Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Shabby Chic Cards ~ For sale on my ebay!

Hi everyone! Here to share a batch of cards made in my favorite style ever: Shabby Chic! and the paper collections I used are so beautiful... Graphic 45 and Gabrielle.  Check out my ebay widget on top for a complete list of my ebay items:

 And also a card that I made inspired by one of Lisa's blog posts (Beyond Beauty) with a 3D cake inside.  My favorite kind of cake is red velvet, so that's what I was going for with the red cake...


Monday, June 20, 2011

Whimsical Shabby Chic Cards ~ For sale on my ebay!

So today was a card-making day... I picked up some stamps and papers and these three beautiful cards were born.  I have them listed on my ebay, here is the link to the Ebay ListingI used papers from the beautiful Butterfly Garden from Pink Paislee and added a lot of texture in the details.  Enjoy!


Friday, June 17, 2011

Dad's Day Cards

Well, Father's Day is upon us and just cannot believe that it is already middle of June and it was 103 degrees Fahrenheit in Texas.  So I definitely stayed inside most of the day.  And I created these two whimsical little cards for father's day.  I was trying to have options to give to my husband.

The first one has a nautical air, with the turquoise colors and the beads.  The skeleton clock is Dusty Attic, of course I cannot craft without their beautiful pieces!!!  I inked with blue chalk ink from Cat's Eye by Colorbox and then sprinkled UTEE in bronze.  

The stamped background was made using stamps by Papertrey Ink and Distress ink in Broken China.  The "beads" are actually mosaic tiles I bought at Michael's, and the colors are just gorgeous!

I made the stick pin using a hat pin and beads from my stash.  I added seam binding in a beautiful sapphire blue color.

The next one is a little simpler, and definitely more vintage than whimsical.  I created a new color hue for my seam binding collection! It is a mix of greens that turned out fantastic.  I used Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman papers.

The card itself is very simple.   I dyed and crinkled the seam binding, tied a knot, added a rusted star I bought at Hobby Lobby, tied a knot out of a strand of burlap and glued it to a journaling card by Studio Calico.

The chipboard piece is from Basic Grey and painted with acrylic paint in Parchment by Folk Art.  Stamp by Papertrey Ink.

That's all I have for today, but stay tuned, I'm crafting something cool for my hubbie as a gift for father's day!!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Hand Dyed Crinkle Seam Binding ~ for sale on my ebay!

I have had such a blast dying this marvel of sewing transplanted into scrapbooking... I tried several techniques and several ways to mix colors, but in the end I decided not to use glimmer mists because the dye tends to be rather clear on seam binding (unless you use the very dark colors) and then it is hard to combine colors (not to mention each bottle retails for $7 and dying seam binding takes a LOT of misting).  

So I opted for using Tim Holtz reinkers, ink pads, stains, and LOTS of water.  You see, distress inks are designed to dry slowly and they are water soluble, so when you add even a tiny drop and then add water, it expands quickly.  So depending on the color I want I used complimentary colors of seam binding and inks.  

This is rather a trial and error endeavor, and believe me, I have messed up several yards of seam binding!  The basic technique is adding one or two drops of reinker ink to a mini mister and then fill up with water.  If you only have pads, then you can press the inkpad on a craft mat, then sprinkle some water on it, and dip your bundle of seam binding as if you are "cleaning" the mat (this takes a while...).  But if you decide to save some time and get some ready-to-use crinkled seam binding, here is the listing: Ebay Listing

I named each one of my colors depending on the images they evoked...
Sepia...Like the coloring on those old pictures, perfect combination of vintage brown inks.

Old Lace...This color brought to my mind images of vintage lace you find at antique stores, full of untold stories, and enormous potential...

Calm Lavender...My mind was filled with images of this soothing flower.  I remember having lavender aromatherapy oils in my home and the soft, faint, and calming smell of lavender

Fairy Sugar...This color reminded me of fairies, I thought of a flutter of wings, of everything magical and fantastic, of dainty granules of sugar that may just be appropriate for a fairy

Stormy Sky...This color reminded me of the look of the sky when a storm is brewing.  I live in tornado alley, so we are always in tune with the sky.  The mix of purples and blues that appear just before a storm are the inspiration for this hue.