Wednesday, April 26, 2017

the diy frame match game

Today at the DIY Design blog, I'm sharing this trio of frames, who received a match game upgrade, using Americana Chalky Finish paint and Crème Wax, plus some DecoArt Chalkboard Paint to complete the grouping.

Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

circle gel prints--spotlight!

Ever pull a buncha gel prints, and then stash them away?  Hey, there is nothing wrong with that--art therapy is a good thing.  However, recently, I tried out a circle Gel Press plate, and wanted to use the circle prints for something . . .

circle gel print over a previous gel print, collage images added
Several found there way into a bird themed board book, you can see one above.  The others utilize the circle as a spotlight, focusing attention on a great little poem, and the other another fine feathered friend.  You'll find those two book pages in my post at Altered Pages Artsociates, HERE.

Happy Thursday to you!!!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

a glittering tussy mussy basket--Easter, May Day, Wedding?

Think Easter basket, May Day basket, flower girl basket,  DIY wedding decorations/centerpieces:
This one is super easy to make, and you'll find a full how-to in my full post today at CutCardStock.

AND it's made with glitter cardstock.  Did you hear that?  GLITTER cardstock, how fun is THAT???

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

I'm back, with a few random pics

Oh, please, you didn't even notice I was gone.  We were in South Carolina for a little vacation-- neither the husband nor I had been there before.  It was a wonderful trip, very interesting, very pretty.

it's some kind of moss, very small, but so pretty!

It was weird to walk along a street full of prerevolutionary houses that people live in now. 

But, you know, I'm from Missouri, so . . .

Thursday, March 23, 2017

peeky Easter egg!

Are you as happy as I am to welcome spring? I've already started Eastering with this little cutie:
image from Altered Pages

I've made quite a few of these Peeky Eggs (you know, like hollow sugar or chocolate eggs), but this one is my favorite so far.  That's partly due to the sweet little girl, and partly because of the shimmery metallic finish of the Curious Metallics Smoosh Roses surrounding her.  Not sure what a Smoosh Rose is?  You can learn how to make your own HERE
Those roses are so simple, I like to make a bunch in neutrals and save them to use in later projects.

Are YOU Eastering yet???

Friday, March 17, 2017

a spring window frame diy makeover, and the final fairy pop layout

Whew, my inaugural post at the CutCardStock blog is up.  I had grand illusions that spring was truly here, but then it snowed on my daffodils.  ***sigh***  That didn't stop me from updating the window frame that lurks around our house,  this guy occasionally gets a seasonal fix:
More info on the window frame in THIS POST

Also, at the Altered Page Artsociates blog, the final, and my very favorite, layout from the tiny 2x4 inch fairy themed pop-up book is up.
Look at that little guy, flying his butterfly driven chariot! 

I am SO ready for spring.  Count me in on these spring challenges, please!
Rubber Dance--March challenge, Spring
Stampin' Royalty--Spring
Word Art Wednesday--inspirational sentiment
Unicorn Challenge Blog--Go Green
The Artistic Stamper--Springtime

Here's a SPRING closeup, so you can see some of the stamping better:
text and music stamps from Rogue Redhead, butterfly from Lost Coast

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Just Glue It, in the days 23s--The Problem of Organization

Couldn't resist a little crayon.  And some mica flakes, don't ask why--there were just begging to be used.  And they're shiny.  Enough said.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

more fairy pop-up pages

Time for more fairy pops!
You'll find more photos and another layout in my post today at the Altered Pages Artsociates page.

Also, I'm very pleased to let you know that I've been invited to join the CutCardStock design team.  As I'm already madly in love with their metallic cardstock, this is looking to be a good pairing . . .

Saturday, February 25, 2017

monoprints--leaves and doilies and bubble wrap

Did some monoprinting this week, both with and without a gel plate.  Used leaves, doilies, and big bubble wrap for markmaking:

It's good to have a stash of painty prints, ready to use as background papers in pretty much any project.  Makes me happy.  :)

P.S.  I'm on instagram now, thanks to the girl child, but it's taking me a while to get the hang of it.  One thing I CAN do is find the people who are following me, so if you're one of my arty friends on instagram, please follow me so I can find you!!  This is instagram me, here!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Just Glue It, day 22ish: A brilliant glow of hope

Just ephemera this round.  And glue, of course!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Just Glue It, Day 21ish: He loved the sea. (and a tiny fairy pop-up)

He loved the sea.
Well, being sick has definitely been getting in the way of glue time.  That's all I have to say about that.
been getting my photos from Altered Pages--HERE.
That tab you see on the left, it's from the "friends" layout, HERE.

Also, my post today at Altered Pages has a layout from a little pop-up fairy book;  you'll find it HERE

Now please excuse me, I need another cup of hot tea . . .

Happy Thursday to you!

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Just Glue It, Day 20: read

Used another vintage alphabet set in this layout

So I mean to read more this year.  I used to read quite a lot, but honestly, it got to be something of a waste of time, so I cut back exponentially.  But I mean to read more this year, but reading of a better sort.

ephemera, acrylic smear, crayon, pencil, vintage alpha with versafine

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Just Glue It, Day 19--friends

Some collage--the grey is nice and shiny, it's actually joss paper . . .

. . . some Wite-Out pen, pencil, crayon . . .

. . . and a little cardstock heart.

Oh, and a wash of ivory acrylic over the pages.  And when I say "wash", what I'm really saying is a smearing with my fingers and a little bit of tea out of my glass, because I was too tired to get up and get some water. 

(PS:  I'm tired of being sick.  And now there's paint in my tea.)

Joining in again at Word Art Wednesday, always anything goes WITH an uplifting sentiment.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Just Glue It, Day 18: max strength, multi-symptom

Hot and sour soup makes a great decongestant, and the little bag that held the crispy noodles makes a nice addition to this layout.  The white dots are from a Wit-Out Pen.  (Just noticed that says "Wit" instead of "Wite", but I'm feeling pretty witless!)
Not my best layout, but sometimes being sick takes the creative right outta me. 

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Just Glue It, Day 17: gel plate monoprint heart, plus a Valentine

Finished the layout using the strip background, used part of a monoprint to make the heart.
I added some Wink of Stella, plus metallic crayon.
Another one of my vintage stamp sets, these are from the late 1940s.  They're from a set designed to be used in the classroom, and come with some great line art stamps as well.

Also using my stash of monoprints to make a few Valentines.  You can find more on this today at the Altered Pages blog.  Deli paper = still my favorite paper to monoprint on!

Some challenge inspiration:
Word Art Wednesday--anything with an uplifting sentiment
The House that Stamps Built--anything but a card
Retro Rubber Café--Cross My Heart, must use older stamps  (late 1940s teaching stamps)

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Just Glue It, Day 16: strip background

I like this background a lot, which leads me to overthinking what to put on top of it, which means things have stalled on this layout!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Just Glue It, Days 15 & 16: Butcher-Bird

ephemera, metallic crayon, pencil.  In the photos, it kind of looks like a light coat of paint over the text, but it was actually pulled off with tape--the same way as HERE.  I prefer the packing tape, it's easier to take off larger sections, and adjust the amount of text taken off by the amount of pressure put on the surface of the tape. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Just Glue It, Day 14: vintage alphabet stamps

One of my NOT accidental collections is vintage alphabet stamps.  I don't use them very often, but they make me happy.
Taping the letter stamps together makes them easier to use.

Yep, I pulled the text off the original book pages, using the same tape technique as THIS POST.

Some challenge fun:
Simon Says:  Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday:  use inspirational sentiment/anything goes
The Artistic Stamper--Anything Goes, state theme:  sing!