Sunday, February 28, 2010

My challenge for Sat. at the ACOT crop

I challenged the women participating in the crop to create a shadow box or a display box out of a gift box. This was my sample. My gift box contained Christmas cards at one time and measured 6x6x2. I used the new G45 papers to create a shadow box of a gentleman's closet. I love G45. The entries to my challenge were awesome...bravo to all who did my Sat. morning challenge and thanks for playing.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

In love with canvas paper

The March KnK kit contains, among other things, a 12x12 sheet of adhesive backed canvas paper. I have always been love with canvas paper reprinting most of my heritage photos on them and many of my altered vintage creations as well.

Today I played with painting, printing, stamping, and enhancing these with Stickles, pearlescent paints, watercolor crayons and pastel pencils. This card is an free downloaded image printed onto a die cut out of the canvas paper along with the border
and each painted with either glaze mixed with acrylic paint or pearlizer. I added Sticklesand tiny gems to finish the look.

This photo was printed on the canvas paper and then enhanced with pastel pencils and inks to give it that old post card appearance.

The entire tech can be found at

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Gingersnaps Creations Chestnut Challenge: romance

Here is the challenge from the blog and you still have until Feb. 28 to join and play for this challenge. This is my "romance" card. Thanks for looking.

GC41: Chestnut Challenge - Romance
Love is in the air at Gingersnap Creations! This month's Chestnut Theme Challenge is


Be inspired by hearts, flowers, old movies, poetry - whatever puts you in the mood for love!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Gingersnaps Creations Color Challenge: 3 colors you love!

I discovered Gingersnaps Creations ( blog through a kind comment left on this blog by a very nice lady named Shar Briss, one of the dt members of the site. I back tracked to thank her for her nice words and discovered through her blog the Gingersnap one. Shar's blog is

Gingersnaps offers wonderful challenges to stampers, scrappers and altered artists of all kinds. The women are inspiring, warm and welcoming as well which makes this group even more appealing.

This is my attempt at the Color Challenge which is to use three colors you love on any project and my three are rust, soft pink and cranberry. I inked the butterflies to change the color a bit, hand dyed the tag with a color wash by Adirondack. I like the degrees of color saturation I can get by hand dying. I stamped with a larger than life acrylic stamp by Harmonie and the "Ooh La La" by Uptown Designs.

Thanks for looking and check out Gingersnaps Creations for some great challenges!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Bags and Tags

I spent a bit of time yesterday putting the final touches on the bags and tags. Now to package them and get them out into the mail. I have one more to do for my friend, Becky. I want to finish that before we meet to crop again. Thanks for looking! Yeah...a project finished!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Too late for Valentine about Easter?

I bought these tiny canvas totes at a craft store about three weeks ago and spent the day dying them and some tulle and tags to match. I worked on them for a bit and then life (and other commitments) got in the way. As usual, I cam home from yoga practice recharged and invigorated and tackled the tiny totes once again. I have finished four...and here three of them.

I used the dyed tulle for the third tote and pearls and paper flowers for the second and stamped on the first using painted on inks and a Krylon pen to enhance the stamping. I used a photo transfer iron on the 4th. and am saving the best for last, the one for my friend, Becky who loved the yellow-y green one so much she went through her stash hunting for the perfect embellishments for it!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Inspired by...

the cost of the darling little bird's nest and eggs we saw in a shop this past week. While the originals (last photo here) were hinged wooden boxes with glass windows, ours were cardboard jewelry display boxes with glass windows but no hinges. We did use some 1924 sheet music I bought and some MME's papers. We turned our corners down and found frames on sale to glue to the tops of the box lids. These took Linda and I about 30 minutes to make and about 1/4 the cost. It is a shame when items are so overpriced, that it is cheaper to make them oneself. The originals were priced at $35 and up.

Monday, February 8, 2010

So many lovelies, so little time...

We hit the antique stores here in Tarpon Springs today and I found some lovely things to add to my ever growing ephemera collection: a tall, vintage green glass bottle, a darling tin sign that says, HOPE (won't this be sweet on an album cover?) and a hook for my work room for hanging all sorts of things. I think I may have to add a touch or two of gilding to this hook.

I sorted out my ephemera drawer not too long ago as I could not shut it. Looks like I need to do the same for my 'whatever' basket and the shelf of old books, aged sheet music and pretty tissue papers. My fingers are twitching to dig into the new goodies and introduce them to the other 'collectibles'.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

It's all about the color

and there was so many lovely colors at Cedar Key...these are just a few that had me entranced. I want to create pretty things with these colors! Vintage doesn't have to be all browns, creams and taupes!

Vintage Groupings

In my opinion, lots can be learned from visiting vintage shops and mostly from the way the items are arranged. I come home inspired, not just by the aged sheet music, the laces and retro fabrics, the mink hats and stoles and the yellowed white ladies evening gloves and the delicate but deserted jewelery but by how the items are grouped. The color contrasts, the sizes juxtaposed one against another, the casual draping of cloth over table tops and chairs,the hanging of necklace of onyx beads over the dented frame of a hand mirror...amazing.

I come home wanting to arrange all my shelves but especially the one over my supplies closet. I want to 'present' my creations in a way that one showcases the next and that they are not fighting for space. Perhaps it is time for some of these things that overcrowd my shelf to find a new home or become recycled.

While the vintage stores have an incredible amount of goods on display, what might appear as clutter is actually, in most cases, an artistic arrangement. I have a new friend in Tenn. who may be able to offer me some guidance in this regard. The pictures of her store display this talent for groupings that I love.

Here are a few shots from some of the stores in Dunedin I took yesterday. Enjoy...I did.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

A different kind of Valentine (ACOT reveal)

I made this Valentine for a friend and the papers and embellishments in SEI's Juliette line were perfect. I like the contrast of the kraft paper background of the multi fold card and the pretty glittery papers. This is for a friend and I plan to put snippets of some of our wild and crazy times together on each page...Forget Me Not!