Saturday, July 12, 2014

Upcycle Window ECT...

Here in central Alberta, we have had some very nice sunny day's. Just perfect for painting and tackling the garage projects. 
Here is the started reworked old window frame.  Doesn't look like much, but it is a work in progress. I have been happily digging through the piles of rusty bits of this and that. The center piece is from an old camp stove that was my Dad's. Love the rusty patina. So far , at a 50" x 28" frame and  weighing in at about 35 lbs. I haven't figured out the how or where it will eventually sit. I am feeling pretty happy to finally be tackling the stacks of reclaimable items, my magpie eye has to keep.

..Not done yet....well that's the story of my creative life. In fact I might request that epitaph on my tombstone..."She's Gone...but She's Not Done Yet !!"

I have also been playing over at 'Paper Traders' {when the computer lets me, UGG hopefully a new one soon} Anyhow here are a few of my latest samples for trading:
Round Robin ATC's- still time to join this one, These are my backgrounds, to be sent on to 4 other players, then the final receiver keeps them.
 Monthly Themed ATC Speed Swap
current speed swap- still time to join the theme is to use a seed packet on your ATC;s
Last months swap- Theme Wabi Sabi

Other swaps:

 Fairy Tale page swap. Hosted by Moi' 
 Everyone made a page, sent it to me, then I bound them and sent them back. Really gorgeous art work by our members from around the world.

Have a great summer, and keep smiling and creating.

Monday, July 7, 2014


7 Years in a 25 year history
Happy Anniversary Dear

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Hemingway's Beach

 This pier was seriously the longest pier I have ever been on. It looked great from a distance, but could have used some upkeep. Gorgeous water. 

Thanks to Eliza at Scribbles & Giggles for having this paper in stock!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Three Weddings and

Looks like we are in for a busy 6 weeks. Three family weddings to attend in that time period. These day's it is most practical to give a gift card or just cold hard cash. I decided I would just bite into the task of making the cards. Three makes it somehow more worthwhile for me.

Read more details at Scrapbookers Paradise

How much money do you gift the couple with?
They are all nieces so very close family.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Fathers Day

Hidden journal behind large photo. Lots of metal bits , charms
and even some solder splatter from a home improvement project. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Hello new and old friends. Its time to get back to some real blogging.
Hi Julia, thanks for hosting organizing and entertaining at the Stamping Ground
The spare table in the kitchen is loaded with old receipts,as well as notes in my fathers hand. Some even going back to the 50's.
My Mom had them set for the burn pile. I was at first just going to sort through and grab some random signatures, old stamps etc. for scrapbooking.
I couldn't stop there. Some are very interesting to read. I am compiling a group to sandwich into books for the children. I am sorting according to birth dates. Kind of a 'this is how much things cost on the day you were born.' Please feel free to let me know what YOU might do with the stacks of paper and hand written tax related notes I have rescued. 
 I am using an old rusty trunk for the covers:
 It can not be recovered as is so
 I am stripping off book size portions
 Gotta LOVE those handles I will be adding bits of rusty 'other' things I have picked last year. Does anyone have any idea as to the kind of glue I can use on rusty metal?
It is a huge project. But, I never do things by half hearted effort. LOL Wish me luck and please comment, I am open to ideas???

 I am hooking up with an old bloggy friend 'Julia' who hosts a weekly
 What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday?. You can read all about it and link up HERE
What are YOU working on this week?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Art Journal Background

No secret here I love to get my hands in the inks. Art journaling is a way to feed my muse. Most of the time, I have just a vague plan. So, here goes:
 Gather your journal items~ Good heavy art journal paper, spray inks, I used dylusions as well as other spray colors stencil template's, a brick texture stamp. A roll of paper towel love that 'This Old House' stamp
Spray your color choices randomly, Dry thoroughly. Spray a stencil {this one was the aspen trees} with water. Press it water side down over the color background. Allow it to sit for  a bit so the water can disolve some of the ink. Wipe your entire roll of paper towel over everything, then remove stencil. {if you have never done this, you will love it}

Note this stamp was much larger than I wanted to use, so I masked off the lower portion of the house with a sticky note. Then as shown in the diagram below. I used black Chalk paint on the stamp. Working quickly I then stamped the areas I wanted to have an intense black color.
 Make sure and wash your stamps immediately after using. Even spraying an area of your craft mat with water as a temporary holding area till you can scrub them.
This is a pan view of the desk area, you can see I placed a placebo photo with scrap paper to mark the space for the eventual photo. This is the test run for a mini book I will be making with the 'Playhouse' photos.