Shabby Peonies

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

12 X 12 Kaisercraft Be-YOU-tiful Layout - Seriously Playful

With my granddaughter so 'hard at play' in these colorful photos I knew I wanted to highlight them with an equally colorful paper collection, and Kaisercraft's Be-YOU-tiful collection was just perfect!

To begin, I matted the photos with two different prints from the collection and used the packaging from the gorgeous Prima corner bling with some texture paste because I thought the flourish patterns on the package would emphasize the photos, and the bottom corner of the left-hand photo, of course, was framed with said Prima bling. A small cluster of Prima Cigar Box Secret, some fabric and mulberry flowers and a lovely butterfly from the accompanying sticker sheet adorn the top corner of photo. For the title I used some Iguana Thickers by American Crafts

I folded a journaling card in half and added a tiny flower sticker as a tab to pull it open from beneath the little yellow butterfly sticker I added at the corner of the bottom photo.

At the bottom right-hand side of the layout I added some more tiny mulberry flowers, a big yellow bloom from the Prima Lady Bird collection and a lovely mulberry Prima rose from the Cigar Box Colection. 

On the left side of the photo I added a 6-inch piece of border strip from the Be-YOU-tiful sticker sheet and edged the entire layout with a yellow organza ribbon beneath a delicate white scalloped lace trim..

Monday, December 29, 2014

Snow Much Fun! 12 X 12 Kaisercrafts Yultide Layout

I thought I'd try a sketch with my December MyCreativeScrapbook Kit because I wanted to showcase these special photos of my grand daughter enjoying herself with her Poppa as he pulled her on this vintage sled I bought that apparently has some life left as it is still quite sturdy, at least enough to pull my little bug around for a ride or two.

For the base of my layout I used a Kaisercraft patterned paper from the Yultide Collection then added two other different prints before I lay my two photos down. I then added a few strips from a border sheet on the right side of the photos. 

Pennants from a Teresa Collins Tinsel and Company sticker sheet separate the two photos and I added a resin holly & berries Prima Holiday Jubilee piece that I colored with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink then sprinkled with some Donna Salazar Pralines and Cream Fairy Dust glitter before I heat-set them.

At the top left-hand corner of the layout I used a couple of beautiful burgundy Sugared Blooms from Petaloo's Botanical Collection with a couple of  leaves tucked underneath them and a red Poinsettia from their Textured Elements collection. I also added a "joy" chipboard sticker from the Teresa Collins Tinsel And Co.  

Just below the flowers I snipped a sentiment from the Yuletide collection which I positioned on half a paper doily I added some Teresa Collins Tinsel and Co.chipboard letters and some Marquise Thickers for the title at the bottom left corner of the layout. I dusted them as well as the chipboard word sticker and the flowers with Sno-Tex for added texture on my fun layout.

I hope you enjoy!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

~A Vintage Noel~Zeus & Zoe DT Project

The 'Vintage/Rustic look' seems to be the 'in-thing' this year. I'd say I was just following the trend, but the truth is the whole look/feel is a choice I made for the new decor in my own living room. When it came to choosing a table set to go with my new sofa and chair, I went with what I liked, what felt warm and natural, what made me feel happy.

For my project this month I knew I wanted to make a Christmas banner, and it was easy once I decided to use the canvas banner pieces that came in my Zeus and Zoe   Design Team Package as a base.

I coffee-dyed some curtaining fabric and doilies, then covered the banners with the curtaining lace fabric to give the piece added texture and dimension. I cut a large doily in wedges to use as the last layer of the fringed edge of the banner topped with four different vintage laces, including a lovely traditional tatted trim edged in a nice festive green color.

 A smaller doily added to the centers of the banner pieces then topped with red glittered chipboard letters spelling "Noel" that I altered with some Donna Salazar Pralines and Cream fine glitter and some Lindy's Stamp Gang Steampunk Sepia Starburst Spray to give it a darker, more vintage look.

I alternated little white felt snowflakes and green holly leaves on the tops and bottoms of the banner for an added embellishment as well as tiny ribbon carnation flowers added to each top corner that I sprayed with some Lindy's Café au Lait Flat Fabio Spray and dabbed with some Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink to get them close to the Fig Brown color of the seam binding used to string the banner pieces together.

I absolutely LOVE the striking effect this beautiful banner has against the dark red color of my living room walls, it was the perfect touch to my decor and will become a lovely vintage piece that can be cherished for generations to come.

I hope you enjoy my project and I'd like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with health and happiness!

Friday, November 28, 2014

A captured fairy, vintage coin purse and a Christmas ornaments-Zeus & Zoe DT Projects

Vintage jewelry has always been a part of my life. As a little girl I used to go through a jewelry box full of vintage pieces that my mother got from an old aunt. I'd hold them piece by piece, examine them and imagine where they might have been worn and on what occasion. I can think of no better way to do them justice than to showcase them in a new piece of jewelry and given new life!

In my first piece I captured a fairy sunning herself near her favorite tree! A couple of vintage doily pieces in the background accent the charm pieces that I added to small recycled tin. Then I added a couple of the vintage jewelry pieces to a chain with jump rings. It's a fun piece to wear and will make a great little gift for someone to appreciate.

My second piece is a plain fabric coin purse that I altered by adding a doily adorned with half-back pearls, a piece of dangling beaded trim and a lovely cameo piece to the closure, giving an overall vintage feel to a functional piece.

And finally, I recycled a small wooden tray to make a  Christmas scene ornament. First I lined the tray with a GCD Authentic paper, then I added some vintage ephemera, buttons, jingle bell, small wooden spool, thread bobbin, and a tiny doily.

 I also glued a wooden frame with a vintage image to which I had applied some Ranger Crackle Accent for that 'shattered glass' look. Finally, a little glittery trim, some Sticklesand a little Sno-Tex were added for a finishing touch.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Vintage Pocketed Doily Wall Hanging-Zeus & Zoe DT Project

I love doilies, both old and new!

Chances are, if you're like me, you hate cutting into them even when there are visible signs of aging on vintage doilies, but when you can transform them into something pretty and practical, then it doesn't seem so difficult.

Though I didn't actually cut this rectangle doily, I did fold it over to make a pocket, backed it with a couple of different layers, the first a sparkly tulle, the second a piece of cotton that I cut to size.

 Adorning my wall hanging was easy with the beautiful vintage bits and pieces that came in my Zeus and Zoe Design Team package. Tiny snippets of trim, crocheted, tatted or fabric lace that are entirely too precious to discard!

 Beautiful buttons and a tiny strand of pearls were a natural choice to compliment the different appliques and trims that accentuate the pocket, while a climbing vine of light pink leaves on either side add a subtle note of interest this hand-sewn treasure.

A dowel hanger edged with an organza-and-pearl rosette trim was the perfect topper to the snippet of blue trim with triple rose appliques, and the hand-made ribbon roses with pearl centers add a pop of color at each of the top corners.

What a  perfect piece to showcase some vintage postcards!

I hope you enjoy....

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Love Transcends

When I go thrift-shopping and I am fortunate enough to pick up vintage or antique pieces of lace or crocheted items I'm in absolute heaven! I love the feel of these precious items and as I run my fingers over them gingerly, I'm almost transported through time where I can envision a table dressed, a frock adorned or busy fingers pulling a thread through a needle or crochet hook.

I savor every step that leads up to re-using, re-purposing and saving these lovely heirlooms to create something new that will be cherished for perhaps yet another generation. After I handwash and dry even the tiniest bit of lace, trim or appliqué, I lay them to dry and enjoy the freshness that fills the room.

Hand sewing is so relaxing for me, I keep a tiny basket with a sewing project near my bed so I can simply reach over and pick up a project to run a few stiches before I turn off the lights to go to bed at night.

When I received this beautiful banner-like piece of crocheted edging in my DT package, I immediately knew I would be running my needle and thread through this fabulous piece. Since there were exactly four pennants, what better purpose for it than to share the L-O-V-E !

After I cut a floral pattern from a wide piece of lace I had in my own precious coffers, I backed the fragile piece to give it a bit more stability.I topped it using five different vintage and crocheted trims, including a delicate tatted edging that I cut from an old table runner. I added some beautiful heart-shaped buttons from Zeus and Zoe's at each end of the banner to anchor the many layers.

I chose another vintage lace to sew to the bottom edges of the crocheted banner as a frill, and used the same lace to edge three rosette-like pieces that I cut away from a tiny piece of trim as every little bit is so precious! I then added a mulburry flower to the centers and aligned the three rosettes in between the pennant wedges of the banner.

The finishing touch was hand-dying some appliqué pieces and arranging them to spell the word and spread the word.....LOVE !!!

I hope you will enjoy this piece as much as I have enoyed creating it :)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Happy Place-Guest DT Project Berry71Bleu

When I saw this peg board at a thrift store I immediately knew I had to have it, a finished image of the 'altered version' popped into my mind instantly!

 First I dismantled the piece, taking off the peg board and popping off the buttons on the cushioned front I left the yellowed ribbons in  place because I waned to use some Lindy's sprays to color the fabric and ribbons at the same time. Some of the colors I sprayed randomly were: , I then did a bit of stenciling across the fabric surface and added some white stripes for contrast. I repeated the process on the buttons, and once the piece was dry, I glued the buttons back in place.

I spray painted the black iron piece with white Krylon paint then proceeded to make a very light wash of antique white acrylic paint to apply to the natural wood frame since I still wanted the wood grain to show through the paint.

I discarded the window front from the framed area to the right of the piece and recycled some Prima packaging to use as a base for my favourite poem which I printed on a cardstock in a sepia tone before I fussy cut around the paragraphs. I inked the edges with Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink and popped it up with dimensional glue dots on the packaging background.

I dug deep into my scrapbooking supplies to find a transparency that would compliment the colors I chose for the cushioned board, and I love how it all tied in together once I added some antique tatting lace to the top and bottom of the peg board section and finished the entire pece off with pretty Prima flowers and a couple of bead dangles.

The piece serves to showcase some of the things that I love and that bring me to a "Happy Place": pictures of my granddaughter, some lovely quotes that I enjoy reading, an old business card reminding me how much I enjoyed my job when I was a Newspaper Editor and Pablo Neruda's (my favorite poet) poetry. Thank you for taking a moment to share some meaningful tidbits of my life with me!

I want you to know

one thing.

You know how this is:
if I look
at the crystal moon, at the red branch
of the slow autumn at my window,
if I touch
near the fire
the impalpable ash
or the wrinkled body of the log,
everything carries me to you,
as if everything that exists,
aromas, light, metals,
were little boats
that sail
toward those isles of yours that wait for me.

Well, now,
if little by little you stop loving me
I shall stop loving you little by little.

If suddenly
you forget me
do not look for me,
for I shall already have forgotten you.

If you think it long and mad,
the wind of banners
that passes through my life,
and you decide
to leave me at the shore
of the heart where I have roots,
that on that day,
at that hour,
I shall lift my arms
and my roots will set off
to seek another land.

if each day,
each hour,
you feel that you are destined for me
with implacable sweetness,
if each day a flower
climbs up to your lips to seek me,
ah my love, ah my own,
in me all that fire is repeated,
in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten,
my love feeds on your love, beloved,
and as long as you live it will be in your arms
without leaving mine. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Believe In Your Dreams

Bonjour everyone! I am so excited to share with you my first project(s)  for the Zeus and Zoe design team.

As soon as I received my kit filled with beautiful papers, flowers, vintage lace, trims and awesome embellishments, I was inspired to begin creating!k

For a quick vintage-feel project, I used an empty Pringles chip can, a beautiful sheet of designer paper from the GCD Authentic stack, some pretty flowers, pearl trim and velvet ribbon from the Zeus and Zoe online shop.
 After die-cutting a decorative oval shape I added a vintage image and lovely flowers to tie into the "Tea Time" theme, but the crowning piece, I think, is the lovely decorated cap with its huge pink gardenia from Zeus and Zoe's, A doily die-cut, cherry blossoms and other tiny blooms and embellishments, including a teapot stick pin.

The inside of the cap is simply decorated with a crocheted doily and tiny acrylic dot. The matching tag is bordered with a couple of different lace trims, bright crocheted flower and tiny mulberry roses and flower stem.

For my second project, I recycled a box that I thought would make a great little shadow box. I lined the inside of the box and back side of the box with paper from the Prima Princess collection, added some tiny rosette trim to the inside ends of the box, and just behind the clear plastic front I added a shimmery piece of tulle.

Next I used some Lindy's Flat Fabio in Raspberry Lemonade and Glam Pink Stickles to cover the chipboard word 'Believe'. I added some beautiful velvet ribbon and pink beaded trim and tiny flowers from my DT package which I added to the outside of the shadow box. A gorgeous flowery vine textured with SnoTex also wraps around the left side of the box to the top on the outside.

To the inside of the box I added a decorative doily topped with an inked wood veneer piece topped with a chipboard piece, a chandelier drop charm. Pearl and iridescent acrylic medallion stems hang down in each top corners of the box and a glittered ballerina sits in a bed of Spanish moss that lines the bottom, giving the piece an ethereal, dreamy feel.

 I hope you enjoy my projects, they were so much fun to make!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Heart-Shaped Box

This vintage style heart-shaped box was created using digital images that I purchased at kittysscrappost on zibbet. I submitted this project for a guest-design spot and unfortunately didn't make the cut...but I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Summer Sweet

I thought I'd try out a sketch challenge this month. This picture of my granddaughter holding daisies while eating some wild strawberries she picked in my yard is just the epitome of summer, I think!