Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Just stopping in quickly to let you know I have been off line for about 5 days due to my son building me a new computer!!. I'm not back completely yet but hopefully in another day or two. I have several really cool things to share with you so check back in again in a few days.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
OK! I've been working on this for the last 2 or 3 days and I swear it took as long to get the pictures taken, organized and uploaded in the correct order. You are seeing them beginning with the front cover, the inside front cover, the first page, back of the first page, etc. DON"T FORGET YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICS TO MAKE THEM LARGER. The major details are: I used the Graphic 45 Le' Romantique paper and sanded and distressed all the pages with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink. All the elements were also distressed with the same ink. I used lots of flowers, both Prima, Recollections and home made. I also used hand made pearl bling as well as Recollections bling. Many of the little images are from Crafty Secrets and several are from my personal collection of antique vintage sewing trading cards. The page with the doilies has paper doilies as well as one made on my embroidery machine. The button cards are vintage. I also used many Tim Holtz metal findings, Dusty Attic laser cut chipboard, coin envelopes, several pieces of an old tape measure, charms, vintage mother of pearl buttons, etc. If you have any questions about a particular embellishment or about anything I did, just ask. I also spritzed the front and back cover with silver Glimmer Mist. I punched all the holes with my Big Bite (so easy peasy) and added a ribbon blossom made from a tutorial on SCS around the ring which holds the pages together. Whew! Hope I covered the important stuff. The naked chipboard book I think I got at Michaels in the dollar bin but it's been a long time. I hope you enjoy this project and especially all you sewers and needlewomen out there! Have a wonderful evening.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Here's a pic of a few more I did but haven't gotten the rings for yet. This time I used the Swiss Dot embossing folder on the vellum layer and I like the effect. And I tried a Sizzix pumpkin with the MS punch and cat face bling. These are addictive!
Friday, July 8, 2011
I've seen these on several blogs including Becky Roberts at Inking Idaho. Must be a thing going around now so I jumped on the bandwagon. These are Butterfly Post It Notes. You could also use a flower die. You take a Post It that is 3 x 3. I understand the generic brand of post its fit the butterfly better than the 3M brand which I used. One tip of the wing is short on the name brand. You separate the post it pad into four sections and run each one through the machine with the die. Yes, it wil cut!!! Then I cut a similar or contrasting top and bottom cover from cardstock. On the purple butterfly I also used a vellum layer on top. Then cut a smaller butterfly in the same die. You can emboss the cs butterfly for more pizzaz. I like it embossed. Perhaps if you click on the picture you can see that. Then punch a hole in the wing. I used my Big Bite to do that and then insert the four layers through a small ring. Dress with a little bling or a sticker, you could even use a tag on it. I found the little "bling" butterflies in Michaels $1 bins. LOVE those $1 bins. These make quick and very inexpensive gift for the people in your life. Give it a try!
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
You don't see anything from me in weeks and then 3 posts in one day! I can't take credit for this idea. The lovely Becca Feeken at Amazing Paper Grace inspired me to CASE a card of hers. This uses the MS Floral Tile Punch Anywhere Punch. Literally you can punch anywhere on a page. Becca has a wonderful tutorial on her blog about tips on using these great punches. This first try isn't perfectly lined up but it was good enough to show you. I used Cricut paper, would you believe, a pad I got with my machine. The sentiment is from PTI's set Sending You. I finished it off with some SU ribbon and a Recollections flower. Also added some pearl bling in the centers of the punched area. Give these punches a try. They're very versatile. You can do all over designs like this one, single punches, borders, random punches etc. And if you use a fifty per cent coupon to buy it at Mike's like I did, it makes the hefty price easier to bear! That's it for today, really.
Hope you all had a wonderful 4th. Ours was quiet until dark when the neighborhood exploded with fireworks. The dog nearly had a heart attack! I just wanted to let you all in on a fantastic give away at the following blog: http://gabriellepollacco.blogspot.com/. She is a marvelously creative person and is giving away a wonderful lot of goodies. See the picture and enlarge it to get a good look at everything. Her blog gives all the details. Good luck!