Tuesday, June 30, 2015

October Afternoon Vintage Ladies' Card

I am happy to report that our granddaughter's birthday party was a success and they both liked their cards (big smile from grandma). So while I had out the box of October Afternoon papers to make Faith's card, I also created this ladies' card. The papers and the sticker sheet the ladies came from, are all from old Pixie Dust kits. I am little by little using up all the goodies from those beloved kits, but believe me my instinct screams HOARD.

The lace is from a garage sale my daughter scored for me sometime ago. I was hanging on to it, too. I really need to keep working on my de-stashing.

The flowers are, of course... Petaloo Botanicas with some of my new two-toned rose buds from I Am Roses. I tucked in ivory May Arts burlap string bows and Die-namics Fancy Flourishes. 

The ladies sticker is resting on a doily cut with my Prima die. They are popped up with 3-D foam tape.

I gave the gals some jewels on their ears, belt and shoulder. After all, a girl needs a little bling.

Still lots of rain in our area and way to cool for my liking. Thankfully the sun was out for a short while this evening.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Girl's Birthdays

Two of our granddaughter's birthdays are at the end of June and beginning of July, so our daughter wisely combines their party. Of course, in a short while that won't work for her, but at the age they are now, it does.

Both of these cards are make-overs from my older card stash. Believe me, you wouldn't recognize the original as being so. These are totally made-over except for the bases.

New trim, new Prima and I Am Roses flowers...

and a new focal image. This is another of those gifts from The Funkie Junkie Boutique... both the image and the fairy charm.

I cut up this spray of flowers to go farther. I still have half of it left to use on another project. It came in one of the Special Delivery kits I bought from Prima awhile ago. You should check those out... they're a real bargain if you love Prima goodies like I do.

I made the frame by cutting with two Spellbinders' Deckled Rectangles. The doily was cut with Sizzix Vintage Doily. As you can see... lots of layering with 3-D foam tape. Addiction?

The base that's mostly covered up looks like My Mind's Eye paper, so I tried to match it by using their Lost & Found 6x6 paper pad of Madison Avenue. A perfect fit!

Now this card is a little more recognizable, but still pretty well covered over. Thankfully I have enough papers to come up with a pattern that's close.

I added the piece with the 3 which is October Afternoon cut with Spellbinders Labels One. The word stickers are Authentique Diction. These puppies are really old. The three green rhinestone were another gift from FJB and matched the tiny one that was already on the heart.

I updated with an image cut from an 8x8 paper pad of Graphic 45's called An ABC Primer. I re-arranged my flowers... took out some and added two from I Am Roses along with May Arts ivory burlap string bows. I believe that green leaf stick pin came from Maya Road and the little roses came in one of the old Pixie Dust kits. These cards are just a riot of memories. I love using up my stash!!!

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Romance Novel, Masculine Style

I always like to take a set of beautifully feminine papers and see if I can make a manly card from them. Marion Smith put just enough neutrals in this collection to do just that. Even with the hint of pink on this chipboard piece, I think it still says masculine.

I piled on the chipboard... five pieces total. I was really trying to reduce my stash here, plus add a lot of layers since I knew I couldn't use my flowers and Spanish moss. I squeezed on some gold Liquid Pearls to brighten things up a bit, and tied on a few wraps of May Arts natural burlap string.

The book paper heart was a gift from The Funkie Junkie Boutique. I can truly say I use all these little bits and bobs that Linda packages so prettily and adds in with my orders.

The metal filigree is also from Linda's store.

We have had an amazing amount of rain in our neck of the woods... nearly everyday for about three weeks now. Thankfully there have been times of sunshine to offset the cloudy skies, but still it would be nice for a few days of dry weather. We are getting a garden full of flowers though... one compensation.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Time for a Little Marion Smith

I seem to be living in the past in using all my older papers. I am determined NOT to buy any new ones until this "stockpile" of collections is reduced. Now really, why would I want the latest when I still have this. I LOVE this collection! Do you remember these gorgeous designs by Marion Smith for Prima called Romance Novel?

Seriously, I still have over half a package of the chipboard pieces, several flowers, and quite a few sheets of the papers. 

They mixed wonderfully with these tiny two-tone pink rose buds I just got from I Am Roses. So instead of using my Prima ones, I went with I Am Roses and Petaloo. I layered them on some cheesecloth. Then I teamed them with leaves cut with Alterations Tattered Flower Garland and May Arts natural burlap string bows.

All the edges are inked with Vintage Photo Distress. These two white and grey papers (cut with Alterations Distress Doily and Mini Tickets) are Marion's downloads I bought a few years ago.

As I've been doing lately, I used a rather large amount of 3-D foam. (Just in case you're wondering about this excess of 3-D foam tape, my daughter bid on three enormous rolls on eBay and got them at a terrifically low price for me. I can now afford to be extravagant with the stuff.)

I always like to finish my cards inside, too. They seem more substantial that way.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Steampunk Pocket Card

I realize I said that I was going to be doing something different, but I actually made this before I said that. My steampunk card is part redo and part new. I created the double tag some time ago, but recently did some updates on it and decided to make it into a card...

and since I still have plenty of these G 45 papers, I was able to match it up just fine.

The metal gears, pen nib and filmstrip ribbon are from Idea-ology. Eyelets are by We R Memory Makers. The natural jute cord is from Darice. The timepiece was cut from a sheet of textured black card stock... I believe it was Core'dinations, but I'm not one hundred percent sure on that. I had sanded it with my Tim Holtz sanding grip to expose the core.

The stickers are Graphic 45's Staples.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

A Vintage Ladies' Card

After making such a large amount of pocket cards, it's time to do just a standard 4" x 5 1/2" side opening, kraft based card. Do you sometimes find yourself in the habit of making every project in the same size, color scheme, style, and grabbing for that same bottle of molding paste or white gesso? I definitely have that problem, and am determined to shift gears and head a new way. For awhile any how!

As I said, kraft card stock base, although I did stick with Graphic 45's A Ladies' Diary, but only because it was handy on my table. I have got to force myself to put it back in it's box and pull out something else. I piled on several layers of paper and used 3-D adhesive foam in between most of them. I inked with Antique Linen Distress.

The fuchsia blooms are Petaloo Botanicas... my very favorite flowers at this time. I mixed in some ivory May Arts burlap string bows.

The doily was cut with Alterations Distress Doily. The little pearl clusters are from The Funkie Junkie Boutique. 

I cut a piece from an ecru vintage lace doily and layered it with my chipboard vintage lady. Uhmmm... I like this card. It's a happy day!!!

And a
Happy Father's Day to all of you dads out there! Have a wonderful Sunday!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Standard Fashion Pocket Card

We have had days of rain with a forecast of more to come all week long. To top that off, I found two ticks on my dog. Don't you love spring? I wouldn't trade it for anything. It's the best time of the year... next to summer... and fall.
I'm still playing with The Ladies' Diary collection. Will I tire of it?... doubtful! 

I added in some of my favorite metal leaves in two sizes to my floral mix of Petaloo Botanica, I Am Roses and cheesecloth. 

I've been adding tons of 3-D adhesive foam on all my cards lately for that extra bit of depth. I love the look it gives.

The Alterations dies used are Distressed Doily, Cabinet Card and Mini Cabinet Card. I put a layer of clear Rock Candy Stickles on the rose image on the Mini CC cut and sponged Vintage Photo Distress Ink on all the paper edges.

I hope your spring has been all your were looking forward to having. Can you believe we only have a few days until summer... where does time go?

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

A Ladies' Diary Anniversary Pocket Card

We're still at a fast pace around here, but I did get a couple of projects made, one being an anniversary card for our pastor and his wife. The images on the G45's A Ladies' Diary have the soft, vintage look I love. As I said before, they're so very versatile and lend themselves to many themes.

I pulled out one of my Martha Stewart punches that I haven't used in ages...

along with Prima's Doily die and Die-namics' Fancy Flourish.

The flowers are all by I Am Roses and the little wood heart was a gift from Linda at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. It's tied with May Arts natural burlap string.
Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

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