Friday, July 20, 2018

Project Share: Sea Tales

Hello there!  I should be packing for an upcoming trip, but instead have found myself sneaking away to my craft area to play.  Lately I've been loving this digital collage set from Gecko Galz called Midsummer Dreams.  The images are mesmerizing and remind me of exotic mermaids.

I had fun creating an altered pocket, cards and tags for this project.  I love creating pieces that can be used again elsewhere.. as book marks, gift tags or just left as a set tucked into a lovely vintage book like this one here "Water Babies" by Charles Kingsley.
List of the supplies I used:
Midsummer Dream Collage Images- Gecko Galz
K&Co Designer Papers
Hand Dyed Handmade Paper Bits
Tim Holtz Ideology Word Clippings
Tim Holtz Distressed Stain- Tumbled Glass
Tattered Angels Sprays
Flowers from Petaloo- Botanica Collection
Spellbinders October Die
Finnabair Dream Without Fear Stencil and Stamp
Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste
Sea Horse, Coin Stamp, Various Fibers & Seam Binding from my stash
Mermaid Charm from a vintage earring
Paperclip from Spare Parts
I'll be entering in the following challenges:

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Project Share: Happy Camper

Hello and thanks for stopping by!  This fun retro-summer themed card was inspired by a glam image from Gecko Galz and their current Retro-Summer Customer Challenge.

Crafty Particulars:  Kraft card base layered with Tim Holtz adhesive backed fabric, Jane Davenport mixed media cardstock, image from Gecko Galz, sentiments from internet and my campy sense of humor, die cuts from Recollections "Happy Camper" set,
enamel dots from DIY Shop

Also setting up camp in the following challenges:

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Project Share: Hello There!

Hello there crafty bloggers!  I needed a little dose of sunshine this week, so I crafted a little plaque to hang in my craft room.

I re-cycled a piece of foam board for the backing, and layered on a couple of designer papers and a die cut frame.  I opted for a cheerful sentiment stamp, and a handful of vintage buttons.

This cute image was a digi stamp from Fabrika Fantasy (Flower Elf) which I colored using Promarkers.  I added a bit of Fun Stampers Journey Glaze and some glitter for the accents on her dress and the little bee's wings.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to say hello!
Playing in the following challenges:

Friday, May 25, 2018

Project Share: Sometimes I'm the Rain, Sometimes I'm the Flower

Hi crafty friends! I'm back to share another project.  I decided I needed another little journal to jot down ideas, so instead of making a card, I opted to alter a small moleskine journal.

First I covered the front and back of the journal with lovely floral digital paper from Gecko Galz.  I'd been saving a grey satin ribbon for ages, so I used that on the binding along with some lace and pearl trim that was gifted to me.

The beautiful woman and Asian writing are also digital papers from Gecko Galz.  I smudged a bit of metallic gold gelato around the edge of the image, and backed it with some handmade torn paper and a bit of open weave yarn.  I used my vintage reproduction typewriter for the sentiment, which is typed on a torn tea bag, layered over the image.  The pretty butterfly was an impulse buy at Michaels.  Now who in their right mind doesn't need a box of pretty paper butterflies?!  I'm thinking of wearing them in my hair to the office next week :)

Lastly, a sprinkle of glimmery gold sequins to add just a touch of glittery sparkle.

So now I have a lovely little journal to jot down all my poetic thoughts and dreams... sigh.

Thanks for visiting me here, hope I gave you a laugh or at the very least maybe a smile.  I'll be playing in the following challenges:

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Project Share: Rain Song

With showers come the flowers right?  Especially if it's a nice spring rain!  This cute little card was fun to make, and I enjoyed keeping it in my customary neutral tones with a touch of vintage.

I went with light-grey cardstock and layered on the following supplies:

Pretty Things floral and wood cardstock by Juliana Kneipp
Vintage Burst Flowers from Fun Stampers Journey
Tea stained musical papers for accents and fussy cut umbrella
Sizzix Framelits Drop-Ins Stephanie Barnard 560147 for card shape
We R Memory Keepers Shape Dies Dainty Doily
FSJ stamp AT-0241 colored with Promarkers

Here's to always singing in the rain and enjoying the flowers!

I'm playing in the following challenges:

Friday, April 27, 2018

Project Share: Delightful

A small card I crafted, inspired by Aurora Wings recent challenge:  Black & White with or without a splash of color:
Supplies Used:
Aurora Wings Big Eyes "Pixie" digital image
DCWV Bella Armoire cardstock
FSJ black licorice cardstock
FSJ color splash water color paper
FSJ Journey glaze
Tim Holtz distress tool
Liquitex white acrylic paint
Lindy's Magicals (mountain)
Jane Davenport neutral watercolor (dove)
Table salt for mottling effect on watercolor
Jane Davenport moon & stars rub on
FSJ color silk in silver
Tim Holtz Idea-ology rosette trim
Tiny pearls, feather and paper flower from my stash
Sharing in the following challenges:

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Project Share: Magic is All Around Us

A bright jewel of a card complete with resting fairy and lots of jewel tones.  I apologize for the photos, it's raining and dark here at the moment.  I should have posted yesterday when weather was perfect!

Supplies Used:
Papers from DCWV Mariposa
Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ) Whipped Cream Cardstock
FSJ Fairy World stamp and sentiment
FSJ color splashes in lemon grass, blue lagoon
FSJ sparkle dust
FSJ journey glaze
Jane Davenport brights pallette
Fantasy Fiber in English Ivy from Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter
Alcohol markers:
Copics:  B00, E70, R00, RV34, V01, W3, YG11
Promarkers:  G817, G619
Royal Langnickel Azure:  RD6
Chameleon Color Tones:  NU4
Jeweled beaded stick pin from my stash

I'm playing in the following challenges:

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Project Share: Rusty Red Robins

This is a mixed media canvas where I had fun using some of my metal findings--or maybe I should say they found me, because literally the little box I stash them in came crashing down on me one night while I was using my heat gun.  The cord snagged the box, little metal pieces went flying, and as husband asked "what was THAT?  Is everything OK in there?" I replied so THAT's where I put them!  And so it started...Rusty Red Robins.

Supplies used:
Tim Holtz district market small burlap 6x6 canvas
TH Vintage Photo Distress stain
TH vintage die cut of robins
Fun Stampers Journey Twine Natural
Die cut rust colored foil coffee bag
Lace from WhimsyHollow Etsy
Manila tags and small round tag from Staples
Hand dyed/stained seam binding
TH Adirondack alcohol ink in butterscotch
Prima patina effect pastes in brass, mint-green and blue
Finnabair mica flakes
Liquitex natural sand medium
Liquitex acrylic paint in burnt umber
Tattered Angels glimmer spray:  autumn leaves
Shimmerz glimmer spray:  treasured hymn
Wendy Vechi embossing paste
Various metal findings
Rust (both natural and imitated with paints)
This was fun and I got to use a few things I had previously rusted in a "scientific" experiment involving metal and vinegar!  It was amazing how vibrantly colored the natural rust became when it dried (like on the manilla tags).  The rest was a combo of alcohol ink paints and sprays to get the rust effect.  I just had fun placing and gluing items down on the canvas and reviving my love of rusty things.

Sharing this project at:

A Vintage Journey Rusty-Crusty-April Challenge
Rhedds Creative Spirit Mixed Media Challenge
Hiding in My Craftroom Super Scraps Saturday
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Project Share: File Folder Pockets

I just completed a spring cleaning crafting project I'd like to share with you:  altered file folder pockets.  I got inspired watching a few You-Tubers recently, and got the idea to create my own folders using dollar store manilla file folders, paper goods and laces from my shop, as well as lovely designer papers from Prima.  These are the 12 x 12 papers from Prima's "Salvage District" line.  I bought them on mark-down month's ago at Hobby Lobby and they've been patiently waiting for me to use ever since.

  The vintage lovely ladies images came from   The focal point of the folder boasts a lovely botanical floral card which is mounted on handmade paper.  I also used linen flowers, creme colored leaves and embellished the back of the folder with a floral stencil and Lindy's spray in "whale watch blue."

These were fun to make, and would look lovely on anyone's desk.  I'm hoping mine will help keep me organized and offer a pretty place to file "craft-worthy" bits!

Basically you just cover a manilla folder with papers of your choosing and alter using papers, laces, flowers-- whatever you like!  The sides are sewn to create the pocket.  Such a great way to use up scraps which is always a good thing, and it offers the added perk of storing more of the like :)

I'm playing in this month's Frilly and Funkie Challenge over at

Updated to add that I won staff pick at Gecko Galz for this project!  Thanks so much Galz, you made my day :) !