Sunday, December 15, 2013

My Favorite Favorite Things!!

I know, I can hardly believe it myself!!  I've actually had enough "free" time to play along with this week's MFT Sketch!!  It's been MONTHS, my friends since I've had any time to color and join the amazing team at MFT in their amazing weekly inspiration.  Here is this week's sketch:
I had about 45 minutes to complete this card from start to finish which is literally a record for me.  I swear I am the slowest crafter in the world.  I love to take my time, sit and think on an idea so that it comes out JUST as I'd imagined it.  And above all I really, really, REALLY hate to be rushed (both in crafting but also in my daily life!).  But that being said, I have three children - 9, 7 and 9 months so there is absolutely no time for me and my fun.  But I needed a b-day card for a sweet little girl who is just about to turn 1 so I took the time to pull up this weeks sketch and got to it as quickly as I could.

I stamped the Pure Innocence Fairy Girl using Hero Arts Black Ink (love, LOVE this ink) onto watercolor paper.  I then used my Distress Markers to color her in in that oh so rustic and "watercolorey" way.  I used my water brush to move the color around to just where I wanted it.  
I used my Wink of Stella pen to subtly glitter up the pom poms on her shoes, the band on her dress, her wand and wings.  

I stamped the background with an alphabet background from Basic Grey and the sentiment is from Paper Smooches.  I didn't even have time to pull out my die cutting machine so I added some fun gold sequins in lieu of any other embellishments.  I have to be honest, for 45 minutes I was pleased.  I love how the image stands on it's own and really makes the card special.

Thanks so much for coming by!!   I hope to be playing along again very soon!!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

Monday, November 25, 2013

Holiday Greetings!

Greetings Crafty Friends!!  Just popping in to share our 2013 holiday card!  I know, I know it's a wee bit early in the season but we celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas in our house so between that and us having an 8 month old my motto these days is to get things done when I can get things done!  So without further ado...here are both versions of the Winston family holiday card.  The back is the same on both.  And don't be hatin' on me for not making my own...I so don't have THAT kind of free time this year ;)  
(front)
(back)
(front - card #2)
Yay to Shutterfly for having such great template options.  It made this busy Moms life just a little bit easier.

What are you doing for your holiday cards this year!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Geometric Thank You...

Greetings!!  Just a quick post on this Halloween Eve to share a quick thank you card that I made the other day.  I used lots of Hero Arts Shadow Inks - Pool, Navy and Cornflower.  The stamp set is Hero Arts Clear Hexagons.  The little dots in between are from Avery Elle's Petal and Stems set.  
My sentiment is stamped using Unicorn White Pigment Ink and heat set with white embossing powder.  I inked the "i adore you" sentiment from Paper Smooches - Good Gab set using Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Royal Red.  I colored some white self-adhesive pearls using my Red Lipstick Copic Marker and scattered them throughout the card.  

I've inked onto Neenah white card stock, I matted this using some Bazzill card stock and my card base is card stock from MFT - Sweet Tooth.

I'm off to get everything ready for my kiddies for Halloween!!  Hope everyone has a fun and safe night!!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

7 Months

It's impossible to believe that my baby is now 7 months old.  Seriously!?  I blinked my eyes and 7 months flew by!!  Oh and I also have a 9 year old (gasp!) and a 7 1/2 year old.  Truly unbelievable.  I try hard to be present every day and still the 24 hours in a day continues to allude me.  Sigh =)  As you can see we're on the 'go' quite a bit as at least half of the photos below were taken in Maine...love.  He's eating everything in sight and growing out of all of his clothes.  Every day there's something new with all of my babies which I welcome and embrace...eager to put one foot in front of the other in order to persevere into the everyday newness.  
See you all soon!!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

Friday, September 20, 2013

Funky Birthday...

Greetings Friends!!  As I'm finding my groove (again) as the Mommy of a 6 month old (in addition to my almost 9 year old and 7.5 year old) figuring out schedules, naps, quiet time, etc. I am able to find a bit more time to sit down at the computer and post the creations that I was able to make in the last few months.  Here is a card that I made in May for my Sister-In-Law's birthday.
I drew my inspiration for this card from a number of different blogs I read - Maile Belles, Sarah Martina, Lisa Spangler, and of course...Jennifer McGuire.  I'll be hones with you, I made this card in May and can't really remember all of the supplies used.  But I'll do my best!

I know the stamp set is from SSS, the paper is from my stash, I punched the hearts out with the Heartbeat Deep Edge Punch from Martha Stewart.   I used glossy accents to adorn the black hearts and added some mint green enamel dots.  I stamped the 'happy' using Unicorn White pigment ink and the gold dots using Delicata Gold Pigment Ink.  The heart is cut from Steel Grey Cardstock from MFT and the heart is cut using the Layered Heart Die-namics also from MFT. 
I just love how whimsical and funky this turned out.  And below is the card that my 8 year old daughter made for her Auntie using a fabulous stamp from The Greeting Farm.
Seriously?  How cute is she!?

Thanks for stopping by friends!!  Have a great weekend!!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

With Sympathy...

My dear neighbor recently lost one of her beautiful, furry friends.  A gorgeous fawn Great Dane by the name of Zsa Zsa.  She was a sweet and gentle soul of 8 years and we're all so sad at her passing.  The loss of a pet can be so devastating and I wanted to let her know how sorry we were.  I had the perfect MFT (older) stamp to create a sympathy card for her. 
I used the sketch from a couple of weeks ago to inspire me. 
I dusted off my Copics (yes - they have been sitting dormant for about a year) and dove in!  It took me about 8 days from start to finish to complete this card.  Having a six month old (plus 2 older kiddies) leaves very little time for crafty fun but I just kept chipping away at it slowly.  I stamped the image with Momento Tuxedo Ink and colored it in.  I kept everything VERY simple and easy.  I did, however, also dust my sewing machine off and put that back into action for the heart and perimeter of the main panel.  I used my deliciously fun Prismacolor pencils to create the grass and some fun paper strips for the little flags. 
I used my favorite and always reliable Signo Uniball white gel pen for the faux stitching on the outside of my panels.  The scallop was created using MFT's Wonky Scallop Die-namics and the heart is from the Hearts-a-Plenty Die-namics

My almost 9 year old daughter also created a BEAUTIFUL card to share:
So sweet and I loved her 3-D flower stickers!! 

I hope you all have a wonderfully crafty day!!  Until next time my friends!!!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

5 months!!

I don't know how Ari could possibly be 5.5 months now!!  Oh AND my eldest is almost 9 (yikes!) and next oldest is 7.5...just amazing how time flies!!  We have one more full week of summer left and then I will have a third grader and first grader...and a baby.  Sigh...I'm wistful and not wanting summer to end.  I will miss my two oldest terribly when they head back to school.  But in the meantime we are enjoying every day and trying to soak up as much free time as possible!

Here are some recent shots of the tiniest one!


Hoping you have a wonderful rest of summer!
 
Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

Monday, July 8, 2013

A Series of Thank You...

Between having a baby this Spring and the end of school, I've needed a great deal of thank you notes.  Now seeing as I have an infant...the answer is yes, it would have been much easier to send ones from a box or purchased from the store however, it's absolutely against every fiber in my being to spend $4 on a store card when the ones I make are infinitely more meaningful, not to mention prettier!  But with my lack of time I had to find cards that were easy and very quick to pull together.  Well, who better to go to than the amazing Jennifer McGuire for a quick and easy yet beautiful card!?  I was inspired by this card. 

I have this gorgeous stamp set from Mama Elephant and took full use of it to create a great many cards!  I'll show you one today.
I used my Distress Ink Markers to color up the single line of filigree design and stamped onto high quality water color paper.  One I had the color laid down, I generously spritzed the paper with water mixed with Perfect Pearls pigment powder.  It allowed the Distress Ink to bleed and mix together in a lovely way and it lends the entire paper a very subtle sparkle - which unfortunately is impossible to capture in a photo.  I then used a Hero Arts sentiment set for the sentiment which was inked with black pigment ink and heat set with black embossing powder.  I used a Martha Stewart die to punch the hearts out of black cardstock and then coated them with Glossy Accents.

I'll be back soon with another Thank You card!

Hope you're keeping cool!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Almost 4 months!!

It's truly amazing that almost 4 months have passed since having my third baby!!  Life is busy for sure and summer is in full swing but we have all adjusted and are having a fabulous time. 
I've been able to craft just a tiny bit here and there and will eventually get around to posting my creations.  But until then I hope you're all having an amazing summer!! 

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

Monday, May 20, 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013

Two Months...

It's hard to believe that Ari is two months old!  We had our visit to the pediatrician today and I had absolutely put out of my mind how very difficult it is (albeit necessary!) to have your child go through their course of vaccinations.  Oh he cried, I cried, we all cried together!  But he made it through fabulously and is being a good boy!!

Just a few recent shots to share!

He's just too delicious!!

Nighty nite!!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Thinking of You on Mother's Day

Hi All!!  I'm back with another faux water-colored Mother's Day card!!  This card is for someone extremely special in my family's life - our Aunt Mary.
I used the exact same technique here as I did in yesterday's post once again using the PTI Spiral Bouquet stamp set.  Except I changed the colors up tailoring it to my recipient. 
I added some taupe colored enamel dots from MME to add a bit of depth to the card front.  My sentiment 'thinking of you' is stamped with black craft ink from SU! and heat set with black embossing powder.  I love the 'messiness' of the water-colored images combined with the scattering of excess black embossing powder dots.  It makes a bit rustic and not so perfect in my book which I adore.  

Supply List:

Thanks so much for coming by today!!  I'll be back tomorrow with another crafty creation for Mother's Day!
 
See you real soon!!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Sunshine and Laughter

Popping in again to share another card that I recently made for a darling friend for Mother's Day!
I used PTI's Spiral Bouquet set in combination with a few of my favorite Distress Inks.  My inspiration is taken from a class I've been taking with Jennifer McGuire and Friends.  If you haven't taken one of her classes I highly recommend them!  I learn SO much each time!

I have stamped my images onto good quality watercolor paper using Distress Inks in Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Scattered Straw and Peacock Feathers.  The red ink is Wild Cherry from MFT.  Once I inked everything up, I spritzed the entire panel 5-6 times with a mix of water and Perfect Pearls powder.  The Perfect Pearls powder give the entire panel a very subtle shimmer.  Unfortunately it's so subtle I simply cannot capture it in the photos.  Once the mist of water hits the Distress Inks - and apparently the dye ink as well - the color starts to move and bleed every so slightly.  I love this look as it gives the entire card a watercolor feel about it.  Slightly imperfect and a bit whimsical at the same time.

I created my own embellishment using a MS butterfly punch.  I punched it twice, glued it together just at the body so the wings have some movement.  I used a bit of white twine for the antennae and two enamel dots from MME to embellish the body.  My sentiment is from a fantastic Hero Arts set listed below.

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Thanks so much for coming by today!  Be back tomorrow with another installment of Mother's Day cards!

See you soon!!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Queen Bee

I now have an 8 week old, a 7 year old and an 8.5 year old.  Needless to say life is busy!  But now that my infant is napping a bit I am able to very quickly get to my desk for only a few moments - but those moments are very much needed!  Creating keeps me calm so that's always a good thing!  ;)  And regardless of how busy I am or how limited my time is, the people in my life still deserve a beautiful card on a special day.  And right now my focus is Mother's Day.

First up is a card I made using a PTI set.  I made this card for a dear Mommy-friend of mine.
I first stamped the bee wings/legs in SU! craft black ink and heat set them.  I then added the body in hot pink using a mix of different inks that happened to be on my desk at the time - I will write them down next time.  ` The tiny bees are stamped in Lemon Drop Dye Ink from MFT.  The stuff is SCRUMPTIOUS!!  And lastly the polka dots are stamped using Distress Ink in Peacock blue (a total swoon color if you ask me).

I used a strip of Bazzill cardstock in yellow to hold my greeting 'Gratitude' which is stamped using white craft ink and heat set. 

I sent this off today along with a few others that I will show you all soon!

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Thanks for stopping in today!!

See you real soon!!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith