Thursday, May 19, 2016

throw kindness around like confetti

I really like that saying.  And why not, really--how difficult is it to be kind?  Or at least polite?
Unfortunately, I do not know who did the fun calligraphy. 
It's the center of a deco "square" created for a post today at Altered Pages.  (My imaginary friend of several years, Aimeslee, reminded me in one of her blog posts at Paper Paisley's of the deco squares, or some call them tiles, that we used to make back in the day.  Now, we might call them little canvases, or  "pieces", but back in that aforementioned day, it was deco squares.)

This particular deco square also has inchies on it--how funny is that?
 A click HERE will take you to Altered Pages for more details.



How about a challenge or two???
Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda--a splash of neon or bright color
(Congratulations to Lost Coast and Carmen's!  They are also celebrating their very first blogiversary with some fab goodies, and you're invited to join in the fun--you can find all the details for that through the linky in my sidebar!) 
The Sisterhood of Crafters--no designer paper
Everybody Art Challenge--lace and pearls (the tiny pearls around the inchies)
Try it On Tuesdays--Spots, dots and splashes


Happy Thursday to you, and thank you for stopping by! 
:)

Thursday, May 05, 2016

a Gelli print canvas--atc sized

Today I have a Gelli printed Ecoboard canvas, with a sweet little girl from Rubber Stamp Depot. 
If you'd like to know more, details are in my post today at Altered Pages.

Is it spring where you are?  It's warming up nicely here--today I'll be out battling the poison ivy, trying to keep it from taking over.  That, and the wild blackberries, who have invaded the garden spot and want to keep me from planting tomatoes this year.  

Wish me luck, my friends--I'm going to need it!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

a tiny hand bound tag book with Sabor Papel

Ready to fill with photos and tiny mementos, a miniature sweetheart book or album--Siempre y Para Siempre, Always and Forever.  This book was created using a new line of papers, from Sabor Papel, who is partnering with Altered Pages this month.
 The inside pockets are only a little over two inches wide, so not big enough to hold even an atc.

The little books inside the book open to reveal a sentiment, and all the tags have spaces for photos or journalling.  My favorite little addition is the plum folder in THIS POST--it's just big enough to hold a wallet sized photo.

You'll find more photos and info in my post today at Altered Pages.
 ***(a little update--if you like this Always And Forever book, and wanna make your own, there is a kit full of supplies and goodies HERE.)***
Thank you for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

baby shower decorations--What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday, #359

Baby Shower update:  This is one of those what WAS on my workdesk--if you've been WOYWWing, you may have seen This Post with the mixed media collage animal prints.  Well, here are a few photos of those prints in action at the baby shower.

It was a woodland animal themed baby shower, which you can probably tell.  Also, at the time our daffodils were blooming like mad, so they made a nice contribution to the affair:
the little flower sprouts were for party favors
I painted eggs, too!
fabric bunting in nursery colors
Yes, that is grass growing in a vase behind the little plaque
She was very pleased with the whole event, and a good time appeared to be had by all.   

Happy WOYWW to you!  See you at Julia's

Thursday, April 14, 2016

proof of life

Yes, I'm still alive.

Here are a few pics for proof:

A peek at an upcoming project,
I'm particularly fond of that little plum folder--it's just the right size for a wallet sized photo.  And the partner tag in the pocket next to it says "Siempre y Para Siempre"--Always and Forever--so I'm thinking a wallet sized photo of one's sweetie would be perfect.  :)

AND a photo of me and the girl child--we were taking lots of silly pics in the "photo booth" at the Easter brunch at church (all the boys were still eating, go figure!)

It's a well known fact around these parts that my mother always has her camera with her and ready to go--here is one of her walking into the shot of the photographer as she's taking our pic, which we all found highly amusing!

There you have it.  Proof once again that I am, in fact, still alive. 

Happy Thursday to you!

Thursday, April 07, 2016

creating a veladora

Today at Altered Pages, I have a veladora to share, created using paper from new line from Sabor.
Not sure what a veladora is?  You can find out HERE!  
By the way, if you try making one, let me recommend the gel medium (I used DecoArt Media, Matte finish)--it adheres extremely well, and dries surprisingly clear--I mean, I know gel medium dries clear, but I can't even see any brush marks through the glass, which is kind of important in this case.

Guess what I'm doing today?  Installing two new ceiling fans.  It's amazing what you can learn on youtube.
Have a great Thursday--I'll "see" you next week, assuming I don't electrocute myself . . .

:)

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

it's almost Easter!

It's almost Easter--please allow me to share with you some favorite Easter atcs (so they're about 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches at their largest points) of mine, made a while back for a swap:
ruffled seam binding border

this one has microbeads around the edges
the all have stamped backgrounds
yay for mini pompoms!!!
Mixed media collage backgounds, lots of Altered Pages Easter images, various embellishments, and crayon, of course!

Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

a little diy craftiness--disguising a Scentsy Circle

My son's car straight up smells like a gym locker.  In a desperate attempt to make his car smell like something not dead, I got him a Scentsy Circle air freshener to hang from the rear-view mirror, and disguised it thusly:
Super simple little diy, but much less obviously an air freshener.  (If you wanna see the "how," please visit HERE.)

Happy Thursday, everyone!
:)

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

framed collage animal prints, and a little spring--What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday, #354

Happy Wednesday, deskers, I have returned once again--this time with the finished, framed animals from a previous woyww post.  

The frames were all mismatched, so I unified them with a coat of my favorite matte acrylic paint (these paints are Americana, and a favorite for four reasons: 1.they coat so well that you don't have to use the whole bottle at one go,  2.they come in about a million billion colors,  3.that lovely matte finish, and  4.they are inexpensive enough to use for everyday crafty stuff!)





These weren't my idea--they are for a baby boy's nursery, and the mama had pinned to Pinterest a similar project.  I changed the animals somewhat, and made the colors to match their nursery.  
(If you want to see the original collaged pages, just scroll down a post.  The finished versions are high quality color copies of the animals cut from those collaged papers.)

And now for some spring:
The daffodils are blooming again!
If you want to know more about What's on Your Workdesk?  Wednesday, simply stop by and see our gracious hostess, the lovely Miss Julia.


It's been ages since I've joined any challenges, but here we go:
Altered Eclectics:  March (anything goes, altered or mixed media)
**Art*Journal*Journey:  "If you go down to the woods" (do these creatures fit that theme, or what!?!)
Pixel and Paper Challenge--monochromatic (each animal is a monochromatic collage of a color from the baby's nursery)

Well, that was fun . . .

Friday, March 11, 2016

it's springing around here, and some animal prints

Spring means I've been gardening and spring cleaning instead of blogging!  However, I did finish the collage prints mentioned in a previous post.  These are for a baby boy's room--the mama had posted in a pinterest board a similar project, but I changed the animals up a little, and made the colors to match the nursery.

The original collages:

The animal cuts/prints:
Not the best photo, I'll take another of them in the frames.  (Please tell me the fox looks like a fox!)

Have a great weekend!