A House of Cards

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Two Peas in a Bucket

Two Peas in a Bucket has been having a 30 days of Stamping and Cardmaking Event all month long, and they asked me to create a non-stamping Spring card set for the event.  So I got out my Pink Paislee supplies (and a few extras), and this is what I came up with:

I used a mix of Daily Junque (patterned paper, tissue paper, mini labels and notecards, twine), Soiree (patterned paper), Hometown Summer (border stickers), Butterfly Garden (rub-on), and Parisian Anthology (tickets) goodies on all of the cards.  I added lots of personal touches with machine and hand stitching, stapling, layering... you name it!


Happy Spring:

Enjoy Spring:

If you check out my cards here in my Two Peas gallery and scroll down to the bottom of the page, you can see the products I used.  

Be sure to check it out.  There are tons of projects by some wonderfully, talented people to be inspired by.  I know you won't be disappointed.  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Hello again...

Hey everyone!  Long time, no see.  I was on vacation all last week, so I haven't been around to blog or share any projects.  My family and I took a cruise to Mexico for Spring Break.  There was a stop in Cozumel and a stop in Calica/Playa del Carmen.  We had a great time, but of course we were glad to get back home.  I had a little 'cruise hangover' when we got back.  No one ever told me about the after-effects of being on a boat for 5 days.  Took a little while to get my land legs back.

I wanted to come by and share a card I did for the October Afternoon blog today.  A fun little card to honor Mom. 

I used a little of this and a little of that from the 5 & Dime, Rocket Age, Modern Homemaker, and Thrift Shop collections. 

The blog post is filled with tons of card inspiration for Mother's Day from the design team along with OA blog readers.  You won't want to miss it!

Well, it's getting late.  I will be back soon to share some more.  Hope you have a wonderful night.  Hugs!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Hi everyone!  I am feeling so much better today.  That sunburn feeling has started to subside, and I am feeling more like myself today.  The day after is always the worst, isn't it?!

I am back today to share a project that I did for the October Afternoon blog today.  It is a Shaped Cards card set.  Shaped cards are so fun to make and they really make such an impact with the person receiving the card.  Especially the ones that don't paper craft.  With this set, I've shown three different ways/methods of making shaped cards. 

For the first, I did a butterfly card, and I used my photo editing program (PSE) to make the shape. 

You can see my original post here on the October Afternoon blog to see just how I did it.

For my second card, I used my Cricut Expression and Wild Card cartridge. 

Die-cut machines are great tools to use for making shapes cards.  Just a few key strokes and your card is done and ready to decorate.

 My last card is a pretty easy alternative too.  For this card I used a pre-made mini album page as the base of my card.

October Afternoon has lots of fun mini album shapes to choose from, and one nice thing about their minis is that they come pre-cut patterned paper pages.  This is just perfect for when you don't want a thick chipboard base to your card.

Hope this puts you in the mood to start adding shaped cards to your to-do list.

That is it for me today.  Hope you all have a good one.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, April 11, 2011

the big 40...

Hi everyone!  What are you up to today?  I am trying to recover from a really bad sunburn on my legs  We went to the beach for a few hours yesterday, and it was foggy and overcast.  I waited too long to put on the sunscreen, and now I am paying for it.  Darn overcast days!  They get me every time.

I wanted to come by to share with you all a layout I did for the Pink Paislee blog.    My 'theme' was Simple Stories - ways to incorporate journaling into your layout. 

I did my layout about turning 40.  (Yikes! at the number, but in all truth, it's not that bad.  ;) )

I actually turned 40 last year, so I thought that would be a good topic to share my thoughts on for a layout.

I am SO not a journaler, and I always feel challenged adding journaling to my pages.  Plus, I am not always crazy about my handwriting.  Sometimes I like it, sometimes I don't.  So, I decided to add Kraft pockets/envelopes to my page to store little tags with my journaling, made from the Daily Junque Mini Notes and Labels.

I added some decorative stitches in different colors to the pockets to liven them up a bit.


Then I added that cute, little 'Don't Forget' pointing finger Wooden Shape from the Soiree collection to help me remember all of those fun 'be' sayings on the Daily Junque Tickets patterned paper.

I also added a fun little banner too.  For that I used one a Border Sticker from the Hometown Summer collection. 

You can see more about the Pink Paislee products I used here

Well, that is all from me today.  I'm going to try and take it easy, and hopefully I won't be hurting so much tomorrow.  I will be back later in the week (maybe even tomorrow) to share more projects with you.  So until then, see ya later!  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, April 4, 2011

A few more things to share...

I have my final set of projects that I did for Ally Scraps to share with you all.  I have really enjoyed creating with the Echo Park For the Record collection, and I am so thankful that Dana from Ally Scraps had asked me back again to guest design this past month.  It has been fun!   So onto the projects...

Here is a card I made.  I just love to make little houses (in case you didn't already know.  ;) ), and this one was no exception. 

I added a lot of hand stitching, which it seems like I haven't been doing so much lately.  It was fun to get back to it. 


 For this next card,  I was inspired by these fun flowers by Studio Calico.

 I pressed the centers down to give them a more ruffled appearance. 

You can see more photos and get step-by-step instructions to make both cards here at the Ally Scraps blog.  Make sure to take a look around while you are there.  :)

Sorry I am bombarding you all with posts tonight.  I got totally behind this week, and I wanted to make sure I got all of these projects posted.  I feel like each project/manufacturer/store deserves their own post and that is why I did them all separately.  Thanks so much for understanding.  I will see you soon!  :)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Hey everyone!  Just coming by to share a project I did for the October Afternoon blog.  My challenge was to create a layout using this fabulous sketch by Jill Sprott

 And here is my take on it:

 I used a mix of the new 5&Dime collection, along with Modern Homemaker, Schoolhouse, and Campfire.

I decided to use embellishments along the left side, and as you can see, I had so many fun thing to work with. 

 I even did a touch of stamping.

You can see the original blog post here.  It also shows Jill's take on the sketch, and it's FABULOUS!!!  You won't want to miss it!

If you are up for a little sketch challenge, break out your October Afternoon products and please play along.  If you do, please post it in the OA Flickr Gallery so we can all see your take on sketch.  We will be on the lookout!  ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hugs!    

Creating your own embellishments...

Earlier this week, I posted a tutorial on the Pink Paislee blog about creating your own embellishments.  I thought I would share the layout with you all here in case you missed it over there.

For this layout, I created the kite embellishment especially for the layout.  I took cues from my photos, and made my embellishment to fit the space.

I added personal touches to the embellishment, because it's all about the details.

For this layout, I used lots of products from the Hometown Summer collection.  (I just love, love, love this line, and I am sure you will too.)

You can see the original post here for a more photos and details.   

Hope you had a great weekend.  Thanks so much for stopping by!