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March 19th, 2015

an exploding handbag and backpack…

Hello dear friends.  There is a new tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers that was just too much fun to pass up and so I’ve made two quick samples.  I really do mean quick…the first example took less than 15 minutes from start to finish! You can view the tutorial HERE.  My first sample was made according to the directions that Liz Walker gave…

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This sweet little handbag has punched, decorative corners on the front flaps and a punched handle that was wound with ribbon and ends with a luscious double bow…

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Rose embellishments included in this favorite paper collection called ‘Garden Party’ (comes in a 12 x 12″pad) from Tilda, made a nice show on the front. Some small magnets from Basic Grey hold the purse closed.

The second project is my own backpack version of Liz’s purse.  I tweaked the scoring just a bit for this and will give you the template below…

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I wanted a less ‘girly’ version and so I used some nautical style ticking from Tilda’s ‘The Seaside Life’ 12 x 12″ paper collection…

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I created a tiny pocket on the front, from a 1-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ strip of paper.  I punched one short edge for the flap and scored it perpendicular to the length at 1/2″ (flap end) and 2″.  After folding it into a pocket, I glued the side edges shut and adhered a magnet behind the flap and a tiny, miniature button over the magnet.  I punched the large flap edge on the body, and also used a magnet for the closure and a button for embellishment.  The anchor charm is hung from the button with linen thread that was allowed to fray and look a bit wild…

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The straps are 1/2″ wide x 8″ long.  A half inch was adhered to the top of the back and a half inch to the bottom to create backpack straps.  For the backpack style, I began with a sheet of 10 x 12″ paper.  Here are the changes in the scoring…

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I’m hoping that you will have fun with these cute and quick cards/gift containers too!  I’ll be entering them into the following challenges;

Blessings and hugs,

 

 

March 16th, 2015

victorian cats and dogs…

Hello and welcome.  My Artistic Achievements begins the second challenge of the month today and it’s an ‘Anything Goes’ challenge!  Using Heather’s ‘Vintage Chic Victorian Cats and Dogs‘ file, I made a quick set of 4 notecards and envelopes…

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Using a round punch, I prepped 4 of the images from the digital sheet.  Each circular image has a die cut doily behind it.  To reduce the time needed, I grabbed 4 different dies and cut them out in one pass, from some yummy bronze-y card stock.  A scrap of digital paper was used to make the dotted banners, which were placed on slightly larger white banners.  Another punch was used to make the 5 petaled flowers (also punched out of a scrap of dotted aqua paper), were distressed with a soft brown ink…

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On top of the punched flower is a cluster made from commercial flower layers.  To make these single layered paper flowers fuller, I folded each flower into quarters and glued them down to make one, full flower.  On top if that cluster, a single, velvety pink flower was adhered…

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Because it’s quicker to make cards in assembly line fashion, the cards all have a kraft card base and a background panel of cocoa touched with a pinstripe of dotted white…

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The warm, coordinating, antique colors of the backgrounds that surround each furry friend, made the choices of card colors so easy…

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I am fond of this sad, serious Westie’s face!  Not the typical, sugary sweet pup~ All these furry darlings have character!

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Just a single stamp on each of the envelopes, made with watermark ink (Versamark), elevates these from the ordinary.  This sweet set will be gifted to a young girl that I work with, who loves animals.  Wrapped simply in clear film, with some gel pens held by a ribbon, this very small gift will remind her that she is important to me.

I hope you will join us for this wide open challenge!

 

Blessings and hugs,

March 16th, 2015

beautiful blooms…

Hello and welcome.  It’s less than two weeks ’til spring!!  As hard as this winter has been in so much of the country, spring will come!  It arrived earlier than usual here in the, ‘Valley of the Sun’, but even for snow packed, subzero spots like Boston, the sun and warmth are on the way~

At The Shabby Tea Room, the newest challenge #248, is called ‘Beautiful Blooms’ and is sponsored by Crafty Secrets

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I used two wonderful, digital papers from Crafty secrets.  The background is from the ‘Garden Paper‘ collection.  The banners were punched from a paper printed from the ‘Radiant Papers‘ collection.  Both of these digital collections are brimming with gorgeous paper designs.  These sheets were printed onto standard 8-1/2 x 11″ paper, though they will print in a 12 x 12″ format if your printer has this capability.

Here is the inspiration photo for this challenge…

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The bicycle was stamped with a kraft colored ink and white Pan Pastel was added to the bike, leaving some of the print visible beneath a veil of white pastel pigment.  Some of the stamped lines were reinforced or thickened with a Copic.  I prefer the slightly thicker and thiner lines, to equal and consistent lines found in so many stamps.  The basket’s floral bouquet was stamped onto white card stock and bits of green were colored with some more Pan Pastel and the pink was made with a Copic marker.  Some random grass was also added with a few different shades of green pastels…

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The interesting font of this sentiment, lead me to choose it.  Stylish and sort of ‘loose’ in it’s feel, it is in keeping with the style of this card…

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Some tiny, bright pink rhinestones came out of my stash, to accent the ‘i’ in one word and the banners.

I hope you will join us in this challenge and the chance to win a prize from Crafty Secrets!

 

Blessings and hugs,

March 14th, 2015

vintage style doilies…

Hello dear friends.  I’m back with Vintage Udfordring’s Challenge #98.  It’s about doilies (Blondeservietter). The sponsor for this challenge is The Ribbon Girl and I’ve had some fun, creating with a single, square doily and some lovely ribbon…

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A corner of the square doily is wrapped around the top of this card.  To create the front of the card, I embossed a panel of light blue metallic card stock…

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This 5 loop bow is front and center over the doily accent and topped with a resin, lily component in frosted white. I added a faceted pink crystal to it with ‘stamens’ made from plastic wires embellished with pearls.  Three tiny paper roses top the join of the lily and repeat the colors of the flowers lower down…

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The sentiment is a gold foil printed oval that came in a gift package from a blog subscriber (Thank you so much, Meg!).  I mounted it onto an oval that was accented with a gold foil pen and a ring of half pearls…

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To accent the embossing, I swiped a white, pigment ink pad against the raised surface.  It left a film of shabby, white goodness, a bit like placing a vellum design over the blue metallic card stock.  It was soooo easy to do and I love the effect!!…

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To created a presention box for this dimensional card.  It is an eighth of an inch wider and taller than the card which will allow me to add a sheet of tissue paper, carefully wrapped around the card)….

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The lid is made from the same card stock as the front panel of the card.  A corner of the doily (remember, it’s a square doily) was adhered to the lid cut-out before it was assembled.  I love the look of this box and the way it coordinates without ‘matching’ the inside!

Thank so much for sticking with the post to the end!  Find a pretty doily, some crafting time and join us for this wonderful, vintage style challenge!

These are the additional challenges that this project will be entered;

 

Sending you warm, sunny hugs from Arizona and blessings from my heart,

 

 

March 2nd, 2015

bits of green…

Amazing…we’re in the third month of the year!  When it’s time to change the page on my calendar, I usually feel as though the month has evaporated, but now, I’m feeling that the year is evaporating!!  Since the only direction is onwards, join me for the new My Artistic Adventures challenge…

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Starting with Heather’s wonderful, new group of ‘10 Victorian Vintage Whimsical Shabby Cream Spring Green‘ digital papers, a base was created using three fab patterns from the collection…

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The focal point is a fussy cut image of an elegant green teacup and saucer set in front of a pink circle, complete with ‘Sweet Irish Blend’ and beautiful blooms from the ‘Victorian Vintage Shabby Chic Pink & Green St. Patrick’s Day Irish Blend’ digital sheet.  I added a ring of pink glitter to the circle’s frame…

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This central image was layered onto two different tags from the same digi file.  The larger green tag has lines and ledger details (including the large, shadow numbers) and a smaller, lighter green tag was layered onto the first.  It has beautiful flourishes and handwriting.  A line of die cut hearts was sitting in my container of odds and ends and found it’s way onto this card.  Pink dots and green dots encircle different areas, just for interest, and because I love an excuse to use glitter!…

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The butterfly is from the same sheet as the focal point and tags.  A short piece of linen thread was folded and glued beneath the butterfly and two size 8 seed beads were slipped over the ends to create whimsical antennae.  A bit of peacock blue glitter was just for fun…

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This bow is from the ‘Victorian Vintage Green Shamrock, Banner, Hats, Bows‘ digi file.  I used some distress stickles on the bow, but it’s photographed as though it was a sprinkling of salt!  In real life, its a green glitter.  The embossed/distressed tag that it anchors, was another find from my odds and ends container.

I hope you will join us for this ‘Bits of Green’ challenge.  You might just be the winner of a wonderful, new, collage sheet!

These are the challenges that I will be entering;

 

Blessings and hugs,

March 2nd, 2015

pop of pink…

Welcome and thanks for joining me for today’s new challenge at The Shabby Tea Room.  It’s called, ‘Pop of Pink’.  Using the inspiration photo and dies…

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Our sponsor for this challenge is Dies R Us, so I incorporated 4 different dies into this card.  It’s so easy and so much fun to work with dies.  They’re one of my favorite ‘go-to’ elements for any project.  The inspiration was taken from this photo…

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I used the horizontal division of three unequal bands…the bottom container with it’s wire sides (represented by the lattice die cut), the center layer of pink flowers and a top band of dark background…

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The band of floral paper that represented the ranunculus flowers looked a little sparse so I added two toned, stamped pink flowers to fill out the design. You can get a whole other use for your patterned papers when you think of adding to the existing design!  The central embellishment as made from a hand dyed silk ribbon bow, a triple bow made from seam binding and layers of fabric flower petals that were all glued together…

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The two tiny sentiment tags were die cut from a subtly printed paper from the same paper collection as the rest of the patterned papers.  The same set of tiny, stamped flowers was used to embellish the tag on the left, just as it was used to fill out the floral design of the center patterned paper band…

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Since a dark brown card stock was used as the card base, two sheets of patterned papers were trimmed along one edge and one of the sheets was flipped 180° to form the inside papers.  I love the papers from this collection and the fabulous ornate look of these two pages, just waiting for a hand penned sentiment!

 

Blessings and hugs,

 

Supplies;  All patterned papers from ‘Madeline’ 6×6″ paper collection by Prima; Early Espresso card stock by Stampin’Up; Loop de Loop, Coverplate:Quatrefoil, Tiny Tags dies all by Papertrey Ink; Tiny Tags stamp set by Papertrey Ink, Baby Blossoms stamp set by Stampin’Up; Dark chocolate, simply chartreuse, hibiscus burst, raspberry fizz inks by PTI

February 16th, 2015

thinking of spring…

Hello dear friends.  Don’t throw snowballs at me, but spring has sprung here in the southwestern desert!  Trees are bursting their buds and weeds are popping up at an obscene pace!!  What looks like the tiniest dot of green is 3-4″ high the next day~ That’s spring in the desert southwest.  Flowers are in full glory and the hollyhocks and sweet peas are zooming right along.  February has been full of 70 and 80° temps, making this the shortest ‘winter’ (desert style), that I can recall.  Honestly, I’m not ready to put my sweaters or fleece away, but mother nature didn’t ask my opinion!  Hymmmmph.  For those of you with frozen toes and blue noses, Heather’s new challenge called, ‘Thinking of Spring’, is a welcome subject.  Here’s what I created with her beautiful ‘Vintage Chic Victorian Lilacs Envelope’ file…

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I made this card to please my own shabby chic, vintage loving heart, beginning by mixing some soft and sweet papers, layered with trims and perfect pearls in my new favorite ‘platinum’ color…

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The envelope was fussy cut along with the lilac spray from another envelope in mirror image.  A snip of lilacs from the second cutout was placed under the lower left corner and the rest of the lilac is positioned on the upper right, behind the flap.  Some more perfect pearls outline the envelope.  Pan pastels were used to color the doily (on the right) with some peachy-pink and soft green.  A set of wings was colored with copics and topped with a button and is flying out of the envelope…

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The sentiments were snipped from the printed sheet and edged with distress stickles in Bundled Sage.  A little bird came from a container I keep on my desk, of little papery embellishments that didn’t make it onto projects and were too fussy to put away.  It found a job delivering the sentiment…

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The card base was a quarter of an inch shy on the back page so I punched an edge in green card stock and adhered it to the inside.  Some wonderful heather ric rac was placed over the join.  The bonus is that it dresses up the interior with very little effort!

So now, it’s time for you to create, with spring in mind!  Please join us for this challenge at My Artistic Adventures!

I’ll be entering this into the following challenges;

 

Warm, sunny wishes, bountiful blessings and ((hugs)),

 

February 16th, 2015

mason jar love…

Hello dear friends.  Today’s new challenge at The Shabby Tea Room is called ‘Mason Jar Love’.  Our sponsor is Bugaboo Digi Stamps and I’ve had some fun combining one of their digital stamps, with inspiration from the photo for this challenge, plus an image that I stamped with ink!…

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I printed out Bugaboo’s ‘Balloon Bundle’ digi image, onto some white card stock.  It took a few trials on copier paper to figure out that the image printed at 39% of it’s file size, would fit into a mason jar stamp from my own collection.  So, after printing the balloons, I stamped the jar around the image.  Here is the inspiration photo…

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I used the colors from the photo for inspiration…

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The balloons were colored with Copic markers and the hint of trim behind the jar was just quickly added with a pale pink Copic. I printed the balloons a second time, in order to fussy cut the balloon that is front and center, to add a little whimsey.. with an escape…

PaperPrimrose TSTR3I loved layering patterned papers, die cut loops and cotton lace.  Bakers twine worked perfectly to embellish the top of the jar and hold the sentiment tag.  Two colors of hand dyed seam binding were used in the bow. The trinket pin was part of a gift…

Please join us for ‘Mason Jar Love’ to be eligible for the weekly prize and honors!  I hope to see you at TSTR~

This card will also be entered into these challenges for some additional fun;

 

Sending blessings and hugs,

 

February 14th, 2015

a bird’s house…

Welcome dear friends.  It’s time for another challenge from Vintage Udfordring.  This 96th challenge is about birds and/or birdcages.  I have a ‘thing’ for houses, so these 2 lucky little birds received a house all their own…

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Using Sizzix ‘Gift Card Holder, House’ die, I created a favorite house with a drop down front door.  The wood grained exterior was made with a printed woodgrain paper from Michaels and treated to some additional distressing and coloring. I first added some additional grain lines with a fine felt-tipped, black pen and then dragged some white pigment ink across the paper in the direction of the grain. The paper on the front of the door is Melissa France’s ‘Antonia’ patterned paper.  I used my old Fiskers scallop-edge paper scissor to cut the musical trim along the roof edge.  The tiny birds are from Prima and the garland across the door is made from Wild Orchid Crafts paper roses, mixed with some carved buttons that I repurposed from an old garment.  They rest on a base of linen cord that is tied in tiny bows at each end…

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The tag is from PTI’s ‘Tiny Tags’ dies and the little sentiment from Tiny Tags 2 stamp set, also from PTI and heat embossed in white.  A Tim Holtz, screw back post was treated to alcohol inks, snow cap and aqua.  A hole was made with my crop-a-dile and the ‘door knob’ installed.  Inside the house, I used an ancient scrap of patterned paper, probably from Michael’s as well.  The sentiment is from an often used stamp set called, ‘Wishing You’ from Verve.  I won it as a prize from a challenge some years ago and still think it’s an elegant stamp set that has stood the test of time.  The house it topped with some hand dyed seam binding, just cause it’s a consistent favorite of mine!

These are the challenges I will enter this card into;

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful, crafty day~

Sending you blessings and hugs,

 

 

February 8th, 2015

roses, lace and pearls…

Sometimes, making a card gives me time and (mental) space to focus my mind away from worries and cares.  This card is one of those ;-)  Life is good and demanding at the same time.  Translation…my life is ‘normal’…

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In addition to the fun of creating it, I hope it will carry some love into someone’s heart.  We all need to know we are thought of and loved, from time to time…

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The colors are soft and limited, there are lots of layers and a play of textures.  The embroidery hoop that holds the first word of the sentiment was stamped and the word, heat embossed with pewter in a fine, cross stitched effect. Both the embroidery hoop and the sentiment are from PTI’s ‘Stitched Sentiments’ set.  The musical cherub and the roses die cuts are both from Kaisercraft’s ‘Key to My Heart’ die cut embellishments.  The tag behind the vellum sentiment banner was die cut with the ‘Basic Bookmark 3′ from PTI, on a scrap of patterned paper. A band of very fine cotton lace added to visually ‘widen’ the otherwise vertical design…

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The card base is a cream colored card stock, layered with a panel of flowered, patterned paper.  On top of that is a slightly smaller panel of old vellum, rescued from an aging dust jacket of a hard cover book.  Next, there is an off white panel with a punched design along the bottom and then a die cut tag made from dotted paper.  Some platinum colored Liquid Pearls were dotted around two of the panels.  I adore the high shine and soft grey/gold of the platinum…

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The top of the tag is finished with a resin bird and backed with a cluster of ribbon tails.  It doesn’t show up very well in this photo, but the ‘metal’ tensioning mechanism on the stamped embroidery hoop was colored with a black/silver metallic pen.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead.

This card will be entered into these challenges;

 

Sending you blessings and ((hugs)),