Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Floral Cards and Amy's Ow

Greetings from soggy Colorado! It's been very rainy here today and the high may not have gotten much above 60 degrees. Quite interesting for the end of July. We'll take it, but I sure wish California could get some of this moisture. :( 

I wandered into my crafty space yesterday and had enough mojo to make two cards! Yippee! One I actually stamped and colored last week, but I had to fussy cut the pieces out, which I did while watching TV. I was inspired by this card on Pinterest. Actually I pretty much just cased it using some Vintage Summer paper I had. I also used Lawn Fawn's So Much to Say for the sentiment. 
I colored the images with Prismacolors and blended with odorless mineral spirits. I also used some gems from Hobby Lobby and some from Michaels (two colors of red). I added a bit of Wink of Stella to the blue tips on the ends of the stamens. 
If I didn't have something to follow, my "cluster" wouldn't look near this good. LOL

My second card was my take on this card by Kay Miller. Her work is very inspiring and always makes me smile. Thanks, Kay!
I used the same arch looking Sizzix dies she did. The floral paper is Doodlebug (Fruit Stand), the green cardstock is Co'ordinations and the yellow is Buttercup from CTMH. The stamped flowers are from Girls Rock by CTMH and are stamped in Holiday Red, Watermelon and Sunflower. The tag is a Spellbinders die using a piece of solid red Doodlebug paper. That gingham is from Hobby Lobby. I popped up the flowers and the tag. How about that? I managed to pull a card together using a lot of resources. LOL 

I have to share something Amy made recently. She has really enjoyed using her Rainbow Loom and has created many bracelets, earrings, flowers and even a cover for her tablet. Last week she created this:

Isn't it adorable? She found the video tutorial on You Tube and followed along. 
So impressed and had to share. 

That's it from me today. Hope you are having a great week!
Thanks so much for stopping by.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Inspired by Kay Cards

Hi There!

I know! Long time no see...again. I could give you all kinds of excuses, but I won't. We did go to Sioux Falls, South Dakota the week of  July 4th. And on July 8th my dad came to visit for a week. Fun times for sure. The girls were so happy to see their Grandma and their Grandpa practically back to back. Mostly though, my mojo has gone missing. And rather than work through it, I've been kind of avoiding the craft space. The few times I've gone in and sat down, I have been supremely frustrated because I didn't like anything I created.

Have you ever gone to Kay Miller's blog, My Joyful Moments? If you haven't, you really should. She creates wonderful clean and simple cards using a lot of different dies.  Her creations simply make me smile (and wish I had some of the really neat dies she has in her stash). She tells me she cuts stuff out and plays with the pieces to come up with her cards. I figured her cards could give me some much needed inspiration.

So, I sat down and  tried again yesterday, armed with some new resolve and a new to me Anna Griffin die called Flourish Scroll. Which works wonderfully well, by the way. As intricate as the cut looks, it popped out wonderfully with some gentle poking through the holes provided.  :)

I was inspired by two cards that Kay made:
This one~

And this one~

And here's what I came up with~

These were made mostly with dies. The flowers being really old Cuttlebug dies (like from not long after the machine came out, if I remember correctly). The swirls on the top card are Sizzix dies from several years ago. The doily is a Martha Stewart piece. The leaves and small flowers and the centers are punches. The cardstock is American Crafts and the flower center gems are Paper Studio brand from Hobby Lobby. The sentiment is from a CTMH set called For Every Occasion. I popped up the big flowers for dimension. Aside from the top card's swirls being crooked (and not fixable as I used liquid adhesive), I'm pretty happy with what I created this time. Yay!

Thanks so much for stopping by and thank you, Kay for the beautiful inspiration!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.