Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fabric Covered Metal Cuff

It was total bliss to create this cuff for a swap with my Marie Antoinette Mail Art Group.  My partner Tabitha loves the pink, aqua, cream look, so I got it all in there for her.  I love the curled up millenery flower in the middle with the pink pearl center I added.

I was so happy to use the white and cream vintage lace, and I was holding out on using my blue lace (which is truly pettable, it's so delicate and soft).  This was just the right project and color scheme to break it on out!  Hee hee.

This is the inside of the cuff, an aqua satin.
I was vacationing in Colorado Springs, so I brought a giant box of goodies and tools and I handsewed everything in my hotel room there while my girls were napping.  :)  The best part about the project was that after worrying and expecting it to be fairly difficult, I was happily surprised with the completed cuff.

Tabitha in turn made me the most beautiful cuff.  I have really been enjoying all neutrals in crafting.  The pieces I make using the monochromatic whites, creams, beiges usually turn out to be my favorites.  And in the fashion/jewelry world, I have been raving about white, so how perfect is this cuff for me?
The roses on my cuff are divine!  She had it all wrapped with love in the wonderful hankerchief.  I love the sweet pink birdie clip and the white flowers she sent, too.

The inside looks so gauzy and cool. 

The center piece is amazing.  I love that crackly grey look of the rhinestone.  And that scalloped surround.  Swoon!

How about the cool wire, pearl and rhinestone detailing she added to the sides?  Over lace.  I am in love with my new cuff!  Thank you Tabitha!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Izzy's Hat

Oh it's been too long since I last scrapbooked; how I have missed it so.  Part of my Mystic Paper assignment this month was a layout and I was thrilled, yippee!  Here is what I came up with from the 7Gypsies paper and the wallpaper border.

This bitty beauty is my younger daughter last Fall.  The coloring in these photos of her coordinated so wonderfully with my kit.  The frame around the photo, the frame corners as well as the flowers, I cut from the amazing wallpaper border.

I trimmed around pieces from the wallpaper and used pop dots to elevate the leaves around this photo.  I left the white border to really make it pop.

A circle cut from a manilla folder daubed with Tattered Rose distress ink and misted with water.  Grungeboard letters painted white and rubbed generously with Brushed Corduroy.  The trim in my kit was perfect for the curve of the circle.  Then I just added some doodle dots with brown marker.

Don't you just love her chubby arm?  It makes me so happy.  She is about to turn 3 this summer and still hasn't quite lost the baby squishyness yet.  Awe, proud mama heart is swelling now.  :)  Enjoy~

Monday, July 18, 2011

Wild Woman

Here is my first project for Mystic Paper this month.  The 7gypsies paper and the wallpaper border in my kit just spoke something western to me.  Maybe it was because I was surfing around the blogs right during the Paper Cowgirls event and that inspired me, but when I found the Crafty Secrets wild woman image, the chimes rang and the lightbulb flashed and angels sang, "Aaahhh."  I love that moment when it's like, "Okay, I can do this.  Yes."  Vision and the feeling it gives me once imagined always shocks me a little.  Isn't that funny?

Well, here she collage board.

My "Wild Woman."  I painted a Glimmer Chips frame white (super sloppily) and rubbed it with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.  I loved the old west look of it.

White paint and ink on grungeboard letters.  Up in the top left corner you can see some of the flowers I cut from the wallpaper border.  Love that stuff, so luscious in color, weight and texture.

Dictionary clippings: Prarie Fairy

Tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree it's been three long years..... (that's all I know.)  :)  Goodness do I ever love seambinding.  And did you notice, I couldn't help myself from using crepe streamer (once again) to make a sumptuous ruffle, just the touch of western femininity I wanted.  Oh and with the Brushed Corduroy ink.  Yeah!

Don't forget to click over to see the other gals Design Team projects (the lovely Sheri and Jenna).  And check back tomorrow for my scrapbook layout for Mystic.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Elegant French Pouch

Remember when I shared photos with you of my gorgeous kit from Melanie?  Here is the "Elegant French Pouch" I created.  Oooh I have so much fun with these fabric projects!  I love getting to use new stuff from far away lands.  :) 

Here is a close up of the lovely Marie Antoinette printed fabric Melanie sent me.  I love the colors in it, so inspiring.  The bottom of the trim border photographed a little crooked here, but I swear it's all straight and nice in person.  (That would drive me crazy to look at.)  I had a little fun with the crinkly seam binding and made a loopy "fringe" trim for the bottom of my pouch.

The pretty rose and charm Melanie made me, and a earring clipped onto the lace.  The gold worked so nicely with the browns in the trims.

With all the decadent pretties Melanie sent, I couldn't resist totally decking out the back of my bag too.  I am in LOVE LOVE LOVE with the blue and rosy cream lace.

More jewelry here.  This piece is now probably one of my most favorite in my current collection.  Pink rhinestones, aaaah!

So I hope you like my little pouch.  I might wear it all around the house today, it makes me that happy.  Hee hee!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Mystic Paper Kit

Look at the pretties I get to create with for Mystic Paper this month.  A stretch of pretty flowered wallpaper border.  Some gorgeously coordinated 7gypsies papers, some great rosey brown trim, and buttercup seam binding.  My assignment: 1 layout and one collage board.  Hooray!  Can't wait to get started.  (I remembered to take this picture before I jumped right on in this time.)

Hop over to Sheri and Jenna's blogs to see their kits this month too.  And be sure to check back to see what I have created with these goodies.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Free Marie ATCs

Happy 4th of July everyone!  I made these ATC's for a Red, White and Blue themed swap with my Marie Antoinette Mail Art group.  Can you tell I love swapping with them?  I do I do I do.  :)

Lots of neat things on these cards.  Embossed pearly wallpaper, a stamped birdcage, a Copic colored Marie, a Stickled blue bird, "Free" text from a vintage dictionary, flapper fringe, lacy trim and silver glass glitter.  I had so much fun playing with my pretty stuff on these.

Hope you all had a safe and fun weekend.  My hubby grilled the most delicious steaks last night, YUM!
Take care,