tea party...

Sunday, May 30, 2010

*Wow! The Shabby Tearoom Winner this week! So delighted!*

I was in my element with this challenge Week #11 'Polka Dot Tea Party' for The Shabby Tea Room. The challenge was to create a card or project using either a tea or tea party theme or polka dots or both! I really had a lot of fun with this! I just bought the tea cup template at Waltzing Mouse Stamps a couple of weeks ago, I just had to use it for this challenge. I made a pretty invitation card to match but it would make a nice birthday card too!

I was tempted to go all pink for this challenge but I just loved this pale blue polka dot paper from the Flutterbies Dots set at the Digichick. I really like the pale blue and pink color combo, the blue adds a nice freshness. The floral papers I used in the paper piecing for the teacup and bunting are from the Shabby Princess, they're from the Sweet Summer and Granny's Parlor sets. Love the floral papers!!

I used Creative Inspirations paint in Tutu Pink and Pink Highlights to sponge the border. I did a little stitching on the sewing machine on the next layer and added some white grosgrain ribbon and two shades of pink lace. The little bow is some simple ties of ribbon, lace bow, satin ribbon rose and a bow of pink embroidery thread. The bunting is simple triangles topped with pink sequins. I printed out a simple sentiment on the computer and sponged the edges with the same pink paint as before. The teacup shape I just drew freehand on a piece of paper to make a template. I used the template to cut out the different floral papers. I added a little lace on top.

As I mentioned above the tea cup template is from Waltzing Mouse Stamps, it was my first time making it, some parts were a little difficult but the end result is worth the effort, not that I would make a lot of these though! I just added a little pink lace, a satin bow and some Blue Ice Creative Inspirations paint on the rims. There is another tea cup template in a book I just got called Paper Sculpt Sensation by Marion Elliot, I haven't tried it yet but it looked a little simpler. I got the idea for the spoon and tea bag from that book.

Yes, I did customize a teabag! The spoon was really easy to make, I did enlarge the template a little though because it looked a bit small. I painted the spoon using Silver Frost Creative Inspirations paint, it was just the perfect color! I added the little pink satin bow to match.

This is a long post!! As I said I had fun with this project and I just love the theme, so I made a couple more cards, these were much more simple and quicker than the others. I had the ideas in my head and I just had to make them.

This was really simple, I just printed the text out using a large font setting. I traced the letters onto some floral paper, cut out (with a craft knife), did a little stitching, a bit of scalloped border, a little embroidery thread, a button and voila! I really like this one!

I had a spare tea cup shape left over from the first card and a few other bits, so I threw this little card together. Again, this was really quick to make (unlike the actual tea cup!)

I used the same polka dot paper from before. I did some rough pleat folding with a length of dark pink paper, I sewed over this on the sewing machine. I pierced two holes to add the button with some embroidery thread.

A productive weekend, thanks to The Shabby Tearoom for providing the inspiration, have a look at the blog for all the other lovely cards people made for this fab challenge!


Cardstock/ paper: White card, Blue polka dot paper Flutterbies Dots from the Digichick, Floral papers from the Shabby Princess (Sweet Summer and Granny's Parlor), pale pink paper and dark pink paper
Paint: Creative Inspirations Paints in Tutu Pink, Pink Highlights, Blue Ice and Silver Frost
Other: Scallop border, white thread, sewing machine, double sided tape, glue, pink embroidery thread, buttons, craft knife, scissors, printed text, selection of pink lace, satin rose bud, pink ribbon, white grosgrain ribbon, foam pads, pink sequins, sponge, paint brush, Waltzing Mouse Stamps tea cup template.

bicycle card

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I love this little bicycle stamp, I'd been looking for a nice one for a while. The stamp is from Hero Arts, I think I'll be making a few cards with this one! I decided to go with a bit of a vintage feel with warm tones. I have this lovely Copper paint from Creative Inspirations, wow it's such a perfect copper color, really rich. I wasn't sure if the bicycle stamp would stamp perfectly using the paint because of all the fine detail but I was really delighted when it did!

You can really see the lovely shimmer here. I used some Mango Creative Inspirations paint on the wheels and the basket, the Mango is a lovely warm color that goes perfectly with the Copper. I used the same Copper paint on some flat backed pearls and to stamp the sentiment. Both the digital papers are from the Gardenologie set at the Digichick, I think they work well with the Copper. I used blending chalks to soften the edges. I painted the little flowers in the basket in Sky Blue and Sage Creative Inspirations paint. I added a little blue ribbon to tie everything together.


Paper/cardstock: Peachy cream card, white card, digital paper Gardenologie from the Digichick
Stamps: Hero Arts Bicycle stamp (F5293), Sentiment Anna Griffin In the Garden
Paint: Creative Inspirations Paint in Copper, Mango, Sky Blue and Sage
Other: Flat backed pearls, blending chalks, paint brush, double sided tape, glue, scissors, foam pads.

stars & stripes

Sunday, May 23, 2010

I made this card for the Stars and Stripes challenge over at The Shabby Tea Room for Memorial Day. It was a little out of my comfort zone with the colors but I actually had lots of fun making it! My mom gave me some lovely American flag ribbon a while ago and it was just perfect for this card.

The base is just plain red card and I used a simple star shape to make the background by painting the stars with Garnet Creative Inspirations paint. I outlined these in Rustic red paint. The effect turned out quite nice, a little hidden shimmer. I didn't have any navy paint so I did a little mixing, I used some Coal Creative Inspirations Paint and mixed an equal amount of Royal blue, it actually turned out a nice dark denim color, which I thought was pretty nice. I added some stitching detail in white on the sewing machine ( yes, it turned out a little rustic!)

I cut a few pieces of the stripes bit of the flag ribbon and distressed a little by pulling a few threads. I tied a few of these together with some red and white thread, I used this as a base for my star. I used Creative Inspirations paint in Winter frost to paint the star and while it was still wet I sprinkled some glitter dust on it, I softened the edges with blue blending chalk. I stamped the sentiment using the same navy paint I mixed onto some white card painted in Winter frost. I painted three flat backed pearls in Garnet, I only used one coat and the color turned out great! To finish I added a little lace, thread and a button.


Paper/cardstock: Red card, white card
Stamps: Create and Craft Thank You stamp
Paint: Creative Inspirations Paint in Winter Frost, Garnet, Coal, Royal Blue and Rustic Red
Other: American flag ribbon, red and white bakers thread, flat backed pearls, glitter dust, button, lace, white thread, sewing machine, glue, double sided tape, foam pads, scissors, paint brush, blending chalk.

butterfly notelets & box

Thursday, May 20, 2010

This week's Creative Inspirations DT challenge was to create a gift or altered item, I've been dying to make this style of box for a while so this was a great opportunity to try it out. I haven't made anything lavender recently and I love Creative Inspirations Amethyst color paint, it's such a great shade not too blue and with a perfect amount of pink tone.

The box was really easy to make, I made it a little bigger than my notelets and I made sure it was high enough to fit all the notelets and envelopes in without squashing any of the details.

The two slots line up on the two sections of the lid so you can slide the ribbon through and tie your bow. I added some sections of lavender paper around the sides with some double sided tape for a smooth finish.

The box opens flat and is easy to close back up again. I made five notelets for the set, two different designs using the same butterfly stamp from Studio G Clear stamps and the sentiment is from Anna Griffin.

For the first design I painted some jute mesh with Creative Inspirations Amethyst paint. I stamped the butterfly twice onto some white card using VersaMagic Spring Pansy and I painted the edges and butterfly using Creative Inspirations Pink Highlights. 

I cut out one butterfly and layered on top of the other attaching with a little brad that I painted with a little Amethyst paint. I added some lavender paper and lilac organza ribbon to the bottom of the card. I did a little zigzag stitching on the sewing machine. I stamped the sentiment, rounded the edges and painted a border in Pink Highlights.

For the second card, I used the same butterfly stamp and sentiment. I added some white grosgrain ribbon and pale lavender lace in addition to the organza ribbon and a little bow.

I simply used a button to mark the shape of the rounded corners and cut out. I painted a border at the base of the card using Pink Highlights paint. I did the same zig zag stitching as before. 

I made some matching envelopes simply by stamping the same butterfly in the bottom left hand corner. Here you can see the full set. A pretty little gift, that didn't take too long to make!


Paper/Cardstock: White card, lavender paper
Stamps: Studio G Clear Stamps, Anna Griffin In the Garden
Ink: VersaMagic Spring Pansy
Paints: Creative Inspirations Paint in Amethyst and Pink Highlights
Other: Jute mesh, white grosgrain ribbon, lilac organza ribbon, pale lavender lace, lavender satin ribbon, sticky foam pads, double sided tape, glue, white thread, sewing machine, pastel 3mm brads, paintbrush.

Just rosy!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

*This card is for the Play Date Cafe Challenge PDCC32*
(I made this recently and it just matches the color challenge perfectly, I love these colors!)

I just received a box of fabulous Creative Inspirations Paint in the post and I've been dying to play with a lot of lovely mixed lace that I bought on ebay. I had the luxury of a little time today so I indulged in a pretty shabby chic inspired card, lots of lace, pretty paper, roses, shimmer paint, ribbon and pearls. All the things that make me happy!!

I layered some sections of lace onto a pale yellow base card, I added a strip of yellow gold satin ribbon to one of the joins and did a little stitching on the sewing machine on the other join. The gorgeous roses paper is from a set called Gardenolgie from the Digichick, it's a great set with some really lovely papers. I layered the roses paper onto the same pale yellow card and added a shimmer border in Sunshine Creative Inspirations Paint using a small paint brush, you could mask the area to create the border if you don't have a steady hand! The Sunshine paint is a really stunning color, really cheery, a lovely warm yellow gold. The sentiment is stamped onto a piece of card using the same Sunshine paint using a fine sponge. I added a border as before.

I tied a length of lace around the top layer and made a bow. Under the lace is some natural raffia that I wrapped around twice. I made some loops from organza ribbon that I painted with a wash of Mango, Rose quartz and Autumn Wheat Creative Inspirations paint. I added these to the back of the lace bow. I made a little raffia bow and tied in place. The little paper rose was a pale pink I added some sparkle with Pink highlights paint and some Autumn wheat paint to match the vintage look, I painted the leaves with Green olive. The rose was easy to attach as it had a wire stem. I tied two pearl beads to some raffia and tied them in place. I added an old button to finish. I really like how it turned out and more importantly I had lots of fun making it!


Cardstock/ paper: White card, pale yellow card, Gardenologie paper pack from the Digichick
Stamps: Anna Griffin In the Garden
Paints: Creative Inspirations Paint in Sunshine, Green olive, Pink highlights, Autumn wheat, Mango, Rose quartz
Other: A selection of lace, organza ribbon, yellow gold satin ribbon, natural raffia, mesh ribbon, paper rose, white thread, sewing machine, button, pearl beads, sticky foam pads, glue, double sided tape, paint brush and scissors.

It's all in the Icing

Thursday, May 6, 2010

I had lots of fun making this card for the Creative Inspirations Paint 'It's all in the Icing' challenge! Yes, I'm still playing with pinwheels! I used a fun and bright color combo for this one, nice n' cheery! Check out the Creative Inspirations blog to see all the other fab cards from the DT.

I made some of my own paper using the Creative Inspirations Paint (the turquoise and pale yellow/pink squares and the turquoise on the pinwheel). Really simple, just using watercolor paper or even white card wet the paper all over with a large brush, add a light wash in one color on the left and another color on the right. I used Turquoise and Canary (yellow), then added a few splatters of Blush (pink), then the fun bit, sprinkle some salt (table salt and some rock salt), the salt soaks up the water and color and leaves an amazing pattern. Leave to dry overnight and then brush off the salt. The Creative Inspirations Paint leaves an amazing shimmer as a color wash as well. The stronger colors will have a more striking effect but team them with a softer color for contrast. The randomness of the pattern is really beautiful.

I used blending chalks to color the background border in blue. I cut out the squares in the salt splatter paper and pink polka dot paper and attached them to the yellow layer. I added some stitching between the squares on the sewing machine. The sentiment is stamped in Blush paint and layered with some sticky foam pads. I softened the edges with some blue blending chalk, then with a paint brush I added a border in Blue Ice. I added the same border to the blue on the base card.

The pinwheel is a square of my splattered paper backed with some pink polka dot paper. I painted some white ribbon in Turquoise, Canary and Blush. Once painted and dry I twirled them around a pencil to give the spiral effect, the paint made the ribbon a little stiff so they retained the shape quite well. I marked where I wanted the pinwheel on the card and made a little hole. I used a little pale yellow velvet brad to attach it to the card. To add a little more detail and balance the layout I painted three flat backed pearls in Canary paint. A fun card to brighten someone's day! I certainly had fun making it!


Cardstock/paper: White card, Pink polka dot paper and yellow gingham paper (both The Digichick)
Stamps: Anna Griffin In the Garden
Paint: Creative Inspirations Paint in Turquoise, Canary, Blush and Blue Ice
Other: Pale yellow velvet brad, blending chalks, sticky foam pads, white thread, sewing machine, flat backed pearls, paint brush, white satin ribbon, glue and double sided tape.

Pinwheel card

Monday, May 3, 2010

I finally finished the quilling project I was working on before the weekend, unfortunately I can't post it on the blog because it's for a magazine. I will let you know when it's being published soon though!

I had a little time over the weekend to make a couple of cards, I've been playing with the theme of pinwheels as you can see! I've seen them around a lot recently on cards, so I thought I'd have a go, they're so easy to make. I'm still loving this yellow and blue color combo, it's so summery!

The stripe paper is from the Digichick and the spotty paper is a free download from the Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine website. I added some detail to the spotty paper by painting the spots with Creative Inspirations Paint in Blue Ice. The pinwheel is a simple square, there's lots of free templates online. I attached it to the card using a velvet brad. I painted the flat backed pearls in Creative Inspirations Paint in Autumn Wheat to match the warm gold satin ribbon. I added a little zigzag stitching on the sewing machine. The sentiment is from Anna Griffin. I'll be posting a few more pinwheel cards over the next couple of days.


Cardstock/paper: White card, Stripe paper from the Digichick, Spotty paper free download from Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine website, yellow paper
Ink: Ink it Up Black
Stamps: Anna Griffin In the Garden
Paint: Creative Inspirations Paint in Autumn Wheat and Blue Ice
Other: Blue blending chalk, double sided tape, blue velvet brad, yellow satin ribbon, flat backed pearls, glue, paint brush, white thread, sewing machine.