Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cards with a Masculine Edge!

Having a difficult time creating masculine cards? It's all about the colors, papers, and embellishments. Make sure to check out my blog post, "Using Masculine Cardmaking Materials for the Men in Your Life", for a few ideas. I bet you have a few things already in your stash - or garage - that you could use!


Monday, February 23, 2015

Using Masculine Cardmaking Materials for the Men in Your Life

Let's face it. It is much easier to create handmade birthday cards for females than it is for males. For masculine cards, you have to be rather clever with your colors, papers, and embellishments in order to create a card that is appropriate. One of my brothers-in-law's birthday is this month so I had better whip up a manly card for him!

Creating Birthday Cards for Men

Friday, February 20, 2015

Best and Worst Crafting Products

In honor of the upcoming Academy Awards and the ever-present Best and Worst dressed list that goes along with it, I have put together my "best and worst" crafting product list. OK, it may not really be best and worst...more like favorite and what products would I bring with me on a desert island and what can I live without?

Best and Worst Crafting Products Awards

So without further ado, the "official" BEST AND WORST Crafting Products Awards:

Monday, February 16, 2015

Birthday Cards for Young Boys

Gearing handmade birthday cards to young boys might not be too much of a challenge as long as you use the right colors and embellishments.

These cards were originally made for an online workshop I previously taught with Jeri Parks and Linda Dotterer called "Card Boot Camp: Boys to Men".

100% Boy birthday card

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Birthday to You!

Since February is my birthday month I have to share more birthday cards! Keep a stash of cards handy so you're ready for the next birthday on the calendar!

Happy Birthday to You! card

The cards I share were made for an online workshop I previously taught with Jeri Parks and Linda Dotterer called "Card Boot Camp".

Monday, February 9, 2015

February is my Birthday Month!

February is my birthday month! I love that it comes early in the year and is in the same month as Valentine's Day. When I was a kid, my mom used to cook our favorite dinner on our birthday and, of course, our favorite cake. I remember one year I chose ham and potatoes and green beans (YUM!!) for dinner and every year it was ALWAYS a heart shaped homemade strawberry cake. With big chunks of strawberries. OMG!

Birthday Cards Banner

So while birthday's are on my mind I figured it was a fine time to share some birthday cards.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Life's Too Short for Ugly Supplies!

If you are a crafter or artist then you probably want to create pretty stuff. Am I right? Do you have stuff in your stash of supplies that you really don't like? I sure do. And I say Life's Too Short to use stuff you hate...Only Use Pretty Stuff!

Live's Too Short Baby Embellishment

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

My Favorite Valentine's Day Pins!

Are you addicted to Pinterest? I sure am! Seems like there's always another reason to create a new Board and add more Pins! Here's a look at my favorite Valentine's Day Pins on Pinterest! And while you're there, let me know if you see anything else I'd like!

Follow Shirley's board Valentine's Day on Pinterest.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Get Ready for Valentine's Day with a Cute Mini Album!

Don't you love to give something handmade to your sweetie (or even your BFF) on Valentine's Day? It is such a fun holiday that can be prepared and decorated with such an array of adorable and sweet items. From vintage labels to children's Valentine cards to crepe paper banners and balloons, there's sure to be something that will tell your special someone just how you feel about them.

I have a video tutorial to share today of a mini album I made many years ago. It is still one of my favorite projects as it is small and oh-so-cute! There are so many ways you can decorate it to make it personal and use up all of that crafty stuff you have been accumulating throughout the years!

Valentine Mini Album

Let's have a look at the videos and how it is made.