Friday, July 29, 2011

Fabric Friday

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Today's fabric project features the new Beau Chateau Designer Fabric from Stampin' Up!  I love the style of this fabric line as it is so French cottage or French flea market in it's coloring and the image styling.  What I have made is an upscaled tea towel.

I cut lots of flowers using my Big Shot and the Fun Flowers Bigz L Die.  Then I distressed the flowers by first getting them soaking wet, then wringing them out, and then rubbing them on a terry cloth towel to fray up the edges.  Before drying them I sprayed them with starch and then I put them on a cookie sheet and put that out in the sun to dry.

I did not want every edge of the flowers to be adhered to the towel.  I wanted a little bit of "messiness" to give the towel a bit more visual movement and interest.  So, to attach my flowers to the tea towel I used bits and pieces of Stampin' Up!'s Fabric Adhesive Roll which is like Heat-n-Bond or Wonder Under.  Then I just stitched across the towel back and forth to add even more panache.

The final touch to give the towel a strong focal point I added the three ribbon rosettes.  Each rosette has a fun button tied with Linen Thread.  I hope you have been inspired to upscale a tea towel.  In fact I might do a few more and have them ready to wrap homemade breads for the upcoming holidays.

Come back next week for another installment of Fabric Friday.

Happy craftin, Elizabeth


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Goin' Vintage for the Fancy Card Swap Hop

Welcome to my blog!  Today several of us are featuring our cards we traded at our Fancy Card Swap which was held at the Stampin' Up! Convention a few weeks ago.  I know for a fact that if you hopped here from Carrie Gaskin's Artistic Avenger Blog you were delighted to see her Fancy Card Swap.


For my Fancy Card Swap card I wanted to stamp with my favorite brand new stamp set called Established Elegance and back it up with a great new background stamp called Hello, Doily.  It may not look like it but there were lots of steps to complete my card.  One that I will share is how I dyed the Whisper White Organza Ribbon.

   I dyed an entire bolt of Whisper White Orangza Ribbon to be a lucious Wisteria Wonder purple hue.  To do this I added quite a few drops of Wisteria Wonder Classic Ink Refill to about 1 1/2 cups hot, hot water and 1 tablespoon vinegar.  Next, I fully saturated all the ribbon in hot water.  Then I placed the wet ribbon into ink, hot water, and vinegar mix.  I let it sit for several minutes before I rinsed it and hung it out to dry. 

I had some fun adding Basic Pearls, an Antique Brad, ink splatters, and a tiny punched Wisteria Wonder flower.

Before I send you off to the next blog on our hop I want to share an totally sweet card that was swapped by Kathy Wheat.

Kathy calls it her  "Sparkling Strawberry" card. The minute I saw her swap I was totally intrigued.  The strawberry is so yummy looking.  Thanks Kathy for sharing such an awesome idea.


Now have some fun and continue on to our hop and click over to see Marlene Caravello's swap card at michvanstamps.blogspot.com.


All the stops on the hop:
Marlene Caravello - www.michvanstamps.blogspot.com
Kaylene Murray - http://stampinkay.blogspot.com/
Julie Beltramo - http://justjulieb30.blogspot.com
Jaydee - http://www.jaydeestamping.com/weblog
Nancy Ferb - http://www.nancyferbshares.typepad.com
Tami Waddell - http://tamiwaddellcreates.typepad.com/my_weblog/
Beverly Gomez - www.stampingwithbev.blogspot.com
Sacha Wilson - http://ink-ology.blogspot.com
Gilda Fellows - http://www.yourfellowstamper.blogspot.com/
Carrie Gaskin - http://artisticavenger.wordpress.com
and me, Elizabeth Price - http://seeinginkspots.blogspot.com
 

Enjoy and happy stampin', Elizabeth 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Another Convention Swap

Being that I love Halloween decor I decided to join a swap at Convention that was all about Halloween.  It was a fabulous swap of 13+1.  How appropriate was that?  This is the card I made to trade.  I started out knowing exactly what I wanted to do and thought they would be pretty quick and simple--wrong!  They took forever.  Those cute little candy corn punched from the new Pennant Punch from Stampin' Up! took a long time to complete.   

The black background piece is super cool.  First, I ran a piece of Basic Black through the Spider Web embossing folder and then I reran that piece through the Big Shot with an inked up Trick of Treat Letterpress Plate.

I sponged a couple colors to shabby up the bottom piece of First Edition DSP.  I used Pumpkin Pie and Basic Grey.  The candy corn are backed with Rich Razzleberry and the entire pennant is threaded on Linen Thread which is attached to the card with Vintage Brads.  To give the entire card a bit more interest I distressed the edges.  I do this step once everything is glue in place as I find it much quicker and easier to work against the resistance rather than just holding a piece of paper in mid-air.

Click over to the Passionately Artistic Linking Party for more cool hand crafted ideas.  I have posted my card there and have seen some amazing hand made projects.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Fabric Friday


I have an announcement for all of you.  Please join me every Friday for a fun and fantastic fabric based project.  That's right each Friday I plan to share a project featuring the designer fabrics from Stampin' Up!.

Today's project is a big bag that I made which is perfect for heading out to the beach.  This bag is huge.  I didn't follow a pattern.  Instead I just started snippin' and rippin' strips of Flirtatious Designer Fabric and then I sewed them together.  From there I added the bottom of the bag which is a light weight canvas from the remnant bin at my local fabric store.  

For the closure I stitched a casing and added Twill Tape for a drawstring.  The drawstring allows the bag to open wide for stuffing lots of stuff inside.  Speaking of the inside, it is fully lined for added stability and panache.

A few Designer Buttons from Stampin' Up! were added to the bottom sides to give the bag some character.  And, to finish the bag and add a little stampin', I made a woodsheet tag cut from the Top Note Big Shot die.  I stamped the tag with the Delicate Doilies stamp set, which coordinates perfectly with the Flirtatious fabric.  For the tag focal I cut fabric letters from the Simple Alphabet Big Shot dies to spell "bag."  At first the letters were not beefy enough for me so I kept cutting and layering more letters from the woodsheets and achieved the look I was envisioning.


To see more handmade projects click over to Passionately Artistic for some great inspriation.  I hope you have enjoyed my first Fabric Friday.  Stop by next week for another fabric project.

Happy craftin, Elizabeth

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sharing Some Convention Pics

I thought I would share a few pictures from the Stampin' Up! Convention.  One day we headed out the the Riverton campus to see the Stampin' Up! facilities.  After we went to Thanksgiving Point for lunch and a little, well a lot, of shopping.  Then over to Dear Lizzie for a bit more, no a lot more, shopping and frozen yogurt.
The sets all over the Salt Palace Convention Center were super cool and fit the "Grow" theme.  Pictured with me is my sweet friend Kaylene who came all the way from Qatar and the one and only Julie B.

It is always fun to get an extra surprise gift.  Everybody got a full Simply Sent pack at one of the general sessions.  There were gifts all week--it was fabulously fun.  In this picture you see me with my friend Erin from Hollister.  In the bottom picture that is me again with my wonderful and amazing upline Tami.
It was a FANTASTIC convention with lots of laughs and inspiring stuff to see and learn.  I am looking forward to Leadership in San Antonio.
Happy craftin, Elizabeth

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Swappin with Friends

I am just back from Salt Lake City and the Stampin' Up! Convention.  We all had a blast and ended the celebration at a dinner and swap.  We all traded some BEAUTIFUL works of art.  Here is the card that I created using a brand new stamp set called Kindness Matters.  I featured the new Lace Border Punch, the new Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon, and a new embossing folder.

Happy craftin, Elizabeth

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Le Tour Eiffel


Check out these new In Colors from Stampin' Up!  The bright and vibrant green is called Lucky Limeade and the ribbon WAS white organza but I dyed it with the new Wisteria Wonder Classic Ink Refill.  I like the bold combination of the new green with Melon Mambo and the touch of Wisteria Wonder to create some color dimension.

Enjoy and have a great day--happy craftin, Elizabeth

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Button Button...

Who's got the button?  I have three right here on my bright and cheerful summer thank you note.


Today I am playing along with the sketch challenge over at Create With Connie and Mary and the theme challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.













Supply List:

Stamps: Upsy Daisy
Inks: Lucky Limeade & Wisteria Wonder Stampin' Write Markers, White Craft Ink Pad
Papers: White Naturals, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, & Melon Mambo Cardstocks
Accessories: Flirtatious Designer Fabric, Framed Tulip Embossing Folder, Subtles Designer Buttons, Basic Pearls

Enjoy and happy craftin, Elizabeth

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Have a Seat

Isn't this card fabulous?  I love how it turned out.  It is one of those cards that makes me happy.  It came together real easy and for a few simple steps I think I achieved an inviting summery card.


All Supplies are from Stampin' Up!
Stamps - Have a Seat and On the Grow
Inks - Riding Hood Red, Crumb Cake (for sponging edges and on EF)
Papers - Riding Hood Red & Ivory Naturals Cardstocks, Love Letter DSP (retired)
Accessories - Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Vintage Trinkets, Linen Thread, Red Taffeta Ribbon (retired)


Happy craftin, Elizabeth