Birds & Words

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Simple "Thank You" Surprise

I have two gears.  Either way-to-much, over-the-top, this-is-going-to-cost-a-fortune-to-mail or super simple.  Today is super simple.


Elegant, black & white card front with a die cut "thank you".  Tip:  I used low tack washi tape to line up my words and then pulled it up after I glued down the die cuts.


Black and white carries through inside with an added pop of gold embossing powder.  I used my Perfect Medium pen and wrote out my message and then embossed that with gold embossing powder.  A little gold Creative Impressions heart give the message a little punch.


I used Ranger clear Embossing Dabber and smeared around the border of the white textured panel and embossed that with gold EP.  I used a distressing tool and scratched the edges of a white layer, applied Embossing Dabber to the scratched edge and then drug that edge through gold EP for a fine detail layer.


The inside panel is a pop up.  

Cards usually have a decorated front and a simple message and signature inside.  I wanted to reverse that on this card and make the inside an embellished surprise!



Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Best Creative Wishes from Creative Impressions!


This week I've got a fun 6x6 card for you, layered up with lots of butterflies and a bit of crinoline.


I made a trip down to Colorado to see Janet at Creative Impressions.


I love getting together with creative friends to discuss designs and make plans!


One of the sweetest ladies in the world.  So easy to love.


Creative Impressions is HUGE!  A great collection of ribbons and embellishments.  It always reminds me of that final scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark.  You may remember the scene when they assure Indy that they are taking care the Ark of the Covenant.  "Our top men are on it."  Then you see it be wheeled into a warehouse in a box labeled "Top Secret Government Intel: Do Not Open".


There's no telling what she's got in there!!  Ha!




Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Creative Impressions - Touches of Color


Another simple card today.  My schedule is really busy lately and I'm LOVING simple.  You?

This was a fun color play.  Very little color in the card, but a nice exercise in tying in touches of color for balance. 

The Creative Impressions brads and flower brad gave me three touches of yellow.  The layered panel, Creative Impressions flower center and message ribbon gave three touches of purple.  The bird cage, birds and words "happy birthday" gave three touches of black.  I used a twill ribbon layer behind the purple ribbon and balanced that with a kraft card stock card base.  I also did a double matted the card with a white layer which really made the 3D embossed background layer pop.

These will be birthday cards for my little girl cousins.   Creative Impressions always saves the day for me when doing kids birthday cards because I don't have many "kid" stamps or elements.

Thanks for checking out my blog and find some touches of color in your day today!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Ric Rac Love!

Having SO much fun playing with Creative Impressions jumbo ric rac.
Here's a couple of simple cards with lots of texture.

I stitched a bunch of lengths of Creative Impressions ric rac and then sat and just came up with several different cards.  This one frames a Tim Holtz rub on message with Creative Impressions antique copper frame & brads.  LOVE these little frames.


Here I added a rub on message to Creative Impressions white jumbo brad for a flower center.
Cute message for a birthday card?


Here's a close up of the little embroidered flowers.  Super simple but a fun way to add interest.

T

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Happy Graduation from Creative Impressions!

Its time to have a few graduation cards on hand.   These can be used for other occasions, so I like to make a couple extra. 

Creative Impressions mini star brads give this card some flair!


I love stars!  They are really versatile and can be used for lots of different occasions and themes.  Its easy to find quotes and song lyrics to use as your sentiment. 

This song lyric is probably better suited to someone who graduated 40 years ago (who, me??), but I still like it.  Its a song by Bad Company and I like to use it for graduates.


The card front is watercolor paper.  I'm reaching for that a lot these days because I love the thickness and texture.  I blotted some Antique Linen and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide inks onto the watercolor paper.  I then added white embossing paste through a flourish stencil.  I cut a star from glitter paper for my shooting star and then added lots of Creative Impressions mini star brads for a trail of little stars.  I used some sunflower Perfect Pearls powder which I applied with a dry paint brush to the stenciled embossing paste.  Spritz with water to adhere.

Pretty simple card but the graduates are looking for what's inside, right?

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Creative Impressions - Mother's Day Rickrack Roses

Are you thinking about Mother's Day?  You better start, May 13 is right around the corner!  I've been wanting to try my hand at these lovely rickrack roses and Mother's Day is just the time for something special.


This is not my technique, I discovered it on Pinterest.  You can see the tutorial from the very talented Jessi on her blog, Practically Functional.

I used a "thank you" die.  I was inspired this week to just say to mom:

Remember how you always took care of me?  How you loved and encouraged me?  How you tended me every time I was sick?  Remember how you gave me the best and took what was left for yourself?
Thanks, mom.  I love you.


I used 1/2" pink rickrack from Creative Impressions to make these pretty roses.  Green rickrack make the leaves and natural provided a nice border. 


This was a really fun card to put together.  Its got lots of layers and textures to give it interest. All elements including ribbons and black matte frames and brads are from 
Creative Impressions.

Whether your mom was perfect or flawed or a mixture (aren't most of us a mixture?), making her Mother's Day card provides a chance to just think about her and remember.  And say thank you.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Creative Impressions - the Brightest STAR!


This was a fun little tag to do using an easy to do framing technique.  I'm really drawn to stars right now and found a short little "star" quote to frame my tag elements.  I'm adding more and more hand drawn elements to my work.


I started with a #8 tag and blotted Distress Oxide inks in Broken China, Wilted Violet and Fossilized Amber.


I inked an extra tag and die cut a coordinating heart for a layering element.  Creative Impressions black matte frame and folk star are layered over a bit of cotton fabric.  I also created a base with Creative Impressions new velvet and sequin ribbon.  I call it "Gypsy ribbon" because it makes me think of the colors and sparkle of gypsy caravans.


These super cute Creative Impressions clips are always a fun detail to add.  I use these a lot in my planner with a ribbon or washi tape tag.


Add your own words and phrases to a hand drawn frame.  I wrote the phrase with a tail at the beginning of the first word and end of the last word.  I use Uniball Signo 207 Micro and Ultra Micro pens.


Connect the line to make the shape of the frame you want.


Retrace the frame so that the line doesn't quite line up.  Give it a little squiggle if you like for interest, or some x's or stitch marks.

Find some time for some Creative Impressions today.  Create and impress!!