Saturday, February 28, 2009

Bouquet of sunflowers

My dear friend, Sarah, is in the hospital with a nasty stomach flu, and I thought I'd try to brighten her stay with a bouquet of paper sunflowers (if you think of it, please pray for her -- she's 26 weeks pregnant and has been in the hospital for three days. So far she and the baby are fine apart from the stomach bug) ...

The paper flowers have a hidden twist-tie holding them together and holding them to the stems, which are bamboo skewers that I dyed with a green ink pad...

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Popsicle get-well card

This card was inspired by the birthday card my mom made for Natalie, based on a design on Splitcoaststampers, so I can't take any of the credit, really...

The inside of the card is layered with the blue and orange papers... I made this card for our friends' daughter who recently had her tonsils removed (and was looking forward to the promised popsicles and ice cream).

Friday, February 20, 2009

Custom anniversary card, Take 2

Here's the second card I created for my friend's request for an anniversary card for her husband:

I cut out the tulips from a piece of scrapbook paper and placed them on thin strips of paper for the stems. The leaves are cut out using a die; and the "love" is a rub-on...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Conservatory Overcoat GIVEAWAY!!!!

It;s an adorable overcoat and an adorable post... Check out The Conservatory Overcoat GIVEAWAY!!!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Custom anniversary card, Take 1

A friend of mine recently asked me to create an anniversary card for her to give to her husband. Some of the criteria she gave me included no yellow, and that she loves tulips. I latched onto the tulip idea -- what a creative challenge, especially since I don't own any tulip stamps.

For Valentine's Day, my mom gave me a bouquet of tulips, so I drew from nature to create this card by cutting out tulip petals, a stem, and leaves from some paper that I thought would appeal to a guy while still being something a gal would give for a romantic reason. Whew...

Like I titled the post, this is just Take 1. I have other ideas, and the paper possibilities are endless for this particular card...

The card is tall and narrow, measuring roughly 4 inches wide and 8 inches tall.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentine collaboration

My 2-year-old daughter and I combined efforts to create Valentine cards this year...

I encouraged her to stamp hearts to her heart's content on a 12x12 piece of white card stock.

I then cut the masterboard into smaller squares and layered a cupcake (which I stamped, colored, and cut out) onto a scalloped square and onto the square that Natalie had stamped.

Those layers then got attached to card stock that I'd punched with the Martha Stewart scallop with tiny hearts border. It was fun to create a card that came from my and Natalie's hearts...

I also recently hosted a Stanpin' Up! workshop in which our demonstrator, Karen, helped us create this Valentine for ourselves.

I love that it includes an earthy green to balance the pink and red...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Listen up!

I just had to share the handiwork of my husband, Bret, and our friend, Ryan. They're both talented musicians with busy lives, pregnant wives, and a toddler each. For the past three years, they've come together in February to participate in FAWM (February Album Writing Month, Ryan's wife (and one of my best friends) Sarah and I are immensely proud of them and try to be as supportive as possible by giving them creative space and time to write and record 14 songs in 28 days... This is their fourth year as (drum roll, please)

Halfpenny Orchestra (pronounced "Hay-penny")

If you follow that link, you can read more about them and listen to the three songs they've written and recorded so far this month.

In 2006, when they first launched their endeavor (and when Sarah and I had more time on our hands because we had no children yet), we FAWM widows made our husbands some artsy cards to show our support. Here's the one I made for Bret, which he has on display above his music stuff.

Sarah found the images of the halfpennies, which we cut out and liberally applied to the cards....

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Small mobiles

Here's a video of one of my latest mobiles. I made five of this design, all in different patterned paper. I'm selling them for $20 each (plus $6 shipping) in my Etsy shop.

Awesome Etsy video

This video made me even prouder to have an Etsy shop!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Miscellaneous recent cards (updated)

These first three cards were inspired by projects in the new Stampin' Up! catalog...

This is the Christmas card I made for Bret (my guitar-playing husband). I finally took photos of it at his prompting -- he wants to take the picks off and use them (I purposely used glue dots so he could remove the picks, but it still makes me a little sad that the card will taken apart...).

After reading the comments on this post, I decided to offer to buy Bret a set of new picks instead of letting him take the card apart. He agreed, and now the card is on display above his music area...