Saturday, March 30, 2013

Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the air.... somewhere, just not here. The jonquils, forsythia, and rhododendron buds are shivering. And I've been wearing fleece and Uggs since snow, rain, and cold have ruled here this week.

I quickly snapped a few pictures before these cards and treats headed out the door.
A step card with Peter Rabbit

And a carrot box filled with chocolate.

Happy Easter, Happy Spring!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Waltzingmouse Blog Party

It's the 17th of the month which means it's time to party with that cute little waltzing mouse! And today the little furry fellow is feeling lucky.

If a four-leaf clover is good luck, how lucky is a wreath of four-leaf clovers?
I made the wreath using the Silhouette Cameo. While I cut the clovers from different shades of green cardstock, I cut the bow from white cs and colored it with Copics. The sentiment and pretty frame are from Waltzingmouse Stamps Fancy Phrases, stamped in New Leaf ink and matted on Berry Sorbet cs.

For this second card, I used one of the first Waltzingmouse Stamp sets I purchased and still one of my favorites, Irish Blessings.   I also used the beautiful digital stamp, designed and offered by Claire.Thank you, Claire!

Again using the Cameo, I resized the stamp, used the trace feature, and finally the print and cut feature to get my cut stamp.Then I colored it with Copics. I stamped the sentiment and the clovers from Irish Blessings on a panel of Aqua Mist cs and then impressed it with a linen impression plate. I stitched the halves of  two doilies and then added the sweet bouquet.  

Happy Saint Patrick's Day and the luck of the Irish be with ye!

Stamps: Irish Blessings, Fancy Phrases, digital stamp (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Ink: Memento Black Tuxedo (Tsukineko); New Leaf, Aqua Mist (PTI)
Paper: Aqua Mist, Berry Sorbet, Stamper's Select White (PTI), green (the Paper Studio), Blending Card by X Press It (Copic)
Other: Silhouette Cameo; Copics; Parisian Lace Doily die, Linen Impression Plate(PTI), French Pastry Tiny Doily Die (Cheery Lynn Designs)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Chalkboard

The  old chalkboard  on a wooden stand was part of the useful classroom decor of a former colleague. Even though she  had a white board and a smart board in her room, she continued to  also use the chalkboard  until she retired last year. When Marcia, another teacher in the department, transferred to the school where I tutor, she brought the chalkboard with her and frequently uses it.  So I thought it appropriate that I use the trendy chalkboard technique for Marcia's birthday card.

 I used stamps from three Crafty Secrets sets : Sweet Kids, Frame It, and French Mail for the vintage  "chalkboard". Roses from PTI's The Sweet Life add a touch of color in the corner.

Sweet birthday wishes for a wonderful teacher.

I'm linking this to Crafty Secrets March Linky Party. Be sure to check out the other participants and the wonderful new Crafty Secrets digital stamps.

Stamps:Sweet Kids, Frame It, French Mail (Crafty Secrets); Sweet Life (PTI)
Ink: Berry Sorbert, Pure Poppy (PTI);  Versamark (Tsukineko)
Paper: Rustic Cream, Sweet Blush, Ocean Tides (PTI); Lost and Found-Market Street (My Mind's Eye)
Other: White Filigree Embossing Powder, scalloped border punch (Fiskars), Faux Crochet Border die (My Favorite Things)