Sunday, April 25, 2010

Recital pics

The girls had their dance recital last night and I wanted to share a few pics. We had a wonderful time watching the girls!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A card challenge...

I have a card to share today that I made for a card challenge at the card store that I take card classes at. (R' Impressions in Blue Earth, MN). Each month, Helen, the store owner, gives out a packet with card materials that need to be used and then all cards created will be voted upon to see who wins. I think a pack of stickers is the prize.

I added the lace, Primas, Pattern boy and Websters card. One of the required pieces was the orange mesh that I made into flowers. I didn't like it on it's own.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Steampunk atc???

The Scrappy Tree is having a Steampunk atc swap and this is my entry for it. I am not sure if my main image is Steampunky enough though. Otherwise, I really like it. The images are from a Graphic 45 paper that I cut.

I used Mod Podge on top of the image and then I sprinkled Perfect Pearls powder (copper I believe) on top and then I brushed on another layer of Mod Podge. I like the way it made the powder spread (unfortunately, it doesn't show well in the picture). I added a sprocket and gear to complete the atc!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Whew! Busy week!

This week was packed with things going on in the evening and I unfortunately did not get much crafting done. The kids had their Spring concert, I had an online class for daycare, and the list went on.....but, I did get one card done!! Yay!!

This card uses a used dryer sheet as it's base and it was the first time I have worked with that technique. I have heard of people using them before, but I never had. I posted all the details over at The Scrappy Tree blog if you'd like to take a peek. I have been enjoying coming up with ways to recycle objects and materials on my projects so far this month. I can't wait to try some more things out!!

Happy Saturday! Please keep your fingers crossed that I actually get my new sewing machine operational!! It made its way out of the box but it isn't set up to use yet!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

April's Inspiration Challenge: Come and Play!

It's the monthly Inspiration time over at THE SCRAPPY TREE and the piece for Inspiration is this t shirt below!

I made the layout below using the t shirt as my inspiration~!

Supplies: Wasau paper, AC Cardstock, Maya Rd. chipboard, Little Yellow Bicycle glossy paper, Kraft cardstock, acrylic paint, Martha Stewart punch, Yes Glue, Thickers.
It's a fun little challenge to try so if you are up for a little challenge, come check it out!!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Wishing you..

Today is one of those days that I'm tired and I just woke up! Last night I was busy watching Bones (one of my favorite shows) and getting ready for our town's city wide garage sale next month. I am vowing not to leave things til the last minute like I usually do when it's garage sale time, so I am busy going through each and every room and storage contaner that is in our attic! It is a sizeable task! I am hoping to have the storage part done by Sunday.

Anyway, I am rambling on....Here's a card I made the other day.
My mother in law gave me these gorgeous old paper doilies and I thought it would be perfect for this project. I simply cut a few parts off for it to fit. I used Pink Paislee paper as the card base and layered it with a Websters Pages paper. Then I put my doilie on top of that. I put on a torn bit of vintage sheet music and then I placed my pattern girl on top of that. I used a Prima gemstone flourish and Prima flowers as well. I used a gorgeous Delish Designs brad in the center of one flower, a vintage button for another and an American Crafts brad for the third. The stamped sentiment is from Hero Arts.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Earth friendly

I have a post over at THE SCRAPPY TREE today dealing with recycling or repurposing something you have around the house for a project. The project I chose to post was this card where I used a box for the card base.
If you'd like more details, please head on over the THE SCRAPPY TREE.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Last night I was able to make a layout which I haven't done in a very long time it seems. I love this picture of Ella from September's Arts and More Festival in town. She had her face painted like a kitty cat and was just happy all day!

All paper on this layout is My Mind's Eye and the "Simply Beautiful" dioecut is also from My Mind's Eye and given to me by my friend Joyce. Thanks Joyce! I used a Melissa Frances Resin flower swag, Prima flowers and The Paper Studio Corderoy brads to complete the layout! Thank you for looking today!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter to All!

Good morning everyone! Happy Easter to you! I finished my paper bag album (all but the inserts to go in the pockets that is) and I thought I would share them with you this morning.

The first set of pages talks about housework. The "Housework Stinks" image comes from Crafty Secrets. I used Cosmo Cricket papers on both of these pages. The flowers come from Bo Bunny, Making Memories, and Hero Arts. The green button on the left pages is from Jenni Bowlin. All the other buttons are from my vintage jar. I had chipboard arrow spinners that I painted with the Picket Fence Crackle paint and used Little Yellow Bicycle brads to adhere them to the page. The ticket stub is from Jenni Bowlin. The right page has a fabric patch from GCD studios Homespun collection.

The next set of pages have paper from GCD studios Homespun collection (what a fun bunch of papers in this line!!) The left page has a stamp stating "Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our soul blossom. ~Marcel Proust." I used a Bo Bunny flower on this page with a Making Memories brad as the center. The butterfly is a GCD studios chipboard piece. The right page simply has some stitching and a chipboard piece from GCD studios saying "Proud to Be Artsy."
The next set of pages deal with goals. The left page contains yet more GCD Studios. The chipboard gal and paper are from their Homespun Chic line. I stitched a piece of lace and a torn piece of old paper to the page. The letters are felt Thickers! (Love em!!) The right page has number rub ons from Basic Grey, GCD studios paper, vintage sheet music and the grid cardboard piece comes from a K and Co. package.

The final set of pages I have to share are a little bit of this and that I think! lol. The left page has GCD studios papers, GCD Studios transparency, and Melissa Frances rub on. The rub on says, "Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough. ~Oprah." The right page has Cosmo Cricket paper, GCD studios transparency, GCD studios domed sticker which says "Creative Bird", a Bo Bunny flower, Making Memories brad, Hero Arts gem, button from my stash and I torn off bit from a Vintage McCall's pattern envelope.
That's all I have to share today. I hope everyone enjoys their day today!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

A little fun...

Kristin from over at The Scrappy Tree's Ning community ( had this really fun Paper Bag Album project where everyone who took part made a book about themselves. It was very fun to do. I still have some more pages to do and share with you later, but here's what I have done so far....

These pages are about my cooking experiences. I had some wonderful newspaper from 1924 that dealt with cooking so I made sure those pages were my background. The images are from Crafty Secrets and the Domestic Bliss chipboard piece is from GCD studios. I did add a few gemstones from Hero Arts as well.
Another set of pages dealt with the fact that I really am a home body. I used some fabric, vintage sheet music, Making Memories paper, GCD studios fabric patch and vintage buttons on these pages. I do need to say that the fabric on the bottom of the left page blew in the wind (It is crazy windy here) so it would lay flat otherwise.
These next pages use the vintage sheet music, Hero Arts flowers, GCD studios fabric patch, Melissa Frances resin frame, Cosmo Cricket sticker, and Making Memories brad.

The next pages are two of my favorites actually. I love my vintage pattern images and these pages reflect that. I used a Vogue pattern from the 50s, Cosmo Cricket paper, Hero Arts gemstones, prima flower, Jenni Bowlin butterfly, and an old envelope.

For the last pages I'll share today, I used Cosmo Cricket paper, GCD studios paper, GCD studios fabric patch and Making Memories Brads.

For the cover of the album I used the tissue paper that comes in the pattern envelopes. I used Mod Podge to adhere it to the paper bag. I tried to be funny with this a bit because I definitely do not consider myself Mrs. Wonderful! The Mrs. Wonderful label came from Crafty Secrets. The transparency and chipboard girl came from GCD studios and the letter stickers were from Cosmo Cricket. I also used lace and seam binding from my stash to tie the whole project together.

I hope to work on some more pages tonight so I will share when I am done! Happy Easter!!