Wednesday, July 2, 2014

One Touch Of Nature Tag


What I thought would be
a simple tag, turned out to be a two day affair. Sometimes I just can't get a project worked out. This is not what I started out to create, although I rather like the end result.

I began by cutting a tag
from 7 Dots Studio Nature Walk "Songbird", brushed on a thin coat of gesso at the bottom of the tag and when it was dry, dragged it though Tumbled Glass and Peeled Paint Distress Ink that I rubbed onto my craft mat and misted with water. Now more ink (the two previous ones plus Bundled Sage) sponged on through my Tim Holtz Burlap layering stencil. I edged the tag with Frayed Burlap DI after first sanding it a little where I applied the gesso. The next three layers are Idea-ology Wallflower papers cut with Alterations Frameworks Courtyard, Vintage Cabinet Card Mini (cut in half), and Mini Hearts. That stack is topped with an old K & Co. 3-D sticker.
The florals began with
two pieces of Recollections kraft cardstock cut with Alterations Mini Branch and inked with Frayed Burlap DI. I popped those up with foam mounting tape then added a variety of I Am Roses flowers. I sponged on a bit of Bundled Sage DI to the pale green rose. The leaves are more of the Wallflower paper that I stamped using Frayed Burlap DI and Stampers Anonymous Nature Walk. These I shaped with a paint brush handle before gluing down. I colored the seam binding with the Bundled Sage and Frayed Burlap DI. The wide eyelet is from We R Memory Keepers. I'm beginning to think I should have put some seam binding through it, too, but right now I want to start on something else.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Blush Happy Birthday Pocket Card

This pocket card is the
one I made for my oldest granddaughter, Katie, whose birthday we celebrated on Saturday. As of late, I've been pulling out my old paper pads trying to use some of them up and reduce my stash. These papers are from My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Two called Blush... lovely pinks and creams with some kraft and black... gorgeous collection! I chose out mostly pinks along with a cream text sheet that's edged with some light pink... looks like they distressed it with Spun Sugar DI.  I did some machine stitching on these mats and added an Alterations Distress Doily. 

The K & Co bird sticker
is ages old... I don't have the packaging, so I can't tell you the name... sorry! It's framed with a die-cut made from Spellbinder's Floral Doily Motif and a Large Standard Circle. My florals are a combination of a Prima Lyric bloom, an I Am Roses cherry blossom and two-toned roses, foliage cut from Alterations Spring Greenery and a bit of Darice natural hemp.

My tag is embellished
with pink crinkled seam binding, hemp and a charm I made with an Idea-ology Fragment.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Delight Glassine Bag w/Tag

Yesterday we celebrated
two of our granddaughter's birthdays. For little Faith, I created this decorated glassine envelope with a tag insert. The papers are from the Prima Delight 6x6 pad. Those beautiful tags on the front are oldies from Melissa Frances' 5th Ave collection from several years back. I still have a couple left from my Pixie Dust Paperie September 2011 kit called "Tecolote". I certainly miss those kits! They were always the highlight of the month for me.

This gorgeous bloom is
another oldie... from Prima. I gave it an edging of Cotton Candy Stickles. The roses are from I Am Roses and those I colored with Spun Sugar Distress Ink. The foliage is... of course... made with Alterations Spring Greenery Decorative Strip die and the fern pieces with the Martha Stewart punch Medium Branch... they all set on a bed of cheesecloth. The heart was cut with Alterations Mini Hearts and is embellished with a My Mind's Eye Heirloom word sticker. The wood butterfly is by Prima. The eyelets are from We R Memory Keepers. The inside tag I cut from more of the Delight paper. It's tied up with a bow of raspberry crinkled seam binding.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Nature Walk On Portobello Road

Recently I've obtained
two Alterations Decorative Strip dies that are really getting a workout... Spring Greenery and Birds in Flight. I've teamed them up on this pocket card with a Spellbinder's old classic... Large Circles. The papers are 7 Dots Studio Nature Walk "Songbird" and a very old My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Portobello Road 6x6 pad. There is hardly anything left in this pad... only two full sheets and some scraps. It's certainly been a good investment as I've loved this pad to the end... beautiful patterns.
I cut two sets of the
Birds in Flight. One from the PR, and the other from plain black cardstock. They're both layered with foam 3-D tape as is the ring.
I did machine stitching on
all the mat layers and distressed the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. The tag is finished with a wide bronze eyelet and seam binding colored with Walnut Stain and Iced Spruce DI.

The flowers are from
I Am Roses. I colored the two curly roses by sponging Iced Spruce DI onto the petal edges. The arrangement started with a piece of cheesecloth with a layer of my lovely green Spanish Moss. I tucked in a bit of natural jute string also. The Spring Greenery foliage was cut from "Songbird" and an olive shade of Kraft Core cardstock.
We've had days and days
of rain here. The plus side of that is that our green beans have shot up at record speed. I'm praying for some good meals of beans and potatoes in the near future.
Have a wonderful weekend!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Our Time File Folder Mini Album

Today I'm wrapping up
my month long stint as guest designer at eclectic Paperie. I have a lengthy, detailed tutorial over there featuring this file folder mini album. Please stop over for a visit... and please leave me a comment... I'd so much appreciate it!

My complete list of supplies
as well as photos of all the pages are there also.
Thanks to Kim and Bonnie
for the opportunity to share my projects. I've had a wonderful time!

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Une Promenade Layout

Today is my third guest design
spot at eclectic Paperie. When Bonnie so kindly asked me to come onboard with them for the month of June, several ideas for projects popped into my head. I made a list. However, aside from last Wednesday's album, I have strayed from my original plan. For this week, I've created a layout with those fabulous 7 Dots Studio Nature Walk papers. I've truly fallen in love with these, and foresee purchasing more before they're all gone. Here is a shot before all my embellishments went on so you can get a better look at them. I stenciled on some gesso to that base sheet using Crafters Workshop Confetti and layered on several different papers.

The butterflies, blossom,
and leaf cluster were all fussy cut from the Winged Vines sheet.

Along with the blossom/butterfly
is  Idea-ology's film strip ribbon and a chipboard piece from Prima's Cartographer collection...

as is this butterfly.
I did some faux nailing on the board paper with Prima's Junkyard Finding nail heads.

My huge flower was 
made with Alterations Tattered Florals die and Nature Walk papers. The center is a Prima Time Traveler Say It In Crystals gem. My foliage is all from Alterations Spring Greenery die using Cordination's Kraft Core and Idea-ology Wallflower papers, inked with Crushed Olive, Bundled Sage and Walnut Stain Distress. The pretty timepiece is a very old glitter charm from my stash. It had a pink rhinestone that I replaced with a Tim Holtz bauble. The strip of Idea-ology mirrored sheet was cut with the Alterations Frameworks Courtyard die. Those last two butterflies are... 1. a Prima wood icon on an Idea-ology memo pin ... and 2. the other fussy cut piece topped with an Idea-ology pen nib.

The photos were taken
last year at the Virginia condo of the Penmaker heading back to relax after a day of sight seeing. The Nature Walk board paper is a dead ringer for the walkway leading up to our door... the perfect compliment for these shots.
Please stop over at the
eclectic Paperie blog and see my complete tutorial of how I put my layout together. Be sure to check out all the product in the shop, too!

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Sister, Mother And Me Photo Album Page With A Spalted Maple Pen

Hi again on a 
wet and rainy Friday in Ohio. Baby Adelaide is still napping, so I just MIGHT have time to write this. I'll give it a go anyway.

I worked in my new
photo album (I guess it's really more of a journal) last night, and created this spread. The photo is a copy of one when I was around two. My poor mom looks so tired here. I wonder if I was wearing her out.
The pages have a base of gesso.
I dabbed on some Broken China distress stain and blended in Faded Jeans distress ink using my sponge applicator. I did a little stamping with Archival jet black ink and Stampers Anonymous Stuff To Say and Boundless Flight. Added more Faded Jeans using Crafter's Workshop Confetti stencil. Sponged on lots of Walnut Stain distress around the edges. The checkerboard resist canvas is by Prima and is colored with the two blues previously used. The Vintage Doily die is by Sizzix and the Chit Chat sticker words are from Idea-ology.

The trims are from
my stash... old cotton lace, tiny rick rack and buttons.
Now from the Penmaker...

This beauty is made
from stabilized spalted maple that's been dyed green in the spalted sections. When the died is put into those sections, it stays within the spalted areas and doesn't seep out. 

I would be happy to have a 
comment from you if you have time. Hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing weekend. 

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