Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Spooky Couture

 You can be fashionable for Halloween, right?  If  you try the ballroom slipper die by Brenda Walton for Sizzix you will be!  This was so much easier to put together than I thought it would be.  If you try it, I recommend the video by Brenda on the Sizzix website.  It really is very easy and there are so many styles you can make this in including a peep toe shoe and a lower front more modern style shoe and the one shown.  You can also leave the heel off and make a flat slipper!    But how you decorate it is the fun part.  I used a Recollections sticker on the top.  You can use crepe paper ruffles, flowers, jewels, dimensional items etc.  Have fun with it!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I Jumped Into Mixed Media............and I Like It!

You are probably familiar with the wonderful artist, Anna Dabrowska, known  as Finnabair.  She is from Poland I believe and has turned the art world upside down.  Her scrapbook pages and mixed media pieces are to die for.  She has her own line of supplies from Prima.  So she has inspired me and Angela Holt of Angela Holt Designs on You Tube showed me it could be done.  I watched Angela's  videos a lot of times.....a lot.  And today I jumped in with both feet.  Here's what I did.

Michaels had a wonderful sale on 12 x 12 canvases.  A dozen of them for less than $15.  Now I don't know about quality but to me they seemed fine.  I gessoed the whole thing and then painted the background with black acrylic paint.  Then using Claudine Hellmuth's Multi Medium Matte I collaged on a bunch of random papers.  On top of that I used two stencils with texture paste and laid on some scrim or cheese cloth using the Multi medium.  Then I used about five sprays to color the background over all that.  I had found an image to use, enlarged it, printed it, cut it out and ran it through my Xyron then adhered it to cardstock.  I cut it out and hot glued it to the canvas.  Then with the glue gun I began to lay down chipboard, laces, metal pieces, flowers of all kind (color doesn't matter because you will cover them up), crystals, buttons, some Tim Holtz pieces, pearls, and jewelry findings I found on sale in Michaels.  I collect this kind of stuff all the time so I had a good amount in my stash to work with.

When your piece is all ready then, you use an old brush and cover the whole thing with white gesso, getting in all the nooks and crannies.  When dry you spray, using the same colors you used on the background.  So many color possibilities are possible!  One of the sprays I used was a gold metallic to kind of unify everything.

Note:  the lady in the picture is Billy Burke who was the wife of Florence Ziegfeld but you might know her better as the Good Witch of the North from Wizard of Oz!  Enjoy!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Yup! It's Coming..............

I know it's still a few months off but I couldn't help myself.  I was trying out some new black cardstock to check for cracking when it is folded and this Bazzil did very well.  Embellishments are by Recollections and G45.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Another little cutie from My Favorite Things.  Just wanted to add that I made the raindrops from Viva Decor Glass Effect Gel.  Comes in a tube like the pearl pens only it's clear.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014

Just wanted to share something with you regarding the new Cricut Explore.  First, if you are even remotely considering it, Joann's has it for $225 this week instead of the usual $299 everywhere else.  Big savings.

Secondly, shown below is a cut I did of a 6" doily which was free from Capadia Designs.  The green mat shows all the tiny pieces in the background.  Every single one came out on the mat!!  The other picture of course is the doily itself.  How many times have you cut a design this intricate and had to sit and pick out all the little pieces?  Just amazing!

Friday, June 13, 2014

A sweet little get well card.  The antique bicycle was cut on the Cricut Explore.  Have a nice weekend.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Copy and paste into your browser.  Turn up your volume and grab a box of Kleenex.  ENJOY!

Saturday, May 24, 2014


Anniversary Bells

I have a wonderful project to share with you today, one of the biggest I've ever done.  It's a 50th wedding anniversary mini album (a CHUNKY mini album) that I made for very dear friends.  The video is long but I think you'll enjoy it so here goes....

I hope you enjoyed seeing all the techniques and ideas in this album.  Be sure to click on the corner icon in the video to see it full screen....really makes a big difference.

Please remember our veterans this weekend.  They gave so much to make our country great and some gave all they had.  We must never forget their sacrifice.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Spring or Summer???

I don't think we had much of a spring do you?  We had late freezes and torrential rain storms, really chilly temperatures and now it's moving on to the end of may and the temps have been 87 some days.....I mean really....what gives?  Anyway I thought you might enjoy a few photos of my yard and deck  at a particularly pretty time of the year.

Top to bottom:  this is the view I see out my window as I work.  I love azaleas.  I just wish they bloomed longer.  Next is the brick patio ( I laid every brick myself!  Ouch!) with St. Francis and my Korean lilac.  It smells heavenly, more fragrant than a full size lilac. After that is the pond area.  You may notice the waterfall rock is still not done.  My son decided last year to redesign it and he's still not finished! Finally there is the deck with my swing and rockers and a steal of a table and chairs I found on Craigslist last year.

And best of all, my faithful companion Sampson, out ten year old Boston Terrier.  He's on a table next to my desk and he lays in his bed and watches the squirrels, birds and chipmunks out the window.  I love him to death.

Well enjoy the upcoming weekend.  I'm going to play with my Explore some more.  It rhymes!!!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's day to all you Moms out there, those that are with us and those that have gone before us.  What would we do without Mothers?  I jokingly said this morning that maybe Mother's Day should be for those who are not mothers.....maybe they're the smart ones!  But I wouldn't trade my three kids for anything.

And I got a wonderful gift from my oldest daughter that was a complete TOTAL surprise.  I just couldn't believe it!  A new Cricut Explore.  I played around with it some and I love it.  It is so far superior to the older Cricut models  I had an Expression and really like it but this blows me away. The picture is below with a few of the projects I made right off the bat.  It cuts beautifully.  It's going to bring me many hours of fun and pleasure and thanks to my sweet oldest daughter Kathy!

Well all you Moms have a great day and a wonderful dinner (one that hopefully you didn't have to cook)!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Spray Your Heart Out

Hi....back with another video today to share some information with you regarding the various sprays and mists on the market today.  If you're like me and very confused about what they all do, maybe this will help. I forgot to say in the video that none of these companies, including Prima, have paid me or supplied me with product to do this video.  Just little me and my opinion!  I'd appreciate feedback if you have the time on what you use and have found helpful with these items.

Also, a reader contacted me about her comments being returned to her and she couldn't understand why.  If you have had an issue with this, could you email me and let me know while I hopefully get this straightened out.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Two Posts: It's What You Do in the Pouring Rain

Well I can hardly even see out the window, it's coming down so hard.  Some areas of the garden have standing water and our pond is full.  So what is a crafter to do?  Make cards, that's what!  Here's the second post today with a cutie I just purchased.  She is called "Clare Ready for School."  The layer behind the Spellbinders die is a Core'dinations paper which I embossed with rulers from Sizzix and then sanded down to show the inner layer.  A really fun technique.  They actually have so many nice papers.....ones that match the Tim Holtz Distress line, a line called Black Magic, pastels, papers already embossed with textured backgrounds etc. So many possibilities.

I colored little Clare with Copics and one other time I used the little "eyelet" technique and someone asked how I did it.  Where there is the ruffle, I just used white craft paint and either a pin or tiny pointed tool to make dots where the eyelet would be.  Easy peasy. The sentiment is a Tim Holtz stamp on a Spellbinders Fancy Tags die.

Wish I could be this productive every day!  Be safe and dry!

Spring, floods, blood pressure and cards........

Hi out there!  Gosh tomorrow is MAY.  Can't believe it.  We are getting buckets of rain here and are under a flood watch.  But so many people are suffering from the terrible storms and tornadoes.  I can't fathom what it would be like to having everything you need one minute and the next it is all gone.  I just can't wrap my head around it.  Pray for those who are struggling under these circumstances.

On another note, I have a card to share.  This was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest by sylvia-anne-poppyspapercraftpatch.  What a mouthful! Her card was white and craft and I loved it.  So here is my version.  The papers are SU.  The flowers came from Michaels except I cut off the greenery and made my own leaves because theirs was a hideous shade of lime green.  Added a few little sprigs of berries? and a piece of lace from the $1.50 bin at Mike's.  I used a new (to me) product from Viva which is their Glass Effect Gel. Kind of like Stickles but clear!  Just used a few touches on the flourish.  The sentiment is also an SU stamp.

This was a banner day for me as my doctor's appointment today turned out fabulously.  Weight, cholesterol, blood sugar, thyroid and blood pressure was all good! YAY!!!  Here's hoping you stay well and enjoy a wonderful spring.  Get those flowers going..........

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Peeps!

Sorry to be so late getting this up, but the wishes are sincere.  A happy and joyous Easter to all of you!  Hope you enjoy your day with family and friends and have a great dinner! Spring really is here, isn't it!  YAY!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blog Candy Winner (s)!!!

I only had two people comment for my blog candy.  For shame.......Anyway, I have decided to split the blog candy and send both Shirley Ross and Mulberry Mindy a prize. I also have an extra Tilda doll to include for each winner.  Will both ladies send me their mailing information so I can get these prizes out to you asap?  Thanks to both of you for taking an interest!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Pooch Post

Have a little video to share with you today.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Don't forget to check the BLOG CANDY BELOW....

Make sure you sign up for the blog candy below.  A reader told me that she couldn't sign up as a follower because Blogger wouldn't allow it any more????  Has anyone else had a problem?  Just curious..........