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Bonjour mes amis!  I am back with another card for the Fusion challenge.  This one gave me occasion to bring out my little PTI dress form and some fashionable ladies from the awesome British stamp company Crafty Individuals! 

I received a dress form for Christmas, and she has been more of a model than a hard-working girl as I’ve not put together a dress since 2010, the one in the photo below, actually!

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I started photographing my pieces awhile back to catalogue them, and hope to get some better shots up in the Sewing Gallery soon.  I’ve a dress in the wings that needs to be done by May (yikes!) so both of these ladies will be in working fashion and whirring along with the song of my sewing machine soon!

Now, here is Fusion’s inspiration and my take:

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There are some hidden details in this card, which I love!  I used the Ranger ATC folder for the background piece; after distressing it, I decided to file some goodies inside!  That’s a folder’s purpose after all!  I liked the idea of a lady clipping sewing ideas from magazines and storing them in this folder for her reference.  The tab is stamped with partial sentiment from PTI’s Button Boutique.

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I cut some of the images from Prima Marketing fashion paper set and vintage lined paper; then die cut a spiral paper edge with Paper Smooches Borders die.  The Button card is from an American Crafts chipboard set.  And what about that hanger from Ranger???  Irresistible et incroyable, non?

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Here is a close-up where you can see the embossed French script on the bodice.  I stamped with clear Versamark and heat embossed for some glossy sheen.  I stamped my ladies with Memento Cocoa and I love how they fit perfectly in the patterned panel, which is cut from a 12 x 12 sheet of Crate Paper’s DIY Shop.

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The bottom panel is also from DIY Shop; love that it featured April on the ruler!  I covered it with Simon Says Stamp’s Mod window cut from birch wood veneer paper, also from SSS.

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The inside and back are finished off with some fabric tape. The sentiment is from PTI’s Stitched with Love.

I love the hexagon patterned paper peeking over the edge.  I picked up some great new 12 x 12 papers a Impress a few week’s back.  Now I am wishing I bought two of each!  This particular double-sided paper is Cosmo Cricket “Sweet Disposition.”

Making this card was so much fun and definitely put me in a sweet disposition!

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

The clock is ticking down on this challenge, so I better link up!  Head over to Fusion to see what others have fashioned!

Have a stylish day!!

 

The Wise Craft Launch Party at Drygoods Design

Hello crafters and specifically Seattle area folks! Thought I would re-blog this post from the awesome Drygoods Design in Ballard. Tomorrow is Art Walk and here’s hoping the weather will be as balmy as today for a jaunt around wonderful Ballard Ave. Looking forward to inspiration from local Blair Stocker and her new book! And if you missed it, check out my post here featuring Drygoods Design and the amazing fabric I purchased on my birthday! You must drop by this shop, and check out their awesome classes for all sewing levels.

Just two days from now we’ll be hosting the wonderful and talented Blair Stocker for a fun night celebrating her first book, Wise Craft! In tandem with Ballard Art Walk (we have the fantastic work of Traci Paulk on the walls), the fun will begin at 6 p.m.! Come in to the shop, grab a book and have Blair sign it as the content of Wise Craft takes center stage in the studio. Blair’s cooked up some lovely touches and there will also be a station where you can make a quick project from the book.

Throughout the evening will be a drawing for one of these sweet garlands from the book!

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Hope to see you then so we can all toast Blair and the love of craft!

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See you Saturday, March 8th from 6 to 9. Looking for parking? Don’t for get the Landmark on Leary, Hotel Ballard…

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Craft Worthy Redux and Creative Challenges

This evening as we walked into the deserted streets of a quaint Seattle neighborhood, the sky lit up with fireworks and exploded with cheers from every bright highrise, home, and bar.  I imagined for a moment that they were all celebrating my entry into a new decade, and it made for a rousing end to a lovely day.  Of course, in reality, the swell of voices and flashes of fire followed the final moments of a Superbowl that seemed to rally an entire city, even the least likely of fans.

While it was frustrating to find store after store closed or closing early, and a favorite restaurant where we’d planned to have my birthday dinner shuttered for the game, it was hard not to get just a little caught up in the momentary excitement.  Perhaps it was the  energy of the 12th man (and woman and child) that emboldened the Seahawks.  It certainly seemed the Broncos never had a chance.  So the sun smiled on Seattle today, a good omen for the game, and more importantly, a good omen for my new year, I hope!

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Low tide facing west; the kind of blue you want to dive into!

So in my previous post about the creative journey, I discussed the concept of letting a piece “get cold”. I really need to do this more with my work.  There is an urgency in the virtual world, or more so an urgency prompted in one’s self by the virtual world, that can get in the way of the creative process.

After I created this card, I kept looking at it and thinking something was missing…

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I decided the embroidery hoop was just too empty; it didn’t look or feel right.  So I took a deep breath and filled the circle!

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Better?  I think so.  And while I am being a bit hyperbolic about taking a deep breath (it’s not like I couldn’t distress ink another panel and re-stamp!), this is one aspect of working with visual media that has always scared me–the lack of control one has over a piece.  Painting, creating mixed media, there is always that possibility of going one step too far, setting down the ink or paint, or adding some element to a nearly finished product that could “ruin” the whole thing.  When I think back to art classes in my youth, I felt the same way–unsure about the next step, over-thinking or under-trusting my decisions.  And certainly there are those opposite moments where the happy accident occurs.

But it’s not the same with writing.  There is so much more control.  Put down a word, delete, leave it, write on, come back–no matter.  The written work is malleable.  And it is certainly much more comfortable if not necessarily easier for me to execute.  I will likely be back to tinker with this entry at some point…

So the discomfort and moments of wonderment (Oh, I could have done it that way?!) will continue to accompany me on this journey as a paper crafter.  And in all honesty, I am enjoying the challenge.

Speaking of challenges, I finalized one more card for the Purple challenge over at CASology.  I used the window screen technique a la Make-it-Monday for this card as well.  It is my homage to the month of May, lilacs, and Mother’s Day!

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The cover plate is from Lil’ Inkers.  I love this die.  The vine flourish is Spellbinders.  Lilacs and sentiment are from WPlus9 Fresh Florals, stamped with pigment inks.  The banner is from a great Spellbinders set of 4 ribbon banners.

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The back was finished off with some washi– it looks more yellowed in the photograph, but it is closer in color to the green paper on the card’s front.

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And speaking of florals, I dropped into the exquisite Drygoods Design in Ballard today.  I adore this store; they have a wonderful selection of fabrics, cards, notions and the owner is just as nice as can be.  Look at these Liberty of London fabrics–I am still drooling over the red in the floral pattern on the right.

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The store is attached to Anchored Ship Coffee, a darling bright spot to sip in the western sun and think about fabric…

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Facing upstairs to Drygood Designs. Photo by Leona Lane

I couldn’t leave empty handed, of course!  So I bought this delightful fabric:

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It’s called “Cat’s Dream” by Andover Fabrics–notice the balloons?  Purrfect birthday fabric for a crazy cat lady, no?

Oh, and Andover Fabrics is the company responsible for the new line of Downton Abbey fabrics inspired by Lady Mary, Edith, Sybil, and the Dowager Countess!  Read all about it here!

Speaking of Downton, I am off to see if the latest episode is ready to watch online.

Keep calm and craft on you crazy cats…

Craft Worthy

Does anyone remember Wayne’s World?  “I’m not worthy, I’m not worthy!”

Well, readers, based on what I have seen of my fellow crafters’ work, I have to say you are, indeed, worthy!

And I would like to take this chance, on the last day of what has been a VERY long month full of some challenging downs, to thank those of you who have provided me with some serious ups!  Fresh Squeezed Stamps spotted my car card and featured it in their Friends Showcase; Paper Smooches picked one of my camera cards for their Facebook page; CASE Study found my sequined cheers card worthy enough for their top 3 (a great accolade); and I have heard from so many wonderful crafters, writers and travelers over the last month.  You all have brought some much needed sun into my corner of the world!

So for all those inspiring creatives out there and for the fabulous sketch provided by The Paper Players this week, this card is for you!

First here is the sketch I worked from:

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I just received my PTI shipment of Button Boutique Stamps, coordinating Button Card Dies, and Stitched with Love Stamps, sets I had my eye on for awhile.  So I immediately knew what I wanted to do with this sketch incorporating the PTI products!

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This was a pretty labor intensive card incorporating Distress inking on all the papers except the card base.  I used Walnut Stain, Tattered Rose and Tea Stain, creating my button card first, and adding Graphic 45 buttons.  I absolutely love how the design of the stamps interact with the distressed card!

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I cut the 3 buttons out of wood veneer and cardstock, totaling 3 layers so the buttons would be thicker.  Playing on the wood texture, I added a wood heart from Studio Calico for some added dimension.  Instead of using traditional thread for my spool, I added additional texture with the nubby twine.

The sketch called for a sentiment on the bottom of the card, but none of the ones I have really felt right, so I added the ruler stamp from Technique Tuesday.

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Since Simon Says Stamp’s challenge incorporates twine this week, and I have been dying to play along with the new challenge “Texture” over at the Card Concept, this little shabby chic creation will be headed over to both sites.

The Card Concept is such a cool spot because they are focusing on the six different kinds of card making styles, which is really helpful if you are a beginning card maker, or if you want to experiment with styles that are challenging or new to you.

That’s it for me today!  I hope you enjoyed this little trip down vintage lane; I’m on a trend lately with early 20th century inspired work, as you may have noticed I upgraded the fonts on my site, with headers in the 1920’s style Brandon Grotesque.  I love the clean, slim, rounded fonts from the nineteen-teens and twenties!

Thanksgiving Table Setting Pieces

Hello everyone!  It’s black Friday here, but you’ll find me nowhere near a store today!  I am happily home, updating my website, soon to be crafting and later teaching, as I digest the lovely dinner we had at Seattle’s Sorrento Hotel last night!  They had WWI and Roaring 20’s era menus displayed along the walls, and I captured the image of one of them below.

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I haven’t been online much in the past week as I worked furiously to complete the following sewing and paper craft projects to send to my family in New York for their Thanksgiving table.

First up, the coasters with a guest appearance by my new Douglas squirrel ornament!  Fabric backdrop is organic Birch Fabrics purchased at Purl Soho when we were in NYC in May.  Pattern is from one of my favorite books, Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts.  The acorn fabric was purchased at West Seattle Fabric Co.

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Coasters & Douglas Squirrel!
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Quilted Coasters–2013

Next up, my napkins!  The fabric is from Timeless Treasures, also purchased at West Seattle Fabric Co.

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Napkin–Timeless Treasures Fabric

Check out my mitered corners!

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Mitered Corners!

No Big Dill’s gorgeous website provided the tutorial for getting these just right.  Check out Katy’s website and you won’t be sorry!  It’s a feast for the eyes.

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Here are all the napkins rolled up and presented in their lovely wrapping!  For these tags, I used My Favorite Things wine tag die, Impression Obsession leaf dies, “Thanks” die from Paper Smootches, Gina K. Cocoa paper, and corrugated card stock for the base.  Some burlap ribbon and sequins provide finishing touches.

I also used this wonderful negative die cut for my World Cardmaking Day card, here.

You can see in this photo the 3-D effect I created on the tags with sentiment and leaf.

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Next up, are the chocolate gift wrappers!

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For these, I used Papertrey Ink’s Lunchbox notes die, Boutique Borders die, and coordinating stamp.  The sentiment is from WPlus9 Fresh Cut Florals set.

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All of the chocolate gift wraps have different paper inside—for this one above, I used the birch embossed paper from Ellen Hutson and colored it with Distress Inks “Walnut” to match the stamp.

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My mom received the special one, originally featured here, since it was just her birthday!  I packaged up some leaf confetti as well to spread on the table!

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Finally, I gave them some felted acorns (which I did not make), packaged in a kraft pillow box that I embellished with the Neat & Tangled Simple Christmas stamp set.  I was a bit heavy-handed with the pine cone and bough!  It is a bit hard to see, but the white winter berries are embellished with some glittery embossing powder.

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My little leaf-jumping squirrel sketch (originally posted here) found a home on this card that accompanied the gift.  The bottom is adorned with an EK punch.

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I am so thankful you stopped by to view my creations!  Your comments and questions are much appreciated!

I hope your Thanksgiving, if you are in the States, was fulfilling and that you are carving some time (and maybe some left-over turkey!) to create today!