Friday, April 22, 2011

Welcome to my blog & Happy Good Friday!

Well, I've been tossing around the idea of starting a blog...and now I have!  I'm so looking forward to sharing my creations with you.  My sister Cindy ( has been blogging her craftiness for about 5 months now and has finally convinced me that it's time for me to join the fun.  I'm a part-time crafter...darn that real-world job! this should be a good way to keep me on my creative toes. 

The first project I want to share with you is my Easter cards for this year.  These were an experiment in shabby chic / distressed a la Tim Holtz (but obviously girly-er). 
Paper:  Stampin' Up!, K&Co.
Inks:  Vintage Photo Distress Ink & Timber Brown StazOn
Stamps:  SU!
Images:  Girl with Easter egg image is a laser cut I received as a crop giveaway
Other:  Rock Candy Distress Paint, large silk flower, small paper flower, lace, ribbon, white photo corners, foam tape, scallop decorative scissors, splat mat, adhesive
  • I really wanted these cards to have a vintage feel.  I stamped the crackled paint background on cream cardstock with vintage photo, layered K&Co. papers that had an old wallpaper feel to them on top of that, and kept up the layering with the lace, ribbon, and flowers. 
  • The "wishing you..." sentiment is accented by white photo corners that were antiqued with vintage photo and is adhered using foam tape for dimension.
  • I covered the entire laser cut image with Rock Candy Distress Paint.  The distress paint will curl your paper.  After experimenting, I found that if I used a little tape to lightly adhere the laser cut to my Splat Mat, THEN covered the image in Rock Candy and let dry completely, I had a much better chance of my image turning out flat and intact.  If you're working with a detailed image such as this one, let it dry before trying to move it.  The distress paint makes the paper very delicate until it is dry.
  • After the Distress Paint was completely dry, I lightly distressed it with Vintage photo.  This really brought out the cracks and made the image look old.


  1. Beautiful first share! Love the layout of the blog too...and the name is perfect! I wish I could have been your first follower...guess I'll have to be happy at number two. lol

  2. Can't wait to see more of your creations! Good luck with your blog.

  3. great job! I love it! welcome to blogging!! Hugs! Dina

  4. Beautiful! The vintage feel is perfect for this image. I've been crafting for quite some time and have never tried the crackle effect. Time for me to get on the stick!! (or at least, on the brush!!!) Welcome to our world!

    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

  5. P.S. ... WOW, Oliver's eyes are intense!! I wish I had jewelry as beautiful!

  6. Congrats on your new blog and welcome to blogland. Love your vintage shabby Easter card. Thanks for the close-up of the crackle paint effect on the girl silouhette. Good luck on this new journey, enjoy!


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