this card contains my favorite piece of patterned paper from the MARY MARY QUITE CONTRARY kit, so i'm a bit sad that i covered most of it up! on the other hand, i'd like to think the pretty lady on the "peek-a-boo" transparency *IS* the eponymous "mary mary"... so i'm quite pleased to have composed an entire card around her!!! :)
the paper in question is called "floral" and it's from glitz design's vintage blue collection. i love the rich color... the smudgy, inky, shabby chic vibe... the soft pattern of faded flowers and nearly obscured text; yeah, i do wish i had managed to show it off better, but i think it makes a gorgeous backdrop for the more prominent bits of my card.
aren't those glitz "peek-a-boo" embellishments fabulous? i used "mary mary" straight out of the packet (you do get an ENTIRE packet, by the way!) but cut my sentiment from a larger, subway-art-style piece. i used my ordinary everyday adhesive roller to attach them; the fact that they have opaque sections makes it incredibly easy to hide your glue, but you could also staple or sew 'em on... or even use brads or eyelets in the corners. the flowers are cut using a set of smallish graduated flower dies from scraps of other blue papers in the kit which i have inked and distressed to create a vintage feeling.
here's my favorite "secret" bit: the fancy label shape is raised on thin strips of foam tape around three of its edges in order to create a pocket into which i've slid a an embellished tag from the 12x12" sheet of crate paper's "random" stickers; i stuck it to yet another coordinating scrap so i can write a personal greeting on the back of the tag. when my engineering was done, all i needed to do was layer each element on the card, and add some extra embellishments like the gorgeous green seam binding, and a few punched butterflies.
is it just me, or do you think that even "mary mary" will have trouble remaining contrary in such an elegant setting??! :)
Picture of a hen was printed out and covered with UTEE. Cardboard cutlery were also covered with the same medium. To complete composition I used linen and lace.
Inside the front cover I placed a pocket that can be a “shelter” for the new recipes :).
This is my last work on this blog. I would like to say goodbye to you as a designer of the PDP. Thank you, Kirsty and the PDP designers with whom I had the opportunity to work together for a great time, inspiration and opportunity to be here with you.
Thank you dear readers for all kind words that you have left under my work. One year has passed very quickly and brought a lot of new experiences and contacts.
sometimes my biggest creative problem is knowing when my project is DONE and that i should stop crafting!!! :) luckily, the march pixie kit, MARY MARY QUITE CONTRARY, contains items like this my mind's eye "sunshine memories" paper that is already so close to perfect that even i recognize it!
i knew right away it would make a MAGNIFICENT card with very few additions; for that matter, it'd make a pretty fab layout, as well! i thought the little banner from the "funday" buttons would work well here, and i was pretty sure the little yellow alphabet from glitz's "random" sticker sheet would fit perfectly. the chipboard is self-adhesive, but i sewed along the top anyway, as an extra decoration.
since i had my needle threaded with black embroidery floss, i thought i'd add the rest of my sentiment in hand-stitching. i used a favorite font--susie's hand--to print the word "you" to size, laid it over my paper, and pierced holes for my needle. then i back-stitched along the entire word, ending with a french knot under my exclamation point. all that remained was to mat the panel, and add a tiny bit *more* texture by machine stitching around the fancy label shape, then finally around the perimeter of the card.
one of the easiest cards of 2012 is also one of my favorites so far! ♥
recently, my sister-in-law gave me an envelope containing a bunch of "leftover" portraits of my nieces riley and lindsay from the last couple of years. i already have my own copies of most of these photos, but in the course of conversation it was mentioned that if i wanted to "make something or other" with some of these, that would be ok. :) :) :) when i saw all the gorgeous soft pink shades in the MARY MARY QUITE CONTRARY kit, i thought i'd better get started! (although i feel honor-bound to mention that "contrary" is not a word one could ever use for these girls... why just *LOOK* at those sweet faces in their easter hats a few years ago!!!)
i am what you might call a "frequent flyer" in the unfinished wooden item section of my local craft store. i am especially drawn to the $1 aisle, where i have been known to scoop up "interesting" finds even without having a clear idea of what i will do with them. last fall i saw a few of these 5" square frames and thought they might come in handy sometime... and i was right!
i gave the corners and edges a quick coat of white gesso, and then set about covering the flat surfaces of the frame. i used the reverse of glitz's "beautiful dreamer polka" on the front and 1/4" slices of echo park's "garden gate" on the sides. with a flowery border punch i made decorative strips of the same paper for around the photo aperture.
i used my low-temp hot glue gun to apply a very thin line of adhesive, an inch at a time, on top of the flowery strip, and scrunched the pale pink crinkly signature seam bindingaround the opening. as a finishing touch i cut out one of the poppies from pink paislee's "nantucket oyster bar" paper and applied a liberal coat of glitter glue to the center. one tiny crate paper "random" sticker summed up my nieces perfectly in a single word!
and here they are as the "stars" of the perfect little frame for their mama's desk. sweetness, indeed! ♥♥♥