Its a new month, and this month we are excited to welcome Emily Branch to Vintage Street Market! We were able to meet Emily at CHA, and what a fun, energetic, spunky person she is! So fun, and so talented, and we’re happy to have her share her creativity with us this month!
I am a middle school art teacher by day, and a paper craft artist by night! I work mostly in a shabby vintage style and like to experiment with new and fresh techniques with paper and embellishments to explore new avenues in this style. My favorite part of paper-crafting is challenging myself to create projects for submission and to follow parameters that draw me out of my comfort zone. I have been published numerous times in Paper Crafts magazine and Cards magazine, and enjoy sharing my work and ideas on my blog at http://branchoutdesigns.blogspot.com. I live in Morgan Hill, Ca a small town south of San Jose surrounded by lush mountains and small wineries with my husband, and our pet parrot, Mr. Green.
The button book is die cut from coaster board, which allows a thicker more stable surface to embellish. Button card stamps were applied to the pages as well as the printed cardstock die cuts that come from the Dimestore Vogue kit! Making a strong focal point with vintage items, pins, buttons and trim focuses the eye on key elements of each book.
TIP: One of the fabulous aspects of these kits is that they each element has shadows that make it look 3-d! To emphasize this feature I threaded the ribbon slider die cut with crochet trim to make the threader stand out and look ‘real’.
TIP : Making your own embellishments with the crepe paper included in this kits was super fun and easy! Trim a strip of thin crepe paper to 1/2″ x 5″ and roll into a coil, twisting as you go. Add a pearl to the center and you have a fun little matching flower embellishment!
This line is perfect for a kids party with it’s fun colors, distinct images and it’s sense of whimsy! I had a difficult time deciding on what to use since I love the polka dots and the collage of fun party-themed images. I decided on something that showcases the praticality of this line of product! So, I made a pillow box with party games that fit inside that you can give to each of your party-goers.
TIP: I trimmed the red foil paper edge’s with fringe scissors, then with pinking sheers and rolled them a little to add flair. Then I pleated the crepe paper to the foil trim and covered the ‘seams’ with ribbon for a clean look.
TIP: To make your own games to add to the color-by-number and connect-the-dots games, you can make “Bingo” and “Memory” games. To make the Bingo game you can make the Bingo chips with Epiphany Crafts Epoxy tool. Simply punch a circle from the patterned paper, and adhere the epoxy! They little chips fit perfectly in the squares. You could even play the game at the party (just make sure to change the numbers on each card, or else everyone will get “Bingo” at the same time!) To make the Memory card, simply punch the animals from the paper, back it with the same colored cardstock and create a little pouch from a kraft glassine envelope.
This project is super fun and a sweet little gift to hold any type of tiny treasure!
TIP : To emphasize the element of “notions” you can wrap little strips of patterned paper around wooden spools and use them to separate the tins and add height as well as hold! A wooden skewer holds a little pennant with the word “trinkets.”
I love wall hangings as gifts! They’re easy to decorate and people love to receive such thoughtful gifts.
TIP: I knew that an embroidery hoop would not only be a fun shape, but would go PERFECTLY with the Dimestore Vogue line! Simply place the outter (larger) hoop on your patterned paper, trace, trim and add mini slits inside the circle to help you smoothly fold the paper edges inside the hoops.
TIP: Die cutting spiral flowers from coordinating paper really draws everything together. Playing around with sentiments is the funnest part. I took a button image from the patterned paper that said “Friends” and placed it on a felt flower from Epiphany Crafts and then trimmed letters to spell out “Dear.” Don’t be afraid to make your own embellishments! The heart is a handmade epoxy from Epiphany Crafts that was affixed to eight folded circle punches!
Thank you so much Emily for sharing your projects with us! So much inspiration!