Saturday, February 11, 2017

A Valentine for my Sweetie

This coming Tuesday is Valentine's Day! I love that day! Can I say Chocolate!!!
For the occasion, I made this valentine for my sweetie using the January SOTM "Adore You" from Close to My Heart.

I cut the hearts out of CTMH Pomegranate Cardstock on my Cricut and embossed them and the white cardstock with a Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder that was in my stash. The heart border punch was also in my stash.

A lot of times when I make a card, I get inspired by ideas that I see on Pinterest, but I don't always have the exact supplies that were used. So I go through the "many" crafting supplies (hint hint....does that sound like you?)  that I already own and use them. I kind of prefer this method because I get to explore my own creativity.

The flowers were colored with CTMH Shin Han markers. You will notice that I left some white space on the flowers and leaves. I did this to give them some depth and make it look like the sun was shining on them. In the flower centers, not sure if you can see, but there are Bitty Sparkles.

I know many of you do not like "fussy cutting" or as they say "fussy cutting makes me fussy". However, I am one of the ones that enjoys it. The trick to it is to use small scissors.  When you hold the paper up and start cutting, you want to turn the paper instead of the scissors. It took me a while to learn this trick, but with a lot of practice, I got the hang of it. Lastly, I popped the flower bunch up with foam tape.

Happy Valentine's Day to you my lovely friends! If you don't have a special person in your life, please show yourself some love. My recommendation is to buy yourself a box of your favorite chocolate and pamper yourself. That might mean, taking a hot bath with lit candles, buying yourself a beautiful bouquet of flowers, getting your nails done, reading a good book or inviting a friend over to watch movies like "When Harry Met Sally" or "Sleepless in Seattle". Any Meg Ryan movie makes me feel good. Lastly,  make yourself a Valentine. You deserve it!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Stitch Fix #4 Review

I came home from a long work week to this nice surprise. "Brown paper packages, wrapped up in string, these are a few of my favorite things." 
 Drum roll as the family stands around to watch me open my present to myself.  

 Look at the nice contents in this package!
 The first item to pull out is an off-white textured pullover sweater by Moon River. This will be nice and warm on these cold days that we have been having.
They paired it with these purple Joey Skinny Jeans by Just Black

I changed up my style a bit with this shipment and asked for a more romantic look. They sent this navy and red blouse by Collective Concepts to wear with the Purple jeans, a grey cardigan and necklace. 
Love it...
The lace on the backside of this cardigan by Le Lis is so pretty and feminine. 

To complete the look they sent this floral statement necklace by Bay to Baubles.

 The Just black skinny jeans are low rise but are very comfortable because they are made of stretchy fabric...which I most definitely need after all the holiday eating that hasn't stopped!
The shoulders on the cardigan also have lace. So pretty. It's hard to see but I am wearing the pretty necklace. Can't say it enough, I love this outfit!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Sugar Rush Cards

Today was such a fun day. I had a group of women over for a card workshop. We made cards, told stories, laughed and snacked on yummy homemade treats. Everyone had a great time. I was especially happy in how excited they got over the cards we made. The cards were all made using the new Sugar Rush paper and stamps from Close to My Heart. The colors of cardstock used are Chocolate, Blossom, and Sea Glass and Whisper. The sentiments are stamped in Slate and Pomegranate inks. The colors used on the donuts are Tangerine, Blossom, and Sea Glass. The sprinkles are stamped in Chocolate ink.

The Ice Cream and Cone were cut from the Close to My Heart Artistry Cricut Cartridge and popped up with 3D Foam Tape. 



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