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November 22nd, 2014

a vintage holiday…

Hello everyone.  I hope you’re cozy and warm today.  So much of the U.S. is brrrrrrrrrr..cold!  Here in the Phoenix area, we are into the 40’s at night and the 70’s during the days.  Wonderful and cold, for us!  It’s put me in the mood to create for the upcoming winter season and fortunately, Sugar Creek Hollow’s newest challenge is to create a vintage Christmas card in non-traditional colors…

 

PaperPrimrose SCH1

 

This charming vintage image has been in the back of my mind, just waiting for an opportunity to come out and play!  Here is the image for you to save to your computer for your own use…

 

Vintage Image of Children

 

I placed this image onto a die cut tag of warm grey and embellished it with die cut snowflakes…

 

PaperPrimrose SCH2

 

I partially diecut a tag, cutting only the pretty edge and hand cutting the rest so that it would accommodate the stamped sentiment.  The tag was distressed with Pan Pastels and some shaved mylar (which was used on the image as well).  A cluster of varied white stamen were glued to a dark green fabric base (which I took from a fabric flower) and treated to some picket fence distress paint that was dabbed on…

 

PaperPrimrose SCH3

 

A double bow was made from some treasured grey and white striped ribbon and embellished with some small bells that have been painted white and treated to a coating of fine white, iridescent glitter.  I attached them to some white wire which allowed me to adjust them in place…

 

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Not wanting a completely plain inside to this card, I added an edge strip of soft grey card stock and a length of the wonderful piqued die cut that was used along the bottom of the card face.  Sometimes, it’s just a little touch of ‘something’ that makes my eyes happy!…

 

PaperPrimrose SCH5

 

Thanks so much for visiting~  We’re heading into the busy Thanksgiving holiday week here in the U.S., so it will be fairly quiet in blogland.  Wishing you and those around you a wonderful holiday full of blessings, gratitude and pie!

 

Blessings and ((hugs)),

 

 

 

November 19th, 2014

a gift from the heart…

Welcome dear blog friends.  Today I have a project to share with you, that was made for the new Frilly and Funkie challenge.  Cec is hosting this challenge and says, ‘With Christmas a little more than a month away let’s make something we can give as a gift.’  I’ve been having so much fun designing an ornament earlier this week (you can see it HERE), that I chose to make another one with a ‘heart’ theme’.  This project is in shades of white into creams…

 

PaperPrimrose F&F1

 

Using die cut, light weight heart shapes as bases, I dove into my stash of wonderful hearts and other much loved embellishments.  I will take you through a tour of each one…

 

PaperPrimrose F&F2

 

The largest heart was first edged with a beautiful, box pleated satin trim and then a row of small pearls.  The focal point of this heart is the large ivory heart with great detail.  I hit the high spots with white acrylic paint, which exaggerates the design details of this beautiful heart.  Venice lace trim runs along the widest part of the heart and the two curves at the top of the heart were filled with the center of a white frayed flower cut in half.  I trimmed the outer edge of the frayed flower off and used it below.  An assortment of white buttons fill other spaces and clear rock candy distress glitter fills every tiny space for some fabulous sparkle. Unfortunately, it doesn’t show up well in this photo, but I can tell you that it’s beautiful!…

 

PaperPrimrose F&F4

 

The second heart is embellished with a Prima resin piece, venice lace, flower and tiny buttons and the outer portion of the frayed flower that was cut apart for the largest heart. It is only the outside edge that was adhered along the top edge.  In the center, there is a filagree metal heart charm, coated with white acrylic paint. Buttons as well as beads and crystal hearts attach the heart with jump rings…

 

PaperPrimrose F&F3

 

I’ve never used buttons with bead work before, but I love the look and I doubt if will be the last time!  I glued lengths of ribbon behind each heart, so that I could attach jump rings directly into the ribbon to make it quicker to assemble (also a new approach for me)!!…

 

PaperPrimrose F&F5

 

The third heart is only 1-3/4″ wide and high, so It has a rose covered metal charm, coated with white acrylic paint, a snippet from beautiful rose themed venice lace, a rose button and one tiny white button.  You can see the rock candy glitter a bit easier here, filling in the open spaces.  The little pearls were adhered along the edges of the heart…

 

PaperPrimrose F&F6

 

I wanted one tiny heart at the bottom (3/4″) and diecut it out of Tim Holtz’s ‘mirrored sheets’.  Using a paper piercer, I made holes at the top and bottom to accommodate jump rings.  The pearl that dangles from the bottom is from a favorite pack of assorted pearl embellishments.  The little ivory bow was a button.  Using wire cutters, I snipped the button shank off and then adhered it to the mirrored heart.

I had so much fun making this ornament!  It will be a gift from the heart…for certain.

 

Blessings and ((hugs)),

 


November 18th, 2014

SplitcoastStampers tutorial…

Hello and welcome everyone.  Today I am sharing a tutorial that I’ve prepared for SplitcoastStampers.  I have been wanting to learn to make instructional videos for quite some time.  Yes, I know its now years, but I couldn’t postpone it any longer when the amazing Dina Kowal from SplitcoastStampers asked me to prepare a video about making paper lanterns from the template I had posted online in the past.

You can see the original posts HERE and HERE.  These are just two examples of these sweet little lanterns, made with seasonal themes…

 

Winter Lantern

 

Autumn Lantern

 

If you haven’t heard of SplitcoastStampers, you are in for an amazing treat.  It is a ginormous clearing house for crafty souls like us, to share our creations and ideas and to get feedback from other crafters. They also offer weekly tutorials!  If you ever feel as though your personal creative well has run dry, a visit to SCS should fix the problem!  You can see my tutorial by clicking HERE or on the widget on the sidebar that says, ‘I’m a guest Tutorial Author on Splitcoast Stampers’, it will also take you there..

In addition to more than a few of you contacting me to inquire about videos, it was mentioned that you wanted a video to be paced so that a crafting novice could work along with the video.  I’ve tried to do that here, though now that it’s done, I would love to start over!  Learning curves are so annoying ;-))

Thanks so much for stopping by and I’m eager to see all the fabulous variations that you come up with!!

 

Blessings and ((hugs)),

 

 

 

November 17th, 2014

grateful…

Welcome everyone.  Today’s new challenge at The Shabby Tea Room is inspired by this photo and requires the inclusion of twine and/or burlap…

 

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As part of the design team, I’m also using a downloadable, printable digital design from ‘ByDigitalPaper’ created by Janet and sold on Etsy.  My banner uses her ‘Vintage Tags’ file which you can find HERE

 

PaperPrimrose TSTR1

 

Using the patterned tags, I stamped a single word inside an open space on each tag, then mounting the tags onto progressing shades of card stock before adhering them onto larger, paper mounted burlap tags…

 

PaperPrimrose TSTR2

 

To mimic the fanned napkin that was tucked into the burlap bag on the inspiration photo, I colored a large, round doily in a shade of burlap, cut it apart and folded each segment to mimic the napkin.  Multi-looped bows of twine were added too…

 

PaperPrimrose TSTR3

 

Two brass gromets at the top of the burlap tag base make for a clean and durable finish.  One large rhinestone tops each bow, just for a touch of sparkle…

 

PaperPrimrose TSTR4

 

In between each of the tags, I folded a 3-1/2″ doily over the twine, to act as a spacer.  Each doily was first colored in a hue close to the lightest card stock and then misted with heirloom gold spray.  I love how it ‘puddled’, creating almost an aged, gilded look.  On top of the doilies are small pennants with scalloped card stock bases behind.  A small paper rose tops each pennant.

What fun it is to create these little banners that brighten any spot or can be sent in a padded envelope to brighten someone’s day!

Thank you for visiting and remember, I have a giveaway to two lucky people who will be chosen randomly and who leave comments between November 14th and November 30th!!

I’m also entering this banner into this challenges, ’cause it’s fun!

 

Blessings and ((hugs)),

 

 

November 16th, 2014

thanksgiving with heather…

Hello dear blog friends.  I’m so excited that you’ve stopped by today.  Today I am the guest designer for the amazingly talented Heather Hudson of My Artistic Adventures.  If you have seen one of her designs, you will surely remember her wonderful style and creativity!  Heather creates digital files supreme, for paper crafters like us.  She is also offering a $50.00 give away, so hop over HERE to check it out!  Her work is beautiful and you can see her range of digital files on her Etsy shop HERE.  I chose to work with a file called Vintage Thanksgiving Autumn and you can find it HERE

 

PaperPrimrose HH1

 

I began by creating the envelope and tag that are the focal point of this card.  I cut away the center of the cover design to let the fabulous vintage image on the tag inside show through.  The tag is made from brushed gold card stock, as is the backing of the cover design…

 

PaperPrimrose HH2

 

A small doily was sprayed with an heirloom gold mist and then crumbled when nearly dry.  In place of the usual ribbon or fiber pull at the top of the tag, I used a filagree ornament in an aged brass finish…

 

PaperPrimrose HH3

 

I created a cluster of two gold leaves, a double looped gold ribbon bow and three little handmade paper acorns in the corner…

 

PaperPrimrose HH4

 

Behind the band of ribbon, is another tag from this collection that is covered in handwriting.  It was cut out and then distressed around the edges.  So many possibilities with Heather’s digital collections~  She thinks like a paper crafter, because she is one!..

 

PaperPrimrose HH5

 

The inside is finished very simply.  Because I didn’t want to write on the gold card stock, I cut a second panel of cream and punched a leaf design along the edge of the gold for a bit of contrast.

I hope you’re having a lovely November.  I know I am.  Wonderful weather has arrived once again to the desert and it’s time to of walking outdoors, opening the windows wide and sleeping with a comforter!  Thank you so much for stopping in and remember, I have a giveaway to two lucky people who will be chosen randomly and who leave comments between November 14th and November 30th!!

 

Blessings and ((hugs)),

 

 

 

November 14th, 2014

vintage angels…

Welcome everyone.  Today I’m sharing a project that I’ve made for the new challenge at Vintage Udfordring. The theme of this challenge is Angels and  I am using a digital file called ‘Vintage Angels Peace on Earth’ from Heather Hudson. You can find it HERE.  Make sure to read through to the end of this post where I will be giving away some wonderful gift bags full of paper crafter’s delights!..

 

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I adore the versatility of this digital sheet.  I printed mine out on a color printer, onto white card stock.  On my HP printer, I checked the ‘preview’ on the page that shows up just before the ‘print’ button is hit.  Under preview, I can select the type of paper that is being used.  These images can be turned into single ornaments, hanging projects, bookmarks, cake toppers…whatever you can dream of.  I decided to make an embellishment for a door.  Each star is backed with a corresponding star and edged with champagne colored glass glitter.  This hanging would also be beautiful hung from a chandelier or wall sconce…

 

RebeccaDeeprose VU2

 

The topmost star has a separate image of three angels, adhered with dimensional foam to raise it up.  The wings were all treated with two tones of glitter for shading.  The bow at the top of this hanging is made from seam binding that I dyed with distress ink and edged with a tan ink to give it a more vintage appearance. It’s tied to a large jump ring that also accommodated a length of cream colored silk for the hanger…

 

RebeccaDeeprose VU3

 

The center star is simple and embellished with one of the sentiments found on the printed sheet.  The edges of the sentiment were treated with distress ink and then popped up with foam tape…

 

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For the smallest star, I added a cluster of wonderful, fat rosebuds. The spaces between them are filled with some more glass glitter. Below the star, dangles a collection of pastel beads, bi-cone crystals and pearls. They are attached to a succession of three small jump rings. This helps to space them out and make them more visible…

Thank you for visiting and I appreciate your sweet comments.  I have two mystery bags of really sweet crafting products that I would love to send to two of you.  So leave a comment and as a birthday treat, I will make the random selection on November 30th and contact you privately for mailing info..

 

Blessings and ((hugs)),

 

 

 

 

November 14th, 2014

doubled, double bows….

Hello dear blog friends and welcome.  I am back for a visit to Craft-Dee BowZ, this time as a guest designer. This project reminded me of why I love my Craft-Dee BowZ bow maker.  Using organza ribbon, I created two different sized bows that I joined together when I tied the larger bow closed, placing the smaller one in front and wrapping the center tie around both bows.  If I had attempted to do this by hand, I would probably still be working at it!  Anyway, fast and simple on this little, inexpensive tool.  The rest of the project followed the bow…

 

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I used a vintage image that I found in the public domain and printed it onto off white card stock at 45% of the original size.  Only the acorns were treated to a touch of color.  It will help if you look at the size of the image in ‘preview’, before you hit the Print button, so that you can judge the size that will work for your project.  Here’s the image for you to save onto your computer for your own use….

 

Count Your Blessings

 

You can print it in this beautiful brown or if your printer allows, adjust the color.  Since this card began with the bow, I adjusted mine to print a bit more of a greenish brown…

 

RebeccaDeeprose CDB2

 

I wanted a touch of something with a bit of contrast as an added embellishment to the bow, so I stamped some acorns and then covered the lower portions with Glossy Accents for some wonderful shine and the suggestion of a 3D shape…

 

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On top of a background panel of paper with a gauzy pattern, I used some snippets of lace, behind the sentiment panel on the left and layered over the ribbon and panel at the bottom…

 

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I love the play of textures and rich colors of autumn.  The gauzy patterned paper was mounted onto a brushed, old gold card stock and then onto the card base of cream.  What wonderful inspirations are found in the changing seasons!

Thanks for taking the time to visit and thank you to those of you who take the additional time and effort to leave such heartwarming comments!!

 

Sending blessings and ((hugs)),

 

 

 

November 8th, 2014

recycling/ repurposing…

Hello dear blog friends.  The new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow is called recycling/repurposing and  I decided to use some oversized keys that have remained, unused in a drawer for about 5 years.  They’re too large for cards and too heavy for most projects.  The answer was to incorporate them into some hanging ornaments…

 

RebeccaDeeprose SCH1

 

The base is a die cut circle with a lovely edge, of light weight press board with die cuts of shiny silver metallic paper adhered to each side.  I sandwiched in a loop of metallic ribbon to act as a hanger, when adhering the second metallic paper.  On top of the base,  is a small doily, also topped with a whitewashed metal filagree circle…

 

RebeccaDeeprose SCH2

 

I treated the key with some Viva, 3D Stempel-Farbe in silver, rubbed in with a rag.  It transformed the aged brass into a delightfully aged, silvery patina.  A flat-backed pearl embellishment covers the hole at the top of the key.  A few rose buds and an open rose were scattered on top of the filagree circle and along the stem of the key.  A tiny tag was stamped and added to the key’s stem and then a triple loop bow was tied around.  I think the remainder of these keys will be transformed into a variety of ornaments and sent off as personalized gifts.

Have a look around your home or through your crafting supplies and bring something old to life!

 

Sending you blessings, and ((hugs)),

 

 

 

November 5th, 2014

wendy vecchi…ish

Hello dear blog friends.  Jenny from Frilly and Funkie has presented us with quite a challenge this week!  The challenge is to create something in the style of Wendy Vecchi.  If you’re not familiar with her style, you can get a good sense of it on her blog HERE.  My starting point was the Wendy Vecchi ‘Artful Shrines’ art parts…

 

RebeccaDeeprose WendyVecchi-ish1

 

The background was stamped with watermark ink and a crackle pattern.  The artichoke was stamped, along with the sentiment and then colored chalk was rubbed over some background areas to show off the crackle, while the ink and chalk were whiped off around the stamping.  I adhered the backing, arch frame and two of the base pieces. The frame and footing were first treated to a layer of white paint, topped with leaf green archival ink, a layer of distress crackle paint (in old paper) and when it was dry, topped with some more archival ink mixed with a bit of watermark in on a finger dauber.  I did speed up the drying of the final layer of inks with a heat tool.  Make sure to let the crackle layer dry on it’s own, or at least begin to show it’s crackle pattern before you put a heat tool to it!  If you apply heat before you can see the crackle pattern, it won’t develop one!…

 

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When all of that was thoroughly dry, I stamped a french poem around the frame…

 

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The artichoke was stamped a second time onto ‘Modeling Film’ and when it was dry, colored with alcohol inks, then cut along some of the leaves and heated to bend those leaf tips out from the flat piece.  It was then adhered in front of the image that was stamped directly onto the background.  The layers create a very interesting visual effect…

 

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Some venice lace trim, half pearls adhered with glossy accents and then some stamping (just as well achieved with a template!) along the bottom edge to anchor it and give it that Vecchi-ish touch.

I hope you’re up to the challenge!  It takes some thought and a bit of effort to incorporate someone else’s style into your own!

 

Sending blessings and hugs to you,

 


November 3rd, 2014

just neutrals…

Welcome everyone.  Today at The Shabby Tea Room, the challenge is about neutrals and a card or project inspired by this photo…

 

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I reached for some rose gold glitter paper and cut a pumpkin in segments…

 

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I used a finger dauber and some distress ink to ‘shade’ one side of each of the segments.  The center segment was shaded on both sides.  The pieces were glued in a pumpkin shape, on a folded card stock base.  When the glue was dry, I cut away the excess of the folded card stock and then added the stem…

 

RebeccaDeeprose TSTR2

 

I hand cut a leaf in white card stock, taking my cue from the photo.  The idea for the white tendrils, also came from the photo.  Before adding some score lines, I stamped a sweet sentiment from Paper Sweeties.  It’s from a very handy set called ‘You Are Amazing‘.  A few amber rhinestones found their way onto the leaf as well.  This is a very clean design and  I think it will look lovely as a Thanksgiving decoration in my home, as all of my decorations have a classic and clean look this year.  You can see a leaf wreath that I made a few days ago HERE.

 

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I love the look of the inked edges on the pumpkin segments.  It adds contrast and a rich vintage touch…

 

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This pumpkin stands up with ease.  A set of these, slightly reduced in size would make wonderful place cards to be used from year to year.  An extra stash of leaves would allow the names to be updated as needed.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

 

Sending you blessings and ((hugs)),