Month: July 2011

Happy Home Set

I bought a set of  charming images from Audree Art on ETSY awhile ago and thought it was time to play with them.   The set is called LITTLE VILLAGE and it came with a variety of  cute houses, trees, birds and banners.  I’ve used two different houses for my set of 3 hospitality cards today, and paired them with some lovely vibrant papers from lime twist (life of the party) and Echo Park (walk in the park). Here’s a closer look at each card   My cards were inspired by these challenges: FAB ‘n’ FUNKY : Clash of the Colors TUESDAY THROWDOWN:  Matching Set Have a creative day everyone! 

Christmas in July!

I have to say that I really DO NOT like making Christmas cards anytime other than November/December!! I am enjoying the heat, sun and general lazy days of summer and do not want to be reminded of winter, or even that admittedly wonderful holiday!   For everything, there is a time and a place.  HOWEVER, when on a design team and it’s crunch time, well I just hate to disappoint!  So, I tried my best to get into the spirit of things and rise to the challenge…as I hope, will you!   Show me some support my friends! HERE is my CRAFTY CREATIONS CHALLENGE card for our challenge this week CHRISTMAS IN JULY.  In the end I made two of these! Stop by Crafty Creations to see what our wonderful Design Team came up with for some Christmas inspiration!  I promise they were more enthusiastic than me this week! 🙂 More Challenges that helped inspire me: CRAFT YOUR PASSION: Christmas in July POLLYCRAFT MONDAY CHALLENGE: Christmas in July Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day!! …

Squigglefly Kraftastic Challenge

Squigglefly has a new artist, new releases and a new challenge this week! Lulu Lancaster (LulusApple)  is the edgy new artist bringing Squigglefly some ‘creepy cute’ images for your moodier days of crafting.  You know you have it in you…those moods have a way of creeping up on even the most innocent of us! The challenge this week, set by our fearless leader Marlene (Marlooney) is…KRAFTASTIC! I made a mini art journal that I’m sure I’ll fill with sketches and card designs.  This spirited “gothic angel” is reaching for the stars and just trying to stay true to herself!  The cover is made from Kraft cardstock; I stamped the stars and flourishes, and added a little doodling of my own.  She has icicle stickles on her wings for sparkle, and crimson pearls ” just because”! HOW   TO: 1. Cut two kraft pieces  and  10 pieces of cream or white light weight paper. I’ve cut mine to 3 1/8″ x 4″ but you can make your journal any size.  Round the corners of  one side on …

Welcoming a New Artist

Today is Lulu Lancaster’s debut on Squigglefly!  You can see some of her amazing mixed media art in her ETSY shop here: LulusApple and her images will be available at Squigglefly as of today.  Go take a look and see her unique style for yourselves!  Fans of  creepy cute and “Burtonesque” will adore her! Thanks for stopping by! Deena    

Vintage Botanical

I love it when I can just make a card for no other reason than the passion I feel for creating something! I have been swooning over some of the vintage images at The Graphics Fairy lately, and I’ve downloaded quite a few, so, many thanks to Karen from Graphics Fairy! My card today is a blend of BoBunny gabrielle collection dp, and vintage paper printed on white cardstock  that I folded to make my background  base card. The main image of the apple blossom c. 1890 on a piece of torn scrap paper was printed, cut out and distressed around the edges.  The torn paper is from an old Geography book that had a boys’ name and the year 1891 written in it!  Isn’t that cool?  You can see the date in the top right. I used a Flourishes stamp for my sentiment and added a short piece of crinkled seam binding and a single aqua pearl for embellishment. I was inspired by the SCS sketch today and that got it all started for …

Flower Arrangement Reflection

We’re seeing double at Crafty Creations Challenge blog because that’s our theme this week!  Claire HOPE JACARE has set the challenge and supplied us with some lovely images to share with you today. This will be given as a retirement card, and I thought the sentiment was fitting.   My Grandmother’s Doctor and his Nurse of some 30 odd years will both be retiring soon, and she asked me to make each of them a special card.  This of course will be for her nurse.  I am still working on the other. I printed the Hope Jacare image twice, once right side up then again after editing and blurring the original, I printed it upside down to get the reflection.  I just had to play with the margins of my page layout to print it in the correct spot under the original.  Not as difficult as I first thought it might be! Yeah me! 🙂  I colored the table with a mix of brown and grey colored pencils to keep it soft and the image was …