Sunday, July 15, 2018

Love Story Tag

Recently, I was gifted with several sheets of Prima's Love Story papers and decided to make a tag with some of it.

Using a piece of cardboard to cut out the tag shape, I then covered both sides with the paper.  Isn't that image so sweet?  I edged it in a lacy trim to bring attention to it and mounted it on a piece of cardboard for dimension.  If you click on the photo, you will see some feathers I diecut from the paper using a Spellbinders die.  Various flowers, leaves, and resin birds from my stash surround the image.  A couple of hemp bows are tucked under the image along with cheesecloth.  Across the bottom of the tag, I added some trims and pearl strands.  A bit of lace and seam binding were tied to the top.

Well, that's my share for today.  It is an overcast day here but still warm and humid.  The next few days will be hotter and humid as well.  Counting the days until Fall! 

Thank you so much for taking time to stop by.  For those that leave a comment, I thank you.  I enjoy reading them and appreciate hearing from you.  Have a most wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Shabby Chic Embellishment Box

Recently, I tried my hand at altering a small plastic tool box (measuring about 5x7 inches) for a swap.  I must admit I was a bit intimidated by it; however, I gave it a whirl!  Here it is.

First, I gave the lid a coat of off-white paint and crackle paste.  After it dried, I couldn't see any crackling.  On to Plan B which was to cover the lid in a lacy fabric.  I then went through my stash and pulled out various trims, appliques, flowers, etc.  The flower to the left of the beige center flower was made by me using some trim and a pretty pearl cluster for the center.  I added a glittery bird for a touch of whimsy.  Here are some photos of the box from various angles.

Inside I added an assortment of trinkets and do-dads that can be added to different kinds of projects.  If you click on each photo, you can get a larger view of things.

Well, there you have it--my first altered embellishment box.  It wasn't quite so intimidating once I got started!

Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  I appreciate each one and enjoy reading them.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

We Are Free Tag

Hello friends!  July has arrived and brings with it a long heat wave with the dreaded humidity!  For me, I can never understand why anyone loves the summer.  But, then again, many cannot understand why I love cold weather.  July also brings the Independence Day holiday (4th of July).  With that in mind, I created this tag.

The inspiration for this tag came from Sara Emily over at Sara's Closet.  I loved how she used Tim Holtz' paper doll and wanted to use it for a tag of my own.  Just about every item on this tag is from Tim Holtz.  No one recreates the old-fashioned, patriotic theme as well as Tim.  I began with a pre-made black tag and covered it with several layers of the Correspondence paper collection.  The chipboard frame isn't Tim's but I used it to frame another one of his papers.  I did use Distress Inks in Weathered Wood, Old Paper, Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo on it.  I also used Distress Inks in Aged Mahogany and Blueprint Sketch to tint the paper doll and Tim's seam binding.  The three metal stars from Tim's collection were lightened up a bit with Inka Gold Old Silver Metallic Rub.  Tim's Wildflower dies were used on Distress cardstock and highlighted with Stickles.  The sentiment are from the Small Talk and Chitchat sticker collections.

I really am happy with how the tag turned out and hope you like it, too.  Thank you, Sara Emily, for the inspiration.

Thanks so much for taking time to stop by and for your sweet comments.  Wishing those of us in the States a wonderful and safe 4th of July.  Happy Canada Day to our friends up north.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Lavender Birthday Card

Hi there!  Today, I have a birthday card to share using the Lavender collection by Prima.  I limited myself to mainly using the papers for the background and embellishing.

Pattern paper was applied to a white cardstock base.  Next, I added some trims to the top and bottom as well as a paper doily by Wilton.  Using an EK circle punch, I placed the paper punched from the same sheet as the background onto the center of the doily.  I then edged the circle with trim.  The flowers and butterfly were fussy cut from another sheet and popped up for dimension.  Twine and Pretty Pink Posh sequins were added for accent.  The stamped sentiment is from Our Daily Bread Designs.

This card came together rather quickly.  The floral papers and butterflies in this collection are so pretty!  I've just begun to use sequins on some of my projects and love the extra sparkle they give.

Thank you so much for taking time to stop by.  I appreciate your taking time to leave a comment.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Father's Day Card 2018

Hello everyone!  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  Happy Father's Day to those who are celebrating it today.  In honor of the day, I made this card for my Dad.

Making masculine theme cards is always a challenge for me.  Whenever I need to make one, I almost always find myself turning to Tim Holtz and his wonderful line of products.  Just about the only thing not from Tim's line is the stamped sentiment.  The design of this card was taken from an example on the Dog Talk stamp and die set--I did add my own touch to it.  An embossing folder of ink splatters included in the set adds texture to the background.  The papers are from Tim's Wallflower collection and Distress cardstock.  The dog, bone and hearts were colored with Copics and highlighted a bit with Glossy Accents.  I used Tim's Wildflower dies to add a bit more texture and colored them with Distress Markers.  I also added some foam dots under the dog for added dimension.

Well, that's it for me today.  We are entering a hot, humid phase today with temperatures reaching the 100 degree mark tomorrow.  Ugh!  Cannot wait until Fall! 

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking time to leave a comment.  I appreciate hearing from you.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Maja Design/Magnolia Card

Hi there, everyone!  I hope you are having a good weekend.  I haven't had much time to craft lately as my mother is ill.  However, I did make this card recently but it took me about three days to finish.

The papers used for the background, flowers and leaves are from Maja Design Vintage Romance.  The sweet Tilda image is from the Sunbeam collection.  I colored her with Copic markers and then layered the image onto pattern paper cut with a Cheery Lynn die.  A piece of lace was placed under the framed image.  The flowers are cut with the Magnolia Doily Flowers die from the Bon Voyage collection.  The banner is from La-La Land Crafts.  The sentiment, from Our Daily Bread Designs, was stamped onto a diecut heart.  Rhinestone accents are from Recollections.  Sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh.

This card was made for a crafty friend who is recovering from surgery.  I hope it will cheer her up.

Thank you so much for taking time to stop by.  I appreciate your kind comments.  Is anyone having a problem getting email notifications from Blogger when someone leaves a comment on your blog?  I always was notified but am not getting them for the last couple of weeks. 

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Altered Shabby Chic Embroidery Hoop

Hello friends.  Just a short post today sharing an embroidery hoop I altered for a swap.  Everything is fairly simple.  All item were attached with FabricTac glue. 

Here is a view from the side.

And another view from the opposite side

Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog.  I appreciate your kind comments.  Have a wonderful week!