May 20, 2017

PaperArtsy Lynne Perrella Framed Assemblage


I quite unusually woke up at 6:00 am this Saturday morning and thought I would put the time to good use.  I was fearful that I wouldn't make it around to PaperArtsy Topic #8, Assemblages.  I have scratched my head for days with what to make and decided that I should just do what I love to do.  Almost all of my mixed media projects are assemblages, after all.  We are in the process of packing for selling our house and I almost sent this frame to charity, but at the last minute ripped it out of the box and piled it in my studio.  LOL!  I'm such a hoarder...


I tried a three step crackle on the frame in white and linen.  Not sure if it crackled enough for my fancy, but the antiquing cream seemed to bring it to rustic life.


I took the glass out of this thick frame and cut a piece of heavy chipboard to fit the inside.  I stenciled it and then sprayed it with a combination of Lindy's Moon Shadow Mist and Glimmer Mist for a touch of sparkle.


I crackled my die cut and layered with a wooden cutout.  I used Tim's new chipboard sentiments.  The butterfly stamp is new to me and I love it so!


I really wanted to add something to the frame, so I perched this snippet of an old ruler.


This is one of my favorite Lynne Perrella images.  It is so symbolic of looking back...  I tucked in a Tim Holtz key over layers of washi tape and some bundled string.  You can see how deep the frame is.  The collage embellishments must stick out 2" and still aren't nearly as hefty as the frame.  I hope you liked my rustic, neutral project.  I was very much inspired by Jennie's post HERE and her use of neutral colors.


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May 19, 2017

Stamped Hand Lettering Painted Tag


Today I have a teaser post for a soon to be released stamp set by IndigoBlu.  This set features so many beautiful "hand lettered" sentiments.  I just had to do a pretty pastel tag to celebrate spring and new beginnings.


I used the fabulous new Portrait Paint Acrylic Matte set to hand paint the background on the left.  I spritzed the panel with water to help the colors blend and went for a random/abstract look.  Next, I stamped the panel with a texture stamp from another gorgeous new stamp set repeatedly with pink ink.  I used this panel to cut some circle and clock die cut shapes.  Then I created the painted tag base on the right.  I was going for an ombre effect and used the lightest colors in the range.  Again, I spritzed the panel first with water to help the colors blend easily.


I embossed my hand lettered sentiment in white and bundled it with the other die cuts and a handmade flower from my tutorial HERE.


I added half of a butterfly die cut beneath my flower.  I kept the butterfly white for contrast.


I embossed the hearts that are included in the sentiment set randomly over the tag and gave it all a splash of Rouge paint.


I sponged the edges of the tag with pink to help it pop a little.  I hope you like this very "clean" mixed media project.  The photos just don't do it justice, but I hope you are inspired nonetheless.  Thanks for your visit and do head on over to the IndigoBlu blog to see more inspiration from our other talented designers.  <3


May 18, 2017

Fabric Covered Tag Book Tutorial


Please join me at the Stamps and Stencils blog today for an inspirational post.  I've created a tutorial for you on this fabric covered tag book.  Our current challenge, Fabric and Fibres, is just the place to test this little album out.  I do hope you will join us!

May 17, 2017

Elegant Handmade Graduation Card


It's time for a new challenge at Scrapy Land and our theme for these two weeks is Lace and Pearls.  My lovely niece Kelsey is graduating from Clemson University (ahem THE National Champions - woot woot!) and I needed a very special card for her.  I always struggle with making cards for specific people, lol!  I wanted something elegant and timeless, just like Kelsey, and with an encouraging word.  I chose my favorite (and life) verse, Philippians 1:6 from Verve Stamps.


"Being confident of this very thing, 
that He who has begun a good work in you 
will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."


My crafty BFF, Sara Emily, gifted me with these Spellbinders Opulent Oval dies and I couldn't wait to use them!  Thank you my friend!  I stamped in Frayed Burlap.  I added a loopy bow and flower and tucked in my new Yvonne Creations Spring-tastic Flora Die.  Last but not least, I added a row of pearls and two tiny pearls to my focal point.  I hope this gives you some idea for your own graduation/wedding/anniversary cards.  Thanks for visiting!


Handmade Wedding Shower Card


I'm sharing this lovely layered traditional wedding card on the Tutti Designs blog today.  This intricate and completely romantic Wedding Cake die is AMAZING!  If you need a card for a wedding or anniversary, you will love working with this one.  Do hop on over for the details.


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