Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sweet Award!

How sweet is this?  My sister and upline, Debbie Naylor, awarded me with this Sweet Blog Award!  Thanks so much, Debbie!  Your blog never fails to inspire me each and every day :)  You can visit her awesome blog here.

Part of this award is to share seven random facts about myself and pass the award onto 8 other bloggers.  Let's see...
1)  I work at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC
2)  I love my furry kids (2 cats and a rabbit)
3)  I love to plant flowers, plants, and trees, but do not like to weed or deadhead flowers!
4)  My favorite drink is coffee; can drink it all day, every day!
5)  Now that I have an eReader, I can't go back to paperback or hard covered books!
6)  My favorite movie is The Sound of Music.  I bake Christmas cookies every year and I have to watch this movie while baking them or it wouldn't be Christmas for me!
7)  I've become a little obsessed with Farmville on Facebook!  LOL

I'm supposed to share this award with some other bloggers that inspire me with their creations, but the ones I'd pick have already been chosen!  There are so many wonderful bloggers out there - so for all of you that create and inspire with your blog, I'm sharing this award with you!

Have a sweet day, everyone! 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Wall Art

I received my new SU! products and didn't have much time to do anything other than look at them :)  But, I'm crazy for designer papers and this new one is amazing.  It has so many colors and designs that are bold and elegant.  I had to do something with it.  I've been saving this frame for some wall art and this paper just screamed at me to use it!  So, I chose the background first.  I then punched some scallop circles to make the flower.  I used every sheet, so it was 10 pieces thick.  I also die cut some butterflies (love those!).   I decorated the butterflies with some pearls.  I wanted a sentiment, so stamped one that I thought worked, punched out pieces to frame it, and mounted it above a piece of satin ribbon.  I decided to add some pearls to the ribbon to tie it all together (no pun intended!)  This is the end result.  I can't wait to hang it after I clean up my craft area! 

Thanks for looking and have a beautiful day :)

Simple Birthday Card

I went to a birthday party this past weekend and needed a card.  I wanted it to reflect the person I gave it to - simple and elegant.  I really like this color combination now!  Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

June Simply Paper Design Challenge - Check!

Here are Michelle's and my cards for the June challenge.  Here is the sketch and colors:

I love how Michelle used the lacey punch and added pearls.  We must both be thinking of pearls!  Love how she used so many layers and punches.  It is just so beautiful.  Any girl would be lucky to get this card!

I was inspired by my hydrangea bushes.  They are flowering so beautifully right now and even though I planted one pink and one blue bush, the flowers are all coming in pink!  I guess it has something to do with the acid content in the ground (that's what I've been told anyway).  But, my favorite color is pink, so I'm not upset in the least!  I cut some and put them on the dining room table.  They inspired me for this birthday card.  I added mini pearls to the hydrangea blossoms, but you can't really see them.

And here is Debbie's card.  I love the embossed background and melon mambo polka dotted ribbon!  Nice, nice, nice!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Took On More Than I Thought!

I bought this little paper chest at the craft store and thought it would be an easy alter.  I couldn't have been more wrong!  What started off as an easy project (so I thought!) turned into a couple hours of work and for what?  I don't even like the finished product!  I'm dissapointed in this and won't be giving it away, but like the flower, so decided to post anyway.  Lesson learned - don't be so sure of yourself in thinking that anything is easy to alter!  LOL :)

Anyway, here is is.  Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Thank You Gifts

I have a client that is so supportive.  I'm working on an order for her and just wanted to make a little something to thank her for everything.  She said she collected mini tea sets and loves the color mauve.  I decided to make her an altered clipboard and a little note/pencil set that she could carry.  I stuck to the "tea" theme and these are the items I made.  I hope she likes them! 

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Crazy Card!

I wanted to do some cards this weekend, but my mojo was totally off!  I have some birthdays coming up and wanted to use this little image because I just think it's cute!  I thought the ribbon and paper would be cute together, but it totally comes off looking like too much and rather young.  I had intended to give this card to a friend whose 40th birthday is coming up, but think I'll hold on to for a young girl's birthday instead ;)

I made this for the Card Patterns Sketch 117 found here.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Monday, June 6, 2011

June Color-Sketch Challenge

Happy Monday!  Here is June's Simply Paper Design Challenge.  I'm not sure why the sketch turned out colored!  I'm teaching myself how to use Paint and I can't figure out how to undo certain things when creating these files.  Anyway, please join Debbie, Michelle, and me in this challenge!  We'd love to see what you create :)  Thanks and have a great day!

Using Scraps

I absolutely love this designer paper!  I'm holding on to every little scrap.  I had made a name wall hanging with this paper and have extra butterflies, flowers, and hearts that I've saved with the paper.  I don't know why, but I pulled this paper intending to make a card using a sketch challenge.  I had so many scraps, I decided to just use them instead.  So, after playing around with the layout and layers, this is what was created.  I think it will be a nice card to have on hand that I can use for any reason.  Can't have enough of those, right?

Thanks for looking and have a great day!