Friday, November 29, 2013


It has been a while but of course the holidays always take me away from crafting!  But, I did see that City Crafter Challenge Blog has a challenge that is right up my alley....."Snow White"....basically an all white card which I love to make!  Here is the lovely inspiration photo that was included:

And, I actually went almost totally with this photo....even down to the placement of my bling and ribbon to mimic the lit candle.  I used a Spellbinder's tapestry die to create the "lace curtain"  and then to copy the opaque look of the windows I used vellum behind the die cut.  Since the challenge refers to "Snow" white I also used double sided tape along the edges of the velum  and then pressed some glitter on it for a frosty look!   Finally, I used silver for my sentiment along with some rhinestones to further a crisp winter look.  I loved this challenge and really, really hope that I will be able to play along again before it is done.  It is such a challenge for me to work an all white card and still make it interesting!

I am also entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday - Countdown to the Holidays and also the Simon Says Stamp Blog Anything Goes.

The inside is really hard to see but it is white card mounted on silver with a silver embossed Merry and Bright and two snowflakes on the upper portion.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday yesterday....and are ready to gear up for the next one!  

Take care and Be well,

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Another day....Another Jewelry Box....

I really have had such a good time with making  these jewelry boxes.  They have been a really nice accompaniment to the TV when Joe was out of town last week.  I was able to sit and listen to a show....usually a documentary or a TED Talk and then just craft away.  I use those two types of shows because  I can just listen and craft rather than having to actually watch what is going on like I would with a movie or other type of show.  So, I have been getting lots of "larger" crafting done and also improving my mind with documentaries....Win/Win!

One of my daughter's friends saw the box I made for Bessie and asked her if it would be alright to ask me to make her a box.  I was tickled that she asked....Bess and this girl have been friends since they were in second grade.  She asked me if I could use the color purple and I said yes before I discovered that there is almost no purple paper out there!  I searched thru my own stash and basically came up with nuttin'!  Just random bits here and there that even with distressing didn't really look well together.    Then when I went online I did find one pack by Authentique that seemed more eggplant or Aubergine than truly "purple" but I like the way this turned out anyway.  It seems more sophisticated  shabby chic than just shabby chic.  I hope she likes it!

The first two pics are the box laying you can really see how it is constructed and then standing up so you can see how well these Tim Holtz products support the box!  I also am entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge of Patchwork.  I think this look like a lovely homemade patchwork quilt!

I then picked up some fake vintage hardware from Hobby Lobby and placed the cabinet knob on the top panel of the jewelry box.  I love how this looks!  This shot also shows the two different types of corner hardware that I used on the top of the box.  I like how it finishes off the project but I also think it gives greater stability to the overall box.  

This is a shot of the back of the box.  The first box that I made I used a 12x12 sheet of paper but really struggled with it and the small bubbles that would form below the surface.  I do think that cardstock would work but I used some Tim Holtz coordinations and think that it was too absorbent for the ModPodge.  I now distress the pack of the cardboard after I seal it with some ModPodge and really like this warm, vintage-y look instead.

Finally, these last shots are of the sides....both sides are the same as far as being framed out with a piece of hardware.  This helps to cover the seam that is created when i used two pieces of paper from the 6x6 paper pack.  Now I know I could just use a 12x12 piece of paper to eliminate the seam but if I did I think that I would still use the hardware here as I think it adds even more interest to the piece.

Well, I hope that you liked my piece and I certainly hope that Jenny loves it!  Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope that your weekend is FABULOUS!!!

Be well,