April 28, 2013

beautiful spring...TSTR #164

Hi there!
Hope your weekend was wonderful! I'm back with the Shabby girls for our brand new challenge set for us by Lenet over at The Shabby Tea Room!. Lenet asks that we create a card or project using:
                                              *COLOURS from the photo

Our sponsor this week is the Cutting Cafe and I chose to use the Seed Packet file. SO much fun to make my little tea bag holder. Play along and you could win 3 files of your choice. How fun! This little project of mine was so simple and quick to whip up. Just a perfect pick-me-up for a friend. I used Paper Sweeties "I'm Having a Tea Party" for the sentiment and sweet tea pot image!

Be sure to pop by the rest of the Shabby Team to see what they created this week!
                                        Debbie- Paper Sweeties

                                         Lenet- To Scrap or Not to Scrap

                                         Rebecca- Paper Primrose

                                         Tracey- Trace Elementz

                                         Starr- The Paper Chase

See you in the Tea Room!

April 27, 2013

mason mini...

side view

I'm back again with a mini-album I've made using the new Crafty Secrets Button Up digital stamp set,  the new Sewing papers and Ephemera digi's available at the CraftyVintageGirl store. These digi's are choc-full of gorgeous images to play with! I used the pretty Mason Jar stamp to make the pages of my mini here today. What I love about these is you can re-size and re-colour them to suit your hearts desire!

front cover

After changing the colours to a pretty pastel blue and pink from the original black, I added all sorts of fun embellies; Stitching, a fabric yo-yo..distressed chipboard and those great scissors and spool from the ephemera pack.

scissors close up

I used some Glimmer mist and inks to add colour to the scissors and dimensional glue to give it a nice raised texture and glossy shine.. I'd love to own a pair of ornate scissors like these. Wouldn't you?

button card close uppage 2

I fell head over heels for the sweet button cards and have used them a few times (here and here) and had to include one, complete with matching buttons. On the back of each jar is a measuring tape paper pocket to tuck some goodies into!

button frameupclose button frame

One of my handmade paper-clay frames sits on top of a pretty ornate frame, I fussy cut from one of the frames found in the ephemera. Some trims and a journal tag top off this mason jar page.


I just had to include this cute little birdie..stitched and with a dimensional wing..he matches quite well with the spool top.


A kraft envelope to tuck in some more goodies. I tried to limit patterns and colours and keep them all the same, repeating elements to get a more cohesive look to my mini..


A pretty little needle packet all dressed up pretty...


Vellum pocket holds a sweet sewing saying and a 3-D lid topped with pretty ribbons rounds out this little pocket project of mine..


One more shot of the layers, just because I love looking at the mis-matchedness of it all...
Have a wonderful weekend friends!

April 21, 2013

spring bliss...TSTR #163

It's time to 'spring' into action to create for our new challenge over at The Shabby Tea Room. This week Debbie is our host and has come up with the challenge for us this week to use:
                                          *COLOURS- YELLOW, GREEN, WHITE
                                          *POLKA DOTS

Isn't that picture just scrumptious?! So springy, so bright, so fresh! Our sponsor this week is Manor House Creations and they are offering up 4 flower packs for our winner this week!
I went with a birthday card. I just loved this colour scheme and went for more of a muted yellow and green palette.The sentiment is from Paper Sweeties.

Be sure to stop by and check out what the other Shabby girls created this week:
                                         Debbie- Paper Sweeties

                                         Lenet- To Scrap or Not to Scrap

                                         Rebecca- Paper Primrose

                                         Tracey- Trace Elementz

                                         Starr- The Paper Chase

Happy Crafting!

April 14, 2013

pretty shabby...TSTR #162

It's a new week and that brings a new challenge over at The Shabby Tea Room! This week it's all about recycling and shabby! Our hostess Tracey asks that we create a card or project using:

                                         *COLOURS FROM THE PHOTO
                                         *ADD A RECYCLED ITEM

Our sponsor this week is Creations by AR and I'm using  the "Tray Chic" template. This was so quick to come together! I just love it! I increased all of the sizes by 25% when I printed it out, so my tray today is slightly larger than the original file.

I just loved the vibrant blue of the bottles and went with that as my main colour. My recycled item is the ties- they were old shoelaces from a pair of shoes I rarely used. This tray sits on my desk  to hold my small Paper Sweeties stamp sets. I can't wait to try this out to hold some baked goodies to give away as gifts!

I hope you'll join us in the Tea Room this week, play along and you could win 2 files from Creations by AR!!

The Shabby Girls are:
                                         Debbie- Paper Sweeties

                                         Lenet- To Scrap or Not to Scrap

                                         Rebecca- Paper Primrose

                                         Tracey- Trace Elementz

                                         Starr- The Paper Chase

Happy Monday!

April 11, 2013

sweet & simple...

Life around here is sweet and simple these days. Usual routines keep the days flying by. I'm anxiously anticipating Spring with every passing day; watching the snow piles melt away slowly. Having the sunshine fill the house with light; I can't wait to throw open the windows and let the sweet Spring air in. All in good time...

 I've been playing around with the new Crafty Secrets Sewing goodies, which you can find *here*. There's new digital stamps, pretty papers and ephemera for every sewing lovers soul! Today's simple project showcases the bobbin card from the new Sewing Basket set.

With Spring right around the corner, and spring cleaning beginning in my house, I got to thinking what could I make to help simplify my expanding stamp collections, and showcase these beautiful Crafty Secrets products. Most of my larger stamp sets are stored in binders on clear sheets by manufacturer. I usually just have the smaller sets in baskets right on my workspace, which lead to my idea for today!

Working with Photoshop, I copied my image to save the original, and went about changing the colours of the card using my trusty paint bucket tool and clicking on all of the lines I wanted a different colour. . I'm really into pretty pastels lately and used a variety of pretty colours for my cards. Today these are a pretty mint and lavender colour. 

 These showcase my beautiful small and post card Crafty Secrets Stamp sets. The mint green cards are 10 x 15 cm and hold the small sets wonderfully. The postcard sets are on 9x13 cm cards. All I did was cut them out and add a sheet of acetate (the same that backs most stamp sets) cut to size and sew along the edges. Be sure to make the acetate go all the way to the sides of your cards to allow for the thickness of the stamp sets.

Here's how I store my Crafty Secrets stamps! They sit on my desk for easy access. You can leave them single or add a ring (or two) to make it easy to flip through stamps you use regularly. This is just the beginning. You could organize your sets by colour for each different company. Or use it as a die storage, I know my smaller dies usually end up in a small container. Again you could  colour code by manufacturer. The sky is the limit:)

I hope you enjoyed my quick and simple project for today.
Happy Organizing!

April 7, 2013

shabby spring...TSTR #161

Hey Shabby fans!
I'm back with an all new Shabby Tea Room Challenge. This week Rebecca is our hostess and she asks that we create a card or project using:
                                                     * COLOURS from the photo
                                                     * MAKE IT SHABBY!
photo inspiration #161

This week Janet's Digital Papers (Etsy) is our sponsor and I used the Birdhouse image for my card today. To make it a little 3-D I printed the image a couple times and cut out the roof, painted it and added foam dots.


I also fussy cut the roses and added them to the original image with a thinner 3D foam. I just loved all the blues and purples in the photo and used them as inspiration for my colour scheme.


Play along with us this week and you could win some fabulous images from Janet! I'm off to peek at the rest of the team's projects.

                                         Debbie- Paper Sweeties

                                         Lenet- To Scrap or Not to Scrap

                                         Rebecca- Paper Primrose

                                         Tracey- Trace Elementz

                                         Starr- The Paper Chase
Hope to see you in the Tea Room this week!

April 1, 2013

sew lovely...Crafty Secrets Linky Party!


I'm 'sew' glad you joined me today! Over at the Crafty Secrets Blog we're having our monthly Linky Party, and we're inviting you to play along and share your creations using Crafty Secrets Products. My projects today use the all NEW, totally FABULOUS sewing themed products available at the Crafty Vintage Girl Shop.

I've used the Bobbin card set as a base for most of my tags today, printed off in two sizes. I love the look and feel of these Bobbin cards. I'll have more to share with them in the next few blog posts!

My mini tag, printed out about 1/2 the size of the larger ones. With a handmade layered embellie, using the spool ends ephemera. I punched out the centre to make it look like it had been used on a machine! Some coaster board behind and then layered on top of the pretty green lacy paper from the Sewing Papers set. There a bunch of great patterns to choose from, it was hard to decide which to use this time round:)


Another spool end here.. I've used a clear dome on top to add some dimension.. Can you see the cute mini sewing machines. Aren't they just darling? Pinking shears and felt go together so well to hold my long pins.. another great vintage advert here.. you won't be disappointed with the papers!


This tag uses the Blue Doily papers. die cut then added my button card on top.. just love how it matches my old buttons. Love, love!


And possibly my most favourite of the bunch, using the large corset digital stamp printed on top of the green lace paper.. all dolled up with pretty trims and ribbon.. If you look close you can see that I've laced up the corset too! Just had to add some tuile on the side..
These tags would be perfect for any sewing enthusiast. It was so much fun to play with ribbons and trims, great patterned paper and ephemera.. buttons, felt and stick pins..

Be sure to check out what the other DT gals have made, and be sure to help us welcome our newest  DT member Sheila, her blog is listed at the bottom with the others:)

Vicki Chrisman (Team Leader)

Michele Kovack

Darlene Pavlick

Melissa Bove

Sheila Rumney

Happy Crafting!