Saturday, June 30, 2012

Fresh From the Oven

Happy Saturday.  I don't have a paper craft item for you today.  But, I also don't want you to miss out of this weeks creative challenge over @ Our Creative Corner.  I have been under the weather.  Home in bed for that past 4 days sick.  I was able to get a few crafts done in advance, but not this one.  Our hostess this week is Kristin.  And she has a very creative challenge this week.  
Here it is:  Bakin' Beauty.  Kristin is obsessed with beautiful cookies and 'fancy' cakes.  Her challenge this week is to make a creation based on these delish looking treats - the catch?  You MUST use something you would use in baking in your creation.  Get creative - use food coloring, paper liners, or sprinkles.  Know any cool techniques with egg whites, flour, or sugar?  You need to explain your 'ingredient' in your description of your creation.

Here is an inspirational photo:

I have to admit, that I just love those cookie tags.  I thought of using cup cake liners to create a paper blossom.  How fun and lovely would that be?  I thought that sanding sugar would make a great chunky glitter. And what about using icing coloring to water color with?  I think it would be lovely and creative.  I just don't have the strength to create.  But, I hope that you have a chance to play along with us @ Our Creative Corner.  I would love to see what you come up with.  I know it will be special!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Thinking of You

Happy Friday!  It's time again for another blog hop from Sketch Frenzy Friday.  The wonderful Deb C. has provided us with a this week's sketch: 

Deb has provided us with a very user-friendly sketch.  There is a lot of different possibilities to create something special, unique, and pretty.  Here is what I did with this sketch:

I wanted to make something pink and something vintage.  So, here it is!  I used crumb cake card stock as the base.  I added a panel of pink pirouette card stock under the First Edition DSP panel.  I stamped on the text paper.  I stamped a flourish in crumb cake classic ink.  Along with a splatter mark in pink pirouette classic ink.  I stamped the pen top in various lengths in basic black classic ink.  I wanted the text paper to be 'dressed-up' and a bit classy.
I stamped the typewriter in basic black onto a piece of very vanilla card stock.  I stamped the splatter in pink pirouette classic ink along two of the edges.  I also sponged the edges with crumb cake classic ink.  The blossom was made from a retired emosslit: Birds & Blooms.  I crumpled the blossom and stacked them off-set.  For the center of the blossom, I added the small vintage faceted button tied with linen thread into a bow.
For the sentiment, I used a retired stamp set: Bird on a Branch.  I stamped the sentiment in basic black classic ink and sponged the edges (again) with crumb cake classic ink.  I used a square punch to create the banner ends.  I used a row of dimensions to pop the sentiment banner off the card front.  
Finally, I gave the whole card a sprtiz of vanilla smooch.
Now, head on over to Tammy F.'s blog to see what she has created with this fabulous sketch.  And don't forget to visit the blogs of the other design team members.  I'm sure that you will be inspired to play along with us @ Sketch Frenzy Friday.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Your Kindness

Howdy, this will have to be a quick post, as I am under the weather this week. Ugh :(
The wonderful ladies over @ Stampin' Queens Sketch Challenge have a creative sketch for you to try this week.  I hope you have a chance to play along with us.

I thought this sketch was interesting, and had some potential.  But don't take my word for it.  Check out what the design team has created!  You will be inspired!
Here is what I created.  Not my typical color scheme.  So, a bit out of my comfort zone.

I used two different stamp sets.  The Four Frames to create those pretty 'label's and You Are Loved for the sentiment.  The ribbon is soft suede taffeta ribbon.  The blossoms were made with First Edition DSP and the Flower Fusion embosslit.  I added a half faux pearl to the center of the paper blossoms.  The pattern paper is from the Comfort Cafe DSP.  Thank you for looking.  I hope you play along with us.  We would love to see what you create!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Magic Number is...10!

Welcome, and happy Saturday!  The lovely Kristin, over @ Our Creative Corner, is our hostess this week.  Kristin, has asked that we create a paper craft item using 10!  Here is what Kristin says, '10 years ago yesterday, I married my amazing hubby.  In honor of a decade of married bliss, my challenge is for you to make a creation with either the number 10 in it, or it must contain 10 of the same items (ex: buttons, flowers, repeat images).  Ok, this I can do! and you probably have guessed what my repeat image is...buttons!
I wanted to make an Anniversary card for Kristin, and I knew that I wanted to use 10 buttons.  My favorite colors are pink and kraft.  I have a weakness for seam binding and crochet trim.  I love glitter.  So, I combined all my favorite things, and favorite pattern paper pieces.  Here is my card:

These are some of my favorite pattern papers.  And the original scrap pieces weren't very big, so they are pieced together.  I love how this card turned out.  Ok, the pale pink solid card stock is a retired color from Stampin' Up! (blush blossom).  I love how the color is soft and pretty without being too pink.  
For the heart, I cut the shape from chip board.  I painted it with some picket fence crackle paint.  I used spun sugar to 'color' the cracks.  The buttons were attached with a hot glue gun.  I then sprayed the button heart with adhesive and then sprinkled a chunky glitter and a fine glitter.  The buttons range from kraft, cream, white, to pink.  The rectangle is embossed, and a center text paper is added to give the rectangle some dimension.  I used foam tape to lift the heart off the rectangle.  And foam tape to lift the rectangle off the card front.
The seam binding is actually white.  I used the spun sugar distress ink to dye the seam binding.  I had a scrap piece of crochet trim, that just had to be added to the card front.  The glitter brad is from a scrapbook kit about 5 years ago.  
I added the sentiment to the top of the card.  I wanted to keep your eye moving.  And I didn't want to compete with the text paper at the bottom of the card.   I stamped the sentiment in basic black classic ink and then sponged the piece with crumb cake classic ink.  I free hand cut the banner.  
Thank you for looking.  I hope you get a chance to play along with us.  Remember, for this weeks challenge we want to see 10.  You can use any particular products/manufacturer.  See ya soon {smile}

Friday, June 22, 2012

Thoughts of You

A little update on Sasha:  My dog Sasha fell the other day.  She slipped on the tile.  Poor little girl.  So, she has been a little less active.  But, she is ok.
On this fabulous Friday, I hope you all are well.  Me, hanging in there, now for some crafting fun!  Angela, over @ Sketch Frenzy Friday has given us a very workable sketch this week.  A lot of room to be creative and still enough contrasts to help guide you to a beautiful craft!
Here is her sketch:

And here is what I created:

The card base is made from the new Summer Starfruit card stock.  I used a piece of pattern paper from the Bird of a Feather DSP.  I just love the birds in their cages.  I thought the image was perfect for my sentiment.  The paper blossom was created with three different size circles, crumpled and attached together.  I used a new faceted designer button and pearl to create the blossoms center.  The leaves were made using the blossom petal builder punch.  This completed paper blossom sits on top a decorative label punch.  I used the Four Frames stamp set, inked with summer starfruit classic ink, to create that yellow polka dot piece.  I used the Loving Thoughts stamp set to create the sentiment.  
This card is pretty much CAS for me.  So, now let's see what you create.
To continue on this blog hop, check out what Tammy F., has created!  And have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Kraft Postage

The creative ladies over @ Stampin' Queens Sketch Challenge have a wonderful sketch this week.  You are free to flip, rotate, or mirror the sketch.  What I found funny interesting, is that at least three of us used the same stamp set, just differently!  We aren't promoting you to purchase this stamp set, or doing a feature on this stamp set.  Think of it, as more options, if you ever considered purchasing it.  :)
Here is the sketch:

And here is what I created:

The card base is made of crumb cake (kraft) cardstock.  The main panel is very vanilla cs.  I stamped the collage stamp in crumb cake classic ink on the bottom 2/3 of the vanilla panel.  I used the postage stamp punch to cut the first edition dsp.  I cut 1" x 1" square very vanilla cs and stamped various objects and text using crumb cake and early espresso classic inks.  I made my own little collages, to keep with the theme of the larger stamp.  I crinkled some very vanilla seam binding and tied it around the top third of the card.  I tied a clear vintage faceted button onto the seam binding knot with some twine.  
Here is a close-up of the vintage faceted button & tiny tag:

Hope you get a chance to play along with us @ Stampin' Queens Sketch Challenge.  We'd love to see what you create with this fabulous sketch!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Love Blog Candy

Howdy All!  I posted a project last week, and gave everyone  an opportunity to win some blog candy.   The original post can be found HERE.  I used a specific stamp set on an altered notebook that I made for a friend, who is traveling to France next month.  Here is a photo of that stamped sentiment:

To be eligible for the blog candy, you needed to tell me the name of the stamp set and who made it.  And Babe O'Mara, is the winner.  The stamp set was created by Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday, and the stamp name is Favorite Memories.  And here is what I have placed in the mail for Babe:

The card is a sweet, little size of 3" x 3" square.  There are 5 feet total of seam binding on the left.  Two feet of: baja breeze and very vanilla seam binding, and one foot of tea stained seam binding.  There are 7 feet total of ribbon on the right.  Two feet of:  pink pirouette taffeta ribbon, cream swiss dot ribbon and light blue ribbon, and one foot pear pizzaz pleated ribbon.
Hope all of you have a chance to craft something this week!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Buttons, Burlap & More

Good Morning!  It's Saturday, and I'm getting ready to tackle some house chores.  It might seem 'crazy' to be excited about that, but, it gives me a chance to not think.  Not think about work, bills, and other obligations.  to just 'do'.  No time frame, no restrictions, no requirements.   Clean.

Well, let me start by apologizing for being late on this post.  Linda over @ Our Creative Corner, is our hostess this week.  And she wants you to make a paper craft item using Buttons, Burlap & More.  Sounds pretty easy.  Sounds a bit vintage.  I can do this!  I knew what I wanted to do in my head.  So, I set out to my craft room.  Took out my burlap (I have 2 colors) and tried, and tried to make a flower.  I couldn't get my burlap blossom just right.  It was either too flat, or incredibly too bulky.  UGH! now what?  So, I decided to use both the burlap and the buttons as accents.  My card is pretty much clean and simple, but it has alot of character, without too much stuff.  
I had two scraps of this beautiful Nostaligia pattern paper left over, and decided that they had the perfect vintage charm I was looking for.  
Last week, I was tea dying some seam binding.  I also frayed both edges to help give it a worn look.    I had a few feet left over, so, I decided to add a piece of that.  The seam binding is rather wide, a good inch or so.  So, to help camouflage the width, I added a scrap piece of crochet trim to the middle.  To help 'use' some of that ribbon real estate, I hand sewn some buttons onto the card front with cream twine.
As for the blossom, I have a few beautiful paper blossoms from Prima laying around.  So, I added two different shapes and colors of burlap behind the paper blossom.  I thought it helped give it a rustic look.
I knew that I wanted to stamp the sentiment on the bottom right corner of the card.  I also knew that I wanted a large enough type, so it wouldn't look odd, or mis-perportioned.  So, I grabbed one of my favorite Paper Trey Ink stamp sets, and stamped the sentiment in basic black classic ink.  And since the sentiment mentions a 'heart', I made a heart too.  I cut the heart shape out of a scrap piece of Glitz pattern paper and chipboard.  Adhered the two pieces together, and then tucked the heart behind my blossom.
Thank you for stopping by.  I hope we have inspired you to play along with us @ Our Creative Corner this week.  I know we would love to see your wonderfully beautiful creations made with Buttons, Burlap & More!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Thanks, Friend

I'm so happy that it is Friday.  I am really looking forward to Saturday.  Mostly because I'm being selfish.  You see, I don't work, or take call on Saturdays.  So, I can spend my day getting some chores done here at home.  I know that that seems really crazy, but I have been preoccupied at home, and work has been a bear.  This is all due to my little dog.  Sasha.  She had bi-lateral knee replacements done 7 weeks ago, and my husband has been staying home with her, ever since.  Sasha, over did it the other day.  So, we loaded her up (she weights in @ 157#s) and went back into the vet's office.  Sasha is on restricted movement for a week.  I was really looking forward to her being home alone come week 8.
Well, so back to my crafting.  Tina, over @ Sketch Frenzy Friday, has created a great sketch for us to work with this week.  Here is her sketch:
Don't let the simple look of this sketch discourage you from playing along with us.  Because, if you take another look, this time, look at the possibilities!  The circle can be any shape.  A star, a scallop circle, a large butterfly.  And the inside rectangle can be a piece of pattern paper, a top note die cut, or a simple matt.  Here is what I created:

I ran a piece of Primrose Petals cardstock inside the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.   I used two strips of pattern paper from the Fan Fair DSP collection to make the pleated rosette.  I added a circle of First Edition DSP.  I stamped the sentiment one word at a time.  I used markers to color the floral image and stamped.  I used my blank rubber stamp, thread cutter, sanding block, and some crumb cake classic ink to distress the different papers.  The bumble bee was fussy cut and adhered to the card front with a dimensional.
Thank you for looking.  I hope that you have a chance to play along with us.  But, don't forget to continue with our blog hop, and see what Tammy F. has done with this sketch.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Masked Beauty

Well, yesterday was almost uneventful.  I spent the day home with my doggie.  She is recovering from a bi-lateral knee replacement surgery.  She likes to be with people, so she followed me into my craft room, and various other locations.  And she has over done it.  She was limping by the end of our day, and now she won't walk.  Poor little girl.  Ok, so she isn't that little.  She is an English Mastiff, who weights in at 157 lbs.  So, when she doesn't want to do something, she usually gets her way.  My husband gets the joy of getting her to the vet today, so they can take some X-rays and check her out.  My heart breaks for her.  This has been a rough recovery for all of us.  But especially her.  I'm hoping she hasn't injured herself, and that she walked too much.
One of the crafts that I was working on, in my craft room, is the sketch for the Stampin' Queens Sketch Challenge.  The sketch we have to work with, is easily adaptable.   Here's a look:

 This sketch makes you want to grab your paper crafting supplies and get to work!  And that is what I did!  Here is my card:

I used some left over papers from the Twitterpated DSP.  I just love how easy these pattern papers are to work with.  After creating the tag, I fell in love with it so much, I couldn't tuck it in, behind the scallop piece and various trims.
To make  the tag, I stamped the floral image in Black Staz-On, onto a piece of shimmer white card stock.  I used a few re-inkers and an aqua painter to 'color' the image.  I really like how it turned out.  I used the masking technique to keep the script from stamping on the floral image.
This card doesn't have a sentiment on the outside of the card.  I couldn't 'find' a place to stamp a greeting.  So, I left it blank. 
Thank you for stopping by.  Won't you play along with us @ Stampin' Queens Sketch Challenge.  We would love to see what you create with our sketch.  Also, I am giving away some blog candy, here.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

To France, with some Blog candy

What a title, huh?  Well, I have a wonderful friend, who is traveling to France at the end of the month.  She is going on a religious mission.  How fabulous, huh?  And I thought that I would celebrate her journey with some Blog candy!  
My friend and I, are meeting next week, @ a local tea room, to have tea, give her a chance to catch her breath, and to say 'farewell'.  I know that this mission is really important to her, and I don't want her to forget to journal about it.  So, I made her a journal to take on her trip.  
Last week, I purchased this wonderful vintage, nostalgia pattern paper, with this project in mind.  But, I was lacking a layout, a sketch, an idea on how to put this together.  So, I heading over to the Retro Sketches challenge blog, to see what they had to work with.  Oh my!  Look at this sketch:
Doesn't it look like fun?  Very easy to work with.  And it gives you a chance to embellish!  So, that is what I did!  Here is my altered spiral notebook!

I made the cover of the spiral notebook out of crumb cake card stock, then layered my pattern papers onto it.  I actually used my sewing machine to add some stitching.  I thought that this would give this journal a 'home-y' feel.    I found  this beautiful crochet trim that I just HAD to add.  I love the openness of the knit.  I wanted to add some text to the front of the spiral notebook that had relevance and meaning.  So I stamped, 'remember this moment, cherish this story, celebrate this life' to the front of the spiral notebook.  Because I do want her to remember her trip, and look back on her journey with pride.  I think what she is doing is very adventurous.   
I added some trinkets to the spiral of this journal.  I added a clear bauble, a hand-made FRANCE tag.  I also strung a key with some hand-dyed spun sugar seam binding.  I attached a cross with a scrap piece of aqua silk seam binding.  I clipped a 'C' monogram to the top spiral.  I also made a ribbon book mark, so she won't loose her place when writing about her adventures.  I hope she likes this little notebook.   Thank you for looking.  Now, for the Blog Candy.  Leave a comment here, with this post and tell me: the name of the stamp set, and the it's maker, concerning the text that I stamped on the lower right corner of the cover.  If you are correct, and your name is selected, I will mail you a few yards of my favorite ribbon and seam binding.  However, due to postal rates, my blog candy is open to U.S. residence only.  This blog candy give away will remain open till Friday June 15th @ midnight CST.   Sorry.  I hope that you have a chance to play along with a challenge this week. 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Grandma Chic

For those who know me, know that I just love creating paper crafts with a bit of flair for shabby chic, retro, vintage, and just plain aged pretty.  Well, they have a style name for this: Grandma Chic.  At first, I thought the name was a bit crazy.  But, now that I have mulled it over in my head and have said it out loud a few times, I think I will embrace it!  Grandma Chic, is my style of paper crafting.
So, with that, the super talented Linda C. (the Funkie Junkie) has a fabulous challenge for you this week over @ Our Creative Corner,   show us your favorite Tim Holtz technique.
Sounds pretty easy, right?  Well, if you are like a lot of the folks in the paper crafting industry, you know who Tim is.  You could probably pick him out of a line-up.  I know that I could.  So,  to pick one a technique, huh?  Well, I couldn't select one, but rather I did a few.
Here is my card.  (I didn't want to limit myself to the small 'canvas' of a tag.)

The two main techniques I used for this card, are the distress ink and masking.
For distress ink, you are suppose to swipe your distress ink pad across your craft mat and spritz with water.  I don't have a craft matt, or a blender tool.  So, I altered the technique, so I could work with his products.
I took tea dye, tattered rose, and antique linen ink pads and sponged the inks in circular motion across the whole piece of vanilla card stock.  To create a variance in colors for my background.  I lightly sprayed the inked card stock with water to help the ink blend. And heat set the inks with my heat tool.
Now, for the mask.  I held the Mostly Vintage template from Stampin' Up! in place and took tattered rose distress ink and a sponge and used the ink to highlight where the mask was.  I held the mask in place and inked my En Francais text stamp from Stampin' Up! with brushed corduroy distress ink and stamped the text along the opposite edge of the card.
I inked the sentiment in tuxedo black ink and stamped over my mask and text.  I dusted the words with clear embossing powder and heat set it.  (imagination is more important than knowledge.  for while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination leads us to all we might yet discover and create.)  
I used vintage photo distress ink to stamp the flourish image along the left side of the card.  These two stamps come from the Flights of Fancy TH stamp set.  I had a scrap piece of a music sheet from Lost & Found 2, so I tore both edges.  Then I swiped antique linen and tattered rose distress inks along all the edges and across the face of the paper.  

I used a piece of Fine Linen Twill tape ribbon from PTI, and distressed it with the same distress inks.  I used the blade of a pair of scissors to fray the ends of the twill tape ribbon.  The fabric blossom is a single blossom cut from TH Lavish Trims.  I spritz the fabric blossom with water and than swiped the tattered rose distress ink pad across the fabric.  Once I had enough ink on the fabric blossom, I sprayed more water on the blossom to help blend the ink.  I added one rhinestone jewel to its center.
I couldn't figure out where to add my metal embellishments, like Tim does, so I just stapled the twill tape at each end.  This also helped secure the ribbon to the card front.  I used a thread cutter to distress the edges, and swiped both brushed corduroy and vintage photo distress inks along the edges.  I used Sweet Blush card stock from PTI as my card base.
My goal when I was creating this card, was to keep the card true to Tim Holtz fashion, but to make it a bit girl-y.  And I believe that I have done that.  
Now, won't you give our challenge a try?  I  We would love to see what you create! And who knows.  Maybe you'll be our next Top Talent winner, and be a guest designer!

Friday, June 8, 2012

In the Mail

Happy Friday!  I'm glad you are able to stop by and visit.  I was looking at a few different blogs over the past few days, and one of the blogs that I follow, posted that she made her card (for a challenge) to actually mail.  What a great idea!  I make quite a few cards.  But, I don't usually mail them.  I do have them for sale in my Etsy Shop, here, but I don't typically put them in the mail for someone.  Until now.  I started thinking, and my good friend deserves a card, to let her know how much I appreciate her.  
So, for todays blog hop, hosted by Sketch Frenzy Friday.  I made my card to mail.   Tammy F. is the designer of this weeks sketch:

One of the things that I love about Tammy's sketches, is that she gives you room for creative freedom.  And that is what I did.  Here is my card:

Here is a close up of the bottom third of my card:

I used all current products for this card.  The card base is basic gray card stock.  I used the 'held-over' Twitterpated DSP.  I just love this paper.  Its so pretty and very easy to use on a variety of products.
I didn't wrap my ribbon around the card.  Instead, I used the banner as my ribbon length.  I did put on a bow.  I tied a simple bow and attached it the card front.  I added a short row of pearls to the banner, to help girl-y it up!
Won't you join us for this week's sketch challenge?  We'd love to see what you create!  Now, head over to Tammy F.'s blog!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Cupcake Queen

Good Morning to you.  I hope this day finds you well.  We have had a bit of rain here early this week.  And what a welcomed sight.  We didn't get as much snow this past winter as we should have, so the moisture was very much needed.  It also gave us all a chance to open our windows and let-in some fresh, cool, mountain air into our homes.  We reached 72 as our high.  It was pretty wonderful!
Sorry for the rambling.  The lovely ladies over @ Stampin' Queens Sketch Challenge have an interesting sketch for you to try this week.  I must admit, I was a bit stumped by it.  Here is the sketch:

Here is what I created:

For those who follow me, this is not my typical card.  This CAS card was created out of loss of creativity.  The three smaller circles had me stumped.  I stared and stared at the sketch.  I thought about doing a floral image in the main circle and adding butterflies in place of the smaller circle trio.  Maybe I should have done that.

Hind sight is 20-20, right?  Anyways, I like my card.  I used textured Pink pirouette as my main background paper.  I added a small strip of First Edition DSP to the bottom of the card.  I thought the 'weight' of the text would ground the card.  I wanted a pop of color, so I added a strip of scallop trim pool party card stock at the seam.  I covered the seam with some Soft suede taffeta ribbon.  
The main circle is water color paper.  I stamped the image from the Easy Events stamp set, with Black Staz-On ink.  And used re-inkers and my aqua pen to 'color' the image.
I swiped my glue pen across the frosting and sprinkled on some dazzling diamond glitter.  To top it off, I added a half faux pearl!
Thank you for stopping by.  I hope that you have a chance to play along with us @ Stampin' Queens Sketch Challenge.  See ya soon!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Delightful Dreams

I wanted to make a card for this weeks challenge over @ Just Us GirlS.  This week, they have a sketch.  And, I have to admit, I really do like sketch challenges.  I generally know what papers I want to use, I just have a difficult time putting it all together.  Sounds kinda kooky, huh?
Here is their sketch:

The first thing that caught my eye about this sketch, is the simplicity.  I don't mean boring.  Quite the opposite!  This sketch allows you 'work' with the space.  You can create a CAS card, or overly embellished, and everything in-between.  You add your own style, your own flair, and you have a fantastic card! Just keep the layout recognizable to the sketch, and you're in.  That's what I love about this very wonderful sketch!
Here is my entry:

The card base is crumb cake card stock.  I wanted a neutral card stock.  I used scrap pieces of paper of the Delightful collection from Authentique.  I just think it's so soft, and pretty with a girl-y feel to it.  And a little bit shabby.  The designs on this collection are distressed, and I think it gives the paper a shabby chic look. 

Here is a close-up of the card's trio.  I think everything looks better in odd numbers.  So, that is how this collection came about: bow, blossom, tag.  It is also how the button worked its way onto my card: brad, pearl, button.
The paper blossom is from Prima.  I thought the paper blossom looked 'flat', so I jazzed it up!  I dotted the petal edges with glue and then dunked the petals into glitter.    
For the tag, I used the ornate frame from the Four Frames stamp set by Stampin' Up!.  I stamped the 'frame' in Versa Mark, and used vintage white embossing powder.  I heat embossed it, and then sponged the edges with a light kraft ink.  I stamped my sentiment from the Loving Thoughts stamp set by Stampin' Up! in black ink.  *White vintage embossing powder is white embossing powder with sprinkles of gold glitter and copper embossing particles.
I used some cream twine from Paper Trey Ink to create the bow on the white vintage button from Paper Trey Ink.  The pink seam binding I received in the mail.  I had ordered some hand-dyed ribbon from an Etsy shop, and she used this beautiful pink seam binding to tie the hand-dyed ribbon bundles together.  A very wonderful 'gift' I thought {smile}, and I think it looks great on my card.
Thank you for looking.  I hope that you get a chance to play!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Frame It!

Sue Butler, over @ Our Creative Corner, has a fun challenge this week.  Entitled 'Embellished Frame' .  Sue has asked us to make the frame the primary focus.  The frame is to be the first thing you see before the image/text!
So, I took a chip board frame from Tattered Angels and applied a spray adhesive and then sprinkled dazzling diamond glitter and a pinch or two of gold super fine glitter.  Here is a close up:

You know me, I have a weakness of text paper: First Edition DSP.  Oh, and a multi-loop bow!  I purchased some hand-dyed seam binding from a closing Etsy shop.  I just love this color! Aqua.  Its just so pretty to me.  Kinda blue, kinda green, soft and very feminine.  Thats why I embossed the heart in that color: Aqua Mist/Bermuda.
Here is the whole card:

The pattern papers are left overs; scraps.  The aqua grosgrain is actually the back of a beautiful yellow and kraft pattern paper.  The rose pattern paper is one of my new favorites.  I just love the pinks, reds, and aquas on a cream background.  Very shabby!  The polka dot pattern paper is in the collection of the floral paper.  I believe these papers are Lost and Found 2.
The sentiment was stamped in basic black classic ink.  The stamp was actually a thank-you 'gift'.  I had ordered some stamps from Verve.  Verve have some stamps with beautiful fonts and some wonderfully worded sentiments.  Well, the 'thank you' stamp, was added to my order as a 'gift'.  
I used a thread cutter to distress the edges of the pattern papers.  I then sponged the pattern paper pieces with crumb cake classic ink.  I added some text paper behind the two overly distressed pattern papers.  I thought that it would give the card a vintage feel.
I wanted the embossed heart to show distressing too.  But to sponge with crumb cake classic ink onto that beautiful heart, would make it look old and not shabby.  So, I brushed the edges of the embossed heart with picket fence distress paint.  I also added an aqua-colored half faux pearl.  
I also used some cream twine to the multi-loop bow.  And that is what I used to attach the lone button.
Thank you for looking.  I hope you play along with us @ Our Creative Corner.  We would love to see your 'frame'!