Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Never too many.

I've always wanted to try making one of these cute
paper shoes, and the Once In A Blue Moon recipe
challenge at Gingersnap Creations seemed the perfect
opportunity--three papers, three buttons, and three
words. The papers are Basic Grey, my favorite!

You know, you don't have to make your challenge pieces
go along with the general month's theme--this month is
"At the Mall"--but I always try to. Actually, there
isn't much trying, I generally really get into the themes!

As you read this, you can bet I won't be wearing any
crazy heels like these--the teen daughter and I should be
in Istanbul (seriously, Istanbul!), and wearing
significantly more substantial walking shoes! I'd love
for you to leave a comment, and will stop by for a visit
with you when we return--the 5th or so, depending on how
bad the jet lag is!


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

the color of money . . .

Well, I guess that depends on where you live;
our legal tender is, for the most part, green.
So, for the newest color challenge at Gingersnap
--Color of Money--and this month's
general "At the Mall" theme, this just seemed
so right:

I like my money right where I can see it--

hanging in my closet!

This tiny dress is atc size (2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches),
and made from green collage sheets from Altered Pages. My
personal challenge to myself this time was to use only paper,
and so I was all proud of myself for not cracking into the
ribbon or bling, but then I realized I'd used ink! Way to
mess up my own challenge, right? Had to laugh at that one!

I'd love for you to leave a comment, and promise to stop
by and visit everyone when the daughter and I return from
our voyages--we should be packing today, and NOT blog
visiting, and I'll be away from the computer until the
5th of July.

"See" you then!


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Victoria. If you're wearing this . . .

. . . it ain't no secret.

The latest challenge at Gingersnap Creations is
"Bags and Tags," going along with our "From the
Mall" theme this month.

This not-so-secret piece uses the Vintage Corset
sheet, as well as a library card and pocket, from
Altered Pages. Altered Pages is hosting this month
at Gingersnap Creations--come play along for a chance
at some fun prizes. The winner of this challenge
for the Home Page Artist also receives a Dark Eyes
Tag kit from Altered Pages--very nice!

Do you ever challenge yourself? For the last
Gingersnap Spicy Supply--packing materials--
challenge, I made myself go simple. No embellishments.
So this time, you can see, it was ON, as in VERY
embellished. Broke into that hoard of trims, made
some flowers, the whole deal. Tried to make a stark
contrast between how pretty the corset looks, and
then when you pull the tag, how creepy it real is.

Seriously, how did wearing one of these EVER seem like
a good idea?

AND PS, BY THE WAY: Will be working up that swap
challenge from the last post for next month, so
be thinking about joining in, and a big thank you
to everyone for their kind comments on the dd's

PPS--Will stop by for visits after the daughter and
I return from our adventure, thank you for stopping

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

what would someone else make . . .

. . . with the stuff on your art desk?

The other day, the girl child yells from the art room:
"Mom! I'm using all the leftovers on your desk to
make something, okay?"

Fine by me, have at it--maybe it will make things at
least one-layer-of-stuff cleaner . . .

This is what she came up with:

I think it's fun--look at all that stuff! There's
corrugated bits from a coffee cup holder, a padded
envelope, this and that, pieces from projects left
sitting out.

That would make for an interesting swap--
if one person sent their "stuff" to another, and
that person had to make something with it and send
it back. Hmmm. Or just post it to their blog.

ANYWAY, since the daughter doesn't have a blog,
we're posting it here, right?
Gingersnap Creations--Spicy Supply Challenge(packaging materials)
Crazy Amigo--pink!
Shopping Our Stash--SOS (she used silver and Stampin' Up)
Use It Tuesday--punch, die-cut, or cut out
Simon Says Stamp and Show--distressed/torn edges
Stamp with fun--pearls and flowers
Catered Crop Linking Party

So, if I sent you a little envie of bits and pieces,
would you make a something with it and post it to your

Would you?

Friday, June 10, 2011

the adopted

Hey, I was here! I love these guys!

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Wednesday, June 08, 2011

sisters atc

I really like this photo; it's of my Aunt Bettie and
Aunt Helen when they were still in high school, back
in the late 40's. This is a copy, of course--the original
is one of those tiny photo booth pics. Don't they look
like fashionable young ladies?

This atc was made using a serendipity style, mixed
media background, including distress ink, crayons, and
paint--you can see the yellow paint stamped with bubble
wrap, and the turquoise lines were made with corrugated
cardboard. You can get some fantastic looks printing
with found objects
! This goes along with the latest fun
Spicy Supply Challenge at Gingersnap Creations:
Packaging Materials!

Whew, it was about all I could do to get this
posted--we have three going off to camp, and
another trip coming up at the end of the month,
so not as much art and blog snooping going on
around here . . . what are you doing with your


Friday, June 03, 2011

What's growing Friday?

Can you believe it's Friday again already? This
week has flown by, for me, at least!

Here's what's growing in my yard right this morning:

The daylilies are beginning to bloom . . .

as are the clematis! I'll try and get a pic of
the lilies and the clematis when more of them
open up.

Here's the yucca--not blooming yet, but the flower
stalks are coming up in all the plants.

Baby grapes!

And our hydrangea bush--which only blooms when it
feels like it--has two different colored flowers
coming on on the same plant!

Now it's your turn--what's growing with you? In
your yard, garden, art or sewing space, or your
kitchen, whatever new is growing with you, feel
free to leave me a link; I'd love to stop by this
weekend and have a look!
This just in--the fantastic fun box of goodies
arrived from Gerri today, so I had to make a little
something at least, right? The image is from June
at Dezinaworld
; it reminded me of the three muses,
and believe me, I needed some inspiration this week!

(Not too bad a pic for indoors at night!)
Thank you again, ladies!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

at the mall . . .

Okay, honestly, I don't go to a mall anymore; well,
maybe a couple of times a year. We used to spend hours
at the mall in high school--shopping, going to the movies,
and snacking at the food court.

"Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't
know where to shop!"

The latest challenge at Gingersnap Creations is, as you've
probably figured, "At The Mall." There are lots of great
design team takes on this theme, so if you're feeling the
need for a little inspiration, be sure to check them out.

This little hanging was made with Altered Pages images,
who happens to be hosting this month's challenges--be
sure to check out the great prize they're offering for
the winner of the Home Page Art part of this challenge!