Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Week 5 LOC- Royal Birds

I've had such a wonderful time being a guest designer for LOC
I hope you've been following me along this month seeing the variety of
things I created with this sweet set. 
Royal Birds
My final piece for the month.
I stamped and cut out the crown and birds, colored with markers
and set on mounting tape for a raised effect. the image is from Graphic 45.

One more thing...
I have a BIG surprise to share-
 but you'll have to wait to see what it is!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Artistic Outpost New Releases

For my little Row of houses I combined both the
Whimsical Melange and Typography stamps
on the little wood shaped cutouts.

Whimsical Melange
Designed as background and embellishment images, this collection features whimsical frames sized perfectly for cards and ATCs as well as unique scrollwork, pennants in two sizes, and other whimsical bits.  Mix and match these stamps with our other collections to add a touch of something special and unique to all your projects.

From Mark Twain to Winnie the Pooh to Bob Marley, this collection of unique sayings and sentiments includes our favorite quotes from some of our favorite artists and characters. Designed to mix and match with our other stamp collections. Stamp sheet measures 8.5" x 5.5". Stamps are available as an unmounted sheet of red rubber or pre-trimmed and mounted on EZMount cling foam.
Here a little Ruler book with natural wax paper, some mini tags and a Journey tag.
Stamps from A Favorite Book
A Favorite Book
Featuring vintage images of children reading,
this collection provides focal images of something we wish our
 kids would do more of....slowing down, being quiet, and enjoying a good book.
 Images are designed with our other background collections in mind,
 such as Ephemeral Backgrounds and Whimsical Melange.
To see more of samples visit all the DT members.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Faux Friday- World Tour!

Gosh, how long has it been since I posted a Faux Friday?
Quite awhile.
and since I have Finally returned to work from my long siesta.
 I thought I'd share some of my faux window murals.
Do you prefer Tuscany or maybe a canal ride in Venice

or maybe just sip some wine outside your own villa.

Or perhaps just a stroll through the vineyard.
In any case I hope you enjoyed the short tour of just a few of my murals.

So sorry I haven't been around much, I have some catching up to do.
See you soon my blog friends!

Christmas Card Candy

No its not edible but its yummy! Its Christmas card candy.
These sweet treats can be used for cards or package toppers or a tag on a Christmas gift.
All created with the new Retro Images from Artistic Outpost
Frosty and Friends
Just color with markers, some scraps of paper add a few ribbons
an embellishment or two and you have card candy
and the best part is .. No Calories!!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Voice Like A Nightingale

Back for week four as a Guest Designer for Layers Of Color
I used the Bird Queen cling art stamp and Royal Birds stamps.
I sponged over the flourish art stencil with embossing ink then embossed with brass EP. 
Colored the birds and crown with markers.
Machine stitched around the paper mounted to a black base.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Some Thank you's and a B-Day

How did I get so lucky to have such wonderful blog friends?
What a treat to receive this gorgeous fabric necklace from my dear friend Shell
at Bungalow Bling. I already wore it a few times and have had Lots of admirers!
Sorry gals. Its mine!!!!!

She also sent me these adorable little decorations. Aren't they just the cutest thing.
She even handmade the gift bag from vintage wallpaper!

Inside the envelope I found all these sweet treats!
Thank you Shell for thinking of me. I adore it all!

Recently I was a very lucky winner on Marie's blog
Marie must have known I needed an Angel to watch over me for the rest of the year!!
She made this beautiful collage angel with wings. A gorgeous card
and some pretty lace all wrapped in fabric and tissue.
Marie always puts so much Love into what she does.
Thank you sweet Marie!

Today is a very special ladies birthday.
 Tasha was born 30 years ago and I was there the day she took her first breath.
Such a doll and how quickly the time has passed.
She now has children of her own sigh.....
Happy Birthday Tasha you will always hold a special place in our hearts.
I made this cuff bracelet for her. I hope she likes it!

I've got some catching up to do with all my blog friends.
 I'll be over to see you soon!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

She Dreams of Spring

Its week three as Guest Designer for Layers Of Color
I hope you've had a chance to go check out all the Beautiful Stamps LOC has to offer.
For my "She Dreams Of Spring" card I embossed a lavender panel with a texture plate.
layered a sweet collage image from Alpha Stamps, a little ribbon and hand made flower
as an accent. I stamped the Royal Birds from LOC on a piece of Acetate, trimmed it out and
Attached it to the top of my card with a light mist of spray glue.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


A collage I created in a wooden frame of this sweet little one.

vintage ledger in the background

parts of a vintage Rosery and gold Cross.
A charm that reads" Insire"
So what inspires you?

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Fun and Game pieces and Glass slide coffins

New listing in my Etsy shop. A fun collection of Game pieces,
Some are very hard to find.
Great for collages and jewelry making. Very limited amount available. So hurry.

Also my hand cut glass coffins. First time I've made these available to the public.
only $1.75 for a set of two.
Sold out- Thank you

Heres what you can do with them.
Are these fun or what?

Published in SS

Does it ever get old Getting Published?  Never!!!
 Its always so exciting when I find out any of my art is published.

Especially when they feature a project I did.
This Halloween hanging using Tim's Rosettes and Stamps from Oxford Impressions
Halloween Party. Those reto cats were purrrrfect for the stars of the show!

They also published one of my Halloween cards using a non Halloween stamp.
Stamped ladies from Artistic Outpost Generation Redux
The little label Witch Hazel comes from Alpha Stamps Skelton Slides CS.
perfect for the little witches.
Don't forget theres still time to enter the contest at Alpha Stamps.
click for details.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Not to Spooky Earrings

Theres a fun challenge going on over at Retro Cafe Art
using the Coffee Break Design Shrine kit.
I made these little earring using stamps from Artistic Outpost.
Halloween Treats plate.
I stamped and colored the big Witch on a piece of mica
 and attached to to the coffin shrine kit.
 I stamped the smaller images and attached them to the mini house shrines,
 then just added some beads, So much fun!!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Royal Birds Tag

I'm back for week two as a guest designer for Layers Of Color
Sharing a tag I made with the Royal Birds stamps.
I started by sponging distress inks over the tag.
Stamped the birds on a manila tag with distress ink,
Brushed over with Perfect Pearls and misted with water to set.
I roughed up and distressed the edges.
Cut an area by the bird wings and tucked the collage image
by Alpha Stamps into the slots. Embellished with gold German scrap,
ribbon and a cross at the top.
I hope your enjoying my samples for LOC

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Alpha Stamps Halloween Swaps

Are you ready for a Spooky good time?
Then come to the Witch's Ball. But first you must make your invitations.
Alpha Stamps is sponsoring the ATC card and Envelope swap.

Here's a couple of my invites. Hope you'll be there! But that's not all.

You can always play along in the "Little Monster's Book Swap"
I'll share more of my pages with you soon.
So for a Frightfully Good time Check out how to sign up at


Don't forget about entering the Alpha Stamps Halloween Giveaway.
A Great prize is up for grabs!
You can find more information on  the Blog here Alpha Stamps

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Grandma's Attic Swap

I'm so glad I joined in the Grandma's Attic swap hosted by Vintage Dragonfly

My partner Gerri from Its All Treasure Sent me this Gorgeous box
With the prettiest lace and blue flowers!! I Love how she color coordinated with all the blues!

Here's what she packed inside!!! Lace, buttons, stamps, pen nibs, Appliques,
buckles and so much more. So many pretty things just like Grandma had.

Now that I know my partner has received hers I can share it with you here.
Here's what I made for my swap partner Marsha

and what I packed crammed inside!!
 Seriously it was bulging at the seems. LOL
but she Loved it! What a Great swap!!!!

Friday, August 5, 2011

45 Piece Emphera Paper Packs

Now available in my Etsy shop. Limited amount available.
Some pieces dating back from 1908
Only $4.00 a set, That's less than 10 cents each piece!!

Illustration and text from 1908 , French vocabulary cards, hymnal pages, and more

Bingo, Flash cards and German book pages. More info on my Etsy site.
You can find my link on my sidebar.

All sold- Thank You

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Halloween Treats

Are you thinking about Halloween yet?
 I know it may be hard with temperatures soaring in the 90's or 100's
 but it will be here before we know it. So to get you thinking in that direction how about a fun Halloween Treat cone? I stamped and embossed the NEW images from Artistic Outpost
Halloween Treats
and used the Rosette die on some fun Halloween paper and a little glitter,
 Added a few fibers and its ready to fill with your favorite treats.
Think I'll wait on the chocolate till its a bit cooler. LOL

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Free As A Bird- LOC

Free As A Bird
I'm thrilled to tell you about a wonderful stamp company called Layers Of Color
I'm even more thrilled to tell you I was asked to be a Guest Designer for the Month of August.
Let me introduce you to my first piece done with the darling stamp set Royal Birds,
 I colored the birds with distress inks and a Dove blender.
Rather appropriate, don't you think?
 Layers Of Color also has their own line of art stencils.
I used their Natural Flourish Art Stencil in my background.
A Tim Holtz bird cage and Bracket painted with acrylics to look like rust.
A chipboard tag and leaf ribbon complete the card.
I'll be back next week to share more with Layers Of Color!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Art Pages Swap

I was so excited to be asked to play along in an Art page swap
with some of the most amazing artists out there. 
Here's the lovely pages that filled my mailbox recently.

First to arrive was Louise's darling page from Kard Krazy
Its full of sparkle and a bit of bling.
She even added a little mirror to see your reflection. Is that clever or what!

Next came Sarah's Artful Creation from Vintage Figments
She made a beautiful rich textural  background
and added the darling envelope that holds an ATC.
Its so much prettier  IRL. my camera stinks...

Pam from  Scrappy Pam Designs  sent me this beauty. Embossed artistic designs
 all set on a cool pallet of blues and greens

You may recognize Lori's style from I Been Thinkin Bout Inkin.
She made this awesome Steampunk creation, full of texture and depth.

Here's mine. I must confess I couldn't find mine.
 I still can't.... but good thing I took a picture of it when it was finished.
mine has a metal background  and a winged Lion.
 This was such a great swap with such
wonderful and talented ladies.
 If you get a chance pop by and check out their creative blogs!

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