November 27th, 2015
Hello everyone. I hope you’re cozy and enjoying this season. There was frost on the neighbors’ roof this morning and the narcissus are starting to develop buds. They usually flower late November through December and I look forward to them each year.
Papertrey Ink has a ‘Make It Monday Challenge #232’ called ‘Layered Stamping on Kraft. The concept has been around for awhile, but I’ve only ever used it once before. Dawn McVey made a good, clear video describing the technique. I selected a layered stamp set, made a kraft card base and had some fun…
Using Papertrey Inks’ stamp set, ‘The Sweet Life’, the roses and leaves were stamped first with solid areas of white pigment ink, proceeded by the layers that are in the set, that add wonderful layers of color. While I was stamping the lower left cluster of leaves, some green ink that I didn’t notice on the stamping block, found its’ way to the large rose…eeeek! Oh that moment when we realize we’ve just made a mistake that has messed up some nice clean stamping!! Fortunately, I had stamped a sample of the large rose to check my color combo, so I dug it out of the trash and cut off the lowest layer of petals and adhered it to the bottom of the largest rose image on the card base to cover that stray, green ink. There are three clear acrylic half domes mimicking drops of water on the petals…
I die cut an oval and used a kraft colored chalk to give definition to the frame. The center was stamped and then treated to some pale pink chalk because there was just too much white and it provided some relief…
Thanks so much for stopping by~ In a world of callous and angry people, I treasure this warm and supportive crafting community so very much.
Hugs and blessings,
- Card Stock~ classic kraft- PTI; whisper white-SU
- Die~ oval floral nestabilities- Spellbinders
- Stamps~ the sweet life & brushstroke sentiments-PTI
- Ink~ dark chocolate, hibiscus burst, berry sorbet, raspberry fizz -PTI
- Ribbon~ hibiscus burst polka dot satin-PTI
- Colored Chalks~ light pink, kraft-Pan Pastels
- Water drops~PTI
November 17th, 2015
There are so many wonderful reasons for paper crafting and lately, one of the hidden benefits is having a passion that is so appealing that I can use it as the carrot dangling in front of me. I have lots of catchup work in my home and loads of paperwork that needs to be done quickly. Neither job has any appeal to me and so, I am rewarding each large hunk of work with some creative time! Amazing what I will do to get to my crafting table ;-))
City Crafters‘ has a new color inspiration challenge of blue, white, grey and silver…
The center star was embossed in silver and mounted onto two die cuts. The background was embossed with a new Anna Griffin folder that I hadn’t used yet…
After embossing on a very shiny silver coated card stock, I ran a white gellato stick over the entire panel. Using a tissue, I spread the gellato paste all over the design, taking extra effort to push it into the edges of the raised design. The next step was to polish off the raised surfaces, revealing the shine while the edges hold onto the white gellato. I think my dear friend who lives in Portland will like this card.
Enough playtime, now it’s back to work for me!
Hugs and blessings,
- Stamp- ‘Shalom’ by Stampin’Up
- Watermark Ink- Versamark by Tsukineko
- Embossing Powder- Silver by Zing
- Embossing Folder- Anna Griffins’Crowned Medallion’ by Sizzix
- High Shine Paper- Silver at Joanns’
- Gellotos- White by Faber Castell
- Card Stock- medium blue and dark blue by Bazzill
November 16th, 2015
I’m back for the second time today. It’s been so very hectic lately (not to mention stressful for us all), that I was feeling some more creative time would help me to refresh and recenter myself. So I’m popping in with a quick little project for Papertrey Inks’ Make It Monday challenge #231. This challenge is about building a design using guide lines and a stamp set containing a multitude of images. I decided to work with a set called, ‘Wee Folk’. I’ve had it for a couple of months, but not touched it to ink before today. This design began by cutting a square card base, drawing light pencil guidelines horizontally, vertically and then from diagonal corners. Using this matrix, I just began stamping and allowing the design to grow. It was fun, not having a specific goal in mind…
I didn’t select the color palate in advance either. The only things I knew when I began, were that I wanted a square card and that the sentiment would be in the very middle…
This really is a stress-free, fun method of stamping that I will be revisiting again very soon! Now I’m off to a warm shower and then to bed.
Blessings and hugs,
- Stamps- Papertrey Ink, ‘Wee Folk’
- Inks- Papertrey Ink, spring rain, harvest gold, simply chartreuse, sweet blush, melon berry, classic kraft. Versa Magic, aquatic splash
- Paper- Stampin Up, very vanilla card stock
November 16th, 2015
Hello everyone. I’m here with The Shabby Tea Rooms‘ newest challenge called, ‘O Christmas Tree’. Our sponsor is Bugaboo and I’m using their digital image, ‘Christmas Tree Row‘…
I printed this funky little row of trees onto smooth white card stock, colored it with Copic markers, using the inspiration photo at the bottom of this post, for color inspiration. I haven’t been able to adjust my photos to capture the shabbier, softer version of green that the card truly is. I used some taupe pastels around the edge of the sage green ‘window’ effect to tone down the mossy green and give it some depth….
The digital panel is layered on top of a champagne gold glitter paper and then a small patterned paper. The sentiment was stamped directly over the pastels…
In this closeup, you can better see the platinum gold Stickles that I applied to the stars and baubles on the trees. There are tiny iridescent stars that were adhered over the drawn stars and the tiny snowflakes were colored in with a metallic Gelly Roll pen that is reflective in real life. Underneath the trees, a generous application of Ice Stickles makes a wonderful snowbank!..
Because I wanted some more contrast behind the patterned paper, I used the darkest kraft color in my stash. That dark kraft paper would also make it difficult to read a message. It’s too dark for black ink to show easily and too light for a white pen to give suitable contrast. The solution was a separate panel for the inside. First, the base card for the front was cut one inch longer than the fold line, punched with a snowflake border punch and adhered to a panel of stiff white card stock. I will probably add some additional decoration to the inside but I haven’t decided how I want to do that yet…
Before this time of year gets very, very busy, I hope you can enjoy the pleasure of creating a handmade message inspired by this photo. For those of you who have asked about the specific materials that were used in this project, they will be listed at the very bottom of this post. I’m off to clear up the debris that is spread throughout my home, while I was getting ready for a craft fair!!!
Sending you hugs and blessings,
- Digital Image- Bugaboo ‘Christmas Tree Row’
- Stamps- Papertrey Ink ‘Bows and Boughs’
- Ink- Memento ‘Tuxedo Black’
- Metallic Pen- Sakura ‘Gelly Roll’ irridescent
- Pastels- Pan Pastels- moss green and taupe
- Glitter- Stickles ‘Platinum’ & ‘Ice Sticles’
- Star Border- Martha Stewart ‘Snowflake Border’
- Glitter Paper- Joannes’ ‘Champagne Gold’
- Patterned Paper- Melissa Frances ‘Home for the Holidays’ 6×6″ pad
November 1st, 2015
Thankful for the wonderful community of fellow crafters, that I’m the mother of a very thoughtful and kind son, for such kind and sweet friends, for health and for each day that I’m given to open my eyes to the possibilities that lie ahead. Thankful and grateful, these are two of the most powerful words I know.
The new challenge at The Shabby Tea Room is centered on the word ‘thankful’…
Some die cutting, stamping and embellishing, in colors that I remember from autumns spent on the Leeds, Liverpool Canal in Lancashire/Yorkshire. Colorful hawthorne leaves and berries, dried weeds and wildflowers everywhere and unexpected pops of brilliant color in almost every glance…
This sentiment is a favorite of mine…
The colors were a spontaneous ‘grab’ and really do remind me of the lush palette of an English autumn. Here is the inspiration photo…
I hope you’re having a cozy and crisp autumn day, with time to create a card or project for this challenge that’s inspired by this lovely photo!
We’re happy to welcome this weeks’ sponsor Great Impressions’ Rubber Stamps. So join us in the gallery for a chance to win this weeks’ prize.
Hugs and blessings,
- Stamps: Twig Wreath, Choose Joy-Papertrey Ink/ Autumn Joy-Stampin’Up
- Dies: Twig Wreath-Papertrey Ink
- Inks: Dark Chocolate, Canyon Clay, Scarlet Jewel, Autumn Rose, Ocean Tides, Ripe Avocado, Simply Chartreuse/Versamark-Tsukineko
- Embossing Powder: Copper-Zing
- Paper: Rustic Cream-Papertrey Ink
October 18th, 2015
Hello dear crafters. I’m back with a halloween decoration made for the new Shabby TeaRoom challenge called ‘Colors and Patterns’. Our sponsor this week is My Artistic Expressions on Etsy. I have loved Heather Hudsons’ digital designs since she began and was delighted to play with them! I used a metal based, elevated picture frame that I found at a big box store. The heavy base and long metal rod that holds the frame (behind the witch and pumpkin rosette), made the perfect base for an explosion of halloween images…
Starting at the bottom, I cut out two witches boots and the little side pieces that Heather designed, and wrapped the base with this cute boot. The top of the boot is decorated with autumn flowers and leaves that are part of the digital design…
Some autumn sprigs were tucked into the back of the boot and a bingo card sits in the front…
Using a delightful image from ‘Vintage Halloween Pumpkin Moon Witch Circles’, I made a large rosette, using some polka dot patterned paper. The raised edge of each fold was treated to a dot of orange glitter, too small to show itself in photos. The face of the moon (from the same Vintage Halloween Pumpkin Moon Witch Boot’ file) became the center of a smaller rosette. There are bits of green-gold glitter on the face and a surround of glittery, black eyelash yarn around the moon. The small and medium owls were also treated to some aerie green-gold glitter. Wired black ‘berries’ and a wire-edged bow finished off this stand.
It’s so easy for my eyes to become accustomed to the ‘look of my home and then I’m oblivious to what my eyes see. Changing up displays, arrangements and pictures all help me to really enjoy my home.
Here is the inspiration for this challenge. I hope you will join us!
Sending you happy, autumn hugs and blessings,
October 4th, 2015
Hello dear friends. It’s wonderful experiencing all of the perks of autumn! Along with October come challenges with Halloween themes. The newest Shabby Tea Room challenge is called BOO-rific. Using Paper Sweeties ‘Too Cute to Spook‘ stamp set I created a Halloween wand for a little trick or treater and a card…
The jack o’lantern was stamped onto white card stock and colored, leaving just the smile and eyes white. A witches’ hat was cut free hand and embellished with some silk ribbon and a black feather. The sentiment was stamped twice and cut freeform in two parts, then adhered to the background…
Some purple glitter around the outside edge and some clear rhinestones colored black with a Copic marker added some fun…
On the back, I adhered some silver garland, letting the strands peek over the edge. Want to take a guess what I used for the handle of this little wand? Well, it’s a chopstick! Colored with the same black marker as the rhinestones. I didn’t want to wait for paint to dry! The multi-loop bow is simply tied on. I’ve been thinking that this would be terrific poked into the soil alongside a gift of a potted plant or added to a bouquet of autumn leaves as a decorative Halloween accent…
This card is a rare thing for me…all black and white with no color! The pumpkin was again stamped onto white and just the eyes and smile were colored in. Using a Q-Tip, I removed the ink from the nose and hands before stamping. I cut a second witches’ hat, added the bow (sans feather) and adhered it to the layers I created, using different patterns and adding texture in the gathered crepe paper and band of black ribbon.
I hope this inspiration photo will spark some ideas for this challenge…
I’ll be looking for you;-)
Hugs and blessings,
September 21st, 2015
Hello friends~ Whoo Hooo!! It’s autumn My favorite time of year (don’t ask me when it’s winter…that will be my favorite, followed by spring!). You know that I love to make special little boxes so I enjoyed creating this sweetie…
I reached for The Cutting Cafes’ Apple Box file and used a double sided paper to make a quick and delightful little home for a fairy!…
This wistful little fairy was fussy cut from patterned paper and is perched on a pinwheel. Another (tinier) pinwheel was attached to a toothpick to offer her some shade and perhaps a breeze~…
As you can see above, the side of the paper inside the base of the box is the right side of the lid. Some overlapping lengths of ribbon have been added to the lid and line up with the same ribbon on the base. This saves a lot of ‘fiddling’ to untie the box and keeps it looking pristine after the gift has been removed.
These boxes are really easy to make and once you’ve made one, you’ll be making them in minutes…maybe minus the fussy cutting!
Blessings and hugs,
September 20th, 2015
Hello everyone and welcome! I am happy to be back today with The Shabby Tea Rooms’ newest challenge #260, called ‘Swirls and Twirls’. This summer was long and hot and it’s so good to be thinking of autumn 😀 With this halloween theme, I returned to my beloved pumpkins, using The Cutting Cafes‘ Pumpkin Trio Shaped Card- Template and Cutting File…
I have a weakness for pumpkins of all types, real and paper. This file makes the sweetest halloween or autumn card that fits comfortably into a standard envelope and doesn’t require any additional postage (even with the little bows)…
I added those small bows for whimsey. There are just soooo many ways to use this template. With children back at school, I hope you can join us for this challenge. The photo below is for inspiration. I’ll be looking for you!
Hugs and blessings,
September 6th, 2015
Hello~ I’m so happy it’s September 😀 Happier still that we are just two weeks away from the autumnal equinox! I’m just a happy camper this time of year. I could keep going, but I’d best tell you about todays’ challenge at The Shabby Tea Room! The sponsor for this challenge is bydigitalpaper by Janet at Etsy, using the Beautiful Life file…
Janet makes some of the prettiest digital files around and this one is very versatile. It is a sheet containing 12 circle images, all with decorative cameras and sweet sentiments circling the edge…
I cut out the selected circle and then fussy cut a second copy of just the camera. It’s popped up on foam adhesive and the lens (including the heart) is coated with crystal effects. It really does create a ‘glass’ lens. Below the image are layers …a die cut circle of card stock, pointed scallops circle and a scalloped circle. Each layer was inked around the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. The horizontal band of raspberry colored paper that runs through the middle of the card face ends in swallow tail ends and is secured by a threaded button at each end…
Layered double bows of hand dyed seam binding were topped with some velvety hydrangea leaves, some edged with glitter and a decorative center. All of the patterned papers come from Primas’ Romantique A4 Paper Stack…
I hope you can join us for this challenge. It’s always such fun to see all the amazing ways each crafter interpreted the inspiration! Here’s the inspiration photo…
Thank you for stopping by~ Hope to see your project at The Shabby Tea Room, where you may win some free digital files of your choosing if you’re one of the Tea Time Terrific Top Three!
Hugs and blessings,