Sunday, November 16, 2014

share a little love


Hello there. Teresa from MaggieGraceCreates here, bringing up the end of a week of the Lovely Layers challenge. 

It has suddenly turned cold in the southern USA, but until this weekend it has been a beautiful fall. This is my favorite time of the year and my card drew inspiration from the lovely fall color. 



I used the Fancy Leaf Sweetcuts Die and cut several assorted fall color pieces. To my card base I added a favorite piece of embossed paper slightly offset from the center of the card. Along the edge of the embossed paper, I started with my Leaves and simply adhered them in place with a tiny bit of Glastique just below the leaf area, leaving the leaves loose. I cut some of these in reverse so that my leaves twisted and turned both directions. After these dried, I bent and curled the layers of leaves and added a tiny little textured yarn bow.


I also used the Mossy Glen and Real Rust embossing powders to randomly layer and cover the Love Word Accent from Globecraft and Piccolo. Again I used the Glastique to adhere this to the card.



Here is a side angle shot showing how the leaves are dimensional from the card front.





Thursday, November 13, 2014

Nesting in the fall

First of all you need to take off and go see the ABSOLUTELY STUNNING NESTS made by Miss Vicki Boster. I have one of hers and it is beautiful. I was inspired by those and decided to try to make my own version of the nests. 

Mine turned out totally different. 
I am pleased with this, but hers are still the absolute best. 



An assortment of yarns in fall colors - my favorite yarns. I gather small skeins from all over the place. Each road trip finds me looking for a yarn shop where I may buy enough for a project or just one special skein for a memory. 


My stash of ribbon - lace - buttons - and beads------ well it is wide and deep as well. 

This gave me a chance to use some very favorite things. 

Crochet a base - add loads of yarn, ribbon, lace, other bits. 

It pulls you right on into that "head space" where this bit makes this bit sing and shout. 

So much fun.



You can't tell in the photos, but this thing is a large sized nest. 

Like serving platter sized. 

Those long long tassels of yarn give it a beautiful drape.

Lots of color and texture too. 



Strings of beads and silk leaves accent the edge. 

A place for my feathered friend to perch.


I took him out into the leaves for these pictures. 

Perched him in the Ginko Tree. 
(at the local bank) 
(I know people look at me so strangely. Crazy lady standing on a box taking a picture of a pile of yarn in a tree) 

Yes friends

Today that crazy lady was me. 




I am so very happy with this - and there will be more. 

And the even greater part

All of this was already in my stash.


Have a wonderful day. 

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Many thanks

Good Morning. I'm Teresa and I am new here. I am bringing you a fall colored Thanksgiving Card. 



I used several thin strips of assorted paper scraps for the background of the card. I glued them down onto a plain copy paper backing and then trimmed to fit my blank card base. Then using the Winter Village Scene Die I cut a circle from a lighter card stock (I kept the winter scene for a later time). Aligning the "frame" where I wanted it to go, I embossed an almost sheer layer of Mermaid Tears enamel to soften the background for the metallic copper leaves. The leaves are two cuts using the Fancy Leaf Die that I layered and then trimmed the "extra" from. I stamped and embossed the sentiment. The final detail was the addition of eyelets and some textured yarn. tie on a button. Now this one is ready to leave as a tiny token by everyone'e Thanksgiving plate.

Have a wonderful remainder of the weekend.

TERESA




Thursday, November 06, 2014

OVER HERE ---

I am over here today.

A more personal blog post about the hoarding  keeping of stuff for sentimental reasons.

Follow on over if you like.

Have a beautiful day.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

thank you - a new venture begins

This is my last post as a Design Team member for Globecraft and Piccolo. It has been a wonderful experience to work with these products and all the creative people around this product. This however, is not a sad farewell, as I have been asked to join the other designers on the SweetStamps Design Team. SweetStamps is the sister company of GlobeCraft and Piccolo so you will still be seeing lots of these products.

For my farewell design, I have made a cute little note holder. Again a very easy project.


I used the following SweetStamps and Globecraft & Piccolo Products

Large Stemmed Rose Accent 
Ruby Red Slippers Embossing Powder
Mossy Glen Embossing Powder
Enamel Powder Adhesive
- Framed Fancy Words Clear Stamps
Micro White Embossing Powder 

Miscellaneous items
- spool
- hairclip (bobby pin)
- Glue (ultimate glue is great)
- chalkboard paint (black acrylic will work just as well)

Paint the spool with the black paint. Set aside to dry.

Emboss both sides of the Rose Shape using the Ruby Red Slippers for the flower head and the Mossy Glen for the leaves and stems.

Stamp the word "thanks" onto the spool and them emboss with the MicroWhite Powder. I left a bit of the loose powder on mine to imitate the chalkboard - just the effect I was after.

Glue the clip to the back of the Rose (I slipped a small piece of plastic into the clip to prevent gluing it closed.)

Glue the rose into the spool.

Leave a loved one a note saying thank you .


There are so many available shapes on the G&P site, you can customize these for any occasion. They would also be beautiful place card holders as well.

Thank you again for visiting me here. Please follow me on over to the SweetStamps blog. Those designers are amazing as well.

Life is Beautiful -- Teresa

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

happy birthday card



Good Morning Everyone- turns out that October is full of Birthdays in my family. So I sat down and made a pile of simple cards.

These are quite simple and easy ----

I had these blank cards (by the Paper Studio) - So I used these and added simple embellishments.

I used the following GlobeCraft and Piccolo products.
Glastique (as the adhesive)
Embossing Powder Adhesive
- Gilded Rose Gold Embossing Powder 
ATC sized Frame from a Piccolo Set - (several sets have the frame, I simply bag all of these together as I punch out my shapes)

From SweetStamps I used
Birthday Elegant Stamp
- Rustic Ink From the Earth Ink Spots Kit
- legless brads from the Chocolate and Marshmallow set 

- ombre toned embroidery floss

Easy. Quick. Beautiful.

Emboss the corners of the frame with the Gilded Rose Gold. Adhere floss to the back side of the frame and tightly and smoothly wrap the frame with the floss. (a dot of glastique is all you need to hold the floss in place. Glue frame to card to accent the area you like. Stamp with a sentiment. I added the Candi Legless Brads to further accent the corner.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

it's a Luke Bryan song inspired box.

We all have things we want to keep. Especially memory things. This is a Memory Box. Ready for beach photos, maybe a ticket to the pavilion amusement park, even a few seashells. Every time I heard this song, I knew I wanted to use the imagery from it for a project. 




It started with a kraft paper recipe box. And this wonderful soft toned "beach- washed" wood scrapbook paper. 

To that I added the following items

From GlobeCraft and Piccolo 
- 3d Enamel Gel 
        Honey Mustard 
        Orange
        Coral Pearl  
        Satin Honeydew
- Embossing Enamel Powders
        Micro Gold 
        Cranberry Wine
        Mermaid Tears
        Temple Stone
        Starry Sky
        Mossy Glen
        Platinum
Piccolos
        Vintage Cross Accent
        At the Beach Accents



From SweetStamps
        Java Sparkle EP
        Desert Sparkle EP
        Super Sticky Tape
        Brown Pearls

I used the Sticky Tape to adhere the paper to the box. 

The orange and green flower is glued to the top only and does not interfere with opening and closing the box at all. 

I trimmed down the "sand" below the palm trees. 

This was a really fun little memory box to complete. 



The Mossy Glen is PERFECT for those palm tree fronds. I used a tiny paintbrush and the Embossing adhesive to use the different powders in these detailed accents. 

Please. If you create a project "inspired by a song" leave me a comment so I can go take a look. 

Have a wonderful Thursday --- Teresa