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Hi friends! Today I'm sharing a fun mixed media card I made with couple of the new Distress Oxide colors. Blueprint Sketch and Shaded Lilac were calling my name, so I swiped and spritzed on acetate and smooshed on cardstock and then smooshed some more. A bunch of times, because it's all about the layers!

I also flicked on distress paint in blueprint sketch and white india ink for a fun splattery look.  The sentiment is from Better Together and embossed in white directly on the watercolored panel.  Next I dry brushed some of that blueprint sketch distress paint on cardstock, flicked with white india ink and cut with the Butterfly Dreams Die Set, for a fun matching butterfly.

I'm on a mission to use some of the tote bags full of flowers I've been hoarding over the years, so pulled out a few that happily matched the colors in my project and started layering.  I added a bit of twine, some prima leaves and then filled in with leaves cut with the Butterfly Dreams Die Set.  My final accent was some distressed edges and a bunch of navy pearls from my stash.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I've been taking a bit of a creative break lately, just playing around with new products, but not stressing about creating finished projects. I'm sure there will be a flood of new projects soon, though, because I'm starting to feel creative again.  Hooray!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Better Together (Verve Stamps)
Paper: distress watercolor cardstock (Ranger), white
Ink: blueprint sketch, shaded lilac distress oxide (Ranger), blueprint sketch distress paint (Ranger), white bombay india ink (Dr. Ph. Martin's), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Butterfly Dreams Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), prima flowers & leaves, pearls, linen thread, glitter glue

Valentine Nugget Treat Bags

Hi friends! This morning I was looking for something on my computer, and I came across a folder entitled "Not Yet". Apparently on an organizing kick one day, I put all the photos of projects I hadn't blogged yet in a folder and then promptly forgot about them! There do seem to be a few little distractions in my life these days!  Anyhow, to my surprise I discovered these Valentine's Day treat bags I made very last minute last Valentine's Day for the boys' teachers.

Valentine Hershey Nugget Treat Bags by Julee Tilman www.poeticartistry.blogspot.com
I have always loved little Hershey nugget gifts. Even though they've been around for years and don't take much time at all, the recipients always seem so genuinely amazed by a bit of paper wrapped around a Hershey bar! {grin} The magic of stamping, right?

The papers I used for these are the Be Mine collection from Echo Park. It's been a favorite of mine for several years. I was happy to spy a bunch of collections of it at Tuesday Morning just this week, so you might still be able to find it.

I started by cutting strips of two different designs of Be Mine paper to cover the Hershey's Nuggets. I cut a 12" x 3 1/4" strip, then ran a line of sticky strip down one of the 12" edges with the design side up. Next I cut the strip into 1 1/8" sections and since they've all already got sticky strip on, I just had to pull off the covering on the sticky strip, wrap the paper around the nugget and seal. So much faster than adding adhesive to each wrapper individually! Once my nuggets were all covered, I started on the bag topper.

Valentine Hershey Nugget Treat Bags by Julee Tilman www.poeticartistry.blogspot.com

For this particular bag I used a 4" x 4.5" a rose red cardstock piece, folded in half at 2" for the base layer. Next I stamped the 1.5" x 4" strips of white cardstock with the sentiment from More than Love. I matted this with a black mat, then cut some patterned paper pieces to use as accent.  The die cut hearts are cut with the Heart Quartet Die and then all layered together.

The bottom side of the card is stapled to the bag on each side, then I tied a bit of baker's twine around the top and secured the top flap with a piece of removable tape.

Enabler's List
StampsMore than Love (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Be Mine (Echo Park), rose red, basic black (SU!), white (Neenah)
Ink: onyx black (Versafine)
Accessories: Heart Quartet Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), baker's twine, Hershey nuggets

Shabby Love

Hi friends! I'm back with another shabby chic card. When I saw the current inspiration photo at The Card Concept, I just couldn't help but reach for the new Love Story collection from Prima. It seemed the perfect fit. On a recent shopping trip to Tuesday Morning, I found this Love die and some bird embellishments, so I knew I had to find a way to incorporate them as well.

I started with a watercolor tag from Prima, watercoloring with the same watercolors I used in yesterday's card, then die cut the word Love from the center. I splattered some white and black indi ink and set aside.  Next I cut the love word again, then watercolored softly with the rose gold and inlaid.

This paper seemed to match the flowers in the photo, so I chose it as the backdrop, then started layering flowers from my stash.  I added some gold rose watercolor paint to some of them, then started in on the bird element.  It started out as a shiny silver bird, so I first coated it with a layer of heavy gesso, then added a whole lot of different colors of Finnabair wax to achieve the look I wanted.  I finished off with some white leaves, dusted with more of the rose gold watercolor and some vintage silk wax.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you have a fabulous day!

Enabler's List
Paper: Love Story (Prima), watercolor tag pad (Prima), white (Neenah)
Ink: Wild & Free watercolor collection (Designs by Rachel Beth), bombay india inks (Dr. Ph. Martins)
Accessories: flowers & leaves (Prima), Live Love Laugh die (Momenta), Salvaged stamped metal bird (BCI Crafts), paper distresser, vintage silk, white gold, rich copper, brushed iron Finnabair wax (Prima), hot glue gun
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