Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Silk Florals Birthday Card

Another card I made using old silk florals from my stash.
See yesterdays post for another card and matching topiary
with hand painted ombre pot made with the same flowers.

Although it looks quite bulky, it actually isn't.
The flower elements squished flat
into the envelope and fit well since I removed
all of the thick plastic pieces from the backs of them.
I included a top piece of scrap card stock
inside the envelope so there wasn't really any bulky parts
poking through that required extra postage on it. 
When I take my cards to the post office to mail them,
the postal clerk seems to always require me to buy 
an extra stamp for my cards since they have 
a little bump that requires hand cancellation. 

white and two shades of pink card stock
vellum to stamp sentiment on
rubber stamp
black ink
Texturz plate - polka dot background
PearlEx paint - used on polka dots and flowers
scallop edge border punch
1/8" handheld circle punch - holes on punched border
scoring board -created raised line on punched border
silk florals and greenery
tiny yellow rhinestones -to replace bulky flower centers
low temp glue gun - to adhere flowers and leaves

Monday, May 2, 2016

Ombre Topiary Gift Set

Putting some more old random craft supplies to use,
repurposing them into a pretty little topiary
with matching handmade card.
I'm donating this set to a local charity gift shop
along with a handled gift bag and tissue paper. 

old terra cotta pot
white and magenta acrylic craft paints
clear sealant
styrofoam ball and scrap for inside pot
excelsior / moss
silk flowers
twig / dowel rod
hot glue gun (low temp)

card stock and stamps for the card
embossing folder

Reusing a styrofoam ball and clay pot from
 another project I made years ago.
I removed the old moss from the top of the foam
in the pot and the styrofoam ball. 
I don't remember where the florals came from.
I have a feeling they were picked up at a yard sale.
Or maybe a dollar store. They've been in my stash
far too long, that is for sure ;)

Using a low temp glue gun, I adhered new excelsior 
to the foam pieces. The glue was also used to hold 
the flowers in place. I did leave a little piece of stem
attached to each flower and shoved it into the foam
to help keep them in place even better than the glue alone.

  • Base coat pot white or perhaps use a gesso or primer. Add a second coat of white. While paint is still wet, brush on a small amount of magenta along the bottom then blend it into the white paint, making it lighter as it goes towards the top of the pot. Paint the rim white. Allow to dry thoroughly then apply a clear sealant. 
  • Hot glue scrap of styrofoam in base of pot. Push twig (or dowel) into the styrofoam. Hot glue excelsior / moss on top of foam insert in pot, surrounding the dowel/twig. I removed the twig then inserted it into the ball to leave an indentation and glued the excelsior around the ball.  I did not leave the twig in while doing this, but you could if you find it easier. 
  • Use scissors to trim the flowers off the stems. Hot glue in place all around the ball, leaving the space open to push the twig back into the base. 
  • Once the ball is covered with flowers, push it back onto the twig/dowel and glue in place if needed. Insert into pot, glue in place if needed. Wrap ribbon around the twig and tie into a bow. 
  • Add any other embellishments you'd like.  A die cut butterfly would be cute. Maybe even a spritz of perfume !

Thanks for looking =)

I'm entering my project in

Challenge #10 Anything Goes at 2 Creative Chicks

 Challenge #121 Anything Goes at PDE Linky Party

Anything Goes at Crafts Galore Encore Challenge

Home Decor at Simon Says Stamp 

The card portion of the project is being entered into the

flowers/greenery challenge at Clear It Out 
Just Us Girls challenge at Cards In Envy

Fairy Garden digi kit

digi scrap page -

facebook timeline cover

The above pieces  were created with the new
Fairy Garden  Bits N Pieces kits by JMC Designs
Each portion of the kit is on sale for $1 through May 8th.

Thanks for looking ! 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Clear Papers Challenge

The first of the month means it is time
for another challenge at House of Cards.
This month we'd like to see your card creations
that feature clear papers such as acetate or vellum.
It's difficult to tell in the above photos, but my card uses acetate.
I'm not sure what the technique is called, 
but I "painted" on the back of my stamped acetate
piece with Pearl Ex powders.

I also ran a piece of acetate through an embossing folder.
It is attached behind the "painted" panel.

clear acetate
stamp image
black Stazon ink
Pearl Ex powders
Xyron sticker maker machine
small paintbrushes (dry)

Stamp your image with Stazon ink
onto acetate.

Trim to your desired size and
run through a sticker maker machine.
I applied the adhesive to the back. 

Carefully pull the protective paper back 
to expose the adhesive.
I do this in sections to help protect the adhesive
while I am "painting".

Lightly dab the small, dry paintbrush into 
the Pearl Ex powders. You only need a little bit
on the paintbrush, it doesn't take much.
It is also easier to control where you want to color.
Adding too much can get it in places you don't want.
Spread the powder around on the adhesive,
it will easily stick in the places you want to add the color.

When it is completed, it will look shimmery.
I attach the painted side down 
on top of white card stock. 
I've never tried to use adhesives to attach
it to the card stock as I am afraid it would
come undone or cause discolored spots
on the painted areas where the glue is.
I use brads or eyelets to attach these
Pearl Ex "painted" acetate pieces.

Thanks for looking at my project =)

I'm entering it in the following challenges:

Be sure to check out all of the other inspiring
projects created by the design team:

Cohenna | Donna | Dotty Jo | Em | Emily | Heather
Jane | Judy | Karen | Katarzyna Ewa  | Katy | Leslie | Linda
Merethe | Merlina | Michele | Paula | Rocky | Rosi | Ruza
Shawna | Shirley | Steph | Sue N. | Sue T. Susan | Tina | Toni

You have all month to play along with our challenge

Love You Mom digi kit

card front

facebook timeline cover

Page created with the pretty new kit,
This kit is 50% off until May 8th.
The page layout is based on the image below (found on pinterest,
actual link to template was no longer working)
and created with My Memories Suite 7. 

8.5 x 11 page

9 Cardstock -12 X 12 - 300dpi
8 Glitter Papers - 12 X 12 - 300dpi
15 Patterned Papers - 12 X 12 - 300dpi
9 WordArt

18 Extra Elements -
 50 Unique Elements -