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September 15th, 2014

autumn bliss…

Hello sweet blog friends.  This week’s challenge at The Shabby Tea Room is named ‘Autumn Bliss’ and any card or project you create for it, must include a pumpkin. Here is the inspiration photo…

 

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The design team is also creating projects that show off some of our sponsors offerings.  My first project uses a digital printout from Janet’s Etsy company called ‘Digital Paper’.  I have been using and enjoying Janet’s beautiful images for a few years.  This project incorporates a charming postcard from her ‘Halloween Post Card’ sheet.  It’s just one of 8 different beauties that I printed out on 8-1/2 x 11″ card stock…

 

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After distressing the post card’s edges, I mounted it onto a die cut, burlap tag.  The tag is turned sideways and embellished at the top with three buttons that have been threaded with jute.  As we get into the swing of autumn, I enjoy the warm colors more and more and the textures and layers of the season…

 

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Hand dyed seam binding and two metal trinket pins fill out the corner…

 

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This fabulous script sentiment was heat embossed with white embossing powder and then colored with an alcohol marker.  It’s a good way around not having the color I really wanted the embossing to be.

The second project uses a digital image from our other sponsor this week, Bugaboo’s Mini Set- Halloween Blocks.  I chose to focus on one of the block images…

 

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I colored the block with Copic markers, adding some white lines with a Signo, uni-ball pen in white.  it adds a bit of faux shine!  Then the block was cut out along with the toes of the shoes…

 

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After mounting the block onto patterned paper, I finished the ensemble.  Using a strip of double sided tape, I gathered a short length of purple silk, for her skirt.  With an outfit like this, precision is NOT required ;)  And yes, those are metallic gold buckles if you were wondering…

 

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Since I don’t have a stamp that says something about, ‘if the shoe fits’, I decided to write one out on some heavy vellum.  Purple rhinestones dot each end.

Join us for some autumn fun!

 

Blessings and hugs,

 

 

September 14th, 2014

vintage challenge…

Hello and thanks for stopping in~  I have loved this vintage challenge (Vintage Udfordring) out of Denmark, for quite some time and this month, the design team (me included) have prepared projects that have used at least three layers and were made with papers from our sponsor, Papirdesign.  The papers that I was sent to work with have a very masculine and vintage feel to them, so I followed that theme and made this ‘guy’ card…

 

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The script paper was distressed around the edges and layered onto a bed of scrap pieces of vellum that were also distressed.  The vellum is mounted onto a wonderful patterned paper of distressed wood, also by Papirdesign.  The card base is black in order to create some strong contrast…

 

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Some metal gears from Tim Holtz are the masculine equivalent to the flowers I often use to embellish cards!  Pinking shears added a zigzag edge to the top of the card base…

 

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I love the coppery color of this sentiment key (also from Tim Holtz).  I used a twisted paper cord in place of ribbon and lots of it, for fullness.

Hopefully, you will feel inspired after seeing the teams creations and will be compelled to create something with at least three layers and with a vintage bent!  Hope to see you at the challenge!

 

Sending hugs and blessings,

 

 

September 13th, 2014

word play…

Hello dear blog friends.  Today’s post is about the newest challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow, called ‘Word Play’ and asking that our cards or projects focus on a sentiment.  I used a sweet sentiment stamp that has a tag design around it, as the focal point of this card…

 

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I also played with a variety of patterned papers from a new paper pad collection that I purchased in England.  The sentiment is showcased inside a handmade ‘polaroid’ frame.  I cut one from lightweight chipboard and another from patterned paper.  After using white acrylic paint around the edges of the chipboard, the patterned paper was glued on and a panel of ecru lace was placed behind the opening before the sentiment tag was added with dimensional foam.  A scrap of embroidered ribbon wraps around the bottom of the chipboard element…

 

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A full, hand dyed seam binding bow is never out of order…as far as I’m concerned ;)  Two large half pearls were added as well as a delicate filagree die cut that finishes the base of the card.  I just loved working with these colors and feminine embellishments!

I love seeing your creations and hope you can join us for this challenge!

 

Sending hugs and blessings,

 

stamp set Follow Your Heart Stempleglade
patterned paper 8×8″ pad Baskets & Bunnies Lili of the Valley
glass pebble group unknown Prima
September 13th, 2014

dressed up…

Hello everyone.  I’m happy to be with you today with a Frilly and Funkie Saturday StepxStep.  I am in love with Pion’s paper collections and just recently acquired the collection called ‘A Day in May’ in the 12×12″ format.  The collection is gorgeous and certainly not limited to spring, so my itchy hands just had to do something with it.  I’ve had some plain jane bottles sitting on a shelf and it’s ridiculous to keep dusting them, so I was spurred to action…

 

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What a really fun project this was!  Let me walk you through it step by step and you may be lured into thinking of those olive oil bottles, bath salt bottles and any piece of glass container, with a crafter’s eye!…

 

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I began with a craft paint that’s suitable for wood, glass, metal or fabric.  Using an off-white color, I painted the edges of the larger bottle (because I was running really low!!) and the entire smaller bottle, including the round glass topper.  I needed 2 coats to get adequate coverage, though I think 3 would have been best…

 

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Beginning with the flat sides of the larger bottle, I cut panels to fit each side, while leaving space at the edges to allow the paint color to show and give the bottle a more ‘finished’ appearance.  Ranger’s Multi Matte medium was used to adhere all of the paper pieces.  Using a foam brush, a quick coat was painted onto the  bottle and then a coat onto the back of the paper panel.  You will have a minute to move the paper piece around a bit to center it properly.  If you bend the paper panel so that you can adhere the center of the panel first, then you can push any bubbles out towards the edges as you lay the rest of the panel down.  It was also very useful to use a rubber brayer to remove bubbles and even out any lumps of multi matte medium.  Wipe any medium off the brayer, with a wet wipe, to prevent it from ruining the rubber.  Don’t worry if you get some multi matte medium onto the face of the paper.  It won’t matter.  Just wipe any large lumps off…

 

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The side panels of paper seemed a bit naked (like the one laying down), so I distressed the edges with a bit of distress ink.  You can see the subtle effect on the side panel that has been applied…

 

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After all of the sides have dried thoroughly, apply 2 coats of multi matte medium over the paper and paint.  They don’t need to be heavy coats, just reasonably even.  In between these steps, I placed my foam brush inside a freezer weight, zip lock bag to keep it from drying out.  The thicker plastic will work better than a sandwich bag or plastic wrap.  If you choose to wash the foam brush, be certain to let it dry thoroughly before continuing.  Any moisture in the brush will dilute the medium and possibly buckle the paper…

 

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What fun to find all the bits and pieces to play dress up..with a bottle.  In addition to using strips of half pearls to edge the paper panels, I used lace around the neck, larger pearls around the rim and picket fence distress stain to soften the color of the cork!  Untreated cork has quite strong color.  Distress stain just soaked in over a few minutes and provided a great solution!  Paper flowers (coated with multi matte medium for durability) and a cluster of beads using pearls and some peridot beads were added to a necklace of chain, drape around the base of the neck.  If you don’t do beading, perhaps a broach?!  I made three multi-looped bows.  One was glued to the top of the bead cluster…

 

 

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The other two bows were adhered to the top of the cork, sandwiched between two paper flowers.  Each flower faces out and the loops of the bows created a fan effect…

 

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Some pearl swirls were cut from Prima’s ‘Say It With Pearls’ adhesive sheets, rearranged and adhered to the side panels…

 

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Don’t hesitate to cut apart and rearrange these adhesive sheets.  It’s amazing how you can make them fit nearly any project when you let yourself think outside the box!…

 

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You can see that pearls (from the Say It With Pearls sheet) were also cut and added to the shoulders of the bottle…

 

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The back panel is a simple and really lovely corner from a sheet of paper…by the way, all the Pion Papers are double sided to give you LOADS of design choices…

 

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The second and smaller bottle coordinates with the first, but is different enough to keep it interesting.  This one has some die cut flourishes on it’s shoulders, framed images and metal embellishments…

 

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The paper panels were added in the same way as the first bottle, die cuts were added in the exact same way as the paper panels and then the same two coats of medium covered it all.  Pearls were added to outline the panels and then I began to frame some lovely images.  Using two resin frames from Ingvild Bolme, I first needed to change the chalk white coloring.  I applied a coat of Antique Linen Distress Paint.  I love being able to just dab it on with the foam applicator!  I think I love it so much that I mention that at every opportunity!  When it was dry, I dabbed frayed burlap distress ink over the entire frame, using the new mini ink blending tool.  Just love this little size for getting into tiny spaces…

 

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After applying the distress ink all over the frame, take a barely damp cloth and wipe the ink off of the raised surfaces, leaving it in the recesses…

 

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Place a line of Glossy Accents on the back of the frame and place it over the image you choose.  I tilted this one to fit the frame.  When the glossy accents has dried (an hour here in Arizona, longer where it’s more humid), trim the paper from the outside of the frame, using a craft knife.  If you forget and trim it on your non-stick craft mat, you can mend the cut with some tape on the back side (I know, it didn’t have a front or back, until I cut it!).  See below!…

 

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The trim was cut to wrap around the neck.  The flower that was attached to the left end of this length of trim, was removed to allow the flower on the right end to ‘mesh’ with the scallop, when it’s wrapped around.  This makes the join flawless.  I choose a trim with a short repeat, with this in mind…

 

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The brass embellishments were treated to some of the antique linen Distress Paint.  By using a light pressure, it touched just the high spots…

 

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Some pearl cabochons that I found in the Funkie Junkie Boutique were attached with a generous amount of Glossy Accents…

 

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I must ‘fess up’, the image on the back of the bottle was from Pion’s ‘Vintage Garden’ collection.  Their collections often work very well together…

 

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Both the framed images and metal embellishments were adhered with glossy accents.  A thick rubber band was used to hold them in place while the adhesive dried.  I changed my mind and decided to color the lace trim around the neck…

 

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Some paper flowers top the stopper.  They remind me of a flowered hat!  Some charms finished off the neck.  Oh the possibilities!  I don’t think these will be the last bottle I dress up and I’m thinking they would make great gifts as is, or filled…hmmmmm!

Thanks for hanging in there through this long post and if you can spare another moment, I would love to hear from you.  I have had some problems getting my emails out as scheduled and hearing from you would let me know this has gotten through…and would make me smile!!!

 

Sending you blessings and hugs,

 

 


September 10th, 2014

from the heart…

Hello and thank you for joining me today.  Frilly and Funkie‘s new challenge is being hosted by Trace who has selected the theme ‘From the Heart’ and asked that we create a vintage project that uses hearts as the focus.  It doesn’t happen very often, but I had a desire to do a bit of hand stitching and so I created this little, puffy heart, to hang on a dresser, closet, wall or any spot that could us a little more ‘heart’…

 

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I die cut two ivory felt hearts and one slightly smaller tan felt heart.  Unfortunately, I had no idea where this project was going, so I didn’t take pictures of the process, so I will describe it to you…

I began by stitching the tan heart onto the larger heart, using aqua silk buttonhole twist with french knots all around the edge.  I used a beautiful brass heart charm from the Funkie Junkie Boutique, stitched to one side of the heart and a cluster of tiny, mother of pearl buttons from my stash at the bottom.  I tore a piece of fabric from some tightly woven, printed cotton and stamped the sentiment with Staz-On ink, before stitching it onto the heart with two tiny cross stitches.  The next step was to stitch entirely around the two ivory hearts in a blanket stitch, using tan silk buttonhole twist thread and adding some polyfill stuffing to puff it up, when there was only an inch long opening, remaining to be stitched…

 

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Narrow silk ribbon was doubled over and stitched to the back of the heart for hanging.  A multi-looped bow was also stitched onto the ribbon.. just because.  Two trinket pins were stuck into the heart on either side of the ribbon, because you can’t have too much heart!…

This little project reminded me just how satisfying a bit of hand stitching can be, when you let the project lead the way!

This project will also be entered into;

  • Craft-Room Challenge (ends 09/15) Something Old and Something New – buttons=old, charm and trinket pins=new
  • Imagination Crafts (ends 09/30) Anything Goes
  • That Craft Place (ends 09/15) Summery Colors (yes, these are the colors I decorate with in summer!..there’s a touch of pink too in the banner)
  • FlonzCraft (ends 10/05) Anything Goes (the sentiment is stamped onto fabric)
  • Crafting Muscateers (ends 09/30) Use Buttons

I hope you will join us at Frilly and Funkie for this heart-full challenge!

 

Blessings and hugs,

 

September 8th, 2014

birds of a feather…

Hello again and welcome.  This week’s challenge at The Shabby Tea Room is being hosted by Lenet.  She has asked that we make a bird themed card or project, inspired by this photo and that we use at least three of the colors selected…

 

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The design team are also using cutting files/templates from this week’s sponsor, ‘The Cutting Café’.  I chose ‘The Seed Packet‘ file and cut the seed envelope by hand…

 

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I chose a stamped wreath, adding elements individually so that I could get the color combination I desired.  After stamping the wreath and sentiment, I embossed a wood grained surface onto the paper.   The little birds were stamped, fussy cut and popped up above the surface…

 

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Some rhinestones were colored with alcohol markers and a bow was made from hand dyed seam binding.  A few artificial stamens were tucked into the bow and some washi tape was cut with scalloped scissors before adding the tape to create borders.

This little seed packet will be entered into these challenge;

I hope you feel inspired to join us for this unique challenge!

 

Sending blessings and hugs,

 

 

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, brunette) 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 Sentimental Sundays Challenge #222- Back to School + a sentiment (ends 09/06).

 

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 that I 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 also entering this tag into the ‘Tag’ challenge at Divas By Design (ends 09/09).

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)),