Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Butterfly Wishes Tag

Hello and welcome! I hope this day finds you well and blessed in every way possible! I had to face the challenge of putting my youngest son on a plane to Massachusetts this week. He's researching number theory at Williams College for the remainder of his summer break. I had a few short, wonderful weeks of his company between the end of his college year and the trip to Massachusetts. I cherished every moment and have lovely memories, but I really, really miss him!! It felt like a huge piece of my heart went with him as he boarded the plane. It was his first time flying alone and he was extremely apprehensive. I am happy to report that he navigated the plane change in Atlanta without difficulty and arrived safely at his destination. He is well on his way to a summer of pure mathematical joy! Just below is a photo of the amazing young man who has held my heart since the moment I found out he was going to be born.   
More fun begins today with a new challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog! Linda is our host and she has selected the theme of Case it! Just base your card or tag on one of Linda's Twelve Tags of Christmas but with a summer twist. You must include a link to the tag you cased and which elements you used as your inspiration. For additional details regarding entries pay a visit to the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. The challenges are so much fun. The first place winner will be featured in a guest design spot on the Frilly and Funky Blog, and everyone who enters has the chance of winning a $25 spending spree at the Funkie Junkie Boutique!

I chose to case a tag Linda created in week eight featuring a lovely sateen background. Linda's tag is pictured below and you'll find a link to her original post with  instructions for her technique HERE

I followed Linda's easy instructions for creating the sateen background and it turned out just as I hoped it would. I used my favorite colors of pastel pinks, creams, and greens. I also traded out the Christmas sentiment, snowflakes, and Santa for a summer's bounty of trailing cream roses with just a hint of a pink blush.

For the finishing touch I added a delicate trio of fluttering butterflies along with a framed sentiment to compliment my theme. I also placed a few pearls here and there, as well as a twine ribbon accent and topper.  

I send a huge thanks to you for spending a bit of your precious time here. I treasure each of you and send you wishes for happiness and crafty joy!   


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Journey Tag

Hello to all! I hope this day finds you happy and well! I took a small break from crafting as I'm currently recovering from a fall. I'm thankful to report that I am healing and it is becoming much more comfortable to walk.   
It's time to begin another exciting Frilly and Funkie Challenge! Jenny (Buttons) is our host, and she would like us to focus on Father's Day by creating a project for the special men in our lives. The winner will earn a Guest DT spot at the Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters will have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!
For entry details and amazing inspiration from my teammates pay a visit to the Frilly and Funkie Blog, and get ready for some crafty fun!  

I'm thrilled that Jenny chose a masculine theme. It forced me to set aside my flowery, shabby chic favorites and step outside of my comfort zone.
I chose to create a layered tag with a travel theme using Prima Cartographer design papers and tags. The sentiment is one of my favorite Tim Holtz stamps. 

I painted Prima's Vintage Mechanical Gears with two colors of Ranger Vintaj Patina. They came out looking really old and rusty, which was just what I was hoping for.    

 I die cut my leaves using the Magnolia Rose Leaf Die. The smaller postage frames were cut using a Sizzix die.   

The last touch I added was the wax seal. It's been gathering dust in my stash for a long time, so I pulled it out and took a chance. It took a couple of tries to get an impression. I think the next time will go even better.

I am so honored that you've stopped in for a visit. I thank you for spending time with me and for your kind comments. May your week be filled with joyful blessings!