Thursday, March 31, 2011

Getting ready for Easter!

Making Easter cards have always been a bit challenging for me. This year I am trying a different angle. Instead of all stamped images, I am using a bit of paper piecing. I have always liked the chick in egg image, so I am using that one this year :)

Here I adhered strips of ribbon to the background and pieced the egg on top of it using dimensionals.
Swarovski crystals detail the sentiment. and the inside is blank for your own personal message.

A couple weeks ago it felt like Spring was fast approaching... but now I'm not sure when winter will end. It's been so cold out... I am thinking ahead to our 60 and 70 degree days... hopefully they will be here soon!

New Easter cards at the stores this week and next...
See you soon!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Coming Up... Blogging for CP Awareness

On April 11 I will be participating in a blog hop for Cerebral Palsy Awareness - Blogging for LILA
If you are interested in sharing your blog space for this hop, check out Sarah Stevenson's blog!
This blog hop will last the whole month... so you pick a day that works for you!

Hope you will join!

Monday, March 28, 2011

New Wedding Card

Last week I spent a lot of time designing new cards and also taking care of home business. It's amazing how much neglect your house shows when you put it aside for a few weeks. And with spring here... the exterior is starting to nag me as well :)

Tomorrow we have our monthly craft day... this time at Kathy's! I am looking forward to this once a month ritual with my friends. So in preparation for tomorrow, I designed this card so I can make several while enjoying mimosas and conversation.
It features a stamped cake cut out and popped up onto another layer. You can't see it here, but the cake is glazed along the edges and the heart is as well.
The sentiment says, "Congratulations" and the inside says, "May love be yours today and always."

I will also be cutting tons of yarn and other fibers for more birdcages. I hope to get those in the stores soon... 
but for now you can purchase them on my etsy site :)

I'm hoping to get a couple more solid days of creating this week. I hope to have a new card to share with you by the end of the week!
Hope you are having a great day~ See you soon!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Welcome Baby Card

While I have baby on my mind... Here's a Welcome Baby card!
Stamped, copic colored and glittered. I love the designer paper... by KI Memories "It's a Boy".
The buttons are coconut buttons and dyed brown. I machine stitched the seam in white.

I will have some this and the girl version card up on etsy and delivered to stores soon :)

I'm considering taking an online class that Stacie recommended.21 Secrets: An Art Journal Playground. I love learning new mixed media techniques! Check it out... it looks like fun!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Easy Glittery Cards...

It's been a while since I made cards like this. Colored in using copic markers and chalks. And a touch of ultrafine glitter for pop!

Looking forward to Easter and Mother's Day cards and these are perfect to put me in the soft, subtle mood!

I'm also going to stock the stores up with gift tags and baby, wedding & birthday cards soon!

Hoping to get at least a few days of solid work in this week... we will see~ Company coming tonight. See you soon!

**One more picture! It's so hard to put my little nephew down. He's so cute and smells so good! (I know...**

Friday, March 11, 2011

Amazing week! NEW BABY!

Wondering where I've been all week?

I had the awesome experience of welcoming my very first nephew on Tuesday Nite (very nite). Jacob arrived after 24 hours of anticipation. He is healthy and perfect.
I am so happy for and proud of my sister and brother in law. And grateful that they allowed me to be a included in the entire event. All I can say is "AMAZING"!.

Last nite I took the girls to visit their cousin for the first time. Girls just fell right in love.

So now I will attempt a normal life again starting next week. I can't wait to get my hands on PAPER, INK and GLUE!
See you next week!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

New Magazines - Somerset Studios & Cloth Paper Scissors

I subscribe to two awesome magazines and drool while waiting for each one to arrive every other month! They both come within a few days of each other and I usually spend countless hours thumbing and re-thumbing thru them.
This month's issues (Mar/Apr 2011) are no different! I am so amazed at the detail that goes into the projects shown and love to read the back stories.

I am especially inspired and curious about one article in the Somerset Studios issue. Artists Making a Difference in places like Uganda, Kenya, Haiti and many other nations. Just sharing, teaching and living art. How one person can make such a mark in places that otherwise are filled with hurt and need; it's something that always tugs at my heart. One day I wish to be able to surrender to these callings as well.

You can read more about this article and see tons of amazing projects in the current (Mar/Apr 2011) issue of Somerset!

I'm looking forward to another great week! Spring is really starting to kick in. The temperatures are becoming a bit warmer and spring showers are in full swing. And not to forget, daylight savings next Sunday!
there are new cards available at Art Partners and the Muse now... and more to come soon~ If you have any theme requests or suggestions... let me know!
Have a great day! see you soon...