Can you say obsessed with ATC’s??!!!! I’m having so freakin much fun making these. I had a set of 5 vintage Chatelaine images on my desk that have been starring at me for a while now. I was going to try and incorporate them into a card…..but ATC’s they became!!! I pulled out all my vintagey type ephemera and lace I had and went to town this evening. 5 ATC’s later I have them all used up.
Here they are!
Maybe I should have started on ATC’s to get me comfortable with these mini pieces of art and then dive into the bigger mixed media….lol. Here’s some closer pics of each one…
Well, now you know my new obsession…..perhaps an addiction…..having allot of fun with the anyway. Thanks for stopping by. I love to read your comments.
Hello my little blog family…..two posts in one week??!! Just in case you’re wondering, no, I did not make a New Year’s Resolution to keep up with regular posting (although I’d like to find a way to become more consistant….lol). I have my mom here visiting and we’ve been on a card creating binge right now and I’m just having so much fun!! I have a few cards done and will try to post each one of them over the next few days…..we’ll see how that works out…..lol.
You’ve seen me talk about the gals over on Splitcoaststampers every now and again. Well, one of the ladies has started a new challenge thread called You Can Do It!! This challenge will be hosted by anyone joining the group that wants to host and has an idea for a technique, card sketch, color combo, embellishment idea……etc. The person hosting for the week will give the group a challenge and we can either participate or not each week and make a card according to the challenge she put out there. You can even go back to previous challenges and do them if you want instead of the challenge for that week. We’re a pretty laid back group and have a ton of fun!! The very first challenge was to make a card using a hand-made flower of any kind. And this flower didn’t have to be hand-made by yourself, it could be one that someone else made for you too!! I ended up doing two cards for this challenge.
Check out that beautiful crochet flower!! My mom crochet it for me…..did three different flowers so I decided to stack them to make one gorgeous full flower!! I attached them all together with a brad from the Stampin’ Up! set of Antique brads and just love it. She also showed me how to do the double embossing technique on one card front…..very cool. I love my newest embossing folder from Stampin’ Up! called Fancy Fan Folder. It’s the one on the top of the card. I’d love to find a die cut with that pattern on it. And how about that lace…..OMGosh!! I got it through a Facebook Destash your Stash site where people go on and create an album with all the supplies they want to purge out of their craft space or in some instances, stores, and are given a date and a one hour time slot to sell their stuff! I just love this lace and got it for a song! My Congratulations sentiment stamp is from one of my favorite sets from Hot Off the Press called Tiny Words & Images onto one of my tags from my Spellbinders Fancy Tags set.
I’m going to get her to teach me how to make these before she goes home so I can pump some of these babies out too. 🙂 I don’t know that I’d ever try to duplicate the lace though.
The second card I made I used one of my favorite Cricut cartridges from Close To My Heart called Art Philosophy. It has about 6 different rolled flower die cuts to choose from and I love making these flowers!! I also used my new Memory Box Elegant Scrollwork die cut I got from my mom for Christmas. I’ve been wanting that die cut for a while now and just love using it! I use 4 of them on this card. I took two of them and flipped one over and then attached the ‘bottom’ of them together to make the sort of fan shape with them. I did the same thing again and just turned it upside down too to mirror the top one. Clever now, aren’t I??!!! 🙂
All I can say is thank goodness for glue pens cause that’s a very narrow die cut!!! The leaves were punched out using my pocket leaf punch from Creative Memories. The sentiment is a Hampton Arts stamp from the $1.50 bin at Michael’s. I love those rolled flowers and this is the first time I used patterned paper to cut them out and I really like them! Here’s a close-up of the beauties….
That’s it for today. I’m off to go play some more with mom. Later ladies!!
Hello blog family. I know I’m getting fewer and father between on my posts, and one day I just may be able to get myself organized enough to be more regular…..maybe……one day. 😉 So, I’m part of a Facebook group called Mixed Media Mondays that a woman by the name of Tracy Weinzapfel runs and she organized a Christmas Card swap a while back. Now, it’s been a long time since I’ve been in a swap and after I was done making 12 cards I remembered why…..I have a real hard time making the same card twice…..let alone 12 times!!! And the only reason I did make the same card 12 times is cause I knew I wouldn’t have enough time to come up with 12 different designs before I had to mail them off…..lol. I did however, love how they turned out and once I had my little assembly line set up I was hopping and on my way. It didn’t really take as long as I’d originally thought it would, so that was a plus!! 🙂 So, enough rambling and here’s the card I made.
I love the crackle on this card and all the lace trim to make the tree. Our local Dollar Store usually has a pretty nice selection of lace on hand…..not much on each roll……but a fairly nice selection none the less. The lace for the border of the card came from our local Thrift Store and I always hit the mother-load when I go there. I recently did a YouTube video to show what I purchased on my last trip to the Thrift Store and holy cow, I really lucked out with some awesome Mixed Media goodies and a ton of lace.
If you’d like to know how I put this card together, go on over to my YouTube where I did a step by step tutorial on the process. Here’s a link to get you there:
Thank you once again friends for popping in to see what I’ve been up to. You know I love to read your comments, so don’t be afraid to leave me some. 🙂
Till next time!
Hello blog family!! I had a very dear friend come for a visit last weekend and we had a crafting good time!!! She arrived on Thursday, I took Friday off and we spent a wonderful long weekend just having a blast!! Another one of my very good friends came over each day (and into the wee hours) to join us and we spent a lot of time laughing and just having soooo much fun!!
I’m sitting in my Crafting Therapy Room with a wonderful cup of tea right now and editing my latest YouTube video. A girlfriend at work asked me to make her three Chipboard albums in Altered Boxes to give to her sisters for Christmas. I finished the first album and thought I’d share it with you. I had so much fun putting this together and dreaming up the little goodies I put on each page. Here’s what the top of the box looks like:
Check this out!!! I covered the whole box with patterned paper and then added layers and layers of goodness! There’s cheesecloth, black tulleing, flowers, bling, ribbon……need I say more?!! Oh, and check out that butterfly in all it’s glittery goodness. I just love that butterfly and of course…..my I Am Roses roses…..they’re a must!! Here’s a close up of those beauties…..
And do you see the wonderful black rosette ribbon??!! I have such a little bit left and I’d love to get my hands on more of it!! Did you see the pretty little black rose button on the front of the box in between the rosette’s? It has a piece of black tulleing wrapped around it to keep the lid of the box closed. It just fits perfectly into the design of the box I think!
Here’s what the album front looks like!
I continued with the black and white theme throughout the whole album. To the front cover here I started with a half of a doily and then started layering from there. The blinged out sprig, the pewter butterfly and my very first zipper flower I’ve made!! Added some swirly bling, lace and a few rhinestone and the title and ta da!!!! Album front is done! Here’s a close up of that cool zipper flower….
I love that flower and can see more of those in my future!!! For more detailed information and a closer look at the whole project, check out my YouTube video here:
Thanks once again for stopping by for a visit!! I truly love hearing your feedback, so please let me know you were here! Later!
Hello to my little blogging family. I have a very cool post for you today! I made a very cute little padfolio using my September kit from Scrapn’ With Flair. I contains papers from Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary and is gorgeous!!! This padfolio was made following a YouTube video made by a wonderful lady by the name of Shannon Green. You have to go and check out her video’s…..she makes the most amazing journals and has some of the best tips and tricks!! Here’s a link to part one of the video for this padfolio: Shannon Green. You can find part two in her video listing. Check it out!!
The pen slides through a little slot and this is what keeps the book closed! Check out the I Am Roses roses that came with the kit along with the skeleton leaf (except for the gardenia which was included in the July kit). And that wide eyelet lace along the bottom…..OMGoodness!!! It is simply beautiful and also comes in the kit. You’ll have to check out the YouTube video to see how I altered the pen to match the padfolio…..very cool.
Check out the two pockets on this page…..the one at the bottom and the triangle at the top is also a pocket!! The sticker is from the kit along with the little I Am Roses cherry blossoms. The sting of half-back pearls and the lace on the bottom pocket are from my own stash. I included a piece of cardstock (8.5 x 11 folder in half) as one of the inside pages!
On this page I added the file tab from the sticker sheet included in the kit. There is another pocket on the bottom of this page that’s been trimmed with lace from my stash along with the last of my half-back pearls from my July kit!
This page has a diagonal pocket on it. You can also see another file tab attached to this page. The lace is again from my stash and I included one more of my I Am Roses cherry blossoms to this page. You can also see another piece of my cardstock from my stash as a page insert in the second section of the padfolio.
Here’s the last page of the folio. It includes a pocket that has room to fit a note pad in it! I also attached one of the chipboard diecuts included in the kit that has a piece of lace tied to it from my own stash. There is also another strip of lace from my own stash along the top of this pocket.
So, there you have it! My completed padfolio.
Here’s my YouTube video of the whole project here:
I’m off to continue with the cleaning/organizing/purging of my craftroom where I’m trying to figure out why on earth I’ve kept and accumulated soooo much stuff!!! As always, I love to hear what you think……till next time!!
Hey there my little blog family!! I’m experiencing a lesson in total frustration right now as this is the second time I’m typing and uploading this post. I had it all done……yup…..allll done and poof!!! It disappeared……ugh!!!! Soooo, here I go again. 🙂
A couple of weeks ago I saw a post on one of the blogs I follow called “florence and freddie” and Florence is so incredibly talented!! You need to check out her blog: florence and freddie She had these wonderful altered mouse traps on her blog and there’s a link to a group called Out of a Hat Creations you have to check out too…..a very talented group. I fell in love with their mouse trap creations and had to try one for myself! I even did a YouTube tutorial as I made it so you’d see how I put it together. I did however add the little cluster of flowers to the upper half after I was done videoing…..it just needed something more than just the key after I had it all done. This was my first actual tutorial YouTube and I realized as I watched the playback that I say ummm alot!!!
I pulled out my JUNE KIT from Scrapn’ With Flair . Leanne still has a couple of kits left so run on over and check it out and grab one before they’re gone!!…..it’s a fabulous kit with a lot of yummy goodness in it. Check this little cutie out!!
So?? What do you think?!! Did you catch my warped sense of humor…..my little parody on the nursery rhyme ‘Hickory, Dickory, Dock……the mouse ran up the clock’? Ya I know…..keep my day job…..lol. But I’ll bet you giggled……just sayin’. ;
Here’s a close up of those oh so cute little clocks and those rockin I Am Roses roses……oh! how I love those roses!!!
Here’s a link to the YouTube video I did on it…..
I also did up a couple of cards using the papers from this kit. I just love the grungy look of them!
Is that black lace not just to die for?! It’s included in the kit! Loving the lace paper too……it’s pop dotted off the front panel to add some depth to the card. The glittery swirl is from my stash as are the black bling accents in the corners. The little metal ‘Love’ embellishment is also from my stash and I came across it when I was going through some old packages of embellishments. It was screaming to be used!
Now how about this black lace?? It’s not included in the kit but I did purchase it from Leanne’s store……soooooooo love it!!. The bird sticker is included in the kit and the swirl bling is from my stash. I really like the pop of red on the bottom of the card and it really makes the lace stand out.
So, my friends, that’s it for this post! Thank you so much for popping in to take a peek…..I do truly appreciate all of you!! I love to hear your thougths…..don’t be shy. 😉
Until next time……
Having a blast with the July kit!!!
Hey there blog land friends!! I’ve been having so much fun with the July Basic Grey kit with the Plumeria line from Scrapn’ With Flair on-line store. LOVE the colors!! I’ve been playing and made a few cards I want to show you.
So, one thing you should know about me…..I have a really hard time with Clean & Simple cards. I like the simplicity of this card…..and each time I look at it I want to just grab it and start adding stuff!! I’m really loving the lace in this kit……but then again, I am a bit of a lace junkie. That butterfly is so stinkin’ cute and is one of the stickers in the kit. I stuck it down onto a piece of cardstock so I could pop dot it up and bend the wings up a little to give it some dimension. I soooo want to run some Distress Ink over the edges of this card!!! Hmmmmm…..
This card was made using some scraps of the paper I used for my altered box from the same July kit. I added a half a doily from my stash to the one edge and inked it in the Bundled Sage and Milled Lavendar Distress inks. And take a look-see at that flower spray!! Leanne has an amazing assortment of I Am Roses roses in the store and these things are my new favorite embellishment to use! The scallopped frame and pearls were also from my own stash. I love that little sentiment stamp I picked up in the $1.00 bin at Michaels some time ago…..I use that one quite a bit. I think my flower spray needs a nice seam binding double bow tied onto it with perhaps a button…….lol. You know ladies, am I the only one that looks at her creations after we’re done them, upload them on our computers and want to add or fix things??? lol. I drive myself nuts doing that all the time…..geesh!!!
This is my favorite card so far. I inked the front of the card with some Vintage Photo and Broken China Distress Ink and then stamped my new background stamp onto the front of it. I love anything with birds and this stamp was on sale at Michael’s and is by Hero Arts – Musical Collage. I stamped it out a second time and cut the bird out, inked it and pop-dotted it up off the page. The teal and brown border is a strip of paper from the kit’s scraps that had, what looked like a real cool border, on it. I attached a narrow piece of lace from my stash under it and really like the look. I took my distressing tool to the edge of the border scrap and then inked the edges in Walnut Stain Distress Ink. And there are more of those awesome little I Am Roses roses I had in my stash that I had to use. The brighter orange one came that color and the other two I spritzed with some of my Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays to get a slightly different color than what they were. Have I told you just how much I love my Lindy’s products?? lol. I used Bluebeard Blue Violet Moon Shadow Mist on the bigger one ( it was a sort of Taupe brown color before I spritzed it and the other smaller orange one was also orange…..until it met up with the same mister. The sentiment is stamped on a die cut from Spellbinders Shapeabilities Fancy Tags set and inked with some Vintage Photo and pop-dotted on. The chocolate brown half back pearls were also from my stash.
So, there you have my cards I put together. I hope they give you some inspiration to grab some paper and get to creating something yourself!! I’d love to see what you all make with the kit……we learn soooo much from each other when we share what we create. If you haven’t purchased the July kit yet, there are still a few left so get on over to the store and buy it…..you truly won’t be dissappointed once you get your hands on it and can touch all the goodies and start playing!!!
Chao till next time!! I have a couple of other projects in my head I want to work on next week……this weekend is to the lake to relax at the cabin!!
Hello there my blogging friends. Tonight I have another art journalling page I did for a challenge. The challenge was to create a project using your word for the year…..a quote to go with that word and your favorite colors. This was a fun page to do and I’m finding that I think far too much when I create. Here is the finished product……check it out and see what you think!
So, here it is. Almost all of the supplies I used I got from my favorite place – Scrapn’ With Flair . I used a lot of my favorite sprays…..my Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays and these sprays and spritz’s are soooo much fun to use! And I love the shimmer they leave on anything you spray them on. I also used some of my Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Broken China, Salty Ocean, Peeled Paint, Dried Marigold and some of my Distress Stains in Broken China and Peeled Paint for the paint splatters. I used my Picket Fence Stain for the white droplets. The flowers are also from Scrapn’ With Flair and I’m in love with these things!! The orange one came that color and the two blue ones were white and I spritzed them with one of my mini misters I got from the store with some water and Salty Ocean re-inker mixed in. Loved the results!! The string of flat-backed pearls and the green lace (which was white and colored with the Peeled Paint Distress Stain) and my title of “courage”, which are chip board letters that I spritzed, are also from the July SWF kit(s) from the store…..check it out here…..it’s a FANTASTIC kit and well worth it!! My Tim Holtz bird cage die cut is one of my fav’s and was also from the store. (How can you tell I love that place!! LOL). I used my Broken China and Black Soot Distress Markers on the page as well. The more I use these things the more I’m liking them. I just need to find me some water-color paper.
So, here’s a close up of the bird cage……really like this die. I cut it out in Kraft paper, inked the bird’s body in Broken China and the wing in Peeled Paint. The cage was spritzed with my Lindy’s Stamp Gang in my Burnished Brass Moon Shadow Mist. I love the shimmer it has!
Check out these daisy’s!! Aren’t they just soooo stinkin’ cute!! And I love the Salty Ocean blue. It’s one of the spring collection inks……in love!!
I’m off to upload this and then add the picture to the challenge thread on FB. I have a blog post on the Scrapn’ With Flair blog section. I’ll be debuing the August kit and ladies……you will NOT want to miss this!! This kit is amazing and I’m sooooo looking forward to playing with it for the month of August!!
I’m off…..will be back in a bit to post some cards I also made using the July kit……chao for now!
So I have a couple of ladies on my Scrap ‘n With Flair design team that are amazing as doing up Art Journalling pages with multi-mediums. This little niche has intrigued me for some time now and I’ve been racking their brains and asking a hundred questions to find out what I’d need to try something like this myself. I found out I already had a lot of the tools on hand already that are used in art journalling, so it was just a matter of purchasing a few bottles of Acrylic Paint and I was off to try my hand at a page. When I was at the local Dollar Store picking up the paint, some art brushes, etc., they had these 8.5 x 11 pads of sheets of canvas paper. I bought it and that’s what I used for my page today. I’m still not sure about it but thought, what the heck. This whole crafting and blogging is supposed to be a growth experience so, let me just step outside of my comfort zone for a few minutes and I’ll show you what I did.
There is lots of texture and layers on this page and I tried to get some pics of the main things to show you. Here’s what the whole page looks like…
I started out with a 8.5 x 11 sheet of canvas I’d purchased in a pad from the local Dollar Store. I attached random pages from an old book, a piece of music sheet DP that I crumpled before I attached it down onto the front of the canvas with my Claudia Hellmuth Multi-Medium Matte. Once that was dry I put a coat of my Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Picket Fence all over the front of the canvas. Once that was dry I added a second coat to give it a bit more coverage. Then I started to attach my random pieces onto the front. A few pieces from my favorite paper napkins, another scrap of music sheet paper, a couple of cut outs from making my Fab Scraps chipboard album, some chipboard hearts, a couple of pieces of lace and some flowers made out of paper towel I’d misted using my Lindy’s spray mists. I took my Ultimate Grunge background stamp set from Tim Holtz and stamped random images onto the front with my Rusty Hinge, Dried Marigold, Walnut Stain and Black Soot Distress Inks. I also took my Dried Marigold and added some strokes of ink directly from the stamp pad. Added some paint strokes of red acrylic paint and then toned it down a bit with some of my Picked Fence Distress Stain. Took my Lindy’s Spray Mist in the incandescent Copper and misted the front and then just gave it a couple of short little spritzed to add some bigger blobs of mist. At the end I took my white acrylic paint and some paper towel and a piece of plastic and randomly dabbed some white onto the front as well.
I know this craft form is not for everyone but as one of the Design Team said, it’s strangely freeing to just slap things onto a page and see what slowly starts to develope…..lol. Here are some more random close up’s of some of the elements. I have lots to learn and decided I may as well take you all along for the ride!!
Not sure what my next project will be……I really need to go check in with my friends on SCS before they forget who I am and see what’s been happening on the two challenges I use to participate in…..I wonder if I’ll have to re-introduce myself??!! :o)
Hello my fellow crafting blog friends. If you ever want a lesson in frustration try and do a video recording to post on You Tube…..lol. Holy cow!! Some things I learned…….make sure camera is charged…..grrrrr. Turn off phone so it won’t ring when you’re almost done recording. Finish recording and then realized I’d recorded it upside down for the viewers…….that one was a real winner. Go to upload it to You Tube and spend two days trying to figure out why it won’t download. Try and sign into You Tube using the wrong sign in account name…..brilliant!! FINALLY realize the reason it won’t download is because the file is too big as I recorded it in HD……doh!!
As part of my duties on the Scrap ‘n With Flair design team, I have to do one You Tube video a month. Well, I finally have the first one under my belt. Definitely some things I’ll do differently next time…….learned allot…..still have lots to learn about it and will improve with each one…..hopefully!! So, check it out and let me know what you think!! Here’s the link:
Will I ever be a You Tube star…..probably not but I did kinda have fun doing it and am actually looking forward to doing another one. As always, I love to hear from you. Thanks so much for stopping by!