Sunday, September 27, 2015

To a Very Special Friend

Hi everyone!  I hope you are well.  Today, I am prepping for a colonoscopy tomorrow so am doing things to take my mind off it!  Can only have liquids and jello.  I figure if I spend most of the time crafting, it will keep my mind off food.

My card today was made with the beautiful Pion Design papers, A Day in May.  I love these papers!

I began by adhering a couple sheets of the patterned paper to a cream cardstock base and inking the edges.  Isn't the image pretty?  A Memory Box diecut, Catalina Wreath, was given a coat of Martha Stewart glitter and placed to frame the image.   Recollections self-adhesive lace and flowers were then added.  The sentiment was cut from the papers as was the butterfly.  A vintage button and seam binding were added to the upper right corner.

Well, I guess I'll have my lunch of chicken broth and tea and then decide what to craft.  I made a tag from these papers yesterday, so maybe I'll make a few more.  I am doing a tag swap which is running until January.  Thank you so much for your sweet comments and taking the time to stop by.  Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

TH Butterfly Tag

Hi everyone!  I am enjoying this time of year as we transition into the fall season.  I love that little nip in the air and having the windows open for the fresh air to circulate through the house.  Looking forward to all the sights and smells of this beautiful season!  While I am sure we will still have a few days of summer-like weather here and there, I am so ready to enjoy the fall.

Today, I have another tag to share that is totally inspired by Tim Holtz and his products.  The black tag base is from Ranger.  I adhered a piece of patterned paper from Tim's Correspondence collection and inked the edges with a touch of Black Soot.  A few remnant rubs were added to the upper left and lower right corners.  Using a butterfly cut from the Butterfly Duo set, I inked it in various shades of Distress Ink.  Unfortunately, I did not keep a list of the shades used; but I do know that Squeezed Lemonade, Victorian Velvet and Black Soot were used.  A coat of Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold spray adds sparkle to the butterfly.   I also used the same shades of Distress Ink mixed with a little water to color the ribbon.  After tying the bow, I attached a pin and word charm (highlighted with Picket Fence paint) to the bow.  A few little vintage envelopes cut from the Correspondence paper were tucked behind the bow.  An idea-ology reinforcer and black paper string were placed at the hole in the top of the tag.

This tag was so much fun to make.  I really enjoyed trying the various inks on the butterfly.  I diecut a few more butterflies and am anxious to make them in other color combinations.

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

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Stamps Be Gone Challenge

Hi everyone!  I don't often participate in challenges, but I couldn't miss the current challenge at the Frilly and Funkie blog.  You are to create a project without using stamps and this is what I made.

I began by adhering a sheet of K&Co paper to a manila tag.  The edges were distressed and stained with Tea Dye Distress Ink.  A paper doily was also inked and placed under the Tim Holtz Found Relatives photo.  I used Distress Markers to add a bit of color to the girl's corsage.  Using a Tim Holtz branch die highlighted with Stickles, I attached the branch to the side and bottom of the photo.  The resin and paper flowers are from Recollections and the tiny roses are Petaloo.  Each were given a bit of Distress Ink for accent.  A couple of vintage pearl buttons were placed in the flower cluster.  The crochet doily under the one flower is from Colorbok.  The brass charm under the resin flower was a gift to me.  Tiny pearls also from Recollections were added at the top and side of the photo.  A bit of lace was added to the bottom of the tag and a piece of tulle to the top as a finishing touch.

If you love vintage, do stop over at the Frilly and Funkie blog.  There is a lot of inspiration to be found there!

Well, that's it for me today.  We have a beautiful fall-like day this Sunday, so I plan to go out and enjoy it.  Have a wonderful week!  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and for all your kind comments.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

A Day in May Card

Hi everyone!  Yes, I know summer is just about over and fall is fast approaching; but my post today is called A Day in May because I used that beautiful paper collection of the same name from Pion Design.

I simply love the shabby, vintage look of these papers!  I started with a cream cardstock base and adhered a couple of the patterns to the base.  One sheet was a page of border strips, so I cut one out to cover where I joined the two edges.  All papers were inked with Tea Dye Distress Ink.  The lace edge is from Recollections.  I added glitter to a postage stamp frame to showcase one of the pretty images in the collection.  The flourish in two corners is from Crafty Secrets and stamped in Vintage Sepia.  A Recollections pebble was added to the Colorbok doily which is surrounded with Recollections flowers.  The sentiment was also cut from the border strip sheet.  The butterfly was cut from another sheet.  I finished the card by added a hemp bow to the flower cluster and a seam binding bow with a vintage button to the opposite corner.

I was so hesitant to cut into this paper as I just love it, but I've come to the conclusion you can't save everything!  I also made another card that I'll share later.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and your sweet comments.  I am happy to see I have a couple of new followers and want to say "Welcome" and thank you.  I wish a wonderful week ahead for everyone!  Happy Labor Day weekend to those in the States celebrating--enjoy the long weekend!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Prima Doll Tag

Hi everyone!  Well, summer is almost at an end and I am seeing hints of fall here and there.  I love the fall season with the warm, cozy feelings it brings.  It's been a bit stressful lately for me but I am trying to look on the bright side.  One thing that always makes me happy is my craft time each week.  I find it a most relaxing time when I make something.

Today, I have another tag to share featuring a Julie Nutting doll stamp.  At the time, she was the only doll stamp I had but I've since acquired a couple more and can't wait to use them.

For the background of the tag, I used Prima's Butterfly collection paper and a Heidi Swapp heart stencil.  I added a bit of glitter to the hearts to give them sparkle.  The doll was colored with Copics and her outfit was paper pieced.  I added some rhinestones to her dress and a bit of glitter to her slip.  The butterfly wings are from Recollections.  Once again, I used an older Prima vine which I glued to the left side.  The little wooden birds on the vine are from Recollections also.  I simply inked them up a bit.  The lace trim at the bottom, I think, is Prima.  A couple of butterflies were cut with a Martha Stewart punch, accented with rhinestones, and added to the upper right.

Here, you can see that I raised the doll up from the paper with some foam squares.  A bit of ribbon at the top finishes it off.

Well, that's about it for today.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  Thanks so much for stopping by and the sweet comments you leave.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Vintage Tag

Hi everyone!  It's been a beautiful weekend here.  I hope you are enjoying some relaxing time.  I've been working on a lot of tags lately for a swap and have a new one to share today.

Once again, I used things I've been hoarding to make this tag.  The background paper is an older K&Co line that I inked the edges with Tea Dye Distress Ink.  The flowers,leaves and pearl swirls are Prima.  I believe the frame around the vintage image is from Tattered Angels, but I'm not sure.  I did give it a coat of glitter for sparkle.  The wooden clock and lace trim are Recollections.  The lace tie at the top was from the bargain bin at Joann's.

And there you have it.  Time to use up things instead of saving them.  Plus, it clears the way for new items!

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.  Thanks so much for stopping by and your sweet comments.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Meadow Lark Tag

Hi there, friends!  It's a wickedly hot/humid week coming up here and I am so thankful for air conditioning.  In my last post, I mentioned problems with the new Windows 10 we installed on the computer.  After trying several suggestions that did not work, we solved the problem by uninstalling Windows 10 and going back to Windows 7.  What a difference!  I guess it's true--if it isn't broke, don't fix it.

Recently, I was the recipient of a wonderful RAK that included papers from Prima's Meadow Lark collection.  They are so pretty, so I decided to make a tag with them.

Just about everything Prima was used for the tag.  The edge of this tag is a bit different in that I fussy cut the left side so that the flower hang off the edge.  I then inked the edges with Ingvild Bolme Vintage Pink chalk ink.  I highlighted some flower centers in the paper design with Stickles.  An assortment of pretty Prima flowers and leaves were placed in the lower right corner with a twine bow.  I placed a couple of Prima pearl clusters in the centers of some of the flowers.  A pearl and rhinestone swirl was added to the background.  A birdcage diecut from a friend that I touched up with a bit of Inka Gold was tucked into the flower cluster.  I then fussy cut and inked a bird from another sheet of paper and attached it to the tag with foam dots.  A tea-stained piece of ribbon from Melissa Phillips and a piece of lace were tied to the top of the tag.

That's about it for me today.  I'm staying indoors where it is cool and probably do some crafting (after I iron clothes and before I make dinner).  Thank you so much for stopping by and the kind comments you leave.  I hope the week ahead is wonderful for everyone.