Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Vintage Halloween Tag

Hello Friends!!
I hope you are having a fabby day!!
Today I would like to share with you a Halloween tag that I made using some of my digital collage sheets and a few office supplies.
I used a couple black paper clips and a #5 shipping tag.

Close up of ticket at the bottom.
 All of my Ribbon and Trims came from Really Reasonable Ribbon and Glitter from Art Glitter.
Here is a look at the tiny tag that comes out.
All the way out.
Inside of tiny tag
Peek at the back.
I used my

I will be playing along with 
Don't forget that I have started my challenges up on a new blog
The theme this time is Halloween.  Please visit the link above for the deets and rules.
Thank you for visiting!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Halloween Playing Card Digital Collage Sheet & Challenge

Hello Friends!!
I had a little time to play the other day and I came up with a new Halloween Playing Cards Digital Collage Sheet.
You can find it in my etsy here.

The colors and style are similar to my
If you have missed my last post, I have a new challenge blog
where I  am now hosting my challenges.
My Artistic Adventures Challenge Blog
I have a challenge going on right now, and the theme is 
So if you have some time, hop on over and see the inspiration from my Design Team and Guest Designers.
Thank you for visiting!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New Challenge Blog and #9 My Artistic Adventures Challenge: Halloween

Hello Friends!!
I hope you are having a fabby day!
I am super excited to share with you that it is time for our
Our theme this time is
I have some more exciting news...yesterday I decided that I needed to create a blog specifically for my challenges :0) 

You will find the badge above on my challenge blog as well as the html/javascript code so that you can share it on your blogs...I so appreciate it when my peeps share info about my challenges :0)
Here is my newest Halloween Digital Collage sheet.
So hop on over to my new challenge blog to see what the Design Team and Guest Designers came up with last minute as inspiration for my challenge!
Yesterday I was thinking...OMGOODNESS...tomorrow is the 16th..I should get my challenges going again..I did say we would start up in Sept...lol.  So I sent out a note..and got some takers...
I just love them all!  It is good to know that I am not the only peep that does things last minute :0)
I can't wait to see what you link up to the challenge!

Here are a few other Halloween digital collage sheets that I have available in my Etsy.

I hope that you can find some time to play along!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sports & Ribbon Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello Friends!!
My Summer Vacation from Crafting is over!!
It is time for a new challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.
Our challenge this time is Sports and Ribbon.
I have spent my whole summer carting my two kiddos to Tennis practice and matches, so I thought I would do a tennis theme.
Here is what I came up with.
I know this is more "cutesy" than my normal stuff, but I thought the girl was kind of cute...and she had a tennis racket..so there you go...lol.   I found the original image at the Graphics Fairy here.
Here is the collage sheet that I created below, which you can find in my Etsy shop here.  The images will fit nicely on a 
standard size 5 by 7 card base.
Here is a tutorial of how I put my card together.
Step One
Cut out all of your pieces and ink the edges with Ranger's Frayed Burlap.
Step Two
I used my Perfect layers ruler and mat with a craft knife to cut out 1/16th mat for my Bingo Image.
Step Three 
I used Scor Tape and Tombow Foam Tabs  from Really Reasonable Ribbon to adhere my layers and images to my card.  Please refer to photo below for placement.
 Step Four
I used my favorite Juliet Lace from RRR tucked in behind the top of my tennis net.  I glued my "game set match" piece onto the top of my net.
 Step Five
I used my crop o dile to punch two 1/8 inch holes in her shirt and used a piece of  Rose Seam Binding and Cotton Candy Baker's Twine to create a cute little sash at her waist.  I put all my pieces in place and decided to add a couple Tombow Foam Tabs  to the back of my pooch.
 Step Six
I finished adding all my images to the front and decided to add some embellishments.  I used both Deep Ivory and Pink Mulberry Roses and Moss green leaves from Really Reasonable Ribbon!
 The card looks pretty cute as it is, but I decided to finish it off with some Art Glitter.
I used my favorite colors, Cheeky pink, Martha's Yard, Chamois, and Fauna as well as the Designer Dries Clear Glue and Fine tip applicator.
Here are a couple of close ups.
Look at the top.
A close up of that sweet little sash :0)
Well there you go!  
Well you may of noticed that the color of my card looks a little different at the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog.  It looks like the photo below.  Look how green the bingo image is...."YIKES!!" That was how all of my photos were showing up once they were uploaded to blogger...drove me nuts!  So I took a little time to figure it out, nothing is worse than creating something cute and when you upload the photo to a program...the colors are off!  So I tried a couple things to fix it and then found out is was an easy fix...lol.  So if you are having some issues with your colors being off (it doesn't always happen, seems certain colors for me) well I will be doing a 30 second tutorial on how to fix it...lol!
From this (not true colors)
To this (true colors)

Monday, September 08, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

Hello Friends!!
I hope you are having a fabby day!
I was invited to join this blog hop by my
Carol wrote a lot of nice things about me in her blog post and to be honest she keeps me going crafty wise :0)
Carol and I have become very close online friends.
I know I can count on her to try out the collage sheets that I design and come up with wonderful creations!   I am so glad that she is part of my design team. 
Carol always seems to find the time to create wonderful things for her friends and family!  I know I can always visit her blog and find wonderful inspiration!!
So please stop by Carol's blog Scrappydayz
I am supposed to answer a few questions about myself, so here it goes.
What am I working on right now?
Well, I have taken the summer off from paper crafting.  I picked up a few pieces of furniture that I plan on painting.
I started painting a couple of the pieces.  I do have one collage sheet that I recently put together.
I also just created a new blog background for September :0)
What is my style?
I would have to say that I love the Victorian/Vintage and even Primitive Styles.  Mixed with Shabby Chic.  All of my painting, paper crafting, digital work and decorating all fall into these categories. 
Here are a couple new tole trays that I have added to my collection.  I have decided to continue my collection in my kitchen.  The large Green one at the top is my favorite.  I am hoping to use it as an inspiration piece to paint one similar myself.  
Here is a look at an antique painting that I purchased and placed in one of my many empty frames.  I was so happy that it fit!  Now I just need to make a new hanger for it.
How does my creative process work?
I will admit that I am a last minute artist :0)
Well, kind of anyways.  I am on a couple of design teams and usually am creating for a challenge we will be having.  So I will ponder in my head a couple of ideas of what I would like to do, and normally the night before my piece is do...I will whip up my creation...lol.  I have done a few things in advance, but it so hard to not share right away what I have worked on...lol.

I love to find inspiration in things that I have around my home, my mom's home and from things that my friends create.
So I would love it if you would stop by their blogs and see the things my friends do to inspire me.
Sandi was the first person to give me my chance to become part of a design team.  She has all kinds of wonderful things that she plays with and she inspires me all the time to try new things.  She also has a wonderful collection of old images that she has allowed to me to play digitally play with.
Leanne is the owner of Gecko Galz, and has provided me with tons of images to play with :0)  Her's was the first DT that I actually tried out for and made :0)  She even has freebies on her blog that you too can play with!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

September is Here

Hello Peeps!!
I hope you have all enjoyed your summer!  I took a break from crafting only to hang out with my kiddos on Boy Scout Campouts and assisting with the Boy's Tennis teams (I LOVE to watch the boys practice, take them treats.  I love that the boys all know if they need a ride home they can ask).  My boys are at the age (teenagers) where they are fun to be around...so I have been spending all of my time with them. 
School started for the kiddos today!
(Youngest to the left and oldest in the Middle..and a neighbor to the right).  It was super dark this am.
Both of my boys are playing Tennis.  My oldest will be playing on Varsity this year and my youngest on JV.  My youngest has his first Tennis Match this evening!!  I am so excited!
(I am praying he can keep the ball on the court...or in the fenced in area...lol).
We went to Mackinac Island with the Scouts a couple weekends ago.
(this was the third day...so no showers...etc...lol)
They let me pull the trailer!!  Woo hoo!!  Of course us adults pull a couple fun harmless pranks :0)  I had some partners in crime...but we parked my truck right up close to the entrance to the Scout Master's tent :0)  He is such a great guy :0)  I did it while he was at the beach area with some of the boys and it was super dark, so this was the morning after :0)
I have had so much fun with the Scouts this summer!  Here are two of my Volunteer Peeps with me.
We would stay up pretty late and sit around the campfire...and laugh so hard...I thought I might pee my pants...lol.  We used an app to look up our "Hippie names"...I was Blossom, my two partners in crime were both Breeze...LOL.  So the middle one is Breeze and the one to the right is Breezy :0) 
Here are some photos from a Camp out in July. 
Kenny and I cooking the Tofu Scamble :0  Kenny is my bestest friend Ginny's hubby :0)  My youngest is in the back right...lol..eating pancakes :0)
Here is Despina one of my bestie friends...pretending to cook Tofu Sramble :0)  All the Old Goats and Parents decided to be Vegan this campout!  
Here is Despina's son with my youngest...relaxing!
My oldest hanging out in a tree :0) (on the right).
We were super lucky that My Grandparents came for a visit!  The boys got to spend some quality time with their Great Grandparents!

On another note...I will be getting back into crafting soon!
I have decided to play along with Claudine's altered playing card challenge!!  
Of course I Decided this last night around 11pm...stayed up till 2am to get all 52 of my cards prepped with gesso!  I guess some things never change...I will always be a last minute artist!
Thank you for visiting!!
I would love to know how you spent your summer!!