Sewing Tag

I made this monochromatic tag for a friend who loves quilting and sewing other items for the home.

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Before cutting the dress form with Tim's Alterations Manniquin die, I applied sticky back canvas to grungepaper. Then sponged Walnut Stain distress ink around the edge. The base is from Coordinations Kraft core paper which was sanded to "age". Dressed it up with some pearls, ribbon roses and netting for the skirt.

I cut a tag from My Mind's Eye "Penny Lane" paper which is heavy and nicely textured lining up the tag die so that the lace pattern of the paper was at the bottom of the tag. Sponged Walnut Stain randomly over the tag; stamped pattern pieces (Stampin Up!); buttons, scissors, flourish, and needle (Crafty Secrets #SS15 Material Girl), zig zag machine stitched around the edge; and finally distressed with Tim's distressor tool. Coloured in the scizzors with a Copic Marker and sponged some more Walnut Stain around the edge of the whole tag.

The banner is also sticky back canvas cut from Tim's Tattered Banner strip die. The verse is from the same Crafty Secrets set mentioned above.

For the spool, I daubbed Ranger Snow Cap acrylic paint over grungepaper, applied crackle glaze and set it aside to dry. Once it was dry, I sponged the surface with Walnut Stain to sink into the cracks, and wiped the rest off giving the spool an aged look. Wrapped with real brown thread.

The crinkled silk ribbon and crocheted ribbon was sponged with Tea Dye, and I added some tiny cream buttons for embellishment.

Hope she likes it!

March 19, 2013


The Shabby Tea Room - Anything Goes

My first Mixed Media Art Canvas

I have been seeing lots of these art canvas pieces on blogs and wanted to try one for quite some time.

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I followed a  youtube video by Kim Schofield at Eclectic Paperie for painting the canvas with acrylic paints, stamping with acrylic paint, and also for doing the butterfly (Martha Stewart clear stamp stamped with Botanical verse from Tim Holtz "Papillon"set). However, I added some of my own ideas so that it was bit different.!

The large flower is a tutorial by Wendy Vecchi using her art film paper. Other products used are Tim's Tattered Floral die, crackle glaze,  distress paint and gold paint daubber; Botanical verse, and Wendy Vecchi "Believe in Art" greenhouse advert.

The blue "flower"  with the gem is a Cuttlebug embossing folder "Floral Fantasy". I embossed a sheet of paper stamped with the Botanical verse, tore out a section with the flower, sponged with distress inks, and layered on the canvas with matte medium. I also used some Tim Holtz tape "journey" and "symphony notes" and inspire word embossed in black EP applied in the same manner.

The stamps I used are from Tim Holtz "Papillon" and "Ultimate Grunge" sets; the large word "inspire" is  from a set by Chocolate Baroque of England; and small UM's  "dream" and "art".

Other supplies - TH Alterations Die "Elegant Flourish", Rock Candy Stickles, and TH metal corners.

I'm going to enter this into Tim's Tattered Floral Challanege, Inspiration Journal Add a Little Pop (the pop is the flower and butterfly) and The Craft Room In the Garden Anything but a Card Challenge (butterflies and flowers are found in a garden)

March 19, 2013


Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Challenge

Inspiration Journal - Add a Little Pop

The Craft Room - In the Garden anything but a card

Clean and Simple

I've been intriqued lately by CAS, in other words "clean and simple". Reminds me of the stamping that I loved many years ago before there were all the tools and embellishments that we use today to create cards. They are also great for mailing, no extra costs for bulky layers!!!!

So I thought I would give it a try by doing a card that encompasses the Wings challenge at Addicted to CAS and also the Colour blocking challenge at CAS-ual Fridays.

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First of all, I created a stencil template by measuring off 1-1/4" squares across a piece of scrap cardstock, and punching the squares with my SU punch. Then I sponged Tumbled Glass, Spiced Marmalade, and Shabby Shutters distress ink in the square openings on a fresh piece of white cardstock.

In black Memories ink, I stamped the butterfly collage (Kaisercraft "Botanical) over the sponged squares. I also used a Sizzix Letterpress plate "Festive Swirls" on the bottom of the white area. The verse is an older acrylic stamp - sorry can't say who makes it.

For dimension, I stamped a small butterfly, coloured with Copics, punched out with a Martha Stewart punch,  dabbed a bit of Black Stickles on the body, and mounted it on the corner of the card.

March 9, 2012


CAS-ual Fridays CFC93  - Colour Blocking

Addicted to CAS#8- Wings

Butterfly Tag

Ok, here's the scoop! I wasn't happy with the card I made for Brenda's challenge at Floral Fantasies for her blog anniversary. So I gave it another attempt with a tag.

All the stamps are by Tim Holtz. I used his tag die and small baroque die to cut the shapes from Deena's Penny Lane "Free Bird Leaves of Love" by My Minds eye.  This green paper is already printed with leaves and brown weeds, sort of like the background of Brenda's blog header. I cut the baroque layer from the reverse side of this paper on which I embossed the imagination verse, more weeds stamped in Walnut Stain and Crushed Olive DI, with Crushed Olive and Vintage Photo sponged on the edge. The butterflies are in Barn Door.

I used Tim's Tattered  Flower die to cut the "poppy" from verse printed paper, then I dabbed Barn Door distress stain over the surface and spritzed with Biscotti Perfect Pearls. A black button and some gold stickles makes the centre of the flower.

The butterfly is a Memory Box die cut from a scrap of yellow printed paper on which I sponged Barn Door and Walnut Stain. 

The brown detailed corner is a Sizzix die "Architectural Accents". A bit of green ruffled ribbon at the bottom and crushed silk ribbon at the top completes the tag.

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I  am pleased with this tag and think it better reflects the colours and theme of Brenda's blog header!

March 3, 2013


Floral Fantasies  Blog Challenge

Simon Says - Anything Goes

Bright Butterfly

I was invited to join a "blog anniversary" challenge by Brenda at Floral Fantasies blog who is celebrating 4,000 followers since starting her blog over four years ago. Quite an achievement!
Anyhow the rules are quite simple.. simply interpret her blog header- whether it is the colours, flowers, or whatever else one sees in the picture.

Since I don't have any poppy stamps, I chose the butterfly.  I'm sorry to say that I do not know who makes the stamp on my card. It looks like Magenta style? The embossed image was given me quite some time ago in a swap and I just came across it the other night when going through my stash. When I saw the butterfly in Brenda's header, I grabbed for this image to colour. Now I realize her colours are mostly red, yellow and green, and I coloured the echinachea flowers in shades of pink, but I hope the "theme" of butterfly and flowers will qualify.

Since the image is so large and colourful, I choose to make a relatively simple card adding just one backing layer of Bo Bunny dotted green, some fushia silk ribbon, and an embellie (Tim Holtz idealogy acrylic tag, and a tile image from Bottle Cap Inc. that I sponged with Shabby Shutters distress ink). I also added black Doodlebug Sugar Coating glitter to the body of the butterfly. The edge is distressed and sponged with Vintage Photo DI.

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Brenda is allowing up to three entries, so I may have another go at her challenge when I get the chance.

March 3/2013

Bicycle Lady

This is a birthday card for my hubby's sister. Usually I do her a card with birds or butterflies and wanted to do something different this year.  While I was going through my verses and stamps, hubby liked this verse, so I designed the card around it instead of picking the image first!

The bicycle lady, paris circle, and Columbia bicycle advert are from an unmounted 5"x7" sheet by Victorine Originals . The verse is Penny Black by Mo Manning diecut with a Stamping Up punch. Also used a clear acrylic postcard verse stamp.

To give a shabby chic look, I distressed the edges of the background layer (a piece of printed paper from my stash) on which is stamped a script verse, and smudged with Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo distress inks. Also distressed the Columbia advert.

I made the  flower from tissue paper with Tim Holtz Tattered Flower dye, sponged with Tumbled Glass and Tea Die, stamped with a script verse in blue, spritzed with Biscotti Perfect Pearl Mist. A brown ribbon rose sits in the centre.

Some vintage lace also adds to the shabby chic look.

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Sugar Creek Hollow - Lovely Lace

Simon Says  - Anything Goes

Allsorts - For a Lady

Tim Holtz: Tattered Flower Challenge