Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Artistic Outpost- New Releases!!!

Four new plates just released from Artistic Outpost.
        I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite. You decide!!   
Huck Finn

Huck Finn is a collection of collage and illustration images featuring Huck,
paddle boats, and that friend of his Tom Sawyer.  
I created a fun little altered  Discover journal with the new Huck Finn images.

Flapper Fashion

Flapper Fashions is just that a wonderful collection of "flappers".  
You will find the size of these dames are PERFECT for card making and mixed media projects.  
My Photo Shoot- Puttin on the Ritz card

Windows and Doors

Windows and Doors features some beautiful background and focal images that
 coordinate wonderfully with many other Artistic Outpost images.
An altered piece done with hardboard and some framing trim.


Gatsby  features Artistic Outposts version of the main characters in photograph
 style with deco backgrounds.  
A card layout inspired by my dear friend Daniel at Musings Of a Chocoholic

For a limited time, if you purchase all four of these sets, you'll receive a 15% discount.  Please note you must purchase all four to be eligible for the discounted price.  Simply use the code:  GATSBY during check out.

All of the new stamp sets are available both as unmounted red rubber sheets for $14.00 or pre-cut and mounted on EZMount cling foam for $22.99.

For more inspiration be sure and visit ll of the DT blogs.
Gerrie Johnnic
Lisa Somerville
Judy Hayes
Barbara Washington
Stephanie Severin
Suzanne Czosek
Louise Granlund
Connie Paxman

Monday, March 28, 2011

A bit late -Faux Friday

I missed Faux Friday this week, so a quick post of a trompe l'oeil window.
This really is what Idaho looks like.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

New Etsy Pieces

So many of you inquired about my soldered glass boxes.
Today You can find them in my Etsy shop, along with two more jewelry pieces I made.
Photo editing courtesy of Big huge Labs

The Frozen Charlotte pendant sold in two minutes, Thank you Terri. If anyone would like a special order you can do so on my Etsy site.

I also have a vintage apothecary jar I altered.

Beautiful vintage laces, vintage jewels and more.
Detail's on my Etsy site.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I'm Blogging As Fast As I Can

Oh my it seems the days are just speeding by at the blink of an eye. So much to catch up on again today. First off am Thrilled to say I was published in The Newest Stampers Sampler April/May issue.
Was a nice surprise as I had not sent anything in for this issue. During the time for the call of entries I was still recuperating. I spied a couple more of my Lovely blogger friends Lynne Moncrieff and
 Deb Corder who also have wonderful pieces published in this issue, Congrats Ladies!!!
My card features stamps from Artistic Outpost Birds of a Feather and Paris Exposition.

 I was also Featured in the Lovely Miss Cindy's Whimsical Musings Magazine Along with the beautiful works by Dora and Cindy, who she herself was just published in Creating Vintage Charm. Congrats Cindy!!!! and Thank you for including me in your Wonderful magazine.

A few Thank Yous.
A shout out to Kim from Art Joy Stuff
 Who sent me this wonderful collage hanging and darling bookmark when
 I joined up for the PIF game on her blog.
Isn't it beautiful!! If you'd like to get in on the fun, Some of the gals that signed up on mine still have some open spots. Go grab yourself a place and Pay it Forward!!

From Kim at A Gypsy Angel Who made me the most amazing scarf.
Its so soft and just my color and its still cold here so I can enjoy it now.
Thank you Kim you are an Angel!!!

And I can't forget a lovely award from my fellow bloggers.
From Toni at My World... Sort of and Gerri at Its all Treasure

Here's how it works. Give credit to the one who sent it. Thanks Toni and Gerri!!!
Tell eight things about yourself you might not already know, then pass this on to eight new bloggers.
Oh I hate this. You All deserve an award!!! 
How can I just pick eight???? More like 80 or 800.

1. I Love the sunshine and warm weather! So why am I living in Idaho?
2. I could live on salads, mocha's and chocolate. Not necessarily in that order!!
3. I'm a night owl and hate early mornings.
4. My hubbums takes care of most of the cooking and cleaning these days,
 How else do you think I get so much done here! LOL.
I told him... I did the first 30 years he gets the next, He wasn't amused!!!
5.I teach private art classes to a very talented young lady who will be my new apprentice soon
in my mural and faux painting business.
6. I Love watching Survivor so don't bother calling when its on I won't answer! LOL
7. Would Love to travel if I could afford to.
8. I didn't really know if I wanted to share this or not,
 but looks like I have to have neck surgery very soon. Here we go again!!!!

The hard part.
Eight bloggers I've never given an award to..
Be sure and stop on by for a visit, your gonna love these gals.
Suzz at Suzz Stamping Spot ,who's work is always stunning!!
Jo at My Paper Playhouse who besides her lovely art, writes the most amazing short stories.
Terry at Terry's Work in Progress with barely one year in blogging an managing
to capture every ones attention with her wonderful art.
Lynne at Adorn who's Shabby Chic style can't be matched
Tracy at Craft Addicts , Love her Artsy style!!!
Linda at My Happy Place where her signature stitches, buttons and bows are sure to please.
Daniele at Musings Of a Chocoholic who inspires me in so many ways!
Julie at A Vintage Chic who not only does beautiful art but almost always
has a lovely story to go with it.

and for all my other blogging friends I hope to catch you next time.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Book Of Fairies

Alpha Stamps is hosting a fun Chipboard fairy book page swap.
You create four pages and swap for four from other artists.
I created an entire
 Book Of Faries.
My cover is filled with flowers,fibers, leaves and everything spring.

"Keeper of the Wands"
Casting Fae magic to nurse the growth until each chooses its Fairie

"The Flower Tender"
She nourishes and cultivates the Great oaks and flowers and
keeps balance and harmony in nature.

"The Giver of Fairie Dust"

With just a sprinkling of this magic dust it can make all things possible.

"At First Thought To Be A Butterfly"

The grace she casts on the Fae helps to pollinate the flowers.

Goddess Dana
"The Keeper of The Fairie Rings"

She is unmatched in her beauty and tends to the mushrooms
and moss in the secret garden.

Fairie house door opened.

Flight School
"The Teacher of Flight"
Instructing all Faries in the proper use of wings.

I hope you enjoyed my little Book Of Faries and
if you'd like to join in the swap fun you can find more information HERE
All collage images, charms, beads, stamps, fibers and ribbons
are from and can be found at

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Pay It Forward- Soldered Pendants

Recently I signed up for the Pay it Forward, I was surprised how quickly it filled up
and didn't catch how many had signed up before I had nine already.
Its usually five. So I went to work on creating something I
thought everyone might like. I made everyone these little glass soldered pendants.

They stand about 1 1/2" tall x 1" wide.
I had originally seen something like it in a magazine, but they were
done for a wedding with rings and cakes.
I changed mine up a bit and went with Crosses, Eiffel tower and mini frozen Charlotte dolls.
the bottoms have vintage rhinestones

The tops have filigree pieces. All the soldering is antiqued.
and they all hang from ribbon. (not shown)
I have two extras I will be selling in my Etsy shop soon.
Hope all you ladies like them!!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

For the dogs- Paint Party Friday

Are you a dog Lover? I am. Knowing the dog personally
 made it even easier to capture
her likeness in oil pastels.
The top one is done of Aggie- A bearded collie that belonged to a friend of mine.
Shown in 3 different stages of her life, Puppy to middle age to growing older.
Sadly Aggie passed away a few months ago.
She is missed but will live on forever in her portrait.
This is a very large oil pastel, about 24 x 36 framed

These are my little darlings  spoiled brats. My teacup  Min pins, both about 5 lbs.
Tiffany the mom is on the left and Razzy on the right.
This is also a oil pastel.
Now go hug your dog!!

I'm entering these  at Paint Party Friday

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Paris Exposition

Time again for my Artistic Outpost post of the week.
I went back to one of my all time favorite sets.
Paris Exposition. I don't think I will ever get tired of this set!!!
A little stamping here and there, some flowers, lace and ribbon and pretty papers
all make for a easy to create card.

I'm entering this in the challenge GGSC55 at Scrap-Creations 
Where anything goes!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Tag Tuesday- Surprise

Louise has a two week challenge going on at Kard Krazy . The challenge is to do
a surprise tag. So I gave it some thought???  o.k. not a lot but still it was a challenge!
I know you already figured it out right!!! LOL

Here's the surprise. TA DA!!!
A Fan
The stamps come from Oxford Impressions 
Newest Pride and Prejudice stamp plate.
A bit of lace, some pearls and there's even a tassel hanging from the bottom.
Come join in the fan Fun !!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Thank Yous and my Lil book winner

I had to share a picture of the GORGEOUS wall quilt I won during OWOH.
 It was hand made by Joanne at  Thread Head. Not only is the front beautiful but the back as well.
The pattern on the back is so pretty I just had to show you that too.

It fits perfectly in my home. I need to pick up a couple of dowels to hang it by,
 But I just couldn't wait to see it up. !! Joanne has a tutorial on her blog
about free motion sewing. Fascinating!! Go over and take a peek, Its awesome!
Thank you Joanne. I LOVE it!!!
From my dear friend Terry at Terry's Work In Progress  She sent me Tim's New
Dress Form Die and the most wonderful tag. all because she is just....
A Beautiful person. If you haven't already be sure and stop by Terry's, her Blogaversary is going on right now and she has a Wonderful give away up for grabs!!!
Thank you my Sweet Friend!!!
Is it Spring yet? Not quite!!! This is what I awoke to a few days ago.
Four inches of fresh snow!
Poor little flowers will have a hard time making there way through all of this.
 Not to worry.
It has already melted and the Sun is shinning. YEAH!!!!

On to my little giveaway. You know I couldn't just give the little book away!!
You know me better than that! 
I'll be adding a few things to the pot. Now aren't you sorry you didn't sign up.

I used the Random # generator to pick my winner.  
I had 37 entries and the winning # is

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2011-03-13 17:05:53 UTC

Congrats Diane, Contact me with your mailing address and I'll get your goodies out.
I wish I could send something to everyone. Someday when I win the lottery. LOL

On another note those of you who signed up for the PIF . I finished your gifts. I think you will be pleasantly surprised!!!
I will show a picture of what I made after everyone has received there gift.
I wouldn't want to spoil the surprise!!

Have a Wonderful Sunday bloggers!!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Faux Friday- Cinderella's bedroom

Gosh are the weeks flying by or what? I can't believe its time for another Faux Friday.
Today I'm sharing one of the kids rooms I did. I Love doing kids rooms.
Especially when its a Princesses room. Complete with castle and clouds on the ceiling!!

This was a room for a parade home I did.
Can you imagine being the little girl who wakes up to this every morning!

Can't forget the coach who will take her to the Ball.
Oh to be a kid again!
Have a Wonderful weekend my friends!!!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Pay it Forward

above image from The Graphics Fairy

Wow you ladies are quick! I'm so glad so many of you would like to Pay it Forward.
I forgot I had preposted this ,so in the spirit of what it is intended  I will
send all nine of you something!!!! But you still only need to do your five!

What a Lovely idea!!!!
Just read about this over at Art Joy Stuff.

The first 5 visitors who leave a comment on this post will receive a gift handmade by me especially for you.
Here's the catch (but the best part):
FIRST you must create a post on your blog explaining Pay It Forward 2011.
Create and send a handmade gift to the first 5 visitors to comment on your post &
 who agree to do the same.
No pressure, you do not have to make and send your gifties today, or even tomorrow.
Remember it is a gift from the heart, which takes a little time.

This is all about friendship and sharing.
 Blessings, Lynn

Mini book- school days

I Love finding different things to alter. In this case a mini composition book.
Stamped the image from Artistic Outpost on tissue paper
then used multi medium to collage the background papers, some of Tim's tissue tape.
Then added a metal corner and a vintage pen nib. Easy Peasy!
Leave a comment if you would like this little book and I'll
draw a # on Sunday and send it to someone!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

CCC Finale

I can't believe this is the last challenge for CCC.
Over at Studio L 3. the Grand finale challenge is for Design Details.
I thought the stitching would be perfect for my collage of
images from Oxford Impressions Dress forms stamps.
I did add the little brads at the top but they are hard to see
up against the embossed metal.
I know Linda has something special planned to keep us going!!!
hummmm... Wonder what it is???

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