbook. I fell in love with this image...makes me long to be at the beach in Maine where we have spent our summer vacations for many years. She is colored with Copics, sky is done with Distress Ink, and that's Ultrafine Flower Soft that my daughter convinced me to buy at the stamp show.
The papers are from my stash...I stamped the polka are the buttons. A Fiskars edge punch, a Martha Stewart butterfly punch, some Prima flowers and a hint of Stickles. That's all there is to it!

This is the inside.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Thank you for Blog Candy!

Happy (very muggy!) Thursday!

Just a quick shout out to Susan at Killam Creative for the fun blog candy! If you haven't been to Susan's blog, be sure to check it out. She uses an eclectic collection of images in her projects (I really love that not everything Susan does is cutsie) and her cards are so inspiring to me.
I'll be sharing my own projects with some of the fun items from her blog candy.

Today I am off to take my 86 year-old father to a doctor's appointment, and I need to finish organizing my craft nook because my daughter will be home for a 2-week visit.

I will share a photo of the wonderful paper storage drawer that my husband made for me:

I keep it under my desk, and since it is on wheels, I can pull it out and see the files easily. The legal files were made to fit 12" x 12" paper by altering them. I used a tutorial I found online, but I cut the hanging file along the bottom crease, then cut a piece of poster board, creased it and taped it to the bottom. The poster board gives a little more stability, and since I am not currently doing scrapbooking, I am not too worried about acids and lignins. I had loose papers squirreled away in various storage modes, and I just got everything collected and filed by color.
I cannot tell you how terrific it is to have a designated place to work, and adequate storage, so I can keep it all neat! It is almost all put together, so I'll be posting pictures in the next couple of days...stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

In Remembrance...Part 2

After a long weekend, it's back to the real world!

We spent a quiet Memorial Day, my son led his troop of scouts in the parade here in town. The weather was truly spectacular: sunny, breezy and low humidity. I would rate it one of the top 10 best days of the year.

As I promised in my post yesterday, here are the details on the 2 cards I made. Both used the sketch from the Magnolia-licious Birthday Bash, week 3. Of course I entered the card with Edwin in that challenge, as well as the Magnolia Down Under challenge.

For the first "card," I was inspired by Joanne's Mainly Flowers blog, and her technique for "No Tools" flowers--she means no special tools. She has templates for cutting out petals, and shows you tricks for shaping. I'll have a link to her blog at the end of this posting.
My poppy was pretty large, so it became the focal piece for this "card." It isn't really a card, because there is no one to send it to, but I plan to keep it, and use it for a yearly piece on our mantel for Memorial Day.The oval is from a mega-punch I have, and I edged it in gold leaf pen. the blue stars paper is from my long ago Creative Memories days. I found the sentiment using google, and printed it. I had those reds stars in my stash. The navy blue background paper is edge-distressed.

Thanks for all the positive comments I have received.

For the challenge card, I colored Edwin with my Copics, and trimmed him off the page, fitting his torso to the circle die cut.

All of that was mounted inside the scalloped oval die cut out of the CM paper. the red and blue plaid paper is from a new paper pack from DCWV, "Summer Dream."
I made smaller poppies using a heart shaped punch and some seed beads. I will be posting a short tutorial, but it basically comes from the Mainly Flowers blog I mentioned earlier.
Again, the sentiments were printed from my computer. Around the edge of the distressed red paper, I added faux stitching.

Click here to go to Joanne's Mainly Flowers blog.