Thursday, July 30, 2015

Luxe Mr. & Mrs.

Hello, so glad you came by today!

I'm sharing a wedding card I made using scraps.  The patterned papers (I just left them as-is, in rectangular panels, but I did distress the edges of the scrollwork piece with ink) were layered in a skewed way, atop a damask-embossed card base.  Bits of a golden Christmas tree die-cut (Memory Box Flowering Christmas Tree) were tucked behind the panels.

And a small piece of that gold Christmas tree was added to a tiny die cut tag, along with pearl-topped pins, and a bit of white twine. Scattered sequins in a variety of colors (matte white, shiny gold, matte gold) were added below the sentiment tag.

I think that'll do it for me this week. It's Sunday night as I type this post, and it is almost my bedtime. So very grateful you came by to say hello. I wish you a beautiful rest of the week, and weekend!

P.S. So glad you all like the larger font on my posts.  Me too!

Stamps: All Holidays - Stampin' Up! Paper: shiny gold - WorldWin; black flocked, tan scroll - Stampin' Up!; Vintage Cream - Papertrey Ink Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko; Frayed Burlap - Ranger Fibers: white twine - Stampin' Up!; black seam binding - Hug Snug / The Zipper Stop Accessories & Tools: Flowering Christmas Tree die - Memory Box; gold, Marshmallow sequins - Pretty Pink Posh; matte gold sequin - MJ Trimming; Textile embossing folder - Cuttlebug; Tiny Tags die - Papertrey Ink; pearl-topped pins - Dritz

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Dress-form For You


You're going to be sick of seeing my Mother's Day 2015 Collection cards!  Here is yet another, and I had oh-so-much fun putting this one together.  It began with a gray doily die cut from a $1.00 Scrap Bag from my Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  Took me a while to poke out all the little pieces, and I decided to even keep some in there because my hand was getting tired.  :-)

I had the dress form panel in a drawer, which was from a friend. With a tiny bit of fancy lace and a paper flower around the waistline, it looked even more beautiful.

The die-cut spool was from another friend (she used cardboard), and a while back, I had painted it with Ranger's Crackle Paint in Picket Fence.  When it was dry, I used Distress inks to rub gorgeous 'vintage' color into the cracks and along the edges.  For this card, I dressed it up by winding actual vintage thread around it and tape on the back, then glue on some pearl-topped pins from the notions section of the sewing store.  As a final touch, I added a junk bow made from a snippet of seam binding, and some netting from my daughter's prom dress.  

What do you think of the larger font I'm using in this post? I'm just experimenting. My eyesight ain't what it used to be, and perhaps some of you may be feeling the same way. Thoughts?

Thank you for coming by today!

Stamps: sentiment - Elements of Style - Stampin' Up! Paper: Smoky Slate - Stampin' Up!; Vintage Cream - Papertrey Ink Ink: Basic Gray - SU; Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain - Ranger Fibers: netting, seam binding, lace snippets, vintage thread Accessories & Tools: Picket Fence Crackle Paint - Ranger; spool die cut, dressform panel - crafty friends :-) ; Marshmallow sequins - Pretty Pink Posh; pearl-topped pins - Dritz; circle punch, Large Paper Doily Sizzlit die - Stampin' Up!; white flower -

Monday, July 27, 2015

Avian Love

Welcome and Happy Monday!

Though this card could be used for a variety of occasions, it was part of my Mother's Day 2015 Collection.  It had an appropriate sentiment inside.  I relied heavily on the Kaisercraft Lady Rose suite to put this together.  The patterned papers, bird and bird cage come from it.  I wiped a white craft ink pad along the edges of the card to distress it a bit.  And for the die cuts, I inked those edges with a kraft-colored Distress ink.  The sentiment and tiny little pal-pink heart border (on sentiment tag) are from Papertrey Ink's Tag-Its #11.

I gave the bird some leafy branches to nestle in, and added a bit of lace underneath.  This must be a lady-bird. ;-)

Did you have a good weekend?  What did you do?

I packed a lot into mine, and yet still had time to unwind and relax.  Love it when you can strike that combination.  :-)  I exercised, weeded, mulched, did laundry, went to church, helped the Vacation Bible School crew with a few things, enjoyed an impromptu visit from my sister-in-law, went out to dinner, cleaned the bathroom, changed bedsheets in two bedrooms, took photos of cards, made two cards (!), and -- favorite part -- swam in the pool with hubby and one of my girls.  My husband and I even had Happy Hour in the pool with a couple of martinis.  That was well-earned!

Stamps: hearts, sentiment - Tag-Its #11 - Papertrey Ink Paper: Vintage Cream - Papertrey Ink; Always Artichoke - Stampin' Up!; patterns - Lady Rose - Kaisercraft Ink: Frayed Burlap, Crystal pigment - Ranger; Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko; Pink Pirhouette - Stampin' Up! Fibers: crochet lace - Hero Arts; vintage thread Accessories & Tools: Branch with Leaves Sizzlit die - Stampin' Up!; bird and bird cage die cuts  - Lady Rose - Kaisercraft;  Tiny Tags die - Papertrey Ink

Friday, July 24, 2015

Rooster Retirement


Some very AMAZING teachers in my girls' lives all retired at the end of this past school year.  It was my absolute pleasure to create special cards to celebrate their new chapters in life.

I had bought a pack of this fabulous French Country rooster paper by Graphic 45 at Tuesday Morning.  From there, I worked the color palette around the designs.

A smattering of sequins and a topaz gem were sprinkled on the top half of the card.  Oh, and you see that coppery glittered strip by the ribbon?  It's trimmed from a store-bought card.  Sure do hate for anything pretty to go to waste!

Honestly, the three teachers, who each received one of these cards, are so very cherished.  They've each touched our lives in profound ways, and are such giving souls.  It feels good just to be around these ladies.  They impacted so many childrens' lives, and we are incredibly blessed to have had them all together in our tightly-knit little elementary school.  Thank the Lord our girls were instructed by them.  Our family wishes N., D. and O. all the best in their retirement!

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes - Stampin' Up! Paper: rooster patterned paper - Graphic 45; Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Naturals Ivory - Stampin' Up!; cinnabar/copper strip (by bow) - store-bought greeting card Fibers: Mottle Brown seam binding - Hug Snug - The Zipper Stop Accessories & Tools: Metallic Gold sequins - MJ Trimming; Bronze sequins - Pretty Pink Posh; topaz rhinestone; Modern Label punch, Scalloped Oval punch - Stampin' Up!; corner rounder punch - Fiskars; Labels 13 die - Spellbinders 
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