Thursday, April 30, 2015

Beautiful Text; gift card holder

Welcome.  This will be a quick post, as I am busy trying to get several crafts finished for a local craft fair on Saturday.  [these will be present for sale]
I wanted to share a sweet pair of gift card holders I recently made.  I am entering this other gift card holder in a challenge over @ Word Art Wednesday.  Their current challenge is 'Anything Goes' family friendly.
blue version

a little something for you
a pink version

a little something for you
Recipe:  I used vintage cream card stock by Paper Trey Ink for the base.  I love this heavy weight card stock.  Its nice and thick, and holds up to added embellishments.  {smile}
I used the same Melissa Frances text pattern paper.  I matted it with either pool party card stock, or pink pirouette card stock; both by Stampin' Up!  I did some machine stitching.  I stitched some scrap pieces of lace/toile trim to the fronts.  Made multi-loop bows out of seam binding.  And added a tag.
I used the same stamp on the inside.  Heat embossed.  One in blue. and one in blue.

Thank you for looking!  I hope you have been inspired to play along in either of these fabulous challenge sites.  {smile}

Monday, April 27, 2015

Special Edition #260: Card

Welcome.  I was busy late last week crafting, and then I went out of town.  I wasn't able to post before I left, and I didn't bring my laptop with me.  {frown; sorry}
I am still working on using my scrap pieces of pattern paper. I wanted to use the scraps I have left over from my little mini composition notebook, to create a card.  {smile}
To help me with some direction, I headed over to Just Add Ink Challenge.  These talented ladies have a great sketch as their current challenge.  You will be inspired.

Now, when I first saw this sketch, I instantly saw many possibilities.  The circle could be a doily, or a blossom. The rectangles could be pretty pattern papers.  And the banner, could be ribbon, lace, or words!  And that's just what I did:

Recipe:  I used Pool Party card stock by Stampin' Up! as the card base.  Love this soft, pale blue color.  Very pretty!  I used Authentique Renew pattern paper (Flourish).  I added a double machine stitch border.  
For the center rectangle, I added a Coffee Break journal tag, by prima.  I love how the aqua blue and black polka dot tag coordinates so well with the Flourish pattern paper.
I added a pool party seam binding multi-loop bow, to cover the red blossoms on the journal tag.  I tied a vintage button to the center of the bow.  I added a double loop of cream twine below the seam binding bow.  I included a tiny tag, with Mother hand-stamped on it, in basic black classic ink.
I added a strip of white lace trim, where the banner piece went.  I also added a strip of aqua mist satin ribbon on top of the lace trim.
The aqua blue fabric blossom, I purchased.  It was on clearance at a big box store.  I just love well the colors match!

Stay tuned tomorrow.  I will be posting another card-gift combo, and a gift card holder.  I'll give you a little insight.  I used mostly white/cream!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Foot Loose, Noted

Welcome.  I'm still crafting with supplies I have on hand.  While I was looking through my scrap box, in the search of pattern papers to use in my altered, decorated tins, I found these beautiful aqua blue pattern papers.  I need at least one scrap strip 1" x 12", for my tins.  These beautiful aqua pattern paper scraps weren't the length that I was looking for.  But they are beautiful!  So, I looked through other my other supplies, and I found a mini composition notebook that I could alter and decorate. {score!}
So, I am entering my little notebook in two current challenges:  Brown Sugar Challenge and Crafts 4 Eternity.  Both of these challenge sites, have an anything goes challenge going on.  For great inspiration, and some very clever crafting, PLEASE stop by both of these challenge sites.  You WILL be inspired!

I used some 'old' Authentique pattern papers.  The inside of the notebook is lined with the aqua and black polka dot pattern paper, that I used on the inside of the pen barrel.
I kept the cover of this notebook fairly flat, because these little gems are a favorite to add to a handbag or back pack.  And yeah, I added machine stitching!
Lately, I have been obsessed with cotton trim along one side, or to help 'hide' a seam.  The focal panel on the front of this little notebook, is actually a journalling block.  I trimmed it down to be better proportioned to the cover, and to fit inside the machine stitching.  I really loved the splashes of yellow throughout this pattern paper collection.  So, I made sure I added yellow accents: fabric floral trim, and papaya satin ribbon (by Amuse Studios).
Thank you for looking.  I'm still crafting! {smile}

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Roses and Butterflies: Card

Howdy!  I am still working with my vintage spring pattern papers by Maja Design.  {smile}  This pattern paper I selected today, doesn't have pink or aqua colors in it.  Surprised?  It actually has purples, blues, and yellows in it.  The front side of this pattern paper has a faded calendar with yellow birds and April written in blue.  The other side of this pattern paper is paisley print.  
To help me get a direction on the construction of this card, I stopped by the Crazy 4 Challenges, to get a peek at their sketch.  And boy, am I in love with the sketch!  So many possibilities, and the design team did an awesome job with their inspiration.  {smile}

When I first saw this sketch, the circles look like the flowers, buttons, and pleated rosettes.  The white rectangle at the top looks like the perfect shape for a sentiment banner.  And here is what I made:

I made this card for my sweet daughter.  She loves blue.  It's her favorite color.  So, I was a little nervous about the faded color accents of blue, yellow, and purple.  But, I think she will love it {smile}
Recipe:  I started this card with my favorite kraft card stock by Paper Studio.  I just love the color and texture of this card stock.  I used one piece of pattern paper.  I just used both sides of the paper (not too clever, just resourceful).
My design allows me to showcase all three circles.  The large yellow paper blossom occupies the white circle shape.  And then I used a pair of yellow paper roses with leaves to occupy the small upper circle.  Then I added a multi-loop bow of pale lavender seam binding, and a white resin button to occupy the space of the small circle on the right.

I added a wide cotton trim to the left side of the top panel.  I however must confess that I cut my panel too short.  {grimace}
I machine stitched a double border around the center panel, and distressing to help the card look vintage.  I added some brown ink sponging along all the edges, along with a thread cutter and my finger nail to rough the paper edges.
The blossoms and seam binding were very 'clean'.  So, to help distress, I added some white acrylic paint to the blossom petal tips, and randomly on the top pieces of the seam binding.
I cut leaves with two different hand held punches.  I sponged the edges of the leaves with more brown ink.  I added a white butterfly stick pin I easily purchased 8 years ago at a local scrapbook store.

For the sentiment I stamped the greeting in Baked Brown Sugar classic ink, onto very vanilla card stock.  Then I matted the sentiment onto a scrap piece of heather card stock by Amuse Studio.  I adhered the sentiment to the card front, but also added a staple to help add in the overall look.
To add a little sparkle, I added two sets of sequin trios.  Both trios consist of one 6mm marshmallow sequins, and two 4mm lemon meringue sequins, by Pretty Pink Posh.

Thank you for looking at my creation.  I hope you have been inspired to craft a beautiful card using this current sketch, and paper crafting supplies you already have on hand.  {smile}

Sew Glad We're Friends, Gift Card Holders

Howdy!  If you stopped by the other day, I shared with you a greeting card, and a decorated mini notebook I crafted using some special pattern papers from Maja Designs and Pion Designs.  Well, I didn't stop there!  I used some of the scraps to make two different, but equally beautiful gift card holders.  I am entering them in a current challenge over @ Word Art Wednesday.  They have an 'Anything Goes, Family Friendly' challenge.  The ladies on this design team, as super talented.  They always include a scripture from the bible, and provide a clip art of the verse to use in your paper crafting.  I however, did not include the scripture.

here is my entry: friends

For this gift card holder, I used a seriously retired pale plum card stock from Stampin' Up!.  I thought this color of card stock matched the background on the pink floral pattern paper.  The scraps I had were a bit narrower than I wanted, so I matted them onto Heather card stock from Amuse Studio.  I like how it compliments the pale plum card stock.  
Anyways, I did some machine stitching, added a scrap piece of white lace.  I have just a few of these half spools left over from a Tilda purchase last year.  [yes, I hoard some things {smile}].  I wrapped a scrap piece of cream crochet trim from Stampin' Up! I had laying on my craft table.  I created another double bow from this pale lavender seam binding.  I stuck in a button stick pin, from a recent Etsy purchase.  I also added a tiny hand made tag, that is hand-stamped with 'friends' in basic black classic ink, by Stampin' Up!.  The inside of this gift card holder is hand-stamped and heat embossed with 'Wonderful You', in pewter embossing powder.

For this gift card holder, I used Lagoon card stock by Stampin' Up!.  Instead of using solid card stock for my matt, I used a scrap piece of this pattern paper.  Its this wonderful grey, charcoal-like color.  It matches the colors in the leaves of the blue floral pattern paper.  [the reverse side, is what I used for the pink lady on the previous gift card holder.]
I added some machine stitching, as well.  I also added a scrap piece of this white crochet trim I recently purchased from Etsy.  I added a pale pink triple-bow, and tied a vintage cream button to the bow.  I made another tiny tag, and hand-stamped the sentiment in basic black classic ink, by Stampin' Up!  This inside is also hand-stamped with 'Wishing you all the Best', and heat embossed with pewter embossing powder.

Thank you for looking!  I am really working on using what I have, and that includes scraps.  I know these are all one-of-a-kind creations, so it will be hard to reproduce them without making another purchase.  I'll have to cross that bridge when I get to it. {smile}

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Vintage Butterfly

Welcome.  I opened a pattern paper purchase, I have been saving.  Yes, saving.  I imagine all of us who have a passion for paper crafting, we save special, pretty pattern paper for just the right project.  And, I really need to use what I have.  {smile}.  
This pattern paper is Maja Design, and Pion Design, both companies are from Sweden.  Yes, I ordered paper from a cross the pond.  And yes, paper is heavy.  But, I am truly happy with my purchase from almost 2 years ago.  {smile}  Vintage Spring (butterfly pattern paper), Vintage Summer (floral pattern paper), pattern papers from Maja Design.  The text paper is from Pion Design.
Ok, so back to my crafting.  I wanted to make several items with these papers, but needed a little inspiration.  So, I stopped by Cardabilites to get a peek at their current challenge.  The design team really craft some gorgeous paper crafts.  You should check out their creations.  {smile}

here is the card I made using this sketch:

I am also entering the challenge over @ Just Add Ink.  Their current challenge is to use sequins.  I love adding these little sparkly gems {smile}.

I also covered and decorated a mini composition notebook.  The notebook is also lined with this beautiful blue floral pattern paper.  The text paper was added to the barrel of the pen. {smile}

I used a  thread cutter to rough the edges of this heavy weight pattern paper.  I sponged all the edges with corduroy distress ink.  I did machine stitch these pattern papers together.  I just love how home-y machine stitching gives a craft.
The fancy oval frame I stamped onto vellum card stock and used pewter (card) and antique gold (notebook) embossing powders.
I used a pale pink seam binding to make my double loop bows.  The greeting card also has a pale cream seam binding bow tied around the pink bow.  I tied a button to each multi-loop bow.  I also added these faceted pearls.  On the greeting card, I added pink and marshmallow sequins to the card front.
The butterflies are actually cut with an embossing die.  I used some retired wood sheets from Stampin' Up! for the added rustic charm.
Thank you for looking.  I will try to get some beautiful photos of the gift card holders I crafted, using these pattern papers.  And yeah,  these items will be for sale at my Spring Craft Fair Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Albuquerque, NM, @ La Cueva High School.  My booth assignment is M-31.  Main concourse.  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tiny Treasure Tin

~ photo heavy post ~
I had a fabulous afternoon, today.  I had a chance to craft more greeting cards that hold gift cards.  I know sometimes, you want to give a gift card, but want a beautiful way to present it.  {smile}.  I will have photos posted on my Facebook page in a day or two.  
I also got a chance to finish a blank mint tin.  I painted the tin with 3 different colors of chalk paint: burlap, cotton, and shell.  The top color is a beautiful pale pink.  I used a sanding block and 2 different grits of sand paper, along with a damp sponge to distress the tin.  Once I was happy with the distressing, I sealed the paint.  And then added pattern paper, embellishments, and sponged ink.
The wonderfully talented ladies over @ Brown Sugar Challenge, have a current challenge: distress!

closed lid

Recipe:  I painted Burlap chalk paint first.  I wanted this soft brown color to peek through.  Then I painted a soft white (cotton) chalk paint.  And the final color is shell chalk paint.  I did dry embossing first.  Then I used a damp sponge to do some wet distressing.  The final step is to add a sealant.  {smile} 
the lid
For the lid, I tore two pinkish pattern papers.  Adhered them together.  Sponged some brown ink all around.  To cover the paper seam, I added a die cut rose from the Tilda paper collection.  I added a scrap piece of cream crochet trim by Stampin' Up! , just below the die cut rose.  I added a simple bow tied with pink pirouette seam binding by Stampin' Up!.  And then I added a pink vintage button tied with cream twine by Paper Trey Ink.

The inside lid, has two different pattern papers from the Corner Shop collection by Tilda.  I just love this paper collection.  The bottom pattern paper is an aqua blue pattern, to help bring out the blue blossoms in the floral pattern paper.  I added a strip of cream crochet trim and a scrap piece of pink pirouette seam binding to the pattern paper stack.  I added some machine stitching, to add to the soft, sweet look of the tin.  I added a sweet, adorable flair button, and a white heart pearl brad, before adhering it to the inside of the mint tin.  Finally, I added a trio of sequins from Pretty Pink Posh (marshmallow and mint).  I added a pair of soft green sequins to help bring out the green in the foliage of the floral pattern paper.

wide opened
The pink polka dot pattern paper is from Carta Bella, baby girl.  I sponged the edges of the pink polka dot pattern paper with brown ink.  I added a die cut teddy bear, from the Corner Shop by Tilda.  I sponged the edges of the teddy bear before adhering it to the inside bottom of the mint tin.
I am calling these little altered, decorated mint tins as Tiny Treasure Tins.  Because these adorable little tins should hold a tiny treasure {smile}!
Thank you for looking.  I will be making several more of these little treasure tins for an upcoming craft fair.  

Appreciation : Card

Welcome.  If you are stopping by for the first time, please take a look around.  I love paper crafting, but mostly I make cards.  Not always.  My style is typically vintage country chic.  Its a mixture of shabby chic, vintage, and country charm.  You would almost think I live (and work) on a farm.  I don't.  I'd love to have some chickens and tend to my own bee hive.  But, maybe in another life, or when I retire {fingers crossed}.
I have a craft fair coming up, so I am spending my day in my craft room.  I want to make some gift card holders.  But, wasn't sure on the format.  So, I stuck with a card.
The super creative and talented DT over @ Brown Sugar Challenge have a wonderful current challenge:  distress.  I think I can do that {smile}.
here is what I created:

Let me start by saying, I just couldn't make up my mind on the sentiment.  So, I have added several.  Each sentiment has double sided tape on the backs, so you simply remove the protective strip and adhere the sentiment across the white bar on the decorative piece on the little goodie bag.  Super clever, huh?
Recipe:  I started with my favorite kraft card stock from Paper Studio.  I added two different pattern papers for the main panel.  Love the mix of texture and text.  I sponged the edges of the paper with a brown ink.
I added a strip of cream crochet trim and a strip of soft sky seam binding by Stampin' Up!.  Yeah, they are machine stitched.  I also stitched around the text paper.   I made a multi-loop bow out of the seam binding, and added it to the top of the card.  
I found these super cute tiny bags at a major discount store; I purchased them about 6 weeks ago.  I printed these beautiful digital image seed packet covers onto whisper white card stock by Stampin' Up!.  Cut them out, distressed the edges with my thread cutter, sponged brown ink on the edges, and adhered them to the bags.  

I tied a vintage button with kraft twine and hot glued it to the bottom of the bag.  
I purchased a box of these decorative small paper clips (regal clips) from a big box office supply store about 12 years ago.  (yeah, how ridiculous is that?  Anyways, I think you get 100 of them in a box, and I have a few left.)  I tied some soft brown bakers twine that I picked up in the dollar bin at a big box craft store.  Made a tiny tag, and tied this together onto the Regal clip.  

The digital paper I have, has 6 of these seed packet covers, so I am making 6 of these cards.  Each card will have a different color scheme that coordinates with the seed packet cover.  Each card will come with 4 of the sentiments below: happy birthday, thinking of you, thank you, and happy mothers day.  And then at least one other sentiment that goes with the word at the top of the seed packet.  

These little gems will be for sale at my booth at the craft fair at the beginning of May.  Stay tuned.  I will post photos of each card on my Facebook page, when I finish them.
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you get a chance to play along with the ladies over @ Brown Sugar Challenge.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Glacier Painted Tin

Howdy!  I want to share a craft I am making for my upcoming Arts & Craft Fair in a few weeks.  For those who follow me, I love vintage country chic.  And I love sharing what I create.  So, this craft fair is the perfect venue just for that {smile}.
Let me warn you now.  This craft takes a few days.  But, I believe it is well worth it {smile}.  I think if it can be crafted in 10 mins or less, it doesn't really have any heart.  [Let me apologize for those of you, who love 10m in challenges.]
To begin, I took a plain, hinged lid tin.  Its the size of an Altoid tin, but without the metal embossing. I used my chalk paints to give this plain tin some dimension.  I first painted Burlap chalk paint.  Let it dry for 8 hours*.  Then I painted Cotton chalk paint over that.  Let it dry 8 hours.  Then I painted Glacier chalk paint.  Let it dry 8hrs.  Then, I let the whole tin cure for 24hours**.  
[*I live in the desert, so my drying time is shorter than those living in another part of the country.  Typically chalk paint needs to dry for up to 24hrs.]  
[**curing time allows to the paint to bond to the surface.]
Now comes the fun part - distressing!  I took a sanding block and sanded the whole tin.  I allowed the sanding block to dictate where I would distress more.  It felt more random and natural for me to do it this way.  For the dry distressing, I used two different grits of sand paper to distress smaller areas.  I also did a wet distressing for finer paint removal.

You will have to look close.  But look close.  The larger patches on the top are NOT sanded down to the metal.  Thats Burlap chalk paint peeking through.  Also, there are some small patches were the (white) Cotton chalk paint is peeking through.  There are a few places were I distressed down to the metal.
Ok, now I need to seal what I did in the distressing.  So, I sponged on the sealant.  Let it sit for  20 mins, and then took a cloth and buffed it.  Now it needs to sit for 24hours to cure.  This project will test your patience.  But all good things take time.  Also, if you start on Friday after work, you should be able to complete one by Sunday evening. {smile}

Because I couldn't wait for my curing time, or to take a photo, the top is not actually complete.  The paper and embellishments are just placed on top of the tin for photographing.  I will actually adhere them later today, after the sealant has cured.
I took a scrap piece of stacked pattern paper, and tore all the way around the piece I wanted.  I sponged the edges with Corduroy distress ink by Ranger.  I added a scrap piece of aqua crochet trim.  Tied a vintage vanilla button with kraft twine.  I love how vintage, aged, and sweet this tin turned out.  It looks like something you would find on your grandma's farm.  Tucked away in the attic, or lost in the barn. {smile}
The inside is a little prettier.  I used Corner Shop pattern paper collection by Tilda.  I love the aqua pattern paper in that collection.  Some of these pattern papers look like vintage wall paper, while others are just sweet and gorgeous!  Let's take a look:

I used my 1/2" corner rounder to make the corners fit a little better.  I left the bottom empty.  So, no matter what you place inside, it will fit {smile}.  I used pattern papers that have this glacier/aqua color in them, to coordinate with the outside color.  
For the inside of the lid, I took a scrap piece of pool party seam binding and some white crochet trim and machine stitched them to the pattern paper stack.  Then I tied a trio of buttons with cream twine.  The buttons are adhered to the lid with hot glue, so they will lay as flat as possible, and hopefully don't get pulled off {fingers crossed}.
Thank you for looking.  So far, I have three Glacier painted tins and two Shell (a pale, soft pink) painted tins.  I haven't quite decided if I am going to paint more, or simply decorate them with pattern paper.  If I paint them, I need to start painting very soon.  Hmmmm.  But I will post a few photos of them once I have them completed. Look for these little cuties for sale at my next craft show @ La Cueva High School, in Albuquerque, NM, on Saturday May 2, 2015.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Love: card-gfit box

If this is your first visit for this day (04/12/2015) Welcome!  I have an earlier post (today) that kinda helps explain my crafting.  If you stop by that post you can read my rantings here.  Now, lets get started with this post! {smile}
I created a few of these little gems.  I call them 'card gift combo boxes'.  Here is why:  You open them like a book, but there is a box inside to hold a gift (3" x 5 1/4" x 3/4").  Super sweet, right!  So the inside flap of the 'book' holds your hand-written message, just like a card.  The ribbon holds the 'book' closed.  Pretty sweet.
I needed some direction for the cover, so I stopped by a favorite sketch challenge site:  Mojo Monday.  For 2 reasons; 1) there sketches are easy to work with, 2) the design team is very inspirational!  These ladies are very talented, so if you need to get those creative juices flowing, just take a sneak peak at their work.  
here is the current sketch:

and here is what I made:

Now, before you say a word, I know that this is not my typical vintage country chic style, per say.  Sometimes its good to change things up.  And, I have the whole collection of this pattern paper and embellishments.  And I need to start using what I have.  But, lets take a closer look!
Recipe:  I used Real Red card stock by Stampin' Up! for the base.  LOVE their card stock.  The blue solid card stock is Taken with Teal (retired) by Stampin' Up!, too.
The pattern papers are from the Heart Strings collection by CTMH.
The embellishments, oh my there are lots, and from everyone.  The teal blue brad at the spine is from MME, the Nostalgia collection.  The white doily is from Martha Stewart.  The red fabric blossom is from a big box craft store (J).  The teal blue heart stick pin is from a big box store (J).  The teal blue velvet ribbon is from Stampin' Up! (retired, probably 10yrs).  The blue polka dot paper blossom is from a big box store, dollar bin (M), I also added silver super fine glitter on the petals.  The super fine glitter is from Martha Stewart.  The ticket is actually a painted wood ticket, from the dollar bin, at a big box store (M).  I added the letters, they are rub-ons from a different big box store (HL). I painted some mod podge over the rub-ons to help seal them to the wooden ticket.  The heart is Heidi Swap, I used silver metallic ink on this resist chipboard piece.   
The sentiment is stamped in basic black classic ink right onto the text pattern paper, using the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set by Stampin' Up!.  I also used the fancy label punch to create the decorative piece.
The grosgrain ribbon to hold this little gem closed is Real Red ribbon (retired), by Stampin' Up!.
My little card-box combo was selected as a 'winner' @ Mojo Monday sketch challenge.

different view

This will be for sale at the Spring Craft Fair @ La Cueva High School, in Albuquerque, NM, on Saturday May 2, 2015.  If you are in the area, please stop by my booth.  I'd love to meet you,  and show you what I have crafted!  

Cake : card-gift box

Howdy! and welcome {smile}.  So, yesterday, I spent quite a few hours in my craft room.  I have a craft fair coming up, and so the craft frenzy has begun {smile}.   I had a goal of creating 6 card-gift combo boxes.  And well.  I didn't.  I got three covers done, the inside templates are printed, the pattern paper has been cut to go on those, and the embellishments have been selected.  So that's a good start.  I also started 3 magnetic letters: O, E, and T.  And I started working on altering 6 tins.  All in all, not a wasted day.  By problem, was once I finished the covers of the 3 card-gift combos, I noticed that they all kinda look alike, and the creative juice for those had run dry {frown}.  That is why I started working on other projects.
Anyways, not to fret.   Today is a new day.  Let me share with you what I have done, and then I can get back into my craft room and either finish the magnetic letter, the tins, or start on some gift card holders.  Possibilities are endless in my craft room {smile}.

My typical style is vintage country chic.  Super easy for me.  I love lace, cotton trim, buttons, sequins, pearls, rhinestones, jars, banners, staples, metallic heat embossing, machine stitching, text, music sheets, and floral pattern papers.  
And sometimes I need a little help organizing these things and a direction of my crafting.  I stopped by a favorite challenge site to see what the current sketch challenge is @ Cardabilities.  There are two things I love best about this challenge site: 1) the sketches are very easy to work with,  2) a majority of the DT is in Europe.  Their perspective is completely different that American crafters.  So, it helps me broaden my horizons.  Here is the current sketch challenge:

and here is what I made:

At the time of photographing this entry, the inside box had not been completed.  That is why there is a gap where the bow is.  This grosgrain ribbon actually ties, to hold the box closed.  Untie the ribbon, and the card-gift box opens like a book.  You can place a smallish  gift inside the box (3" x 5 1/2" x 3/4").
Recipe:  The base is made from Ocean Tides card stock by Paper Trey Ink.  Love the color.  I used two pattern papers from the same collection Corner Shop by Tilda.  LOVE IT!  The cake poster card is one of the embellishments that is included in the pattern paper stack (12" x 12").
I add three different trims: a cream cotton trim, white lace, and a cream/pink saddle stitched ribbon.  I machine stitched them to the pattern papers.  I also included a large loopy double bow of cream twine.  
I added three blossoms, one pink and two aqua paper blossoms.  These were purchased from the dollar bin at a big box craft store.  (yeah, the dollar bin!  9 paper blossoms on a card! SCORE!)  I added some platinum sparkle to the petal tips. 
I tucked in a cake poster card.  I distressed the edges.  I added my sentiment banner of 'best wishes'.  This little gem can be used for a birthday, or wedding.
In the sketch there are some splatters, so I used sequins instead; Marshmallow and Pink Blush sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  I also tucked in a metal brad.
The ribbon to hold this little gem closed is also Ocean Tides, by Paper Trey Ink.
Here is a different view:

thank you for looking.  I hope you have been inspired to play along with the talented ladies over @ Cardabilities.  Now, back into my craft room! {smile}

Friday, April 10, 2015

Grateful, for you : Card

Howdy!  Welcome.  I have a quick post this evening before I head to bed.  I was going to clean(ing) my craft table, to make space for a frenzy craft session this weekend, when I was stacking some scraps of digital pattern papers and a few scraps of trim, when a card came together!  I didn't use a sketch challenge or a color challenge or an embellishment challenge.  It just came together.  So, I distressed, machine stitched, heat embossed, glues, and voila!  I'm actually very happy with my little creation.  Start to finish it took 55 minutes!  Holy cow that's fast for me!

Recipe:  I used my new favorite kraft card stock from the big box store as my card base.  I added a text pattern paper from Paper Studio.  I just love this text paper.  They now make a white on black version too.  How super fun is that?
I machine stitched a floral wood pattern digital paper onto the text pattern paper.  I had several trim scraps on my craft table and they just kinda fell onto the stack.  So, I machine stitched them into place.  I knew I wanted a bow.  You aren't really surprised, are you? {smile}
So I also stitched some seam binding onto my trim stack.  I tied a multi-loop bow with the same pink seam binding, but it looked too flat, too pink, too blah.  So, I grabbed the golden tea dyed seam binding strip that was on my craft table and tied a bow with it.  Placed the pink bow on top, and it looked fabulous!  So, I grabbed my kraft twine and tied these two bows together.  I went digging into my button stash that sits on my desk.  {you know, when you are too lazy focused to get up and put things away.}  I think it looks pretty good.
I added a postage cancel stamp to the floral card.  But it needed something more, so I added some splatters.  I wanted to help bring out the gold in the tea dyed seam binding, so I heat embossed my splatters with antique gold embossing powder.  LOVE IT!
I wanted a sentiment, but didn't really have space, so I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment onto a scrap piece of vellum card stock that was already on my craft table.  I also used the stamp set i haven't put away yet, so it was already on my craft table.  I thought the sentiment banner needed a little something more, so I added some machine stitching to the wide open spaces of the sentiment.
I am super happy with my little quick card that came together while cleaning!  Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have been inspired to craft something beautiful today!  Even if it is just for you! {smile}

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Celebrate, Card

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This post will have a Russian translation in the write-up, out of respect for the challenge hosts.
Это сообщение будет иметь перевод на русский язык в рецензии, из уважения к этому вызову хозяев.

As you may know, I have Tuesdays off from work.  I use this day to get chores done, run errands, and have time home alone to craft.  Aww, there is nothing better than crafting home alone, once the house is cleaned, the laundry done, and dinner is in the oven.  {smile}
Как вы знаете, у меня есть по вторникам от работы. Я использую это день, чтобы получить работу по дому сделали, на побегушках, и есть время, дома в одиночестве крафта. Ой, нет ничего лучше, чем крафта дома одна, когда дом очищается, прачечная сделано, и ужин в духовке. {улыбка}

I typically stop by I Love Scrap challenge blog to see what the current challenge is.  And I don't typically play along.  But, I really love this sketch, and wanted to play with some papers I have on hand.  
Я обычно прекращается по I Love Scrap вызов блог, чтобы увидеть то, что текущая задача состоит в том. И я обычно не играют вместе. Но, я действительно люблю этот эскиз, и хотел, чтобы играть с какими-то бумагами у меня на руках.
here is the current sketch #76
Вот текущий эскиз # 76

I wanted a little more direction, so I started looking around the world wide web, and stubbled upon another creative challenge site: Vanilla Wonders.  They are hosting a pretty creative challenge.  Basically, include cabbage roses (real, or imagery) and include tenderness.  You can also create a card or a tag.  I created a card.
Я хотел немного больше направление, так что я начал искать вокруг всемирной паутине, и наткнулся на другой творческой сайта Задача: Vanilla чудес. Они хостинг довольно творческая задача. В принципе, включают розы капуста (Real или изображений) и включают в себя нежность. Вы также можете создать открытку или тег. Я создал карту.

and here is the card I created for these two challenges:
и вот карта, которую я создал для этих двух проблем:

Recipe:  I used kraft card stock for the card base.  I used a left over piece of text pattern paper from my Forget Me Not collection.  I had a scrap piece of the tiny floral pattern paper from my Tilda collection.  The focal floral/text image is actually a digital download.  I printed it onto whisper white card stock, by Stampin' Up!.  This card stock is wonderful to print digital images onto.  I added a double border of machine stitching, and distressed the edges of these pattern papers.
Рецепт: Я использовал крафт-картоне для основной карты. Я использовал оставшиеся фрагмент текста выкройки из моего Forget Me Not коллекции. У меня был кусочке крошечной цветочным узором бумаги из моей коллекции Тильда.Фокусное цветочный / изображение текста на самом деле скачать в цифровом формате. Я распечатал его на шепот белый карточках, по Stampin 'Up !. Это карточки замечательно для печати цифровых изображений на. Я добавил двойную рамку машинного шитья и уныние края этих шаблонов документов.

I added a pink rose ticket, which is a digital download, also.  I added a balsa wood frame around the word 'ticket'.  I added a small collection of pink sequins inside the frame.  I also stamped my sentiment, 'celebrate TODAY' right onto the ticket, in Jet Black Staz-On pigment ink.
Я добавил розовая роза билет, который является цифровой загрузки, а также. Я добавил пробкового дерева рамку вокруг слова «билета». Я добавил небольшую коллекцию розовых блесток внутри кадра. Я также штамп мое мнение ", сегодня отмечаем« право на билете, Jet Black Stazon пигментными чернилами.

I added a collection of seam binding, lace, and trim along the bottom of my pattern papers.  I machine stitched the trims to the card front.  I tied a multi-loop bow with the cream colored seam binding.  I added some white paint and glitter to the little wooden button, and tied it to the bow with some cream twine.
Я добавил коллекция шва связывания, кружева и отделки вдоль нижней части моей картины бумаги. В машине сшитые триммеры на фронт карты. Я привязал многорамочного лук с с привязкой кремового цвета шва. Я добавил некоторые белой краской и блеск для деревянной небольшой кнопки, и привязал его к носу с каким-то кремом бечевкой.

Finally, I added a pair of tiny vintage buttons tied with more of the cream twine, to the right side of the card.
Наконец, я добавил пару крошечных старинных кнопки связаны с большим количеством сливок шпагата, в правой стороне карты.

Thank you for stopping by my little piece of blog-land.  I hope you have been inspired to play along with either of these challenge sites.  {smile}
Спасибо, что заглянули мой маленький кусочек блог-земли. Я надеюсь, что вы были вдохновлены, чтобы играть вместе с любой из этих призов сайтов. {улыбка}