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December 15th, 2014

a shabby chic holiday…

Hello and thank you for stopping in.  With all the busyness of the season, it’s nice to sit for awhile, taking in some creative inspirations from The Shabby Tea Room.  This week’s challenge is ‘A Shabby Chic Holiday’ and the guidelines for this challenge are to create a card or project that uses pink, aqua, ivory and glitter along with inspiration from this photo…

 

shabby chic holiday

 

I worked with a template from Creations By AR, called ‘Bottle of Cheer‘.  My project was cut by hand and delivers a holiday greeting along with a little gift…

 

PaperPrimrose TSTR1

 

The bottle was cut twice from a satiny silver card stock.  There are two labels that were stacked.  I edged the sentiment layer with an alcohol marker and treated the lower layer to an edge of aqua glitter.  Some glossy holly leaves are embellished with stamens…

 

PaperPrimrose TSTR2

 

The neck of the bottle has a ‘foil wrap’ of pink and a collar of aqua glitter topped with a round of sealing wax in my favorite ivory wax.  To make this card/gift package more festive, I sandwiched a multi looped bow and some curled, card stock streamers between the two bottle necks.  The streamers were treated to some clear glitter and some acrylic ‘bubble’ embellishments…

 

PaperPrimrose TSTR3

 

There are soooo many wonderful sentiments that would change the purpose of this project…

 

PaperPrimrose TSTR4

 

Here, you can see the box that’s contained between the two sides of the ‘bottle’.  I’ve temporarily pried the bottom edge of the sentiment label up a touch, so that you can see the glittered edge on the bottom label.  A personal note, movie tickets and a gift card are tucked into the silver tissue paper.  Think of all the possibilities!!!

This project was very quick to make, even though I cut the pieces by hand!  If you’re looking for a special presentation for a small gift, this template might be the one!

 

Blessings and ((hugs)),

 

 

December 13th, 2014

a vintage santa…

Welcome dear crafty friends.  I have a card to share with you today that has a happy, vintage vibe and a lovely old santa image…

 

PaperPrimrose

 

Mid 19th century santa has met mid 20th century in this card ;-))  The image and the embossed paper trim (now a slightly aged white, below the image) are paired against the vintage style patterned papers that were inspired by designs from the 1940’s and 50’s…

 

PaperPrimrose V

 

The stamped sentiment also reminds me of the 1950’s and was made with elements from PTI’s ‘Bells and Boughs’ and ‘Tinsel and Tags Sprigs’ stamp sets.  I think the rhinestone and red embellishment is from Prima and the little red button is threaded with some wonderful, heavy red and white twine that I purchased in Denmark where the colors of the Danish flag are frequently repeated in every day items…

 

PaperPrimrose VU

 

I included a little wooden house (Maya Rd. I think) and a gingham bow topped with bells that I rusted in a mix of vinegar and salt along with a multi-looped bow of linen thread.  It was fun creating with classic colors and so many embellishments that I have been hoarding saving!

 

Blessings and ((hugs)),

For some added fun, I will be entering this card into these challenges;

 

 

December 6th, 2014

saturday step by step…

Hello and welcome. Today I’m presenting a Step By Step for Frilly and Funkie.  Searching through my stores of goodies, I compiled a tray of supplies that I’ve been itching to play with and this is what I made…

 

PaperPrimrose F&F1

 

My inspiration were some sweet little decorations made by the talented Karen Valentine.  I finally saw a use for my old, too fussy (for a busy cook), individual tartlet pans on her blog.  I made a mental note that has managed to stay with me!  I assembled different sizes of wooden spools, Tim Holtz bottle trees, snippets of venice lace, distress glitter, seam binding and metal, filagree embellishments…

 

PaperPrimrose F&F2

 

While it was my intention to stick to a palette of creams, burlap tans and white, these red berries and a length of baby blue seam bindings were irresistible!…

 

PaperPrimrose F&F3

 

The tree (the edges of the branches touched with white gesso) stands on a metal, floral ring, painted white in a shabby way (you can see it peeking out from under the seam binding bow).  It is adhered to a wooden spool that has been dressed up with two layers of venice lace.  The spool rests on a white cotton, crocheted floral doily and the whole tower is supported by a very small tart tin…

 

PaperPrimrose F&F4The next little tower has a tree dressed up with some white gesso, touched to the ends of it’s branches and some aurora crystal beads, glued all around.  It rests on a taller spool with some wide, draping venice lace cascading down.  A ring of silver tinsel twine sits under the tree’s branches.  The star was die cut from a cereal box and then coated in glue and sprinkled liberally with ‘pumice stone’ glitter, which I adore and which trails through my house and makes me smile.  The upturned tart tin is capped by a circular, filagree ornament that was also painted white, but this time I bent the edges down around the tin, forming a filagree cap…

 

PaperPrimrose F&F5

 

I love the look of this little tree.  It was quick to swipe the white gesso onto the branches and then to dab dots of glue, pressing the beads onto the tree…

 

PaperPrimrose F&F6

 

This next tree was coated in mica flakes for a different look and is elevated by adhering the base of another tree that I removed with pliers (you will see what happened to that base-less tree in another post!)…

 

PaperPrimrose F&F8

 

Both trees were treated to some white gesso on the tips of their branches.  Then, glitter was applied to a metal snowflake.  I left the center untreated…

 

PaperPrimrose F&F7

 

In a rather silly whimsical way, I placed this little tree on the glittering snowflake and the largest tin.  It may be an old jello mold!..

 

PaperPrimrose F&F9

 

 

The base(s) of the tree were wrapped with a strip of sheet music.  The wood that showed under the tree was painted with glue and then sprinkled liberally with rock candy distress glitter.  I piled it on to look like a little mound of snow.  The blueish tinge that you can see in the photo below disappeared after it dried.  A band of silver tinsel twine sits at the join of the snowflake and tree base…

 

 

PaperPrimrose F&F10

 

I hope this sparks some creative idea for you.  Most of us crafters are pack rats at heart, picking up interesting things along the way, rarely knowing what they will become!  It’s such a pleasure to gather a few supplies and create some whimsical little decorations to gather on a small mirrored tray or on a crocheted doily… perhaps a group like this anchored by some sprigs of winter greenery?..  Have fun, be exuberant and make some playtime for yourself!

These little follies will be entered into the ‘Craft Hoarders Anonymous’ challenge #21-Celebrate the Season (ends 12/14).

 

Sending you blessings and ((hugs)),

 


December 6th, 2014

anything but a card…

I am sad to tell you that this is the last post for Sugar Creek Hollow.  The decision has been made by Cec who owns and runs this fabulous vintage site, that the current needs of family would best be met by closing Sugar Creek Hollow.  I have loved my time with them and wish Cec and the rest of this talented team great success.  My last project for SCH is a tag, in the spirit of the season…

 

PaperPrimrose SCH1

 

I let myself play with some wonderful, Graphic 45 papers from a year or so ago.  I love the background paper with it’s pale blue base color, touches of peach roses and red accents.  It was mounted on a traditional ticking stripe of red on cream and both added to a card stock backing tag of red.  The two patterned tags were distressed along their edges and treated to some distress ink…

 

PaperPrimrose SCH2

 

The top of the tag was decorated with a multi-looped bow made with the Craft-Dee BowZ tool, from 1/4″ silk ribbon that was colored with a Copic marker and embellished with vintage millinery beaded stamens, a beaded green berry and some bright, new red stamens.  I used a single vintage glass ‘pearl’ drop that has the most wonderful, aged patina…

 

PaperPrimrose SCH3

 

 

The sentiment is from the Papertrey Ink stamp set called, ‘Rustic Wreath’. It was stamped with black Staz-On permanent ink, onto a tag of white vellum, mounted on the same red card stock as the base tag.  Using beads in shades of reds, I stitched little drops along the bottom edge for a touch of whimsey.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you will join us for our last challenge.  I will still be busy in blogland and will be with you for a Frilly and Funkie challenge, very, very soon!

I will be entering this tag into the ‘Really Reasonable Ribbon’ challenge #108- Tags, Tags, Tag plus a ribbon or trim.

 

Sending you blessings and ((hugs)),

 

 

December 3rd, 2014

heather hudson’s victorian boot…

Hello dear blog friends and welcome.  I am here today as a guest designer for My Artistic Adventures and a project made with another one of Heather Hudson’s beautiful digital sheets, Vintage Pink Victorian Boot that you can find HERE.  What fun I had, converting this gift tag/money holder into a free standing (or hanging) decoration that conceals a small gift box in the leg of this beautiful, buttoned boot…

 

PaperPrimrose for HH1

 

The digital sheet provides a mirror image of the boot, so it can be finished on both sides.  I added a rectangular box in between the two surfaces that is open from the top and closed at the bottom.  It’s just right for a few beautiful, pastel candy canes, a piece of jewelry wrapped in tissue or a special message, rolled up and tied with a sash as a memento (can you picture a proposal ;-))  …

 

PaperPrimrose for HH2

 

In addition to being liberal with glitter, I added Liquid Pearls holly berries, a few fabric holly leaves, a scattering of crystal and pearl drops and backed the tops on each side with pink feathers.  I must be going through my Victorian era, western saloon phase ;-))…

 

PaperPrimrose for HH3

 

In the photo above, you can see the box that fits between the two images.  The row of buttons was treated to three layers of Glossy Accents which makes them quite 3-dimensional and lots of fun. The vintage tambourine was also treated with one layer of Glossy Accents which gives it a glassy appearance.  Wherever you apply more than one layer, make sure to let each application dry before applying the next one…

 

PaperPrimrose for HH4

 

I cut a square of card stock 3-1/4″ square and scored it at 1, 1-1/2, 2-1/2 and 3″ in one direction.  Turn the square 90° and score it at 1/2″  I cut small wedges out at each score line, up to the 1/2″ mark.  These little flaps will make the bottom of the box.  The 1/4″ flap at the right side of the square will be the flap that closes the length of the box.  I used double sided tape for speed, closing the 1/4″ flap first(excluding the bottom 1/2″) and then folded the two 1/2″ flaps and the 1/4″ flaps up, followed by the 1″ flaps.  Only the last flap up needs to be adhered.  If you’re not familiar with this sort of construction, make a sample first and just let yourself experiment with it.  It will come together quickly…

 

PaperPrimrose for HH5

 

You can see above, that I tinted the backs of each side with Pan Pastels to soften the stark white to a soft pink.  The box was adhered with double sided adhesive. Think of all the possibilities to fill this gorgeous little heirloom!  A simple handle to hang it on a tree or standing on a mantel as part of a vintage arrangement…

I am entering this project into the ‘Craft Hoarders Anonymous’ challenge #21- Celebrate the Season, ending 12/14/14.

Thanks for visiting and I’m sending my wishes to you, for a wonderful holiday season full of laughter and love.

 

Blessings and ((hugs)),

 

 

December 3rd, 2014

a vintage holiday…

Welcome everyone.  The new challenge at Frilly and Funkie is hosted by Nancy who has chosen the theme of ‘vintage holiday’.  Let your vintage side come out and play and join us for this challenge as you complete your holiday cards or projects!…

 

PaperPrimrose F&F1

 

I began this project with a beautiful sheet of patterned paper from Maja Designs and the rosette die from Alterations.  I die cut 3 of the rosette strips which allowed me to get the circumference that I wanted (I wound up cutting off a portion of the third strip).  The edged were aged with some distress ink and I hot glued the rosette onto a scalloped circle of card stock that was coated in silver glitter…

 

PaperPrimrose F&F2

 

A die cut pinecone and branch along with some vintage treasures in the form of berries covered in glass beads and some bright red stamens and snips of platinum glittered branches add to the wintery theme.  The label was die cut and lightly inked with the same distress ink as the rosette.  The sentiment was embossed with brown.  A small length of hand dyed seam binding repeated the pop of red on this otherwise neutral color palette.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see your creation at the Frilly and Funkie challenge!

I’m entering this project into the ‘Craft Hoarders Anonymous’ challenge #21- Celebrate the Season, ending 12/14/14 and the ‘Really Reasonable Ribbon’ challenge #108- Tags, Tags, Tags with a ribbon or trim, ending 12/16/14.

 

 

Blessings and ((hugs)),


December 1st, 2014

a vintage udfordring christmas…

Hello sweet friends.  It’s time for the December challenge at Vintage Udfordring and happily, I’m here with a very vintage card…

 

PaperPrimrose VU1

 

I’m loving warm grey and white color combos right now and can’t seem to get enough of them.  I made another greige and white piece just a week or so ago, that you can see HERE.  As with the last piece, I have a beautiful image to share with you for your own use…

 

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For my card, I added mica flakes over the image, making tiny dabs of glue over the little brushstrokes of snow. The slightly greyed quality of mica flakes along with their irregular shapes gives a great vintage effect…

 

PaperPrimrose VU2

 

I layered some die cuts, using two different whites and two different grays…

 

PaperPrimrose VU3

 

The corner embellishment was made from some hand dyed seam binding, some beaded berries that began as millinery supplies, a length of green seam binding (sometimes I don’t know why I make these choices), two leaves coated with silver glitter, a vintage rhinestone set in a brass bezel and some silver glass glitter that was added to the edges of the ribbons…

 

PaperPrimrose VU4

 

The inside holds a repeat of one of the die cuts used behind the image.  I think it’s very inviting to write a message on such a pretty panel!

This time of year, we all seem to be crunched for time which is all the more reason to steal some time to create and join us at the Vintage Udfordring Christmas challenge!  Thank you for taking a few moments to read through to the end ~

 

Blessings and ((hugs)),

P.S. Today is the last day for you to leave a comment to be added to the group of names that I will randomly select from to receive some really fun surprise packages!!  Today is my birthday and one of my most favorite things to do is surprise people with gifts, so help me to celebrate and leave a comment!!

 

 

December 1st, 2014

waiting for santa…

Hello and welcome, my crafty friends.  The Shabby Tea Room’s newest challenge is called ‘Waiting for Santa’ and asks that we create cards or projects that are inspired by the following photo and include a stocking and lace…

 

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For my project, I’m also using a template called, ‘Stocking Box‘ by our sponsor, ‘The Cutting Café’.  I used their small version of this marvelous, free standing stocking box and cut the pieces by hand…

 

PaperPrimrose TSTR1

 

This little stocking box measures 4-1/2″ high (not including the flower covered ‘hanger’) and 3″ wide from heel to toe.  It is a darling presentation for a gift of jewelry, wrapped in tissue paper and tucked into the open topped box. I would let the tissue paper show from the top of the stocking.  A gift card, a bundle of pink and white candy canes or a set of colorful, new gel pens would all be beautifully showcased!…

 

PaperPrimrose TSTR2

 

I couldn’t resist using a small piece of elaborate ivory and gold lace, for the cuff.  I backed the lace with a very pale, warm pink card stock, before adhering it to the stocking.  Some marvelous rosebuds, glittering berries, leaves and fancy stamens decorate the hanger, with a tiny tag and a sentiment stamped from the very versatile, ‘Join Me for Tea‘ stamp set from Paper Sweeties.  There are three small beaded strands (on embroidery floss) added, as a nod to the inspiration photo.

I hope you will join us in this fun challenge.  You may really need some creative time in the middle of all the holiday frenzy!

 

Blessings and ((hugs)),

 

 

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…

 

PaperPrimroseSCH4

 

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 1

 

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)),