Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Valentine Heart Shaped Box & Greeting Card

Hello everyone,
welcome to INSPIRE.

Gosh can you even believe that
Valentines Day is only a couple of weeks away? 
That is why I am so excited to bring to you may latest project for 
The Vintage Rose Emporium (VRE),
a heart shaped box & greeting card.

I started the project with a paper mache'
heart shaped box as my base, which was part of January featured kit for VRE, and also featured luxurious rhinestone buckles, ribbon, trim, embellishments & appliqués.

I used matte medium to adhere patterned paper that coordinated throughout the design.
I used distressing ink on all edges on the lid and box.

The adorable cupid cherub, also an item from VRE, I wanted to be the centerpiece of the box lid, I first gave it a couple of squirts with an iridescent spray to add shimmer and surrounded it with paper flowers (personal stash), BEAUTIFUL rhinestone appliqué flowers cut from the additional bow appliqué.

I also featured the VRE satin trimmed sheer pink ribbon, for a delicate balance for the lid.
To complete the look, I used flat backed pearl trim lightly "glazed" with the distress ink I used around the edges of the box, and white lace trim, also from VRE, to bring the look together.

For the card,
I used a 5x5 card base, some of the leftover paper, paper flowers and additional VRE ribbon, rhinestone buckle, and appliqué, to coordinate with the box.

I have to say, by far, this has been my all time favorite Valentines Day project EVER!
I hope you find yourself inspired to create something romantic and beautiful too for your Valentine.

Remember, to stop by 
for your vintage, and vintage inspired crafting supplies!

Stay tuned for another posting very soon, featuring additional supplies from this VRE kit.

Until next time,
Crafty Blessings!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

One Fine Day: An Inspired Shabby Chic Mixed Media Canvas

I wanted to stop by and share the link to 
The Chattering Robin's,
the blog for The Robin's Nest.

I invite you to stop by and see the details of my latest DT project, a mixed media canvas, created using exclusive products only found at 
The Robin's Nest online store.

Here is the link for 
The Chattering Robin's blog:

And here is the link for
The Robin's Nest online store:

Until the next time
Crafty Blessings!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

52 Café Card Challenge Maremi's Creative Café Week 3 Coffee

Hi everybody.
I can't believe I am posting 2 days in row, but I just had to share today's fun creative endeavor.

This week's subject this week for the
 52 Café Card Challenge over at 
Maremi's Creative Cafe FB group
is coffee, and what crafter doesn't like a good cup of coffee?

For this atc I used heavy ivory cardstock, cut in the 2.5 x3.5 size.
I used a polka dot folder to emboss the solid tealish color cardstock,  with a coffee look distress ink on the edges as the background for the whimsical polka dot tag of my design.

Using a phrase found in the
 Silhouette Design Store, and a fussy cut image of a gal with a cup of coffee, a couple of coordinating flowers & coffee like embellishments, it came together quite nicely.

I will return soon for another creative post 
until then
Crafty Blessings!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Café Card Challenge Maremi's Creative Café

Hello Everyone!
Thank you for stopping by INSPIRE.

Well, my time frame the last couple of weeks has gone from busy to busier.
I finally had time today to get
some creative time in
And what FUN it was.

Over at Maremi's Creative Café 
(a Facebook group)
there is a challenge going on, 
a Café Card Challenge, 
In which this month's challenge happens
 to be one of my 
favorite things to create, ATC's.

The first two cards to create were 

 For my ART atc, I used a 3.5 x 2.5 wood card, fusing "artsy" elements of painting, music & word.
Completing the look with some paper flowers.

My BUBBLES atc, I used textured cardstock cut
 3.5 x 2.5 , a variety of gelato's and acrylic paint, to achieve an underwater bubbly scene, accented with flatback acrylic plastic embellies, and completing the design with a seahorse and seaweed.

Quite a fun challenge to take part in.
Can't wait to "C" what's next.

Thanks for stopping by!
Crafty Blessings!

Monday, January 9, 2017

An Exclusive Design: Beautiful Elegant Shabby Chic Mini Top Hat

Hello Everyone.
Welcome to INSPIRE.
Today I want to share with you
my latest design for
The Vintage Rose Emporium.
Designed with exclusive VRE
laces, trims & appliques.
I began this project with a
3.5x6x5 linen textured paper top hat design, cut with my electric cutting machine.
Once the hat was assembled, I then entirely covered it with light weight muslin cloth
(a gift from a friend).
I followed with adding an ivory stretch lace from my personal stash on the shaft of the top hat.
I glued a gorgeous venice lace as the hat's band, followed by two pearl strands, one in ivory, one in bronze, to embellish the band.

For the top of the hat shaft, I added large ivory fabric rosettes, and ivory braided trim.
On the edge of the brim of the hat, I used a champagne braided trim.
On one side of the hat, I added a beautiful sequined applique, and gilded gold leave appliques.

I also created 3 pearl embellished designs from additional venice lace, to add as focal points on both sides and back of the top hat.
I complete the design, I some ivory tulle for the back of the hat, feathers and more ivory flat pearl stands throughout the entire design.
A very lovely top hat indeed.
For your vintage and vintage inspired 
crafting products,
visit The Vintage Rose Emporium.
I hope you find yourself inspired today.
Thank you for visiting, and
please visit again soon.
Crafty Blessings!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

New Beginnings Wedding Card

Hello Everyone.
I wanted to share my latest project for
The Robin's Nest
with you.
With the New Year, comes New Beginnings,
so with this in mind I created a wedding card & keepsake box using products from
the BEAUTIFUL Wedding line from
The Robin's Nest.
Just follow this link, for all of the details on how I created this project.
And for EXCLUSIVE products,
visit The Robin's Nest online store
Have a blessed weekend everybody!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Something Cheerful

Hello everyone!
Welcome to INSPIRE.
It has been far to long since I have shared any creativity with you, today, that drought ends.
A couple of months ago, I had started to create an 8x10 mixed media canvas, but kind of got stumped on where to go after adding paper remnants and some gesso.
This week, I found myself inspired, and finally completed this canvas for my "art" wall in my crafting space.
I wanted something cheerful & inspiring, and I think I have accomplished that.
I used a great variety of products and techniques on this project.
Including gesso, matte medium, texture paste, paint, distress inks & markers, spray ink,
embellishments, digi prints, stencils, scraps of paper and chipboard.
The early stages of the canvas.
I added an additional coat of gesso before adding any ink or paint.
Using my finger, I created "bubbles" with paint, creating dimension in colors and shading.
I used stencils in text & honeycomb design with texture paste in the background designs.
Finishing the design, I used gesso dry brushed over the entire canvas.
The finished canvas.
I hope you enjoy this project and brief tutorial, and find yourself inspired too.
Thank You for stopping by
please visit again soon.
Crafty Blessings!