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August 18th, 2014

summer dreams…

Hello dear friends.  The Shabby Tea Room’s new challenge is hosted by Tina and called ‘Summer Dreams’.  She has selected this inspiration photo and asked that we create a card or project with a home and/or garden theme with flowers and colors from the photo.  I have to apologize because I am currently traveling and crafting from a small suitcase.  Inevitably, I left some things behind.  One of those ‘things’ was a selection of patterned papers for this Tea Cottage made from a fabulous template from Creations By AR!  So, my apologies that I haven’t been able to make a yummy pink and white cottage as I had planned.  I had to resort to the only suitable papers I have on hand, in a completely different color way!…

 

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This darling Tea Cottage was cut by hand (no big tools in my little suitcase ;) and was really fun to construct using double sided super sticky tape…

 

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The ‘foundation’ below the doorway pulls down to dispense tea bags.  Since my conscious wouldn’t let me take tea bags from a restaurant, I’m asking you to imagine it!  I added some die cut pieces that I have with me, from this paper collection and a single rhinestone (though I would have preferred to add more!  The white picket fence is optional, but I couldn’t resist it.  This will eventually be given to someone along the way, so I hope to make a stop in a market really soon…

 

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The entire roof removes to fill the cottage.  The sweet little window under the gable adds a nice touch too.  I can see myself making more of these charming cottages and gifting tea to friends.  Next time…a really frilly, girly version!

 

Sending blessings and ((hugs)) along the way.

 

 

 

 

August 17th, 2014

sunshine, laughter and hugs…

Hello sweet friends.  I have a very happy, bubbly sort of card to share with you today.  It actually began with the sentiment that I took from the IBS stamp set, ‘Everyday Greetings‘.  The bright and fun setting followed…

 

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Summertime usually coaxes me into using brighter colors and so I threw some real zingers into the suitcase at the last minute and I’m so glad I did!  This is the sort of card that I can use for a birthday (even a child’s BD ;), congrats, encouragement, everyday, friendship or get well card!..

 

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A ziplock bag full of bits of ribbons is also in my suitcase and getting a workout!   A glassine bag has an assorted of sequins and tiny bright bits, topped with a simple fold-over of patterned paper, adorned with a gathering of odds and ends of ribbons, held together by a multi looped bow of brightest pink ribbon. Below that is a simple banner that sports the sentiment.  It says it all…

 

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It didn’t seem finished without some escaped sequins, adhered to the outside of the bag and onto the card face.

Have a look at your stamp collection and perhaps you will find a stamp that was designed for the inside of a card, that can be promoted to front and center as this one has!

 

Sending blessings and ((hugs)) from the UK,

 

 

August 16th, 2014

let’s celebrate…

Hello dear blog friends.  The new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow is  about celebrating…anniversaries, weddings, birthdays, births and all the wonderful events that come along in our lives.  I’ve made a card to welcome a brand new baby girl…

 

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Using a variation on a step card, there is an improvised dresser made with rectangles that are inked around the edges, have brads as drawer pulls and tiny treasures for a little girl peeking out of the drawers.   The little dress is made of paper and hangs on a hand cut paper hanger…

 

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From this angle, you can see the card construction.  A tiny, die cut envelope holds a digital sentiment on the back step.  ‘Welcome little one’ was hand stamped onto the front step.  This was a delight to make and I hope it will be enjoyed by the new parents.  Think of the next celebration that will be coming up in your life and make something special, just for that event and the people you have in mind.  I look forward to seeing your wonderful creations!

 

Blessings and ((hugs)),

 

 

August 13th, 2014

hip to be square, frilly style…

Hello dear blog friends.  I’m so glad you could visit today as I have a project to share with you.  For me, it is both something different and something fun to make.  Here at Frilly and Funkie, Jenny is hosting a challenge called, ‘Hip to Be Square’.  She has challenged us to create a 3-D project based on a cube, using our own templates, dies or the Artist Trading Boxes dies (available at an amazing price from The Funkie Junkie Boutique).  Decoration, embellishment or alterations can be anything we choose.

“As an added bonus this fortnight we are teaming up with our friends at ‘The Artists on the Block‘. They have a dedicated Design Team using Eileen Hull Designs cubes (and many other 3D die cut shapes) in incredibly imaginative ways so make sure you take a look for some added inspiration. And with their companion challenge blog ‘Art With Heart‘ having an ‘Anything Goes’ theme this month you’ve got the option to enter your creations there as well to be in with a chance to win a brand new Eileen Hull Designs die!”

I have seen a few Artist Trading Boxes along the blog path, but didn’t feel compelled to make one.  Thank you Jenny, for giving us this challenge.  I discovered that I’ve been missing the great fun of working these die cut boxes!  Since this die cuts and scores on mat board, assembly is a snap!  I began by thinking I would make just one, but it was so much fun, I made three that stack or can be displayed individually.  There are many photos to this post.  I hope you can grab a cuppa and stay for a little while.  Here is the first photo of the three stacked boxes from the front…

 

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All three sizes are die cut from a single pass with the Sizzix, Artist Trading Blocks die!  They range from 3-1/4″ square to 1-1/4″ square and they can be used as functional boxes with closable lids or sealed cubes which is what I’ve done.  The largest block would fit a single cupcake perfectly by the way!  This little tower was made by using small wooden sewing spools (treated with white distress paint) below the largest block.  Then stacked wooden buttons (also treated to white distress paint), to raise the middle block.  Teeny tiny spools support the smallest box…

 

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Every side is an opportunity to play with treasures…

 

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I chose Pion’s ‘Studio of Memories’ paper collection for this project.  The soft and subtle colors and patterns have a real appeal to my shabby chic, vintage loving heart…

 

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Each of the cubes was treated to a coating of white acrylic paint along every edge.  The panel of patterned papers were cut 1/4″ smaller than the size of the square, allowing the paint to show.  The box above has a band of venice lace applied around the top and a single repeat of the lace motif was adhered behind the pearl drop.  The pearl was strung onto cream colored cord and adhered to the top of the box before the paper was added, so that it would dangle…

 

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The side of this box was treated to a handmade, organza butterfly.  A spray of rosebuds and full blown roses were added to the top, along with some die cut flourishes and positioned so that the middle box would have clear space for it’s little legs to set upon it…

 

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A piece of metallic filagree was coated with white distress paint and then touched with some pale blue acrylic paint and topped with a half pearl in the center…

 

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The middle, 2-1/4″ boxes supported by legs made of three, unfinished wooden buttons that have been glued together and once again, stained with white picket fence distress paint.  The same venice lace trim that was used on the largest box was turned upside down and adhered to the bottom edge.  A small resin oval was treated to a mini picture that is in Pion’s gorgeous ‘Shoreline Treasures’ collection of papers and a small, white silk bow…

 

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On this side, I used a small appliqué of white flowers and some punched, leafy sprigs…

 

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The opposite side has a beautiful, metal filagree heart charm.  It was made white with the use of alcohol ink in ‘Snow Cap’.  I love coloring metal embellishments with this ink.  It’s easy to do and remains white, even with items that are used and handled frequently.  It dangles from a paper rose and two die cut rose leaves that were colored with distress inks for a more realistic appearance…

 

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The smallest box, just 1-1/4″ square, is supported by four of the tiniest wooden sewing spools!  Two round pearls drop down from a triple looped silk ribbon bow. A small cluster of roses and buds decorate the top and cascade over the side and back…

 

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On this side, you can see some of the subtle pattern of this paper and the addition of a die cut, leafy flourish that wraps around the back…

 

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Another leafy swirl embellishes the opposite side…

These are my first set of Artists Trading Blocks, but I hope they’re not my last!  I would love to make a set with a nursery theme and another with a doll theme and then a set that is about a garden and, and, and!

I hope that you will get lots of ideas for this challenge by visiting all of the design team blogs and seeing a wide array of ideas.  While I don’t speak for the design team, I feel certain in saying that we love seeing your own wonderful projects and celebrate the contagion of creativity!

 

Sending you happy, creative wishes and ((hugs)),

 

 


 

 

August 12th, 2014

water lilies…

Hello dear blog friends.  Today’s post is about IBS’s new stamp set ‘Flower of the Month: Water Lily‘.  It’s time to ‘fess up’ and tell you that I am once again crafting out of a suitcase.  This month’s posts are all being done while on the move!  Compromises had to be made and so not every project is likely to be exactly to my liking. Sounds like all of life, doesn’t it?!

Since I couldn’t pack anything too bulky or heavy, my favorite coloring methods were left behind.  I have a pocket sized watercolor set that can fit in my pocket.  I used that to color the water lily on this card…

 

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The sentiment was taken from the stamp set, ‘Everyday Greetings‘.  I love the script in this stamp and use it often.  The waterlily was painted on ordinary white card stock (watercolor paper is heavy ;))  and I painted it using just red, green and mustard yellow.  It’s perhaps the fastest thing I’ve ever colored, as I let the paint go outside the lines and made no attempt to make this coloring subtle.  Just simple brush strokes and a total of about 2 minutes!  I was planning on fussy cutting the image, so that saved time too…

 

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A couple of 6×6 patterned paper pads are in my bag of goodies too…

 

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Thanks for stopping by and I’ll catch up with you again soon.

 

Sending you blessings and ((hugs)),

 

August 12th, 2014

fancy circles…

Hello again!  You may have already seen my post today on the IBS Blog.  I’m back with another IBS card using the very versatile set, ‘Fancy Circles‘…

 

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As you know, this month’s projects are being made from my traveling suitcase, so I’m using simple, tried and true techniques and very limited supplies.  I chose a single circle design from the stamp set and repeated it in a variety of ink colors from light to dark.  I stamped one image on copier paper, cut it out and used it here and there as a mask…

 

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Since punches and die cuts (except for those in a ziplock, pre-cut at home) are too cumbersome for traveling, I free hand cut this bright pink circle and popped it up over the very same circle underneath.  It was a simple way to focus on the sentiment, which is in the same set.  The serifs (or wings) of this sentiment make it another favorite.

Hope you have a loving and creative day!

 

Sending blessings and ((hugs)),

 

 

August 11th, 2014

let’s have tea…

Hello sweet blog friends.  Today, Debbie is hosting The Shabby Tea Room‘s challenge #231, named, ‘Let’s Have Tea’ .  The challenge is to use pink, black, flowers and pearls.  Here is the inspiration photo to get you creating…

 

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I took a cue from the damask wallpaper and was off and running…

 

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I found an old stamp of a teacup and saucer that hadn’t see rubber in years!  I stamped it, fussy cut and colored the rose with Copics, adding some gilded accents with a metallic gold pen and ‘sugared’ the sugar cubes with white glitter…

 

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The steam coming from this cup of tea was created with pearl flourishes that were cut apart and added to the cup…

 

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A triple looped silk bow has a single pearl that dangles down.  I used a head pin and two jewelry pliers to quickly make this drop, though you can find them pre made at your local big box craft store.  The card base and the pink card stock come from this challenges sponsor, ‘Paper Temptress’.  The #80 white card base and the #60 pink card stock are of wonderful quality.  I would definitely recommend you check out the range of gorgeous papers that are on offer at reasonable prices!

Thank you for visiting~

 

Sending you Blessings and ((hugs)),

 

 

August 6th, 2014

blog hop for the guys…

Hello and welcome to the Craft-Dee BowZ designer bloghop!  We are designing for ‘The Guy in Your Life’, something that many paper crafters find challenging.  By hopping through this blog hop, you will find lots of wonderful ideas so you’ll be ready for the next birthday, congratulations, anniversary or any other reason that requires a wonderfully masculine card.

I love using ribbon and you know I love to make bows, but with a ‘guy card’ a bit of restraint is in order!  I used both a wide organza ribbon and some twisted paper cording on this clearly masculine card…

 

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The ribbon is folded accordion style, in progressively shorter lengths and adhered to the card face.  The twisted paper cording was made into a triple looped bow on my Craft-Dee BowZ tool.  Usually a multi looped bow has a very feminine look, but the change of material keeps it from being too ‘pretty’ for a masculine card…

 

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A pen nib and a dangling pocket watch (it’s actually a dimensional sticker) also add to the masculine appeal…

 

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The sentiment is spelled out in alphabet stickers that sport a typewriter style of font.  The surface of the letters are covered in a deep coppery color…

 

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The card base is a heavy weight, shimmery copper color and while it ties in well to the coppery organza ribbon and the coppery glittered letters, I didn’t want it for the inside paper.  I cut and scored the fold line for the front panel,  before using an edge punch to add a decorative element.

Here’s the blog hop lineup.

Vicki Robertson
Monica Edwards
Rebecca Deeprose~ You are HERE
Barbara Bruder
Craft-Dee BowZ

Thanks so much for stopping by and if you can, please take a moment to leave a comment for these lovely and talented designers!

 

Sending you blessings and hugs,

 

 

August 4th, 2014

rainbows and raindrops…

Hello everyone and welcome to the newest Shabby Tearoom Challenge!  This week’s challenge is inspired by this photo…

 

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To join us for this challenge, create a card or project that is inspired by this photo.  I used two new Paper Sweeties stamps to create my ‘clean and simple’ card (nope, don’t call 911~ I promise I’m fine!)…

 

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The sentiment and the cloud with raindrops came from the Showering You With Love stamp set.  The sweet little birds sharing the umbrella and a kiss are from Splish Splash.  I decided to use bursts of the rainbow color as in the inspiration photo.  They float in a sea of black and white to make the colors really pop.  I stamped the umbrella image once on the card and again on a scrap.  The second stamping is the one I colored with my Copic markers, then cut it our and popped it up just a little on the card.  The cloud and raindrop stamp was stamped once on the card and a second time on a scrap.  I cut out the cloud of the second one and adhered it to the card, then stamped just the raindrops, for a second time.  The rainbow selection of Copic’s were used on the raindrops as well.  This card still needed a little something, so I coated the umbrella and the raindrops with Glossy Accents to give them a wet look.

If you can find a little crafting time, please join us for this colorful challenge!

For additional fun, I’m also entering this card into the following challenges;

 

Blessings and ((hugs)),

 

 

August 2nd, 2014

summer sunshine…

Hello there and welcome.  Sugar Creek Hollow has a new challenge called ‘Summer Sunshine‘.  I pulled another vintage illustration out of my stash that I love, then found some patterned papers that seemed sunny enough for this project…

 

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The heavily distressed edges remind me of the foamy edges of waves on the beach and so I left them white.  The stack of layered papers were added to a white card stock base that was chalked with peachy and golden hues, to soften the stark white…

 

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I used an old label stamp set to make a label and chalked the sentiment center to look like the sunshine.  Some hand dyed seam binding in the colors of sunshine and a brass seashell charm complete this card.  Here is the image I used, for your own stash…

 

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What does ‘Summer Sunshine’ look like to you?  Show us with a paper crafting project and enter the Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge!

 

Blessings and ((hugs)),