Sunday, May 21, 2017

Ticket to Adventure!

 I'm just loving this new Globe Greetings stamp set from Concord and 9th. I am back today sharing a more masculine design; a graduation card for my darling nephew. I made this card earlier this week with a feminine flair so it was fun to change it up. I can see me reaching for this set again and again. I really like some of the other sentiments included and I can't wait to use them for other occasions.

I used an old paper pad from PTI called "Road Trip". I bought it when my now 7 year old was three for his "UP" themed birthday party. It was perfect! I am glad I still have it because it is a natural choice when using this darling globe. I also took a trip down memory lane by using this super old "Congratulations" set from SU! (I can't even recall the name) as well as an old favorite;Just the Ticket and the coordinating dies.

 I heat embossed the globe stand using gold powder. Our globe growing up had a gold base and it totally brings back memories. My siblings and I would have great fun looking at it and of course, spinning it! I think my mom still has it, which is definitely a vintage treasure now!

I created a vintage looking tag as the backdrop for the focal image. I also stamped a few images from yet another old set from SU!;Stamp of Authenticity. It one that I will never part with. I used some hemp twine to tie at the top of the tag.
I did some machine stitching using a zig zag pattern at the bottom of the card for some detail and interest. A few gold sequins, which I debated adding to a masculine card, finish it off! Thanks for fluttering by!

Friday, May 19, 2017

With Sympathy

Unfortunately, amongst all of the celebrations, sadness has worked its way around this neck of the woods. I'm sending off a stack of sympathy cards, which I hope will bring a little bit of comfort and cheer!
I haven't had a chance to use Cloche Quarters: Spring Fillers yet, so I took the opportunity with these designs. They are cheerful in just the right way, I think. There is a sense of comfort that comes with things in nature.
I diecut all of the shapes to be able to experiment with each of them. It actually worked out well in the end so I could add little additions here and there. Each design uses different colors from the Chicken Scratch pattern paper collection. 

The different cloche arrangements are all adhered to Kraft card stock bases cut from the Mix and Mat : Scallops Die which is becoming a fast favorite. I am sad that the lace die cut will NOT cut when I put it through my Cuttlebug. I guess I'm going to have to call customer service. I took the easy road and just die cut the cloche images and didn't use the coordinating die to cut the inside outline. I think it looks just fine like this, especially if you're in a time crunch or mass producing.

I stamped the "With Sympathy" sentiment directly onto the card using Palette Black ink. It is from the ever-useful Mega Mixed Messages. I also used a fabulous old sentiment from SU!'s popular set "Close as a Memory" for the inside. Thanks for fluttering by! P.S. I'm currently working on a masculine graduation design.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Happily Ever After

 I'm back today putting some of my Mother's Day goodies to good use! I have a wedding reception to go to on Friday so they came just in the nick of time. I've had the Happy Day stamp set for a while now and love using it, but I didn't realize it had a coordinating die set as well. I FINALLY decided it was time to order it since I was getting some other things as well.
 The die set includes this sweet banner for all of the coordinating sentiments. This is one of the main reasons I wanted the die set. LOL! It just adds the perfect detail to the cake. I had previously been stamping the sentiments directly onto the cake, which is fine, but this looks more realistic. 
 I die cut the cake image from 140 lb watercolor paper and then heat embossed the image using gold powder. After that was done, I got to work with the watercoloring. There is something very gratifying about watercoloring a heat embossed image. I really like the way the pigment and water pool up in each section of the image.
The bow is made from thick vintage-looking lace around the card base. I also added a taffeta bow using hot glue. The bow was tied first and then I "crinkled" it using my heat tool for an aged look. It is one of my favorite techniques for giving an authentic vintage feel. I always enjoy adding fun little details to my wedding designs; the little clock is always a favorite. I just ordered a ton of fun stuff from Star Lit Studio which is where the clocks are from. I've had these for years, but she still carries them and I am anxiously awaiting more fun things!
 I believe she carries the tiny silverware also. I didn't buy these there, but they are so cute!I thought it was an unexpected, but fitting detail. There's a tiny pink pushpin inserted into the bow details as well. I made sure to tuck the point behind the cake image. I always clip the point with wire cutters if it will be exposed, but in this case, I didn't need to.
 The sentiment was heat embossed as well. They don't come curved like this, but it is easy to manipulate them to match the curve of the die. I simply used the black outline image that comes on the actual stamp set to bend it to the correct angle.
I thought the mint colored doily was a perfect backdrop for the cake image...something straight from the bakery! Thanks for fluttering by!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Adventure Awaits!

 It's May and that means it is jam-packed with lots and lots of events; graduations, weddings, recitals, and more! I sat and made a list of "needed" cards the other day and the list was long and varied. I am so excited, though! Today's design showcases one of my Mother's Day gifts that just arrived; Concord and 9th's Globe Greetings. I am so excited to use it! This card is for a graduation from high school.
 I got to work picking all of my papers first so that I could create all of the coordinating details. The globe stand is heat embossed in gold onto Kraft cardstock that is diecut using the new Mix and Mat scallops die from Papertrey Ink. The globe was diecut using the coordinating Globe Greeting die using some fabulous pattern paper from Crate Paper that I picked up to use for the Baby Shower I threw a few weeks ago. The sentiment was also heat embossed in gold...seriously shiny and so adorable! The cute little banner is also included in the Globe Greetings set and was stamped in coordinating colors. The roses were die cut using mini rolled roses from MFT. 
 I have to brag about my cute son for just a minute. He bought me these adorable fancy embroidery scissors for Mother's Day! So cute! I just love them!

The leaves were embossed as well using the leaves from an older PTI set who's name has slipped my mind. I love how they look with the rolled roses.
A few burnished gold sequins and black baker's twine finish off the card. I did stamp "Congrats" using Concord and 9th's Sophisticated Script on the inside to keep the greetings cohesive! I really had fun creating this card and I can't wait to give it to the graduate! Thanks for fluttering by!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Vintage Cherries {The final chapter}

Hello and welcome to the final installment of my Vintage Cherries collection. I had so much fun making it and I have enjoyed sharing it with you. I hope you have enjoyed it as well. I will be combining the final two designs in this one post as well as a fun vintage video montage that I put together. ETA: unfortunately it did not link up correctly so I will remove it. 😥

This first design showcases the Rosie Posie set from PTI and its fabulous sentiments that I just love! This design is so bright and cheery and sure to make anyone's birthday special. I also used the classic "Vintage Labels" set as well that really makes the sentiment pop. The gold heat embossing classes up any project.
The addition of some dry embossing adds some extra detail and dimension that I am always searching for.
Once again, you can see it peeking out of the Flutter by Basket. Now, on to the final design.
 I just couldn't resist making some handmade buttons for the same cherry stem image that I used in a previous design. I just love this "Button Boutique" set and knew how perfect it would be.
I also added the die cut thread card embossed with silver thread to tie in the pink pin tucked into the vintage lace. Simple but full of vintage charm. When I first bought this set, I didn't realize all of the fun references on each little thread card; this one showcases Matthew and Mary Crawley from Downton Abbey. Some of the others reference Anne of Green Gables, Pride and Prejudice and more! So fun!
 Thanks for fluttering by! P.S. On the horizon....End of year teacher gifts, birthday gifts and more!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Vintage Cherries {Hello}

Well, I'm over half way done sharing my Vintage Cherries card collection. I hope you've enjoyed seeing what I've been up to. I'm thinking of combining the last few designs because I have so many other things I want to share. I actually made a fun vintage video that I hope I will be able to share. I'll have to see if my phone will let me upload it.
Today's design showcases one of my favorite sets, Vintage Picnic, which was the perfect choice for this collection. I used Vintage Jadeite ink and paper for the perfect feel. The leaves in the white fabric were actually almost a perfect match. The lattice die cut piece is from the Make It Market Kit: Garden Gate. I also used the sweet florals from "Bitty Bouquet" to have coming out of the vintage picnic basket.

The picnic baskets are die cut and colored using copic and primacolor markers. I added glossy accents into the rectangles on every other space. I really like the dimension and shine it gave the baskets. The sentiment, which is also from Bitty Bouquets was heat embossed with white ink onto Kraft cardstock.
A few crystal clear sequins finish off the design. You can see how nicely it looks peeking out of the fabric basket. Thanks for fluttering by!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Happy Mother's Day card and tag

 Just popping in to share a quick Mother's Day card and tag project that I put together for my ladies' church group! Prepping for it made me miss my stamp group days and my stamp-a-stack events! I might need to revisit the idea. 

Because I was needing a lot of paper, I dove into my hoard of old SU! In Color paper packs. I found I had a lot of "Vintage Violet" from 2007. It's such a pretty color and perfect for mother's day!
I also used the new Grans Garden stamp set from PTI. The scallop mat stack, that is also new, was the perfect backdrop! The mother's day sentiment is from the "All Year Cheer" stamp set from SU! clear back from 2002, but I LOVE it! Super quick and fun! Thanks for fluttering by!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Vintage Cherries {Sprinkle each day with Kindness}

You probably were wondering if you were ever going to see a card that truly fit in the "Vintage Cherries" description and actually had cherries on it! LOL! That being said, I do hope that you have been able to see how I have been inspired by the fabric and the overall feel I was going for. Of course I KNEW that I would be using this sweet cherry image from the oldie but goodie set "Everyday Button Bits". The sweet little yellow flower that is stamped next to the cherry leaves is from "Graceful Greetings". The blue fabric that I used at the top of the basket had a cherry bunch that boasted a yellow flower so I made the addition to my card as well. I really like the extra detail that it gives the card.

This particular design showcases quite a bit of vintage charm and homespun details that I really like. These cards have felt a little bit more like my vintage designs that I used to create on a regular basis. 

I knew that this particular design would showcase doilies and this particular nestabilities die. It really mirrors the doilies and patterns in the fabric. I stamped the cherry leaves in Simply Chartreuse ink and added the buttons from PTI. As I mentioned before, the yellow flower is from "Graceful Greetings". I added a little dot of brown ink to the center of the flower for extra detail and dimension.
I also created some felt ric rac from an older border die from PTI and machine stitched that down. The doily was folded in half. I really liked the contrast between the green paper and the white doily. 

The sentiment is from an old Verve set called "Filigree Fantasy" that I have had FOREVER, but it is one of my all-time favorites and I felt it needed to be showcased in this set. It is heat embossed with gold powder onto Kraft card stock. My favorite little detail is the ribbon and lace treatment. The ribbon was crinkled using my embossing gun. I really like how it sortof mimicks actual cherry leaves. The lace and red baker's twine are knotted and then hot glued on top of the knot of the ribbon.

The pattern paper on top is from a REALLY old paper pad and I have never found the right chance to use it. I thought it worked nicely with this design and helped tie in the quilt from the second card I posted. The one thing my daughter DID NOT like was the paper! Of course not! LOL! Thanks for fluttering by!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Sewn with love, little one!

 I've had such a hectic week, but there's something calming about creating for a baby that makes me so happy! I had the opportunity to host a baby shower for my friend today. In fact, I am sorry that I am posting twice in one day. I don't think that has happened in years, if ever. LOL!

 This card is a potpourri of happy elements that work cohesively together to achieve just the look I was going for. I received some new goodies from PTI and was itching to use them, but if you've visited this week, you know I've been up to my eyeballs in Lion King and stars! ha ha! I was able to incorporate these sets: Wee Folk, Gran's Garden, Cloche quarters, and Boutique Borders:Baby as well as the woodgrain background stamp.
 I also made a "baby's first year" flip book using the "Wee folk" set as well.

You can see here that I was able to incorporate all of the fun bits and pieces on each page.
 I was also able to use the new "Made with Love" set as well. It is going to be well loved and reached for again and again! If you'd like to get a closer look at the sewn projects you can visit my blog Thimbles and Thread .

 The flowers from "Gran's garden" were the perfect companion for this project. They echo the patterns from the fabric I used so nicely. I love happy combinations like that!

 This is the quilt all rolled up and ready to gift! So adorable with the tag!
 I was also able to make a quick label for the handmade shoes.

 The stamps from "Made with Love" were the perfect fit! 

I also used my PTI felt for some fun headbands! Like I mentioned before, stop on over to Thimbles and Thread for a closer look! Thanks for fluttering by!

To Infinity and Beyond!

Well, this is the end of Teacher Appreciation Week and that means it's the end of my projects as well. It's been a hectic week, but it was fun to make a few things for the teachers. 
I was beating myself up a little bit, because the gifts and projects weren't as elaborate as what I have done in years past. I had to tell myself that it was okay. I was proud that I managed what I did, despite my crazy week.

This fun, simple design was made using a SUPER old set that I got from Lizzie Anne Designs from a publication I had my work in YEARS ago. I was thrilled to have the perfect excuse to use it. It is called "You're out of this world" and I have no idea if you can even find it anymore. 

I had so much fun creating my "galactic" background the other day which you can see on THIS project, that I was itching for more. I decided to go for more of an "earthly" look this time. I love how it turned out!

The rest of the images were stamped and then colored with Prismacolor and Copic markers. I added some Star Dust stickles here and there to give it a great space look! Thanks for fluttering by!

P.S. I will be returning soon with the rest of my "Vintage Cherries" collection as well as the photos of the baby shower projects I have been working on.I have had so much fun! I can't wait to share!