Hello, friends! How is your November shaping up? Mine is proving to be quite busy, in a good way! Some new creative goals have solidified for me, and I’m hoping that the next step involves me attending the Craft and Hobby Show in January so I can educate myself on how to make my crafty dreams come true! Wish me luck on achieving membership so that I can attend all the workshops that would help me grow this thing called Contadina K!!!
Today I have a photo heavy post. But to start, Pupusa wants to say hello and to thank you all for your prayers and good wishes. She says, “Thanks so much, everyone! I felt so much love from my mommy and from you during my recovery, and now I am back to all the things I love to do – licking and nibbling my mommy’s face and head bright and early every morning, reminding my furry brother, Mabu, about the importance of play, hunting crickets on my evening walks, and assisting my mommy during the day when she prepares blog posts, videos, amd writes out all sorts of thoughts. You may have heard me making cranky sounds on recent videos. That is what I do to get my mommy to put me on her lap while she works. This tactic always works. And this is where I prefer to spend my days.”
OK, enough from Pupusa. Today I have a mini album to share with you. It’s been awhile since I made one, and it felt great to get back to some off the page work. This project was done entirely with my new favorite extra thick heavy weight cardstock from Core’dinations. You can find this at Joann’s.
To start, I dry embossed several pieces with folders from Sizzix. There is a pair of folders called “Diamond Plate and Riveted Metal, ” #657848.
I stitched these pretty textured pieces onto a thin piece of printer paper, so as not to add any unnecessary bulk. Prior to stitching, I added just enough snail adhesive to the centers so that I could keep each piece in place and not get adhesive on my machine needle.
And then mod podged the stitched panels to the corrugate. For embellishments, I stuck with a simple white color palette. Sometimes I love working this way because without the distraction of color, the eye really lingers on the lovely textures. At least mine does. I used Sizzix dies from the gorgeous new Shabby Chic Collection for all the embellishments.
These die-cuts above utilized the Sizzix “Botanical Element” #658225 Bigz die. Beautifully elegant shapes, don’t you think? I used Antique Linen Distress Ink throughout just to accentuate the edges a bit.
These die-cut blossoms have fantastic irregular edges, and were created using the new Sizzix “Flower Layers w/ Leaf” #658228 Die. As you can see, I stuck with white, varying texture with applications of Ranger Glossy Accents and Viva Decor Pearl Pens.
This accent above is a partial die-cut which used a beautiful “Frame, Ornate #2” #658222 die from the same Shabby Chic Collection. I saved the leftover pieces to create frames for some text I decided to add to the inside cover.
Softly accentuated using just a tiny bit of the lightest shade of Distress Ink that I have.
If you are a texture fiend like me, it’s great fun to work relatively dry like this from time to time, and by keeping color at a minimum, find yourself savoring all the lovely texture that takes center stage.
Above, you can see some of the die-cut flourishes created using the Sizzix “Botanical Flourish” #658226. Below, some play with matte and sheen.