Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Time Machine Birthday Pocket Card

Have you noticed my
obsession with Prima papers lately? I kid you not... I think they have come out with some of the most fabulous collections that were ever made. This new Time Traveler is just waaaay over the top! Is it because the colors are "me"? I just go for these dark shades and creams that they have been putting out the last year or so... Engraver, Lyric, Stationer's Desk and now, Time Traveler. Actually, I have to add Printery from a couple years back. I still love that one and have a bit hoarded away!
This pocket card is
made with Time Traveler 12 x 12 papers, chipboard, wood icons and packaging. It's for our youngest son, who turns 30 today. I ask you... "where do the years go?"

I used a couple of Alterations 
dies on this, Torn Notebook and Courtyard.

The metal screw heads,
bolts and gear are  Prima Junkyard Findings. The clock hand is a game spinner from Idea-ology. The tag is the wood icon packaging, punched with a Stub Corner Chomper. The wide silver eyelet is from We R Memory Keepers and is threaded with natural jute. The 30 is Graphic 45 Staples stickers.

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Happy Mother's Day Pocket Card

This week the Penmaker
and I will be attending the Mid-Atlantic Penturners Gathering in Richmond, Virginia. He asked me to set up a display of some of my paper projects that coincide with his pens. Then he asked me to make a Mother's Day pocket card to go along with the masculine one I created for the Bigfoot Conference. His wish is my command. 

I made this one with Prima's 
Stationer's Desk collection. The flowers are from I Am Roses and the foliage was cut with the Alterations Spring Greenery die I bought just a short time ago. It's really been getting a workout... I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this die!!! 

I know I showed this
before, but honestly, if you just take a little extra time and do some shading with a Ranger craft nib and sponge some ink on the edges as well, they look amazing. I like to take my tweezers then and shape the leaves before gluing them to the project.

The pen will be in a black
velvet pouch, but the color of this beauty matched the card so well, I thought I'd photograph it without one. 
The paper clip and tag are 
both  from the SD collection. The feather and ink bottle were cut with the Alterations Writing Desk die.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Search Continues Pocket Cards

My son, free-lance writer 
that he is, writes articles for several Bigfoot organizations. With the Ohio Bigfoot Conference coming up soon, he and the Penmaker got together with a plan to present a pen to each of the speakers. I was asked to create some pocket cards to hold them.

I normally go in for
a lot of layers and embellishments, but these seemed better left a bit sparse.

I used Prima's Engraver
12 x 12 collection for the card base along with Glitz French Kiss 6 x 6 paper pad for the tags. The logo was cut with Spellbinder's Deckled Rectangles.

The pen, held in a black
velvet pouch, slips down into the pocket along with the Penmakers info sheet.

The feathers and ink bottles
are part of Alterations Writing Desk die. I edged them and emphasized the spine with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

The pens are a hybrid
cigar with gunmetal finish. The blanks are an assortment of one of a kind acrylics.

Hope the guys will like these!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Layout On Wood

This piece of wood, left over 
from another project, seemed like a perfect size for a layout. It looks like it may be cherry, but I can't be sure... and the Penmaker is running his lathe at full speed so I can't ask him. Nevertheless, it's a pretty piece of wood, so I got out my Prima Stationer's Deck collection and pulled this together. It ended up about 8.5" x 5.5".

Being on wood, I wanted
it to have the old worn look I love. I tore the edges of my first sheet of paper, sponged on Walnut Stain Distress Ink and glued it down with a brushed on coat of Golden gel medium (matte).

 I then added layers... lots of them.

The pen nib and mini 
paper clip are from Idea-ology. The metal piece above the nib is from Recollections. I used two dies; Alterations Ornate Frame and Sizzix Vintage Doily. I backed the photo with black chipboard and used some also for the frame. The black doily is from an Etsy shop. The Flair Button is from Prima's Everyday Vintage.

The screw heads are from 
Prima, as is the metal Vintage Trinket foliage piece and the fabric flower. I stamped the larger Vintage Doily with Faded Jeans DI using a crackle stamp from the Stampers Anonymous Classics #7 set.

I'm linking up at:
Eclectic Paperie ePlay Challenge - Wood

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Grateful For The Day Anniversary Layout

With their anniversary
approaching last week, I thought a layout would be a good idea for our daughter and son-in-law instead of a card. I went with an 8 x 8 size and used Kaisercraft collections. The base is paper from Miss Empire as are the border stickers. The other papers and die-cuts are from Timeless. The GRATEFUL alphas are Teresa Collins Memorabilia and "for the day" are Idea-ology Chit Chat stickers.

The metal heart is by Spare Parts.

A variety of Petaloo
flowers and foliage cut with Alterations Spring Greenery die.

The metal camera is
from Michaels dollar bins and the screw head is by Prima. The Distress Ink I used is Walnut Stain.
After a fabulous weekend
weatherwise, we are having rain with possible snow tonight and perhaps up to 3 inches of that white stuff tomorrow... egads!!! It just can't be!!!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Great New Find And The MPG 2014 Event

The Penmaker and I
attended the Midwest Penturners Gathering in Champaign, IL this weekend, and on our way there we made a slight detour to Matoon to go to Daisy Lane Scrapbooking & Craft Mall. I always try to inform you when I find a shop worth visiting, and believe me, this is a MUST SEE scrapbooking store. When I say this place is humongous, that isn't an exaggeration. Aisle after aisle of papers, stickers, dies and die-cuts, rubber stamps, inks, paints, glitter, beads, ribbon... I could go on and on. Please, go if you're anywhere near that area.

 Then our big event...
the MPG for 2014. What can I say... we had a ball! Loved the speakers... so informative! I may start making pens myself! Here's the Penmaker getting some vital facts on wood.

Here I am with my new
friend, Joanne, making another pen blank purchase. She showed me one I couldn't resist buying!
I'll be back tomorrow
with a new layout to show you. Have a wonderful Sunday evening.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Delight Pocket Card w/Tag

Does it seem to you that 
I'm making a lot of pocket cards lately? When I get started on something I like, it's hard to let go. This one actually does open unlike the others I've made recently, so a message can be written on the back of the tag as well as the inside of the card.
 I've created this one with 
Prima's Delight 6 x 6 paper pad... soft, beautiful colors and with a beautiful vintage style. I inked all the edges with Walnut Stain Distress.

These are new flowers
I just received from I Am Roses... love them! I bought a pack of mixed blues, but they come in a whole range of colors. My foliage was cut with (again!) Alterations Spring Greenery (what a fabulous buy this die has been!) and Martha Stewart's Branch punch in a variety of green shades of cardstock. The pretty butterfly and button were a gift from Linda at The Funky Junkie Boutique which is where I purchased the SG die. I tied it together with some ivory burlap string. 

The tag was purchased from 
an Etsy shop quite some time ago. I added the seam binding I colored with Peacock Feathers and Evergreen Bough Distress Inks. The pearls and jump ring are by Idea-ology. The half pearls are from Queen & Co.
Am writing this as
fast as possible as baby Adelaide is due to wake up at any minute. She's always so happy though, and such a joy to Grandma. Soooo blessed!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Pencil Is Good But A Pen Is Perfect

If you've seen Prima's
Stationer's Desk, you know that each paper in the collection is prettier than the one before. It's so hard to choose which to use... but when I saw this one called "Love Letter" I thought that it was just the one for a pen layout. After all it said Perfect at the bottom, which is what the Penmaker's creations are!

Most of my layering is done
in this area... and there's a lot of it in these few inches. A sheet of wrinkled tissue paper, one of Prima's wood borders, Idea-ology Tissue Tape, some 4 x 6 and  3 x 4 ATCs from the collection...

a tag from Prima's
Tag Me package, one of the SD paperclips, SD chipboard icons, black doilies cut from Sizzix Vintage Doily die, Prima metals...

Prima clock, Idea-ology
pen nib, a heart cut from Alterations Mini Hearts, roses and cherry blossoms from I Am Roses, foliage cut from Martha Stewarts Branch punch...

A layer of cheesecloth,
I Am Roses new larger size gardenias and a Prima SD dragonfly wood icon.

I applied some Golden
molding paste using Prima's lattice stencil. After a heat set, I dabbed on Ranger's Perfect Medium (the pad seems to be disintegrating but I got enough on to work) and brushed on a layer of dry Perfect Pearls in a blue shade. Added some splatters of black ink here and there.

The text is Cosmo
Cricket Tiny Type and...

 PEN are alphas that
came in the 12 x 12 Stationer's Desk collection kit. Everything is inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
Have a great evening!

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Birthday Boy

This birthday pocket 
card was created for our son-in-law's birthday which was last month. To be truthful, I'm having a hard time remembering how I put this together. LOL... I really don't know what paper collection I used as I made this some time ago (it has to be Graphic 45 judging from the foliage). The birthday boy banner is definitely Graphic 45's Place in Time.

The dies I used are
Alterations Spring Greenery and Mini Paper Rosettes. The one lone flower is a Petaloo Darjeeling in red.

The bottle cap is one
my son gave me and the rest of the metals are by Prima and Spare Parts from Hobby Lobby.

I created the #8 tag
with Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo Distress inks for the background... some random stamping and various Idea-ology tissue tapes. Burlap string in natural is the bow.

I scored the bottom
of the tag, turned it up and glued the sides forming a shallow pocket to hold a gift card.
Have a great Monday!

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Happy Accidents Art Journal Page

Do you ever have an
accident when you're making a project and think, "now why did I do that. I know I should have......." Hummm... I wonder if I'll ever learn this lesson! I know I should always test the color of sprays before I push on that plunger... why didn't I then?????? I nearly had a disaster, but thankfully some of the Denim Color Wash came off. I will not explain further. 

This page started with
a layer of tissue tapes, a coat of gel medium and scrapings of paint.... then paint applied by brush and a cast off credit card edge....

and some with a used
up tape roll. Some gesso splatters, some stamping with Stampers Anonymous Classics #7, more ink spraying with Lindy's Flat Fabios... T-Bird Turquoise and Aloha Avocado... with Crafter's Workshop Tile Texture and Prima's checkerboard.

Layers of torn 7 Gypsies
Conservatory scraps and an image fussy cut along with a Cosmo Cricket text sticker. Shading with soft charcoal and highlighted with a white gel pen. Walnut Stain Distress Ink around the page.

I'm linking up at:
Balzer Designs - Art Journal Every Day

Have a wonderful weekend!
We have gray skies and not much of a promise of warm temperatures. A good day to spend in the craft room. What are your plans?

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