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September 1st, 2014

read…

Hello dear blog friends.  I am hosting this week’s challenge at The Shabby Tea Room.  I chose the theme of reading as it is near and dear to my heart.  I can’t imagine a life without books in it and so I also selected this precious inspiration photo, which reminds me of my curly headed son sitting with his own beloved books scattered around him, completely engrossed.  One of my most treasured memories is of my son’s first word.  It was, ‘Read’!  A command, as he reached up and pushed his book into my legs.  I began reading with him as soon as he could sit on my lap and his own passion for reading remains alive and well, decades later…

 

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I used this sweet image in my card…

 

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There’s been a lovely sheet of Anna Griffin patterned paper sitting in one of my folders for longer than I care to admit and when I studied the upholstery fabric in this image, I just had to dig it out!  Some simple matting and a bit of cutting to slip the mats under a beautiful yellow rose where about all this card needed…

 

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The sentiment came from the, ‘You Make Me Smile’ stamp set by Paper Sweeties.  I hope you enjoy using this lovely vintage image that I included above.  Please feel free to save it to your computer for your own use as I could find no copyright protection for it.

After thinking about reading, I’m off to devour a few chapters before I get busy with the demands of the day. Thanks for stopping by and spending a few minutes with me.

I’m entering this card into these challenges;

 

Blessings and hugs,

 

 

August 30th, 2014

tag you’re it…

Tag, You’re IT!  at the new Sugar Creek Hollow challenge that is~  We’re making tags or cards with tags this week and I for one, love making tags for any reason at all!  The first photo shows the tag nestled into the sleeve…

 

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This tag and sleeve set is all vintage, shabby chic and feminine.  I layered papers, fussy cut images and accents, then topped it off with some hand dyed seam binding and a ribbon rose at the top of the tag and a piece of venice lace at the bottom of the sleeve…

 

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A tiny card embellishes the tag insert and was stamped with my new favorite ‘vintage’ style birthday wish and an equally tiny envelope was made to hold it…

 

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There are some harmless little creatures that have been added.  They’re my favorite sort of  inanimate insects!…

 

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An extra snippet of lace was added to the half-circle pull on the sleeve and it fits snugly under the bow when the tag is inserted…

 

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The back of the tag was distressed and then has a personal message added.  Part of it is blanked out. Another fussy cut rose embellishes this simple space.

I’m so glad for your visit and I’ll be back soon…

 

Blessings and hugs,

 

 

 

 

August 28th, 2014

a fond farewell…

Hello everyone and welcome.  A year has past since I joined the Inspired By Stamping design team.  It has been a wonderful experience, working with such talented women.  Joanne kindly invited me to remain for year two, but I have become a CASA (court appointed child advocate) this past year and advocating for children who are under the protection of the Department of Child Safety has struck a deep cord in me.  For that reason, I’m paring back on some of my other commitments.  My sincere thanks to you Joanna and the entire team for such a terrific year.

Today’s card uses another one of my many favorite stamp sets from the past year, Vintage Dress Form

 

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I stamped the dress form and heat embossed the strings of white pearls before cutting it out.  An offset patterned paper in the background and a leafy die cut create the setting for the mannequin.  Some extra pearl and aurora borealis flourishes that were packed into my traveling, crafting suitcase were layered on top, along with some extras rhinestones that filled the neckline of the dress form.  Sometimes, more can be better!..

 

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The beautiful font of the birthday sentiment that’s included in this set, is so lovely.  The i is dotted with another left over crystal. This was a quick and easy card to create, especially because my choices were limited!  It’s one of the advantages to crafting while traveling!

Thanks for stopping in and I’ll be popping into your mailbox very soon~

 

Sending blessings and hugs on my way to Devon in England,

August 27th, 2014

a summer garden…

Hello and welcome.  I hope you are enjoying these last few weeks of summer.  At Frilly and Funkie, Cec is hosting a challenge called, ‘A Summer Garden’.  She says, ‘Show us your summer garden.  It can be landscaping, a flower garden or even a vegetable garden.’

Spending part of the summer in England, my eyes have been treated to some magnificent, english country houses that got me thinking of the artists of the 18th century- Gilpin, Edmund Burke and the fabulous ‘cottage’ painters of the time.  Romance was the order of those days and so I let myself play, in a casual way, using a favorite stamp set and paper collection…

 

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I used papers and images from the ‘Vintage Garden’ paper collection by Pion and the ‘Flower Market’ stamp set from Artistic Outpost.  The card base is a type of triptych (a fancy way of saying it has three panels), cut from chipboard, the edges treated to picket fence distress stain (twice) and covered with patterned papers, die cuts, stamped and fussy cut images.  The colors are bright and by today’s standard, would be considered uncoordinated.  In the 1700′s, artists and architects used color with abandon.  O.K., I know the little girl appears to have stepped out of the Victorian era, but come on…work with me!…

 

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It’s hinged with grommet filled holes, tied with silk ribbon.  It stands sturdily open or closed and reveals a fabulous image taken from one of the accent pages of the paper collection, along with the tiny bird, forget-me-not stamp, banners and sentiment.  Some of the floral images are stamped directly onto the panels, while others are stamped onto white card stock, colored and fussy cut and then adhered…

 

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These lavender plants were stamped directly onto the panel.  The fussy cut bird is delivering a forget-me-not postcard…

 

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The central image was placed onto a die cut oval and then placed on top of a die cut trellis.  The arch is decorated with a laurel wreath (that I cut apart to fit the arch), decorated with small berry colored rhinestones and a hand dyed seam binding bow.  The sentiment was stamped in an arch shape and the banner was then cut out of the paper by hand…

 

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Poppies and lilies grow in wild profusion in parts of england and so I layered them with abandon.  The banners were layered and staggered.  A metal filagree piece was topped with a colored half pearl.  The quirky, eccentric approach to this card seems so very british ;)

I hope you join this challenge, inspired by your summer garden.

 

Sending you blessings and ((hugs)),

 


August 25th, 2014

celebrate…

Hello and welcome.  This week at The Shabby Tea Room, the theme is ‘Celebration’.  This is the inspiration photo and we are challenged to create a project that uses pink, flowers and lace…

 

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As part of the design team, I am also using some Digital Papers by Janet, who is represented on Etsy and is this week’s sponsor.  I have used the larger banners from ‘Sweet Banners 1′ and the smaller banners from, ‘Shabby Chic Banners 3′…

 

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After printing the banners, they were mounted onto solid card stock.  The larger banners were then mounted onto pink and white striped patterned paper.  Using scalloped scissors, I added lovely scallops.  Using a single, medium sized, gold doily, I cut sections of the motifs and added some gold to each section…

 

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I punched, pink star flowers, one for each banner, adhered them to the sections and topped them with dimensional roses…

 

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Going through my collection of ribbon and trim scraps, bits were added to the joins for some whimsey.  Lovely, fluffy pink bows were added to each end and this fun banner is ready to add cheer to the next celebration!

Thanks for visiting and I hope you will join this ‘Celebration’ challenge!

 

Sending you sunny summer hugs and blessings,

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)),