Sunday, August 20, 2017

Paris Flea Market Tag

Hi friends!  I hope you are having an enjoyable Sunday.  The big excitement in my corner of the world is the total eclipse tomorrow.  We are supposed to be able to see 80% of it here, weather permitting.  Yes, we do have the special glasses needed to look at it.

Today, I am sharing a tag made with Pion Design's Paris Flea Market papers.  I just love their beautifully shabby chic papers and hesitate to cut into them.  I realize that I cannot save everything, so cut into them I did!

Beginning with a premade tag, I covered both sides with the paper, inked and distressed the edges.  Next began the layering of various laces, trims and appliques from my stash.  Smaller tags were cut from the papers and placed under the beautiful image of the lady.  A cluster of flowers and leaves were added at the bottom of the image.  A butterfly was cut from the paper and adhered to the top right corner.  Some rhinestones and pearls were added for accent and a seam binding bow tied to the top.

Making tags brings me such joy and pleasure.  With papers like Pion Design collections, this is so easily achieved.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.  I appreciate each of your kind comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead and try to make some time for crafting!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Happy Card

Hello friends!  I hope you are having an enjoyable Sunday.  I was lucky enough to receive some wonderful crafting supplies for my birthday and having so many ideas for them in my head.  Looking forward to some fun craft "therapy" time!

Today, I have a card to share using an older line from Graphic 45 called "Secret Garden."  This 8x8 paper pad goes a long way!

Using orange cardstock, I matted each piece of pattern paper as well as the image and adhered them to a card base using foam tape.  Love the pretty eyelet trim I placed through the center.  Prima flowers were accented by Cheery Lynn diecut leaves.  The sentiment is a die from Recollections.  Stickles were then added to the sentiment and the center of the flowers in the image for some highlights.

Orange isn't a favorite color of mine (except for the subdued tones in the fall) but I think it showcases the papers very well.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate each of your sweet comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Happy Birthday 2017

Hi everyone!  Here it is August already!  This past week, I celebrated my birthday.  It was a wonderful day spent with family, eating out, and visiting farm stands in Amish Country.  All in all, a good way to start a new month!  I was happy to receive some beautiful handmade cards from fellow crafting friends.

My card today was made for a fellow crafter's birthday, so I thought it would fit in for a birthday post.  Everything used has been in my stash for awhile.

The edges of the papers were inked and distressed.  I placed some foam strips between layers for depth.  Diecut doilies were also tucked in.  Under the crochet trim is a Memory Box Shrewsbury Stem diecut accented with tiny pearls.  A sentiment from Our Daily Bread Designs was stamped onto an ODBD label and tucked into the flower cluster with a hemp bow.

That's it for me today.  Yesterday was another busy day spent with friends that I haven't seen in awhile.  My husband and I just returned from a nice lunch out today and I am quite filled!  I think I'll take it easy for the rest of the day!   Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  I appreciate each and every one.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Wonderful Tag

Hello friends.  I wasn't sure what to call this post.  I don't want anyone to think I'm saying this tag is wonderful by the blog post title.  I'm just going by the wooden word diecut used on the tag.  lol

Beginning with a tag shape cut from a cereal box, I covered both sides in pattern paper and then began to layer various lace shapes and trims.  A vintage image placed in a chipboard frame takes center stage.  It is surrounded by an assortment of flowers, leaves, and pink gem accents.  A wooden clock is also tucked into the mix.  You can see the "Wonderful" wooden piece at the bottom of the tag.  A seam binding bow is tied to the top.

I love making tags.  I think it is my most favorite crafty item to make.  My supply of tags, though, needs to be replenished!

Thank you so much for taking time to stop by and for your sweet comments.  Today is one of those rare summer days that is a bit cooler and no humidity, so I need to take advantage of it and spend some time outdoors.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Delicate Heart Card

Hello everyone!  It's a hot and humid Sunday here.  I did a little yard work earlier but am so glad to be inside now in air conditioning!  Days like this remind me of why I prefer the Fall and Winter!

Today, I have a simple card to share that is somewhat flat for mailing.  Once again, everything I used is from Recollections except the pretty heart-shaped diecut that was a gift from a blogging friend.  I love the delicate look of the heart.

After adhering the muted cardstock to a premade card base, I simply attached the adhesive lace trim, diecut, flowers and butterfly stickers.  A stamped sentiment and hemp bow add the finishing touch.  This was super quick and easy to make.

Well, it's just a short post for me today.  We're going out to dinner with my parents in a bit.  Thank you so much for taking time to stop by and for your sweet comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

One more thing--I finally received the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform yesterday.  There was a delay in release time but I am so excited to get my hands on it!  Can't wait to do some stamping projects!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Playing with ATCs

Recently, I felt like trying a little something out of my comfort zone so decided to make some artist trading cards.  I have tried these small art projects before.  For my cards that I'm sharing today, I decided to make each one totally different.

First up is perhaps my favorite of the three I am sharing today.  I used paper from Prima for the background and lace trim from Tim Holtz.  I used two paper doll images also from Tim Holtz.  The tiny white flowers are Tim's as well.  The bottle cap was made by cutting a clock from the Prima paper and covering it with a clear epoxy sticker from Bead Landings.  A small metal bracket from my stash was placed in the lower right corner.

Next is a shabby chic inspired ATC using paper from Melissa Frances.  The flowers and butterfly are Recollections except for the tiny white Tim Holtz flowers on the right.  All other items are from my stash.  While shabby chic projects are my favorite thing to make, I struggled most with this ATC for some reason.

My last ATC was done on a stitched canvas-type fabric.  I placed some eyelet lace trim on the left side and layered some Petaloo flowers on top.  The tiny burlap flower, butterfly and leaves are from Recollections.

And there you have it--three different ATCs that were a lot of fun to make.  I really enjoyed the process.  Here you have the three ATCs side by side.  ATC information is stamped on the back of each but I forgot to take a picture of that.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!  I hope the week ahead is a wonderful one for all.  I'm having some car trouble so we'll see what happens there!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I am so happy to see your sweet comments as well.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Wedding Card Keepsake

Hi friends.  My cousin's daughter recently got married and she (my cousin) asked me to make a special card for her to give to her daughter for the occasion.  She was using pieces of her own wedding gown for part of the bridal bouquet.  I asked her if she had any of the lace left over that I could use for the card.  She gave me one of the sleeves and this is what I created.

The base is a card measuring 5x7 inches.  I covered it with old-fashioned text cardstock and lace from the sleeve.  The ruffled trim is from the cuff on the sleeve.  I did add some lace trim from my stash for the edges of the card.  The flowers and leaves are an assortment from Prima and Recollections.  A Prima heart-shaped frame was tucked into the flowers and two resin birds placed in the opening.  The sentiment is printed on vellum.  I added some rhinestones for extra sparkle.

This was somewhat of a group effort!  My cousin wanted to include a note to her daughter inside.  I suggested she have that printed on vellum which a co-worker of her's was able to do.  I folded the vellum and glued it in place.  The left side of the page looked a little plain, so I cut a lace design from the sleeve and placed that at the top of the page.  If you click each photo, you can see the details better.

Everyone was happy and quite touched with the card, which was a relief to me!  I wasn't sure if they would like it.  It will be put in a display box in their new home.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and for your sweet comments.  I do appreciate hearing from you!  Have a wonderful week ahead!