Thursday, May 31, 2012

Kraft And Twine

The challenge at
Frilly and Funkie this week is to make your project using kraft paper and some type of twine. Our hostess, Linda, made such a gorgeous card, it inspired me to try something similar. So here is my attempt...

I went with a kraft
base and Glitz Design's Vintage Blue 6x6 paper pad.

This is a mini kraft
bag from Canvas Corp that I embossed with Cuttlebug's Distress Stripes and rubbed with Snow Cap Dabber paint from Ranger. The die was cut with Spellbinder's Floral Doily Motifs, the lace heart is from Linda's Etsy shop that I "antiqued" with Antique Linen Distress Ink, the twine is ivory burlap string from May Arts and the key charm is from my stash.

The flowers and leaves 
are all from I Am Roses... the largest one being sprayed with Cactus Gold Glitz Spritz. The blue vintage lace paper is from my stash. The strip of kraft paper was also embossed and distressed the same as the mini bag.

The tickets in the bag
were cut with Alterations Mini Tickets Set. 

I left the tickets blank
so that I could stamp an appropriate verse or sentiment on them when I use the card.

Hope you'll join in
the challenge and pull out your kraft and twine and create something beautiful.

I'm also entering in:
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

City Crafters Challenge #111

For this fun challenge
Ros wants your card or project to include some sort of transportation plus at least one ticket. This is mine...

What's more fun than
a bike ride along a wooded path on a soft spring day? These papers from the 6x6 pads of Be Happy and Breeze from My Mind's Eye say just that!

The birds and branch
die cut is from the Glitz Design Vintage Blue Whatnots I purchased from sweet Audrey's Etsy shop. The cherry blossoms are from I Am Roses, and the the oak leaves were made with a Martha Stewart punch. The white feather is from an assorted pack I bought at Hobby Lobby.

The white doily was
made with Alterations Vintage Doily die (my now all-time favorite!!!!!!!!) I cut the ticket from the sheet of dictionary paper that came in the Glitz Pretty in Pink Paper Layers pack with Alterations Tickets Set.

The chipboard button
is a My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart "Be Happy Button" and is tied with ivory burlap string from Sue's Etsy.
Hurry and get your
project made and enter along with me... and be sure to check out Sylvia's blog. She's Guest Designer for the week and has some pretty amazing creations over there.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Julie's Page

Second post for today.

Moving along in
my Jump Start Journal... #25 was Julie Fei-Fan Balzer... here is the page I created for her jump start.

The sunlight is streaming
through my window, so these photos have a lot of shadowing... sorry!

I used my Alterations
On The Edge Distressed Doily die that just arrived from Jo-Ann's ( 40% off and free shipping... yaaahoo!)

 The background was a trial
and error experience... gesso then three colors of Color Wash... Wild Plum, Sunset Orange and Denim. I put too much on to start and the colors turned to mud. Dry it again... more gesso which also turned to mud... another coat... mud. Well, not to give up... I re-sprayed with just the Wild Plum. Ahhh, looking better.

Some stenciling with
Sunset Orange and a Crafter's Workshop Mini Harlequin... a bit of stamping with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink and Black Archival... fussy cut papers.

A few blooms,
some ink splatters, and I'm happy with the results.

Be sure to visit
Julie's blog... she has just done some "Spring Cleaning" and the results are outstanding. She has a video posted giving you a complete tour of all her new features... check it out!

Thanks for the visit!

Memorial Day 2012

Let's remember to
honor our fellow American's who died in service to our country!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Have A Good Time

In looking through 
my journal, I found a blank page next to the page of jump start #23 Ronda Palazzari. So I filled it in with this...

After covering the page
with gesso and then watered down craft paint, I applied a torn sheet of patterned paper... then did Paula's (Journalartistababy wipe technique.

This is Dina Wakely's
Script Heart stamp that I stamped onto patterned paper and fussy cut. Applied it atop a paper doily, rubbed on some more paint then brushed on matte Mod Podge. I outlined it with a soft charcoal pencil and smudged outward to give the shadowing effect. Kind of looks like it's popped up with foam adhesive... but its flat.

The saying is from
Ronda's art that I have pictured on that other page of my journal. Be sure to stop by her blog and see all her lovelies!

And one more pen...

from the Penmaker.

I'm so happy to
see him creating again... plus golfing!

He calls it "The Turner
Ashby Pen". He picked up that piece of branch while we were at the site in Harrisonburg, VA where Ashby was killed during the Civil War, and made the pen from a part of it. He's giving it to a friend of ours who's writing a book about the Confederate cavalryman.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Thanks for the visit!

Friday, May 25, 2012

John 8:12

Here is another 
project I've just completed for my Creative Jump Start Journal.

I tried Donna Downey's
crumpled copy paper technique from her Inspiration Wednesday post. I thought what she made was fabulous!!! I had to call the Penmaker over to my craft room to show him... and he agreed. So today I decided I would give it a go, and I'm quite happy with how it finished up. I got to use my new Denim Color Wash and Studio Calico Bubbles mask... so much fun!

Thanks for the visit!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Thanks Be To God

I'm sorry I haven't
been around much lately... both here at my blog and to visit yours. This seems to be a very busy spring so far... lots to do and places to go... the pleasures of retirement. I just finished a card for my stash and want to show you before I head back out to the garden. The Penmaker is already out there, power washing the fence. Hope he hasn't washed away the mulch I just put down!

The papers... Pink Paislee's
 Nantucket "Oyster Bar" and from Glitz Pretty in Pink "Toile" and Beautiful Dreamer "Polka"... are from the Pixie Dust Paperie kit "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary". I'm so sorry that Kirsty has decided to give up the Pixie kits, as they have always been a real source of inspiration for me. I've loved them from the start, and am really going to miss them.

Just received an order
from I Am Roses containing these beauties. I sprayed them with Scintillating Silver Glitz Spritz.

A piece of Canvas
Corp Flute topped with a Glitz Design French Kiss Peek-a-Boo. I used both Antique Linen and Forest Moss Distress Ink. The butterflies were cut with Die-namics Butterflies die and layered with TPC Studio "So Delish" jewels.

The ticket was cut with
Alterations Mini Tickets Set. I also used Cuttlebug's Textile Texture embossing folder and Martha Stewart's Oak Leaf punch. The tulle is from Glitz Design's Beautiful Dreamer Trims and also came from that lovely kit.

Now, from the Penmaker...

another of his inlay designs...

the golfer... in maple.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Happy First Anniversary

Today is the first
wedding anniversary of our son and daughter-in-law, Ethan and Sarah.

May 21, 2011

To celebrate, I made 
them an anniversary card using Prima's Fairy Belle "Marcelle"...

If you look back
at our photo, you'll see the Penmaker and me wearing these pink silk flowers. I had put them away for this occasion along with a bag of fabric scraps and beads from her dress. I cut a strip of the material to make the bow.

She had feathers in
her bouquets so I thought adding this one appropriate.

I glued several of
her crystal beads onto the doily and the center of these flowers. 
I hope it will be a 
blessing to a young couple that we love dearly.

Now... some new
pens that my husband has just made. He has really slacked off working in his shop since he started golfing. We use to play together before our children were born. It had been years since he picked up a club and his equipment had gotten outdated... so when our son took it up he wanted his dad to join him. Ethan bought him new clubs for Christmas and that was the renewal of a much loved pastime. So I was surprised when I heard the lathe turning this past weekend.

He made this one
for a friend that has a longhorn ranch.

The longhorn is an
inlay and the wood is maple.

This acrylic Ohio State
pen is for our son's boss who is a Buckeye fan.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Happy Girl

Today was one of those
idyllic days in the mid seventies with light wind and mostly sunny (as per the weather channel). A lovely day for gardening or reading a magazine... both of which I enjoyed. I picked up a couple Stampington & Company magazines while we were shopping in Harrisonburg, VA...

Sumerset Life

and Sumerset Memories.

These are my first copies and
 I can tell you, there will be more in the future finding their way to my home. What have I been missing!!!
I finally got to use my new
Christy Tomlinson "She Was a Daughter" stamp... what fun. Isn't she cute!!!

I did my background on 
watercolor paper, glueing on strips of torn scrap papers and tissue with Mod Podge. I did a little painting and stamping... added some molding paste and Glimmer Mist... a bit of doodling here and there.

Put on a few old stickers...

and my little lady was complete.
Can't wait to make another... but I'll have to as I'm now working on a mini album.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Isaiah 41:13

free word art/scripture this past week is...

and this is how I used it on a masculine get well card for their Challenge #27...

The papers are from
6x6 pads of Bo Bunny's Timepiece and Basic Grey's Basics Manila. The cardstock is white canvas textured Core'dinations.

The dies are Spellbinder's

Also used are Ideaology 
Type Charms, brown May Arts burlap string, Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and black Archival Ink. 
As usual, my masculine
get well card stash is low and I thought this verse was so appropriate for that type of card. Now to get it entered... seems I have waited until the last minute.

Thanks for the visit!
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