Apr 17 2014

Secret Garden Bird Cage

I’d like to wish everyone peace and love on this ”Good Friday” and a Blessed Easter. On this Good Friday I’m counting my Blessings and am so thankful for my family and friends. They are all very Special to me, precious gifts from Him above.

Today I have card to share that I designed with Graphic 45′s Secret Garden designer pad 8 x 8 and 6 x 6 (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store). This design would also be beautiful using other Graphic 45 papers such as Sweet Sentiments.

Although the roses don’t look small in this enlarged picture, they are about 3/4″ in diameter. They were made using the smallest die from Spellbinder’s Rose Creation dies. I started with white paper and tinted it using Tim Holtz Distress Inks (listed at the bottom of this post). The small purple flowers are Prima gypso flowers. The brass bird cage, brass “special” tag and stamens are from Michael’s. The Melissa Francis pearls, peach seam binding and crochet lace are from the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. I created the bow using the Bow Easy ribbon tool.

The delicate white swirl design below the flowers and bow is a Memory Box die called Venita. I wove the seam binding into the crochet lace and layered tulle under the panels. The edges of the panels were distressed and tinted with Antique Linen Distress Ink using a sponge dauber. A bit of crystal glitter was added to two of the corners of the focal panel.

This design is multi-functional, i.e, Easter, birthday, thinking of you, friendship, etc. I pre-made the leaves and roses, so it went together rather quickly.

I’m going to try to not eat too much this Sunday, those chocolate bunnies are going to be hard to resist! . . . LOL!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I’ll be back early next week . . . hope to see you then!

Paper Hugs,


Supplies used in this design include:

Ribbon: Peach Seam Binding; Crochet Lace, Tulle, Bow Easy Ribbon Tool (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)

Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Antique Linen, More Mustard, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain, Tattered Rose, Rusty Hinge, Dried Marigold, Old Paper, Wild Honey, Victorian Velvet (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)

Paper: Graphic 45 Secret Garden, (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store) White Cardstock

Dies:  Spellbinder’s Rose Creations (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store); Memory Box Venita (Starlitstudio); Susan’s Garden Leaves

Accessories: Sewing Machine, Diamond Dust Glitter, Melissa Frances Pearls, Mini Misters, Sponge Daubers, Crystal Glitter, Stampa Simply Ribbon Store), Scor It, Prima Gypso Flowers, Bird Cage, Sentiment, White Stamens (Michael’s), Zip Dry Adhesive, Crafter’s Pick Ultimate Glue, Genesis Paper Trimmer


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Apr 14 2014

Garden Girl Parchment Card

Good morning ladies, today I have a very sweet parchment card to share with you of a little girl that I just adore.

Isn’t she precious! There’s actually quite a bit of work in this card. The design is from Pergamano’s book, Anneke’s Charming Creations, a design of Anneke Oostmeijer. The design in the book has a black silhouette of a girl. I changed it up a bit by perforating and cutting around the inner circle and inserting a vellum cut out of this sweet little girl. The image is from Summer Breeze vellum.

Due to the transparency of the parchment paper it’s hard to photograph the depth of the colors with the sunshine behind it. I like to take pictures of the cards on a flat service to show the intensity of the colors. Learning parchment craft is not difficult, but it does take some practice. If you’re interested in picking up a new craft, or getting back into it, I have some tutorials listed in the left side of my blog entitled Parchment Tutorials. Click on the link and you’ll be directed to the tutorials. There are seven different technique books involved. I have posts on each of the books (see Parchment Tutorials on left side bar), giving descriptions of what’s in the books, as well as some pictures of my completed designs from the lessons teaching that particular technique. To get started I would suggest purchasing the parchment kit, a mapping penTinta white ink, and the parchment DVD. The DVD illustrates the techniques and goes hand-in-hand with the seven technique books. I sell the Technique Books in my store.

The card is made of regular parchment paper, with a pink parchment insert. Using a mapping pen I traced the image with Tinta white and gold ink. I shallowly perforated the pattern, then did the embossing. In this design, the embossing was done on both the front and the back of the card. When the embossing was complete, I deeply perforated the design. I used a fine mesh easy grid within the design to pierce the small holes with an arrow tool. I then completed the cut work and inserted the vellum image of the small girl.

The design would be so special for a little girl’s birthday. A daughter, granddaughter, God-daughter or niece would love this.

I sell Pergamano supplies in my online store, A Touch of Grace – Paper Boutique, as well as PCA parchment tools.  Links are provided below.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today, I feel so blessed when you take time from your busy day to visit with me — sending warm wishes your way for a beautiful, sunny day! I hope to see you later in the week.

Paper Hugs,



Supplies used in this design include:

Book:   Anneke’s Charming Creations

Paper:  Regular parchment paper, pink parchment paper

Ink:  Tinta gold and white

Grids:  Easy Grid Fine Mesh

Perforating Tools flower, 2-needle, arrow

Embossing Tools: small ball, large ball

Misc.:  Mapping Pen, Perga Soft


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Apr 10 2014

Tending The Roses

Good morning Ladies! Today I have a card to share using Graphic 45′s Sweet Sentiments designer papers.

I used Graphic 45′s 8 x 8 paper pad for this design. The roses in the background paper are a perfect match with my roses. I’ve added green stamens to the centers of the roses, love that! This card doesn’t photograph as well as it looks in real life, the colors are soft, yet intense.

In this close up you can see the white beaded stamens, I adore those! I found them in the bridal section at Michael’s. The key was purchased years ago, I painted ivory acrylic paint over it. Do you see the delicate white swirls? That’s the Quinn Flourish die from Memory Box, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite die brands. The roses were made using Spellbinder’s Rose Creations dies (another favorite). The leaves were made with Susan’s Garden Leaves dies (very versatile set of dies for leaf choices). The fern is a Dee’s Distinctively die that I recently purchased. I’ve tucked in Prima gypso flowers under the roses. Olive seam binding adds a bit of elegance, it’s soft and shiny, feels like silk.

Again, you see the Quinn Flourish die cut with its elegant swirls in the upper corner – just love this die! You can see the top of the key in this photo, I love painting over the brass finish to create a bit of  ”shabbiness” here and there. I used a bit more seam binding and tucked in one of Darsi Bruno’s fabulous stick pins in the arrangement. The pin gives the appearance of beautiful pearls nesting within the flowers. I’ve tucked in more white stamens, green stamens, as well as Prima gypso flowers.

A few page pebbles placed on the background panel complete the design. A beautiful card with elegance and grace, a touch of “vintage” and a touch of “shabby”.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I feel so blessed when you take time from your busy day to visit with me — sending warm wishes your way for a beautiful, sunny day and weekend! I hope you have plans for a fabulous weekend with family and friends. I’ll be back early next week . . . hope to see you then!

Paper Hugs,


Supplies I used on this design:

Paper:  Graphic 45 – Sweet Sentiments 8 x 8 – (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)

Dies:  Spellbinders’ Rose Creations (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store); Memory Box Quinn Flourish (StarLitStudio); Susan’s Garden Leaves (A Touch of Grace – Paper Boutique); Dee’s Distinctively Fern

Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Inks:  Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Victorian Velvet, Dried Marigold, Tattered Rose, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)

Ribbon:  Olive Seam Binding (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)

Accessories:  Darsi Bruno Vintage Stick Pin, Bow Easy (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store); Stamens, Key (Michael’s); Robin’s Nest Page Pebbles; Ivory Acrylic paint; Scor It; Distresser; Prima Gypso Buds (A Touch of Grace – Paper Boutique)

Adhesives:  Zip Dry, Crafter’s Pick (A Touch of Grace – Paper Boutique)




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