Saturday, August 15, 2015

Tag Pocket Mini Album

Hello, my friends! I'm thrilled to be presenting the Saturday Step by Step over at The Frilly and Funkie Blog this week! You're probably thinking, "Oh no, another flower tutorial"- lol! I do love making flowers, and I did think about it. In the end I decided to change things up a bit with this Tag and Pocket Mini Album. I have a few photos of my finished album here, but you can find photos of the inside pages along with a detailed tutorial by following the link above.

It's an honor to be with you today. I hope this gets you in the mood to make minis! These are so fun and easy. You can create them in bulk for seasonal albums and holiday gifts. It's never too soon to start working on your Christmas list! 


I have entered my album in the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes, Family Friendly
Creative Inspirations - Flowers
Little Scrap Pieces - Anything Goes
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Avenue 613 Create - Anything Goes
DL Art - August Linky Challenge
Inspiration Destination Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

All Occasion Card

Hello to all of my crafty friends! What are you up to on this lovely day? Are you crafting, cooking, baking, or gardening? Maybe off having lunch or shopping with friends? Or best of all, curled up with an amazing book? Whatever you are doing, I hope it is something that makes you smile! 

We recently returned from a mountain getaway. We've made frequent visits to the Smoky Mountains over the last 27 years. It's our special place. A place where worries seem to melt away. We finally took the plunge and closed on our own cozy cabin on July 31st! Now that the stress of house hunting and never ending paperwork is over, we are totally excited. Not one ounce of buyers remorse. We hope to make happy memories here with family and friends.  

Today is especially exciting because we're kicking off a new challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog! Sue is our hostess for the next two weeks, and her Challenge Theme is: A Stitch in 'time'. Sue asks us to incorporate stitching (real or faux) and a timepiece into our projects. We're inviting everyone to play along with us! For full challenge details and exciting prize information simply click on the link above.  

I can't get enough of Maja Design's Vintage Summer Basics, so I layered and distressed their gorgeous papers, then added some stitching with my sewing machine. It's fortunate that shabby chic doesn't rely upon absolute perfection, because my stitches are never perfect. I did NOT inherit my mom's talent as a seamstress, though she patiently tried to pass her gift along to me.   

My timepiece is tucked away among a bounty of summer blooms, growing wild and unchecked in a long forgotten garden. As a child I read Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Gardenleaving me forever fascinated with hidden gardens and magical places. I love cultivating them in my projects.    

I wove twine randomly in and around the flowers, finishing with a pretty bow in the center. If you look closely you'll also spot some Prima pearls and cheesecloth peeking out here and there. The flowers were plain white ones I found in my flower basket. I colored the flowers and cheesecloth using Tim Holtz Distress Markers.  

Thank you for visiting with me! May you be surrounded by love, peace, and beauty as you go through your day.


I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Through the Purple Haze - Flowers
Glitter n Sparkle - add some flowers
Tip Top Tuesday - Ribbon and Pearls
Let's Craft and Create - Pearls or Lace
All Sorts Challenge - Inspired by Summer (summer flowers)
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes, Family Friendly
Creative Inspirations - Flowers