"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." Anais Nin

Saturday, April 30, 2011

My Page for Let's Get Shabby Challenge #23

This is the beautiful photo for the challenge over at Let's Get Shabby.

Use these colours and some spots. 

This is my 12 x 12 scrap page for the challenge.  I clear embossed with a doily stamp, diamond and cheesecloth stamp, then inked over the page with cranberry crisp and cool caribbean from Stampin Up!  I also used distress embossing powder--broken china, but most of it is covered with the photo, you can see it just beside the word 'today'.  The large butterfly is one that I crochet.

Be sure to check out all the beautiful entries at Let's Get Shabby!

Thanks for stopping by and come again  :) 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Reflecting with my Tea on Tuesday

This is the reflection I see as I walk into my bedroom, makes me feel as though I'm entering from a beautiful garden---maybe in a faraway country or time---I love it, I'm such a dreamer  :) 

I'm still enjoying my morning coffee, reflecting on a wonderful Easter weekend spent with my kids  :)

Come and join the group at Kimmies http://artinredwagons.blogspot.com/


Monday, April 25, 2011

Paper Bag Card and Other Stuff :)

I went to a cardmaking evening with Friends and we all made a paper bag card.  

I'm quite pleased at how it turned out.  There's a tag to pull out and room in the back to add a little goodie   :)   Very easy to make, just fold the bag in half, creating the front 'pocket' for the tag.    

On to new things, here is a Word book I started last Fall.  And a new book from Close To My Heart--as is the lovely paper. 

Just had to show you my Mandevilla in bloom, there are a bunch of new buds coming  :)  It just kind of 'hung out' in the living room all winter and is now coming to life.

Another metal flower, love this one too.  Put the largest petal through the cuttlebug.  

And last but not least, three of the pets (one cat still sleeping) sharing a sunny spot this morning  :)


Thanks for stopping by for a visit  :)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Canvas Frame and Springtime Card

A canvas....to show my flowers. I pulled ink pads over, added sparkly modge podge, lace, my own flowers and leaves, small swirls of grunge paper, butterflies (from a lovely friend), pearls, lace and sheer ribbon.  The crown (walmart) which I added crystals and pearls, is glued on with crystal effects--hope it stays put  :)    **Forgot to add that I used rub-ons for the words.
Now, I played with the colour on this so it is a wee bit dark, but after doing it, your eyes go a little wonky :) so I left it alone.

Still playing with the Once Upon A Springtime paper pack---a lot of mileage out of a 9" x 9" pad.  Everyone seems to be cutting the flowers and fairies out, so I gave it a try too  :)  fiddley, but I sure like the results.  I added an acrylic window. 

Thanks for coming by to look  :)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Metal Flowers and Fabric Flowers

The fabric flowers are the ones I made last Tuesday.  I love making these things  :)

Then, here are some that I started about a year ago.  I put pins on the back so they could be worn.  

Then....I tried making metal ones  :)  Looooove these!  I found a tutorial an Artfully Yours (lovely blog),  here  http://yoursartfully.blogspot.com/2010/11/flower-powerday-1tattered-florals.html

Very easy to make.  The metal that I used is from Stampin Up!  It has a sticky back and next time I do them, I think I'll take off the paper backing and stick them to cardstock or printed paper (thinner) because as you work with them, the backing paper comes off. 

I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die, then painted with black acrylic paint, swiped it off right away leaving an antique look and when dry, added alcohol inks---check out the site above for easy peasy directions and more flowers, or come back here in a few days, I'll probably have more made--addictive, lol. 

This is what it looks like after cutting out.  I used only my stylus, a pen top to make the centers and my little tool from Stampin Up! to score the large flower--being careful not to go through the metal!  
You can see the 'half' daisy that I practiced on  :)

I'd like to add that these are fairly soft so I wouldn't use them on a card or album, but they would be awesome on a canvas!  And having said that, I'm just thinking that if I back them with other paper, they may be strong enough for a card, hmmmm....

Thanks for stopping by, come again  :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tea on Tuesday and Making Flowers

I'm up early and getting right to it today.  The sun is shining, it's going to be a lovely day!
My tea is acai berry, I love the colour and aroma!  Goes perfectly with making flowers.
I'll have to finish my buttered-up raison cinnamon bagel first  :)

I spent a wee bit of time yesterday, cuting these out, but it took almost an hour to curl the edges over the candle--but I was talking on the phone, love multi-tasking  :)
I think I'll use pearls on most of them but I got out a bunch of brads, my bead container, Mom's old button box and needle and thread.  I'll post the results when finished.
There are many sites and you-tube videos on making flowers. But I saw them on Gabrielle's blog  http://gabriellepollacco.blogspot.com/   She does a tutorial for them and does a beautiful job of using them on her scrap pages!

Join us for Tea on Tuesday over at Kimmies blog  http://artinredwagons.blogspot.com/

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Arch Book, My Dad's Side

This is the 'other' side of the Arch book, showing four more techniques.  I followed along with Roni over at Ink Stains blog--check my sidebar for the link. 

I have already changed a couple of things on my Mom's side of the book--nothing major.  Sometimes when you look at something for a bit, you realize this or that could be added or fixed up  :)   

On the page that says 'good times' I missed a step in the technique.  I realized, too late, that I had not used the waxed paper!  Oh well, I like the way it looks  :)  There is a little pull-out picture tucked in behind the other pictures.

On the rounded arch, we were to use a page of definitions, but not having that, I wrote some words.  I didn't add much more than the photos so as not to cover my words describing my Dad  :)  
If I were to do this page again (which I'm not), I would put a sunburst window at the top and put words in the angles.  


If you would like to see my Mom's side of this book, check this post:

Thanks for looking  :)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tea on Tuesday

It's been a busy weekend with my Son and Grandson here for a few days.  I love it when the kids come to visit--never long enough  :)

But I did get some paper time.

The state of  my table never changes, just the projects on it.  Do you see my cup in the corner---coffee this morning   :)  
I'm working on the 'other' side of my house book and the other tea book.  I love it when you can work on a few projects at a time--glue dries....

And this morning, a wee bit of snow!  I was actually planning on raking the grass because the snow was gone!  Now it will have to dry up a bit  :)

This is one tea book done and sent to a dear friend for her birthday.

On the inside back cover is a picture I took from a site offering free pics and I will add that site when I remember which one!  I changed the colour to add a bit of pink.

***note  :)  this image came from Graphics Fairy, here:  http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/2011/03/old-photo-postcard-5-beauties-profiles.html

Thanks for coming by and especially to all of you who leave lovely comments--Thank You  :)
Enjoy your day and if you would like to join others for Tuesday Tea or whatever your special drink is, hop over to Kimmies for the list  http://artinredwagons.blogspot.com/