Valentine Tag

I have a friend in Windsor, Nova Scotia who is an avid reader and she likes to use my tags for bookmarks. She also likes vintage things and writes/types poetry, so I thought this antique typewriter die by Tim Holtz would be "right up her alley"! I didn't use too many embellishments because if the tag is too thick it won't stay in the book properly.

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The background is a Cuttlebug embossing folder "Fantasy Floral" done on red Bazzill paper. On the raised areas I sponged over with Tim Holtz Fired Brick ink, then a spritz of Heritage Gold Perfect Pearls spray. 

The typewriter is cut out of black TH Coredination kraft paper, and the edges sanded. I used a fine watercolour brush to colour the gold areas with distress paint. I also put a very thin line of foam tape under the keys to pop them up a bit giving extra dimension to the typewriter.  The little verse tag is one I had in my paper stash - I just sponged some Antique Linen distress ink around the edge to age.

I used one of Tim's chit chat kraft stickers, and acrylic facet to make the tag at the top. Added some red rickrak ribbon, and also another sticker at the bottom, along with a couple of heart gems.

Nova Scotia is having another winter storm... 25 to 40 cm's expected. I just got in from shovelling and it is already knee deep, heavy wet snow.  My husband is away to a curling bonspeil until Sunday, so I'm going to have to clear it all myself.  Not looking forward to tomorrow when the plow goes by and puts it all back in front of the driveway!

Jan.29, 2016

Simon Says Work it Wednesday  -Something New: Tim Holtz typewriter mini die

Just A Note From Me to You Happy Mail

This is another happy mail card I recently sent to a friend in the States who had cataract Toric Lens implant eye surgery on Jan. 4th. She was very nervous about it, but says that her vision is so bright and clear now, and feels blessed that technology has lifted the "fog" of her sight.

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I used papers from a 12x12 paper pad called "Tea Party" . The yellow layer was cut on the corner with a Tim Holtz mixed media die which reflects the same pattern as on the paper. The edges were sponged with Broken China distress ink. The circle image is a Just Rite stamp coloured with watercolour pencils, Gold Stickles glitter on the centre of flowers, and this is layered on another lacey circle (spellbinders die cut from the same rose paper as the background). Sorry for the photo quality - I took the pic at night because I wanted to walk to the mail box and get the card in the mail. The yellow is actually a nice rich buttercup yellow - looks faded here from the flash.

The butterfly die from Memory Box is also from the same paper pad. I positioned the bottom layer die over a rosebud for the main body of the butterfly with the gold shiny paper extending out to the wings, and the top layer is a scrap of the same pink & blue rose background paper.

A wide sheer ribbon bow finishes the card.

Last night was wild weather night - high winds gusting to 100 km's, and heavy rain which took away all our snow. Power was out in parts of our area of Town; however, we were fortunate we didn't lose ours . The sun is now trying to peek out of the dark clouds and it is very mild. Tomorrow the temperature is supposed to drop again and snowflurries. Crazy weather!

Thanks for popping to read my blog and I enjoy reading your comments.

Jan. 11/2016

Bottles Collage Happy Mail

This card was sent to a friend who needed some "happy mail" as she is undergoing treatment for cancer. The image is a new christmas gift stamp, made by Inkadinkadoo, stamped on watercolour paper and coloured with watercolour pencils. Unfortunately while painting the last bottle, the paint bled a bit outside the margins because the area was still wet from doing the pale blue background.  I was going to throw it out and start again, but decided to cut a bottle using Tim Holtz mini die and create an aged pottery style container with crackle glaze to cover the 'boo, boo'.  Even though the last bottle looks like an "odd man out", I decided to go with it.

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Each bottle was given a coat of crystal glaze, and little embellishments;  wine cork and wire on the green one; wire art on centre of blue one and micro beads on centre of flowers;  flowers, brown pearl & leaves along with wire art on neck of yellow one; micro beads on centre of flower,and wire around neck of pink one; flower, brad & leaves along with twine on crackle glaze bottle.

The image is layered on striped paper cut with a semi-circle border punch, along with a flourish in upper corner, beige crocheted lace, and a spellbinders ribbon label popped up with foam tape

I had a Facebook note from my friend yesterday. She has it on display with some tulips on her sideboard. I was glad it made her happy!

Thanks for visiting.

Jan. 8, 2016


Take a Stamp, Anything Goes:  new stamp

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: something new