Sunday, July 24, 2016

Peace Dove

This seemed like a good Christmas in July card for a Sunday.  I'm kinda glad I didn't get around to posting these past few card until now.  It has been fun to look back at these Christmas cards and get a little excited about making new ones! The woodgrain washi is my ALL TIME FAV.  It goes with everything- I think I need to stock up!!! The washi came as part of a monthly kit club I joined locally. 

I'm getting together with the local gals this week, so I better get something done to share!  It isn't a requirement or anything, but gosh it is nice to get real time feedback from crafty friends. ;-) It's also soooo inspiring to see everything everyone else made.  I always come back from those gatherings (when I can get to them) totally energized for creativity.  It doesn't hurt that I leave with new goodies to use while exploring that creativity.

I was moved by a post on Monday by Duni at Duni's Studio.  She posts Monday Moodboard's that are always creative eye candy.  You really must stop by and check her out!  This past Monday she posted a beautiful Cheyenne Prayer that I haven't heard in a while.  Seems appropriate for this post so I will share it as well.
Let us know peace.
For as long as the moon shall rise,
For as long as the rivers shall flow,
For as long as the sun shall shine,
For as long as the grass shall grow,
Let us know peace.
 - Cheyenne Prayer

Have a soothingly simple Sunday. Peace and love be with you today.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Red Sleigh

Morning!  Today I have another Christmas in July, from my Christmas cards I made last year, to share.  This one is going for a very retro-ish look.  All aqua and red (which I HATED as a kid) and early 60's atomic style printed paper.

This one gets a little nod to the present day with some washi and chipboard.  The format for this card is basically the same one I used here.  When I find a LO I like I tend to use it a bunch! ;-)

Looking at all these Christmas cards from last year has certainly helped me keep cool in the hot weather we have had lately.  I'm hoping it will inspire me to get a few made for this year.  I have some new goodies on the way that are due on Friday.  Maybe the combo of these cards and those goodies will get me in action.  I "taped" (do we even say that anymore???) some Christmas movies on Hallmark last week that I may watch on my iPad while I craft to get me in the mood too. LOL!

If I get any done, I will try to get them posted before this Christmas!!!

Have a Whimsical Wednesday!


Monday, July 18, 2016

Feather Tree

Caught my breath long enough to get some more of my cards of Christmas past ready to share. ;-)  This one is another favorite because of that awesome paper and the chipboard feather tree.  Eeek! I just adore them!!!!

I'm going to be trolling eBay for this paper at some point.  It is just so pretty and I am down to something like a 2x2 square of lusciousness in my stash.  The sequins are ancient and I used them with a tree stamp I got when my LSS was open and used to run a year long Christmas card class.  We made 5-6 cards each month, in two styles, using one stamp that you got to keep.  Gosh I miss that class.  I had all my cards ready by Thanksgiving!!!!

A crafty friend came over last week and we shared lots of goodies with each other.  I didn't get a single thing finished, so today I'm gonna sit down and finish some projects!  That and get ready for tutoring tomorrow.  Oh and get some new stuff added to my Etsy shop.  Guess I better get going and get something done!

Have a great Monday!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Cool Thanks on a Hot Day

How 'bout some cold weather cards to help you cool off today? ;-)  This is a set I sold in my Etsy shop this past winter/spring.  Never too early to stock up on gifts...

I'm working on more sets like these.  They were blank inside so they could be used for whatever you'd like.  The cards all used Papertrey Ink stamps and dies and the box used a stamp from Unity.

 I'm pretty sure the papers are all from a Kti Club I used to belong to years ago.  Periodically I like to challenge myself to see how many cards/creations I can make using mostly just goods from a kit club kit.  Some kits lend themselves more than others for sure!

Well, thanks for stopping by!  Hope you are staying cool today, or at least at the beach!  I, myself, am off to tutor some former first graders before they head to camp for the day.  Keep your fingers crossed that we can all wake up enough to get anything done at this early hour!!!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Green Ornaments

Oooo, another couple cards from the past!  Happy Christmas in July!

These are two more ornament themed cards that I made last December. Gosh these cards just make me smile.

I thought these were such ugly ornaments when I was a kid!  Isn't funny how time can change your opinion on some things?  Now I spend time (and stupid amount of money!) looking for ornaments that look like these!

Gosh, I really need to look online to see if somebody has dug this out of the waaaay back of their warehouse to sell.  I'm gonna miss this paper!!!

What has been your favorite line from Christmas past?

Friday, July 1, 2016

Red Ornaments

Happy Christmas in July!  I never got around to posting these last December, but that's okay because I can share them with you for Christmas in July. ;-)

This is one of my all time favorite lines.  The ornament paper was soooo hard to use because it was all I had left.  Alas, I'm so happy to see how these cards turned out.  It was good to use this paper.  Totally worth it.

There isn't a thing I don't love about these cards.  The vintage vibe, the lovely colors, the chipboard ornaments-- eeeek!  Just love 'em!

Be sure to stop by again.  I have more cards using this luscious line from the past.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Celebrate Banner

Sharing another oldie today, but it is so appropriate for the week!  It has been a very successful few days here.  I've managed to get quite a few valentine kits ready for this winter, I started tutoring (at a ridiculously early time) and the kiddos were great, and....drumroll......................................................... Cida and I passed the Therapy Dog test!!!! Whaaaaahoooooo!

This banner has me, once again, jonesing for some sassy nautical paper.  Nautical stuff is so yummy! I'm trying very hard to resist getting some new paper until I finish a few more projects.  There's no room for any new stuff!!!!  Of course I could always order the paper now and stash it until I'm finished with my projects.  But then there is the risk of never finding the stashed paper.  Ya know, 'cause by the time I actually get those projects finished I will have forgotten where I hid the paper!

For this "celebrate" banner, the base is cardboard coasters covered in lots of different patterned papers.  I ended up with a huge stack of these oval coasters and for some reason they just screamed banners to me.  It was a bit of a learning curve with that though.  The holes to string them together have to be a little more than halfway up, otherwise they might flip and then you have celbte instead! ;-) The layers used PTI dies and the letters are stickers that were part of the ancient (seriously like 8 years ago or something) paper line. 

Going to load this banner into the shop this weekend.  Make sure to stop by and check out the new goodies!