Monday, January 3, 2011

Hoping to inspire you...

 Hi everyone,

here are a few of the cards that I made these past couple of weeks to send to OperationWriteHome. Because of my busy life at home, I haven't been as active listing and selling my cards and scrapbook layouts on Etsy. Although I am still available for custom orders (Email me anytime) I have reduced the amount of time I am spending listing items in my shop. So if you find anything on my blog that you are interested in, just email me, I will be happy to duplicate or re-create something for you.

 However it's difficult not to create at all, because I am such a creative spirit and I really need an outlet to express myself. So making these cards for our heroes to use is really refreshing.  I cannot resist and play with some of the digital things available on line. These beautiful silhouettes were found HERE. ArtCult is one of my favorites shops to purchase digital collages.
 I have also used a new technique for me. I have stamped on pages of old books and then cut out the images. Those stamped frames are from Prima and I just love how they look stamped and cut out. I have a few more sets of Prima stamps that I definitely need to use this technique on, so be sure to subscribe to my blog to see what I have coming up.

I also found Crescendoh Stamps!!! Oh, my!! I love to stitch or sew my cards and layouts, but sometimes it is just not possible. I have a baby sleeping, or my machine is acting up or I don't have enough time or the right thread. So when I found these stamps that look like stitches I just jumped for joy and purchased both of them. Doesn't that look great? Oh, it makes my heart soooo happy!! You can find the stamps I used HERE and HERE.

While browsing the Crescendoh blog I saw this post with these adorable cards and it inspired me to create these darling ones to your left. Aren't they adorable?! 

I hope to make some little girls day when she receives these in the mail from her Daddy or Mommy. :)

The little girl is a Sarah Kay stamp that you can find HERE. Besides stamping the image on a page of an old book, I water colored it and cut it out. I also water colored the background and doodled a border around it. Cut out some strips of gorgeous scrapbook scraps and used my Cynthia Shaffer's stamps on them.

This is another batch of cards that I made using digital papers and my first purchased stamps at PaperTrey Ink. You PaperTrey Ink fans out there, can you see the stamps I used?

Now to finish this sharing session, I think these on your left are my favorites.

I used my favorite scraps of my most precious favorite scrapbook collections: K&Co., Daisy D's, Websters' Pages, Basic Grey. Can you spot them? When I fall in love with a collection I have a hard time throwing away the little scraps, so I hold on to them until I can make little quilted cards. I used the Crescendoh and PaperTrey Ink stamps again. I think I will be stamping everything with them. :)

The heart is just some acrylic paint on bubble wrap stamped on pages from an old book. I talked about this technique in my last Thrifty Thursday. My husband thought that these cards were too busy. I loved them, mainly because I had so much fun making them and they are so colorful. What do you think?

Ooh, did I wear you out? I hope you had fun checking out my latest creations and get inspired to donate some of your time to brighten someone else's lives.  How do you give back from the abundance you have in your life?

Let me know you stopped by and tell what you think. You don't have to leave a comment if you don't have time, but do tell what you think by checking one of the REACTIONS boxes below. Thanks so much and be blessed, :)



Shelly Schmidt said...

Beautiful cards!

Kris said...

Your cards are all beautiful!

Nancy said...

love them all, and no- I don't think the heart cards are too busy. There's a lot to look at, and I like that.