Jun 28 2014

Loving Friends

Good morning dear friends, I hope you’re enjoying your weekend so far! I’m at the beach and enjoying every relaxing moment!

Today I have the companion card to the Loving Thoughts card I posted on Friday. The layout is a little different, as well as the floral arrangement. Apart from that, I used the same products. I do love the ease of designing when using Petaloo’s Botanical Blooms.

I’ve started using a thicker thread in my sewing machine for sewing around the cards and I love it!

I stamped a sentiment from JustRite’s Vintage Filigree Fancies on the inside of the card. I placed small flowers from the Mini’s Florals (Petaloo) inside both cards, as well as a leaf from Spellbinder’s Foliage dies.

I truly love these cards, mixing the Botanical Florals is so pretty, they all coordinate so well with one another. Petaloo hit it out of the ballpark with this line! Again, I added dimension and realism to the birdcage. This photo really shows the rounded dimension well. For those of you who have followed my blog over the years, you’ll recognize the sweet little butterflies that have graced my cards for many years.

This picture best shows the darker stamens that I cut from flowers in the Mini’s Floral package (ivory). I’ve been known to swipe stamens from flowers to use in my designs, I can’t help it . . . I’m a lost cause, I love stamens!

I’m providing this picture of the two cards, side by side, so that you can see the subtle differences. The cards measure 5 1/2 x 5 1/2. They would be pretty framed and hung in a guest bath or guest bedroom.

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit today, I so appreciate all the sweet love you leave  .   .   .  until next time  .   .   .   .

Paper Hugs,

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Products Used In This Design:

Paper: Prima Fairy Rhymes and Something Blue – Stamp Simply Ribbon Store; Stampin’Up! Kraft Card Stock

Stamps: JustRite Vintage Filigree Fancies – Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Dies: Spellbinders - Die D-Lites Bird Cage TwoFoliageAntique Frames and Accents – Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks – More Mustard, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap, Dried Marigold – The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Ribbon: Kaisercraft Cream Lace PackCheesecloth – The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Flowers: Petaloo’s Botanical Blooms (coral), Floral Ephemera (coral), and Floral Mini’s (ivory and yellow) – Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Accessories: Sponge DaubersMini MistersBow EasyDistrezz-It-AllKaisercraft Pearls (pearl) – The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store; Sewing Machine, Zip Dry Adhesive, Crafter’s Pick Ultimate Glue, Revolution and Evolution Die Machines, Scor-It, Genesis Paper Trimmer; Scrapper’s Spool (tawny) – A Touch of Grace – Paper Boutique

 

 

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Jun 26 2014

Loving Thoughts

Hi peeps, I’ve been working on a few parchment cards that I’ll soon be sharing with you. I haven’t had a chance to post for a few days. I’ve missed you!

I recently received an order from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store had couldn’t wait to play with my new Die D-Lites dies from Spellbinders. I adore this birdcage .  .  . it was so much fun playing with it! Since I’ve been so busy playing with parchment, I didn’t have time to make flowers  .  .  . sooooo .  .  . the next best thing (in my book) was to fall back on Petaloo’s gorgeous Botanical Blooms (seriously . . . my all-time favorite “go to” homemade flower replacements). Isn’t this coral color so dreamy! I used Dried Marigold Distress Ink on the little butterflies, I think they are a pretty good match. I punched them from the pink polka dot paper using a small butterfly punch.

Oh my goodness . . . this is one seriously huge photo . . . WOW! Look at the edges of the flower’s petals, isn’t that so gorgeous, exactly why I fell in love with these flowers. I’ve been (unsuccessfully) trying to duplicate that “look” on my flowers. Kaisercraft’s cream lace is soft and perfect for this design. I’ll be placing another order soon, I have to have it in natural . . . this stuff is fabulous to work with! The other ribbons in the package are absolutely gorgeous. I also included smidgens of cheesecloth here and there (so love to incorporate it into my designs). The cording is called Scrapper’s Spool from Karen Foster, I like to include a bit of whimsy as well. And don’t you just love those stamens peeping out from the bottom. They came on one of the flowers in the Petaloo Mini’s yellow package, I cut the flower away and used the stamens.

To give the birdcage dimension, I wrapped it around a bottle to gently shape the frame, I then adhered the two bottom side scrolls to the card. Kaisercraft Pearls were used liberally on the cage and background papers.

A sentiment from JustRite’s Vintage Filigree Fancies was stamped on the inside. I sponged Frayed Burlap Distress ink on the panels.

Frayed Burlap was applied to pretty much all edges of everything on the card, including the bird cage. I used the Zutter Distrezz-It-All to distress the edges of the panels. The rose leaf from Spellbinder’s Foliage dies looks smashing with these flowers, don’t you think! And since I didn’t make the flowers, this card was quick to pull together. A very pretty card to give to a dear friend for pretty much any occasion.

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit today, I so appreciate all the sweet love you leave  .   .   .  until next time  .   .   .   .

Paper Hugs,

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Products Used In This Design:

Paper: Prima Fairy Rhymes and Something Blue – Stamp Simply Ribbon Store; Stampin’Up! Kraft Card Stock

Stamps: JustRite Vintage Filigree Fancies – Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Dies: Spellbinders – Die D-Lites Bird Cage Two, Foliage, Antique Frames and Accents – Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks – More Mustard, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap, Dried Marigold – The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Ribbon: Kaisercraft Cream Lace Pack, Cheesecloth – The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Flowers: Petaloo’s Botanical Blooms (coral), Floral Ephemera (coral), and Floral Mini’s (ivory and yellow) – Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Accessories: Sponge DaubersMini MistersBow EasyDistrezz-It-All, Kaisercraft Pearls (pearl) – The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store; Sewing Machine, Zip Dry Adhesive, Crafter’s Pick Ultimate Glue, Revolution and Evolution Die Machines, Scor-It, Genesis Paper Trimmer; Scrapper’s Spool (tawny) – A Touch of Grace – Paper Boutique

 

 

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Jun 15 2014

Cup of Tea

I have the companion card to the Hello Friend card that I’m posting today. I’ve taken a picture of the two cards together and have to chuckle at the pink/blue theme . . . . girl/boy and yet these cards are not for children in any way.

The cards were very difficult to photograph inside my home so I headed out to the yard, which really is appropriate with all the flowers on them.

Like the pink card, this card has a definite “vintage” feel to it as well as a bit “shabbiness”. I used several Distress Inks to create the colors in the flowers. You’ll recognize these flowers in the first Dahlia Tutorial I did.  Again, I used some classic dies  .  . .  Spellbinder’s Mega Classic Ovals were perfect for the design.

Several papers from Graphic 45′s Botanical Tea papers were used, both the 8 x 8 and the 12 x 12 paper pads. I used Zutter’s Distrezz-It-All for all distressing and applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink around all edges of the papers.

A close up of the upper left corner of the card. I so love the leaves! I made up several of them and placed them in a Glad “baggie” .   .   .   it’s so nice to have them made up and ready to use with the designs.

This is my favorite picture, a close up of the focal flower spray. It really shows off those luscious silk ribbons! Look closely and you can see the very subtle Peeled Paint around the edges of the flowers’ petals.

A close up of the lower right corner. The sunlight hits it perfectly, showing off a hint of the Peeled Paint on the tips of the petals.

The back of the card. These papers are incredible!

A closeup of both cards’ focal flower sprays.

Both of these cards can be used for multiple occasions. I get many questions about how I mail my cards .   .  . I usually don’t. I hand deliver them in a gift bag with the gift. If I do mail, I wrap gingerly in tissue and bubble wrap, most fit in the small flat rate Priority box which provides ample protection, along with the bubble wrap. Yes, Priority is expensive at $5.50 a pop, but I would have paid that on a store bought card anyway, or so I rationalize (wink).

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit today, I so appreciate all the sweet love you leave  .   .   .  until next time  .   .   .   .

Paper Hugs,

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Products Used In This Design:

Paper: Graphic 45 – Botanical Tea – Stamp Simply Ribbon Store; Nut Brown Card Stock

Dies: Spellbinders - Mega Classic Scalloped Ovals – A Touch of Grace – Paper Boutique; Mega Classic Ovals; Dahlia Dies, Susan’s Garden Leaves

Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks – More Mustard, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Walnut Stain,Vintage Photo, Broken China, – The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Ribbon: May Arts 1/4″ light blue and teal silk, Brown Burlap Cord, Burlap String – The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Accessories: Sponge DaubersMini MistersBow EasyDistrezz-It-AllPrima Mountain Lily Cotton Candy – The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store; Glimmer Mist, Chipboard, Sewing Machine, Zip Dry Adhesive, Crafter’s Pick Ultimate Glue, Revolution and Evolution Die Machines, Scor-It, Genesis Paper Trimmer

 

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