Friday, September 19, 2014

Nautical "Good Luck"

Happy Friday to you!  I'm so ready for the weekend; it looks like the weather is going to be gorgeous here in western Montana, so we will be outside as much as we can.  Before I know it, I'll be up to my knees in snow, so I have to enjoy nice days while I can.
While the weather isn't quite warm enough for a lake day, I still have a nautical card to share with you!
I can't resist the combination of red, white and blue with an anchor.  Maybe that's the Navy in my blood, or the fact that I married a deep-sea diver.
Enjoy your weekend, and I will be back with more to share next week!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Just for You Gift Bag!

Happy start of a new week!  I'm back today with another Fall looking project.  I thought this would make a cute way to pass along a little gift or some goodies for someone.  
I started by cutting a window opening from my gift bag, using a die.  I stamped my flower image twice, once on the piece that will cover the die cut opening, and one that I will die cut with the flower die from the coordinating set.
I colored both flowers using Copic markers, then "popped" up the die cut flower using some dimensional adhesive.
I stamped the sentiment just big enough to fold over the bag and then stitched the whole thing closed with a quick run on my sewing machine.  Enjoy!

Friday, September 12, 2014

"Hello Fall" Card

I love everything Fall.  Leaves, crisp air, football games, soup in the crockpot, anything pumpkin spice get the idea.  I find this season inspires my crafting as well because I love the warm colors and natural textures.  Here's a little "Hello Fall" card I made:

 I used Savoy 100% cotton for the base of the card, and I stamped my leaves and sentiment on it as well.  I love the look of the cardstock and it's organic feel is perfect!

This simple background stamp I used added just the right backdrop for my warm colored leaves.  Instead of giving them a lot of dimension, I adhered them with mini glue dots placed toward the center of the leaves.  This lets the edges stay a little lifted.  I added just a few natural looking embellishments to finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy Fall!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The School Year Begins

First day of school selfie! I am just as nervous and excited for them as I was on their first day of kindergarten. I love my boys!  They sent me off for my first day of the semester last week, and today it's their turn.
After dropping them off, I had a moment.... It really hit me hard, especially as I thought of my oldest entering 7th grade.  My nerves got the best of me as I considered his new challenges for the day - having a locker instead of a desk in homeroom, a full schedule shifting classes each period.  It turns out he did great and came home quite impressed with 7th grade.  My youngest had an awesome day too, and he seems really happy with his teacher.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Fall Favor Box

Sharing the Fall Favor box I created for the CutCardStock Blog, as part of their Design Team!

I wanted to share a cute little favor box I made using my favorite brown cardstock, the woodgrain textured Nature Gmund cardstock.

I used the We R Memory Keepers Gift Box punch board to score and punch the box perfectly.  With this great tool, I can create so many different sized boxes.  The Nature Gmund cardstock is perfect for this.... it's sturdy but still great for scoring and folding.

I die cut leaves from Basis Dark Orange and Flavours Gourmet Caramelized Mustard, and paired with my burlap style ribbon, it's super festive for the Fall!  This favor box would be great for a Fall bridal shower or other special occasion.

Happy Crafting, Amber

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Farmer's Market

My real work and the rain kept me indoors today, but something great came of apple tarts! They got the "two thumbs up" rating from all my guys. Jacob said "you should totally sell these".....the kid's pretty smart! I made another batch, along with full pies and some scones to sell at our local farmer's market.
I love our little town of Bigfork, and the small but fun farmer's market.  We have had our stand several times this summer and have been very well received.  Along with the pies and baked goods, which I totally love making, we have been selling fruit from our orchard.  My oldest has been working along side of me to earn his own money for the middle school trip to Washington DC!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Wedding Bells in the Air

Today I wanted to share with you a wedding suite that I created using CutCardStock products.  The best part is that I printed everything at home on my inkjet printer.  So if you're a DIY Bride, or anyone else wanting to make fantastic invitations, shop for everything you need!
The invitation is a no.10 size, which I love!  The flat style is easy to insert into the envelope and is perfect for a classic design, or something contemporary.  Mine is printed on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White.
The RSVP is printed on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White A-1 flat cards.  This size is perfect for RSVP, driving directions, hotel information, or any other additional insert you want to add to your invitation.  Don't forget the return envelopes for the RSVP!
My "Thank You" card is printed on Cougar A-2 folded invitations in white.  Even though they are scored for easy folding, they come flat so they work beautifully in my home printer.