Saturday, January 30, 2010

Floral Bird Card with LOTS of Pictures to see... : )

Hi Everyone~  Well, I have missed another week of the MMSC challenge, but I will be back to normal with the Design Team next week and will post my card along with the other girls then.  Don't miss it or the fun that continually goes on over there. 

I wanted to at least give a post this week for you all to look at, and I thought this one might be a good one to list.  I made this awhile back as a special request from a friend, and I took what seemed like a million pictures of it, because there is just so much to see, so you get to see lots and lots on this one.  My daughter told me when I was making it that it was like a storybook that you had to see from beginning to end.   This took a long time to make, but I really do like it.  The image itself is raised about 1/2 inch off of the base of the card, so that it does not get lost in all the flowers, and then sheer ribbon is just weaved and flows throughout with a bow at the top.  There are lots of flowers, butterflies and rhinestones along with sparkle and shine in this very feminine, soft and delicate creation.  The envelope is VERY deep and roomy for this card to comfortably fit in and is decorated every bit as much as the card is inside and out.   I hope you enjoy all the pictures.  Please feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts with me.  I always look forward to hearing your input regarding my work. 

Thanks for taking the time to drop by today, and I hope you have a wonderful week.  See you again soon.

Until then, may many blessings come your way~

Challenges for this card:  Flutter By Wednesdays
Creative Inspirations
Cute Card Thursday
Your Next Stamp
Pile it on

Monday, January 18, 2010

My First Crocheted Flower Card

Hi Everyone!

I don't have a MMSC post for this week, because I got backed up when my husband was here, so I have to sit out and catch up a bit.  Please don't miss the MMSC fun though.  Go check out Priscilla's Blog and join in the fun this week. 

I made this card before Christmas, and I thought it would be a good time to show it to you, since I don't have my regular post for the week. 

I have wanted to crochet flowers on my cards for some time now, because I have seen some really beautiful ones from some friends of mine, so I bought a book and started to crochet.  Keep in mind, it has been over 20 years since I have picked up a crochet hook to make anything!  I couldn't even believe that I remembered anything at all!!  My memory is escaping me anyway.  Wellllll, one thing I did not see coming was how BIG this flower turned out to be.  I wanted a small flower embellishment to use on a card with an image on it...instead, I made a flower that had to take up the WHOLE card. lol  Good grief.  Oh well, I didn't want it to go to waste, so here is what has become of it. 

I don't know that I will be crocheting anymore flowers out of this particular book, unless I am looking for something for a bigger project, but I would love to find a book that has smaller flower patterns in it.  We'll see.  Not so sure these old hands have what it takes to do that tiny, tedious work anymore either : (
Hope you like my creation even if it didn't turn out how I originally intended.   You never know what you are going to get until you try, right? 

Have a great week.  May many blessings come your way!

Challenge for this card:  Creatilicious Challenges

Saturday, January 16, 2010

A Question For My Blogging Friends....

Since the blogosphere is the largest group of people that I will ever get to talk to and make friends with, I was hoping that some of my friends and visitors might be able to help me with a question that I have.  Please don't hesitate to leave a thought or comment whatever it may be.  I appreciate any and all input that I can get.  So, here it is.................

We are looking to move from our house this year, and one of our concerns is finding what we want in the timeframe that we are hoping to move in.  We have looked at the listings in our area, and so far have not found something to suit our needs.  We also want to be able to move in a reasonable amount of time, so one of the things that we are considering right now is looking into modular homes...please note: we want modular...not manufactured or mobile.  It would give us the freedom to custom design the home the way that we want it, and the size that we want it as well as cutting down construction time enough to get us where we want to be alot quicker.  I understand they are far more energy efficient than traditionally built homes as well as sturdier in construction.  They also boast that you almost always save money in the cost of the home than if you were to buy or build another way.  There are many vacant lots that we are interested in, so that will not be a problem for us. 

My question to you, my friends is:  Do any of you live in a modular home or know anyone else that does or has?  If so, can you share any positive or negative thoughts on them?  Right now, we are just in the research phase, and would love to know that whatever choice we make, that we will not regret it in a year or 5-10 years from now.   My primary concerns are of course, quality, durability over time, cost and/or hidden costs beyond the construction of the house, any problems with financing or selling when the time comes. 

I know that is alot of questions to my CRAFT friends, but I figure that someone out there might know something about this that they would be willing to share with me. 

So, just mixing it up a bit this week and giving you all something different to read on my blog.  Don't worry, I will be back to posting my cards again shortly. 

Thanks to anyone who is kind enough to comment.  I appreciate you and value your thoughts and comments.  God Bless you!!

Have a beautiful weekend!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

MMSC36 Valentine Angels and Wishes

Well, it's back to normal here at my house again.  My husband left yesterday, and now it is time to do some cleaning, and get the kids back to their normal routine.  We had so much fun though while he was here.  We even braved the cold temperatures to go out and have some fun sledding in the snow.  We are thinking of going to visit him the next time and make it a sort of vacation for us. 

So, now onto this week's MMSC.  I have decided to go with a Valentine theme this week, since before you know it, that will be here and gone too.  I think the older I get the faster the time seems to go.  Anyway, these cute little Angels are from our MMSC sponsor this month:  D'Amour Allure and really have such a vast variety of uses.  I have seen them used so nicely on Christmas cards, and they are perfect for Valentine's Day, and I can see them for many other uses.  As Priscilla would say, "you are only limited by your imagination".   We would also like to thank our weekly sponsor:  Bunny Zoe's Crafts.  They are offering some great prizes.  Check them out at the MMSC blog.   They have some really cute stuff.  Don't forget to click their link and check out their store. 

Congrats to our MMSC award winners this week:  Iris, Rosette, Jennifer and Kris!  Wonderful job!  Oh, and don't forget that we are now posting a sneak peek of next week's sketch on Fridays that you will be able to see on the MMSC blog.

Thanks for visiting me today to check out my sample card.  I hope that you will leave me a comment to let me know your thoughts on my interpretation of the sketch, and I look forward to seeing what you all create.  I will be around to look and back to my regular commenting again.  Have a wonderful week everyone!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

MMSC35 Antiqued Card

Hi everyone!  I am back for a brief blog post visit.   I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and will have a prosperous New Year!  It's been very busy here, but we all enjoyed our Christmas together and all the time spent with family.  We have had some bone-chilling temperatures here and lots and lots of snow, so plenty of shoveling, school delays and cancellations already and cranking up the heat!  We are still enjoying the last days of my husband's visit to us, so I am not going to be back to my routine blogging habits for another week yet, but I do want to share my MMSC sample with you this week and would like welcome our new guest designer for January:  Grace  ..  She is an amazing card artist, and I am very much looking forward to working with her and gaining much inspiration from her talents.  I would also like  to give a shout out to our amazing sponsors for this month: 

Sunflowers and Dragonflies Creative Designs

The Prize they are so generously offering is:

You can read more details on the MMSC main page at Priscilla's Blog.

My card was used with this vintage image from D'Amour Allure.  I chose to go with the antiqued, distressed look with a touch of class and elegance throughout for my sample.  I dry embossed both solid color background papers and used an around the paper punch from Martha Stewart to frame the image.  Glassy glaze was used on the image, a fancy swirl added with classic gold beads wrapped around the bottom of the image and a matching flower to complete the personality behind this creation. 

A bit of dimension as the image was popped.

We hope that you will join us this week.  This is a very fun sketch to work with.  I can't wait to see what you all come up with.  Thanks for dropping by for a look today, and please leave me a comment to let me know what you think of my interpretation of the sketch.  I look forward to your feedback on my work and always appreciate someone making the effort to let me know their thoughts.  Have a wonderful week, and I will be visiting you all again very soon!!

Blessings for a Happy and Healthy New Year!