Sunday, June 29, 2014

Mini Canvas

Here we are at the start of a new week, and I am certainly glad the past one is over.  As I mentioned in my previous post, my husband was in the hospital.  He had surgery finally last Monday.  He came home on Thursday after eleven days in the hospital.  Making matters worse, I started feeling ill with flu-like symptoms.  I was down for the count for a couple of days.  Other stressful things also took place but were resolved.  Here's hoping for much better days ahead!

Anyway, I've had this tiny 4x4 canvas that I've been wanting to alter for quite some time but was a bit intimidated.  I whipped out some white paint to coat the canvas and then applied Distress Inks in Salty Ocean and Squeezed Lemonade spritzed with water.  I made a mess trying to stamp a sentiment on the canvas but corrected that with some gesso.  Modeling paste was applied to a Crafter's Workshop script stencil which also helped to hide my stamping mess.  The tiny vines are from my favorite Cherry Lynn die.  Then, it was just a matter of applying all kinds of items from my stash to embellish the canvas.  The resin corner, butterfly and some of the flowers are Recollections.  Rhinestones, pearls and a couple flowers are from Prima.

Around the sides of the canvas, I attached some crochet lace from the bargain bin at Joann's.  The trinket hanging from the bottom of the canvas is from Maya Road.  I finished it off by attaching a satin ribbon and vintage button to the top.

As you can see, I am still having a bit of a problem learning how to use a new way of editing my photos.  I thought I cropped the first photo but, obviously, not.  However, it did work on the second one!

Here's a better photo of the card I shared in the previous post where I did not have a photo editing program.  I need to get the hang of this new program better!

I hope the week ahead is a wonderful one for everyone.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Playing with Dies

Let me begin by apologizing for the photos in this post.  I'm having technical difficulties with the computer I usually use to make a blog post.  I'm using a laptop with Windows 8 and, apparently, it doesn't have photo editing options.  I am not computer savvy, but I think I have to install some type of editing program.  As you can see, I couldn't zoom in or rotate the photo.  Hopefully, I'll figure it out soon.

I recently received two dies--Catalina Wreath by Memory Box and Butterfly Edge by Joy Crafts--and couldn't wait to use them.  I think they are so beautiful!  I used Graphic 45 Secret Garden papers and also did a bit of fussy cutting.  Various sizes of rhinestones were added to the wreath for sparkle.

Again, I apologize for these photos but you can click each one for a closer look.  It's been a trying week here.  My husband was admitted to the hospital last Monday night with severe upper abdominal pain.  He has gall bladder stones and is scheduled for surgery tomorrow.  He hasn't been allowed to have anything to eat or drink since he was admitted as they are trying to resolve the inflammation.  Hopefully, things will go well and he'll be home soon.

Have a wonderful week!  Thanks so much for stopping by and for the comments you leave.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day 2014

To all the dads out there, I hope you had a happy Father's Day.  To celebrate today, I made a turkey dinner for my husband and parents.  It's a beautiful day here and I managed to squeeze in a little time outdoors as well.

My card today is made predominately with products from Tim Holtz.  I started by using his postage stamp die as a base.  All the papers are from his Crowded Attic line and the edges roughed up with his distressing tool and inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The black stitched edge trim is also Tim Holtz.  I also used Vintage Photo to give an aged look to the cheesecloth.  The bottle cap is from Bead Landing.  I used a Recollections 1 inch circle punch on the paper for the center of the cap and covered it with an epoxy sticker.  Black twine from TH was used on the Prima butterfly button.  I cut the banner from the paper, stamped the sentiment and added a couple of Queen & Co black pearls.  Although I tried hard, I could not stay away from adding a Prima flower to the card.  I don't think it makes it look feminine!

I usually don't like to make masculine cards, but I had fun with this one.  Maybe because I added the flower!  Time for me to kick back and relax for the rest of the evening.  Hope the week ahead is a good one for you.  Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate the comments you leave.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Older Webster's Pages

Just popping in for a quick post today.  I have a bridal shower to attend this afternoon.  It has been a crazy week filled with ups and downs.  I didn't even get a chance to work on any crafts, but I do have another tag to share that I made last week.

I pulled out some older Webster's Pages that have been collecting dust!  This tag was inspired by Erin Blegen who makes the prettiest layered tags.  Three different sizes of tags were cut from patterned paper and edged with a Martha Stewart doily punch.  I did some fussy cutting for the flowers.  The lace butterfly was cut from Webster's netting.  I love the butterfly cameo and the crystal button to accent the bow.  The only things not Websters are the netting and crochet trim that form the bow and the Cherry Lynn vine die.

Well, that's all for today.  It really felt good to use up some of the stash of papercrafting products that I've been hoarding!  Thanks for stopping by and your sweet comments.  Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Dancing Faeries Card

Two beautiful weekends in a row here.  I am thoroughly enjoying it even if it isn't snowing!  lol  The weather is just perfect with beautiful blue skies and low humidity.  I am taking it in while it lasts.

The card I'm sharing today I made for my Mom's birthday last weekend.  I started with a cream card base and used paper from Prima's Firefly collection.  I then layered a piece of lace ribbon across the middle of the card.  The cream intricate frame was made with a Spellbinder's Nestabilities Enchanted Labels die.  It is so delicately beautiful.  I heat embossed the edges of it with Recollections Snow Embossing Powder to give it a sheen.  The fairy stamp is from Prima's Princess collection, colored with Copic markers, and highlighted with Stickles.

To fill in the frame a bit more, I made some clear bubble-like dots with Glossy Accents.  The tiny butterflies were made with a Martha Stewart punch and Liquid Pearls.  A white satin bow, Prima flowers, and Recollections pearls finishes the card.

I also decorated the inside of the card but forgot to photograph it.  I really love this frame but it was a bit difficult to remove from the die.  I had to fussy cut part of it but it was worth it.

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by!