Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Elegant Chantilly Bow

Happy Holiday Weekend!

Hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend.  I celebrated the 4th by setting aside some time for myself to play with the chantilly bow die from Tattered Lace.  I have been wanting to create with this die for quite some time but time seems to keep getting away from me!

I had a layout in mind and even the color scheme of white on white with teal as the accent.  Teal is becoming my new go to color this summer.  I even picked up a few new kitchen towels with teal in them!  I think because it reminds me so much of the beautiful Caribbean sea and how much I love sitting on my favorite beach in Barbados and taking in the stunning scenery.  I am so grateful that I was there just a few months ago for Maria and Gary's wedding.  So many wonderful memories and..........dreaming of my next visit.

OK, now back to reality and my card ------

I cut the pretty bow die twice - once in teal (Hero Arts pool card stock set) and once in white.   I cut the white bow in order to layer it differently underneath the teal one.  I also used the new 5 X 7 embossing folder (delicate hearts).  I picked a white rose that I had already made previously and added it to the center of the bow.  I am so pleased with the outcome. It is so pretty and really can be used for so many occasions.  And it was a QUICK card!  I only fussed with the bow - curling it a bit and raising it when adhered it to the card.  The finishing touch was made with a Viva Decor pearl pen.

Here is a side view so that you can see the layers, depth and detail of this card ---


Now, onto my next creation.  Well, actually, it's off to work soon!  But, hopefully I will have some more time this week to create some new cards for your inspiration.

Supplies used:
Stamp:  Hero Arts
Dies: Tattered Lace chantilly bow, Cheery Lynn cuties 2
Embossing folder:  Delicate hearts
Ink:  Brilliance pearlescent jade
Other:  Viva Decor pearl pen


Thanks so much for "stamping" by
    and have a wonderful Sunday!
                    ~Anna

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Birthday America!

Happy Birthday America!!!   

I just wanted to share a wonderful card I received yesterday from a special stamping buddy, Sue Speck!  Just lovely ---- perfect for our day today!  I love the colors and the composition.  Of course, we always see red, white and blue for today, but the kraft color card stock used for the background really works!!! 

If you want to see more details about this card, or see more of Sue's cards, you can check out her BLOG HERE.

Thanks so much Sue!!!

Be safe and have a great holiday weekend!
                  ~Anna

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Simple Birthday Card

Good Morning fellow crafters!  I finished a simple birthday card several days ago and now I can post it.

 I love white on white cards, but here I wanted to add a very pretty teal accent and of course some diamond stickles sparingly throughout the background;  very simple, didn't take too much time and yet very pretty.

Supplies used:
Dies:    Marianne Creatables garden branch and Anja card stand, Cheery Lynn butterfly and flowers from the  baby's breath set, Impression Obsession tiny flowers, Spellbinders labels 18
Stamp:  Hero Arts
Ink:      Brilliance pearlescent jade

Thanks so much for "stamping" by,
               ~Anna

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Little Black Box

Just as every woman likes to have the perfect little black dress in her closet, so goes it for us crafters and the little black box; perfect for so many occasions. 

I love making these boxes since they look so professional.  Once you make the box, you only need to decorate it and you are done.  (And if you use printed paper, there is not much decorating needed.)

I decorated the top with the Tattered Lace florentine bow dies.  I know that when I first saw those dies, I thought, "why are they called bows"?  Well, if you curl them and sort of fold them in half, but not all the way, you have the loops!  I layered two loops and then used the Cheery Lynn cuties to make the flower in the center.  Added some leaves from the rose leaf embossing punch and that was it;  pretty black and white with a bit of red!

If you would like to learn how to make this decorated origami box, as well as 3 other kinds of boxes, join us for class this Saturday, June 28@1PM.Be sure to call or email to reserve your seat!

Supplies used:
Dies:  Tattered Lace Florentine bow set, Cheery Lynn cuties 2
Punch:  Large rose leaf floral punch & embosser by Nellie Snellen


Thanks so much!
       ~Anna


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

RAIN - A Tribute to the Beatles!

I had the opportunity to see Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles at Bethel Woods this past Friday and wanted to share some photos.  The show was great - really went down memory lane and the actors were so very talented!  It was also so nice to see 3 generations come, sing and mouth the words to the songs!!!  Who would have thought back in the 60's, that 50 years later we would be at such a concert.

I remember as if it were yesterday when I went to the movies to see A Hard Day's Night! And the screaming even at the movie was unbelievable.  I didn't get it.  I couldn't hear anything and I found it frustrating.  It always makes me laugh when I think of Cathy (she was older and took me and my sister) and at the end of the movie she said, "Oh I would really want to stay and watch it again because I didn't scream enough!"  Really!  But we didn't stay because no one wanted to sit through the other movie again.  (Remember double features?)



To my surprise, the pictures came out much better than I had expected.  I did crop them and did get rid of as many backs of heads as I could.

Hope you enjoyed the journey back into time and thanks so much for stopping by,
                              ~Anna

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Father's Day Make & Take

Just a quick post of the card we will create in today's Make & Take!  Perfect for Father's Day.........or a "guy" card for any occasion.


In addition, learn the basics of Pinterest during today's presentation and join this fun group that is the fasting growing social media on the net today!!! Even faster than Facebook and Twitter!

Looking forward to seeing you,
          ~Anna

Monday, May 19, 2014

Thank you!

Saturday's pop up card in a box class was such a blast!!! Thanks everyone! It was great catching up with all of you after this very l-o-n-g winter!!! And the laughs didn't stop! Loved it! And thank you Laura for thinking of us and bringing a tray of bagels and cream cheese -- so thoughtful!!! And it's always nice having Bryan in class and seeing a male artist's point of view!!! Thank you Ginny for cutting all those cupcakes and cherries!!! Love my great customers, who have really become great friends!!!!

Again, I meant to take a picture, especially because we had a man in the class, but I guess we were just having too much fun and lost track of time! 

Thanks again and looking forward seeing everyone again!!!
                             ~Anna