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I have a quick card to share that went along with the shabby chic cheesecloth flowers I posted about yesterday. This is a thank you card that I made for the hostess of the Shabby Chic Cheesecloth Flower Swap at Your Paper Pantry. The paper matches the colors I used for the cheesecloth flowers as well as the card used to present the flowers. I decided to make a removable tag to add to the inside of the card and the flowers attached to the top are left over from the project. I thought adding a tag to the inside would be a fun element and usable as well.  The flower on the front of the card was colored using my Prismacolor Pencils along with Gamsol.  The sentiment is from The Stamps of Life, and the flower, cardstock, papers and ribbon are all from my stash and I believe are all Stampin’ Up! products.  Memento black ink was used for the stamping.

Springtime Thank You

Springtime Thank You Inside

That’s my quick share for today.

Thanks for visiting.

God Bless,




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Even though I have had a ton of things going on this past month I couldn’t resist signing up for a different kind of challenge/swap (at least different for me) over at Your Paper Pantry. Participants were asked to make 2 sets of 3 flowers, with one being a larger flower and the other 2 smaller.

Making cheesecloth flowers is something I knew nothing about so I went online and watched several tutorials to help me with my project.  After quite a few attempts that turned to failure (my fault for sure), I decided to use my imagination and try a few things that I hoped would work.

The first, and largest, flower I made is white and measures approximately 4″ in diameter. It was made simply using a large circle die from The Stamps of Life and cutting out many layers. Each layer is then adhered to the next using a glue gun, with a felt circle on the back for stability and looks. The center is a simple brad from Spare Parts.  I really like how fluffy this flower is and love all of the layers as well.

Shabby Chic Flower 1

The second flower I made uses the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die and is similar to one I saw on YT.  Prior to putting the flower together I sprayed each of the layers with my homemade yellow glimmer mist.  I also sprayed the layers with Aleene’s Fabric Stiffen to help the flower keep its shape (that idea I got from one of the YT vids too).  I do like how it turned out and will try to make more of these in a variety of colors.

Shabby Chic Flower 3

The final flower was inspired while I was looking at all the pieces of scrap cheesecloth sitting on my desk.  I decided to try an idea I had and much to my surprise the flower turned out quite nice.  The scraps were cut into strips and sprayed with my homemade pink glimmer mist.  My glue gun was used to adhere the strips to a circle of felt by moving around the perimeter and working towards the center, squishing the cheesecloth along the way.  An added rhinestone colored pink with a Sharpie and outlined with a strip of pearls was used for the center.  I was pleasantly surprised at the results and hope you like the flower too.

Shabby Chic Flower 2

I have more to share, but will keep this post short right now.

Thank you for visiting and God Bless,




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I love being the part of the community at Your Paper Pantry and decided to join the 75% Spring Challenge for February. This is how it works, the participants are given some paper and embellishments and are required to use 75% of those materials to make a project of your choice, using the theme of the month. This month the theme was Spring. The finished project is then sent to the Hostess of the challenge and we receive one of the other participant’s projects in return. Sounds simple doesn’t it? Yet for me it was fun yet quite intimidating at the same time.

75% challenge Spring - Banner

This is my first attempt at such an endeavor and it was truly a challenge for me. When I first received my packet with some 4″ x 4″ papers, a few short pieces of seam binding, washi tape (a must use item) and printed images, I worried what to make with these elements. After a lot of thought, and even one sleepless night, it dawned on me to make a Spring banner. Why that thought came to me is a mystery since I have never made a banner before. Given the fact that the papers were so small I wondered if the banner would be an acceptable project to send in, yet I marched forward and started cutting and gluing. I worried if I cut something wrong I wouldn’t have any excess to work with, but still my resolve to make my project along with my commitment to the group kept me going. I thought the end result turned out rather well. Then I had yet another dilemma, I still had some paper, albeit cut in odd shapes, a few images, a bit of the 3 colors of washi tape (less than 5″ in total) and a few tidbits of seam binding left over. Since we had to use 75% of the materials sent, I knew I needed to make another project. What to do with such odd shapes of paper and small bits and pieces caused me a bit of stress I must admit? Marching forward I decided to make a meandering mini album with tags. You guessed it, I never made a meandering mini tag album before, but I didn’t let that stop me, not at all. It was a huge challenge for me though as almost all of the leftover papers were cut in small triangles. It took 2 days of piecing everything together, including gluing and mitering edges of small pieces of paper on the front cover to make it look completely covered when in fact it wasn’t. I do like the end result of this mini album and tags and love the fact that I was able to use all but a few tidbits of the materials to make 2 projects. It was a creative challenge and a boatload of fun.

I didn’t take pictures of each decorated page due to time restraints in getting everything packaged and mailed to Shelley in time, but I did take a moment to shoot the front cover along with the tags and those pictures are below. I worry if my projects will measure up to challenge, but at this point they are on their way and I just have to hope they will be OK.

75% challenge Spring - Mini Tag Book

75% challenge Spring - Tags for mini book

If you haven’t checked out the wonderful folks over at YPP, I would highly recommend you taking a look. It is the most positive place I have found, the projects are exceptional and the people are second to none. I love having a place to exchange ideas and learn about paper crafting and I hope you do too.

Until next time, God Bless,

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