Friday, January 6, 2012

Birthday Card for Rick and Leslie

Hi Friends,

I have been painfully neglectful of my blog, of posting anything - anywhere, throughout the holiday season... I'm sorry!!!  But I've been having such a wonderful time with family, my husband, dog, home, new stuff, it's just been so nice... the holidays were a real blessing this year.  I enjoyed them more than ever -- family came here to visit (shock!), and I took an entire week and half off from work -- never in the history of my working career have I been away from the office that long.  It was euphoric!

But alas, reality sets in, and I am returning to the "rut" that I so adore!!  I now happily resume my card making and blogging, web shopping and surfing (i.e., Pinterest!), and all the things that I do in my down-time after my "work" life!!

December in our family is a big (and busy!) deal!  Not only do we celebrate Christmas and New Years, but it is my husband's closest brother's birthday, our daughter's birthday, and our anniversary during the same week!!  So there is much celebrating going on here in the Harada household during the holidays in addition to those Holidays!!

 As a result, I have a few cards to share with you!  :)

The first is this gift card holder that I gave to my nephews for Christmas. Not really so unique except that I needed them to have 3 pockets since I gave them 3 different Fast-Food gift cards (Chipotle, Whataburger, and Chick Filet).

The holders are basically 3 small envelopes (3-3/4"x2-5/8") encased in a sleeve and secured with brads and twine.  Nothing too complicated!

Next is the card I made for my husband's brother, Rick.  Which, is still sitting here at my craft table, "returned" by the USP for having the wrong address on it!!  EEEEK!!  Re-sending tomorrow!!  LOL!

The mug and sentiment are "Viva Las Vegas" stamps.  The mug is colored with Copics, covered with Glossy Accents, and the "foam" was created with white Liquid Applique.

Finally, I created a Vintage style card for my daughter, Leslie's, birthday (see lead photo).

This one took awhile to complete because I kept looking at it, changing it, adding to it, distressing it, just everything I could think of to make it look "authentic." and shabby!  I used Webster's Pages lacy ribbon, Tim Holtz Rosettes die, AC roses, Prima swirly rhinestones and pearls, and "Life Stories" CS.

TIP!!  A cool thing that I discovered when making this card was how to make teeny little rosettes!  I made the ones on this card by layering three of the small, single-layer Prima flowers from the "Got Flowers" milk bottle jar.  I just bent the petals up, and tighter, in the center.  The swirly bling Rhinestones on the card are from Prima's "Say it in Crystals" collection.  

TFL, I'm so glad you stopped by!


Gvendalen said...

Hi Ann! Your cards are very beautiful. Happy holidays and best regards in new year.
Hugs, Helena

Tina said...

Anne - Thanks so much for the prima flower tip ... I love them! Great job!

jdmommy - Anne Harmon said...

I'm so glad I stopped by too! I love that card with all the parts...and so appreciate the idea of the three primas! Your blog is always so wonderful........I enjoy seeing what you're up to! Hugs, my friend!