Thursday, June 30, 2011

Shes So Loverly

I had a hard time deciding what sample I wanted to share with you this week.
I finally settled on something with a bit of vintage charm and framed her
with some vintage Dresden and some of
Tim's Grunge board latches covered in gold foil.
The stamps are from Artistic Outpost Loverly London
and London Underground.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Family is the Key- Grungy Monday

They say necessity is the mother of invention and in this case its true. 
I have been wanting to purchase some of Tim's new glassine paper,
but with not being able to work much this year and funds short
I decide to try something different.
I purchased some natural Wax paper at our local Co-Op (psst.. Linda works there)
and stamped on it with Adirondack ink and viola it worked!!!
It is a bit lighter but when mounted on a darker piece of CS it looks the same.
I created this card for Linda's challenge at Studio L 3 Grungy Monday #13.
Working with one of my favorite of Tim's techniques Alcohol inks.
Heres a link if you'd like to see  Tim's Demo
I used acetate and Tim's texture fade then applied the alcohol inks.
I also did another one of Tim's techniques in creating the Faux woodblock.
Borrowed the idea of clips on my butterfly's from my blog friend Tracy at Craft Addicts

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Really Surprised

To find out I had a piece published in the New Stampington's Handcrafted.
This is a First for me.
I share the spotlight with my good friend Louise at Kard Krazy
in a article about The House Templates.

I'm sure you've seen my little schoolhouse card before.
But this is what made the magazine. Boy was I surprise!!!
Stamps are from Oxford Impressions

On another note I've been hard at work crafting but can't share
that with you quite yet.
I do have a question for all of you.
I'm going to be having my 1000 follower giveaway soon and
would like to know what you would like to see give away.
Art I've  made or some things to craft with.
 I'd really love some feedback and ideas since it is for my followers.
 Yes you have to be a follower to win.
So what do you all want????

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Keep Calm and Carry On

What fun playing with domino game pieces and the new stamps
from Artistic Outpost. London Underground and Loverly London
Who says you need paper to stamp. For my little hanging
I used a tin, some game pieces and some charms.

Entering this in the Simon Says Stamp and Show. 
where the theme is Show me some metal.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

More in The Store

Here's a few more pieces I've finished for my Etsy store.
A Resin filled pocket watch and pieces from a vintage Rosary

And a second one

Some Steampunk inspired pendants with a bit of nature included.
Hand painted glass Owl eye and Deer antlers from a natural shed.

Now I really need to get some stamping done and to clean up my studio!!!

I can't Thank all my Followers enough for sticking with me.
Coming up on the magic #1000. Will be time for a MEGA giveaway!!!
I'm a bit behind on hopping and hope to catch up soon.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

New Etsy Pieces

                                           Well as you can tell I've been busy lately.
 Spending my time creating and playing catch up on my Etsy site.
 Heres just a few of my new pieces I've added.

A sneek peek of coming attractions in the days ahead.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Steampunk Bird Collaborative- Published

Well I'm happy to finally announce our Steampunk birds were
published in the latest issue Of Somerset Studios Gallery.
Theres a Little story behind this so bare with me.
Almost two years ago several of my GFs got together for a day of crafting,
We had decided to make Steampunk birds.
This was way before most knew what Steampunk was.
I had carved the bird bases from wood. Here are our results.

Front page, from L to R. mine, Debbie's, another one of mine and Mindi's

Foreground Inkas Bird- Time Flies

top Close up of Inkas, Center Barbs Maltese Cardinal, bottom
Debbie's Pretty Purdy Peacock

Top my Wings of Wonder, bottom Mindi's Songbird

My Chanson de Parisenne.

I normally wouldn't have shown all five pages but wanted to give credit where credit was due,
 These gals did such an amazing job on the Steampunk birds.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

New Release - Artistic Outpost

A hanging I made with both the new Loverly London and London Underground plates

Artistic Outpost is celebrating a British Invasion. 
Our two newest stamp collections, available in both unmounted rubber sheets or pre-trimmed and mounted on foam, include both a classic vintage set and a fun and funky homage to all things London.
Loverly London is a collection of vintage inspired imagery of our idealized London. This collection takes some liberties with "My Fair Lady", because we can't help but picture the gentleman in his "dinner jacket" and hat as Professor Higgins and the lovely lady as Eliza Doolittle. 

This collection is perfect for incorporating your steampunk elements and other collaged themes.
Now for a horse of a funkier color, London Underground, what we think are some of the coolest stamps featuring stylized collage elements. Have fun creating mixed media collages with all these elements. We can't wait to see what you create with the vintage underground sign and the Union Jack.
Both collections are right on trend with things happening in the media and home decor.  So get on the "tube" with us, and let's all go U.K.!!!
Enjoy some savings too. Spend $42 on rubber stamps, and you can save 20%. Simply use the code London at check out! All available here Artistic Outpost
Want to see more? Then check out the other designers to see what they came up with.
Barabra Washington
Judy Hayes
Stephanie Severin

I can't wait to see what all my UK
stamper friends do with these new images!!!

Some Thank You's

Am I lucky or what? Just look at all these wonderful goodies I received from Carol
at Carolees Scrappin Spot. for her 100 Follower giveaway. Stamps,flowers,Epoxy foil alphas and lots more cool play things, Love the chipboard letters!!

I was so surprised when I received this sweet package from Netty at Nettys Craftings
A get well gift full of beautiful lace and ribbon roses,
 a darling angel and a gorgeous hand made card.
Many of you already know Netty, she has one of the biggest hearts in all of Blogland.

Thank you both, I can't wait to play with your wonderful gifts.
Stop on by and say Hi to these two lovely ladies, tell them Lynn sent you.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Altered Altoid Tin-The Circus Is In Town

Well at least it is at Alpha Stamps.
 and  they have planned a Great Swap using an Altoids Tin with a Circus theme.
Here's my contribution. The tin, collage images, hoops, stars,wood spool wheels,
Stamps and Bakers Twine all come from Alpha Stamps.
You can find more information here at Alpha Stamps 
on how to sign up.
Wait There's more.....
Grab some Pop corn and Cotton Candy
Theres also a book page swap.
My cover page Three Ring Circus

inside pages

The Big Top
stamps and collage images all from Alpha Stamps

Arabian Nights
For more info on either of these swaps check out the Deets at Alpha Stamps
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Steampunk Bracelet

New Etsy items just listed in my Etsy shop.
Link is on my sidebar.
A Fun Steampunk Bracelet and one of my pendants from the
New Belle Armoire Jewelry issue.

Such a Guy- Fathers day card

With fathers day just around the corner I thought this card would be
just the thing for my Guy. Using the new stamps from
The Great Gatsby from Artistic Outpost
A little masking of some gears and a few embellishments
I think this will be the perfect card for Fathers day.
Just hope hubby dosen't check my blog

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Blogcandy winners

Hi all here to announce the winners of my blog Candy.
I managed to cram even more in the box, so theres some surprises for the winner.
  I used the random # generator and they are

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:
50 58 100
Timestamp: 2011-06-07 15:40:10 UTC

first # gets first choice, second # gets second and third gets last.

#50 is Carla from Carlas Curiously Crafty Chaos
#58 is Becca from Patina Moon
and #100 is Sherry from Createology

Congrats ladies. please email me with your choice and address.

If I am unable to reach any of my winners after 48 hours I'll draw a new # . If you didn't win no worries I'll be doing a new giveaway when I reach 1000 followers, who would have ever thought! not me! LOL
Thank you all for your patience and for playing along.
See you in blogland!!!!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Thank You All So Much

I can't begin to Thank you all for your well wishes,emails, cards, letters and gifts during my recovery.
It all means so much to me and brightened my days more than you'll ever know. Here's hoping no more surgeries for this old gal. I just can't take any more.....

A Special Thanks to
Lynne at Adorn for the lovely card and ribbon, Marie at Lost Bird Studios for the darling fabric heart and card and Dawn at Crafty Dawn for the pretty card and bag of goodies.

To Wendy Robinson for the awesome Oxford Impression card. Zoe at This Little Place for your wonderful collage card. Lynn Fox for the darling hand painted tag and
Louise at Kard Krazy the darling dress form card.

To Susan at Pieces of Fate for the cheery cards (2) and lovely lace.
 Susan also sent me some wonderful tea which I enjoyed immensely.
To Jann from A Vintage Heart for the darling card and Carol at Carolees Scrappinspot
for the sweet flower card. I also won Carols recent blog candy!!! Yeah
 I'll be sharing photos of that soon.

To Elaine for the Chocolate card and Candy, yum yum.
The seaside card from Julie and Mark.
Cheery smile card from Renee and
Gorgeous Vintage card From Evelyn at Beyond Just Black & White

This cute dog card from Marydon from Blushing Rose put quite a smile on my face.
Along with some Poo Pourri - teeheehee. I won on her blog and little flower card.
The puppy and kitten card (can you say awe)
from my Designing Diva Gal friends. Love you all!

A funny card from my dear friend Kathryn,
Wendy and Ginger. I've been life long friends with both these gals.
From my soul sister Sandy. Two lovely cards and a fruit basket.
 Yep devoured that already too.

From Kim at Tabby's Place the most wonderful book The last Will of Moira Leahy.
I highly recommend this one.
and from Wendy the book Half Broke Horses. I'm reading this one now!
and all of you for your well wishes.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!

I'll be back to announce my giveaway winner tomorrow. best of luck!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Published Again and Update

Hey Bloggers, I'm doing really well with my recovery and hope to be back next week.
I have lots of catching up to do with all of you and see what you have been up to.
Thank you for all your kind words and visits while I've been away.
You really know how to Brighten my days!!!!

In the mean time I have more news to share.
I had 5 pieces published in the new Stampers Sampler.

Remember being a little girl and playing with paper dolls? Well I do.
I had such fun creating these for the cardboard challenge.
Your really never to old for Paper Dolls.
The collage sheet faces all come from Alpha Stamps.
The bodies are made up from the Dress Forms and Corsetry stamps from
and the legs and arms, and wings from Artchix Studios

My Treasure Box or better known as Second Hand Rose was
inspired by the stamps from The Artistic Stamper 
when I was a Guest Designer earlier this year.

Also done for the Cardboard challenge my House done with stamps from
Artistic Outpost The Think and Wonder and Emphemeral Backgrounds set.

Thanks for sticking with me. I'll see you all soon!!!!

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