Thursday, September 29, 2016

Frame This

Howdy.  I've been busy with everything in life, except creating.  {frown}  and I simply couldn't take anymore days without paper, fabric, or bling.   I purchased some frames a few months ago, and decided I needed to get busy creating something sweet, something pretty, and something shabby!  A spoiler alert, these are not done.  {frown}  But, it is a start!
here is what I have been up to:

The top two white frames are not for anyone specific, or any specific occasion.  Just something pretty.  {smile}  The bottom gold frame is for someone special!  I will take more photos when I am done.  I just wanted to share some photos of what i have been working on.  Now, I haven't completed decided on painting or not painting the white frames.  The creative process wasn't stopped!
Enjoy your day!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Hello Santa Gift Bag

Howdy.  and welcome.  For those of you who are following me, I thank you for your patience.  Life has gotten in the way of me crafting.  Super sad, right?  Yeah.  But, I believe that I have a handle on this.  And hopefully my posts keep coming, and I can share with you what I have created.  {smile}
I know that Christmas is only 15 weeks away.  Wow, can you believe it?  I have decided to start crafting, to get my inventory up.  I have two craft fairs on my books, and I am looking into adding one more.  So, let's get started.  {smile}
I like to use non traditional holiday colors; so anything other than red and green.   And I prefer to use retro or vintage style.  And I am pretty happy with what I came up with.  
gift bag:

The 'bag' is 4 1/2" x 8", so it will hold a fair amount of loot!  {smile} 
Recipe:  The red (pure poppy) and black (true black) card stock are both from PaperTreyInk.  The 'red' has an orange undertone, to coordinate better with the vintage red images.   The pattern papers are 'Hello Santa', that I purchased from a big box store.
I matted each of the pattern papers with solid card stock.  Just to help define the papers.  
I added a simple border stitch around the main panel and the polka dot pattern paper.  I felt that the machine stitching added a 'homespun' look & feel to my project.
I machine sewn a scrap piece of cream cotton trim to the focal panel.  I wrapped some black, cream, and metallic bakers twine around this piece.  I tied a snowflake 'charm' to the bakers twine.
I purchased this fun font 'Merry Christmas' stamp at the same big box store I pirated the pattern paper from.  I stamped the sentiment in basic black classic ink, onto white linen card stock from PaperTreyInk.  I hand cut the ovals.  I used a piece of sand paper to help keep the edges clean and neat.
I added a 'Santa Delivery' tag to the top of the bag.  I tied on a scrap piece of real red pom pom trim with the same back, cream, and metallic bakers twine.  I added a scrap piece of the polka dot paper to the clothes pin.
Thank you for looking.  I hope I have inspired you to use some of your new or old crafting supplies to create something pretty!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Have Faith in God; Card

Howdy.  I'm still struggling with this new updated photo program.  I'm not too big on change.  Well, that's not completely true.  I'm not too big on change I don't understand.  I really can't embrace change that I don't understand, or can't rally behind the application.
Anyways, I made a card for a few challenges.  
I stopped by Mojo Monday to get a sketch.  That way I have a starting point.  I needed to look at the 'elements' in the sketch to start my brain storming.

The half circle is perfect for a doily or a large blossom.  The rectangle piece is perfect for a sentiment.
Now, I need a color combo and possibly a little more inspiration.  So, I stopped by {Cupcake Inspirations} challenge to see both the colors and inspiration.  Love their new challenge.

I love this pale minty green color they used for the gems.  And the creamy vanilla color of the frosting is perfect to pair with all things vintage.  {smile}
I also stopped by Word Art Wednesday to see what they had for a sentiment.  And super happy I did.

and here is what I created:

Recipe:  I used kraft card stock from Paper Trey Ink.  Love their heavy weight card stock; very sturdy, and easy to use in die cuts.  I used a light weight card stock from CTMH (not sure of the color, I only had a scrap left).  I layered two different, but beautiful pattern papers.  The minty floral pattern paper is from Cosmo Cricket.  It's probably 5/+ years retired.  But I just love the minty pale vintage color.  And the off white floral pattern reminds me of vintage wall paper.  The blue and white text paper is from LemonCraft, their Forget Me Not collection.  (LemonCraft, is an eastern European paper company.)  
I simply adhered these two pattern papers together, and added a single border stitch with my sewing machine.  I think it helps add a vintage, home spun look to the card.
I had a 4" burlap doily from Maya Road, left over from a project last year, so I cut it in half and adhered it to the front of the card.  I used hot glue to adhere the mint lace blossom from Prima, their Coffee Break collection, to the center of thee burlap doily.  
I used some minty blue-green seam binding (Aquarelle) to make a double bow.  I added a 'gem' brad to the center.  The gem brad is from Paper Studio Spare Parts line.  
I printed the sentiment onto whisper white card stock by Stampin' Up! and matted it to a scrap piece of CTMH card stock.  Viola!  I'm super happy with how it came out.  Just wish I could add some text to the photo.  :/
Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have been inspired the play along with any/all of these challenges.  {smile}

Monday, August 1, 2016

Utility Apron

Howdy!  I worked on my apron yesterday, and I am happy with my progress.  {smile}  At first I was anxious to get started.  The ideas were swimming around in my mind, and really wanted to get started.  Then, my fabrics arrived in my mail box.  Yeah, I ordered some vintage fabrics and trims.  I roughly calculated how much material I would need, and then added a little extra {in case of mistakes during cutting}.  But, then I was time to cut.  And it really made me nervous!  I overcame my nervousness and grabbed my fabric scissors and cut.  {smile}
here is the almost, near completion of my shabby chic utility apron:

So, I will start at the bottom of the apron, and work my way to the top.   I machine stitched this beautiful white cotton trim with bows and scallops onto a Rachel Ashwell vintage pink embroidery fabric.  I sewn an eyelet floral white cotton trim, to the top of the pink fabric.  I made a quick and easy seam at the bottom of another Rachel Ashwell vintage fabric.  This white and pink floral fabric is just stunning in real life.  This panel piece (2 trims and 2 fabric pieces) are sewn together.  I haven't decided if I want to do 3-4 box pleats with this panel piece.  
The main body of the apron is an eggshell colored linen fabric.  I simply folded the fabric up to create the pockets (not sewn yet).   I am adding that beautiful white lace trim to the edge of the pockets (not sewn yet).   I want to attach this main piece to the vintage panel with that beautiful white cotton trim.  I made the ties out of the same fabric as the white floral Rachel Ashwell cotton fabric.  
I am happy with how it is coming together.  {smile}  I haven't finished, and there are quite a few pins holding it together.  Of course, I will be adding a few buttons and possibly a crochet doily to give this little beauty some shabby chicness.  {smile}    I am thinking about creating a blossom out of a coordinating fabric or possibly some ribbon.  But, I haven't decided on everything yet.  I'm still brain storming.  so, please stay tuned!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Printed Blossoms

Howdy!  Ok, I'm getting 'better' at this new updated photo editing program.  I didn't spend too many hours fighting with it figuring it out.   So, I photographed a new card I made, uploaded it, and sorta happy with it.  
I am playing along in two challenges.  Each challenge is on different sides of the world.  How cool is that?  My first stop is in the USA:  Sugar Pea Designs Challenge.  This challenge site has a clever challenge idea.  They give you a theme, an inspiration board, and a sketch.  You can play with any one element or match them all together.  Pretty creative and super clever.  Here is the current (and soon retiring) challenge #8.
(I used the sketch)

And the other challenge I am playing along with, is from Russia: scrap-pygovka   This challenge is to use the colors and elements in the inspiration board.  You can use any theme, and I believe any project: tags, cards, albums, etc.  Love the 'freedom' to just create!  Here is their inspiration board:
(I used pale green and various pinks)

and here is what I made:

Recipe:  I made a standard A2 size card (4 1/4" x 5 1/2").  I sponged some distress linen ink to all the edges of the card stocks, and pattern papers.  The card base is made from Cream card stock by Paper Trey Ink.  (have I mentioned that I love this heavy weight card stock for card bases?)  My matt is made from mellow moss card stock by Stampin' Up!.  It was retired probably 5 years ago(?).  I just love the vintage look of this green.  It more of a grayish green.  The two pattern papers I used are from Anna Griffin, the Camilla Collection.  Very pretty, soft, and very feminine.

When I was constructing this card, I adhered the green pattern paper first.  Then I added the cream cotton trim.  I adhered the floral pattern paper.  And then I machine stitched the Coconut Seam Binding to the front of the card.  I then added my single border stitch all the way around the card front.  I love the way machine stitching looks on cards, and it also adds a little more staying power.  
I stamped my sentiment in basic black classic ink, by Stampin' Up!, onto a scrap piece of cream card stock, and layered a scrap piece of mellow moss card stock.  The sentiment banner is adhered to the card front with foam tape.
I tied a double bow with another length of Coconut seam binding, and adhered the bow to the card front with hot glue.  
I painted the tips of the deep pink paper blossom with some shimmer paint.  Then adhered the paper blossom to the top of the bow.
One final touch, was the trio of creamy taupe-colored flat back faux pearls.  Viola!  Pretty, elegant, and simple.  Well, this is about as clean and simple as I get.  
Thank you so much for stopping by to see what I have created.  I am off to get started on my shabby chic utility apron.  I'm excited to start, but also kinda nervous.  The fabric I am using was shipped from the Netherlands, so I need to make one cut, and not mess this up!   Pressure!  Fingers crossed.  Stay tuned!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Gracious Hostess

Ugh, have I mentioned that I am NOT a fan of this new upgrade on my photo editing program!  I hate it!  It is difficult to navigate and utilize.  And yes, that has kept me from sharing.  I spend more time using this new improved program, then I do creating a craft.  And that is awful!  Especially since I spend anywhere from 2-3 hours to complete projects.  I don't have this kind of time to sit and click, and click, and search, and click some more to be at the beginning.  UGH!  
Anyways, I created a card for a current challenge and wanted to take a quick photo, edit it, upload it, and move on with my day.  Now that I have been up for 4hrs 'working' on this. . .   I am DONE!
Mojo Monday Card Sketch challenge has a very creative sketch that I just couldn't wait to work with.  

here is what I made:

Recipe:  My card base is Cream card stock by Paper Trey Ink.  I just love the heavy weight of this card stock for card bases.  LOVE IT!
All the pattern papers are from Prima.  Yeah, I am still working with products I have on hand.  One of which is this beautiful pattern paper from Prima - Printery Collection.   Its a lot of text paper with vintage graphics on it.  The main colors are black, cream, and mint.  Just gorgeous!  Even those cute tags are in the paper pack.   (I used the 6" x 6" pad.) 
I also broke open a package of decorative brads by Spare Parts - Deer Assortment.  I used the 'gem' brad to secure my lace bow to the card front.   I sprinkled on some gold sequins by Studio Calico.  
And what card wouldn't be complete without some machine stitching and beautiful trims!  Yes, I added some beautiful cotton trim (left over from an earlier project), and some mint lace by Stampin' Up!.
I almost forgot!  I hand-stamped my sentiment onto a scrap piece of the pattern paper in basic black classic ink, by Stampin' Up!.  I used the Text Style mixed messages stamp set by Paper Trey Ink.  I used foam tape to 'lift' the sentiment off the card.
Well, I need to get out on the road this morning and run 6 miles.  My training hasn't stopped.  I have 3 more races this summer: a 10K, and 2 half-marathons.  So, I need to get out there before the temp reaches 85.  Because then its just brutal.
Thank you so much for stopping by.  I promise, I will get the hang of this updated photo editing program before the summer ends.  (fingers crossed)  Ugh, and now I  have a pop up to upgrade by blogger.  I think I will pass.