A Pleasurable Bouquet

Welcome to Leisure Lane, friends…

Yesterday I created a card of congratulations, or “Felicitations”, to my sister for the 15 year mark of her employment at a New Jersey wine distributor.  She loves her job and the color purple (in any and all shades), so I wanted to give her something special for the occasion…Ooooo, I KNEW that wine label would come in handy one day.

I love the way the wine dripped along the label, giving it a bit of color and an aged look.  This was from a demo a few years ago, and because it had been in a bucket of water and ice the label slipped off quite nicely.  I’m not quite sure why we served this wine chilled, but who cares, I got a great label.

The overlay of purple lace is from a thrift store pillow find.  I got rid of the pillow, but kept the lovely lace decorating it.  The background paper I’ve had for a kazillion years, and it’s quite fibrous, which makes it a lot of fun to work with.   Especially if you splatter it with a teeny weeny bit of bleach and water, which I did on a blue piece.  I’ll have to dig that one up for another time.

IMG_1671The glitter is courtesy of the Dollar Tree…and I used the fun eye shadows from the same store on the accent lace and word papers.

IMG_1673I wanted the card to express her tastes as well as my love for her, and pride in her success.  Thank you for sharing with me today.  Be blessed and prosper.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Sympathy Card

IMG_1656Hello Friends,

Thank you for joining me today as I show you a sympathy card I made for someone who recently lost her husband.  These are not happy cards for me to make, as you can well imagine, and especially that this particular couple were still young in the scheme of things.  But I wanted to acknowledge her husband’s passing with something from my heart.

I used the same Prologue from Hereafter, as I did in another similar version, but without the added lace and beading as the other, since I felt it made it look too feminine.  I wanted to keep it more simple. I did add some netting and a bit of seaside sparkle to keep with the theme and to add a little brightness.  I don’t know why I chose musical paper for an accent layer, perhaps it represents the song of the sea, or perhaps something more hidden, yet to be discovered about the couple.  Nevertheless, something within me nudged me to utilize it.

May your day be brightened with gratitude of Life and Breath for our loved ones and ourselves, and may you all be blessed.

Until next time, my friends, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Note:  The above verse is from the Prologue to Hereafter. 

Madonna and Child

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Welcome to Leisure Lane, friends,

In the following two Christmas hangers I used some beautiful scrap book paper I had stored away.  It was perfect for these.  At the Dollar Tree I found sheets of stickers portraying Mary and the baby, Jesus, and I had to use them for this project.  I think I’d love to do a framed version of these.


IMG_1619As I was making these they began to take form on their own.  As if they knew exactly what they wanted to look like.  Isn’t the paper lovely?

 IMG_1620 After I framed the picture of Mary and Jesus, I got the idea to create a little cone for a vase with flowers.  It worked very well for this hanger.  I made a bow with a tiny piece of left over lace, and that added a nice touch.  Nothing goes to waste.

IMG_1622(Please click on photos to see a larger image.)

I loved the way the first Madonna and Child hanger came out so much that I just had to make another one because I really wanted to incorporate a vintage costume gem I had.

IMG_1624The gem dangles from a lace bow adding real charm to the framed holy images.  I’ve always loved this painting and was glad it was part of the many beautiful paintings on the sticker sheets.  Now all I need to do is add the hangers.  I thought long and hard over my ribbon and lace stash, and I think I’m going to go with a satin style ivory colored ribbon to match.

Important Notice

I apologize, folks, but The Empty Little Stocking may not be out in time for this Christmas season due to some glitches.  I’ll keep you posted on this one.

I’m joining Melody and friends for REDnesday, at Brown Gingham Creations.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Old Inspirations * 2

IMG_1600Hello Leisure Lane friends,

Welcome to Part 2 of Old Inspirations.  Well, in my last post I talked about making, what you might call, embossed paper designs, using rubber stamps and a water/glue solution.  If you missed that post, click here.  Today I want to show you what you can do with some of those embossed papers, as well as telling you how I made the ‘abstract’ painted papers which also can be used to create great effects.

As you can see in the above photo, the negative space created by the overlay painted paper can be quite nice.  I used card stock, whatever color you prefer, and craft acrylic paints.  An old credit card or something similar creates the pulled colors.  I poured out some paint onto the paper and dragged the card along the paper pulling the paint as I went.  Then I added a different color and repeated the process.

IMG_1607Here  I used some blue, rose, and yellow.  I tore the pieces and placed them on card stock.  Added a button and some embroidery floss.  I accented with a Chinese character stamp.  A matching envelope is always nice, too.

Taking advantage of the shimmer paints and using them with the matte can give a beautiful finish, as well.  After I’ve completed putting down the paints, and allowed the paper to completely dry, I tore pieces and placed them on cards.  You can see that you can get some really wonderful designs.

IMG_1608A more formal, masculine look.  I love using the buttons.  This is a small card with big style.

IMG_1609You can be as subtle or as wild as you want to be.  The bold colors really pack a punch on this one.  I used a sun stamp as accent, and if you notice to the right a little flap to seal your message in, so no envelope is necessary.

I hope you enjoyed this segment, and you’re inspired to try some for yourself.  Let me know if you do, and how they turned out for you.  I hope to be sharing some more when I make them.  These are fun, easy, and full of unlimited possibilities.

Christ.Pin Society new lookAnd for those of you who are new to Leisure Lane, you can still order my novella, “The Christmas Pin Society”…it’s a great story to read even after Christmas when the hustle and bustle has calmed a bit.  It will keep the holiday mood alive.  You can order your favorite version from the sidebar.  And if you’d like to read a synopsis and some reviews, click on my Novella page to find out more.  I look forward to seeing you again soon.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


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