Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Couple of hopes


Do you ever feel like making cards puts a certain pressure on your brain? Maybe it's just me! I loove it, don't get me wrong : ) It's just sometimes I feel they have to be perfect and I can't come up with a certain design or "feel" I am looking for. I do have times when I just get it on the first go which makes me very happy! then I have those days that never amount to a completed card=no post by me : (
I decided to "just do it!" I remember when I started making cards,well crafting came first actually. I had to be at least 5. It's been in my bones and blood for what feels like ever. I didn't always have money to just go out and buy what I wanted to create. I think that is where my creativity came alive most. I challenged myself to use what  I had on hand and I was very content. It wasn't like I felt deprived because I came up with stuff that I felt proud of!
 I am there again. I chose to sit on the living room floor with my children and just grabbed a handful of goodies to play with. Ok, I won't lie I had my son go get my buttons and sticky dots when I needed! Well, it came down to the basics once again. Paper, scissors and a little creativity on my part. I felt waaay less pressure and enjoyed what I made.

So is what I crafted on the floor last night:


This card above is for a challenge
from CASE Study Challenge #81 that I wanted to play along with. It might not win and it might come out as way different then the inspiration picture but I love it! I played and had fun. I even completed a card : )
 Go me! Here is the inspiration photo  from Laura Bassen.  Simply elegant, isn't it?

LOVE her style so much. The whole ribbon and button thing had me at "Hi!" The following cards I made all have that on them because that's how much I love the look of it! Go, Laura!
I made a couple more cards while I was hanging out with the kids and they were so happy we were together and crafting our own projects. Happy kids = happy momma : )

Hope (2)

Anniversary card for my in-laws

Well, I hope you don't stress as much as I do when it comes to making your cards. If you do, try taking a minute to think about why you make them and remember, it's to have fun, relax and most
importantly, for the love of paper. He he!!! Get it? My blog name!! Lol!

Hugs to you and I hope you have a super, sunny day!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Best deal ever...& Mary had a little lamb

and its fleece was white as flock!
Have you ever played with flock? Oh boy! If not, you have got to get some : ) I love this stuff!!!! It's easy to apply, comes in loads of colors, a little goes a looong way and it's very forgiving.

Can you see her lamb covered in fluffy, white flock? Cute, right? I just love the pearl collar on him! I tried to stay on the CAS side but my old habits kicked in and little by little,layer by layer on stuff went! Lol!
These are my favorite cards to make...springish, baby anything as well as white/antique trims and itty bitty details. Boutique style. That is my dream, ya know. To open a shop that sells custom cards and favors, thank you notes for baby announcements,showers,invites,gift bags and tags and all that goes with it . One day.

On a side note, I signed up to be a CTMH consultant again. I was once in 2008 but I had to have surgery and I could not actively create much at the time let alone have parties or host crops. This time I am hopeful things will stay stable with my health so I can keep creating and sharing my passion for all things crafty! Just so you know, NOW (March 1st - 31st) is the time to join because they have a fabulous deal$$ going on! If you sign up for the spring consultant kit you also get the Cricut Art Philosophy Collection-ALL for just $99- +shipping, of course. Holy cow,right??! I almost missed it and ordered the Philosophy kit alone for $99- You get soooo much stuff it is incredible. I took a few pics to share so you could see for yourself.

 I can't even believe how many stamp sets I got with this deal....whoa! They even sent a 12x12 album!
 Idea Books galore....want one? Jam packed with fresh new innovative ideas to create and inspire you.
 Ooooh, wait till ya see the cute box set I am going to make and share with you! Can you see the long die cut cards and envelopes? The inspiration projects in the book are sooo cute and I have my own ideas for those. You'll have to wait until I reveal them!
 Chipboard sheets, many assorted shapes cut. out. already! Seriously! Just make your cut of choice from pp on your Cricut and adhere it to the chipboard shape. Yup, it's that easy.  NICE! Does it get any easier than this?

 Free bitty stamp sets to give away for those that place orders with / through me!! More Sparkles, acrylic blocks, Liquid Glass (this is the best in my opinion) and sooo much more to beautify with!

Is this amazing or what????? This is sooo exciting to me!!! I looove my Cricut so much now I love that I can stamp and cut out designs that are meant to work together. All the necessary Cricut sizes are labeled on the stamp sheet for you. No guess work!!!
I had to share with you : ) That's how I roll! Lol.  Wish you lived close to me so we could crop and create together. That would be awesome : )

If you want to order anything just shoot me an email and I will gladly place it for you. If you want an Idea Book just let me know and I'll ship it right out to you for $3.95 + s&h. I have a paypal account and we can go through there. Just send me an email to and let me know. If you want to browse the CTMH idea book online to see what's NEW, then place the order through me just type in my consultant name so it goes through me. Jennifer Pellegrino lives in PA. I appreciate
it ; ) In the near future I plan to set up my online site via CTMH to display exclusive artwork for your viewing pleasure : )

That's all for me, for now!!

I cannot wait to create some fun stuff and share with you : )

Have a crafty weekend ! I know I'm gonna : )

Thursday, March 8, 2012

You deserve the best day ever

I love this sentiment! It feels nice to say and really mean it! It's from Hero Arts and I purchased it at my local Hobby Lobby. Love that store : )  Isn't it great when you can use a stamp on a lot of different projects? This gets ya the most bang for your buck!!! "Just Because" kinda feels the same but this one sounds more sincere and heartfelt in my opinion. It feel personal and I like that.

Thank you
Strawberries are so "sweet" and what better way to thank a friend than with a berry sweet thank you card?!

I'm all about the sewing machine stitches these days : ) I had a stamp set "You have me in Stitches" by CTMH that I sold because I figured it would force me to use the real thing....and it has : ) Yaaay me!

 It can be addicting once ya start so be careful to make sure your bobbin is loaded and ready to go!! Lol!!

Happy Thursday and I hope you have the best day ever ... because you deserve it  ; )

Saturday, March 3, 2012

It's your day!

Here's a quick card I made ......just because : )

The flowers are perky and fun : ) I cut them with my Cricut.  The clouds I cut out of pp then stitched around with my sewing machine for more depth. Just a few random pearls and stickers here and there...for fun! The sentiment It's your Day is an epoxy sticker I had in my stash Love when I finally use stuff up : )

It makes me feel happy seeing these soft colors of the puffy clouds paired with the bold orange button flowers!

I can't wait to plant some hearty marigolds with the kids...soon!

Do you prefer container gardening or straight down in the earth gardening? 

Hellooooo March!

I feel like I have a spring in my step and love that feeling : ) It may be drab and drizzly here bu tI know right around the corner is lots of sunshine and warmth. I hung on this! My cards are getting cleaner and more open space is showing and I like that. It kind of matches my motto these days with my housekeeping. Less is more! Out with the old and NOT in with new any.thing. I am purging big time these days. Need to badly.

Anyway, before I totally get off subject here, I made a card for A Case Study Challenge #80.

You know, sometimes I see an inspiration photo and cannot motivate. Actually, I can't decide which way to go with my design. My heads goes all over the place with too many ideas!!! It takes forever sometimes to decide on one card. This time it came to me fairly quickly. Happy girl, I am. Well, the choice was between a pear or an apple. I went with the apple. I loved the inspiration photo so much by Laura Bassen so it was exciting for me to create too! Her CAS style is just amazing! What an inspiration she is.

Here is my take on the challenge

Here is the original inspiration photo by Laura
 Oh my my!!! Right? Isn't it beautiful. I had to play along because this card just spoke to me : ) It's such a happy, bright card. Hope you too play in this challenge : )

Have a great weekend!