Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Birthday Ensemble

I have been pretty bad at posting some of the things I've been creating, so I challenged myself to share more this year. Here is a little birthday ensemble I made for my niece's birthday last week. She just turned 13, so obviously $ is the most desirable gift, but I just can't put $ in a card and call it good, so I made her a hair clip so she'd have something to open.
The card was created with CTMH's Gray Flannel and Petal. What a beautiful combo. I seldom use purples b/c they're just not my favorite, but it is my niece's. I stamped a piece of background using the medallion from the Wonderful You business builder set with grey flannel ink on grey flannel cs. I then stamped the label image from the December 25th stamp set and adhered a piece of petal to cover up the "Happy Holidays". Stamped "Happy Birthday" instead. I thought it turned out beautifully!
This little box was cut from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. I love that thing! I used a PTI die and stamp to make the label and added the "celebrate with style" sentiment strip.
Here's what the hair clip looks like in the box.
The flower was made with some ivory wool felt. The shape of each layer is actually 3 hearts in a circular pattern in 2 different sizes. There are 4 layers all together - 2 of each size. I stitched each heart to give it some depth. I stitched and glued each layer together and added a jewel to the center. Then I glued a clip to the back. Clear as mud? Anyways, thanks so much for stopping by today!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Happy 2012!

Happy (belated) New Year! Just thought I'd stop in for a quick post of this year's family Christmas Card. I have been sending a handmade photo Christmas card now for 13 years. I make about 150 of them, so I have learned to keep it down to no more than 5 steps. This year I went with Close To My Heart's Juniper and PTI's Kraft and Rustic Cream. One way that made this cardmaking procedure easier was CTMH's new Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (with the addition of the Gypsy to expand my options). I created the photo band with the cartridge on the Gypsy & then just waited for them to cut (LOVE THAT!) I stamped them up and assembled. I know I make it sound so easy, but the truth is, it is a bit time consuming. Good thing I enjoy doing it.
Next up is a card I made for my sister's birthday. Today she is celebrating her 45th birthday - did I mention she was my older sister? Heehee! I used CTMH's Typeset papers and the Blue Ribbon Stamp Set. I love how easy it is to coordinate everything with Close To My Heart products!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!