Tuesday 26 February 2013

You've Got Beautiful Mail

Hello everyone................another post that I am delighted to share with you all on my crafty journey.

This piece was made with a few challenges in mind as well as some up and coming celebrations !!

I was not sure where I was going with my crafty make other than the colours from  photo inspiration on The Stampsmith Challenge theme and using some stamps that I had not used in some time as per Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge theme.  Over at The Sunday Stampers the theme for this week was You Raise Me Up.

So grab a cuppa and lets go !!!

I started off with a piece of A4 card, which I trimmed and scored to make the envelope. I then trimmed  another piece of card to make the inside pocket.

The edges of the envelope and pocket were die cut using  Tim's Sizzix on the edge die,  Distressed Doily.

I did not adhere it as I wanted to stamp the  envelope on both sides first. 

On the outside I used  Tim's Stampers Anonymous Wallpaper Stamp ( CMS126). On the inside I used Tim's Stamper's Anonymous  large Bookcover stamp ( CMS103), blending Vintage Photo Distress Ink on both sides. The edges were then distressed with Tim's paper distressing tool and inked with Walnut Stain DI.

 I  also used a stamp from Crafty Individuals that was a gift with my order and fitted perfectly in the book cover void.

This was the first time I used the CI stamp and it had certainly been some time since I used The Book Covers one

Once all the inking was done I adhered the pocket!

Some aged lace and Tartan Ribbon was adhered with Ranger Wonder Tape and the lace motif and brad/pearls were adhered with cosmic shimmer glue.

I then took a tag, which I inked with fired brick and festive berries, layering  the colour until satisfied.
I used the large stamp from the Tim's Papillon set and added another layer of ink, before adding picket fence Distress Stains to a text stamp.

The bottom piece looks darker in this photograph but its just the shadow.....honestly !!!!

The beautiful Stampsmith photostamp image of 'Maude' was stamped on to speciality stamping card, using Archival Ink in Sepia. This image is  so beautiful and my photographs do not do it justice. I matted the stamped image on to some brown card, which had the edges distressed and inked with Walnut Stain DI. 

The image is slightly raised off the tag using foam pads.

Die cut Doily's were trimmed slightly and inked with Vintage Photo DI and adhered to the back of the tag.

 To take away the inner white edge on the die cut section I ran a distress marker around, leaving a better finish.

Below is a close up of the layers on the tag


                           A close up of the Lace motif, aged  slightly on the edges with Vintage Photo DI

I then took  Tim's new Sizzix Movers and Shapers oval dies and one of his die cut words....Wish !! which fitted perfectly. 

Some flowers, twine, ribbon and pearls were then added to complete this crafty project.

Sorry this post is so long but I know that some of you enjoy the 'how to'.

Hope you are all enjoying crafty time and I will be dropping in to find out.

Crafty Hugs

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  1. ooh this is stunning! I really enjoyed the how-to, thank you. xx

  2. Well I never Annie, you kept this well hidden under your hat. I know you had the Stampsmith Stamps but did not know you had that beautiful doily folder. Well guess who will be visiting really soon ????. Joking aside, its absolutely fantastic, the whole creation is beautiful. Good Luck with the Challenges. Hugs Mum xxxx

  3. This is so fabulous - I love the rich colours and textures
    Rosie x

  4. Gorgeous vintage project Annie, I love the colours and style, fabulous 'how too', such a beautiful result.

    luv CHRISSYxx

  5. Hi Annie, I love how you showed the 'how to', your creations are absolutely gorgeous, love all the detail, that wallpaper effect, the tartan and lace look wonderful, love the whole thing - a lot! Good luck with the challenges. Hugs, Anne x

  6. Oh what a fantastic idea superbly executed Annie! Love the doily/lacy feel and the way you've incorporated tartan and coordinated it with the inner background. Another triumph I'd say, hugs Jenny x

  7. Oh what a fantastic idea superbly executed Annie! Love the doily/lacy feel and the way you've incorporated tartan and coordinated it with the inner background. Another triumph I'd say, hugs Jenny x

  8. so beautiful! gorgeous colors. I love vintage.

  9. Wow what a great mail to receive...excellent work Annie!

    greetings, Alie :-)

  10. Annie...your beautiful mail truly is beautiful! I LOVE your idea of making the envelope out of card and using Tim's doily die cut. That turned out absolutely gorgeous! I love how you've embellished the envelope; the ribbon, the lace application-just stunning. The ATC is awesome! I love that vintage photograph of Maude Fealy. I love the red behind her and the twine wrapped around the ATC. I also love the doilies and little flowers that you've added. Very cool project! Thanks for sharing your work with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  11. Another truly amazing project!

  12. Anonymous2/27/2013

    A triumph!
    Maude looks so at home in her Celtic setting. All the die cutting adds to the overly feel of this piece and I love that special little touch of the piece of decorative lace.
    Annie, as I was unable to create a DT sample for TSC I do not have a commitment to comment on entries. I wanted to explain that just in case it might have seemed odd that I did not thank you for entering but anyway there is no harm in wishing you Good Luck with the Prize Draw :)

  13. Both pieces are stunning... thanks for the how-to on your beautiful pieces, Annie.

  14. Wow Annie.
    What a great mail to recive
    This beautiful.

    Greetings Janny

  15. What a beautiful make, Annie... your handmade envelope is absolutely gorgeous, and I love how you've used the doily die throughout. Gorgeous rich colours too!
    Alison x

  16. Hello Annie! Thanks for stopping by my blog. You are right...the gulf side of Florida definitely has the prettiest sand and beaches. Not as crowded or commercialized either. It was such a relaxing trip but it's always nice to get back home again. Now I just need to get back into the crafting groove! Love your SSSS entry again this week!! It's gorgeous! <3 Candy

  17. Wow Annie these are gorgeous, I love the tartan and the doily looks beautiful x

  18. That is beautiful and I love that exotic photo. You put such lovely detail into your work!

  19. WOW!!! So beautiful!!! You know how I love the tartan ribbon...makes me happy! The envelope alone is perfect enough, but then the tag too...wow! This is so GRUNGY ELEGANT! Does that make sense? Fab stamps as well! Thank you for stamping with us at Simon Says Stamp & Show this week!

  20. I love the "how to" that bloggers are so kind to share.
    I have difficulty at times "seeing" how to do things from a finished project.
    Getting the directions is such a bonus as if I get muddled I can look back and figure out shere I went wrong.

    Your envelope and card tag are gorgeous. It looks like a clutch purse. It is just so special. I love the colours and patterns you chose.

  21. Whoope frgot to say thanks for visitng me Scrappymo #64 and #125

  22. Stunning vintage set! Who's the doily die from that's behind the tag? It is gorgeous. Thanks for the tutorial!

  23. Annie, these are pure joy for the eyes to behold! So much gorgeous detail and I do love that doily and the red colors! When you do get the new AO release inky, I can't wait to see what you do! Hugs!

  24. gorgeous art... Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  25. Hi Annie, stunning pieces, I love the doily and the colours are perfect. Wonderful design . Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Annie, I sprayed my canvas with water first, the sprays tend to blend beautifully that way. Thanks so much for the lovely comments you leave on my blog. Tracy x

  26. oh wow Hun what stunning work gosh the detail is delish,and love the dies,you have used,and the doily is just perfect hugs Cherylxxxxx

  27. Wow Annie. This is fabulous with a capital F!
    Well done you.

  28. Loved the how - to Annie, lots of fabulous layers and colours on this amazing creation.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  29. Wow, this is stunning! I love the doily die, and there really is so much beautiful detail. Maude is a lovely image and looks perfect.

    Maria x

  30. Absolutely gorgeous! The details and work in this piece is truly beautiful! Thank you for joining us at The Stampsmith Challenge!


  31. I wish this Annie [me] was as clever as you 'annie', this is outstanding and a huge compliment to you on your work...I am stunned how gorgeous one can do crafting...Perfect image, dies, colours oh the works, it's all beautiful...luv n hugs, aNNie xx

  32. I've been buried in snow the past few weeks and I'm finally getting a chance to thaw out and visit my favorite blogs. I have had the BEST time seeing what I've missed. You have been so creatively busy and everything is just wonderful. Thank you so much for the little warm reprieve you've supplied in creative land for me! I love your blog!!!
    hugs to you,
    Lisa xx

  33. Gorgeous project!! Love the pocket you created and such a great use of the doily die. Awesome textures and details. Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  34. A truly gorgeous gorgeous piece anne!! best wishes

    kaz x

  35. Wow Annie, this is one amazing card with such a stunning envelope! Very beautiful embellished! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra


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