I’ve been spending some time on a trip down memory lane the last few days while working on this mini album. We take our boys to Florida every year to play on the beach. The pic’s in this book are from when they were much younger…so cute in their little swimmy trunks. One will be off to college next year and one will be in high school. How time flies : ( Some day’s I wish they were little again.
I may have gone a bit overboard on the embellishments??? Nah…it’s for me and I like it just the way it is. I anchored the corner with a nice arrangement of pretty pale flowers, Dusty Attic chipboard, buttons, leaves, resin shells and string. I choose the beautiful burlap trim with blue stripe from Really Reasonable Ribbon for a nice strip at the top and bottom. I inked the edges and layered on some creme colored netting….seemed very nautical without being too themey.
There are quite a few elements layered on. I started with this fabulous white dot on craft brown from Simple Stories then added several die cuts, chipboard letters, vintage images, metal corners and netting with a bit of gold.
AWWWWW my little puddin pops at the beach : ) Proud Momma moment : ) Jonathan was such a little ham hock!!! The die cuts I used are from Pink Paislee. Notice that burlap trim again? I added it to each page and used the same papers for a consistent look.
Those boy’s were sooo blonde. As you can tell…I’m not very good about including journaling. I’m working on it I promise.
Loving these die cut letters. They match my Beach theme perfectly. Did you even notice the turtle with that chubby little bald boy in swimmy trunks in the picture? Me either : )
We spent a lot of time working out whose chair this was lol. I guess Alex decided it was better to have sand in his pants.
It’s nice to take time to make something for myself. A way to remember the good ol days. They grow up way too fast.
I wanted to take a minute to also show off this lovely little gifty I got in the mail at the shop. Such a sweet and generous surprise from Juanita Baker. Thank you thank you thank you…they are so beautiful : )
Just popping in to share some sweet birthday cards I created in the shop yesterday.
I used papers from My Mind’s Eye and Pink Pailsee. The banner with buttons makes for a festive detail. I’ve also included a double layer of tags to the bow I created with RRR seam binding.
I was able to add a rubon birthday sentiment to the top and tag. A double layer of stitching for fun.
This card has a lovely Victorian girl image nestled into a pocket made from a printed glassine cake plate liner : )
Can’t stay to chat…getting caught up on house work . Hope you all have a wonderful day and enjoy some time to be creative.
I was a busy little bee in the shop yesterday. I finished 3 lovely cards and got all the “grown up” work done too!
I’m getting pretty quick at making these burlap flowers. I added 2 leaf headed pins from Maya Road and a generous poofy bow made from RRR seam binding. Pearls top off the flowers….nice change from buttons.
I added a bit of twine to the dimensional tag sticker…then layered it over several vintage images. The post card is from Graphic’s Fairy. There’s also a Maya Road tiny craft envelope and of course more burlap. I stitched up all the layers for detail.
I like the look of the poofy ribbon bow squished in between the burlap flowers. Isn’t that a pretty brad??
See I told you there was a lot of layers. I added these sweet mismatched buttons and that was all the embellishing this card could take without getting too busy.
Do you find that you have to have noise on when your creating? I do. I’ll put a show on netflix on my computer and just listen as I work. While I made the cards yesterday I was listening to Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein . LOL Odd choice I know…but it sure did bring back memories of when I watched it the first time as a child and thought it was really scary. lol
Okay off to get ready for work. Today I’m in the mood for Halloween projects. Gee I wonder why??? LOL
Hope you all have a wonderful day and find some time to be creative.
I just listed these cards in the Etsy shop. Click on the link to check out the details.
Every now and then it’s good to get out of your regular routine and do something different. I have to say for me…I do make mostly cards. And that’s okay….but sometimes I just need to shake things up a bit. So today’s creation is a framed project that I made for my kitchen. I was inspired by some pretty plates I found for my large plate rack while on super fun shopping trip with #1 son Alex.
I should begin by saying that my workspace is a huge mess now : ) I did a lot of painting, and inking and a whole lot of layering! I used a fair amount of Glue and Seal too!
This great die cut Whatnot is from Glitz. I added the butterfly trimmed from a sheet of Pink Paislee paper and a spring rubon. Loving the inked layers. The flowers were from a sheet of Webster’s Pages.
These trimmed flowers are also from Glitz. They got a dry brushing of paint to tone done the intensity. The very subtle sheet music image is from Graphics Fairy. Once it was given the dry brush treatment it became the perfect backdrop for this pretty spring rubon. Can you see the book pages in the background? That was another layer sealed in with the Glue and Seal.
The Eiffel Tower is from a sheet of My Mind’s Eye paper. More rubons on the corner. I tried to get a few more wrinkles in to catch the inks…but I was being impatient and continued to work with wet layers. I settled for a nice spritz of Perfect Mist in Patina Blue.
This will be a nice addition to my kitchen…which is finally coming together. : )
So happy to have my boys back from camp. I’m really used to our crazy chaotic energy and schedule so when my home peeps are gone it is tooooo quiet. This morning they are sleeping in and I was chillaxin then I realized I almost forgot to post my card lol.
I clipped this special little birdie image from a sheet of Pink Paislee paper. I am convinced every bird should wear a crown. I used the doily to help separate the busy patterns.
I layered on a ton of fussy cut pieces so all it needed to finish it off is a super simple bow and buttons. And loads of inking of course.
Okay it’s off to get ready for the shop for me. I am pretty excited about our upcoming Christmas in July events and I’m decking the halls early with a great shabby chic theme. Can’t wait!!!! : )
I’m popping in this morning for a quick visit to share a card. All the boys are sleepin in…so I’m thinking it’s a perfect time to curl up with a cup of tea and a book.
It all started with a gigantic pile of old books that I’ve recently acquired for classes. I used some of the pages to make these sweet little pink flowers. The paper here are from Pink Paislee and Crate.
I added flocking powder to these shabby pink book page flowers. I think it gives them a wonderful texture and softens the edges. The vintage image is from Graphic’s Fairy. I layered it over a ruffle of well inked doily and topped it off with a few flourishes cut with the Cricut, a small resin lock plate and a super sheer bow with vintage button.
Today in the shop I’ll be working on the project for our first class in the new location. All I can say is…they better be ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work…because this is going to be a project with a lot of layering lol. Okay off to enjoy my tea while it’s still quiet. Hope you all have a wonderful day and find some time to be creative.
Update….I’ve just listed this card in the Etsy Shop. Hop on over to check it out : )
I’ve been super busy wrapping up big projects in the shop and preparing for meetings so I haven’t had as much creative time for my own projects this week. Yesterday I did finally work on an art journal for the shop that turned out even better than I had hoped.
I should have started by saying that Dear Jane came and left Tuesday in a whirlwind of glitter and paint and fairy images. In her wake was left a pile of paper of sweet vintage images she printed for me. I am fairly certain she did not intend for me to use them all on one project.
I created the base for this book by sewing lot’s and lot’s of layers of paper together. Next came patterned papers and cardstock and all the pretty images from Jane.
There’s a stitched lace ruffle topped off with a shabby chic white rose and fiber trim accent. I love this striped ribbon : )
I left the inside pages pretty neutral to allow for more from pictures, mementos and journaling. These patterns are from Webster’s Pages and My Mind’s Eye.
Turns out to be a great way use up the larger bits from the scrap and salvage box. I was able to create this journal without cutting into any new sheets of paper. Hooray for me!!! Crate and Webster’s Pages combined to make these pages. I used my new favorite Tim Holtz product to finish off the edges of my pages. Picket Fence Distress Stain has changed my life forever.
Because this book is bound on rings…there’s plenty of room for larger embellishments and mementos. This print is from Pink Paislee.
Oh how I love these sewn pages!!!!! Look how thick and chunky they are. After sewing the layers these pages are super sturdy. It also gives the journal a nice weight.
I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday. We spent a very low key day with just the 4 of us. We slept in (unusual for me) and lounged around most of the morning. It was such a lovely day that we headed out to the trails for a nice long hike….then a quiet dinner of stir fried green beans with peanut butter sauce with Asian orzo. Very relaxing…just the way I like it : )
I started out with two new cards to share….but one went home with a Polly’s customer before I could get a picture. I think I can recreate it from memory…we shall see : ) So here is the one and onlyproject.
This card is pinkalicious : ) I layered well inked patterns with craft paper then added a great little die cut tag with lot’s of glitter. There’s a nice large banner shape with a very retro feel.
I’m enjoying the doily shapes I trimmed from a piece of My Mind’s Eye paper. I’ve used quite a few paper brands here including Crate, M.M.E., Glitz. I really love to mix it up!!! There are a few vintage buttons here as well as a Pink Paislee spool top, and a lovely little bloom that I inked myself. I also used the machine to faux stitch around without thread…just for a more subtle detail.
Okay…I’m off to enjoy the rest of this beautiful sunshiny day. Very good for spring cleaning. And for roasting brussle sprouts for dinner with pirogi. Tomorrow is Jane Day Woo Hoo.
If you’re planning to come to the shop to see Jane and I tomorrow bring a friend and I give you both 20% off your entire purchase.