Sunday, July 16, 2017

Playing with ATCs

Recently, I felt like trying a little something out of my comfort zone so decided to make some artist trading cards.  I have tried these small art projects before.  For my cards that I'm sharing today, I decided to make each one totally different.


First up is perhaps my favorite of the three I am sharing today.  I used paper from Prima for the background and lace trim from Tim Holtz.  I used two paper doll images also from Tim Holtz.  The tiny white flowers are Tim's as well.  The bottle cap was made by cutting a clock from the Prima paper and covering it with a clear epoxy sticker from Bead Landings.  A small metal bracket from my stash was placed in the lower right corner.


Next is a shabby chic inspired ATC using paper from Melissa Frances.  The flowers and butterfly are Recollections except for the tiny white Tim Holtz flowers on the right.  All other items are from my stash.  While shabby chic projects are my favorite thing to make, I struggled most with this ATC for some reason.

My last ATC was done on a stitched canvas-type fabric.  I placed some eyelet lace trim on the left side and layered some Petaloo flowers on top.  The tiny burlap flower, butterfly and leaves are from Recollections.


And there you have it--three different ATCs that were a lot of fun to make.  I really enjoyed the process.  Here you have the three ATCs side by side.  ATC information is stamped on the back of each but I forgot to take a picture of that.


Enjoy the rest of the weekend!  I hope the week ahead is a wonderful one for all.  I'm having some car trouble so we'll see what happens there!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I am so happy to see your sweet comments as well.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Wedding Card Keepsake

Hi friends.  My cousin's daughter recently got married and she (my cousin) asked me to make a special card for her to give to her daughter for the occasion.  She was using pieces of her own wedding gown for part of the bridal bouquet.  I asked her if she had any of the lace left over that I could use for the card.  She gave me one of the sleeves and this is what I created.


The base is a card measuring 5x7 inches.  I covered it with old-fashioned text cardstock and lace from the sleeve.  The ruffled trim is from the cuff on the sleeve.  I did add some lace trim from my stash for the edges of the card.  The flowers and leaves are an assortment from Prima and Recollections.  A Prima heart-shaped frame was tucked into the flowers and two resin birds placed in the opening.  The sentiment is printed on vellum.  I added some rhinestones for extra sparkle.


This was somewhat of a group effort!  My cousin wanted to include a note to her daughter inside.  I suggested she have that printed on vellum which a co-worker of her's was able to do.  I folded the vellum and glued it in place.  The left side of the page looked a little plain, so I cut a lace design from the sleeve and placed that at the top of the page.  If you click each photo, you can see the details better.


Everyone was happy and quite touched with the card, which was a relief to me!  I wasn't sure if they would like it.  It will be put in a display box in their new home.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and for your sweet comments.  I do appreciate hearing from you!  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

My Besties Card - Simple & Sweet

It's a very hot day today but that is expected this time of the year.  I am patiently waiting for the fall--can't come fast enough for me!

Today, I have a card to share using one of my favorite stamp collections--My Besties.  This sweet image is called "Little Sophia."


The image was colored using Copic markers and cut out with a stitched oval die by Tim Holtz.  This was placed on a diecut frame by Spellbinders.  The background paper is Recollections Spring Dream collection and adhered to a white cardstock base.  A strip of crochet lace was placed next and a strip of self-adhesive trim attached at the top.   The framed image was mounted with foam tape.  The flowers are from Recollections Spring Dream and Color Splash collections, and the diecut leaves are from Cheery Lynn.  The sentiment is from the same Recollections paper collection.  A white hemp bow adds a finishing touch.


I love the foil touches in this paper collection.  It adds that extra sparkle!  Plus, the color palette is so soft and sweet.


Using a leftover piece of the paper, I decided to dress up the envelope a bit with it and a matching flower and diecut leaf.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and for your kind comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Large Lacy Tag/Wall Hanging

Hi everyone!  It's a very warm day here today and my energy feels zapped.  I am hoping to get my second wind soon!  A big change is coming to my life after this week which I feel is for the best.  With increasing problems at work, I have decided, after 21 years of employment there, to hand in my resignation.  I feel it is the best thing for me to do for myself.  Time will tell but I do believe that when one door closes, another one opens.

Today, I have a large tag to share.  I began with a cream felt base and covered it with a lacy fabric.  I had this pretty image printed on fabric that I wanted to showcase.  I placed it on top of the base and then began layering all the various trims.  An applique, fabric flowers, leaves and a beaded branch were placed in the lower right corner.  Pearls were added to the trim at the bottom.  A beaded trim was used as a hanger at the top.


This hanging came together very quickly.  No sewing required.  I used Fabric Tac to glue everything in place.  If you click on the photos, you can see the details better.


Well, that's it for today.  I did get a couple of cards made this week and am working on a tag.  I love my craft time!

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.  I appreciate all your kind comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Butterfly Card for Father's Day

Today, we celebrate Father's Day here in the States.  I decided to make a card for my Dad featuring some products from Tim Holtz.


Beginning with a white cardstock base, I inked the edges and then layered pattern paper from K&Co.  Using a sheet of cream cardstock, I began covering it in various shades of Distress Inks.  Once that was done, I used a Tim Holtz Thinlits die to cut out the background shape.  The butterfly is from a Tim Holtz stamp and die set.  I colored it also with Distress Inks.  A bit of cheesecloth was tucked under the butterfly.  The flowers were made with a die from La-La Land and the edges inked in Tea Dye and accented with Recollections rhinestones.  I used glittered stickers from Making Memories to spell out the word "Dad."


Wishing all the Dads and those taking the place of Dads a very happy Father's Day!  Today, we are having a turkey dinner with all the trimmings for my Dad and my husband.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Butterfly Tag

Summer is most definitely here with the beginning of a heat wave today.  Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 90s with rising humidity.  Since I do not like the heat, I am patiently waiting for Fall to arrive again!

Today, I have another tag to share featuring a Sizzix butterfly die.  I love butterflies, especially the delicate beauty of this one.


The tag base was covered with paper from Tim Holtz Wallflower collection.  I used an assortment of flowers from Prima, Petaloo and Recollections accented with diecut Prima leaves.  Delicate lace was attached to the bottom of the tag with a strip of Recollections pearls across the top of the lace.  The butterfly was cut twice--once from pattern paper and once from copper cardstock-- and layered together with a brown flatback pearl accent.  I placed the butterfly inside of a chipboard frame.  A piece of seam binding and a Tim Holtz button was placed at the top.


Well, that's it for me today.  I plan on staying indoors where it is nice and cool.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your kind comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Hanging Heart

Hi everyone!  I'm a bit late getting my post up today but here it is.  I made this heart wall hanging awhile ago and forgot to share it.


The heart shape was cut from a cereal box and covered with patterned paper.  I forgot to write down what line I used.  Using a couple of types of ruffled trim and some beaded trim, I adhered those to the shape of the heart.  Various flowers from my stash were placed on the right side of the heart and towards the bottom of it.  A couple of trims were made into a bow and tucked under the flowers.  A frame surrounds the cute little resin birds.  A seam binding bow accented with rhinestone buttons was placed at the top for hanging.


This was a very easy project to make.  I think I may try making some more of them.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your kind comments.  Best wishes for a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Tag

It's Memorial Day weekend here in the States which gives us a holiday on Monday to honor those who lost their lives in service to this country.  We are having a small BBQ with family today.  Hopefully, the weather will cooperate.

Today, I have a tag to share using a fancy-shaped die from Sizzix.  I cut the base from two coordinating sheets of paper by Blue Fern for the front and back of the tag.  I used a vintage image in a resin frame as the focal point.  Cheesecloth is tucked underneath.  The frame is surrounded by various flowers (some Prima), diecut Prima leaves, and a bit of a Prima pearl swirl.  The top is capped off with a bow and a Prima embellishment.


This tag was very quick and easy to make.  I love the soft colors.  I did add a touch of gesso to the flowers for a shabby look.


Well, that's it for me today.  I haven't been feeling great due to a lot of stress that is starting to affect my health, so I hope the long weekend will help me de-stress.  I thank each of you for taking the time to stop by and for your very kind comments.  I appreciate them and you!  Have a wonderful week ahead.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Shabby Fabric Tag

Hi there!  I hope the past week has been a good one for everyone.  Yesterday, my cousin's daughter got married.  The wedding was beautiful.  I will be sharing the card I made for her at my cousin's request sometime in the near future.  Today, however, I am sharing a shabby fabric tag.


I began by cutting a piece of felt into the shape of a tag and covering it with a canvas-like piece of shabby chic fabric I bought on clearance at Michael's.  Using various appliques and lace trims, I layered them around the tag.  Taking an image of a young girl from the Internet, I edged the photo in lace and added some tiny vintage buttons.  A wooden timepiece by Recollections was tucked under the photo frame.  A ribbon flower and some glittered leaves from my stash were added next.  Another piece of lace trim was tied to the top as a finishing touch.


Well, that's it for me today.  I got very little sleep last night and am starting to feel very sleepy.  I think I'll take a nap!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I do appreciate your very sweet comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead!


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day 2017

Hi there!  Happy Mother's Day to those celebrating today.  I'm a bit late in posting as I was enjoying the beautiful day we had today and spending time with my own dear mother and son.  I do have a couple of cards to share that I made for today.

First is a card I gave to my wonderful Mom.  The papers and flowers are from Recollections.  I added a doily and pearls from my stash.  The stamped word "Mother" is from Papertrey Ink.


This card as well as the second one came together so quickly using the matching papers, journaling cards/sentiments, and flowers.


For my second card, I again used Recollections papers as well as a sentiment card, self-adhesive glitter tape and roses.  Both cards have gold foiled papers.  The pretty double layer butterflies were made with dies by Spellbinders.


This card was made for one of my aunts who is also my godmother.


Well, that's it for me today.  I took a day off from work tomorrow and am looking forward to some crafting time.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your kind comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Altered Embroidery Hoop

Back again with another first for me--an altered embroidery hoop.  It really came together rather quickly once I got started.


First, I began by giving the hoop two coats of white paint to help cover up any wood that might show through.  Next, I stretched a piece of pretty embroidered fabric between the hoops, trimming the excess close to the edge.  Using a sweet vintage image from the Internet, I glued a delicate trim around the photo.  Then, began the layering of all the lacy trims, appliques and fabric flowers.  Did you notice the pretty bird by Prima at the lower right corner of the image?


There you have it!  All done using glue--no sewing required.  I purchased an extra hoop so I may whip up another one soon.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your sweet comments.  It's a crisp day here today and I love it!  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Pin Cushion

Summer is trying to arrive too early for me.  After a couple of days in the 80s, today is a bit cooler in the 60s.  However, we are back to the 80s again tomorrow but the 60s by the end of the week.  The seasons no longer seem to have the weather patterns they are supposed to have.

Today, I have another first for me--a pin cushion project.  After watching a couple of tutorials on You Tube, I decided to give one a try.  No sewing is involved--all put together with glue.


To begin, I cut two circles from a piece of fabric.  A mound of batting was put in the center of one circle with the second circle on top and gluing the edge closed.  A strip of lace and an applique were glued across the center.  Various pieces of ruffled trim were glued around the edge.  Fabric flowers were added for some interest.  I added some handmade stickpins--they are not very good (I need more practice!).


Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and for leaving your sweet comments.  I enjoy reading them.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

One More

Hi friends.  I hope the past week has been a good one.  For me, work continues to be challenging.  By the time I get home, I'm so worn out.  But, enough of that!

Today, I am squeezing in one more Easter card made from Pion Design's Easter Greetings papers.  This one is probably my favorite that I made with this collection.


Beginning with a white cardstock base, I distressed and inked a couple of the papers and layered them onto the card.  The tag was cut from one of the sheets and layered onto another piece of paper.  I used punches to create the hole and reinforcer at the top of the tag and then tied a seam binding bow though it.  The tag was attached to the card with foam tape.  I tucked some cheesecloth underneath it and some vines cut with a Cheery Lynn die.  Crochet trim was placed across the bottom.  The flowers are from my stash and were given a coat of gesso.  The sentiment was cut from the papers.  Lastly, I created some splatters on the card with a mixture of gesso and water.


It's a beautiful spring day here today with cool temperatures and a picture-perfect sky.  My husband and I took a nice long walk as it is a perfect day for doing so.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.  I appreciate your sweet comments.  Wishing everyone a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter Card 2017

Happy Easter!  It has been a very warm day today with record temperatures.  It will be a bit more seasonable tomorrow and the next couple of days.  We had a busy day visiting relatives.  I am now looking for some relaxing time this evening.

My card today features papers from Pion Design's Easter Greetings collection.  I love the soft colors and sweet images in this collection.


The base was made from lavender colored cardstock.  The top scalloped edge was made with a Martha Stewart punch.  All paper edges were inked and distressed.  I added some lace trim to peek out from under the layers.  The image was cut with a Tim Holtz stitched oval die and then framed with a Spellbinders die.  The Recollections flowers were given a coat of gesso to soften the color.  Vintage buttons and seam binding were added for a more shabby feel.  The banner sentiment was cut from the papers.  I gave a touch of yellow Stickles to the flowers and the tiny chick.


I decided to dress up the envelope a bit by placing a decorative lace/pearl trim down the side with an egg shape cut from the papers.  The edge of the egg was inked and distressed.  I added a bit of purple flower trim to the egg for decoration.


Well, that's about it for me today.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend and have a wonderful week ahead.
Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.  I do appreciate your sweet comments.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Live Life to the Full

Hi there!  Feeling a bit under the weather this past week but I have this springlike tag to share reminding us how important it is to life life to the full.


The paper I used for the background is from Graphic 45's Secret Garden collection.  The pretty lace trim and ruffles around the edges of the tag help to showcase the pattern paper.  Purple trim and pearls were added to the ruffles.  The lovely flowers were a gift to me.  I accented them with diecut leaves and vines from Prima and Cheery Lynn.  A double layer butterfly by Spellbinders peeks out of the flower cluster.  The sentiment is stamped on another diecut and framed with a Prima pearl circle.  A cluster of pearls from Recollections sits above the ruffled trim.  Lavender seam binding bows were placed on either side of the ruffled trim and a piece of the same seam binding was tied to the top.


It is hard to believe that Easter is next Sunday.  The weather is turning very warm this week, so I guess it's time to put the winter clothes away!   I also need to get a start on spring cleaning.

Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind comments.  I hope everyone has an enjoyable week ahead and remember to Live Life to the Full!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Shabby Chic Fabric Tag

Can you believe it is April already?  This week promises to have many April Showers in the forecast.  After a rainy start to the weekend, today is sunny and crisp.

My project today is my first attempt at a fabric tag.  It is a larger size tag.  No sewing involved.  Everything was attached with FabricTac glue.


For the base, I glued two pieces of felt together and then covered it in a lacy fabric.  I used two pieces of felt to provide a sturdier base.  A ruffled trim was added to the edges.  Next came various other pieces of lace and trims around the edge.  Appliques were glued to the tag.  Then, the embellishing began.  The flowers, frame and butterfly are from Prima.  A seam binding bow was placed at the bottom accented with a pearl cluster.  Little leaf-like pearl accents were placed at each corner.  A seam binding loop was attached to the back for hanging.


You may notice that the ruffled trim has an iridescent quality to it.  Gives the tag some added sparkle.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.  I appreciate the kind comments you leave.  Wishing everyone a relaxing Sunday and an enjoyable week ahead!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spring Card

Hi everyone!  Hope you are having an enjoyable weekend.  It is a bit overcast here with on and off showers.  Good day to relax, if you can!


Today's card just says spring to me!  The papers and image are from an older Pion Design collection called Vintage Garden.  I love all their papers--so beautiful!  I began with a white cardstock base and adhered the pink pattern paper.  Next, I encircled the sweet image with a diecut from Memory Box called Catalina Wreath.  Lace trim and pearls were added across the bottom.  The flowers are a mix from Paper Studio and Recollections.


I don't always place a sentiment on a card so that I can use them for whatever occasion pops up.  I made this card for a friend shortly after Christmas because she loves pink and shabby chic.

Well, that's it for me today.  I am attending a bridal shower this afternoon so need to get ready for that.  Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  I appreciate each one.  Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Winter Angels Altered Canvas

Hi everyone!  This past week finally brought a much anticipated snowfall that didn't disappear the same day.  We got about six inches of the white stuff before it changed to an ice storm.  With the very cold temperatures in place for the week, most of the snow is still around.  However, I am sure it will disappear this week as temperatures will climb to the 50s.

Before spring officially arrives tomorrow, I have a winter-themed altered canvas to share with you.  I wanted to showcase the sweet angel image using the reverse side of the canvas.


The canvas is a small size measuring 6x6 inches.  I began by giving it a coat of white gesso.  After gluing the image onto the canvas, I covered  the canvas in a variety of lacy trims from Joann's.  A string of blue pearls was added to enhance the image.  Next, the embellishing began.  The white floral cluster is from Hobby Lobby.  The snowflakes and larger flowers are from Recollections.  The word "Peace" was diecut from silver metallic cardstock.


In the photo above, you can see where I used a Tim Holtz snowflake stencil and some Golden Pearl Mica Flake paste to decorate the sides and back of the canvas.  If you click on each image, you can view the details better.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.  I do appreciate all your kind comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Butterfly Birthday

Recently, I needed a card for a dear scrapping friend who had an upcoming birthday.  I decided to dig into my Tim Holtz supplies, and here is what I made.


Everything used here is from Tim Holtz except the gold beads and seam binding.  The butterfly is a stamp and die set and was colored in an assortment of Distress Inks.  The base is Distress cardstock with a layer of pattern paper from the Wallflower collection.  The stitched oval was cut from the same Distress cardstock.  The sentiment was stamped with Distress Ink and adhered with foam squares as was the butterfly.  With St. Patrick's Day this week, I thought it was a good time to share this card since it is predominately green!

Winter seems to have finally arrived this weekend with a bit of snow on Friday, very cold temperatures, and perhaps a major snowstorm come Monday night.  What a mixed-up season this year!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your kind comments.  Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Heart Tag

Another week has gone by and we are now in the month of March.  Where did February go?  For that matter, where did winter go?  We've had mainly mild temperatures and very little snow.  In fact, we've been hitting 70 degrees each week at one point and then dipping back to 30 degree temperatures the next day.  Flowers are popping out on one of my trees which is way too early!

Today, I have a heart tag to share.  Papers from Pion Design's "To My Valentine" collection were used to cover a plain tag.  A postage frame chipboard piece was coated in glitter from Martha Stewart.  A wooden Recollections heart was added to the top of a chipboard heart from my stash and placed on top of the frame.  Pieces of lace were glued to the bottom and one side of the tag.  Flowers and leaves from Recollections form a cluster below the heart.  A twine bow was tucked into the cluster.  The butterfly was fussy cut from the papers and highlighted with Stickles.  Tea-stained twill ribbon is tied at the top.


While this collection was geared toward Valentine's Day, you can see that it can be used for any other purpose as well.


Last week, I ended up with a full-blown migraine--something I had been so fortunate to find relief from in the last few years.  I hope a new pattern isn't beginning!  Wishing each of you a wonderful week ahead.  Thank you so much for stopping by and for your wonderful comments!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Tag

Hi there!  After several days with temperatures in the 70s, today is windy and cold with a temperature in the low 40s.  It is supposed to hit 70 again midweek and then back to the 40s at the end of the week.  What kind of a season is this?

Today, I have a tag to share which I really enjoyed making.  Using a tag cut from a cereal box as a base, I covered both sides with paper from Lemoncraft's House of Roses.  It is a beautiful collection.  Next, I layered a Prima doily and various lace appliques and trims.  A vintage photo was placed in a resin frame and surrounded with flowers from my stash.  The leaves were cut with another Prima die.  The butterflies were fussy cut from the paper.  The "For You" embellishment is part of the collection.  A strip of pearls and pink ribbon finish the tag.


Here is a view of the tag from another angle.  I love the pretty colors of this tag.  With Spring in the air, it certainly is ideal to welcome the season.


Thank you for taking the time to stop by and for all the good wishes on my new job assignment.  It was a bit stressful this past week but I'm hoping that things will work out well soon.  I hope the new week ahead is a wonderful one for you.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Same Image, Two Different Ways Cards

Hi everyone!  Spring has arrived here even though it's not due for another month.  We've had an extremely mild winter, much to my disappointment!  Not liking this climate change thing.

Today, I have two cards to share using the same My Besties stamped image.  These cards were for Valentine's Day but, with no sentiment, could easily be used for any occasion.


Both cards use papers from Recollections and the My Besties Blue Jean Baby image which was colored with Copic markers.  The base is white cardstock with the pattern paper matted in red cardstock and placed on top.  The oval shape for the image was done with a Tim Holtz die.  A Spellbinders diecut heart was placed under the oval as well as some pretty laces in white and red.  Flowers are Recollections.  The red bow is from my stash.


My next card is done in a similar fashion.  This time, I tore the paper and distressed the edges around the image.  Liquid Pearls were added around the image.  The sentiment and enamel dots are Recollections.  The red bow was made with a die from Our Daily Bread Designs.  A piece of lace trim was added across the bottom.  If you changed the sentiment on this card, it also could be used for any other occasion.

Well, that's all for me today.  I intend to relax the rest of the day.  Tomorrow begins the new changes in my job status.  I did have a little training last week and am trying not to let it overwhelm me.  Breathe and relax, I tell myself!  lol  Wishing everyone a wonderful week ahead.  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and for your kind comments.