Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Spring Garden Flower and Seed Tag

I am so happy to welcome you today! I hope everyone is making through to the other side of this wild winter without too many troubles. Maybe it's just me, but I am dreaming of springtime and it is carrying over to my projects. 
Another two weeks have passed since my last post for the Frilly and Funky Blog and it is time for another exciting challenge! Sue is our host this week and her mission for us is to use our stencils in our creations, but also include texture. The texture can be in any form, from embossing to texture paste or even fabric. 

If you've never participated in the challenges, then consider giving it a go! Each challenge runs for two full weeks, so you have plenty of time to get your craft on . A winner is chosen at the end of each challenge and is invited to be a guest designer on the blog. Also, just for entering a project you are placed in the drawing for a gift certificate to Linda's Funkie Junkie Boutique. You simply can't go wrong!

This particular challenge was good for me. Though I own many stencils, I never use them. I don't know why I never use them, but now I had no excuse to put it off. I created a background on old blank book pages using a Prima stencil and Distress Embossing powder. I added some distress ink then sprayed it down in Perfect Pearl mist to add some additional tint and shimmer

I layered some Maja papers and a vintage flower seed ad to match the soft tones in my base layer. I wanted to continue the foliage and twisty wooden vine from the image onto my tag, so I created these using cardstock, distress inks, and Spellbinders and Tim Holtz dies, spritzing additional Perfect Pearl mist to my foliage for even more shine. If you look closely you'll see I tucked in some frayed cheesecloth and tied everything together with some twine. 

I really layered on the book paper with this tag. It is thin, naturally vintage looking, and easy to distress and shape. 

A little twine bow provides a bit of accent on the side of the tag. 

Thank you so much for stopping in to take a peek at my little tag. If you're wondering about any of the supplies I used you'll find a list just below. Sending you special wishes for a blessed and crafty day!  



Additional Supplies: Spellbinders Heartfelt Creations Classic Leaf Die, eyelet, printed image of vintage seed ad, cheesecloth, hole punch, tag corner punch, old book pages.  

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Spring Bouquet of Handmade Flowers: Time Began in a Garden Card

Hello friends! It's hard to believe that two weeks have flown by, and even harder to believe we are expecting another ice storm here in Charleston. We were bracing for the same quirky weather at the time of my last post! I know it is much worse in other areas of the country, so wherever you are, please stay safe and warm. 
If it can't be springtime in truth, I am bringing it into my home in the form of these cheery paper flowers. That is the challenge that Jenny is hosting for the next two weeks at the Frilly and Funky Blog! You are invited to create any type of project featuring handmade flowers, and enter for a chance to win a guest design spot or a gift certificate to the Funkie Junkie Boutique!! 

In my head I was imagining a hidden garden. Those lucky enough to chance upon it would be delighted by an wealth of exquisite roses trailing along a tattered lattice fence. I looks as though I was in a purple mood this week, because it seems every shade of the color is represented somewhere in my card. I pulled out my favorite Maja Design papers and Spellbinders dies, and began cutting, distressing, and layering. I'll post a full list of the products I used at the bottom of my post.   

I accented my bouquet with some vintage tinted lace.

I stamped my sentiment, shaping it with an oval punch popped up over a scalloped oval punch.

I enjoy adding detail to the entire card, so here is a peek at the inside layers.  

I fashioned a bow with some hand tinted and crinkled seam binding. I also added a metal clock charm which I altered with Gesso, paint daubers, and distress ink.   

Thank you so much for coming here today and taking a peek at my crafty share. I hope you'll think about joining us in the challenge. It's such a fun theme with so many possibilities! 


Other products used: Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms die, Spellbinders Fancy Lattice die, Magnolia Rose Leaf die, Impression Obsession Clear Stamp (sentiment), Viva Decor Crystal Clear gel pen, oval punch, scalloped oval punch, lace and charm from my stash.