Wednesday, November 30, 2016

In Memory of...

Of all the myriad ways of honoring the memory of a loved one, now departed, this one might be my favorite!  Of course, I have Madame Pinterest to thank for it.  I'd never have come up with the idea on my own.  I don't think.  

So after my dad passed away last year, I asked my mom for his plaid shirts.  But anything that was still wearable had already been donated to the care home where he spent the last 7 months of his life, so that was that I thought.  

Recently though, she discovered a large bag of his summer shirts that were stored....waiting for....yes, summer!  And there were exactly the right number of them!  One for each of his grandchildren. 

Most of them I turned into pillows, complete with existing pocket for kleenex, remote, notes, whatever, but 2 I turned into aprons.  SO dang cute I can't stand it. 

What I particularly love, is that when I filled them (with pillows that aren't actually meant to fit them) they made the button pull a little, just like always happened when my dad wore them himself! 

Oh and bee tea dubs?  That recipe written on the chalk painted wall is for the Olive Garden salad dressing.  

You're welcome.


Monday, September 5, 2016

Summer has "fallen"....

Hello friends!  Time to catch up again, huh?  While I've been blog-absent, I've not been gone altogether, so I have lots to show you!  Lets start with the most recent....this set of autumn Thank You cards.  
I used WPlus9 Autumn Leaves stamps with my Caran D'ache water soluble wax pastels.  It had been too long and I just decided to pull them out and play with them!

 I started by coloring random fall shades onto the solid shape stamps, misting them with water and stamping.  Where necessary, I used a paint brush to help the colors blend.

Then I stamped the outline stamps with Versamark ink and gold heat embossed them.  I didn't have to try very hard to make the outlines skewed from the colored part...that loosey-goosey style of stamping lends itself to this "messy" look very well.

I added gold, heat embossed sentiments, with some gold thread trapped below and some wood-grain sequins for just-because.  

I'm posting this card set on the Simon Says Stamp Work-It Wednesday challenge link, as well as the Just For Fun and Hiding In My Craftroom fall colors challenges.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, July 18, 2016

MFT - Camp Create...

Hi friends!  I have some cards to share today, cards I made this past week while waiting for the rain to  go away and the sun to come out and play.  Turns out cold, wet weather is good for getting creative, and maybe a bit appropriate since we "went to camp".  

MFT hosted their 2nd Camp Create with fun challenges all week long.  Here are what they inspired!

The first challenge was Fantastic Foiling. I finally tried my multi-layered stamp set, Vintage Florals from Altenew, and gold embossed the final detail layer.  

On Day 2, we tried Coloring on Kraft.  I was so inspired by using a white Sharpie paint pen to color, that I couldn't stop at just one!  For these cards I used stamps from Penny Black and Simon Says Stamp.  

On Day 3 we did some paper intarsia - Inlaid Made Easy.  I die cut the letters for "happy" from various pieces of colored paper using the Bookprint Alphabet from Papertrey Ink, and nestled them into each other and into the kraft card front.

On Day 4 we did some Magnificent Masking and I got to try my new Bed of Roses die.  I cut a stencil with this Ellen Hutson die and then smoothed pink tinted molding paste onto the card front.  The rose and leaf die cut are stamped images colored with Prima watercolor pencils and painted with a water brush.  A Kristina Werner handwritten sentiment from Simon Says Stamp finishes it off.

And finally, day 5, we did some coloring for Background Bonanza!  I used the Persian Motif stamp set from Altenew to stamp and heat emboss with gold.  Then I colored the images with Copics.  I kept it simple with a Papertrey Ink Botanical Blocks II sentiment on a little flag strip.

These were some super fun challenges that got me pulling out some supplies that have lain neglected too long.  Thanks to My Favorite Things for a fun "camp experience"!!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Paper Patchwork #3...

Hi everybody, today I have #3 in the installment of layouts created from made-over papers.  See here and here.

You already have the gist of what I was doing by patching up scraps of other paper used on other is the array of papers I started with...

Here is the 3rd background page I created....

And here is the layout I created with that page....
After I had adhered the patches of patterned papers together, I sewed all the pieces together in quilting fashion, and then used a Tim Holtz-Stampers Anonymous Damask stamp and brown ink to lightly and randomly stamp all over the page to unite the colors and patterns even more.  I also stenciled brown ink through a DCWV Damask stencil underneath where the photos would be placed.

I layered various die cuts and other embellishments underneath the photo, and in the upper right corner, including some Blue Fern Studios chipboard, Pink Paislee puffy stickers, Prima ephemera die cuts, and word stickers from Cosmo Cricket and Authentique.  I also typed my journaling on a printed tag and adhered it alongside the photos.

 The photos (front and back of an original) are of my mother's family hiking in the German and Austrian Alps in around 1947, and the look of it so reminded me of the Sound of Music artwork, that I just had to co-opt the title for my layout. 


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Paper Patchwork #2...

A couple of days ago I showed you this layout, made from the leftover bits of patterned paper that were too good to be trashed.  Today I have the 2nd layout from that remix to show you.

I started with this array of scraps...
And created this background paper from that assortment.
Here is the layout that came from it.  This time the papers matched each other in tone and strength much more, but because of their vividness I was worried they would distract from the photos.

I lightly painted over the whole page with white paint, only enough to mute the overall strength of the patterns, but leaving enough to subtly show through.  I also used a large glassine envelope that was no longer needed, as part of a photo mat, again muting the strong background motif.
I painted a Dear Lizzy phrase die cut to match the blue alphabet stickers, and typed my journaling onto some old October Afternoon label stickers (man I love those things....could we get someone to make more of them please?)
 I used up some of my stash of Kaisercraft Fiesta die cuts and stickers, as well as some Twine and Ink puffy sticker hearts, Ruby Rock It Happy Days die cuts, and Crate Paper puffy (flower) sticker.

Thanks for coming by today...check back again soon for the 3rd layout in this installment!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Paper patchwork #1....

Are you a scrap saver or are you quick to toss partly used paper?  Do you have a drawer where you're saving scraps, that has gotten so deep it would be like excavating the Middle Ages to actually delve to the bottom?  I'm a keeper.  Especially if it's paper I love and think I'll use again and might regret throwing out even a little square of.

So I decided to tackle a scrap-stack recently, by making a NEW sheet of scrapbook paper from pieces of old.  Chances are, you like what you like, and buy what you like, so you've got lots of paper that actually coordinates with each other very well!

Here is the paper I wanted to use, all spread out.
And after much shuffling and repositioning, I made 3 new papers.  Today I'm going to share the first of the layouts I made with those "new" papers.
You wouldn't be inclined to think those papers would play nice together, on the face of things, but I think once photos and supporting pieces of embellishments are added, pretty much anything can go.  That's a secret though, so don't tell the match-matchy collection designers I said so.
 I felt like the bright floral paper in the upper right corner might be too visually heavy for the rest of the page, so I put the photos there and used the floral paper as something of a photo mat.  Then I balanced the page with similarly colored alphabet stickers on the lower left, and a cluster of colorful embellishments on the right.
Some of the papers are Follow Your Heart by My Mind's Eye, Fiesta by Kaisercraft, Chic Mix by FabScraps and Happy Days by Ruby Rock It.  I also used chipboard flowers by Pebbles, OLD chipboard label frames from Making Memories, fabric covered brads from Basic Grey and Crate Paper, and the alphabet stickers are Amy Tangerine Remarks and Memento (Thickers), Teresa Collins, Studio Calico Color Theory and Patchwork Thickers.

Thanks for stopping by today, and check back again to see the other two layouts I created from the other papers in that scrap pile!


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Sketched Roses

Hallelujah.  With today's post, we are all caught up on shares from the last many months!  Hopefully we won't get so far behind least we'll see how that goes.

This gorgeous card design is Sketched Roses by Impression Obsession.  It's one of those nice huge background stamps, that with some judicious cutting, will provide you with material for two cards!
I first stamped on watercolor paper, and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  I sure love that look and I think I need to try it again soon!  Then I washed over the entire paper with water, and then used a small round tipped brush to lightly drop water color paint into the centers of the roses and let the water do the work of shading.  Really quick, simple and fun!
I cut the "you" sentiment from gold paper, with this die from Simon Says Stamp, and the hello die cut is this one from Papertrey Ink.

Thanks for stopping by again today!  Check back soon for some fresh new inspiration!