Friday, May 27, 2016

Dream Big

Bo Bunny Dream Big Banner is finished!


 After all the fussy cutting dried, I searched out some real scrabble letters to use, as well as scraps of lace from Prima as well as the stash.

For ease of assembly I just stapled elements on. Very fast and works just fine. I dug out the rosette dye folded some quick trims up.
 Had to hang it on the wall to photograph. Might add some more ribbons and bits to it yet. This was a fun project with beautiful papers.

Thanks Pinterest for the funnies

Friday, May 20, 2016

Banner Time with Bo Bunny

With all the sunshine, it has been almost impossible to take it inside to play. I finally took some time to start a new Banner.
Select the large balloon stamp. Use the ink of your choice. I used a black so I could see the outlines well. I stamped several balloons.

Next I fussy cut them all, removing the string image from the edges as well as the flag from the top.
Fold each balloon in half lengthwise. I used 4 stamped images for each balloon. Next carefully glue all but one matching side together. Trim up the place where they meet for smooth lines.
String a jewel on a thin piece of string, cut long enough to loop the top {for hanging} and lay inside the opening you left. Securely glue together. Now you have a 3-D banner embellishment.
If you want to use this on a scrapbook page, simply cut one balloon fold in half and secure along the spine to existing pattern on paper.
 'Beautiful Dreamer' by Bo Bunny was a perfect inspiration for this project.
Check in next Friday for the finished 
'Dream Big' banner
Thank you Pinterest for this image

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.