Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Teapot Tuesday

Yep, it's Wednesday. I just needed this to dry before I could take a pic. As it turned out, what I was waiting for to dry didn't work out like I wanted. Oh well. I still like the way the card turned out.

This week's TPT card goes to Stockton NJ. Alan and Ellen are a couple in need of some cheering up. Isn't that what Teapot Tuesday is for? :-) After being together for 15 years, they finally tied the not on March 9th of this year. They've now discovered Alan has some serious health concerns.  You can read their full story HERE. However, their friend Marie (a fellow Teapotter) wanted us to focus on the joy of their recent union.

We were asked to use Red and Green as our color scheme. Bonus points if we included a cake.

I pulled out the Hot of the Press papers again. They just seemed perfect given the romantic nature of the card as well as the color scheme. You can see I attempted to glitter the cake image. It didn't turn out just as I'd hoped. But one thing I did give a test-run was how to work over top of a stamped image if it isn't done in Staz On or Memento. Lightly spray with Workable Fixative then let dry about 10-15 minutes. Then you can go back with water colors or glue/ glitter without streaking the stamped image.

I added pearls to the corners and though you can just barely make out one or two on the bottom tier of the cake, I used the teensy tiny pearls from SU between the ribbon strands on the cake decorations. To insure they stuck, I put a smidge dab of Crystal Effects then dropped the pearl into it. There are 2 on the top layer, 3 on the middle and 4 on the bottom.  I matted the image on SU Garden Green.

The tag is punched from the 3-Tag Sizzix die then Best Wishes stamped in SU Real Red using a stamp from Paper Crafts. The flower is hand crocheted and attached to the tag with a small brad. I added Crystal Effects to the top of the brad (liberal amount) and added the vintage pearl button. A strip of red ribbon helped set off the vintage lace trim.

Sending Teapotter Blessings to Alan Johnson and Ellen McShane of Stockton NJ.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Magazine Monday

I tried to get this card up last night but I needed to wait for the glass effects to dry.

The card I chose this week came from a Go-To Sketch design in the current issue of Paper Crafts Magazine and fit a challenge on the All Occasion Card Challenge (AOCC) at SCS. I seldom take time to combine challenges but this one just seemed to fall into place.

As you can see in the pic, the Sketch LO was originally set vertical. Becky Cowley was one of 2 designers to flip it. Where I have ribbon, she used SU patterned papers. But I knew it was perfect for the AOCC12E challenge to use a minimum of 3 pieces of ribbon. I used 10 plus a piece of vintage lace.

The ribbons were from SU seam binding and from my ribbon drawers. The background paper is from Paper Studio called Mirabella Floral. I LOVE this paper any time I want to create something vintage. You might recall I used it on one of the Altered Books I did a couple months ago. The die cut and the butterfly are from a kit I got as part of a Quacker Secret Sister swap from Maggie last winter. It's from Hot off the Press (division of Paper Pizazz) I accented the butterfly with glass effects.

Hmmm just noticed my business name is on the cards. Need to remember to change that :-)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Brief Hiatus

I just wanted to let you all know there will not be any posts this week. I just have had NO creative time. It's been all about the writing the past few weeks.

I am spending National Scrapbook Day creating the cards and other items I'll need for the 6 weeks Adrian is here because all I'll have is posting time. But I don't want the blog to sit empty that whole time.

I hope you are having a great start to your May.
Creative Blessings!