Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Halloween and Tea

Hi everyone!  I have another hodge podge post!  

One of my swap buddies, Michele - Nook And Cranny, came up with a wonderful idea of swapping altered book covers.  Halloween was the theme.  

The witch is what I created for Michele.  In my stash, I found this dour woman dressed in black.  She's the perfect witch.  I had an old book about witches, so I used the book cover from that book as my base and went from there!

This absolutely gorgeous creation is what Michele created for me!  The tears welled up when I opened the box.  This is such a beautiful keepsake that I will keep for ever!  I love everything about it and she must have read my mind that the Francis Ford Coppola version of Dracula is my favorite vampire movie of all time.  Who could resist the love story between the Count Dracula and Mina.......ahhhhh, so romantic!

The tag below is for last week's Tag Tuesday theme, Earth's Bounty.  Isn't the chipboard girl adorable?

This is the super awesome Autumn/Halloween pocket letter I received from my swap partner Suzanne Robertson.  I'm not sure if Suzanne has a blog, but we both belong to the Facebook group Altered Egos.  This is a super fun swap group, so check it out!

I also participated in Stephanie's (The Enchanted Rose) Tea Cup & Mug Exchange.  Stephanie hosts this exchange several times a year and it's one of my favorites!  If you are interested in exchanging a tea cup or mug, click on the link in this paragraph for more information about this fun event!  Below is the beautiful vintage tea cup I received from Trisha (American Honey Home).  I love the pretty pastel colors and flower inside of the cup.  She also made me these lovely autumn tags and included a wonderful mix of tea, which has already been sampled.  All were delicious!  Thanks again Trisha!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week my friends!

I'm linking this post up to Stephanie's The Enchanted Rose-Roses of Inspiration #40.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hodge Podge Post! Hi Pam! (Virginia Retro)

Hi everyone!  I definitely have a hodge podge post today!  I love Pam's (Virginia Retro)  hodge podge posts!  It's kind of fun to see all the different things someone has been up to!  Well, here goes!
I'm finally posting two tags I made for Tag Tuesday.  I encourage you to check out Tag Tuesday.  The admin. ladies come up with some really fun prompts.  It's a great way to get those creative juices flowing, especially if you're going through a creative slump and you (BONUS!) can use up some of that old stash that's been sitting around un-opened and collecting nothing but space and dust!
The theme for the tag below was "White Space."  I immediately thought of winter.  I repainted a white tag, applied Tim Holtz Clear Crackle Paint and while the tag was still wet, I sprinkled some Tim Holtz white distress glitter all over the tag.  I also ran some white cardstock and the tag through my Big Shot using the Tim Holtz Thinlits die called Winter Greens and a snowflake embossing folder.   I crackled and glittered the greens and a white paper flower also.   I added a white paper doily and a metal owl from an old broken necklace.

The theme for tag below was called "Something Old, Something New."  I really had to think about this theme, but that's the idea right?  I was in downtown Chicago for a meeting last week and whenever I have to go "downtown", I always think about what Chicago must of looked like in the old days.  I found an old State Street photo online and used a photo I took of State Street from a few years ago.  I painted the tag with Distress Stain, used a whole package of some old Basic Grey rubons (it feels great to get rid of old stuff!), a brick Hambly overlay and misc. ephemera and embellishments.

Below is a card I made for Lunagirl Moonbeams, September challenge "Fairies and Mermaids."  Karen hosts some really great challenges.  Again, like I said above, another great way to get those creative juices flowing!  The fairy image is from a Lunagirl collage sheet called Fairies #1. 

I'm sure going to miss Kimberly's (ArtJoyStuff) monthly atc swaps.  Kimberly, who is a wonderfully talented and genrous artist is leaving blogland, at least for awhile I hope, to pursue other adventures.  We're all going to miss you sweet Kimberly!  This atc theme is called "Dress Up."  The atc's below are the ones that I created.

These adorable atc's below are the ones that I received from (left to right) Jess (Two Mad Dahlias), Kimberly (ArtJoyStuff) and Alice (Yellow House Studio).

I made this card for a tea cup exchange hosted by the lovely and sweet Stephanie (The Enchanting Rose).  I love the tea/coffee cup exchange.  It's a favorite of mine and so much fun!  You can read more about the tea/coffee cup exchange by clicking on Stephanie's name above.

Halloween card.  I FINALLY used my Tim Holtz Stamp and Framelits set.  I love the result, but in my opinion, kind of a pain and takes a lot of time to do.  The results are really cool if you're into stamping and don't mind taking the time to run all of the dies through your machine.

The altered Mason Jar is what I created for a Facebook swap.  The Facebook group is called Altered Egos.  Tamie, who is the hostess has some really fun swaps coming up if you're looking for a swap to participate in.  If you're on Facebook, check Altered Egos out!

The mixed media canvas is from a Brave Girls Club kit.  All I'm going to say is that Brave Girls Club is changing how I look at myself and the world around me.  Signing up has been one of the best things I've done in 2015.  Brave Girl Camp is on my bucket list for sure! 

So, that about wraps up this post!  Long post and lots of photos, but time is just not on my side sometimes.  I'm hoping I can start posting more then once a week.  What am I thinking, I've been only posting twice a month.    I'm hoping to manage my time better!  Have a wonderfully creative rest of the week my friends! 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Tag Tuesday and ICAD

Hi everyone!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  Just a quick post regarding Tag Tuesday and Index Card A Day.  Sorry for the bad pictures.  I took them this morning.
This week's theme for Tag Tuesday is "I Remember When."  I remember fun-filled summer's as a child riding bikes with my siblings and friends.  We went everywhere on our bicycles!  Bicycles brings back wonderful memories!
Last week's Tag Tuesday theme was "Blues and Browns."  I, of course, thought vintage.
I'm still participating in Index Card A Day (ICAD) that was hosted by Daisy Yellow.  In addition to having lots of fun creating tags, I also love creating the index cards.  I'm not stopping until the entire blank pack of index cards is gone!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Completed Projects

Good afternoon!  I completed some projects over the weekend and I thought I would share!  As always, thanks to all of you wonderful people that come over to say hi and take the time to leave your wonderful comments!

Below is a card I completed for Lunagirl Moonbeams August challenge.  The August challenge theme was "Animals."

ICAD - Index Card A Day

ICAD - Index Card A Day

Tag Tuesday.  The theme that was 2 weeks ago was "Net." 

Tag Tuesday.  Last week's theme was "Jewelry."  I added a little bling to her hair, ears and dress.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

More Swaps & Challenges (Picture Heavy)

Hi friends!  I haven't been blogging much lately (I've truly missed visiting your blogs!).  I've been out of town and playing catch-up with household stuff before going back to work.  Below are some of the swaps and challenges I participated in before I left for vacation.  Thanks for coming over to say hi!
These are the atc's I made for Kimberly's (ArtJoyStuff) grunge atc swap.  I made an extra one for Kimberly.

These awesome grunge atc's are what I received back from the following talented ladies (left to right).  Maggie, Sylvia and Sherry.

Pocket letter I made for my swap partner.

Adorable Pocket letter I received from Kim Overkamp (no blog).

Four ICAD's (Index Card A Day)

Two weeks of tags I made for Tag Tuesday.



I found the cute charm in the middle of the canvas below at Hobby Lobby on clearance.  I couldn't pass it up for 99 cents!  I painted the canvas, glued the charm in the middle and added flowers and glitter.  It's just something cute to put in my craft room.

I'm a big Nikola Tesla fan.  I ordered a 4th of July tee shirt from an etsy shop named The Mighty Squirm and they sent along, with the tee, an awesome Tesla postcard.  I had to do something with it, so I made a tesla collage on a burlap panel.  It's another little creation for the craft room.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Lots of Stuff, Again....:)

Hi.  I haven't posted in awhile.  I've been busy with summer home projects that needed to be done, but I did have a little time at night to be a little creative.  

I also just wanted to say thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your nice comments!  

Tag Tuesday.  I'm behind with my tags but I'm now caught up.

Splashes, Drips and Dribbles.  I'm a fan of Nikola Tesla and when I created this tag I thought of science.  I found this awesome steampunk image of Tesla on Etsy.

Ooh La La.  Need I say More!

Photography.  I wanted to use a real photograph for this tag.  This is a photo of a Great Blue Heron that I took while I was at Everglades National Park.

Summer of Color 2015 week 6 (last week).  Orange + Orange + Blue.

Lunagirl Moonbeams Challenge:  RETRO SUMMERTIME

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Lunagirl Moonbeams Challenge and ICAD

Hello.  Just a quick post!  I participated in another fun challenge at LunaGirl Moonbeams.  This month's challenge was Marie Antoinette.  I created the card below and it's on it's way to an awesome blogger who's birthday is right around the corner!  Below the card is another nature themed ICAD (Index Card A Day).  Tete, my friend, here's another creepy image for ya! :)  There was a question regarding the index cards.  The index cards are the plain ole' 4X6 size that you can buy anywhere.  They can become a little flimsy if you ink or paint them, so you might want to tape two cards together.  Well, that's it for now!  I hope all of you have a wonderful and creative rest of the week!