Saturday, June 30, 2012

Let's Get Motivated With a Sketch From Splitcoast Stampers

Good morning!

This sketch is from Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Gallery.  
This is the link to their site:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/

I've been looking through sketches from several different sites and challenging myself
to create from the ones that appeal to me.

Hope you like it.



This is the card I created from the above sketch.

Trying to use some "different," bolder paper.

I embossed a part of the card, then added ribbon to cover where the two
different papers meet.

This little bird is the cutest!  
I experimented with what I had to create some shadowing around the image.
Using a small cotton ball (which is used to chalking), I dabbed it in ink, and got as much excess
as I could onto a scrap, then gently circled it around from the edges in.  The first ones I
did are darker than I liked, but as I got used to it, the shadowing got lighter and looked
much better.

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV, White Cardstock, Other
Bird Stamp: Provo Craft
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Sizzix
Ribbon
Sentiment: Paper Company Clear Stamps
Ink: Vivid! Raspberry, A la mode Black

Have a wonderful day!
Polly  :)

Friday, June 29, 2012

Sketch Challenge SC10

Hi there,
Happy Friday to you all!

Yesterday, I decided to check out my garden and see how things are faring.  Well, tons of seeds
were out of the ground, just laying there!  How in the world did that happen?
Hubby informed me it was the rain.  We've had some heavy rains the past few days.

So, my job last night (after our Boy Scout meeting) was to replant the seeds that floated
in the wrong places and cover up the seeds that were sticking out too much.

I will say that our ground gets very wet, so some spots in my garden I was actually sinking!  
I had to squat fast, cover the seeds and move out of those spots fast!
Well, I "covered up" all the seeds with MUD!  I got it done though and in the process
got literally attacked with mosquitoes and no-see-ums!  Those little buggers are as brutal
as mosquitoes!  They "burn" when they bite, so you know they've been there, but you can 
hardly see them!

This is my card for today.  I got a few of these done yesterday.

This is the sketch from the Splitcoast Stampers sketch gallery.  Love their sketches!
Here's the link to their site:


And this is the link directly to the sketch:


Here's my take on sketch SC10.


Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV, Other, White Cardstock
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Alterations Embossing Folder
Sizzix
Sentiment: Stampin' Up! Fundamental Phrases
Flower Stamp: Stampin' Up! Sprinkled Expressions
Ink: ColorBox Tangerine
Ribbon

Have a wonderful day!
Polly  :)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Memories From Old Photos

Good morning,
Another rainy day here, which means another day to craft!  Yay!

Instead of crafting yesterday, I sifted through more of my photos, picking ones I might want
to scrap.  It was fun look at them and remember all the fun times and events that I forgot about
but remembered because of the photos.  A lot of them brought a smile to my face and some, a good laugh!

At another one of my garage sale finds, I purchased two WalMart bags jam-packed with flowers and
what better day to "deal with those" than on a rainy day!   
First, they needed a serious "bath" because the previous
owners smoked.  Yuck!  Once they dried, I got busy tearing them apart.  The flowers were put into one bin and the leaves were put into a separate bin.
Wow, I have some pretty flowers to add to my layouts now!  :)

I also decided to bake yesterday.  Yes, you did read that right!
I made more rhubarb muffins.  Man, those are so good (except for all the sugar that's in them).
Next I made strawberry muffins.  And ended the day making my homemade spaghetti sauce,
complete with fresh herbs from my herb garden.
Of course, I ate too much!  But it sure was good.

My card for today is a "For You" card, which I made several weeks ago.  I forgot about this card
until I went through my stash and realized I didn't post this one.  

I love this DCWV paper pack!  The card is really simple and came together fast.  A good
layout to create a batch of cards (with various sentiments) to put inside a gift box or 
change the sentiment to say "Thank You" 
and make a batch for that special someone.  There are so many possibilities! 

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV, White Cardstock
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Sizzix
Nestabilities Labels Die
Big Shot
Sentiment: Fiskars Clear Stamps
Ink: Vivid! Teal

Thanks so much for taking a peek at my Blog.
Have wonderful day!
Polly  :)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Yipeeee! My Layout Was Featured

My layout was featured on Soul Scrappers! 
I'm so excited and totally thrilled!
Thank you so much for featuring my layout!

Hop on over and check out this great site.  Below is the link to their main page: 

Here's the sketch for Sketch Challenge 53 (SC53).



And here's my take on the sketch entitled BEAUTY.

I flipped the layout on it's side and went from there.  I liked the way it looked on it's side.
These are the photos I took last week of the flowers in a couple of my gardens.

Here's the story behind the layout (Remember, I always have a story)!!

I knew I wanted to use chipboard for the title letters, but they were not the same color.  I was stumped for just a bit.  Then I decided to try painting the chipboard and pressing it into the glitter.  I've had a quart size bag of glitter hanging around for some time, which I got for a steal at a garage sale.
Shazam!  It came out really good.... better than I expected!  I loved it!!

The butterfly ribbon was purchased at garage sales also.  
I bought the flowers (and leaves) at a store and when I got home, I couldn't wait to tear them apart.  
It's amazing how many single flowers came from ONE flower!  And how many leaves are on one bunch of flowers!  I was truly lovin' this!
Now it was super easy to layer several colors and sizes to create "my own" flower.
I used a stick pin through the flower layers, which kept them together. 
The center of the flower is a rosette that I made with glitter ribbon.
I cut one of the butterflies off the ribbon strip and glued (just the body of the butterfly) onto the flower.

You'll notice I added a journaling block and no journaling.  I didn't really want to add my own
handwriting just yet........ so I submitted it without journaling. 

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV, White Cardstock
Butterfly Ribbon
Flowers & Leaves:  Local Store
Straight Pin
Lavender Glitter Ribbon Rosette: Hand Made
Title: Chipboard, Folk Art Paint (Wicker White), Glitter
Sharpie Marker, Ruler

Enjoy!
Polly  :)

Raindrops Keep Falling

Hello there,

Well, I don't need to worry about my garden being too dry!
It's pouring out there!  And it's supposed to rain the rest of the week.  This should
help my garden grow.

It's one of those lazy days.... a good day to snuggle with a good book, take a nap or craft!
The latter sounds much better to me right now.

Anyhow, here's my card for today.

I used a border punch along the bottom edge of the card.
The flower stamps are SU.  They're so cute!  I curled up the edges of the
petals every so slightly to give some definition.

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV, White Cardstock, Other
Flower Stamp: Stampin' Up! Time Well Spent
Stampin' Up! Border Punch
Ribbon
Sentiment: Inkadinkadoo
Ink: Vivid! Raspberry

Have a wonderful day!
Polly  :)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Look!

Good morning!
Ahhhhhh..... the joys of waking up to various loud noises because they are preparing to 
hot top our street.

I'm truly hoping today is much better than the past two days.

Looking forward to creating a layout or two and working on a card for
a challenge on another site.

Here's one of the cards I made last week.

Thanks for taking a peek into my world and my crafty projects.

Lots of layering and some embossing.  A fun card to make.
The flowers were hand cut, folded and scrunched and the center of the flower
was sanded along the edges.
The leaves were actually gold mesh ribbon.  I happened upon them while
searching for something "different" to use as leaves for this card.
So, I hand cut the leaves and attached them just under the flowers.
Cute, huh?

Supplies used:
Paper: Autumn Leaves, White Cardstock, 
Brown Textured Paper: Canson Expressions Papercraft
Flowers: Hand Cut
Sanding Block
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Sizzix
Gold Mesh Ribbon: Hand cut into leaves
Sentiment: Paper Company Clear Stamps
Ink: Vivid! Brown

Have a wonderful day!
Polly  :)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Seriously?

Hi,
I have to tell you about yesterday.  I thought it was going to be a good day, but that was only a
 figment of my imagination!
  
I'm calling it a day from "way down under."

Ever have one of those days?
And why do things happen in "clusters" like that?  ONE thing at a time would be so much easier to deal with.  But then again, I suppose, getting it all over at once may be a good thing too....... I think!!

So here it goes....

First, our dog left us a "surprise" first thing in the morning.  I just loved waking up
to see that!  She's 9 years old and I can count on one hand how many times she has done that in our house.

Only a couple hours later, our cat started meowing like crazy.  Of course, I didn't
know what had gotten into her....
Until I saw her "pawing" at her cat bed.  Curious, I went to check....
She had peed in her bed!

By now I'm really thinking I needed to go back to bed!

Thinking that it was time to clean the litter box, I head down cellar....
Oh my word......... our cellar was FLOODED!

After I get over the shock of that....... I call my hubby.  This is exactly what I said,
"I need your help!  The dog pooped, the cat peed and the cellar is flooded!"

We had 3 extra sump pumps.  Do you think at least one of them would work?  NO!
That would have been way too easy..... and concluded my story.

So, off to our local store and hubby buys a NEW one!  This should work for awhile.
The whole point of having extra sump pumps was to have backups.  Yeah, OK!

The reason our cat couldn't go to the bathroom was because the cellar was flooded.
The dog.... we have no answer for her little mishap.

So, while our cellar has finally been emptied, our cat begins meowing like crazy again.
So, I pick her up and bring her down cellar.  (I'm not too anxious to pick up another mess!)

Well, the pumping of the sump pump is so loud, it freaks out the cat and she starts hissing and 
growling and all four paws are sprawled out (all this going on with me holding her with one hand).  This was really something for Funniest Home Videos!  If only someone else had been videoing it!
She still has back claws, which I discovered later on my t-shirt, which had 4 nicely rounded little holes on one side where her claws connected.  

I had enough by now!  I went into my craft room and stayed there the rest of the day!

I wish I could say it ended there.  Little things kept happening while in my craft room, things that would truly annoy anyone.  But still I stayed there!  

When I finally came out of my craft room, I decided I needed something printed out on our 
wireless printer, which is downstairs. 

HELLO!  
The printer doesn't work!  All of a sudden it doesn't recognize the IP address or the password!
SERIOUSLY?
After fighting with this for awhile, I decided to turn it off and give up for the day!  
I'm done playing!

Never was I SO glad to go to bed and end this ridiculous day!

Please tell me I am not the only one who has days like this.  
There HAS to be someone else who has miserable days.

Thank goodness today is a much better day.  Calm and low-keyed (unlike myself)!!
Got a headache (must be from the over-stimulation of yesterday), took a nap and now I'm all better! 

And, here's my card for today.  Hope you like it.

I'm trying to use paper that I haven't even looked at in awhile.  I actually
found papers that match from different brands!
I bought the flourish die at a craft fair for a wicked good price.  I just love good deals, especially on craft stuff!  I wondered where I could use it, or if I ever would use it.  I knew "something" else was needed in the sentiment area of this card to make it pop a little more.  This is what I came up with.

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV, White Cardstock, Other
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Sizzix
Nestabilities Scalloped Ovals
Big Shot
Swirls: Sizzix Corner Flourish Die
Ribbon
Sentiment (unknown)
Ink: Adirondack Purple Twilight

Have a wonderful day!
Polly  :)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

A Perfect Day To Play

Good morning!
Happy Saturday to you.

What are your plans for this weekend?
Going somewhere special?  A vacation, just the two of you?  A family vacation?
Or maybe create crafty things all weekend?
Whatever it is, I hope you are enjoying it.
For me, it's a perfect day to play in my craft room.  :)

Today is a white on white card. 
I've been wanting to try this for some time now.  
I guess the "idea" challenged me a bit.  But, I dived in and this is what I created.

Hope you like it.

With such a cute embossing folder, all I really needed was the sentiment!

Supplies used:
Paper: White Cardstock,
White Textured Cardstock: Colorbok
Sizzix Embossing Folder
Sizzix
Sentiment: Inkadinkadoo
Ink: A la mode Black

Have a wonderful day!
Polly  :)

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Happiest Place on Earth

Hi there!

One of the happiest places on earth is......... (drum roll)..........
MY CRAFT ROOM!
The place where I go to "escape" everything and be totally consumed and surrounded
by all my craft stuff.  I love it!

Well, it's wicked humid here and storms are coming our way.  
I've plucked all those pesky weeds out of my garden yesterday.  And I was so glad to see the fruits 
and veggies have finally popped out of the ground, so maybe they won't get "washed
away" from the heavy rains coming.  

That's exactly what happened last year.  
I was so happy to finally get my garden planted and the very next day 
the storm of all time hit our small town.... tornadoes, heavy rains, 
wild winds.  Totally freaky!  
About a week later I noticed huge spots in my
garden where NOTHING was growing!  The winds and rains obliterated
half my garden!  All my hard work.... gone.

So, today, I've decided it's way too hot to be outside (surprise, surprise), 
put my fan on HIGH and craft in my little, cozy craft room. 

Here's my card for today.
Hope you like it!

Embossing, layering and stamping made this card so fun to make.
I was a little uncertain about red, pink and white.... but I like how it turned out.

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV, White Cardstock
Flower Stamp: Stampin' Up! Thoughts & Prayers
Sentiment: Inkadinkadoo
Ink: Studio g Red
Nestabilities Labels Dies
Big Shot
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Sizzix
Diamond Stickles
Ribbon

Have a wonderful day!
I'll be keeping an eye on my garden, hoping nothing gets washed away.
Polly  :)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Life is Sweet.... And The Mosquitoes Are Bitter

Good Thursday morning to you!

The sun was blazing hot yesterday.... and no bugs.  Except for when we went into the
woods, so the Boy Scouts could play their game of Smugglers & Spies.

Mosquitoes!  
We haven't seen this many ganging up on us in a long time!  I think
they were just sitting somewhere patiently waiting for "fresh blood" to get there!
Wow!  That was harsh!  You know it's bad when they gather together to attack you.... like five at
a time in one spot!  Yikes!
I got my exercise in though.  I had to keep walking back and forth and swinging my arms 
around and slapping myself constantly!  The more we killed, the more that showed up!

The boys, on the other hand, were not so "bugged" because they were running through the woods, 
hardly staying still for a moment.  The important thing is that they had a good time!

Now, onto a much more pleasant subject than mosquitoes....
My card for today.

I started with a plan in my head that I was going to make a totally white on white card, but then
I decided to add just a touch of color and really like how this turned out.
I'll have to search for that plan (in my head) when I do decide to make a
white on white card.  :)

How can you go wrong with embossing?  I love the texture it brings to any card.
So simple and easy.  Emboss, layer and add a sentiment (or not) and you've
got a smashing card!

Supplies used:
Paper: Autumn Leaves, White Cardstock, White Textured Cardstock: Colorbok,
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Sizzix, Sentiment: Paper Company Clear Stamps,
Ink: Vivid! Teal

Have a wonderful day!
And try to stay away from those pesky mosquitoes!
Polly  :)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Flowers & Lace Card

Good morning!
Another beautiful day!  If it's nice weather where you are, get out there and enjoy it!  :)

Here's my card for today.
Hope you like it.

This was a fun card to make!  Once I got the idea of what I wanted to do, it really
came together quickly.  In no time, I had eight cards complete.

The flowers were from a small bouquet from a local store.  I tore them apart and 
was pleased to discover that there were more layers than I imagined.  I re-layered
different sizes.  With this many flowers, I would have enough to make many cards!  :)

I inked the edges of the flower with yellow ink.  The paper lace doily was cut in half with the 
corners snipped just a little so it wouldn't stick out from the card.  Ribbon was added,
along with a brad for the center of the flower and sentiment finished off the card.

Supplies used:
Paper: Autumn Leaves, DCWV, White Cardstock
Ribbon, Flowers, Square Brad, Lace Paper Doily
Ink: Stampin' Up! Barely Banana and Garden Green
Sentiment:  Stampin' Up! Hugs & Wishes

Have a wonderful day!
Polly  :)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I Think it's Time to Plant My Flowers

Good morning!
It's a beautiful day!
I've got some flowers to get into my gardens today.  They've been sitting in plant pots for 
several weeks.  I think it's time to get them in the ground!
  
Then I can make some cards!  Yay!  
The creative juices are flowing, so I have to roll with that.

Here's my card for today.

Simple card with ribbon, a flower and sentiment.
The flower was hand cut and folded and manipulated a bit to give it some
definition.  The edges of the petals were inked then Stickles was also added along
the edges and dotted in the center.

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV, White cardstock
Ribbon, Diamond Stickles
Sentiment (unknown), Ink: Studio g Blue

Have a wonderful day!
Polly  :)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Community Service

Hi there!
Even though the day started off cool, it gradually became nice and sunny and I was lovin' it!!
And I was SO glad to be out and about enjoying this weather!

Today, the Boy Scouts provided some much needed community service to a local organization.  We stacked their wood for them and painted part of their building and all the trim around the windows.  What we thought would be a three hour job turned into a six hour job!  
But all was good..... they fed us hotdogs over the fire.... and their building looks SUPER!

Here's my card for today.  Hope you like it.

The inspiration for this card came from:

Thought I'd dig out some stamps that have been lonely from lack of use.  
I'm kinda liking this sentiment.

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV, White cardstock
Cake stamp: Close to My Heart
Sentiment: Inkadinkadoo
Ink: Vivid! Teal
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Sizzix

Have a wonderful day!
Polly  :)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Have You Laughed Today?

Good Morning!

Just a random thought....
Do your animals make you laugh?  Doesn't it feel good to just  laugh out loud?
I love to laugh!  In fact, I can always find a chuckle in me even in the worst of times.
It's true, laughter is the best medicine.

Our animals are so funny.  Their mannerisms and their actions really make me laugh.
They have their own little personalities...... that were probably created around our own
actions.  Maybe that's why they make us laugh.  We're laughing at ourselves..... 
wait..... no, I need to rethink that...... that's not what I meant.... I don't think....

Anyways, here's my card for today.
Thanks for checking out my Blog.
Hope you like the card.

Once the blocks were placed on the card, the other block holds the flower, 
sentiment and ribbon over it.  Pattern paper from DCWV makes this card have a 
happy feel to it.
The flower was made with the Sizzix Flowers #1 Die.  
The center of the flower was sanded.

Supplies used: 
Paper: DCWV, White cardstock, Sanding block,
Flowers: Sizzix Flowers #1 Die, Big Shot,
Sentiment: Close to My Heart, Ribbon, Ink: A la mode Red

Have a wonderful day!
Polly  :)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Full Throttle

Hello,

I hope you've enjoyed your Saturday.

I've accomplished more than card making today.  I CLEANED!  Yup, you read that right.  I stormed through the house, full throttle, trying to attack every dust bunny!  Very challenging indeed!

When I had enough of that, I escaped to my wonderful craft room.
And, here's my card for today.

The circle was traced and hand cut then sanded.  The flower and leaves are Stampin' Up!  I creased and sanded the flower and leaves.  A gem was added as the flower center.
I finished up the card by adding ribbon and a sentiment.

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV, White cardstock,
Flower stamp: Stampin' Up! Love It, Leaves: Stampin' Up! Simply the Best,
Ribbon, Ink: Vivid! Teal, Sanding, Sentiment: Heidi Grace Designs, Gem

Thanks for checking out my Blog!

Have a wonderful day!
Polly  :)


Friday, June 15, 2012

CREATIVE PARKING

Hello!

I had a wonderful day making cards, which was long overdue!  My craft room had been calling my name for awhile now!  Nothing like cranking up the music and crafting!  I was able to get several cards done but I really want to make more.

And the best part........ I get to craft all day Saturday too!  What could be better than that, right?
So, if I can remember all the cards I've been wanting to make, I'm going to do some "cramming" and get as many as I can done.

I may do some cooking too.  Did I really say that?  I will have to think more about that.  
But Father's Day is coming up and I really should think about making something yummy for my hubby!

Today's photo isn't a card, but I wanted to share a funny photo with you.  
Last weekend a friend and I spent the whole day at garage sales.  It always is so fun!  We have such a good time.  Held once a year, the city holds a "City Wide Garage Sales" day(s).  This is the chance to stock up on all the crafting goodies I can find!  And I did find bunches of ribbons, lace fabric and satin fabric.  What a deal too!  Now my stash has been replenished!  That's a nice feeling.

Anyways, this year, the curbs were out to get me.  I could not get close to the curb without rubbing
 my tires and that's NOT a good thing!  
So, this one time, I tried really hard to get as close as I could to the curb without rubbing my tires against it.  

This is what I did.


I drove the car nice and easy and thought, "Yes, I finally got close enough!"
Then my friend gets out of the car and says, "Oh my word!  You have to see this!"
I immediately thought I rubbed my tires against the curb and something bad happened to my tires.

I hurry out of the car and there's my car, looking like it was levitating and then I saw the tires 
barely on the curb!  
How in the world did I do this?  My friend said she felt the car going up...... I didn't.

This is NOT considered "driving on the curb."  
No, I think this is "CREATIVE PARKING."
I don't think I could do this again even if I tried!

My friend asks, "Do you have your camera?"  
Yes I do, so I got a few pictures of this amazing feat!
Yes, I know, probably everyone says they can do this, and that it's nothing.  Really?
Can you get your tires (both of them) about an inch or less onto the curb?
If you can do this, I'd like to see a picture!

So that's my story for today.
Hope it got a laugh out of you.
Stay tuned......... cards are coming! 

Happy crafting!
Polly  :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Nestabilities Dies

Good morning!
We're having a rainy day today.
After looking at my wilting, droopy seedlings in the garden yesterday I was glad that the 
much needed rain perked them up!  Phew..... I thought they were goners!

My cards for today are the same layouts but with different sentiments.  It's so easy to 
make a pile of cards for all occasions when you really like the layout.
Enjoy!

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV, White cardstock, White textured cardstock: Colorbok,
Sizzix embossing folder, Sizzix, Nestabilities Labels Die, Big Shot,
Sentiment: Inkadinkadoo, Ink: A la mode Red, Ribbon 


Supplies used:
Paper (same as above), Nestabilities Scalloped Ovals, Big Shot,
Sizzix embossing folder, Sizzix, Ribbon,
Sentiment: Making Memories, Ink: A la mode Blue.

Have a wonderful day!
Polly  :)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Moose Tracks

Hi there,
Since I'm posting this so late, it's now technically Wednesday, which is weird to me because
it still feels like it's Tuesday (because I'm still up)!

A couple days ago, before planting my garden, I saw these "holes" in my garden.  At first I 
thought "someone" walked through it....
Then, when I went out to take a closer look....... I realized it was a different kind of someone....
a couple of MOOSE traveled through my garden!

Every year, I get moose tracks through my garden, but usually AFTER I plant.  Then I have to try and salvage my seeds and seedlings and fill the huge potholes!
This year I guess they are travelling earlier.  I hope this doesn't mean that they will be making
"tracks" through my garden more than once!

This photo shows more than one set of tracks.  My guess is it's a momma and her baby.  I kinda
wish their trail was "beside" my garden instead of "through" it.


Thought I'd show you "some" of my flowers.  I really love my bleeding heart.  
Each year it gets larger and larger.  I think it's outgrowing it's original spot.

These are the flowers in one of my flower beds. 

I love these Iris plants.  I only wish they would last longer than a day or two, so I
could really enjoy them. 

FYI:  While gazing out my craft room window (I guess I'm going to say "yesterday"), I saw a 
SKUNK run across our street, onto our lawn, and GUESS WHAT?  He went right through my garden!

I'm beginning to think there is an imaginary trail running through my garden!

Hope you had a wonderful Tuesday!
Polly  :)


Sunday, June 10, 2012

It's Time For A WILD Layout

Hi there,
Hope you are enjoying your Sunday.

I have a WILD layout for today.  I say that because it's out of my norm.  
It's a fun layout that hold lots of pictures though.

Well, all I can say is it's something different for today.
Hope it at least gets a laugh out of you!  :)

I pulled out some papers from my Momenta stash and matched the orange from DCWV
and set to work matching these colors.  Some photo blocks have ribbon.  There's a 
couple journaling blocks to write and write!  I decided to add flowers and buttons
to finish off the layout.  Because the layout is so busy, I decided not to add too many
embellishments.  The layout is WILD enough!

Supplies used:
Paper: Orange cardstock: DCWV, Momenta,
Buttons, Ribbons, Wavelet Scissors,
Sanding, Flowers (unknown brand), Black Sharpie (for journaling lines),
Nestabilities Labels Die, Big Shot


This is the left side of the layout.


Here's a close up of the journaling block surrounded by buttons and a flower.
The journaling block was lightly sanded along the edges. 


The right side of the layout. 


This grouping is more buttons and a flower.  The flowers curled up naturally, so I took
advantage of that and faced the bottom one downward and all the others turning upward and 
added a button in the center.  


The other journaling block.
I used my Big Shot for the Labels Die and added a journaling block in the center.  
I folded the flower in half and placed the end of it under the journaling block.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for checking out my Blog!
Polly  :)

Friday, June 8, 2012

A Cool Day For Cards

Hi!
No, really..... it is a cool day outside today, but it's always a great day to 
make a few cards, right?

I did have plans for today.  I was going to plant my garden, but the weather had other
plans...... and didn't want to cooperate with me, so it decided to rain.
So, my garden planting will have to wait another day.

Instead, I will "hide away" in my craft room and do some organizing and possibly
some creating too.

Here is my trio of cards for today.
Enjoy.

This layout is great for a card.  I think I may make more cards using this layout.

I used my Sizzix to emboss the paper, gold sheer ribbon was added.  The flowers are Prima.  I couldn't find the right color for the top flower, so I found a Bic marker that matched and colored it.  I inked the edges of the bottom flower with the marker also.  A gem was added for the center of the flower.

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV, White cardstock, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Sizzix, Prima flowers,
Bic Marker, Gem, Gold sheer ribbon, Sentiment: Heidi Grace Designs, 
Ink: Color Box Chestnut Roan


Her card was so cute, I just had to make some cards using this layout.

The flower was hand cut from random flower stencils then gently curled under.  I cut a circle from the pattern paper, sanded the edges and used it as the center for the flower.  The leaves
are from the Sizzix leaf die.  

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV, Momenta, White cardstock,
Sentiment: Inkadinkadoo, Hand cut flowers,
Sizzix leaf die, Big Shot, Sanding, Ink: Vivid! Teal 


This card is so full of Spring!
The inspiration from this card came from here: http://lauri-paperville.blogspot.com/

I stamped the butterfly stamp several times, hand cut and embossed them.  I folded them in the middle so the wings would stand up slightly.  I used glue only in the center where the fold was so they would stay slightly lifted from the card.

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV, White cardstock,
Sentiment: Stampin' Up! Happy Moments, Cuttlebug embossing folders,
Sizzix, Ink: Vivid! Teal and Adirondack Pool

Have a wonderful day!
Polly  :)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

So Thankful For All Who Visit My Blog

Hi there,
First of all, I would like to thank everyone for checking out my Blog.  I really hope you like it
and find some inspiration here also.

Finally!  It was a nice day out today... thus the late post, because I've been
outside all day.  Yay!  :)

This is one of my favorite layouts.  I love DCWV Paper!
There's a nice journaling block and it can hold a variety of size photos.

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV, Hand cut flowers, Buttons,
Ink: Vivid! Teal, Sharpie marker (for journaling lines), Ribbon 

Left side of the layout. 

A couple close ups of the flowers I made.  I just traced random flowers from my stencils stash, hand cut them, layered them and curled the ends of each petal under.  I added ribbon under the flower and a button for the center. 

 These flowers were super fun to make.  Again, traced, hand cut then layered them.
For the upper right flower, I just folded the petals together and added a button.
For the lower left flower, I cut the petals in half, then scrunched, folded and curled the very 
tips of each petal and inked the edges.  The ribbon was tied into a bow and placed
under the flower and another button was added for the center.

 Right side of the layout.

For this flower I curled the edges of the larger petals under on each side.  
The top flower was curled under.  I looped the ribbon under the flower and 
topped the flower with a button.

Have a wonderful day!
Polly  :)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Here's An Idea.....

Hi there,
Thanks for checking out my Blog.
Here's an idea from today's layout.  I really like how this one turned out.
Hope you like it too.

This layout can hold quite a few photos.  All it's waiting for is the title and whatever else you 
may want to add to it.  There's a small area for journaling, but I'm sure if more journaling
was needed, one of the photo blocks could be used, or it could be hidden 
journaling under the photos.  Just throwing some thoughts out there.

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV, White cardstock, Oval and Circle Templates,
Sanding block, Watercolor pencils, Gems, Diamond Stickles,
Mesh fabric, Random flowers and leaves from my stash,
Gold cording, Ink: Stampin' Up! Yellow



 A close up of the flowers.  These are just random flowers from my stash.  I tore them 
all apart and re-layered different sizes.  I inked the top and edges with Yellow ink, then added 
Diamond Stickles.  The plastic leaves, mesh fabric and gold cording were added
under the flowers.

 A place for journaling with a little bling!  I used a watercolor pencil and
ruler for the lines.


Close up of one part of the layout.  I cut the oval from a template then sanded the
edges.  The flower is a part of a larger flower, which I cut the way I wanted and added
a gem in the center. 

A close up of my favorite flower.  This is just a random flower bought at a store.  
I tore them apart and layered differently.  Diamond Stickles was added along the edges and 
along the creases of the top flower and around the center, where the gem is.  
Isn't it cute?

Have a wonderful day!
Polly  :)