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Friday, January 10, 2014

White on White Wedding Card

Creating cards is a passion of mine. When I am creating for people that I love, it's a real joy!  My very dear friend is getting married! She and her soon-to-be husband make such a great couple. I'm so glad to be getting to know him too. The way he looks at her, I know he loves her deeply.  I'm so thrilled to see happiness in their lives.

 They are such a classy couple, that I wanted to keep the card classy, and be dressy and elegant. I cut the card base to have roses using a cut file from Bird's Cards. She makes the most amazing cut files!  I backed the rose cut out with white glitter cardstock to add some bling!

I created some layered flowers using white cardstock. I centered them with glittery buttons for a little pizzazz.

I just had to include hearts on the cards to express the love they share for each other as well as the love I have for them. Of course I cut one of the hearts from the white glitter cardstock to add some pop!

It's really so much more sparkly in person!

Inside has a little bit of blingy sparkle too!

Hoping this delivers all the love and good wishes that my heart holds for them as they start their life together!

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Scrapping Simply and Designing with Silhouette

Happy New Year!!!! Over the past year, I've not had a lot of time for scrapping.  I've stayed creatively active. I'm still making cards and home decor, but I just didn't get much time to scrap.  Which is really disappointing to me.

I love to preserve the many memories, big and small, that my family experiences. Looking back through the scrapbooks is always so comforting and fun.  I decided that I needed to add scrapping back into my life. So I've made it a goal for this year!

But, I tend to get side-tracked from the task because I become overwhelmed. I want to record the memory, but I also want my page to be very appealing.  When I look around for inspiration, I start to turn my page into something more. More artistic. More full. More graphic. More involved..... which makes me feel more pressured! And then, I end up not getting the page made.

I read this article recently, Why I Stopped Scrapbooking by Lisa Moorefield. It made me re-think how I've been scrapping.  I don't need each page to be innovative and worthy of hanging in an art museum!  I just need the page to capture our memories.  So, I'm scaling back, I'm purging supplies, I'm getting more simple, and I'm going to scrap more!

I Got this year off to a good start by already getting a page done!  Using a photo from our New Year's Eve fun, I designed this page in the Silhouette software.  This is another thing that helps keep it simple for me. Simple shapes, easy layout, easy cutting!

We had fun using some props for photos. I made those with the Silhouette too. So I incorporated them right into the page design.

I'm not a fan of my own handwriting, so I typed out the journaling and used the print-and-cut feature to add that to my page.

Using a sketch pen, I added some simple details like the date and drawn circles.. I really like the diversity of the Silhouette Cameo tool.

After I had everything printed or cut out, I added adhesive to put it all together.  Ta-Da!  One page completed!!  May not sound like much, but, that is an accomplishment for me!

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Hybrid Happy Birthday

A special someone in my life is having a birthday. I had to make a very special card for her. It seems like just yesterday we were anxiously awaiting the arrival of my God-daughter. Now she is a beautiful young woman with a wonderful career!

I used one of my favorite digital paper packs for this card. Retrospect 365 by Quirky Twerp. The colors and textures of these papers are rich, elegant and timeless! Seriously, this is an absolute "go-to" pack for me!

I designed the card in my Silhouette software. The sentiment is from Arty Pants Digital Stamps Card Sentiments  I then print and cut the pieces using my Silhouette Cameo.

The background of the flower centers was cut using the white cardstock. I then coated them with Brilliance Dew Drop Pearlescent Ivy ink by Tsukineko. It adds a bit of sparkle!

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