Freshly Made Vintage Birthday

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Freshly Made Sketches provided the starting point for today’s clean-lined, but still vintage-vibed birthday card. FMS 233-001The sketch has a lot of room for interpretation and PROBABLY is intended to feature a lot of white space; mine is just filled with some lovely designer series paper instead.  This English Garden pack has some very soft and kind of dreamy patterns in it–very definitely evocative of a well-loved floral paradise, and very much in keeping with the tastes of the recipient of my card.

I also took liberties with the round shape in the layout. I substituted a signature bow (it’s Kris Bday2in a rounded shape, right?), made with both the seam binding ribbon and some retired Crumb Cake grosgrain-type ribbon that turned out to be the exact match for the color in the dsp that is  either a muted version of Hello Honey or Soft Suede (not sure which!). I had fun with the dsp, creating my horizontal stripe piece by simply cutting the diagonally-striped pattern in the pack to be the size and “direction” I wanted it to go. Kris Bday3


Here’s what I used (all SU):

  • Stamps: Perfect Pairings (SAB)
  • Ink: Night of Navy
  • Paper: Night of Navy and Whisper White Cardstocks; English Garden DSP
  • Tools: Curvy Corner Trio Punch
  • Embellishments: Night of Navy Seam Binding Ribbon; Kraft (Crumb Cake) grosgrain (retired many moons ago); Thick Whisper White Bakers’ Twine (to tie up the bow with–leftover from a Paper Pumpkin); and a Night of Navy button from my stash

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Springy Floral Frame

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Here in my neck of the woods, we had a February that felt like Spring, and now that Spring is actually here per the calendar, it’s gotten much more like the weather we usually have in February.  Cold, damp, and kinda yucky (especially today).  I decided I’d try to tempt Spring back here by adding a bit of it to my room decor.

This little frame and the matching easel are in a style that is very much “me”–vintage, shabby-chic, and providing a starting point for seasonal changes. So far, I’ve changed it out to decorate for Autumn and Christmas–with simple inserts behind the glass–but this time I went all-out with some fru-fru on the outside of the frame, too.

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For a change, even though it’s topped with a signature bow, I’ve made the flowers more the focal point, punching out several shapes and sizes and adding in some shaped and scored leaves to give it more dimension. An old (and favorite) embossing folder, cut out along the embossed shape, provided some textural interest behind the glass, over a piece of some retired–but still well-loved–dsp.  The colors blend well with my room decor… and I’m REALLY hoping this will help summon Spring back my way!


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Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ Up!):

  • Paper: Pacific Point, Pool Party, Night of Navy,  and Wild Wasabi Cardstocks; Painted Blooms DSP.
  • Embellishments: Night of Navy and Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon; Silver Brads 
  • Tools: Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Petite Petals and Pansy Punches; Flower Garden Embossing Folder; and a whole lot of glue dots to put all those flowers and leaves on the frame!

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March’s Mirror-Reflecting Joy

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The subject for March’s “monthly mirror project”–wherein I’m creating a new decorative insert appropriate to each month–was easily chosen, since Easter falls March Mirror 6in March this year.  I also wanted to continue for a bit longer with the beautiful paper that I’d used last month (see it here).  So, since I’d attached February’s focal point very simply, because I’m lazy brilliant and believe in recycling, it was removed easily.  I will now forward this heart banner to my niece to use in her room for awhile–her favorite color is blue, too.

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So, March’s project was put together with a lot more of the blues from the dsp (and a tad of the pink), one of my favorite Easter stamps (sadly retired), some minimal embellishments, and a lush bow from (the also sadly retired) most gorgeous ribbon SU ever created.  This project was a joy to make and feels like a genuine gift for my room, especially as I contemplate the great joy and indescribable Gift of which it testifies.


Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ Up!):

  • Stamps: Indescribable Gift; Flower Shop; Petite Petals
  • Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Pool Party, Mossy Meadow; Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Birthday Bouquet DSP; Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Pool Party, and Whisper White Card Stocks
  • Embellishments:  Antique Brads (retired); Pearl Basics Jewels; Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon
  • Tools: Pansy and Petite Petals Punches

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Crazy 4 Congrats

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And some heartfelt congratulations, they are!  I pulledC4C328Sketch together bits and pieces from lots of places to create this one, and used the great sketch at Crazy 4 Challenges as my starting point. The sketch was a perfect fit for all the tidbits and pretty dsp I wanted to use.  The shapes in the sketch also allowed me to feature a whole bunch of diecut pieces. layered atop the background’s basic rectangles ….and to use my currently favorite tool, the Curvy Corner Trio Punch, on the borders. (I’ve never actually worn out a punch before, but I may discover it’s possible with this guy!)

PKAnniversary 16-6My card is actually a “milestone” anniversary card for the recipient couple, so I added a bit more die-cutting and the appropriate sentiment inside.  The leaves and flowers from the Rose Garden bundle were the perfect light and airy touch here. And the “kindred spirits” sentiment I added — when I first saw it, I felt like it was created with these two in mind, so I’ve been waiting impatiently to get it on a card for them!


Lots of layers and lots of love went into this one.

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Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ Up!):

  • Stamps: First Sight; Sky is the Limit (limited time Sale-a-bration); Layered Labels and Express Yourself (retired)
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Crisp Cantaloupe (retired)
  • Paper: Rose Red, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green Cardstock; Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack; Gold Metallic Foil Doily; and banner pieces at the front sentiment are from the January 2015 Paper Pumpkin.
  • Accents: Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit.
  • Tools: Curvy Corner Trio Punch; Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack; Rose Garden Thinlits; Ovals Collection Framelits; and the retired Apothecary Accents and Secret Garden Framelits.

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Valentine Flowers for a Cause

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More floral goodies today.  This time it’s a whole lot of little flowers put together into sweet corsages.

I assembled some in a variety of “love”ly colors to provide some choices to our target audience of younger girls going to the daddy-daughter valentines gathering for which the table decorations were made (featured here).

I learned to make corsages at the ripe old age of 16 or so from my favorite aunt, who happened to own a florist’s shop–and I happened to be very interested in learning everything I could from her. The skills she taught are ones I’ve put to use hundreds of times through the years for various events, gifts, and — now, fundraising.

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It makes me happy that something that always reminds me of a precious woman (who filled my life with a lot of joy while she was here on earth, and who now continues to fill it with beauty long after she left) is something that I can share on many levels now.Valentine Corsages 2

I hope the girls have as much fun wearing these as I did creating them.


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Feb 2016 Magic Mirror Love

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Last year I started what I’d intended to be a monthly thing wherein I’d decorate a mirror for display with some kind of month-specific “stuff”. I got January’s done (here), and then life intervened (as it often does in my little corner of the world) and I had to set the idea aside for awhile. Now that I’ve finally gotten (mostly) settled in from my recent move, I’m ready to pick up again with some craftiness for my mirror, mirror on the wall.  And, of course, February called for a little love.

It just so happened the January My Paper Pumpkin provided the perfect starting point for this endeavor.  Feb 16 Mirror Love 1

Among all the finery included in this month’s kit, I found hearts and banners that literally just popped out of the pages, a perfect color palette, and the stamps and embellishments that acted as the kickstart for the other items I decided to add in.

I’m absolutely in love with the paper in this year’s SU Occasions catalog, so discovering that one of my most favorite pages
was the perfect coordination was a big bonus. (Of course, that meant I had to actually CUT that paper…. which took a minute or two to get up the nerve to actually DO….but now I get to look at this lovely paper, and my mirror gets to look at the backside of it instead of ME, so we’re all happy here.)

I pulled out my “January insert” that I’d popped back in from last year’s efforts (still worked very nicely this year), and used that as my sizing guide for making my cut.
(Heck, this paper is so beautiful, I’d have been happy with JUST it in the mirror….)

But I made a rose for my center heart piece from one of the PP hearts using the spiral cut

from a circle method, and then punched some more blossoms out of a couple others to make some lovely daisy-ish flowers on the other two.  And I stamped a bunch, inked a bunch more, and–as always–threw in some gorgeous ribbon. (I LOVE this satiny-fabulous stuff!)

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My finished frame will adorn and brighten my room for an extra day this Leap Year, and then I hope to come up with some March madness magic to change it out again.


Here’s what I used for this project (all Stampin’ Up!):

  • Stamps: Awesomely Artistic; January My Paper Pumpkin set; Perfect Pennants; Timeless Textures
  • Paper: items (striped and solid hearts and banners) from the January MPP kit; Birthday Bouquet DSP; Metallic Foil Doilies
  • Ink: Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Tools: Blossom Bunch Punch
  • Embellishments: Twine and Clothespins from January MPP; Watermelon Wonder 1″ Stitched Satin Ribbon; Pearl Basic Jewels

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Crafty Friends for Life

Valentine Cones-4My Relay for Life Team Captain–and literal “friend for life”–and I are still at it in fundraising efforts for the 2016 event. Cap’n Cheryl got us a gig making some table decorations for an area Valentine’s Day event. And, as always, our brainstorming came up with something that’s unique and that we’re both thrilled with–and we got to have the dual fun of crafting together and knowing we’re earning some money to fight cancer. What’s not to love about THAT kind of valentine?

Valentine Cones-1Our exuberance for the tree cones (featured here) encouraged the purchase of extras to see what else our crafty-hearts could create with them. Trees, we decided, were out of the question for heart-day. So–naturally, or not–the “nosegay” concept hatched out somewhere in all the smoke from the brainstorming.  You know–lay out the cone horizontally on the table and have some lovely florals and ribbon all over the place. Logical, right?  Well, okay, so crafting isn’t a logical process.  But it’s definitely interesting.

Cheryl painted the cones–something I missed most of while I was fighting being a sick old gal–but her facebook posts about the process had me laughing my head off.  I mean, really–when you see this:  “I shall now attempt the miraculous, the stupendous, the ridiculous!”, immediately following this: “whose bright idea was this? What a mess… I got one done, but glue was stuck all over my hands and the bottle was glued to my fingers.”–complete with step-by-step photographs of the insanity….well, it’s hard not to laugh!  But I digress–wait, no, I’ve merely detailed the process exactly as it unfolded: Brainstorm. Design. Paint. Make huge messes. Complete the decorating process.  And laugh a lot!

The decorating itself included a lot of flowers, even more ribbon, and a lot of figuring it out as we went along.  And, in the middle of it all, we were assisted by another fun crafty-type who has just joined the team. Megan volunteered to go wild with a few of the cones, and her designs ended up adding a lot of whimsy and fun.  Here are her creations:

This project just got better as it went along. And I think the tables will be beauties when it’s all put together with our fancy poseys/nosegays/crafty-cones taking center stage.


 

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My Blue Valentine

Card-Valentine 1I put a few valentines together for a fundraiser for our Relay for Life Team this past week and finally got to use up some old favorite papers and put my hands on some thankfully still-plentiful ribbon I shall always love.

This card went together quickly using a retired but well-loved embossing folder and some recently acquired dies– and a lot of inky fingers.  Nothing complicated here–just some fancy bow-tying and some curling fun with my scissors.


Here’s what I used:Card-Valentine 1-1

  • Stamps: (all retired SU) Four Frames, Elements of Style, Bloomin’ Marvelous
  • Inks: Soft Suede, Pool Party, Early Espresso
  • Papers: SU Blushing Bride, Whisper White, and Pool Party Cardstocks and some stash patterned paper
  • Tools: Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder (SU, retired) and Darice Nesting Scallop Hearts Dies
  • Embellishments: Lots and lots of ribbon–(retired) SU Pool Party 1/2″ Seam Binding, some stash pale pink 1/8″ skinny ribbon to tie it up and 3/8″ organza-ish frothy stuff in the same pale pink to top it off.

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A Fashionista Christmas Tree

Dressmaker Christmas Tree 2-1Pinterest and Facebook blew up with several decorating trends this year, and I have to admit it takes a lot for me to be bowled over with truly new ideas. This one got me, though: turning a dress maker’s form into a Christmas tree.  Did you see this all over the place, too? — or is it only me, because I actually have a form like this on hand?  And my obliging friends–read that “enabling”–pointed this out to me…so I just had to try it.

There are many instructions for assembly of these cuties out there, but in the end all I needed was an understanding of the concept, some wire, and some wire-cutters and the artificial Christmas tree branches I had on hand.  (Really. I didn’t have to buy anything to make this thing. All this crafting and decorating “stuff” I’ve gathered my whole life actually pays off sometimes….)

Dressmaker Christmas Tree 7My dressmaker form isn’t a traditional/ actual one–it’s more a wire representation of one. I fell in love with it when I found it (at a bargain price) at a local antique/collectibles store; I’ve wanted one literally for decades, but could never find one that I could justify purchasing because they were all either in too bad of shape or way too expensive for the genuine article.  And short. Like really short. And I’m 6′ tall, so it was a matter of principle that I refused to buy a 3′ tall dress dummy. Hmph. But this very nontraditional wire form is almost as tall as I am. Yippee! (Hey, when you’re a 6′-tall girl, your whole life is pretty non-traditional, so finding this gem truly was a big deal.)

So, ANYWAY, since the form was wire, I basically just had to wire on my tree branches.  Easy-peasy. And time consuming. Dressmaker Christmas Tree 1But very sturdy and unique when complete.  I chose to dress my dummy in a bodice of ribbon studded with button snowflakes that my great niece had adorned her with a few weeks prior when she was in a creative mood. (See Miss Christmas Tree in wedding gown mode here at right-> )
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Her Christmas greenery gown is graced with lots of ornaments, multi-colored lights, and a whole bunch of ribbon. It actually took me less time to assemble and decorate this tree than it usually does for a standard variety. And she took up zero additional floor space in the room, so it was a total win-win.Dressmaker Christmas Tree 4-1

My Christmas decor this year was all about exploring colors and a style I’ve never really done before–bold and graphic, non-typical, bright, and very girly for this old lady I am now. My tree was even complete with her very own purple satin (decorated, of course) slipper that I’d bought years ago at an art show.

This will likely be the only year I go this particular route with my Christmas decorations, but it was fun to do and gave me an outlet for creative expression I needed.

And made me smile.


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Christmas Trees for Relay

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My Relay for Life team captain and I sat in on another fundraiser at a local crafts fair again this year. Along with a few Christmas ornaments, we filled our table with tabletop Christmas trees this time.

These papier-mache-based “cone” trees got their start in last year’s inspiration (see post here), and then we just went a bit wild with color, paper, buttons, punches, and lots and lots of ribbon.  I think I tied about 30,000 bows again, and we likely went through a million yards of various ribbon in this process (just a slight exaggeration, though it doesn’t really seem like much of one!).

As in the past, we donated the materials and our time and all money made went to our upcoming Relay Team efforts, which in this case will go toward the 2016 event.

I think we had a gorgeous selection and it’s always good to get crafty knowing it’s also for a good cause.


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