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October 22nd, 2014

a grateful welcome…

A Grateful Welcome!  Rebecca here and this week it’s my turn to host the new Frilly and Funkie challenge.  Whether you celebrate the american holiday of Thanksgiving or your gratitude for the family, friends and the sustenance in your life, create an invitation, decoration for a table, door or home decor item with gratitude or a Thanksgiving theme in mind.

This year, I wanted to keep my front door decorations understated. My plan is to create a soft monochromatic look by piling those gorgeous, pale green pumpkins and hubard squash into a container next to the door. Nothing glitzy or bright, just soft, warm and welcoming. With this plan in mind, I created a textured, classic and understated wreath…

 

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I die cut the leaves, 5 layers at a time, which is easily done with with my much used ‘Tattered Leaves’ die and then stamped them randomly with three different stamps (two of text, one of music) and walnut distress ink.  To achieve a softer look, I occasionally stamped first onto a scrap of paper and then directly onto a leaf.  They were curled by hand and then coated with matte medium to make this project weatherproof and to hold the shaping in the leaves.  Each leaf was then adhered to a cardboard circle, with each half of the wreath creating a direction…

 

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Rather than a traditional bow or ribbon at the top, I used two different styles of brass leaves to create a subtle focal point.  While this is a simple project, I love the finished look.  As a vintage and shabby chic girl, it’s a bit of a departure.  Isn’t it wonderful, that as crafters, we get to follow our whims and get the look we’re after!

Think ahead to family gatherings or making your postal worker smile and create something to welcome all who come to your home during this time of gratitude.

 

Sending you blessings and hugs,


October 20th, 2014

spooky wishes…

Hello everyone~ Welcome to this week’s challenge at The Shabby Tea Room.  To join us for this challenge, create a card or project inspired by this photo and be sure to include a bow…

 

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My first project today, uses  Halloween Tickets from ‘Digital Papers‘ by Janet on Etsy.  I have been enjoying and using her wonderful images for a few years now…

 

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I love making pockets that overflow with fun tags, so this was a delight to play with!  Janet’s Halloween Tickets provided ample inspiration…

 

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The tag tops create a riot of color and texture…

 

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Each one of the tags features a Halloween Ticket and a variety of papers, trims, die cuts and embellishments.  One tag is larger than the rest to stand in the back of the pocket…

 

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The pocket is decorated with bits of paper scraps, a black die cut doily edged with an 18K gold pen and topped with a rosette that was also trimmed in gold.  A small wooden house was colored shabby black and backed with bright orange paper to make the windows ‘glow’.  An oversized bow topped with a button nests beside the rosette…

 

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The pocket has a gusset and is wrapped with a length of black cotton lace.  Now, it’s on to our next sponsor…

This project uses a portion of the ‘Harvest Pumpkin‘ set, from Creations by AR

 

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This charming paper pumpkin was made from a template, cut out by hand and assembled.  I chose to use some richly patterned paper that would make it a lovely hostess gift (filled with some Godiva pumpkin truffles perhaps?) or as a candy bowl or table decoration through the Thanksgiving holiday…

 

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The view from above shows the leaves that I cut from a brown and gold patterned paper and then treated to an 18K gold leaf pen.  The tendrils were cut from  satiny gold card stock…

 

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I’ve included this photo of the inside of the body of the pumpkin before I finished it with a patterned paper lining, so that you can get an idea of the general construction.  The inner portion is completely sealed while the outer ‘skin’ curves over it.  A very clever and very simple project when you follow AR’s great instructions!…

 

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The bottom of the lid is shaped to fit perfectly into the pumpkin body…so clever!!

 

Thanks so much for stopping in.  I am busy learning to (finally) make instructional videos, so that long list of requests and lots of new things are on my agenda for the now near future!

 

Sending blessings and ((hugs)),

 

October 17th, 2014

new prima products…

Hello and welcome back everyone.  Rebecca here with this week’s Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie.  Today I’m working with some new Prima products that have just arrived at my door from the Funkie Junkie Boutique. It was love at first site, when I spotted the ‘Decor 2′ stencil and wanted to try a simple treatment that I had in mind, but haven’t tried before….

 

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Here’s how it was done…

 

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Working on a non-stick craft sheet and a blending spatula, I scooped out a heaping tablespoon of embossing paste. You can always use a baking spatula by the way ;-)  The reddish powder sprinkled on top is Perfect Pearls in ‘rust’.  Blend it into the embossing paste by smearing it back and forth against the mat…

 

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Then I sprinkled some Perfect Pearls in ‘heirloom gold’ and blended it in again.  The gold adds an amazing, rich shimmer that doesn’t photograph well, but is really  beautiful…

 

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On a clean spot on the mat, tape a sheet of patterned paper down (from the new ‘Something Blue’ pad) and then tape the stencil, positioning it where you want the design.  If you are using a portion of the design or a segment that is close to another open area, mask it off with tape…

 

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After spreading a layer of the colored paste over the stencil, let it dry completely.  Then using a small dry brush to pick up some more of the heirloom gold Perfect Pearls, and apply it over the stencil.  I added more of the powder to the larger ends to create some shading and added some shadows to some of the shapes with rust powder.  When you have added the Perfect Pearls to your satisfaction, I suggest a Swiffer duster to remove the extra powder from the paper.  It’s the best method I have found, to clean up this fine powder.  For this project, I decided to trim around the outer edge of the design…

 

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The gorgeous Prima border and the stencil embossed panel were added to the center of this gorgeous, satiny, soft metallic gold card stock…

 

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I thought it needed another layer of design and texture, so I cut the gold paper at the edge of the prima border, punched a border from card stock that coordinated with the patterned paper and adhered it with Wonder Tape, leaving enough length to extend behind and beyond the gold panel and wide enough to create a thin, pink border around the gold panel.  Sprinkle some distress glitter over the punched edge to fill in the design’s open spaces and then adhere it behind the first panel…

 

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You can see the layers above…

 

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Using a piercing tool, a hole was poked through the layers and one of the new Genie stones was adhered with a brad and then the brad was topped with a colored rhinestone…

 

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A separate piece of gold paper was cut longer than the front panel, scored, folded, the short end punched and then adhered to the front.  A simple white panel was added to the inside and a tiny leftover sprig of the Prima border was used in the corner.  The sentiment was heat embossed onto the face of the card for an elegant appearance.

Thanks so much for visiting and having the staying power to make it through to the end!

 

Sending you blessings and ((hugs)),

 

 


 

October 14th, 2014

vintage udfordring’s challenge #89…

Hello everyone and welcome to October’s challenge at VU.  The challenge this month is to use at least 2 different patterned papers and I’m also using charms our sponsor ~ Korthobby, in my card…

 

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I incorporated a beautiful metal scroll at the top of the paper banner, along with metal flower shapes.  Two of these are stacked and one stands alone, in a scattering of half pearls…some ivory and some in a lovely coppery brown shade…

 

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The sentiments are embossed onto the banner with a rich brown embossing powder.  Three patterned papers were chosen for this card and they sit on a card base of dark kraft card stock…

 

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I love the distressing and vintage colors that went into this card, along with the contrast of  ‘serious’ colors and a playful use of embellishments.

Thank you for stopping by and I do hope you will join us for this vintage challenge!

 

Sending you blessings and ((hugs)),

 

 

 

October 11th, 2014

one, two, three…

Welcome everyone.  What a wonderful time of the year this is and I am enjoying every day of it!  Sugar Creek Hollow has a brand new challenge called, ‘One, Two, Three’.  This really fun challenge uses One~vintage image, Two~patterned papers and Three~choose 3 types of embellishment.  The flower, lace trim and buttons were my choices for the 3 types of embellishments.  I was amazed at how much of a challenge I found this ;-)  I love to use more when it comes to embellishments! …

 

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I used a vintage image that I had saved in a file. Here it is for your use…

 

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I printed my copy at 50% of the original size of the digital file.  The two patterned papers that I selected were guided by the colors in the image…

 

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Lace trim was used flat and shaped, buttons were threaded with linen cord…

 

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A flower anchors the lace .  I really wanted to make a shabby, hand dyed, seam binding bow, but that would have been a fourth type and so I improvised a few loops from the lace trim.

Now, I look forward to seeing your creation!

 

Happy autumn and ((hugs)),

 

 

October 8th, 2014

autumn colours…

Hello everyone and welcome to Frilly and Funkie’s new challenge presented by Sue.  Perhaps you noticed the spelling in the title.  Sue’s home is in England (still the United Kingdom!) and color in the US is colour in the U.K.!  No matter the spelling, autumn color is rich and sometimes wonderfully outrageous ;-))   I love October…just saying the name takes me to brilliantly colored hillsides and cool, crisp days that I spent walking in the woods of New England.

Sue says, ‘The Autumn/Fall season is upon us so let’s celebrate this time of year by creating a project using the gorgeous colours of this season’.  As a native New Englander transplanted to Arizona, I pine for the beautiful colors of autumn, so I used those wonderful memories to create my card…

 

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In addition to the colors of autumn, it is a season that is overflowing with texture too, so I used many layers and embossed kraft-core card stock and then sanded the raised design to expose the kraft color.   Layer upon layer, burlap, trims, matte/shiny.. all reminding me more and more of autumn…

 

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I hand cut a banner to fit a favorite quote from Camus and die cut the leaves, acorns and wheat sheaves from white card stock so that I could layer colors of distress inks to achieve the saturated autumn colors I desired. Colored card stock alone doesn’t create this depth of color and markers produce a ‘consistent’ color that doesn’t make me as happy as the brilliant  variations of colors that these amazing inks give…

 

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Tucked into the corners are shaped metal leaves from Idea-ology.  I used Adirondack alcohol ink in ‘Copper’ on these leaves, to add even more visual interest.  Otherwise demur, cream half pearls become glowing bittersweet berries with some alcohol ink.

I hope you will translate your mental images of autumn into a card or project and join our challenge!

 

Blessings and hugs,

 

 


 

October 6th, 2014

show your shape…

This post isn’t about the shape you see in the mirror, but a card or project that shows it’s shape for The Shabby Tea Room, inspired by this photo…

 

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I used a template from The Cutting Cafe’s Pumpkin Treat Box and changed things up a bit…

 

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I cut this sweet little treat box from black card stock and cut an oval from each of the two sides.  The oval is backed with vellum and topped with a Paper Sweeties doll made from the Emma stamp and dressed in a costume from the Too Cute to Spook stamp set…

 

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The box between the front and back is perfect for delivering treats in the nicest way, but I decided to turn this template into a lantern for the window sill.  Actually a line of them will decorate the window ledge right next to the front door.

A small electric light (safe under any condition) will be placed into the lantern and flicker like a real candle.  I suspect that the last few trick or treating goblins that visit on the last day of this month, will leave with a sweet treat and a special little lantern to take home :-)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will take up this challenge and join us at The Shabby Tea Room.

 

Blessings and hugs,

September 27th, 2014

a ‘hide and seek’ challenge…

Hello dear fellow crafters.  Today’s new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow is about creating a card or project with a hidden element.  I love a good challenge and this one lead me to try something new…to me, that is!…

 

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This card has it’s secrets, that begin with this sweet little image that I fussy cut and added to a layer of the card, to function as a pull tab…

 

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If you pull this little tab up, you can begin to see…

 

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what’s hiding underneath the front of this card.  If you keep pulling, it exposes this charming scary goblin and a good natured gentleman, willing to be spooked!..

 

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From the side, you can see how the face of the card folds up…

 

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There is also another layer that is exposed with the tab pulled up…

 

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So there are two hidden views tucked into this variation of a ‘slider’ card!  The back of the card is ready for a personal greeting.  What fun it was to try something new!  I hope you will join us for this creative challenge!

 

Hugs and blessings,

 

 

September 24th, 2014

a haunting halloween…

Hello everyone.  Today’s challenge at Frilly and Funkie is hosted by Nancy, who says,’Let the spooky fun begin! Create a project, card, or lay out with a Halloween theme’. It immediately made me think of a haunted house…and a spooky sky…

 

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This is one of those projects that frustrated my limited photographic skills!  My efforts were focused on a really erie sky and so it was distress inks to the rescue.  I began with a panel of light yellow card stock for the front of the card and a circle punched out of a piece of copier paper, to create the moon and sky.  Using my foam, ink blending tools and five distress inks…

 

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Taping the card panel to the table, I held the large piece of copier paper, positioning the circle opening where I wanted the moon to be.  A light, half-moon of seedless preserves was inked over the bottom and mustard seed was applied to the upper edge.  Just the smallest amount of peeled paint was swiped over the exposed yellow paper.  Then, I adhered the punched circle over the moon, using temporary adhesive.  Spiced marmalade, seedless preserves, peeled paint, mustard seed and a very tiny amount of festive berries were used to create the sky.  To get the intensity of color I desired, I repeatedly went over some areas, rather than trying to apply heavy applications to speed it uo.  It’s many light applications that make it easier to blend very diverse colors.  Festive berries was only used in the blended space between the seedless preserves and the spiced marmalade.  It pumped up the drabness of that overlapping area, adding vibrancy.  Just a touch does that job!…

 

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Using my favorite Holloween stamp set (yup, it’s a Tim Holtz set), the sentiment was stamped in liquid platinum. The font (style of the letters) is just perfect for a ‘spooky’ ambiance!  I made corner brackets from black card stock and then treated them to a coating of distress glitter in dusty concord. What great stuff it is, even though I can’t get it to photograph in it’s actual color!

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoy this challenge too!  Think ‘Spooky’ and let your imagination go!

 

Blessings and hugs,

 

 


 

 

September 15th, 2014

autumn bliss…

Hello sweet blog friends.  This week’s challenge at The Shabby Tea Room is named ‘Autumn Bliss’ and any card or project you create for it, must include a pumpkin. Here is the inspiration photo…

 

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The design team is also creating projects that show off some of our sponsors offerings.  My first project uses a digital printout from Janet’s Etsy company called ‘Digital Paper’.  I have been using and enjoying Janet’s beautiful images for a few years.  This project incorporates a charming postcard from her ‘Halloween Post Card’ sheet.  It’s just one of 8 different beauties that I printed out on 8-1/2 x 11″ card stock…

 

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After distressing the post card’s edges, I mounted it onto a die cut, burlap tag.  The tag is turned sideways and embellished at the top with three buttons that have been threaded with jute.  As we get into the swing of autumn, I enjoy the warm colors more and more and the textures and layers of the season…

 

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Hand dyed seam binding and two metal trinket pins fill out the corner…

 

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This fabulous script sentiment was heat embossed with white embossing powder and then colored with an alcohol marker.  It’s a good way around not having the color I really wanted the embossing to be.

The second project uses a digital image from our other sponsor this week, Bugaboo’s Mini Set- Halloween Blocks.  I chose to focus on one of the block images…

 

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I colored the block with Copic markers, adding some white lines with a Signo, uni-ball pen in white.  it adds a bit of faux shine!  Then the block was cut out along with the toes of the shoes…

 

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After mounting the block onto patterned paper, I finished the ensemble.  Using a strip of double sided tape, I gathered a short length of purple silk, for her skirt.  With an outfit like this, precision is NOT required ;)  And yes, those are metallic gold buckles if you were wondering…

 

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Since I don’t have a stamp that says something about, ‘if the shoe fits’, I decided to write one out on some heavy vellum.  Purple rhinestones dot each end.

Join us for some autumn fun!

 

Blessings and hugs,