Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Shopping Our Stash #145


Happy April! Time for a new challenge at Shopping Our Stash!  This time we want you to break out your technique stash and make something "faux"….yeah, I was stumped too, but I found this great tutorial that saved my day!!

First off I used this adorable new image from Sylvia at Wee Stamps.  I printed her on kraft card stock and colored her with Prismacolor pencils.
I used papers from my stash from MME (probably my favorite company for paper).  My only embellishments are the pearls in the corners.
 Here's the inside with a generous writing panel.
And here is my faux technique.  I made faux patina on the "banner" behind the image.  Too bad my image was so big it covered up most of it because it really did turn out pretty good.  I followed the tutorial in the link above.  Her instructions were very good. (thankfully, cuz I am not a technique junkie and I was a bit stumped!)

So now its your turn to wow us with your faux abilities!

I think that's about it.  Thanks for taking a peek!

Blessings & Hugs,

Michelle

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Shopping Our Stash #144

Hello, friends!  Time for another fun challenge at Shopping Our Stash!  This week we want you to use your oldest tree stamp.  Easy right?  I have to admit when I found out what our challenge was I couldn't immediately think of a tree stamp in my collection but I thought to myself there must surely be one in there somewhere….or not!  I finally stumbled upon one in a tiny set from the dollar section at Joanns that I had purchased for my daughter a few years back and she put in my stamp collection.  If you are familiar with my cards you know I use mostly images of sweet little children….not trees.  Thank goodness for that small set of stamps!
The tree stamp is very small so I decided to make a gift tag.  I used a Spellbinders die to cut the tag shape from solid CS and a scrap of DP.  Then I cut the same shape from cream and stamped my tree on there.  I added some buttons from my stash and there ya go!  Not one of my usual creations but I had limited supplies!  And now I have two gift tags for Christmas!

There you have it.  My post is short and sweet because, after all, what more can I really say about these simple tags?  I hope you have better luck in your stash and won't you share with us what you make this week?

I think that's about it.  Thanks for taking a peek!

Blessings & Hugs,

Michelle

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Shopping Our Stash #143

Hello friends!  Happy Tuesday!  Time for another challenge at Shopping Our Stash.  This week our theme is "Buttons and Bows".  Sounds girlie huh?  I've been cuddling a tiny baby girl at our church and I think girlie stuff is too fun these days!
 I used a great collage sheet called Stitched with Love by iralamija.  It's a great shop, check out her beautiful images!  The DP is from MME.  The lace, buttons and teal seam binding are all from my stash.  I sewed the edges as I almost always do, only this time I used my birthday present.
Isn't it beautiful?  I've wanted one for a long time and when this was posted at my local quilt shop I had to check it out!  Someday I hope to have a studio for all my art that's not attached to my house.  This will have a special place for sure!
One of my boys tinkered with it for several hours and got it to sew as well as wind a bobbin.  This thing is a tank!  I'm pretty sure it would sew easily through your finger….thankfully I don't have first hand proof of that.  I did have a hard time getting it going forward each time.  I also broke the thread many times and my stitching is crooked.  Also, on the panel in the picture above my DP is crooked.  Not terribly so, but it is and it bothers me a bit ;)
I skipped sewing the tags to the matting so they wouldn't be crooked.
 Here's the inside.  I used more of the images from the collection.  I simply couldn't make a decision of which to use so I decided to use them all!  The sentiment on the front and the inside are from Becca Feeken.
 See?  I used all the images!!
And here is my finished card in front of my prized machine!

Now it's your turn.  Find your buttons and bows and join us this week!

I think that's about it.  Thanks for taking a peek!

Blessings & Hugs,

Michelle

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Shopping Our Stash #141

Hello again and welcome!  Time for another great challenge at Shopping Our Stash.  Are you ready to play along?  This week our theme is 3-2-1.  We want to see you use 3 of something, 2 of something else and 1 of another.
 I used another image from Sylvia Zet.  Its called "Fluffy hanging in there".  And she sure is isn't she?  I colored her with my Prismacolor pencils.
 All my paper is MME and it is all glittered.  My 3-2-1: 3 Design Papers, 2 different colored pearls, 1 charm.  The ribbon and lace have been in my stash for hundreds of years….true story!  The sentiment is from PTI.
 I used the same sketch inside for the writing panel.


So, put on your counting skills this week and play along, ok?

I think that's about it.  Thanks for taking a peek!

Blessings & Hugs,

Michelle

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Green and Purple Fairy

Hi friends!  Welcome to my little place on the world wide web.  Thanks for stopping by!  Today I have a card to play along with one of my favorite challenge blogs, Mo's Challenge Blog.  I am a huge fan of Mo's images and I have quite a collection of them!  This is one of my favorites:
 This is Winter Fairy Talva.  I have colored her with my Prismacolor pencils.  I added crackle medium to the frost on her wings, fine glitter to her snowball and tinsel glitter to her clothes.  I also sewed silver-lined beads to her skirt.
 My favorite color scheme would have to be purple and green so that is what I used.  I stamped small snowflakes around the image and on the edges of the white vellum which I sewed down because it is impossible to adhere that stuff without your adhesive being seen.  The green panels are embossed with a snowflake folder which I hope you can see in the photo below.  I also sewed some beads to the green panels but my very, very fluffy feathers are covering most of them.  I added the feathers to mimic the fluffy head-covering and leg warmers she is wearing.  I added the glittery berries to go along with her snowball.
 I use a Spellbinders die to make the snowflake.
 I also added some snowflakes to the back.
Here you can see the embossing a little bit on the green panels.  You can also see the beautiful pearl and rhinestone swirls I added.  I mounted the image on foam to sit above the elements in the background.

I am entering my card in the following challenges:
Mo's Challenge Blog - Favorite Color Combo

I think that's about it.  Thanks for taking a peek!

Blessings & Hugs,

Michelle

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Shopping Our Stash #140

Hello friends and welcome again.  I'm so glad you are here!  It's time for another challenge at Shopping Our Stash.  Our theme this week is "Heavy Metal".  We want to see some metal on your card this week.  So, get creative!
I chose this adorable image from Sylvia Zet.  He is from the set called Naughty Puppies.  I colored him with my Prismacolor pencils.
 I chose to use the sketch from Sketch & Stash again.  The papers are from MME.  The bow is made with vintage seam binding I picked up at a flea market.  The bottle cap is my metal item that was in my stash for who-knows how long!  Serious!  I was looking for something metal to put on my card and saw a package of them in the drawer.  I thought to myself, that will be great if I have something to put on the outside and low and behold, it already has something!  I haven't looked at them in a really long time!!  I lucked out because the color of the sticker even matches my paper!  The 2 brads are also old stash and metal!!  Score!
 I used the sketch on the inside writing panel too.

I will be entering my card in the following challenge:
Sketch & Stash - Sketch

So now it's your turn to dig into your stash and join us.  Link up and tell us what you used from your stash this week!

I think that's about it.  Thanks for taking a peek!

Blessings & Hugs,

Michelle

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Tutu Cute!

Hello, hello and welcome!  I have a card today (tonight) that I made just for fun so I could join the challenge at Mo's Challenge Blog.  This week the challenge is Ribbon and/or Bows.  No problem!
 I chose this most adorable image, Odette.  Isn't she the cutest thing?  I colored her with my Prismacolor pencils and I added some tulle for her little tutu.  I gathered it by hand and hand sewed it to the paper.
 Here's my card.  I used DP from MME (my favorite) and the sketch from Sketch & Stash (I hope you can see the sketch, my cheesecloth is somewhat hiding the elements).  I embossed the pink panels with a Swiss dot folder and inked the edges of all layers.  I added lots of pearls including some really tiny ones on the corners of the image that my son gave me for Christmas.  The lace I used for the bow has been in my stash for a very long time.  I used beads from my daughter's stash to decorate the pins behind the feathers.
 Here you can see I used the same sketch for the writing panel.

 Here you can see the layers which is what the lovely people at Papertake would like to see this week.  That is, of course, very easy for me.  How often do my cards not have layers….?
And here you can see the tutu she is wearing!

I am entering my card in the following challenges:
Mo's - Ribbon and/or Bows
Papertake Weekly - Lovely Layers
Sketch & Stash - Sketch

I think that's about it.  Thanks for taking a peek!

Blessings & Hugs,

Michelle