When all else fails…


Oh, my. This rings so true for the last few weeks. My kiddos have been teething, which caused them to both get ear infections…. let’s just say that I wish I could have had an IV of coffee these last few weeks.

Hi friends! Emily here today to share two completely different projects with you. One of my absolute favorite trends that I hope isn’t going anywhere is the chalkboard look. I thought the outline image of the teacup from Tea Party would lend itself beautifully to the chalkboard look. To start, I heat embossed the teacup image and some florals from Mini Wild Florals in white embossing powder on black card stock, as well as the sentiment from Hug in a Mug. To complete the sentiment, I added a white coffee die cut.
The Ton chalkboard coffeewm

My next step was to add some floral accents in Hampton White pigment ink, after which I used a white pencil to add some shading to the coffee cup. I used a white gel pen and a ruler to add the accent lines around the edges of the panel. The last touch to create the chalkboard was to get some pigment ink on my finger and smudge it around on the “board.” I think using different strengths of white really helps to create the chalkboard effect.

The Ton chalkboard coffee detailwm

So, to TOTALLY switch gears, I’ve created a wintry thank you note for my grandfather-in-law. The twinkies were sick over Christmas, so we didn’t get to attend the annual Christmas gathering at my husband’s grandfather’s house. He always makes a big fuss about my handmade cards, so I thought it would be nice to send him a thank you note for the goodies and gifts he sent home with my hubby (who went by himself, sadface).

The Ton snowflake shakerwm

This card is a big one, a 5×7. I wanted to create a shaker with some die cut snowflakes, but I didn’t want them to be too crowded on an A2 base. I started with a panel of aqua card stock cut to 6 1/2 x 4 1/2 and die cut a few of the snowflakes from the Crystal Flurries die set. I then used that panel as a guide to place my snowflakes from the coordinating Crystal Flurries stamp set. I stamped the layers using the Minted Couture Color Collection that was released last month. On the aqua panel, I randomly stamped various separate layers using the Minted inks, as well as the Hampton White pigment ink to create a kind of ethereal effect. I then used my ink blending tool to blend some of the Lofty Mint ink around the edges of the panel, as well as on the edges of the die cut snowflakes.

The Ton snowflake shaker detailwm

The sentiment, from Thanks a Bunch ( I will never ever grow tired of that gorgeous font. So beautiful.) was stamped and heat embossed on vellum, then fussy cut around the edges. I glued it down to the aqua panel, making certain to put tiny dots of glue behind the embossed areas only. The final step was to create the shaker portion. I glued my acetate down to the aqua panel, then used a somewhat crazy amount of foam tape to pop up the panel. I used Smoked Emerald and Glass Slippers sequins, as well as Diamond seed beads to create the “shaker” portion of the shaker card.

Well, that’s it for me today! I hope you enjoyed these projects. See you next week for the anniversary festivities!! 🙂


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