Saturday, March 30, 2013

Peep Calm and Carry On!

Joyous Easter to each of you!  I am thrilled to show you my mantle decoration made completely of items I found at Vintage Street Market.  It is silly to be happy you have a mantle, but the house I grew up in had one and was a home to an anniversary clock from my parents 25th anniversary and photographs.

Our mantle has a clock and various symbols of our faith.  It is fun during Holy Week to add some holiday fun to the mix. The supply list for this decoration is a bit long, but putting it together is a breeze.

Supply list:
  • 4 1/4 inch by 12 inch card stock (scored at 1/2 inch, 3 inches and 6 inches)
  • Reminisce Subway Art Sticker (Peep Calm and Carry On)
  • Vintage chick with hat
  • Vintage Ice Cream Cup
  • Vintage paper garland
  • Stapler
  • ATG adhesive
  • Dimensional adhesive
  • Blue Twirly Twine
  • Vintage yellow button
  • Paper flower
  • Vintage green tinsel
  • Vintage chick (aqua)
  • Candy eggs 
Everything, except the candy came from VSM!

  1. Apply subway art sticker to the 6 inch panel of the card stock.
  2. Apply adhesive with the ATG to the 1/2 inch panel of card stock
  3. Adhere to form an easel
  4. Add chick with hat using dimensional tape
  5. Add paper garland to the ice cream cup with staples, fluff
  6. Tie Twirly Twine bow in button and adhere with liquid adhesive to flower
  7. When dry adhere to ice cream cup
  8. Fill cup with vintage tinsel as "grass"
  9. Place chick in cup and add candy eggs.
  10. Display on your holiday table or like me on the mantle!

Thanks for stopping by and do have a blessed Easter!  He is Risen!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Vintage Street Market Easter Bunny Hop!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. The Easter Bunny was here!  He left my favorite candy for you to find. Good luck on winning the give - a - way at Vintage Street Market!

Visit each DT members’ blog. Enjoy all of the creative inspiration, and while you’re there, look for their favorite type of Easter candy. (Hint, we all have the bunny image)
Our design team will be posting their favorite candy sometime this week. Once you have everyone’s favorites, go to the VSM give-a-way page and enter the following!:
Design Team Member’s Name/Candy flavor, Design Team Member’s Name/Candy flavor, etc.
You will then be entered into the Giveaway drawing! One winner will be selected randomly and announced on April 1st!
Here’s the list of VSM designers and their blogs:
Heidi Blankenship- Embellished Dreams
(you are here)
Good Luck!
~ Victoria

Embossing Challenge!

We have had our dear friend, Pearl (Black Pearl) for a year now.  I made this layout in response to the Core'dinations web site challenge to emboss as much as possible with different embossing plates on a layout.  On this layout, I was able to emboss 9 different textures on various Core'dinations card stock - the background is even a piece of their card stock (Black Magic) that I flipped and used the back.

To unify all of the embossing, I lightly sanded (except on the glittery pieces) and inked with Tim Holtz Tea Stain Distress Ink.

This is our lovely Pearl.  Notice what a tough life she has reclining in front of the fireplace!  Ah, we could all wish for such luck.

Have a wonderful Holy Week!

~ Victoria

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

My Core’dinations Creative Frenzy

Have I ever told you how much I love Core'dinations products?  It is really the perfect paper line for year around projects!  In fact, I love Core'dinations so much, I am applying for their design team.  I hope to be able to show each of my readers all the fun ways I can think of to use the various products!

I am so excited to show a project for fall, winter, spring and summer!  

I am finally getting caught up on my Christmas and pre-Christmas photos.  And I have been having a tremendous amount of fun making altered items for home decoration, which is one of my new favorite things to do.

First of all, a Christmasy - winter layout.  This was so simple and came out so elegantly using the Core'dinations Tim Holtz Kraft Core Seasonal Impressions 12 x 12 card stock.  This is Holiday Number 4.  I simply sanded the card stock to give the wonderful word border that forms the background for this layout.  I think my son and our puppy, Pearl, look absolutely angelic in this photo.  It is an addition to my annual "Santa Hat" photo series, that has been going on for 10 years.  This is the first time, but not the last that Ms. Pearly will be included.

Fall is featured in this second, clean and simply layout. I use the same Core'dinations product, Core'dinations Tim Holtz Kraft Core Seasonal Impressions 12 x 12 card stock, but as the journaling element that places these super cute photos in time.  I used Thankful Number 8 and found the word November.  After sanding and applying light distress ink in Tea Stain, I simply added three multi - sized circles of Jenni Bowlin paper, some Prima fall leaves, and super cute buttons by Tessa Ann tied with Fawn Lawn hemp cord. 

Easter is just around the corner!  My spring project is really a completely Core'dinations frenzy!  What house is complete without seasonal decorations?  This wreath features three different Core'dinations products!!!!

Supply List:

Finally, summer, the season of weddings.  Here I combined three Core'dinations products to make this pretty card.


How to make this card:

  1. Fold the Kraft - Core Shattered card stock in half to 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches
  2. Adhere the David Tutera Diecut to the right front of the card.
  3. Using the center shape as a template, cut the white shape from Core Couture Glitter Card Stock
  4. Emboss with the fleur de lis design and gently ink the raised area with Concord Grape Distress Ink.
  5. Adhere to the center of the diecut using dimensional tape.
  6. Add the sentiment and embellishments with liquid adhesive.
There you have it!  A beautiful card for a summer event - mine is for a wedding with the colors purple and white.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed day!

 -  Victoria