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"Happy Spring" is what I am thinking on a gorgeous February New England day. February 25 2017, 2 Comments

"Happy Spring" is so appropriate for me to be thinking when the weather for the past few days has reached almost 70 degrees. I remind you that I'd normally be freezing in late February in my Massachusetts hometown. Instead, I find myself thinking Spring-like thoughts...like the budding of flowers, butterflies in flight and light blue cloudy skies. Hints of green pops through in color, as the fields of grass comes out of its winter mode. 

The start of this card was a scrap paper left over from Sarah at Bella ART in Johnston, RI, while teaching me a technique using Flower Soft. I was intrigued by the fuzzy looking stuff I noticed on some of her completed cards she had in her shop for sale, like the purple fuzz below.  

Isn't this stuff cool? I thought so too. It's applied with a dot of glue and sprinkled on. Once dried it stays in place and keeps its "fuzziness". Sarah let me keep the scrap sample...which of course I repurposed into this card.

Notice how the butterfly is raised off the card and casts a shadow depending on the angle of how you're looking at it, giving it a 3-dimensional look. 

 

Add a small foam tape dot underneath the butterfly's two wings to get this effect or you can also only do this to one wing and get a partial raised look.

To make the blue sky look cloudy, I edged a cut-out of a paper cloud with Tim Holtz "Stormy Sky" Distress Ink randomly on the white cardstock scrap paper. I feathered the ink with a foam dauber to blend it and make it look as realistic as possible, applying more pressure in areas than others. This will make the ink appear darker where you need it and give your sky some color variation.  The "Happy Spring" stamp is from a new Lawn Fawn stamp/die cut set I just bought at Bella ART. (Wow, that store has a ton of great scrapbooking and stamping supplies).

The black Dazzle stickers are stuck on light brown paper and cut to fit on the card where I wanted to place each. I always say that half the fun in making cards is designing them. The other half is giving them away.

The larger lavender flower and the smaller light blue flowers were colored in with watercolor crayons and Tim Holtz Distress Markers.

The perforation between sky and grass adds some detail and texture to the card. 

Adding a matching set of papers and embellishments inside gives the card a completed look and offers the sender an opportunity to write as little or as much as they'd like.

  

So "Happy Spring" to you. Fellow New Englanders, I hope you enjoyed our little spoils of an early reminder that warmer weather is sure to come...just not officially yet. We'll need to wait until March 20th for Spring to arrive...but in the meantime, I'll take the warmer temps for the rest of our official winter season.

Thank you for reading my blog. Enjoy your day.

Written by Jennifer Quilty for Tamm's Marketplace on 2/25/17.

 

 

 

 


What's inside this little black and blue hexagon flower box? February 10 2017, 0 Comments

This little black and blue favor box was made for my aunt when I visited her the other day. I stamped a heart on it...well, because I love her. Plus Valentine's Day is right around the corner.

I used StazOn ink to stamp the striped heart and this hexagon/flower shaped box with gift tag is from one of my die cut sets that I roll through my Spellbinders machine. It folds easily together and opens by removing one flower petal at a time. Depending upon what goes inside, they can be flattened to mail. 

You are still wondering what's inside this one, I know.  So here it is...

A "hello" message with a Dove dark chocolate piece inside. To keep the chocolate in place, a small amount of glue tape from my TomBow tape runner was used on the back of the candy wrapper. 

I told my aunt she could use the chocolate as an emergency fix when she was craving a sweet. I wonder if she ate it or not yet. 

So think of the possibilities of these little favor boxes. So many ideas for so many occasions. If you have one, comment your idea to me and I'll try to design one based on your suggestion.

Thank you for reading my blog. Enjoy your day.

Written by Jennifer Quilty for Tamm's Marketplace on 2/10/17.

 


Cards that are perfect for occasions of love January 22 2017, 1 Comment

Happy "Heart" Day. I suppose a love-struck individual could argue that this is a daily event in any couple's life and the card I'm showing you above can be given on any day of the year. It also could be reserved for the much celebrated Valentine's Day, perhaps an anniversary or maybe even a wedding. Either way, I made this card and all of the ones you see below in honor of LOVE.  I hope you enjoy looking at this collection as much as I enjoyed making it.

At the time of posting this blog, ALL of these cards are available for sale for only $6 each and I'd be honored by my family, friends and customers if they decided to purchase their handmade cards from me.  Just tell me which one(s) you want.

For this photo shoot I arranged the cards on white panels to take group photos of them. 

They all looked so pretty and had so many different messages of love and happiness. Some have butterflies, flowers, hearts, bicycles, keys, lace prints, peacocks, cats, feathers and diamonds, most have multiple layers of decorated papers and others have 3-dimensional embellishments.

There really are a lot of cards themed by love and more are being made everyday by our artists. Don't forget, we can personalize things and create special order requests to make something specific to your needs.  Here are the close up shots to show you better pics of the "goods".

Above, this card reads "You are the flower in my basket". Below in the inside it reads, "Some people make the world more special just by being in it. I am thankful to have you".

I absolutely love this and think..."Who wouldn't want to receive something like THIS?" Messages like this are part of the inspiration I have when making any card. Most people honestly LOVE to receive things like this in their mailbox. In an era of fast-past, instant technology, a snail-mail card might make a smile last longer than the quick email or text. 

I'd say less than half of these have their insides decorated. I never know which is preferred...having a blank note card vs. one that says something. 

This yellow embossed "hello" card's inside has "Light of my life". I can almost think that an electrician would appreciate something like this.

(Didn't I tell you there were a lot of cards?) Here's the rest of what is in this collection. If you want to know how I made any of them, just ask. I'm always happy to share in the art of creating. 

So I say love is in the air. How could it not be, when surrounded by so many beautiful reminders? 

I'm sure with Valentine's Day only 3 weeks away, these will be gone soon. Thank you for reading my blog. Enjoy your day.

Written by Jennifer Quilty for Tamm's Marketplace on 1/22/17.


A little pink and red flower gift box with an elephant tag...That's what we call "adorable" January 12 2017, 0 Comments

This adorable little pink and red gift box has a tiny pink elephant on the tag and was made for my 'lil sister. I had something small I was gifting to her and it needed some sort of package to be presented in. So this is what I made for her.

From above, it looks like a flower, whether it is closed or opened. 

I wrote my personal message to her on the white paper that I cut to shape and glued into place. Before closing it up I included the small gift inside. Each of those red panels are also glue into place using a Tombow Dot Adhesive Stamp Runner. They are part of the Spellbinders Hexagon Box Top die-cut set that makes this box and tag. The elephant die-cut is made by PoppyStamps.com.

 

From the sides the six leaf-shaped pink panels show how they interlock with one-another. Once locked into place, they form a hexagon shape. A spare piece of red and white baker's twine made a perfect tie for the little red tag.

The ear on the elephant is 3-dimensional and is popped off the surface using a foam pop-dot. This die-cut is one of my new favorite ones to use and does come with other cut shapes to further embellish the elephant. Friends of ours are having a little girl and this seems like a very useful image that I can create so many wonderful elephant projects with. 

As I make more of these boxes in different colors and using different embellishments for different themes, I'll blog more about them, showing you the endless possibilities of little decorated gift boxes.

Thank you for reading my blog. Enjoy your day.

Written by Jennifer Quilty for Tamm's Marketplace on 1/12/17.


This Christmas Snoopy card came with an ornament, wine bag and tags...My December 16th contribution to all things festive December 17 2016, 0 Comments

As I headed over to my brother-in-law and sister-in-law's house last night for dinner, I was clutching onto their upcycled Snoopy Christmas card with a few extra gifties I had made for them. I was waiting in anticipation to give them their homemade gifts and more excited because I was giving them some extra things for them to give away.

They were gracious enough to have us for dinner and it was the perfect time to bring them some wine.  Of course pairing the hand-stamped linen bag with some "It's WINE o'clock somewhere!" gift tags worked beautifully together. The wine bag reads, "A day without you is like a day without sunshine".

The blue dots are raised Scribbles Fabric Paint and added a whole lot more to the overall eye pleasing design. It is symmetrically lined and scroll rubber stamps are both on top and below the phrase.

The first of three gift tags is tied on by it's 1/2" ivory ribbon and is designed front and backside. The front has a purple watercolor painted gift stamped in StazOn ink and a Krazy Kreations black "A Gift For You" sticker. Foam pop dots raise the label off the card's surface.  

The envelopes to cards that I am not mailing, always get designed somehow. The striped sticker is cut to fit across the envelope and the little bird stands on top of it.  

The three gift tags were made using scrap papers that were cut using Tim Holtz tag die-cuts in a Sizzix machine. They were then edged in Time Holtz Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso Distress Inks. Some papers already had an embossed raised look and were selected because of that additional texture quality. The black Krazy Kreations outline stickers are placed around a hand painted rubber stamped image. The first tag has a Christmas Tree.

 

These show both front and back sides next to one another.

 

The second gift tag has a purple watercolor painted ornament and a cutout snowflake, which is also part of the Tim Holtz die-cut set. Each of the clocks on the tags have a matching colored gemstone glued to the center where the clock hands meet. The silver in the ornament is made using a metallic pen.

And lastly is the blue ornament. All three so similar, yet so different. I thought my in-laws would love to give them to their wine drinking friends, to pass on the gift of art even further.  I had a lot of fun making them. 

 

The yellow gift package is also watercolor painted. A bright yellow was chosen as a contrasting color. The Washi tape is grid paper with scientific equations written to look like the notes from a college student's notebook.  Oddly enough, I chose it out of the hundreds of different tapes I own and think it's because I think they are both WICKED smart and would appreciate the humor behind adding it in so randomly. 

The Snoopy card was given to me from a prior Christmas and was selected to upcycle personally for these two. The saying, "This year, more than ever...hope you get all caught up in the joy of Christmas!" comes from the inside of the old card and is edged in distress ink. It goes perfectly with Woodstock wrapping Snoopy up in Christmas lights. 

Usually I add glittered areas like the ones you see in this close up above. Because the card was a completely designed one already, that part was already done for me. Same goes with all those sparkly white snowflakes.  

The bright papers, some from Maker's Mart monthly card making club, are cut to make several layers below the light blue skied Snoopy layer (which is the old card cut to size)

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Foam pop dots raise the message off the front of the card. 

These Joe Cool and Woodstock stickers were stuck on the inside leaflet and are seen as soon as the card is opened. I also placed the ornament inside this section of the card. This too was visible when the card was first opened.

Their ornament was personalized but I found this picture of the front and backside before writing any names on it and wanted to show its detail. The black santa-hat-wearing birds are standing on top of their message, "We Wish You A Merry Christmas".

Before I left my house I snapped this pic of the wine bag and tag in front of one of my wine racks. I never did put the wine inside. Instead, this bag was handed to them with the explanation that the wine bag actually contained our "after dinner drinks". It was a bag of candy wax bottles.

We all chomped the bottle top off and drank the candy liquid inside as we did many years ago, as children. It was nostalgic, it was silly and it was sickening sweet all at the same time. What a way to end a night of family fun.

Thank you for reading my blog. Enjoy your day.

Written by Jennifer Quilty for Tamm's Marketplace on 12/17/16.


Happy Holidays Snowman Card - My December 14th contribution to all things festive this month December 14 2016, 0 Comments

I haven't blogged for a couple days but that doesn't mean I haven't been making festive artwork in the meantime. I just so happened to have my birthday on Monday and have been sort of enjoying the whole experience with family and friends. I know you've missed my daily dose of "cuteness" and I'm adding this "Happy Holidays" snowman card as my contribution for the day.

To start, the 5.25" x 7" card was layered with papers from Maker's Mart (a card-making supplier that sends monthly card and die-cut kits, that I am a member of). Each of the papers is cut to leave 1/8" border. The five snowmen are rubber stamped using black StazOn permanent ink and were then painted with watercolors.

The close ups show the silver sparkles in the snow. This was done by coloring in the snowy areas with a Wink Of Stella glitter pen. It makes the colored areas glimmer. The more you apply, the more it shines.

These snowmen are just too cute.

A couple of red cardinals and a bunny are included in this rubber stamp image. The edges of the white papers are colored using Tim Holtz Vintage Photo and Stormy Sky Distress inks.

The "Happy Holidays" label has three foam pop-dots to make it pop off of the page like in the photo below. You'll also notice the snowflake rubber stamp used along the edges of all three papers. There are several snowflakes randomly scattered in the background and come in two sizes to give the pattern some variation.

The card came out as adorable as I had hoped. I'm planning on sending this one to someone on my list. And please know that I can recreate this card with slight variations in papers, for any sized order.  

Thank you for reading my blog. Enjoy your day.

Written by Jennifer Quilty for Tamm's Marketplace on 12/14/16.

 


Joy Christmas Card my December 11th contribution to all things festive this month December 11 2016, 0 Comments

Joy...to so many things. This time of year is a busy one. Everyone I've been running into has been saying the same thing...they are just too busy. So today I slowed it down a bit by making this Christmas card. I've been starting to use my supplies from Maker's Mart and the papers you see are from my December kit. The "Joy" belt is a slide that moves up or down the card, removing it, to open it up and is made from a blue woodgrain print paper and a shiny metallic gold strip. 

When the belt comes off, this is what the card looks like. White butterflies flutter around the stamped Christmas tree. Words of well wishes are what makes this tree's shape. Four scroll-like black outline stickers by Krazy Kreations are lined up with the blue paper's corners. Some of the papers are edged in Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink and the star on top of the tree was watercolor painted with yellow.

Here's what it looked like before I stuck the wooden tan button on the "O" of "Joy" on the slide belt's label. I thought it looked a bit plain and needed some type of embellishment. The button was a perfect fit.

All of the black ink is StazOn permanent ink. I use this ink for so many different stamping projects, like the ones below.

  

The ink works on many different surfaces and I've been putting it to the test lately on paper and wood. These are the start to something else I'm sure I'll be blogging about this month. I'm off for now, I have a birthday tomorrow and need to get some beauty sleep.

I plan to have a special blog tomorrow, in honor of it being my special day. Let's just hope I'm not too busy blowing out all of my candles and have time to post.

Thank you for reading my blog. Enjoy your day.

Written by Jennifer Quilty for Tamm's Marketplace on 12/11/16.

 


Jingle All the Way - A festive card to add to December's daily entry December 10 2016, 0 Comments

"Jingle all the way". For those of you that follow my blog regularly, you will know this is my daily entry for December's making of things festive for the month. If you were paying attention, you'd know that I didn't make an entry yesterday. Truth is...I simply was too busy to create anything. I guess you call that "living life" and I'll just have to post a double entry sometime in the very near future and make up for it.

The label is raised off the surface of the card by using pop-dot double sided foam adhesives. The ones I chose made a space about 1/8" thick. The pearl beaded strip lines both sides of the label giving it some texture, dimension and character.

A shiny silver snowflake embellishment is glued into the upper left corner of the card. There are two others placed on the upperside of the card and hint at it representing the snow that is being dashed through, in a one-horse open sleigh.

The jumbled phrase is a rubber stamp and is applied with black StazOn permanent ink. The music notes are from strips of Washi tape that is stuck onto the blue cardstock. The yellow is stamped with a randomly placed snowflake stamp.

The papers and string of self-adhesive pearls are from Maker's Mart at www.makersmart.com where I signed up for the card and die cut kit every month. I saw a huge sale for my first boxed kit over the Thanksgiving long weekend and couldn't refuse the deal. I'm so glad because I truly love what they gave me to create my own projects with. I'll plan to post everything I make with their supplies they give. For my fellow artists, this might be worth you checking into signing up yourselves. My mother is also a member of Maker's Mart and enjoys making things with their supplies.

Here are some of the other papers and the cards with envelopes. I guess this means I'll be making some more cards soon.

Thanks for reading my blog. Enjoy your day.

Written by Jennifer Quilty for Tamm's Marketplace on 12/10/16.


Need some gift ideas for $20 or less? Here are 7 that Artist Dick Kiley painted. December 10 2016, 0 Comments

My father, fellow artist Dick Kiley has been painting his beach and ocean themed rocks throughout his 2016 summer, pretty much enjoying life. So many different landscapes on so many different sized rocks were created. A lot of them he gave to his family and friends already because everyone liked them so much. But we are lucky enough to get our hands on these 7 featured in this blog, that he is offering to sell for $20 or less, in hopes to help those still needing to get someone on their list, something unique.

If you like what you see in the photos, click on them. They'll bring you right to their sales page for more details including measurements and you can purchase them through the website. We're also adding some wooden lighthouse paintings, turtle and bird painted rocks plus matching lighthouse and doorstop set, making perfect gift choices for this upcoming holiday. We can gift wrap anything you purchase from Tamm's for a small fee and send it directly to the address of your choice. 

Any of this artists work can be found by searching "Dick Kiley" in our search bar located in the upper right corner of any of our gift shop's webpages. All of his work should be displayed for you to view and to buy. 

So needless to say, I'm proud of my dad's talent. He's got a good thing going with his paintbrushes. Let's hope he doesn't stop during the winter months and keeps on making his beautiful artwork.

Thank you for reading my blog. Enjoy your day.

Written by Jennifer Quilty for Tamm's Marketplace on 12/10/16.

 

 


Jingle Shells...my December 8th contribution to all things made festive this month December 08 2016, 0 Comments

Jingle shells, jingle shells, jingle all the way. Here's the other side to the wooden ornament I blogged about yesterday. I made these very similar in design and used even more of the rubber stamp set from Stampin' Up. 

There are several little glue down paper embellishments. The starfish is watercolor painted with pink and orange and stamped in Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress ink. So aren't the five stamped starfish in the background. All the rest is black StazOn permanent ink.

This little purple clam has a Santa hat on and is giving a stare with his blue eyes. It might be to guard the little orange scallop shell.

Or it might be to guard the present. Either way...he's got a watch out for that shrimp swimming above. 

These ornaments just need a white or ivory ribbon through the top center hole and they'll be ready to hang from the Christmas tree or on a package as a gift tag. 

Thank you for reading my blog. Enjoy your day.

Written by Jennifer Quilty for Tamm's Marketplace on 12/8/16.