Thursday, December 31, 2009

*vintage lovebirds*

I'm popping in to share a card I made for some friends who are celebrating their 17th anniversary tomorrow. I hope they like it.
I wanted to thank all of you who left such sweet comments for Livi's snowman. She was so excited! Thanks for making her day! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

*vintage butterflies*

I love butterflies. They add such a delicate and feminine element. The smaller butterflies were made with a Martha Stewart punch. The brown butterfly was punched from a piece of cardstock that had first been embossed in my Cuttlebug. That made it a bit more interesting and gave it some texture as well. I didn't do much to the pink butterfly except for sponge the edges with some distress ink. The larger green butterfly was made with a Sizzix embosslit. It's cool because it cuts and embosses at the same time. Then I sanded it to make the swirls from the embossing stand out a little more. I used linen thread (I love that stuff!) to attach the tag and discovered that once the ends were snipped, the linen thread took on the look of the butterfly's antennae. I chose A Muse's sheer ribbon to dress up the card, and the way I tied it almost gives the appearance of another butterfly. Cool, eh?

So glad you stopped by! Have a beautiful day!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Hannah's sign

This was such a fun card to make. I've had this punch for quite some time now and never used it. I was delighted to make it work for this design. It makes the perfect sign for sweet little Hannah Lollipop. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

*Livi's snowman*

Here's the snowman I promised to share with you. My 6 year-old daughter, Livi made him out of socks, beans, string, buttons, and a toothpick. I think he's darling. He makes my heart happy. I will treasure him forever just because my sweet little girl made him just for me. Livi would *love* to know what you think. (((wink)))

Thursday, December 17, 2009


I haven't made a tall card in a while, and come to think of it, I don't think I've ever made a monochromatic card before. I usually get bored with just one color and start adding others. Technically, this one might not exactly qualify either, but I say it's as close to monochromatic as I'm gonna get. Ok... enough of that.

Isn't little Gracie Lollipop fun? I just had to give her a vintage dress. She's awfully cute done up vintage, don't ya think?

Thanks for visiting The Polka Dot Cafe! Have a beautiful day!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

*somebunny loves you*

I'm back today with another sweet Lollipop. Her name is Presley, and her bunny slippers are too cute! I'm not one for fancy corner punches, but I ran across this one the other day at JoAnn's, and I couldn't resist. Must be the scallops. Anyhoo... because I didn't plan this card out very well, I didn't have room to stamp the sentiment in its entirety, so I stamped it word by word on little tags. Most of the time when that happens, I end up pitching the whole idea and starting over. I hate it when that happens. I'm tickled when I'm able to salvage a card and make it work. This one's going to my little girl. She made a snowman out of socks and brought it home yesterday all wrapped up in a brown paper sack that she worked hard to decorate. It was so cute, and she was so proud of it. I'll have to post a picture of it.

Have a great day... and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Ella Lollipop says *thank you*

My Stamping Bella package finally arrived yesterday, and I could hardly wait to ink up Ella Lollipop. I adore her polka dot dress and matching bow, and her skinny little legs just crack me up. She is total cuteness! I had enough kraft cardstock left over from yesterday for the card base, and seeing that my Stampin' Up goodies were still conveniently out on my desk, I decided to go shabby once again.

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by The Polka Dot Cafe!

Monday, December 14, 2009

*granny's wallpaper*

Here's another vintage creation. It reminds me of old wallpaper like you'd find in a sweet little grandma's house. I first stamped the flower image with antique linen distress ink. I picked some up at Michael's the other day, and it's quickly becoming one of my favorites. Then I stamped right over the top of it with a cream colored chalk ink. It was just the look I wanted... delightfully shabby and very Laura Ashley!
I'm expecting a Stamping Bella package today. I ordered some of those darling new Lollipop stamps, and I can't wait to get my hands on them! I'm sure the poor UPS man is swamped with deliveries, but the selfish side of me wishes he'd drop everything he's doing and bring me my package!

Friday, December 11, 2009

*shabby baby*

I'm a shabby girl at heart. It's the style I chose when I first started stamping over 6 years ago, and it's still my favorite. Everything about it makes my heart happy. It's so soft and inviting, and it makes me want to go back in time. This card features some of Stampin' Up's newest goodies, and they were just made for shabby.

The kids are back in school today, but it's still a bit cold here and they say we're in for freezing rain this weekend. I hope it's warm and cozy in your neck of the woods! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

*in memory of Henry*

A few weeks ago, my sister lost her beloved black lab, Henry, to cancer. She rescued him, helped him get well, and took him into her home and into her heart. He was like one of the family. He was the sweetest dog, and we all miss him very much. I made her this card to let her know we share her sadness.

On a happier note, it's a snow day here. We're in the middle of a big blizzard that's hitting the midwest, and I'm content to stay home where it's warm and cozy. I was out scooping off the driveway this morning, when my neighbor from around the corner shows up with his heavy duty snow blower and insists on finishing it for me. How sweet was that! Looks like I've got another card to make!