Sunday, December 22, 2013

Take What You Need - a get well card

I'm playing along in the Freshly Made Sketches #117 challenge with today's card.  It's been waaaay to long since I joined in and this sketch caught me eye!
Of course, my first thought was to use die-cut banners.  Or ribbon.  Hmmm, no.  I wanted to do something a little different.  Then I remembered this sweet stamp set I bought recently AND that I needed a card to send to a neighbor who is dealing with health issues.

So I created this card.

In real life the yellow is not nearly this bright.  No matter how I edited, I wasn't able to adjust the photos to show the true shade of yellow.

After sewing the black border to the stamped strips, I tied the thread in bows.  The rest is pretty straightforward.  A border of patterned paper along one side and a stamped sentiment (along with a few stamped hearts) and I was done.  I'm very pleased with it and I hope my neighbor will like it.

Thanks so much for taking a look today!

Supply list ~
Card stock: daffodil delight, basic black (SU)
Ink: onyx black versafine (Tsukineko), daffodil delight (SU)
Stamps: inside & out well wishes (PTI)
Patterned papers: breeze 6 x 6 pad (MME)
Other: bracket edge punch (Fiskars), thread, sewing machine

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Grandma and Mom - a vintage style layout

If you're reading this post in an email, you may want to click through to my blog HERE to better see the (many) photos in this post.  Just click on a photo to see a larger view.

Today I'm sharing something that I created just for me.  Cards are my favorite paper crafting projects.  But, occasionally I create a photo layout.  Usually it's a framed gift for a family member, or sometimes a piece I've been asked to be given as a gift.  This project is something I've been intending to create for about a year and a half.  That's when I purchased the wire hanger and the resin embellishments at a scrapbooking expo.

Just a couple of days ago, I decided which family members I would feature in this layout.  My Grandma C. and my Mom.  You'll see that the style I've used is very vintage/shabby.  A style I don't often use anymore, but I love it.
This has been a labor of love, as it took me close to 7 hours to create (over 2 days).  Yeah...I experiment and move things around.  A lot!

I'm so happy that I finally set aside the time to create this.  It makes me smile every time I look at it. :)

Get ready.  This post is loaded with photos!  I took lots of closeup photos, so that you could see all of the little details.

Ok, you've been warned.  :)
A photo of my Grandma C. (my Mom's Mother).

I used vintage buttons and doily, along with a Tim Holtz key imprinted with the word Memory.

A photo of my Mom at 1 year old.  I love this photo!

Crinkled seam binding, vintage buttons, 7Gypsies keys, SU mini pin, vintage crochet trim.

A SU button threaded with burlap fibers, pleated patterned paper trim.

A stamped sentiment from a Tim Holtz (Stampers Anonymous) stamp set, vintage buttons, a mini spool tied to the seam binding, corrugate swiped with white ink...under the photo.

A stamped sentiment...Tim Holtz, Stampers Anonymous.

A photo of my Grandma (embellished with a resin oval frame), along with a bit of zipper trim, and 2 stick pins.

A combination of stamped and die cut sentiments, on a pre-cut tag.  Two hearts stamped in Delicata Golden Glitz ink.  Glossy accents applied to the smaller heart.  Twine tied to the tag, layered over a doily purchased at an estate auction.

Resin swag embellishment by Melissa Frances, vintage buttons.

Photo of  my Mom, embellished with Pine Cone crinkled seam binding, a mini spool, a stick pin and layered over a piece of corrugate (swiped with white ink).

Tim Holtz key tied with SU Always Artichoke seam binding ribbon. A vintage doily and the stamped tag.

A view of the completed project.
The base of this wall hanging is a piece of 12" x 12" patterned paper by Anna Griffin (thank you Cheryl!).  I tore a piece of muslin to size, then machine stitched it to the base (some straight stitching and some zig-zag).
After that, I gathered ALL the pieces of vintage/shabby/distressed embellishments and supplies I own.  I spread them out on my craft table and quite a few hours later.................this is the result.

If you've stayed with me all the way through this post, I'd love to know what you think.  Oh.  And thank you for taking a look!

Here is my (long) supply list.
Patterned paper: Anna Griffin
Muslin: from an antique shop
Manila tag: part of a prize I won from Vicki Chrisman's blog
Doily and buttons: from an estate auction
Buttons (large brown buttons) SU and Melissa Frances
Large key: Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous
Mini keys: 7Gypsies
Mini safety pin: Stampin' Up!
Wood mini spool: Maya Road
White resin embellishments: Melissa Frances
Zipper trim: Melissa Frances
Burlap ribbon (1-1/4"): SU
Always Artichoke seam binding: SU
Corrugate: recycled packing material
Card stock: confetti cream, always artichoke, early espresso (SU)
Ink: frost white (Colorbox), always artichoke, early espresso (SU), vintage photo distress ink (Ranger)
Crinkled seam binding: pine cone (My Craft Spot)
Pleated patterned paper trim: Bazzill Basics
Sentiment banners: Melissa Frances
Stamp sets: love stamp set (Precious Remembrance Shop), playful journey stamp set (Tim Holtz - Stampers Anonymous)
Die: wonderful words (PTI)
Vintage Inspired Hanger: Melissa Frances
Stick/Hat pins: Maya Road, Petaloo, His & Hers Studio
Adhesives: Glossy Accents, Tombow Mono Multi, Foam Tape
Other: white thread, sewing machine

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sending you Sunshine!

Hi!  Well, now that I'm back to blogging, I wanted to play along in a challenge or two.  I chose CAS(E) this Sketch CTS#56.
I knew just exactly the technique I wanted to use.  Masking and sponging.  So, I created this card.

Ummm.  The only problem is............I missed the deadline.   Grrrrrrrrrrrr.
I guess I've gotten a little rusty at playing along, huh?  Oh, well.  I'm posting anyway.

I used post-it notes to mask the area I wanted to sponge.  Then used my blending tool and 2 distress inks to create my ray of sunshine.  I added my sentiment and placed the panel on a bright yellow card base.  Easy peasy!

Anyway, I'll get back into the swing of things soon.  Thanks for taking a look!

card stock - daffodil delight, whisper white (SU)
ink - antique linen, wild honey, spiced marmalade (Ranger Distress inks), onyx black versafine
stamps -  hello sunshine (PTI)
other - blending tool and foam pads (Ranger)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Hello...remember me?

You may have forgotten who I am; it's been so long since I've posted.  It feels good to be back.
Very. Good.

There are several reasons that I've been missing from blogland.  A weekend trip, lots and lots of yard work on a couple of weekends. father-in-law passed away on November 13th.  Even though he was 95 years old, it was still a shock.  I've been concentrating on family lately, because that's my top priority.

Recently, I did create 2 framed photo projects.  No photos of those, since they were "commissioned" pieces that will be given as Christmas gifts.  It had been quite a while since I've done framed projects, so I enjoyed creating something a little different.  :)

Well, onto today's business.  CARDS!  My favorite kind of crafting, of course.  Hands down.
I was completely out of masculine birthday cards, so I used my new Tipped Tops dies (from Papertrey Ink) and came up with these 2 clean and simple cards.

I can tell that these dies will be some of my "go-to" dies for quite a while.  They're so versatile.  You'll also see that I used Stampin' Up's candy dots on both cards.  I love that these embellishments are nearly flat, which makes the postal service friendly!  Also, they work so well on masculine cards.  You know...not blingy.

Thanks for taking a look.  Till later,

Supply Lists

Geography Happy Birthday card ~
card stock: basic black (SU), kraft (PTI)
patterned paper: kraft resist paper stash (Tim Holtz Idea-ology)
ink: onyx black versafine
stamps: wonderful words additions (PTI)
dies: tipped tops die set (PTI)

Stripes Happy Birthday card ~
card stock: chocolate chip (SU), white (PTI)
ink: early espresso (SU)
stamps: simple sentiments (PTI)
dsp: parisian breeze (SU)
dies: tipped tops die set (PTI)

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