Saturday, June 28, 2014

Victoriana in Pink and Black

A very Happy Saturday to everyone and I hope you all have a magnificent weekend! Although we have had rain each evening and night, our days have been so beautiful and it's so much fun to spend hours outside. I am signed up for a 5K Color Run on July 26 so I have been trying to get in my training time...eeeek!! Did I REALLY say I would do that??? hahahha

I was asked to try my hand at a little Victoriana project so I hope I have met the mark with a 6" square 4-drawer chest topped with an easel card. I used two fabulous products from the Southern Ridge Trading Company shop. I used the beautiful flourish border BOR-345 and hearts from the HRT-080. Everything else is from my if you have questions about something I have used, just jot me a note and I will try my best to answer your questions.

You can see that, on the front,  I used the two ends of the BOR-345, painting them with black acrylic paint before placing them as the anchor for the floral treatment.

On the back, I used two of the hearts from HRT-080, painting them with white acrylic paint before topping them with a bit of fancy! The other embellishments are the same as I used on the front of the card and are listed below.

I will attempt to give you as many details as I can but you can tell that I used so many things that I will surely miss part of them. I first made the little 4-drawer chest and you can Google that since there are so many different instructions and options and I can't remember which one I used...except that it ended up 6" square. For the drawer pulls, I dipped the little open roses into ModPodge several times so they would look like ceramic. I then added some black satin bows and MS punched rose leaves. I also painted some little black spools to use as legs for the chest.

I used 3 layers of double-sided DP for the top and rolled back two sheets of the opposite corners for dimension and for places to tuck in a ribbon tag and some little Victorian crystal wheat, rosebuds, berries, glass baubles. Rather than use a paper doily I used some pre-gathered lace and black guipure lace in a semi-circle to serve as the base for the flowers/stuff!  haha I used various roses and rosebuds, crystal flowers, stick pins, ceramic heart, chenille heart, organza butterflies. I also used a small lace butterfly in the lower corner topped with tiny pearls. And of course it wouldn't be Victorian without its share of border pearls!!

Here are some additional views:

I hope you will let me know what you think of my little attempt at Victoriana!


Mr has made the selection for the darling Maya stamp and the beautiful Butterfly Border Die is.....

Congratulations, Helena! Please leave a comment on this posting so that others know you have claimed your prize and send me an email before Monday, June 30 at 8 AM ET so that I can get your package to you right away!

Thank you all so much for dropping by and I hope to see you again real soon! Have a lovely weekend and until the next time, I send Big Hugs!!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Maya Giftboxes...Winner...SWEET STUFF!!

Happy Day to everyone! I hope you are having a delightful weekend and are enjoying each moment.

I made a couple of triangular boxes with matching enclosure cards using the oh so darling Maya designed by Sylvia Zet of Wee Stamps. For the larger box I used the rubber stamp from Whimsy Stamps and for the smaller images I used the digi from the Wee Stamps web shop. The images were colored with Copics and Promarkers, adding Prisma Glitter to the wings and Wink of Stella to the flower.

The larger flower is handmade by Anna Fearer and the other flowers are Tuscany rosebuds and hip rosebuds. On the smaller box I used open roses and rosebuds. Below is a side view which gives you an idea of of how I made the triangles...mostly by trial and error. For the tall side of the box, I actually used some heart shaped pearls and thin ribbon as ties to hold the box closed.

The base of the larger box is about 4 1/2" square (12 cm) and it is 5 1/2" tall (13 cm). The base of the smaller box measures 4 3/4" (12+ cm) by 3 7/8" (10 cm) and is 3 3/4" tall.


The winner of the SRTC gift voucher and flowers is....

Congratulations, Danielle!! Please leave a comment on this posting so that others know you have claimed your prize and send me your mailing info before Tuesday, June 24 at 8 AM ET so that I can get your prizes to you right away!!


I have an extra little Maya who is wanting to go to a new home....


The lovely Denise Lynn, owner at Whimsy Stamps, has given me one of the beautiful Butterfly Border Dies to travel along with Maya...

Please leave a comment before Wednesday, June 25 at 8 AM ET if you would like to be in for the draw for these marvelous Whimsy Stamps products!!

Thank you so much for dropping by and I hope to see you again real soon. Until then,big hugs!!!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Seaside Fun!!! Winner!! SWEET STUFF!!

A very happy Monday to everyone! I hope you have had a marvelous weekend and are ready for an even better week! I am happy to report that the roof is completely finished on my own house and the cottage and barn repairs will be underway for a while longer....ARGH!!! I would never have believed how much crafting STUFF I have and that is going to change one way or the other...lolol...Suggestions, anyone????

Today is my first posting over at the Southern Ridge Trading Company blog and I would love for all of you to come over for a visit. This company has such delightful chipboard and wood cuts that I know you will be interested in checking them out! I have been invited to join this group and to use the wonderful products found in the SRTC shop. You can also see how some of the products are used over on the Facebook page HERE.

I would like to show you my first chipboard creation---a card I made using the lovely lighthouse TRA-329 (which will be on the web site very soon) and the fence from GAR-185. I am new to chipboard so this was just so much fun and exciting and I'm sure you will enjoy using it also. It certainly adds a new dimension to anything you might make! There are so many new images out now from Magnolia, Bildmalarna, Whimsy, etc that are beach/sea related that this lighthouse would be so useable for it!!!

The base and all double matting is Bazzill and the DP is from the Bildmalarna An Ocean and Strawberries  collection. The image is also from Bildmalarna and was colored with Copics and Promarkers. The lighthouse was painted with acrylics, adding a bit of shading and using gold glitter paint for the windows and a pearl for the top of the cupola. Along the bottom I used a piece of the fence from the GAR-185 set and some Sand FlowerSoft, adding a few sea related buttons. That little fence reminds me of the driftwood fences we see along the Eastern Seaboard. The front was finished with satin ribbon tied into a double flat bow, some hemp twine, and a ship's wheel charm. Finally I added some burlap corners to the image panel and some pearls to the corners.

On the inside I used the rest of the little fence, more sand and buttons, pearls, metal corner piece, and satin ribbon with hemp twine.


Sorry for my tardiness in naming the winner of sweet little Daphne, the lovely butterfly border die, and traveling companions, but I hope you can understand the MESS I have been in. Mr has selected the winner from your comments.....

Congratulations, Carla! Please leave a comment on this posting and email me your mailing address before Wednesday, June 18 at 8 AM EDT so that I can get your package out to you right away.


Since this is my first posting at Southern Ridge Trading Company I would like to give one of my lucky followers $20 to spend at...

along with this package of other goodies!!

All I am asking is that you leave a comment here and go over to the Southern Ridge Trading Company Facebook page and/or the Southern Ridge Trading Company Blog and join or become a follower. The closing will be Thursday, June 19 at 8AM. Thank you and Good Luck!!

Thank you so much for dropping by today and I hope to see you again real soon. I missed my 5 year Blogaversary in April so I have been putting together a SWEET STUFF that I hope you would enjoy...and hopefully, if no more storms hit, I can get that together this week. Keep your fingers crossed for me!! Until the next time, I send BIG HUGS!!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Daphne and Daffodils....WINNERS!!!...SWEET STUFF!!

Happy Day to everyone!! Gosh I am so in hopes that things are going well for each of you and that this new month brings much "good stuff" to each of us! Over the past three weeks, we have had severe wind, rain, and hail storms...and as luck would have it, the roof of my own house was so destroyed that I have had to get a complete new roof....And if that was not bad enough, the roof on my cottage crafting house was also destroyed and the torrential rains came to the inside of the house which means new drywall and new ceilings throughout the house...sigh...And that is not even mentioning the papers and soft goods that were destroyed. I know...I know, I had plenty BUT just going through and seeing what was destroyed is a real pain...if you know what I mean....argh!!!!!!! But enough of that...let's move on to happier things right now!!!!!!!!

For my card today I used the absolutely precious Wee Stamps image, Daphne, designed by Sylvia Zet for Whimsy Stamps. Isn't that little darling the sweetest thing, bringing spring/summer joy with her daffodil! She was colored with Copics and Promarkers, adding touches of Prisma Glitter for her wings and Wink of Stella to the daffodil. The base and double matting is Bazzill and the DP is from the Maja Design Vintage Spring Basics paper pad. For the horizontal I used some Natural Cotton Lace from Wild Orchid Crafts topped with PTI satin lace tied into a double flat bow. The sentiment is from the NEW Life's Moments sentiment set designed by Simonne Clay of SC Designs for Whimsy Stamps. The sentiment was cut out using the new and gorgeous NEW Fancy Label Die. The card was finished with some WOC Self-Adhesive Pearls,  Daffodils, Mulberry Leaves, and Decorative Metal Corner. I hope you will let me know what you think of my creation!!


I have a couple of winners to announce and, as usual, they were selected by Mr!!! First, the winner of the sweet Maya stamp, the lovely Butterfly Border, and some other fun things is........

And the winner of the Sweet Tea stamp, the same beautiful Butterfly Border, and some other fun things is....

Congratulations, ladies!!! Please leave a comment on this posting so that others know you have claimed your prizes and email your mailing information to me before Thursday, June 5, at 8 AM EDT so that I can get your prizes mailed out to you right away!!


I have a darling little Daphne with her sweet daffodil who is looking for a new adoptive home!!!


The lovely and generous Denise Lynn at Whimsy Stamps has given me a beautiful Butterfly Border Die to give to the winner!!


I will be adding some travelling STUFF to make the journey to their new home a bit more fun!!!

All you have to do is leave a comment below before Thursday, June 5, at 8 AM, EDT and you will be in for the draw!! Good luck!!

Thank you all so much for dropping by and I hope you will want to visit again real soon! Have a delightful rest-of-the-week...and until the next time, I send big hugs!!!