Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Here's a few ideas to use your supply stash to make your home or gifts look festive for the season:
Arrangement tags and beaded candle (Top Photo)--I "arranged" purchased silk flower bushes from the craft store. If you buy the flowers already clustered it's really a matter of putting foam in vase and sticking them in. Next I filled in the base of the arrangement with orange ribbon to cover gaps. Then tied brown and orange ribbon around the neck of the base before hanging two Crafty Secrets tags on tiny ribbons to dangle there. Tags shown better in next close up photo. TIP: Use a great vase like this handmade pottery one. Naturally, my vase was $2.00 at the thrift store. -grin-
The candle is one I want to burn while having dinner guests so it is unscented (read cheaper to buy). I placed in a simple brass holder made for a wider candle and surrounded the base with beads. I strung more beads on a wire and wrapped the candle with it. Attach the wire with fall colored or gold mini-brads. They look pretty and work great.
Flamingo for Fall (third photo down)--Naturally I love my Florida Flamingos so I had to decorate one for fall that will go on our screen porch table. Use Crafty Secrets cut out or other paper art and wire to make a sign hanging with wire from the neck of your animal. I added a Spellbinder's pumpkin die cut and gem stone to the cut out. Tie an orange bow around the neck of the animal to finish it off. This technique works great with lawn ornaments and any animal figure you have around the house. Try it and you'll be chuckling all day.
Wine gift box with tag (bottom photo)--Unlike the first three projects that I made today, this one was made last year so some of you may have seen it. I purchased a great wine gift box and filled it with a nice bottle. Then I used ribbon bow and a silk flower on the handle. The gift tag was made with a plain Avery tag decorated with a Stampington stamp and the rose die cut from Spellbinders. This is the perfect hostess gift for fall and I used mine for a fall anniversary present.
All of these projects involve taking store-bought items and adding handmade touches. Think of it as "altered crafting." You may not have time to create everything from scratch--but you can add festive touches in just a few moments.
These projects are dedicated to my incredible mother who always changed the decor for every season and added special touches for guests. My version of things may not be as exquisite as hers--but I honor and appreciate her all the same. Thanks Mom!
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Am I behind the times or ahead of the times? It feels like both from my perspective. I used to do digital scrapping in the late 90's and even taught a class or two on the topic. When it came back into fashion, I didn't think I wanted one more thing to tie me to the computer. My carpal tunnel is bad enough now (in both wrists).
Spellbinders got me started on it again when the introduced digital packages that coordinated with their dies. It's a brilliant move on their part to combine die cuts and digital for hybrid scrapping--but they've been unable to publish new kits frequently and I'm no longer infatuated with their digital line. The concept however, has stuck and made me very happy. I published my Bruce layout here using their dies and some free digital downloads in August.
I'm considering doing my October gallery with hybrid projects so I don't want to spoil it with more photos too soon--but I've got some cute stuff to show you. Today's photos are projects using digital elements from Designer Digital Art Deco Collection. I have absolutely no affiliation with this company other than liking their products. They offer kits or individual parts and pieces which works well for me. The other great thing about this company is that they have free downloads every week and they have discounts every Thursday. Brilliant marketing --in my judgement.
I still consider myself a photo shop novice, so if it I'm using the wrong terminology here, please correct me. I will say if you are intimidated by digital scrapping, I certainly understand. To me it is like re-learning everything. However, once you get it going, it's really fast and so easy to change. I'm not ready to stop anytime soon.
AWESOME: 2 page layout using Art Deco Elements from Designer Digital and my photos from our trip to Wonder Works in Orlando before the shuttle launch. As of now this is a pure digital layout, but I haven't printed it yet--once I print I usually want to add flourishes from my studio. I'll post again if I do.
THANKS for reading and for all the great emails I've gotten. Please visit my newly revised web site--I'm still making updates regularly and I'd love to have your input.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
The new web site has launched and I'm so excited!
I've paired down many items and made room to make frequent updates easy and fun. Whew!
From the main index (home page) to the articles and bio--everything has a fresh new look. I disabled a lot of links that may reappear at other times, but I have the time now to add and subtract. My articles and the gallery get the most attention so that's where I'm focusing first.
The September gallery is all about circles. I've mentioned these recently and shown some of the pieces in the blog, but you'll see new ones as well. The journal pictured here is a "blog bonus" not in the gallery. I made it to be my wedding planner and log. I like the colors of turquoise, pink, and brown too, but since we are leaning toward marrying in a vineyard, I may change those.
The October gallery will be up in two weeks. I still haven't decided on a theme, but I think it will include some topics that I will be teaching soon on My Creative Classroom.com. That's right I'm teaching again and you can come to my classes no matter where you live! I've had so many kind requests to come teach in areas that are just tricky for me with traveling and I'm so excited that I can get back in saddle again with an online classroom. Be sure and use the link above to get started with the mailing list at MCC and stay in touch with requests for topics.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
After picking up my materials from Lynn's house, I went home and thought I'd have some good scrap therapy to aid in regaining my strength. I sat down and went through the fun papers and embellishments and turned to page 8 in the book to check out the sample by Debra Jennis. It was simple and brilliant.
Now I usually admire all the sample pages, I just like to give them a little twist. This time, I pushed myself to just make the sample and I'm so pleased with the results. I have a few tiny variations because I cut wrong and my photos fit flowers better on different sides, but for the most part--I stuck to the plan.
And now the rest of the confession....When I sat down with the fabulous (as always) Pine Cone Press book--I was drawn to the layout on page 9 first. I just love how designer Alcia Ackerman Grimm used one photo and white pen doodling lines on this one. Plus those great chipboard flowers similar to the ones we got in the kit from Scrapworks. So, before making my strictly "by the book" spread, I created this one as a warm up:
Sunday, September 2, 2007
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Sunday, May 20, 2007
Here's me with the kids at Jupiter Beach Park. They allow dogs anywhere there is no life guard. Henry took the pups in the water and we had a lovely picnic lunch overlooking the ocean. I made friend chicken sandwiches....I love picnics.
Then we took a road trip to Miami to see Cesar Milan. Cesar is the Dog Whisperer. He has an amazing gift with canines and a show on National Geographic channel. We don't even get that channel, but Henry's brother Jeff does and he taped some shows for us and got us very interested. Jeff and his wife even bought a dog after watching--a too cute Chihuahua named Sundance. If you read this Jeff, call and let us know what Cesar told us about your dog....
We drove over an hour to Miami with the dogs in the back and me sitting up front sipping Ginger Ale and Gatorade. When we arrived, the line was around the building and growing rapidly. They numbered people by cluster and we were cluster 156. Henry dropped me off to save a place and went to park with the dogs. I'm standing in line, looking at all the other dogs and chatting with folks near me when I hear keening howls and barks and general dog mayhem. When I look back, sure enough, there's my dogs howling and growling their way to our place in the line....A guy about 5 people back yells, "Hey buddy, take those dogs to the front of the line--they need Cesar far more than we do!" Embarrassing.
We coaxed and scolded until they finally adjusted to being around all these animals and all the kids in line were soon petting them and giving them water. Finally, after two hours, we were led into the store for our 2 minutes with Cesar. He was kind and congenial and really worth the wait. He didn't ask my dogs to be on the show, which I take as a good sign....
The next photos are from our adventure with Cesar in Miami. Upcoming posts will feature art I made for Mother's day (two mini albums), prep for Christmas creations, and some training opportunities. Thanks for checking in!
Friday, May 4, 2007
Monday, April 30, 2007
I've got to get this stuff on the web site. Today you can have a sneak peak of a layout I recently finished. Check the web site later for the companion page. I did this with my April Pinecone Press kit. Love the bright colors that I probably wouldn't have picked otherwise.....
Proof positive that I will post unflattering photos....Sir Henry and I got a coupon in the mail for free bowling so we went and checked out Greenacres Bowling alley. It was fun. We learned that we are still terrible bowlers, but we also learned that there is still a place in our world for a sport that allows you to eat greasy food and drink beer while playing.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
In the Legacy Art Gallery there are four new links:
I've still got a long list of items to post and items to consolidate. I love the accomplished feeling from getting the project underway. There should be a new Suite 101 Article publishing this week too. To stay connected there check the link at the bottom of my blog or from my homepage
Saturday, April 7, 2007
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Now, about the web site. First, there are new card samples inspired by a tutorial on Split Coast Stampers. If you have time, check out the Split Coast gallery on samples too, they are all magnificent.