Friday, April 29, 2016

Earth Day Junk Mail

In honor of Earth Day, I decided to have some fun with the Junk Mail that fills the mail box. I studied the bits and decided to go with several windowed envelopes and looked through the rest for interesting bits of graphic and texture.
First off I made shaker boxes with the windows. ( I used an old photo cut off as well as interesting bits from the stash). I used double sided tape to outline the shape. Then stacked the inside with the graphic and sequin type shakers before adhering the window back in place.
I grabbed a bird punch and did some border work to add a bit of fun. These are for an artistic fun swap group that I belong to. 'Paper Traders'. this call was for a 3 x 5 inch card.
these are 4 x 6 glue pages, they are seasonally themed and will be bound after the swap is complete. It will take a year to get the four seasons swapped out.
That postage stamp is from 1882!!! Awesome right?
One of the current swaps calls for using our oldest materials to make glue pages. These are some of my collages. The point of a glue page is to have it very flat. No 3-D embellishments. Just tear or cut and glue down.
This is a fun way to use up the wallpaper scraps and bits that accumulate.
Other Glue Book page HERE
Thanks to Pinterest for the fun ideas


Friday, April 22, 2016

Native Canadian Grandson

 My daughter sent me this IPhone photo when they were on an excursion to the Banff museum recently. Our Gabe, LOVES Native Canadian lore and ceremony. This winter he discovered he is part first nations. He told his mom he figured that must be true, because he was so good at snowshoeing.
I rooted through the stash, came up with a DCWV brilliant piece of paper. I wanted to keep it simple and have the headdress pop. For the headdress, I simply cut the feathers from a die, added in some real feathers, then stacked them all on a scrap of burlap. Everything here is from supplies I had just waiting for the right project. Love that kid so much!!

My mom's side is where the native heritage comes in. This is the sweet note she wrote for him when I sent her this photo.
Dearest Great grand son,
Gramma Pam sent me your picture in an Indian head dress you look so handsome.
Your nan has a picture of your Great grandfather in a whole Indian outfit along with his Peace pipe and his Indian friend who made him the complete outfit, I can see how you look like your Great grandfather 'Archie Albert Hamelin (EMBLAU) Born 13 March 1911, You can figure out how old he would have been this year.
I have a picture of myself in  a head dress of old  Buffalo Horns and my Indian friends called me 'Buffalo Woman'.
I wish we lived closer and I would take you to an 'Indian pow wow'  and to watch the fancy dancers from all different Reserves.
I can't tell you how proud I am of you because you are interested in your Indian heritage. I use to take Jasper and Dart to the pow wows on the Sunchild O'Chiese Reserve  before they were school age, Sometimes we all joined in a 'Round Dance' before going home.
I'll close for now and if there is anything that I can do to help you understand your Indian heritage just ask me.
Three years ago I went to a 'Fasting Indian naming and prayer ceremony' and they gave me a real Indian Name that means 'follows the sun' or 'walks with the day'. it is Ki sik ka pimo ta tak.
TTYL Lots of love Nan

Friday, April 15, 2016

Frugal Tutorial- Follow Me to

The Redwood Forest
More than a few years ago now we did a long road trip with the two youngest daughters. The Redwood Forest was such a beautiful place to visit. So quiet, majestic and it smells like cedar. The girls are young adults now.
 Love how little they were here.
I will return one day, to the forest. 
This is what I do when I want to extend my pattern paper. I decided to do this gatefold style. It literally took longer for the paint to dry and clean up than it did for me to make this
Choose a piece of cardstock the shade of the main color of your pattern paper, cut it in half to flank the main sheet. Next daub bits of corresponding color paint on your craft mat.
NOTE: I did add in black and mauve for the final strokes.
I took a small sponge, starting with the green, worked in long streaks echoing, but not trying to be too fussy, the shades that the edges will but up against.
This is fast, steaks, then daubs and highlights. Remember it will be mostly covered with your final elements anyhow. Have fun!
 The center photos flip up to reveal more pics

Friday, April 8, 2016

The Road less Traveled

This is the other side of last weeks Friday post paper. I did a double sided layout.
 This side opens up under the two photos to reveal the hidden journal. That is my sweet granddaughter who is set to graduate this year!! Where does the time go?
 I am wild about this magical paper pack from Reminisce.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Magic Snow Sparkles

This was very difficult to photograph. The snow and the lights were sparkly. I used a very fine stickles for an overall glitter effect. The trim along the top is a ribbon with beads from the stash. The photos were printed on plain photo paper, not glossy or matte. That enabled me to cut them out and fit them where I wanted to blend into the back ground. I loved the back of this paper so much that I made a layout on the back as well....but you have to wait for that one.
This from paper out of this beautiful paper pack
Fairy Forest
Available HERE

thanks Pinterest for the fun April Fools

Friday, March 25, 2016

Love Marquee

Nabbed this little 'V' light up box from
a sale bin. It was blank. I decorated it with one
sheet of paper, colored some wooden letters for
the inside, and DONE!!
 unlit above
Lit view, it really is a pretty little
bit of wall art. Enjoy your long weekend
my bloggy friends.
Thanks Pinterest for these Eggy Ideas


Friday, March 18, 2016

Kaiser Paper Pack

 Close up details
Preselect where the photo will go. Pencil just inside and decorate so you can mount the photo on top, when all the messy stuff is done. I used a Prima Chicken wire stencil will gesso and luminescent paint.
My two beautiful Grand Children
 and my friend, their Nan
Thank You  Pinterest
I used this paper pack available HERE