Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Altered Frame

I had a picture of one of my good friends who lost his battle to cancer a few years back...it was just on my fridge in one of those clear plastic magnetic frames... It kept falling off and falling off ...so I decided to make a special frame honoring my dear friend. He loved dogs and had an irish setter and a golden retriever so i thought this image from Webster's pages was perfect... I tried to make it very distressed and weathered... I feel like it could use some more detail but maybe not... I would love feedback...

Monday, July 18, 2011

Altered Dominos

These were created for another swap on "The Scrap Beach".. I signed up for a spot in all three groups.. Vintage, Feminine and Nature. Hope you enjoy... These were a pain in the butt! LOL.. Maybe if I hadn't signed up for all three groups it wouldn't have been such a pain... I mean 18 dominos to alter is A LOT! Oh well lesson learned.

Magic of Oz Bottlecaps

These are the bottlecaps I made for another swap on "The Scrap Beach" they are meant to go with the Mini pages we did for the 6x6 swap.

I wanted to create something different... I figured everyone would be using the same images from the G45 papers.. So I decided to combine some old Oz with the new... I found an image online of Dorothy and the rest of the gang from the original Wizard of Oz movie. So I fused their faces with the new paper line and waaa laa this is what I came up with.

To get this look from the bottlecaps I first flattened them using my cuttlebug.. (A platble, 2 B plates and I use a spellbinders rubber embossing mat) then I used black soot alcohol ink and changed them from silver to black. I then finished with antique gold rub n buff. On the tin man I sanded the bottlecap some to get some silver to show through. I punched holes in them with my crop o dile... then glued down the images. I used glossy accents to cover them and then added the jump rings and/or charms.

The background tag turned out soo cute.. I wish I would have made one for my own bottlecaps.. I used the same paper that I had cut the heads from for the bottlecaps. I then just positioned them back in place.. they look like bobble heads.. LOL.  The base of the tag is corrugated cardboard... I painted it black with Metallic black paint and then filled in the gaps by painting with Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst spray in Dark Chocolate Truffle. I love how it turned out.. its soo shimmery..yet grungy!

Overall I think they turned out pretty cool... I would love to know what you think.

Magic of Oz 6x6 page photos

I recently participated in a swap on "Tbe Scrap Beach" it was a 6x6 mini page swap using the new Graphic 45 Magic of Oz collection. Sooo much fun! I just love working with the G45 papers. I did a TON of fussy cutting for this page... On the Dorothy side I fussy cut all the little flowers and popped them up as well as Dorothy and they lion. I used Red stickles w/Glossy accents for Dorothy's shoes. The photo mat is a Spellbinders die... the floral doilie I believe. The Tin man side... I also did some fussy cutting... I did a heart photo mat in the pocket.. since the Tin man is hoping for a heart. I hand made the black flower using black seam binding and Tule. I scraplifted the technique from Rina (ScrapStress) it's her black swan flower... or does she call it the Rina Ballerina?? One of those.. LOL. I hope you like what I have created!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Another Steampunk ATC

I signed up for another steampunk ATC swap on Splitcoast stampers. For some reason when I do ATC's I can never do something simple. It ends up being this 25 step process!! Which that is fine if you are doing just ONE but SIX!! It just about killed me! LOL. But I am pleased with the outcome.

Technique: Base: heavy chipboard covered with a collage of different vintage book pages. I think distessed with Tim holtz distress inks, applied gesso, more distress inks, sprayed with Lindy's Starburst Sprays,(jumpin jivin purple and desert moon cactus gold) and then stamped a honeycomb stamp with gesso for texture, and then finally with staz on I stamped a vintage script across the top.

                The dressform was also just chipboard covered with vintage book pages, I then inked with vintage photo distress inks, and sprayed with Lindy's Starburst Spray in "Jumpin Jivin purple". The dressform was then ran through the cuttlebug using the gears embossing folder. I then lightly painted the dressform with black acrylic paint and topped with antique gold rub and buff.

The butterflies were also made from vintage book pages, I inked and sprayed them then covered with glossy accents and added really watch gears and parts. The flower was painted with metallic acrylic paint a technique I saw Rina (Scrapstress) do on you tube. I then again added watch parts.

Thats the quick version of what I did... If you have any questions... feel free to ask away!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Card for friend

I made this card the other day for a good friend. I was going for a masculine card and I think this fit the bill. I used Tim holtz stamps, Ranger alcohol inks, and some Tim Holtz gears. Its a very Tim Holtz kinda card. I scraplifted the design from a little idea sheet at michaels.

Photos..Bobunny Gabrielle 4x4 Swap

Here are some photos of my 4x4 page for a swap on "the scrap beach". The swap was using the Bobunny Gabrielle papers..

Altered Dog house frame

This is a little something I started and finished today.  I found this plain wood doghouse frame at Michaels for $1.99. I thought it would be cute altered for a picture of my little Shih Tzu Coco. Hope you like it.

Products used:  Folklife paint,crackle medium, Lindy stamp Gang Starburst spray ( cotton candy pink), recollections pearls, flowers, Iamroses -roses. Vintage lace.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Fabulous treat from Taffy!

I just recieved my altered cigar box from my swap partner Taffy... on the scrapbeach. OMG! She did such a wonderful job! She threw in sooo many extra goodies it was like Christmas. It was like the RAK's I see everyone get on YouTube. I was so suprised. I loved the goodies she handmade the most and mostly the box itself. Right now it is sitting on a table in my livingroom and looks perfect! What a fun swap! Thank you soo much Taffy for all the time and effort you put into my box, I love it! Now I just hope she likes mine...

Friday, March 18, 2011

New Card for swap...

Here is my take on "Vintage/Victorian" Theme Card swap on Splitcoaster's. I had alot of fun doing these. I found the image on the internet and just used stuff from my stash... I'm running out of lace!! I've used almost all of the lace I got from Jules so I'm gonna have to see if she has any for sale again. LOVE HER LACES!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New Swap Projects.

The card above was for a Fancy folds card swap. Very time consuming! I wanted to give it a shot since I had never made one... it was fun for the most part.

This easel card was also for a swap and very simple. This I could see making again for for a friend, whereas the tri shutter card.. not so much! LOL
My first Tim Holtz swivel clasp charm for a swap on the "the scrap beach".

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Altered Recipe card holder.

I had this ratty old box that my recipes were in. It was clear plastic and just looked blah and smuggy with fingerprints so I decided to spruce it up a bit. It looks much much better now!

Monkey Card Swap and Red white an Blue card swap

I just love this image of the monkey on a bicycle!
                                            Lots of Lindy's Stamp Gang on this card!!

Cards for Random SCS card swaps

G45 altered Canvas

New Pictures to share

I entered a Steampunk ATC swap on Splitcoasters and had soooo much fun doing these cards!

Monday, February 7, 2011

ATC's for Vintage PAT swap on SCS

I finished some new ATC's today. They were soo much fun to do because they were all different themes under the "vintage" category. I had to make one with vintage shoes, vintage phones, vintage children and vintage cereal boxes. The cereal box one i'm not too thrilled about but the others I just love. I used Graphic 45 papers for a couple and whatever else i could find.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Finished Card for swap

I finally finished another group of cards for the SCS "four legged friends" swap. I am happy with the way this one turned out. It has a nice vintage look to it. I didn't do a whole lot of coloring this time just a little. I used my copics of course. I used alot of LSG starburst sprays on the back ground of the card. So once again it is nice and shimmery.

Monday, January 31, 2011

My latest project

Today I thought I would work on an altered art project for my son. I decorated a letter "K" awhile back and had alot of fun so I decided to do a "D" for my son Damon. I used alot of vintage papers, Tim holtz products and kinda whatever I could find around the house. There is even a lego peice!!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

St Patricks Day card and ATC

Here are a couple things I have been working on. The ATC card is for a swap I am participating in, I'm not sure if I am done with it yet I feel like it still needs a little something more. hmmmmm. The other card was a digi image from The Greeting Farm that I colored with my copic markers.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Michaels is frustrating!!

So I went to my Michaels today. I picked up a few things, went to the cashier and asked if I could use my Mike's 50% off coupon and my Joann's 40% off coupon.  The cashier says "you can only use one coupon at a time" uhhhhhh what??? I said "since when?"  she told me it had always been that way, but over the holidays they bend the rules. Yet the other day I saw a woman use 3 40% off coupons at one time! I asked the cashier at that time how that was possible she said.."as long as they are from different stores,we honor it"  That was news to me. So as I left today I realized that one of my items didn't come up on sale so I got back in line with a different cashier she fixed the problem and then I asked about the coupons. She said as long as they are different %'s and from different stores its fine. I told her what the other cashier was saying. She then adjusted my total using my coupon that I didn't get to use in the first place. I ended up with an extra $11 in my pocket because I asked a different cashier. I'm thinkng Mike's needs to hold a staff meeting and get all its cashiers on the same page!!  Its sooo ridiculous! There shouldn't be any variance between cashiers! Sooo frustrating!

Thats all!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

My first Swap

So I finally decided to sign up for a card swap on Splitcoast stampers. I'm kinda hesitant to put my skills out there but I thought what the heck.. this might be fun. So now i just need to figure out how to post a picture of it on here and SCS. LOL.

Being home this long after 2 back surgeries has become soooo boring luckily I have this as an outlet. I really enjoy being able to incorporate a more artistic angle into the scrapbooking. Gone are the days of just cutting mats for your photos and buying stickers as your only embellishements.  The women on you tube and blogspot are such inspirations for me. I have learned soooo much from watching hours of tutorials! My favorites are Arlene, Bona, Laura (following the paper trail), Marion Smith, Jo, Rina, Yollibean... the list is long!! These women are soo talented and so kind to donate there time to help others learn from them!

Anyways.. enough babbling..  This card is for the swap and I hope they like it!

Friday, January 14, 2011


I finally got my blog design down! Boy was that a job! But I think its good for now. I added some of my favorite you tubers to my list of people to follow. Now I should just get some of my projects pictures up and it will feel offical. LOL. Talk to ya soon!