Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Country Cottage Heart

Is Cottage the new word for Country?

Country esthetics have sure come a long way haven't they?  I remember in the 70's when country was blue and brown, then in the eighties it was pink and blue, then the 90's pink and green, and now well, it's whatever color you want, as long as it has that look that makes you feel right at home. Still, my question cottage the new word for what we used to call country design?  Or is it Shabby Chic???  What do you think?  Whatever you call it, I still love it! (I will say I don't really love the pink and blue, never really did!)

I picked up the Cricut LITE Botanicals Cartridge at Wal-Mart this past week for only $20...figured I couldnt pass it up, even if I were only to use a few images.  The designs are highly intricate, so you need to get your settings just right for a good cut.  I loved this heart and thought it would work lovely for lots of challenges.

My colors were determined by the CR84FN61 color challenge of aqua (I chose Bo Bunny), tan and cream, very cottage/shabby/chic/country colors to me.  Of course those colors lend themselves to other styles too!
I wanted to offset the cut with some dry embossing with a wood grain Darice folder, I thought it would add interest to the die cut.  With the advent of so many wonderful embellishments, I feel like you really need to work harder with the die-cuts to get them to pop and look current.  I think it turned out alright!

  I decided to forgo a sentiment since I could not figure out where to place it, besides, it could always be put inside the card.  Instead I added the little stamped image of the perfume bottle.  I had been wanting to use that one for a while now.

 Crochet lace and some hemp twine seemed like the natural compliment.  I recently ordered some metal flowers and thought it would be a nice compliment to the heart, but the embellishment was on the thicker side due to a dip in the center...took out my trusty jewlers' hammer and pounded away to get it to flatten out a bit, that made it easier to glue down with the ever faithful glossy accents.  Added a teenie tiny flower which I toned down a bit with distress.  Of course the main die has been distressed with Tea Dye ink and some of the Distress Markers were used to add color to the perfume bottle.  The die cut also got a spritz of Glimmer Mist in pearl, which has a lovely finish!

I am entering this card into the following Challenges:

CR84FN61 - Color Challenge 

Gingerloft Challenge - Add Metal Somewhere

Thanks for stopping By!



Monday, August 27, 2012

Cest' Jolie - BE HAPPY :)

 Cest' Jolie!

 Translated: Be Jolly or more familiar to us "Don't Worry...Be Happy"

I made this card shortly after I received the new Tim Holtz Summer Distress 3-Pack.  My daughter was playing around with the ink, because green is her favorite color, and got copious amounts on the ink applicatorTherefore I had tons of color to work with, at first I was a bit upset about how much ink she used but her mistake turned out great for me once i started applying it to a tag... I used Tim's flicking water technique and got wonderful splats of color.  I had been to a wedding just a week prior and was in the mood for black and white so off I went with Glitz stamp and my TH Distress Markers, sometimes those mistakes turn out the best, right?

I added the tag to a card, using my DCWV Bella Armoire stack, did some stitching down the sides and then added some Prima Flowers and some KaiserCraft "Sparklers", blingy centers, I picked up  at the local Archivers, while in Chicago for the wedding.  BTW I have never been to one before and was blown away by the amount of awesomeness that store carries!  My Checkbook was sore after that trip...heres a pic:

Okay so back to the business at hand,  I am entering this into the Play Date Cafe Challenge #146...Black, White and a touch of Lime...this may be more than a touch but I think its so pretty, it deserves to be shown off!  I also am entering it into the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge(links down below), they want you to use the Summer Distress inks, how perfect is THAT? !!! The Pretty Little Ribbon Challenge#13 wants us to use bling or sparkle.
So,I'm so glad I was too busy to blog earlier this summer so I can enter it into these and several more Challenges:

The Play Date Cafe - Challenge PDCC #146 

CASE Study Challenge  

Card Making Mammas - Technique - Water Flicked Distress

Simon Says Stamp and Show - Summer Distress

The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop - Bling

Divas By Design - Anything Goes

Make it Monday - Anything goes

Tammy's Scrappin Corner - Lotta Layers 

Finally, last but not certainly least I will be adding this to the Word Art Wednesday who want to see cards that refer to the Joy of the Lord.   I love the saying on this stamp "Be Happy,"  and the addition of "Happy Girls are the prettiest" - a fair observation on the part of Audrey Hepburn, no matter how much make-up a mean, unhappy girl wears, she can never compare in beauty to someone who is happy from the inside out.  The bible teaches women that they should not seek for beauty by the braiding of hair or wearing of jewels, but by possessing the gentle and quiet spirit imparted by knowing The Lord. Paul was using those external beauty enhancers as an example by trying to convince these women to not be obsessed with the external, not as a archaic commandment of some sort but rather as a way to point them to Jesus. He is the only I one I know who can give us that true "Extreme Makeover"!



New Look for my Blog....Welcome


Well it's been a busy week around here, seems like Ive spent a lot of time in this computer chair!  First big news is I won my very first, well two actually, blog badges!!! I was so excited when The Play Date Cafe recognized My Hello Friend card (click here to see it) as one of their "cream in our coffee" winners!  The next day the same card was recognized as the winner for the day at 365 Cards! I knew it was time to get crackin' on getting my blog in order so I sucked it up and did my best to get it looking better...what do you think?  Blogger and html are not the easiest to work with, its not perfect, but better I think :).

I created this card in part for the following challenge on The Shabby Tea Room
Week #129 - Summer Cottage.  As I was blog hopping I saw how close my layout was to The Sweetest Thing Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge-166
I created this card using a technique I found on 
Mynnettes technique tuesday blog. You use baby wipes and re-inkers to stamp your image with.  I used the Sizzix/Hero Arts stamp/die set.  Makes it super easy to stamp the image and then cut it right out!  I decided to use the Tim Holtz Cabinet Die inspired by the armoire in the photo. I cut it out from this really cool adhesive backed cork paper made by Michael's Recollections line.  

 The banner was punched out with the Fiskers Jenni Bowlin paper punch. Papers were from the COLORBLOK Flea Market collection and Pink Paper Paislee. I love how this card came out, it has some of my favorite colors, a sweet and soft Romatic/Shabby Chic flair and fun details.  I am entering this challenge into the Word Art Wednesday challenge because the card represents Hospitality to me, the chair, chandelier and the Welcome sentiment all speak to that end.  Hospitality is a special gift from the Lord.  My husband and I like to entertain and welcome people into our home.  We often throw make your own sushi parties with families from church, everyone loves sushi and we love for them to learn how to make it! Hospitality brings me Joy in the Lord!


Monday, August 20, 2012

Hello Friend!

I must admit I was a bit intimidated by the color challenge offered at The Play Cafe Blog, but once I found some papers to play with it was quite fun! I decided that now was a good time to break out my Tim Holtz vintage telephone die as black was a natural neutral fit with the colors. I was amused with myself when I pulled the stamped paper through the two slits in the die cut, really adding to the effect of the typeset on the paper.

 The additional greeting stamps were a match! I incorporated a second challenge with setting the typewriter in the center circle and strips of grey paper, thus meeting the "centered" challenge set forth 365 cards . The whole design was a CASE Study of Clare Buswell From Chupa's design team, matching her clean vintage/geometrics style.

Tim Holtz/Sizzix Vintage Typewriter Die
Papers: 7gypsies Camden (swiped with Tim Hotz Mustard Seed Stain)
Authentique Essentials Collection
My Minds Eye - Stella and Rose - Hazel (My Fav!) and Mabel
Simple Stories Fab{U}lous
Stamps:  Stampendous - Disressed Type
Studio G  Ink - VersaFine Tsukineko

Challenges I am entering this in:
365 Cards - Day 168 Centered
The Play Date Cafe - -cafe-pdcc145
CASE STUDY Challenge - #144 GD
Make it Monday  - MIM #103

Thanks for Dropping By!


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Vintage Pram Baby

I've returned to the blog! Yeah! Kids are all back to school, my youngest daughter's birthday (10) has passed (until her party which is a few weeks away anyhow) and tickets have been purchased and plans set in motion for our next family trip in December. Where? Well I thought you'd never ask! To Hawaii! That's right me and 4 lucky guests are in for 8 days and 7 nights of fun and relaxation on the North Shore of Oahu at famous Sunset beach at an oceanfront guesthouse ! There still may be mouths to feed and laundry to do but hey who minds when the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean waves will be crashing out our back door! back to reality...I'm thinking I really ought to catch up on my Scrapbooking since I have yet to scrap my photos from my 2008 trip to Hawaii! Here is one of my most favorite pictures from our trip!

Today's post was primarily inspired by my desire to try out my new Tim Holtz Distress marker kit which I absolutely love! I colored a La Blanche stamp of a pretty baby ______ you fill in the blank. It's either a pretty boy or a girl depending on the way your mind sees it!  This card ended up with a lot of details, you could say I had a tough time editing myself!
The newsprint is a bit more tougher to see, it's on the aqua GCD paper behind the image.

Seemed like the perfect sentiment don't you agree?

I will be entering this card into the following challenges:

Shopping our Stash - Challenge 64 - Technique Time, Try something new - Blending with Distress Markers and a new Bow Making Technique I just learned...see how Perffy it is?

365 Cards - Day 171 Muted

Blessings and Peace to you all!