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Welcome! This is the place where I share my artsy and crafty projects. I am an evolving artist these days ... finding myself enjoying less of the cards and mini albums that I have made for years, and turning to art journaling and more artistic endeavors. I have always enjoyed some craft or other, and some of my earliest memories of my mother helping me make paper dolls and other crafts. I am now in my 60's and finding myself more passionately enjoying creating beautiful things and learning new skills and techniques and products.
While you are here I hope you will find inspiration and ideas for making your own projects, however any images or projects you find here are my personal property and should not be used for your own monetary gain, or for contests or challenges. Thank You!
There are buttons, brads, eyelets, chipboard, flowers, ribbon, paper lace, journaling pages and tickets, handmade felt flowers and birds made by *me*, and a set of bird stamps from Rubbernecker Stamps (my bad, I mistakenly double ordered, so someone else will benefit from my error).
Now, you can join us here on my blog, because I'll be posting the challenges here, too, but to win this great bundle of goodies you MUST be participating on Scrapbook.com. I am in no way associated with sb.com other than being an active member, and I volunteered to host these challenges for our regulars, but you are welcome to join us and try for the goodies. We hope to see you and your cards this weekend! Blessings folks! Becky
Don't forget this Saturday is World Card Making Day, and I hope to post a picture very soon of the RAK I'll be giving away over on Scrapbook.com during the challenges I'm hosting this weekend. We'd love to have you join us! Blessings y'all! Becky
Because our cardmakers on sb.com are all over the world, I'll actually be starting it on Friday afternooon eastern time, so that my friends all over will have a chance to join in the fun. I'll have one thread, or post, but will have 3 challenges: one for theme, one for product/technique, depending on how you look at it, and one that you'll need 3 sheets of coordinating 12 x 12 scrapbooking paper, so go through your stash so you can be prepared.
On Sunday the 5th - Tues. the 7th we'll have a vote for the best card of the day, then put the top 3-5 on a poll and vote on the winner of a nice 'assortment' RAK from me. I hope to post a pic of it on here tomorrow or Monday. On Friday the 3rd, once I get the thread up and running, I'll post a link to it on this blog, so if you want to join in, PLEASE come and join us!!! If you aren't a member of Scrapbook.com, it's really easy to join and doesn't cost a thing!
So, now you know, and you don't have any excuses not to come and join us next Saturday for "World Card Making Day!" Have a blessed one! Becky
A bow of aqua satin, and a few hydrangea blossoms with golden pearl centers, and we have a precious little card, just perfect for anyone with a new addition to their family.
That's it from me for now - I must go strangle Oscar Kitty, for he is scratching at the door to my studio and meowing in gutteral tones wanting in so he can destroy something else in here. Anybody want a cat??? Blesings, Becky
I used some of my favorite papers from Daisy Bucket Designs, in their 'Perfect Harmony' line. These papers have a wonderful linen cloth feel to them, and come in such pretty colors and patterns. The base paper is the back side of 'delaney'. I used the scissors distressing method on the edges, then stitched it onto white Bazzill orange peel texture cardstock using black thread.
The acetate in center is actually from the packaging one of my clear stamps came in - I cut it to the shape I wanted, then stamped it in black with the 'French Letter' stamp by Stamp Oasis that I bought from Rubbernecker Stamps. I then coated chipboard butterflies with more DBD papers - the largest uses the back side of 'hadley' paper, and the other two use different sections from the 'avery' paper. I added some crystal Stickles to the edges for a little bling. Sorry about the fuzzy pic - sigh!
Next came some black ric-rack and a few spots of white and black dimensional paint for accents, and there you have my butterfly card!
What should have been so simple, somehow took me two and a half days to make. Oh well, that's how it goes sometimes. Thanks for visiting, see you soon! Becky
They had everything already cut out and put together in a kit, so all we had to do was lay it out and glue it down. This will be hanging in my craft room for a while, I'm sure!
Now, while there, I made an altered notebook and 4 cards. The notebook came from a dollar store, and was really ugly as you can tell from the picture at the right. But I took it together, wrapped the front and back panels with some lovely My Minds Eye Laundry Line paper called Sundress Life, a vintage clipart image, some velvet ribbon and a button, and now you have a lovely little notebook!
I really love those papers - they are thick and some are glittery and make truly lovely cards. I'm sure I'll be back to EMI soon to pick up a few more designs.
I hope you've enjoyed this look into my weekend activities! Come back again soon to see what I've been in to here at Camellia Cottage. Blessings! Becky
That being said, I've made a card this morning for the Daring Card Makers 'Dare with a Challenge'! The challenge was to take the verse that Kathy gave us, and use it somehow in our card. The verse is "Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best." Henry Van Dyke
I used Bazzill cardstock, topped with some old Anna Griffin paper that I distressed with scissors and then inked with brown ink. I machine stitched around the perimeter using dark green thread in several different stitches. Next came a piece of red polka-dotted paper from Wild Asparagus that I scissor-distressed, crumpled and inked. Next came another pattern of old Anna Griffin paper, which I mounted on a piece of thin cardstock, scissor-distressed and inked, then stitched with the machine as well.I glued this green piece on top of the polka-dotted piece, leaving the top open to make a pocket. This is where the verse comes in! I took a pearlized beige cardstock and printed the verse on my printer, then while the ink was still wet, added clear embossing powder and heat embossed it. I trimmed the top of the tag in a half circle and added a bow of burgundy satin ribbon.
From brown cardstock I cut a branch freehand and inked it with a darker brown ink. I found the cutest leaf bead in my bead stash, and added it to the end of one branch. Mr. Birdie is traced from a pattern, mounted on chipboard and cut in two pieces - the body and the wing - then inked, and given a seed bead eye. The burgundy paper is also Wild Asparagus. A little velvet ribbon adds a bit of color, and finishes off the card.
That's it from me for now. I hope you've enjoyed your visit as much as I have enjoyed having you visit me here at Camellia Cottage. Blessings to you! Becky
The picture is a black and white 50's-ish picture from a clipart software; printed onto white cardstock. The whole card is on black Bazzill cardstock, and the pic is backed with more of the black cardstock. The grey paper behind the pic is from an ancient paper pack I picked up years ago from QVC. I 'wrapped' the paper around a piece of cardstock, then stitched around the edges with black thread.
After I decided I wanted to use that pic, I started looking for papers, embellies, you know - the fun stuff! Anyway, I found the sticker with the quote, and knew it would fit perfectly. The sticker, by the way, is from an old, old kit, and I couldn't tell you who it was by, although I think it also came from QVC.
The pink gingham ribbon and bow just MAKES the card (imho, lol!), as do the pink, white, grey and black flowers from Petaloo. They are handmade paper flowers and come with the bling already on them.
The addition of a white ribbon with black polka dots, and a few drops of 'diamond' Stickles across the top finished it off!
Now, the bonus sketch was another matter altogether - I enjoyed making this card so much! But then one of the things I've been doing a lot lately is making pockets on my cards for hidden tags, so this one was a piece of cake! Just look at past posts, and you'll find some of them posted here. Here's my take on the sketch. It's called Christmas Joys.
The background paper is 'Holly Argyle' by Provo Craft. I inked the edges to add a little age here. The green paper is from a Christmas kit I bought last year at WalMart. The green square 'tag' came in the same kit. I scissor distressed the edges of the green paper, then inked it heavily with brown ink. Next I stitched it on all 4 sides on my sewing machine, using a variety of stitches. I glued it to the base on three sides, leaving the top open for the tag.
Once again, the image is from clipart software, and I just love the old soft colors and Victorian feel. I printed it on white cardstock, then inked the edges to age it.
I added a row of vintage red ric-rack from a local store, and lightly inked it to tone down the red a bit. On top of the square tag, I added a couple of silk holly leaves, a silk poinsettia bloom, and a red berry from a Christmas pick. They are tied together with ivory silk ribbon. The tag is made using white cardstock topped with some pretty paper with various seasonal greetings, and topped with a plaid bow.
Along the bottom, under the picture there is a strip of old lace, and then I added a bow of the same lace, and topped it with a red button threaded with ivory satin ribbon.
The image is from clipart software, printed on my inkjet printer. The rest of the products are as follows:
- Bazzill cardstock
- Basic Grey Boxer 'cargo' paper
- green Bazzill cardstock, inked with brown Stampabilities ink
- chipboard buckle, topped with Wild Asparagus paper, also inked with brown ink
- 'Greetings of the Season printed on inkjet printer, trimmed and inked with brown ink.
- circle of Wild Asparagus paper glued to chipboard, then cut with cuttlebug and Spellbinders 'nestabilities' circle die.
- felt bird that I traced and cut myself, with a seed bead eye.
- shimmery organza ribbon and bow, topped with gold button from Buttons Galore and More.
Below are a couple of pictures showing more detail. Thanks for stopping by, and hope to see you here again soon! Blessings, Becky
Products, from base up:
- Bazzill Cardstock
- Pink Paislee Vintage Moon Collection - 'Harvest Moon' paper
- Pink Paislee Vintage Moon Collection - 'Moonrakers' paper
- Bazzill pearlized cardstock
- Melissa Frances rub-on
- Machine Stitching
- Inking with brown Stampabilities ink
- Buttons from Buttons Galore and More
- Hydrangea blossoms from an old arrangement
- Pearls from old costume jewelery
For the treat bags, I used small, 2 x 3" plastic zipper bags from the craft store to hold the candy corn.
Products for the bag tothe left are the Pink Paislee Vintage Moon Collection 'Harvest Moon' paper, candy corn hand cut and inked using cardstock scraps, and 'a treat for you' printed on my printer, trimmed and inked with brown ink. This topper is stapled onto the goodie bag.
Products for the topper on the right are Pink Paislee Vintage Moon Collection 'Moonpie' paper, cut using the cuttlebug and Spellbinders 'Nestabilities' Classic Circle - Small dies. I folded the circle in half and creased it, then cut holes with a 1/8" hole punch through the paper and plastic. I threaded the holes with brown satin ribbon, tied a bow, and added the 'a treat for you' tag as above.
That's it for now. Thanks for visiting, and please come again soon! Blessings, Becky
Once again the base is Bazzill cardstock in a pretty watermelon pink. The flowered paper is from Daisy Bucket Designs Playful Petals collection, and the pattern is 'Lucy'. I adhered it to a thin white cardstock, stitched a simple straight stitch with darker green thread on my machine. Then I lightly inked the edges with ruby colored ink from the ColorBox Petal Point 'Aurora' collection, and attached it to the base.
The verse is actually a sticker from an ages old kit, so don't ask me where I got it . . . at my age, trying to remember too far back isn't advised, lol! The quote says "Don't ever save anything for a special occasion. Being alive is the special occasion." That really put in words how I've been feeling these recent weeks since I've been getting some exercise and spending more time outside.
Now, back to the card! I put the sticker on more of the watermelon pink cardstock and popped it up off the card with foam squares. To the right of the verse is a pretty bow of aqua organza ribbon and a gold button for accent.
The strip across the top is from the same Daisy Bucket Designs collection as the floral paper, but the pattern is "Gabby". I cut out a strip, backed it with cardstock and inked the edges with the ruby ink as before. The flower is Scenic Route chipboard that I topped with the green polka-dotted paper that is the reverse side of the 'Lucy' paper, then lightly sanded it with an emery board and inked with the ruby ink. The bling is an old earring. For a few years my mom worked at a thrift store, and as she went through jewelery, if she found a piece that was broken or without a mate, she saved it for me. It's been a while since she worked there, so I'm gonna have to go yard sale-ing for some more jewels!
Okay, on to the Bonus Sketch by Christine. Luckily, this one also fits for the September Card Challenge over on Scrapbook.com in the color category. The color(s) for this month are fall colors. I had fun making this card, too!
The lovely paper is from Pink Paisley's Vintage Moon Collection in the Harvest Moon pattern. I touched up most of the design on the paper with some Sulyn Industries glitter glue in 'opal' for some shine and shimmer! That really made the card, in my opinion. The two leaves are hand cut from cardstock, and heavily inked and heat embossed with varioius colors of inks and powders to get the 'aged' look. The veining was done with a scoring tool while the melted embossing powder was warm. The pumpkin was printed from clipart software and inked with brown Stampabilities pigment ink to tone down the brightness, then heavily inked with clear Stampabilities pigment ink and heat embossed using clear powder.
The bow is from some ribbin I've had for ages, the button is from buttons galore, and the tag was made using my new favorite way to add a few words to a card.
I printed the words onto cardstock, then cut the rectangle using my rotary cutter with a scallop blade. Then I punched a hole using a 1/4 inch punch and cut a slit from the center down to the hole. This is an easy way to make a quick tag, whether for a gift or a card.
Well, that's all from me for now. Gotta get some things done around the house and run a couple of errands. Have a wonderful weekend, and maybe next weekend I'll have more time to play, here at Camellia Cottage! Blessings friends! Becky