Saturday, February 22, 2014

Handmade Flowers

One of my most recent creations was made with my grandchildren in mind.  They are such a joy to have around.

I started out with a 12 x 12 canvas and cut up several different sheets of card from Donna Salazar's Grandma's Garden and Trunk in the Attic.  Some were square and some rectangular.  Some larger and some smaller.  This is how I started, I cut out my pieces and blended Brushed Corduroy DI around all the edges.

I used gel medium and put them all down onto my canvas. When dry I went around each edge with the Brushed Corduroy DM.  I did not get any pictures, but all my sides are covered too.  I then put gel medium over the whole thing in a matte finish.

The 3 big flowers are handmade with my Tim Holtz bigz Tattered Flowers Die.  They were made with some patterned paper from my stash and colored with ripe persimmon DI to give them a little more color.

The leaves are from Memory Box called Lavish Branch.  The doily is inked with Brushed Corduroy DI and there are some little screw head brads for the centers of the flowers.

That's it.  I'm submitting this to Frilly and Funkie's  Blooming Marvelous challenge for Feb. 2014.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Cigar Box

My BFF Dee gave me a cigar box to alter for her.  I asked her for ideas has to what her vision of said box was, but alas, she could not help me.  So I am all alone with a cigar box to alter.  Working on ideas.  More to follow as some inspiration hits me. 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Brown, Purple and Blue

I love these colors together.  The pretty picture of a duck from La Blanche was stamped with walnut stain distress ink, then colored with seedless preserves, faded jeans and peeled paint and water.
I inked the background with seedless preserves, faded jeans and walnut stain distress ink on a piece of card stock approx. 5 x 4 inches.
I had originally started with a tag, but it was a bit too small.
I then used a couple of Lifestyle Crafts dies to make my frame.  I embossed the frame with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and inked it up with walnut stain distress ink.
Thanks for looking, hope to see you again soon.

Monday, July 15, 2013

My Two Outdoor Critters

I was so excited creating this challenge for Our Creative Corner that I forgot to take pictures as I was making it. This is a picture taken last year at our annual camping trip.  My two grandchildren in my lap as we are sitting around the campfire in the morning, waiting to start some breakfast. I love those two little outdoor critters.

 Background is Black Soot Distress Ink then layered with a stencil from TCW,  Mini Flower Frenzy  colored with Distress Inks in coordinating colors with my little strips of ribbon, top and bottom, from my stash.  The words at bottom left are from a stamp set that says, "We do not remember days, we remember moments" Cesare Pavese  Which I partly covered with flowers again from my stash.  I also did some background stamping with words like, Happy, Love and Smile, because that is how I feel when I am with these  two.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Mother's Day Card

I know Mother's Day has passed, but I'm just now posting the pics of the card I made for my Mother.  My mother will be 93 next month and I have made her a few cards over my life time.  But this is the one I had the most trouble with.  My mother likes simple cards, made with pastel colors.  I wanted to stick with her favorites, pink and blue.  The Graphic 45 - Secret Garden papers were just perfect.  But I like vintage, and some messiness to a card.  I compromised and came up with this;

I started with the checked orangish pink papers from the 6x6 pad of patterns and solids, distressed the edges, added Vintage Photo distress ink. I then added a layer of an old book distressed with distress ink in blue jeans, added 2 offsetting doilies, inked with Vintage Photo. I put a piece of the blue printed paper, again from the 6x6 pad, distressed the edges, and inked them.  Then I distressed the edges of one of the cut-outs from the 12x12 pad of Secret Garden papers.  Inked that too with Vintage Photo, I love the distressing of the edges and then the inking of the edges with more Vintage Photo.  I used one of the tags from the chipboard elements and tied a bow held with a small, inked up clothes pin.  I added a beautiful butterfly die cut.  A few small pearls and I was done.  

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Secret Garden Tag

I've been hoarding all my Graphic 45 Secret Garden papers and cutouts, flowers and embellishments .  They are so beautiful I could hardly bear to cut them.  But because of their beauty, I just have to share.  I made a cute little tag with some of the lavender papers. (Purple is my favorite color, so couldn't go wrong)

I started with a small sliver of the lavender paper (Sun Kissed), just big enough to cover a large tag.  I covered front and back with opposent sides of the paper, but only decorated one side.

I used some of the flowers that Graphic 45 came out with to go along with the Secret Garden papers, some small bling and some Vintage Photo DI by Tim Holtz.  I added a couple more flowers from my stash and I was on my way. I also slipped a piece of cardstock that I had die cut in there too.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Thanks to my friend Rachel

Thanks to my friend Rachel Rusticus @ Creatively Redeeming Her, , my blog looks more like me and I can actually publish my first post.  Yay!  Thank you so much.  Took away my fears.  Well some of them, lol.

I finished a Camping 2012 Mini Book that I made last year, but just now put the pictures in. As a newbie blogger I thought it would be so hard to post the pics to go along with it.  But I think it is working.  Here is the first pic showing the entire mini book.  These pics are off my cell phone so I will have to work on using my other camera.

These next pics are of each page.  It is bound with twine which makes it more rustic.
Front Cover
My granddaughter with SOME of her fish.
Just some card board that I distressed.
My granddaughter and I after she was swimming in the freezing lake.
My grandson who didn't want to go into the freezing lake.
My hubby and grandson.
My daughter and niece cooking in the kitchen. LOL And my grandpups laying in the dining room.

The pics are of my family and this is really camping.  The only water close by is in jugs and the rushing river right behind our camp. My husband and I always took our 4 sons camping when they were young and now they bring their families and we still go camping together.  Life doesn't get much better than that.  Not many pictures of the kids, somehow the grandkids always ended up in front of the lens.  LOL.

Last pic is with the tags out in front of the mini.

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