Monday, April 25, 2011

Daisy Box

I'm back with another note card box.  This time I used papers from a K&Co pad called Spring Blossom.


I used alot of Stickles :)  I used yellow on the daisy centers and the bee's stripes.  I edged the left paper with green and the right paper with diamond.  The flower is a daisy from Wild Orchid.  I used a thinned acrylic paint to darken it.  Then I used yellow and green Stickles in the middle.  The stick pin is embellished with beads from my stash.  It's hard to see, but I wrapped a thin piece of green tulle around the layers and cinched it under the flower.


I added lace and buttons from my stash to the sides.

This is the bottom of the box.  I edged the large layer with diamond Stickles again.  The solid cardstock is Coredinations throughout.
I am entering it in the following challenges:

Stamp Something - Flowers, buttons & sparkle

Thanks for taking a peek!

Blessings & Hugs,
Michelle

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Under the Weather?

These little girls are so adorable!  I could not wait to make a card when I saw them!
This sweet image is from Whimsy and Stars Studio.  Its called Rain or Shine Friends.  Aren't they the cutest things?  I have used a piece of striped paper from my stash.  I know I bought it at Joanns a while back.  I loved the soft girlie colors.  I embossed the tan paper with my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder.  The lace is from my stash.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid.
I always paint my images with acrylics.  I used Diamond Stickles on the edges of the image.
Here's another look because they are just so cute!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

The Shabby Tea Room - Pastels and Stripes
Papertake - Spots and Stripes
Stamp Something - April Showers
The Crazy Challenge - Friendship

Thanks for taking a peek!

Blessings and Hugs,
Michelle

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Dragonfly Box

I posted a box earlier today using this same pattern.  This one is completely different and I love how it turned out.  First, the dragonfly paper is from a DCWV stack by Susan Winget, called Nature.  I cut it to size and tore the edges.  Then I used antiquing gel to distress the edges.  The paper underneath is from the same pad.  I edged it with gold Stickles.  I strung some Mill Hill beads on #12 pearl cotton and added a butterfly bead.  The flowers are from Wold Orchid except for the tall purple....thing.  That came from the floral department at Hobby Lobby.
This picture shows the lace I added to the sides.  Also, you can see that I used the antiquing gel again on all the edges of the sleeve and drawer.
I embellished the drawer with a bow (from my stash), some stick pins with beads from my daughter's stash and a Wild Orchid rose.  The bottom is also embellished, but for some reason the computer would not upload that photo.  I used the other corner of the dragonfly paper that has an orchid-like flower.    I added a bead to each corner to act as feet and, of course, my custom stamp that I edged with gold stickles this time.

I would like to enter this box in the following challenges:

Wild Orchid - wings
The Shabby Tea Room - doilies/lace

Thanks for taking a peek!

Hugs,
Michelle

Mother's Day Note Box

I was trying to think of something to make for Mother's Day that would be beautiful and practical.  I came up with my own design for this note box.
The sleeve and drawer only use 2 sheets of cardstock.  I sized it for the note cards I made.  For those I used an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of light-weight cardstock.  I cut it in half and folded them like you would fold a piece of paper to put in an envelope.  I based the measurements for the drawer on that size.  I can fit at least 12 note cards in the drawer.  My mom and MIM both send out notes and cards frequently so this is a great gift for them.
I used a small piece of designer paper from my K&Co pad by Susan Winget called Spring Blossom.  Loooove the papers in this pad.  The cardstock is Coredination.  I printed "Just A Note" on my computer and cut it with my Spellbinders Labels Four die.  The lace and ribbon are from my stash as are the pearl beads I hot glued to the lace and along the sides.  The beautiful flowers are all from Wild Orchid.  The key charm is from Hobby Lobby and the fluffy feathers are from my stash.  The side is embellished with a paper cut with a MS border punch.
Here you can see the drawer pulled out.  The note cards aren't in it yet.
And here is the bottom.  I embellished it with a scrap of old pattern paper, my custom stamp and some beads to act like feet.

I would like to enter this box in the challenge at The Shabby Tea Room where the challenge is to use doilies and/or lace.

Thanks for taking a peek.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Dippin' Her Toes

I absolutely love the images from Mo's Digital Pencil.  This little fairy (baby fairy Ayana) is just so cute I wanna kiss her!  
The patterned paper is from a great stack called Linen Closet from DCWV.  I embossed the peach Coredinations paper with an embossing folder from Sizzix called Snow Flowers.  The pearl swirl is from Prima and of course the flowers are from Wild Orchid. 

I added diamond Stickles to her wings and edged the oval with gold Stickles.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Delightful Challenges - Sun, Sand & Sea
Cute Card Thursday - Totally Tropical
Mo's Digital Challenge - How Does Your Garden Grow
Stamp Something - Circles
Crafty Catz - Embossing
Magical Monday - Pearls and Swirls
CPS - Sketch

Thanks for taking a peek!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Happy Birthday!!

While I love this image from Motivet, I was a little uninspired when I started painting.  However, once I got going I fell in love with everything about the card!!
The patterned paper is an old piece from my stash so I don't know where its from.  The solid papers are all Coredinations paper.  The image is from Motivet and he's called Birthday Morris.  I love how his cheeks are puffing out...he's trying so hard to blow out those candles!!  lol  I (sort of) used the sketch from Mojo Monday...it's flipped around and rearranged, but I like how it turned out  :)   The ribbon and pearle cotton are from my stash...the beads from my daughter's stash.  :)  Thanks again, girlie!  ;)  I used a MS border punch on the orange paper.  The flowers are Daisy Doodles from Prima (I got them at Michael's).  They come in great little glass jars that look wonderful on my shelf!  I used MS tinsel glitter and glitter glue on his hat.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and is called Mixed Messages.  It is a great set with little sentiments.  And some that different from your standard everyday sentiments.  I'm so glad I bought this set!  They have a few other sets I would like to get!
The inside is pretty simple.  I used my Spellbinders Labels 4 to cut the oval.  I really wanted to use every last bit of that scrap of candle paper....and I did!!  The brads are from my stash.  They came from the clearance at Joanns quite a loooooong while back!  lol  I used a MS PATP for both panels.
The back is very boring .... plain white.... but there is my great personalized stamp and the MS punch again.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Mojo Monday - sketch
Addicted to Stamps - Birthday
Catered Crop - recipe (I used the colors, theme and tools for my card)
Mami Doodles - punches or dies
Papertake Weekly - Truly Dimensional

Thanks for taking a peek!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Falling In Love

I had to make an anniversary card for a special couple.  I wanted it to be very elegant and I hope I achieved that with this card.

I didn't add an image this time.  I found this great quote and wanted it to be the highlight.  I only used one patterned paper from my K&Co pad called Botanicals.  The rest of the paper is Coredinations.  I used a Sizzix embossing plate (Snow Flowers) to emboss the blue paper.
I added plenty of flowers from Wild Orchid, lots of beads and pearls.  The ribbon is from my stash. (and the beads are from my daughter's stash again... hehehe)  I used a MS border punch on the green paper.  I also added plenty of stickles to the flowers.
I kept the inside fairly simple.  I used my Spellbinders Fleur de Lis die for the top panel along with Labels 4.  On the bottom panel I used a MS PATP for the writing panel.

Here's the back with my custom stamp.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Really Reasonable Ribbon - dies or punches and ribbon


Thanks for taking a peek!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

For My Dear Friend

This lovely little image from Lily of the Valley reminds me so much of my best friend and I.  We didn't know each other as little girls, but I imagine if we did we would have sat on a little brick wall after picking the first of the spring flowers together.  She and I both love our flower gardens and I'm sure that same tie that binds us now would have back then.
I used the sketch from Mojo Monday.  Don't you love sketches?  For me, it makes a card so easy.  Thanks to all you lovely women who come up with sketches for the uninspired, like me, to follow.  It makes things so much easier!!  Anyway, I used great papers from K & Company (don't you love their stuff) called Classic K McKenna.  LOOOOOOVE this pad!!  :)  The patterned papers are layered on a medium shade of chocolate brown (like milk chocolate...lol) but it doesn't look like it in the picture.  Still trying to get this whole picture-taking, getting-the-lighting-right thing down.  I think I need to have a chat with my photographer BIL.  I'm sure he'll have an answer for me....at least I hope so.
The ribbon and lace are from my stash.  The lace is actually vintage I believe  :)  I used an antiquing gel (for wood) to shade the edges of my paper.  I wanted a vintage-y sort of feel.  It's the first time I've tried it, and while it isn't great I'm pleased and I will try it again.  I added adhesive pearls and a stick pin I made from my daughter's stash of beads again  :)  Thanks girlie  :)
I kept the inside simple because the papers are just so gorgeous!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Mojo Monday - sketch

Thanks for taking a peek!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sweet Baby Box

I am so excited about this project!  I spent all afternoon yesterday working on it.  I made it for a special young couple who just had their first baby.  I hope you enjoy looking at it!

OK, so much to say about it....where to start?  I hope this all makes sense!  My original inspiration was from Kirsten.  Her box was so wonderful I had to make one!  She has a great tutorial.  I've made one using her dimensions, but I changed them for this design.  I wanted to use my MS PATP, so I picked the 8" size.  The rest of my dimensions were based on this size.  The adorable image is from Mo's.  He's called Baby boy s and I think he is adorable.  She has several images like this, boy and girl, and different hair styles.  I loved the wispy little hair on this guy.  I used Coordinations cardstock (Joanns sells this, and it frequently goes on sale for a great price.  I like it as well as Bazzil, but I never see Bazzil on sale.) and a great DCWV pad called Nana's Nursery.  This was the boy pad.  There's also a cute girl one I want to get.  :)  After I punched my 2 large blue squares I used a cotton ball and Not Quite Navy (SU) ink pad to ink the edges on both sides.  I really like how that turned out.  My layers are pretty simple.  I used the sketch from CLP this week.  I sewed all the layers (of course)  The ribbons, lace and buttons are all from my stash as is the little fluff of marabou in the corner.  I made my own pins in the corner.  I used beads from my daughters stash  :)  (she "borrows" from me so, I think it's only fair!)
Here you can see how the drawers open up.  I have to tweak my numbers a bit, the drawers are slightly difficult to open, but I think this one will be OK.  I'll adjust that on the next one.
Here I pulled out the 4 drawers so you can see each one.  I thought this box could be used to hold special things from baby.  I used my Spellbinders Labels Four Nestie to cut the labels.  I just used my computer to print out the words on cardstock first.  I lined the bottom of each drawer with patterned paper and added pearls to the corners, and bows above the labels.
Well, I guess I was in too much of a hurry to notice I selected the picture that was sideways, and I'm not sure I can flip it around here.  Anyway, this is the bottom of the box.  I used brads for the feet.  I added my personalized stamp too.

I will be entering this in these challenges:
Mo's Challenge Blog  Buttons and Bows
CLP  Sketch
Stamp Something  Digi Day

Thanks for taking a peek!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Blog Candy from Chelsea

You have to see this beautiful blog candy from Chelsea!  Hurry over to her blog to enter before April 5th!



Friday, April 1, 2011

That's not what I meant!

Well, I was hoping to enter this in Mo's challenge last week, which was "Attitude", but I ran out of time.  I finished the card anyway and I like how it turned out.  :)
This little girl from Mo's Digital Pencil has such an attitude!  She makes me laugh just looking at her.  She's someone you would get frustrated with and then laugh and give her a hug and a kiss!  She's called Bossy and I think that fits her perfectly!!  I used some great papers from DCWV called Nana's Kitchen.  These papers are a little vintage and the colors are great!  Kinda like sherbet  :) lol  Even though the pad is called kitchen, there are papers you can use that don't have a kitchen theme.  I stitched around the one layer.  I love stitching on my cards, the card looks unfinished without it.  I used the sketch from Wild Orchid.  It's a nice simple sketch.  I thought it would go together quickly, but then I started playing with the flowers and played for a long time last night.  Oh, well!

The flowers are from Wild Orchid.  The little.... berry twigs (?) are from Hobby Lobby.  I roamed through the floral department looking for things to add to my cards and found them.  I think they are cute and different.  And they were very inexpensive and on sale!!  Even better!  The ribbon is from my stash.
This is the inside.  I matched the writing panel to the front of the card.  And I used my MS PATP for the frame on the top.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Wild Orchid - Sketch

Thanks for taking a peek!