Saturday, September 24, 2011

You'll Never Guess......

You'll never guess what the leaves are made from in this little wreath!!! Plastic packaging!! Yup! You know the kind of stuff that your Tim Holtz dies and Ranger products as well as a gazillion other things come in. I save the large pieces (mostly fronts and backs). I saw this done on a blog last year but now can't remember whose it was but it was definitely not an original idea of mine. I used Tim Holtz leaves die to cut about 40 leaves out. Then use your heat gun and shape each leaf however you want. They soften with the heat but then firm up almost immediately, so work quickly. Then you sponge them with alcohol inks in fall colors and also had metallic paints in gold, copper, green etc. Then glue them to a large circle of chipboard, add your berries and ribbon in the center. And don't forget a ribbon hanger. Be sure to enlarge the pictures by clicking to see the leaves up close. Have a great weekend!

Halloween Hoot!

This cute little owl was a dollar stamp from Jo Ann's. I made a rosette using two 4" strips of DP and scored at every 1/2". Then I mounted the circular piece on a Spellbinders large pennant die cut and added a ribbon for hanging. The image was gussied up with Stickles.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Another Inkalicious Project

This next project is done using a very old chipboard book I've had sitting around for a couple years. I believe it was by Maya Road and I chose to use it vertically rather than horizontally. Again on this project I used the TH Distress Stains and I can't say enough about how wonderful these are for quick coverage. This project is also all about ART.....there are some really funny sayings from Wendy Vecchi stamps on this one. The top page with the EK Success rolled flower and the glitter wings is just so pretty. The glitter on these wings really sparkles brightly. I used a new glitter from Donna Salazar called Fairy Dust and the color is Mixed Berries. It is sooo fine and just sparkles like diamonds. The last long page uses a flower pot from Art Parts and some grungepaper swirls for stems and leaves. All the flowers were handmade and they're all different. My favorite saying on here is "Art is therapeutic and thus it should be tax deductible." Do you agree? I sure do! Anyway I have showed you most but not all of the pages just to give you some idea of what this little mini book is all about. Enjoy!

Happy Fall Y'All!

This is my favorite time of the year and I seem to have more energy and am finally feeling like I'm putting this go round with bronchitis behind me. I have a couple of exciting projects to share with you today. The first is the project shown on the cover of Wendy Vecchi's new book. It's done with her product Art Parts and mostly all Wendy and Tim Holtz products. I didn't have every piece of Art Parts that she used so I improvised and am very happy with the results. This project was soooo much fun to do and didn't take as long as I thought. The new Tim Holtz Distress Stains are a blast. You can cover a large piece with ink in no time at all with them and the colors are luscious. This piece is all about ART! All the little sayings involved deal with art and inspiration. I hope you can click on the picture and get a good look at the rubber stamp sayings that were used. Enjoy and I hope be inspired!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Fall is Here

The last few days here in Maryland have been gorgeous. Sunny most of the time and deliciously cool temperatures. Today I worked on a few Tim Holtz tags. The images are from last year's impressions folders and the pumpkins are a Sixxix die. I used a TH bird and a MS chandelier and added a sentiment and tag to each. Used Wild Honey Distress Ink sponged on the tag first and then Walnut Stain after the embossing was done. Simple and easy! Hope this finds you enjoying the weather in your part of the world!

Friday, September 9, 2011

A Little Fall Treat.........

This is a sweet little witches shoe card that I ran across initially on Pinterest. Following the link I came to a blog called the Craft Spot. Here is the link: Just scroll down and you will see some lovely pictures and a nice tutorial on how to make this. Be sure to click on the picture to see it up close. It's actually a card and Kimberly tells you how to do this. The ribbon I used is plain Snug Hug seam binding in cream and I sprayed it on my craft mat with Perfect Pearls Mist Copper. So easy to make custom colored seam binding ribbon. Also, forgot to say that the pattern for this is from the Happy Haunting Cricut cartridge. This was a fun project and I hope you will try it.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Have been out of commission from a nasty case of bronchitis. Just finished my second course of antibiotics. Hubby had it too so it's been quite the contagious place to be here. Hopefully I will be able to get back to my creative work soon.