Friday, July 29, 2016

Decorative Boxes

I love playing with paper and making cards, tags and journals, but I've found a new joy in creating decorative boxes. Over the past couple of months, I've enjoyed transforming kraft boxes, paper mache boxes and plain old cardboard boxes into something quite different and amazing.

This sweet little box started off as simple heart-shaped kraft box. I distress-painted both the bottom and the lid with pale yellow acrylic paint. The bottom is adorned with white felt rick-rack. The lid is edged in white lace trim and features a shabby chic flower made of scripted paper.

The next two boxes started off as ... well, just plain cardboard boxes.

Again, I distress-painted both with acrylic paint -- one in sage green, the other in soft blue. I added burlap trim, shabby chic flowers and assorted embellishments. 

These charming boxes would make lovely keepsake gifts -- and they are sized perfectly to fit a gift card!!!

The last box I'm featuring today is a paper mache box that I distress-painted a soft ivory. The lid is edged with an ivory and brown polka-dot ribbon and the top is adorned with a wonderful shabby chic canvas flower. The center features a gorgeous vintage-style brad. 

I'll be posting more decorative boxes in the weeks ahead. You know the holiday shopping season isn't too far away!!

If you're interested in more decorative boxes, please visit my Etsy shop Pretty Byrd Designs and find more decorative boxes here.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Friday, June 10, 2016

Father's Day Cards

It's hard to believe the month of June is nearly half over!! And, I realized that Father's Day is almost here, too. Here are a couple of cards I created for dad's special day:

This one features an adorable bulldog image. I've had the stamp for a while but never used it until now:

Here's another one with the same stamp:

This next card has a nautical theme and features Coral Claws and Shells on Ivory Paper from 7Gypsies:

For more of celebratory theme, here's a card with a bit of glitter and gold!

These cards are all available in my Etsy shop Pretty Byrd Designs.

I hope this inspires you to find the perfect card for that special man in your life!!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Vintage Owls - Woodland Dream Cards

We've made it to the end of March and I am looking ahead to lovely spring days and spending time outdoors! When I saw Deena's (from Ewe-N-Me Printables) Hang Tags - Vintage Owls I thought of a woodland forest and the beauty of nature. These images are truly striking!

Hang Tags - Vintage Owls

While the colors remind me more of autumn than spring, I couldn't resist using them to make a few any occasion greeting cards. There are three different images and you will get three larger images and six smaller ones on an 8.5 x 11 page. I used the larger size for my cards.

I started with a brown card which I then layered with a panel of ivory textured paper. I stapled a strip of brown burlap to each card and then glued the owl image to each. The images really stand out against the ivory and brown background.

For a bit of decoration I added a paper square stamped with inspirational words in brown ink. I then adorned each card with a vintage style embellishment. 

I had so much fun making these cards and just love those owls! 

For more inspiration, be sure to visit Ewe-N-Me Printables and check out all of the great hang tags available for your crafting projects.

Thanks for visiting today!


Monday, March 14, 2016

Hi everyone!

While sorting through and organizing my stash of supplies recently, I came across five rectangular chipboard pieces. I thought they'd be great for creating ATCs which is a project I haven't tried before. Lucky me, they worked perfectly with Ewe-N-Me Printables Hang Tags - St. Patty's Day Tickets.

Hang Tags - St. Pattys Tickets

There are five different ticket designs and you will get two of each on a page.

I started off by spraying each chipboard card with a gold mist paint (it's hard to see in the photo but the mist leaves a shimmery, gold finish). When the paint dried I glued the five different images to each card.

The printable tickets fit perfectly onto each card (the size of the cards are 2-3/4 x 3-3/4). 

These images are so festive and I love the variety!! As a final touch, I added some embellishments that I had on hand -- green and gold gemstones.

Making these ATCs was so much fun and I love the way they turned out. 

I hope I've inspired you to try something new. Be sure to visit the Ewe-N-Me Printables website for more hang tags and inspiration!!

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all! See you next time!


Sunday, February 28, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Cards

Hi all!

In two days it will be March and that makes me happy for two reasons. First, Spring arrives ... yeah!!! That means the beginning of blooms and blossoms and the return of all things green, including St. Patrick's Day -- which is the second great reason!

With that in mind, I'm posting a couple of cards I created especially for that day. The paper I used for these cards is from the St. Paddy's Day Digital Paper Pack from Cornucopia Art Design on etsy.

The first was created with a panel of  "lucky" paper adhered to a white card. I added strips of both a patterned green ribbon and sparkly silver and white ribbon. The gold gemstones and sparkly white buttons add to the festive feel.

St. Patrick's Day Card - Thinking of You - Lucky - St. Patrick's Day - Green and White - Gold Accents - Blank Card - Sparkling Accents

The next card features green and gold! The panel of striped paper is backed by a white card. Shamrock paper and gold mesh ribbon adorn the "Happy St. Patrick's Day" greeting. The sparkly gold brad coordinates with the gold ribbon ... and makes me think of the pot of gold waiting to be found!

Happy St. Patrick's Day - St. Patrick's Day Card - Irish - Green and Gold Card - Blank Card - Shamrocks - Gold Accents - Green Striped Card

My final creation is a set of four little note cards adorned with a charming shamrock on the front of each! I used my heart punch to make these delightful shamrock flowers ... using shamrock paper! I stamped a stem on each and added a gold gem stone to the center of each. Simple -- but so sweet!

Shamrock Note Cards - Set of 4 Shamrock Cards - Blank Note Cards - Note Card Set - Shamrock Cards - St. Patricks Day - 3-Dimensional

I'm lovin' all this green and I hope you are too!

Thanks for stopping today. Be sure to visit Cornucopia Art Design!


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Whimsical Mini Journals with Victorian Cats

Hello all!

Today I thought I'd bring a bit of whimsy and feature several mini journals I created using Deena's (from Ewe-N-Me Printables) adorable Hang Tags - Victorian Cats. These images were irresistible -- the kitty faces are so sweet!

Hang Tags - Victorian Cats

There are four different images and you will get two of each on an 8.5" x 11" sheet. 

The colors on the images are soft so I decided to cover each of the mini journals with pastel cardstock. 

I adorned each journal with lace or a decorative trimming and a vintage style embellishment!

But, my favorite part was adding the printed words to give a whimsical touch. It was so much fun to match up the words with these adorable kitties!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Please visit the Ewe-N-Me Printables website for inspiration for your creative endeavors!!


Monday, January 4, 2016

Birthday Card with Sepia Swirls

Hello and Happy New Year!

Winter has just begun, but already my mind is on flowers! Deena'sBottle Cap Images - Sepia Swirls provided me with the perfect opportunity to create a lovely floral birthday card.

The bottlecap images are not something that I have worked with very much, and I thought the new year would be a great time to explore some new creations. 

I love the Sepia Swirl images because they appeal to my love of vintage and they are so striking with the black floral image against the sepia script. There are six different one-inch round images -- and you will receive six of each on a page.

Bottle Cap Images - Sepia Swirls

For my card, I punched out four different images with my 1-1/4 inch punch. I like the white border with this size punch because it really makes the images pop against the kraft paper flowers that I adhered them to.

I cut out stems and leaves with black cardstock and glued them to a Stitched Greeting Card - Kraft with Canvas from Canvas Corp Brands. I then adhered the flowers to the top of each stem.

I attached the Happy Birthday panel to the bottom corner and adorned that with two pearl embellishments. The color of this card is so perfect of this time of year -- the flowers are so sweet but they don't look out of season.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Wishing you all a wonderful New Year!