Tuesday, March 26, 2013

"Nature's first green is gold..."

This is the card I posted yesterday on the Memory Box blog, Outside the Box.  The poem is printed out from my computer on cream cardstock, matted on the yellow dot and brown cardstocks, and then adhered to the inside of the card.


Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Repeat Impressions Sketch #M2013 Challenge

Repeat Impressions Sketch #M2013 Challenge at The House That Stamps Built Blog

featuring Repeat Impressions stamp 1311J  Chick and Egg

  • brown cardstock
  • Memory Box yellow Distressed Dots paper
  • stamped with Judikins chickenwire stamp in Archival Sepia ink, then clear embossed
  • four small circles punched from first background paper. white pearls added to centers
  • four larger circles punched from a woodgrain patterned paper
  • brown cardstock tilted 2 3/4 square 
  • yellow cardstock tilted 2 1/2 square
  • stamped with Repeat Impressions stamp 1311J Chick and Egg in Archival Sepia ink and clear embossed
  • panel tied with yellow grosgrain ribbon
  • adhered to a Memory Box parchment notecard

I'm also posting this card on the Gallery for the Pattern Play online class I'm taking this week.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Altered Pages Blog Challenge for March: Lavender Thoughts

When I first heard about the challenge, the song "Lavender's Blue" popped into my head and became the focal point for this project.  This is a 12X12 piece on bookboard that sits on a black metal easel.

Materials used:

  • 12X12 Memory Box paper from the Viola collection
  • downloaded and printed copy of "Lavender's Blue", illustrated sheet music
  • scraps of other prints also from the Memory Box Viola collection
  • olive green and lavender cardstock, The PaperCut
  • Violet Gingham paper, Memory Box
  • images from these Altered Pages collage sheets--Sweet Children; Blue Collage
  • Memory Box dies--98321 Chloe Stem; 98378 Penne Frame; 98373 Whimsical Flourish; 98312 Fancy Blossoms; large scalloped border (discontinued)
  • PoppyStamps dies--839 Lorelai Leaf; 840 Lorelai Leaf Outline
  • Sizzix dies--Decorative Swirls
  • Prima 3-D Flower
  • bouquet, embossed white scalloped trim, and "with love" cut from a vintage card
  • green gingham bow
  • lavender gem stones and white pearls
  • circle punch, scalloped circle punch, heart punch
  • K&CO Brenda Walton Juliana Frame
  • Lavender Branch stamp, Stampington & Company
  • Prisma colored pencils
  • metal Crown charm
  • tape runner; Zig glue pen; adhesive squares; pop dots; mini Glue Dots
At some point this may go into a deep frame or shadow box along with some of my hand-stamped muslin bags of lavender and some lavender sprigs.  Right now it sits on its easel on the table next to my bed where my linens are lavender gingham and the several quilts are lavender and purple patterns.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Graphic 45 Secret Garden May Journal

Pages 1 and 2
Pages 3 and 4
Pages 5 and 6
Pages 7 and 8
Page 9/Back Cover
Pages 10 and 11
Pages 12 and 13
Pages 14 and 15

Graphic 45 French Country Travel Book

Cover:  France, The Trip of a Lifetime

Page 1

Page 2

Pages 3 and 4

Page 5/back cover

Add caption

Pages 6 and 7

Pages 8 and 9

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Challenge March 2013

Would you ever guess that I made this pin from my bras?!!!
A friend called this my MAM-mento.

The weekend that I got my diagnosis and knew my cancer was back and that I was facing a double mastectomy, I cut almost all of my bras in half. (I kept two to wear up until the surgery.)  Because the cancer was in my right breast both times, I cut the lacy fabric from each right cup.  I ironed the fabric onto pieces of HeatNBond and then ran those through my Cuttlebug with the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die.  Once those were cut out, I ironed them to pieces of black and white tiny floral fabric.  I cut around the edges of each flower and began stacking them up, larger to smaller.  I used the sheep button in the center to sew all of the layers together with a heavy needle and doubled thread.  I then took two pieces of bra strap that had a nice lacy edge, gathered those, and sewed them to the bottom flowers for a ruffled edge on the brooch.  On the back of this I added one more large flower to cover up my stitching.  

I wore this pin to all of my appointments up to and including my surgery.  And I will continue to pin it onto jackets and vests whenever I have a medical visit scheduled.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Make and Take Samples

These are the samples for the Make and Take at Your Maine Stamper on March 16th!
All of these use stamps designed by Courtney Ricker and are available only at Your Maine Stamper, except for "Happy Easter" which is a Memory Box stamp.

Bunny card front with tag in front pink dot pocket

Bunny card front with bow tie and cotton ball tail

Girl Bunny card front in paper-pieced dress and apron, bow on one ear

Bunny tag with pocket and small chick tag tucked in it

Girl bunny tag with paper-pieced dress and apron; Chicks tag

Chicks card front with bow

Bunny tag with bow tie and cotton ball tail