Mar 21, 2013

Card Making Process: Let's Take a Walk in "City Park"!

Simple cards seem to be what I do best.  Sometimes I can get in one of those moods where I can really put together a fancy, well-embellished card, but those with simple stamping and cute patterns are the ones that I make the most.  (They also mail the easiest, too!)

On Spring Break last week, I needed to make birthday and everyday cards for my stash. My mom also likes my cards, so I make several birthday cards for her to mail too!

These cards are cute, simple, with a little bit of patterned paper on the inside too.  Just enough to send a quick, short and sweet note to someone:

All these papers are from the American Crafts "City Park" collection, another one of my favorites in which I totally bought more paper than I will probably use!  The flowers are from K and Company and I used stamps from Hero Arts. 

When you make cards, do you often mix several patterned papers?  I'd love to get your opinion! 

Mar 19, 2013

Card Making Process: "Lost and Found" Card Ideas

Sometimes when I sit down to make cards, I will pull out a sketch that I marked from a blog or one that I may have saved from a book or magazine.  Other times, I will pull out a paper collection and see what happens as I begin to lay out the papers, scraps, stamps and other embellishments.

Yesterday I shared the three layouts I completed over Spring Break using different "Lost and Found" collections from My Minds Eye.  Today I wanted to share the cards with you.

For each of these cards, I got my ideas directly from the "Lost and Found" embellishments and the designs on the papers that could be used. The first two cards are for a new baby girl, using a mixture of pink pattern papers from different "Lost and Found" collections:

  This card also incorporates the MME coordinating ribbon and brads.

Next is a birthday card:

This is a little feminine too, but I liked the label with the birds that I fussy cut from a 12 x 12 sheet of paper.

Lastly is a "Thinking of You":

The butterfly design was left over from yesterday's project.  I added some pendant flags from scraps.  

Do you use "Lost and Found" papers more for cards, or layouts?  I'd love to hear your opinion!

Mar 18, 2013

Scrapbook Process: Playing Hide and Seek with "Lost and Found"

It was Spring Break for us in Texas this past week, and I am happy to say that not only did I finish some some more cards for my stash, but I completed layouts too!  It's been too long since I designed any pages with recent photos. 

Since there was extra time during the week, I was able to play a little "hide and seek" in my paper stash to use some goodies that I hadn't seen in a while.  Voila!  "Lost and Found" by My Minds Eye was the winner!

Here are the three layouts I completed with different color Lost & Found  papers, stickers and diecuts that I had stashed away.  The great thing about the Lost and Found collections is that they are so versatile with each other!  It is so easy to mix and match the papers and other add-ins (as I did in my third layout below).  The result is that all three pages will tie nicely together, side by side, in the album.   

Lost and Found: "Union Square - Home Sweet Home"

Lost and Found: "Market Street - Happy Birthday"

Lost and Found Two: "Rosy - Ordinary"

After completing these pages and the cards that you will see tomorrow, I had glitter everywhere!  Now I kind of remember why I didn't use this paper right away, but I do absolutely love how these pages turned out. 

What is your favorite My Minds Eye collection???

Tomorrow I will share four cards I made from the leftovers from the Lost and Found papers!