Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Pink Poppies and Butterfly Cards

Pink Poppies and Butterflies

I’m not normally drawn to pinks but you might remember the Recollections “Fashionably Chic” paper stack that attacked me at Michaels:

Fashionably Chic Recollections

There are several patterns within each color family  and the pink papers immediately reminded me of two ladies I know. I think the flowers are poppies but Martha and I part ways at gardening so whatever they are, I liked them and chose a couple of coordinating papers from the stack.

Fashionably Chic Pink Florals

Made my cards (5x7) and covered with the coordinating papers. Mounted the floral paper onto some lightweight cardstock and then trimmed around the flowers, spritzed them with Elmer’s spray adhesive, and then a good shake of Recollections extra fine iridescent glitter. 

Pink Poppies Closeup

The swirly embellishment is a Memory Box steel die. The chipboard butterfly is from a package of chipboard shapes I found at Michael’s (20 pieces for $1) by Studio 18.

Chipboard Shapes 

Finished off the cards with coordinating self adhesive rhinestones I had in my stash.

Fortunately  I can deliver these cards  in person because they would cost me more to mail them than to make them.

Recollections Florals

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Recollections "Fashionably Chic Mother's Day Cards

Glitter Damask Mother's Day PM

I’ve confessed my paper addiction before. It’s not getting any better. I wasn’t even looking for paper when I walked past the paper stack section at Michaels and Recollections “Fashionably Chic” jumped off the shelf at me. Practically attacked me. It did!


The cover doesn’t do it justice. It repeats the same series of patterns in several colors and within a color family, you can mix the patterns.

Glitter Damask Mother's Day
I  made several different cards because I always like to recognize the special women in my life on Mother’s Day.

For the first card, I glued the scrapbook paper to a piece of cardstock to give some body, and then cut out the flower, hit it with a spray of adhesive and glittered it.

I used another piece of the same floral paper and a piece with a coordinating damask print for base panel of the card . Used foam dots to adhere the glittered flowers to the card.

Mother's Day Floral Recollections

For this one, I used a different floral pattern and dotted the inside of the flowers with iridescent Stickles. For the focal flower, I used Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Floral die and cut the flowers using my Cuttlebug.

Recollections Fashionably Chic


I don’t like to waste pretty paper so I use scraps to make embellishments to use in cards and other projects. This double sided tape I got at my local stamp store and is by a company called Sookwang. You can also use this tape to make your own washi tape.

I also played with another color combination from the stack:

Neutral and Yellow Mother's Day

I'm telling you. Paper just jumped off the shelf at me. Really.

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BFF Open House Link Party #51: Wrap Up and Features

Thanks again for another fun party. I hope you all enjoyed meeting Karyn from Pint Sized Baker and her wonderful treats.

Here are a few things that caught my eye, all with what I’d call a modern and retro feel.

First up, Bethany from Pitter and Glink shared her new craft room lamp transformation:

Thrift store lamp meets chicken wire! Gorgeousness ensues.

Bev, from Flamingo Toes, shared another of her amazing jewelry creations:

I love the femininity of the pearls with the boldness of the chain. And the blue pearls with the silver chain is such  a stylish color combination.

If you are planning a trip to a Disney park and want to go with a shirt way cooler than any you’ll find there, check out this idea from Rachel over at Holy Craft:

Seriously. She made this! Rachel used her Silhouette and a retro Disneyland poster image. So cool.

Finally, Back for Seconds shared a modern interpretation of a classic. I mean Oreos are already pretty perfect but check these out:

Two words. Peanut. Butter.

Thanks everyone for linking up. Make it a creative week!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate With Chocolate

So first up , it’s not Mexican Independence Day which it’s commonly mistaken for. That’s September 16. Cinco de Mayo marks the unlikely defeat of the French by the Mexican Army at the Battle of Puebla. I am and forever shall be a history nerd.

Since we wouldn’t have chocolate ( shudder) without the ancient Aztecs of Mexico, how can we not include chocolate in Cinco de Mayo celebrations? I mean really! So here are a few recipes from around the web that might give you some ideas for your Cinco de Mayo celebrations . Haven’t decided which one of these to try yet! Maybe all of them! has these

Cinco de Chili Chocolate Cupcakes with Chili Cream Cheese Frosting

Cinco de Chili Chocolate Cupcakes with Chili Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

But they also have these:

Chocolate Mexican Wedding Cookies

Chocolate Mexican Wedding Cookies Recipe

Then over at Candy,  I found this recipe for :

Mexican Chocolate Fudge


that looks pretty tempting. This includes a pinch of cinnamon and cayenne pepper.
Continuing my journey, I came across S’Mores Nachos at Kitchen

S'mores Nachos

Which makes me feel good because I was noodling the idea of a chocolate quesadilla using cinnamon sugar dusted flour tortillas and dark chocolate cream cheese which I haven’t tested yet!
How about Strawberry Chocolate Nachos?

At least someone else is kooky enough to think of putting  tortillas and chocolate together!
Then there’s this Mexican chocolate cake

Or a fun beverage ( contains alcohol ) :


As you can see, there is no shortage of chocolatey ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! Enjoy !

Thursday, May 3, 2012

BFF Open House Link Party #51 and BFF Pint Sized Baker!

Happy almost Friday and fair warning!

When you see the wonderful creations by  this week’s BFF, you are going to drool on your computer. So don’t say you weren’t warned!

This week’s BFF Is Karyn from Pint Sized Baker. You may remember her amazing Chocolate Cream Cheese  / Chocolate Peanut Butter confection from last week’s party.

Karyn started out on Facebook sharing her cake pops and pretty quickly outgrew that and started a blog. Look at these adorable “Chick Pops” she did :

But treats on a stick aren’t just for cake pops. Karyn also whipped up these won tons on a stick!

Or maybe you’d be tempted by her interpretation of her Grandma’s Brownies:

And wouldn’t these be perfect for Mother’s Day ?

When Karyn’s not busy baking up a storm ( did I mention she’s self taught?!) she’s busy being a wife and mom and I’m sure her family is more than thrilled when she decides to try out a new recipe! I hope you’ll go and visit. Maybe not on an empty stomach.

Now what's everyone been up to this week?!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

PicMonkey, I Think I Love You!

In fact, I know I do. I try basically every free photo editing program I come across and have not really been loyal to one. But I think that’s going to change with PicMonkey. If you’re lamenting the loss of Picnik, lament no more!

We recently took a day trip to Port Townsend WA, a city north of Seattle which is on the National Register of Historic Places. As you can imagine there are lots of old buildings and I had fun taking pictures of several.

I had even more fun playing around with them in PicMonkey!

Old Bldg Smudge

I used an effect called “Smudge” on this one and a film strip edge. Here’s the untouched pic:

I cropped out all of the construction junk and then "smudged" it.

Old Bldg Paint Photo Corners

This one is the Jefferson County Museum which I converted to black and white, applied an effect called “Paint”, added photo corners and changed the background. Here’s the before:


I have a thing for old doors. Don’t know what it is…they just fascinate me. These I used an effect called Daguerreotype to mimic one of the original photographic techniques:

Old Door Daguerreotype

And the original:

You don’t need to register for PicMonkey. You can just choose a picture and have at it. You can add text, embellishments, frames etc. This could be VERY dangerous!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

To Everything There Is A Season: Damask Sympathy Card

A friend of ours recently lost his father so I made this card to express our sympathy.

Paper Reverie Sympathy

I used a paper from the Paper Reverie line by Making Memories. Hard to see here but the damask design is glittered. The quote I used on the card is on a Hero Arts stamp that I have used before for sympathy cards:

Damask Sympathy Card Closeup

This seemed appropriate because our friend’s dad struggled with age related memory loss and I wanted to remind him that while his dad is gone and may not have remembered some things lately, all the days they shared together are still with him.

Paper Reverie American Crafts

The upside to being a stashaholic is that you have things on hand that may not have been intended to go together but do. Like this paper and these oversized brads by American Crafts.

I kept the design pretty simple with layers and clean edges ( mostly …had to use one torn panel and a decorative adhesive scrapbook border)

Paper Reverie Sympathy

To everything there is a season…

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