Thursday, May 29, 2014

Botanical Rose Printable and Winner!

I have added a new item on my ETSY shop to help you create vintage shabby cards quickly and easily. It's a set of 4 collages with a botanical rose and sentiments. Here is the card set I made with these collage backgrounds. I made at least 6 sets to give as gifts and it took me no more than 2 hours to put them all together.

For these two, I simply inked the edges of the printables, adhered them to coordinating card bases. Then I adhered the lace on top, punched out butterfly with mini pearls and a big pearl in the center of the circle on the bottom.
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For these cards, I inked the edges as well, then curled the top left corner before adhering to the card bases. I also added lace and punched out butterflies on these. The pearls are by Want2Scrap and I adhered all pieces with various Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L adhesives.
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Here are the 4 card fronts on one page:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/191193705/printable-card-fronts-with-vintage-rose?ref=shop_home_active_1
 And now the winner of my OWH Memorial Blog Hop giveaway is...# 59 AUDRA. Please contact me (via Contact tab above) to claim your prize. Please put in your subject line, "OWH Memorial Blog Hop Winner" so I can easily spot your email in my every growing inbox. :) Thank you all for entering my giveaway. I hope you're all having a great day!
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Watercolored Bird Love

Thank you all for joining in the OWH Memorial Day Blog Hop. I have a giveaway that I will end tomorrow night. I will announce the winner on Thursday's post.

Today's card is perfect for spring. The Penny Black Winter Perch bird was stamped with Versafine ink then watercolored. I also watercolored some yellow on the chevron background paper to match the other yellows on my card. The sentiment is from Penny Black's Gratitude set.
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That little nest is something I've been busy making. I love their rustic feel, yet still evokes softness and delicateness. The pearls are by Want2Scrap. I'm entering this card to the following challenges: Viva LaVerve Sketch, The Pink Elephant, Addicted to Stamping, and Muse (inspired by the chevrons and color combo).
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If you like the nest, I just put together some Shabby Vintage embellishment kits on my ETSY store. Each one comes with a free download of my Spring ATC card. I'm trying to raise funds for a specific need in our church, so feel free to share info about my ETSY store. :) Click on the photo to go directly to it on ETSY.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/190614720/shabby-chic-vintage-embellishments-pack?ref=shop_home_active_4
 https://www.etsy.com/listing/190620547/shabby-chic-vintage-embellishments-pack?ref=shop_home_active_1
 https://www.etsy.com/listing/190623187/shabby-chic-vintage-embellishments-pack4?ref=shop_home_active_3
https://www.etsy.com/listing/190612638/shabby-chic-vintage-embellishments-pack?ref=shop_home_active_2
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Saturday, May 24, 2014

OWH Memorial Day Blog Hop 2014

I am thrilled to be joining today's Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop. What a special, yet still somehow insufficient, way to remember those who have sacrificed so much for the sake of our freedom. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. May we never take for granted the freedom that God has blessed us with through your courage and service.
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My patriotic mixed media card thank you card for you today is based on Sketch # B-7. I watercolored the background with red and blue. The Melissa Frances tag has the same patriotic colors. The chipboard frame was swiped with Memento ink. I adhered these different pieces using Scrapbook Adhesives by3L.
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The bird and Thank You are both cut with Penny Black dies. The sentiment and button are actually blue, but the photo makes them look darker somehow.
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How about a giveaway? I will be putting together a sampler of embellishments similar to the ones I offer on my ETSY shop, 2 6x8 sets of retired stamps from The Craft's Meow, Spellbinder dies set. Just leave me a comment for a chance to win! You have until Wed night to comment. I will announce the winner on Thursday's post.
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

So Grateful For You Card

Before I share today's card, I just want to ask you to please pray for the victims of the heavy flooding in our region, especially parts of Serbia and Bosnia. Many areas received 3 months worth of rain in three days. Even though the waters in some areas have subsided, many people are dealing with mud and salvaging what's left of their homes. Some homes are buried in mud and there have been lives lost! It's truly heartbreaking.

I have a masculine card today using Want2Scrap® Feathers Chipboards as the main focus. You can see a coordinating card on this post. I used both the chipboard and the negative cut. I used Sleek Strips Pearls-White to anchor the feathers.
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The papers  and letter stickers are by Authentique. I used more Sleek Strips Pearls-White to highlight the sentiment. I adhere all these different elements using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Runner and Foam squares.
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I'm entering this card to the Runway Inspired Challenge and CASE Study. Have a great day, friends! On Saturday, I will be taking part in an important Memorial Day Weekend blog hop.
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

CAS Freehand Watercolored Flower

I have a clean and simple card for you today with a rose that I watercolored free hand. It was pretty easy to make. I was not completely happy with how the rose turned out, but I grew to love its abstract feel. :) I started with a piece of cold-press watercolor paper. Then I just started painting a big scallop circle in light pink. I then added the darker pink with a smaller brush.
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I did the leaves in two shades of green. The background is a light tan color. The sentiment is by SRM Stickers. The pearls are by Want2Scrap. I added some pink lace and white twill tape.
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I'm entering this to the following challenges: Addicted to Stamps (photo insp), SRM Challenge (birthday), Seize the Birthday (May flowers), Simon Monday Challenge (botanical), The Paper Players (CAS floral), Muse (colors).
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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Birthday Dandelions

I have a vintage-inspired, distressed, shabby card (that's a mouthful! :)). I used an image of one of my favorite plants to photograph, stamp and pull out of my yard! This stamp is Penny Black's Sparklers. I distressed the edges of the background papers, by Prima, before stitching it in place. The sentiment is by SRM Stickers.
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I did the emboss resist with various Distress Inks.I used the darkest color in the center for the greatest impact. I adhered some Want2Scrap pearls in the center. I also distressed the edges of the panel and tucked a piece of lace underneath.
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I'm entering this to the following challenges: SRM Challenge (birthday), Crazy4Challenges (Distressing, Fiber and Stitching), Virginia's View Challenge (stitching), Seize the Birthday, The Paper Players (color combo).
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Monday, May 12, 2014

My First Ever Mixed Media Canvas

I am excited to share with you my first ever mixed media canvas loaded with my favorite Want2Srap® products. I am still new to this new art form and admit that I struggled with the messiness and randomness (as in collages) of it. So, I thought the beauty of art is you can make it personal with your own style. Here is my take of a shabby and "clean and ordered" mixed media canvas. The piece is 5" x 7".
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The first thing I did was cover Want2Scrap chipboards (Clouds, Houses, Fences) with DecoArt gesso then let them dry. I decoupaged the top half with some torn blue Graphic 45 papers.
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The bottom half is covered with burlap, which I secured with a glue gun. I then adhered my different elements: clouds, house, sentiment, fence and Finesse Swirl pearls, which I divided into two parts: one is placed above the fence (photo below) and the other as smoke from the chipboard house chimney (photo above). I adhered a thin pink lace on the fence.
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I left the "Love" chipboard as is because it coordinates well with the burlap. I spelled the rest of the sentiment using Authentique letter stickers. I added some Hot Pink pearls to highlight "lives." I also layered "here" with two kinds of letter stickers to make it stand out.
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I then die cut several flower and leave templates using Spellbinders dies (Spiral Blossom One and Bitty Blossoms) from various coordinating Graphic 45 pattern papers. I adhered a big rolled flower with a big Hot Pink pearl on the center, along with a strip of lace on the roof, on the chipboard house. The other rolled flowers are glued along the bottom to anchor the whole piece. I also used various Scrapbook Adhesives by3L products on this canvas.
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I have made a few more canvases and will share them with you on future posts. I think you will see how quickly I evolved in my mixed media art, from this clean and ordered style to a more eclectic "messy" type. :) The layout is inspired by the Cardabilities #98. I'm also entering this to the Crazy 4 Challenge #235 (Bingo using flowers, sentiment and bling).
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Friday, May 9, 2014

Mother's Day CAS cards with Freebie

I have tons of mother's day cards for you all that uses my FREEBIE sentiments that you can find HERE. Here they are in yellows.
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In pinks:
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And a few close-ups of my favorites.
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The papers are from various companies: Crate Paper, Graphic 45, and October Afternoon.
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The pearls are by Want2Scrap, twine by the Twinery.
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I hope you all have a great weekend, esp those of you who are moms! Happy mother's day! :)
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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Water Colored Happy Birthday

Sorry for being quiet here. We had a long 4-day May Day weekend last week. Then two of my kids and our poor dog got sick this week. They are all on the mend and so I'm playing catch up with other things.

I have a card today that I watercolored. The flower is from Penny Black's Flower Gallery stamp set. The sentiment is SRM Stickers. I used quite a bit of Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L on this card: photo corners, EZ Runner and Foam Squares. The pearls are by Want2Scrap. The papers are by Graphic 45.
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Here's a close up of the water colored image. I used my daughter's cheap water colors.
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I'm entering this to the following challenges: ColorQ (colors), Just Us Girls (sketch), SRM Challenge (birthdays), Curtain Call (Pink & Pretty). 

And while my daughter and her friend were walking around the woods the other day, they found this little guy. He didn't seem to mind that they picked him up and I think he quite enjoyed the attention from the giddy girls.
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