Sunday, June 29, 2014

Delight Glassine Bag w/Tag

Yesterday we celebrated
two of our granddaughter's birthdays. For little Faith, I created this decorated glassine envelope with a tag insert. The papers are from the Prima Delight 6x6 pad. Those beautiful tags on the front are oldies from Melissa Frances' 5th Ave collection from several years back. I still have a couple left from my Pixie Dust Paperie September 2011 kit called "Tecolote". I certainly miss those kits! They were always the highlight of the month for me.

This gorgeous bloom is
another oldie... from Prima. I gave it an edging of Cotton Candy Stickles. The roses are from I Am Roses and those I colored with Spun Sugar Distress Ink. The foliage is... of course... made with Alterations Spring Greenery Decorative Strip die and the fern pieces with the Martha Stewart punch Medium Branch... they all set on a bed of cheesecloth. The heart was cut with Alterations Mini Hearts and is embellished with a My Mind's Eye Heirloom word sticker. The wood butterfly is by Prima. The eyelets are from We R Memory Keepers. The inside tag I cut from more of the Delight paper. It's tied up with a bow of raspberry crinkled seam binding.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Nature Walk On Portobello Road

Recently I've obtained
two Alterations Decorative Strip dies that are really getting a workout... Spring Greenery and Birds in Flight. I've teamed them up on this pocket card with a Spellbinder's old classic... Large Circles. The papers are 7 Dots Studio Nature Walk "Songbird" and a very old My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Portobello Road 6x6 pad. There is hardly anything left in this pad... only two full sheets and some scraps. It's certainly been a good investment as I've loved this pad to the end... beautiful patterns.
I cut two sets of the
Birds in Flight. One from the PR, and the other from plain black cardstock. They're both layered with foam 3-D tape as is the ring.
I did machine stitching on
all the mat layers and distressed the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. The tag is finished with a wide bronze eyelet and seam binding colored with Walnut Stain and Iced Spruce DI.

The flowers are from
I Am Roses. I colored the two curly roses by sponging Iced Spruce DI onto the petal edges. The arrangement started with a piece of cheesecloth with a layer of my lovely green Spanish Moss. I tucked in a bit of natural jute string also. The Spring Greenery foliage was cut from "Songbird" and an olive shade of Kraft Core cardstock.
We've had days and days
of rain here. The plus side of that is that our green beans have shot up at record speed. I'm praying for some good meals of beans and potatoes in the near future.
Have a wonderful weekend!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Our Time File Folder Mini Album

Today I'm wrapping up
my month long stint as guest designer at eclectic Paperie. I have a lengthy, detailed tutorial over there featuring this file folder mini album. Please stop over for a visit... and please leave me a comment... I'd so much appreciate it!

My complete list of supplies
as well as photos of all the pages are there also.
Thanks to Kim and Bonnie
for the opportunity to share my projects. I've had a wonderful time!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Une Promenade Layout

Today is my third guest design
spot at eclectic Paperie. When Bonnie so kindly asked me to come onboard with them for the month of June, several ideas for projects popped into my head. I made a list. However, aside from last Wednesday's album, I have strayed from my original plan. For this week, I've created a layout with those fabulous 7 Dots Studio Nature Walk papers. I've truly fallen in love with these, and foresee purchasing more before they're all gone. Here is a shot before all my embellishments went on so you can get a better look at them. I stenciled on some gesso to that base sheet using Crafters Workshop Confetti and layered on several different papers.

The butterflies, blossom,
and leaf cluster were all fussy cut from the Winged Vines sheet.

Along with the blossom/butterfly
is  Idea-ology's film strip ribbon and a chipboard piece from Prima's Cartographer collection...

as is this butterfly.
I did some faux nailing on the board paper with Prima's Junkyard Finding nail heads.

My huge flower was 
made with Alterations Tattered Florals die and Nature Walk papers. The center is a Prima Time Traveler Say It In Crystals gem. My foliage is all from Alterations Spring Greenery die using Cordination's Kraft Core and Idea-ology Wallflower papers, inked with Crushed Olive, Bundled Sage and Walnut Stain Distress. The pretty timepiece is a very old glitter charm from my stash. It had a pink rhinestone that I replaced with a Tim Holtz bauble. The strip of Idea-ology mirrored sheet was cut with the Alterations Frameworks Courtyard die. Those last two butterflies are... 1. a Prima wood icon on an Idea-ology memo pin ... and 2. the other fussy cut piece topped with an Idea-ology pen nib.

The photos were taken
last year at the Virginia condo of the Penmaker heading back to relax after a day of sight seeing. The Nature Walk board paper is a dead ringer for the walkway leading up to our door... the perfect compliment for these shots.
Please stop over at the
eclectic Paperie blog and see my complete tutorial of how I put my layout together. Be sure to check out all the product in the shop, too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Sister, Mother And Me Photo Album Page With A Spalted Maple Pen

Hi again on a 
wet and rainy Friday in Ohio. Baby Adelaide is still napping, so I just MIGHT have time to write this. I'll give it a go anyway.

I worked in my new
photo album (I guess it's really more of a journal) last night, and created this spread. The photo is a copy of one when I was around two. My poor mom looks so tired here. I wonder if I was wearing her out.
The pages have a base of gesso.
I dabbed on some Broken China distress stain and blended in Faded Jeans distress ink using my sponge applicator. I did a little stamping with Archival jet black ink and Stampers Anonymous Stuff To Say and Boundless Flight. Added more Faded Jeans using Crafter's Workshop Confetti stencil. Sponged on lots of Walnut Stain distress around the edges. The checkerboard resist canvas is by Prima and is colored with the two blues previously used. The Vintage Doily die is by Sizzix and the Chit Chat sticker words are from Idea-ology.

The trims are from
my stash... old cotton lace, tiny rick rack and buttons.
Now from the Penmaker...

This beauty is made
from stabilized spalted maple that's been dyed green in the spalted sections. When the died is put into those sections, it stays within the spalted areas and doesn't seep out. 

I would be happy to have a 
comment from you if you have time. Hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing weekend. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Stationer's Desk Family Photo Album

Hello again, friends!
I'm back with my second project as the June guest designer for eclectic Paperie. This one became more involved then I planned... totally my fault. It's a very easy project... if you don't take the side steps that I did.

My idea was to make an
album for old family photos using an Idea-ology Worn Cover Memoir Book and the Prima Staioner's Desk 6x6 paper pad. I started by tearing the sheet of Stationer's Desk paper I wanted, inking the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink...

 and applying with gel medium.

I gave the corners
a subtile stamping using Jet Black Archival ink and the flourish from the Tim Holtz Boundless Flight set... no stamping block.

Now a few layers...
a journal spot from the paper pad as well as fussy-cut flowers, three chipboard pieces from the Prima Cartographer collection and a Petaloo Botanica gray bloom. Most of this is popped up with 3-D adhesive foam and everything except the bloom was sponged with Walnut Stain D I. I ran a file over the edges of the chipboard first so the ink soaks in a bit.

The letters were cut with
Alterations Vintage Market Decorative Strip die. I applied them with the gel medium then gave them a top coat for a little extra protection from wear (which I also did to the other papers on the cover.)
With my cover complete
I moved to the inside, and this is the point at which I wasted a lot of time. My original thought was to use Tim's binder assembly, but after I fastened it into the book, I realized that wasn't the look I wanted. I removed the binder and went to my downstairs bookcase. I pulled out a stack of old paperbacks I didn't need and chose one that would fit into the covers.

I tore the front and
back covers off of the paperback and measured the spine. I cut a strip of kraft cardstock the same length minus an 1/8". The depth of my book was 3/4" wide so I cut the strip 3/4" plus a 1/4" for each side (score these at 1/4" and burnish)... total 1 1/4". (Your sizes will probably not be the same as mine... so be sure to measure.) I added Score Tape to the center (only) of the back of the strip, and covered the entire front of the strip. I removed the paper backing on just the back section and adhered it down in the center of the album over the holes.

I pulled off the paper backing
from the center Score Tape strips and pressed in the spire of my paperback. One by one, I did the same to the two 1/4" sides.

Ah yes... this is so neat!

I covered the book
title with some of Tim's Tissue Tape, added more Vintage Market letters and pulled out Tim's Nature Walk stamp set and added that foliage cluster at the bottom. I had a full cup of McDonald's coffee on my desk, so I splashed a little on the page... lovely! Some Walnut Stain D I to the edges and on to the next.

I'm taping three pages
together to form one usable page.

I won't go into detail
on these. I used the Stationer's Desk paper and some die-cuts and scraps of trims I had on my desk. I have two photos in and I'm on my way.

This is my favorite photo
of the Penmaker when he was a little boy visiting his aunt in the Smoky Mountains. Love the rope used as a belt.

I hope you like my
photo album and will try making one for yourself. T H has several different cover styles and Kim has them in her store now. Be sure to check them all out.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Delight Pocket Card Plus A Buckeye Burl Pen

With taking care of our
seven month old granddaughter during the day, putting in a vegetable garden, planting annuals and weeding, the days have been pretty busy. I have dozens of ideas for projects, but not a whole lot of energy toward evening. Since it rained nearly all of Wednesday, I was able to make a card during Adelaide's nap times. I have an almost untouched pad of Prima's Delight in my box for 6x6 pads. They're lovely patterns, but as usual, I would rather hold on to a treasure than use it. Why is that such a hard thing for me to do? Still, I broke down and pulled out a couple sheets and paired them up with a 12x12 Kaisercraft Curiosity piece call "Extraordinary Paper"... of which it certainly is (love that collection.)

Extraordinary Paper

The layers consist of
 Delight paper snippets and tags, a Prima doily (which is really a section of one of their newer trims), a Sizzix Vintage Doily, an assortment of I Am Roses flowers, and foliage cut with Martha Stewart's Branch punch and Alterations Spring Greenery. I added a few Prima Say It In Crystals from the Time Traveler collection, as well.

I cut out the tag using
more Delight... backing two sheets together, punching a hole and adding a silver We R Memory Keepers wide eyelet and dyed crinkled seam binding. The stamping was done with Walnut Stain Distress and Tim Holtz Stuff To Say and Boundless Flight sets.

The Penmaker has created
this gorgeous writing instrument with buckeye burl. The wood is just incredible... I wish you could hold this in your hand and see it in real life... so amazing! He is testing some new finishes for a company, so has been spending more time in his tiny workshop. It's just not right that I have this entire room for my art and he is squeezed into one miniscule space. It certainly doesn't seem to hinder his abilities, though.
I'm so happy you came
for a visit. Please drop in again soon, and if you have time, I would love for you to leave a comment.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Nature Walk Pocket Card

Hi friends! I'm very
happy and excited to be guest designer for the month of June at eclectic Paperie.

For most of you, I suppose
it's not a surprise that my first project would be a pocket card, but one made from something other than Prima papers should startle some. I'm using a totally different line... 7 Dots Studio... Nature Walk collection. I've been wanting to try their product for a long time now, and was thrilled when I saw it in the eP shop. I have not been disappointed. These are gorgeous papers and very high quality.

I started by cutting 
the paper to 5 1/2" and leaving the width at the full 12". I scored at 2" and 7 1/2".

I used 1/8" Score Tape,
folded over the 2" flap first, then the 4 1/2" one forming the pocket (no tape on that left edge... just the top and bottom.)

Two distressed mats are
added next. Using a Tim Holtz Burlap Laying Stencil, I put on a bit of black gesso and when dry, I sponged on a little Walnut Stain Distress Ink using Crafters Workshop's Tile Texture stencil.

The next layer is a square 
of stretched out cheese cloth... then a stack of papers tied with Tim's Jute String. I used the Alteration's Torn Notebook On The Edge die here. I cut one of the ATC size papers from Tim's Wallflower paper pad and backed it with the Gray Day paper from the N W collection. It goes atop the paper stack using 3-D foam tape.

Now I started making my
flowers. I cut 10 of the smallest one of the Alteration's Tattered Florals and 4 of the Movers & Shapers Mini Tattered Florals. I inked the edges with the Walnut Stain D I and shaped the petals using a thick foam pad and the end of a paint brush. 

I cut foliage from the
Alteration's Spring Greenery using a pretty green pattered paper from the Wallflower pad, did some inking and a bit of shaping with my long pointed tweezers. I assembled the flowers and foliage, then made a tag for the pocket.

I cut this from my same
Songbird N W sheet, inked the edges and blotted the tag in some Bundled Sage D I on my craft mat that I had misted with water. Dried it with my Heat Tool and did some stamping using the T H Nature Walk stamp set and Jet Black Archival Ink. I cut off a section of Tim's Crinkled ribbon and colored it with Walnut Stain and Bundled Sage D I. I added a wide silver eyelet to the tag and tied on a double bow with the ribbon.

After assembling my
flower arrangement, I decided a feather would be a nice added touch. I also put on a couple Chit Chat stickers popped-up with the 3-D foam...

and a string of birds (Tim's Birds in Flight.)

I'm very pleased with
this card and am definitely lovin' these Tim Holtz products and the 7 Dots Studio papers. A perfect combination!
Thank you to Kim and Bonnie
for inviting me to share some projects with you this month. I so appreciate the opportunity.

Thanks for stopping by!

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