Thursday, April 10, 2014

Make it Monday #159: No Sew Quilted Cards

So this week's Make it Monday challenge is to create a card and impress a quilted pattern on it using an impression or cover plate. This card is my second attempt. I'd originally gone with a series of cut circles. I'd had visions of a quilt my grandmother had made using circles - you'd cut out a circle and run a stitch around the edge and pull the threads creating a little puff - I think I've seen them called Yo-Yo quilts. But hers was a little different. (The gathered part was inside. There was a backing on the reverse side of the quilt.) And so beautiful.  I wish it was still around to show you. My mom had told me she remembered my grandmother making that quilt - she'd be out playing in the yard and my grandmother was sitting nearby sewing the circles. :-) It was a sweet little memory she had of her mom.
I digress. No surprise right?
Regardless, my attempt was not successful. I think the circles were too small and I chose a cover plate that was to busy for it. I may try again :-)
So I regrouped and still went with a small measure - but this time squares - and a much less busy cover plate - the new Deco Cover Plate. I had a lot of scraps from an old Basic Grey paper pack and I was off and running. The sentiment is from Keep it Simple: Thank You. I was going to stamp the sentiment right on a piece of Lemon Tart card stock but the color was a little too bright. So I opted to stamp on a piece of vellum and adhered that to the card stock which was just right (thank you Goldilocks). Throw in a button and some Lawn Fawn twine that has a bit of gold in it - and I'm very pleased with my results.
Okay. Off to have lunch with one of my favorite people in the world - my aunt. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Happy Birthday to my little sister

 It's her birthday today and of course I made her a card. Well, actually I made 2 cards. Here's the cute card :-)
A few years back I saw an adorable card made by Heather Nichols - I'm sure it's on her blog somewhere - regardless she used the PTI Cupcake Collection and some of this PTI Dark Chocolate pattern paper. Her card had a doily in it and I think it also had 2 cupcakes. Anyhow it stuck in my head mostly because the cupcakes looked like little Hostess cupcakes - with that little squiggle of white frosting on top. That sealed the deal for me. I knew one day I'd make a card like that for my little sister. A few years ago my sister was visiting me right around my birthday. And she baked up some faux Hostess cupcakes for the occasion - she made the cream inside and the squiggle on top. One of the cupcakes squiggles actually said my name. She is a clever one. Not only were they cute they were yummy.

So last week I made this card for her using that cupcake stamp set. The squiggle was made using the Loop De Loop die and I used the Double Ended Banner die stamped with the Keep It Simple: Birthday stamp set. I think it came out pretty cute. Oh and there's lots of foam tape popping up those cupcake tops there so it's very fun.

I called my sister a little while ago. She loved her card :-)
Oh and I included something in the card that I found recently while going through my mom's things. I found an old wallet of my mother's. I opened it up and there was this little blast from the past. My mother had saved this newspaper clipping for 50 years. From the New York Times, a photo of my little sister. She was an absolutely beautiful baby. Seriously she was stinkin adorable.  Still is. The photographer must have thought so too because he used her photo for advertising his business.  So when I found that clipping maybe a couple of weeks ago I scanned it and then put it in the envelope for my sister.

Funny - you see the caption - Pictured Forever. He didn't know how true that would be right?
Okay - that's all for today. Have a good one!

Friday, April 04, 2014

Birthday Shaker Card

Hi there!
You'd never know it from the lack of posts but I have been making cards.
Lots of cards.
I just have not had the time to post them. I'm grabbing a few minutes right now to show you one.
We're going out shortly to celebrate a birthday - my daughter's 23rd birthday in fact. It is extremely hard to believe she's 23. It is cliche, yet so true, that the years have flown by.
Anyway, this is a card for her. She's not a girly girl. No pink for her - although on occasion she likes something a little sparkly.
I had gotten the Text Block: Birthday die from Papertrey Ink and I decided a shaker card would be a fun choice. I rifled through my stash and found I still had some beads. I had a packet of these yellow ones - sort of a combo - seed beads, bugle beads - all kinds of sparkly pretty yellow beads. And while I was at it I threw in some sugar beads (if you're not familiar - they're really not beads per se - they're clear little balls- super fine).
After I'd assembled the shaker I realized it was probably a little too full. I had a tough time getting it sealed shut. Those little sugar beads wanted out and got stuck on some of my foam tape. So I sealed the problem areas with a little Glossy Accents and was good to go.
Alright - that's all for today. I'm hoping to post some more cards soon. Have a good one!