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January 19th, 2015

warm winter wishes…

Hello friends.  I had some creative fun making this wintry window for the new Shabby Tea Room challenge, called, ‘Forecast, Freez’in!’.  I used inks to create the sky, die cuts for the icicles and branch and a darling vintage snowman image from Heather Hudson.  This little scene was built around a sentiment from Paper Sweeties called ‘Warm Winter Wishes‘.

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The inspiration for this new challenge is taken from this inspiration photo…

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Thoughts of warmth made me think of being wonderfully cozy indoors!…

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I didn’t feel like too much of a heel, leaving this sweet snow lady outside in a winter landscape.  The cold is her friend after all!  I snipped an opening around her hand, so that she could hold an assortment of hearts.  The sentiment was stamped directly onto the window frame…

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A big, soft bow anchors a wrap of pleated ribbon that runs along the side.  It needed a little ‘something’, so I heat embossed a heart that was die cut from a cereal box.  After turning it pink, I treated it to a thick layer of frantage.  I want to point out a little detail in this room with a view~  I separated the two different wallpapers with a chair railing.  What makes it notable is that I used a crimper, which hasn’t seen action for quite a few years!  It’s always nice to rediscover a tool or supply.  It’s like adding a brand new item to my craft room!

I’ll be entering this card into these challenges;

 

Warm hugs and many blessings,

January 17th, 2015

a sewer’s pocket…

Hello dear friends~ I had an urge to create a pocket of tags for a sewing friend…

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A paper pocket is filled with thread and button cards, lengths of ribbons, tiny spools, a needle case filled with trinket pins.  A band of ruffle edged ribbon is topped with a strip of stitched paper and mother of pearl buttons…

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A ‘For You’ message was stamped inside a faux embroidery hoop and embellished with two layers of ribbon tails and topped with a luscious triple bow on top…

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A thread or yarn tag was wound with embroidery thread and topped off with a rose made of cream satin ribbon and some speckled rick rac held together with a heart topped trinket pin…

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I just had to find a place to use the delightful, vintage image of the woman and her sewing shears, so I stood her on a sewing machine topped tag.  There is another yarn card that is embellished on a variation of the one above…

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Using some copies of old button cards, I added buttons to each, along with a multi-looped ribbon bow and a gather of damask trim…

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A Tilda sewing fairy (I decided she’s a sewing fairy ;), had to be included in the contents.  She will watch over the sewer that she goes to live with…

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A piece of heavy weight paper was folded to make the cover of a needle case…

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Inside, is a rectangle of wool felt, ready for some sewing needles, trinket pins or anything else with a point!  Not wanting to tie the ribbon, I added two tiny pieces of velcro which hold it closed.  I just have to take an alcohol marker to the velcro, now that you’ve seen the little white strips in the photo.  That will make them disappear…

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Thanks so much for joining me~ I’m entering this project into a challenge by The Ribbon Girl…since I’m really a ribbon girl already!

 

Warm hugs and blessings,

January 16th, 2015

a heart full of love…

Hi everyone.  I’m so glad to be back and that my posts are reaching you now!!  The new challenge at My Artistic Adventures is about vintage/retro love~ What a fun focus to create around!  Make a new project~ a card, packaging, tag, ATC, layout or 3D project and join us!

I began with the new Victorian Vintage Valentine’s Day Shabby Pink Aqua Red Cream Chocolate Hearts Sweater Digital Paper Pack Collection Collage sheet Printable (whew,that was a mouthful), using this pretty paper to create a die cut pocket…

 

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I die cut two hearts, edged each one with a gold leaf pen and added a dot of glitter to each scallop.  Then I cut a 3/4″ strip of paper and scored it length wise at 1/4″ from each edge.  A series of snips were made along each 1/4″ edge that were then attached to the bottom 3/4’s of the heart, first to the front heart and then the back heart.  This created a quarter inch deep pocket to hold a set of 7 tags that deliver messages of love…

 

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A decorative trim was used to make a hanger, that is embellished with a metallic gold bow near each attachment.  The tags were made with assorted favorite images from a wonderful range of digital files: Victorian Vintage Valentine’s Day Shabby Pink & Chocolate Tickets Digital Collage sheet PrintableVictorian Vintage Valentine’s Day Shabby Images Digital Collage sheet PrintablePrim Primitive Folk Art Valentine’s Red Clown Bingo Card Focals ATC Digital Collage sheet PrintableShabby Chic Cupcakes Digital Collage sheet and Conversation Hearts Images Medium Vintage Valentine’s Day Valentine tags Digital Collage sheet Printable.  The bodies of the tags are cut from card stock in assorted shades of pinks, browns and red…

 

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This sweet little vintage image, all dressed up to deliver a Kiss, has some added gold and red glitter and sits atop a solid tag, just waiting for a private message…

 

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I’m totally smitten by this little guy.  His wings, messenger’s cap and bandana make his vintage vibe so sweet and timeless…

 

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Two of the smaller cupcake images were treated to gold leaf edges, extra glitter and darling sentiments…

 

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A digital sheet full of fabulous vintage tickets made it too hard to choose just one, so a single tag was topped with a ‘fan’ of 4.  The edges were dotted and I had to add some more glitter to the dots!  The heart that tops a pink tag was printed with a rose. I cut another one out and popped it up and over a gold dotted vellum die cut.  Glittered dots were added to the edges here as well…

 

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This lovely cupid with his bow was taken from the same sheet at the messenger with his Valentine wishes.  There is pompom trim all around the heart, though some of the pompoms are hiding from view in this photo!

I hope you will join us for this challenge and have some fun playing with Heather’s delightful digital sheets.  She is sharing 4 fabulous digital sheets for free, when you purchase $20.00 or more from her Etsy shop!!  So hurry over to My Artistic Adventures.  You can find the link to her Etsy shop there.

For fun, I’ll be linking this project to ‘Really Reasonable Ribbon’s‘ current ‘heart’ challenge (with ribbon), that continues through 2/3/15; ‘That Craft Place Challenge‘ about Love/Valentine through 1/30/15 and ‘My Time to Craft‘s Love is All Around challenge that ends on 1/23/15.

 

Warm hugs and many, many blessings,

 

 

January 14th, 2015

stars…

Welcome everyone~ The new challenge #94, at Vintage Udfordring is about stars!  Lucky stars, romantic stars, movie stars or shining stars..whatever you make of it.  I began by die cutting a star from some corrugated cardboard that I partly peeled…

 

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I had an unused mask that I called into service for the first time on this card.  The stars were scattered, using white embossing paste…

 

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A few star shaped rhinestones were added to the background along with pearl swirls and a laser cut flourish…

 

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The star was embellished with a smattering of glitter, over a shabby coat of white paint.  Some of the edges were treated to some pale blue ink…

 

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The heart was made using paper clay and a silicone mold. This was the first time I’ve used paper clay and definitely not the last! It is easy to handle, air dries pretty quickly and is as light as a feather while being surprisingly strong…

 

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The sentiment was stamped with a medium grey ink. I love the message! That quiet little voice gives us such good advice…

 

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I hope you will join us for this vintage style challenge, interpreting ‘Stars’ to suit what’s on your mind~

 

Sending you blessings and ((hugs)),

p.s.  My blog was hacked and it seems many, if not all of you, stopped receiving these posts.  If you would kindly let me know if you have received this automatically, I would be very grateful to you~

 

January 8th, 2015

bright and bold birthday…

Hello dear blog friends.  I needed to make a card for a dear friend who just loves super bright and bold colors.  For me, that is a challenge, but one I really enjoyed!  These are such happy colors and so very different from the pastel and dusty shades that I love…

 

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The lady whose birthday is later this week has had some very trying times and these colors are ‘can’t help but make you smile’, sort of colors!  I began by making a shaker element and using an atypical sentiment for the face of a birthday card.  Her truly awesome talents are just coming to light!…

 

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I used an assortment of sequins and a patterned paper frame to set this colorful theme…

 

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An assortment of bright ribbons look so good against that field of white…

 

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The panel inside the card was stamped with ribbons and bows along with confetti.  What a lot of fun this little project turned out to be!  I will be participating in these challenges;

 

Sending you blessings and ((hugs)),

January 6th, 2015

baby it’s cold outside…

It’s time once again, to get used to writing the new year…2015.  It was March of 2014 before it became automatic!  The nights are now below freezing and that is a most wonderful thing in this part of the world.  It’s these freezing temps that kill off the burgeoning cricket population and keep lots of other insects from swelling their already large numbers.  It’s positively delightful to wear layers, sweaters, hats and mittens, after so many months of typical light and loose desert clothing!

The new Shabby Tea Room challenge presents this inspiration photo, along with the theme of, ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’…

 

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Taking my cue from this cozy photo, I created this project…

 

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This easel style card features a mug piled high with marshmallows and hearts from the Valentine’s Day Toppers from Cutting Café , printed at 35% of the original size, then punched out.  The mug is held by mittens (from My Artistic Adventures on Etsy), covered in coarse glass glitter to look like they’re encrusted with snow…

 

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A white, die cut flourish reminds me of steam rising…

 

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Some wonderfully sparkly ‘Diamond Gems’ from Marianne Designs act as the stoppers for the face of the card.  The sentiment is from the Paper Sweeties stamp set, ‘Warm Winter Wishes‘…

 

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White glitter card stock was die cut into an assortment of snowflakes and scattered around the card.

I want to share a lovely quote by Edith Sitwell…“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”

 

Sending blessings and ((hugs)),

January 2nd, 2015

new design team…

Hello blog friends and happy 2015!  I am delighted to tell you that I have joined the design team of My Artistic Adventures.  I was a fan of Heather Hudson’s work quite some time before she kindly extended an invitation to join her team. I didn’t waste a second in saying YES!!  If you aren’t familiar with her delightful, vintage inspired digital designs, you are in for a real treat!!  Her designs are sold on her Etsy site and you can see them HERE.

The first challenge of the year is ‘Anything Goes’.  I decided to make two winter themed tags, very different from each other.  The first one uses a darling vintage image of a little girl holding her puppy…

 

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You can find the file for this image HERE

 

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This sweet little girl was originally decked out for Christmas, with sprigs of holly on her shoes and hat.  The addition of some fussy cut roses changed that!  The wings at her back could be snipped off, but I like them so they’ve been treated to some pink glitter…

 

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As magical as she is, I thought she should be standing on a bed of roses!  A girl can’t have too much glitter, so the roses, her muff, the tag, her wings and the sentiment were all treated to some glittering yumminess!  The two larger roses and the tiny roses on the figure were taken from THIS file…

 

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These sweet sentiment words were cut from the same file as the roses.  How adorable!…

 

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A triple bow was made with hand dyed seam binding and a lovely little paper rose tops it all off…

 

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From the back, you can see the edging made from a round paper doily, cut into sections and sandwiched between the front and back tags.  You can also see the vintage watermarks on the tag.  Heathers vintage and shabby chic style makes me happy to craft!  Now here’s another wintry tag…

 

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This adorable vintage style snowman is from the ,’Pink, Blue, Green Victorian Holly Shabby Chic Snowman Tags’ which you can see HERE.  He’s fussy cut, along with the sentiment tags.  This looks and feels like a wintry tag, instead of a Christmasy one and lets this happy fella work double duty.  The aqua and blue jingly bells remind me of the bells on a carriage sleigh, gliding over a snow packed trail…

 

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He was treated to some clear glass glitter…

 

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and mounted onto the same tag base as the first tag, HERE.  An assortment of sequins were sprinkled onto the tag like snowflakes…

 

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I have two bags of crafting goodies that are waiting to be claimed by ‘2amScrapper’ and ‘Shazza‘.  Please email me with your mailing addresses so I can send these off to you.  Thanks for visiting with me for this lengthy post!

Wishing you all wonderful new year, full of creativity and friendship!

 

Blessings and ((hugs)),

 

 

December 29th, 2014

silver and gold…

Hello dear blog friends.  I have a quick and simple (truly simple!) birthday card to share with you today.  I began by cutting a piece of 8-1/2 x 11″ sheet of card stock into two pieces, each 5-1/5″ wide x 11″ long.  Scoring it along the width at the 5-1/2″ mark makes a standard A2 card that folds at the top, not the side.  Using some wonderful plant stamps from the Life stamp set by PTI, I stamped a group of three plants on the left and a single plant onto the right of the card base, using Versamark and heat embossing them with gold embossing powder…

 

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A panel of vellum was cut to 4 x 5-1/4″.  The top of this panel was adhered over the card base using a strip if 1/8″ double sided tape.  The gold ribbon serves to embellish the card, but also to cover the line of tape!  A single plant stamp was embossed in gold, over the cluster underneath…

 

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A birthday sentiment was embossed in silver.  The stamp comes from PTI’s Birthday Basics set…

 

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I love the look of the embossed plants beneath the vellum…as though they are covered by mist or are in the distance…

 

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In the photo above, the sheet of vellum is lifted so you can peek at the card base.  Such a simple card and such an ethereal effect…

This card is going to to be entered into these challenges;

Thanks for stopping by~

 

Sending warm ((hugs)) and blessings for a wonderful year ahead,

 

 

December 28th, 2014

my winter garden…

So many of you have asked about gardening in Arizona during the cold season.  I have been promising to get some photos posted  and thought you might like to see what’s happening right now.  Here are some of my favorite delights.  You will notice a disproportionate number of ruffled pansys.  I just adore them and some of this year’s crop are spectacular…

 

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Some volunteer morning glories are still blooming, but the cool temps keep them from closing during the day…

 

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The roses are loving this weather.  The buds are slow to open and last for days and days.  This is one of my favorite David Austin roses…

 

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The busiest spot in the garden right now, is the hummingbird feeder.  In addition to the hummers, it’s frequented by gila woodpeckers, house finches, verios, verdin and lorikeets!…

 

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A gila woodpecker (with the red dot on his head) and the house finch on the right, lick the sugar syrup.  The long tongue on the woodpecker lets him lap the syrup from the yellow ‘flowers’ that are the portals to the contents.  The house finch laps up the syrup that spills out when the woodpeckers do their acrobatics on the feeder!…

 

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Narcissus have been in bloom for a month.  There’s a swath of poppy seedlings along a walkway.  They should make a spectacular show in springtime.  For now, they are a beautiful carpet of emerald green…

 

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The basket that hangs on the back gate still sports some flowers from the snail vine.  I love the vintage look of this old hanging basket and now, it is full of the dried leaves from the desert willow tree that offers it protection from the frosts…

I’m hoping you are cozy and snug, wherever you are~

 

Blessings and ((hugs)),

 

December 22nd, 2014

regal blue and gold…

Hello dear blog friends.  I want to share a card with you today, that is definitely ‘out of the usual’ for me.  As a dedicated pastel, vintage, shabby chic girl, I occasionally succumb to the desire to work in saturated color and go a bit mad!  With an unopened jar of Wendy Vecchi’s gold embossing paste staring at me (yes, sometimes supplies DO stare at me, no whispering though ;-))  I made this last minute card with a very regal color combination…

 

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The deep navy panel was coated with a layer of gold embossing paste, using Prima’s 6×6″ stencil called ‘Flourish’.  It was placed on a lighter navy card base (not nearly as light as it appears in the photo, and accented with some circles that were snipped from a gold doily.  A simple sentiment was embossed with gold powder…

 

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The metal wreath is from a set of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas themed charms.  The touches of red were added with a Copic alcohol ink marker.  The bright gold accents are bits cut from the gold doily.  They take on the look of dresden embossed paper.  The two metal leaves contrast with a single ‘skeleton’ leaf…

 

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While the navy is represented as much brighter and lighter than it is in real life, I chose this photo to show you the amazing metallic gold of this embossing paste!  It looks like beautiful metal work or ‘liquid gold’!  It’s my first foray into metallic e.p. but not my last!

There was a stunningly beautiful sunrise just a short while ago, so I paused at the computer to enjoy it.  I am loving this time of year as I always seem to.  The crisp days(summery by English standards) and cold nights, sweaters, scarves as accesories and fleece lined slippers all add to the pleasure of winter.  There are roses blooming in the garden along with some of the prettiest ruffled pansies I have ever planted.  Two of the delphiniums are blooming because of the exceptionally long, mild autumn and the hummingbirds are fighting over control of the feeder!  There was even a Gila woodpecker hanging on and licking up some sugar water yesterday!  I will do my best to get some photos of them today, to share with you.

My work in CASA has been very busy of late, and I let the selection of two people who commented on my blog last month, winning packages of crafting goodies, slip right past me!  My apologies!!!  The two people were ‘2amScrapper’ and ‘Shazza’.  If you would kindly email me with your addresses, your packages will be on the way to you!

I’m hoping you are finding some islands of quiet, peaceful time in the chaos of the season!

 

Sending blessings and ((hugs)),