Saturday, August 31, 2013

Happy Birthday with Toile

Welcome to the Studio!
I made a beautiful baby boy card recently (which I'll be able to share soon), and I still had all this lovely (and old) Anna Griffin toile paper on my scrap desk.  I decided to make a similar card and use up some of these gorgeous scraps as well as some embies that I didn't use on the baby card. 
I don't know if any of you do this when you create, but I pick my papers and then go around my scraproom like a crazy lady digging through jars of flowers, rooting through drawers and baskets, and generally making a huge pile on my desk of all the items I "collected" and then I start on my project...with like no room at all to work;)   And putting all the stuff I use away is a booger, so a lot of times, I end up making a few "matching" cards.  I like doing that after I finish a layout especially, because I usually only have enough scraps left for a few cards anyway and it makes cleaning up easier. 
Okay, enough about me.  Here's the card I created with my "leftovers."
I was going for a very shabby chic look, so I distressed ALL the edges with ink and even used my handy-dandy Prima distressing tool.  I have tried several distressing tools in the past, but this one by far is my fave.  And yep, it looks just like my Grandma Julie's foot file that used to sit on the shelf in her bathroom.  Same color too;)
I used it at a Prima class that I took while at CKC-Nashville a few years ago and loved it!  I ordered one as soon as I got back home!
Do you ever buy stuff just because all your friends are buying it and think it's great?  I'm so guilty of that!  I used a few of those things on this card that I just HAD TO HAVE.  One is chipboard.  I must have two white cubes from Michaels filled to overflowing with chipboard of every imaginable size, shape, color, texture.  The one I used here was from a package I received in a goodie bag at a weekend retreat in February.  Another one of those "Had to Have" items was Tim Holtz Distressing Stains.  I used them both on the chipboard piece and as well as the newsprint pattern paper to "shab them up a bit."  I also used the sanding tool and the metal brush on the chipboard to uncover portions of the pattern embossed on it.  I love the burlap flowers!  Those are new to my stash and this is the first time I've used them.
I'll be entering this card in several challenges...
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday #235 - In Distress
Sweet Stamps #132 - Birthday
Use It Tuesdays #62, Trends  {I LOVE this challenge because you must use "hoarded" supplies...and I have a lot!}
Whimsical Designs - Something Old/Something New Challenge {Anna Griffin Paper/Burlap Flowers}
A.R.T. Card Challenge #12 - Ribbons & Pearls
Crafty Ribbons #59 - Anything Goes with Ribbon
Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes as long as it's birthday
Enabler's List:
Cardstock:  Bazzill, ivory
Pattern Papers:  Plain Blue and Blue Toile, Anna Griffin;  Newsprint, Paper Studio.
Chipboard:  Michael's Dollar Bin
Burlap Flowers:  Paper Studio
Stamps:  French Foliage & Elementary Elegance, Stampin Up
Ribbon Rose:  Stampin Up, cut from trim
Pleated Ribbon:  Hobby Lobby
Seam Binding:  Really Reasonable Ribbon
Large Pearl:  from stash
Mini Pearls:  Close to my Heart
Inks:  Heavenly Blue, CTMH (retired);  Crumb Cake & Marina Mist, SU
Tim Holtz Distress Stains:  Antique Linen, Picket Fence, & Weathered Wood
Thanks so much for stopping by.  Until next time, Scrap Sassy!

Friday, August 30, 2013

You're Sew Sweet

Welcome to the Studio!

Since the move, things are FINALLY settling down and life is resuming a normal pace.  There's still a lot to unpack, but it's too early to put out the Christmas decorations, so I figure I have a breather until after Halloween at least;)  My mojo was in full swing yesterday and I made it a point to craft the day away.  I made a pendant for a Halloween necklace and while that was drying I made two cards.  I wanted to share one of my creations with you today.  It's "sew" shabby chic!

I downloaded the sewing machine freebie from a blog I follow, Shoregirl's Creations.  She's always got such cool ideas and projects, not to mention recipes too.  The card was pretty simple to make, just some inking around the edges and that's about it.  The trickiest part was getting the thread onto the mini glue dots did the trick!
I'm entering this card in a few challenges too!  And those are:
Can You Digi It #43 - Very Vintage
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
A.R.T. Card Challenge #12 - Ribbons & Pearls
Enabler's List:
Cardstock:  Colonial White & Ruby/Close To My Heart
Pattern Paper:  K & Co. {And boy, this was some OLD stash that got unearthed in the move}
Flower:  Colorbok  {It's sewing pattern print.  I found these at Joann's}
Spools:  Maya Road
Red Thread:  from stash
Linen Thread:  Stampin Up
Burlap Border:  Paper Studio/Hobby Lobby
Seam Binding:  Really Reasonable Ribbon
Pearl:  CTMH
Inks:  Chocolate Chip & Crumb Cake/SU
Digi:  Shoregirl's Creations freebie
Thanks so much for stopping by.  Until next time, Scrap Sassy!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

We All Need Hope

Welcome to the Studio!

It's been ages since I've been able to create and I'm excited to say that I've finally had the opportunity...and just in time for Link Up For Pink Challenge 16!  The scraproom kind of became a makeshift holding tank for two trailer loads of stuff in the last few weeks of "THE MOVE," which I'm happy to say in finally OVER!  After adding some shelving and lots of organizing, the scraproom is finally usable.  Mom still can't find everything.  I'll be starting on the drawer and basket labeling next;)

Our sponsor for this challenge is Sherri Baldy.  I just love, love, love her awesome images.  Here is my card using Image 707 from her shop.

I decided to paper piece this little cutie.  I wanted the denim look and I'm so not that talented with Copics.  I did the rest of her with watercolor pencils and a blending pen.  I followed an old sketch I found buried on my iPad from My Mind's Eye and it just so happens the pattern paper is MME as well.  The cardstock and the bracket label is Stampin Up.  "Denim Hope" is printed on watercolor paper. The denim paper and the burlap border is from The Paper Studio/Hobby Lobby.  {I finally went shopping at "The Lob" for the first time in months.  They have a ton of cool, new burlap borders and flowers!}  The button and floss is from my stash.  The "Hope" stamp is from Justrite Stamps.  The frilly ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The awareness ribbon punch is from EK Success.  The pink rose is Recollections/Michaels hit with a little of my own Sassy Shimmer Spritz in La Vie En Rose.  The itty, bitty rhinestones are from CTMH.

Now for the fun stuff...
Be sure to enter Challenge 16.  The rules are simple...make it pink!  There will be two winners and each will receive five digis...Woo Hoo!  If I won, I don't know how I'd possibly be able to pick out only five favorites.  The winners will have their work cut out for them.  I look forward to seeing all your beautiful creations!