card making :: live, love, grow with succulents

As much as I adore terrariums and succulents, I have never actually made or put one together.  Unless you count making one on paper (at least I know that kind won’t die on me and my not-so-green thumb)!

I’m still quite attached to the technique of watercolor painting stamped images on a card design and my favorite tool by far has been the waterbrush.  I played around with the Live, Love, Grow stamp set by Stampin’ Up! and put many of my ink pads to good use to color in the the stamped images.  I also did a little bit of masking with post-it notes to create a little bit of depth in my terrarium.

I also got to play with the small stitched rectangle dies by Lawn Fawn thanks to a dear friend, and I really like the subtle effect it leaves on cardstock.  So to begin this card design, I cut out the largest frame from a sheet of watercolor paper using a die cut machine.  You could totally skip this step and cut a piece of paper into a 5″ x 3-3/4″ rectangle.  This will leave a nice border once you adhere it to the front of an A2 size card base.

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card making :: it’s time to celebrate with cake stamp set

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Happy New Year, readers! I know, it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything on the blog but the end of 2015 was a busy one for this mama.  Let’s start off 2016 with a birthday card idea because well, there will always be birthdays.  🙂  This features a new stamp set by Stampin’ Up! that includes all of the sentiments and the confetti image used to create this colorful background.

This method of using one smaller element within a stamp set can be utilized for all sorts of occasions, not just birthdays.  Simply change the colors of ink pads used (think pastels for baby cards, autumnal tones for more masculine cards, etc.) and use any large sentiment in place of the birthday greeting.

For the full step-by-step tutorial, click here.

a week of new designs – day 7

And the final peek at some new designs that will be available this weekend is this simple birthday card complete with a reusable bird clip.

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That wraps up the week of new designs – thanks for following along!  All of the designs are available online and will also be available at the Arlington Open Studios event this weekend.  I’ll be in the gym on the second floor from 12 to 5 pm both days.  Stop by and say hello if you are in the area!

a week of new designs – day 5

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When you want to simply wish someone a happy birthday.  🙂

The words “happy birthday” were die cut and adhered to the top of this card so that it pops off a little bit.  The “i” is decorated with a sparkly rhinestone.  The grey, green, white and blue color palette is one of my favorites lately.

[The arrow stamps and the word die cuts are by Papertrey Ink.]

a week of new designs – day 1

Exactly one week from today I’ll be standing at a table while greeting passersby at the Arlington Open Studios event.  That means it’s down to the wire this week for me to create new card designs.  This week’s posts will be a different design featured each day to give you a sneak peek at what I’ll have available at AOS next weekend – hope to see you there!

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This one is a super simple and clean design with a straight forward message: wishing you a very happy birthday.  I love the pop of color from the mixed patterned paper and have really been digging the white-on-white look.

[The stamped sentiment and die-cut birthday word are by Papertrey Ink.]

hello, october

I inadvertently took a break from blogging in August and September … but hello, October!

My first post for this month will be like a warning that if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll probably be overwhelmed by new greeting card designs over the next couple of weeks.  I’m prepping inventory for two upcoming shows (details on the right of my home page – click for more info): the Arlington Open Studios in October and a Holiday Craft Market in November.  Here are some of my latest creations to show what I’ve been up to at the wee hours of the night (errr, morning … whatever):

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I’m learning that with a toddler, that means super late nights and less productivity than I’m used to.  I’m also learning that her little friends have 2nd birthdays coming up everywhere, so I’ve been trying to come up with more “kid friendly” designs.  I made this one for her little buddy, James.

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coda (south boston)

This is a late post about celebrating my husband’s birthday this year at Coda in Boston.  (Trying to play catch up here, folks!)

My husband thought that I forgot his birthday this year because I didn’t wish him a happy one the whole day until we arrived at the restaurant.  I knew that there was no real way of surprising him by taking him out for a nice meal with the baby in tow, so I waited for him to go to the restroom and set the envelope on the table.  Inside was this handmade greeting card and proof that I remembered his special day.  Despite the sleep deprivation!

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SOS 2012 :: day 1

There was a point about a year ago now where I fell into quite a crafting funk.  I mean, I just couldn’t put two and two together to create a card to save my life.  I don’t really know why that happened but after conversing with some of my artsy friends, it seems to happen to everyone now and then.  Luckily for me, the best thing about doing a craft show has been gaining the motivation back to create new and fun card designs.  Alas, with a newborn it can get tricky.  You know, with this whole lack of time to oneself and all.  (I laugh as I type this and I’m sure anyone with a baby/kid will understand my sarcastic tone here.)  So before I show you some of the newest card designs I thought I’d show you what my work space looked like one evening when I did have a few quiet minutes to myself, complete with the baby monitor in full view.

I am really loving these new “celebrate” cards!  I made some for ‘mom’, ‘dad’, ‘you’, and ‘us’ for SOS and they have been a big hit so far after day one.  And yes, those squares are all individually cut with a paper trimmer.  And yes, those letters are all individually hand stamped by moi.  I’ll admit, it’s one of the most time consuming designs I’ve made in a long time but I think the overall design and how the message just pops out made it all worth it.

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save the date :: somerville open studios 2012

That’s right, my first craft show event since last July when I was about 4 months pregnant; it’s time to get back into the crafty part of my life!  I’m lucky to be able to set up a table in my friend Rebecca‘s studio at Joy Street in Somerville for this year’s SOS event taking place the first weekend of May on the 5th and 6th from 12 to 6 pm each day.

I hope you’ll be able to join us that weekend.  Joy Street Studios is #97 on the map and it’s one of the designated trolley stops which makes it super accessible.  There is a parking lot there if you decide to drive too.  Rebecca designs beautiful jewelry pieces (she made my wedding jewelry!) and I’ll have my handmade greeting cards on display.  We’ll also have some wine and snacks for our visitors!

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chez henri (cambridge)

In all the years that we lived in Somerville, we never ventured out to eat at Chez Henri in Cambridge.  I guess I had always pictured it as one of those restaurants that you would go to for a very special occasion, plus I have to admit that being a French restaurant with a Cuban twist kind of threw me off in terms of possible food allergy issues (read: I didn’t want to be a nightmare customer asking a million questions about the menu items).  So we finally decided to try it out a couple of weeks ago for what I think is a rather special occasion (although he will completely disagree with me and would prefer to ignore the day): to celebrate my husband’s birthday this year.  It was a week and half before the actual date but it was a good reason to go nonetheless.

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