Thursday, October 29, 2015

Golden Framed Floral Pocket Card with Double Tags

My double tagged pocket card has a base of BoBunny DoubleDot Maize Vintage with mats of DD Gingerbread Vintage and Chiffon Journal. The image and metal leaf were gifts from Linda at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. The ivory (which seem to look more like yellow here... sorry) and golden roses are from I Am Roses. I made the green ivy using Alterations Spring Greenery and the two sizes of frames with Spellbinders' Oval Floral set.
My eBay shop has been very busy. I've been adding more books and sketches daily, which is really cutting into my creative time. But what's a woman to do? I have to be honest, I'm still a book seller at heart, and really enjoy my little online shop. I hope you'll drop in sometime and have a look around.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Serenity in Kraft and Canvas, Three New Pens

I pulled this card together with papers from my old DCC Timeless Type 8x8" stack, a kraft card base, a scrap piece of canvas and some new wood pieces and flowers.

I stamped the canvas with jet black Archival ink using a stamp from Artistic Outpost's Serenity set. I like that worn look that it has. My new wood pieces are some we picked up on our recent Gatlinburg trip. I have several styles of leaves, keys, hearts, dragonflies, plus lots of others. It was too hard to decide, so I bought nearly everything available.

The textured flowers and leaves are from Petaloo. The natural burlap string is by May Arts.

A trinket from BoBunny in copper.

My new wood hummingbird... I bought a bag of these guys in different stains.

A copper filigree metal corner from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

A group of hunter's pens the Penmaker did with some beautiful designer acrylics.

He's working away today with some new equipment he bought at Rockler's in Pittsburgh. We drove over to take a look at what they had in vacuuming, and we ended up getting a few new parts to make his work easier. Sorry, ladies, I like to pretent I understand it all, but woodworking is a lot more involved than paper crafts. I think I'll just stick to making cards.
Have a wonderful Monday!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Some Fall Inspiration

Some people are born to inspire. Audrey Pettit is one of those with that ability. Our styles are quite different, but she can create a fabulous card, and it screams "okay, Linda, make one like me!" Numerous times, she was been my starting point, my muse, my inspirer. My fall wall hanging is my take on this one Audrey created for Sizzix (my favorite die company ever). 

We were in Tennessee, when I read her post and saw her project. My mind wandered back to those Alteration's pumpkin and banner dies I saw at Your Scrapbook Superstore that morning.

Thankfully, when I got there the next day they had one Pumpkin Jack left, and I eagerly grabbed it up along with the Tattered Banners. Now I couldn't wait to get back to Ohio and create my own.

I started with a piece of Canvas Corp Flute (fancy for cardboard) and added a mat of BoBunny DoubleDot Gingerbread Vintage paper. At this point I went ahead and added two wide eyelets in the top corners to tie in my seam binding ribbon and bows. The next mat layer of Tim Coffey's K & Company fall paper is popped up with foam 3-D adhesive.

I cut my Pumpkin Jack from the orange and green papers in the Core'dinations Kraft-Core Nostalgic collection. I embossed it with my Cuttlebug Birds and Swirls folder, then sponged on Archival Coffee ink on the raised areas.

It looked a little plain not having eyes, nose and mouth like Audrey's, so I cut out a design using Alterations Mini Acorn die. Under it a put a scrap of that same DoubleDot, first heat setting it with two coats of Utee (ultra thick embossing enamel.) Then on went the banner... it's DoubleDot Chiffon Journal, stamped and sponged with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

I added two I Am Roses leaves sponged with Gathered Twigs D I and a Petaloo flower to the base of the pumpkin stem.

Then I glued on a bit of Spanish moss at the bottom, more Petaloo flowers, and two metal leaves that I shaped with my needle nosed pliers.

I think that covers it all.

Thank you, Audrey, for inspiring me. I loved your little smiling guys so much, I just had to have my own... and now I have two new dies to play with, too!

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Monday, October 12, 2015

An Oval Floral Card with Kaisercraft 75 cents

This card is a little different in that the base is 4" x 8"... not my normal. The papers are by Kaisercraft, mainly the 75 cents collection. The green gingham base mate is from the Take Note collection.

The flowers are an assortment of I Am Roses gardenias, roses and rosebuds. I stained the leaves with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. The ferns were cut with Alterations Holiday Greens Thinlits. I also tucked in a couple of pearl sprays.

Peeking out from under the flowers are two Prima medallions.

My stack of frames begins with the black dotted one I cut with my new Spellbinder's Oval Floral set. On top of that are cuts using Spellbinder's Scalloped Ovals and Classic Ovals along with a 75 cents sticker frame. Then comes a small square white, resin frame from Michael's dollar bins. One of my Momenta metal black birds sits above it all.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Happy Birthday Pocket Card with a Tim Holtz Tag

After a glorious five days in Tennessee, we moved onto phase two of our trip, venturing up through Virginia, which was deluged with rain. (That was our original problem and why we switched from going to New York to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge.) We kept heading north, making it to Chambersburg, PA, where I realized I had an re-occurrence of a heath problem. So, back to home the next day, missing my stop at Surplus City. We did get to drive by, noticing that they had built a new facility twice as large (with probably twice as much fabric and lace, too.) I did manage four stops at Your Scrapbook Superstore in PF, so I really can't complain. All in all, we had a wonderful trip and are back in our craft room and workshop feeling much refreshed (and on the mend, thankfully.)

With our son's birthday tomorrow and me being down a few days, I had to come up with a card... fast! I took one of my Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 from January, and used it to make a pocket card.

I made the base from the K & Company 12 x 12 Tim Coffey fall paper pad. It also worked for a mat and two fussy cut pumpkins as a border. The more I work with this paper, the more I love it!

I gave the tag a new bow, removing my original one which I didn't like. This one is a strip of muslin I tore and stained with Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade, and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks. The laser cut chipboard leaf by BoBunny is one of my treasures I found at YSS.

This tag is made from BoBunny's DoubleDot paper in gingerbread vintage. I heat embossed it with Ranger's gold embossing powder, giving it an edge by sponging on the clear embossing ink. 

I added a tiny envelope, also embossed, to the back of my tag for the gift card.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A Fall Prayer Request Notebook

Our daughter's mother-in-law was in the hospital after suffering a stroke. I wanted to send her a little gift that she could use to write her prayer requests in. The Penmaker had bought several of these kraft notebooks, and the orange one caught my eye. Just perfect for a fall theme.

I used two Tim Holtz Wallflower paper patterns, layering with the one cut with Alterations Torn Notebook on top. I edged it all with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I glued on some ecru cotton crocheted lace and a border strip of Graphic 45's A Place in Time November. I added two hand dyed wool leaves (Alterations Mini Tattered Leaves), a Petaloo Botanica, an orange dyed seam binding bow, a mini hang tag (Alterations Tiny Tags & Tabs), and May Arts natural burlap string bow.

I tucked in a Prima Pebble decorated with a pumpkin from a piece of Graphic 45's An Eerie Tale. For the pen, I tried a couple different papers, but they were too heavy. I ended up with Idea-ology Melange tissue paper, and applied it with my Liquitex matte medium. I tied on a seam binding bow and a wood Tennessee key. Pretty simple project.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

A Fall Wall Hanging

I haven't bought any new home decor to hang for the fall season, so I decided to make a piece myself. I have so many beautiful papers and flowers right now, why spend more money on something made by someone else?

I started with a 6" x 6" piece of black chipboard and cut one side with Alterations Brackets die. I then covered it with a piece of Glitz paper in my scrap box. I was really getting into this project, and decided to use up some old stash. Searching through my chipboard box, I found a package of Tim Holtz Weathered Clocks I bought ages ago from an Etsy shop. I gave one a few coats of Tarnished Brass Distress Stain. I loved it. Now, I've got to remember I have all these.

I added more layers of Tim Coffey K & Company papers along with a border strip and a post card from Graphic 45's A Place in Time November. Now I put on some of my ecru cotton crocheted lace.

I fussy cut a bunch of leaves from one of the sheets of Tim Coffey's paper pad, shaped them and sponged on some Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I added Petaloo Botanicas and two Recollections leaves that were laying on my desk.

Again using my Tim Holtz scissors, I fussy cut this leaf from Tim Coffey paper and layered it with a piece of Canvas Corp kraft Flute cut with Alterations Mini Tickets die set. I put those two layers onto of a scrap of G 45 that I had cut with We R Memory Keepers Stub corner punch. I glued a wood Tennessee key onto that stack.

From my box of dyed seam binding, I choose a beautiful cranberry color I had recently bought from Prairie Bird Boutique. I punched holes on the top corners and threaded the seam binding through and tied it to the chipboard. I made a double bow and glued that onto the right side.

I tied on another piece to the tag I had made with the plaid TC paper.

Back into my stash, I found some Tim Holtz alphas. I dabbed on a bit of the TB Distress Stain to dull the finish and give a more cohesive look.

Yipee, I'm done and loving' it. Plus a have a new piece of fall decor to hang and the bonus of saying "I made this!"

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