Monday, April 29, 2013

Switching to Bloglovin.

With the Doomed Google Friends connect coming to an end soon. I switche  over to Bloglovin a couple of weeks ago. .So if you would like to follow my blog, my Bloglovin connection is at the sidebar. I am now following all of the blogs I use to follow here, on Bloglovin. I don't want to miss a thing created by all of my online and (in person) creative friends!!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Scraps Of Elegance***Delightful***

 I must say, that Scraps Of Elegance Possibility kit ins one of the prettiest kits that I have gotten to work with. The colors are among my fave!! The yellow and lavender compliment each other so well . Ceste La Vie collection from Bo  Bunny is truly beautiful!! I think I may hoard the last few papers I have!! Last month I attended my nieces baby shower and had the opportunity to grab some photo's of my sisters granddaughter Nikki. Our little red headed beauty is a doll!! I chose to change this photo to black and white. It made more of an impact against the colors of the page.

 I used a couple more of the Dogwood Flowers that I did a tutorial on. I inked some of the yellow petals on the flowers with the gorgeous Viva Decor Inka Gold paint pot that came in the kit. I LOVE that stuff. A little goes a long way and the shimmer is amazing!!And of course using my Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die once again. The smaller roses were created using the Tim Holtz Tattered Pinecone die and the gorgeous velvet paper that came in the Embellishment add on kit.

  I had to sneak in the beautiful purple Prima Flower from one of the packs in the add on Flower kit.

 I die cut the Tim Holtz birdcage using a scrap of the yellow paper in the kit.  I just added a few of the butterflies onto the cage.

I found that Tim Holtz distress ink in Milled Lavender was the perfect color to ink on this paper. I used my Prima mask to add design to the page. More purple flowers to flutter on the page, and I will leave you with the butterfly file I created to compliment the kit. I printed these out from a 4x6 piece of card stock to get these small sizes.

the velvet paper I used to mat the photo was punched with Martha Stewarts Rain drop punch around the page set. 

The small title was an old piece I had in my stash. It was silver metal and I just dabbed some acrylic paint on it.

You must go and visit the Scraps Of Elegance Blog  and the gallery to see what the design team has done with this gorgeous kit!!! I absolutely loved it!!! The add ons make it the more beautiful!!
Here is the butterfly file i created to use with the kit. Enjoy it!!
Thank you for visiting my blog to see my latest creation! A special Thank you to Melinda and Lisa for inviting me to share in your magnificent site, and design with Scraps of Elegance. xo

My Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Prize and CropStop Sizzix Flower die Haul....

 Some of you have been asking me to post pictures of the prize package I won for winning Tim Holtz Tattered floral Challenge. Here are the pictures. It is is an awesome box filled with the most delicious goodies!!! I have already raided pieces for projects. There is an 8x8  paper pack, rub-ons, lace collection and those wonderful plastic letters!!!

 There are stamps, trinkets keys, buttons, tinsel trim, and bakers twine in a variety of colors!!
 I tote to hold my distress markers, and some beautiful porcelain number plates.
 A great over the shoulder canvas tote, Just lift the flap and store your goodies inside, and a great lanyard!!
 A Tim Holtz Apron. I have one that is signed. A girl cant have to many Timmy Aprons!!
 There are little letter stickers and the keys with keyholes, tissue wrap, tickets and hitch fasteners!!
 Brads you customize yourself, a Wish Die, and metal charms !!
 And awesome card frames!!
 Wonderful Rock Candy dry glitter, distress stain and distress paint in my fave new colors Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet...yum!!!!
 Now isn't this such an awesome prize!!! For doing what I love?? Making paper flowers!!

So, speaking of my love for making my own flowers (doesn't mean I don't dream of being a Prima Garden Girl) lol....Check out the gorgeous haul I received from The CropStop this week!!!!
I am in Sizzix Flower Heaven!!!! Susan Tierney Cockburn's new design collections for Sizzix!! Susan has ALWAYS been my inspiration for creating my own flowers. One of her first books, Paper Bouquet, lead me into the wonderful world of punches and dies to create flowers. This is what my CropStop Happy mail consisted of. I cant wait to get started!!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

A Most Wonderful Unexpected Gift...

With all  of the sadness going on in the United States, and around the world today, I want to share a little part of joy. I want to share one of the reasons why I love our crafting community sooo sooo much. As some of you know, Tim Holtz held a wonderful challenge. The Tattered Floral Challenge. I had seen it when it was 2 weeks into it's inception, after someone who has dubbed me the "Flower Whisperer" ( Cathi O'Neill ) pointed it out. lol...I started looking at all of the entries, going to each individual blog to see the closeups and details, and I was blown away...They were beautiful!! Then I came upon this particular entry. The one that belongs to Lynn Stevens.

I thought to myself...How can I top this??? This piece of art just struck me as gorgeous. And then perusing Lynn's blog, I thought, Now this is a true artist. Her talents are amazing!! You really must go check out her blog. But I went on to thinking, this one is going to win for sure. I fell in love with the piece, and I was inspired to make my own..But I didn't get around to it. 
Then the winners were announced...I was doubly shocked...I had won!!!...But Lynn's gorgeous entry was not among the 5. Shocked....But this is not the reason I write this entry into my blog....

The reason is because I want people to know that our community is a great one. Artists and Crafters have a heart like no other. We share our ideas, we teach what we know and sometimes, we give away what we have to to makes someones "Happy Mail" all the more special. Lynn, sent me that ever so wanted "Happy Mail". 

I had left her a message on her blog telling her how inspired I was by her gorgeous entry. I wanted to let her know that it was a Winner in my eyes. I still do believe that. I saved a picture of her entry on my laptop in a folder I call Antebellum Inspiration. Only the most gorgeous projects I find out there, make it into that folder. For future inspiration. I was planning on making my own. I wanted a piece like that to adorn a beautiful Wire Dress Form that is in my scrap studio.

Then one day not to long ago, I got a message from Lynn....She wanted to give me her beautiful Tattered Floral Lace Necklace. Her exact words..."It's Yours"... wow..I was happy dancing around the house. The generosity from one crafter to the next is just amazing sometimes. I never expected that. It was a gesture that meant a lot to me.

So I want to say a public Thank You to Lynn for her generous gift to me. And I want to share with all of you the detailed photos I took of her beautiful entry, and it's new home around the neck of my wire dress form.  I am sure you will agree that it is a winner. I love it to pieces!!! 
Be warned, to show you every detail, this is photo overload!!!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Blue Fern Studios is now available at BlueMoonScrapbooking!!!

 Yes...Blue Fern Studios has the most beautiful designs in chip board. And now one of my absolute favorite online stores, BlueMoonScrapbooking has them in stock!!! I am sooooo excited!!! Scott and Lisa have the best customer service on the planet. So go check them out and get some Blue Fern Studios chip board for yourself!! Then join us on the Blue Fern Studios Blog for incredible inspiration using the products!! As a Designer on the team, I know first hand how incredible these pieces are!! There are new designs being added to the inventory all the time. And give them a shout out as to what you would like to see. You never know as your idea may become a chip board design. We welcome all suggestions.

Visit the Blue Fern Studios Blog to see what The Design Team does with the beautiful chip board pieces. You will learn tricks, tips and techniques on how to adorn your chip board. I am very proud to be a part of this Very Incredibly Talented team!! These girls sure know how to rock the chip board, and I am sure you will learn too!!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Little Chest of Dreams...Scraps Of Elegance April Guest Designer.

 I thought I would do an Off The Page Project with the April Scraps Of Elegance kit, "Possibility". The kit has gorgeous Carta Bella papers in them. It was one of the papers that inspired me to do this little chest of drawers. Actually, I have been dying to use the Sizzix Candy Box die wonderfully created by Eileen Hull. I picked up the die at Hobby Lobby a couple of weeks ago when Sizzix was 50% off. Love my dies!! This one rocks!!. The chest is made of chip board as I didn't have any suggested white mat board. But it worked. At work I have the unit clerk save me the card board backs of the paper packs. Some are really thick. Love to use them for my die cuts. Well the boxes are so much fun to put together!! A great alternative to create a chest of drawers yourself, would be to use matchboxes. But you will miss out on the fun of creating the boxes yourself!! Just sayin!!

I cut out the Carta Bella paper Dear Jane with all of the little boxes on it and adhered a different color to each draw front and sides. I added a button the the front as well as the beautiful Prima say it in Crystals that were from the kit. Then I stacked and glued the 6 finished boxes together.I then backed them with chip board (so the drawers don't fall out,) and placed pieces on the top and sides before covering the chest with the rest of the Carta Bella paper Script and Scribbles.

  I will have to change to feet out as the bottom drawer wont pull out because the feet are in the way. My plan is to buy 4 small wooden spools and paint them and adhere to the bottom corners of my little chest. But I didn't get a chance to go out, so my Tim Holtz feet are strategically placed under the chest, not glued on. But they are sooooo pretty!!

The roses were created from the scraps of my paper in the kit and I used my Tim Holtz Tattered Pinecone die.

Around the 3 roses I created, I tucked flowers from the kit here and there. There are also butterflies that I printed up, cut out, and just finger painted Rock Candy Stickles onto. I'll provide the file at the end of my post. I created them from a beautiful piece of Websters Pages paper a couple of years ago. They are among my fave in all of the files I created. I am still hoarding that piece of paper!!.

The little vines were die cut with my Sizzix Sizzlets die set, and the green paper in the card stock add on kit. I just used Glimmer mist to darken the color.

 After looking at this post, I really needed something to put on the back of my chest. I will look through my stash of Blue Fern Studios chip board. I know I have something!!

Thank you for stopping by my blog..Here is the butterfly file I promised. For the size I used on the chest, I printed them on a 4x6 piece of white card stock. That gave me sweet little butterflies!! I adored putting this project together!! Don't forget to visit Scraps Of Elegance for more inspiration from the Design Team.