Thursday, November 27, 2014

In everything, give thanks

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends!

I'm thankful for YOU.  =)

Enjoy your holiday weekend!  See you soon.

Stamps: Happy Harmony (sentiment), Autumn Splendor - SU 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Leaf Cluster

Hello!  I hope today finds you well, and preparing for Thanksgiving tomorrow, if you are one of my American friends.  As I write this post, I'm not sure where we will spend this holiday, but I'll be giving thanks for the many blessings in my life - no matter where I am.

Today's card reminds me of a cornucopia, with bounty from the land (if you eat leaves and acorns), with rich colors thrown in. I fell in love with this card.  The leaves, the jewel tones mixed with neutrals, and the tiny details add up to something that pleases me.

Some Stampin' Up! Tulle Ribbon, found in a scrap bag (I live off of those scraps, as you can see from post to post), was pleated and added to the back of the plum panel with glue.

I leave you with a quote I found online:

"Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting."--Unknown

Be blessed, my friends.  :-D

Paper: kraft - PTI; Perfect Plum, Purely Pomegranate, River Rock - SU Fibers: Tulle Ribbon, gold/cream twine - SU; scalloped lace; twine - Creative Impressions Accessories & Tools: Tattered Leaves die - Sizzix/Tim Holtz; Matte Gold sequins - MJ Trimming; small 4 mm Sand sequin - Pretty Pink Posh; acorn die - SU; Picket Fence Crackle Paint - Tim Holtz/Ranger; silver, gold Smooch inks

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hello, Mixed Media

Hi.  :)  I've been dipping my toe in the waters of mixed media, just a little at a with this card here.  I slopped up this card below pretty good the day I made it:

The vintage book page was spritzed, wiped, inked, painted and heaven knows what else.  Not sure I'm loving it.  The taupe flowers were a gift from my friend, Sindhu, of Trapped In Craft.  I clustered many together to make one larger one, and surrounded them with Rose Leaf punch-outs.

I'm becoming a fan of Altenew, a stamp company that has really fresh ideas.  This sentiment is from Label Love.   I've got two Altenew sets filled with sentiments, but I've reserved an order for Vintage Roses.  Finally:  a two-step stamping set, in clear poly that helps build gorgeous flowers with lots of depth.  I have a few old sets from Stampin' Up! like this, but you need a Stamp-a-majig, and sometimes I'm not in the mood to fiddle with that.

Life has been incredibly busy for me this past month or so.  I've had my blog posts all lined up for a while now, and glad I did so, because I've had no free time at all to craft.  I'm aching to get back into my studio again.  I'm also sorely behind on visiting blogs!  Please know I think of you all - my blogging friends - often, and miss visiting to see what you've created.

I hope you have a wonderful day, and an equally wonderful week!  :)

Stamps: Label Love - Altenew Paper: vintage book page; kraft, Vintage Cream - PTI; patterns, Always Artichoke - SU Fibers: crochet lace Accessories & Tools: taupe paper roses -; pearl flourish - Want2Scrap; Rose Leaf punch, silver & white craft paints - Martha Stewart; Khaki ink spray - Tattered Angels

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Christmas Paperwhites

Hello.  :-)  In the years before I had children, I used to force paperwhite flowers to give as Christmas gifts.  It's really easy to do, and makes an incredibly lovely presentation for someone (even yourself). I would scour thrift stores to find vessels for the bulbs to grow in, but the one I always used for myself was from my dad.  It's a decent size, made of glass, and Dad told me it was an antique battery holder.  It's one of the few treasures I have of his, and reminds me just how much he loved shopping for antiques (though, at the time, I thought it was just old junk; what did I know?).

The Christmas cards I'm sharing today feature a Flourishes set, Paperwhites.  I was lucky enough to win it one November a few years ago.  Each of these two cards have the same color palette:  warm grays and cream.  Even the same Copic markers were used on each one, but with quite different results.

The first is my favorite, and that of my 13 year old daughter, as well.

A smidgen of a vintage book page peeks out at top and bottom behind the main panel.  A vintage button and thread adorn it.  I've stamped the "Season's Greetings" sentiment from the Paperwhites set across the bottom, over the flower stems.  Finally, a coating of crystal glitter over the flowers gives it a subtle, festive feel.

I used a colorless blender pen by Copic to create some random dots amidst the background.  Love how it turned out.

On the next card, I used a smaller bouquet stamp from the set to create a background for the card base.  The main panel was colored with the same markers as above, but see how much different it looks when on cream cardstock?

Same greeting, stamped in the same way, but this time I also stamped it in black on a mini circle tag. It was popped up on foam dimensional stickers, and tied with the vintage thread.

Which one do you like better?

Before I go, I just want to share a pic of my girls when they were younger.  Why?  Because this mother's heart is bursting with gratitude to be entrusted with these precious lives.

I love my girls so very, very much.

Thank you so much for visiting me today.  I really appreciate it!

Stamps: Paperwhites - Flourishes Paper: Sahara Sand, Basic Gray - SU; Vintage Cream - PTI; vintage book page Ink: Sahara Sand - SU; Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko Fibers: vintage thread Accessories & Tools: Classic Tags die - Memory Box; Copic markers; vintage button; Crystal glitter - Martha Stewart
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