Saturday, August 31, 2013

Tea Party Picnic-Week #181

Hi Friends-

This week at the Shabby Tea Room, Debbie has provided the inspiration photo with the theme "Tea Party Picnic." The guidelines for this challenge are to use the colors in the photo along with flowers and a tea theme.
This week's prize sponsor is "The Cutting Cafe." They carry great cutting files and stamps. Check them out!

I had a hard time deciding on what direction to go with this challenge, as I have the cutest little picnic basket stamp and die set I could have used. But, then I remembered I am going to have tea with a friend on Monday, and I could make something to surprise her with when we get together!

 I chosen made a pillow box to put some little tea cake cookies in to share with her when we go to tea on Monday. I can't wait to give it to her! :)

I die cut the little pillow box and then embossed it with a circle folder. I rubbed ink over the top to distress it. I made my flower and distressed the edges with a brown ink. I love the way it turned out, and now off to the store to get my tea cake cookies to slip inside (or maybe I will see if I have all ingredients and make them)!

Have a great weekend-

Papertrey Ink Stamp-A-Faire Projects

Hi friends-

What a great time my mom and I had creating cards with some of the techniques that the fabulous design team from Papertrey Ink came up with. There were 10 techniques taught throughout
the day, but with all of our gabbing and eating, we only managed to create 4. I can't wait to try out the rest!
Here is what I came up with-Enjoy!

This first card we used homemade spritzing spray. Very easy to make, so no more buying the expensive stuff! I embossed the flower ("Wild Flower Garden") with white embossing powder and then spritzed with PTI's Royal Velvet. I then colored in some of the blank areas with my markers to give even more dimension to the leaf and flower.  I loved this easy peasy technique-so fun!

Here is my moms card. I loved how it turned out! She used "Reasons To Smile" a new set (not yet released) from PTI. Love this set!
She did all the same techniques as I did and then added a fun spellbinders die
And she added pearls to the centers of some of her flowers!

The next technique we played with was a shabby chic flower (my favorite)! PTI Design team member, Melissa Phillips showed how to tea stained some muslim fabric. Then after it had dried, I cut out all elements of my flower, stamped the petals with different wording stamps, and then assembled the flower. 
Here is my finished card. I love making my own flowers and most of the time that's what I end up doing so I can get just the right flower for my project! So now I have another technique to add to my bag of flower making tricks- oh how happy that makes me!

I used several layers with so many different textures and I love the result!!!

The next technique was using paper clay. I've always wanted to try this, but have just never taken the time! Well, silly me, it's super simple and so fun to play with! First I colored the clay with two colors (black and turquoise). With the turquoise, I placed it between two layers of velum and die cut a flower. Then I carefully pulled the cut flower layers apart and let it air dry. After all were dry, I layered them together with additional die cut flowers of plain velum. Ooohhh another flower making technique for my stash--so excited! I also pressed a  butterfly die into the clay and let it dry slightly and then cut it out with my scissors! I love it! 

The last technique I had time for was making your own scratch and sniff powder. I used a vanilla scent because I couldn't get a very strong gingery scent or pumpkin scent-hmmm...oh well! It was fun to try and the vanilla is very strong! I made a little tag and used a new set by PTI "Scent-imentals," another new set not yet released!

Hope you enjoyed and have a great day!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-Faire Day

Hi Stampers-

I am soooooo excited, today is my first Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-Faire. I've purchased the kit, prepped my materials, and now I am ready to go with a fun filled day of stamping and playing in my new room. I just moved into a new place, and have a new stamping, crafting room to play in (with boxes yet to be unpacked. Hmmmm.........if it's not put away yet, does that mean I don't need it?)

So, hopefully, I can find everything I might want to use for todays events! may be a challenge, but I'm ready to have some fun-so here goes, wish me luck! I will post my projects by Monday!

Hoping you have a fabulous weekend and include some crafting fun too!


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