Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Bottles in turquoise

   Well its official, my Daughter is engaged!!!! They are planning on a july wedding and so far it looks like I am making the table decorations, the invitations and probably the bouquets also - I am so excited!!!
   I started a few bottle samples for her to look at for the tables - these 2 weren't picked but I will have more to show you later this week.
  Their colors are teal(dark turquoise really) and copper.
  The first one was a tall round vase and the next is a wine bottle, both spray painted. I added a row of burlap ribbon, then shiny copper sticky backed paper and another teal sparkly ribbon and a sand dollar (made from clay and a mold).
  I then added some rhinestones for a bit of extra pop.
   All for today - off to work....
     Take Care

Monday, January 15, 2018

Steampunk Valentine's

    Just a short one today as it is about time to get some dinner on the table....
   I had this image colored up for awhile now and decided it needed to be a Valentine's Day card.
   The image is a digital from Rick St.Dennis and it is colored onto 'cryogen white' paper with prismacolor pencils.
  All the paper in this card is from Paper Temptress - the cryogen white is one I use for almost all my coloring, whether pencil or markers.
The red layer is from the 'incandescent line' and is called 'russo' and the base cardstock is another of my very favorites from the 'mica metallic line' - gold. It is very sparkly, smooth and has a really nice weight.
  I added a few little clay roses that I did from a mold.
   All for today - Take Care

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Christmas 3D card

  Well if I keep at it maybe I will get enough cards made to send out for Christmas 2018 instead of having to buy store bought like I did in 2017.
   This card base is a die from Accu Cut that was designed by my friend Vicki Chrisman. It includes the base and the little frames and squares and a tab to hold it closed with.
  The scenes in the middle and front of card are  from  Christmas cards from 2016. I cut  them out to fit, and the Merry Christmas is a die from Top Dog dies. I added a few stickers, blue doo dads and a chipboard snowflake painted blue to decorate and lastly a bit of Velcro added to the card back and the closure tab to hold it closed.
   All the die cut make for a quick and easy card but really cute too.
   I am planning on working on some Valentines Day cards too and cant wait - it has been a long time since I really have made many cards!!! I have spent a lot of hours this weekend cleaning, sorting and rearranging my craft spaces and it is so nice to have them clean and usable again!!!
     Sometime this week I do have to get my Christmas tree down and clean house also, but then more cards!!!
   Take Care

Monday, January 1, 2018

Pom pom rugs and a bit of Life...

  Well it is a new year and I am thankful for 2017 and all it brought us - good and bad. It was a bit of a hard weekend for us though as the 30th was my Sister-in laws Birthday and it was hard not having her in the world with us anymore, and it was exactly 6 months since the car wreck that took her hubby and eventually her, away from us. Our Niece and Nephew decided to have a Birthday party for Mom anyhow and friends and neighbors (who have been awesomely supportive during this time) all came and helped them celebrate her life, which was awesome!!! The kids might be young but the arm strong!
   My daughter graduated college in May and was commissioned into the Army as a 1st Lt. and we had tons of family gathered in Nebraska for the celebration, including Jill and the kids. Paula then went to her Military training for her job for 6 weeks starting the end of August and after a quick trip home for Thanksgiving she was off to her first post in Germany. It is weird not having her home for Christmas but have talked a lot and video chatted several times so its not too bad!
  Showing you a couple rugs I have made over the last couple months - made with yarn pom poms. I had to redo the first one as I had the pom poms too close together but they are very soft to walk on and pretty. I don't think they are going to be good for the long run though - NOT machine washable, the pom poms will fall apart, and I am not sure about hand washing so we will see.
  I do have a bunch more yarn to use up so probably will end up with at least 3 more of these - may have to give some to the nieces(and nephews if they want one??)
  They are fun to make and will use up all the old yarn I have stashed around here.
   All for today - Happy New Year!!!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Noel - 3D card

    Just dropping in for a quick post today before I head to work....I didn't get Christmas cards made to send out this year and horror of horrors had to send out store bought!!
   The card I did this am was started last year at this time.....ah hem....yup...
   The base for this card is a lovely 3D die cut from Accu Cut that was designed by my friend Vicki Chrisman as is the bow die on the front of the card. Really makes this kind of card easy to do!!!!
  All the patterned cardstock on the inside is part of the die cut also.
  The middle panel is highlighted by the front of one of last years Christmas cards that was too pretty to throw away - I cut the picture out of the card with a Spellbinders die.
   Cutting already done from last year, all I had to do was fold, glue, tape and add pretty pretties too.
   Have a Great day!!!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


   WOW 3 days posting in a row!!!
This is a bigger painting - 18 by 24 - done with cold wax and oil paints. I worked on this one over several weeks not entirely happy with it but I really like the colors and am please with the sails and the dolphins....
   Take Care

Monday, December 11, 2017

Coral Bubbles

   Back with the color version of this weekends experiments with a new process from a video by Elizabeth Schowachert.
  Lots of layers and I didn't take pictures of every layer .....first 3 , then the finished painting in several views and then 2 close ups.
  I cant wait to get some more time to paint - lots of ideas cropping up in my noggin for this technique....
   Have a great day!!!