Monday, March 24, 2014

Text, Flowers, and Buttons

Oh my.   What a busy weekend.  Let me start by saying that my two passions in life are paper crafting and baking.  Both of these activities give me joy.   P u r e   j o y!  
I just love creating.  Creating beautiful things of the eye, heart and soul.  And beautiful things for the palate, tongue and stomach.
Sunday, I participated in a baking competition @ the Chocolate and Coffee Fest here in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  I made a dark chocolate cupcake, spiced with cinnamon and cayenne pepper, dunked in dark chocolate ganache, topped with a sweet cinnamon whipped topping, and drizzled with dark chocolate ganache.  I didn't win. {frown}  And I didn't remember to take a photograph of my cupcakes.  {double frown}
Today, however, I want to share a paper craft project I made as the Guest Designer for the Shabby Tea Room, this week.  I know, how wonderful to be a guest designer, right?  This week, we are asked to make a paper craft item, using the inspirational photo and required products:  text, flowers, and buttons.  I got this!

how sweet is this inspiration photo!
and here is what I made:

We (the family) were celebrating our mother's birthday this past weekend.  (yes, in conjunction with my baking competition.)  Our mother turned 70 on her birthday.  And that fact alone makes me feel super old.  Ok so back to the paper crafts I created.

Let's start with the card.  I used crumb cake card stock for the card base.  I matted the pattern paper onto very vanilla card stock.  I then ran this stack of card stock and pattern paper thru my sewing machine.  I just love this touch.  I used a running stitch.   
The decorative shape of text paper is from Melissa Frances.  I wrapped a piece of white lace trim around this text pattern paper.  I topped the lace trim with a kraft polka dot ribbon.  I added two white buttons to the ribbon, and then tied a kraft button to the bow with cream twine.  I added a small tag that was stamped and cut from very vanilla card stock.
I added a piece of floral grid paper on top of the text paper.  I just love the curves of this shape.  I added three paper blossoms to the left side of the blossom grid paper.   I cut leaf shapes from a different text paper.  I added a hand-made white glitter button to the left side of the large pink paper blossom.  
I stamped my sentiment in soft suede classic ink, using a stamp from the Water Color Trio stamp set.  I added a silver glitter butterfly, to add some sparkle.  For the final touch, I added a trio of cream diamond cut pearls.  I added the same decorative pearls for the body of the butterfly.

and the bag:

I used the same patterns of papers and the same shapes.  However, I changed the paper blossoms.  I used a cream large paper blossom.  The two smaller paper blossoms were white.  However, I wanted to change the color.  So, I sprayed the paper blossoms and then added glitter.  I also added a hand-made white glitter clay button to the left side of the cream paper blossom.  
I added a trio of silver glitter butterflies.  I added the same decorative cut pearls to the bodies of the butterflies and then a trio near the sentiment piece.  I also added a Maya Road butterfly pin to the trio of paper blossoms.
Finally, I added a 'made with love' banner to the bottom of the bag.
The bag is held closed with a painted and glittered clothes pin and tied with a wide kraft polka dot ribbon.  Inside the bag is a jar of home-made, rough-cut, vanilla-sugar cubes.
Thank you for looking.  I hope that we have inspired you to create something wonderful  using the inspirational photo.  Remember, you need to use text somehow, buttons, and flowers.  And join us @ the Shabby Tea Roon.  Can't wait to see what you create {smile}.

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