Monday, July 30, 2012

Handmade card: Mosaic

From time to time I enjoy working with patterns. In this card I wanted to create a mosaic look with a light grout effect in between. The lines may not be as perfect as I would want them to be but I am happy with the end result. 
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Monday, July 23, 2012

Handmade card: Missing home

The whimsical clouds in this patterned paper inspired me to create a missing home card.  Even though I know I may be missing home while away at training, I will be putting all my energy on learning everything I can.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Handmade envelope: Heaven sent

I have fun choosing the perfect stitched brad for every handmade envelope. It has to complement and enhance the overall look of the envelope.

The  front of the envelope was embellished with a felt flower, lace and smash tape ribbons, pinwheel button, bling and pearls. The paper is by Heidi Swapp's Color Magic line. I love working with this paper by coloring it with some Tim Holtz peacock feathers distress ink. The middle of the flower I embellished with a found object before placing the pearl into it.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Handmade card: Heaven's embrace

This is a heavenly sympathy card for a good friend who lost her brother this month.

I know she worried about him and I wanted to create a card that reassured her he had been embraced by our Lord on his arrival.

The greeting was one I found online and it seemed perfect for the message I wanted for the card. 

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Handmade envelope: Sympathy roses

This is the envelope I created for yesterday's Guadalupe sympathy card. 

The roses are meant to echo the ones on the card, and the dimensional embellishment is meant to represent coiled rosary beads. This envelope was created with a jewel in my stash, Heidi Swapp's invisibles borders paper. I colored it with some wild honey Tim Holtz distress ink, and the end result was breathtaking.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Handmade card: Guadalupe

 I was commissioned to create this sympathy card for a friend's family who had lost their son. They are pious people from Mexico, so I knew I wanted to incorporate Our Lady of Guadalupe. I was lucky enough to find this beautiful picture on the Internet and the card almost created itself after that.
When creating a sympathy card I always take into account who it's for and what a difficult time they are going through. It's an amazing feeling when I hear back on how the card touched the people I created it for.
My best reward is having helped someone through a difficult time or given them hope after their loss. Any death is a difficult time in anyone's life and words can only help lessen not remove the pain. I trust my card has done that for the Ruiz family.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Handmade card: Festive 4th celebration

 This is my first July 4th in Texas and the spirit in this state inspired me to create this festive card. I wanted to represent all of the bright colors that you always see in fireworks and the pride shown by flying flags everywhere. Today is also a day to show some extra respect to all the men and women in uniform. Their service allows us to celebrate our country's independence.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Special Announcement:Something to Celebrate!

This week I received some amazing and long awaited news. After 9 months of searching and interviewing I got a great job. It requires a five and a half week training program, so I will be away from my computer for most of that time. I will schedule posts to launch while I'm away (tapering from two per week to one a week). I thank you in advance for your patience and understanding in this exciting time.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Canine card: Belgian beauty

Brussels Griffons are an intimidating little dog to me so it has taken me this long to find the perfect way to showcase her. I decided to start with a feminine card that could show off  her expressive eyes. Looking at her it is hard for me to believe that they were originally used as ratters by stablemen. They are one of the most adorable dogs in person in the toy group ring. They have an attitude that lets everyone know who's boss.

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Canine card: Ooo La La!

Bienvenue mon amis (Welcome my friends!) to my continuing canine card collection. Welcome to beauty and creativity. This bling took my breath away and I have been keeping myself from over using it. This was the perfect place for it. The sweetness of this French Bulldog screams out Paris.

When I think Paris I see masterpieces in the world's great museums, delicious chocolates, breathtaking sites (like the Eiffel tower) and beautiful cruises down the Seine. I know the ship pictured is a cruise ship, but that was the general idea.

This card would be the perfect gift for any French Bulldog lover. If you would like any card customized with your preferred breed, leave me a comment or drop me a message. 

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