Saturday, February 12, 2011

Hugs to you...

Ok, I admit it. There's something very familiar about this card...hmmmmmm....well, why reinvent the wheel. I really liked that heart doily and that little girl stamp {together} so I tried it again with these Pink Paislee papers. This one is my favorite. These papers make me happy. Maybe it's the unexpected color combo or the pretty flowers? I'm a sucker for pretty flowers.

I mailed this card and the little mailbox from yesterday's post to my favorite sister-in-law. She lives in the land of never-ending snow and I'm hoping these will cheer her up! I filled that mailbox full of various chocolates. You can't imagine how much that thing holds. It should hold her over for awhile. At least until Easter when I make another one of these, stuff it full of more chocolate and ship it off. What? I still have 10 of these things left to decorate. She'll get one for every holiday this year. Well, I might have to rethink that...shipping chocolate from Georgia in July is not such a great idea.

Here's a few details on the card: Pink Paislee Sweetness papers, SU Greeting Card Kids stamp, Quickutz Fiesta and Phoebe,Spellbinders labels,renaissance hearts and scalloped hearts dies, Martha Stewart paper rose, pearls and felt heart, SU cardstock.

My plan is to spend the rest of the weekend blissfully working away on my vintage mini with no interruptions. We'll see how far I get with that...

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, February 11, 2011

A Funky Vintage Target $ mailbox

I'm having too much fun with these little mailboxes! I'm pretty disappointed in my photography though. A lightbox would be a really good thing... This one is actually hot pink, not the red color in the pics. I tried natural light, Ott-lite, and every white balance setting on the camera and I just couldn't get that pink to come through. Oh well, you get the idea.

I know the vintage style is getting a bit overdone these days, but I find myself still drawn to some of it and these papers had the right mix of vintage and a funky color combo. I'm a firm believer that you can make any style of paper work with your own personal style. For me, it's all about the typography. I'm a font freak. So, while I'll never go over the top vintage, I can still make it work for me by including the things I love the most in the design process. That usually involves lots of dies, alphas, and/or border punches. These are my go-to items and things that make me excited to create. Just some random ramblings I've been thinking about lately.

The papers on this one are Pink Paislee Sweetness, alpha is Quickutz Fiesta, punches are Martha Stewart scroll heart and doily heart border, metal keyhole is Tim Holtz, pearls, paper rose,felt heart and sticker on the flag are Martha Stewart, ribbon is from the $ bin at Michaels, and that white crocheted thing that's supposed to be a rose was handmade by yours truly. I stuck it on there anyway. Thought it looked kinda cool;)

I'm saving the matching card for tomorrow's post. I create way too slow to post two in one day! Hope you'll visit again tomorrow!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Love and Hugs

Here's a little matching card to the mailbox I posted last week. I love these little images in the SU Greeting Card Kids stamp set! They're fun to color and so sweet. I think she's perfect on this one! I played with some new toys to create this card. I used my new Grand Calibur with the large scalloped squares to cut the base of this card. I was going for a postage stamp look and I think it worked out pretty nicely. The papers are more of the Martha Stewart Valentines paper pad and the card base is cut from SU kraft. I used a plain white heart doily that you can pick up for a couple dollars at any craft store. I think this package had 12 of them and I bought them in every size available. They're just fun to have around when you're working on Valentine's projects or layouts. I then cut a heart using Spellbinders heart nestabilities and topped it with the pink heart embossed with an SU folder. I used a package of Martha Stewart felt hearts on the mailbox, but I didn't have any small red hearts left so I cut felt with the Spellbinders die and ran it through my sewing machine to add the white stitching. The "love & hugs" is Quickutz Blossom.

I'm working on another little mailbox that I hope to share in the next few days!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

$ mailbox love...

So, I know these cute mailboxes were the 'it' thing maybe 4 years ago?? but this is the first year I bought any of them. I don't really know whose mailbox sent me over the edge, a youtube video, somebody's post on a message board, who knows. I kinda bought 12 of them. I don't even know 12 people that I would give these to. But what does that matter, right? I'm going to send a couple to family for Valentine's Day and then I saw some really cute ones decorated for Christmas. And, of course, I'm gonna have to make one of these for myself:)

I used a lot of Martha Stewart on this one, the paper, postage stamp sticker on the flag, felt hearts, and the trefoil heart border punch. I found it easier to cover it with a few smaller pieces of paper rather than wrapping one large piece around the mailbox. I used my cropadile to punch a hole in the lid to attach a ribbon pull with a brad. Cut through that metal like butter! The large white embossed heart on the flag is a Sizzix die that Stampin Up sells and the postage on the front lid are Quickutz dies. The 'love' is Quickutz Nutmeg mounted on a Spellbinders label diecut.

Gotta make this one a short post today. I have a few more of these to make using a few paper lines I've been dying to work with and I still need to finish up that mini-album from my last post. Hope you all are staying warm inside and using snow days to create!