Today is the day. The Moxie Fab World Blog is celebrating their 1st anniversary. I love the Moxie Fab World and visiti everyday. Cath Edvalson does such a great job getting everyone exciting and in the know on current trends. It's a very inspiring place to be. Congratulations to Cath and the Paper Crafts Team. If you haven't visited yet go, go now....
I haven't had much to say recently, I'm working on getting a new Etsy shop up and running. Trying to make up enough items to get it stocked. Working a full time job and just had a job interview for a part time job as well. I'm actually hoping I get that one, it's at Signed Sealed and Delivered, my favorite local scrapbook store. Only the most fabulous scrapbook store I've ever been to. There is so much eye candy there. Speaking of eye candy I've found a few blogs recently that I adore and wanted to share them.
The Graphics Fairy (I found her a while back but she does such a great job of sending us awesome free vintage graphics every single day that I had to share her blog again.) http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com
This is an album I made using Graphic 45 vintage style papers. I adore all of their products. I made the pattern for the dress and cut all the pieces out by hand. I love distressing especially with their papers. I just love how the ruffles on the paper "lace" at the arms and neckline turned out. I am entering this in to the Moxie Fab World Blog's Ruffles Challenge, check out the other entries as well as Cath's awesome blog here...
Here is a little guy I came up with while playing around with modeling paste. I made up several different characters and they started out as Artist Trading Cards, but I felt they needed a bit more atmosphere and the Moxie Fab World Blog Ruffles Challenge gave me the inspiration I needed to give him more. Check out the other great projects entered by visiting...
I've seen paper pillows made here and there on the web and I have never made one till now. It wasn't something I though I could wrap my head around (so to speak) but now that I've made one I know I will make more. They are a lot of fun and the result is a little piece of inspiration ready to be set anywhere for decoration. I made this one to enter into the Moxie Fab World Blog's Ruffles Challenge... please visit Cath's blog and check out the other entries as well, there are some really talented people there...
Well today is the day. Well.... Maybe. That the Zutter Bind-it-all folks will announce their new design team. It's no surprise to me really that they haven't been able to announce their choices yet, I'm sure they are probably buried under mountains of submissions from creative people all over. Just checked out their blog...
and their are some really anxious gals awaiting their decision, including myself I have to admit. Whoever wins I'm sure there will be some wonderful inspiration coming for that direction of the web. So go check out Zutter!
Cutting Above is a new show that will air on HSN Sept 24th. They also have a cool blog now at www.cuttingabove.blogspot.com You've got to check it out! They are giving away some pretty cool stuff over there!
This is a gift set I made using BoBunny products. The girl silhouette is my own design, hand drawn and cut out with my trusty Xacto knife. I took a pen apart and put the BoBunny paper inside. the notebook was a standard notebook with a BoBunny Sticker and some ribbon added. For a finishing touch I added real Swarovski Crystal Rhinestones all over the ribbons and on the front of the purse. Too Cute and way better in person.
I adore this witchy Halloween bag. It was a labor of love for me. I love vintage things that are tattered, well used and loved, and have an untold story. So when I found this antique doctor bag at a thrift store I was elated. It had definitely seen its better days, it has some rust, holes in the leather and was quite frumpy looking. I walked past it and when I came back to it someone else had it in their hands! Yikes! I waited patiently pretending to look at other things hoping they would put it down. Finaly they shrugged and put it down and as soon as they turned their back I pounced on it. I endured months of evil looks from my husband that said without words "Are you crazy woman? Why on Earth would you buy such a thing?" Well finally I decided what I wanted to do with it after going to CKC Tulsa and visiting the Tattered Angels booth. They have recently come out with some really cool vintage style Hallween products. As soon as I saw their stamps I knew immediately that my bag would become a Halloween themed masterpiece. (ok maybe masterpiece is stretching it a bit, you can't tell how much I love this can you?) I posted pics of it on my facebook and within 1 minute had two offers to buy it. Eat your heart out guys, this ones mine!
You know how they say "Take a picture, it'll last longer."? Well that's what this is, LOL.
Finally, after being buried for months and months with no time to do anything about it and having no room to create, I got my craft area organized. You couldn't even see the table top when I started. And I built the organizer to left out of an old cube shelving system with zip ties. I put badge I.D. clips in the top one to hold my stamps etc and the bottom cube is for paper storage. I can actually find things now that I want to create with! Now to get caught up on some swaps with bonuses for my partners for their most excellent patience.
I Just LOVE how well this layout turned out. This is a picture of my kids sitting on a 700 year old Oak tree (living) at the Audobon Zoo in New Orleans. The background paper was plain till I used Tattered Angels Peach and Kiwi Glimmer mist along with a glimmer screen in a swirl pattern. I used their Framed Font Alphabet chips sprayed with Tattered Leather Glimmer Mist and a little UTEE on that. The little butterflys were some metal charms that I laid down before spraying the peach Glimmer Mist and picked up after I was done, creating a mask.
Had a lot of fun adding all the layers, although I'm not a hundred percent sure I'm finished with this one. So..."if you are unsure about a page, add something!" that's my motto!
To celebrate the announcement of the new Tattered Angels design team tomorrow (God be with those sorting through entries) I would like to share one of my favorite Tattered Angels products. I have long been a lover of all things Turquoise and paired with the color brown it can't be beat so it's no wonder I have latched onto this shade of Glimmer Mist. I am in Heaven (with angels!) when I use this product. If you haven't tried glimmer mist yet I encourage you to do so. There are some really great video tutorials on their web site that you've just got to check out!
So I'm working on this altered book for the March/April 2010 Issue of Somerset Studios magazine, which will be themed Alice in Wonderland coinciding with the Tim Burton movie release (can't wait to see the movie, I love Tim Burton, oh and Johnny Depp!). I thought I would post a few pics of the beginning process...OK YES I am a little addicted to Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and Glimmer Screens. At this time I am still collecting ephemera to use in this book but so far so good.
Here are a few more pics from CKC Tulsa 2009. Me and Liz Hicks from Tattered Angels, I loved the Friends Album class, learned some great new techniques and had a great time get my hands dirty. Some pics from the Friday night crop, Lydia, myself, and Barbara. We had a great time.
I got up this morning and decided it was time to face my fears. I've been on a diet for a while now, it's been pretty slow going. I started out at a size 22 and went down to a size 16 pretty fast. I've been stuck on the sz 16 plateau for a while weighing in at the same point every time. We went on vacation over a week ago and I didn't stay on my diet and was dreading stepping back on the scale and was sure it was going to confirm my worst fear, that I had gained weight.
Today I am happy because I not only lost 6 pounds since my last weigh in, but I also broke my plateau weight! WOO-HOO! Haven't gone down another pant size yet but it will come. This has given me renewed strength to keep fighting. Yeah!
Well, we made it back from Biloxi. Had a great time, even though it was a twelve hour trip down there and back. We stopped at a lot of museums and aquariums, saw the ocean, went to the New Orleans Audubon Zoo, visited mom and John. On the way back home we stopped in Mt Ida and dug crystals at Gee & Dee Crystal mine. Found some nice big pieces an the kids came home with their own treasure (even a bunch of Mardi Gras beads as John walks in the parade with a walking club). Can't wait till next year. Now back to reality, school, work, school and more work.
So we are going on a vacation. Driving from NW Arkansas down to the Gulf of Mexico to see my mother in Biloxi MS. My husband and I will be driving down there, in a small car, with three children in the back seat. I've been making up games and creating bags for each child with activities they can do while we drive for two days with a few stops in between. I'm not sure if this is a smart idea or not but I think we'll have fun once we're out of the car. Wish us luck! LOL
Here is my card for the Bo Bunny Blog July Card Sketch Challenge. We were challenged to make a card using this sketch and a birthday theme. For my design I turned the sketch on end and worked from that. I included one of my hand drawn and hand cut sillouettes. Happy Birthday!
A cigar box purse inspired by Graphic 45 papers. I bought the cigar box off ebay over a year ago and was inspired by it's unique shape. I knew I wanted to make a purse out of it but wasn't sure what theme or design I would use until I saw these neat papers from Graphic 45. I covered the front and back of the box and also handmade a journal in the same unique shape as the box to fit inside. The handle I found at Hobby Lobby, 2 clear handles actually that I sandwiched a piece of Graphic 45 paper in between and made into one handle. A red tulle bow sets it off. I love this purse.
Here is a little project I threw together using a small cigar box with a clasp and some romantic images and scrapbooking supplies I had lying around. This was one of those fun little projects I like to do to get my creative ideas flowing. If I find I'm stuck or need some inspiration the best thing to get me going is simply to start crafting. So I'll do a "fun" project to get me in the mood.
Well I've entered into the first week of the Vintage Plum Star Search Contest. I'm looking forward to it. I love their website, it's got some great products and the gallery is just eye candy waiting to be gobbled up everyday!
I entered the Purple Cows Design Team contest last month and even though I didn't get on the DT I won this awesome Purple Cows 1040 2 in 1 Combo Trimmer. It's got a rotary cutter and a guillotine cutter. I can't wait to get it in the mail and put it to work. My old trimmer doesn't work so good any more and I'm anxious to have a new one. Especially one this cool! Also Purple Cows is considering me for a Guest Design Team spot. Sounds like a wonderful opportunity. Check out their other great products...