Saturday, August 18, 2012

Birthdays and Aprons too!

My grandson’s birthday party came and went really quickly. He enjoyed a visit from Elmo and opening his wonderful birthday gifts. But not only did we celebrate the 3 year old’s special day, but his mom’s too.
 My daughter-in-law’s special day is August 19th and since that will be a very busy time (she starts law school the following day), she got her birthday gifts early.

Two of the gifts I gave her were a set of aprons. I bought these blanks at Michaels and Hobby Lobby and used my Brother Embroidery Machine to make them special. These designs came from the Embroidery Library, online. My daughter-in-law is the owner of the blog “Will Cook for Smiles.” She is also participating in a photography course sponsored by Sears. Through that class she got a brand new giant grill! She loaned the “Grill It” apron to my son, but she does intend to be the “Grill Master” of the family.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Flower Soft Card Making

I recently used Flower Soft to add texture and dimension to my French café cards. I enjoyed that so much that I bought the Flower Soft Floral 

Card Making Starter Kit. The kit includes 3 jars of flower soft, card topper and other printed sheets to cut, project booklet and assorted other items. I loved cutting each of the lieces to make the 3D cards and enhancing them using the flower soft. The 3D foam pads, create great dimensional images. The Flower Soft Tip Sheet and website: gives great inspirational ideas!


Friday, August 3, 2012

French Café Cards

A couple of months ago, I noticed Sheena Douglass’ French Collection on the I fell in love with the two sets “A Little Bit Scenic,” the French 50’s Café and Provence. There are so many combinations you can make using these in creating vintage scenes.
The owner of the local scrapbook store, Gingham Buttons 2 here in Palm Coast, Florida, ordered the 2 set bundle for me. The picture above is my take of a card I saw online using these lovely stamps! I gave it to a cousin as a gift and she plans to frame it!
I had a great time designing cards using a varied color scheme. I used, Stazon jet black to stamp my images and colored them with Tombow watercolor markers and blended the colors with my water brush.

 After showing them off back at the store, I discovered I could further embellish these cards using Flower-Soft. This product gives my cards some texture and dimension. Check this out at To give a 3D effect I place some of my fussy cut images on pop dots.

To see a wide variety of Sheena Douglass stamped images used on cards go to are plenty more ideas to try!