Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Yellow Botanical Pocket Card


Hello friends! 
I'm off to an early start to make up for yesterday. Seems that I didn't accomplish anything worthwhile. So with a mug of coffee in hand, here I go.
This pocket card, made last week, is sporting a botanical image I printed a couple years ago and stored in my stash along with dozens of others. Good thing, too, because my new printer isn't nearly this quality. I paired it up with my Prima Time Traveler, using the yellows and greens from this beautiful collection. The bottom floral mat is from Echo Park's Celebrate Easter by Lori Whitlock called Little Chickadee. You wouldn't think that would go with these other papers, but it distressed nicely and fit right in. It has a definite vintage calico look.


The flowers and leaves are a mix of Petaloo and I Am Roses. The doily was cut with Alterations Thinlits Doily and heavily inked with Walnut Stain Distress.


I wrapped some of the mats with natural burlap string, and added a printed Prima chipboard ticket and two wood elements from my favorite wood shop in Tennessee... a tiny key and a hummingbird. My bow is pale yellow organza from Joann's bought on sale at 60% off.
And on that happy note I'll close.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Sweet Life Pocket Card and Another Unique Circuit Board Pen


Hi friends! Happy Saturday!
It's not even ten o'clock and the Penmaker has the car washed and ready to go. It's so hot, though, we'll probably just stay at home. Seems like a good day to be inside and read or create.
Here is a card I did this week with Stationer's Desk by Prima. As you can see... all neutrals. I avoided the reds in this collection so I could add these lovely Tim Holtz Botanical Layers to my mix.


I cut a few pieces of foliage using his Alterations Garden Greens with a dark green color from the Core'dinations Kraft-Core Nostalgic collection. (Which I'm assuming is a thing of the past since I see Idea-ology is now producing Tim's line of Kraft papers.) They are teamed with a single white rose from I Am Roses.


The beautiful old lace is, I believe, one from Webster's Pages.


The "sweet life" is from Tim's Quotations Metallic stickers in silver. The half pearls are by Queen & Co. The frame was cut with Alterations Ornate Frame 2 and is doubled. It's popped up with foam adhesive.


The Penmaker's newest circuit board writing instrument is called Deco-Pro. You can get all the details here. It's a beauty!

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

With Love Pocket Card


Hi sweet friends!
Today I have a pocket card with layers of beautiful Stationer's Desk papers from the Prima collection. This truly is a favorite of mine partly due to the appearance of pens, pencils and ink bottles in the patterns. You can't beat a good writing instrument. Nor an antique ink bottle. I have a collection of Civil War era ink bottles I bought during the time we had our CW book business. I sold off some, but kept a few of the more special ones that I couldn't part with.


I felt this card needed a bit more pizzazz, so I used a glittered Petaloo Botanica bloom instead of the plain red. I put in a couple of Petaloo leaves and a bow of ivory burlap string.


Along side went a Prima timepiece brad from the Engraver collection.


The doily was cut with one of Tim Holtz dies by Alterations...


and the tag is part of the SD collection. The tiny red rhinestones are by TPC Studio. Everything is distressed and sponged with Walnut Stain Distress ink.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

You & Me Mixed Media Pocket Card and Circuit Board Pen



With not doing art journaling in a while, I thought I'd keep my hand in by created a mixed media card. In the end, I actually didn't do that much to this card, but it was fun to play with some super heavy gesso, a stencil and inks. The card is fairy heavily distressed though.


The papers are from Prima's Time Traveler collection. Some of the ephemera are by Tim Holtz. So are the game spinner and fastener... all from Idea-ology.


The ecru cotton lace is from my stash. The wildflowers were cut with Alterations Thinlits dies. I bought this set some time ago, and this was my first time to open up the package.


A Prima Tag Me piece from the collection adorned with one of my wood butterflies from Tennessee and a burgundy rhinestone from TPC Studio.


More wildflowers mixed with foliage cut with Thinlits Garden Greens.


I found a scrap of wired burlap ribbon and added it into the layers.


 And last of all, a double bow of wrinkled seam binding tied to the tag.


And something brand new from the Penmaker. This is a gunmetal Dauntless click ballpoint writing instrument with a clear cast circuit board. 

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Stationers Desk Love Pocket Card and Family


Still working with my Prima collections, this one being Stationers Desk. The colors of these papers are gorgeous, but seem to be hard to photograph. These shots certainly don't do them justice. 


I created this pocket card with various elements from the collection, along with I Am Roses burgundy and red roses and their leaves.


Now a bit of family news. Meet Tommy... our newest grandchild (number ten) and our son's first child. What a blessing! As you can see by the onesie, Seth is still making movies and doing very well at it. In fact his latest is in the top 10 on Amazon this weekend. Can't help doing a little boasting.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Love Always Pocket Card


Hello crafty friends!
As I normally tend to do, I've gone digging through my huge stack of paper collection boxes and pulled out Time Traveler from one of the Prima boxes. I say one because there are three in my closet stuffed full of Prima goodies. Time Traveler is a favorite of mine, but not much used. Why on earth is that? The colors and patterns of these papers are definitely my style, but I have trouble finding the right flowers in my stash to match. Today I think I did okay.


I searched through all of my flower boxes and found this glittered Prima beauty. Added with a few I Am Roses blooms and leaves, it fulfilled my expectations. Along side the Prima printed chipboard timepiece, they all blend in pretty nicely.


I believe the fancy wood heart came from The Funkie Junkie. It's been in my stash for a long while, so I'm guessing.


The brightly tinted robin is from Tim Holtz new Botanical Layers by Idea-ology. The wood key is from my favorite wood shop in Tennessee.


A close-up shot of that fabulous Prima flower. I need more like this. It would be nice to lay in a stock of new flowers about now. I've been looking around, but can't seem to find just that right type that say "buy me". Do you know what I mean?


I finished it all off with two sizes of ivory half pearls. They always add just a touch of elegance.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Teal Time Pocket Card and Two Wood Pens


Up today is another pocket card I created with Bo Bunny's Juliet collection. I've made so many cards using these papers, and I never grow tired of them. The patterns are stunning and so varied.


Along with Juliet are Prima's printed chipboard and a wood timepiece... both vintage, some old lace from my stash, and flowers from Petaloo.


I also have a couple of the Penmaker's newest writing instruments to show you.


These are both called American Patriot. This one is antique pewter with segmented wood...



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