For the last of my four project for BasicGrey for CHA, I made a doll case using Lemonade. I absolutely love ladybugs and bumble bees, so of course when I saw this paper I was giddy with excitement since it featured both! As I looked at it I kept thinking about how fun it was that the paper included a few of my favorite things. . . which of course got me to singing the song from The Sound of Music. Out of that came this doll case, which features a few of my favorite things.
To build the case, I used two paperboard trays from a Creative Imaginations Bare Elements Train Case. I covered the inside of each space and the outside with assorted papers from the Lemonade collection. I inked all the edges to give it all an aged look. I added hinges, a handle, and a clasp to create a doll case, kind of like the ones that they used to make for fashion dolls like Barbie and Tammy. (What? You don't know about the Tammy doll?)
I filled each of the cubbies with a photo and a banner about some of my favorite things. I printed my photos on flat cardstock so that they would have a more muted look. Each photo was matted on cardstock and mounted in its space on chipboard stand to make it stand out and float in its space. You can't tell in the photo, but the banners are adhered to the photos with pop dots to make the stand out. The center is curved out, raising it out even further. Each banner also has cardstock sticker flowers, 3D stickers, and glazed brads.
For the other side, I wrote out my favorite part of the song on one of the solid pattern papers and embellished it with a ladybug Woolies. I layerd it onto a piece of felt and stitched around the edges. I trimmed the felt with my pinking sheers. I adhered that piece to on of the fabulous new sheer Take Note Journaling pieces. All of that is adhered to the inside of the box with more pop dots. I have a serious thing for pop dots. In the front I sanded and inked a chipboard birdy and adhered it with a chipboard stand.
The outside edges of the box were edged with cardstock border stickers which were embellished with Bling It gems. The front of the box also has a super cute strawberry bling sticker. On the corners of the box I added metal corners that I had in my stash.
Okay, there you have it! Now back to my regular crafting and gardening periodic posts . . .
I so love this collection! I swear that when I opened the box and saw it for the first time I gasped out loud! I have had a vintage style canister set FOREVER that I have been itching to put paper on. I have just been waiting for the right paper to come along and it finally did!
For the canister labels, I adhered one of the journaling cardstock stickers onto chipboard and cut it out. I inked the edges and embellished the sticker face with Stickles. I used cardstock letter stickers to add an extra word to the label, for a little play on words beyond the normal canister word. I outlined each letter with a fine tip pen and then coated each ith stickles. For the main words on the canisters, I sanded and inked blue BG chip letters and adhered those to the label with adhesive foam squares.
For each canister, I trimmed the top edge with ribbon (from assorted previous collections) and the bottom edge with cardstock border stickers.
Tomorrow I will share my last of my four projects for CHA, a doll case using Lemonade.
I just adore Eskimo Kisses! I love that the color combinations can be used for something fun and whimsical but also for something classic.
For this line I covered a vintage metal mailbox with assorted papers from the collection. The lid has a layer of one of the solid papers and then a layer of paper lace. The lace is accented with some of the awesome BG's Bling It adhesive jewels.
The tag has some of BG's super magnets on the back so that it can be removed but will stay securely in place when the lid is opened. The tag is made up of several layers of cardstock stickers, embellished 3D stickers, letter stickers, and a chipboard tag and frame (from a previous collection).
The fibers and ribbon trims I used are from previous collections. I love that so many bits and pieces from other releases can blend in so nicely with new collections.
Check in tomorrow for my Nook and Pantry project.
So I have been biting at the bit to share some new papercraft things with you! These are all brand new lines from BasicGrey which are being debuted this week at CHA in Orlando. I have four projects to share and will post one each day for the next four days. First up, Eerie!
For this project I painted a wood shadowbox frame black and then covered the face with pattern paper. I distressed the edges to give it a worn and rickety look.
I used a ton of pop dots to give each element a ton of dimension. Each piece is on a different layer.
You can't really tell in the photos, but the moon behind the witch is glittered. Some of these elements, like the owl are new dimensional stickers that are new. Some of the other items, like the house and the witch are regular flat stickers that I cut and layered.
The bat is hanging from thread so that he moves.
I love the spooky owl perched on the letters.
I think I will share my Eskimo Kisses project tomorrow so be sure to come back and check it out!
I have tons of new things to share if I would ever get my tail end in gear and edit the photos. I just need more hours in a day. sigh.
I haven't shared any new photos from my garden lately, so I thought I would share a few to fill a little space until I get all of the crafty images edited.
First up, a real curiosity. . .
It is a conjoined coneflower. How bizzare! It made me do a double take when I saw it. I think I will have to keep it and dry it. I am pretty sure I won't ever see another like it.
The garden has been full of bees so far this summer. I don't think there has been a single day that I have take the camera out that I didn't find a bumble bee or two feasting on the blooms of the day.
I am really liking the extra splash of color from the annuals that I added to the front bed this year. I normally keep them in the wash tub and a few pots tucked into the garden. This year I had to remove a hosta that was growing out halfway over the sidewalk. It was HUGE. It left a huge open spot when I moved it so I decided to just fill it with annuals until I figured out what to put there. I am glad I did. My front bed is normally a whole lot of green, so the extra color on the ground level is a nice change.
This next week I will finally be getting to share my latest projects for BasicGrey here using their newest lines. If you love BasicGrey be sure to check back on Tuesday to see what I made!
If you get a chance to pick up the new issue of Somerset Home, be sure to check out my little treasure box on page 106!
A couple of months ago an editor from the magazine spotted this box in my shop online and asked if they could use it. I absolutely love the Somerset Magazines and was beyond flattered and thrilled to have them ask for the piece. I am so silly excited to be included in the pages of such an amazing magazine!
In case you are curious, the paper and embellishments are BasicGrey Two Scoops. The box is a clearance aisle treasure from Hobby Lobby.
I am always looking for ways to combine all of the different crafts I love into one. I have finally come up with something that lets me combine beading, silk ribbon embroidery, vintage embellishments and notions, sewing, and paper crafting.
I call these Shabby Scrapbooks. They have a heavy chip/mat board covers that are covered with batting to make them soft and then covered with fabric.
The fronts are embellished with vintage images from my personal collection that I have scanned and edited and then printed on fabric. I then embellish those images with silk ribbon embroidery, beading, vintage notions, papercrafting embellishments, or whatever strikes me at the moment.
On some of the books I add extra embellishments to the covers in addition to the image. This book has a bit of vintage lace that is fashioned into a flower and centered with a vintage rhinestone button and bit of ribbon.
On this book, I added a new flower from Maya Road combined with a piece of vintage jewelry and vintage handmade lace.
I really love this one. First off, I love that image. It is a vintage store trading card advertising Acme Soap. Way back in the day, stores and companies made trading cards to give to customers to advertise. People would collect them and place them in photo albums. The thing I love most about this one though is the fabric. It used to be a vintage baby girl dress coat. I bought it thinking I could do a little embroidery on it. It ened up being too damaged in a few spots to use as it was so I disassembled it to salvage the fabric. I really love it combined with this image.
I have several more of these books planned and will have them available at both Candid Gifts and Show Me Handmade as well as my shop here and on Etsy.
Mark you calendars!
I have been accepted as a vendor at the Strange Folk Festival September 26 and 27th. I am really excited about being accepted but also a bit scared! I have only paticipated in one small craft show before so I am crazy nervous about Strange Folk because it is HUGE! I have got to get some serious crafting and creating done to be prepared. I am a bit worried I will be there with an empty table!
If you are in the O'Fallon area in September, please stop by and say hi! I know several other artists and crafters who will be participating and I think you will be amazed with the selection and talent there.
Here is my second fabulous crafty news. . . I have been accepted to the Etsy Wedding Team! I have long admired the members of this team. I think it is an absolutley amazing group of talents.
If you are looking for handmade wedding items, you really need to go to Etsy and check out the items from the team members. You can also follow the team and their updates on the team blog and on Twitter.