Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Shabby Chic Tilda Card that I LOVE!

Hello Wonderful Readers,

Well, February is now coming to a close! Was it a good month for you? I thought the month went very well. Hopefully, March will go as smoothly!

Did you watch the Oscars? I think Angelina Jolie stole my legs! My legs look just like hers - long, slender, and fabulous peeking out from a slit in my gown. If you believe that, I have another one to tell you! My legs resemble turkey drumsticks! LOL. How would it be? *sigh*

Oh, I have a card to share with you. It took me four days - at least eight hours per day to work on it. Hey, the time factor is not correlated to the quality of the card - just the slowness of the creator! However, I absolutely love, love, love how this card turned out! I hope you like it, too! Wanna see it?

When I was scrapbooking, I often printed our heritage photos on linen or this type of cloth. Well, once again, just before going to sleep, I remembered that I had done that. Well, next, I lay awake contemplating how to pull it off. I began by creating the masked image, coloring it as usual, and then taking a photo of it. Next, I printed it out on the fabric. After that, I just went to work on the card itself. I did a lot of distressing, inking, and machine stitching. I didn't put a sentiment on the little tag. I figured I'd leave that off until I found a good time to share the card.

Now, for the interior. I wanted to keep it soft. I chose a printed companion paper that I thought added a splash of color. I used my Bow Easy to create the bow. Inside the loops of the bow are pop dots so that it won't flatten out. I added a glass pebble with a butterfly image showing through and three small little flowers. Isn't that paper pretty?

I wanted to keep the last page simple. I flipped the Bazzill cardstock so that the smooth side is up as opposed to the textured side. I chose to repeat the flowers from the left side for continuity. Then, I went through my button basket and found these two antiqued brass/pearl buttons which match the metal on the charm found on the front of the card.

This is the interior:

Well, there you have it! I love doing shabby chic cards. I hope you liked it! Have a wonderful day! I'll be back on Friday with another creation!

Love to you,


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Dies to Die For - ends 3/16 - Use a Die

Die Cuttin' Divas - #54 - ends 3/6 - Try this Recipe

Party Time Tuesdays - #57 - ends 3/6 - Anything Goes

Magnolia Stamp Lovers - ends 3/10 - Punches

Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central - ends 3/3 - Say It with Flowers

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tilda and Her Sweetie - A Valentine Card

Hello Sweet Readers,

How are you this wonderful Wednesday? I have a card to share with you that I had forgotten to post. It is featuring the hugging Tilda and Edwin stamp I made this card for a neighbor. She had told me that the sentiment on the front is something she tells her husband all the time. So, I thought I'd put it front and center!

The images were colored with distress inks. I know, I should pull out the Copics, but they are sooooooooo intimidating! LOL I feel so comfortable using the inks! Here is the first shot:

I used my Nesties, a MS border punch, some Kindyglitz, flowers from my stash, mirrored cardstock, grosgrain ribbon, a Memory Box die, machine stitching, and distressed edges.

This is the interior of the card:

The inside is pretty self explanatory. There is a hidden tag behind the sentiment mat. I've had the corner dies since they first came out and never used them before, LOL. I thought this might be a good time. I had found the heart button in my stash and put it to good use in the center of the doily.

My neighbor did love it! I was so glad. I hope you like it too!

Thank you s much for visiting. I love that you take the time to stop by. You make my hard work worthwhile! I so love each of you!


Friday, February 10, 2012

Bella *heart* Edward or is it Tilda *heart* Edwin?

Happy Friday My Sweet Readers,

Oh, I am so excited to share a card that I just finished. I REALLY got all excited over this one - not because it is the most gorgeous card on the planet, but because, as I was just nodding off to sleep (or was it early in the morning when I was just waking?), I came up with this idea! I am most creative just before going to sleep or just before waking up. This one surprised even me! I hope it makes you smile. I sure smiled a lot! LOL **It is available for sale on Etsy, too!** Click on image to see larger photo So, here it is:

Who said that Tilda with little bat wings had to be for Halloween? I didn't want this card to be just for Valentine's Day. I wanted it to be for whenever you want to say, "I Love You!" I colored Tilda with distress inks. It wasn't easy getting varying shades of black. I knew it was important so that the different clothing would look just that - different. So, I made her bat shirt a little heavier in color. I created a little banner using my Nesties, some little alpha buttons, baker's twine, and Magnolia flower dies. I put some gauze behind the second mat. Both mats have been distressed and machine stitched. Tilda has been elevated on pop dots. Oh, on her shoes and hat are little clear gem flowers which I colored red with a Copic marker.

Are you ready to turn the page and see the inside... OK, here we go!

Do you like the sentiment on the inside? I just made myself laugh when I thought of it! For all of you Twilighters, you can identify, right? Here are the close ups:

Well, this side panel got me up at 4:30 AM! I had finished it last night. Somehow, in my sleep, I began stressing that this panel was just too "dark." No flowers. Stark. But, I looked at it again about 11 AM and decided it was fine. Because the card is for a guy, I didn't want all the frills and flowers. I wanted to keep it something a guy would like. Did I manage to do that? I hope so.

Here is the inside right - my favorite panel:

It's hard to see, but Edwin is holding a little red rhinestone heart. Again, the image was colored with distress inks. I wanted his clothing to be more vampire-like. Yes, I was sooooooooooooooo tempted to draw little fangs on his face, LOL! There is a little hidden tag behind the mat for a special message.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you like this just-for-fun-card! I'd love to hear your comments!

Have a great weekend!

Love to you,

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Hotshot Craft Blog#4 - One for the Boys
Papertake Weekly Challenge ends 2/14 - Anything Goes/Love
Magnolia Stamp Lovers - ends 2/11 - Twine

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Tilda With Lap of Hearts - Hooked on Craft Challenge #17

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

Are you gearing up for the big game? Gosh, it seems like Super Bowl Sunday has evolved into a national holiday! I cannot wait to see the commercials! So far, my favorite one is for VW and features the barking dogs "singing" the Imperial March song from the movie, Star Wars. I think it is hilarious! I even have a favorite pooch! It's the black one on the right end of the second row from the bottom. He/she is so animated! Which team will you be cheering for - the Giants or the Patriots? I'm just for a good game! Both teams are where they are because they are that good! Are you preparing any goodies? I'm making cheese fondue for us to munch on during the game along with some crab rangoons. Yum!

Our new challenge at Hooked on Craft is a perfect one for this time of hear. It's all about HEARTS! What a perfect way to make a Valentine's Day card and participate in a challenge, too! Just make sure that your card uses hearts, cupids, or anything Valentine's Day related! This challenge runs from February 6 until March 3. So, you have TONS of time to get your project done! Here is the link for the Challenge Blog.

Here is my card to get your creative juices going. I hope you like it:

Here is a close up of Hooked on Craft's gorgeous flowers:

The following flowers may be found at Hooked on Craft :
White Rose
large dark pink roses
small pink rose
silver calla lilies
white chrysanthemum

I have colored Tilda using Distress Inks. I've also used shiny silver cardstock around the cut shapes. On the photo, it looks black. I did lots of distressing and machine stitching. Behind the upper mats is a hidden tag for journaling something special.

Here is a peek at the inside. Click on the photo below to see a larger one.

As you can see, I've used die cuts, layering, machine stitching, distressing, and more beautiful flowers from Hooked on Craft. Here is a close up of the flowers I used:

The following flowers may be found at Hooked on Craft :
Large layered flower uses three separate flowers:
1. http://www.hookedoncraft.com/flowers-and-leaves/mulberry-paper-chrysanthemum-aster-flowers/15mm-fuschia-mulberry-paper-chrysanthemum-aster-flowers-20-pack.html
2. http://www.hookedoncraft.com/flowers-and-leaves/mulberry-paper-chrysanthemum-aster-flowers/15mm-light-pink-mulberry-paper-chrysanthemum-aster-flowers-20-pack.html
3. http://www.hookedoncraft.com/flowers-and-leaves/mulberry-paper-layered-flowers/pink-mix-of-mulberry-paper-layered-flowers.html
Pink chrysanthemums
small pink rose

I hope you like my card and will join in challenge #17. Karen has a sweet prize for one lucky person!

Thank you so much for visiting! I hope you will return often! My readers are THE BEST! Have a great week!


I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps #23 - ends 2/18- Valentine's/Love
Let's Ink It Up#20 - ends 2/25 - Ribbons and Lace
By the Cute and Girly ends 2/29 - Love is in the Air