Monday, April 23, 2018

Small Altered Composition Book Journals

Happy Monday! I hope this post is finding you well! I'm sharing with you today several small journals I've made for my Etsy store. They are created from the small composition notebooks you can get at the office supply store. They measure about 4 1/2 by 3 1/4 inches.  This is a great use for scrap pieces of paper leftover from card making or for using up your 6x6 paper pads.

Here are a few of my recent favorites:

Some of these are still available in my Etsy shop. Click here to see!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Tim Holtz Cards

Good morning! I know it's been a bit since I posted any projects. Spring is finally here and I've been enjoying the mild weather before it get too hot to go outside! I have been crafting a little, for some reason I've been focused on creating with my ever growing stash of Tim Holtz supplies. I really love his paper dolls and have been making cards with them as the stars of the show. Here are a few I've created.

My Favorite Of The Bunch

I've also been experimenting with making some mixed media pieces as well and hope to show you those soon. All of these are for sale in my Etsy shop. If you'd like to purchase one, please click here.

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Valentine's Day Cards

Hi everyone! It's been a while since I posted, I wanted to catch you up on all of the Valentine's Day cards I've made this year. I'll get on with it, no more jibber jabber!

All of these have found new homes and I hope they will be cherished by the recipients. Thanks for coming by, I hope you've enjoyed your visit!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Christmas Ornaments

Hi Everyone! It's been a while since I've posted; I've been very busy with my Etsy and just shipped off the last of my Christmas orders. I've closed it for a week or two in order to take a breather and spend time with family and friends.

I just wanted to share some really cute and easy Christmas tree ornaments I made this year. They are all made with those glittered snowflake ornaments that you find at the craft store or dollar store. It's a great way to use up your leftover Christmas papers and embellishments!

First up is my personal favorite! Marie Antoinette is such a fascinating historical figure and very representative of glamour and excess I had these images of her and thought she would make very glamorous ornaments! Here's two more:

The top two employ sheet music rosettes and lots of Christmas embellishments accrued through the years.

Next up are a couple of rustic deer themed ornaments. I bought the images and cut them with my circle dies.

I found the evergreen trim at my local Hobby Hobby, but i think Tim Holtz offers some similar. Love the rusted jingle bells!

My fave of the deer bunch. Found some jute trim online for tassel making, but used some here along with a wood doily cutout.

Of course, since I love Victorian imagery, I couldn't leave these out!

Love the pink ones!

 I have a couple of tips for making these: Use super bond hot glue sticks for gluing anything onto the glittered snowflake base. I've used regular low temp hot glue in prior years, but they came apart easily over time. I used sticks called "Craft Bond" purchased at my local Micheal's and use them in a high heat glue gun.
The second tip is to use a nonstick craft sheet or silicone mat underneath while making these. The glue tends to ooze out of the snowflakes and it will stick to your worktop.

Thanks for visiting today! See you again soon!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Introducing the Chantilly Paper Lace Collection Blog Hop

Welcome sweet friends, today we are introducing a new die collection by Becca Feeken for Spellbinders called Chantilly Paper Lace - you can take a quick peek of the entire collection -------> HERE.

Have you ever rummaged around in your grandmothers attic, through memories of the past to find sweet letters and cards romantically tucked away for safe keeping while preserving sweet acquaintances and conversations of the past?  Letters adorned with the finest decorations, now tattered and ripened with age, impress what an honor it was to receive these treasures.  Becca reached into the past to restore some of these treasures, preserving the fine detail, the elegance and the pure femininity into modern day romantic die cuts that are at home on any card.  The collection is reminiscent of petticoats, fine lace and adornments and are designed so that each die works with the other.  In fact, the card front dies are designed so that they can be used alone or two can be layered over each other.  Join us as each Creative Team member shares their creations with two dies from the collection.

We are listing all of the creative team so that you don't miss a beat but don't forget, each of us will be giving away an Amazing Paper Grace die pulled from the comments - one from each blog and hint-hint you'll want to make sure you leave a comment on the Spellbinders Blog too.  The prize details are at the bottom of my post.  So, without further ado let me talk about the dies I get to introduce:

First up is  S5-327 Annabelle's Trosseau

Annabelle's Trousseau is a beautiful rectangle die with inner pieces as well as a  matching corner piece. It fits perfectly on a 5x7 card with room for a base layer. Of course it could also be used as a card by itself, just joining two die cuts together for the front and back. I made my signature style shabby chic card, it just fits so easily being based on antique laces. There is a slot on the frame on each side to wrap ribbon around the front as I did here. I cut out one of the inner frames in white, it reminds me of lattice. I also cut four corner pieces and added them on top of the frame corners for a two toned look. Here is a peek at the dies:
 The second die set I'm introducing today is S4-820 Vintage Pierced Banners 

 Now, I love a good banner and these are awesome! They are great for adding a sentiment  and this particular set of banners has the tails as a separate piece, so you can bump up the middle with foam tape and leave the tails flat for a cool effect. You could also just use the middle piece and not the tails. I like flexibility in products so you can be as creative as you'd like. This banner sets includes an oval, rectangle and curved banner shape.
Here is a bonus card I made pairing the banners with the Hemstitch Rectangles from the Venise Lace Collection, one my favorite sets of rectangles ever!

I think they pair nicely, no? There is also an oval version of these dies being released as part of the Chantilly Lace Collection.

These dies have just arrived and are indeed available on the Spellbinders Website -------> HERE

In the meantime, be sure you leave a comment on this post for a chance to win an Amazing Paper Grace Die from the recent Venise Lace Collection.

There are five dies that are being given away and each winner that left their comment on Saturday gets an early bird bonus. One name will be randomly picked from comments left on each of our five blogs on the Introducing Chantilly Paper Lace post between October 14 and October 17, 2017 at midnight US Central Time and our international friends can participate!  The randomly selected names will be announced on the Amazing Paper Grace Blog on October 18th.  (All giveaways for this hop are managed by and the responsibility of Amazing Paper Grace)

Up for grabs is an Amazing Paper Grace die of your choice from the Venise Lace Collection; there will be a total of five dies and a winner can win once among all five blogs.   If your name is selected, simply claim it within 2 weeks of announcement by sending your address through the form under the Contact Tab on the Amazing Paper Grace Blog. The dies will be mailed out from Amazing Paper Grace.

Click the links to get to more sweet samples:
Visit Joanna   - to see her take on Cinch and Go Flowers II and Hemstitch Rectangle
Visit Teresa   - to see her take on Victoriana Crest and Bella Claire Border
Visit Melissa  -  to see her take on Emmeline Treillage and Franchesa Label
Visit Kristi      - to see her take on Isabella Frame and Isadora Trinkets
Visit Becca     -
 Visit Becca     - for your first Chantilly Lace Project including step by step photo instruction.

Thanks so much for joining us for Introducing Chantilly Paper Lace!
Leave a comment - tell us, which of these dies would is closest to your heart?
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