Sunday, November 19, 2017

Winter Card

Hi friends!  It is a blustery, chilly day here today.  I love it!  Winter and Christmas are fast approaching so it is time for me to start making some cards for the holidays.  I always fall short and probably will again this year!  The card I'm sharing today, though, was actually made a couple of months ago.  I received some beautiful items in a swap and used them to create this card.




Beginning with a white cardstock base, I simply took some of the papers and trims I was given and layered them onto the card.  The only things I added were some cheesecloth, twine, diecut fern branches and the word "winter" which was diecut from silver cardstock.  I used some of the gingham ribbon I was sent to wrap around the tiny spool.  Silver Stickles was applied to the branches.




Well, there you have it--the first card I made for the season.  I do have several others lined up to share in the upcoming weeks so stay tuned!


This week brings the Thanksgiving holiday to those of up in the States so I am wishing everyone a wonderful day.  There are also many ways to help those who are not so fortunate so please remember them in whatever way you can. 


Thank you, friends, for stopping by and for the sweet comments you leave.  I am very grateful for each and every one of you whom I have met through this wonderful crafting community.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

For You Card for Secret Garden Crafts

Happy Wednesday, friends!  Today is a new design team post at the Secret Garden Crafts blog and here is the card I made.


Oh my goodness, I love this new collection from Stamperia called "Sweet Christmas."  As you can see, though, this collection is versatile for any occasion.  I started with a white cardstock base and then layered two sheets of paper from the collection, inking and distressing.  Everything was attached to the papers with foam tape for dimension.  I tied a piece of white lace around the side of the papers.  Next, I cut an image from the papers of the little girl and placed a delicate die from Memory Box on top of it.  The "For You" sentiment was also cut from the papers.  I made a cluster of Cottage Roses, Tea Roses and Sweetheart Roses onto diecut flowers in the lower right corner.  I placed some Minature Sweetheart Blossoms in the girls hair and a Sweetheart Blossom in the lace bow.


Please stop by the Secret Garden Crafts blog to see what beautiful creations my fellow design team members have made.  Also, please remember there is free shipping on any $20 or more purchase from the shop.  Thank you so much for taking the time to visit me and for your kind comments.  Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Thank You Card for Play Creative

Hi friends!  I hope you are having an enjoyable weekend.  There is a new challenge page on Facebook called Play Creative.  It is a monthly challenge and the theme this month is a thank you card.  There is a $25 prize at Secret Garden Crafts/Crafty City for the winner.  Here is what I made.


The Lemoncraft papers and the Quinn Flourish die I used can be found at Crafty City and the flowers can be found at Secret Garden Crafts.  All other items used are from my stash.


If you would like to be added to the Play Creative page on Facebook, send me a PM or leave a comment here and I will be happy to add you to the group.

Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  Please stop back again on Wednesday to see my next project for Secret Garden Crafts.  Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Altered Paintbrush for Secret Garden Crafts

Hi friends!  Today, I have a different project than what I usually share.  My fellow design team members at Secret Garden Crafts and I were challenged to alter a paintbrush.  Here is my take on it.


For this project, I chose a small 1 inch size paintbrush.  I painted the handle in an off-white color.  A green leaf vine was wrapped around the handle and two lacey trims around the brush.  A pretty applique accented with a large pearl was placed on top the lace.  Next came the beautiful flowers from Secret Garden Crafts--Cottage Roses and Blooming Buds.  Gesso was added for a shabby look.  Two satin butterflies were placed among the flowers as well as a strand of pearls.  A lovely pink seam binding bow was tied at the top.


This was quite an easy project to do.  Please take some time to visit the Secret Garden Crafts blog to see what beautiful projects my fellow design team members created.  Also, please visit the Secret Garden Crafts shop to see all the gorgeous flowers available.  There is free shipping for all orders $20 and over.  Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful rest of the week!


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Fabric Post Card

Hi there, everyone!  Here we are already into the month of November.  It's hard to believe the holidays are fast approaching!

Today, I have another first for me to share--a fabric post card.  I was surprised how easily it came together.  No sewing required--just glue!


I began by cutting a piece of felt measuring 4x6 inches and then covered the front with a lacy fabric.  For the back, I cut a piece of muslin to size and then stamped the post card elements in Memento Rich Cocoa ink.  The image of the lady was backed with batting and edged with ruffled lace and pearls.  Bridal appliques were placed next.  A fancy lace trim was glued across the bottom.  A pretty pink and white lace trim was added around the edges.  Then came the fabric flowers and the acrylic leaves.  A beautiful butterfly applique was placed at the top. 


On the back, I added some braided trim around the edges.

Well, that's it for me today.  Thank you so much for your kind comments and for taking the time to stop by.  Please come back again on Wednesday to see my next post for Secret Garden Crafts.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Dear Friend Tag for Secret Garden Crafts

Hello friends!  I'm back today to share a tag I made for Secret Garden Crafts.  I love working with the beautiful assortment of flowers you can find there.  Here is what I made for this week.


For the background of the tag, I used papers from Prima's Princess collection and Craft & You White Days.  The edges were inked and distressed.  A journaling card from the Prima collection was placed on top.  I made a little frame edged in lace to showcase the White Days paper, a sentiment banner, and a butterfly made from the paper.  All layers have pieces of cardboard under them to add height.  I also tucked in pieces of lace and appliques under the papers.  Several layers of laces were placed across the bottom of the tag.  Next came all the wonderful assortment of flowers and leaves from Secret Garden Crafts--Bourbon Roses, Cottage Roses, Wild Rosebuds, Sweetheart Blossoms, Blooming Buds, Spiral Stamens, and two-tone Mulberry Paper Leaves.  A pretty jewel piece, flatback pearls and seam binding finish the tag.



I hope you like this tag and all those gorgeous flowers and products to be found at Secret Garden Crafts.  Just a reminder that there is free shipping on all orders $20 and over.  Please take some time to visit the blog to see what beautiful projects have been created by the rest of the design team.  Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Angel Canvas

Hi friends!  It's a rainy Sunday here today--perfect day to stay in and do some crafting!  I thought I shared this canvas already but, in checking my posts, I see that I haven't.  So here it is!


This is a small canvas measuring 5x7 inches.  I began by applying a coat of gesso to the canvas followed by a bit of stenciling with paste and stamping.  A couple of sprays were added for slight color.  Then, the fun began!  Lace, various flowers, diecut leaves, sentiment tiles, twine, feathers, satin butterflies and rhinestones were glued to the canvas.  Let us not forget the main focus--the pretty little angel!  There is also a sprinkline of microbeads here and there.


It was a joy to make this canvas!  It came together so quickly.


Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and for your kind comments.  Please check back again on Wednesday for my next project for Secret Garden Crafts.  Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Birthday Card for Secret Garden Crafts

Hi friends!  Today, I have a birthday card to share that I made using some beautiful flowers from Secret Garden Crafts.




Beginning with a base of green cardstock, I layered a sheet of Craft & You White Days paper.  Next came a diecut wreath.  Then, the fun began using all these gorgeous flowers from Secret Garden Crafts--Cottage Roses, Bourbon Roses, Sweetheart Blossoms and Blooming Buds.   A bit of twine and lace trim were added to the flower clusters.  I then diecut some leaves to add to the wreath for more dimension.  A diecut sentiment added the finishing touch.


I hope you like my card.  You can find the flowers here and the papers here.  Thank you for stopping by.  Please take some time to stop by the Secret Garden Crafts blog to see what beautiful projects my fellow design team member have created.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Beautiful Butterflies Tag

Hi friends!  Fall has taken a backseat once again to summerlike weather here.  The leaves on the trees have hardly begun to turn yet.  The weatherman said this is the warmest October we've had since they began recording records back in the 1800s.  By midweek, we should begin to take a turn back to Fall again.

Today, I have a tag to share featuring a couple of pretty butterflies.  I have a special place in my heart for butterflies!


The papers I used are from K&Co and I have had them forever it seems!  I tucked some bits of lace here and there.  The flowers, butterflies and other accents are from Recollections.  The leaves were made with a Prima die.  A stained seam binding bow and twine bows were then added.  White paint splatters add the final detail.


Thank you so much for stopping by.  I love to read your comments and appreciate receiving them.  Please stop back on Wednesday to see my next design team project for Secret Garden Crafts.  Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Smile Card for Secret Garden Crafts

Hello, my friends!  I am so excited to share with you my second design team project for Secret Garden Crafts.  I hope you like it.




Using white cardstock as a base, I layered a sheet of pattern paper from Craft & You White Days collection.  I also made a tag from paper in this collection to add to the top.  Cheesecloth was placed under the tag as well as some diecuts.  The image and frame are from my stash.  I used these beautiful flowers from Secret Garden Crafts--Cottage Roses, Bourbon Roses, Sweetheart Blossoms, and Blooming Buds.  I did add a touch of gesso to the flowers for a shabby look.




I hope you will visit the Secret Garden Crafts blog to see what my fellow design team girls have made.  Also, there is free shipping at the Secret Garden Crafts shop on any orders $20 or more.  Thank you so much for stopping by.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

From Me to You Card

Hi friends!  Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my previous post regarding my selection for the Secret Garden Crafts design team.  I've never been on a design team before and I am very excited to create for them.


Today, I have a card I made awhile ago using a Sherri Baldy clear stamp and colored with Copic Markers.




The papers I used were from Graphic 45's Secret Garden collection (what a coincidence that I would be on a design team with that name!).  The butterfly and flowers are from Michael's and Recollections.  The leaves and swirly vine were made with Cheery Lynn dies.  The sentiment is from Our Daily Bread Designs.





I am posting a day earlier because we are having computer issues.  We are having a problem with Google Chrome so I am using Internet Explorer to get this post up.  I hope our issues with Chrome get resolved soon because I find it easier to navigate there.  Anyway, thank you so much for taking time to stop by.  I appreciate your kind comments.  I will be back on Wednesday (barring computer problems) with my second project with Secret Garden Crafts.  I hope you will stop by again then.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Happy Tag for Secret Garden Crafts

Today, I am so excited to share the news that I have been asked to be on the design team for a wonderful online store called Secret Garden Crafts operated by Archana Joshi.  They carry the most beautiful flowers, and I am honored to be able to create with them.  Here is a photo of my design team package.


And here is a tag I made with some of the items.


For this tag, I did some stenciling and distressing to the tag base.  The gorgeous flowers I used are Cottage Roses, Sweetheart Blossoms and pink and ivory rosebuds.  A bit of white lace trim was tucked under the torn edge of the paper and pink seam binding tied to the top (these items are also from Archana).  The papers are from Craft & You White Days and can be found here.   Everything else is from my stash.


I hope you'll take some time to visit Secret Garden Crafts.  Right now, there is free shipping on orders of $20 or more.


Please also visit the Secret Garden Crafts blog to see what the rest of the design team has created.  You will find wonderful inspiration there.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Two in One Tag

Hi friends!  Today, I am sharing a two tags in one post.  I was inspired by a you tube video; unfortunately, I do not remember whose video it was.


I created a fabric tag and attached it with a kilt pin and seam binding to a cardstock tag base.  Lots of various laces and trims were used.  The next photo shows the tag base.  The fabric tag is easily removed so there are can be two tags.  (Above the seam binding bow is the back of the fabric tag flipped over.)


I didn't want to add too much dimension to the base tag in order for the fabric tag to lie on top evenly.


Well, that's all for me today.  I will be back on Wednesday with a special post, so I hope you'll stop by and check it out.  Thank you so much for all your sweet comments.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Fabric Brooch

Hello fellow bloggers!  Fall has made an appearance over the weekend and I am absolutely delighted!  Love that touch of crispness in the air.  However, it will be a bit short lived as warmer temperatures are expected again this week.  I just hope Fall returns for a much longer appearance soon!

Today, I am sharing something a bit different.  A friend and I decided to swap fabric brooches.  You Tube is filled with lots of tutorials and examples.  They are quite easy to make.  I began by cutting a strip of felt and covering it with a lacy fabric.  The sides were edged with lace trim and a piece of dangle lace was attached to the bottom.  A small applique was glued to the top.  Next, I took a fabric image and edged it with lace and pearls.  Some batting was placed under the image to give it dimension when attached to the backing.  Pretty little fabric roses, bling and a bow were used to dress it up.  If you look closely, you can see very small gold doilies under each rose.  A kilt pin was used to attach the brooch to whatever you wish.


This is what the back of the brooch looks like.  I added lace trim at the top and bottom of the back to give it a more finished look.  Best part of all?  No sewing required!  I used Fabric Tac to adhere everything.


This took no time at all to put together.  I don't think I would actually wear this but it may be used on a purse or hung up as a decoration.



Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.  Your comments are much appreciated.  Have a wonderful week ahead.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Smile Card

Hi friends!  Summer still has it's grip on my corner of the world.  How I long for cooler temperatures!  This card about sums up how I feel.


When I saw this My Besties stamp, Pouting Prudence, I just had to have it.  I colored it with Copic markers to match the Tim Holtz Correspondence papers I used.  Each layer was matted with dark blue cardstock.  The lace and trims are from my stash.  Flowers and other embellishments are from Recollections.


Well, that's it for me today.  I am looking forward to some quiet time today.  Thank you for all the sweet comments on my previous post.  One thing I want to mention is that the paper doll figure by Tim Holtz that I used on last week's card does not have any tulle added to it.  It is strictly a photo.  It is, however, so realistic that it does look 3-D. 

Enjoy the week ahead!


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Dance

Hi there, friends!  I guess I spoke too soon.  In my last post, I mentioned we were having the most glorious fall weather.  Well, that was quickly replaced this past week with warm, humid weather.  Air conditioning is back on.  Hopefully, though, fall will return soon!

Today's card was made with pretty papers from Prima.  I believe they are from Nature's Garden.  Each layer was inked and distressed.  A piece of cheesecloth and cardboard was placed between the two layers.  Various trims were placed across the bottom of the card.  I wanted to showcase the sweet Tim Holtz paper doll ballerina so I placed her on a glittered frame with Prima and Recollections flowers as well as a wooden rose to the side.  I tucked an assortment of beads inside of the frame.  The "dance" bead was framed with flatback pink pearls.  A tulle bow, rhinestones, and splatters of gesso finish it off.


This card was so much fun to make.  I think I am in love with paint splatters now!  I thought the tulle on the card fit perfect with the ballerina's tulle skirt. 


Well, that's all for me today.  I hope you have an enjoyable Sunday and a wonderful week ahead.  Thank you so much for taking time to stop by and for your sweet comments.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Best Things in Life Just Happen

Hi there.  With the Fall season fast approaching, I thought I would share one last card I made this summer before I switch to more seasonal crafting.


This card was made for my parents' anniversary.  My mother prefers more simple cards, so she was really quite happy with this one.  The paper, sentiment card, flowers and stickers are from Recollections.  The pretty ornate frame, which I feel really makes this card, was a gift.  I don't know who makes this particular die but I would love to have it in my collection!


The sentiment card was framed with lace from my stash.  A satin bow was tucked into the flower cluster.

We have had the most wonderful weather this past week with crisp days and nights.  It makes me so happy to have a change from the heat and humidity of summer.

Thank you so much for taking time to visit my blog and also for your kind comments.  I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Mixed Media Tag

Hi friends!  It's been a rainy couple of days here but, thank goodness, nothing like the poor people in Texas have been dealing with.  I, for one, am so happy that September is here!  That means we're close to the beautiful season of Fall and all that it brings--chilly days, scents of the season, comfort foods, nesting, etc.

The tag I'm sharing today is one of my favorites so far.  I began with a manila tag, a Tim Holtz stencil and modeling paste.  Next, I tore and distressed a couple of sheets of paper and adhered them with foam tape.  The perforations on the torn papers that mimic stitching were made with a quilting tool.  You will also notice a bit of Prima lace peeking out from under the papers.  The flowers are Prima with Prima diecut leaves.  A wooden tag is tucked into the flower cluster along with a couple of hemp bows.  The pretty dimensional butterfly is from Recollections.  A seam binding and lace tie with a vintage button was added to the top.  Using a mixture of gesso and water, I created some splatters on the tag as a finishing touch.


This tag was so easy and fun to make.  If you click on each photo, you can view a larger image.  I recently made another one using the same steps but different product which I will share another time.


Thank you so much for taking time to stop by and also your kind comments.  I hope the week ahead is a wonderful one for all.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Celebrate Today Card

Hi everyone!  Another week has whipped by since I retired from my job at the end of June.  I cannot believe how quickly time is flying now that I am no longer employed.  There just does not seem to be enough hours in my day now.  When I was employed, it seemed like I could count every minute.  I guess it makes a difference when you like what you do.

Not too long ago, I shared a card using the color orange and remarked that it is not one of my favorite colors.  Today, I have another card using orange!  It also was made with a lot of older Prima products.


As you can see, I have a tendency to hold on to some things because I think a better idea might come along.  lol  For this card, I matched two pieces of pattern paper together and placed the floral lacy trim along the edge where they joined.  I stamped a Papertrey Ink sentiment onto the Prima sticker and added several flowers and a leaf below that.  A Martha Stewart butterfly punch was used to cut the butterflies from the darker print paper.  Rhinestones and gold beads were added for accent.


Even though I am not a fan of the color orange, I have to say I am pleased with how this card turned out.  I've had these Prima products for several years, so it feels good to finally put them to use!

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

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Paris Flea Market Tag

Hi friends!  I hope you are having an enjoyable Sunday.  The big excitement in my corner of the world is the total eclipse tomorrow.  We are supposed to be able to see 80% of it here, weather permitting.  Yes, we do have the special glasses needed to look at it.

Today, I am sharing a tag made with Pion Design's Paris Flea Market papers.  I just love their beautifully shabby chic papers and hesitate to cut into them.  I realize that I cannot save everything, so cut into them I did!


Beginning with a premade tag, I covered both sides with the paper, inked and distressed the edges.  Next began the layering of various laces, trims and appliques from my stash.  Smaller tags were cut from the papers and placed under the beautiful image of the lady.  A cluster of flowers and leaves were added at the bottom of the image.  A butterfly was cut from the paper and adhered to the top right corner.  Some rhinestones and pearls were added for accent and a seam binding bow tied to the top.


Making tags brings me such joy and pleasure.  With papers like Pion Design collections, this is so easily achieved.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.  I appreciate each of your kind comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead and try to make some time for crafting!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Happy Card

Hello friends!  I hope you are having an enjoyable Sunday.  I was lucky enough to receive some wonderful crafting supplies for my birthday and having so many ideas for them in my head.  Looking forward to some fun craft "therapy" time!

Today, I have a card to share using an older line from Graphic 45 called "Secret Garden."  This 8x8 paper pad goes a long way!


Using orange cardstock, I matted each piece of pattern paper as well as the image and adhered them to a card base using foam tape.  Love the pretty eyelet trim I placed through the center.  Prima flowers were accented by Cheery Lynn diecut leaves.  The sentiment is a die from Recollections.  Stickles were then added to the sentiment and the center of the flowers in the image for some highlights.


Orange isn't a favorite color of mine (except for the subdued tones in the fall) but I think it showcases the papers very well.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate each of your sweet comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Happy Birthday 2017

Hi everyone!  Here it is August already!  This past week, I celebrated my birthday.  It was a wonderful day spent with family, eating out, and visiting farm stands in Amish Country.  All in all, a good way to start a new month!  I was happy to receive some beautiful handmade cards from fellow crafting friends.

My card today was made for a fellow crafter's birthday, so I thought it would fit in for a birthday post.  Everything used has been in my stash for awhile.


The edges of the papers were inked and distressed.  I placed some foam strips between layers for depth.  Diecut doilies were also tucked in.  Under the crochet trim is a Memory Box Shrewsbury Stem diecut accented with tiny pearls.  A sentiment from Our Daily Bread Designs was stamped onto an ODBD label and tucked into the flower cluster with a hemp bow.


That's it for me today.  Yesterday was another busy day spent with friends that I haven't seen in awhile.  My husband and I just returned from a nice lunch out today and I am quite filled!  I think I'll take it easy for the rest of the day!   Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  I appreciate each and every one.  Have a wonderful week ahead!