Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Commemorative Josh Groban Album

Hello Everyone!  It has been a while since I have blogged, so today is the day to remedy that situation!  Many of you who really know me know that I am a huge Josh Groban fan!  I love his music and beautiful voice and find it relaxing to listen to!  I have been to 5 of his concerts and finally decided that I wanted to create a scrapbook album to commemorate one of his concerts.  Here it is:

Doesn't look like much right now, does it?  I decided to use a ready made Graphic 45 album which made this job much easier!  Here are some of the pages:

I have done very few albums in the past as I am mostly a card maker, so I decided to try some new things for me, including a waterfall page.  I was pretty happy with the way it turned out!  I had the opportunity to see him again with my husband this past August, so my last page pocket is perfect for adding extra tickets., etc.

Now for the final touches.  I went immediately to my stash of Creative Impressions ribbons and ephemera and found just the right ones to finish off the album.

I used Creative Impressions wonderful Music Ribbon, Bakers Twine and Music Notes to finish off the album binding.  It was so easy to wrap around the album!

Hope you like the album and will consider making one of your own!
Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Stitched Creative Impressions Blossoms and Stitching Template

Hello everyone:

It has been a while since I have posted on my own blog as I have been so busy blogging for other sites, so I thought it was about time I blogged on my own site.

Today I would like to share with you the latest project I did for Creative Impressions using their Felt Blossoms along with their Embroidery Stitching Template.  Love it.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Stitching on Felt Shapes/Creative Impressions 

Stitching Template

Happy Tuesday Everyone:

I have an easy tutorial today for Stitched Creative Impressions Blossoms
( Pastel 62201, Bright 62203 and Heritage 62202) as well as the Medium Felt
Blossoms (62101, 62102 one 62103) and Leaves (Olive 62302) that were added
to a store-bought plain pencil case for a little extra pizzazz!

I have quite the stash of embroidery thread as I haven't created
anything with cross-stitch for many years now (paper crafting is my
passion now).  It was time to pull the thread out of storage and create
a new use for the thread.  I decided to try stitching on the Felt Blossoms
to see what kind of outcome I would have!  I love it!

I started out by stitching some designs with different colors onto the
Blossoms when I was watching tv at night.  I found it to be really relaxing,
so I just kept on stitching away!  This is what I ended up with:

I just started playing with layering different size blossoms together.
As you can see, there are many different stitches used.   Of course
there was still one thing missing to complete the flowers - Creative
 Impressions Buttons in different colors!
Now I was happy!

Finally, I laid out various Blossoms on my pencil case and began to
adhere them to the case using basic stitches.  Again here is the final piece.

If you find that you aren't really comfortable with embroidery or you
just need some inspiration concerning what stitches to use and where,
not to worry!  Creative Impressions produces and distributes this wonderful
Stitching Template designed by Kathy Shaw.  You will love this!

You can leave the five full templates included together like this -
just place over the desired piece, place a pencil in the holes indicated,
twist the pencil and voila!, you have your pattern perfectly placed on
your blossom or fabric.

In this case I cut apart the template on the broken lines with
scissors and I store them on a metal ring.

Here are a few more examples of choosing the desired stitch and
placing it on your piece.

I know I will be creating a lot more projects with Felt Shapes and
stitching - with and without the template.  Can't wait to get started
on some more!

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Botanical Valentines

Hello Everyone:

Today I would like to show you a number of cards I made, mostly Valentines, but all made from the same 4 sheets of paper and embellished with Creative Impressions embellishments to really make them stand out.

 As you can see, I have created 10 cards from the same 4 papers and I still have paper left over.  I could not have stretched this paper nearly as far had it not been for these wonderful embellishments.

Now let's look at these cards individually to see what lovely embellishments I used on them

The paper is by Prima Marketing and Kaisercraft.   On this card I die cut a heart out of one of the background papers and stamped "Amour" by B Line Designs in the center of the heart using Wendy Vecchi's Thistle Archival Ink.  I placed the heart on a square from another paper and cut out a butterfly from yet another.  Before adhering the butterfly to the heart, I attached a Gold Curved Heart Brad (91004) to the center of the butterfly.  Before adhering this panel to the background piece, I wrapped a piece of White Crepe Ribbon ( 70132 ) around the bottom panel and tied a bow towards the base of the card.  I adhered the square panel to the background over the ribbon.

The next one was super easy.

I cut out the rose spray from one of the Prima papers and adhered it with pop dots to a white card stock panel.  I stamped "Cherish" above it and placed a Gold Curved Heart Brad at the top of the letter "i" as well as a small Gold Fastener to the center of one of the flowers.  I placed another cut out butterfly on the flowers, added a small cut out rose to the top and wrapped a piece of Plum Crepe Ribbon (70123) around the card.

I accidentally photographed the above card twice.  It should be this card:

This card is a collage over a plum piece of card stock.  I used White Web Ribbon ( 70187), a Silver Curved Heart Brad ( 92004) and Silver Leafy Vine  (70226) for this card.

This card could be used as a "thank you" card.  This time I used Pink Web Ribbon (70194) behind a die cut heart and on top of it.  I cut out a rose from the patterned paper and the sentiment, adhered them over the heart and added a Silver Heart Fastener.  Another easy card!

This card features more cut outs over a background piece.  What makes this card so elegant is the Vintage Rose Velvet Sequin Ribbon (70483) wrapped around both ends  of the sentiment piece.

I used small patterned paper panels for this card along with a rose spray cut from the patterned paper and adhered to the bottom of the sentiment panel.  The Plum Crepe Ribbon wrapped around the bottom of the panel and tied into a bow adds elegance to this card.

The center panel of this card is a stamp from B Line Designs.  I added some Metallic Butterflies to this panel along with a few mini Rounds from the Heritage Mini Rounds set (90191).  I wrapped another piece of Plum Crepe Ribbon around the panel and attached the panel over two small pieces of background paper I turned into other panels.  A piece of White Web Ribbon was adhered to the card base first.

Again, another easy card.  This one was created with just two small panels adhered to a white card.  I use cut two roses and also adhered a butterfly to the center.

I turned this card into a "thank you" card by adding a die cut "thanks" above the sentiment.  I added some Gold Heart Fasteners and a butterfly and adhered this to a background panel wrapped with some Pink Crepe Ribbon with a bow tied to it.

This Valentine card  was centered around the sentiment.  I fussy cut several roses from the patterned paper, placed them on a plum card stock panel along with the sentiment and wrapped some Vintage Rose Velvet Sequin Ribbon around the bottom.  This panel is adhered to a background panel and you have a lovely Valentine!

I hope you have enjoyed these cards as much as I enjoyed creating them!  There are a few little pieces of paper left, so I guess I will have to see if I can make a few more!


Saturday, December 15, 2018

Bendi Fold Christmas Cards

It has been awhile since I have posted on my own blog as I have been super busy doing Creative Impressions' blog!  It's time!

I found a darling Bendi Card Snapguide tutorial by Lori Williams using Graphic 45's A Christmas Carol collection paper on Pinterest.   If you would like to learn how to make these cards, just click on the link.  She has a wonderful tutorial!  I copied the original one she made, but then decided to take the cards a step further and made two more of my own original designs using her tutorial.  Here they are:

The card on the top is the design that Lori Williams created.  The bottom two are my design.  Here are all three:

I absolutely love Carol's design.  This card was so much fun to make that I really enjoyed creating some new ones with the same paper collection:

Thanks for taking a look at my cards.  I can't wait to create more using other paper and designs!

Merry Christmas to all of you!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Butterfly Birthday Wishes

Happy Tuesday Everyone!  Today I am featuring a simple card made with Creative Impressions embellishments along with Fab Scraps and Stamp Doctor beautiful papers!

The butterfly images are from a sheet by Stamp Doctor.  I layered this main image onto a panel with patterned paper and Creative Impressions Pink Web.  I think the background paper created a softness to the card and the Web added texture.

The panel was adhered to a folded card.  Then I added 3 Creative Impressions Metallic Butterflies to the main panel for some interest.

The panel was adhered to the base card:

Finally, I added a bow at the bottom created with Creative Impressions Crepe Ribbon.  Here is the finished card once again:

Hope you like this sweet card with lots of butterfly wishes!
Happy creating!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

From Ordinary to Awesome: An Artistic Transformation

Hello Everyone!  I would like to share with you an incredible group project inspired by the creative genius of my friend, Michelle Bodensteiner.  It goes like this:

What can you do with an Idea Market Paris Jewelry Stand?

Well,  when 5 other artistic ladies trust in Michelle's vision, you get this:

And this:

And this:
And this:

And even this:

And finally this:

Aren't these projects amazing!  Michelle took one look at the original jewelry stand and immediately knew what could be created for each person in the group.

Each person had a theme in mind for their project.  Michelle is known for her beautiful paper doll creations, so she pulled out some doll ideas and went to work.  All of them turned out so incredibly beautiful.

First off, here is a photo of Michelle's finished project.  She created hers along with a Santos Doll that   was dedicated to the women in her family who were seamstresses.   Michelle chose to keep the hanger exposed and to use it as a wardrobe for the lovely paper doll dresses. 

Michelle has a vintage family photo of these women wearing their own creations.

Next is my project.  I wanted to create a Whimsical Garden:

My stand is two-sided and features several birdhouses and multiple paper dolls.  I love it!

Here is a similar project created by Nancy Brooks.  She also used several birdhouses.

You may be wondering how Nancy and I managed to get the large birdhouse in the center around the main pole....Michelle to the rescue!  She had a friend who was able to cut the bird houses in half.  Then we glued them back together around the center pole:

Next is Marsha Franz's project.  She wanted to create a Fairy Garden.  Notice the center tree structure which becomes almost 3-dimensional double-sided.  That was the inspiration to add the branches for the fairy forest.

Now for Sandy Beck's project.  Sandy's father and grandfather both worked for the Singer Sewing Machine Company, so she wanted to create a project dedicated to them and using some of the keepsakes she had.  The inspiration for this project was her button collection which was adhered to the hanger portion of the jewelry stand.

Michelle also helped Sandy cover the lovely hatbox and helped her create the folio made for family photos.

Finally, Diane Martell loves Alice in Wonderland.  Michelle had her work cut out for her designing this project!

So much detail in the Mad Hatter's Tea Party!

Hope you enjoyed the photos and descriptions of our wonderful projects.  Don't forget to take a good look at the "Ordinary" and turn it into something "Amazing!