Friday, May 31, 2013

Handmade Crinoline Flowers

I must admit, dear friends,
that I'm pretty much obsessed with putting a lot of flowers on my projects. When I saw Ros post the details about the Papercraft Star challenge, I thought that it would be a grand use for my crinoline flowers I made during that fabric frenzy at the beginning of the week.

I used the Alterations
Tattered Pinecone die to cut the crinoline, rolled them, added a dab of glue to the base, and when they were dry, gave them a light spray with Marshmallow Glimmer Mist and Lindy's Clam Bake Beige Starburst. I added a pearl from my stash to the center of each.

The card itself, is
a base of Recollections kraft cardstock. I've used this quite a bit lately because of it's sturdiness. The mats are of textured white cardstock and the designer papers are from the DCWV Timeless Type 8x8 inch stack and KaiserCraft 6.5 inch Timeless pad.

The Paris journaling 
card is from the 7 Gypsies Lille collection. I used two of them, fussy cutting the Eiffel Tower from the second and popping it up with 3-D adhesive foam on top of the first. The lace is some I bought at Surplus City in Maryland the other day while traveling home from the Mid-Atlantic Penturner's Gathering in Richmond, VA. It doesn't show up here, but there is a hint of sparkle down the center. The bottle cap was left on my desk after my son finished his cola... a perfect addition with an October Afternoon Farmhouse Tin Pin in the center.

All the fussy cut
pieces are from the Timeless Type stack. The pearls on my banner are from Queen & Company. The Distress Ink is Black Soot. The other flowers are from I Am Roses, except for the tiny pink ones that I had purchased from an Etsy shop some time ago. The oak leaves and the border were made with Martha Stewart punches. The fern was cut with a Spellbinder's Foliage die.

I'm linking up at:
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Papercraft Star - Handmade Flowers

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Pocket Box Mini Album... Stephanie Miller Inspired

In April, the dynamic
bundle of scrappy happy energy... Steff Miller, posted a fabulous Mini Album in a Box that she was inspired to make from a pin by Jenny Dahlqvist. To my sorrow, Steff didn't do a tutorial. I, among so many others, commented that we really just had to have one... please! Well, being the fantastic lady that she is, Steff came through, and last week did her Live with Prima spot showing, step by step, how to make her Pocket Box Mini. I was quite eager to follow along...

Lots of photos,
I know... minis are hard to photograph if you want to show it all. I wanted to use up a lot of scraps and older papers and supplies... so I pulled out... 
Prima's Fairy Belle collection 
Hope trinket: Prima
Chipboard piece: Prima
Transparent Velcro: Michaels
Lace: Hobby Lobby
Eyelets: We R Memory Keepers
Dies: Alterations Mini Tickets, Sizzix Branch w/leaves and Foilage
Punch: Martha Stewart
Ink: Vintage Photo Distress
Flowers: Prima, Petaloo and I Am Roses

Please be sure to
pop over to Steff's blog and see all her amazing mini albums... then watch her create them on her You Tube channel. She is one amazing woman!

I'm linking up at:
Anything But A Card - Dust Off Your Old Supplies
Make It Monday - Anything Goes

Have a fun day!

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

She Sings

On this rainy
Tuesday morning, that's what I need to do to chase away the dreariness.
Remember in my last post,
I mentioned pulling out a piece of crinoline? This is what I did with some of it...

Using that same Artist
 Outpost Serenity set, I stamped a 4x3 inch frayed rectangle in Jet Black Archival Ink and colored it with Distress... Wild Honey, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint and Bundled Sage.

I used Graphic 45
Secret Garden papers on a white textured cardstock base and mats, all sponged with Vintage Photo DI. I added another of those "final few" Recollections baubles I referred to here, a Prima Lyric metal music note clip, May Arts ivory burlap string and flowers from I Am Roses.
I still have three
crinoline roses and a stamped flourish on canvas laying on my desk. I have to figure out something special for them. Maybe with that DCWV Timeless Type paper again... or the Prima Engraver or Printery... I even have a few sheets of Almanac left... hummmm!!! Ideas are appreciated!

I'm linking up at:
Make It Monday - Anything Goes

Have a happy Tuesday, dear friends!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Trying Something New

Yesterday I felt in
the mood to work with some fabric. I pulled out a piece of canvas, some white crinoline, Artistic Outposts Serenity stamp set and Alterations Tattered Pinecone die. Uhmmmm... lots of playing going on in my studio, I can tell you. This is the outcome of my first experiment...

I stamped the serenity
image using Archival Jet Black, and the ink seemed to soak right into the canvas... rather like a ghosting effect. I liked it.

I cut a base of
Recollections kraft cardstock, then chose papers from the DCWV Timeless Type 8x8 stack. I decided to fussy cut the glossy roses with an X-acto knife, and edged them with Vintage Photo Distress Stain. I slipped the stamped canvas in behind, then popped up the roses with 3-D foam adhesive.  For a bit of embellishment, I added a Bo Bunny trinket and an Idea-ology bronze metal corner. Definitely different... with a vintage, distressed look.
The Penmaker has been
doing some experimenting of his own. Look what he's created...

Crazy beautiful, isn't it?

It's really surprising
to me that so many people still use fountain pens. I had know idea that they were popular, until he began making these.
I hope you're having
a wonderful Sunday... and for all our US friends... have a fun and safe Memorial Day tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Lyric Paper Bag Mini

I love music!
I love good music... and I love Prima's new collection... Lyric!

This collection with all
 it's collage patterns, was perfect for making a paper bag mini album with the 12 x 12 inch sheets. 

If you frequent
my blog, you'll remember that this mini takes only two small paper bags... I get mine at Michaels. You can see how it's done here.

Each time I make
one of these, I do it slightly different... adding more photo or journaling spots.

I understand why
crafters who make mini albums get hooked on them. There are so many variations to each style, and dozens of styles to try.

A Prima Lyric
music note metal paper clip.

A tag with a wide
eyelet from We Are Memory Keepers and a bit of pink tulle.

Back cover.
The bauble was a Recollection's clearance item I got at Michael's a couple years ago. I bought several packages, but am now down to the final few pieces. How I would love to have gotten more of these beauties.

I fussy cut the bird
cage and popped it up with 3-D foam adhesive.

The clock and black 
flower are by Prima and the white blossom topping it is from I Am Roses. They're adhered to a tri-pocket holding two tags. The roses at the bottom left were fussy cut and added to that pocket.

The flowers on the cover
are all from I Am Roses, the smokey bling is Recollections, the mini binder clip is from Staples, and the Distress Ink is Black Soot.
The weather here has
taken a drastic change (again). The Penmaker and I drove down to the grocery store and discovered we were way under dressed when we got out of the car and noticed everyone in coats. There's a frost warning for tonight which means all the flowers we planted will need to be covered. Who would have thought that would happen? 
Take care, friends, and have a happy weekend!

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

2nd Anniversary

Can it be?
Our baby boy and his wife have been married for two years already? No... I can hardly believe that, but it's true! So I took some special care and made them this card...

I pulled out my 
Prima Lyric papers that were restocked this week (here), and my KaiserCraft 6.5" Timeless paper pad. Wow, these two went perfect together... don't you think so? The base and mats are Recollections kraft cardstock along with some white textured. All is sponged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The paper doily is a 4" French Lace... I used half.

The calendar pocket
is by Studio Calico. I circled the date in pencil and glued on an Idea-ology Mini Numeral that I painted with a mix of Tarnished Brass and Vintage Photo Distress Stains. I added another layer of the Timeless paper, then put two regular sized eyelets (bought at Scrapdoodles) in the holes at the top and tied with 1/8" black ribbon. Tucked in two Alterations Mini Tickets cut from the Lyric "Overture" sheet. The pocket is popped up with 3-D foam adhesive. The flowers and leaves are all from I Am Roses.

Lots to do today,
so I'll be off. Have a fantastic Wednesday friends.

I'm linking my card up at:
Make It Monday - Anything Goes

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Happy And Safe At Home

Hi, sweet friends!
The Penmaker and I got back home last evening, safe and happy. I mean that sincerely, as we were listening to the radio on our way, and praying for the dear folk in Oklahoma. My heart goes out to those who no longer have a home to go back to, or worse, their loved ones. We are so very blessed in that everything was as we left it when we pulled into the driveway.
The penturners gathering
was much more than I anticipated. It was great fun, along with being a marvelous learning experience for us. In some ways, it was reminiscent of the Civil War seminars where I sold my books, when I had my business... only pens. 

See that big smile!
I had one too, because as we pulled into the parking area, I noticed a Michaels two doors down.

Here are a few pictures of us someone took when I was unaware.

It's funny, but
I always thought I smiled a lot. I can see now, I really need to improve on that skill.

Our second day
consisted of classes and of course, shopped for more pen supplies.

I think men love 
shopping for their supplies as much as we women do.

All in all, a very
pleasant experience, very worthwhile, and I will certainly go again when the Penmaker plans another trip.

We took that side
trip to Fredericksburg, and visited Scrapdoodles again. Unfortunately, I had bought so much the first time there, I didn't find anything else new I wanted, so I just restocked the papers and eyelets I had used last week. I had I fun time talking with the two ladies that were working that day, and got to show them some of my projects that I had taken along. I LOVE that store... wish it was closer.
We also swung
by Surplus City (see posts here, here and here). It was two years ago that we had visited that store and I really was anxious to return for more lace. This is what I bought along with the papers from Scrapdoodles...

I know there are
a lot of photos here, but I feel very animated and gabby today (probably from the amount of coffee we consumed the last few days).
I'm glad to be back
in my studio today to create and I'm so very happy to have you to talk with... I love you guys! You're the best... can't wait to visit you and see what you've been up to!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Hope Chest Card

Hi dear friends!

The other day I
was playing around with the new Pink Paislee Hope Chest collection I bought when we were in Virginia, and created this card. It really isn't what I had intended to make... just kept thinking of some things to try and liked how it was looking.

 I started with a Recollections 
kraft cardstock base and put on two mats of Core'dinations Kraft-Core from the Nostalgic collection. Topped those with a Alterations Vintage Doily cut from ivory cardstock. I picked up a scrap of the Hope Chest paper left over from Sarah's birthday card I made a few days ago. Punched it and added regular size eyelets... then laced them with some thin turquoise organza ribbon. Next I made a pocket with the Alterations Pocket envelope, altering it slightly by cutting the top flap off in order to keep the pocket open. Punched it also, put on two eyelets and tied on a bow of the same ribbon. Glued on an old Girls Paperie glittered clock charm, and tucked in a piece from the Hope Chest Paper Goods pack. I gave this an eyelet and ribbon adornment too! Then I grabbed up two more of those Paper Goods die cuts, inked them with the same Vintage Photo Distress Ink I had been putting on everything else, and tucked them in behind that laced pieced that I popped up with 3-D foam adhesive.

Now to give it a
few flowers. I reached for the Prima box and the one containing the white I Am Roses blooms and green leaves. While I was at it, I thought I would add a couple Dear Lizzy metal rose brads... love those things!

To finish it off,
I glued on two Momenta metal corners.

As per my usual,
I left the tag blank until I decide where this card is going and what sentiment will be appropriate. I'll tell you... this is one heavy card!

We are off on another
trip this weekend. The Penmaker decided we needed to attend the Mid-Atlantic Penturner's Gathering near Richmond, Virginia. Since this isn't that far from Fredericksburg and the Scrapdoodles shop, I heartily agreed... if we could make a slight side trip. So there may be some scrappy shopping in my future.
Have a wonderful Sunday!

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