Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Mountain View And A Little Brown Church

I love the new Smoky Mountain-themed cardstock I found during Spring Break.  I created a card last week and I've used it in two new cards this week.  The first card is created use a wonderful, blue-patterned cardstock from Cloud 9 Design.  It is from their Cocoa Mint collection.  I cut my mountain image from the Smoky Mountain cardstock and adhered it to squares of white and black cardstock.  I then used a vellum quote from Best Occasions that matches the image perfectly.  I anchored it to the same black and white cardstock using silver brads from the Paper Studio.  I added a white ribbon bow from Hobby Lobby and finished my mountain-themed card with a couple of silver tree brads also from the Paper Studio. Everything was put together using Glue Dots (another one of my favorites!).

The second card reminds me of many of the little churches in my area. This was another image from the Smoky Mountain cardstock. I used my Cricut Spring Holiday Cards cartridge to cut the background for the image of the little church.  It is cut at 5 inches on an olive green cardstock.  I layered the image with some cream-colored scrapbook paper.  I used bronze brads from Recollections to anchor the image to a card created using a heavy, brown cardstock.  The coordinating sheer ribbon and bow are from Hobby Lobby.  I used another vellum quote from Best Occasions and anchored it to the cream-colored scrapbook paper using Glue Dots and a couple more bronze brads.  I just love how the Glue Dots are hidden by the brads.  I then embellished this card with some rustic, bronze, metal trees from Darice Rustic Accents.  These little trees were also found on my visit to the huge scrapbook store in Pigeon Forge during my Spring Break week.  Thanks for visiting!!  Have a wonderful Easter weekend!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Beautiful Dogwoods In Bloom

The dogwood trees are in full bloom in the mountains around my little rustic cabin.  Seeing the spectacular colors of the trees and wildflowers made me want to try to incorporate this beauty into a card.  I was at my cabin just this afternoon and snapped a few photographs with the digital camera. I was anxious to use these pictures to create a card so I loaded them up and printed them out as soon as I got home.  I think they turned out nicely and I'll be using many of them in future crafty creations. I used dark brown cardstock from Colorbok and added a nice background in an olive green cardstock, from Best Occasions, cut from my Cricut Spring Holiday Cards cartridge.  The background was cut at six inches and fit my five inch tall photograph just fine.  I used Glue Dots to adhere everything together.  I added some tiny square, bronze brads from All My Memories.  I then finished this card with some matching "Happy Birthday" ribbon from Martha Stewart.  I just love the way this card turned out! Hope you like it too!! Thanks for looking....Patty

Sunday, April 10, 2011

A Smoky Mountain Thank You

Over my much awaited Spring Break week, I paid a visit to the nearby Your Scrapbook Superstore and Clearance Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  This store isn't very far from my home, but I have never had the chance to visit.  It's a scrapbookers and cardmakers dream!  The store is packed with loads of paper, stamps, punches, stickers, etc.  My favorite part was that it sells many items related to the beautiful area that I live in.  I found some really beautiful rubber stamps and papers with mountain, nature/wildlife-related themes.  I found this wonderful scrapbook cardstock which I used to create a beautiful thank you card for some really nice people.  Each page of the cardstock contains numerous images of different aspects of the Great Smoky Mountains.  I plan to use each image in a future card.  The cardstock is available in either black/white or brown/white.  I cut out the image used in this card and adhered it to white cardstock that I then layered onto a black card. I used my Cricut Wild Card cartridge to cut the "Thanks".  The word is cut at 5 1/2 inches. After adhering the word to black and white cardstock,  I used adhesive foam squares and Glue Dots to adhere the entire "Thanks" to the card.  I embellished the wording with a couple of round, silver brads from Recollections.  I used my Gelly Roll white pen to enhance the word, as well.  The inside of the card contains a white on black theme where I plan to write my special "thank you" message.  By the way, here's the link to the local store I mentioned, they do have online ordering capabilities:  Your Scrapbook Superstore
Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Card Created Using Cricut Markers

While waiting for the storm to pass last night, I sat down with my Cricut and a new set of markers that I had recently won on Ebay.  I was browsing through my cartridge library and the Freshly Picked cartridge caught my eye.  This cartridge brings out the gardener in me!  I quickly spotted a beautiful planter box of tulips and thought I would give it a try.  I drew the design at three inches in size, using a black Cricut marker, onto white cardstock.  The markers were much easier to use than I had expected and directions for pressure and speed are included with each package.  After trimming the cardstock, I colored the design using my Copic markers and watercolor pencils.  The kid in me just loves to color!! I then adhered the design to a piece of yellow cardstock and glued it to a precut, lime green card.  I added some garden-themed K & Company embellishements and a "Happy Birthday" tag from the Tapestry company.  I cut a small piece of jute twine for bow and stuck it on with some Glue Dots. I finished the card by adding two tiny pale blue brads in the corners of my floral piece. The brads match the birthday tag perfectly. It was a quick and easy card to make and I had fun creating it!

Monday, April 4, 2011

My First Use of Digi Stamps, Copics, and Chalk!!

The Easter card I created today contains many firsts!! It was my first use of a digital stamp, which comes by way of Fred, She Said Digital Designs. I used another first, Copic markers and Pebbles Metalllic Cream Chalks, to color my cute little chick. I then lightly spritzed it with some sparkle Shimmer spritz. The card is from the bargain bin at Michael's. They have these wonderful window cards, in a package of eight with envelopes, for only one dollar!! I used paper from the DCWV Flower Shower Spring Stack on the front of the card, cutting out the small circle to keep my window.  I used paper from Heidi Grace on the inside of the card, as the background for my spring chick.  The ribbon and decorative trim on the front are from Hobby Lobby.  I cut my Easter message, on the front, from my Cricut Wildcard cartridge and cut the background frame, on the inside, from my Spring Holiday Cards Cricut cartridge.  I glitzed the lettering up a little bit with some clear Stickles.  The inside sentiment is from a clear stamp from Studio G, that I also found at a bargain at my local Joann's.  I hope you like my card containing several "firsts"!! Thanks for visiting.   Patty

Sunday, April 3, 2011

A Beautiful Mother's Day Card......

I started crafting today with no particular theme in mind and came up with this lovely Mother's Day Card.  I was flipping through a K&Company Mat Pad from the Susan Winget collection.  These die-cuts are normally used for photos, but with a tad of trimming I used one for a card. I think it turned out beautifully!! I used my Cricut Mother's Day 2010 cartridge to create the wording and shadow for the card.  They were cut at 2 1/4 inches.  The paper is also from K & Company and was taken from their Specialty Paper pad.  The butterfly was cut using a Martha Stewart punch and the floral embellishments are from DCWV.  The floral ribbon came from one of my bargain shopping trips and was purchased at the Dollar Tree!  I used a little Studio G glitter glue and a tidbit of clear stickles to highlight my wording and the butterfly.  I just love the birds and butterflies on this card.  I think they are so appropriate for the month of May and for Mother's Day.