Friday, October 31, 2008

Wishing you a Creepy, Spooky All Hallow's Eve

and don't scare those little goblins.

I am working on one of the new Timmy Holtz Grunge Board books and I promise you, it will be worth checking back for... I am mad crazy in love with this much so, I don't even want to put pics in!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

More goodies coming... I promise

I've been crazy busy getting my class ready for the MS crop (pics on the blog). And trying to pack for the upcoming Hilltop Memories Creep Over Retreat (

But, I did do my reveal for this Friday for Gypsy Rose Paperier. I know that Nikki Rose, the owner, has been busy too packing the kits to ship! If she doesn't get the upload up, I'll post it here. I had a blast with this one...but then I do with every one of the free downloads we've had so far. I seem to be decorating my house with these yummy goodies.

Time to watch the Rays...and you should see the oh so snazzy tee my honey brought home for me today...maybe a pic later?


Monday, October 20, 2008

So they had holiday music playing in the craft store...

and I couldn't get it out of my mind. I know...I know, I am rushing the season. But, if I had my way, we'd celebrate the holidays about 50% of the year. So, you'll just have to bear with me...I'm old, ok? lol

Actually, a friend of mine has a Christmas tree that is quilted, four sided and stuffed. It is darling but I don't have a lot of fabric and, even if I did, I don't sew! This is my version of the her quilted table topper. I free sketched half a tree onto a piece of 8.5x11 chipboard. I made sure that, at it's widest, it was only 6 inches. Using the first as a template, I traced and cut 3 more. After taping them together, I covered them with papers, cut outs from other papers (see the packages at the bottom and the holly leaves, and glitter glued wherever the mood stuck me. The hanging "ornaments" on the bottom branches are, of course, wine glass charms. Now, you know I had to work wine in here some how, didn't you? I'm thinking that small photos might be fun to put on the 'branches' of holidays past?

I had such fun making this. If you would like dimensions or paper names, please drop me an e-mail at Thanks for taking a look/see!

Returning you now to your regularly scheduled October!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore"

I am in that Halloween spirit! (pardon the pun) and played with this cigar box and a black raven I was drawn to at Mike's. I had him perched on the corner of my lap top but he wasn't very happy there. I was forced to cerate a home for him...maybe he will shut up now. What did you say, Mr. Raven? "Nevermore?" Yikes!

Papers by My Minds Eye, Raven from Mikes, spider web die cut designer unknown (got it at the Hilltop Creep Over last year), spider from a party store, bling swirl from Kaiser Craft, key lock, source unknown, paint by C. Helsmith (released at CHA Summer O8, rub ons by BG, LUxe and 7 Gypsies.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Back from vacation

and all my creative batteries are recharged. One thing that helped a bunch was a wonderful little specialty paper store in Old Town St. Charles called Rock, Paper, Scissors! I bought several sheets of amazingly beautiful papers, lengths of lovely ribbons and some things I have not seen elsewhere. One of the things I picked up was a package from Lineco (Books by Hand)that contained all the pieces to do a Sho-Sho Box. What I did not realize at the time was that this was "Just the Pieces". To get directions, you need to buy more than, as the label says, "just the pieces". I could not find anything but a finished one on line so made it up as I went. I don't think it turned out too badly. I have one more package and am sure the next one will come easier!

Be sure to visit tomorrow to see my no sew paper sachet (gift bag) with directions.
Have a great Thursday!
P.S. My vacation pics are on my other blog (