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Friday, November 17, 2017

PIN IT FRIDAY FAVS:
More Thank Yous and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I needed a fairly quick thank you card and here's one that caught my eye:

Original Pin HERE...and
here's my CASED version:


...and here are a few more favorite
THANK YOU pins:

Original Pin HERE
This would make a nice autumn or Thanksgiving
card by switching the leaves to brown and the berries
to a lovely shade of orange ^_^

Original Pin HERE
So simple with loads of white space...love it!
I have a die set of numbers and could quickly get
the "U" by die cutting a zero and snipping off the top!

Original Pin HERE
The white word on black makes for a stunning card!
The patterned piece of paper reminds me of
adult coloring books!

Original Pin HERE
This card makes my heart so happy!
May you make someone happy with your
handmade creations!

Friday, November 3, 2017

PIN IT FRIDAY FAVS:
Thank Yous and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I've needed quite a few thank you notes lately for some very thoughtful people that I'm thankful to have in my life. This card pinned on Pinterest struck my fancy plus I had a scrap of watercolor paper that I wanted to use:

Original Pin HERE

I don't have this exact set from SU, but I have a similar retired SU set called Asian Artisty and that led me to create this card:


This card is for my friend Rina who gifted me with a happy birthday die. I used the "happy" from her set of gift dies for Rina's thank you note. After the card was completed, the card seemed off-balance with too much white space above the oval. After trying a few possible fixes, I decided that the placement of two butterflies resulted in the best solution ^_^ (Butterflies from SU Embosslits Beautiful Wings, Oval from SU Stitched Shape Framelets)


Additional thank you notes finished and ready for mailing:


This card needed something to make it pop and
some Stickles came to the rescue:


This pin from my previous blog post got me thinking about cutting words out on my cards:

See Original Post HERE

The following note cards were made on my Cricut using the SU stamp set called Avant-Garden for the flowers and SU Fabulous Phrases for the white embossing words on the black card stock:





...and one without my Cricut:


The inside view for all of the cards above:

Friday, October 20, 2017

PIN IT FRIDAY FAVS:
Halloween and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I saw this saying on Pinterest and it made me LOL! 

Original Pin HERE

I knew it would make the perfect saying for some of
my double Z Halloween cards:




I found a SVG witch hat file to make the hat on my Cricut
and the bats are made from a Martha Stewart bat punch.

For the purse, see my previous post HERE, and for the
double Z cards, check out my post HERE.

This was the treat I made to go with my card:


I added a separate "WITCHES" labels because it was difficult to see the cursive word "WITCHES" in the original pdf download. To make these Tic Tac Warts, you can find the download info. HERE or HEREThere you will find downloads to make these quick Tic Tac crafts below: 
(I found the Tic Tacs at my Safeway: 10 for $10!)

Here are a few more of my favorite
FALL/HALLOWEEN pins:

Original Pin HERE

This card got me to thinking how I could use my Cricut to cut other words out of stamped images. My next post will show some floral thank you notes inspired by this pin idea!

And finally...I love these two pins, but oh!...the work involved is intense!

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Try doing a Pinterest or YouTube search to find
directions to make these tri fold shutter cards.
There are quite a number of variations
on this type of card, too!

Friday, October 13, 2017

PIN IT FRIDAY FAVS:
Tea Party Time and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

One of my favorite things to do is have a tea party! Here's a table set up from a tea party my neighbor and I hosted for a neighbor recovering from surgery: 


This weekend, I'm having a tea party for my mom, a coworker and her mom, so I wanted to make a tea party favor that would serve as a candy holder and place card, too. Based on a previous post on my blog, I made these teacup favors:


You can click HERE for the tutorial referenced on my blog.

Once you make one cup, it becomes easy peasy to make these lovely little cups! It's so fun to use up some of my treasured DSP paper and each teacup only requires a piece of paper that measures 8"x 5 1/2". I added a sampler of Hershey chocolates in each cup along with a tea bag from this box below which is now one of my favorite decaf teas:
Each tea sachet is individually wrapped in a clear cellophane bag and looks so pretty in each of my paper teacups! I recently bought these Chamomile Citrus tea bags at Safeway after a friend served it to me at her house...now...it's a regular evening treat!

Below I have highlighted some of my most favorite tea party pins:

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Friday, September 29, 2017

PIN IT FRIDAY FAVS:
Fall is Here
and the Very Best of
Pinterest Pins

Creative juices are flowing and I've received a number of cards this month from my card making buddies. I usually don't post the cards I receive, but from now on, I want to share the multi talents of these terrific friends with the readers of this little 'ole blog! It's a wonderful thing to be on the receiving end of so much sunshine and happiness that these lovely cards bring into my life, and I only hope that the cards I send out elicit a similar feeling  ^_^  Here are the most recent cards received:


Rina used the embossing folder set by Anna Griffin seen HERE on Amazon and shown below: 


Then she gifted me the entire set! Oh! happy day! I found this card on Pinterest and CASED it for a thank you card for Rina:

Original Pin HERE

My CASED version:

I've stayed up until 2 AM playing with all of the sayings and embossing folders that comes in this set - Time truly flies when you're having creative fun! (More posts using these folders to follow for sure!)

Then, I received the loveliest of cards from a thoughtful and creative friend:


I love the effect of this multi-layered card! I also loved the label that Juliette places on the back of her cards:


Next, my awesome pen pal and paper crafter extraordinaire in British Columbia, Canada made this card for me:


I LOVE butterfly cards and I love how she used vellum for the layer under the butterfly's wings. Check out my butterfly card board on Pinterest HERE.

Lastly, another oh! so beautiful card from my multi-talented friend, Alice, that made me smile from ear-to-ear:

Friday, September 15, 2017

PIN IT FRIDAY FAVS:
Pixie Paints
and the Very Best of
Pinterest Pins

I received a bottle of Pixie Paint recently from a Paper Source store and decided to bust it out and give it a try to make some background papers! Here are the creations that resulted:








I did a search on Pinterest for some pins based on a "Pixie Paint Cards" search and here's what loveliness came up:

Click HERE for Original Pin

Click HERE for Original Pin

Click HERE for Original Pin

For tutorials, freebies and more info. on these Pixie Paints, check out the blog for the creative designer whose name is on the Pixie Paint bottle! Her name is Julie Comstock and you can find her site HERE. Below is a lovely card sample on her site:

Click HERE for Original Pin

What I love about these shimmery powder paints is that you don't need to be a watercolor artist to create some really cool backgrounds. Thank you, Mel, for introducing me to this awesome way to paint!

Finally...check out this watercolor video tutorial on YouTube that will definitely make you want to pick up a paintbrush and try these techniques out with a cheap watercolor set and some watercolor paper from Michael's: