Friday, June 29, 2012

Cottage Cutz Blog Hop Tea party

Hello everyone and welcome to The Scrapping Cottage Blog Hop for June.  We have lots to share with you today featuring the darling Cottage Cutz die cuts.  So grab your favorite drink, relax, and enjoy visiting the design team to view their awesome creations.  You should have arrived here from Janice.  If not, be sure to start at The Scrapping Cottage so you do not get lost along the way.
 Let me invite you to my blog hop tea party.  Here is your place setting.  Won't you please sit down while I pour you a nice cup of hot peach tea.  It is my pleasure to serve you while we share a blissful moment of great conversation and a few tasty treats.
Here is a red velvet cream cheese frosted cupcake I made just for you.  Notice the cute cupcake topper  made with the cottage cut Tea Cake Mini.  Don't you just love it!  It was made with a Martha Stewart Punch, Spellbinders scalloped circle, a little bow, prima flower,  diamond stickles, and a tooth pick.  Delicious!
Now it's time to select a tea bag from this pretty Tea Pagoda that was created especially for this party..  It has the Cottage Cutz Small Teapot on the front and the Small Teacup on the side.
As you can see on this side the matching Cream and Sugar Set was used to decorate the Pagoda.  If you would like to create one of these yourself, please stop by my friends Cibele Glazer's blog here for the tutorial.
This is  your napkin with a napkin ring created with the Small Tea Cup.  As a thank you for joining me today, this round box has been created with the sweet Tea Cakes die and the lovely Tea Time Doily.  If you look inside you will see it contains bon bons.  This was made from a recycled "Laughing Cow" cheese box!
Here is a place card at your setting for you to write in your name.  This was created with the Napkin and Decorative Teaspoon Die and the sweet little Tea Pot mini.  This would be really cute if you used the  Sugar and Cream Alphabet to place your guest's name on this!
Here is another little gift I made for you to take home.  It's a teabag holder!  When you use it think of me and the tea that we shared today.  This was made with the Cottage Cutz Tea Cup With Saucer and Tea Bag Die.
Thank you for coming to my Tea Party.  The pleasure of you company was thoroughly enjoyed!  We thank you for joining The Scrapping Cottage Blog Hop.  Your next stop is the talented Kelly.  Be sure to check out her fabulous creation.  Don't forget to leave a comment on each of the Design Team member blogs and at The Scrapping Cottage Blog to have your name entered to win one of three fabulous prizes.  Have a great weekend!!!

Challenges Entered:
Sugar Creek Hollow - Circles
Little Miss Muffet Challenges - Sparkle
Creative Belli Challenge  -  Anything But a Card
The Paper Shelter Challenge  -  Punches & Dies
Bearly Mine Challenges - Anything Goes
City Crafter Challenge  -  Make a Gift (No Cards)
Paperminutes  -  Cooking and Baking
Partytime Tuesday - Anything Goes
Love to Create - Anything Goes
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
The Ribbon Reel  - Let's Have Tea!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Cottage Cutz Tropical Trio Flowers

 Hi everyone!  Today is a creation for Cottage Cutz at The Scrapping Cottage.  This is what I would call a CAS card for me.  This is about as CAS as I can get.  This card took me maybe and hour and a half.  Maybe a smidge longer as my table is a mess and I couldn't find stuff!!!!
 Don't you just love the tropical flowers?  It takes me back to the vacation I took with my family and we got to visit Key West.  The tropical flowers are just beautiful.  I embossed the panels with a Sizzix folder.  The punched border is a Martha Stewart Punch.   This card measure 5-1/2 x 5-1/2.  The panels are Designer paper cut at 1-1/4" wide starting at 5-1/4" in length and graduating down 1/2" each panel.  The white embossed pieces are 1" wide starting at 4-3/4" in length and graduating down 1/2" each panel.
Here is the Tropical Trio Flower die that I used for this card.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Be sure to come back tomorrow for our Cottage Cutz Blog Hop and your chance to win a fabulous prize.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Heartfelt Creations Inspirational Mini Album in Altered Box

CAUTION LONG POST:  Greetings fellow bloggers.  Today is another Heartfelt Creations Garden Romance Project and I have created a mini album in an altered box.  This was so much fun to make!
 This is what it looks like tucked into the box.  The inspiration for this piece comes from all the beautiful albums I see on YouTube.   My desire to create an album has been overwhelming.  I would love to have the time to make more of them and get better at it!   I used almost every stamp from the Garden Romance collection when I created this.
Below is the picture of the front cover of the Album
 Products Used
HCPC 3475-Special Delivery PreCut Set
HCPC  3476-Mailbox Surprise PreCut Set
HCPC  3477-Bird Haven PreCut Set
HCPC  3478-Twining Roses PreCut Set
HCPC  3479-Wings of Hope PreCut Set
HCPC  3480-Brookside Manner
HCPC  3468-Tatter Blossoms PreCut Set
HCPC  3407-Botanical Floral 2 PreCut Set
HCPC  3311-Hope in The Lord PreCut Set
HCD 722-Tattered Blossoms Die
HCD 723 Garden Romance Die Set
1402F Elegant Scrolly
HCD 714 Decorated Layered Basket Die (leaf only)
HCD 712 Bella Rose Die
472181 Floral Doily Motif Shapabilities
354806 Standard Circle Large

Other: 4-1/2" x 3-1/4" Balsa Wood Box, Empty Cereal Boxes, Martha Stewart: Butterfly Border Punch & Classic Doily Border, Recollection Pearls, Recollection Pearl flourish, Diamond Stickles, Ribbon, Twine, Eyelet, brown ink, Corner Rounder Punch, Small Paper Doily, Ruffled Lace, Lace Trim, Glossy Accents, Rangers Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. Modge Podge, Designer Paper (K & Company used in this project) White Cardstock. Folk Art Copper Metallic Paint.  Various adhesives. Cropadile

Page one and two on the inside
Page three and four
Page 5 & 6
Page 7 & 8
Page 9 & 10
Page 11 & 12
Page 13 & 14
If you have stayed with me the entire album (I know this was long) I will tell you that I made the album out of cereal boxes.  I cut the cardboard 4" x 3" and used a corner rounder.  I covered the cardboard with scrapbook paper and used to eyelets on each page so I could bind with twine.

Thanks so much for visiting me today.  I really do appreciate it.  Be sure to stop by on Friday as Cottage Cutz at The Scrappy Cottage is having a Blog Hop and you could win a gift certificate for some of their wonderful dies

Monday, June 25, 2012

Fabulous Fifties Party Dress

 Our theme for the Dirty Dozen back in March was "Keeping You in Stitches".  Well, I used to sew all my own clothes back in the 80's.  I made at least one outfit a week and would always wear it to work on Friday.  I have always enjoyed sewing and do a lot of it on my cards.
 I have had the Tim Holtz Sewing Room Set for some time and haven't pulled it out of it's package.  Gosh it was so fun to make this-why did I wait so long!!!  I cut the dress form on chipboard, painted it with Picket Fence Crackle Paint (love that stuff).  I free hand cut the bodice and cut two layers of paper for the skirt.  The lace underskirt is actually a Martha Stewart Chrysanthemum punch-isn't it cute.
 The frame is from my cast offs from something that didn't work a while back-it's a cuttle bug die and embossing folder.  The pearls are from Recollection.  I distress inked the edges with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.
 This is a close up of the pretty pearls I used.
 I even distress inked the red roses on this card as well. 

This is the inside of my card.  I used the spool pieces from the die and wrapped some crochet thread I had on hand around the spools and attached them for accent.
Makes me wish I had a pretty dress like this in my closet!!!  Of course, since I sew, I could always make one right.   But it's so much easier and much more fun to make them in miniature like this.  I want to play with this die again real soon.  Thanks for visiting me today.  I hope I have inspired you to play with this die if you have it in your collection.  See you real soon.

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Comfort of a Quilt

For our Dirty Dozen theme in March of "Keeping You in Stitches" I created this quilt card.  I have done a few quilts in my lifetime and I love them.  I created this one using this tutorial.  I have to tell you that I cut and piece the quilt portion of this card in less than an hour.  I did it before going to work one morning..
I used 3 plain colored card stock and to coordinating designer papers.  The Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page is "Loops".  I embossed by paper with a cuttlebug embossing folder.  The pearls are from Recollection.  The heart charm was also a find in the jewelry and bead section at Michael's.
 This is a close up of the pretty heart locket charm. 
 This shows how pretty the embossing looks close up just like the intricate stitching of a real quilt.
Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope I have inspired you to try to make one of this fun quilt cards.  Leave me a comment when you do to let me know so I can come visit and leave you a comment.  See you again soon!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Heartfelt Creations Mailbox Surprise

 Today is another reveal for the Heartfelt Creations Garden Romance Collection.  What fun this was to dream up!   On Saturday I visited several friends bogs and I came across this card.  I was so inspired by those colors that I had to use them on mine.  Thanks Nancy!
 Products Used:
HCPC 3475 - Special Delivery PreCut Set
HCPC 3481 - Add On Sentiments PreCut Set
HCPC 3480 - Brookside Manor PreCut Set
HCPC 3476 - Mailbox Surprise PreCut Set
HCD 723 Garden Romance Die
HCD 717 Layered Scalloped Posy Die
Other:  Spellbinder Parisian Accent and Large Classic Inverted Scalloped Squares,Spellbinders M-Bossabilities ES-007 Copic Markers, Stickles, Rangers Distress ink Peeled Paint, Broken China, Dusty Concord. Pearls, Ribbon, Recollection Pearls, 1" Circle Punch for Sentiment, Choice of designer paper and black and white cardstock.

 The mailboxes in this collection are so sweet.  I knew I was going to use both images on one card as they just seem to want to go together to me.  The fence dies  are just so intricate and beautiful too.  The butterflies round out the scene from collection as the perfect finishing touch.
Thanks for visiting me today.  Hope you gather some inspiration for this and maybe you could try these colors together as well!  Have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Dedicated to Lisa Lynne Wright

Today I am dedicating my post to the memory of Lisa Lynn Wright. This blog hop is to honor Lisa and her legacy in the stamping community.   The participants are listed in this post so you can visit all who will have a tribute to Lisa.   Lisa served with me on The Heartfelt Creations Design Team.  She was always quick with a word of encouragement. She touched us all in a very special way.  It came as a shock to all of us that Lisa was taken home to the Lord last week.  She will be dearly missed by all of us.  Her dedication, talent, generosity, and sweet disposition will forever live in our hearts.
My card is created with 3 Cottage Cutz dies from The Scrapping Cottage.  The bird cage, corner doilies and leaf dies can be found here.  The frame is a Martha Stewart Punch and the embossing is a Sizzix folder.  The flower is from Recollection and so are the pearls.

The blog hop participates in honor of Lisa are as follows:
Heartfelt Creations: Heartfelt Creations | Blog
Kerry Urbatch: I've got the bug...
Lisa Somerville: Designs by Lisa Somerville
Lisa Nazario-Gregory: What A Beautiful Mess
Glenda Brooks: MagPie's Corner
Olga Jewell: craftieodamae
Sue Walsh: A Consuming Passion!
Emilia van den Heuvel: Emilia van den Heuvel
Carol Hurlock: Chocolate Crafts and Bears, Oh My!
Marsha Sanderlin: Stamping Down South
Sarah Miller: Plain and Fancy Papercrafts
Giovana Smith: Believe
Emily Neihaus: Emmie-Lou Who...Stamps & You!
Linda Payne: .......Payne Holler Cards
Ending on Lisa Lynne's blog: CraftGreetings

Please visit these wonderful and talented designers who are honoring Lisa.  We are pleased that you stopped by today.  I will leave you with song lyrics written by Michael Jackson that express my heartfelt sympathy:
 Gone Too Soon"

Like A Comet
Blazing 'Cross The Evening Sky
Gone Too Soon

Like A Rainbow
Fading In The Twinkling Of An Eye
Gone Too Soon

Shiny And Sparkly
And Splendidly Bright
Here One Day
Gone One Night

Like The Loss Of Sunlight
On A Cloudy Afternoon
Gone Too Soon

Like A Castle
Built Upon A Sandy Beach
Gone Too Soon

Like A Perfect Flower
That Is Just Beyond Your Reach
Gone Too Soon

Born To Amuse, To Inspire, To Delight
Here One Day
Gone One Night

Like A Sunset
Dying With The Rising Of The Moon
Gone Too Soon

Gone Too Soon

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

Greetings Bloggers and Happy Father's Day to all those wonderful men in your life.  Today as we celebrate "Father's", I thought I would share the special man I got to call my Dad.   This, of course, is me and my Dad.  He's so handsome dressed up in his suit.  My Dad went to be with the Lord on October 17, 1997.  He was a wonderful Father and let me tell you about his being a Grandfather!!!  Oh my gosh, he was awesome.  I can still remember when I called him on the phone and told him Wesley was born.  He cried so hard (I can count on one hand the times I had seen or heard him cry before) and came to the hospital at 3 a.m. in the morning in an ice storm just to be there 40 miles away.  I still think of him a lot and the lessons he taught me.  I am so glad he was the Father that God chose for me.  May you all have a wonderful day honoring our Father's!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Pink Saturday-Key West Gingerbread House

Happy Pink Saturday.  I am linking up to Beverly's How Sweet The Sound-Pink Saturday post.  If you have visited me before, you know that I recently went to Key West.  I love that place and want to go back as soon as  We rented an electric car and drove everywhere on the island.  While going down one of the side streets off of Duval we passed this house.  I made my husband turn around and go back.  I had to get a closer look.  This house makes my heart sing!!!

Isn't this positively charming.  Notice the front lawn is "paved" with brick-isn't that cool.  I love all the gingerbread trim on this house.  I have another picture to share with a "purple" house for another day. 

Here is a close up of the flowers that are just on the right corner of this house.  Isn't this just beautiful.  Look at the gorgeous color.  So pretty.  If you look real close you can see that the house next door was robin egg blue.  It's up on the ceiling.  I love that all these homes have white ceiling fans on their porches.  Thanks for allowing me to share some of my vacation photos.  Happy Pink Saturday!

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Beauty of Irish Lace

 Do you love to crochet?  If so, then you know how beautiful Irish Lace is.  Irish Lace was created by the Nuns in Ireland during the potato famine as a way to get through the poverty.  Irish lace is created with crochet thread and a tiny crochet hook and consist of beautiful roses and lace.
 This was made for the Dirty Dozen theme of "Keeping You in Stitches".  I love to crochet so I thought I would use my crochet roses for this card.  The roses are mounted into the center of the Heartfelt Creations Posy Patch Die.

 I used Rangers Bundled Sage Distress ink and white card stock to create this card.  The pearl center brads are from Michael's in the Bridal Section.  I sprayed my flowers with Sparkle Spritz.  I used a Cheery Lynn flourish die to compliment the flowers.  The center die cuts are from Spellbinders and the Martha Stewart Punch around the page is called French Scroll.  The pearls are recollection.  I also embossed pieces of card stock with a cuttlebug embossing folder.
 Here is another close up of the flowers I created.   The sentiment is something I created in word and just printed out.
Thank you for visiting today.  I hope you have a wonderful day.  See you again real soon.