June 30, 2014

Patriotic candy cup

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by, it's an honor to have you here :) The project I'm sharing today is the first of a couple I have created ahead of the Independence Day celebrations on Friday.

To create the candy cup I've used the Sweet Things embossing board from Crafter's Companion. Having learned my lesson from previous 3 dimensional projects, I decorated this one BEFORE it was put together and yep, it was so much easier! The lettering I've used is the FREE 4inch Cap template from Craftville (formerly Free Craft Downloads). This is my go to set right now and was also used recently in the Teacher Gift.

I sponged copper ink onto the edges of the two box pieces and the lettering, which give a subtle distressed look. The red and blue stars were punched from metallic sticker sheets that I found at the dollar store, the white from off cuts. I used a standard wet glue to attach the letters and white stars.

I'm REALLY happy with the way it looks, so much so that I've today created another identical one. Well, you can never have too much candy on July 4th :)

June Linky at DL.ART
Thankful Thursday #135 Patriotic at DL.ART
#78 Anything Goes at 613 Avenue Create
#25 Anything Goes at Crafting From The Heart
#98 Anything Goes/ Patriotic at Artistic Inspirations

I'll be back later in the week with another patriotic project and also a birthday card.


June 23, 2014

National PINK Day

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by today, it's an honor to have you here :) Today's card is for a commission I received on Saturday and the timing is perfect with today being National Pink Day. It's been a while since I created a new baby card and I had so much fun this morning designing baby Eva's.

I've created it in my current favorite k-card style and have once again used the lace border die to edge the card and also add the adorable trim to the socks. I've added another pair to the box top, this time in white with the pale trim...

Here's a close up of the socks...

June linky at DL.ART
#77 AG w/optional pink at 613 Avenue Create
#21 AAG at Scribble and Scrap
#67 Flowers or lace at Craftitude
Lace or pearls at Papertake 
#24 AAG at Crafting From The Heart
ATG at Through The Craft Room Door
#218 ATG at OSAAT
Three or more layers at Divas by Design 


June 20, 2014

Variation on a theme

Hi everyone,

The card I'm sharing with you today is a variation on my recent theme of butterflies and embossing. You can see a couple of the previous cards HERE and HERE. Today's is, perhaps a little unbelievably, the first stepper card I've created in YEARS! So much so that I had to remind myself how to create it, and in doing so I followed THIS great tutorial from Christina at Flowers, Ribbons and Pearls. Thanks Christina!

I've created it in two subtly different shades of purple, with snippets of the slightly lighter shade used for the smaller panels and the small punched butterflies. The design is completed with a small gold peel off sentiment and I really hope that the recipient loves it as much as I do :)

Challenges I'm hoping to enter...
June Linky @ DL.ART
Snippets Playground Week 129 @ Pixie's Crafty Workshop
#153 Super scraps Saturday @ Hiding In My Craft Room
#9 Monochromatic @ Butterfly Challenge
You Gotta Have Friends @ Simon Says


June 12, 2014

Thanks and another butterfly k-card

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by today, I'm honored to have you here. If it's your first visit please do make yourself at home. Remember that the Creative Em first birthday giveaway is open until the end of the month :)

Before I get to today's card I must say THANK YOU to Diana at DL.ART and Naomi, Lisa and the DT at Creative Bug. Having not won anything before in the bloggy world, I've been very lucky twice since my last post. The first win was from a mini blog hop that Diana and her friend Carrie ran. The second was that this card placed in the top three of the last challenge at Creative Bug and I'm now proudly displaying their badge. THANKS LADIES!!!

The card I'm sharing today is another I've created with my current favorite dies, the freebie butterfly, the lace border and the scalloped rectangle. I LOVE all three and also the swirl embossing folder I've used and I'm really pleased with how the card looks. I've created it in the K-card style and the client who commissioned it received it this morning and loves it too :)

June linky @DL.ART
Something with wings @ Open Minded Crafting
M is for monochromatic @ ABC Challenges
Anything goes @Through The Craft Room Door
Challenge #20 @ Scribble and Scrap


June 6, 2014

Thank you

Hi everyone,

Click HERE for the Creative Em first birthday giveaway.

The title of today's post has two meanings. It is the sentiment I've used on the card I'm sharing today, but also, more importantly on this the 70th anniversary of D-Day, it's for all those who served and the thousands who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you one and all! Please now, if you will, pause for a moment of reflection, just as I did at the Normandy memorial in town earlier today, where veterans had gathered and the flags flew at half staff...

Today's card is very different to those I've created recently and there's no butterflies, flowers, lace or embossing in sight! That said, I'm happy with the CAS look of the card :)

The sentiment is a little difficult to see, so here's a close up...

Challenges I'm hoping to enter...
June linky @ DL.ART
Father's Day/ Masculine @ Simon Says
#138 Patterned Paper @ Use Your Stuff
#21 Anything goes @ Crafting From the Heart
June - Yours, mine or ours @ Die Cut Divas

Have a great weekend.


June 3, 2014

Creative Em first birthday giveaway

Hi everyone,

I've just realized that I wrote the first post on this blog on June 3, 2013, so today is Creative Em's first birthday! Yay! Later this month will mark my FIFTH bloggy birthday with this site's predecessors too, so June is a great month for me! To celebrate both I want to give you a gift, by way of a giveaway that will run until June 30 at 11:55pm Eastern. The giveaway prize will be a card commission of the winner's choice.

In order to be eligible for the giveaway, before adding your link to the Linky, you'll need to do three easy things...

1 ~ JOIN this blog
2 ~ LIKE the Creative Em Facebook page
3 ~ Leave a COMMENT on this post letting me know you've done 1 and 2

Depending on the number of entries when the linky closes, there may be more than one winner!

To mark the occasion, I thought I'd share one of my favorite birthday creations...

Calling all bloggers...
If you'd like to share this post with your own readers, by all means do so, the more the merrier.

Also, if anyone's interested in joining me in a BLOG HOP towards the end of the month, please contact me by messaging the Facebook page and we'll see what we can get set up :)

Birthday hugs,

Teacher gift

Hi everyone,

The project I'm sharing with you today is another commission for Vickie and will be given alongside the Teacher appreciation cards she commissioned from me last month, (the other two are still works in progress). This is a photo heavy post, but I wanted to share every element with you.

To create the concertina album-like gift, I've used the same elements that were in the card, with a couple of additions. The more obvious is the lettering, which is a FREE template from Craftville, 4inchCap2. When you print from the site you'll need to change the margins to zero and the page orientation to portrait. Yep, I didn't the first time. Oops! The other addition is the copper ink I've sponged around the edges of the letters and die cut rectangles.

On the other side of the S, I've added a panel for the child to write their message...

The cover has the same peel off sentiment I used for the cards...

Last but not least, the box lid, showing more inked edges too...

I'm really, really pleased with the way the finished project looks and I hope both client and recipient will be equally as happy. I'll share the other two, where I've used different colors, with you when they are complete :)

May Linky at DL.ART
June challenge - Summer at Just Inspirational Challenges
Yours, mine or ours at Die Cut Divas
Anything goes at 4 Crafty Chicks
June - Anything goes at Sisters of Craft