Sunday, July 31, 2016

Altered Shabby Chic Box

Hi friends!  I hope things are going well for you.  Can you believe August arrives tomorrow (although it has already in some parts of the world)?

My project today began with a small box I purchased at Hobby Lobby.  I first gave it a coat of gesso followed by two coats of Martha Stewart Summer Linen paint.  Then the fun began.  The inside of the box and the top of the lid were covered with paper from Prima's Tea Thyme collection.  After that, I just started covering everything with various laces and trims from Joann's and some that were gifted to me by a dear friend.  I used Fabric Tac to adhere everything.

Here it is finished.  The resin piece in the front is from Melissa Frances.  The large fabric flower on the lid is my first attempt at making one.  I used a rhinestone button from Joann's for the flower center.  The glittered flower is from Recollections.  You can barely see the decorative metal legs by Spare Parts that I placed at each corner.

You can see the details of the lid better here.  The Spellbinders butterfly was cut from cardstock as well as vellum for a layered look.  I tucked a Prima diecut leave under the larger flower.

In this photo, you can see the butterfly with pink pearls from Recollections a little better as well as some small velvety Petaloo flowers and leaves.  The pearl spray is from a friend.

On the back corner, I added a little bow with a charm that reads "Made with Love."  It actually helps hide where the trim was joined together.

Last but not least is a photo of the inside of the box and lid.  It was a bit tricky trying to get that tiny trim to adhere to all the edges and corners.  My fingers didn't have a lot of room to work in!

This box was made for a swap with a sweet friend.  I wanted to make it extra special as she has been so kind to me.

I know this post was a bit longer than usual, but I hope you enjoyed it.  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by.  I appreciate each of your comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Quick Tag & Card

Hi there!  We are in the midst of a long heatwave as is most of the country.  I am counting down the days until cooler weather!

Most of us, I am sure, have the need to put together a quick tag or card to go along with a gift.  When short on time, I find it easy to resort to premade items.

First up is a tag I made using a precut Recollections tag.  It was very simple to just add flowers, a bow and a butterfly and it was ready to go.

The flowers are Prima, and the centers and butterfly are Recollections.  How quick is that!!

Next up is a card using stickers.  The pattern papers are Teresa Collins.  I used a Martha Stewart punch on the side of the floral paper and tucked a strip of Recollections lace underneath.  The birdcage, bird and butterfly are Jolee's.  The hello stickers are Making Memories, and the rhinestone swirl is Zva.

Again, all these items have been in my stash for awhile, so it is wonderful to make use of these.  I usually enjoy taking more time fussy cutting and other techniques to put a card or tag together but, sometimes, there just isn't enough time.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.  If you are in areas experiencing the intense heat, do take it easy and stay cool.  Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.  I appreciate each of them.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Same Card Two Different Ways

Hi everyone!  It's another hot, humid day here.  I've spent some time this past week working on an altered box.  It's almost finished, and I hope to be able to share it soon.

Recently, I needed two cards for two different swap groups.  Being short on time, I decided to use the same Sherri Baldy stamped image on both cards.  I also used a Sizzix die for the shape of both cards.

The first card was done in a pink theme.  The pink cardstock is Bazzill and the pattern paper is Prima.
The image was colored with Copics.  I used Liquid Pearls and Stickles for highlights.  A blue flower from Recollections was attached to the hat.  The trim, ribbon, lace and flowers were from my stash.

The next card was done in Aqua tones and put together basically the same was as above.  The pattern paper is from Sherri Baldy.

It really was so quick and easy to put these cards together since they had the same basic design.  These are also my very first shaped cards, and I definitely think I will be making more!

Well, that's it for me today.  I have some things to catch up on as I got a late start today.  Thank you so much for taking time to stop by.  I appreciate all your kind comments.  Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Brown and Teal Birthday Card

Hi friends.  We have a bit of a break today from the extreme heat and humidity, thank goodness!  I plan to enjoy the weather before the heat/humidity returns in a couple of days.

Today, I have a card to share using scraps from Pink Paislee's Hope Chest collection.  I began by attaching a piece of the patterned paper to a white cardstock base.  A piece of white crochet trim was added to the bottom.  Next came a Prima doily die in white, Pink Paislee journaling cards, and a Maya Road polka dot envelope filled with some PP ephemera.  In between, I tucked in some diecut Prima leaves and a diecut flower from Wild Rose Studio.  The butterfly is from Jenni Bowlin.  Flowers are Petaloo.  The button is from Jolee.  The banner was stamped with a Papertrey Ink sentiment and adhered to the flower cluster with a hemp bow.

It's amazing how many little odds and ends from collections that one can accumulate!  It does feel good to use up these pieces as I hate to waste things.

That's it for today.  I have some things to get done around the house and plan to enjoy a bit of time outdoors.  Thank you so much for stopping by as well as for your kind comments.  I enjoy reading them.  Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Shoreline Treasures Wall Hanging

Hi friends!  It's a long holiday weekend here in the States for 4th of July.  Time for BBQs or trips to the beach.  I'm doing neither!  I am in the midst of enjoying a stress-free, relaxing weekend.  After doing various chores around the house, I have been taking some time to relax by crafting.

Today, I have a wall hanging to share using the beautiful Shoreline Treasures papers from Pion Design.  I love this soft color palette and the sweet images.

The base was cut from a cereal box and covered with the papers.  The edges were inked and distressed.  The chicken wire was cut from cardstock using a Tim Holtz die.  A layer of cheesecloth came next.  The adorable image was attached to a frame cut with a Spellbinders die.  Several banners were cut from the papers using dies by Cheery Lynn and attached under the frame.  A border strip edged with lace was placed under the image.  All the buttons are vintage.  The butterfly was also cut from the papers.  Stickles gave some sparkle to the butterfly, starfish and shell.  I used a piece of rope for hanging.

This hanging was made for a dear friend.  I was happy with how it turned out and hope you like it as well.  If you click on the pictures, you can see the details better.

Thank you so much for stopping by and all the kind comments on my previous post.  I appreciate each and every one.  Have a safe and happy 4th to all those celebrating!