Saturday, July 22, 2017

Thinking of You Pocket Card on Hester

Hi friends. Is your weekend in full swing? Our's certainly is... expecting the whole family here soon to celebrate the Penmaker's birthday.
While I wait, I'll show you a pocket card I created last week using the very last of my Melissa Frances 5th Ave paper Hester. I had just enough for the base and the tag.

I finished off the card with layers of Photo Play's Belle Vie by Julie Nutting, Love Clippings from Prima, and my old Glitz 6x6 paper pad Pretty in Pink. The butterfly is from 49 and Market's Shimmer & Shine Ivory Fleur Des Champs and the pink flowers are their Blush Melange.

I have to run now and get everything ready.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thinking of You... and Paris, Too!

Hi friends. I hope you're having a pleasant Thursday.
The Penmaker and I did some marathon shopping this morning, covering three counties. Everything we needed to purchase was spread out over a vast amount of miles, so we weren't gauging our buying on what we would save. This was more of a necessity trip. The outcome was happy hearts and a loaded car.

One of our stops today was at Joann's were I purchased some white craft foam. I'm going to try this in place of some of my 3-D foam adhesive, which is terrifically expensive even though I buy it online on a huge roll. I'll let you know how it turns out.

My pocket card is a mix of Julie Nutting's Belle Vie by Photo Play and Prima's Love Clippings. There's a bit of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Botanical Layers and Ephemera, and some ivory crocheted cotton lace. 

 The flowers are by 49 and Market... amber Shimmer & Shine Fleur Des Champs. These are gorgeous in real life. The Penmaker's photos are a tad off, and I can see I didn't do a good job of color correction. I'm so sorry for that, friends. Hummm... I was a graphic designer before retirement. How long is that now.......?

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sail Away to St Tropez

Happy Tuesday friends!
At the beginning of the year I promised myself to get the kitchen cabinets touched up. Well here it is summer and I still haven't accomplished that goal. I thought today would be a good day to start, but here I sit at the computer having come from my craft room where I spent the last hour cleaning the closet. What's a woman to do? Truth is, I'd rather craft and write about it than anything else I do. So here is a pocket card I created last week with the Prima St Tropez collection.

St Tropez, like their last few offerings, has the gorgeous foil accents on the single 12x12 sheets. It, too, has some patterns that are to die for... like this wood plank sheet called Port of St Tropez. Beachy paper themes aren't my thing, but this collection is a whole other level of sand and surf. If you haven't checked this Prima gem out, you really should.

I still had a half a piece of packing left from yesterday's card, so I die cut it with the same Thinlits Mixed Media die, adding it to the layers. The tiny timepiece is from Hobby Lobby. The gorgeous flowers are called Meredith from the collection. They are teamed with some Ranger UTEE heat embossed fern from the Alterations Thinlits Holiday Greens. I know it's suppose to be a wintery fern, but I think it works great as a seaweed type green... especially with the "wet look" the UTEE gives. 
All in all... I love this new Prima stash of papers and flowers I purchased. I believe it will help me expand my view of beach related projects as it has already.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Sage Thinking of You Pocket Card

Hello friends!
Today... more 49 and Market. I can't get enough of their products. I mixed it up a little, however, and added in some 7 Gypsies Conservatory from the 6x6 paper pad. I also used a bit of Prima packaging, and along with my Alterations Thinlits Mixed Media die, created a unique mat for one of the layers.

For my florals, I laid down a bed of green thread and topped it with 49 and Market Vintage Shade Bouquet and Bloom flowers in sage.

For my image layer, I glued on three laser-cut wood butterflies.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 14, 2017

For You Pocket Card with 49 and Market

Dipping into my stash of Vintage Artistry by 49 and Market, I created a pocket card with a neutral palette and just a hint of shine. The post card foiled piece is by Prima from the Rossi Belle collection. I truly love these foiled sheets as they add just the right amount of pizzaz to my cards that I want.

The 49 and Market papers are a very substantial 100 lb weight. Great for pocket cards. I don't have as many layers on this card as I normally do, but it's heavier than most. Very nice!!! Plus, it distresses well!

For the florals, I chose 49 and Market's Vintage Shades in Yellow Bouquet. I created a sentiment tag using Stephanie Barnard's #660195 Thinlits Framelits w/Stamps set by Sizzix and Archival Coffee ink. It has a bow of ivory burlap string.

The laser cut butterflies are from my favorite wood craft shop in Tennessee.
I hope you have a great weekend, dear friends.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Lady in a Rosy Hat Pocket Card


Hello, my friends!
I want to show you a card that I think is my favorite of all the ones I've created lately. It's all because of this gorgeous collection from Prima called Love Clippings and the fabulous flowers from 49 & Market.

 I can't say enough about the quality of these flowers. I simply love these. In the styles I've purchase, they have included some foliage and buds. Just beautiful!

Some of the LC sheets have a huge amount of the foil, but I think those are perfect for die-cuts, especially frames. If you layer them, they add just the right amount of sparkle to your project.

Along with Love Clipping, I worked in some of Julie Nutting's Bell Vie from Photo Play. It gave me the bit more of pink I was looking for, and is totally lovely and feminine.

The pretty lady in the rosy hat image came as a gift in my order from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Post Card Lady Pocket Card

Every other day or so, I switch out the papers on my desk. Sometimes I leave a stack that works well as base papers and add a collection to those. Today it was just plain Graphic 45. I created this card then put them all away so I could clean things up and get ready for a whole other pile of new patterns.  Being in business all my life, I like to rotate my stock. LOL.
As I said, this is Graphic 45. I have a box full of their mixed collections. I grabbed colors that combined well not looking at the names. The post card had been cut out previously. It was this lady in the big hat that drew me in.  I knew I had to fussy cut her and put her on the post card.

I inked her edges with Vintage Photo Distress, and popped both her and the post card up with foam adhesive. I added a couple of tiny I Am Roses blooms to her hat.

For the florals, I chose a Prima Sweet Peppermint Christmas Morning. This is a gorgeous flower, and certainly not just for Christmas projects. The foliage is cut with Alterations Thinlits Holiday Greens and Spellbinders Foliage. I heat embossed them with Ranger's UTEE... several coats for a glassy look. The bow is ivory burlap string from May Arts.
That's all I have for now. Have a wonderful day, my friends!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July

Happy July 4th to all my American friends!
I wasn't expecting time for a post today, but you never know. I'm here at my desk with my favorite mug filled with the Penmaker's special brew of coffee. He does a mix of two that is fabulous, and even when I try the same, mine never tastes as good as what he makes. He is the coffee maker extraordinaire!

A have the fourth, and final card from a special order to show you. Another mix of papers, mostly Julie Nutting's Belle Vie for Photo Play Paper. I bought Julie's collection pack in Tennessee a while back. It's a beautiful mix of patterns... very feminine.

I cut the frame using two Spellbinder's Large Deckled Rectangles dies. Under it is a cut made with their Lacey Circles die and an Alterations Thinlits Doily. The flowers are a Botanica by Petaloo, tiny rosebuds from I Am Roses, and a Shimmer & Shine Blush Melange from 49 & Market.

This card has a shabby chic feel to it with the soft pinks, organza, and butterflies. If you check out the layers, you'll see some Marion Smith post cards...

and a beautiful cut from Prima's Rossibelle collection Sweet Souvenirs sheet.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Thinking of You Pocket Card

I'm working on a card using some of the new Prima papers that arrived yesterday from A Cherry on Top. For now though, I have a completed project to show you that features Graphic 45. I created this one last week that was part of a special order.

Instead of my usual tag for the pocket, I tucked in one of the post cards backed with ivory card stock. 

This gorgeous bloom and leaves is by Petaloo called Botanica. The purple pack is one of my favorites.

The butterflies are, of course, from the wood shop in Tennessee we frequent when we get down to Gatlinburg.

It's an absolutely beautiful Sunday here in Ohio. We've had an adventurous weekend traveling around the state and plan to top it all off with a cookout on Tuesday, the 4th of July. Happily, with being retired, we don't have to go in to work on Monday, and I just might make a few more cards.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sympathy Pocket Card & A Royal Jewel Pen

Hi sweet friends!
Since the Penmaker and I made the trek last Thursday to Pennsylvania, we thought we'd head toward West Virginia today. Didn't quite make it though. It seems there is an inordinate amount of road construction going on in Ohio. As we approached the east I-70 on-ramp, we could see traffic at a stand still. After waiting a good amount of time, we decided it was a no-go, and backed up and off the ramp and headed west. We had a lovely drive even if not to where we wanted to go. Southern Ohio is as beautiful as West Virginia, after all.

My card today is part of a series I created for a special order. The papers are a mix of Bo Bunny and 49 & Market. If you haven't used anything from 49 & Market, you simply must. Very high quality, and gorgeous besides.

The dies used are all Alterations Thinlits... Lace, Garden Greens, and Stitched Ovals. The butterfly is a Tim Holtz Botanical Layers. The light pink organza ribbon is from Joann's. The flowers are all by I Am Roses.

Another special order... this one from the Penmaker.

A chrome Royal Jewel in a special mix designer resin.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A Quick Love Forever Tag

Hello friends!
If you're like me you always need a quick tag to add to a gift bag. I put one together using some Kaisercraft scraps and a piece of black cardstock. Tags are simple in that you don't need a lot of supplies to come up with a design, and can usually be made from the leftovers laying on your craft table.

I already had a sheet of 3x4 tags cut and ready to go in my Kaisercraft stash, so I grabbed this one. I backed it with a piece of a coordinating pattern. I glued on a wood humming bird, a "love" sticker, and an unused "forever" die-cut from a previous project, thankfully in black.

I added an antique brass filigree to the left corner, a tiny wood key, and a vintage Prima fabric flower with a multi-pearl center. I wide metal eyelet with a coordinating double seam binding bow finishes it off. Simple and ready to go.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Wishes Anniversary Pocket Card

Hello dear friends.
 It's another cool day in Ohio, but nevertheless beautiful and sunny. Our temps have barely reached the seventies for several days, and it's downright cold at night. That always happens when I decide to put the extra quilt away for summer.

In honor of the sunny skies, I'm showing a golden yellow pocket card today. This started out as an all occasion card. In the end, I added a gold glittered 50 to the chipboard frame, and we gave it to our friends who were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. I didn't get a photo of that alteration, so please use your imagination as to the final look.

The papers and printed chipboard are from the Prima Time Traveler collection. The bird image was printed from my computer. The beautiful seafoam and yellow flowers are from I Am Roses.

The doily was cut with Alterations Thinlits Doily die.

The rhinestones are by TPC Studio, the vintage lace is from my stash, and the soft yellow organza ribbon is from Joann's. The tiny wood key came from my favorite wood shop down in Tennessee (where I'm longing to visit about now, but have to wait until fall).

Thank you so much for stopping by!
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