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A Ready Made Floral Card of Thanks

Hey friends! Popped in on a Sunday to share this fun and simple card that I made for the Moxie Fab World Ready Made Embellishments challenge. I've never played along with the challenges before, but I knew this card was perfect for it!
I love that the ready-made chipboard flower bunch from Crate Paper really pops out against the stamped banner and woodgrain background, which are from the Beautiful Banners set by Gina K Designs. I added a few pearls to draw the eye to the floral bunch as well as some texture in the ribbon. This card was fun and really simple to create and the ready-made embellishment takes center stage.

There's still time to play along in this challenge--Click here to get all the details!

Autumn Card with SEI

I am so ready for summer to be over. Don't get me wrong, I love the sunshine, but Autumn is such a colorful, warm and fun time of the year. I love picking out pumpkins, decorating for Halloween and Thanksgiving and spending time with the family! I was so excited to start fall off right, that  during the first week of Septembe,r as we were going through a heat spell, I decided "enough of the heat" I am decorating for fall! I pulled down all my decor, set it up and even put my fall wreath on the front door, even though it was a 100 degrees. My poor husband came home from work, saw the wreath, and just shook his head smiling. 
What better way to start off autumn, than by using SEI's new line, Yesteryear to create a beautiful card for a friend? Every release from SEI is beautifully designed with rich, deep colors; lovely textures and design elements and fun embellishments. I think this is why I have loved designing with SEI product--amazing quality products and rich design elements, perfectly combined to create quality projects. Yesteryear is no exception! The minute I saw this collection, I instantly was inspired to play with every product in the line.
My first bit of inspiration for this card came from the gorgeous frame cardstock stickers! I love how elegant they are, and knew they'd frame the embellishments perfectly. After I trimmed some background ppaer from the Yesteryear Creative pack, I then began embellishing the card. In one frame I added a leaf and  acorn rub on, and then layered an acorn cardstock sticker above it. In the other frame, I layered a gold foil die cut leaf over a pin and ribbon.  Since, I wanted each embellishment to shine and not have the frames looked cluttered, but balanced, I added two more spots of interest. I adhered a golden jewel from   sundries to a leaf cardstock sticker in one corner, and then placed a beautiful foiled leaf over a button, both of which are available in sundries. To finish the card off, I stamped a sentiment on the banner cardstock sticker, which I am just ga ga over!

I loved this collection, and I think you will too! SEI's fall collections are always one of the most inspirational releases!

Materials: Yesteryear Creative PackYesteryear Die Cut Accents | Yesteryear Sundries | Yesteryear  Rub On's | Yesteryear Cardstock Stickers | Brown striped ribbon | Vintage Cream cardstock | Leaf stick pin 

World Card Making Day 2013

Happy World Card Making Day! Making cards is one of the funnest things that I enjoy doing, and I absolutely love giving them to friends and family, as well as submitting for publication and playing with  products I love! This happens to be a card that was featured in the the latest special issue Handmade Cards, published by Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking magazine. 
In this issue, designers focused on creating cards using simple materials found at home, but also with the usual suspects found in your craft room, and even your kitchen! I used wax paper to stitch this adorable little envelope and filled with patterned paper and wood veneer confetti!
I stamped a swirl of ribbon and a sentiment, and affixed a ribbon treatment to the card with a gold star and polka dot sequin from the Studio Calico's Pop off the Page class.

Run, don't walk to your nearest craft and hobby store to pick up this super inspiring issue or purchase it here today--as a card maker, I know that you'll be so happy you did!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy crafting today! Don't forget, you too can also submit to the current call for Paper Crafts Magazine by clicking here, or play along in their annual World Card Making contest here!

Baby Twig Layout: From the Beginning

With the arrival of Baby Twig, I have been so excited to finally start making layouts and a Project Life album for all the little daily events during pregnancy that don't really warrant a full spread. For this layout, I wanted to document the first time I saw my little "bean." Granted, at five weeks and six days there's not much to see, but we did see the heartbeat at this sonogram. It's amazing how much you love something, when it's so tiny.
I chose patterned paper from Crate’s Flea Market line that was gender neutral, since we don’t know the baby’s gender yet. I really love the gold trend right now, so I added a gold doily, and chipboard letters in which the negative is backed with patterned paper. I’m a big fan of combining patterned paper from multiple lines, so I also sprinkled in some Color Wash from Pink Paislee and Crate’s Close Knit. 

I chose to build up layers of patterned paper that are distressed, and stitched around the edges of the paper blocks with my sewing machine. I also punched some patterned paper hearts, folding some hearts in half and adhered those to the background. I then notched a patterned paper strip and adhered it to the bottom of the photo, added some gold sparkly twine above it, and then layed the you and me title above the twine. For some more dimension, I added a chevron ribbon detail from a Studio Calico Valley High card kit.

So, I haven't really been a Project Life person. Not a lot goes on in my life....well, that is prior to little Twig. I must admit, I am super excited to have something to document my little one's time in my tummy. I think Project Life is the perfect format for documenting the everyday little moments of pregnancy that don't necessarily need to make up an entire layout.

My first spread showcases us finding out that we were expecting, I even included one of those little stick pregnancy tests (dry, of course). The journaling talks about how we told each of our families.
I used the Project Life Blush core kit, but also added in goodies from Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party, Lucky Charm and 5th and Frolic collection as well as Crate's Close Knit and  Flea Market line

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