Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Have I told you how much I love to read?

This afternoon I spent some time in my craftroom playing around with the gorgeous inspiration in "The Shabby Tea Room":  HERE

Here is the creativity/inspiration photo from Lenet:

I love the picture of the old books, the soft neutrals, the white in the bedding, the cream and texture in the nubby blanket on the chair, and the touches of pale blues in the framed pictures.  Gee, I could move in to that photo and be perfectly happy!  LOL!

This is my first time actually linking up and playing with everyone at the Shabby Tea Room.  I have visited all of the gorgeous inspiration many, many times over the past couple of years but did not have much time to play due to the circumstances I was in with my husband's illness.   This week I saw my crafty friend Rebecca's lovely post on her blog (she is also this week's Guest Designer) and absolutely LOVED what she created!  After reading her post I visited the site and was determined
to join in this week-  which I was able to fulfill today. 

Here are some pictures of my project.

 I love this sentiment...."This is where I fell asleep" it is how I go to sleep most nights of the week.
 I sewed a lovely border of tissue paper scallops with some aqua thread and in the end covered most of it up...oh well.
I love how these old book page flowers turned out!  And some aqua felt leaves to go with them doesn't hurt!

 I made this card and matching bookmark for my son's school librarian who has been very supportive to me and my family over the past two years.  When school gets underway I find it hard to find enough time to make as many things as I would like to have to thank the teacher's and staff at school for all they do.  They are under-paid, over-worked and so dedicated to helping the future generation that I wish I could give them all a raise and a bonus!  I am glad that I can at least give them a handmade card and a treat with maybe a latte-card thrown in or a gift card to Barnes & Noble.  Our cousin Barbara is a teacher in California and she says - give them chocolate!!! Teachers love to receive chocolate!!!  I tend to give coffee cards because I think there are many days in rainy and cold Seattle where a cup of coffee is the perfect pick-me-up before school starts!  And a mocha latte is the best!!  What could be better than chocolate in our coffee?!?

That is it for me this evening!  Thanks for taking a look at my card and matching bookmark! I would love to hear what you think!  I wasn't too sure about my card's layout and the rules of three but I just went with it in the end....

:) Jill

Stamps: All Booked Up - Papertrey Ink
Papers:  Cardstock: Papertrey Ink; Old Book - from thrift store
Dies:  Cheery Lynn Designs: Doily Die; Papertrey Ink -Mat stack and Limitless Layers 1.5" set and sending you leaves; Stampin-UP/sissix - butterfly; MFT- border die medium scallop; flower dies
Impression Plates:  Papertrey Ink - lines/siding, Cheery Lynn Designs - burlap
Ink:  Papertrey Ink - Kraft, Aqua Mist,  Copics BG10
Sewing Machine: Janome Sew mini; Coats & Clark thread
Felt: Papertrey Ink - Aqua Mist
Other: scissors, fiskars paper trimmer, Vagabond, glue dots, ad tech adhesive, tombow mono multi glue


  1. Awwww Jill!!! Your card is a stunner!!! I love the mats with that circular image of the reader~ perfect and the light touch of color~ yummy! I'm so glad you got to play in this challenge, cause your project is gorgeous!! So happy to be your crafty friend~ lucky me!

    1. Lucky me! You always inspire me each time I visit your blog!

  2. Jill, your card and bookmark are WONDERFUL! LOVE the soft colors and your reading theme! LOVE the flowers and the half doily on the bookmark! BOTH are FAB!

  3. Oh Jill, your card is just perfect for the Tea Room challenge! The soft neutrals and script flower and of course the stamp...all just perfect. The bookmark is such an adorable addition...I just love it! Also, as a retired teacher, I do so appreciate your comments. How uplifting it is to hear positive comments about our profession! Big Hug to you!!!!
    Thanks for sharing at The Shabby Tea Room and I hope to see you there often!

    1. Thanks for teaching!! It is such a gift!!
      I hope to be in the tea room often!!!

  4. I can't decide if I love the card or bookmark more - both are gorgeous! I love the aqua leaves, the book page flowers, the doily - all the details are perfect! I personally think the combo of a coffee shop & bookstore gift card is the perfect teacher gift.

  5. Wow, this turned out pretty, Jill! You do neutrals well!! Love your use of the bookprint, too...the flowers turned out so pretty! And the matching bookmark...perfectly sweet!

  6. the added book mark...and I love to read, too (when I am not papercrafting)!!

  7. Oh, wow, Jill! This is absolutely beautiful! LOVE those texty, dimensional blossoms! What a treasured gift! Oh! And I was a teacher once, and not all teachers like getting chocolate ;), but every teacher appreciates people like you, especially when there are so many that bat from the opposite side of the plate. Sigh. I don't know if I'll ever go back to it. There just isn't enough money in the world, but my heart is so there. TFS!

  8. Gorgeous card and bookmark! Fabulous flowers, image, and sentiment! How sweet of you to make it for your son's librarian. I'm sure she'll appreciate it! Take care!

  9. Oh my shabby goodness, Jill ... this set is simply precious! I would LOVE a bookmark like that to mark the page of where I feel asleep each night reading my favorite book -- such a great idea! Thanks for sharing with us in the Tea Room :)


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: ) Jill