Saturday, October 14, 2017

It's Pumpkin Season Gatefold Card

Hi friends! It's a beautiful Saturday morning here in Ohio. 
I'm biding my time till it warms up a bit and I can get outside and trim some bushes. The weather has been ideal for outdoor work, so I need to get it done before things start to cool down.

I created another Fall themed gatefold card to show you. I'm really loving this style and, of course, Prima's Amber Moon collection.

The ephemera pack contains some vellum pieces... such a great assortment. I used this wreath one, backing it with a Thinlits Stitched Circles die-cut and popping it up with 3-D foam adhesive.

A half of a Tim Holtz Pumpkin Pieces with a piece of real vine and a couple of leaves cut with Thinlits Fall Foliage. I inked the edges with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink. The tiny blossom is from I Am Roses.

The real acorns came from my daughter's front yard. My supply was running low, so I asked my granddaughter if she would get me some more. She presented me with a quart Mason jar a third filled. I will probably never run out again. 
I always bake my naturals for 20 minutes at 220 degrees to make sure there are no creepy-crawly things in them.

Another piece of ephemera teamed with Fall Foliage and Festive Greens pine die-cuts.

Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Happy Birthday Gatefold Card with Thinlits Scarecrow

Hey there, sweet friends! Happy Thursday!
These gatefold cards are addicting. So much fun to make trying to match papers for the different sections. In a way, they're like making a pocket card without the tag.

This one was for our son's birthday. Since I wanted to make it a Fall theme, I pulled out my new Scarecrow die. I used a textured black cardstock to cut this cute guy along with the birds. Since the paper had a black core, I didn't do any sanding on this one.

The papers are a variety of brands, but that top one is Prima's Amber Moon. The "happy" die cut and "birthday" stamp are from Avery Elle's Sentimental Too sets of dies and stamps. The leaves were cut with Sizzix Thinlits Fall Foliage.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Together Gatefold Anniversary Card

Hi dear friends!
Another busy time for the Penmaker and me... helping out with family projects. So happy we're in good health and able to lend a hand.  
I stopped long enough to create a gatefold card for our daughter and S-I-L's anniversary.

When I pre-ordered Tim Holtz Home For The Holidays Thinlits set, I thought it might be one of those double-duty Christmas dies that would be good for more than just the one holiday. I was right. 

I have several ideas in my head, and this Fall card is one of them. Nothing says you have to put the gift box in the trunk. After all, you can fussy-cut just about anything and stick in there.

I chose a variety of last year's Fall papers in my stash and added them with some from my new Amber Moon collection from Prima. The circle is Thinlits Stitched Circles. Also in the mix is burlap from the TH Textured Surfaces package. I cut the Together sentiment with Friendship Words Block Thinlits double layering it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Thankful For This Life Fall Pocket Card

Hello again, crafty friends!
Don't you just love Fall? Today it's really looking like it. Our hot spell seems to have subsided, and the forecast is lower temps for a few days. Heightens my mood for Fall card making.
This one began with a base of Bo Bunny's Dreams of Autumn Foxes... and since there or no foxes on this sheet you probably guessed I used the B side, which is a gorgeous shade of orange with a bit of text and some splatters... lovely!

The others layers are Prima's Amber Moon. I'm crazy about the wood, the pine and cones, roses, butterflies, and birds. This collection is SO pretty!

I did some stamping for my focal point using the timepiece from The Outpost set by Artistic Outpost. The ink is Archival Coffee. I stamped it on a die-cut of Alterations Thinlits Labels set. I did several of these and adhered them together to make a thick stack. I edged all the papers with Distress ink in Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo.

The florals were cut with Thinlits new Festive Greens and Fall Foliage. I added on a printed chipboard butterfly from the Amber Moon collection, as well as the "thankful for this life" sentiment.

I finished it off with two antique bronze filigrees in two of the corners.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fall Wall Hanging

Hello, dear Friends!
We're half-way through the week already. What an exciting one it's been for us. Yesterday we met our daughter-in-law at the hospital and I got to be with her when she found out her coming baby is a boy. This will be our eleventh grandchild and fifth boy... pretty well balanced, I think.

And speaking of grandkids, when our granddaughter, Dixie, saw the wool pumpkin project I was making, she asked if I would do a picture for her with a row of pumpkins. I was happy to oblige, and created this one for her.

It's on a base of cardboard. The papers are some from my stash... last years... and some stickers.

I popped things up for more dimension and edged it all with with orange cotton twill tape.

I love making projects for the grandkids... kind of hope they'll get the bug themselves.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Hand-dyed Wool Pumpkin on Canvas

Happy Monday, Friends!
Another day of heat and sunshine in Ohio... hope you're having the same lovely weather.
And once more a new project!
This time I tried hand-dyed wool on a canvas. Like my clipboard from my last post, I purchased this 6x6 canvas quite some time ago and had it stashed away. To start, I colored it with several blended Distress Inks and filled in that center section that kind of sinks down with two layers of Warm & Natural Needled Cotton Batting.

I cut the pumpkin with Alterations Bigz Pumpkin Jack (retired) and some of my precious hand-dyed wool that I buy here. I pulled out some matching colors of pearl cotton and did rows of backstitching, tucking in some poly stuffing for a little dimension.

Around the pumpkin I did a whip stitch. Next my plan was to do a blanket stitch with the brown pearl cotton, but I realized I had cut the plaid material a little too small. 

I settled for gluing my material to the canvas. Not quite the finished look I wanted, but what I had to settle for.

I decided to add  some metal for a variation in textures.

I loved the look of the filigree antique bronze leaf with the colors of the wools.

In searching through my boxes of metals, I found these two flourishes in the same antique finish. They have a pumpkin vine-look to them... just perfect with my pumpkin, I thought.

Other than that deleted blanket stitch, I'm pretty happy with this project. Seriously though, I may think on this awhile, and see if I can figure out how to pull it off anyway. Any suggestions?

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Today Is Full of Possibilities Clipboard Layout

Hello to all!
I've been feeling adventurous lately, so I tried something new... 
mixed media on a burlap covered clipboard. I bought this clipboard at Michaels at a terrific discount a long while back. It's just been hanging out in my closet, getting pulled at every now and then, looked at, then put back on the shelf. Yesterday I felt really inspired by Paula Cheney at One Lucky Day. Although my project isn't the same, some of the techniques she used are, and that was my inspiration. I love the tag she made, I love the products she used. I hope you can spot some of them on my project... my ever so neglected clipboard which is now fully decorated and ready to be displayed.
I began with Idea-ology's Wallflower Paper Stash. I did some machine stitching, then stenciling with Tim Holtz Speckles Layering Stencil and Distress Collage Crazing Medium. When it was dry, I applied Distress Collage Vintage Medium. I distressed the edges and sponged on Vintage Photo DI. I adhered it to the clipboard with Distress Collage Matt Medium.

Now I started layering. The wood piece is a Prima Wooden ATC that I stained with Distress Stain in Vintage Photo. 

The sentiment is Idea-ology's Quote Chips rubbed with Vintage Photo DI.

The layers are paper scraps from the Wallflower PS alternated with art foam for dimension.

There is also some TH packaging in there. a piece from Idea-ology Collector Layers, and a torn scrap of book text... all distressed and inked.

The flowers are by I Am Roses. They matched the paper so nicely and my sweater, as well.

The twine is May Arts natural burlap string.

This wood cross is from my favorite shop in the Smoky Mountains. If you zoom in, you can see some of my white splatters I added using watered down Picket Fence Distress Paint.

I distressed the metal pieces with Picket Fence, too... brushed on from the bottle and wiped with a cloth. The filigree came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique, the screw head is by Prima, and another I Am Roses flower.

Sorry for the long length of this post... 
thanks for sticking with it... and...

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