Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sewing Box

This is the photo of the finished product. The video explains the process of how this box was created. Stamps are by Scrolls Work
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This is what it looked like before the shoe polish was applied. It looked too new!

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Shabby Chic Secret Garden


Hey everyone!  Hope you are having a good weekend! Today I have my design team work from Scrolls Work Stamps to show you.  I had in mind a European estate garden when I created this card. I guess the horticulturist in me likes to create garden scenes with stamps every now and then. Remember to use very smooth card stock if you do brayer work like I did with the sky.
 Here are the stamps that I used:
2005 Bust, 2019 Large Column, 2545 Gothic Fence, 4513 Shrub, 1471 Secret Garden and 4548 Grass. Keep in mind that I used a SU! Basic Grey marker to extend the Gothic fence for my design. The pearls and lace are all vintage except for the half pearls in the corner which are Studio His and Hers and the half pearls in the arches of the flourish are Martha Stewart. The stick pin is one I made with some vintage pearls.
Inks and Markers are by SU!
Basic Grey, Going Grey, Yo Yo Yellow, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Garden Green, Handsome Hunter, Ballet Blue, Tempting Turquoise, Bashful Blue and Whisper White. Other items used were Photo Corners by Spare Parts/ The Paper Studio, Clear Embossing Powder, Crystal Effects, Sizzix SU! Sizzlet called Lots of TAgs Label 1. The edges of the card stock were dampened and rubbed for a distressed and aged feel.  Enjoy!
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Friday, May 21, 2010

Red Bud Tea


There have been so many events happening lately with my daughter that I thought I would share a photo with you.  She takes a strings class at school and throughout the year, local groups will invite them to come and play for different occasions.  Several weeks ago, her group played for an event called The Red Bud Tea. The local garden club hosts the event and gives out red bud seedlings at the event. It is held at one of the local historical museums/gardens. Of course she made the small town newspaper yet again.  This is not the newspaper photo but one I snapped while watching the group play. My daughter is sitting in front of the window. Now go outside and celebrate spring!
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Bird Cage Tag


I took a #8 shipping tag and added gold, blue and green home made glimmer mist as a base. With the use of a cricut, the bird, leaves and bird cage were cut out. This bird cage is thin chipboard which has been heat embossed with black embossing powder.  I wanted the cage to have a cast iron feel. The flower was punched with the SU! round scallop punch. I used an old college literature book and added pink home made glimmer mist. I cut the scallop toward the center every two scallops and then I twisted each of these with a pair of tweezers. The bottom layer is a scallop that has been cut but not twisted and then I added two layers of the twisted scallops to make this flower.  I added beads for the center and mini pink bead strands to create the flourishes for a bit of movement. I finished it off with fiber from my stash. 
The bird cage was an svg file that I downloaded from Dan's site. He offers a free file every week. 
Have a great day and be blessed!

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Toddler Tyler


Let me introduce you to Tyler # 4505 from Scrolls Work Stamps. Isn't he the sweetest little boy? I think so!  I created this card so that it could be used for several occasions. It is perfect as a baby card,  a toddler birthday or for a special day such as the first day of preschool.
This is how I made it....
Stamp the image onto the smooth side of watercolor paper with timber brown stazon ink.
Take a fine tipped aqua painter and SU! Dye ink and color using, bashful blue, brocade blue, brilliant blue,yo yo yellow, summer sun, creamy caramel, close to cocoa, chocolate chip.  Color lightest to dark.  The flesh tone was an apricot appeal watercolor crayon.
Use the nestabilities curved rectangles to cut the watercolor paper and the retired SU! designer paper.
The plaid paper is from The Paper Studio, the yellow is barely banana card stock from SU! as well as the bar shful blue card base.
Make a closure with a couple of punches, add a bit of bling, a phrase, some stickles and a bit of sponging to complete this card.
Enjoy!

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Internet Scrapper Friends Meet

Today's post is out of the ordinary for me.  I met one of my scrapping cyber friends and spent the day with her in Georgia.  Actually, our scrubbies were there taking these photos. As you can see, we hit an Archiver's store while we were together that day!
 Here's a quick story on how this happened.  Last week, my scrubby said he would be taking a short business trip and I quickly told him that I wanted to go because I might be a able to meet up with Micki.  As it turned out, we left a day early on the trip so that Micki, myself and our spouses could meet.  Since Micki and I had been chatting, we found that we had a  lot in common and thought our scrubbies would have a lot to talk about too.  That is exactly what happened!
We spent the day shopping and site seeing.  This was just a moment of acting silly while the scrubbies were taking a few photos.
About a month ago I was in the chat room asking about the Cricut expression cutting machine because I wanted to purchase one. Micki and Lisa quickly answered my questions. While I was chatting with them, Micki went out and downloaded an svg file that I was interested in. She also liked the image and offered to  send some to me. I told her that would be great and offered to send something to her in return.  She quickly replied that a dump truck full of money would be sufficient payment and I told her..."no problem".  Since then, a dump truck full of money has come into our chat conversations and is now a running joke.
 Here is a photo of Vanna White I mean Micki, holding the dump truck that I gave her the day we met in person.  I went out looking for a Match Box dump truck that I was going to mail to her as a joke.  I found this truck instead and printed up some fake bills to put in it along with some scrapping goodies.  The really funny thing is that Micki purchased a Cricut cartridge recently which had a dump truck die cut and thought of me.  She sent me a fabulous card that I will show you in an upcoming video so be on the look out for that.  I have some RAKs to film and I'll talk about her card too!
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Mother's Day 2010


This is the card I gave to my Mom for Mother's Day.  I am posting it late because I just gave it to her yesterday.  I took a short trip which was planned at the last minute and I forgot to get this out and give it to her before I left. The rose stamp and leaves are a retired set from SU! and the flourishes are by Autumn Leaves. The large rose in the floral motif was one that I made several months ago after I watched Roxycar11 make them on You tube. The shapes were cut with nestabilities dies by Spellbinders and the phrase was heat embossed with gold embossing powder. Of course my card base is SU! card stock as usual. You know I used my home made glimmer mist on the background too.  I think I use it on every project these days. If you have any questions or comments, just leave them here and I'll get back to you.
Have a wonderful day!
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Tutorial on How to Tea Dye

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I have been creating so many new things over the last few weeks! This week you will see some extra activity around Crop Notes and Crafts because I have so much to show you.
After I posted my vintage lady tag about 4 weeks ago, I had several people ask to explain Tea Dying.  Here's the video!  Enjoy!
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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Just a Vintage Note

I whipped out my Bind it All to make up these quick note pads.  I began with a piece of vanilla card stock and stamped it with Stazon ink to make this paper.  All of the stamps were from Scrolls Work Stamps.  The flower was made using the SU! round scallop punch and some pages from a used college English Literature book. A little home made glimmer mist here and a little there with some cutting and twisting of petals becomes this grungy flower. A small flower punch from Paper Shapers and a pearl complete the flower center. Add a bit of sponging and that is about it.


I made this pad as a small address book and added some tabs to some of the pages using the SU! round tab punch. I then added some crackle accent on the pen to give a bit of sparkle to both of the books.  This book was also coated in Mod Podge before decorating the front for added durability.
The inside is just a stack of index cards that were punched and bound.
Stamps Used
Trunk 3028
Historic Postage 3036
Pen 3005
Journal Kit 3071
Background Words 7105
It was a quick and easy project to make!
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

BOTTLE SWAP WITH DL AT THE BEACH

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I participated in a bottle swap over at The Scrap Beach.  Thanks DL for all of the goodies!!!!
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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Tiny Travel Sewing Kit


Hello everyone, I nearly forgot to upload this terrific post for you today! It is my weekly design work for Scrolls Work Stamps.  I put together this tiny sewing kit using the Journal kit Stamp -2071. The front of this little sewing kit measures 1 5/8 x 2 1/4 inches (4x5.5cm).

I stamped the image using SU! Close to Cocoa ink and then I heat embossed the image using clear powder. I did this several times until I had a thick coat in place and then I used the Cracked Glass technique. I sponged over the image with brown ink to show the distressed lines. I added copper colored grommets which had turned dark over time.  I cut the front from the back and added a spine using SU! Close to Cocoa card stock.

This is the first page and I used the front image of the journal stamp and cut out the journal space. I tucked a ribbon in the space from behind. I used clear embossing powder on the inside pages too. I cut the top off of this pocket page once it was assembled and used a Fiskars tag punch to hold the thread.  This tiny button stamp that I used was the perfect size to use as the tab. This stamp came from a Christmas Tag Kit which was released several years ago by Plaid/Delta.  I made two of them using embossing powder and glued them together. The thread card fits nicely in the pocket and only the top of the button shows when it is in place.

The next page is another pocket. I used a SU! punch as the flap on the top of this pocket. Heat embossed it with gold embossing powder and added this stamped thimble -3001.  You can see how small this sewing kit is in comparison to the size of my hand.
When the pocket is opened, you can see the slim line magnet that I used by Basic Gray. Several buttons and a needle threader fit nicely into this space. I have another sewing kit in the works and I think it will be even better than this one. I used a different color combo and I like it even better than this one.  I'll try and show it to you in a week or two along with a sewing box.  They are still works in progress on my cropping table so stop by again soon to check them out!

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