A Note from Brit

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Two days.

In two days, I leave for Australia. I'm packing and preparing, and I couldn't be any more excited. I'll have my computer with me on my vacation, so I hope to blog while I'm there about my adventures. Here's hoping that I will. Hehe. Here are some things that have been going on with me lately:

1. I've been making simple, elegant cards. Lately I've been using more elegant cards versus cute ones for my new job and the little notes I send out to my boss's colleagues when he requests that I do so. Here are my favorite ones from the last few crafty days:
Simple butterflies and sentiment. I'm in love with the one-layer cards lately. I think it's so much more difficult to restrain myself from adding to much than it is to layer things on until I like it. It's a great exercise in editing. Here's the closeup:
Supplies: Cardstock- Papertrey Ink, Embossing Ink and Powder- Ranger, Ink- Papertrey Ink (Berry Sorbet) and Colorbox (Chestnut Roan), Stamps- Hero Arts (Butterfly) and Papertrey Ink (Autumn Abundance).
As soon as I saw this ribbon from Practicing Creativity, I fell in love. I wanted to make a card to celebrate my love for it. Hehe.
Supplies: Cardstock- Papertrey Ink, Ribbon- May Arts, Embossing Ink- Versamark, Embossing Powder- American Crafts, Ink- Colorbox, Stamps- Papertrey Ink (Background Basics: Diamonds and Butterfly Dreams), Corner Rounder- WRMK.
This is just a simple card I whipped up from a pre-printed card I bought on the dollar rack at Michael's. I added a text print flower, a button, and some ribbon. Easy, and now I'll have a little note to give away the next time I forget I needed one.
Supplies: Notecard- Michael's, Paper- Book by Henry David Thoreau, Scalloped Circle Punch- McGill, Ink- Tsukineko, Ribbon- May Arts, Button- Unknown.
This one is a little less simple, but still work-appropriate. I've discovered that the tricks to making a colleague-appropriate card are neutral colors, neutral phrases, and a small punch of color. You can't go wrong with that :)
Supplies: Cardstock- Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream and Kraft), Ink- Colorbox (Chestnut Roan), Ribbon- Papertrey Ink (Spring Moss), Buttons- Papertrey Ink (pring Moss), Thread- DMC, Stamps- Hero Arts ( Poppy Background CG140) and Papertrey Ink (Autumn Abundance).
I wanted to use this set of chipboard flowers from the "I Do" collection by American Crafts that I picked up a while ago, so here's what I came up with. I love the color combo, but I think I want to try this one again. The spacing seems to be a little off. I love this little cluster though:
Supplies: Cardstock- Papertrey Ink (Kraft), Ribbon- Papertrey Ink (Enchanted Evening), Chipboard Flowers- American Crafts, Buttons- Papertrey Ink (Lemon Tart), White Pen- Signo.

2. The picnic was fantastic. The menu:
Chicken Ramen Salad (One packet of Ramen noodles, seasoning packet removed, smashed and mixed together with almonds, a package of broccoli slaw mix, and zesty italian dressing mixed with the seasoning packet)
Fresh Rolls from the Bakery
Chicken Cashew Lettuce Wraps - Delicious!
Red Velvet Cake Balls - Freaking amazing, but sooooo rich. Everyone who comes over to visit loves them but can only eat a couple before calling it quits. Ha.

So the meal was a success. He loved everything I made, which was good because I knew he was a picky eater. Ha. We went to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, sat by the big spoon, and ate. After dinner, we walked around the garden for a little while and enjoyed the art. It was magical. Here's a very cute picture that we took:
So yeah, I had fun. :)

3. I'm totally going to do this in my room next year. It would be the perfect headboard. Hehe.
4. Did I mention that I leave for Australia in less than 48 hours? Holy cow! I need to go pack...

Thanks for stopping by as always! I hope to get another post up for you, loves, tomorrow. Lots to share :)




Tiffany said...

Can I just say...totally love all the cards you've made! Beautifully done..my fav has to be the last one with the rich looking poppies, but they are all so good and stylish! What a cutie of a picture from your picnic day!

Wishing you safe travels!! Can't wait to hear all the news once you get there! Take care!

~kelly marie~ said...

I love your cards so much! I love that butterfly one! Wow! That headboard is the best too!

TJ said...

I love, love, love your style! Keep posting!