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April 20th, 2015

welcome spring…

Hello dear friends.  I hope you’re having wonderful warm weather where you are and have been spared the wild storms of spring that have been sweeping parts of the nation!  Here at The Shabby Tea Room, challenge #250 is called, ‘Welcome Spring.’…

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Our host for this challenge is Digital Paper on Etsy.  I’ve used a file called, ‘The Good Time‘.  I selected the sweet childhood silhouette in a doily frame because it’s delightful and also because I wanted to mimic the monochromatic color scheme of this inspiration photo…

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I also wanted a touch of chalkboard…

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The ‘Hello’ was already a part of the digital image.  ‘Spring’ was stamped and embossed with white, onto the black card stock.  Using my finger, I swiped some white pigment ink (slower drying than dye ink), and rubbed it around the embossed word to mimic chalk dust.  The leaves were taken from the digital photo and added to play with the balance and to soften this otherwise ‘severe’ design.  The addition of a double bow as all I added.  I’m enjoying the expanse of black background, rather than the usual white.

I hope you will find some inspiration in the challenge photo and join us~

 

Blessings and hugs,

 

 

April 14th, 2015

1915 style…

Welcome dear friends.  Today’s new Vintage Challenge is about 1915 images…perfect!  I just love the fashions of that time.  Just 100 short years ago, women and men dressed with great care and style.  Harrison Fisher, my favorite illustrator of all time, was busy making gorgeous paintings of that time and I love working with his images…

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Using the image below, I sized it for this card and printed it onto smooth, white card stock…

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The fashions of 1915 played heavily on large, asymmetric hats, with extravagant ribbons or feathers.  It was this thought that lead me to add the cream and black striped ribbon and asymmetric bow to this card.  Because the details of that time were carefully thought out, a small black button with silver highlights was added to the gathering point…

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Layers of newsprint ads along with die cuts that show both the slightly older, more formal scrolls and the ‘newer’ loosely curved design elements that appeared in fashion, architecture and general embellishments…

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If you don’t have an image from 1915 that you would like to work with, just Google ‘1915 images’, or go onto Pinterest and you will find a wealth of images!  Join us for fun and sharing at Vintage Udfordring~

 

Sending blessings and ((hugs)),

 

 

April 6th, 2015

rainbow colors…

Welcome my crafty friends~  Spring is officially here and tulips are blooming in many parts of the country.  Here in the desert, tulips are blooming at my local ‘Trader Joe’s’ and in today’s project!  I love being able to make flowers bloom with stamps and ink.  You know I love layers and dimension in almost all my paper creations, but this card is as flat as can be, ready to be sent to a far flung part of the world, with minimal postal charges…

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The stamped panel was cut from The Paper Temptress‘s ‘Opal‘ paper in white.  It has the most gorgeous opalescent sheen.  I stamped the tulips with black StazOn ink, let it dry throughly and then colored with an aqua brush and water based inks that the brush picked up from ink pads.  The opalescent sheen shows through the coloring and makes for a really beautiful effect in real life…

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From an angled view, you can see just a bit of the opalescence above the yellow tulip…

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Because the card base color is saturated and the ridged texture of the paper would be difficult to write on, I used a panel of Paper Temptress’s ‘Heavenly White Premium Ultrasmooth Card Stock‘ which was stamped with Memento’s ‘Black Tuxedo’ ink and very quickly colored with a single shade of Copic marker…

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A second layer was placed over the card stock for a more elegant look.  The idea was inspired by a sheet of ‘Heavy Duty Clear Vellum‘, also from the Paper Temptress.  It is positively yummy and I love the weight and semi transparent quality of this vellum!  It is attached over the stamped panel with a 1/8″ wide strip of double sided tape, along the top edge.  Felt tipped pens write like a dream on this vellum…

Here is the inspiration photo for this ‘Shabby Tea Room‘ challenge #249, called ‘Rainbow Colors’…

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Dive and and join us with your creation, inspired by this beautiful image!

This card will be entered into these additional challenges;

 

Blessings and hugs,

April 2nd, 2015

an easter banner…

Hello Peeps…both human and the marshmallow kind!  The new challenge at My Artistic Adventures is about Easter.  I chose to make a banner for a friend who needs a little pick-me-up…

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Starting with Heather’s ‘Cream shabby Chic Victorian Vintage Medium Tag Bases’.  I printed them onto some heavy weight card stock and added little eyelets at the top corners. The sweet vintage images are from ‘Vintage Shabby Chic Easter Post Card Focals’ and edged with delightful glitter…

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Each tag has a different image, along with a variation of a ‘Spring Banners Curvy Flipped’.  They all coordinate so wonderfully!…

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Each one of the curvy banners holds a word of greeting, cut from the ‘Vintage Cream Tiny Letter Boxes’.  A button was adhered at the bottom of each tag and a large jump ring connects a frosted aqua, glass heart or a pink resin and bead charm…

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The banners were adhered to curve up from the tags, allowing some paper tulips and leaves to peek out…

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Luscious, full bows made from cream and pink striped ribbon, cover the functional, narrow ribbon that connects the tags.  I used a line of my favorite fabric adhesive (Beacon’s 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue) on the functional ribbon and pressed the pre-tied bows onto the adhesive.

I’m pleased with this happy Easter greeting that will deliver my message to a sweet friend.  I love that I was able to print out the tags, vintage Easter images, banners and tiny letters from my home printer.  Everything else on this banner came from my stash~

I will be entering this project in the following challenges;

Blessings and hugs,

March 19th, 2015

an exploding handbag and backpack…

Hello dear friends.  There is a new tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers that was just too much fun to pass up and so I’ve made two quick samples.  I really do mean quick…the first example took less than 15 minutes from start to finish! You can view the tutorial HERE.  My first sample was made according to the directions that Liz Walker gave…

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This sweet little handbag has punched, decorative corners on the front flaps and a punched handle that was wound with ribbon and ends with a luscious double bow…

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Rose embellishments included in this favorite paper collection called ‘Garden Party’ (comes in a 12 x 12″pad) from Tilda, made a nice show on the front. Some small magnets from Basic Grey hold the purse closed.

The second project is my own backpack version of Liz’s purse.  I tweaked the scoring just a bit for this and will give you the template below…

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I wanted a less ‘girly’ version and so I used some nautical style ticking from Tilda’s ‘The Seaside Life’ 12 x 12″ paper collection…

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I created a tiny pocket on the front, from a 1-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ strip of paper.  I punched one short edge for the flap and scored it perpendicular to the length at 1/2″ (flap end) and 2″.  After folding it into a pocket, I glued the side edges shut and adhered a magnet behind the flap and a tiny, miniature button over the magnet.  I punched the large flap edge on the body, and also used a magnet for the closure and a button for embellishment.  The anchor charm is hung from the button with linen thread that was allowed to fray and look a bit wild…

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The straps are 1/2″ wide x 8″ long.  A half inch was adhered to the top of the back and a half inch to the bottom to create backpack straps.  For the backpack style, I began with a sheet of 10 x 12″ paper.  Here are the changes in the scoring…

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I’m hoping that you will have fun with these cute and quick cards/gift containers too!  I’ll be entering them into the following challenges;

Blessings and hugs,

 

 

March 16th, 2015

victorian cats and dogs…

Hello and welcome.  My Artistic Achievements begins the second challenge of the month today and it’s an ‘Anything Goes’ challenge!  Using Heather’s ‘Vintage Chic Victorian Cats and Dogs‘ file, I made a quick set of 4 notecards and envelopes…

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Using a round punch, I prepped 4 of the images from the digital sheet.  Each circular image has a die cut doily behind it.  To reduce the time needed, I grabbed 4 different dies and cut them out in one pass, from some yummy bronze-y card stock.  A scrap of digital paper was used to make the dotted banners, which were placed on slightly larger white banners.  Another punch was used to make the 5 petaled flowers (also punched out of a scrap of dotted aqua paper), were distressed with a soft brown ink…

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On top of the punched flower is a cluster made from commercial flower layers.  To make these single layered paper flowers fuller, I folded each flower into quarters and glued them down to make one, full flower.  On top if that cluster, a single, velvety pink flower was adhered…

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Because it’s quicker to make cards in assembly line fashion, the cards all have a kraft card base and a background panel of cocoa touched with a pinstripe of dotted white…

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The warm, coordinating, antique colors of the backgrounds that surround each furry friend, made the choices of card colors so easy…

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I am fond of this sad, serious Westie’s face!  Not the typical, sugary sweet pup~ All these furry darlings have character!

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Just a single stamp on each of the envelopes, made with watermark ink (Versamark), elevates these from the ordinary.  This sweet set will be gifted to a young girl that I work with, who loves animals.  Wrapped simply in clear film, with some gel pens held by a ribbon, this very small gift will remind her that she is important to me.

I hope you will join us for this wide open challenge!

 

Blessings and hugs,

March 16th, 2015

beautiful blooms…

Hello and welcome.  It’s less than two weeks ’til spring!!  As hard as this winter has been in so much of the country, spring will come!  It arrived earlier than usual here in the, ‘Valley of the Sun’, but even for snow packed, subzero spots like Boston, the sun and warmth are on the way~

At The Shabby Tea Room, the newest challenge #248, is called ‘Beautiful Blooms’ and is sponsored by Crafty Secrets

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I used two wonderful, digital papers from Crafty secrets.  The background is from the ‘Garden Paper‘ collection.  The banners were punched from a paper printed from the ‘Radiant Papers‘ collection.  Both of these digital collections are brimming with gorgeous paper designs.  These sheets were printed onto standard 8-1/2 x 11″ paper, though they will print in a 12 x 12″ format if your printer has this capability.

Here is the inspiration photo for this challenge…

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The bicycle was stamped with a kraft colored ink and white Pan Pastel was added to the bike, leaving some of the print visible beneath a veil of white pastel pigment.  Some of the stamped lines were reinforced or thickened with a Copic.  I prefer the slightly thicker and thiner lines, to equal and consistent lines found in so many stamps.  The basket’s floral bouquet was stamped onto white card stock and bits of green were colored with some more Pan Pastel and the pink was made with a Copic marker.  Some random grass was also added with a few different shades of green pastels…

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The interesting font of this sentiment, lead me to choose it.  Stylish and sort of ‘loose’ in it’s feel, it is in keeping with the style of this card…

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Some tiny, bright pink rhinestones came out of my stash, to accent the ‘i’ in one word and the banners.

I hope you will join us in this challenge and the chance to win a prize from Crafty Secrets!

 

Blessings and hugs,

March 14th, 2015

vintage style doilies…

Hello dear friends.  I’m back with Vintage Udfordring’s Challenge #98.  It’s about doilies (Blondeservietter). The sponsor for this challenge is The Ribbon Girl and I’ve had some fun, creating with a single, square doily and some lovely ribbon…

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A corner of the square doily is wrapped around the top of this card.  To create the front of the card, I embossed a panel of light blue metallic card stock…

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This 5 loop bow is front and center over the doily accent and topped with a resin, lily component in frosted white. I added a faceted pink crystal to it with ‘stamens’ made from plastic wires embellished with pearls.  Three tiny paper roses top the join of the lily and repeat the colors of the flowers lower down…

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The sentiment is a gold foil printed oval that came in a gift package from a blog subscriber (Thank you so much, Meg!).  I mounted it onto an oval that was accented with a gold foil pen and a ring of half pearls…

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To accent the embossing, I swiped a white, pigment ink pad against the raised surface.  It left a film of shabby, white goodness, a bit like placing a vellum design over the blue metallic card stock.  It was soooo easy to do and I love the effect!!…

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To created a presention box for this dimensional card.  It is an eighth of an inch wider and taller than the card which will allow me to add a sheet of tissue paper, carefully wrapped around the card)….

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The lid is made from the same card stock as the front panel of the card.  A corner of the doily (remember, it’s a square doily) was adhered to the lid cut-out before it was assembled.  I love the look of this box and the way it coordinates without ‘matching’ the inside!

Thank so much for sticking with the post to the end!  Find a pretty doily, some crafting time and join us for this wonderful, vintage style challenge!

These are the additional challenges that this project will be entered;

 

Sending you warm, sunny hugs from Arizona and blessings from my heart,

 

 

March 2nd, 2015

bits of green…

Amazing…we’re in the third month of the year!  When it’s time to change the page on my calendar, I usually feel as though the month has evaporated, but now, I’m feeling that the year is evaporating!!  Since the only direction is onwards, join me for the new My Artistic Adventures challenge…

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Starting with Heather’s wonderful, new group of ‘10 Victorian Vintage Whimsical Shabby Cream Spring Green‘ digital papers, a base was created using three fab patterns from the collection…

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The focal point is a fussy cut image of an elegant green teacup and saucer set in front of a pink circle, complete with ‘Sweet Irish Blend’ and beautiful blooms from the ‘Victorian Vintage Shabby Chic Pink & Green St. Patrick’s Day Irish Blend’ digital sheet.  I added a ring of pink glitter to the circle’s frame…

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This central image was layered onto two different tags from the same digi file.  The larger green tag has lines and ledger details (including the large, shadow numbers) and a smaller, lighter green tag was layered onto the first.  It has beautiful flourishes and handwriting.  A line of die cut hearts was sitting in my container of odds and ends and found it’s way onto this card.  Pink dots and green dots encircle different areas, just for interest, and because I love an excuse to use glitter!…

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The butterfly is from the same sheet as the focal point and tags.  A short piece of linen thread was folded and glued beneath the butterfly and two size 8 seed beads were slipped over the ends to create whimsical antennae.  A bit of peacock blue glitter was just for fun…

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This bow is from the ‘Victorian Vintage Green Shamrock, Banner, Hats, Bows‘ digi file.  I used some distress stickles on the bow, but it’s photographed as though it was a sprinkling of salt!  In real life, its a green glitter.  The embossed/distressed tag that it anchors, was another find from my odds and ends container.

I hope you will join us for this ‘Bits of Green’ challenge.  You might just be the winner of a wonderful, new, collage sheet!

These are the challenges that I will be entering;

 

Blessings and hugs,

March 2nd, 2015

pop of pink…

Welcome and thanks for joining me for today’s new challenge at The Shabby Tea Room.  It’s called, ‘Pop of Pink’.  Using the inspiration photo and dies…

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Our sponsor for this challenge is Dies R Us, so I incorporated 4 different dies into this card.  It’s so easy and so much fun to work with dies.  They’re one of my favorite ‘go-to’ elements for any project.  The inspiration was taken from this photo…

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I used the horizontal division of three unequal bands…the bottom container with it’s wire sides (represented by the lattice die cut), the center layer of pink flowers and a top band of dark background…

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The band of floral paper that represented the ranunculus flowers looked a little sparse so I added two toned, stamped pink flowers to fill out the design. You can get a whole other use for your patterned papers when you think of adding to the existing design!  The central embellishment as made from a hand dyed silk ribbon bow, a triple bow made from seam binding and layers of fabric flower petals that were all glued together…

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The two tiny sentiment tags were die cut from a subtly printed paper from the same paper collection as the rest of the patterned papers.  The same set of tiny, stamped flowers was used to embellish the tag on the left, just as it was used to fill out the floral design of the center patterned paper band…

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Since a dark brown card stock was used as the card base, two sheets of patterned papers were trimmed along one edge and one of the sheets was flipped 180° to form the inside papers.  I love the papers from this collection and the fabulous ornate look of these two pages, just waiting for a hand penned sentiment!

 

Blessings and hugs,

 

Supplies;  All patterned papers from ‘Madeline’ 6×6″ paper collection by Prima; Early Espresso card stock by Stampin’Up; Loop de Loop, Coverplate:Quatrefoil, Tiny Tags dies all by Papertrey Ink; Tiny Tags stamp set by Papertrey Ink, Baby Blossoms stamp set by Stampin’Up; Dark chocolate, simply chartreuse, hibiscus burst, raspberry fizz inks by PTI