Painted on a fish market door in St. Raphael, France.
I just wanted to post a little note here that you will probably be seeing less posts from me for the next few months, as well as receiving less comments from me on your own posts, just in case you're wondering what's up. I have an important project I'm working on that has to take priority right now, as well as some summer travel plans that will have me out and about, away from my computer and studio.
I've had this Prima Marketing Summer Carnation 2 Tangerine flowers border in my stash for the longest time and never used it. I bent it to form a sort of frame for the Aladine maxi bird cage stamp and fussy cut original vintage bird from my own collection. I took the metal photo corners off and on, wanting to use them, but afraid to give them up (I can't seem to find them anymore) 'til I finally decided "What the heck?!" and glued them down; they were just too pretty on the card not to use.
Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #11 is Tag, You're It. I decided this gift tag tutorial featuring Holiday Tickets by Deep Red Stamps is just the ticket (or should I say tag?). If you're new to masking this is a great little introduction on how to do stamp masking as well. The above is the "neutral" version of the tag and these below are a variation with color. Since I like to wrap my gifts in kraft paper these neutral ones will go perfect.
I bought several packs of these tags reduced to almost nothing (thinking ahead for Christmas), but noticed when I opened the packs several were not in good shape. Some had rust stains from the metal eyelets and were a bit rumpled, in other words perfect! This is the back of the tag.
Tutorial (please see end of tutorial for supply list).
Step 1—Distress the edges and backs of tags. Do several tags at once to save time. Age tags with spot or stain stamps.
Step 2—Stamp ticket image on post it note to create a mask. Fussy cut the ticket.
Step 3—Stamp ticket image on front of tag and speed dry with a heat gun.
Step 4—Cover the ticket image with mask you made in Step 2 and stamp a background stamp over the entire tag. Remove the mask. Do all the tags you want and speed dry with a heat gun.
Step 5—Stamp tag backs with "To" and "From" stamps.
Step 6—Stamp a ruler or other trim type stamp on kraft paper and fussy cut.
Step 7—Glue trim, flowers and pearls to tag fronts. Attach twine.
These tags also work great on wine bottles and flower bouquets. Supply list
My crafty buddy, Rose, makes the cutest Christmas cards all year round. Each time I see one of her lovelies I sigh; I wait 'til the last minute—like December—then try and assembly line 20 cards or so. Honestly, Christmas cards are just not my thing. But, just to keep Rose company, I'm posting the one Christmas card I have made so far this year (I haven't asked Rose the number she's made, it would just depress me). I confess, this card was made for a magazine call and wasn't taken, still, it is a Christmas card, so I'm counting it. I used docraftsWinter Wonderland Stamp & Embossing pack. I love this look; stamp and color first, then emboss, and the form really stands out (unfortunately it does not stand out in the photo).
Paper—cardstock, Folia Winter Scene
Stamp/embossing folder—docrafts Winter Wonderland Stamp & Embossing pack, IBS Trendy Circle Sentiments Hugs
Color—Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Embellishments—snowflake, 'snow' flake powder, ribbon, pearl
Happy 4th of July to everyone in the USA and Americans everywhere! Whatever your plans are for today enjoy!
This is the third of three last minute cards I created and mailed to family States side for the 4th. You can see the first one here and the second one here. I took a free vintage postcard from Vintage Holiday Crafts and used it as my topper. The papers are also free and are from the Cottage Market's Patriotic digital paper pack. The buttons are favorites from my vintage hoard.
Paper—cardstock, Cottage Market's Patriotic digital paper pack
Topper—Vintage Holiday Crafts vintage postcard
Embellishments—ribbon, buttons, thread
Can an owl stamp work for a guy? I think so, with the right papers and coloring. I used Crafter's CompanionRachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios Wise Words stamp set as the focal point for this card, coloring it with Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils to match the masculine papers.
Paper—cardstock, The Paper Studio Glasses, Staches & Ties
Stamps—Crafter's Companion Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios Wise Words
This is the second of three 4th of July cards I whipped up in a hurry to send back to the States. You can see the first of the three here. This one is actually a combo card for the 4th of July and Bastille Day (the French national holiday on 14th July), which means it might be just half late—it might not make it for the 4th, but it should make it for the 14th.
I sent it to my cousin in Seattle who's a big Francophile (Seattle has some nice Bastille Day celebrations, too!). If you look closely you see it's Uncle Sam and the French symbol Marianne against a French flag—perfect! This is a freebie from Vintage Holiday Crafts. The paper is also free and is from Cottage Market's Patriotic digital paper pack.
Material Paper—cardstock, Cottage Market's Patriotic digital paper pack Topper—Vintage Holiday Crafts vintage postcard Embellishments—ribbon, buttons, upcycled twine
I needed to make a quick card today for our neighbor's little girl, Marie, who's turning 11. I decided on a decoupage topper, letters and papers from docrafts PapermaniaTilly Daydream A4 Ultimate Die-cut & Paper Pack. Note the lack of buttons or bows—I just didn't have time to glue them down and let them dry.
Really, Tilly looks an awful lot like Marie—such a cutie! And as is always the case with 3D decoupage, the effect just doesn't show up well in a photograph...sigh. My birthday sentiment I placed inside the card and did on the computer.
Paper—Papermania Tilly Daydream A4 Ultimate Die-cut & Paper Pack (TIL 169100), cardstock
Dies—Die-namics ovals and photo corners
Embellishments—PapermaniaTilly Daydream Rick Rac pink (TIL 367504), ribbon, pearls
The 4th of July has a way of sneaking up on me. France's national holiday is the 14th, so there's nothing to remind me of it here. Last year I completely forgot and didn't send a single card to anyone. I was on track to repeat that again this year and realized just last night that the 4th of July is next week! It takes a good week to 10 days for a normal, fairly flat card to get back to the USA so if I wanted anything to arrive anywhere near the 4th I needed to get creating! I whipped out three cards last night in a hurry and popped them in the mail this morning.
No paper or travel today, how about a little fashion? I adore clothes, but I've never done a fashion post so this is a first and I have Suzanne Carillo and her Style Files blog to thank for it. A while back she did a post on overalls. I just love overalls. I wear overall shorts here at home all the time, but I didn't have any long ones. Her post had me seriously pining for a pair and this weekend I found them. I let her know that I'd up and bought some, "I MUST see these on you! Please share a photo," she said. So...here you go, my new overalls. I like wearing little camies under them, but it's a bit chilly here today for that. These sandals are some of my favorites bought in Rome two years back. A big thanks to my best buddy Mau who played photographer for me today after our coffee break.