renaissance texture and textiles

The Renaissance is studded by the names of the artists and architects,
with their creations recorded as great historical events.
~ Arthur Erickson

Hi again everyone. I know – two posts in one day. Unheard of. You can blame Papertrey Ink and their Stamp-a-faire 2014. I had so much fun traveling through time with them this weekend.

Wax Seal Birthday Greeting

Nicole Heady was our tour guide through the rich textures and textures of the Renaissance period in this blog post: Explore the Renaissance with Nicole Heady.

Renaissance Birthday Card

Nicole showed us a technique I’ve always wanted to try: creating a wax seal with stamps. Her hot tip (sorry, bad pun) is to ink up your stamp with Versamark embossing ink before sticking the stamp in the melted wax. Hold the stamp firmly in place until the melted wax cools. She has a fabulous video for making the seals with a wax candle or embossing powder. It’s Magical.

PTI Renaissance Card

Embossing velvet is a technique I did and taught years ago, but it’s such a fun one I was glad to have the excuse to do it again. I was a little nervous trying it with polymer stamps instead of rubber stamps because the technique involves holding a hot iron over the fabric and stamp. But, it worked like a charm and my new stamp set didn’t melt. Yay! No stamps were harmed in the making of this card.

Renaissance Thanks

Here are the ingredients for my cards:

Finished size: 4-1/4″ by 5-1/2″. Other ingredients: Retired Stampin’ Up Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy cardstock.

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when in rome

When thou art at Rome, do as they do at Rome.
~ Miguel de Cervantes

PTI Ancient Rome Mosaics

This weekend I had the time of my life playing along with Papertrey Ink’s Stama-a-faire 2014. It was the first time in a long time that I just shut the door to the Crop Crib (my studio) and immersed myself in ink and glue and all things wonderful.

Papertrey Ink turned us all into time travelers, beginning our journey in Ancient Rome and ending in the 1980s. Each tour stop provided a little history lesson (I loved) and even a Spotify play list (I loved even more). All I needed was a toga to feel completely transported to our first stop, Ancient Rome. Lizzy Jones was our tour guide in this Papertrey Ink blog post: Exploring Ancient Rome.

Roman Mosaic

For our first card Lizzy taught us how to replicate the grecian mosaics with embossing paste. She had a brilliant idea for making our own stencils from any die cut. Just cut clear cardstock (acetate) four times and then adhere the four layers together using a Xyron creative station. Genius!

PTI Ancient Rome Mosaic

I used Dreamweaver translucent embossing paste and colored it with just one drop of re-inker (Stampin’ Up’s Blue Bayou). Because it was a translucent embossing paste, my tiles look more like marble or glass tiles than clay tiles. It captures the light in a fun way.

Here is the recipe for my cards.

Finished size: 4-1/4″ by 5-1/2″. Other ingredients: vintage buttons. Stampin’ Up! reinkers.

Next stop – the Renaissance.

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He who loves, flies, runs, and rejoices;
he is free and nothing holds him back.
~ Henri Matisse

If you landed here from the Perfect Paper Crafting and Xyron blog hop – welcome to Catered Crop!



Hopefully you came from my friend Jenny’s place. If not, stop right now, Buster – and go see Jenny. She is freakin’ stinkin’ A-maze-ing. . . . which is a great segue into today’s project.

Start PTI A-Mazing

This card is for my girl, Caitlin. Her modus operandi is unfaltering optimism and absolute fearlessness . . . bungie jumping off the Macau building, teaching in Costa Rica, launching her own businesses (Little Low and Feb10 Design), remodeling a fixer upper . . . and this week, exhibiting with Etsy at NY NOW – a mega-size trade show for home and lifestyle retailers.

Never Hold Back PTI A-Mazing

Caitlin and I have a lot of crazy conversations, so I didn’t completely freak out when she pointed out one of my imperfections this past Spring. While I was helping her remodel her studio (well, mostly just handing her the tools) I was a little timid with the chop saw. That little squirt said: “Mom, when you don’t know how to do something you just use that as an excuse not to do it.”

Smack Down!

Studio A-maze

Of course I denied it. I mean, Come On! I got my nursing license at 40 while working full time, taking care of the family and walking ten miles to school (well, okay only a slight exaggeration). But after a little reflection (and help with the saw) I realized, oh bother, Caitlin was right. Gee, I hate when that happens. I do make an excuse sometimes rather than take the effort to learn something new. Am I getting old? Oh Dickens!

A-Mazing Things

And Dag-nab-it! Proving to Caitlin that she got at least some of her fearlessness from me has kept me busy all Summer. I’ve taken courses on photography, sewing, and Adobe suite and Quickbooks software. So “I don’t know how” won’t be an excuse when I sew, take great product shots or manage all the money we’re going to make selling adorable pillow covers. Take That! No Excuses! No Holding Back!

A-Maze-ing Things

My Caitlin is beautiful, wise, courageous, and fun and I’m so very proud of her. She inspires me to Start. Navigate through the obstacle courses. Never hold back. Do A-Maze-ing things.


tips & techniques

I made this maze by cutting four layers of card stock from the Papertrey Ink A-Maze-ing die and glueing them together. The Xyron Creative Station was invaluable for getting the adhesive around all those twists and turns.

Those perfect 1/16″ black borders around the panels of patterned paper are not a testimony to my skill – it’s that lovely Perfect Layers Mini Ruler. Gracious I love that thing!

Here are the rest of the ingredients for my living large and in charge card.

Now . . . off you go to another sweet friend and amazing paper crafter. Say hey to Jeannie for me. Good luck to all of you with the Blog Hop. I hope you win.

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