Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Hello Music

I'm going retro these day and not intentionally.  First, I started watching the show, Mad Men and then a couple of weeks ago, we went to a concert that played some big band songs that Frank Sinatra would have sang.  It was the first time we took the boys for a night concert and they loved it.  I bought a picnic dinner; it was a wonderful night.  I always felt that era is full of romance and I think it is mostly from watching old movies and hearing the music.  Anyway, after watching Mad Men, that show disperse the idea of romance, for sure.  It was like any old day at present time with the same struggles, except it was worst for women, especially in the work environment.  I am mostly fascinated by the different products that were available and how smoking and drinking were so common back then.  The daily practices are more interesting to me than the story line.  I wonder if that is the draw for other people.  My husband thinks the show is too slow-pace for him.  I told him there is no end to it, it's mostly about how these people lived back then, like a soap opera type of show too.
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Traditional Christmas

I just started watching the show, Mad Men, and I was inspired to go retro.  I am fascinated by how much things has changed and also, how much some things never change, especially on how women are treated.  These are traditional Christmas colors and patterns to me.  I'm loving the wooden veneers and adding glitter with a pen just added the bling I wanted.  I'm using a different camera and editing tool so bear with me while I fiddle with it.
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Sunny Warm Wishes

The weather has been perfect for being outside.  Sunny skies and not too hot for walking or going for runs in the morning.  It was no different in Maine.  On my last days, I was enjoying my run on beach early in the morning.  It was just awesome to run with the ocean along side me.  Just beautiful.  I'm always longing to find some fantastic seashells on my run or walk but this beach was just fine beautiful sand.

I stamped out the triangles from Stampin' Up.  The sentiment from Simon Says Stamp was stamped and die cut from the matching dies.  I cut out the triangles and distress ink them and the sentiment on the edges with Distress worn lipstick ink.  I adhere the sentiment and then used foam adhesive to adhere the triangles around the circle.  I then finished the card by rounding the top corners and adding Studio Calico arrow wood veneers.  Can you tell I am loving them?!  Three cards in a roll with them!



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Follow Your Dreams

It was sunny and beautiful during our trip except for the last day.  It was torrential rain during our drive home and we were stuck in traffic.  Not fun, but we got home safely so, I can not complain.  Anyway, I got this idea from pinterest to print out a map of the United States and had my kids color in the state of the license plates we saw, it was fascinating to see how many we got.  We got a lot of them from trucks.  Good way to learn the states, I know, I'm such a nerd.  Can't help it; I love learning.  Anyhow, I had to make this card with triangles that look like arrows inspired by our travels.

I stamped out the triangle from Stampin' Up in Colorbox cantaloupe and robin's egg ink to create a background.  I stamped the sentiment from Stampin' Up in Brilliance Black ink and added the bicycle wood veneer from Studio Calico as a finishing touch.


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Monday, August 12, 2013

Masculine Ocean Theme Card

My family and I just got back from our annual trek to the beach.  We have been searching for the perfect beach and we have been successful for the past 3 years.  This year, we chose a Maine beach, and we were not so lucky this time.  Despite it being pretty, it was too cold and crowded.  Some people don't mind the big crowds or the traffic but it bugged me this time.  The water looked great and there was an ombre look to it so I had to apply it to my card.  I did some crafting as soon as I got home.  I think I was going through a withdrawal.

I used Distress inks(tumbled glass, broken china and peacock feather) to create the ombre background and spritz it with fine mist of water.  After the card dried, I stamped the triangles from Stampin' Up.  It reminded me of the ocean and the channels so I added the sailboat wood veneer from Studio Calico.  I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts and mount this card to the card base.


Here is a side story that I thought was so cute.  I started to pack a kit to do some pages during my trip but felt the car was packed too tight already so I left it behind.  I was surprised to learn that someone was after my heart on this trip.  My 7 year old packed a little container filled with washi tapes and blank cardstock he made before the trip.  He did this all on his own.  Below is a picture of him making a card while we wait for our dinner.  Loving this!

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

More Notecards With Matching Box

I'm having a great time making these sets of notecards with matching gift boxes.  I had to make more. Previously, I made a set of personalized notecards with matching box, so I wanted something more generic.  I love these geometric pattern paper from DCWV.
I ran a piece of white card stock through my Fiskars Fuse and dot embossing folder to creat the card base.  I cut out a piece of pattern paper and rounded the bottome corners before I placed it on the card base.  Then I punch out the bird and branch from Stampin' Up and used Distress Ink Peeled Paint and Broken China to color the bird.  I adhere the branch to the card with glue and then the bird with foam adhesive.  Love this punch!









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Washi Tape Note Cards

I am on this kick of making notecards as gifts.  So I made this simple note card with washi tape and stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts.  I loved how it came and it was sooooo simple to make.  Sometimes I feel it has to be complicated for it to come out good.  Easy and quick are perfect for me, since I feel there is no time at all lately.  
I cut a white cardstock 7"x10" to fold into a  3.5" x 5" card.  I lay down the washi tape on the card base and stamp the sentiment with black Memento ink.




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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Christmas In July -Let it Snow

Since I heard "Let It Snow" on the radio recently, I had to create a card with snowflakes.  It was kind of funny because I just change the radio station to hear the DJ said, "Time to get out your snowblower" and I thought where in the world is it snowing so hard.  Of course, it was just his lead into the song.  :-)


I cut a scallop circle from Fiskars of a folded card stock and white cardstock.  I cut a big and smaller circles of two different blue cardstocks.  I adhere them to the cardbase and then added the snow flake stickers from K&Company.  I added the Recollections letters to spell out "snow" and used a white gel pen to write the beginning of the sentiment.  I also used the white gel pen to draw white dash lines around the blue circle.  Quick and simple.


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