Monthly Archives: June 2014

Petit Four Cards

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estate-saleHappy Tuesday!

I hope your week is off to a good start! I had a fun time this weekend visiting an estate sale in my neighborhood. The pic above are a few of my finds. Love this little ragdoll..I’ll have to make her a new dress though! The embroidered handkerchiefs are silk (gorgeous, and so soft!), love the tarnished spoon (will be perfect for scooping glass glitter!) and the lovely hand mirror. Did you find any treasures this weekend?

petit-four-cards-1I don’t know why, but the fabric I used to make these cards remind me of petit fours. Maybe because its so  soft and delicate, dainty and very springy. So, Petit Four Cards! I remember making petit fours with my mom one year as a little girl. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but they do take a bit of time. My daughter is just the right, patient,  age…may have to try them soon. But, in the meantime, cards instead!

petit-four-cards-2To begin making these cards, I cut down a piece of cardstock and wrapped it in fabric, ribbons and embellishments. I then folded and stamped coordinating cardstock, then adhered the fabric rectangle to the top of the card. A bit of a glitter pen and stickles adds some sparkle. And distressed edges add a bit more contrast.

petit-four-cards-4 The inside of the cards are lined with vintage ledger paper from this very vintage Order Book. Soft and lovely and sweet, just like a petit four. Perfect for a note to a special friend. This little bundle of Petit Four Cards are now available in my Etsy store. You can find them here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/194093049/springy-dainty-lovely-shabby-chic-petit

petit-four-cardsWould love to hear any tips you have in making petit fours…thinking that would be a fun little party for Meghan and her friends this summer. 🙂

Have a great day, and happy creating!!

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Vintage Functional Embellishment Frames

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frames1Happy weekend!

We’re expecting a pretty one here in Colorado. Hopefully, so I can finish up some gardening!

In home decor, I’m sure you’ve noticed how chalkboards and corkboards are being framed in pretty frames. I got to thinking, why not shrink this down a bit, and make functional embellishment frames? And, in vintage style!

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Any chipboard frame will work. I took this one shaped like a postage stamp and painted it with acrylic paint. Once dry, I simply adhered it to a piece of black cardstock. To get the chalkboard “effect,” I scribbled with chalk and smeared it around a bit. For more control, and a finer tip, I actually wrote on the “chalkboard” with a white colored pencil.

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I turned this one into a pin cushion! To do this, I cut circles out of cardboard and fabric-a slightly smaller size than the chipboard frame. I then sandwiched stuffing in between the fabric and cardboard and wrapped the fabric tight around the cardboard, and adhered it. I then glued the chipboard frame over the top. A decorative pin holds this butterfly in place.

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Similar to the framed chalkboard, these chipboard pieces frame a 1/4″ piece of corkboard. This corkboard is thick enough to actually support a tack, and cute tags. 🙂

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And, another chalkboard. Chalkboards and functional, vintage style frames make me happy! How about you??? I can think of many possibilities for these embellishments-suspended from the neck of a jar, cute To/From tags on a gift, and of course, scrapbooking and paper crafting.

frames6Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and find time to get crafty!

Happy Creating,

Michelle

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