Monday, October 16, 2023

49 and Market Vintage Artistry Nature Study

Hello Lovelies!! I am here today to bring you a layout created with Vintage Artistry Nature Study, and the awesome Ledger papers. Add any of the beautiful  Bookplates as a base to your Film Strip framed layout, and you have an instant  winner! I love the beautiful subtle colors of blues and greens mixed in with the neutrals in this wonderful collection. Once all of the layers were placed, I used the Nature Study Foliage rub-ons to enhance the light background paper and all around the Bookplate and matted photo. I cut apart some of the pieces in the bookplate pack, and layered them onto the page. In-between each layer is a piece of corrugated cardboard. This gives the layout so much dimension. 

Here is a closeup of the bookplate. There are different sizes and patterns in the package that you can layer. I chose to use 1 Bookplate as it looks like it is already layered with pages. I cut down a sentiment strip and layered it onto a tab, then slipped it onto the side of the Bookplate. I used a Filmstrip to frame the photo of my sweet granddaughter. I did not take it apart as I like the double matted frame look. I wrapped a piece of the 5 stranded jute around the photo, and tied a bow. 

I chose 5 different  flower collections for the flower clusters. The beauty of the flower collections is that so many of them coordinate with each other, so you only have to use a few from each package. I scattered or tucked in  some laser cut mushrooms and butterflies. And I placed the Searching sentiment from the Nature Study Ephemera Bits, over the floral cluster. 

 I used pieces of the lacey trim in cream, tucked in the flower arrangement as well as the frame, and the outside of the background paper. I machine stitched around the edge of the paper sewing a double row. I snipped the thread and paper in some parts and distressed the edge. Once the layout was complete, I spattered some ink, and watered down some of it, to paint on the page. 

I so enjoyed creating this layout with Nature Study. It truly is a beautiful collection. I hope you visit the blog for more inspiration from the Design Team members. they truly inspire me!! 

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Sunday, October 1, 2023

49 and Market Christmas Spectacular 2023/Book Box of cards

 Hello Lovelies! It is never to early to get started on those Holiday Projects. In this era of digital technology, there are still those who mail out cards through snail mail. I created this project as a gift for someone I know, who LOVES to personalize and mail cards. I married 2 of the Christmas Spectacular kits to create my Cards in a Box. The Cluster Kit and the Card kit. I love how it came out. I have had an unfinished kraft book box in my stash for a few years. This was the perfect time to use it. 

To prep the book box, I painted the edges and borders, that were going to be exposed after the papers were adhered, in a green acrylic paint that matched the papers. I covered the outside, using 1 sheet of the 12x12 paper, and covered the inside with another 12x12 sheet of paper. I chose this outside paper because I knew I wanted to go crazy with all of the beautiful Rub-Ons. For the cover of the book box, I adorned it with product from the Christmas Spectacular 2023 Cluster kit. I started using one of the  designs, and added to the cluster, using Christmas Spectacular chipboard. Besides the beautiful laser cut flowers in the Cluster Kit, I used Royal Posies flowers in Tomato. 

 Some of the sentiments and designs around the 3 sides of the box are rub-ons that are included in the card kit, and some are from the Classic Rub On Transfer Set. They are truly beautiful, and you can create your own designs using the variety of rub-ons available. I created dimension with the cluster pieces using corrugated cardboard underneath each layer, and was even able to sneak in a chipboard sentiment on the side of the door. Little hidden treasures. 

On the inside of the cover, I created a little pocket using a piece of paper from the 6x8 paper collection, and I used the trim away piece from the 12x12 paper for the border of the pocket. I love the trim away pieces, as the designs are so awesome! I made some tags using the 6x8 paper, punched some holes, die cut some tag rings from scraps of the same paper I used to line the inside of the box, and tied some single ply jute through the holes. I tucked the tags into the pocket. 

Once again, I used the trim away piece from the 12x12 paper I used, and cut it down to cover the raised parts of the spine. I used some of the Washi Stamps in between. Once the whole box was finished, I used some gilding wax in gold to finish the box. This gave the whole project an old world look, that matched the theme of the gorgeous designs of the collection. How can you go wrong with a bit of gold!! 

I was going to create a mini album using the cards from the card kit, then decided to just wrap up the stack of cards, with cards already tucked into the envelopes. I used the elastic cord from the cluster kit to tie them together. They fit perfectly in the box. I am still temped to make that mini though!! We'll see!! Since this will be a gift, I am also going to include the rest of the cards kit contents into this box. This way, the recipient can individualize each card to their liking before mailing them out.  I plan on wrapping the card package in red tissue paper, and place one of the seals from the card kit to close it up. 

I hope you enjoyed my project, and it gave you some ideas on ways to mix and match the kits from the collections. There are so many possibilities when creating! As I am writing this blog post, more ideas are popping into my head with what else I could have done with this project. Perhaps I will give it a go!!

49 and Market Products Used:
Christmas Spectacular 2023 Cluster Kit 
Christmas Spectacular 2023 Card Kit
Christmas Spectacular 2023 12x12 The Spirit Paper 
Christmas Spectacular 2023 12x12 Christmas Exemplified Paper
Christmas Spectacular 2023 6 x 8 Paper Collection Pack
Christmas Spectacular 2023 Santas Postage Stamp Washi Tape