Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hello, Baby!

Quick post today my friends!  It's FINALLY Spring here in upstate NY and I've got to get outside so my skin can remember what sun feels like - LOL!

Needed a baby card for a co-worker's baby shower and after I finished it decided it would be perfect to add to the current challenge at Virginia's View!

My coworker is having a little girl and has decided to decorate the nursery with ellies and a pink & gray color combo.  I found the perfect ellie image on Cricut cart "Create a Critter 2" and was able to die cut a momma ellie and a baby:

One of the things I really like about Cricut cartridges is most of them have a shadow feature so you can easily add dimension to your images.  I added googly eyes (of course!) and some embroidery thread to their tails.  Also did a little sponging with some smoky slate ink on the edges of the die cuts for a little more dimension.  
Other Supplies Used:  Papertrey ink white cs, Martha Stewart pink carnation and endive cs, Amuse pink gingham pp, Stampin' Up smoky slate and basic gray cs, SU sentiment (Sweet Essentials), Mama Elephant dies, MFT stitched snow drift die and banner die, Stampin' Up heart embosslit, my all time favie Hero Arts cloud bg and soft pool shadow ink

Have a wonderful week and thanks for all the sweet comments!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

It's Your Birthday!

At the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog the theme is Happy Birthday - to celebrate their 6th year!    

My boss asked me to make a birthday card for his wife with a gardening/farming theme as he is giving her a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) membership to a local farm called Sweet Penelope Farms.  I had a lot of fun creating and personalizing this little farm scene:

The barn from Lawn Fawn "Critters on the Farm" set was embossed then colored with copic markers.  The sentiment- stamped in Stampin' Up daffodil delight ink- is from Mama Elephant's "Happy Everything" set.  The little sheep, ears of corn and tomatoes were die cut using Cricut cart "From My Kitchen" while the wheelbarrow and gardening tools came from the "Walk in my Garden" cart.  
Other Supplies Used:  Our Daily Bread Fence die, My Favorite Things Stitched Snowdrifts dies and banner die, Cuttlebug swiss dot embossing folder, silver brad, toothpick, Lawn Fawn Let's Polka Mon Amie pp, Stampin' Up real red, crumb cake, black, garden green and daffodil delight cs, Papertrey ink white cs, Amuse gingham pp

I don't think I'll ever tire of creating scene cards - although it is a little exhausting to list all of the supplies used!  LOL!  Hope you're having a great week so far!  Thanks for all the thoughtful comments:)

Monday, April 6, 2015

Virginia's View Challenge #14

Hope you had a Happy Easter!  Last week the hubster and I took a mini vaca to Washington, DC to see the cherry blossoms - unfortunately we didn't see too many of those but we didn't see snow either!  Can you believe we actually had wet snow here in upstate NY yesterday???  Enough already!!!

While I was away I received some sad news - the mom of one of my high school friends passed away.  I only see Anne at class reunions but she's someone I can pick right up with where we left off.  Her mom was sort of a role model for me as I was raised by a SAHM and her mom was a working woman.  It sounds silly but I remember being so impressed by the fact that her mom planned their menus for the week and had them posted on their fridge - a practice I began when I started working and continue to do even now:)

I used one of my fave Papertrey Ink ginkgo stamps from the Harvest Berries set to make Anne a sympathy card:

After inking up the stamp with squeezed lemonade and peeled paint distress inks I lightly spritzed it with water before stamping repeatedly on watercolor paper.  Both the butterfly (Stampin' Up Butterfly Thinlit Die) and the Thinking of You sentiment (Impression Obsession die) were cut from the same Stampin' Up daffodil delight cs as the card base.
Other Materials Used:  Eyelet Outlet white enamel dots

I haven't played along with one of Virginia's View challenges in a loooooong time but when I read her current challenge it actually helped me to put this card together! :

After I had stamped my ginkgo images I decided my card would be more interesting if I cut the stamped piece into panels and popped them up on my card base with foam tape for some dimension.  I love this style of butterfly die as it's a great way to add a layer without covering up too much of what is underneath.

Before I wrap up this post I just have to share one of my favorite parts of our Washington DC trip:

Yep - I got to be a "Bond Girl" at the International Spy Museum:)