Jul 27 2014

Spellbinders Fairies

I’ve been missing from blog land lately and have missed designing. I’ve got a lot going on with renovations, internet out for two-and-a-half weeks, tree trimming, etc. The list goes on and on . . . it’s summer and there’s a lot to be done. But, today I’m back with some really quick, adorable designs I hope you enjoy as much as I do.

I’ve been doing some shopping and want to share some insight to a few new products (at the end of the post). First, ladies, if you have daughters, granddaughters, nieces . . . or you’re just a girl at heart . . . you’ll adore Spellbinders new Fairy dies. I have all three and have been having fun with them. They are so perfect for little girl birthday parties, or a fairy afternoon “tea party” . . . let your imagination soar with these adorable little gems. The fairy pictured above, Cierra, is too cute for words. I’ve added a little fairy dust (glitter) to her wings.


There’s nothing like silk for the most beautiful bows, it’s soft and supple and a dream to work with. I adhered a flower that I made with Dahlia dies and added a couple of leaves made with the Foliage dies.

This little darling is Cali and she’s a delight! I love fairy dust and couldn’t resist adorning her wings with it. The rose was made using the pinched petal technique that I use in the Dahlia tutorials. I used Rose Creation dies for the flower, together with Foliage dies for the leaves.

Dried Marigold and Worn Lipstick are perfect colors for the rose. I used Peeled Paint, More Mustard and Walnut stain for the leaves.

And this would be my Mom’s favorite note card.  This lovely fairy is Ariana.

Again, I’ve used Rose Creations for the flower, this time I omitted using the pinched petal technique and opted for a rose with smooth petals. I love the color combination using Dusty Concord with Peeled paint, very striking!

A picture of the trio of note cards, so adorable! Incredibly quick to put together as I’m dealing with time issues of late.

Now about those new products: I’ve splurged on the Artisan Explorer and absolutely love it! I love my Revolution, but sometimes I have to make a few passes to get good cuts on the more intricate dies. With the Artisan Explorer it’s a one pass deal . . . woo hoo . . . I love it! It’s perfect for the new Die D-Lites and A Gilded Life dies and for any small die under four inches width, eight inches length (all the flower dies). The plates are about 4 x 8 and hold a lot of the smaller dies on each pass.

The next product I picked up is the Core’dinations Signature Series Graphic 45 (12 x 12). If you love Graphic 45 as much as I do, you’ll want to pick up a pad or two of the 12 x 12 size. The colors were chosen to match all of the lighter and darker colors of Graphic 45 designer paper. I used the paper on these note cards and as you can see, they are a perfect match. So easy now, no worries about whether or not the card stock I’ve selected is the right color, that saves me a lot of time searching through my stash.

And lastly, I’ve purchased several of the Die D-Lites and A Gifted Life dies and love them. I love that they’re individual dies and not sets. They are so affordable, I only purchase the die I want with no extra dies in the package I may never use.

That’s it for today, I’ll try to be back later in the week with a few other designs I made with the fairy dies.

Paper Hugs,

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Products Used In This Design:

Spellbinders Dies: Ariana, Cali, Sierra, Rose Creations, Foliage

Paper: Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments, Core’dinations Signature Series Graphic 45

Ink: Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint, More Mustard, Walnut Stain, Dried Marigold, Worn Lipstick, Stormy Sky, Broken China

Ribbon: Silk Ribbon (Lavender-05; Light Blue-34; Champagne-02)

Accessories: Bow Easy, Foam Squares, Glitter, Glossy Accents, Inkssentials Blending Tool, Daubers, Artisan Explorer, Zip Dry Adhesive, 24K Gold Krylon Pen.

 

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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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