Sunday, July 15, 2018

using up scraps

This card is a mix of leftover bits and bobs. I used background paper from Heartfelt Creations, And the yellow and pink flowers I made for a different card are also HC. The rest are from various companies that I thought all went well together. That's why I rarely throw anything paper away. I can usually find a was to use something.

I see my card making changing, evolving perhaps? Lately I am liking bigger cards, the 5x7 or the 6x6 cards. Maybe because there is more room to play. I don't know. I also like making matching envelopes to the larger cards. It makes a lovely set.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Summer Birthday card

My oldest granddaughter is turning 18 soon. (How the heck did THAT happen??) I made this card for her. She loves that I mail her handmade cards and notes and ATC cards. She is an artist herself. It's how I stay in touch and connected to her. She is a busy, typical teenager, (read: she knows everything, we are all stupid, we do not understand her, she is all powerful.)  But she does work at two jobs, one full time and one part-time and she is planning on returning to college in the fall. (cross your fingers!) She graduated from high school a year early. (!!!)

Because the threads are tenuous in some ways from a teen to her grandmother, I use the classic snail mail as my way to strengthen the threads. It works. She recently told her mother, (my daughter), that I am one of the few in the family that actually 'gets' her. A compliment of the highest order.

Last month I sent her a package full of collage materials. If I never purchase another craft item I will have plenty to last me until I meet my maker. So I have been culling and going through my stash. I filled up a box and sent it to her. She loved it. She actually made me a beautiful collage card and sent me a heartfelt letter of thanks and it is something I will always treasure and take out when the fear bubbles up in me that she is heading down a wrong path.

I love making greeting cards. To me they are like cupcakes...meant for celebration, a little sweetness to brighten a day, are pretty to look at and fun to make. I never met a cup cake or a hand made greeting card I didn't love.

This particular card borders on that 'cutesy' look of which I do not particularly like.  But once I had grandchildren my 'cuteness' factor rose dramatically. I live near the ocean in Delaware and she was just here last week for a visit, thus the ocean theme. I used mostly Heartfelt Creations products with some other brands thrown in. I love how the tropical flowers turned out. I used a Sizzix dogwood flower die and the Hearfelt Creations Classic Rose die and stamp set to make the flowers and leaves. (That Sizzix die is now retired, but I've seen it on Ebay.) Use the right colors and a rose or a dogwood becomes a hibiscus or any other fanciful tropical flower. I used 'Frosting Powder' on the flower petals. I love Frosting Powder- it has shards of glass and tiny fine glitter- the variety is what I love about it.

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Mixed Media in my art journal

I used a variety of items in this piece. Die cuts, stamped image, collage, torn papers. I love to take a favorite saying and create art around it. I never know what will happen. It's a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants sort of adventure. I collaged the background using an old dictionary page and painted it using my favorite Azo gold. Then I added torn papers and cut papers. Finished with the stamped image and the die cuts. Then I added the saying, which I typed out on my old typewriter. Easy Peasy!

Happy Crafting!


Saturday, June 16, 2018

back to my roots...

click image to enlarge
in my art journal
3.5" x 5.5"

Lately I've been doing a lot of experimental playing with my art supplies. Inevitably I go back to mixed media collage at these times, my roots, so to speak. But it has evolved. I used to make my collages dark and moody. I loved them, but these days, I am all about COLOR. My experiments are bold, colorful and happy. Maybe this is a reflection of my interior voice. I am happy. I feel very settled here at the beach. My life is my dream come true. Someday when I am an old(er) woman, I know I will need help and will probably move back up closer to my daughters. But for now, I am living the life I imagined. What an honor and a privilege. 

Friday, June 8, 2018

Tim Holtz finding

Using mostly TIm Holtz findings, this came together easily. I love the saying and wanted to memorize it in some way. Pull this photo up close and look at he flowers. I coated them with Triple Thick and the result is a shiny and hard (sturdy) flower. I love the look. 
Happy Crafting! 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Over the top

I think this card is 'over the top' and I love it! I found the idea of using the 4 strips on the Heartfelt Creations blog. From there, I went rogue. I used flowers and die cuts I had on hand. Sometimes I make individual embellishments for future use. I had the flowers painted a long time ago. I am pleased with the results. I would like to use more of the items I have on hand. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Springtime cards

I love these cards. I made them from the Heartfelt Creations Backyard Blossoms. So pretty! The paper and the stamps/dies are all flower related. I can never have too many flower stamps! There are a couple of non-Heartfelt here and there. I love the Nuvo Drops, they look like dew. The butterfly in the middle card is an old Martha Stewart punch.

Happy Crafting!