Monday, September 15, 2014

Autumn Blessings...

Happy Monday! Even though temps are still near 100 degrees around here, it's almost officially fall, and I'm in the mood for some fall colors...how about you?

Today's card is made in traditional fall tones of brown, rust, and tan, with a single dark purple accent for fun...



If you've been looking in here at the blog for a while, you might recognize that twig wreath...I used one like it last season, only with a totally different color scheme in the background. This year, I've added some more accents to it, and backed it with a large, more formal die cut that I've shabbied up by accenting it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I added an embellished stick pin and a small purple twine bow at the top of the heart and flower cluster this time around...





and this year, all the leaves are accented with Cinnamon Stickles...





I printed the sentiment on my computer and die cut a tag for it before tucking in it under the heart flower cluster...


Supplies:
Patterned papers:   Glitz Designs French Kiss collection
Dies:   Spellbinders Gold Majesty Circles;   Impression Obsession Twig Wreath;   My Favorite Things Royal Leaves;
Xyron ShapeZ-Heart;   Sizzix Flowers Branches & Leaves
Pearls:   Recollections            Miscellaneous:   Cinnamon Stickles,  stick pin,  purple twine



Thank you for stopping by for a visit today...I hope your week is starting with a smile!


Friday, September 12, 2014

LOTV - Sending You Love...

TGIF...happy Friday, everyone! Today I have another card for this month's Lili of the Valley Pretty Papers challenge. There's still plenty of time for you to enter, and there are prizes involved...I hope you'll check it out and join in the fun! :)

There are two adorable new image stamps that were added to the shop this week - Bonfire and Halloween. And if you're short on time, or prefer to use images already colored, and haven't already checked out the eight new Art Pads for holiday cards and projects, you really should!

But today, I'm straying from the holiday theme, and showing off a "fully loaded shabby chic" card using beautiful papers from Snow PrincessSnow Princess Solids, and a coordinating striped paper from Pastel Dreams ...




The little tied bundle of post cards is made using a stamp from Set 46, Background Bits-Notes, and the sentiment from Set 29, Vintage Sentiments-Just to Say is stamped onto a little die cut heart and tied below a small trio of roses...





Up in the corner is a larger cluster of roses...there's even a light and airy die cut peeking out from under the postcards...




And down in the lower corner, another small cluster of roses...


Supplies:
Patterned papers:   LOTV Snow Princess,  Snow Princess Solids,  Pastel Dreams
Stamps:   LOTV Set 46/Background Bits-Notes, and Set 29/Vintage Sentiments-Just to Say
Dies:   My Favorite Things Royal Leaves;   Memory Box Queen of Hearts
Flowers:   The Paper Studio,  Wild Orchid Crafts            Striped twine:  The Twinery (lilac stripe)
Miscellaneous:   white hemp twine, cheesecloth



Thanks for stopping in for a visit today...have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

LLLC - Halloween and Christmas/Winter Release Fun!...

Sit back and grab a cup of your favorite beverage (and maybe a snack or two), and stay a bit...it's a fun and photo-heavy post today showing off the latest release from La-La Land Crafts!  It's Halloween and Christmas/Winter release time, and the Wednesday LLLC team has some fun creations to share with you.

I'll start off with my Halloween project...it's a haunted birdhouse using the Birdhouse with Base Kit all "spooked up" and ready for new residents. It's sitting on a wooden spool base ("permanently borrowed" from a roll of burlap ribbon from my stash, and painted with black chalk paint)...



and here's a quick little tour all around the sides and back (I brightened up these photos a bit so you could see the details...IRL this is a pretty dark and spooky little house!)...






On the front of the house, I added one of the new Stitched Nested Circles dies around the scalloped chipboard piece that comes with the birdhouse kit. It adds a bit of brightness to the otherwise dark and spooky birdhouse. :)

On the front and back eaves, I added a few of the new Spiderweb and Spider Dies, accenting the webs with a Gelly Roll Clear Star pen that sparkles when the light hits it just right (you can see the spider from this die set hanging from the eaves in the photo above)...


 
     



Adding the Wrought Iron Fence was a lot of fun.  I intentionally "leaned" it as I adhered it against the base, and added strips of knotted heavy-duty thread to make it look as though the fence was wired together to hold it up. Beacon 3-in-1 glue was used as an embellishment this time, by adding bits of glue here and there, and when dry, scraping it with the tips of small scissors to distress it and make it look more like "globs of goo" on the fence.

Inside the fencing, on the two front corners, are the new Tombsones, also propped crookedly, as if they've been there for a very, very long time...









And last but not least, the roofing got a bit of detailing with some colored mica bits...


Supplies:
LLLC Kits:   Birdhouse with Base Kit
LLLC Dies:   Wrought Iron Fence,  Stitched Nested Circles,  Spider Web and Spider,  Tombstones
Patterned papers:   Authentique "Enchanted";  Graphic45 "Halloween in Wonderland"
Flowers:   Wild Orchid Crafts and local craft store
Bird and ribbon spool:   local craft store
Miscellaneous:   Gelly Roll Clear Star pen,  cheesecloth,  Beacon 3-in-1 liquid adhesive, Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint



I'm not done just yet...next up is a shabby and fun Christmas card using many of the new dies...



On the left side, the focal point is a triple-cut and layered tree using the new Fancy Christmas Tree Die - it's sprinkled lightly with glittery Stickles, embellished with a strip of ribbon covered in mica flakes, and adorned with a topper of pearls and a crinkled seam binding bow...






At the base of the tree, banners cut from the new  Stitched Elements die set hold the rub-on sentiment...



The oval cutout in the center was also made using a die from the new Stitched Elements set, and inside it, the new Snowflake Banner shining over the new Christmas Hill Border...


Supplies:
LLLC Dies:   Stitched Elements, Fancy Christmas Tree, Christmas Hill Border, Snowflake Banner
Patterned papers:   Pink Paislee Cottage Farms
Sentiment:  Tim Holtz "Christmastime" rubon set            Laces:   local craft store
Miscellaneous:   Hug Snug seam binding,  Frantage Shaved Ice Fragments,   Diamond Stickles



Here are all the NEW Release products that are in the store right now...





You can see many more creations using the new release products over on the La-La Land Crafts blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit today!




Monday, September 8, 2014

Just for Fun...

Hi-ho, happy Monday! Today's card was made just for fun...a mix of some newly-found older supplies, with a new doily die, some chipboard and flowers...and a take-it-as-it-comes attitude while it all came together. :)

A while back, I found a baggie with some faux "wood planks" that I made up last year...pieces of chipboard cut and coated with paint, crackle medium, ink, and treated to lots of distressing. I used one small piece of it on a watercolor card a few weeks ago, stamping the sentiment onto it. Today, I pulled more of those planks from the baggie to form a background for the card...only this time, I added some splatters from a couple different colored paint pens to further distress the pieces...



The largest flower in the cluster is the rose made using the Spellbinders Rose Creation dies...





and up the side, a flower stem filled with mulit-colored flowers and yellow leaves...the aqua leaves were die-cut and threaded into the stem to add more of the blue accents...




The chipboard window was coated with white paint, then some crackle medium, and finally a couple different colored inks to accentuate the crackles...




Here's a closeup of the faux wood strips...


Supplies:
Patterned papers:   My Minds Eye "Sky's the Limit"
Chipboard window:   Maya Road
Dies:   Prima Doily #2 Pineapple;   Spellbinders Rose Creations;   Poppy Stamps Massa Leaf Background
Floral stem, small flowers:   Prima            Pearls:   Recollections
Miscellaneous:  white hemp twine


Thanks for visiting today...I hope your week is starting with a smile!




Friday, September 5, 2014

LOTV - Just Because...

Happy Friday, everyone! I'm ending this week with a shabby chic all-occasion card showcasing some of Lili of the Valley's beautiful new paper lines...and it just so happens that this month's challenge on the LOTV Ideas to Inspire blog is "Pretty Papers."  Right up my alley! :)

It's a "simply shabby chic" style card, using papers from several of the new lines. All the LOTV paper pads have several colorways of beautifully coordinated papers, but every now and then I like to challenge myself to see if I can blend several different lines of papers, and end up with a project that looks like it was made to go together. One of the things I like most about LOTV's papers is that I end up with a successful challenge every time I try it!

Today's card blends a pink striped pattern and a small pink-on-pink patterned paper from the new On a High Note pad, with a brown dotted pattern from the Enchantment pad, and finally, a tan and pink floral from the Country Meadow line...



Here are a few closeups of the floral cluster, starting with a top-down view of the closed rosebud stem...





I love these pretty painted buttons...perfect for a colorful touch atop a couple loopy twine bows...





And finally, a closeup of the sentiment from Set 29, Vintage Sentiments/Just to Say stamped onto a small tag that's been shabbied around the edges and topped with another loopy twine bow...


Supplies:
Patterned papers:   LOTV On a High Note,  Enchantment, and Country Meadow
Stamp:   LOTV Set 29, Vintage Sentiments/Just to Say
Dies:   My Favorite Things Royal Leaves;   La-La Land Crafts Honeycomb
Flowers:   Wild Orchid Crafts
Painted button:   TheFunkieJunkie.com            Pearls:   Recollections
Miscellaneous:   white hemp twine, cheesecloth



As a reminder...there's blog candy given away **daily** over on the LOTV Ideas To Inspire blog...there's a link button to it over there on the right sidebar -->  -->  -->  -->  --> . 

All you need to do to get your name in the draw for the daily blog candy is leave a comment on the I2I blog post...how easy is that!

And for some more fun news, LOTV is now a Platinum Partner at Splitcoast Stampers. If you're not already a member of this forum, check it out...it's free to join, and it's a wealth of information and inspiration.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...have a wonderful weekend!





Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Hugs...and Some Happy News...

Happy "hump day" everyone! I have some fun news to share today...I've joined the Wednesday Design Team for La-La Land Crafts! Each week I'll be joining the rest of the Wednesday team to showcase the creative ways we use the wonderful LLLC dies (and a few of their other fun products here and there)...it's only been a very short time since I joined the group, and I'm having a ton of fun already!

Today's card is my first for LLLC, and one of my "fully loaded shabby chic" projects...


and it's based on the following sketch inspiration...




Here are a few close-up shots...starting with a couple pics of the florals surrounded by "shabbified" leaves cut with the Open Leaf Flourish die...








and a closeup of the Scallop Border Die, cut from both the blue and taupe papers, layered atop the Lattice Doily Border Die...


Supplies:
Dies:   La-La Land Crafts Open Leaf Flourish,  Scallop Border,  Lattice Doily Border
Patterned papers:   Maja Design Vintage Autumn Basics
Sentiment die:   Technique Tuesday "hugs"
Silver metal corner:   TheFunkieJunkie.com          Pearls:   Recollections
Miscellaneous:   white stamens,  white hemp cording



Thanks so much for stopping by today...I hope you're having a wonderful week so far!





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