Thursday, April 30, 2009

Floral Punch Class #2

Hi all, sorry to be awol for so long. I have been having a bad patch with my back! It saps the desire to do anything, especially in the creative realm! Back on the 17th I attended another floral punch class in at Scrappily Ever After in Temple, TX, given by Susan Tierney Cockburn. I was so excited to get to take another class with her and learn how to create more beautiful flowers. Susan is such a great teacher and is so patient, generous and really wants to share her techniques with you so you can create your own lovely floral art. It was also great because I was able to take it with my paper soul sister Lisa Phillippi of Adornments by Lisa, and got to meet her in person for the first time! Lisa has a beautiful paper art style with lovely vintage shabby chic cards!
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I can tell you that any card you see posted on blogs and such are MUCH prettier in real life. I fell in love with this card of Lisa's which she brought to the class and it is much prettier in person. The flowers slide up out of the pot and are attached to a tag where you can write your sentiment. She gives the link to the tutorial so you can make it also. Also, Lisa added some of her trademark flowers and shaded the hydrangea petals on the above photo mat and I must say that I like it better than mine. I think I will re-do my hydrangeas with shading also. I wish we lived closer so that we could create together more often, we didn't get enough time to do all the girl and craft talk! lol!
I took three of Susan's classes and have posted two of the projects today. I will post the third tomorrow. The above is a photo mat that has a rose, hydrangeas, narcissus, and other accent flowers. Now I need to find the perfect picture to put in it.


This project was a gift box and features orange poppies and stargazer lilies. The poppies are punched from coffee filters and painted with Twinkling H2O's which really makes them sparkle and shine. You will be seeing more of these flowers as the punch for the lily will give you 4 different sizes of flowers. The flowers make a better "wrapping" than gift wrap or a gift bag and it becomes part of the gift!
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Here are some pictures from one of the classes, I didn't get pics from the first one that had 12 of us! There is also a picture of me (I need a really good photo editor so it will take 50 lbs off of me), Susan and Lisa (right). It was a fun two days and I am already looking forward to the next classes! Cheryl from Scrappily Ever After is a wonderful hostess and goes out of her way to supply you with all the neat things to do floral punch, scrapbooking and paper art. If you are ever in the Temple Texas area stop by and spend some time in her shop.


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Again, sorry to be so long between posts, I have some projects that I want to do, I hope my back will cooperate with me so I can. Until tomorrow,
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Shalom,
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Sonya
Comments are always welcome! Love to hear from you!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Red and Turqouise Card and Galveston Update April 2009

Hi all, I hope you had a blessed time of celebrating the Lord's resurrection. This past week we observed Passover (Yeshua's death) and The Feast of First Fruits (His resurrection) this past Sunday, and are in the middle of observing the Feast of Unleavened Bread, so this is why I haven't posted until now.
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The above card's color inspiration was from the medallion embellishment that I purchased in a set. I probably would not have chosen this color combination but since I loved the medallions red and turquoise colors I tried it out. The verse seemed appropriate for our current Feast celebrations and has been so very true in my life. I embossed it in gold onto the turquoise cardstock which is a change from my usual white sentiment backgrounds. I also wanted a heart design to go along with the thought of the verse and I cut out a layered Nestie hearts in the same colors as the medallion and used glitter to coordinate. The verse and embellishments are popped up and the card is finished with gold "pearls" and a sheer red wired ribbon bow.
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I am still working on the last 5 of my 10 Fav's, it is hard to choose! We took a short day trip to Galveston today and the Island is steadily progressing in it's recovery. More and more businesses are reopening. Gutted shops on the Strand are opening back up after being redone and restocked. There were many people out on the beaches newly built up with sand and enjoying the sun today. I am not sure, but Murdoch's gift shop may be in the process of being rebuilt. There are new stilts on the supports where Murdoch's used to sit, so, hopefully this Galveston beloved icon is going to return. There are still signs of the damage, street signals still blinking and homes needing repair but the clean up is ongoing with new landscaping, roof repair, painting and things getting ready for summer tourism. Last time we were down for a visit there was still a bit of a wounded feeling about the city, but not today. Today there was a more normal feel with everyone out and about, even on a Monday, shopping, surfing and sunning! Below are a couple of new pictures.
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The first is of the west end at the state park that is being rebuilt. The sand is being sifted and cleaned and you can see that there is only one row of picnic shelters left in the campsites. You can see that there are no longer any streets, utilities, or grass but there will be. The campsites will probably be fewer in number as the dunes which are being rebuilt and recovering are further back now. The second pictures is of the seawall and the people out today enjoying the beach where every there was sand. The last is of what I hope is Murdoch's gift shop being rebuilt. You can see the ruins of the Flagship hotel in the distance.

Until the next post,

Shalom,

Sonya

Comments are always welcome!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Quilled Fantasy Flower

Hi all! Get your sunglasses out because you are going to need them for this card! From black and white to bright and bold! The inspiration for this card came from the ribbon. I saw it while getting some supplies for another project and loved the bright colors in it. I had wanted to do a quilled fantasy flower and this was just the right colors for it. The base and layers are magenta, orange and yellow that are inked on the edges. The colors and layers begged for Faith's dots and the white scallop Nestie base has gold ones. The green from the ribbon is used in the flower leaves and vine. I also had some pretty magenta Twinkling H2O so I punched the accent flowers out of coffee filter paper and watercolored them, adding an aurora orange bead for the centers.
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I had originally wanted to make a looped bow but it was too much so I opted for a knot instead. It is off centered so I could place the "Hi" sentiment on layered dimensional Nestie hearts, which is accented with more of the punched flowers. My DH said it is a bright and cheery card! I told him that was my goal.
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I also have been given two awards! My very first ones and I receive two in two days! WOW y'all are great! My sister Jody (Joann to everyone else!) gave me this award:




She is the one who inspired me to start blogging in the first place with her great blog with all things thrifty, gardening, sewing and other fun stuff! THANKS JODY!

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So I pass this one on to my Lisa Phillippi at Adornments by Lisa , and you can see why below!

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Next I received this one from my great blogger and paper soul sister Lisa Phillippi:


Lisa's great blog is full of great cards and beautiful floral punch art, which she also teaches! Lisa and met on the Stamp TV forum and came to realize that we loved the same styles of cards, paper art and also floral punch! What is really neat, that while I have many blogger friends all over this country and the world even, is that Lisa and I are going to get to meet AND take a floral punch class taught by Susan Tirney Cockburn (see this post) together in a couple of weeks! Double fun! Meeting blogger friends isn't always possible because of the logistics of our locations and it is a rare treat to get to meet them in person!
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This award is so cute, I love ladybugs and have a card on my "to do" list with a ladybug theme! So now I pass on this award to my 10 Fav's, which is hard to pick just 10! Here they are in no particular order:

A Touch of Grace

Sassy & Sweet

Amazing Paper Grace

Give it a Twirl

That's the first 5 and I will post the other 5 on the next post! These blogs are great! You will find wonderful paper art, humorous content, inspiring posts, useful info, so have fun exploring them! I have to get ready for Pesach (Passover) so I will try to get the table gift posted tomorrow, until then,

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Shalom,

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Sonya

Comments are always welcome, let me know if there is a technique you would like to know more about!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Black, White and Cream Toile


Hi all, I have a winner for the 5000th view BLOG CANDY! Drum roll......it is Birdnest Creations! Just email me at the link on the sidebar within 48hrs and let me know what you choice is from the list at this post: http://appelquilling.blogspot.com/2009/03/water-color-blue-bonnet-card.html and be sure add your address so I can mail it out to you! THANKS AGAIN to all my blogger friends!
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The above card was made for a Stamp TV challenge, to make a monochromatic card using one color/shades of that color and neutrals. I have been wanting to use this toile DP and it was the perfect timing for this challenge. Card details are: Sizzix die cut latches in a metallic pewter DP and sentiment bookplate attached with black brads. The flowers are some of the ones that I won in Lisa's blog candy and I used black crystals for their centers. The lace rosette is made from a bit of remnant lace from my granddaughter's dedication and naming dress that I had made.
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I'm still working on two more quilled keepsake invitations and will post them when they are finished. There is also another quilled project(s) that I am in the process of working out the logistics of and is of the "keepsake" nature and will be revealed later when I have a sample! Until the next post!
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Shalom,
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Sonya
Comments are always welcome! Would you like to see a tutorial, leave me a comment on what kind!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Green Hydrangea and Gerber Daisy Quilled Keepsake Invitation


Hi all! Well the hit counter has passed 5000 THANKS to all who visit my blog and keep me encouraged!!!! You still have time to enter for the BLOG CANDY until 12:00a.m. Tomorrow I will take all the comments posted since I announced the BLOG CANDY and let my grandson choose one out of the hat to WIN! Check back on this post to see who has won and email me at the contact address on the sidebar.
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As promised, above is one of 3 Quilled Keepsake Invitations. The Bride's favorite color is green so I added the green/white hydrangeas to the design along with some green crystals for depth. Her other bridal flowers are pastel gerber daisies and white roses. In real life the dimension is much prettier and the flowers sparkle from the watercolor painting and white roses dusted with micro glitter. This post is short and sweet as I have to finish the other invite's and start a project for Pesach (Passover) which is next week. Don't forget to leave a comment below to enter the Blog Candy! Thanks again to all who visit my humble little blog!!!
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Shalom,
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Sonya
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