Thursday, September 28, 2017

Thankful For This Life Fall Pocket Card

Hello again, crafty friends!
Don't you just love Fall? Today it's really looking like it. Our hot spell seems to have subsided, and the forecast is lower temps for a few days. Heightens my mood for Fall card making.
This one began with a base of Bo Bunny's Dreams of Autumn Foxes... and since there or no foxes on this sheet you probably guessed I used the B side, which is a gorgeous shade of orange with a bit of text and some splatters... lovely!

The others layers are Prima's Amber Moon. I'm crazy about the wood, the pine and cones, roses, butterflies, and birds. This collection is SO pretty!

I did some stamping for my focal point using the timepiece from The Outpost set by Artistic Outpost. The ink is Archival Coffee. I stamped it on a die-cut of Alterations Thinlits Labels set. I did several of these and adhered them together to make a thick stack. I edged all the papers with Distress ink in Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo.

The florals were cut with Thinlits new Festive Greens and Fall Foliage. I added on a printed chipboard butterfly from the Amber Moon collection, as well as the "thankful for this life" sentiment.

I finished it off with two antique bronze filigrees in two of the corners.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fall Wall Hanging

Hello, dear Friends!
We're half-way through the week already. What an exciting one it's been for us. Yesterday we met our daughter-in-law at the hospital and I got to be with her when she found out her coming baby is a boy. This will be our eleventh grandchild and fifth boy... pretty well balanced, I think.

And speaking of grandkids, when our granddaughter, Dixie, saw the wool pumpkin project I was making, she asked if I would do a picture for her with a row of pumpkins. I was happy to oblige, and created this one for her.

It's on a base of cardboard. The papers are some from my stash... last years... and some stickers.

I popped things up for more dimension and edged it all with with orange cotton twill tape.

I love making projects for the grandkids... kind of hope they'll get the bug themselves.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Hand-dyed Wool Pumpkin on Canvas

Happy Monday, Friends!
Another day of heat and sunshine in Ohio... hope you're having the same lovely weather.
And once more a new project!
This time I tried hand-dyed wool on a canvas. Like my clipboard from my last post, I purchased this 6x6 canvas quite some time ago and had it stashed away. To start, I colored it with several blended Distress Inks and filled in that center section that kind of sinks down with two layers of Warm & Natural Needled Cotton Batting.

I cut the pumpkin with Alterations Bigz Pumpkin Jack (retired) and some of my precious hand-dyed wool that I buy here. I pulled out some matching colors of pearl cotton and did rows of backstitching, tucking in some poly stuffing for a little dimension.

Around the pumpkin I did a whip stitch. Next my plan was to do a blanket stitch with the brown pearl cotton, but I realized I had cut the plaid material a little too small. 

I settled for gluing my material to the canvas. Not quite the finished look I wanted, but what I had to settle for.

I decided to add  some metal for a variation in textures.

I loved the look of the filigree antique bronze leaf with the colors of the wools.

In searching through my boxes of metals, I found these two flourishes in the same antique finish. They have a pumpkin vine-look to them... just perfect with my pumpkin, I thought.

Other than that deleted blanket stitch, I'm pretty happy with this project. Seriously though, I may think on this awhile, and see if I can figure out how to pull it off anyway. Any suggestions?

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Today Is Full of Possibilities Clipboard Layout

Hello to all!
I've been feeling adventurous lately, so I tried something new... 
mixed media on a burlap covered clipboard. I bought this clipboard at Michaels at a terrific discount a long while back. It's just been hanging out in my closet, getting pulled at every now and then, looked at, then put back on the shelf. Yesterday I felt really inspired by Paula Cheney at One Lucky Day. Although my project isn't the same, some of the techniques she used are, and that was my inspiration. I love the tag she made, I love the products she used. I hope you can spot some of them on my project... my ever so neglected clipboard which is now fully decorated and ready to be displayed.
I began with Idea-ology's Wallflower Paper Stash. I did some machine stitching, then stenciling with Tim Holtz Speckles Layering Stencil and Distress Collage Crazing Medium. When it was dry, I applied Distress Collage Vintage Medium. I distressed the edges and sponged on Vintage Photo DI. I adhered it to the clipboard with Distress Collage Matt Medium.

Now I started layering. The wood piece is a Prima Wooden ATC that I stained with Distress Stain in Vintage Photo. 

The sentiment is Idea-ology's Quote Chips rubbed with Vintage Photo DI.

The layers are paper scraps from the Wallflower PS alternated with art foam for dimension.

There is also some TH packaging in there. a piece from Idea-ology Collector Layers, and a torn scrap of book text... all distressed and inked.

The flowers are by I Am Roses. They matched the paper so nicely and my sweater, as well.

The twine is May Arts natural burlap string.

This wood cross is from my favorite shop in the Smoky Mountains. If you zoom in, you can see some of my white splatters I added using watered down Picket Fence Distress Paint.

I distressed the metal pieces with Picket Fence, too... brushed on from the bottle and wiped with a cloth. The filigree came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique, the screw head is by Prima, and another I Am Roses flower.

Sorry for the long length of this post... 
thanks for sticking with it... and...

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Happy Birthday Magic

Hi there, friends! I hope your week is going well!
I have a birthday card to show you today that's just a bit different for me. Other than the pre-made card base... 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" white... and black textured cardstock, it's made entirely from a package of Snap! Insta Squares & Pieces Say Cheese by Simple Stories. I haven't a clue as to why I purchased this. I'm guessing I bought it in Tennessee at Your Scrapbook Superstore... one of those impulse items I tend to buy when we're away on a trip. Nevertheless, I guess it came in handy and I was happy with what I was able to create with it.

Strike that word entirely above... I cut this Avery Elle happy die from glitter paper and used the matching stamp set for the birthday.

 I popped up the balloon grouping and the sentiment strip with 3-D foam and used an Idea-ology Hex Fastener on the red arrow and View Finder piece to make a spinner.
This card went to our grandson, Ruf, who was celebrating his sixth birthday this week.
Yesterday, I began a fall project with some hand-dyed wool. If I get that completed today, I'll post it next.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Best Journey Always Takes Us Home Fall Pocket Card

Happy Monday, friends!
We are back home after a weekend in Point Pleasant, WV. Had a fabulous time there working and spending time with our son.
I had started this post before we left, but wasn't able to get it finished. I created an old-time homey-look pocket card using a combination of Authentic's two collections Harvest and Homestead. 

Along with all the calico type papers, I added some Alterations Thinlits Fall Foliage die-cut leaves, an Idea-ology Pumpkin Pieces, some real acorns and a vine piece.

The leaves were cut from various scraps of plain Echo Park papers and inked with Rusty Hinge Distress.

In between papers is a rectangle of Idea-ology Textured Surfaces burlap.

The small tag is from the ephemera pack of the Prima Amber Moon collection. I glued on a tiny laser-cut wood heart and tied on a tiny bow of wrinkled, orange seam binding. The sentiment tag has the same along with a copper wide eyelet.

I hope this is the beginning of a wonderful week for you all!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Z-Fold Spinner Birthday Card

Hi friends! Happy Wednesday!
Do you like trying new card designs? Since I purchased the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform I've been much more adventurous in attempting them. As I said before, I've never been much of a stamper and I have very few stamp sets and supplies. So for me to try something new that I see on YouTube is a real challenge. Take this example of Jennifer McGuire's Z-Fold Spinner Card. (Please check out her post here.) I had none of the supplies she used except for ink and the stamp platform, but I really wanted to make a card for our granddaughter's third birthday. I used a patterned paper, Echo Park's The Story of Fall Dots, since I didn't have a background stamp. Instead of a sentiment stamped around the circle (since I had none that would work), I put mine at the bottom of the card.
I added the red heart center after the Penmaker had taken the photos.

All in all, I'm really happy with the way it turned out, and when Jesse opened the card it actually did spin a ton. Success!!!

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Blessed Fall Pocket Card

Hi friends!
Don't you love it when two different paper collections from two different companies blend perfectly together into one unique card? I'm a happy lady indeed, looking at this pocket card made from both Kaisercraft's Curiosity and Prima's Amber Moon.
Curiosity is such a gorgeous collection of warm colors that lends itself well to Fall projects. Thankfully I still have a few sheets left in my stash, although they are dwindling. I used some of those sheets for the base and most of the layers and the tag. 

The bird is from the Curiosity ephemera pack. The pretty filigree corner piece is from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

The flowers are from Prima... Bramble. They look like I brushed them with gesso... I love these! I cut the leaves with my Alterations Fall Foliage... inked them with Rusty Hinge Distress, then shaped them with tweezers.

The feather is Amber Moon printed chipboard and the Blessed sentiment is from the ephemera pack.

Have a great week!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Country Roads Take Me Home Fall Pocket Card and Just a Teeny Bit of Bragging


Hello, sweet friend and happy Friday!
I'm sitting at my desk watching dark clouds gatherer outside my window. The trees are really whipping around and I'm thankful to be in our cosy home. Please be praying for the folks in Florida as this next hurricane approaches.

I took a shot of my work space as I was putting my newest Fall pocket card together. I was watching Tiffany Solorio on YouTube showing her Prima Amber Moon haul which is what I have laying here.

For my stamped image, I pulled out my Artistic Outpost Home set and Coffee Archival ink by Ranger. The dies I used are Alterations Thinlits Stitched Rectangles and Fall Foliage. Distress Rusty Hinge ink is what I sponged onto the edges.

Now for my bit of bragging... sorry, I just had to post this about our son.

Seth won the Golden Yeti Award last weekend
and I thought it appropriate to post one of the articles written about him here.

Please everyone stay safe this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Happy Harvest Scarecrow Gatefold Card

Hello, dear friends! 
I'm so happy you're here because I have another card to show you using Alterations new Scarecrow die set.

 With a base of K & Company's Tim Coffey Fall papers I made a gatefold card instead of my usual pocket card. I cut this at 12 x 5 1/2", scoring at 4 1/4" and 9 1/4".

I added a layer of corrugate from the Idea-ology Textured Surfaces pack, topping it with Prima's Amber Moon Into The Woods, which is my favorite pattern in that collection. I inked up all the edges with Distress in Carved Pumpkin. I tied a bite of natural burlap string to the hat, as well as around the right fold of the base.

I cut the jagged edge label and leaves using Kraft Core papers and Thinlits Labels and Fall Foliage dies. The inner circle is a scrap of Amber Moon cut with Spellbinder's Classic Circles, and stamped and heat embossed with Ranger's Super Fine Gold EP. The tiny acorns are from my daughter's front yard which I baked at 225 degrees for 20 minutes.
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