April 15th, 2013
Hi Everyone~ This week, Tracy is hosting the challenge at The Shabby Tea Room. She has selected a great inspirational photo and she asks that we use the colors from this photo along with a recycled item…
It was fun to mimic the beautiful turquoise and pink combination…
The sponsor for this challenge is Creations by AR and I used the ‘Let’s Vase It’ template along with the other requirements…
I saved some hot pink organza ribbon that decorated a package some time ago and thread it through the card stock vase, just below the rim. The other recycled feature are the branches arranged in the vase. Originally this was a single 40″ branch that sat in a tall, french style flower container. For this project, I cut the branch into many shorter branches and used some Copic markers to change the white blossoms into the cherry blossom pinks that follow the lead of the inspiration photo.
I wonder what you’re going to incorporate into this pretty and ‘re-purposed’ challenge. Hope you have a terrific weekend.
April 7th, 2013
Hello Everyone~ Hope you’re enjoying some of the warmth of the springtime sun! Here at the edge of the Sonoran desert, we’ve been in the low 90′s, the cactus are blooming and the birds are furiously nesting, proving spring is in full swing.
This is the photo I chose for The Shabby Tea Room’s, ‘Shabby Spring’ challenge this week…
The shabby paint finish in that gorgeous color.. and the beautiful color palette of flowers~ sigh~. This week’s sponsor is ‘ByDigitalPaper‘ on Etsy and I chose Janet’s ‘Spring Garden’ dominos images. Pair the photo, the digital images and my new, young friend who is visiting my neighbor and I decided to make a gift project that we could do together and that would supply her with a gift to take home to her Mom…
It began with a microscope slide holder. Slide holders are little chipboard ‘books’ that come in different sizes, from space for a single slide to those that hold four or more. I had a double slide holder on hand and began by painting it with wedgewood blue, acrylic paint. Once that layer was dry, a coat of Distress Crackle Paint in the white, picket fence color made a lovely textured surface…
Given time to dry, it was then treated with a layer of tumbled glass Distress Ink, applied with a finger dauber. The next step was to apply some hand dyed seam binding double bow at the top of the front cover and another length around the center of the booklet, leaving unattached tails at the open side, to tie the book closed…
Some small seed beads make great flower centers. Copic markers and distress inks were used to change some of the flower colors. I used both paper and fabric flowers in this project…
What a sweet little accent to a tabletop or nightstand, but it gets more interesting…
Inside, a pair of copper foiled 3″x 1″ microscope slides that sandwich two beautiful ‘Spring Garden’ images. I have to share a little trick. Because the domino images are 2″x 1″, I fussy cut some of the layers of floral images from some of the images I didn’t use and layered them at the bottom of the full images to add some depth and needed height…
If you look closely, you can spot the three separate layers. Both these pendants still need some patina. I’m thinking of using some gunmetal color, perhaps with small touches of verdigris.
My little crafting buddy’s soldering is a tiny bit rough, but absolutely fantastic for a first time!!! Wow, is her mother going to be proud!!
I hope to see your creations on The Shabby Tea Room’s challenge site this week!
April 5th, 2013
Spring makes my heart sing, along with a mockingbird that sings nearly around the clock until he finds a mate and begins to build his nest. He’s been singing his little heart out for the past three weeks, but there is silence right now…I don’t know if he’s taking a much needed rest or if his search has been concluded!
April’s challenge at Vintage Udfordring is about spring and a card or project that includes a bird and/or birdhouse. This is my second altered box creation. The first one was for winter and you can see it HERE. The post of my first little vignette shows you how I made the chunky little birdhouse. I used the same technique here…
This little scene is framed with an archway, cut from chipboard and added to the front edges of the box…
I used tiny paper flowers, punched leaves, tendrils made by coiling bits of paper covered wires, a tiny paper butterfly and a small bird, whitewashed to tone down his originally neon yellow plumage!..
A small Prima birds nest is tucked into a corner and a length of wire was inserted into two holes made with a paper piercer at the top. The ends of the wire were bent at right angles to hold securely.
I used some lovely digital paper in the background of the box and some hand dyed silk ribbon and a teensy brass charm to embellish the top. By the way, if you haven’t been to Digital Paper by Janet on ETSY, be sure to check her out…she has the most beautiful digital designs and I love using them (and no, I haven’t been paid to day that! ).
Hope you have a delightful spring weekend!
April 3rd, 2013
Oh Paris!! It wasn’t until my husband and I had our passports stolen from the airport in Lyon and were forced to take the train to Paris to get replacements so we could leave France, that we both fell in love with the city. Before that time, we had each visited Paris and were decidedly unimpressed! Good thing we were coraled and forced to stay until we discovered some of it’s charms. Return visits assured a bit of a love affair with the place! Rather than continue on with my musings, let me show you a mini album created for this challenge and inspired by this fabulous city…
It is an unabashedly romantic little album…
While it only measures 5-1/2″ wide x 6″ high, it is quite chunky at 2″ deep…
The punched edges of the paper hinges can hold tags tucked under…
And large tags are held in the pockets. Each tag has been embellished individually and because there is lots of room to expand, I used bumpy, fluffy and fun trims…
Fleur de Lis and rhinestones embellish and post cards are tucked into the bindings…
make that…Carte Postale! along with ribbon roses and velvet and soutache trims!
Two embellished envelopes sit in the center of the album to hold memorabilia and treasures…
A row of tiny black buttons, tags and patterned papers…
a very French feel and a telegram…
organza, tulle and opulent trims..so French!…
crowns and keys, bows and pearls…
Thank you for spending a few minutes with me. I hope you enjoy creating with a French flair this week!
April 1st, 2013
This week’s challenge at The Shabby Tea Room is hosted by Starr, who has chosen this gorgeous inspiration photo…
Using this inspiration along with the colors blue, white and kraft, create a card or project to play in our challenge. I took some inspiration from the china patterns, using them to create the embossed and sanded background pattern…
and some beautiful ‘Fancy Monograms’ by Paper Sweeties to anchor a banner of ribbons…
some jute ribbon and burlap ribbon along with some die cut flourishes and paper blossoms.
I hope you will play along with this refreshing challenge! It’s wonderful to be given inspirations through the eyes of different people. Thanks so much Starr, for this challenge. It’s good to have a stretch!!
March 24th, 2013
Lovely layers are the theme at this week’s challege at The Shabby Tea Room. Rebekah has supplied us with a photo for color inspiration…
to be used, along with this sketch…
I also incorporated a digital image from this week’s sponsor, Bugaboo and created this…
It is always such fun to add layer upon layer! It suits my shabby chic heart to the core…
I hope that in the photo above, you can see the many layers and spaces that were created on this card…
Using a digital stamp of a rose from Bugaboo, I colored it with Copic markers to match the blossoms on the commercial die cut and glued it to the back of a flat-backed glass drop, using a layer of glossy accents. It takes a few hours to dry thoroughly, so I set it aside overnight. I purchased a small bag of glass (drops?, coins?, blobs?) in the floral department of Michael’s. I love the chunky quality of the glass…
On top of all the paper layers and the glass accents, is a layer of tulle trim from Melissa Frances. Three, off-white die cuts were layered and accented with Perfect Pearls in my current favorite, ‘Bisque’. This cluster of die cuts was popped off the surface with multiple layers of foam adhesive, creating enough depth to float over the glass accents. A die cut from Pink Paislee’s, ‘Butterfly Garden’ collection rests on top.
The orange blossoms have opened this week, so the air is perfumed with a most beautiful scent… Hoping you have spring bursting out where you live.
March 20th, 2013
a green and yellow basket! Do you remember that nursery rhyme? This weeks challenge at Frilly and Funky is all about packaging those chocolate bunnies, eggs and spring treats in something other than a basket. I’ve turned to lunch sacks as the starting point for my projects…
For this sack, the top edge was decorated with a punch and accented with a strip of card stock, then folded over and secured with a clothes pin. Small clothes pins are a fabulous, quick way of securing a sack and adding a wonderfully decorative accent. This one was decorated with a small fold of hand dyed seam binding and a paper flower. I cut a square of burlap and pulled a few threads out of each edge to create ‘fringe’. Hang onto those threads for another step…
A commercial die cut image (for this one, a bunny), surrounded by a die cut frame and…
a few layers of fabric petals, stamped with a sentiment, a few threads of burlap (that were pulled from the square) and topped with some hand dyed seam binding and a vintage mother of pearl button.
The next variation has a vintage image surrounded by a die cut frame made of card stock and a scrap of patterned paper cut as a fold over topper for the bag…
By punching two holes through the topper and the bag, it closes with a length of hand dyed seam binding. If you see a theme…yes, I adore hand dying seam binding and love to use it even more!…
I made the tag by cutting a long rectangle of card stock and using a decorative punch at the end. A contrasting button makes a great finishing touch…
The last variation uses a kraft sack, with a decorative edge punch, a panel that was accented with sewing before being added to the bag (I’m not that good with a free arm!!), some cheesecloth..
and layers of distressed paper (some gorgeous papers from Pion, bound up with some raffia before being topped with a vintage image…Once again, some hand dyed seam binding in some terrific spring colors.
I hope you give this simple format a try. I think lunch sack lend themselves to such wonderful variations and possibilities!
Thanks for stopping by~
March 19th, 2013
At Vintage Udfordring, the current challenge is all about vintage spring! I created a little shabby chic spring vignette, with an arched window, layers of ‘white’ textures and a nest with three tiny eggs along with a little bitty tag to carry the sentiment…
I just love all the subtle variations of white, the textures of torn edges, exposed cardboard and the faux finishes of patterned papers…
White acrylic paint, dry brushed onto edges and cardboard and some delicate die cuts make the background for this sweet nest with it’s sweetly speckled eggs…
A tiny, distressed tag along with some ‘Perfect Pearls’ add the finishing touches.
I hope Spring has popped it’s head up in your part of the world! Here in the Phoenix area, we’re in full bloom! Here are some photos of a new rose bush that is blooming for the first time…
and Perry’s Penstemon, which the hummingbirds love to feed from…
Warm spring wishes to you!
March 18th, 2013
Hi Everyone! Spring is really popping here! Probably more accurate to say that summer has arrived. It was 94° yesterday and probably about the same today! Zinnias are one of those flowers that stand up to our intense summer temperatures and can be planted any time now and if this makes you wonder… I live in Arizona, at the northern edge of the Sonoran desert!
The Shabby Tea Room has an ‘Anything Goes’ challenge, hosted by Lenet. I created a super quick, super easy and super cut little bag-sket with a template from My Time Made Easy...
It measures 2-1/2″ square and 4-1/2″ tall which makes it just perfect as a little treat container and/or place name holder on your holiday table. I used My Favorite Things digital paper collection called ‘Dotted Stripes Collection‘, in the pink variation and a sweet sentiment from Paper Sweeties, ‘Some Bunny Loves You’ stamp collection. Instead of plastic grass filler, I edged the basket with a strip of small white pompom trim attached with a strip of double sided tape along the inside edge.
It’s not too soon to begin thinking about the little touches we can add to the table that make for wonderful memories and warm thoughts…
Thanks for stopping by.
March 10th, 2013
This week at The Shabby Tea Room, Debbie is hosting a challenge called, ‘Oh, So Pretty In Pink’. This is the darling photo she selected as inspiration…
The challenge is to create a card or project using pink, ribbon, lace or tulle and a flower! What a great lineup of supplies to inspire us! I began with a print out of Digital Papers (by Janet on Etsy), called ‘Romantic Paper Roses’. It is such a lovely design and comes in an assortment of pastel background colors. For this challenge, I used the pink version…
A die cut scalloped circle is the card base and after it was distress inked, was layered with a white paper doily. Some perfect pearls in ‘white opal’ created the perfect accents on the doily…
A mat of distressed cream card stock supports the circle of patterned paper and a die cut focuses attention on the ‘Paper Sweeties’ sentiment. Pink, check. Ribbon, check. Lace, check (the doily). Flowers, check.
So that’s my take on this challenge, now I’m off to see what all of you have conjured!! Hope you have a wonderful start to the week.
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||Digital Paper (ETSY)
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