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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Vintage Winter Cards

Back to School for the kiddos today...hard to believe how fast the summer flew by....that is the way of life I think....we will look back one day and wonder where it went!

I have been busy playing with winter cards.  I have some fabulous paper from K&Co called Yuletide Poinsettia.  I love the colors and the ivory, red and green swirls that are debossed and glossy.  I added some paper embroidery with 2 strands of white embroidery floss.  I think there is nothing quite like the touch of hand embroidery to really dress up a card. 

The brown swirls on these cards?  They are scraps from dies I have cut.  I just couldn't quite toss those scraps after cutting out dies....and looky here....I have used up quite a few on these few cards!  I love that when I can re-purpose junk!
I have been having much fun playing with some vintage sheet music.  Some that I have acquired from tag sales that has seen it's better days....some from some long neglected piano books...what a fun touch on the page...and the bonus is that it is pre-distressed!!  The large showflake dies on this card are cut from some wallpaper...I did that about 20 years ago!  Just found them the other day...and figured they might as well live on a card!  I think I found them a perfect home!
I wasn't sure about this Tim Holtz snowflake border that I thought I had to have.  It was on it's way out the door...but then the sample I cut landed on this card.  What do you it a keeper?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Farm Fresh Strawberries!

Oh, check out these yummy berries from the Farm Fresh Creative Cafe Kit.  I stamped the berries on a 3 x 1 1/2 inch panel, colored them up with Copic Markers and doodled a frame around the edge.

Next, stamp up your flower image on acetate with Stazon ink three times.  Add Scrap Happy Sheer Glue with the Detailing Tip to the back of your stamped images and let dry.  I used the 2 glitters in the kit and added a bit of Limeade Green You're So Fine Glitter on the leaves. 

Assemble card as shown.  Stamp the sentiment on a strip of white cardstock and attach to panel as shown.  Punch a 1/8 inch circle that you can tie a piece of red ribbon through.  Attach your glittered flowers to card as shown. 
I added a few Yellow Sunshine Pearls to the stamped strawberry image as shown.
Stamps, Glitter, Ribbon, Paper, Cardstock, Pearls: Farm Fresh Creative Cafe Kit.
Add-On Stamp Set: Farm Fresh Creative Cafe Kit.
Scrap Happy Sheer Glue
Detailer Tip
Limeade Green You're So Fine Glitter

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Hills Are Alive....

...with the sound of music! It was requested I make some music cards...and you know how I am....I get started with something and it just doesn't stop!  I am posting a bunch that I made...but there will be more to come!  Love this die from Memory Box!  Vintage sheet music is the perfect paper piecing matterial!
Here is another version of my Grand Piano that I was inspired by off of Pinterest some time back.  I changed it up a bit, adding Cuttlebug music embossing detailing to the piano and adding another beautiful die from Cheery Lynn.  The flower is from Prickley Pear and the piano keys are from Stampendous.
This stencil was included free with the Stampendous stamp above...and you know what popped into my head!  I tangled it right up and then fussy cut it and placed it on the Cuttlebug background.
Not everyone gets to play on a Grand Piano....this one I trimmed the Cheery Lynn die for a simpler treble clef and check out the adorable little Just A Note from Endless Creations!  You're So Fine glitter is from The Rubber Cafe.
Here is the Stampendous keyboard along with a Stampers Anonymous Music Topiary.  Again that Just a Note is the perfect size to tuck on a piano key!
Finally, here is one last card featuring the beautiful Cheery Lynn Treble Clef.  Vintage music peeks out of the center of the card.  The embossed cream coated paper is popped up on foam for a fun bit of dimension.  Butterflies are from Martha Stewart.

Thanks for stopping by!  I'd love to hear which is your favorite!!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Eat Local!

I've been loving the Farm Fresh Creative Cafe Kit from The Rubber Cafe this month.  This image depicts the many farmers markets we see this time of year.  I colored the image with Copic Markers and then fussy cut the image before popping it up on foam tape on a 3 x 3 inch piece of patterned paper.

I sanded the edges of the the patterned paper for a fun rustic effect.  The 4 x 5 1/4 inch paper is also from the Echo Park pad included in the kit and I sanded the edges as well.

Here is a closer peek at the fun ribbon treatment.  I wrapped the multi-colored twine around the card as shown and then I tied a red bow in the center.  I added a few Berry Red Pearls for some fun pops of color.
Papers, Fibers, Ribbon, Pearls, Cardstock: Farm Fresh Creative Cafe Kit
Add-On Stamp Set
Foam Adhesive
Copic Markers

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Heard You Caught A Bug

 I have had a bit of fun playing with some images that have been stamped in my stash for some time.  This first card features a mix of stamps...some are from Whippersnapper, and some may be from Stampin Up!  I don't even know!  I colored the jar with Copic markers and accented it with a white gel pen.  The jar lid is silver gel pen for a fun metallic effect.
The next two cards are Stampin Up! for sure.  I had fun coloring up that adorable truck and loading it up with various things.  Another rumble in the scrap bin for these cards!

This last card I used washi tape for my road and used some glitter dots and star gems from my Archivers Dollar Bin days! 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Zentangle Pumpkins for Fall!

I have got fall on my mind....and today I have two pumpkin cards featuring Lasting Impressions dies and some tangles.  I found papers in my fall scrap bin and used some Karen Foster snap stamps to make my sentiments.  
 I just love how changing the patterns and papers changes the whole feeling of the image/card.  I colored the tangles this time with Copic Markers and it brings them to life!

I know I am in the minority, but I am looking forward to cooler fall weather.  How about you?

Monday, August 17, 2015

Guest Designing for Lila Grey Stamps!

 I have some cards today as a Guest Designer for Lila Grey.  I colored up her  lovely dragonfly on iris leaves  with Copic Markers and did the dragonfly up with the glitter and acetate technique.
This is Lila Grey's first challenge.  Join in on the challenge for your chance to win some goodies:
Welcome to Lila Grey’s 1st monthly challenge. This month we are starting with an anything goes theme!

This one is really easy! Just make a card or project using one of our clear stamps or digi stamps and link it below by September 13th 2015!!  The winner gets a certificate for three free digis from our store! Prize must be claimed by September 30th, 2015.
You can get the image for FREE to play along, so head on over and check out the challenge details and have some fun!