Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Shabby Tag Card

Hi all, back with another card. Trying to try new things, designs and techniques to keep things fresh. This card is really pretty in person.  The camera doesn't do the depth of color and sparkle justice.  I took inspiration from Sherry Cheever's card and tutorial here. Instead of stamping in colors on the tag I embossed a flower image in gold embossing powder and added some Stickles to the buds.
For the background paper I used a page from an old book.  It was sprayed with glimmer mist to match the tag colors and inked with antique Distress Ink along the edges and some throughout the page.  I then crumpled it up a bit and glued it down to the bottom layer stack.  The dragon fly was stamped onto yellow vellum and embossed with bronze embossing powder, two times, one for the wings to pop up.  His eyes are two seed beads and his wings are accented with Stickles. 

I had some hydrangea blossoms already done in the colors that were just right and decided to use them along with some punched leaves. I also added the punch of blue ribbon just as Sherry did, along with a green lattice satin ribbon.  The inside of the card has a tag for writing your message on and was sprayed with r Mist and inked and the image stamped in antique photo Distress ink.  I also stamped the dragonfly image on the inside left panel in gold which gives it a shimmery watermark look.

It is finished off with a Nestie blossom that was inked and stamped with Thank You and blue crystal brads. I really like the colors in this card and will be using the Wrinkle Free Distress technique again. This is another card that will go into my upcoming Etsy shop.

Back tomorrow,


Monday, June 14, 2010

Rose Teapot

Hi all, back with a card that will be one of the listed for sale in my upcoming Esty shop!  This is one that features a Fred She Said digi/cut file flowers and leaves , a freebie!  I found pictures of antique silver teapots online and printed this one out two times.  It was lightly shaded in spots with a Prismacolor pencil and OMS, then I used a silver gel pen to give it some brushed silver shine.  The second image I only used the lid and popped it up on the first one and dangled the teabag end sentiment from underneath it.

The Fred She Said flowers and leaves were printed out onto patterned paper (backside) and cut out.  Then I used my red apple Glimmer Mist and gave them some red/gold shimmer.  The two large cut outs and one medium one were shaped and layered to form the rose.  The center of the rose are three snowflake punches.  The rose petals were given some sparkle with glitter and very eye catching. Blue and orangy accent flowers have pearl and glitter centers and were shaped with a ball stylus on a foam matt. 

The flourishes behind the teapot were made with Spellbinders dies that were embossed,inked and colored with the silver gel pen.  I wanted a punch of color for my bow but the blue was a bit bright with all the distressed inked pieces so I gave it a quick swipe with a sponge inked with vintage photo distress ink. Decorative edge punches were used to make the bands.  I added some stitching with variegated thread to the base layer matt and the inside of the card was decorated to match. 

It was a fun card to make and I will be using this layout again!  If you haven't tried Fred She Said digi images and flowers, now is the chance with this great versatile freebie!  Tomorrow another card all ready to go!


Your encouraging comments keep my creativity up!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Quilled Napkin Rings

Hi all, I have been playing with the new look of my blog.  Let me know if you like it, I will keep this "try on" for a bit to see if it is the "one".  But for now I have the final project for the Custom Quilling June Newsletter to share with you, quilled napkin rings. 

Since this month's kit features beautiful green strips, I thought that I would do another "green" project and alter and recycle some cardboard rings that I had saved.  While I had these sitting on my table I noticed that they were almost the exact size as the cardboard ring that my glue dots came on, so I will be saving those as well to make more!  The ivy was made in the same way as the ivy for the Wisteria and Ivy Lantern from yesterday's post, except that I used three quilled marquise instead of one shaped coil for the leaf.  The focal flower is an eccentric coiled flower and you can see how to make it in my tutorial here.  It has a black dome shape tight coil for the center and two burgundy fringe flowers beside it. 

I used some of the pretty ivy designer paper from the kit to cover the outside of the rings and then inked the edges and sides to give them some interest and hide the raw cardboard look.  I didn't bother with the insides as it doesn't show when on the napkins, but I may go back and ink them anyway as you can see it when they are taken off, or just cover them with the same paper, which would be prettier. You can see the paper and the inking below.

It was an easy project that will look nice on my table and it goes perfect with a ceramic tea set that I made. I am working on more quilling projects and will be showcasing them here on my blog and on my new ETSY SHOP that will be opening soon!  When I get it all ready to open I will post a link and have a page tab at the top of my blog for the grand opening!  Tomorrow I will be back with another of the cards that I have finished and waiting to be shown.  Until then,


Thanks for your sweet comments!!!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Quilled Wisteria and Ivy Lantern

Hi all back with another of the DT projects that I made for the Custom Quilling June Newsletter.  I picked up this little yellow tea light lantern from Michaels and thought it would be just right for some quilled embellishments.  I knew the lovely shades of green quilling strips in the kit would make the ivy that I had envisioned cascading down the side and I was right.  For the pop of color and another draping element I quilled some wisteria blossoms intertwined among the ivy. 

The ivy leaves are shaped coils that are glued onto a green fabric wrapped floral wire with quilled spirals.  Then I bent the piece of wire with the leaves on it in a zig-zag fashion to resemble trailing ivy.  Several sections of ivy were made and adhered from on the top and handle, trailing down one side.  Next I took that same floral wire and made a coiled cone for the base of the wisteria flowers. 

Using a lavender shade of quilling strips (from a previous kit) I joined two and three tear drop shapes together and used these as the individual blossoms. Starting at the bottom of the coil of wire I attached these "blossoms", layering upward and adding single teardrops where needed to fill in.  Since the base is a coil of wire you can gently shape the flower by pressing or pulling in the area needed to achieve the desired shape of wisteria drape. 

The leaves of the wisteria use the lighter green strips in the kit and were made by crimping the strip before quilling and shaped into a marquise.  A small strip of light green was used as the main stem with one marquise glued to the end and four along the sides.  The crimping gives these leave the real look of wisteria leaves. I used my favorite punched flower accent in pearlescent lavender, a three color fringe flower and soft yellow bow to finish.  Look around and see what you can embellish with quilling and link your project in the comments section below, I'd love to see what you create!

Back tomorrow with another quilled project!  I've been busy today and created another card that I will share later this week. Until then,


Y'all encourage me with all your sweet comments, thanks a bunch!!!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Zinnia July Calendar Page

Hi all, thought I'd fallen of the face of the earth? Well kinda, I lost the creativity spark and would walk past my craft room because there was a very, very small footpath to my desk which only had about 3 square inches of workspace!  So, I got in there the last couple of days and went to organizing.  It would be much better if I would just put the supplies up from the previous projects.  I tell my grandkids that all the time!  Well I do have several back projects that I haven't shared so I have about a weeks worth of posts!!!

First, today's project, the Zinnia July Calendar Page.  For the next three days I will show you the DT projects for this months Custom Quilling Newsletter.  I saw these green zinnias in the pretty card stock in the kit that had a beautiful array of greens.  The pattern for these zinnias are in Susan Tierney Cockburns book Paper Bouquet, and it is the first flower that I made when I purchased it.  I added the orange seed beads to the centers for a bit of sparkle.  The little punched purple violet flowers are a nice contrast to the soft lime green of the zinnias.  Well we are down to two more months and then the year of calendar pages will be done!

Check out all the other great projects and new products shown in this months newsletter and the great paper art supplies that Denise has at Custom Quilling.  I loved working with all the great supplies that came in the June Custom Quilling kit and will be back tomorrow with another of the projects!!  Have fun creating!


Thanks to all of you who encourage me by stopping by and visiting my little blog!!