Friday, April 30, 2010

Pretty Mama!

This is my mom. Just a "few" years ago. She's so pretty. I remember riding in the yellow car, laying on the seat beside her when I was little (before car safety seats) There was always music playing and singing while driving down the road (something I torture my kids with today, LOL)

"By the hand, take me by the hand, pretty mama, come and dance with your daddy all night long, I'd like to hear some funky Dixieland pretty mama come and take me by the hand."
-Black Water by the Doobie Brothers

 Took me a while to find just the right paper for these pictures. But I think it worked out "pretty" well.

Have a happy day!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A day full of Joy and a card to match!


Just a little card entitled "JOY" I threw together last weekend while playing with layers and Prima flowers.

And speaking of "Joy" I recently found out that my cousin Joy was pictured on the cover of a craft book. 
That's her all the way to the right on the end. Wow! How cool Joy! 

Hope you are all having a "joyful" day!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Shabby Chic Dry Erase Board -Free pattern

I made a pretty, shabby chic dry erase board. Very fancy with an antique frame. 
I put a .pdf of the background image on my other blog and you are welcome to use it for Personal Use.

 These are closeups of the Prima products I used to decorate the glass.

 Hope you have a very Happy Day!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

How to Alter Prima Flowers

Last night I was playing with Prima flowers. I've been working on a mixed media paper crown for a while and it needed something else, though I wasn't sure what it needed till last week. My local scrapbook store "Signed Sealed & Delivered" in Rogers AR got their new Prima Flowers in and I found just the right ones to finish off the crown. 
I also had a tube of white Prima flowers that I altered a bit and following is the step by step process that led me to the vintage style glittery goodness above.
1. You'll need some white Prima flowers.
2. lightly moisten the edges of a Prima flower and ink with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in tattered rose.
3. Now lightly ink the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in tea dye. Even though we will be covering the edges with glitter the Distress Inks blend very well and you get a lot of depth with just a little bit of color. It will make a difference in the finished product.
4. Run a fine bead of Beacon's 3-in-1 craft glue along the tip of each petal. (Beacon's craft glue is the best glue around, if you haven't tried it you really need to get some. You'll never use another glue again!)
(Closeup of the glue with pile of glitter in the background)
5. Dip the glued edge of Prima flower into a pile of fine glitter and repeat for each petal.
Finished glittered petals.
6. Add a fancy Prima flower to the center of glittered petal and add to your crown or whatever project you are working on.
My almost finished crown.
Front of crown. Uses Graphic 45 scrapbook papers, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, generic fine glitter, and Prima flowers.

Hope you like this look at altering Prima flowers. 
Have a very happy day!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

ATC Holder

I found a little unfinished wooden box at Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago. It has two sections for holding two decks of cards. I decorated it with my initials on the front and added ribbon inside to split the two compartments into four for holding ATC (Artist Trading Cards).

These are a few of my early cards, usually trying out different techniques. 
I wish I could find another of these boxes because this is really handy for taking with me to crops and classes, and I want to make one a bit different. But at least I have this one. 

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