Thursday, August 31, 2017

Over-All White

Howdy.  Nope, don't check your calendar, I have posted 3 days in a row.  Shocking, but I believe that I have found my passion for paper crafting, again.  Thank you to everyone who sent words of encouragement, and support.  I appreciate everything everyone has done, to help me find my mojo.
I had so much fun crafting yesterday, I decided to craft another card today!  {yahoo!}  I stumbled upon two new-to-me challenge blogs, and decided to play along.  Oh,  yeah!
My first stop is a sketch challenge.  I needed a starting point, so why not start with a sketch {smile}.  I just love the simplicity of the sketch, but how simply work-able the sketch is.  Just take a look at what the design team created, and you'll understand just how user-friendly this sketch is:  Paper Play Sketches #50.  I love layers, and so working with this sketch was a joy!

My first thought was to use the narrow rectangle for my sentiment piece.  And the cluster of dots, I was thinking a large blossom.  Ok, so I have thought of how to get my card together, lets get a little more inspiration.  
I stopped-by another 'new-to-me' challenge site, and came across Double D Challenge.   This challenge site has an unique and creative collection of mood-boards for their challenges.  And their current challenge is no different - all white.

and here is what I made:

I used all white products.  A bit different for me, but if it wasn't a bit out of my comfort zone, then it wouldn't be a challenge {smile}.  I used white card stock from PaperTreyInk.  The card base and the dry embossed panel are their smooth card stock.  While I used their white linen card stock for the large matt.  I thought using all smooth card stock would make the card look too flat.  I wanted two different textures, but I need them to compliment them.  
I used dazzling diamond glitter paper for the scallop trim piece.  I also wanted some bling.  I wrapped white seam binding around the glitter piece, and machine stitched the pieces together.  I used the same glitter paper to punch a decorative piece for the upper right corner.  I added a double border machine stitch around the top portion of the dry embossed panel.  I adhered this panel to the front of the card with foam tape, to lift it off the surface.
I tied the seam binding into a triple bow, and tied a white button together with white and silver bakers twine.  Simple, but pretty!  I hot glued a satin blossom to the card front.  I also adhered the pair of white buttons, to the decorative piece.  
I stamped my sentiment in basic black onto the same smooth white card stock that I used for the dry embossed panel.  I cut a simple banner end, and adhered it onto the card front.
For a final touch, I added a trio of sparkle-y clear sequins around the blossom.  Viola!

Thank you for stopping by to take a look.  I hope that you have the opportunity to play along with either/both of these challenge sites.  Enjoy the rest of your week!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

the simple LIFE card

Howdy.  thank you for stopping by.  I know that I have been absent, so I truly appreciate your patience, and willingness to stick around.  I was getting some craft supplies in order, when I found this pretty pattern paper that I had had stashed for almost a year.
I wanted to create something shabby, vintage, and country.  But, I also needed a little direction.  So I stopped by the Paper Players blog, to see their current sketch, and wow!  Very work-able!

See what I mean?  Beauty in simplicity!
I stopped by one of my all time favorite blogs, Word Art Wednesday, because they are always inspirational!  Their challenges are Anything Goes, and they will inspire you with both their crafting, and their scripture.

And finally, I went to Really Reasonable Ribbon blog to get some more inspiration!  Their theme is Anything Goes, just use trim, lace, and/or ribbon on your hand-crafted piece.  Easy-peasy!

and here is what I created:

The card is the typical A2 size (4 1/4" x 5 1/2").  The pattern papers is actually one sheet of two-sided pattern paper.  This vintage beautiful pattern paper is from Adrienne Looman, called Dream Big.  I love the soft tender aqua color, with a sweet, deep pink, and pops of red.  Simply pretty!  The white doilies, flowers, and kites give this pattern paper a vintage nostalgic feel.
I machine stitched the two pieces of pattern paper onto the white card stock.  I added a scrap piece of white eyelet trim, and wrapped a pale aqua blue seam binding around the card.  How beautiful!  I tied a multi-loop bow with the seam binding.  I tied a red button to the bow with gold and white twine.  Simple, but beautiful!  
I hand-stamped a half circle in real red classic ink.  The stamp set is from the Farm House paper company.  The stamp set is called Country Kitchen.  
The sentiment is hand-stamped in basic black classic ink, right onto the pattern paper.  I used the Country-Born stamp set, by Close To My Heart.
I love how simple but pretty this card is, and I hope you do too!  I am truly happy to be crafting again {smile}.  My mind is at peace, and my heart is full.  Thank you for hanging in there with me, and for everyone's support and words of encouragement!  LOVE you all!!!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Beyond the Page Cupboard

Howdy!  Welcome back {me}, and thank you for hanging with me {you}!  {smile}  I have been busy with all sorts of things.  One of which is a cupboard I have been working on.  Now, no, it hasn't taken me a month to get it done.  But each week, I think, 'oh, let me finish it, and photograph it, and then I'll post it'.  Well, as most of you know, sometimes life has other plans for you.  I actually have had this cupboard completed to this point for almost 4 weeks.  Ugh.  Time is going by too fast.
So, here is my latest project, not complete yet, but getting there!

front view
How gorgeous! right!  I painted the whole thing with black chalk paint.  I wanted black, but not black black.  and not any shade of grey.  So, a soft, not a deep black, is what I (believe) I achieved with the chalk paint.

side & door view

I used quite a few products from Prima Marketing, like the pattern paper collection {Rossibelle), the coordinating blossoms, and tags, and that large ornate resin frame.  I am in love with the rose gold accents!  I love the copper-ish color and the sparkle it provides!

back view

I started covering the bigger pieces first, then using the scraps to cover the two huge pieces.  The two huge pieces are the top and back.  The cupboard is 14" x 10".  And the papers I had are 12" x 12".  So, I tore edges and pieced them together.  
I did add some pieces from my stash.  The door knob, the ribbons, trims, brads, buttons, floral sprigs, and drawer pulls (which aren't finished, yet).
The whole project is rather simple to put together.  Just time consuming.  After I painted each piece, I let them dry for 24 hours (some cases more) and then hand-applied a sealant.  I sealed the paint, because chalk paint can be removed with water.  I then allowed the sealant to dry for another 24/+hours, before I could add the papers.  I used a paper glue to apply the pages.  I adhered the embellishments with hot glue.  The door knob is actually screwed into the door {smile}.  And yes, the whole inside is painted and sealed!
Well thank you for looking.  I just have two drawers left.  Easy peasy.  And to add the last 4 drawer pulls and viola!  Hopefully, I can get this completed before September!  {fingers crossed!}  Oh, this cupboard, and at least 2 others will be for sale at this years holiday craft shows, along with a few Christmas countdown calendars.  Yahoo!!!