Thursday, August 19, 2010


Cheerio to you and you and you! Today's card is a mix of happy-go-lucky and warm romance all in one. I had a big fat happy blast in Archiver's the other day, with a gift card from my sister, for my big fat happy birthday. And I was smitten with this little Hero Arts banner stamp! Maybe you've seen it in their mini-card displays?
First, I used a SU Top Note Die cut for the background piece, which I embossed with a cuttlebug folder. Then I tried my hand with one of Tim Holtz's paint daubers - a super yummy color called Juniper that makes me happy. I want my entire dining room walls to be Juniper! I stamped the little flag pendants on various patterned paper and cut them out, adhering with pop dots.
The little flowers are handmade -- a tip I picked up while blog hopping one day (I'm sorry I can't find the tutorial!) but it is simply done by layering several tiny prima flowers together. I pinched together the petals and twisted the bottom, then snipped a tiny bit off the bottom and glued to another tiny prima flower. Repeating process until I was happy! It makes the banner look so darn cute!
The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse, Fancy Phrases, including the little flourish. Ruffled ribbon from the fabric store, with some bling added. And I'm getting A LOT OF USE out of my Diztresser tool -- buzz buzz buzzing around the edges and making me shabby happy! I hope you have a Cheerio! kind of day!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Crepe Paper Gift Bag

Tattered to perfection! Consider adding a feminine touch to your everyday brown paper gift bags! I wrapped it lovingly with a flower fashioned from crepe paper, and some old sheet music as a center bud in the flower. I gave this gift bag a boost with some beautiful delicate designer paper. On one side of the blue pindot paper, I used a Spellbinders Impressabilities plate as a mask and sprayed it with glimmer mist. I can't get enough glimmer mist these days ... I'd glimmer mist my underwear if I could!?
Some vintage buttons adorn the Happy Birthday sentiment (Papertrey Say It With Style). Every single time I stamp something with that set, I swoon!
Tomorrow is going to be an exciting day for me ... I'm meeting dear friend Debbie for a day trip to Brown County. We have some serious window shipping to do! We are celebrating our August birthdays in style! Hey -- Say It With Style ... Papertrey, get it?!
I'm already giddy! IF I come home with some goodies from the stamp store (IF?!), I'll be sure to share! Have a lovely day!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Mini Scripture Book

A month's worth of my heart & soul went into this little book ... I actually made two of them identical (my theory has always been if you're going to make one, might as well make two while you're at it!). It all started with inspiration from my bind-it-all, distrezz-it-all, and a compulsion to make my own papers using Glimmer Mist! After my Glimmer Misted papers were dry, I stamped various images (mostly with Tim Holz and Prima stamps) using Smokey Shadow Ink (Papertrey). Such a nice soft ink color, works so well with the imperfections of vintage style! A quick buzz on every edge with my Diztresser tool, then bound it with the bind-it-all, and the fun part of filling the pages began!
All scripture verses are from Our Daily Bread designs. It was fun to mix & match them with Spellbinders Dies! Note the lacey scallop punch from Stampin Up -- it melts me! And you will also note throughout a new double edge scallop punch from Stampin Up!

TRUST is my 2010 word! Last year my word was GRACE. Do you have words?
A close up of the scrunched flower ... the middle is made from sprayed and scrunched seam binding. I love how it turned out!
This might be my favorite page ...I love the curved detail on the stamped verse. I put a small paper bracket underneath so it would stay in place. (Shhhh - don't tell anyone that it was simply too wide for the page, and I had to come up with a Plan B! LOL) And I really love the lace and button treatment! Such love!
Okay, perhaps this next page might be my favorite! The tiny rosebuds are handmade, each one has 4 or 5 tiny prima flowers rolled into a bud and layered onto that new Stampin Up double edge scallop punch that I mentioned earlier. I simply hand-wrote the theme words "grow" and "grace" onto the big flower stem and leaves.
I centered the stamped verse in a Walzingmouse Stamp that coordinates with a Nestie Die -- many of their stamps coordinate with the Nesties. You should check 'em out!
Some vintage sheet music was the basis for building a layered focal image, and the pretty ruffled brown velvet ribbon was a find from the Michael's ribbon bin.
So much goodness here! A month's worth of love (yes, I was working at a snail's pace, enjoying every mili-second of detail and love! Isn't that what it's all about?! Enjoy what you love ... love what you enjoy!
At first, I thought that 6 pages was simply not going to be enough! But look at how plump and juicy the pages look after distrezzing, and loving them with so much goodness! My second nature is to second guess, I guess!
I hope my little project spread a little sunshine on your day! Thanks for dropping by!