Friday, September 19, 2014

Vintage Ceramic Tile Coasters- A Great Gift Idea Using Vintage Photos

  Happy Friday.. just a quick post to share some new ceramic coaster creations using fabulous digital vintage photos- another great idea for using beautiful vintage or any other art you can share.

These coasters are a great way to liven up any room. They are not just for drinks but can be used as paperweights, wall decor (yes many people have incorporated these ceramic tiles into backsplashes or tiled walls) and art decor by placing on little easels around the room. They make a great gift too and the images you can purchase or create yourself - including your own photos - is limitless.
 The coasters are created by printing the vintage photos in a 4x4 format on high quality cardstock using a professional color laser printer. Then each photo is adhered to a ceramic (4x4) tile coaster available at any home improvement store. I clean each tile with alcohol before adhering image.
 I do not use mod podge but rather another great decoupage medium - Beacon Fast Finish Decoupage and a good brush to apply it. (no foam brush as it creates bubbles).  Apply several coats and use a brayer to "iron out" any air bubbles...let dry in  between or paper will buckle.
Last, use a HIGH TEMP clear gloss sealer if you want to make sure that your coasters can be used for hot as well as cold beverages. The sealer must cure for about two days. Afterward, I apply precut, adhesive cork on back to protect furniture.  Then I tie together with beautiful ribbon and viola, a perfect gift.


 I have just added these lovely vintage and deco art coasters and more contemporary designs to my ETSY STORE HERE.  

Digital Art purchased at the following ETSY shops:
ArtCult, Bunnifoofoo & Behind the Door
All artwork is used with permission of all shops according to their TOU policy for the unlimited creation and selling of handmade items using the art they sell.

Have a great day and thank you for your kind comments.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sweet 16 Shadowbox- A Creative Romance "Anything Goes" Challenge

    Today I am sharing a Sweet 16 Shadowbox created for the granddaughter of a friend for her Sweet 16 Birthday this week! It is also my Design Team project for "Anything Goes" challenge at A Creative Romance! I love when all is said and done to look back and see how I challenged myself to try new ways to create.
    No image, no coloring this time around. Instead, I used a Sizzix Bigz Dress Die- actually a quilt die used for applique- and decided to make this dress form my focal point. Since Bigz dies cut anything, I knew that in addition to using it for cuting applique fabric for quilts, I could also use it for paper and chipboard.
     I began with cutting a shape out of white chipboard. Then I cut two pieces of pink satin and attached to front and back of chipboard with the best glue for fabric- Fabri-Tac...no globs, no hot glue mess.  I layered two pieces of sequin tulle and adhered them to the front onl by placing a thin line of Fabri-Tac around the edge of the satin, then carefully placing the tulle down.  I added three pieces of rhinestone trim to make a drop waste. Last, I distressed the edges with "Victorian Velvet" distress ink to cover and white chipboard still showing. I took this pic above with the piece outside the shadowbox as you will see that the glass creates such a glare.
    For the background, I layered and distressed two sheets of Maja's Sofiero 12x12 design paper with Victorian Velvet distress ink.  I layered lace, thin strip of the dp (ala Alyce) and some white sequin tool on top. The I added the largest die cut of the Spellbinder Heirloom Legacy set. The oval is another die in that same set and I used it to cut a mirror out of the Tim Holtz mirror paper.. OMG that is the best. Not only is it adhesive but you peel off a clear layer on top and when you do, you would swear you are looking at real mirror glass.

I added the pic above to show you as you can see my fingers taking the pic! Now take a lesson from me, wait until you are DONE to remove that clear paper as you can get glue and fibers on it just like real glass! I adhered the dress onto the "mirror" and the pop dotted it onto my background.

     Some added embellishments include a Tim Holtz filmstrip, Pearl Swirls,Wild Orchid Crafts Roses (white and two toned) and a Prima frame under which I stamped "Sweet 16".  Last, I heat embossed/frantaged a large silver metal corner with Bridal Embossing Powder mixed with Shabby Pink frantage.
     I hope the "Birthday Girl" loves her gift. I know I had a lot of fun making it. I already have another million ideas in mind for how I would embellish this dress again.  Want to give a big "thank you" to my dt mate, Rhea Weigand for helping me take better photos!

Why not have a peek at the Design Team Inspiration at A Creative Romance and join in our "Anything Goes" challenge.   Have a great day and thanks always for your kind comments.



Shadowbox Ingredients:
Other Supplies:
Pink Satin and Tulle (Joanns)10" 
 10" White frame Shadowbox (Joanns)
White frame Shadowbox (Joanns) 
 Lace 6 inch (Joanns)
Wedding Pearl/Rhinestone Trim (Etsy)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Saturated Canary Beautiful Gorgeous Collection Blog Hop



Saturated Canary

Beautiful Gorgeous Collection

When one word just isn't enough to describe a Saturated Canary collection.... 
why not pick two?

Welcome to the Beautiful Gorgeous Collection
from Little Darlings Rubber Stamps!!!

This Beautiful Gorgeous rubber stamp collection includes 4 Saturated Canary girls, 1 Saturated Canary background, and 2 Vintage Affections sentiment sets!!!  AND.....
all rubber stamps are individually backed in cling foam and contour cut!!!



How about some more SPECTACULAR news???
For the first time ever, Little Darlings is able to offer these new 
Saturated Canary rubber stamps at the low, low price of 
only $10.99/each!!!

 AND,
the lovely Vintage Affections 4x6 sentiment sets are
 only $12.49/each!!!

Now, how about a fun Hop and a GIVEAWAY to celebrate???

We are giving away THREE prizes to THREE randomly selected winners!
1st Prize- 3 Stamps of your choice from the Beautiful Gorgeous Collection
2nd Prize- 2 Stamps of your choice from the Beautiful Gorgeous Collection
3rd Prize- 1  Stamp of your choice from the Beautiful Gorgeous Collection

Here's what you need to do (if you haven't done already):

1. Like our Facebook Store page (click "Like" at upper right hand corner
of the Inspiration Blog Page HERE.)
2. Become a Follower of our Facebook Fan page HERE.
3. Hop to each of our design team blogs (below) and leave some love.
4. Come back to the Inspiration Blog  and leave a comment!
That's it!
  
Let's Hop...

Friday, August 15, 2014

It's All About the Fantasy at A Creative Romance

     Happy Friday!  I am here to share my design team card for our next challenge at
 A Creative Romance.  The theme of this challenge is  FANTASY!!
      Well, I promise you I could not go with the first idea that popped into mind, but the next best one was to work with my favorite of all fantasy images, a mermaid. I cannot pass up the chance to color up any mermaid I see!  Before we get to my card, I have to tell you that I purchased a very inexpensive camera the other day as my expensive one broke. I thought this would hold me over until I could fix the other. Well, this little camera (for under $100) has been a blast to work with and it has the coolest features. From choosing to only expose one of four colors (blue in above pic) to the "blur" in the bottom pic, it takes amazing pics and I am having so much fun.  If you want more info on the camera I purchased, just email me!
     Now, on to my card. This image is an oldie but goodie. As some of you know, my son moved out to a new apartment and his room became my new craft room. I love it! Well, as I relocated my stamps, I found this mermaid by Stampendous. I never colored her until now. I wish I could give you her name but she does not have one!  It is just "Mermaid".  You can find her online and in stores. Here is my card in color...

      My mermaid is colored with copic markers on Make it Colour cardstock.  I used a combination of some old "By the Sea" dp with a new paper pad, "Seashore" by Prima. I added my favorite "underwater" die cuts, "Decorative Elegance" dies by Marianne Creatables (they are a set).
       I distressed the edges of my papers with a distress tool and then inked with Brushed Corduroy and Walnut Stain inks. The two shells on the bottom right are from Prima's Shabby Chic Treasures.  Last the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, lace from Live and Love Crafts and Pearls from Recollections.  Speaking of pearls, I dropped a blob on white paint pen when making the dots of "pearls" in her hair so I covered the smear with my own flat back pearls and some swarovsi crystals. Here is a close up:


      Thanks so much for your kind comments.  Please stop by A Creative Romance Challenge blog and see what beautiful cards my "Chic Crafters" teammates have created to inspire you. You will have two weeks to enter our "FANTASY" challenge.  You may be selected to win a prize from one of our fabulous sponsors on be one of our next Top 3! Have a great weekend!

        I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Art by Miran- Anything Goes

 Southern Girls Challenge- Texture
 Simon Says Stamp - Summer
A Random Fan- Paper Patterns
Through the Craftroom Door- Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts- Summer Colors


     

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Dog-Gone Mojo!

      Hello All!  It seems like forever since I posted a card! I seemed to have lost my "mojo" a few months back and then "life" had a way of taking over so there was little time to create... and when I did have time, nothing seemed to click!
     So what do you do when you lose your mojo??? Seemed everything I touched ended up in the garbage.  So, I took the pressure off and just "played" and waited for my muse to return- LOL! I switched gears and knit a ton of silk scarves, crocheted a baby sweater and little girl's dress (which I gave as gifts), and even learned Tunisian crochet!  I took several jewelry making classes, and even created my first ever real flower arrangement at a local library class. I then made lots and lots of ceramic art coasters. ...Hmm, maybe my mojo never left after all. Maybe it just wanted me to play with "other" toys!  
    Eventually I had to face them- my dreaded copics- and we mutually agreed to make friends! I revisited my manuals, books, video tutorials, pinterest inspiration and took some online classes. I turned to my design teammates and the amazing work on blogs and facebook sites for inspiration, and before I knew it, I was "feeling it" again! 
    Recently, I came across this adorable little rubber stamp, "Dr. Autry" from A Random Fan and I got back to coloring and making cards. She is available on ETSY  as a digi stamp, but I bought and used the rubber stamp HERE at Quick Creationz!  Using Alyce Keegan's Kit & Clowder Copic classes, I used this adorable image to practice coloring hair!
  Here she is just as I finished coloring her and was trying to match up papers! Isn't she adorable?

    And here is the finished card...
      The design paper is from LOTV's Nit Wit 8x8 paper pad, "Perfect Pair".  I just love this paper pad!  I layered the dp with Bazzill cardstock and a square doily.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the leaf die is from Cheery Lynn Designs. I believe the nesting dies are from Quickcutz.  Last, but not least, Create with TLC on Artfire never fails to provide a digi sentiment that fits any occasion and "Under the Weather" Vintage image and Sentiment set worked perfectly!! 
      Another close up, this time with her "glitter" and Glossy Accents on her glasses ..
    That's it for now. Thank you always for your kind comments. I would LOVE to hear what you do to find your "mojo" when it goes wandering!  For me, it means time to play in another playground, learn more and get playing outside that box!  Have a great weekend!

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge- Get Well
Creative Knockouts- Doily Fun
Milk Coffee Challenge- 2 or more die cuts 
 7 Kids Challenge Fund- Anything Goes/Sentiment
Inkspirational - Use Markers or Pencils
Deep Ocean Challenges- Summer Colors 
 Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart- Anything Goes 
Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge -Anything Goes

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Little Darlings July Guest Design Team Call

Be Our Guest! Be Our Guest!   

The Little Darlings Rubber Stamps Design Team could be inviting YOU
 to join us as our Guest Design Team member for the month of July! 

If you would like to be in the draw to be

our Guest Designer for the month of July,

here is what you need to do:


- Link only your name using our Inlinkz on the LDRS Inspiration Blog HERE.
 (You do not have to link a project, just your name and link to your blog or email address) 


-The Inlinkz will begin now and end on June 22nd at midnight.   


-One entrant will be randomly selected using Random.org
and announced on June 23rd  on the Inspiration blog and both our Facebook sites. 


-Once notified, the winner will be receive any 2 character stamps of his/her choice
from the current inventory of the LDRS store
  (that includes our new CanidBean Summer Luvin Collection!)
which will then be sent for the designer to use in two (2) creations 
for the month of July. (Dates will be provided to the winner)


Additionally, those two creations will be featured on the LDRS Inspiration blog and 
will be posted as banners on our Facebook site
for the entire month of July!

You also get to display our Guest Designer badge on your blog!

 Everyone has a chance to join us! Good Luck!


Friday, June 6, 2014

"Summer Luvin" - LDRS Blog Hop & Lots of Surprises!

 Happy Friday!  I have so much exciting news to share with you today!
 First, Little Darlings Rubber Stamps is celebrating a brand new 
Here are the 7 adorable images that are available in the store right now!
Next, all of our new collections of rubber stamps will now be 
CLING FOAM BACKED AND CONTOUR CUT!  You can see more pics
and learn more HERE.


Last, but not least, 

YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN THE ENTIRE 

"SUMMER LUVIN COLLECTION!

How? 

Play along with our Puzzle Blog Hop!


1. Visit each of the dt blogs below (scroll to bottom of post)
2. On only four of the blogs, a puzzle piece will be planted.
3. Your job is to identify which four images match each of the four puzzle pieces !
4. When you can identify all four images by name,  leave a  
COMMENT ON THE INSPIRATION BLOG  listing the four names of the images
as your comment. Three lucky winners will be randomly selected and one winner will receive
the grand prize of the entire  "Summer Luvin" collection!
Hint: Here is one of the four puzzle pieces. Can you guess what image?
One down, three to go!

Before you begin to hop (blog hop list below), let me quickly share my Inspiration card...For my card, I have chosen "Blackberry Penny" for my image.


My image is colored with copic markers. The DP is Maja Vintage Summer Basics,  
Lovely View die by Little Darlings
 sentiment from "Garden Sentiments stamp set by Little Darlings,
Glossy Accents on berries and pearls/flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.



Now, Let's Hop!

Angie Hunt

Ann Marie Governale (you are here)

Ruby Montes

Sharon Caudle

Alyce Keegan

Sara Winter

Barbara Grbec Rebersek

Tammy Houghton Cunliffe

YOU HAVE FROM NOW UNTIL MIDNIGHT JUNE 15TH TO ENTER.
WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY, JUNE 16TH!
GOOD LUCK!

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