Monday, May 30, 2016

Classy Aperture Love Card - JUGS 345

Here is an elegant way to say I love you.
I've used some of my (current) favorite paper from My Mind's Eye.
 

 
The main inspiration for this card came from the gorgeous
and so cheerful soft yellow damask wallpaper in this inspiration photo.
Tres jolie, non?
 
 
There are also the pink roses on the desk,
and a tiny bit of aqua to cool things down.
I used a more naturalist style because...
really, this is me we're talking about.
 
 
More challenges:
 
 
 


Materials Used on this Card:
Cardstock {Rustic white - Papertrey Ink; Soft gray inside - DCWV}
Patterned papers {Lost & Found II - My Mind's Eye}
Stickers {The Paper Studio}
Sentiment stamp {Fiskars, I think}
Dies {Spellbinders}
Embossing Folder, Pearls {The Paper Studio}



I hope you will take just a second and
enter for my Spring Giveaway before you go!
Inlinkz is so quick and I've opened the giveaway to both US and
International crafters as well.
Picture and link are on my right-hand sidebar. :)
 
Take care,
Be well,
and enjoy the sunshine,
 
--Kathryn
 
 

Vintage Lady in Gold - Roses and Reading - Mixed Media Canvas

I am very excited to share this project with you.
It marks a milestone for me.



This is my first Mixed Media canvas.
I've wanted to try for a long time but Autumn at Sew Paper Paint
has finally inspired me enough to give it a shot.
Have you noticed I've been practicing my splatters of late?
Getting used to a little mess?

Emphasis on the little, but still...
I'm working out of the box.


Just to prove it, here's a photo of the canvas board
before everything got added on top.  Look at that.  I felt liberated and
frightened at the same time.
But I even got up the nerve to spray directly onto the canvas
after that.  Right there, onto the board.
Oh, I felt bold!

I sprayed gold Glimmer mist onto a French text stamp
and used that on the doily.  I also did some scribbles here and there with
metallic gold oil pastel.  It has a nice sheen.


Here is the finished canvas board:


Just like with my Vintage Millinery card, coloring this lady in brown
made me think of my grandmother.  But for some reason, this lady
seemed much friendlier--one I would like to visit a bookstore with.
And yes, coloring her in browns I identified a little bit.



This is my first mixed-media canvas, as I said earlier--
and I did it in these colors so that it can go along with the accent
colors in my MBR.  Although a lot of the steps were completely
out of my comfort zone, I feel pleased with having made the effort.


The small rose was one that had been floating around without a friend
and needed a home anyway.  But it was FAR too bright yellow for me, so I sprayed it
with white glimmer mist and then covered in white embossing powder. 
That lightened it up pretty well so that it no longer overpowers.

 
The mushroom flower from Recollections was also the wrong color--it was blue.
Gold glimmer mist changed that.
 

 
I also had fun with these gold seed beads, which J took off of some trim
he wanted to use, and I hated to waste them.  I think they're a little like
metallic microbeads.


 


 
Here are some challenges:

Anything But Cute (Mixed Media Challenge): Celebrate your Style



Come and Get it #120: Use a Doily

{PIN}spirational #166: Anything You Can Do...

Really Reasonable Ribbon #141: Vintage

Our Creative Corner (May): Hit the Books - 2nd entry

Timbroscrapmania #120: Shabby Chic or ATG

Glitter N' Sparkle #190: Flower Power
(altered about half of my flowers for this canvas)

As You Like It: Big / Little bows and why
(Cotton twine bows are almost my hallmark,
and these miniature burlap bows have been favorites for awhile)
 
Materials Used on this Canvas:
6x6 Textured Clayboard {Ampersand}
Vintage lady in hat {The Graphics Fairy}
Papers {Lost & found II - My Mind's Eye}
White doily
Vintage lace, rustic woven lace trim {stash}
Paper flowers {Recollections, The Paper Studio}
Leaf stamps & splatter {Altenew}
French text stamp
Glimmer mist {Gold & Pearl - Tattered Angels}
Distress Spray {Mustard - Tim Holtz / Ranger}
"Hello Beautiful" washi tape {Recollections}
Stemmed wedding pearls, key, cotton twine, seed beads {stash}
Pearl flourish, burlap bow {The Paper Studio}
Metallic gold oil pastel {Master's Touch}
Copic markers and Prismacolors

 
I also had a little fun with photo filters. 
I guess stronger colors wouldn't really have hurt so much...

 
and a vintage filter.  Fun.

 
I hope you will take just a second and
enter for my Spring Giveaway before you go!
Inlinkz is so quick and I've opened the giveaway to both US and
International crafters as well.
Picture and link are on my right-hand sidebar. :)

Take care,
Be well,
and enjoy the sunshine,

--Kathryn

 
 

Coral and Gold: Fresh In Bloom Congrats

This is not exactly the card I had planned,
but while J and I were crafting together late this afternoon there was a
juice spill that...well... you know.
Juice and paper don't mix.
That card was halfway done, but nevermind.
Here's what I came up with from the salvageable pieces.
(J felt so badly about it - but it was a good chance to show
how we can solve problems if we stay calm!)
 
 
These die-cut Papertrey blooms are colored with watercolor pencils.
As a matter of fact, it's a set I inherited from my grandfather.


 
I used the ZIG glue pen around the edges of the blossom and leaf
to add a nice embossed gold edge.  I also embossed the Altenew splatters.


 
Here are the challenges:
 
ColourQ #343: (2nd entry)
 
 
(I've just oriented the card base horizontally, rather than vertically.) 
 
Emboss, Image, Die Cut
 
 
 
 
Materials Used on this Card:
Cardstock {Rustic white, Berry sorbet - Papertrey Ink}
Patterned paper {DCWV}
Textured gold paper {the Paper Company}
Stamps {Papertrey Ink, Altenew}
Ink {Archival black - Ranger}
Gold embossing powder {Recollections}
Sequins {Doodlebug Design}
Chalkboard label {The Paper Studio}
Small die-cut flourishes {Spellbinders}



Thank you for visiting!
I hope you will take just a second and
enter for my Spring Giveaway before you go!
Inlinkz is so quick and I've opened the giveaway to both US and
International crafters as well.
Picture and link are on my right-hand sidebar. :)

Take care,
Be well,
and enjoy the sunshine,

--Kathryn
 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Remembering Our Beginnings: Blueberries

If you've followed for awhile, by now you'll know about my blueberries.
Both the bushes *and* why we have them.
I had originally thought to plant a blueberry bush for each year we've been
married, but I quickly realized we would run out of yard and freezer space
way too quickly if I kept that up.

But yes, DH and I had a first date picking wild blueberries
in the Nantahala Wilderness.

Hence...



Somber lighting today from the rain coming from the Tropical Storm
(which blunted our cookout plans for awhile until Plan B came up).
There's a pearly sheen over the blueberries which is quite nice,
and the colors are not NEARLY as dark as they look!  Promise!

 

 

Here are the challenges:

CCEE1621: Blueberry Cheesecake
 
 
Blueberry, Blue, Beginnings, Burlap, Bow
(combined w/ 5 other challenges)

Make My Monday: In the Garden
In my case, the blueberries are literally "In the Garden" :)

Little Red Wagon #343: Round and Round

Chocolate Baroque #23:
(PERFECT shades for coloring blueberries indeed!)

 
 
Materials Used on this Card:
Cardstock {Kraft, Enchanted Evening - Papertrey Ink}
Burlap paper {DCWV}
Stamp {Flourishes}
Ink and Clear Superfine Embossing Powder {Ranger}
Doily lace edge punch, corner rounder {Martha Stewart}
6x6 embossing folder {We R Memory Keepers}
Sentiment sticker {The Paper Studio - family set}
Glimmer mist {Pearl white - Tattered Angels}
Washi tape {Recollections}
Cotton twine



Thank you for visiting!
I hope you will take just a second and
enter for my Spring Giveaway before you go!
Inlinkz is so quick and I've opened the giveaway to both US and
International crafters as well.
Picture and link are on my right-hand sidebar. :)

Take care,
Be well,
and enjoy the sunshine,

--Kathryn
 

 

Aqua Key Lime Blossoms - Freestyle Collage Card

I love a great all-occasion card now and then,
especially when I'm able to either leave it as-is or add an appropriate
sentiment stamp later on.
This card in an aqua/teal/green and lime color scheme does just that for me.
Versatile.
Vibrant.
 

I am loving these layered blossom stamps from Altenew.
A real treat.  I know we're seeing them everywhere but really,
who can have too many florals? 
 
 


Here are the challenges:

Sunday Stamps #127: Color challenge
 
 
Pile it On #109: Tic Tac Toe
Stripes, Die Cut, Bird

Catch the Bug May Photo Inspiration:
This is a meadowlark.  It's related to a thrush,
and the bird on my fussy-cut label element at the top of the card
is one of these two.  I can't *exactly* tell you which because it's not colorized and
it's probably been stylized too.  Still... you get why the naturalist in me
wants to make the point...
I'll be back with a TRUE meadowlark later ;)

Fashionable Stamping #111: Blots and Splashes
3rd entry - stamped flower focal

 
 
Materials Used on this Card:
Cardstock {Aqua mist - Papertrey Ink}
Patterned papers {Lost & Found II - My Mind's Eye}
Stamps & Dies {Altenew}
Dye and pigment inks {Papertrey Ink, Colorbox}
Distress Spray {Peeled Paint - Tim Holtz / Ranger}
Edge punch, large corner rounder {Martha Stewart}
Light green gems {Prima}
Trim, twine {stash}



 Thank you for visiting!
I hope you will take just a second and
enter for my Spring Giveaway before you go!
Inlinkz is so quick and I've opened the giveaway to both US and
International crafters as well.
Picture and link are on my right-hand sidebar. :)

Take care,
Be well,
and enjoy the sunshine,

--Kathryn
 

Vintage Millinery - Fashionable Lady in Deep Blue - Family History

Working with this lovely vintage lady has given me a chance
to reconnect with my maternal grandmother, long since passed.



You see, my grandmother was exceptionally good at colorizing photos.
I'm told she was an illustrator before she married.
It's made me smile many times when, in my family full of scientists,
I'm told that I might just get my artistic bent in part from her,
as well as from both my paternal grandparents.
So while coloring a number of vintage portraits from The Graphics Fairy
a few weeks ago, I was thinking of grandmother.
It's the small ways in which we connect with those we love who have left,
especially as our memories have a tendency to fade if we do not
keep them bright.
Family history can be so much more than just a rainy-day activity. 
It can be a way of thinking,
a way of life in which we are mindful of the generations who came before us.
A way of finding opportunities to tell our children about their ancestors
so that they have a sense of where they come from.
I think that builds strong roots, confidence, poise even.
It is a marvelous gift we can give them, if we take the time.

So, with the throwback of memory,
here is a classy vintage lady to remind you, perhaps, of a time gone by
and maybe even those you have known who lived it indeed.

  

I love the way she looks at you, as if she knows something...
 
 


Here are the challenges:

Deep Ocean Challenge #129: Shabby Chic or Vintage
Vintage lady image, Millinery

(echo! echo! :)

Cards in Envy: Deep Blue Challenge
Yes, this card does extend past the edges, but the card is 5x5
and I have a 6x6 kraft envy for it.  No problem.

One Stitch at a Time #263: Stitching, Real or Faux
You can't imagine my Viking would forgive me if I did faux stitching,
now could you?  Especially when it's right beside me, watching all the time! ;)
ALWAYS best to keep the Husqvarna happy,
or else Ragnarok might ensue.
Probably starting with some wicked thread tension...
But I digress ;)

613 Avenue #178: ATG

 
Materials Used on this Card:
Cardstock {kraft, Enchanted Evening - Papertrey Ink}
Patterned papers {K & Company}
Vintage graphic {The Graphics Fairy}
Glimmer Mist {gold - Tattered Angels}
Stamp {100 Proof Press}
Stickers, pearls {The Paper Studio}
Doily lace edge punch {Martha Stewart}
Copic markers and Prismacolors



A view of the finished inside...
I've used patterned vellum from The Paper Company for a nice writing insert
and stamped/heat embossed it with
a Victorian lady with parasol image from 100 Proof Press.


 
 
 
 Thank you for visiting!
I hope you will take just a second and
enter for my Spring Giveaway before you go!
Inlinkz is so quick and I've opened the giveaway to both US and
International crafters as well.
Picture and link are on my right-hand sidebar. :)

Take care,
Be well,
and enjoy the sunshine,

--Kathryn
 
 
 

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