Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Saying ThankU in a Shabby Kind-of-Way


It's me again. I really like this color combination over at Frid Mashup and I just wanted to share the second card I came up with. Instead of using stamps, I opted for a spray of pearls to embellish with. I took a piece of BoBunny's winter line from last year and stamped a sentiment onto it and there you  have it.  I think I may enter this card into this week's challenge too.

Once again, thanks for stopping by and come back real soon.

Friday Smashup on Tuesday

Happy Hellos!!!

I hope all is well with you. It's been a while since I participated in a challenge or at least it feels that way. Yesterday evening, I decided to participate in the FRIDAY MASHUP Challenge. I think this is the first time I have participated in one of their challenges. I have visited the site on several occasion, but never uploaded on of my cards. I paused from altering one of my altered cigar boxes. Apparently, just in the nick of time, but not to worry. If you would like to join me, there's a least one more day before the challenge closes.

You have the opportunity to use Midnight Muse, So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise & Soft Suede or make a "Thank You" project or Mash it Up.

I opted to use the colors. I needed a thinking of you card.

I didn't begin feeling this way. Howeverm\, by the time I was finished,
I had a little shabby-chic kinda card. Which is a little odd since I will
be the first one to admit, I'm not a shabby chic kinda girl.

I used several products including My Mind's Eye DP,
sentiment stamp set from PTI, StazOn and Stampin' Up inks,
COPIC markers, and Ranger Inc Distressing ink.

You may have seen this trimming at The Peddler's Gallery a time or two.
I have to admit it is my go to embellishment when I feeling a little shabby
or I recieve a special request. I picked this trimming up when
I was in Atlanta last year. No doubt, I use it sparingly.

As always, thanks for visiting The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

Friday, August 24, 2012

A Tim Holtz Thursday & A Busy Weekend-to-Be

Happy Hellos Everyone!!!

I'm so glad it's Friday. One would think that statement would be followed by sentiments of relaxation, but that's not the case. Kevin and I have a band/parent cookout to attend this evening. I need to move much of my craft supplies and equipment before the sun comes up on Saturday morning so workmen will be able to work. Every six month I select 7 A.M. and 7:30 A.M. dental appointments for my son and I. When that Saturday comes, I often wonder...'Why did I make this appointment at this time?' Then it's on to an all day trip with some of the church's youth to the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Sunday--Sunday, Kevin has an event to attend and I have a class I'm enrolled in at the same time. I'm sure this will be lots of fun logistically. In between, all that, I still have school shopping to do.

Thursday, was full of Tim Holtz goodness. I attended my first two Tim Holtz classes sponsored by The Queen's Ink in Savage, Maryland. Thanks Queen Pattie and her court for putting on a class act event. We crafted from 9 A.M. until 7:30 A.M. Both of my classes were wonderful, educational, and enlightening. I brought my camera along to capture the events; however, I was so engrossed in my crafting I didn't capture some of the things I wanted to. Needless to say, I had a wonderful time with a wonderful group of ladies and gentlemen. Take a look at what I managed to photograph.

As always, thanks for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Thanks w/a Royal Feel

Happy Hellos Everyone:

I'm not sure whether you have noticed, but lately I have done very little stamping with I create cards. Nor have I entered several of my projects into any contest. I'm not sure why. I do know there are times when I like to use the colors I perfer oppose to the challenge colors. I also like to use my layouts or the layouts I like to use. This appears to not to work with other challenges. I need to find some anything goes type of challenge blogs; at least until I can get with the program. Do you ever feel like that?

Today's card has my name written all over it. That's right, the color purple is all over it. ;) Take a look...

This was a fun card to make. I love when I pull out my sewing machine. Stitching just adds that extra to that special occasion. As always, thanks for visiting The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

Monday, August 20, 2012

For the Coffee Lover

Happy Hellos Everyone:

Let me start by saying...I hope you're having a marvelous Monday. I didn't have an opportunity to get a lot of crafting done this weekend. However, I managed to make the cutest little gift to present to my coffee-loving family and friends. When I began making this gift, I didn't have a theme in mind, but when I was done clearly this was a gift to be recieved at Halloween. Take a look...

I cannot take total credit for creating this caddy. The inspiration came from Julee over at Poetic Artistry. I love the way my K-cup Caddy turned out. Now, all I have to do is add a sentiment reflective of the season. Well, as always, thanks for visiting The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Accordian Envelope Photo Album

Happy Hellos Everyone:

I hope you're enjoying your weekend.

A couple of years ago two of my long time friends and their children attended the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. with Kevin and I. It was a memorable day and we had so much fun with our  children. We walked what felt like all over the District, when in fact we only got to see, the Washington Monument, The Jefferson Memorial, Abraham Lincoln Memorial, and the War Memorial. The one thing that stands out about that day was... It was extremely hot! I also discovered Washington, D.C. has a limited amount of trees.

I've been wanting to do something special with the photos I had taken and after seeing Ashley Newell's accordion evelope album, I decided to make one of my own. For some reason, I love to scrap any page smaller than 12x12 so, this was the perfect album for me. As promised in a recent posts, I pulled out Authentique's: Lively and PTI's Shutterbug Special stamp set and coordinating dies again. Take a look...

The one photo I didn't capture too well is of the accordian spine.
I hope you have an idea of what the spine of your mini-scrapbook would look like
if you made this mini-scrapbook.

I used a translucent film for the first page. I thought it was a great place to begin.
I also thought, why not put a photo of a cherry blossom tree in full bloom.
Again, it was a great place to begin.

Along with photos, I included index cards annotating highlights of the cherry blossom festival.
I used my Tim Holtz's die to create the tabs in coordinating DP.

Opposite from the translucent page, using the opaque vellum was equally as fun to use.
As you can see, I pulled out my PTI stamp and dies. Take a looke at the cherry blossom photo above.
I pulled out my photoshop too. I left the center of the cherry blossom in color for a special effect.

This is one of my favorite phots of that day. I'm not sure if you noticed,
but I have off-set just about every photo in the mini-album.

I'm not sure whether you can tell, but just about every page is made from a small white envelope.

With each I wanted to bring something new to the mix, I used flocked paper.

...and another tranlucent page here. This way the photo on the left appears to have a background.

Here, the vellum separates two of the site we visited--the War Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial.

The 'Thickers' says it all.

I love the cardstock page and how the detail in the spine just pops out.

I call this page Reflections.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Special Birthdays

Happy Hellos Everyone:
It’s a fantastic Friday! {for me and I hope for you too} The Baltimore Ravens have a pre-season home game this evening which could only mean the regular football season is upon us. One would think after viewing two weeks of the Olympic a person may have had enough of watching sporting events. However, not me. It appears older I have become, the more I seem to enjoy the games. It's hard to believe I actually watched the US basketball game in its entirety. For me that says a lot since I am a football/baseball kinda girl.
Okay, moving right along…We appear to highlight selected birthdays...birthdays that are presumed to be special--you know birthdays like the 13th, 16th, 21st, 25th, 50th etc. When infact every birthday is special [to me]. I think it's special when you recieve a card to highlight your 37th or your 73rd birthday and not just your 30th or 70th. I think that's why I had such a good time creating today’s cards. I pulled out my dies and stamp set from PTI and my DP from My Mind’s Eye and this is what I came up with…

The poka-dots just makes that special number pop out.

This is one of my favorite sentiment sets from PTI.
I think it says so much more than happy birthday.

To emboss or not to emboss--
I'm happy with using the printed paper and the cardstock I embossed.

As always, thanks for visiting
The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Well Wishes for Him

Happy Hellos Everyone:
I hope at the end of this day that you can only describe today as being a wonderful Wednesday or something even better. I know I made a mental note to try to do the same. There are two types of cards I find had to keep in my stash--get well cards and sympathy cards. So, since my brother-in-law is recuperating from a surgical procedure, I decided to focus on get well cards this past weekend. It took a minute or two to find some papers that weren't too girly-girly when color comes into play or covered with a floral spray. In the end, I was able to count on My Mind’s Eye. I have always loves this collection. The fact it’s now available in 6x6 papers is even better. There was a time when I wasn't real keen about 6x6 papers, now it appears as though I look for them first. 

Anyway, this is what I came up with...

As always, thanks for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery and come back again real soon.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Seasonal--Altered Cigar Box

Happy Hellos Everyone:
I hope you’re Tuesday is absolutely terrific. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, have another project to share with you. Last Thursday, my Stampin’ Up order arrived. Yippy!!!! I haven't placed a SU order in like forever. There's just so much competion out there. As soon as I discovered their holiday paper, I had to have it. Actually, after this weekend, I want more. The only reason why I didn’t order two sets of this beautiful paper was merely because it wasn't tanigle to me. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to make. After careful (...and I say careful because I can't run to my LSS to purchase more if needed.) consideration, I opted to alter another cigar box. I think I get a kick out of turning something that would have otherwise been discarded and turning it into a personal treasure.
As you know my son graduated from middle school back in June. Instead of giving the selected faculty and staff something all at once, I decided otherwise. When I give a gift to someone, I want it to suite that individual. Every school normally has a fantastic secretary and I suppose my son’s school is no different. In fact the secretary has purchased several cards from me over the years. Well, I decided to give her an altered box. This way she could have something special to store her [holiday] greeting/note cards before sending them to her family and friends.
I wanted to create a box that was anything, but gaudy or baroque and I think I managed to do so. Take a look....

Isn't this paper simply put....gorgeous?

I love the color brown thrown in the mix of the traditional seasonal colors.

I wanted to leave remeniances of the cigar box, so I left the original red banding.

I wanted to use a different footing beside what I've been using.
I love Tim Holtz foundations, but it's nice to try other embellishments too.
These are dice I brought from one of my favorite LSS.
The  DP is from Authentique's Christmas line.

I can't tell you where the the top embellish came from, but it works for me.

The inside--I just love all the different patterns.

Take a look at the first pattern paper I used.
The translucent paper has been flocked. Since it's translucent, the wood is exposed.
Did I mention I just love this collection of pattern paper? I probably have.

I'm entering my altered box in the:

As always, thanks for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

Monday, August 13, 2012

A Set of Lively Cards

Happy Hellos Everyone:
I hope your Monday kicked-off marvelously. This weekend, I had the opportunity to get a little crafting done. There were so many different techniques I wanted to explore, but time continued to fly by faster than my little hands could keep-up with. Actually, I don't think I tried any new techiques. I managed to make several cards and alter another cigar box. I really wanted to play with some stains and make a few tags; try some techniques I have promised myself countless times I would, but that did happen either. Instead, I was able to play with Authentique’s DP line: Lively. I just absolutely love-love-love this line. This is one of those collections where you want to make everything you create from this line, but that’s Authentique for you. Recently, I used Lively on a project I started last week, but I just completed {with finishing touches} the project yesterday. I hope to show that project to you before the end of the week. For now, take a look below....

I love the collage of patterns

The layout of the four cards are virtually the same;
however, each card is for a different occasion.

You can't help love how the pattern paper accented the pleated circles.

I'm unsure of who the recipient may be, but I'm almost certain she'll like her card.

Well, what do you think?

As always, thanks for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

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