Sunday, September 17, 2017

Dance

Hi there, friends!  I guess I spoke too soon.  In my last post, I mentioned we were having the most glorious fall weather.  Well, that was quickly replaced this past week with warm, humid weather.  Air conditioning is back on.  Hopefully, though, fall will return soon!

Today's card was made with pretty papers from Prima.  I believe they are from Nature's Garden.  Each layer was inked and distressed.  A piece of cheesecloth and cardboard was placed between the two layers.  Various trims were placed across the bottom of the card.  I wanted to showcase the sweet Tim Holtz paper doll ballerina so I placed her on a glittered frame with Prima and Recollections flowers as well as a wooden rose to the side.  I tucked an assortment of beads inside of the frame.  The "dance" bead was framed with flatback pink pearls.  A tulle bow, rhinestones, and splatters of gesso finish it off.


This card was so much fun to make.  I think I am in love with paint splatters now!  I thought the tulle on the card fit perfect with the ballerina's tulle skirt. 


Well, that's all for me today.  I hope you have an enjoyable Sunday and a wonderful week ahead.  Thank you so much for taking time to stop by and for your sweet comments.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Best Things in Life Just Happen

Hi there.  With the Fall season fast approaching, I thought I would share one last card I made this summer before I switch to more seasonal crafting.


This card was made for my parents' anniversary.  My mother prefers more simple cards, so she was really quite happy with this one.  The paper, sentiment card, flowers and stickers are from Recollections.  The pretty ornate frame, which I feel really makes this card, was a gift.  I don't know who makes this particular die but I would love to have it in my collection!


The sentiment card was framed with lace from my stash.  A satin bow was tucked into the flower cluster.

We have had the most wonderful weather this past week with crisp days and nights.  It makes me so happy to have a change from the heat and humidity of summer.

Thank you so much for taking time to visit my blog and also for your kind comments.  I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Mixed Media Tag

Hi friends!  It's been a rainy couple of days here but, thank goodness, nothing like the poor people in Texas have been dealing with.  I, for one, am so happy that September is here!  That means we're close to the beautiful season of Fall and all that it brings--chilly days, scents of the season, comfort foods, nesting, etc.

The tag I'm sharing today is one of my favorites so far.  I began with a manila tag, a Tim Holtz stencil and modeling paste.  Next, I tore and distressed a couple of sheets of paper and adhered them with foam tape.  The perforations on the torn papers that mimic stitching were made with a quilting tool.  You will also notice a bit of Prima lace peeking out from under the papers.  The flowers are Prima with Prima diecut leaves.  A wooden tag is tucked into the flower cluster along with a couple of hemp bows.  The pretty dimensional butterfly is from Recollections.  A seam binding and lace tie with a vintage button was added to the top.  Using a mixture of gesso and water, I created some splatters on the tag as a finishing touch.


This tag was so easy and fun to make.  If you click on each photo, you can view a larger image.  I recently made another one using the same steps but different product which I will share another time.


Thank you so much for taking time to stop by and also your kind comments.  I hope the week ahead is a wonderful one for all.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Celebrate Today Card

Hi everyone!  Another week has whipped by since I retired from my job at the end of June.  I cannot believe how quickly time is flying now that I am no longer employed.  There just does not seem to be enough hours in my day now.  When I was employed, it seemed like I could count every minute.  I guess it makes a difference when you like what you do.

Not too long ago, I shared a card using the color orange and remarked that it is not one of my favorite colors.  Today, I have another card using orange!  It also was made with a lot of older Prima products.


As you can see, I have a tendency to hold on to some things because I think a better idea might come along.  lol  For this card, I matched two pieces of pattern paper together and placed the floral lacy trim along the edge where they joined.  I stamped a Papertrey Ink sentiment onto the Prima sticker and added several flowers and a leaf below that.  A Martha Stewart butterfly punch was used to cut the butterflies from the darker print paper.  Rhinestones and gold beads were added for accent.


Even though I am not a fan of the color orange, I have to say I am pleased with how this card turned out.  I've had these Prima products for several years, so it feels good to finally put them to use!

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

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!