Sunday, July 16, 2017

Playing with ATCs

Recently, I felt like trying a little something out of my comfort zone so decided to make some artist trading cards.  I have tried these small art projects before.  For my cards that I'm sharing today, I decided to make each one totally different.


First up is perhaps my favorite of the three I am sharing today.  I used paper from Prima for the background and lace trim from Tim Holtz.  I used two paper doll images also from Tim Holtz.  The tiny white flowers are Tim's as well.  The bottle cap was made by cutting a clock from the Prima paper and covering it with a clear epoxy sticker from Bead Landings.  A small metal bracket from my stash was placed in the lower right corner.


Next is a shabby chic inspired ATC using paper from Melissa Frances.  The flowers and butterfly are Recollections except for the tiny white Tim Holtz flowers on the right.  All other items are from my stash.  While shabby chic projects are my favorite thing to make, I struggled most with this ATC for some reason.

My last ATC was done on a stitched canvas-type fabric.  I placed some eyelet lace trim on the left side and layered some Petaloo flowers on top.  The tiny burlap flower, butterfly and leaves are from Recollections.


And there you have it--three different ATCs that were a lot of fun to make.  I really enjoyed the process.  Here you have the three ATCs side by side.  ATC information is stamped on the back of each but I forgot to take a picture of that.


Enjoy the rest of the weekend!  I hope the week ahead is a wonderful one for all.  I'm having some car trouble so we'll see what happens there!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I am so happy to see your sweet comments as well.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Wedding Card Keepsake

Hi friends.  My cousin's daughter recently got married and she (my cousin) asked me to make a special card for her to give to her daughter for the occasion.  She was using pieces of her own wedding gown for part of the bridal bouquet.  I asked her if she had any of the lace left over that I could use for the card.  She gave me one of the sleeves and this is what I created.


The base is a card measuring 5x7 inches.  I covered it with old-fashioned text cardstock and lace from the sleeve.  The ruffled trim is from the cuff on the sleeve.  I did add some lace trim from my stash for the edges of the card.  The flowers and leaves are an assortment from Prima and Recollections.  A Prima heart-shaped frame was tucked into the flowers and two resin birds placed in the opening.  The sentiment is printed on vellum.  I added some rhinestones for extra sparkle.


This was somewhat of a group effort!  My cousin wanted to include a note to her daughter inside.  I suggested she have that printed on vellum which a co-worker of her's was able to do.  I folded the vellum and glued it in place.  The left side of the page looked a little plain, so I cut a lace design from the sleeve and placed that at the top of the page.  If you click each photo, you can see the details better.


Everyone was happy and quite touched with the card, which was a relief to me!  I wasn't sure if they would like it.  It will be put in a display box in their new home.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and for your sweet comments.  I do appreciate hearing from you!  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

My Besties Card - Simple & Sweet

It's a very hot day today but that is expected this time of the year.  I am patiently waiting for the fall--can't come fast enough for me!

Today, I have a card to share using one of my favorite stamp collections--My Besties.  This sweet image is called "Little Sophia."


The image was colored using Copic markers and cut out with a stitched oval die by Tim Holtz.  This was placed on a diecut frame by Spellbinders.  The background paper is Recollections Spring Dream collection and adhered to a white cardstock base.  A strip of crochet lace was placed next and a strip of self-adhesive trim attached at the top.   The framed image was mounted with foam tape.  The flowers are from Recollections Spring Dream and Color Splash collections, and the diecut leaves are from Cheery Lynn.  The sentiment is from the same Recollections paper collection.  A white hemp bow adds a finishing touch.


I love the foil touches in this paper collection.  It adds that extra sparkle!  Plus, the color palette is so soft and sweet.


Using a leftover piece of the paper, I decided to dress up the envelope a bit with it and a matching flower and diecut leaf.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and for your kind comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Large Lacy Tag/Wall Hanging

Hi everyone!  It's a very warm day here today and my energy feels zapped.  I am hoping to get my second wind soon!  A big change is coming to my life after this week which I feel is for the best.  With increasing problems at work, I have decided, after 21 years of employment there, to hand in my resignation.  I feel it is the best thing for me to do for myself.  Time will tell but I do believe that when one door closes, another one opens.

Today, I have a large tag to share.  I began with a cream felt base and covered it with a lacy fabric.  I had this pretty image printed on fabric that I wanted to showcase.  I placed it on top of the base and then began layering all the various trims.  An applique, fabric flowers, leaves and a beaded branch were placed in the lower right corner.  Pearls were added to the trim at the bottom.  A beaded trim was used as a hanger at the top.


This hanging came together very quickly.  No sewing required.  I used Fabric Tac to glue everything in place.  If you click on the photos, you can see the details better.


Well, that's it for today.  I did get a couple of cards made this week and am working on a tag.  I love my craft time!

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.  I appreciate all your kind comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Butterfly Card for Father's Day

Today, we celebrate Father's Day here in the States.  I decided to make a card for my Dad featuring some products from Tim Holtz.


Beginning with a white cardstock base, I inked the edges and then layered pattern paper from K&Co.  Using a sheet of cream cardstock, I began covering it in various shades of Distress Inks.  Once that was done, I used a Tim Holtz Thinlits die to cut out the background shape.  The butterfly is from a Tim Holtz stamp and die set.  I colored it also with Distress Inks.  A bit of cheesecloth was tucked under the butterfly.  The flowers were made with a die from La-La Land and the edges inked in Tea Dye and accented with Recollections rhinestones.  I used glittered stickers from Making Memories to spell out the word "Dad."


Wishing all the Dads and those taking the place of Dads a very happy Father's Day!  Today, we are having a turkey dinner with all the trimmings for my Dad and my husband.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Butterfly Tag

Summer is most definitely here with the beginning of a heat wave today.  Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 90s with rising humidity.  Since I do not like the heat, I am patiently waiting for Fall to arrive again!

Today, I have another tag to share featuring a Sizzix butterfly die.  I love butterflies, especially the delicate beauty of this one.


The tag base was covered with paper from Tim Holtz Wallflower collection.  I used an assortment of flowers from Prima, Petaloo and Recollections accented with diecut Prima leaves.  Delicate lace was attached to the bottom of the tag with a strip of Recollections pearls across the top of the lace.  The butterfly was cut twice--once from pattern paper and once from copper cardstock-- and layered together with a brown flatback pearl accent.  I placed the butterfly inside of a chipboard frame.  A piece of seam binding and a Tim Holtz button was placed at the top.


Well, that's it for me today.  I plan on staying indoors where it is nice and cool.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your kind comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Hanging Heart

Hi everyone!  I'm a bit late getting my post up today but here it is.  I made this heart wall hanging awhile ago and forgot to share it.


The heart shape was cut from a cereal box and covered with patterned paper.  I forgot to write down what line I used.  Using a couple of types of ruffled trim and some beaded trim, I adhered those to the shape of the heart.  Various flowers from my stash were placed on the right side of the heart and towards the bottom of it.  A couple of trims were made into a bow and tucked under the flowers.  A frame surrounds the cute little resin birds.  A seam binding bow accented with rhinestone buttons was placed at the top for hanging.


This was a very easy project to make.  I think I may try making some more of them.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your kind comments.  Best wishes for a wonderful week ahead!