Friday, July 13, 2018

Halloween in July

62 ATC's for a Halloween Swap. It has been a process. I used a lot of bits from the stash. I dug deep into the tiny bits I just couldn't throw away. Even got out the Cricut for some of the images. {Had to relearn the use good sturdy paper in your cricut.} Otherwise you end up with a sticky sheet full of tufts of black.

Some were similar, but I tried to stay away from cookie cutter sets.


Friday, June 22, 2018

Summer Time and the Living is Easy

ATC swap time 
Front and back view

This months theme hosted by 'Me' was:
Flash back to the 60's,'Hippy' generation, get on the Peace Train. Think tricked out VW Van, Peace signs, FlowerChild...
This photo was nabbed on a trip to town last week.
This just makes me smile every time I look at it.
Another ATC monthly swap 'Houses'
Interesting tidbit about Cat Stevens hit 'Morning Has Broken' This song is actually a very old Hymn. First published in 1931, by Eleanor Farjeon, although she is given credit for writing the lyrics, it has been suggested that its origins go back to the 16th century, possibly as early as 14th century. 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Decorative Frame upcycle

Purchased this frame as you can see, on sale! My favourite way to get things.
I used Prima 'Zella Teal' paper to cut up and fill the squares. The center square is the matching 4 x 5 journaling card pack. Inked the edges with 'weathered wood' TH distress ink. The squares are secured with double sided tape.
Pinterest for a rainy day!

Friday, June 1, 2018

Bits and Pieces

Another ATC from last weeks backgrounds.
 Dug through the scrap pile then fussy cut Washi tape and layered over.
Cluster Embellishments for Paper Traders challenge swap
I know, very little paper on these, more of a mixed collection of bits and pieces.
Time for a Road Trip?


Friday, May 25, 2018


So, I sew. This time of year I get a lot of work {pro-bono I might add} altering, fixing, hemming wedding and bridesmaid dresses. The embellishment above was actually made from the pieces off of the hem. I loved the color of this fabric scrap. I just couldn't bring myself to toss them.
 So, I added in a row of lace then gathered them all together. Adhered them to a gluber circle, added a center jewel and a bit of ribbon. This was the result.

Finished ATC's from the Dendritic experiments. Initially I was not satisfied with the results. So, I went at it again with a contrasting black. Then I was well enough pleased with the resulting backgrounds.


Friday, May 11, 2018


Every once in a lot of photos you will find you have some that are special. So special, that you will want to scrap, and re-scrapbook them.
I have done several sized and different pages of these same photos. The girls were so little. If I my memory is true, they might be among the first 10 layouts I ever did.
Love my tiny witch and butterfly.
P.S. I made the outfits as well.  
Love this Steam Punk paper
by Ella & Viv Paper Company
Instead of using the front of the layout for journaling. I chose to add a slip to the back.

Steam punk fun from Pinterest

Friday, May 4, 2018

Something Borrowed....

Something Blue, but its not what you think!
A new technique to play with, 'DENDRICIT' painting.
This one was a an accidental press that is kind of amazing!
The Dendritic process is relatively simple

 Place daubs of paint on a flat firm surface, then sandwich with another flat smooth surface, press hard and steady, do not wiggle side to side.
When you pull them apart, the result is always a unique pattern from the paint.
Smash the plates together firmly, then separate. Above is the separated pieces. Each side will give you very unique print patterns.
Then you pick up the paint by pressing a piece of paper or whatever you wish to transfer onto, into the fresh paint.
This was a fun process to play around with, see my notes below about the learning curve.
1.) You absolutely have to use firm flat surfaces. {I tried it with one flat and a splatter sheet, results were smudgy, don't waste your time} Most of the tutorials, I borrowed the idea from call for glass. I used, as you can see, two flat sheets of acrylic {clean cuttlebug plates LOL, wash them immediately after you finish printing. Wet wipes work for quick clean in between color switches}
2.) The first print off was my least favourite, the second and third ones off the same ink blots were the best. {Don't use your best paper for the first off print}
3.) Press firmly, do not wiggle or allow the plates to slide. Separate carefully, they do stick together.
4.)Have your paper pre cut and ready to use, the paint does dry quickly
5.) Google some videos, this is just my fooling around attempts. There are so many masters at this process out there. Worth seeing for sure. My try with alcohol ink was a disaster. I will work on that some more. H

HAVE fun and send me a link with your attempts, I would love to see them!
Dendritic is a naturally occurring phenomenon of nature:
Thanks to my friend Marilyn from
Paper Traders Art Group for this terrific art prompt.