Saturday, April 19, 2014

March Brithday Card Swap

Mirrored Angle Tag for Martica
 Hi Friends,

So much has happened these past few months, that I'm way behind on my blog posts.  So its quiet this evening and I'd like to catch up on a few projects.  There were two birthdays in our swap this month.

First let me start with my very sweet and very talented friend Martica.  She adores tags and the shabby chic style.  I'm new to shabby chic but Martica is a real inspiration to me,  so I really wanted to do something special for her.  This is only my second attempt at something shabby, so I incorporated a few more shabby elements in this creation.  I hope you enjoy Martica's gift:
Mirrored Angle Tag for Martica

Close Up of Crystal Knob, Stick Pin & Mirror
Next up is my dear sweet friend Jolean (aka Pinky).  She has been a sweet angel to me this year too.  Always checking in on me not matter whats going on in her life.  I'm lucky to have her as a friend.  She's form Italian decent and owns her won family pizza business.  She loves pinks and whites and the shabby chic style too.  Are you starting to understand why I need to learn this style!  lol! 

I was in such a rush to get Jolean's  card out on time it slipped away without a picture.  She has promised to send me one as soon as she figures out her new camera!   When she does, I'll happily update my post to add pictures! 

We'll that all the birthday notes I have to share today.  If your not a regular blog follower,  I'd love to have you sign up for email alerts so you can see whats next.  Until next time, live life inspired my friends!  ~ Big Hugs

Priceless Valentines Grifts from the Heart

Hi Friends,

February is a month to dedicated to romance and loved ones and this year was no exception.  My daughter Jessica and I enjoyed a very happy afternoon making valentines for the special people we love.  We didn't get to everyone, mainly our hubby's and children.  We laughed, talked and had a wonderful time creating together.  <3

As a new empty nester trying to figure out what top do with the next stage in my life hasn't been easy.  I can't begin to tell you how much joy it brings me to spend an afternoon creating with my daughter.   I wish all of my family was local so we could all spend time drawing, crafting or creating together.  It would truly be a blessing to share these special moments with each another.  <3

My eldest twin Jennifer and my grand daughter Quinn live in OK, so they are more often the recipients of creative gifts rather than participants in our play days.   Even though Jennifer and Quinn aren't here to join us, they are always with me in spirit.  They seem grateful and appreciative for the gifts I send which always warms my heart.  I always try to send a little love their way.  <3

I am glad that my youngest twin Jessica enjoys our creative play dates and she always welcomes the chance to spend time with her mom and learn something new.  I've learned that nothing warms my heart more then spending  quality time with my daughters whether we are cooking, chatting, playing games, watching a move, or simply creating. 

My youngest daughter, Ashley is an artist who prefers drawing as does my grand daughter  Quinn, so they too are often recipients of special gifts rather than play dates.  I love it when they share their beautiful work, I have a gorgeous county bunny set sewn by Jessica, a gorgeous silver photo tree and Christmas tree had made by Jennifer and an art deco drawing make by my youngest Ashley.

I have a beautiful curio grandfather clock that most women would fill with expensive Lladro figurines.  My cabinet is filled with priceless treasures from  my children's everyday love for me.  Painted rocks, hand prints, ceramic animals and various statues.  Like I said, priceless memorabilia.   

I've always believed that art is an extension of who we are, right now, in this moment.  When we create something of ourselves for someone we love, we give them a small piece of ourselves forever.  With every new creation we learn something more about our inter beauty.  As we continue our journey we learn more about our creative sleeves.  Mastering our  crafts does not come over night, everything takes time and over time, we get more beautiful inside and out everyday.   

Okay enough of what I believe, here's a sampling of our special Valentines creations.  Lets start with my darling hubby's card,  I hope you enjoy them as much as we did creating them!  I created this Sky's the Limit card because I wanted him to remind him that it was time to create a new dream for ourselves, and that the best years of our lives remain ahead of us.  To Richard with love:

The Sky's the Limit Easel Card for Richard
Side view of Easel Card for Richard

Jessica made a card for all the loves in her life, all three boys and her dear hubby.  She had a fun time, was very proud of her accomplishments, as she should be.  I hope you enjoy them my friends:
Hubby's Outside Card

Hubby's Inside Sentiment
Son's Card 01
Son's Card 02 Inside Sentiment

Son's Card 03
Sons Card 03 Inside Sentiment
Someone Special Card 04
Someone Special Inside Sentiment 04
We friends that's all the Valentine Cards I have to share for today.  Thank you for dropping by for a peek.  As always I love hearing from you.  Till next time Make it a happy day! 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Place in Time Easel Calendar - January Page

Place in Time Easel Calendar

Hi Friends,

Today I'm happy to bring you the first page of a beautiful  vintage calendar project that I'll be working on over the next few months.   I love this Graphic 45 paper collection and picked it up last year but haven't had a chance to start on it until recently.   The calendar is 12" x 12" and is attached to a 6 page chipboard easel.   Once all the pages are added (back to back) and put into the easel it really needs to be placed into a large display rack to keep the it secure and upright.  There is a lot of dimension to this page but I still tried to keep things relatively flat so I could get in eleven more pages.
I started this page by cutting out a blue swirly background and added a few silver foil doilies to use as a foundation for this page.  Then I fussy cut the January tags, boarders and post cards and arranged them to my liking.  I added a few sticker boarders across the top, a ornate brass key hole and some swirl bling.  I put a large red rhinestone in the center of the background for a little extra pop!   Then I bow tied the ornate brass key to a matted tag and simply tucked it behind the calender card.   Lastly,  I highlighted the snow in the 'J' with diamond stickles for a little extra dimension and sparkle.   
January Font Detail
This page has been finished for a while but I've been stuck trying to work up the courage to color in the January font gap with a nice vintage red color.  I really think the page needs a bit more red in the upper left corner to balance out the page.   I'm still trying to master my marker coloring skills so I decided I needed more practice before attempting this addition.  I certainly don't want to goof up the page.  I can always come back and color it in when I feel more confident.
Removable Blank Calendar Cards
Right now this is a perpetual calendar that I plan to display as a home decor item.   I may want to change my mind at some point, so I made the months removable by just pinning the undated calendar cards using these cute little 7 Gypsy's hanger clips.  I did scan the blank calender pages so I can date them and print up new ones year over year.

McCall's Magazine Close Up
I love the vintage images in this collection and the magazine cover is a favorite. I really wanted it to stand out on the page so framed it in a beautiful die cut and raised and matted it in vintage red.  I used some Glossy Accents on the 'January' magazine heading and the postal stamp and popped them up as well.  I 'frosted' the snowflakes with lace stickles and popped them up too. 
Memorabilia and Journaling Page Pockets
I put the Place in Time tab along the right side then created a deep pocket and punched it with Martha Stewart's snowflake punch.  I love calendar pages with pockets so I can slip in notes and memorabilia along the way.  I matted several journaling tags, punched holes and secured eyelets for ribbon and slipped them into the main pocket.  I finished off this feature with a boarder of blue snowflakes, a sticker boarder, a Glossy Accents warm wishes tag, a with few pieces of bling, and a scattering of different colored lacy snowflakes with contrasting colored rhinestone centers.
January Little Girl Popup Storage Pocket
This little girl is also a favorite January image so I wanted to do something special with her too.  To achieve this I matted her in red, added the January brass drawer pull, popped her up on three sides so she could be used as a pocket and finished her off with some pretty red rhinestones.  Her pocket holds my two sided January birthday and anniversary list.  Since these dates don't change I thought it would be a nice place to keep this special information and make my decor item more useful.
Well friends I do hope you enjoyed this fun page, that's it from me today.  Thank you for dropping by and if you have any questions or comments, as always I'd love to hear from you.   Have a special day and scrap happy!  Hugs ~ Dawna

Brithday Card Swap - February Collection

Hi Friends,

Here is a collection of birthday cards that I created for my friends in our Birthday Card Swap.   We all had so much fun doing our Christmas Card Swap, we decided we are all "happy mail" addicts and wanted to continue the fun throughout the year.  So here's my collection for February:

First up is my card for Bobbi.  She is such a talented lady and I was in a plaque swap with her last year so I happen to know that she loves fairies and the shabby chic style.  I'm just now learning that style and have only done a few things in it so I haven't quite mastered it yet.

Last month my friend LaRee taught us how to make easel cards with this pretty little fairy card.   It was fun and so easy to make I decided to use it as a base for Bobbi's card. 

LaRee's Fairy Card

I didn't feel like it needed much to gussy it up a bit so I added a few flowers, stickles (glitter glue), some distressing inks, pearls and a pretty stick pin.  Voila!  There you have it: 

Bobbi's Shabby Chic Fairy Card
Close-Up of Sparkly Wings

Inside Sentiment Before Finishing Touches
Bobbi loved her card, so it appears I'm on the right track to learning shabby chic.  Oh happy day!   LaRee thank you for teaching us this great card style.  I'm sure to use it often! 

Next up is my friend Debbie.  She is the hostess at Brat's Latte Cafe where we hang out between swaps to stay in touch.  Debbie is so sweet and exceptionally talented so I knew I had to dig a bit deeper to make her smile.  She loves pinks and whites and the shabby chic style too. 

Here's the vintage card I created for Debbie:

Shabby Chic Birthday Card for Debbie
Stick Pin and Butterfly Close-up
Inside Design and Sentiment
Debbie also loved her card which made me very happy!  :)

Last but not least is my friend Glenda.  She is a wonderful  artist and I've displayed some of her work on my Art Journal Board on Pinterest.  Glenda also loves pinks, pastels and shabby chic too!  Are you starting to see why I really need to learn this style!  lol 

Here is Glenda's shabby chic card:

Glenda's Shabby Chic Birthday Card
Pearl Stop Under Butterfly Wing Secretly Holds Wings Upright
Victorian Lamp Close Up
Used Silver Foil Paper to Create Mirror Effect
Inside Sentiment
Glenda's loved her card too!  So happy my friends all enjoyed their special gifts this month.  I'm already busy on next months creations. 

Well that's it for me today!  Thank you for stopping by and may I wish you a very special day.  Till next time my friends, scrap happy!  Hugs ~ Dawna 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

If I Coiuld Freeze The Picture and Make it Last Forever

Morning Friends,

Nothing says winter like snowflakes and icicles!  But here in beautiful Southern California we don't get too much of either,  so a little "make believe" was in order to pull off this winter wonderland.
Missy Loves Bird Watching
To start things off, let me introduce you to my lovely fur baby "Missy."  She is a large Maincoon and just turned 12 years old over Christmas.  She's a momma's girl, but likes to socialize so she'll come out to say hello when company comes by.   Her favorite past time is bird watching.  In the mornings she sits with me at  the desk while I catch up on blogs, make comments and enjoy my coffee.  She's been a godsend this past year as I've finely made the transition to a happy empty nester. After all who could be lonesome with this loveable face following you around every day? 

To create this layout I used: 

~Teresa Collins "Dec. 25th" Cricut Cartridge for the snowflakes, swirls and birds.  
~ Krylon's "Silver Marker" to color the tree and ice cycle ledge.
~"Diamond Dust" to create the snowy ice cycles.
~Teressa Collins "Summer Stories" Paper Collection for the sentiment card, matting and back ground paper. 

~Tim Holtz's "Branch Tree" die.
~ Spellbinders "Icicles" die.
~ Martha Stewart's Punch Around the Page "Snowflake Set."
I Wish I Could Freeze the Picture and Make it Last Forever
Here are a few more snowflake close ups:
Right Corner with Prima Diamond Flower Centers
Left Corner with Prima Diamond Flower Centers
Well friends wherever you're visiting me from today, please stay warm and cozy!   Thanks for dropping by and may I wish you a happy day dear friends!   Hugs to All ~ Dawna

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Birthday Card Club - January Creations

Morning Friends,

One of my favorite things is to get 'happy mail."  While this tradition has almost gone by the 'buggy whip' there are still a few of us who really appreciate the time and effort that goes into letting someone know your thinking about them on their special day.  To make sure that something more than bills come in the mail this year, a few of us at have started a Birthday Card Club.  There are twenty of us signed up to participate which means we'll all be taking turns creating and receiving happy mail throughout the year.  Here's a sampling of what I sent out for January celebrations. 

This card was designed by Linda Bradbury (one of my favorite card designers) and is for my friend Lorna who celebrated her birthday on the 1st of January:

Sweet Wishes Outside Card Cover
Sweet Wishes Inside Flap
Next came my friend Bren who celebrated her birthday on the 9th of January. Again these are Linda Bradbury cards I learned to make in class with her last year and I just love these wonderful creations!
Gather Together Outside
Gather Together Inside Note Card
Gather Together Outside Note Card
Then for the last of my January cards, my friend Donna celebrates a very special milestone this year as her 60th birthday is on the 21st.  Here's the card I created for her:
French Bird Card Cover
Inside Sentiment - Oh yeah, I did get it glued down! 
Sun Flower Close Up
Well there you have it!   When it comes to creating something from the heart, it really doesn't matter what you chose to do.  Just enjoy discovering your creative process and share it with others so we can enjoy your create journey too.

Thanks for dropping by and for those that have a minute, I sincerely appreciate hearing from you.   Make it a happy day friends!  Hugs ~ Dawna

Saint Valentine's Wedding Day Gift

St. Valentine's Wedding Day Shadow Box

Hi Friends,

Catching up this morning with a few year end posts.  This is a gift I made for our friends Kathy & Charlie who were married on St. Valentine's Day in 1987.  Kathy and I met in 2009 and one of our favorite pastimes is browsing around the antique shops in Old Town Temecula to see if we can find something we can't live without!  lol

 Well over the years Kathy has given me many special crafting trinkets and I took this opportunity to use a few of my favorite ones on their special wedding layout.  Among them is this beautiful tatted cameo and these wonderful gold quilted heart buttons. 

To create this layout I used Webster's Pages "In Love" and  "Post Cards to Paris" paper collections.  I framed the  background by using a piece of black textured cardstock then punched around the page with Martha Stewart's Tear Drop punch and used a Krylon pen to distress the edges in gold.   Then I framed the outer punch work with gold foil cardstock.  For the inside page, I used Martha Stewart's Vintage Lace punch and backed it with red cardstock.  Then finished the inner page off with a bit of zigzag stitching. The dark red and hot pick flowers are hand made rolled flowers and the remaining mulberry flowers are from Wild Orchards web site.
Fir the key to my heart element, I embossed a Kaiser Craft filigree heart and key with gold embossing powder, added a vintage label (with the title work printed from my computer) and did some picture matting for a nice clean finish.

Thank you for dropping by my gallery and if you have a minute, I always appreciate hearing from you.  Make it a happy day friends!  Hugs ~ Dawna