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May 18th, 2015

fun blooms…

Good morning.  So glad you could stop by~ Today’s newest challenge at The Shabby Tea Room is called fun blooms…

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I used a fish bowl shaped pattern, to cut a sheet of clear acrylic to make the base of this card.  The fish bowl shaped file comes from our sponsor, The Cutting Cafe.  I scored a sheet of lightweight clear acrylic down the middle, folded and flattened the fold with a bone folder, before lining up the fold at the top of the bowl and cutting out the shape.  Here is the inspiration photo…

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There are just so many ways to interpret this photo…the colors, the layers of flowers, the fun filler.  That’s the really fun part of a photo inspired challenge.  Each of us will focus on a different aspect (or aspects) and interpret it with our individual styles.  I cut an oval piece of vellum to fit inside the card to hold my sentiment…

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It’s very hard to see the clear acrylic base as it’s truly crystal clear!…

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I stamped three versions of poppies and colored them in before fussy cutting them.  Very small glue dots were used to attach them to the card base.  The leaves were die cut from green card stock before being stamped with a different shade of green ink.  They too were attached with glue dots, in a band across the clear bowl.

Have a good long look at the inspiration photo and see what aspects of this arrangement make an impression on you.  Then let your creativity flow and come join us for this challenge!

 

Blessings and hugs,

 

May 16th, 2015

digital elements…

Good morning and welcome.  I have a card to share with you that I made with two digital printouts from Heather’s ‘My Artistic Adventures’ Etsy shop.  I used one digital file with lilac embellished, place card shaped tags that are offered in mirror images and both small and large versions in the same file.  It also includes lots of words that can be cut out, but for this card, I stamped a vintage inspired sentiment….

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The mirror images of the larger size tags are adhered to the front and back of an aqua tag, from another favorite digital file from Heather’s shop.  These tags come in a wide range of colors and each file comes with a choice of 6 different patterned tags, all in the same color way.  They are so very, very useful to have on hand.  If you look at the detail of the photo below, you can see that the tag with the lilacs on the left, was cut along the edge of the lilacs so that I could hook it around both the aqua tag and over a corner of the sentiment tag.  It’s fun to play with these elements and use them in original ways…

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Some sprigs of white babies breath made from paper, were colored in shade used on the lilacs and adhered to the bottom of the aqua tag.  Oh, and I nearly forgot, there is cluster of fussy cut lilacs below the right side of the sentiment tag.  It was cut from a small version of the lilac tags and helped to carry the eye along a cascade of lilacs.  It may not seem that way, but this really was a quick card to assemble.  I hope you will join us for this new challenge at My Artistic Adventures.

 

Hugs and blessings,

 

May 14th, 2015

a classic wedding…

Hello dear friends and welcome~  I’m here today with a new challenge from Vintage Utfordring (Vintage Challenge), that is about confirmations and weddings.  Our sponsor this month is Papirdesign.  My project is a classic wedding card and dimensional envelope that would be suitable for all but the most contemporary of weddings…

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The paper used for this card is an iridescent, heavyweight white card stock.  Because of it’s lightly reflective finish, the white has photographed in an assortment of white shades….

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A simple stamped sentiment and some tiny paper flowers and stamens were adhered in a half moon shape…

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Using the same heavyweight, white iridescent card stock, I made a dimensional envelope. It is quite sturdy.  The flap of the envelope was punched with an eyelet design and it seals with a strip of double sided tape.

I love the vintage feel of this very ‘quick-to-make’ wedding card and think that it would work for all but the most extremely contemporary couples.  I’m looking forward to seeing your entry in this challenge!

 

Hugs and blessings,

May 4th, 2015

pretty in pink…

Hello everyone~ Whew, I can almost see the surface of my play table!!  The debris of recent projects have been piling up and it really feels great to put it back into order.  I love to sit down to a clear space.  The newest challenge #251 at The Shabby Tea Room was created on my newly clean surface…

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I used a die cut bicycle, cut from pink card stock and stamped the detail with a darker pink ink.  The background paper was sponged with inks and given a few spatters for interest, without competing with the focal point…

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The basket on the back of the bike was cut from white card stock, as I wanted to mimic this inspiration photo…

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I did some freehand coloring for the flowers and foliage, dabbing some glitter with my little finger, over the pink and purple ‘flowers’…

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A strip of ribbon anchored the bike and provides a nook for this lovely sentiment stamp.

I hope to see you at this ‘Pretty In Pink’ challenge!

 

Blessings and hugs,

May 2nd, 2015

a mother’s day card, not for my mother!…

Hello everyone.  I have been MIA for awhile and I have missed posting and interacting with you.  My work as a CASA (court appointed special advocate) has been taking a whole lot of time.  There are so many children in need of assistance and the numbers of children coming into care has been increasing exponentially.  It seems to me that the seriousness of their mistreatment has sadly, been increasing as well.

Being creative certainly gives me a much needed break and today’s new challenge at My Artistic Adventures is about Mother’s Day, for a sister or aunt.  I decided to break with tradition and make a card for a very dear, 93 year old friend of mine…

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I used a fabulously realistic gold frame and vintage photo from the ‘Vintage Beautiful Framed Women‘ file…

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The mystery woman in the vintage photo looks a lot like my paternal grandmother!…

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On top of a base layer of distressed white paper, I placed a smaller rectangle of paper with inked edges.  On top of that paper, there is a panel of embroidered lace fabric.  The digital frame and photo image were raised up with foam pop dots…

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Perfect pearls in ‘platinum’ were placed around the edge of the distressed white panel…

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A length of seam binding wraps around and is accented with a double bow.  The sentiment was stamped directly onto the seam binding with StazOn black ink.  I think this vintage style mixed with an atypical sentiment will suit my friend to a tee!

Please join us for this new challenge at My Artistic Adventures!

 

Hugs and blessings,

 

April 20th, 2015

welcome spring…

Hello dear friends.  I hope you’re having wonderful warm weather where you are and have been spared the wild storms of spring that have been sweeping parts of the nation!  Here at The Shabby Tea Room, challenge #250 is called, ‘Welcome Spring.’…

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Our host for this challenge is Digital Paper on Etsy.  I’ve used a file called, ‘The Good Time‘.  I selected the sweet childhood silhouette in a doily frame because it’s delightful and also because I wanted to mimic the monochromatic color scheme of this inspiration photo…

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I also wanted a touch of chalkboard…

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The ‘Hello’ was already a part of the digital image.  ‘Spring’ was stamped and embossed with white, onto the black card stock.  Using my finger, I swiped some white pigment ink (slower drying than dye ink), and rubbed it around the embossed word to mimic chalk dust.  The leaves were taken from the digital photo and added to play with the balance and to soften this otherwise ‘severe’ design.  The addition of a double bow as all I added.  I’m enjoying the expanse of black background, rather than the usual white.

I hope you will find some inspiration in the challenge photo and join us~

 

Blessings and hugs,

 

 

April 14th, 2015

1915 style…

Welcome dear friends.  Today’s new Vintage Challenge is about 1915 images…perfect!  I just love the fashions of that time.  Just 100 short years ago, women and men dressed with great care and style.  Harrison Fisher, my favorite illustrator of all time, was busy making gorgeous paintings of that time and I love working with his images…

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Using the image below, I sized it for this card and printed it onto smooth, white card stock…

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The fashions of 1915 played heavily on large, asymmetric hats, with extravagant ribbons or feathers.  It was this thought that lead me to add the cream and black striped ribbon and asymmetric bow to this card.  Because the details of that time were carefully thought out, a small black button with silver highlights was added to the gathering point…

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Layers of newsprint ads along with die cuts that show both the slightly older, more formal scrolls and the ‘newer’ loosely curved design elements that appeared in fashion, architecture and general embellishments…

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If you don’t have an image from 1915 that you would like to work with, just Google ‘1915 images’, or go onto Pinterest and you will find a wealth of images!  Join us for fun and sharing at Vintage Udfordring~

 

Sending blessings and ((hugs)),

 

 

April 6th, 2015

rainbow colors…

Welcome my crafty friends~  Spring is officially here and tulips are blooming in many parts of the country.  Here in the desert, tulips are blooming at my local ‘Trader Joe’s’ and in today’s project!  I love being able to make flowers bloom with stamps and ink.  You know I love layers and dimension in almost all my paper creations, but this card is as flat as can be, ready to be sent to a far flung part of the world, with minimal postal charges…

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The stamped panel was cut from The Paper Temptress‘s ‘Opal‘ paper in white.  It has the most gorgeous opalescent sheen.  I stamped the tulips with black StazOn ink, let it dry throughly and then colored with an aqua brush and water based inks that the brush picked up from ink pads.  The opalescent sheen shows through the coloring and makes for a really beautiful effect in real life…

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From an angled view, you can see just a bit of the opalescence above the yellow tulip…

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Because the card base color is saturated and the ridged texture of the paper would be difficult to write on, I used a panel of Paper Temptress’s ‘Heavenly White Premium Ultrasmooth Card Stock‘ which was stamped with Memento’s ‘Black Tuxedo’ ink and very quickly colored with a single shade of Copic marker…

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A second layer was placed over the card stock for a more elegant look.  The idea was inspired by a sheet of ‘Heavy Duty Clear Vellum‘, also from the Paper Temptress.  It is positively yummy and I love the weight and semi transparent quality of this vellum!  It is attached over the stamped panel with a 1/8″ wide strip of double sided tape, along the top edge.  Felt tipped pens write like a dream on this vellum…

Here is the inspiration photo for this ‘Shabby Tea Room‘ challenge #249, called ‘Rainbow Colors’…

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Dive and and join us with your creation, inspired by this beautiful image!

This card will be entered into these additional challenges;

 

Blessings and hugs,

April 2nd, 2015

an easter banner…

Hello Peeps…both human and the marshmallow kind!  The new challenge at My Artistic Adventures is about Easter.  I chose to make a banner for a friend who needs a little pick-me-up…

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Starting with Heather’s ‘Cream shabby Chic Victorian Vintage Medium Tag Bases’.  I printed them onto some heavy weight card stock and added little eyelets at the top corners. The sweet vintage images are from ‘Vintage Shabby Chic Easter Post Card Focals’ and edged with delightful glitter…

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Each tag has a different image, along with a variation of a ‘Spring Banners Curvy Flipped’.  They all coordinate so wonderfully!…

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Each one of the curvy banners holds a word of greeting, cut from the ‘Vintage Cream Tiny Letter Boxes’.  A button was adhered at the bottom of each tag and a large jump ring connects a frosted aqua, glass heart or a pink resin and bead charm…

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The banners were adhered to curve up from the tags, allowing some paper tulips and leaves to peek out…

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Luscious, full bows made from cream and pink striped ribbon, cover the functional, narrow ribbon that connects the tags.  I used a line of my favorite fabric adhesive (Beacon’s 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue) on the functional ribbon and pressed the pre-tied bows onto the adhesive.

I’m pleased with this happy Easter greeting that will deliver my message to a sweet friend.  I love that I was able to print out the tags, vintage Easter images, banners and tiny letters from my home printer.  Everything else on this banner came from my stash~

I will be entering this project in the following challenges;

Blessings and hugs,

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,