Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Toi Et Moi Anniversary Pocket Card And a Polymer Clay Pen


Do you remember
this 7 Gypsies paper called Conservatory? An all time favorite of mine... in fact, such a favorite that my 6x6 paper pad is still nearly full because I can't bring myself to use it up. I'm such a hoarder... shameful!
I created this pocket card
for the Penmaker's and my youngest son and his sweet wife, who are celebrating their anniversary today.

The French you and me
chipboard sticker is from Prima's Cartographer collection. The doily die-cut was created with Sizzix Vintage Doily die.

The birdcage, Avian tag 
and the bird were fussy cut from the papers and popped up with 3-D foam tape. The bird has a coat of Clear Rock Candy Stickles. I added some texture by using light molding paste from Golden with the Tile Texture Crafters Workshop stencil. After dabbing on Ranger's Perfect Medium onto the dry molding paste, I brushed on Interference Green Perfect Pearls (click on the photo for a close look.)
The flowers are from
Petaloo. My foliage was cut from Alterations Spring Greenery then inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and shaped with my long nose tweezers.

I put a wide bronze
eyelet from We R Memory Keepers on my tag and tied on a double bow of colored crinkled seam binding. Our note to the happy couple is on the back of the tag.

The Penmaker made this
beauty with a blank hand crafted from polymer clay. Isn't it stunning? He chose gunmetal components to go with these amazing colors.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Masculine Pocket Card From Stationer's Desk

If you're into texture 
and dimension, you'll like this card. Lots of both. The Alterations die-cut, made with the Vintage Cabinet Card and the Mini Cabinet Card, is cut from black chipboard. (Please don't try it with medium weight chipboard like I did, or you'll have a terrible time getting it to release from the die.) I gave it a coat of white acrylic paint and when dry, I brushed on some clear rock candy Distress crackle paint. It gave it a slight reddish cast (I'm assuming it lifted from the back pigment - ?), which is perfect with the Stationer's Desk papers. I sponged Walnut Stain Distress Ink on the edges for a cohesive look with the papers and printed SD chipboard elements.

The pretty filigree piece
is from the Funkie Junkie Boutique and is topped with a Say It In Crystals gem from Prima's Cartography collection.

I used one of the cards
from the 4 x 6 ATC's for my insert adorned with a couple stickers from the 12 x 12 collection pack.
This promises to be
an unusual week, activity-wise, so I hope I can be back before the weekend. Till then...

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Stationer's Desk Birthday Pocket Card

Today was a wild birthday
celebration for our daughter-in-law complete with sirens, tornados and storms. Thankfully we all got through it with no harm to family or home.

Baby Adelaide enjoyed
her mommy's card and wanted it for her own. A future card maker for sure.

I used Prima's Stationer's Desk
collection for this birthday pocket card along with Alterations Baroque, Mini Baroque and Spring Greenery dies. The flowers are from I Am Roses.

I added a bit of stamping
using Unity's She Art Doodles (for a faux stitching effect) and an old Scrappy Cats birthday set.
I cut the card base to
5.5" by 12" long and scored at 4.5" and 10". This forms a generous pocket just the perfect size for inserting a Prima 4" x 6" ATC card. I backed this one with some additional SD paper then attached a brief note on copy paper. Quick and easy!

Sarah is interested in
fairy gardens, so we spent the afternoon braving the storms to travel to Berlin to buy supplies. Here are some of the items we purchased.

Don't you love the wire bike?

I can't wait to see what
she does with all these goodies. She's as excited as I am when I get a new Prima collection. We all love our crafts, don't we?

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

A Successful Mid-Atlantic Penturners Gathering, A Huge Haul And Sad Goodbyes

The Penturner and I
are back from our stay at the Massanutten Resort condo we have been privileged to use for the last few years by the generosity of some dear friends. What made it extra special this year, was the fact that the Mid-Atlantic Penturners Gathering at Woodcraft was that same week. We were able to take the short drive down to Richmond and get in on the sessions and fellowship with my husband's penturner buddies.

I sat up a small display of
a few of my pen layouts and pocket cards. I had some very nice comments and was much encouraged by them. The pocket cards are just perfect for inserting a pen for gift giving.

On our way, we made
a "slight" detour to stop at Scrapdoodles in Fredericksburg. I was devastated when earlier in the year I heard that they would be going out of business. I had no idea at the time that I would be able to get back there before they closed. You can imagine how happy I was when the Penmaker said we would swing by that way and run in for one last shopping spree. Oh wow, did we shop. He kept encouraging me to buy and I obeyed. Everything that week was at half price. I picked up several Tim Holtz stamps sets, Pink Pasilee Hope Chest papers, Idea-ology cabinet card frames, Claudine Hellmuth black gesso, Golden light molding paste, alpha stickers and on and on. I just hated walking out of there for the last time, but I must say the bags full of supplies made the bitter pill easier to swallow.
After leaving Fredericksburg,
we decided to run over to Hanover Courthouse and have lunch at a cute little place called Houndstooth Cafe that we use to go to when we had our Civil War book business. They were closed when we got there. Another hungry expectant patron pulled up at the same time, a local, who said it was rather hit and miss on the hours. Judging by the condition, we probably will not be able to enjoy this great little place again. We pulled away remembering happier past experiences at the little cafe. Another sad goodbye.

All in all, we had a
fantastic trip, and as soon as I can get creating again, I'll have something to show you, hopefully made with some of my new goodies!

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Scrappin In The Smokies Back Flip Mini Album Part 4

My album is created mostly
with Prima's Engraver collection. The pattern is Laura Denison's Back Flip Mini Album that you can purchase here.

Today the Penmaker and
I should be on our way home from the Mid-Atlantic Penturners Gathering and our vacation in Virginia. Even though I took supplies along to work at the condo, I'm really looking forward to being back at my own desk in my own craft room.
Have a wonderful Sunday!

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Scrappin In The Smokies Back Flip Mini Album Part 3

As you read this I should
be scrappin in Massanutten Resort, Virginia. These pages are the third signature in my back flip mini album of our Smoky Mountain trip last winter. Please look here and here for more details.

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