Friday, April 17, 2015

happy birthday bouquet cards...

Hi  friends!  I recently had a turn to share a little project over on the Pebbles, Inc. blog - I shared a little project I created with a "garden" theme.  You see, I love (love, love, love) a beautiful bouquet of flowers.  The smell of freshly cut flowers makes my heart smile.  I love walking in to a room with a beautiful vase full of brightly colored blossoms.  The only sad thing about it is when the flowers begin to droop and eventually die.  Now, I'm not going to stop adding fresh flowers to my home every now and again...but I sure do love how I can create projects with beautiful paper products and enjoy the flowers forever!
Garden Bouquet Cards by @wendysuea for @pebblesinc using the #homegrown collection
Here's how you can build a paper bouquet to adorn your next greeting card! First you'll need to gather some supplies!
Garden Bouquet Cards by @wendysuea for @pebblesinc using the #homegrown collection
Cut the card base (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") from kraft cardstock.  You'll also need to cut a 4" x 5 1/4" block of floral print paper (from the "home grown" collection), a 4" x 3 1/2" block of burlap and a small piece (about 2 1/2"  square) of text patterned paper.
Garden Bouquet Cards by @wendysuea for @pebblesinc using the #homegrown collection
You'll also want some chips, puffy stickers, dimensional flowers, and adhesive.
Garden Bouquet Cards by @wendysuea for @pebblesinc using the #homegrown collection
Start building the card base by placing the floral block on the card front.
Garden Bouquet Cards by @wendysuea for @pebblesinc using the #homegrown collection
Add the burlap block.
Garden Bouquet Cards by @wendysuea for @pebblesinc using the #homegrown collection
Cut the text block in half and tuck it under the top and bottom of the burlap piece.
Garden Bouquet Cards by @wendysuea for @pebblesinc using the #homegrown collection
 Start your bouquet by adding some of the greenery.  These leaves are from the bag of chips.
Garden Bouquet Cards by @wendysuea for @pebblesinc using the #homegrown collection
Now it's time for the beautiful blooms!  Add three of the dimensional flowers on top of the greens.  I love these stickers, not only because of the fun dimension, but also because they are embellished with gems and glitter!
Garden Bouquet Cards by @wendysuea for @pebblesinc using the #homegrown collection
I wanted some extra color for my bouquet, so I tucked in a few more flowers from the bag of chips!
Garden Bouquet Cards by @wendysuea for @pebblesinc using the #homegrown collection
To complete my card, I added a sentiment tag, using foam adhesive squares for dimension. And what's a handmade card without a beautiful coordinating envelope?
Garden Bouquet Cards by @wendysuea for @pebblesinc using the #homegrown collection
To embellish the coordinating envelope, I used a few of the new dies to cut a scallop circle and a banner from patterned papers.
Garden Bouquet Cards by @wendysuea for @pebblesinc using the #homegrown collection
I placed the two die-cut pieces, along with a sticker (adhered with foam adhesive) to the corner of the circle.
Garden Bouquet Cards by @wendysuea for @pebblesinc using the #homegrown collection
And because we all know that beautiful bouquets attract sweet honey bees, I added a puffy sticker bee to the front as well!
Garden Bouquet Cards by @wendysuea for @pebblesinc using the #homegrown collection
And since the dimensional stickers have TWO of each fabulous design, that means we can make a second card and envelope set to coordinate with the first!
Garden Bouquet Cards by @wendysuea for @pebblesinc using the #homegrown collection
Happy forever-flower-garden-bouquet card making!!

Supplies: Home Grown "Flower Garden" Patterned Paper Home Grown "Front Yard" Patterned Paper Home Grown "Foliage" Patterned Paper Home Grown "Icon & Phrase" Stickers Home Grown "Bees" Puffy Stickers Home Grown Layered Dimensional Flowers Home Grown "Ephemera Flowers" Chips Kraft Cardstock This to That Foam Adhesive Squares Pebbles Dies - Homemade Banners Pebbles Dies - Cottage Living Polaroid

Thursday, March 26, 2015

how to create a fun little tag…

I really love giving little "just because" gifts to family members and friends.  Seeing the look of surprise in someone's eyes when you give them a special little gift, just out of the blue, is the BEST!  It's really easy to do these types of things, without a lot of planning ahead, if you have a nice stash of gift cards, gift bags, gift tags, etc. on hand.  I recently discovered that my stash was getting low.  I decided to use some fun little phrase cards from the "happy day" collection to create some quick and easy tags.  And of course, I had to use the coordinating papers, along with my Gift Bag punch board, to create some sweet little gift bags - just perfect for tucking in a delicious treat...chocolate anyone?!?

tag and bag set by @wendysuea featuring the "happy day" collection by @pebblesinc

I trimmed some of the 3x4 cards from the "weekend" patterned paper.  I knew I wanted to use these cards to make some really easy tags.

tag and bag set by @wendysuea featuring the "happy day" collection by @pebblesinc

I trimmed the excess "white space" from the left and right sides of the images.

tag and bag set by @wendysuea featuring the "happy day" collection by @pebblesinc

   Then I created the top of the tag shape with my gift bag punch board.  I simply lined up the left edge with the "start line" and punched.

tag and bag set by @wendysuea featuring the "happy day" collection by @pebblesinc

Next, I flipped the card over, lined up the other edge with the "start line" and punched again.

tag and bag set by @wendysuea featuring the "happy day" collection by @pebblesinc

Easy!

tag and bag set by @wendysuea featuring the "happy day" collection by @pebblesinc

To finish off my tag, I cut a small square piece of coordinating paper from the 6x6 paper pad and added it to the tag toptag and bag set by @wendysuea featuring the "happy day" collection by @pebblesinc

Followed with a pretty enamel dot!

tag and bag set by @wendysuea featuring the "happy day" collection by @pebblesinc

I followed the instructions included with the Gift Bag Punch board to create a "medium" gift bag, cutting my paper at 7" for the height.

tag and bag set by @wendysuea featuring the "happy day" collection by @pebblesinc

tag and bag set by @wendysuea featuring the "happy day" collection by @pebblesinc

I attached the tag to the gift bag.

tag and bag set by @wendysuea featuring the "happy day" collection by @pebblesinc

And now it's ready and waiting to be filled with a yummy treat for a special somebody...whenever the mood strikes!

tag and bag set by @wendysuea featuring the "happy day" collection by @pebblesinc

tag and bag set by @wendysuea featuring the "happy day" collection by @pebblesinc

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

today,the card set…

Today is last day I get to share a project with you as an official “’fetti friend” as my term ends the last day of February.  I’ve really loved using the products from Reverse Confetti and hope I’ve inspired you to at least take a look at their website and blog

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Most of my projects over the last couple of months have been Valentine’s Day or Love themed. Not this time! I wanted to create a more generic set of cards.  I really loved the bold “Today” stamp in the “Right Here, Right Now” set and decided to use it to create a set of “everyday” note cards.

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I wanted the “TODAY” to really stand out, so I used bright red ink (Doodlebug’s “Ladybug” Red ink by Colorbox) on smooth white cardstock.  I embellished each card differently, but used die-cut shapes, cut with the “Square Tag” and “Documented” Dies by Reverse Confetti.  I chose papers and brads from the “Anything Goes” collection by Echo Park Paper Co.

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Thanks for stopping by my blog TODAY – and thanks again to the nice folks at Reverse Confetti for inviting me to join them for a few months! :)

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Speaking of “TODAY,” I’ve had the words to this hymn playing over and over in my mind since I started this project – so I thought I’d share the lyrics here:

Today, while the sun shines, work with a will;
Today all your duties with patience fulfill.
Today, while the birds sing, harbor no care;
Call life a good gift; call the world fair.

Today, today, work with a will;
Today, today, your duties fulfill.
Today, today, work while you may;
Prepare for tomorrow by working today.

Today seek the treasure better than gold,
The peace and the joy that are found in the fold.
Today seek the gems that shine in the heart;
While here we labor, choose the better part.

Today seek for goodness, virtue, and truth,
As crown of your life and the grace of your youth.
Today, while the heart beats, live to be true,
Constant and faithful all the way through.

Now…Go out and take advantage of TODAY – make it a great one!!!