Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thought I'd share a card I made today.  I still have fall on the brain.  This time it's Halloween!

I love Halloween.  Not so much the blackness that it has become but what it used to be 'in the day'.   Remember how you'd go trick-or-treating and come back with a sack full of goodies?  And you'd eat so much you'd feel queasy?  And then the next morning you'd have candy for breakfast!  Ah... those were the days. 

So I pulled out some fun Papertrey Ink stamps, grabbed some Halloween paper and my Copics and voila!  A sweet jar of candy corn.  

Until next time, 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

How Fowl

I spent some time painting recently.  Had a couple of projects that I've been working on that I wanted to finish up.  One was a paper mache box that I painted a rooster on.  This design looks cute painted on a galvanized bucket.  Perfect for the country lover.
He's just standing around in his feed pan probably wondering where the chicks are.  
While I was painting this I thought about the time John and I were outside and saw a couple of chickens wandering down our street.  We live in the city.  Chickens don't walk the streets.  Where the heck did they come from?  Who do they belong to?  

You could tell they had no clue they were in the city.  They just kept dilly-dallying along.  So John and I decided we should rescue them and hold them until we could find the owners.  Problem was... no owners were to be found. 

What to do.  What to do.  I know!!  Build a cage for them.  We'll keep them.  We'll have fresh eggs every day.  Hurray!

So John built this nice chicken coop thingy for them, we get food and water set up and then we wait for the eggs to appear.  A couple of weeks have passed.  No eggs.  Doesn't it happen automatically?  Are we supposed to coax them into laying eggs?  

Maybe they don't like the food.  We get different food.  They eat the food.  Seem to like the food.  No eggs. 

So a number of weeks pass.  We figure they are too young.  Not yet old enough to lay eggs.  What else could it be????!!!  Then one morning around 5 o'clock there's crowing.  I mean a LOT of crowing.  And then we realize it's coming from our yard!  Are chickens supposed to be crowing we ask.  Hmmmm, they must be confused.  

And the crowing continues.  Morning after morning after morning.  Actually they crow more than just in the morning.  They LOVE to crow.  Let's crow all the day long.  

Ok, so we didn't know chickens from roosters apparently.  Sigh.  The roosters must go.  Our neighbors are going to bean us over the head.  So we find a country home for the roosters.  And from then on I am allowed to only paint chickens...  roosters. 

Until next time, 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Autumn Wishing

Yes, I do know that it is June.  But I tell ya, here in Florida we are about to burst into flames.  It's hot-hot-hot!  With temps in the upper 90s and the heat index in the low 100s, I've started some wishful thinking for cooler weather. 

I love the fall.  The pumpkins, the colors, the leaves (ok, so I have to get mine from a friend who lives in Boston) and the wonderful autumn smells.  Sometimes just pulling out all my fall decorating gets me feeling better.  Well, that and lowering the a/c to 60 degrees.

No, I didn't pull out all my fall treasures but I did decide to make a autumn themed card.  Don't you just love this color combination?  Makes me want to head to the kitchen to bake pumpkin bread. But it's too dang hot!

Until next time,

Friday, June 17, 2011

Crafty Storage

Today I'm focusing on a couple ways I store some of my crafty supplies.  Since I use my studio for mixed media projects (paper and painting), I am always trying to improve my storage. 

Let's start with embellishments.  I've tried several different ways to store all the little bits and pieces of stuff that I use while papercrafting.  Initially I threw it in a plastic pull-out drawer and would just dig through it all until I found what I was looking for.  That proved to be frustrating as I collected more and more 'stuff.' 

I considered one of those Clip-Up thingies but to be honest I didn't want to take up table top space.  And I figured I'd outgrow the thing.  So I pulled all my die cut embellishments out, separated them into like piles and then just stared at all the little piles!   Holy Smokes! what am I doing with all this?!  Which sounds like something my hubby would say.

Anyhoo... so here is the picture of the system I use for my die cuts.

I took one of those photo storage boxes you get from Michael's and placed 2 plastic containers inside.  This left just a bit of room on the side for anything that ends up not fitting in the poly bags.

Then I put all the little sorted piles of stuff into 4x4 poly bags that I had.  I didn't seal any of the bags, just left them open and easily accessible.  Plus some wouldn't have closed anyway.

You can see the plastic containers a little better in this picture.   The poly bags fit perfectly.  Also, I can put the lid on the box if needed.  Not real tight but just to keep dust out if I leave it on my table.  I usually just tuck the whole thing in a drawer, with the lid on the bottom like shown.

And here's a view of the little bags with some of their contents.  See.. everything is sorted and it's really easy to thumb through the bags and find what I want to use. 

The next thing I did was change my ribbon storage.  I've tried all sorts of ways of storing my ribbon.  And for me, this is by far the easiest, most efficient way.  I took this shelf I wasn't using and just popped my spools on it by color.  The width of the shelves fit the spools perfectly and now when I need ribbon, I just grab the spool(s) and match it to what I am working on and snip away! 

I can storage between 70-75 spools of ribbon on this one shelf.  Love it!  And I love that I can just grab the spool without a lot of fuss and get on with it.  The spools were more difficult to remove on the dowel systems I used before.  Which proved to be a pain when I just wanted to grab a couple spools to see what I liked. 

I do keep my twill and seam binding in a small basket on my worktable.  And I have a box of spools of Christmas ribbon on another shelf along with a big ole' jar of ribbon snippets. 

Ok, that's it for today.  I hope you enjoyed these little ideas.  Maybe one will work for you!

Until next time,

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Rainy Day Reading Bookmark

I thought I would start with a simple little project today.  An easy to do bookmark.  

When I was choosing papers for this project I wanted both the front and back of the bookmark to be pretty.  So I chose double-side paper.  You could also use a pretty color felt but in this case it would not have been sturdy enough for all the embellishments I used.


Next I assembled all the elements I wanted.  I die cut a tag, punched a circle and cut the bookmark itself.  Didn't use a die cut for this, just cut the paper 2"x6" and used a corner rounder on the top. I distressed the tag but nothing else.

I use a simple technique for distressing.  Just one of these makeup sponges that I dab lightly on the stamp, swirl on a blank sheet of palette paper and then softly go over what I want distressed.  Add more if needed and you're all set.

I always stamp my sentiments after distressing. Some people may do this before but my ink always smears so it doesn't work for me.  I'm probably doing something wrong here but can't figure out what it is. LOL!

Then I just started adhering it all together.  Tied some baker's twine around the punched circle to give it some dimension, added pop dots to the back and then added the little insect.  Here's the finished project.  My hubby looked at it and said "how the heck are you going to close the book?!".  He's just the cutest. Hmm.

Well that's it for today.  I hope you enjoyed.

Until next time,

Monday, June 13, 2011


I've been toying with the idea of starting a blog focusing on my love of paper crafts and painting for a while now.  So today I'm taking the plunge.

First things first.  I want to give a nod to Kristina Werner.  Before I discovered Kristina's blog all I did was collect paper.  Just collect.  No cutting.  Gasp! heaven forbid.  Just collect it.  Put it in order.  Pull it out. Look at it.  Put it back.

Then I watched one of Kristina's u-tube videos.  Wow.. she made it look so easy. She just cut that paper and didn't flinch one bit.  So it got me to thinking.  Hey, maybe I can cut paper too :-)  And so I did.

And here I am today. Cutting paper.  Making some projects and learning as I go.

I hope you will join me.  I still have a lot to learn and hopefully some to share that you will enjoy.

Until next time,