Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Few Vacation Photos

How can a two week
vacation set me so far behind in everything? I'm hoping to see light at the end of the tunnel in the next couple days. In the mean time, let me show you some of our photos...

Our first day in Florida,
the Penmaker and I went to Universal Studios while the kids went to some places they wanted to see. This was the first time for just the two of us to visit the park. We have always gone with our kids and this was a totally new experience. 

I'm not getting on that!


Ahhhh, Starbucks!

Down one street, we
found all these beautiful floral vignettes.

This is the other half of
that roller coaster I wouldn't ride.

Now off to meet up with
the family for dinner at Rainforest Cafe.

Thank you to the lovely

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Monday, February 27, 2012

City Crafter Challenge #97

I'm down to the wire
on this, but I didn't want to miss out. Linda chose a theme of "It's All Natural" for the City Crafter Challenge of using all natural colors on your project. 

This is what I made...

Along with ivory cardstock, I 
used Basic Grey's 6x6 Basic Manila Paper Pad and Glitz 6x6 French Kiss Paper Pack. Did a bit of machine stitching and some distressing with my paper distresser and Antique Linen Distress Ink.

Added ivory lace at the
bottom and Recollections bling. I cut a strip of fabric from a vintage lace hankie then gathered and sewed it across the middle of the card. I topped it with Prima leaves from their Lovely Leaves collection and a Elysa White flower. Put in fern pieces that were made using Spellbinder's Foliage Set. Also used their Floral Doily Motifs for that top piece that is embellished with Recollections pearls.
Now to get this entered at CCCB!

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What A Time!

Take a guess as to where I've been...

After a week of sickness,
the Penmaker and I decided we needed warmth and sunshine. On Monday the 13th, we told our family we were heading to Florida on Tuesday. 

Our vacation to the land of sunshine
stretched into two weeks ending at Gatlinburg, TN. Needless to say, I am behind in everything. I have lots of photos to show you, but for now I have to get my house in order.
I hope you'll stop back for
another visit and we can chat awhile. Have a terrific day.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Masculine Valentine

The current challenge at
Sugar Creek Hollow is to make a vintage, shabby chic or primitive style Masculine Valentine.

I tried not to put any
feminine elements on this card, but I just couldn't pass up on the two blingy buttons and the glitter. After all, it is a Valentine and it needs some pazazz!

This is My Mind's Eye
6x6 Blush Designer Paper Pad with Tim Holtz Core'dinations Worn Lipstick. The edges were 
sponged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The love sentiment is flanked with a piece from Tim's Ideaology Locket Keys collection.

The buttons are from
my stash. I purchased the die-cut from an Etsy shop... painted it with white acrylic, added a coat of Mod Podge and Twinklets Diamond Dust. A bit fussy, but I hope the Penmaker will like it.... and by the way... here is one of his latest creations...

Check out the clip.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

It's A Funday At The Farmhouse

My stash is hurting
for masculine cards again. I did this one with My Mind's Eye Kraft Funday "Picnic" DP and Ice Cream cardstock.

The brads are also 
from the Funday collection. The car and arrow were cut with Tim Holtz Alterations Mini Old Jalopy & Arrow Set. The arrow is a block from the Farmhouse "Attic Trunk" paper.

This corner piece
and the ruler are from the Farmhouse Chip 'n Stick chipboard sheet.

The Almanac card is
one from the Farmhouse Journaling Cards set. I also used Vintage Photo Distress Ink and 3-D adhesive foam.

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

City Crafter Challenge #95

The challenge at CCCB...
"Colours of the Rainbow" by Hostess Ros... is about to close. We have one more day to enter, so here goes...

Ros asks us to make our
card or project using three or more colors found in a rainbow... red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. I personally prefer muted colors and neutrals, so my rainbow is a bit cloudy. The papers here are from an 8x8 Fancy Pants pad called The Daily Grind. My daughter gave it to me, so I haven't any idea how old this collection is. It's teamed up with Prima's Romantique Collection "Ha' Penny". 

I started by gluing canvas 
from Canvas Corp onto an 8.5" x 4.75" piece of chipboard. I printed my Psalm 90:12 verse onto the Fancy Pants paper using my Mac. I sponged all the paper edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink then tore into them with my TH paper distresser. They were adhered atop the canvas.
I took a class at
Studio Blue Moon called "Rad Burlap"(loved it) and the instructor, Lisa, taught me how to tie knots to make a cord for hanging. I made this one with jute and attached it using my glue gun. The rose Tin Pin is from the Farmhouse Collection by October Afternoon.

The ribbon is May Arts,
the sprays from an Etsy shop and the flowers are from I Am Roses and Recollections that are sprayed with Marshmallow Glimmer Mist. The Prima Grove Vine Script Spray was misted with English Ivy and Meadow Green. The timepiece and game spinners are from Tim Holtz Ideaology.

The TH mini paper clip 
holds on a Diction sticker from Authentique.
If you hurry, you
can get a project made and entered before the February 13th deadline. See you there!

Thank you for the visit!

Friday, February 10, 2012

To My Valentine

Seems that I can't get 
enough pink. It's never been my favorite color, but how can you make a Valentine card without it?

My pink gingham was 
a scrap of Kiwi paper in my stash. (Sure wish I had more of it.) I paired it with paper from the My Mind's Eye Portobello Road 6x6 Designer Paper Pad. The Distress Ink is Worn Lipstick.

The mini envelope 
is from The Paper Company and I embossed it with the Cuttlebug Birds & Swirls Folder. The hearts were cut with Spellbinder's Classic Hearts and embellished with Rock Candy Stickles. The flourish was cut with Die-namics Leafy Flourish. The jewels are TPC Studios My Funny Valentine. The buttons came from "Summer of Love" Pixie kit from last June.

The Strawberry Shortcake 
seam binding is also from the SOL kit and the Girls' Paperie Vintage Whimsy metal charm is from the July "Midsummer Night's Dream" kit. I made the flower from a Webster's Pages trim with a mini rose sprayed with Lindy's Stamp Gang Cotton Candy Pink Starburst for the center.
I am entering my card at:
Shopping Our Stash - Hearts, Valentines and/or Lace

Thank you for the visit!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Pixie Dust Paperie February Challenge

Our challenge at
Pixie Dust Paperie for February is...

Create a project (card, layout, altered project, etc.) based on this inspiration photo.

When Pixie-in-Chief Kirsty
sent me this assignment, I was awe-struck at the beauty of this image... and I immediately knew what I wanted to do... a mixed-media college.

I started with an
8x8 canvas from Darice. I first applied a coat of gesso to the canvas. I then mixed some of my acrylic paints with more gesso until I got what I thought were the right shades of blues and grays... dividing the canvas into 9 equal squares and painting them with these paints. When they were dry the colors were more intense than what I wanted, so I applied a coat of Picket Fence Distress Stain over the squares. I ended up doing this three more times, drying between coats, until I was happy with the results. 
The papers I used are 
from the My Mind's Eye 6x6 Meadowlark Designer Paper Pad. The castle image I found online and I added the Once Upon a Time sentiment.

This lace applique 
is from my stash, the heart and leaf trinket pins are Maya Road, the crown is by Melissa Frances and the leaves are Prima Lovely Fabric Leaves in dark gray.

The rose trim is from
a local craft store, the leaves were cut with Martha Stewart's Rose Leaf punch and sprayed with English Ivy Glimmer Mist. The branch was cut with Tim Holtz Alterations Mini Branch & Leaf Set and sprayed with Goosebumps.

The trees were cut
with TH Alterations Mini Pine Tree & Holly Set. I heat embossed it with Pine Needles Distress Embossing Powder and wrapped the trunk with Natural Burlap String from May Arts. The green glittered leaves are from Recollections as is the black bling.

The key I bought on
clearance from Michael's jewelry department and I added a Tim Holtz Bauble. The mini frames is by  Melissa Frances, the white rose buds from I Am Roses and the metal flourish is a Prima Vintage Trinket.

The clock is also a Vintage 
Trinket and I added jewels from TPC Studio. The corner pieces are Shabby Chic Treasures by Prima.

The bird is SCT as well.
The tiny feather was found on our front porch by my granddaughter and I thought a perfect addition. I applied a bit of Black Soot Distress Ink to give him a little color.

 I used Spellbinder's dies:
Large Classic Scalloped Ovals, Large Classic Ovals, Floral Doily Motifs, Classic Hearts, Labels One.
White satin ribbon from my stash, Black Soot Distress Ink.

The winner of the February 
Pixie Challenge will receive a $15 gift certificate to the Pixie Dust Paperie Shop! So get your entry in before 2/29/2012.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Something Different

This is my second post today.

After all the Valentine
cards I've been making, I wanted to do something a little different. This college will go into my Creative Jump Start Journal... but first I'm going to enter it in the Green Paper February Challenge.

The challenge is to create 
something using at least part of each of these three images. Since I wanted mine for my journal, I cut my October Afternoon Farmhouse "Guest Room" paper to 5.5" x 7.5".

I used a whole lot of
Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint and Matte Mod Podge.

I love playing around
with various mediums, and Farmhouse is just the right collection for the vintage look I was trying to achieve. 

Be sure to head over to
the Green Paper blog and take a look at all the fabulous entries.

Thanks for the visit!
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