Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Birthdays and Graduations

So, it's that time of the year....graduation time.
My girls are still too young (thank goodness), but I have a couple of cousins that are graduating from High School, so I made them each a card.

Katherine's card is inspired by the quote:  "Spread your wings and fly".  Appropriate given the circumstances, I think.
I created the center flower using muslin and rose trim.  In the center is a Making Memories fabric covered button.  The resin wing is Melissa Frances and fits perfectly.
I think she'll like it.

This next card is for Zack.  I have to admit that it took a little while to find an inspiring quote that fit graduation and lent itself to a masculine feel.  "Enjoy your time" was what I eventually settled on.
I printed off a vintage time piece and added layers and layers of embossing to the clock face (then cracked it) for dimension.  The stamps are vintage and the bingo card was printed off the Internet.
All in all, I think it came together nicely.

I've also been working on a few birthday cards.  My parents have a neighbor, Mary, who is turning 80 years young.  She's a wonderful woman who still paints and gardens.  She also has chickens and always keeps us well stocked with wonderful green eggs.  I created this card for her:
Just about everything is Prima.  You can never go wrong with Prima!

My cousin, Kerry, celebrated a birthday this past weekend as well.  She's a special person in my life as she's the Godmother to my oldest daughter, Molly.  This card was for her:
Another flower created with muslin and a vintage button.  
I really love the shabby layers and the Prima glittered leaf.

And since I was feeling guilty about not creating anything for my Etsy shop...
I absolutely fell in love with this vintage birds image and thought it worked well with the sentiment from Melissa Frances:  "Celebrate.  Today we celebrate you."

I also created a tea time 'friendship' card...
Either of these cards will be listed in Reverie Creations on Etsy along with a few other little surprises, so be sure to stop on by and take a peak!

Have a wonderful day, my friends.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Finally, April's Tag!...and a little appreciation.

I realize that we're already over a week into May and I'm only now posting April's tag, but as they say...better late than never.  I've been so busy fulfilling Mother's Day orders and creating cards for Teacher Appreciation week that something had to give, and unfortunately it had to be the blog.

So, without any further delay (because I have soooo much to share with you) here is April's tag:
The inspiration for the tag was the gorgeous butterfly from Renea Bouquets.  I received two of these beauties in my Scraps of Elegance kit.
 I love the color combination of peach and light blue....and the glitter, of course!

Our school department does a fine job of celebrating our teachers during Teacher Appreciation week.  They provide them with a catered breakfast and luncheon, surprises such as supplies for their classrooms, and drawings for chances to win fabulous and frivolous prizes for themselves.  Obviously, we could never do enough to show our appreciation for all that they do for our children, but it's nice that we try in some small way.  I created a card for each of my daughter's teachers and classroom aides and included a gift card to our local coffee shop in each.

This first card is the only masculine one I had to do.  It's for my oldest daughter's teacher, Mr. Thorne. He's been such an inspiration to her because of their mutual love of math and science.
He also has a wicked sense of humor, so I chose this vintage pic of a boy seemingly cheating off his classmate.

We all have our kryptonite, and Molly's is anything to do with letters.  Her other teacher, Miss Weymouth has spent quite a bit of time (and let's be realistic, patience) on working with her spelling and grammar.  This card is for her:
I loved the vintage image so much that I also used it for Madison's teacher as well.
I just changed up the design a little bit.
Madison's teacher, Mrs. Curtis, is actually retiring this year after 40+ years of teaching.  We're going to miss her.
Madison is in a gifted and talented program for math and reading, so she has another teacher, Mrs. Plummer.  I created this card for her:
I actually created for Mackenzie's classroom aide, Mrs. Plummer (#2).  This next card uses the same silhouette image only cut in half for Mackenzie's kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Robertson.
The silhouettes were fun to work with though I chose not to cut them out due to time constraints, but I think they would look beautiful cut out and put in a nice frame.

I do hope the girls' teachers love the cards as much as I loved creating them, and I especially hope they realize just how much I appreciate each and every one of them.

Speaking of appreciation, I mentioned a while back about the little gifts I like to include in my customer orders.  Well, I created these tags as a little something to attach to their packages.
A simple way to say 'thank you' (and use up some of those scraps!).
I appreciate you as well.  Thank you for taking the time to visit my little blog, and I hope I've inspired you to create something special today.