Friday, August 19, 2022

Thank You fall 2022 CSM

Creative Scrapbooker Magazine Fall 2022 for picking up these two layouts featuring our oldest and youngest Grandchildren. WILD & Wild Thing
Side note: the sweater he is wearing in this photo was made for his mom when she was about the same age. 

Note: I colored the 'Max' figures on the pattern paper to match my sweet grandson's complexion. 

Note: I used a glass paste stained black to make the tree heart with the 'J' initial. The background is built on CSM 'Super Stock' white cardstock. I am so impressed with those heavy duty papers. 

This issue is full of colorful fall theme inspiration! Get your copy soon!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

The eye of an Eagle

I recently purchased this DEE-176 Eagle Die.
I really loved the swirly feathers. He is kind of severe looking. But I thought it would be fun to play with this. At the worst, I would just use the feather die cuts for a different application. 

I cut one out and mounted it to a fancy cut background. More or less configured how it is in the sample. Pretty serious stuff!! Then I was fooling around with the eyes. It is always a think game when the die don't come with cutting or assembly prompts. So, I had a few laying around. 
One of the spare eye's fell near the other eye. See the resulting tweak below. I think I like this wise eagle better with two eyes. He will be featured on a snarky card soon. I had fun with this on.

Thanks Pinterest for the funnies.

Friday, July 15, 2022

Junk Journal Part 3

See Part 1 HERE
See Part 2 HERE
I like them slightly tatty and mismatched
Lots of places to add more journaling or bits
And that's a WRAP

Friday, June 24, 2022

Flower Making Upcycle

 I bought  the Heartfelt Creations Flower making forms. 
I wasn't sure exactly how to use them, and watched a video once I had them in hand. I quickly realized I had not purchased all I might need to replicate their flowers.
The video of course, calls for the use of the matching die to cut the flower shapes. I did not have any of the matching die. So, I searched the stash for the flat flowers. The ones that you can still buy in bulk. I have quite a few from the early flat scrapbooking style pages. They worked!! It takes a bit of sorting to find a semi matching size. Then just pop them in spritz and through the machine to emboss. NOTE: I did cut the petals of the larger flowers so they would form better. I also wet a piece of handmade paper and ran it through. I then fussy cut it and made the tiny pink roses as shown above.  
The leaves were actually formed by first cutting larger flower petals off and placing them in the leaf press side. I do love this latest press. After they dry they can be scrunched and glued in sets of 3 or more to form the flowers. This was my first try. I will be playing more with adding stamen and color details. 

Things to try with real flowers:

Friday, June 17, 2022

Brad's and Eyelete challenge

This Challenge was issued by CSM VIP group #VilliageofInspiredPeople
Use brads, and eyelets on a project. 
These Steampunk papers from Stamperia lend themselves to this theme. 
But why stop at just brads? I also added laces to her boots and a layer of crinoline over her clothes.
For the hat I used eyelets then threaded a broken costume jewelry chain them it.
This guy too. I was delighted to find the large fabric colored brads that matched his outfit.
I don't have this layout finished yet. But will update when I do. 
Details, lace, metal bits 

Meanwhile in Alberta......

Friday, June 10, 2022

Halloween in June?...Why not?

I can do Halloween any time of the year !
These are samples from a set of '31', destine for a large swap. Each participant makes 31 ATC cards. Package and number them as assigned. Then mail them to a hostess. She sorts and mails each person back a complete set of 31. They will be opened daily starting October 1st.
This is a sampling, please note that the little girl Witch graphics are a -purchased digital- from the very talented artist  Molly Harrison

Here is a Curiosity Indeed. As you can see the stain reads, Vintage Photo Distress Stain.
Imagine my surprise when I went to use it and it is definitely a deep Moss Green. Distress Stain #TimHoltz, Ranger brand. I know for a fact that it was the real vintage photo brown at one time. So, check your Distress stains. I would be very interested to hear if this has happened to anyone else? I do love the green color and will continue to use it as a stain. I should mention that it has never been left in direct sunlight or subject to hot and cold temperature changes. It is over 10 years old. I wonder....  

Friday, June 3, 2022


This is an actual bird house with a back that will empty and everything.

I may treat it with something so I can hang it in a sheltered area outside.
This was easy to do, just wallpaper the outside. I used a wood glue to secure the paper. 
Flowers are from a fake bouquet, cut apart and hot glued in place.
NOTE: I made sure to fit the pattern around where the bird holes were.
I used Sara Signature, Enchanted Dreams paper pack to cover. 

This time of year, I always walk the lawn before I mow to search for Robin Egg discards. 
That blue color has to be the color I love the most!!