Sunday, January 29, 2023

In the Air There's a Feeling of Christmas

 

Main Street, Le Roy, New York – sometime in the late 1940’s or very early 1950’s – all decorated for Christmas: a staple of my growing up years. Bits of evergreen strung on electrical cables and wreath forms were hung for the several blocks. More wired boughs dangled in between along the street, in front of the stores. All was lit up at night, with the multi-colored lights and the tips of the candles lending a holiday spirit to the street. On the right, just outside the photo, stood the Presbyterian Church and across the street was the town hall. There was a very large evergreen tree in front of the town hall and it, too, was covered with lights. In the distance on the left, the steeple of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is visible. I mention the churches because they, along with the other five churches in town, were beautifully decorated inside and out with evergreens and nativity scenes.

I did a little editing of this photo which I found on the Le Roy Face Book page, giving it a sepia tint to make it feel a bit more vintage.


Again, I used a sheet of patterned paper that came in the January Tres Jolie Scrapbook kit, adding embellishments and other details from my stash.

I had already chosen the title from one of the stickers in the Tim Holtz Christmas pad and went from there.

To keep with the idea of a carol and the pattern of the paper, I dug out a page of sheet music and tore in from side to side down the middle. Using Pumice Stone Distress Ink, I altered the color, giving it a more greyish tone. I also used this around the edges of the photo.

I gave my die cut snowflakes a bit of shimmer; using a stipple brush, I coated them with White Pearl Metallique Wax before attaching them with Glue Dots.

It seemed that regardless of the vintage feel of the photo and music paper, pure white flowers did a better job of embellishing my page; I dug these out and found them to be perfect.

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 *****Supplies*****

 ***Paper***

3 Quarter Designs – Christmas Wonderland Collection

***Embellishments***

49 and Market – Flower Embellishments – Sugar Posies – Fluff #SUG-32440

Advantus – Idea-ology – Tim Holtz – Sticker Book – Christmas #TH94294

Sheet Music

***Mediums***

Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pad – Pumice Stone #TIM27140

Prima – Finnabair Collection – Art Alchemy – Metallique Wax – White Pearl #968380

***Tools***

Sizzix – Alterations – Thinlits – Tim Holtz – Paper Snowflakes – Mini #661599

***Other***

Beacon – Fabri-Tac

Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

Glue Dots – Mini Dots – 3/16 in

Glue Dots – Micro Dots – 1/8 in

 

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As always, I want to thank you for peeking into my blog; your visits mean a lot to me.

 

Friday, January 20, 2023

In the Cold and Frosty Air

It’s been quite a while since I’ve been scrapping. The January Scrapbook Kit and Mood Board from Tres Jolie got my mojo humming again!


The colors and waterfall image, along with the “Winter Wonderland” twist, put me in mind of a photo that I’ve scrapped before: a Winter view of Buttermilk Falls in Le Roy, New York.

As usual, I kept it simple, starting with inked and layered matting with some packaging between the layers to add dimension.

My flower cluster was put together using flowers from 49 and Market and Little Birdie, taking advantage of the colors that matched my photo perfectly.

I embellished this with a spray of die cuts made from plain white cardstock and colored with a variety of Finn waxes. I used a stipple brush to apply these, and I love the resulting mottled effect.

Using a couple of punches, I cut some circles from the scraps left from the matting and glued them to Art Pebbles from my stash. These were scattered here and there around the top.

I finished by selecting a sticker from a Tim Holtz collection. “In the cold and frosty air” makes a perfect title for this pretty winter scene.

 

 

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*****Supplies*****

 

***Paper***

3 Quarter Designs – Christmas Wonderland Collection

***Embellishments***

49 and Market – Handmade Paper Flowers – Majestic Bouquet Collection – Midnight – #MB-34185

Little Birdie – Handmade Flowers – Gianna Collection – Shabby Chic #CR82806

Prima – Finnabair Collection – Art Ingredients – Melange – Art Pebbles – Diamond #966300

Advantus – Idea-ology – Tim Holtz – Sticker Book – Christmas #TH94294

***Mediums***

Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pad – Brushed Corduroy #TIM21421

Prima – Finnabair Collection – Art Alchemy – Antiquing Wax – Ash Grey #969080

Prima – Finnabair Collection – Art Alchemy – Matte Wax – French Lavender #968724

Prima – Finnabair Collection – Art Alchemy – Matte Wax – Patina Blue #967871

***Tools***

Sizzix – Alterations – Thinlits – Tim Holtz – Holiday Greens – Mini #661599

EK Success – Nesting Punch – 3/8” Circle

EK Success – Nesting Punch – 1/2” Circle

 

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As always, I want to thank you for peeking into my blog; your visits mean a lot to me.

 

Monday, April 4, 2022

Make a Wish: A Birthday Card

 

I’ve been on sort of a hiatus, spending most of my spare time with various Spring cleaning projects, starting with my scraproom – still a work in progress, I’m afraid. I did take a few breaks to make some birthday cards. I made and mailed the first one just in the nick of time, but I managed to give myself a few extra days to create and photograph one for my sister.

It’s a quick and simple design, but thanks to 49 and Market’s new Art Options Avesta line, I managed to give it some details and dimension.

I cut two of the papers from the 6 x 8 Collection down to 4”x6” and trimmed 1/2” around the piece that would go on top. I inked the edges and glued them together.

Next, I selected several butterflies and a long floral image from the Laser Cut Elements. I carefully cut the latter into three pieces. Using a ball tool, I went over the larger parts of the images to make the surfaces pop up a bit. I also ran the tool down the center of each butterfly.

The floral pieces were glued one on top of the other and adhered to the floral images on the patterned paper and the butterflies were glued to the matching images.

And that was it: a very quick and easy card that doesn’t look slapped together.

Here are a few closeups to show how much of a difference a few moments with a ball tool can make…

 




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 *****Supplies*****

 ***Paper***

49 and Market – Art Options – Avesta – 6 x 6 Collection Pack #AOA-35960

 ***Embellishments***

49 and Market – Art Options – Avesta – Laser Cut Elements #AOA-35977

 ***Mediums***

Ranger – Distress – Archival Ink – Hickory Smoke

***Other***

Nuvo – Deluxe Adhesive

***Tools***

Ranger – Letter It – Clear Stamps – Party #LEC65807

 

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As always, I want to thank you for peeking into my blog; your visits mean a lot to me.