Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hydrangeas Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on Club Scrap's Hydrangeas blog hop! I'm so happy you are here. If you arrived from Tiare's blog, Tiare Smith's Designs, you are on the right track. For the entire list of participants, hop back to our starting point, Club Scrap Creates.

Earlier this month, I was honored to be the Guest Artist for the Hydrangeas Greetings to Go pack. You can check out all my cards here. The element of the G2G pack that caught me off-guard was the 5-pack of paper doilies. I've used doilies to line cake plates, even as stencils to dust powdered sugar on top of desserts, but I've never used them on greeting cards. For inspiration, I turned to the place that holds a wealth of creative ideas--Pinterest. I even created a board focusing on greeting cards that feature paper doilies. Check it out to find ideas on how to use your paper doilies!

There were some wonderful comments made about my greeting cards (thank you!!), but most of them mentioned the doily dress I made on this card.

Want to create this dress yourself? I found the instructions on this site: Inking Idaho. Becky is a successful Stampin' Up! demonstrator with a host of amazing and creative ideas! She shares this pictorial on how to fold the paper doily into a layered skirt. Easy!! For the bodice, I embossed a piece of white Club Scrap cardstock with a swirl embossing folder, then sketched the shape onto the back--no pencil lines to erase after cutting out the shape. You can see various types of bodices on my Pinterest paper doily board. The ribbon hides the junction and adds a pop of color. 

The next time I make a doily dress, I'm going to first color the doily like I did on this card. It was incredibly easy!

I've seen instructions on how to color doilies by dipping them in a bowl of water colored with food coloring. Seriously??! How messy!! Just look at all the supplies needed on this blog. She even includes rubber gloves and a "sense of adventure"--come on, I just want to color a paper doily!

So, what does the seasoned paper crafter use for this otherwise daunting task? A few sprays of Stewart Superior's Memories Mist does a fabulous job. If you want to see the many colors they offer, check out this page--go half way down to the Mists section. I just laid the doily in a CS pizza box and spritzed the Memories Mist enough to cover the doily. It didn't take long to dry and become a part of my "Thinking of you" card. Yes, doily dresses in a variety of colors will be in my future! 

Thanks for stopping by. The next stop on our hop is Marya's blog: A Notebook Novel. I know you will be amazed at her creativity--I always am! 

Until next time,

Lisa Kay