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.  

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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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See you real soon!!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

With Sympathy



It's always hard to create a sympathy card.  You don't want it to be too bright, too dark, too whimsical or too..well whatever.  So as I found myself  this past week in need of one for a friend I took inspiration from the His and Hers class that I am taking right now and created this:
 
I used an older PTI set - Floral Frenzy combined with Distress Inks on good quality watercolor paper.  I stamped my images, then sprayed a few light mists of water combined with Perfect Pearls powder to create a subtle watercolor effect.  
 
I added my sentiment and coordinating dots after my main piece was dry and also added the center pearls at the same time.  I matted my main layer using MFT cardstock in Steel Grey.  I added both layers to a plain white notecard using foam adhesive.
I mailed this off in the hopes that it might bring a bit of sunshine to my friend in need.

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Crafty Hugs!
Meredith