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.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Spicks and Specks

I think I have a bit of Spring Fever. Haven't been getting much done in my Happy Place. So, here are a few odd things I have been playing around with:

A Paper clip embellishment. This is a super large clip. The fairy is a die cut mounted to a tissue collage background. A couple of flowers and some bits of ribbon and fibre. Easy and fast.
A kit creation from 'Karla's Cottage'

This sweet darlings hands then and now....
22 years plus later...I will always love those fingers

Friday, April 20, 2018

A Little Mermaid in a Shoe

 Sometimes I make things just for fun.
This is a tiny plastic shoe from a $$ store. Stuffed with craft moss and pinned sequins with beads. The Mermaid and Seahorse is Jane Davenport stamped and fussy cut. Bo Bunny laser cut clock and bits from the stash.
Thanks Pinterest and Pinners

Friday, April 13, 2018

Henna Ink

Photo is ATC  using butterfly stamp, done with G 45 paper cut-outs
embellished with craft feathers.
Hero Arts has Henna Inks, They are safe for most to use for body art. I however am a paper art type player.
This is a new product for me, so I like to play around with different stamps on scraps of paper. The ink initially stamps very clear and clean. Above is stamped on tissue then spritzed. 
I was experimenting on home made type paper. In the photo above the right hand is the initial stamp, spritzed with water. The colors started to separate in an interesting way. I then looked at the back side and you can see it bled through the most amazing aqua color. Gives a fun watercolor effect. 

Soon little kitty, soon....

Friday, April 6, 2018

Envelope Art

Getting ready for a big swap out. Thought I would add some interest to the envelopes.

As a precaution, I added a strip of plastic under the glue, so they wouldn't stick together if they got too damp.
Then it was 3 colors of spray and a template I liked. Easy and quick.
 I like to use the overspray as well. The photo below illustrates both looks.

I fit some smaller ones in as well.

 Then I did the edges of the notecards as well.
They look nice for the most part. Use your felts or ink pens to touch up the ones that need a little more definition. Have fun and protect your work surface before your start spraying.
Spray on translucent paper and make this!
But why stop there.....This is what we really want to do... to find a ridiculously cute child to model