Thursday, May 26, 2011

Shabby Chic

Does your style go through phases? Mine does! I always have a hard time when someone asks me what my style is, mainly because it does change from year to year. When I left Anna Griffin three years ago, I thought all my shabby chic/vintage ways had left me, but amazingly enough - they're back!

I had a lot of fun creating this 9"x4" card. I like this size because they easily fit in a #10 (business) envelope. There is lots of Papertrey goodness on this. The cardstock colors are Vintage Cream, Aqua Mist (my go-to color these days, in clothing and paper!) and Sweet Blush. The dies are from Love Lives Here and Tag Sale #1. Background Basics: Gingham is on the Sweet Blush layer, along with quite a bit of Tea Dye Duo. The stamp on the tags is Library Card (seriously the best $5 stamp!), and then the perfectly imperfect butterflies are from Love Lives Here. Finishing touches include seam binding bows topped off with Aqua Mist buttons and Rustic Cream button twine and of course, a liberal dose of the sewing machine. The end result just makes me sigh with shabby happiness! ;)

I hope this inspires you to create something beautiful today! Be well.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Time flies!

Isn't amazing how BUSY spring becomes? Every mom I know right now is walking around in a haze trying to keep everything straight - sports, standardized testing, spring concerts...and I guess I'm no exception. The blog has taken a back seat to everything else lately, so thanks for bearing with me.

Today's project was built around the Technique Tag we did at Angela's Happy Stamper. It features Lockhart Stamp Company's English Garden Flowers. All of the coloring was done with Twinkling H2O's for a really beautiful look. A few of you who come in on Tuesdays have asked me to give you some ideas for incorporating the tags into cards, so I will start doing that! In case you weren't able to come in yesterday (ie, your ARK wasn't at the ready - what rain!) here's a quick overview:

If you look closely here, you can see that I embossed this beautiful image. But I also used Versafine Black for it - and that's a great little tip. Versafine is not generally regarded to be an embossable ink, but if you have your powder at the ready, it will emboss beautifully while not losing any of that incredible detail. I *love* using this tip when using Twinkling H2O's because the embossing creates little that encourage the watercolors to stay put. Ahhh, control over the uncontrollable! ;) (And for those that know me in person, you know just how giddy that makes me!)

I hope this shows you a couple of great little tips today! Be well.