Saturday, March 11, 2017

I love paper crafting!

 Paper Pretties
 Ready to assemble
Finished Card

Making a batch of cards is what I enjoy doing most in paper crafting. I find it so relaxing to get into my 'zone' and create paper "pretties". I make a whole bunch of the 'pretties' and then I can put them together to make the cards. 

The flowers are Prima and Recollections. I painted them with gesso, watercolors and grundged them up with Distress Vintage Photo ink.  The paper I used is "French Riviera", by Prima- love that paper! Its vintage and French and shabby and beautiful.  I used Stampin' Up and Tim Holtz dies and stamps and a Martha Stewart butterfly punch. The diecut bumble bee is a new Stampin' Up die from the Dragonfly Dreams set. The butterfly and the bumble bee match so well, you would think they were made for each other.  Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Simple and Sweet Easter card

This is a minimalist card. Sometimes simple is best. I made this for my teenage granddaughter. (No, she doesn't read this blog). I'll be with her for Easter but I wanted to give her a card. The red polka dot card base is from a stack of scored base cards I found at Tuesday Morning.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mail art

I love to send and receive mail art. This particular piece is going to my granddaughter. She is 16 and loves to receive my homemade cards. I usually send her one every few weeks. Its a great way to stay in touch with her. At this stage of her life, her friends are paramount, so this is an easy and unobtrusive way to stay connected through the teen years.

I made the collage and mounted it onto a card and then added the round dimensional circles for balance.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Fantasy Magnollias

Using the # Altenew stamp and die set "Magnolias", I made this card. The flower I stamped using a light color distress ink. I used the distress ink so that it would react with water when I painted the stamped image with watercolors. I used reds, oranges and browns for the flower. That way, there is no line of the flower stamp. 

Magnolias don't really appear in this color, but isn't that part of the fun- paint a magical fantasy color flower? The paper- I LOVE the background paper! It's from Stampin' Up, one of their designer papers. First I stamped the flower on 140# watercolor paper. Then I painted it and die cut it out. I also stamped and die cut the leaves. The stem I just drew, painted and fussy cut. The flower needed a little pop so I added a strip of washi tape and that did the trick. I picked up the orange in the designer paper with the orange cardstock. The "Thank You" is embossed white on vellum paper.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Altenew flower cards

So, after making a bunch of roses and cherry blossoms, I made some cards. I love the shabby feel of them. The roses and cherry blossoms have glitter but you cant see that on the photos. I added a little bling here and there. The top card is a watercolor background I painted. The bottom two are using the Prima Ledger card stock pack. I used vellum for the greeting and used white embossing powder. The stamps are from Altenew, my new favorite stamp company!      #Altenew

Monday, February 13, 2017

making lots of flowers for springtime

 Winter is a quiet time for me, especially now that I live in lower, slower Delaware. Solitude is a wonderful thing I am finding. This is the first time in my life with extended alone time. I find I am loving this time.  Little things to focus on- like making paper flowers.

I recently discovered a new (to me) stamp company called Altenew I am LOVING their stamps! They are layered flowers mostly. I have one set currently, Vintage Flowers and am making lots of roses and cherry blossoms.  I posted a few here. They have glitter (but of course!), but you cant really see it in the photo.  

I have ordered several of the layering flower stamp and die sets. Can't wait to get them!  I'll post some cards when I have enough flowers.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Ocean called me...

The ocean called her and she went...

This is what happened to me. When I was 10 or so, I used to walk around Bethany Beach, DE while on vacation and tell myself that someday I would live here. It took me 50 years, but here I am.
It's winter here now, Empty and quiet...and I love it.  As much as I love summer at the beach, I think I love winter here more. It's magical in it's quiet secluded farm land that lies just inland. Once you get off of the actual coast, Delaware is corn and chickens. It's rural. I live Sussex County, and it's called Lower Slower Delaware for a reason.  It's just south enough to have the southern influence.  I think I have found heaven here. New York seems far away now. It's so different here that I can scarcely take it in. 

I lived in Monroe, NY for 38 years and I find I don't miss it one bit. What I was worried about before moving here was the convenience of NY- the shopping, doctors, restaurants.  But I've found it all with in 2 miles of my home. While there is only 1 fast food place in the surrounding 3 towns, that is fine by me! If I want to go 'real' shopping or to a Michael's- it's all 13 miles away along Route 1, one of the prettiest drives along the east coast. Driving from Bethany Beach up to Rehoboth is a drive everyone should see. The Indian River Bay on one side and the ocean on the other side. Sand dunes and long views, like the Carolina Low Country. It's magnificent! i pinch myself when I take that drive to remind me that I LIVE HERE. Life is good. I am grateful. I am happy.