Thank you so much for all the support for my post earlier this week. Anniversaries are always difficult, and it is great to have the encouragement of friends to get me through tough days. Thank you for sharing my burden.
Last week I had the pleasure of having a creative play day with my friend Rochelle and I used our time together to finally make a necklace with one of the treasures I purchased in Italy last summer. Oh, how I love this hand painted pendent. It has a beautiful sterling silver case whose age is told by the broken clasps which keep the glass in place. While you might think that painted brooches or pendents like this are plentiful in Europe, the truth is that I had been hunting in antique stores and markets for four years for a piece like this. I have certainly seen similar ones over the years, but either the price was always much higher than I was willing to pay, or the price was fine, but the focal colors were not ones that I wear very often. There was always something just not right. So, fast forward to my European trip last summer, and I was on the hunt again. To my utter surprise, I found, and bought, not just one, but two pieces at the Milan market - I was SO happy! But, it just goes to show, that sometimes treasures don't come easy.
This is truly an international necklace as most of the bits and pieces were purchased during my travels. The focal point pendent and pearls are from Italy • The moss aqua gemstones and pyrite were from Thailand • I found the smokey quartz, labradorite and amazonite in Istanbul • And the prayer beads, rhinestone disco balls and rondelle spacers are all vintage from the US.
Yesterday was one of those days, a day when grief weighed my spirit, so I hibernated from the world and leaned on my husband and faith to get me through the day.
Five years ago yesterday I heard words I've never heard before or since. It was five years ago that, during an appointment to investigate sharp abdominal pain, my Dr. told me that I was pregnant. Five years ago, on the same day I learned I was pregnant, I lost my child. The Cliff's Notes version is that I had an ectopic pregnancy that ruptured, very nearly killing me in the process. (There is a bit more detail here.) It is only by the grace of God, and timely medical intervention, that I am here today. For that, I am, as one would expect, thankful. But there are days when I feel it is both appropriate and cathartic to allow myself to grieve for the child I lost. Oh, how I wish things could have been different! I don't grieve for "a child", but I grieve for that child - the one I lost. While I don't understand the 'why', I thank the Lord that he has worked in my heart, and I can fully say "Thy will be done". As I pass this anniversary, though my heart hurts, I celebrate that for 5-7 weeks I was the Mother to a little soul who never got to breathe the air of this world, but who waits for me with my Heavenly Father and who someday I will meet. What a day that will be!
To those who, like me, lost a little one before you could hold him or her in your arms. I share your pain. I am one of you.
WooHoo! Last week I was honored to be a part of the blog hop for the new Essentials by Ellen stamp and die release. I received a lot of comments and questions about the Copic marker faux-watercolor technique that I used on the "Hi, there" hydrangea card so thought I would create a video tutorial to walk you through the steps. Please join me in the CLASSroom for Ellen Hutson to see more samples of this technique in action, and watch the video tutorial.
Welcome to the Ellen Hutson Winter 2016 Stamp release blog hop! My name is Carolyn Peeler and I'm happy that you've popped by for a visit and am excited to showcase several of the new Essentials by Ellen stamp sets and dies on my post today! If you've been following along with the hop, you will have arrived here from the blog of Carly Minner.
While you're here, I invite you to connect with me on Instagram and Pinterest. And if, like me, you have wanderlust, then (after this blog hop) head on over to www.ladolcevitaforever.com to check out the week-long creative retreat I co-host in Tuscany, Italy. While our 2016 retreat is sold out, I would invite you to subscribe to our newsletter where you will receive details for upcoming retreats.
Now that the preliminaries are out of the way, let's dive into my projects!
For my first project, I was asked to work with the "Mondo Hydrangea" stamp set.
Although this flower looks like it has been watercolored, in fact, I colored it with Copic markers. Here's a quick walk through:
First, I stamped the Hydrangea image onto vellum with Versamark ink, and embossed it with white embossing powder. Then, I colored the BACK (or wrongside) of the vellum with Copic markers. I didn't try to blend the areas where colors met, instead I let the colors stay segregated, which is what gives this watercolorish (which is so totally not a word!) look. After coloring, I stuck Sookwang double sided adhesive onto the back of the vellum, covering the entire stamped surface and stuck it onto white cardstock. I then used the matching "Mondao Hydrengea" die to cut the image out. After prepping my card background (I did a light wash of green watercolor using "Mowed Lawn" Distress ink onto watercolor paper and then mounted that onto Bazzill "Gumball" cardstock), I mounted the hydrangea on pop dots and stuck it onto the background. The "hi, there" stamp, is from the new "All Inside" stamp set. As a finishing touch, I added some stitching with my sewing machine under the greeting.
Thanks for your visit. Remember to leave a comment for your chance to win an Ellen Hutson Stamp set!
For your next stop on this ongoing blog hop, please head over to the blog of Lisa Spangler.
Finally, here are the links to the products used in today's projects:
Hi friends, wow! it's been a long time! A lot has happened since I last posted. I travelled to Anaheim to attend the CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) trade show, where I had a blast connecting with so many friends and colleagues, came home where our family celebrated my Dad's retirement with a weekend celebration with his church (my Dad was a Pastor), and then last week I travelled down to Seattle to join my friend Ellen Hutson for a tour of the production facility at Daniel Smith fine Art supplies. It's been a bit of a whirlwind around here.
Today I'm back to let you know that a have another card tutorial up in the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom. Today's card shows a fun shadow embossing technique - I hope you'll pop by to check it out. In the meantime, I am more active over on Instagram, so I invite you to join me over there.
Did you have a fun Christmas? Rick and I had a great Christmas and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Now, we're looking forward to New Year's Eve! It seems so crazy that the calendar is flipping to a new year again. 2016 here we come!!
Today I have a brand new tutorial up at Ellen Hutson's CLASSroom with a fast and easy New Year's card. Below are the products used, and please visit me over at the CLASSroom to read the step by step through the project.
One of the things I actively hunt for at the antique markets I visit in Europe are old brooches, pendents, photos or jewelry pieces that I can use as focal pieces in the repurposed jewelry I design. I found this beautiful vintage photo at the Arezzo, Italy antique market in 2013. I was immediately drawn to the soft, blue, purple and grey colors in the image and so bargained until I managed to procure it a good price.
Once I got home, I didn't actually get going on making my necklace until several months later. To make the necklace I combined labradorite and sterling silver links which were sourced during one of my trips to Istanbul, black quartz and some beautiful blue chalcedony beads.
I am not 100% certain if I will be keeping, or selling this beauty. If you are interested in purchasing it, please send me an email using the 'email me' link at the top left of this page, under my photo.
I have a brand new video tutorial up at Ellen Hutson's CLASSroom today. I hope you will come and see it!
The Winner of the "Things we Love 2015" giveaway is: Brandi R who commented on December 10, 2015 at 06:14 PM.
Hi Friends, the lovely Ellen Hutson has invited all her design team members to join in a new tradition and share the "Things we love 2015". Over the past 10 days the designers have been sharing the products they reach for over and over again. Today I am bringing a close to this celebration with my list of favorites. There are so many crafting products available, and sometimes it can be overwhelming to decide which products to invest in. The ones on the list today are ones that I have either used forever or are things that I just recently aquired and which are inspiring me :)
As a bonus during this "Things we LOVE 2015" celebration Ellen has provided a DISCOUNT CODE for you! Just enter this exclusive coupon code in the coupon code area during check-out: “thingswelovecarolyn” will save you 10% on EVERY in-stock product through December 14 over at Ellen Hutson LLC! The discount is NOT limited to just the things I love, but ANYTHING you love, too, as long as it is in stock!
Ellen is also providing a GIVEAWAY for my blog readers! So check out my list of favorite things from 2015 and scroll to the bottom for details on how you can win 5 of my favorite things!
I tried to keep this list short and just highlight the products I reached for regularly in 2015. If you have any questions about any of these items, please feel free to ask in the comments and I'll try to reply asap. (Or, if you prefer, you could also email me using the link below my profile picture on the upper left of this blog.)
Stay tuned to the end of this post for a huge GIVEAWAY just for my blog readers!
1) Ranger Kraft Tag #8 - I LOVED using kraft paper as a neutral in my projects this year, and these tags made an appearence in several projects, such as my recent "12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist" project which can be seen HERE.
2) Tim Holtz, Black and Cream Trimmings - Black and Cream is classic and works with so many different color schemes. Love that this set is so versatile.
3) Ice Resin - As someone who also loves to make jewelry projects, I LOVE this product SOOOO much. I used it to make the resin photo circles on this necklace. If you want to read more about it, the post can be found HERE.
1) Ranger Distress Stain, Spun Sugar - I love this line of products for giving a sheer wash of color to backgrounds, and this pale, pastel pink is my favorite color.
2) Ranger Superfine Embossing Powder, Clear - this year I have been doing a ton of embossing techniques on my stamping projects, and the clear embossing powder I reach for again and again is this embossing powder by Ranger. It. just. works. BAM!
3) Ranger Texture Paste - It seems that Ranger is walking away with this category this year for me! I love this texture paste and have used it a ton with stencils on my altered journals.
1) Bold blossom Stand-Alone by Ellen Hutson - I had so much fun playing with this set this year. Take a peek at one of my cards HERE.
2 & 3) Magnietic Die Storage and Envelopes by Ellen Hutson - I am putting these 2 products together as they go hand in hand. I love the way these 2 products solve the problem for storing dies. Such an easy way to keep them organized and visible. LOVE!
4) Open Book Die set by Crate Paper - I really like how versatile this set is. Use it for everything from a masculine card like the one in this video tutorial, or to make a romantic card, like this one HERE.
1) Rangers Stickles, Star Dust - For adding understated sparkle and shimmer to a project, this is my go-to glue/glitter combination.
2) Pearls, Champagne - I love shabby chic, and pearls are an easy way to add classic beauty to a project.
3) Tim Holtz, Salvaged Dolls - I loved Tim's frozen Charlotte dolls, and now that those are discontinued, these Salvaged Dolls are a new favorite. They are so stinkin' CUTE!
4) Doodle Twine Spool, Cupcake - Baker's twine has become a staple, and this pretty pink is a super fun color!
1) Memento Ink Pad, Tuxedo Black - This is my favorite true, dark black ink. It also retains a lot of detail.
2) Versamark Ink Pad - This is a great, double use ink pad. I love it for embossing and also for producing beautiful watermark stamp impressions.
3 & 4) Distress Marker collections - For bang for your buck, the Distress markers go a long way. Using the Ranger Craft Sheet, you can easily turn these markers into watercolors, like I did in THIS card, or color directly onto rubber stamps with them, like I did here:
This year has seen me heavily use watercolor and vellum. I love the versatility of these the Ranger Watercolor paper, and Ellen Hutson's Vellum, they will work with any color scheme, can easily take on the style of whatever they are paired with.
Patterned paper has always been a HUGE love of mine. This "Classic Elegance" paper pack is from of my all time favorite Melissa Frances paper collections. (And, it's on sale right now for 50% off! Use the coupon code given at the top of this post for an additional discount!)
1) Blissful Butterflies by My Favorite Things - This stamp has been in my collection for a few years and has showed up on many of my projects. It is versatile - you could use it for thank you, sympathy, 'just because', and happy birthday cards to just mention a few themes. HERE is a sample card that I made with this set.
2) Just Geometrics: Triangles by W9 Designs - A fun, modern design that works well with my clean, graphic style, this background stamp is a keeper!
3) Fancy Thanks by Ellen Hutson Essentials - This combines a sentiment I use a ton with beautiful calligraphy. LOVE IT! Here is a card featuring one of the stamps from this set:
1) Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet - I think I pretty much use this craft sheet while creating every project I make. It has saved me money as I used to use disposable palettes, this is both better for the environment, and my wallet :)
2) Ranger Ink Blending Tool - If you love the look of distressed edges on your paper craft projects, there is no better applicator. Hands down, this is a winner!
3) Water Mister - This has been the year of watercolor for me, and using a water mister to remoisten stamps and start the ink running into each other in order to get that beautiful watercolor effect, is such an easy, fast way to get that result!
THINGS WE LOVE GIVEAWAY
The prize includes…
For your chance to win, simply leave a comment on this blog post within the next 4 days (December 14th) and one winner will be randomly chosen to receive these FIVE fabulous products. One comment per person please! Please ensure you leave your email along with your comments or you have the "no reply” option disabled so that I can get in contact with you should you win. You will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.
Good luck! And if YOU have a favorite product of 2015, I'd love to hear about it!