Cosmo Cricket Togetherness Collection

Last Friday, I mentioned my excitement over the new paper / scrapbook collections from Cosmo Cricket, especially the super cute Matilda for Halloween. But I saved my favorite, Togetherness, for today so I could showcase the individual patterned papers in the collection.

The patterns are sweet and understated, and I can’t seem to resist most scrapbooking collections that have a ruled paper design somewhere in them. Kite strings, plaid, and lovely little birdies in muted red, teal, and yellow — have a look:

Cosmo Cricket Togetherness

Cosmo Cricket Togetherness

Cosmo Cricket Togetherness

Cosmo Cricket Togetherness

Cosmo Cricket Togetherness

Cosmo Cricket Togetherness

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images from Two Peas in a Bucket

City Set Prints by Bandito Design Co.

Squee! I’m a total medievalphile (is this even a word?), so it was love at first sight when I spotted this medieval cityscape print set by Bandito Design Co. I don’t think that I can resist picking up a set for myself. I mean, the prints feature turrets AND woodgrain patterns!

Each printed is screened in white, fire red, and brown on Poptone Berrylicious French Paper, and the set is just $12. – via French Paper

Medieval City Set Bandito Design

Medieval City Set Bandito Design

Medieval City Set Bandito Design

I’m also really digging The Birds & The Bees prints, screened in the same ink colors on Poptone Berrylicious. Such clever visuals — I love the woodpecker record “needle” on the record player and the honeycomb speakers on the boombox.

Birds & The Bees Bandito Design

images from Bandito Design Co.

Weekly Wrap #37 : Tissue Paper Roses

Weekly Wrap

Tissue Paper Rose Gift Wrap

Wow, would I ever feel special if I received this gift from Patricia Paskovich, aka papermore. I seem to be on a red, white, and blue kick lately (have you checked out my red, white, and blue collection at the Felt & Wire shop — see, this is obviously turning into an obsession), and the tissue paper rosettes and hand painted watercolor gingham tag (love this!) are so incredibly sweet.

To make the tissue paper rosettes, take a strip of tissue paper about 15 inches long by 1/2 inch wide, fold in half lengthwise, and roll/coil unevenly to create a rosette. Add a dab of glue to the end to secure, and voila, a tissue paper rosette! Group them together as in Patricia’s package for a great alternative to a bow.

images are © Patricia Paskovich

From the Shop Friday : New Cosmo Cricket

Cosmo Cricket is one of my favorite scrapbook companies, and I always look forward to their new collections because they do oh so cute, retro-inspired pattern and illustration so well. I’ve been on the hunt for cool Halloween scrapbook collections lately, too, so I was jazzed to see their new Matilda mini collection, which is probably my favorite of their new lines … well, there’s another favorite, but I’m saving that for a post next week. Stay tuned!

Cosmo Cricket Matilda

Above, clockwise, from top left: Cosmo Cricket Matilda Ready Set Chipboard, Cosmo Cricket Matilda Mini Deck, Cosmo Cricket Wanted Mini Deck, and Cosmo Cricket Pixie-licious Mini Deck.

Elvis Inspired DIY Printable Peacock Prints and Cards

DIY Free Printable Peacock Print

Did you know that there’s an entire week dedicated to Elvis Presley? I didn’t know until recently, but it makes sense. I mean, he is The King, after all. Since we’re in the middle of Elvis week right now — it’s August 10-16 — I thought I’d celebrate by creating an Elvis-inspired DIY.

Elvis Peacock Jumpsuit

image credit: Huffington Post

I’m partial to early Elvis myself, and I’m not a big fan of bedazzled jumpsuits as a wardrobe choice for men, or anyone, for that matter. However, some of the late ’60s / early ’70s Elvis jumpsuits have decorative elements that are quite inspiring. I took my inspiration for this craft from Elvis’ peacock jumpsuit. It was his favorite performance costume, which is no surprise. C’mon, it’s a glittery peacock! And it sold for $300,000 back in 2008, making it the most expensive piece of Elvis memorabilia sold at auction.

Peacock Illustration

My peacock is much more stylized than the one on Elvis’ jumpsuit, but I just had to glitz it up with a little glitter. I used Martha Stewart glitters (a recent crafty splurge) in Florentine Gold, Verdelite, and Lapis Lazuli to embellish the peacock, and I used a ballpoint glue pen, also from Martha, to create areas for the glitter to adhere to. Download a greeting card version of the peacock, which is designed to fit a standard A6 envelope, or a decorative print version that you can decorate and hang on the wall. You can glam yours up with as much glitter as you’d like, or you can leave glitter-less. In the top photo in the post, I printed the peacock onto Khaki cover stock from Paper Source.

Peacock Details

As you can see in the top left image, the glue lines from the ballpoint glue pen spread a bit after they were glittered. They were a bit wide for my liking, so in the final print I didn’t glitter any of the lines in the image. The top right image illustrates what the glue will look like when you apply it. It only took a little squeeze on the pen to get just the right sized glue dots. And, after your glue dots are in place, it’s time to apply glitter. I did one color at a time, let it dry completely, tapped the excess off onto a piece of paper, and used a small paintbrush to brush off any stray glitter.

Happy Elvis Week!

images from Kristen Magee / Elvis jumpsuit image from The Huffington Post