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Friday, August 30, 2013


Hi Craft Peeps!!!...
The weekend is here... YAY!!... My post today is an Altered Plate I did for an exchange. First one I have ever done too! It was alot of fun, but BOY.... I sure had a hard time deciding on what to do. In addition this is my first post for CraftingFamily.com. I am thier newest edition to the Design Team. Christine, the owner is a wonderful and compassionate person who cares about her customers and I am so happy to be working with her and her design team.


For my altered plate...
I printed out an image from the internet... I love things about sewing... I don't sew, but love anything to do with it! I first began by appling gesso to the plate... then using spray inks by Inkadinkadoo, I spayed in various areas and just blended them. I torn aound the edges of the image and then distressed the edges using Tim Holtz' Vintage Photo distressing ink. After everything had dried I mod podged the image onto the plate. Curling up the corners of the image (in these areas I kept reappling mod podge in between dry times to really stiffen it up. I then applies mod podge all over the plate to seal everything in. Next I added a vaiety of mulberry flowers and stamens, lace applicades onto either side of the image, mulberry leaves, a thimble. Ribbon flowers and some beautiful sewing theme charms both from The Crafting Family Shoppe.
I hope you enjoy my project...

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

~ Design Team Back in Action ~

Hello my crafty peeps!  We welcome back our Design Team! Please help us welcome our new addition ~ Rhonda Ratliff!  She will debut our YouTube posts - woohoo! We absolutely love her Southern twang and her classic vintage art style - I am sure you will be more than inspired by her work and Southern charm this year :) 

We are changing things up a bit this year and will be featuring two posts a week to make it more laxed and less hectic for our DT's because the #1 focus is the joy and love of crafting - therefore there is no room for stress! Life is busy enough as it is, so just sit back, relax & craft! 

Today we are sharing with you last week's posts shared with us by our DT and Matriarch Pat Selman! For those of you new to the Crafting Family - she is my mom and the reason why I have a crafty side! I am fortunate to share the love of crafting with her and treasure every moment we spend together crafting and laughing :) 

And now without further delay - here are Pat Selman's vintage inspired 8x8 layouts from an album she is currently working on: 

She used tons of goodies including some faux stamping w/gesso, paint & ink. She incorporated a handmade pin by Christine Castillo, and a swirl paper flower by Rhonda Bewley-Ratliff. She got to crackin' on the brown lace we just listed for sale this week (& already sold out!).

Patterned papers by G45 Kraft reflections on sale now at Crafting Family, handmade pin by Christine Castillo, swirl paper flower by Rhonda Bewley-Ratliff, Tim Holtz embossing folders, perfect pearls mist & the recipe goes on! I love the layering on this 8x8 layout!

 The tulle flowers are handmade by Pat! 

Spell binder diecut used here with DCWV Luxury collection of papers; some handmade papers from Joann's clearance bin, and she used a couple of different clock embossing folders from The Paper Studio and Sizzix.

She used the G45 Kraft Reflections along with a touch of the Crate Paper Portrait sheet. The dinner plate charm, paper roses & wheat spray is also from CF's current supplies for sale and the flat paper flower accents are Making Memories - oldies but goodies from our stash! The ivory lace is from the dollar bin at ACMoore; burlap accents from Joann's Fabrics; and border punches from EK Success. She used the electronic Zutter edge distresser (or the "rougher" as Pat calls it - lol) to rough up the edges to give it that classic vintage feel. 

We hope you enjoyed these layout projects and will come back for more inspiration from our Crafting Family!  For any questions on techniques or products used, please email us at: thecraftingfamily@yahoo.com  ~ or visit us on our Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/TheCraftingFamilyPage.   

'Til the next post, I remain ~ Christine @ Crafting Family :)