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Carpe Diem and Bloom Mini Album

Hi friends, This is an exciting post for me! I am sharing my latest mini album with you, made with tons of love, and I sure hope you enjoy looking at all the little details I packed into this small treasure!
I began with the adorable Camera image from the Carpe Diem Collection of papers used throughout album. To ensure this would be sturdy, and have dimension, I made it into a dimensional piece backed with heavy chipboard. I then went crazy making handmade flowers, for a floral scene that is full of texture. Only two of these flowers were pre-made. 
To begin your story, I made this awesome shaker, which doubles as a hiding place for a picture. The quote reads: Your Life is Your Story, Write Well, Edit Often. The sequins add shine and the sequin bow and ribbon complete the closure.
All pages have pull-out tabs, and they all have lovely details that play off the paper colors and textures. Here I created a lovely scene with additional glossy dots that I added to the ephemera, so as to c…
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Peek-a-Boo Lace Brassiere Card

Hi all,
This is a very special card that I made for a special someone. The woman receiving it underwent a double mastectomy. We all know, this is a  a traumatic experience for anyone and also a time when any degree of gentleness that can be bestowed upon the recipient is absolutely important.

Gentleness is the sentiment I wanted to convey with this beautiful card and envelope, and as it was requested, a little humor as well. Laughter is the best medicine of course!
I began with a brassiere that I designed and selected a soft pink pattern for.  To make it even more delicate, I added several layers of antique lace, tulle, and texture throughout with soft embossed papers. For a very feminine touch, the corsage included pretty flowers and a feather. It was important to me that it still keep the message that she is beautiful.

The shaped card does open, and there is a secret message inside just for her that reads:  "I'm here to support you". This was customized just for this…

Swan Mother Mixed Media piece

Hi friends! I had a little request to make a mini album with a Swan theme, and well...it led to this! I wanted to find the right image and decided that rather than search the internet for the "perfect one", I should just paint my own. After all, this is what I LOVE to do!
I used Canson Mixed Media paper, my Sennelier Watercolors,  Ranger Oxide inks, Spectrum Noir Markers, and gold acrylic paint, among other things... I added little details as I like with texture paste, and made sure I gave it my personal touch with different design elements. This was simply for fun, and I look forward to incorporating this painting into my other projects just as I have before. I love doing this, as I get to make one-of-a kind items that you won't find anywhere else. Let's face it, swans aren't a new "thing", but this one has a lovely gaze, as her little baby looks into the water.  My message behind this piece is simple. Tranquility is sometimes found in simplicity. May…

Special Little Girl Square Easel Card

Special Little Girl
Hi friends! Today I am sharing a special little card I made for a young girl using my Santoro London Gorguss Girl Stamp : No. 55 All These Words. These adorable little girl stamps add so much whimsy and beauty to any project, and they seem to say a lot with their sweet little faces.
I began by coloring the image in soft lavender colors, and making the background a soft-watercolor-like wash using Ranger Oxide Inks. To make the image pop even more, I added Recollections Glass Glitter on the star in her hands. 
I used Stitched-and scalloped dies nested on top of each other to add texture, and dimension, while keeping within the color scheme. For a touch of femininity, I also added flowers, specialty yarn, and pearls. To continue the theme of the stamp, I was sure to include little stars, stitched in silver, as a little wand, and also a two-layer tag topped with star-themed paper.
The inside also got the star-treatment as a space for a little note, and the sentiment in…

The Love Story Mini Album

Oooh La La!! Can I say any more about this awesome Parisian style Mini Album? It has the cutest details that were just begging for a super girly project! Here I will share with you what I made...

As you can see, the cover has beautiful layers of a variety of flowers, all cascading on the front-right hand side, with added details and layered pieces. The title: The Love Story. Who gets to write it? You of course!
I have included a beautiful Eiffel tower, in gorgeous shimmering silver paper, as well as a film strip created with Vellum. This is all backed up with layers upon layers of beautiful sturdy card.
This mini album with hold all of your treasured memories for a very long time. No need to worry about the structure, as it has a very sturdy spine, finished in lovely laces, and even a dangling charm with added baubles, flowers, pearls, and Eiffel towers. 


The inside pages vary in size. Some have antique laces, as you can see in this picture...
I balanced the pages with plenty of room f…

Gorguss Girl Pocket Tags

Hi all, I am sharing some Pocket Tags I made for a recent swap. I decided to use the Simple and Clean style, as well as some adorable stamped images from Santoro London's Gorguss Girl Collection. I simply loved how they turned out, and hope that you also enjoy them! First, I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut out scalloped edge tag pockets. This image cut out with a small window, but I decided that a matching scalloped tag would be the perfect addition as a backdrop to the required embellishments and sentiments. Here is my 1st pocket: I stamped and colored the Gorguss girl, and added a banner, heart, butterfly and bow dies from Brenda Walton's collection for Sizzix. I am loving this set, and thing it's absolutely adorable!
On the inside tag,I used a Sizzix embossing folder to add texture to the backdrop of the Postage Stamp shaped tag. To finish it, I also added the bicycle embellished with pearls, and topped it with a tiny heart tag and twine.  
I followed the same desi…

Gorguss Christmas Swap, Christmas Ornament, and Shabby Chic Box

Swap anyone? I recently participated in a group swap and I had so much fun! The theme was Christmas, the required items were a few memory dex cards, and a Christmas Ornament. After deciding on a few little details, this is what I came up with... I wanted to make sure I thanked my partner, so I began with a 4" square easel card and a matching box. I layered my stamped image, pink and white papers using the Spellbinders Labels Nineteen (S4-311) set.
The interior of the card is embellished with a glass snowflake, a pink label stamp from Santoro London,and grey snowflakes against the white background.  I embossed the remaining snowflakes in pink and white inks on the exterior layer, adding sparkle with different embossing powders.
I also embossed the gorguss girl image, and added the stamped snowflake-layered with vellum snowflakes-made with a large Martha Stewart punch. Little details included sequins, Distress Oxide Ink in Iced Spruce, a pearl heart, and pretty pink ribbon to fini…