Sunday, July 19, 2015
I used an older Spellbinders die called Vintage Ovals (I think). Sadly it's retired so they don't stock it anymore but in trying to find it, I searched for ovals and vintage and I found so many fabulous dies I'd love to have. They even have the Elizabeth Craft series of Susan's Garden dies that make lovely 3-D flowers. There are a few I've been wanting to try!
Isn't this the best inspiration photo? I love all the white and soft pink with so many flowers. I wished I'd had a cameo in soft pink to add to this card but in the end, I decided to keep this flat so I could mail it. I used some Maggie Holmes die cuts and they are amazing. So many pieces in a pack! I used Retro Sketches #172 but sadly it ended on Saturday and this card had to be kept secret until now so I didn't get a chance to link it up. Oh well, half the time I forget anyway! :)
Please be sure to visit The Shabby Tea Room to see the other fabulous designers cards based on this photo and don't forget to drop by Dies R Us!
Saturday, July 18, 2015
These new papers (to me) by Theresa Collins were calling my name. I got one of those huge paper and embellie packs from ScrapbookSteals.com and just HAD to take them for a spin!
Especially when a paper pack has unusual colours in it, it’s great to have lots of die cuts and embellies that match the paper. I now have an ink pad from SSS that should match the next time I use it but I also like the collagey style I got here. I like having cards without sentiments so I can use them for anything I like. Great when you are in a pinch.
Stamps: Postmarks (I know, they look like they are part of the paper right?)-unknown rubber from AGES ago
Ink: night of navy-SU!, antique linen distress
Paper: Theresa Collins
Accessories: all TC except: roses-Really Reasonable Ribbon, sequins-stash, gold thread-Guttermann, lace-vintage
Sunday, July 05, 2015
I am so excited to be part of the amazingly talented team who designs for The Shabby Tea Room! I love the photo we were given to work with this week!
I added some aqua and pink to help make the yellow pop! The chipboard pieces are from Maggie Holmes. Her products are shabby but modern at the same time. I don’t know how she does it!
The cake was ivory before I Copic Airbrushed it. I overdid it a bit so I wiped most of the ink off with an alcohol-soaked cloth. I was very nervous that I was about to ruin my chipboard piece but it worked out really well. I also added the glitter to the cake plate. TIP! In case you were wondering, I carved out all but the top layer of paper on the cake plate on the left so it would overlap the balloon strings nicely. It is simple but go slow and easy so you don’t cut through the front layer of paper.
I also added some bling to the balloon. I started with embossing powder but either it doesn’t work well with chipboard or I overheated it slightly. It just looked a bit flat and icky. Have you ever overheated EP before? It gets an almost oily looking halo and flattens out. So that didn’t work out like I hoped :( To try and fix it I added some opaque glitter overtop. I didn’t have to cover the whole area, just some was enough. It matches well with the gold already on the balloon.
Please join us at The Shabby Tea Room this week! I’d love to see some of my reader’s join along! We have a photo to inspire you each week so be sure to check back often. GO, visit now! See what the other gals have made for you! I am also entering this in the Curtain call-July1 Celebrate.
Stamps: sentiment-Say It Loud WMS, triangle border-Sparkle and Shine-SSS
Ink: hibiscus burst, harvest gold, Hawaiian shores-PTI, Versamark
Paper: vanilla CS-SU! doily-Wilton
Accessories: chipboard-Crate Paper Maggie Holmes, EP-SU! Glitter-Art Institute, ribbon, gold glitter sticker paper (hearts)-stash, stencil-MFT, heart die-SSS, Copic Y21 and airbrush system
Monday, June 29, 2015
I went all out on this one. Shabby but bold!
I started with a rather painstaking process of learning how to use foil. My first three attempts failed miserably despite following directions from several different prominent crafter’s blogs! Grrr… But I finally got results I could use even if I didn’t love it. I applied Versamark through a stencil and clear embossed it. Then I added foil and ran my paper through my laminator. It melts the embossing powder so the foil can stick. Unfortunately, it also flattened the melted embossing powder causing it to spread out. So my pattern is a bit more messy than I had hoped for but hopefully that just enhances the shabby chic-ness.
I made the small white flowers, I realized that I hadn’t use the baby’s breath as inspiration at all so I made the closest flowers I could! I think they softened an otherwise quite bold card. I used the yarrow die set from Susan’s Garden. Sizzix used to manufacture them but now I believe you can get them from Elizabeth Crafts. I used the Paper Players sketch 225. and of course The Shabby Tear Room DT call.