Friday, March 28, 2014

Sweet Pea Stampers - Ditressed

  Welcome to another challenge from the Sweet Pea Stampers DT - this time we are getting distressed :)
  I made an altered journal again as I love making journals!!!
  I used Clara by Charmaine Flannery and colored her with koh-I-noor pencils. I cut her and the layer under her with Spellbinders dies.
She is of course from Sweet Pea Stamps and is available both as a rubber stamp and a digi - check it out here -
   The image layer I covered with some sepia lacquer and edged the edges with copper metallic pen.
  The next layer I distressed the edges with walnut stain ink. Added some distress style paper flowers, some feathers and 2 charms that I altered with some metallic rub on - the birdcage with bronze over the white and the wings I used a metallic blue over the dark silver and then added some blue seed beads with crystal lacquer.
  I covered the notebook with distress papers from Tim Holtz and then edged them with tea dye and walnut stain distress inks and then the copper metallic pen.
    Lastly I added some bronze pearl drops with a viva décor pen to the corners and near the main image.
  It is spring break week from school for us here - both my son who is a senior this year and my Daughter in college are on break ...not that I have seen either of them that much as they both were hanging out with friends a lot and going to the beach :)
   All for today - Take Care

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Baby Girl keepsake box and memory book.

   Just a quick post here before heading to work tonight!!! My Hubby's niece just had a sweet little baby girl - the first girl for Grandma Joyce :)
  I love making these boxes - it is an altered box with a matching memory book.
  The digital image I used this time is from 'A Day for Daisies' and you can find it here -
I colored her with prismacolor pencils, cut her out with a Spellbinders die and edged her and the edges of the papers with a metallic gold pen.
  A few pretty ribbons and some gold accents with a gold viva décor pen too.
  All for today - need to get off to work now....
   Take Care

Monday, March 24, 2014

A touch of gold

   Well I have been in a big time coloring mood lately but haven't taken the time to head into the craft room and make things up as much as usual and this morning I was determined to get something made for the current challenge over at Flourishes - I have missed the last 2 due to the work thang (necessary as it is - it really cuts into my crafting time :)
   The challenge this time was to use gold and I love that - I use my gold metallic pen to edge layers ALOT, and my next favorite is usually my gold viva décor pen.
   Check out the challenge here -

  For todays card I used a stamp from Flourishes
 of course  and colored it with prismacolor pencils. I cut it out with a Spellbinders die and layered it to some gold mesh ribbon and onto a piece of oriental paper that I have been hoarding literally for years :). The oriental paper is gold with bright gold accents.
   Lastly I added some gold bead flourishes and now am getting in just under the wire for the challenge deadline. (I slept later after work this am than I planned....funny thing about sleep, sometimes it tells you what to do - you think I would have learned that by now after all these years on night shift!!! :)
   Tomorrow I am running over to Panama City with my DD to restock/rearrange my booth at the Craft Market so Wednesday I might get some craft time  before work that night. My DD is home this week for spring break and between getting together with her friends and me working tomorrow is the only day we will have all day to hang out - course she might need a break from Mom after that but I will love it!!! :)
    All for today - Take Care

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Steampunk Stella

    Another Steampunk project for you today - I started this over my rainy weekend off and finished it off this morning.
  The image is a digi from Sweet Pea Stamps called 'Clara' by Charmaine Flannery and I colored her with koh-i-noor pencils and cut her out with a Spellbinders die.
  This image is also available as a rubber stamp -
  Once I had the main image cut out and the layer under her I used some great distress products on both . I used sepia glaze on the image and the black frame that's fits the die cut. For the layer underneath I used a metallic crackle paint.
  While those were drying I covered a cigar box with papers from Tim Holtz - an old map piece and a piece with goggles on it to match the goggles she is wearing and some other papers from the same pack. and then edged the top with some of the same crackle paint ( I did the inside lid with paper and the crackle paint too)
  When everything was dry I put it all together - some gray lace ribbon with some green walnut spray died ribbon next, then my image layers and the flowers, some pretty brass colored decorative corners and lastly my little steam machine contraption .
  My little contraption started with an old earring (its match I used for the necklace in the previous post :) - I sanded it a bit and added some gears in the center, then glued it on top of 2 bigger gears to look like wheels - with more small gears in their centers, and lastly the little light bulb which is also a Tim Holtz product I believe.
   The bottom inside is lined with felt and then I added old metallic drawer pulls for feet on the box.
       All for today
          Take Care

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Steampunk Clara

   Just a quick note before I go off to sleep for the day (after working night shift) I just had to show you this sweet little project I finished off yesterday.
  The main image is from Sweet Pea Stamps by Charmaine Flannery , called Clara. She is available both as a rubber stamp and a digi -
  I had planned for her to be a card but I had all day Sunday as it rained and poured here and I have been wanting to make some of my Sweet Peas into charms for quite awhile so that's how she started.
  Clara was colored with prismacolor pencils and then I cut her out to fit this brass colored charm and glued her down - and covering her - with crystal lacquer - adding some blue seed beads around the edge.
  Somewhere in there I decided she needed to be a necklace and so I made up the drop charm from an old earring. Sanded it and covered it with a new project from Ice Resisn - which is very simple to use and is almost like embossing powder. And then I glued on the gears with the crystal lacquer.
  While they dried I dug into my long neglected stash of beads and jewelry stuff, and dug and dug......amazing how much stash I can have and not have just what I needed to make the vision in my head come true.....
   Alas I ended up starting another project because I didn't want to go out in the rain, late on a Sunday evening to look for beads and chain.....I went today instead and came home and put her together.
The sky clear somewhat from the days murkiness for a few pics and then I was down for my pre-work nap - or attempted anyhow as someone called me and woke me just as I was falling asleep and then I couldn't get back to sleep......
   Oh well it was a busy night and so I should sleep good today - nighty, night.....

Monday, March 17, 2014

Sweet Irish

 Top of the mornin to ya,
   Happy St, patty's Day Everyone!!!
I have always loved all stuff Irish and its fitting that it is a sweet smelling rainy day here - why, well that is how I best remember Ireland!! While we were stationed in Germany I took English riding lessons at a local stable with a few other American women, and we got to talking about taking a horseback riding trip together. Well we settled on Ireland and in the end no one else could go, but the DH had said 'go ahead' so I went anyway.....AWESOME!!!! Well the next year us gals planned again and the DH said 'go ahead - it was cheep enough (15 years ago mind you) and its our last year here' so I went and this time one other gal from the stable also joined me and it was even better than the first trip - even if we got rained on almost every day.
  I love the horses, I love the people and the accent when they talk, I loved the food, the scenery is incredible and in my opinion best seen on horseback!! And I will always remember the fresh, wonderful smell of fresh air in the rain and the smell of a peat fire on the breeze - one day it was a bit cooler and we came up over a hill and the cottage at the bottom had a peat fire going and it was wonderful - I even came home with small 1/4 inch squares of peat to burn (like incense ) but sadly ran out years ago even though I hoarded it forever!!
   Anyhow - my card for today features a Sweet Pea Stamp - are ya surprises ? :)
This lovely is called 'Griselda and Mr.Binx' by Norma Burnell - one of her fairy tangles and of course I colored her in many shades of green with my prismacolor pencils.
  You can find her here - as both a rubber stamp and a digital image.
  The flowers( white paper flowers) were inked with distress and memento inks and spritzed with water and the top green ribbon is from my garage sale ribbon stash and was a light ivory and was spritzed with green walnut stain and then rubbed with a bit of memento bamboo and spritzed again.
  I cut her out using an out-of-the-box technique and the layer under her both with Spellbinders dies.
  I used a gold viva décor pen for the pearls and some gold stickers for the corners.
   All for today - a bit more house cleaning to do, an errand to run and then I hope to get some craft room time before my pre-work/night shift nap.....
   Have a great day!!!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sale at Sweet Pea Stamps!!!

   Just popping in to let you know about a great sale this weekend at one of my very favorite Stamp companies - Sweet Pea Stamps.
Fairies and Mermaids and Pirates oh my, dragons and cuties gallor!!!
  Stop in here to get started - and for tons of inspirations check out the Design Team blog here -
  And if you like challenges stop by here - which is the company challenge blog ....or stop in here -  which is the fan blog.
Or if you prefer check out Sweet Pea Stamps on Facebook.

    Now I am off to my craft room - the morning was busy with yard work and walking my very sweet active puppy, and a trip to Lowes for more dirt and mulch.....and then finally lunch with the Hubby at a local restaurant that overlooks a little inlet, even though its a cloudy murky day here it was warm enough and its always nice to sit and look at the water!!!
  Have a great weekend!!!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Easter - Famtasy Easter Ocean, Ching Chou Kuik

  Time for another challenge over at Sweet Pea Stampers blog. This time it is for Easter or Spring. Check out the challenge here -
 I used a digital image from Ching Chou Kuik called 'Fantasy Easter Ocean' (I have this one in rubber too :)
  I colored her with prismacolor pencils and cut her out with a Spellbinders die and edged it with gold metallic pen - also edged the other 2 layers too....
  I found some pretty pink ribbons and paper, the smaller square is saved from last yeas calendar....and then added some pearl bead swirls and gold corners to finish her off.

  I am off to spend the day with some girlfriends at a big Arts and Crafts fair in Fairhope Alabama - it combines a great art show with tons of arts and crafts. We go every year, it is about a 2 hour drive away so we make a day of it and take our time. I usually come home with a ton of new ideas and a bunch less money :) Lets hope the weather is nice!!!
  I plan to spend the weekend between yard work and the craft room so I am hoping to get a bunch done!!!
   All for now - Take Care

Thursday, March 13, 2014

My Deep Love by Norma Burnell

   I have some AWESOME news that I meant to share with you last week but hadn't gotten there yet...between work and yard work (on a rare nice sunny day ....that I didn't have to work ) and a major coloring frenzy.....well here it is - I am now a member of the Sweet Pea Stamps DT!!!! YIPPPEEE!!!!
   My project today is an altered sketch journal.
The image I used is called 'My Deep Love' by Norma Burnell and I colored her with prismacolor pencils. I added a bit of stickles glitter to the pearls in her hair and the seashell and cut her out with a Spellbinders die.
  I layered her to some pretty oceany handmade paper and then to the cover of the journal.
  I then went a bit wild with beads - using blue and turquoise seed beads and outlined the main image and some of the swirls in the paper.
  Lastly I used a  salmon pink viva décor pen that matched the pearls and seashell in her hair perfectly and added a whole bunch of pearls along the swirls in the paper and some in the corners.
  All for tonight - Take Care

Monday, March 3, 2014

Christmas Doves

  Just a quick post this afternoon as I am getting this in just under the wire for the current challenge over at Flourishes. The challenge is to make a card with no coloring. Check out the challenge here -
  I used a stamp from Flourishes of course and stamped it in memento Danube blue - added a silverfish blue frame onto of blue shimmer paper and then added a frame of blue seed beads too. I think it turned out pretty and I have another Christmas card done too :)
   Well now its time to get ready for work tonight!!!
Have a great week!!!!