Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Gingersnap Creations Once In a Blue Moon

It's almost Christmas, which is great timing for the new
Once In a Blue Moon Challenge at Gingersnap Creations--
Thank You Notes!

Please tell me you DO send thank you notes . . .

If you've been following along or joining in at GSC,
you know that this last round of challenges' overall
theme has been Farm Fresh, since it's November, and
the time for harvest. So, I challenged myself to make
the cards go along not only with the Blue Moon Thank
, but with the other current challenges, as well:

Farm Fresh, Raffia, Livestock, and Color--Red, Brown, Yellow

Farm Fresh, Livestock, and Color

Farm Fresh
, Livestock, and Color--this card makes me
laugh, it's such a ridiculous mess, but I do like that egg
basket stamp!

There's still plenty of time to join in the challenges at
Gingersnap Creations, and with the chance to be homepage artist
and win some goodies from Rogue Redhead Designs, well, why not
play along, right?


Friday, November 25, 2011

Vintage Christmas ATCs

I think I have artist dissociative disorder. The
Christmas things I've been making, the collage-ish
pieces, anyway, aren't my "normal" style, but they
sure were fun to make . . . and it's good to try
different things, right?


Fairy Tale Challenge blog--Christmas
Phindy's Place--A sprinkling of snow
Poodles Parlour--Christmas
Simply Create--all about Christmas
Totally Papercrafts--Christmas
Wags 'n Whiskers--Snow Angels
Colour Create--Pink, White, and Gold

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

yep, more ornaments!

These are for yet another swap. They are supposed
to have some embossing on them, I hope the German
scrap counts. I tinted it with ink, but it doesn't
tell well in the photos.

You can see the brush strokes made with the Crystal
Effects on this one, I like them! The snowflake on
the back is glittery, but again, it doesn't tell here.

Do you see the tulle in the background? It has
flecks of glitter in it, how fun is that??!

She's much more glittery in real life, as you
probably already guessed. These all use Altered
images, and for this exchange, we were supposed
to keep the pieces fairly flat. The next round
of Christmas goodies, wait and see, they're atcs . . .

Crafts and Me--shabby chic/vintage
little red wagon--Christmas
My Mum's Craft Shop--things with wings
Truly Scrumptious--Christmas with pearls OR vintage look
4 Crafty Chicks--snowflakes!
Charisma Cards--snowflakes!

Monday, November 21, 2011

more Christmas ornaments

Each glittery sheet music box gets one more ornament
besides the rose ball (please help me find a better
name for that? Rose ball, really??) and bird's nest:

Still can't photograph glitter, except on accident.
The white leaves have an iridescent glimmer, very

Coated the images with Crystal Effects, not only
for protection, but to give them a paintedish look.
Yes, you're correct; paintedish is NOT a real word.

All the collage images are from Altered Pages,
they have a huge selection of winter and Christmas

More Christmas ornaments and Christmas atcs are
on the way!


Friday, November 18, 2011

some Christmas surprises

Whew, what a week--you've all had one, and it's all's
well the end's well, so I won't bore you with details.
And last night was our monthly friends get-together,
which is always such a blessing. My friends are fabulous,
and even though we don't see each other often or chit-chat
on the phone much, it's always good to know who has your

All right then, if you happen to be one of my partners in
Cassandra's ornament swap, you may want to avert your eyes!

What's in the box?? It's a glittery box, you just can't
tell in the photo, of course . . .

It's roses and a tiny nest, complete with eggs.

Yep, made all those roses . . .

and needle felted the nest. Hadn't needle felted
anything for a long time, so that was fun.

More ornaments coming! Have a lovely weekend!


Friday, November 11, 2011

one last Autumn in Paris . . .

Well, okay, how about three more?

Paris Memories 3x3

Merci atc

Elizabeth's Autumn in Paris atc

So I recently joined an atc swap group, and sent the Autumn
in Paris atcs off for my very first trade with this group.
These atcs were supposed to be going to Colorado--bear in
mind we live in Missouri--and they have been on a merry trek,
so far to Massachusetts, and currently, thanks to the tracking
number, I can tell you that they are in New Jersey . . .


Maybe they will end up spending the rest of the autumn in
Paris, after all!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

autumn in Paris skinny

Here is another in the Autumn in Paris series;
the collage images are from Altered Pages.
This skinny card is also mailing off for a swap,

but before she goes . . .

My Grafico Challenges: Autumn
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes PLUS brown
My Partner in Crafting Crime: Use something you got for free
(all of the ephemera!)
Lollipop Crafts: Thanksgiving or Fall
Sparkles Forum Challenges: Autumn

Friday, November 04, 2011

autumn in Paris

(The giveaways are posted HERE!)

Finished up several atcs, a skinny, and a 3x3, all with
an "Autumn In Paris" theme . . . here is the first:

You would think that the tag that pulls from the pocket
on the back of the atc would let you in on Ms. Lola's
secret, but no . . .

She doesn't kiss and tell.


Lola does like a challenge:

Divas By Design: Use Metal
Friendship's Garden: autumn colors and leaves
The Three Muses: vintage collage/memories
The Artistic Stamper Creative Team: backgrounds
Creatalicious Challenges: distress your edges
Through the Craft Room Door: "fall" in love
Lexi's Creations: use a charm

Thursday, November 03, 2011

welcome to my world.

This morning I was privvy to two sons discussing how
the furnace for one of their rooms is, in reality, a
little old man who lives somewhere in the basement--he
burns logs from the yard in a random guess as to how
warm the thermostat is set.

Said discussion was accompanied by a lively rendition
of The Star Spangled Banner, played by our daughter.

On the kazoo.

Welcome to my world.

What's happening with you this Thursday?