Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I do have pictures!

I don't have time right now to go through details of all these cards, but since I do have the pictures, I wanted to get them posted before I forget...maybe I will remember to come back and add details later on. I am really trying to document everything I make this year, so this will have to do for now!

This "love day" card was created with the Sweetheart paper line (retired) and I used some of the matching stickease, silver shimmer trim and cotton candy pompom ribbon. All supplies are CTMH except the embossing folder, I think that is from SU. How cute is this!?!?!?

This card is a mix up of a few differnt products. I used some of the Sweetheart paper (retired) from CTMH, a scrap of something else I had, some heart stickers from Hobby Lobby & the sentiment and puppy are rubons I bought at Target in the dollar spot a few years ago! The purple cardstock is DCWV. I found the layout with the banners on's a great card layout to use up some scraps! I'd like to try some other papers with this layout.

For this card, I cut up the patterned paper to separate the hearts & then remount them to create my focal point. You can't really tell in this picture, but there is some purple in a couple of the heart squares, so I used some sheer gift wrap ribbon to give it some interest. It's cute, simple and still flat enough to mail.

Just something on my mind...

A thought crept in my mind this morning and it has me wondering. If I didn't initiate phone calls, emails or conversations, how long would it be before I heard from a friend or family member? I hate to say it, but I think it would be quite some time! What's even more perplexing to me is that if I don't initiate the contact then I'm often asked "is there something wrong" or "are you mad at me". What's the deal? Why is it only my responsibility to foster relationships? Why doesn't it go both ways? Food for thought this morning as I start my day.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Just Make Something!!!

Sometimes I just get stuck. It's not that I don't have ideas of what I want to make, or plenty of supplies to make it happen...I think I just get stuck with the thoughts of "what if it doesn't turn out pretty" or "what if nobody else likes it". I know it's completely irrational. I make cards and other paper things because I enjoy it. I know that every card I make isn't going to be exactly how I envisioned it or something beyond what's the deal???

I just need to make stuff. I do know that the more often I sit down at my table to make something, the more confident I become in the end result. Taking long breaks between creating anything feels like starting all over again to me. Could it be that practice makes perfect...or atleast a little more fabulous?

On Saturday, I finished up a set of cards I started earlier in the week. It felt good...they are cute and I totally stole the design from Pinterest (had the same paper and everything!). Yesterday, I cut all the pieces for another card...another layout I found on Pinterest, but this time using my own paper match ups and tweaking it here and there. It will be my goal to finish those this week & start another set. Just keep crafting...just keep crafting!

So any ways, I hope I have some pics to post soon...I'm determined to keep chipping away at my goal of 600 cards this year! I could make 10x's that with the supplies I already have on's a shame to keep all that beautiful paper stored away!!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Chantilly Card, inspired by Pinterest

It's been awhile, but this weekend I was FINALLY able to get some cards made to help build up my stash. This card was created with the new Chantilly papers from Close To My Heart. I found the layout on Pinterest here: but I couldn't connect to the actual website it was pinned from without joining. I decided to dry emboss the focal image with a cuttlebug folder, D'vine Swirls and accidentally embossed it upside down, but I loved the look! I'll have to remember to do this more often!!! All supplies were Close To My Heart except the embossing folders.