Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Estate Treasures

Hi blogging friends,

I hope you are having a great summer!  Can you believe August is upon us?  Recently, I had the chance to go to an estate sale and thought I would share with you some of my vintage finds.

Who can't resist a vintage vanity tray.  It is a lovely cream color with gold details and I can't say no to roses!  It was a must have  :-)

A pair of vintage pink glass holders will look amazing on a bedside table ... or maybe I will fill them with rose petals from the garden.

The pressed glass really catches the light ...

I can't decide if I like the top better up or down.  What do you think?

Gorgeous doilies were just begging to come home with me.  I now have a few more tatting doilies and a schiffli one too - all in beautiful condition.

This one is so unique with a criss cross design.

As I was getting ready to leave, I saw this pretty pink & crystal crown brooch.  I'm thinking about adding some ribbon to the back and tying it onto one of my baskets.  

Have you come across any great treasures?

Thank you for stopping to visit me.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Artisan Roses

Hi everyone,

I'm back today with a card I created for a friend's retirement.  I started with a piece of Very Vanilla paper and stamped the French Script background using Brilliance Pearlescent Beige.  I then used the rose paper from the Artisan Embellishment Kit to stencil them onto the background using Distress Victorian Velvet ink.  A little shimmer was added with a clear Spica pen.  In the lower corner I glued a 4" vintage French lace doily, which was sponged with Brilliance Pearlescent Beige.

The butterflies were cut from desert storm paper using the Memory Box Pippi Butterfly and Leavenworth Butterfly Trio dies.  They were then spritzed with Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist and accented with Kaiser champagne pearls.

I thought the SU 5/8" Very Vanilla Flower trim would go perfectly along the bottom.

I stamped For You in Chocolate Chip onto a Spellbinders Labels Three #1 and layered it with a #2. Sponging was done on the two dies to match the background.  The card base is desert storm with a layer of Blushing Bride.

The inside verse was stamped in Chocolate Chip.  I'm so glad I was able to find this one in my stash as I don't have too many retirement stamps.  To coordinate with the front of the card I stenciled a rose in the corner.

Since my friend likes to knit and do crafts I decided to give her a gift card.  Below is the envelope using the SU Gift Card Envelope & Trims die.

Michael and I had such a wonderful time at her party, which was held at the Italian American Community Center.  Treviso by Mallozzi's did the catering and the food was superb!

My 'mojo' has been flowing again and I have quite a few projects just waiting to be put together.

Have a wonderful evening!

Stamps:  SU French Script, Elements of Style, Impression Obsession Joy of Retirement
Paper:  Desert Storm, Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla
Ink:  French Script - Brilliance Pearlescent Beige; Roses - Distress Victorian Velvet; Background - Sponged with ColorBox Frost White & Brilliance Pearlescent Beige; Tag & Sentiment - Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  Artisan Embellishment Kit, 4" Vintage French Lace Doily, SU 5/8" Very Vanilla Flower Trim, 7/8" Sahara Sand Lace Trim (Gift Envelope), Clear Spica Pen, Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist, Kaiser Champagne Pearls, Recollections Pink Faux Pearls (Gift Envelope), Memory Box Pippi Butterly & Leavenworth Butterfly Trio, Spellbinders Labels Three #1 & #2 Dies, Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Nine (Inside), SU Gift Card Envelope & Trims Die
Techniques:  Sponging
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Accordion Fold Scripture Booklet

Hello friends,

I have a project to share with you that I created quite a while ago.  My friend Rita had sent me a gorgeous booklet last year, and I was so inspired by it I wanted to try and make one myself.

The pretty papers are Studio Miki's Venezia papers by Microferk Designs.  They were cut using the Spellbinders Mega Curved Rectangles #3 & #4 dies.  SU's Apothecary Art set with matching labels framelits were used to decorate the cover.  The image was stamped in StazOn Stone Gray.  Various markers were used to color the flowers and leaves.  Kaiser pears finish off each blossom.

Rather than use ribbon I decided on a piece of orchid seam binding from Bluebird Lane.  I really like how it all came together.

Have you been working on any projects lately?

I always enjoy your visits and can't wait to hear what you think of my booklet.

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Stamps:  SU Apothecary Art, Scriptures Computer Generated
Paper:  Studio Miki's Venezia Papers, SU Pale Plum Textured
Ink:  Purely Pomegranate with Clear EP, Various SU Markers
Accessories:  Orchid Seam Binding, Kaiser Pearls in Snow, SU Labels Collection Framelits, Spellbinders Mega Curved Rectangles #3 & #4 dies
Technique:  Embossing

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Silver Fairy

Hi everyone,

I have a card today using a gorgeous image from The Hobby House called 'Silver Fairy'.

Isn't she just beautiful?  Hooray for these pre-coloured toppers!

I've added Star Dust Stickles to her wings and the patterned paper is from the Kaisercraft Lilac Avenue Collection.  The bow is May Arts lavender 1/8" silk ribbon with Kaisercraft mini paper blooms in grape.

This is one of those cards you just want to keep and not give away, but it is being mailed tomorrow to my sweet cousin.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a lovely day!

Pre-Colour Topper:  The Hobby House - Wee Stamps Silver Fairy Collection
Paper:  Solar White Linen, Recollections Purple Passion, Kaisercraft Lilac Avenue Collection, Whisper White
Ink:  Adirondack Purple Twilight with Clear EP
Accessories:  May Arts 1/8" Lavender Silk Ribbon, Star Dust Stickles, Lilac Spica Pen, Liquid Pearls White Opal, Kaisercraft Grape Mini Paper Blooms, Bow-Easy 
Techniques:  Embossing
Card Size:  4 3/4" x 4 3/4"

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Elements of Style for You

Hi everyone,

Today I'm sharing a card created with the Elements of Style set.  The vintage style is 'Oh, so gorgeous!'  I'm hoping my cousin liked this design for her birthday.

The base card is Crumb Cake layered with Very Vanilla.  I then took a piece of Blushing Bride and ran it through the Big Shot with the Anna Griffin Pirouette embossing folder.

The roses were stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla paper in Crumb Cake and colored lightly with a blender pen in Blushing Bride & Regal Rose ink.  All the edges of the focal image were sponged with Crumb Cake then I added Star Dust Stickles to the roses.

A triple loop bow was created from pink seam binding with a pearl heart brad in the center.

The weather is a bit cooler this week.  I've already filled my pots with annuals and planted more perennials in the garden.  There's nothing like playin' in the dirt to put a smile on your face!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a lovely day!

Stamps:  SU Elements of Style
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Image - Crumb Cake; Flowers - Blushing Bride & Regal Rose with Blender Pen; Sponging - Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Bluebird Lane Pink Seam Binding, Hero Arts Pearl Heart Brads, Anna Griffin Pirouette Embossing Folder, Bow-Easy 
Techniques:  Sponging
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")  

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Lilac Love ...

The lilacs have been amazing this year!

I'm so in love ...

Today was the day I finally had time to pick a basket of them.

This is the first bush to bloom ...

I've been very patient as last year we moved three bushes to another part of the yard.  I hoped with the harsh winter they would make it.

My reward ... with many more to come in different shades of purple.  My life would be incomplete without flowers.  Not only is the scent heavenly, but their beauty is a reminder of how lovely life is if we take the time to enjoy it.

Ahhh ... enjoy a virtual whiff!

They're a dreamy shade of lavender :-)

Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

We're Certified!

Hello blogging friends,

Last spring our property was certified as a National Wildlife Habitat.  It has been fun over the years creating a welcoming haven for local wildlife.  In order to certify your yard, you need to provide food, water, shelter and a place for the wildlife to raise their young.

The food sources we have are hanging bird feeders, native plants, seeds, nuts, berries and nectar.  Both the pond and birdbath provide a water source.  Shelter is important to protect wildlife from predators and bad weather.  In our yard we have a diversity of plants, including mature spruce trees and evergreens for the birds to nest and raise their young.

I just love watching the birds, chipmunks, squirrels and rabbits enjoying themselves.  Not to mention the bees, butterflies, dragonflies and ladybugs.

These baby squirrels were born this spring.  There are 3 of them, but only 2 came out to have their pictures taken :-)

Have you ever considered creating a wildlife habitat?  Spring is really the best time to garden for wildlife as the migratory birds and butterflies have returned, animals are emerging from hibernation and young babies are being born.  When your property includes the four elements mentioned above you are ready for certification by the National Wildlife Federation.  Even without being certified you are assisting to support a healthier ecosystem in your garden.

For me gardening is more than just making the yard look pretty - it provides a safe and healthy environment for garden creatures.

Wishing you a delightful week!
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