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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Blue Doily for You

I 've really wanted to make something with this paper by Graphic 45 for a few weeks now.  The sketch at 2S4Y  and A Crafty Little Place were both somewhat similar in design this week so I combined them, added  my twist and came up with this card. I also really wanted to ink up my new doily stamp from the  October Afternoon Thrift Shop stamp set.  I keep seeing doily type stuff all over blogland and really love the look and feel of vintage.  It was a no brainer that these papers and this stamp would work well together.  I paired it with some crinkle ribbon and PTI vintage buttons.  Voila!

Did you notice that  punched vellum along the bottom.? My new favorite product is Scor Tape.  This is THE best stuff for ribbons, templates, glitter, etc. I used that to adhere the vellum and you could see it so I put another strip on the top and added glitter.  It ties in with the bling on the doily I think.  I also made this for the Allsorts Challenge Blog Birthday Challenge.  I know it doesn't say anything about birthdays.  You just have to trust me on this.  It is for a very special birthday person.  I haven't finished the inside yet.  Working on that today. Since I'm celebrating someone's birthday this fits the Stamp Something Challenge.

I have a few links I wanted to share with you.  Not enough to for a whole post on "For the Love of Links and Other Thinks."   Just a few.  I recently subscribed to a few new blogs that aren't about cards.  Yes, it's true!:)  There are blogs on things other than cards.  Can you imagine???

The first one is on remodeling and she has a post about creating a section for gift wrap out of curtain rods and a frame.  THIS would really rock as a place to hold all your ribbon.  See how it all comes back to cardmaking???  She also shared THIS recipe for homemade CHOCOLATE:) cake.  I haven't tried it myself yet.  Oh, but I will!

THIS ONE is my favorite link.  I saw this yesterday and I immediately had to go make this project with the idea.....

I decided to enter this into the Moxie Fab challenge Fun With Fabric.  More for awareness and sharing than because I think it's "award winning."  I feel like I need to spread the word on plastic bag fabric:)

Yes, my sewing still stinks.  Do you know what this is????  It's a plastic bag that was ironed and fused to make a little coin purse for my daughter.  When I read the statistic that we use around  one million bags PER MINUTE around the globe I actually felt sick.  I try to use my own canvas bags, but some days I forget to take them in or I'm with my husband ( who needs to put some in his car:)  So I do have a few plastic ones floating around.  Not many though.

This is were I have to share a big pet peeve of mine..... when people put a BAG of apples into a bag.  Then they don't add anything else because it's already too heavy for the flimsy grocery store plastic bag.  Um....it's already in a bag.  The same goes for potatoes, bread, etc.... Such a waste.  I just have to share that because I don't think people realize what they are doing.  Ok...feels good to get that off my chest.

  This is the closure of the little purse.... (clearanced velcro:)

I used the large scalloped circle nestabilites to created the flower.  This is a "Justice" bag.  If you have a young girl you probably know that brand.  I have a few tips from the video on how to make this plastic paper.  She used copy paper and recommended turning the bag inside out so the ink wouldn't bleed through.  I did that for the base of the purse except that my bag stuck to the paper.  So I used PARCHMENT paper with much success.  In fact I was able to do a section of the bag with the ink on the outside.  I like that better.  Especially if you have a pretty bag.  No sticking or bleeding through.  This project just makes me giddy with delight.  My kids loved it!  I'm going to make one for my son too.  The great thing....it's waterproof!  Wouldn't it be awesome to "quilt" a whole bag from this...AHHH recycling at it's best!  So go watch the video.  It's funny because I watched it with no sound and it reminded me a a silent movie.  She doesn't talk in it.  Would have been really funny if it were in black and white and she sped up some of the footage.

WOW that was long!  Thanks for hanging in there.  Off to craft and clean today.
Have a goodie!


Crystal said...

These are beautiful Nikki, I LOVE that blue doily!!! Gorgeous card!

Patti J said...

I thought that doily was REAL!!! What a gorgeous stamp! Your card is beautiful - the vellum and glitter are so pretty! I hate checkers that put all that heavy stuff in plastic bags too. You know why we go through SO MANY? Because they keep getting cheaper and thinner! By the time I get to my car and lift the stinkin' bag, everything falls out the hole in the bottom! lol... Most of the time, the clerks double bag...duh? I'm not very smart, but now, instead of one bag that will do the trick, we have two bags that won't! Sorry...you got me started-your fault! Hugs...

Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

Gorgeous card, Nikki!! I love the beautiful blue!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at ACLP!!

Laura Davis said...

Fantastic work!
Thanks for playing at 2S4Y!

Anonymous said...

I love your card.. so sweet the colours.. .. my tagline is handmade from the heart.. I really love your sentiment @ your pic .. hugs..

Gwen's Busy Little Hands said...

Nikki...first off let me say...GORGEOUS card! Love the way you combined the sketches to create your own beautiful version. The doily stamp...Rocks...

Also, I'm sooooo with you on the whole plastic bag issue. I take stuff out of bags as the checkout clerks are bagging them up. It makes them nuts. Toilet paper is another and paper towels...they are packaged in plastic...don't require any more.

Your little purse is so cute. I see why your daughter loves it. It really is adorable. That would be a great pool purse. (If you use a public pool with concessions that is.)


Cara said...

Hi, Nikki! What a lovely card, love the tranquil blues. Thanks for joing ACLP this week!

Ingrid Danvers said...

Your card is really beautiful. That doily stamp is great.

My Creative Outlet by Janna said...

Both projects are fabulous! That card is just stunning! Thanks for sharing with us at Stamp Something!

Janna :)

Anja (scrappie) said...

First I would like to thank you for your kind words on my blog they mean the world to me.
I peeked in here you have some pretty stuff here and isn't that a strange coincidence I'm working on a project with plastic bags and ironing too this week. I will be able to finish it hopefully next week.
Love your card it's very elegant.

Dotty Jo said...

Your card is stunning Nikki, such beautiful colours and what a wonderful doily stamp! Your sewing looks just fine hun, you should see mine! Jo x

Cheryl Nelson said...

Stunning card! Fun MFW challenge project!

Smita said...

I loved your 2S4Y card.... the papers are fab and so is the effect of the vellum strips.

hugs from India,

Amber said...

Beautiful creations Nikki! You are so crafty! Love the blue doily.

Cath said...

Hey Nikki! Thanks for entering the Fun with Fabric challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you played along! :)