Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Word Art Wednesday and WOYWW!

This is the last layout in the atc sized, hand bound mini book.

Many thanks to Word Art Wednesday Challenge for the invitation
to guest design with them! If you have never played along, the only
requirement is your art includes an inspirational quote or text.

And here's my what's on your workdesk Wednesday, which you
may be able to tell is less scary than last week, as I was inspired to
do a little spring cleaning. And actually, I'm still at it, so it may
look even better than this by now! Don't worry, it won't stay that
way . . .

The "desk" in the living room is actually a bit worse, as things are
making their way back to their proper places:

Along with the spring cleaning, I'm packing up a box of goodies
to share with you, so watch out--a giveaway is in the works!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

spring fling rings

Do you ever stamp on fabric?

That adorable ladybug, she's from the Years Ago set at Blockheads.

While I have small collection of fabric ink pads, I really like
the idea of collecting a bunch of the VersaCraft fabric markers
to have on hand--you know, just color/stamp the image, and fill in.
The colors seem to get a little darker when you heat set them, and
they actually do last through lots of washings. This I found out
after making a set of baby onesies, which got washed many, many times!

The ring base is a big button, "threaded" with some wire twisted into
a ring.

That little starbird is sweet, and perfect for this
wearable art challenge . . .

You can see our wild plum tree blooming in the back, it's full
of bees buzzing like mad. That's the girl child's hand, she was
out working in her garden. Which is where I should be, too!

Friday, March 23, 2012

the best butter

Ever get a last minute idea for something? Alice In Wonderland
has always been a favorite of mine, so even when I don't get
to play at The Altered Alice, I lurk.

But today, I play! If I'd thought of this sooner, it would be more
elaborate, but the clock's a tickin' on this challenge!
(I'll skip the obvious "I'm late" allusion . . .)

Let's play here, too:
Guylou's Inimitability--monochromatic
Art Impressions--monochromatic

Thank you, Lynne!


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

100 Years of Us

It's time for a look back at Gingersnap Creations, and for
this challenge, it's a peek into the last century. As some
of you already know, I have lots of family photos and
information, so for this round, you probably aren't surprised
to find I've taken a look back at:

100 Years of Us.

I didn't go all the way back to 1900, but am starting
at 1908, when my Grandma Matdeline was born.

Each twinchie book represents a decade, and is made of
book pages, black cardstock cover, hymnal page spine,
and embellished with one of the tiny squares from Retro
Cafe Art's Assorted Collage Squares page.

All of these books fit into a canning jar that had
been my Grandma's. Not even close to being finished with
the "guts" of the books, but am looking forward to filling
them with memories.

One randomly drawn winner from this challenge (no, not me,
I can't play) will receive a lovely package from Retro Cafe
Arts, who is generously sponsoring this month at Gingersnap
Creations. AND for this last month of challenges, YOU pick
the Ginger Gems, so even if you've never had the chance to
join in, now is the time!

And have you tried Word Art Wednesday? How about What's On
Your Workdesk Wednesday? One post down, keep scrolling . . .
if you dare, it's pretty scary in there!


next-to-last layout! and a scary WOYWW . . .

(click photo to enlarge)

This is almost the end of the atc sized, hand bound mini book. The
Word Art Wednesday Challenge this week uses this quote from
1 Corinthians, but as always, you are invited to use any
inspirational text in your art to join in the challenge.

There isn't much left peeking through, but the background behind
the text is a background stamp from Rogue Redhead Designs, from
the Relish Reading plate. Collage images from Retro Cafe Arts,
the pages themselves constructed of black cardstock and various

NOW FOR THE SCARY STUFF. NOT for the faint of heart.

I've always wanted to play along with what's on your workdesk
, but honestly, my workdesk is always a mess, so I
thought I'd wait until it was somewhat tidier.

That day, I now realize, may never come. So, here in all its
geological layers of art supplies, is my "real" workdesk, complete
with all the childrens' stuff, too:

And here is the tray table my workdest migrates to in the
winter months:

To be fair, this one is stacked a little higher than usual, since
the girl child was tidying up the living room, and put all the
straying supplies here.

Will there be a spring cleaning? Maybe . . . now, if you'll
pardon me, instead of putting things away, I think I'll go look
at what's on YOUR workdesk--that sounds WAY more fun!


Sunday, March 18, 2012

book in progress . . .

The base is finished, and here is the first part
of the first layout:

Honeycomb/bee and flowers from the Honey Bees
set, but that single bee looking guy, he's from the Years Ago
set, and both are available at Blockheads.

More to come with this one.

Did you notice this in my sidebar?

width="159" height="189" align="left" border="0">

(If you can tell me how to fix that thing with the html
showing, um, yes, please, not sure what's up with that.)

Here's a few more details from the store site:
"Simply add our Blog Candy Banner to your side bar for a chance to win the free stamp of the week. The stamp changes each Sunday evening after winners are selected. For now we want you to have a roughly 1 in 10 chance of winning. So if we get 20 participants we'll select 2 names winners and if there are 30, we'll select 3."
(Well, okay, you need to add your name to the linky list on the blog page,
too. Blockheads has great products, but their psychic abilities aren't so hot.)

Pretty sweet, right? I'm pretty sure you can see how much I
rubber stamp love my Blockheads stamps . . .

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend, the weather here
is fabulous. Spring is definitely in the air!

Friday, March 16, 2012

BAD BUNNY, daffodils, and twinchies

Sometimes I see a collage image, and it "says" something
to me, know what I mean?


This naughty little sneakthief bunny is from Altered Pages;
the background text and sweet bird's nest are both available
at Blockheads
. Yes, yes, I keep using that bird's nest,
but you know how it is when you get a new stamp--well, it's
usually one of two ways with me. Either I can't put it down,
or it sits on the shelf for a year collecting dust . . .

Our daffodils are blooming!

There are different colors, and more are ready to bloom.

Received my twinchies from the Gingersnap Creations
Art Exchange, and they are fabulous:

"Glamour Post" from Peggy G, "Brothers" from Electra,
and "Girly girls" from Maria.

The pretty turquoise one is from Debi R., "Isabel"
from Sabrina, and "Such Happiness" from Gerri.

Aren't they gorgeous? Thank you for hostessing this
wonderful swap, Ali, and for all the awesome twinchies,

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Intense love . . .

. . . does not measure, it just gives.
--Mother Teresa

The Word Art Wednesday Challenge this week uses this quote
from Mother Teresa, but, as always, you are invited to use any
inspirational text in your art to join in the challenge, and any type
of artwork is welcome.

This is another layout from the atc sized, hand bound mini book.
It uses some vintage music, book pages, and an image from Altered
, plus tulle, crayons, and distress inks. Well, yes, and the
stars, and that light blue is acrylic paint.

Aren't those little angels sweet? The layout pic will enlarge for you
if you click on it, just in case you'd like a better look . . . there
were some lovely creations and a sweet prize for last week's challenge;
I hope you get the chance to play along this week!

Look what came in the mail--this sweet ray of Florida sunshine from
Diane, who makes the cutest wristlets--what a fun thing for someone
in Missouri to receive on a rainy day! Thank you, Diane!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Julie, here's the first one . . .

. . . but it's not in the mail yet!

This altered rolodex card was made for a swap with a friend--
she made the sheet music covered background, and sent it to me.
We're trying to keep these flat, as we each intend to eventually
fill a rolodex with altered cards.

The sweet bird's nest and egg are from the Vintage Illustrated
Birds set
, which is a perfect set for some springtime inspiration.
Yep, it's the same bird's nest and egg I used HERE.

My favorite part of this one is the French behind the bird, it's as if
he's singing "oui! oui! oui!"

Do you have any spring projects in the works??

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Grandma's photo album

Seriously, that IS my grandma's photo album in the background,
AND her camera! The album was given to her by two of the girls
in the photo I used in this piece.

As always, the pics enlarge if you click on them . . .

My grandma is the second on the left--check out her Mary
Pickford curls, aren't they wonderful? This was taken in 1925,
when she was 17 years old, the same year she was given the album
as a gift.

(Don't get me started, or I'll blather on about family stories,
blah blah blah, and your eyes will end up rolling to the back of
your head . . .)

Tell you what--instead, go make up a little vintage something
of your own, and join in the new Gingersnap Creations Grandma's
Photo Album challenge. Retro Cafe Arts is sponsoring this round,
and you can see I've used the Assorted Squares collage sheet--all
those inchies were perfect for this piece, as my grandma loved each
of the things represented in those images.

What's that you say? Is that some Basic Grey Lime Rickey paper there
in the background, that has been lurking and lingering in my stash?
Why yes, yes it is, thank you:
Vintage Page Designs use your designer paper stash
Basic Grey Challenges photo inspiration (colors)


If you're looking for the Word Art Wednesday Challenge piece, keep
going, you're almost there . . .

atc sized hand bound book layout

A big thank you the ladies at Word Art Wednesday for the invitation
to guest design this month! I'm working on finishing off the
atc sized hand bound book I constructed several months
ago, but only recently began filling with layouts using the lovely Word Art
texts provided there each week.

This week, the quote is from Mother Teresa--you don't have to
use the text provided, any inspirational quote you incorporate
into your art is welcome.

The papers are all various ephemera. In fact, that blue paper is
from an envelope that arrived from India, so that's a nice coincidence,
given the Mother Teresa quote! The lovely text background is from the
Years Ago set, and the bird's nest and egg are from the Vintage
Illustrated Birds set
, both available at Blockheads.

PS--Sorry about the bird's nest link, I got that fixed. Both of
those sets are in the 1/4 sheet, unmounted section. :)

Saturday, March 03, 2012

tiny twinchie nursery rhymes book set

Do you like nursery rhymes? Okay, I admit, it's another one
of my "things," I've always been fascinated by them.
Here is a three volume set of nursery rhymes . . .

they're all twinchie sized, which is 2 by 2 inches.
I don't know the name of the stamp, which is a cluster
of roses--sorry about that!

Tried to keep them fairly flat, plus there's not a lot of
room on each page, so the embellishments are minimal: ink,
Glitz patterned paper, bits of tulle, Altered Pages images,
German scrap.

And crayon--you know I pretty much have to use crayon
on EVERYTHING, right?

Will have more hand made books to share later this week . . .