Thursday, July 30, 2009

Timeless Tuesday on Thursday

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge this week is to make a monochromatic card. I wasn't sure I could make a card with Sweet Violets without coloring the violets, but a I gave it a go.
I stamped the image with Tuxedo Black on Rustic White. After cutting and embossing with the rectangle Nestabilities, the image was layered on True Black. Ticking and damask paper was stitched on black cardstock. After stamping"Violets," I ran it through the Cuttlebug with a tag die. Before I removed it from the die I went around it with a black pen. The tag was adhered with pop dots. The single violet blossom was stamped in Vintage Cream, cut out, and centered with a clear gemstone ( because the pearls are missing). Oh no, do I need to visit the craft store?
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Stamps: Sweet Violets (Flourishes)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Paper: Rustic White, True Black (PTI), ticking, damask (Paper Studio)
Other: Nestabilities, gemstone

Monday, July 27, 2009

Greetings from the Kitchen

No, this is not where my kitchen is. Like anyone really thought that for a nano-second.

This is Biltmore Estate-the hunting lodge built by George Vanderbilt in late 1800s in Asheville, NC, and where we were Saturday night for a concert with Bruce Hornsby.
Quaint, huh?

The concert was outside. The end of the house was behind us.

With the mountains to the west.

Quite a venue for a concert. Watching the sunset and sipping wine in the cool mountain air while listening to great music is not a bad way to spend a Saturday evening. This is the fourth time we have seen Bruce Hornsby at Biltmore, and every time is so much fun. He and his band really seem to enjoy themselves, and the music they play is great. Not too many people were staying still.
Now for the card. The reason for this post's title.

I knew this apron template found at Anna Wright's blog Sassy and Sweet would be perfect for Everyday Button Bits. I attached Green Tea Leaves in the large scale to Stamper's Select white card base. I drew the apron template on the back as Anna did; then I cut it out. I used Cutterbee scissors. Because PTI's card stock is so sturdy, it was a little difficult to cut through three layers at once. I attached red rickrack with glue dots to trim the apron and used Spring Moss twill attached with Vintage buttons for the apron ties. The pocket is cut from Bitty Box Basics in Spring Moss and stamped with Everyday Button Bit in Ripe Avocado. I used the reddest Scarlet Jewel Buttons in the tin for the cherries. ( Like so many others, I'll be so happy when Pure Poppy buttons are available.)I tried to bend the pocket a little so that it wasn't lying flat on the apron's front.

Inside I stamped a sentiment from Everyday Button Bits in Ripe Avocado and stamped the cherries again, using the polka dot center from Beautiful Blooms. (Sorry the picture of the inside of the card is out of focus.)

Wouldn't be a good card to accompany a delicious home baked goodies like cookies or cupcakes. I know I'll make more apron cards.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sweet Baby Chick and CPS

A quick trip to Hobby Lobby this morning to buy new B plates for the Cuttlebug with a 40% coupon resulted in a few more items. What a surprise! I got the plates along with a couple of dies that had been marked down and some fall ribbon that matches PTI's Scarlet Jewel. ( So much for the plan not to buy any more ribbon, except for PTI ribbon). I'm such a sucker for a bargain. I also got embroidery floss to match my latest PTI paper orders.

When I returned home, I had to choose between house cleaning and card making. Tough choice. LOL. So I finished my card for CPS (Sketch 125) which I combined with the Crafty Secrets Challenge on SCS. The challenge was to include stitching on the card. So I found the zig-zag foot and did my first zig-zag stitching on a card. I actually thought it was a little easier than straight stitching. When I'm straight stitching, I tend to go a little fast, and then my stitches get a little crooked.

The final product is this baby card.

I stamped the image from Crafty Secrets Easter Joy with Vintage Sepia (Versafine). I really like the sepia ink with Crafty Secrets vintage images even if you have to give it a little longer to dry. The sentiment is from Mixed Messages (PTI). After coloring the image with Prisma pencils and baby oil, I cut the image with Spellbinders Circle Nestabilities and layered on top of scalloped circle in Lemon Tart (PTI). The printed paper is Flower Patch (Making Memories). The ribbon is from Hobby Lobby, and the buttons are from both PTI and Paper Studio.

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Old Rockers and RSCC#12

Friday night we went to see Leon Russell. For you,youngsters, Leon Russell was making mega records in the 70's. He made a name for himself as a solo performer after touring with Joe Cocker in the Mad Dogs and Englishmen Tour. It had been over 30 years since we had seen him in concert. The venue was smaller and the audience was for the most was much older, but it's good to see people of all ages still having a good time and enjoying good music.
The rest of the weekend, we've been enjoying the cool weather, not typical mid July weather here. I have had the downstairs windows and french doors to screened porch open. I love fresh air.

Now for RSCC #12 Dawn Mcvey chose caladiums as the source for colors.

Here is my card. Sorry about the photograph. I couldn't get the brilliant colors to photograph well.
The spring moss isn't as vivid in the photo as it really is. And the Scarlet Jewel color on the picnic basket didn't photograph well either. The colors are much more striking in person.

I stamped Vintage Picnic on Vintage cream cardstock. Using the colors of the challenge, I colored with my Prismas and baby oil. The picnic basket is cut out and popped up with dimensional tape. I stamped the sentiment in Scarlet Jewel . The felt flower was cut with Cuttlebug die with a Scarlet Jewel button sewn in the middle. The flower is also popped up. A strip of Hibiscus Burst cardstock and burgundy ribbon finish the card.
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Friday, July 17, 2009

Fancy Flourish

Just a quick post today. Here's a card using PTI's Fancy Flourishes and Background Basics:Text Style.
The inspiration was a layout in Victoria magazine on blue and white china.

I stamped the flourish in Spring Rain on Vintage Cream cardstock and adhered to a card base of Spring Rain. All corners were rounded. I used Score-Pal and Score Bug to add the dimension at bottom of card. The flower was made with Cuttlebug die with alternating layers of Spring Rain and Vintage Cream. The cream layers were stamped with Text Style in Vintage Cream. Three tiny pearls complete the flower.
Off to create and do some housework. Hope to make it to an outdoor concert tonight.
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Thursday, July 16, 2009


This week's FlourishesTimeless Tuesday Challenge ,hosted by Kimberly Crawford, is to make a tag. I made a tag to add to a basket of cards. Practicing with the Copics I own (before purchasing more), I colored the image from Flourishes Sweet Violets. I cut the image with Spellbinders Rectangle die and then layered it on cardstock cut with Labels 4 die. The white layer was stamped with Basic Background:Text Style(PTI).

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I think the twine complements the rustic basket and the tag is perfect for Sweet Violets Paperie. Now if I just could find somewhere to sell these cards in order to purchase more stamps.
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Stamps: Sweet Violets (Flourishes), Simply Stationery, Background Basics:Text Style (PTI)
Ink: Expresso (Adirondack)
Cardstock:Stamper's Select White, Plum Pudding, Bitty Box Basics
Other: Copics, Spellbinders Rectangles and Labels 4, Twine (PTI),button (stash)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sweet Sister

I can't believe it has been almost a month since my last post. This summer is flying by. Today is gorgeous here. I hit the greenway early this morning and walked four miles. When I got home, it was still so cool that breakfast on the screened porch with a book seemed like a fine idea. So I finished Shutter Island by Daniel Lehayne, who wrote Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone. The movie Shutter Island ,starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is going to be released this fall. The novel is a good suspenseful read. My sister recommended it; actually she said I should wait until after I saw the movie. But after watching the movie trailer, I decided I wanted to know what was going on before I saw the movie.

My sister,who only lives an hour away, and I spent a couple of days together last week, doing what we love to do--shop for bargains. We were sad to learn that J.Jill clothing store is closing its store in the local mall, but we did take advantage of the store closing sale where everything was marked 60 to 80 percent off and nothing was over $30. So we did score some great bargains!

My sister is so sweet about my stamping and cardmaking. She always sets the cards I send her on her kitchen counter. In fact, I had to send her a card last month, to replace the Valentine's and Easter Cards she still had out. While we were out and about, she wanted to visit some the local places where I craft shop. While we were in a LSS, she said she wanted to buy a stamp for me. We picked out a few we both liked, then she chose one. This is the thank you card I made her with this fanciful stamp she bought for me. She likes CAS cards so she should like this one.

After I stamped the image with Versafine Sepia ink on PTI's Stamper's Select White cardstock, I colored it with Prisma pencils and baby oil. It's mounted on Swiss Dots embossed Aqua Mist (PTI) ; the base is Sweet Blush (PTI).

I'm so lucky to have such a sweet sister!

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