Sunday, May 27, 2012

Back in the Saddle Soon

I made this card for my boss (who has a few horses of her own) when she was recovering from surgery this week.  The office just hasn't been the same without her.  Best wishes, Ginnie, for a speedy recovery!!

The red rhinestones add bling to the 5" apple tree cut from the Serenade cartridge.  The horse from the Create-A-Critter cartridge is cut at 3.25" and I added white stitching with a white gel pen to the mane and tail to add some interest.  The yellow card base is by Bazzill Basics.

I raised both the tree and horse with pop dots to give the card dimension.  The "Get Well Soon" sentiment is stamped in light brown ink using the Everyday Sayings stamp set by Hero Arts.  I do hope that my boss loves the card and that's she's back in the saddle real soon!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Inspiration for Education

Have you ever been inspired by an educator in your life?  This adorable little apple and caterpillar were the perfect combination of cuteness when a co-worker asked me to make a Mother's Day card for her sister who is an educator.  I should also give a big shout out to Kelli at Bee Craftee who not only inspired me to create this card but to start my own blog for Haystack Cards.

I come from an education background myself... my own mother is a school counselor and my undergraduate degree is in Science Education.  That could explain why I also enjoy working at the School of Education at the College of William and Mary.

Not only did this card work for Mother's Day, but had I thought about it sooner, the sentiment could have been modified for Teacher Appreciation Week at the childcare center where my children attend school.  I'm particularly appreciative of the educators in my life -- thank you for inspiring me to be a better person and mother.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Sending Sunshine and Laughter on Mother's Day

Welcome to my very first post!  With Mother's Day right around the corner, I've been busy this week making lots of cards for family and friends.  These little frogs on Create-A-Critter are too cute for words.  The grandmother frog is cut at 3" and the little girl and boy frogs are cut at 2.25".  They are sitting on lily pads cut at 2.25".  I added stitch marks with a white gel pen to provide interest.  Pop dots behind the frogs give the card dimension.  I used Shine Shimmer Metallic card stock (Color: Moss Green) for the card base and assorted colors of Colorbok textured card stock for the other elements.  I used Coredinations card stock (Color: Grassroots) for the light green lily pads and tummy accents.

Those who know me know how addicted I am to my Cricut.  As if I don't have enough supplies already, I recently decided to add stamps to my collection.  For the sentiment, I used the Celebrate Everyday and Everyday Sayings stamps by Hero Arts.  The inside of the card is blank.  The overall card dimensions are 5.5''x 8.5".