Legend of the dragonfly

Hello my friends, did you know that in the some cultures the dragonfly symbolizes success, victory, happiness, strength and courage?  I also remember being told a story as a child that if a lady bug lands on you and you make a wish the lady bug will carry it away.  Dragonflies, as the story went, when they appeared before you, were the heralds announcing that your wish was being fulfilled. With that in mind I created this card using the dragonfly brads, washi tape and enamel dots from eyelet outlet.

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I had my Silhouette draw the topiary which is simple task, replace the blade with a pen and the machine draws the image!  I then colored it with my copic markers.

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I hope you get a chance to make a wish on a lady bug this summer and then the next time you see a dragonfly know that your wish is on its way!

Just keep smiling

Hello everyone, we recently saw “Finding Dory” and I was totally enchanted and inspired by this movie and created a card using elements from Eyelet Outlet and from a “Avery Elle” stamp set.

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I stamped the whale, cut him out and colored him with my Copic Markers. For the glittery frame I used strips of dark blue glitter washi tape.  I created the piers by hand cutting brown paper and then drawing on the wood grain.  I used the Seagull brads, and the Spring Bubble brads that say “Keep Smiling” which reminded me of the saying that Dori would often say “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…” and then added Clear Swirl Bling as the water spout from the whale all from Eyelet Outlet.

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As a fun, interesting and creative way to make the ocean waves I took some left over blue ribbon and looped it around and stuck it down with double sided tape!  Easy.  I hope you like my “Finding Dory” inspired card that reminds us to just keep smiling and to always remember to just keep swimming, just keep on swimming.

Under the Sea….

Hello everyone.  Did you know that tomorrow (July 17) is National Ice Cream Day?  Neither did I but how cool is that?  That bit of trivia has nothing to do whatsoever with this card that I made for a swap at the “Stamp and Scrapbook Expo” that I attended last weekend.

I had this Mermaid image from my favorite digi stamp company EVER “A Day with Daisies” and fell immediately in love with her.  So I created this “Under the Sea” inspired card.  I used this card for a swap at the “Stamp and Scrapbook Expo” that I attended last week.  I used this Fine Filigree Paper from “Chatterbox Inc” that I found at Tuesday morning which gives the illusion of seaweed. Of course I cut seaweed from an SVG file I had in my Silhouette Cameo library (hardly a day doesn’t go by that I am not playing on my Silhouette).

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Colored her with my copic markers and added these charming seashell brads from Eyelet Outlet.  Then because Mermaids need pearls I attached these pearl beads in her hair and on the orange paper flowers which were also from Eyelet Outlet.

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The Expo was a lot of fun but making 16 of these cards to swap with the other talented designers was the highlight of the weekend for me.  Thank you for coming to my blog and thank you “A Day with Daisies” for making such delightful and smile inducing digi stamp images.  I am such a fan!

Gone Camping

This card is being sent to a very good friend of mine has gone camping with a large group of friends every Memorial day weekend.  He has been doing this for close to 17 or 18 years now.  We went with them twice and I quickly figured out that camping is truly not my thing.  I find that my kind of camping is having a cocktail on the patio!  When I saw these camping brads I knew that Gregg would be the participant of this special card for his birthday.  I started with the paper “Happy Campers” from We R Memory Keepers which I just love (these will eventually be used for my scrapbook pages for those 2 times I tried camping).

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I added the pearl strip bling to highlight the paths between the images and emphasized those areas with the camping brads.  The pearl strip bling come in a package of 500 and available in many colors and they are in a long strip that can easily be manipulated around corners as I did on my card.  Finally using the green enamel dots as a finish.  Perfect for a camping enthusiast.

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Thank you for visiting the great outdoors with me today.  I hope these camping brads inspire you to create your own camping projects!

“Olive” You!

Hello everyone!  I was inspired by the  Martini and Olive brads from Eyelet Outlet when designing this card.  The brads come with 12 Martini glasses and a mix of green and black olives – Perfect – and they are now on sale for just $.99 – even more Perfect!  In the description it offers the idea of saying “How about saying ‘Olive You’ to someone you love?” so I literally took the suggestion to come up with my “Olive You!” card.Olive You Eyelet Outlet 1.JPG

I even used the Clock washi tape for the frame which is also on sale for 50% off! Punched a circle from the small frame, added the green olive (because I really like that touch of red pimento).  Then to create the fun border I took the Martini glass brads and placed them at a slight angle, they look a bit ‘tipsy’ don’t they?  and then for added fun, took the Pearl strips in gray to outline the bottom of the border and then a bit of twine to tie it all together.

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This card is perfect way to say “Olive you” to someone you love!  and to share a martini with!

Thanks for coming by today and the sale on the Martini brads and clock washi tape is going on right now!

Father’s Day

It is a week before Father’s day and as always it allows me to take time out to remember and honor the man that was my loving father. My father was a loving example of what it is to be a good man, an upstanding individual and a contributing and shining light. My father passed away in 2002 and even though many years have gone by since I last talked with him I still lovingly remember his talks and his hugs (complete with very vigorous pats on the back).  This card is dedicated to this wonderful and super man!

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The image is from the Silhouette studio, which I used the print and cut feature for both Superman and the explosion frame.  I used the foil Silver/Red star washi tape from eyelet outlet for the background and the Super hero sayings brads.

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To make the card more 3D I used pop dots for the top part of Superman and the bottom portion of the explosion frame to give the illusion of Superman flying out of the frame.  As an added touch I had some comic book designer paper from Scrapin’ up that I layered under a comic strip frame that I also cut out of the Silhouette software.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and Happy Father’s day!

Come sit a spell

Welcome everyone, come and sit a spell.  I love the digi stamps from “A day for daisies” (and such a delightful name for a digi stamp company) and I had this stamp “garden chair gathering” which I created this card using the image and a variety of eyelet outlet embellishments.Day for Daisies.JPG

After importing the digi image into my Silhouette library I was able to remove the other chairs from the stamp and size the remaining image to fit my card design.  I then print it out and color it with my copic markers and add a small pink frame using pink cardstock.  The back ground strip is the blue brick washi tape with Blue jewel strips as a border.  Then it is was a matter of adding a collage of little items including pearl bling in white and pink, pink and blue Jewel Bling and a Bling Jewel in pink.  The amazing thing with the colorful bling is that they are sticky backed but I did add a dab of glossy accent as an adhesive to ensure its stability while traveling in the mail.  Next I added a Pink colored egg brad in the center of the kraft star embellishment and a mini stitched flower brad in the far right corner on the tiny blue tag.  Finally I added some blue enamel dots here and there to create the wonderful collage look I had envisioned.

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With so much lovely product from eyelet outlet I was able to let my imagination do it’s thing.  Give it a try and let me hear how you did!  Thanks for sitting a spell with me today!

“…a bicycle built for two”

Hello everyone!  You remember this song don’t you?  “Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do…..  Well I had this stamp set from “Stampin Up” entitled “Pedal Pusher” and as I was making this card I couldn’t get the tune out of my head.  Which isn’t a bad thing, it just stays with you,…..I’m half crazy all for the love of you”….

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Anyway, with this song playing in my head and as inspiration I admit, I used this magnificent glitter swirl pink washi tape for the background.  “…It won’t be a stylish marriage…..” Covering a piece of card stock with this sparkly goodness! Then I added the sun and cloud brads and the mini stitched flower brads – bright in the cute little basket all from eyelet outlet. “….I can’t afford a carriage…”

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I finished it off with a piece of the Swirl Bling – Jewel Champagne these are great to use as they are or cut them to use just a portion of them like I did…and they are sticky backed so they adhere without any glue!  Very cool!  “but you’ll look sweet upon the seat…” I hope you like my card inspired by Henry Dacre’s Song “Daisy Bell” “…of a bicycle built for two” and now I bet you have this tune stuck in your head too!

 

My Lovely Mom

Happy Mother’s day!  When I saw that I was scheduled to post my design on Mother’s Day I was a bit apprehensive. I haven’t made a Mother’s Day card since my mother passed away a little over a year and a half ago.  I admit I wasn’t sure what kind of emotions would surface as I started my design process as my mother and I were terrific friends and she was such a lovely lady.  I was stuck.  I then did something I never thought I would do.  I asked her.  Through my thoughts I asked her what she would like to see on a card from me as a gift to her for all her years of giving, of sacrifice and of love.  The card below is what I made….for her, my friend,  my confidante….my mom.

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I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the background, Origami paper for the folded petals of the flower, gold washi tape for the band and around the frame of the sentiment and green enamel dots from Eyelet outlet.  The stem is from Silhouette America.  For something extra special I used the beautiful humming birds from Rubbernecker Stamps Springtime inches and I am absolutely in love with this stamp set!! I colored them with my Copic Markers and fussy cut them out.  I wanted to make them appear to flutter and I achieved this by cutting thin strips of acetate.

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Thank you Mom for your inspiration and for everything you did for me.  I appreciate you and love you.  Happy Mother’s day to all the Mother’s out there, we love you and we appreciate you!

Fair is Fair

Hello everyone!  Our spring fair is happening right now which isn’t as big as our fair in the fall but one can still purchase delicious corn dogs and deep fried Twinkies!  I chose to make a box card this week using a design from the “Summer Box Card” collection from SVGcuts.

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Because a carnival has lights and sparkle I had fun using embellishments from eyelet outlet.  I added the self adhesive gold enamel stars, then used the pink sticky back jewels to the tent along with pink bling strips along the bottom edge.  The Ferris wheel actually turns as I used a cream pearl brad in the center which allows the wheel to rotate. I embellished the spokes of the wheel using purple jewel bling strips and then clear jewel bling for the cars.  The final layer on the box card is the game booth which I outlined with the green pearl bling strips.  At these carnival game booths you have a chance to win a prize.  I didn’t have any more teddy bear brads or a rubber ducky brad  as any one of those designs would have been so cute but I used a  popcorn brad instead which looks just as cute.

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If you haven’t tried a box card yet I would encourage you to try it.  You will be surprised just how easy it is to make and they fold flat to mail in an envelope and they make such an impression when they are received.  Adding bling and brads from eyelet outlet makes it even more special!  Thanks for coming to the fair today, I hope you had fun!