Monday, December 26, 2016

Mixed Media Prayer Journal Tutorial Part 1

Creating a mixed media junk journal using scraps from my shop.  Part I shows the construction of the cover, book binding, and inside pages.

This book is going to be a prayer journal.  It will have areas for pics of family, journaling sections to keep track of prayer requests, praise reports, areas for scripture memory work, Bible study plans, as well as thoughts and reflections section.

Design theme will be vintage 18th Century, French and English influences, with a touch of shabby chic!

Working right now on video showing the mixed media tutorial of designing the cover, spine, and back panels.

Wishing everyone a Happy and Blessed New Year!


Monday, December 12, 2016

Creating Unique Hand-Made Vintage Style Wrapping Paper and Tags

With upcycling and repurposing a focus right now for crafters, I played with designing gift wrapping paper and matching tags using scrap Kraft packing paper from my shop.
Smoothing out the packing paper, I then randomly hand-stamped the vintage angel and Believe images using Ranger Archival Ink in black. 
The tag uses matching scrap Kraft cardstock as a base sheet, then topped with a second sheet of the hand-stamped image of the angel. 
The tag has jute twine secured at the top with tails and also a scrap piece of matching green ribbon knotted with tails.

I distressed the edges of the top sheet with Vintage Photo ink and then sprayed the image using Tattered Angels glimmer mist in a light gold color.
The repeated pattern carries across the entire sheet of paper, so even the back is decorated.

The crinkled Kraft packing paper lends an aged effect to this hand-made vintage shabby chic style of packaging. 

Thanks for stopping by and leave a comment.

Merry Christmas,


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Marie Antoinette, Queen of France

Just received my new book Marie Antoinette.  I found it while touring France and visiting the Palace of Versailles.
This is a beautifully designed book and covers the life of the ill-fated queen, her husband, and children.  It begins with her life at the Viennese Court, then marriage to the King, court life at Versailles including Petit Trianon.
 The book finishes with her down-fall, the revolution, and tragic end.

Petit Trianon-The Queen's Refuge is also covered very well, showing the buildings, clothing and lifestyle while the queen was there.
Sincerely appreciate the level of details the book offers regarding Dressing The Queen as well as her furnishings and room décor at the palace.
The photography and details are gorgeous throughout and is a must-have for those interested in life and times of Marie Antoinette.

With love,


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Declaration of Love

I was asked to design a Civil War North & South themed
wedding invitation set for a couple that participates in historical re-enactment
and they wanted a blue and grey themed set. 
The Declaration of Love tri-fold invitation set looks like
an official proclamation document from the desk of either Grant or Lee!
The red satin ribbon and rhinestone heart appears to have a official proclamation to the main invitation.  Metallic silver cardstock base, with navy blue second sheets present the white top sheets.  Elegant fonts are used to provide a vintage feel overall.
Metallic gold hand-stamped images are an elegant touch to this official proclamation of Love.
Oversized RSVP card is accompanied by an Monarch size envelope making a statement to your guest. And an oversized Accommodations insert card finished out the package.
A beautiful North & South Civil War themed wedding invitation suite arrives to the guest neatly wrapped in a red satin bow and tails. 
This was one of two designs submitted for this client.  Design Two will be shown next week. 
All my best,


P.S.  Scripture panel on the back of the invitation is 1 Corinthians 13:13, And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is LOVE.

Friday, August 26, 2016

TEA TIME Paper Tea Cups

New to the shop are these adorable TEA TIME paper tea cups. Beautiful patterned cardstock is used to create these lovely 3D tea cups ready to fill with goodies.
Great for tea parties, bridal showers, wedding favors, baby showers, guest can have a lovely take-home gift!
Measuring 2 3/4" height x 3 3/4" wide at the top of the cup, these favor containers can hold candy, tea packs, a cup cake, and are adorned with satin ribbon and mulberry paper flower.  Glitter monogram tea tag is tent-style and has Bible scripture inside. 
Many patterns from vintage to modern available with coordinating twine, glitter monogram, flower, and ribbon.
Looking forward to seeing what folks do with these little cuties at their next event.



Sunday, March 20, 2016

Jumping The Broom Vintage Southern Charm Wedding Program

Capturing the look and feel of the Old South was a lot of fun when creating this custom wedding program for my client.  This one has a vintage Southern Plantation style charm throughout the book.

Vintage ivory lace, satin ribbon, and embossed damask panel are featured on the cover.  Sepia ink is hand-rubbed on the edges of the book and panel for an aged appearance.

Die cut raised panel with vintage hand-stamped image finishes off the cover detail.  The vintage hand-stamped images carry the old plantation Southern charm theme to the inside and back panel as well.

This customer wanted to have on the back the history of Jumping The Broom as it was the finale of their wedding ceremony.  Scripture included on this program is from 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is Love.

I kept thinking about all the historical home tours I have taken over the years with their restored interiors, old wall papers, and even the vintage clothing that is an obsession of mine and tried to create the look and feel of the Old South.  By combining the vintage lace, satin ribbon, embossed damask pattern, and vintage hand-stamped images, I was able to create this truly Old Southern Plantation style program book.