Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Ric Rac Love!

Having SO much fun playing with Creative Impressions jumbo ric rac.
Here's a couple of simple cards with lots of texture.

I stitched a bunch of lengths of Creative Impressions ric rac and then sat and just came up with several different cards.  This one frames a Tim Holtz rub on message with Creative Impressions antique copper frame & brads.  LOVE these little frames.

Here I added a rub on message to Creative Impressions white jumbo brad for a flower center.
Cute message for a birthday card?

Here's a close up of the little embroidered flowers.  Super simple but a fun way to add interest.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Howdy from Colorado!

Good morning!  Today I am featuring a Western-theme card:

This card was so fun and easy to create!  I started off by using two images of cowgirls and a sentiment from B Line Designs.  I blended Vintage Distress Ink around the edges of the card stock image and then adhered this panel to a card stock panel.

I made sure to leave quite a bit of my patterned paper showing so that I would have room to add my "lasso" pattern.  I adhered another card stock panel to the patterned paper first.  To create this lasso pattern, I took my glue (either using a fine tip or Matte Medium. I  prefer using Matte Medium as it doesn't show at all when it dries) and "drew" a pattern around the central card image.  Then I used the fabulous Creative Impressions Natural Twine and laid it out over the glue in the established pattern.  To finish, I added six Creative Impressions Antique Copper Primitive Stars randomly over the twine.
The last step was to adhere the whole piece to a folded card and I was done!  Fast and easy!

Don't hesitate to give this card a try!


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Sympathy Card for Pet

Sadly I have found I needed some sympathy cards for friends who have lost beloved dogs lately.  I went through my Creative Impressions stash and discovered some wonderful embellishments that I thought would work well for a card along with some general "Sympathy" stamps.  Here is the card I made:

I die cut a heart and stamped "with sympathy" in the center.  I went around the edges of the heart with red dye ink and adhered the heart to a piece of black and white patterned paper.  Then I adhered a felt doghouse from Creative Impressions Dog Felt Shapes to the card.  I cut the prongs off of a Dog Bone Brad and attached it to the bottom of the doghouse door with Glossy Accents.  Then one last sentiment was stamped, edged with red and adhered to the bottom of the card.

The patterned paper piece was then adhered to a red card stock layer.  I wrapped the Dog Print Twill around the panel on the left side and attached a red Dog Bone Clip.  the whole piece was then adhered to a white card.

I decided the heart looked a little plain, so I created a red bow from Creative Impressions Red 1/8" Organdy Ribbon and adhered to the center of the heart.

Okay, I know some of you will be complaining that I didn't create a "Cat Sympathy" card.  Look for that card next.  I am working on one!  Cats are loved just as much as dogs!

Wishing  you a creative week.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Happy Graduation from Creative Impressions!

Its time to have a few graduation cards on hand.   These can be used for other occasions, so I like to make a couple extra. 

Creative Impressions mini star brads give this card some flair!

I love stars!  They are really versatile and can be used for lots of different occasions and themes.  Its easy to find quotes and song lyrics to use as your sentiment. 

This song lyric is probably better suited to someone who graduated 40 years ago (who, me??), but I still like it.  Its a song by Bad Company and I like to use it for graduates.

The card front is watercolor paper.  I'm reaching for that a lot these days because I love the thickness and texture.  I blotted some Antique Linen and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide inks onto the watercolor paper.  I then added white embossing paste through a flourish stencil.  I cut a star from glitter paper for my shooting star and then added lots of Creative Impressions mini star brads for a trail of little stars.  I used some sunflower Perfect Pearls powder which I applied with a dry paint brush to the stenciled embossing paste.  Spritz with water to adhere.

Pretty simple card but the graduates are looking for what's inside, right?

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Creative Impressions - Mother's Day Rickrack Roses

Are you thinking about Mother's Day?  You better start, May 13 is right around the corner!  I've been wanting to try my hand at these lovely rickrack roses and Mother's Day is just the time for something special.

This is not my technique, I discovered it on Pinterest.  You can see the tutorial from the very talented Jessi on her blog, Practically Functional.

I used a "thank you" die.  I was inspired this week to just say to mom:

Remember how you always took care of me?  How you loved and encouraged me?  How you tended me every time I was sick?  Remember how you gave me the best and took what was left for yourself?
Thanks, mom.  I love you.

I used 1/2" pink rickrack from Creative Impressions to make these pretty roses.  Green rickrack make the leaves and natural provided a nice border. 

This was a really fun card to put together.  Its got lots of layers and textures to give it interest. All elements including ribbons and black matte frames and brads are from 
Creative Impressions.

Whether your mom was perfect or flawed or a mixture (aren't most of us a mixture?), making her Mother's Day card provides a chance to just think about her and remember.  And say thank you.