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!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Yesterday Tag

Hello friends.  Another somewhat rainy Sunday here today, but I don't mind.  I love rainy days.  It is Memorial Day weekend here in the States where we honor those who lost their lives in the wars.

Recently, I received a 6x6 paper pad from Lemoncraft.  The collection is called "Yesterday" and the papers are beautifully shabby chic.  They inspired me to make this tag.


The front and back of the tag were covered with papers from the collection.  Everything else is from my stash.  Pleated netting and lace trim were placed at the bottom.  Cheesecloth was then added to the top of the tag.  An assortment of flowers and leaves (some Prima) form a cluster partially around the framed vintage photo.  Pearls are Prima.  The butterfly is from Lemoncraft and was given a coat of clear Wink of Stella.  Glitter touches were added to some of the flowers.  A strip of lace was tied to the top of the tag.


I love to make tags and this one came together so easily.  I cannot wait to use this paper collection again to make other things.  It is so pretty!

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.  I appreciate your kind comments.  For those who celebrate, have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend.  Wishing all a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day 2018

Just a short post to wish a very Happy Mother's Day to all those who are celebrating it today.  I have another card to share using the Brushed Birds and Beautiful Berries layering stamps by Papertrey Ink.  It was a quick and easy card to make and perfect for Mother's Day.


It is very relaxing working with these layering stamps.  The inks used are also from Papertrey Ink.  The frame is from Spellbinders.  I tucked some eyelash trim under it.  Rhinestones and a small green bow add the finishing touches.


Thank you so much for taking time to stop by and for your sweet comments.  Enjoy today and have a wonderful week ahead.


Sunday, May 6, 2018

Birthday Card Using Pion Design Papers

Hello.  It is an overcast day here today.  We had record-breaking heat for a couple of days but are now back to seasonable temperatures.

Today, I have a card to share in a pink theme using some beautiful papers from Pion Design.  Pink cardstock was used for the base as well as for the Butterfly Edge die from Joy Crafts.  The paper edges were distressed.  Two pieces of lace trim were placed on top of the background paper.  The pretty flowerpot image is set off with a diecut frame in pink but I cannot find what die I used for it.  I added a touch of Stickles to the flowers.  The lovely layered butterflies accented with pearls are from Spellbinders.  An assortment of flower clusters were added to opposite corners.  The birthday sentiment from Our Daily Bread Designs was stamped onto a circular tag.


It was fun putting this card together.  I love butterflies as you can probably tell by this card!


Here is a view from the other side.


Well, that is it for me today.  Did you get to participate in any of the International Scrapbooking Day activities yesterday?  I wanted to but had a previous commitment. 

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit my blog.  I appreciate your sweet comments.  Have a wonderful blessed week ahead.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Happy Anniversary Card

Hi everyone.  We have a fairly chilly day here today but I love it!  I intend to enjoy each moment of it as we are headed to 90 degree temperatures by midweek.

Today, I have a card to share using the layering stamp technique.  This was a first for me and I did enjoy it.  I used the Brushed Birds and Beautiful Berries stamps from Papertrey Ink.  The ink colors I used are also from Papertrey Ink.  I need to invest in more shades.  The pretty die cut frame is from Spellbinders.  The pattern paper is from an old K & Co pad I found in my stash.


It's a very simple card for me.  I made this for my parents' 66th Wedding Anniversary which is this week.  They both love birds so I thought this would be perfect for them.


Thank you so much for taking time to stop by my blog.  I do appreciate each of your sweet comments.  I hope the week ahead is wonderful for all.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Blue Butterflies Tag

Hi there!  Weather here has been on the chilly side for spring with a few days of summer temps but there is a warm-up again this week.  Today is a nice, sunny, comfortable temperature day.

It has been awhile since I made a tag.  Recently, I purchased a kit featuring Lemoncraft "Forget-Me-Not" collection and wanted to make a tag with it.  The papers and cut-out sheets are so beautiful.  Here is my tag.


The tag shape was cut from a cereal box and both sides covered with the Lemoncraft paper.  All paper edges were inked and distressed.  In my stash, I found a large Dusty Attic frame which I cut and attached to the right side.  Unfortunately, most of it got covered up.  Next, I cut a pretty card from one of the cut apart sheets and tucked some eyelash trim under it.  I also cut a blue doily from the sheet, put a crochet doily on top of it and tucked in under the card as well.  Various lace trims were attached across the bottom of the tag.  An assortment of flowers and leaves were placed on the left side.  Isn't that blue fabric double butterfly so pretty?  I added a couple of pearls to it.  I also cut two butterflies from the paper, added glitter to them, and placed them onto the tag.  A few sparkly gems were added here and there as well as some hemp bows.  Two pieces of lace were tied at the top.


If you click on each photo, you can see the details better.  I love the bright spring shades of this paper collection.  I am looking forward to making some more things with this collection.

Thank you so much for taking time to visit my blog.  I appreciate each of the sweet comments you leave.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend.  I wish all a wonderful week ahead.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Love You Card

Hi friends!  We had an early visit from summer this weekend for two days with temperatures in the 80s.  Today, however, is a raw, rainy and windy day with temperatures in the 40s!  Our seasons are way off anymore!

Recently, I was one of the lucky winners in the Magnolia Sunbeam bloghop.  My prize was a new Tilda stamp and a sweet umbrella die.  I was absolutely thrilled and couldn't wait to use them.  I have a couple of the Tilda stamps and dies but they are a bit difficult to find here in the States, so I was most happy to add these to my collection.  I decided to make a Mother's Day card with my prizes.


The card shape was made with a Sizzix die.  The papers are from Bo Bunny.  I placed a Prima doily as well as a Wilton doily between the layers.  The image was colored with Copics.  I stamped a postal mark around Tilda and accented with Frantage.  You can see the sweet umbrella next to Tilda.  The large flower, branch and butterflies are from Magnolia. The other flowers are from my stash and accented with Stickles.  The sentiment was stamped on a Papertrey Ink tiny tag. 


The pink seam binding bow is attached to a removable tag also from Magnolia.  I managed to incorporate all my Magnolia dies onto this one card!


Believe it or not, it took me several days to make this card!  Of course, I only worked on it for an hour or two each time.  I plan to give this card to my mother for Mother's Day.

I want to thank you so much for taking time to visit my blog and for your kind comments.  I am noticing that comments to my blog are decreasing.  I realize that it is time consuming to leave a message on blogs.  I wonder if my posts are just not interesting.  Well, we'll see what happens in the near future.  Have a wonderful week ahead!



Sunday, April 8, 2018

Birthday Wishes Card

Hello friends!  I hope everyone has had a good week.  It's been a chilly one here but signs of spring are popping out all over.

Today, I have a birthday card to share that I made for one of my sisters-in-law.  The paper and journaling card are from Bo Bunny and are perfect for a spring birthday.


Beginning with a white cardstock base, I glued a sheet of the paper and then attached the journaling card with foam tape for dimension.  The wreath is from Memory Box and the center diecut is from Spellbinders.  The circle of rhinestones are from Recollections and the sentiment is from Our Daily Bread Designs.  The fairy was cut from glittered silver cardstock.  The butterflies are from a Martha Stewart punch.  The flowers and lace were gifts.  The rhinestone center in the one flower is Prima.


I love the colors and patterns in this particular Bo Bunny collection.  It makes me think of spring each time I use it.

Thank you so much for taking time to stop by.  Please come back again.  I also appreciate your sweet comments.  Wishing all the best in the upcoming week!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Altered Easter Egg

Happy Easter!  Can you believe we have snow in the forecast for tonight after several days this past week with temperatures in the 70s?  Not that I'm complaining as I do love snow!

For my project today, I altered a plastic egg that I purchased at JoAnn's.  I started by covering it with a layer of Tim Holtz tissue paper.  As I could still see the pink egg underneath, I gave it another layer of the tissue paper.  Unfortunately, I could still see the pink color.  I should have given it a coat of gesso first.  Next, I decided to cover the outside of the egg with a lacy fabric to try to tone down the pink color.  I wasn't quite happy with the result but continued on!  I then applied some lace trims,  braiding and pearls around the opening.  Taking a small twig wreath, I glued the egg to it as a base and then gave it a coat of gesso.  After that, I placed some moss inside the egg and stood a Tim Holtz paper doll in the moss.  A tiny bunny was added in front the of girls' feet.  Flowers from Tim Holtz and Prima were tucked into the moss.  A seam binding bow was the finishing touch.


Here you can see the back of the egg somewhat.  I also added some Prima flowers around the wreath base.


Here are a couple of photos from each side.



Well, that's it for me today.  I wish everyone a happy, blessed Easter.  Enjoy your Sunday. 

Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.  I appreciate your kind comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

A Joyous Easter Card

Hi friends!  We had about 9 inches of snow on the first full day of spring this past week; however, most of it was gone over the next two days with warmer temperatures.  The month of March has been a snowy one.  Like I've said before, the seasons are all on a crazy cycle anymore.

With Easter fast approaching next week, I thought I'd better change gears and make an Easter card.  The papers I used for this card are from Pion Design's "Easter Greetings" collection.  I love the soft colors and delicate patterns of this line.


Beginning with white cardstock as a base, I layered a sheet of the paper after distressing the edges.  Next, I placed a piece of crochet trim on the left side.  The sweet image was placed on top of cheesecloth.  A Penny Black heart die strip was placed to the right.  The flowers are from www.craftycity.com.  The diecut leaves are from Cheery Lynn and the vintage buttons are from my stash.  The butterflies are from the paper collection and highlighted with Diamond Stickles.  I also added a touch of Stickles to the flowers in the image.  A few Liquid Pearls were also added. 


A fairly simple card but one that makes me smile.  I hope that you like it as well.  It really is a beautiful collection of papers. 

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

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Shabby Chic Bird's Nest

Hi everyone!  Hope all is going well with you.  It has been an eventful week at our house from family illnesses to plumbing emergencies to carbon monoxide scare.  I am hoping this week will be more positive!

Recently, a friend and I did a shabby chic bird's nest swap inspired by Jennifer Stevens at Ooh LaLa Vintage Treasures.  The nest is displayed on a bedspring.  A doily was starched and shaped to create the nest.  From there, it was just adding various lace trims, appliques, bling, yarn, more doilies, eggs, and, of course, the bird.  There is a picture overload, so please sit back and enjoy.


I began by painting the bedspring with gesso and then covering it with trims, lace, appliques and bling.


This is a view of the completed nest from the top.  I wanted to make sure you could see the tiny eggs I tucked in by the bird.


The rest of the photos show the nest from various angles.




The link for Jennifer's creation is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2vOdoTJoOw.  I just used whatever I found in my stash. 

Thanks so much for taking time to stop by and if you read through this long post!  I appreciate reading your sweet comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Hello Card

Hi there, dear friends.  We experienced two Nor-easters last week.  The first one resulted with a power outage from Friday evening until Sunday night last week for us.  That is why there was no new blog post from me last week.  It took an extra day until our cable services were restored as well.  Winter, apparently, has decided to make its appearance in March!

Today, I have a card to share featuring a sweet stamp designed by Sherri Baldy called "Little Sophia."  She was colored with Copic markers.  The pattern paper is from Scrap Berry.  The flowers and leaves, as well as the paper, can be found at Crafty City.  The oval frame die and the double-layered butterfly are from Spellbinders.  The pink strip of diecut hearts on the left side are from Penny Black.  Glossy Accents were added to the eyes and a touch of Stickles used here and there.  All other items are from my stash.


With spring around the corner, I thought it was time to make a card in those soft, pretty colors of the season.  I guess it is time to switch gears and start creating with the warmer weather in mind.


Thank you so much for taking time to visit my blog.  I appreciate your kind comments.  Wishing all a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Birthday Card Using Tim Holtz Items

Once again, it is another rainy day here but I do not mind.  I find the rain rather peaceful.  I would rather it be snow but I guess that is not going to happen much more this season.

Yesterday was my husband's birthday.  I struggle making masculine-themed cards and almost went out to buy one.  Being a fan of Tim Holtz and owning quite a few of his products, I thought I should make some use of them.  Here is what I made.


Everything on the card is by Tim Holtz except for the card base and foam tape.  The postage stamp frame was cut from his Classic cardstock and covered with paper from last year's Christmas collection.  I used Distress Inks in Stormy Sky, Scattered Straw and Mowed Lawn on the background.  The flower diecut shapes are from his Botanical Ephemera.   A butterfly from the Botanical Ephemera was attached to the little boy paper doll.  All were adhered with foam tape for dimension.  A remnant rub was placed on the Enameled Tag and tied with a Jute String bow.  A couple of metal stars were glued in the upper right corner.


My husband liked this card and I hope you do as well.  I must admit I did enjoy putting it together.  I like the fact that the Christmas paper worked well with the botanical items.  I need to play with these things more often!

Well, that's it for me today.  I am looking forward to a nice dinner with my family later and just taking it easy.  Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and also for your sweet comments.  Have a most wonderful week ahead!