Sunday, January 30, 2011

Buttons.. Images... and stamps .. oh my

Hey Friends, hope you all had a fantastic weekend. Seems like it went by fast huh :)  Here we are back to Monday already.  Heres to a great start to the week!

Doing something a little different today. Thought I'd put together a video showing you some ways to use Crafty Secrets images and stamps with buttons.  Actually buttons and epoxy embellishments using products from Epiphany Crafts.  Hope you like it. 
Below the video are some simple card stamples  I put together to show you how you can incorporate them into your cards...or (layouts, tags altered projects ect.. ) 

Here are a few of the epoxy pieces using Epiphany products and Crafty Secrets Images and Stamps.

(below) Images from the New "Little Blessings" Creative Scraps. Stamps from the "Artsy Borders" Clear Art Stamp Set and the die, epoxy buttons from Epiphany Crafts... and die shape is a brand new CHA release from AccuCut.

on the card below,t he Image is from the "Girlfriends" Creative Scraps, buttons from Fancy Pants (Glossy Accents inside the buttons), the border die at the bottom... again.. a new die from AccuCut.

For the Card below , I used an image from the "Little Blessings" Creative Scraps from Crafty Secrets. The heart shape epoxy from Epiphany Crafts and the yummy ribbon on all these cards are from Creative Impressions.

Be sure to pop over to the Heartwarming Vintage blog to see what new things are posted today.
Along with the beautiful samples that are posted .. Sandy has shared two new stamp sets. "Little Boys" and "Little Girls" ...and they are ADORABLE!
Thanks for stopping by....
Hope your day is a good one!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Fancy Pants Altered Frame .. Beach Babe

I'm excited because I can finally start sharing some of the new things I've been working on. It's been fun working with all these new goodies for CHA release..but not being able to share for so long is really hard. lol
Finally it's time and everyone is past sneak peeks and able to share... yay! 
Fancy Pants has some awesome new things being released, and I have lots to share... so let the fun begin.
You can see all the lines on the Miss Fancy Pants Blog.. along with amazing creations from the DT using them.     Below is a Dollar Store frame I altered with the new  "Beach Babe" line.

And that Sweetest Beach Babe in the photo... is Miss Rylee.  Ohhh... could see be any more of a doll!

I think these new matching chipboard pieces are so cool.  I did part of the creating under the glass and some on the outside of the glass, and I really liked the dimension it gave it.    I am just SO into altering Dollar store frames!!  I cant believe the variety there are to choose from and it seems that every Dollar store chain has lots of different styles. So many that work well for altering.  I just bought 4 more different ones yesterday :)

How about these bright, happy colors and patterns.  Just what I'm needing about now...... End of January in Nebraska. ugggghhh

Yep... it's a long cold snowy winter..but I'm so thankful that we have had much more sunshine than we did last winter.  It's amazing how much better the day seems when the sun is shining .. even if it is COLD outside. Even temperature wise it's been warmer here the past few days... so no complaining here!

Okay... short post today, Dans off and I'm hoping to get some things done around here.  Hope all of you have a fantastic weekend!

Happy Friday!!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

More "Farm" themed fun

Another day of farming!   While we were talking about NEW "farm" themed goodies I wanted to share a new layout I finished the other day.  There are tons of great samples posted on the Heartwarming Vintage blog, done by the ever so talented Crafty Secrets Design Team that you wont want to miss.. so be sure to pop over and check them out.

Wish I knew more about that darling little girl in the photo. It's a photo of Sandys..but I just had to use it for these new "farm" images and stamps.Thanks Sandy!

I also used  the chicken wire stamp and the checker board stamp from the new stamp set below.


Here are the ..... **NEW**  Farm Fresh Scraps

It's  funny that the last few days I've been working with "farming" things, and also just happened to have been scanning some photos of moms to put them on discs.  This photo below just cracked me up! 
My grandparents.

Everytime I look at photos of my grandparents and great-grandparents and thier lives as farmers, I cant help but think about the long days and hard work.  I cant imagine getting up everyday.. to work the fields, feed the animals, gather eggs, bake bread, sew your kids clothes, cook, clean... and all that with no airconditioning, microwaves, washers and dryers, ect... Oh.. man, I would have never make it.
 We ordered pizza for dinner tonight. lol         

One day when I was chatting with mom about life back in those days, She said, "you know .. everything was harder back then...but still we call it The good old days". "Things were harder, but it was just simpler times, less hectic, people werent in such a hurry".     

Below is my Great Granparents farm.

The photo below is not one that I just ran accross. Ive had this for some time, and it's one of my very favorites.  I've scrapped it a number of times.   It's a photo of my cousin Craig and I, holding baby kittens on the front porch of my Grandparents farm house.  He and I were bestest buddies ... awwww

I wasnt raised on a farm but I have so many fond memories of trips to South Dakota to visit my Grandparents and Aunts and Uncles. I have so many great memories of each place. I was just thinking the other day about how I loved to gather eggs with my Aunt Pauline.  How she let me ring the big bell out in the yard to call the guys in from the field for lunch. And how she tried to show me how to milk a cow. ( I never did get the hang of that)...but I always thought it was funny when she squirted the milk accross the barn into the cats mouth. :)  Oh.. the things kids remember. 

Looking through these photos and trying to figure out the who's , when's and where's of them , just reinforces to me the importance of documenting "everyday life" with photos ( and.. with journaling).  I'm pretty good with the "Photo" part of it all..but I am really going to try to do better with documenting the people, places, dates ect.. of the photos that I dont scrapbook also.  I have alot of scrapbooked pages! (alot!)..but I vow to do better with organizing and writing on the backs of all my photos.  It's always to sad to see photos that no one knows about. You look at the pictures and wonder what their story is.   
I have so many photo boxes filled with photos, pulling them all out and writing on the backs of all of them , is just toooo overwelming.... so I'm atleast grouping them into marked envelopes to start.  I had done some a couple of years ago, and it came in so handy when the boys took their trip to the Black Hills and wanted to look at the places we used to go.  I had the envelopes marked and organized!  Now.. if I can just do that with all of them.  I guess this is a little note to you new moms. You will probably take alot of pictures over the next years.. first steps, birthdays, dances, ect...... start now and keep them organized.  It will save you down the road!  
but most of all..... 
**Take photos.. preserve memories**

In nothing are we as rich as in our memories; they are pictures painted by our hearts, and nothing can erase them.

-- Flavia

Monday, January 24, 2011

More sharing...

First off all so I don't forget.... SUSIE is the winner of the give-a-way! Congrats Susie.. hope you have fun with it! Please email me your addy, and I'll get that in the mail to you.
I love hosting give-a-ways..but I always wish everyone could win :(    Thank you to all of you for coming by and leaving comments. I promise.. more give-a-ways coming soon!

Wow.. it's a day to celebrate! Why? Well, I just mailed off the last of my CHA projects!  It's been a busy few weeks so it feels good to have that all wrapped up.  Like I said this is the first CHA in years I haven't attended..but I'm so glad that I made that decision..because staying home and relaxing is sounding pretty darn good about now. lol
Another reason to celebrate?? sure why not.  It's time for Crafty Secrets to show another exiting new product.   Check out the Heartwarming Vintage blog today to see!!  ( if it's not up yet.. it will be in just a bit)
I'll tell you this much .. they are "farm" themed and they are SO CUTE!!
Below is a card I created with the new farm themed Creative Scraps.  You'll be able to see them all on the Heartwarming Vintage Blog.   Oh... I am just smittened with them. 
How funny is this??

I dig farm boys! lol

The minute I saw this ... I knew what stamp set I needed to pull out. The Gardening set... because I needed to add that little "digger".  (I'm sure they have a specific name assigned to them..but .. any way you look at it's a "digger" right?) lol 

Anyway.. these new images are so fun! You'll be seeing me use them alot,... I'm sure!


Well, seems it has to show here about every other day
Dans been doing alot of this.
( atleast the sun is shinning today!)

I was out today to mail the last of my projects and do a couple of things..but actually it wasn't bad.  A balmy 30 degrees. That's a heatwave around here!
I have to show you I found a perfect place for the flower I made in my last post.  Looks pretty on this pillow huh?   I found this chair YEARS ago on a garage sale for $15.  It was a "not so pretty green", but I used it for quite awhile.  My sis and I share things back and forth, which is really nice.  That way when we switch things back and forth.. things always seem new. lol   My sis had been using this chair for a while, and brought it back the other day,  Boy ..did I win out..because she recovered it beautifully.So now not only is it like new..but   now... it works perfectly in by bedroom.  yay!  I love my sis!

I'll be back tomorrow with a little something else to share..but for now... I feel a nap coming on. lol

Enjoy your evening!


Friday, January 21, 2011

Stamping on muslin flower tutorial

Hey everyone!  Crafty Secrets is full swing into sharing all of their new products... so be sure to check out all of the fun stuff they are sharing over on the Heartwarming Vintage blog.
A while back I shared a little tutorial on making pretty stamped flowers using vellum and fabric that were stamped on using the "Artsy Banners" set. HERE   Today I'm going to share a flower pin I created by stamping on muslin with the "Art Blooms" set of Clear Art Stamps from Crafty Secrets.  There are some beautiful samples over on the Heartwarming Vintage blog created by our Design Team girls..that you wont want miss. HERE This set is gorgeous ..and perfect for building with.  HERE is another card I created with this set that I posted the other day also.

Here is the "Art Blooms" Clear Art Stamp Set.

For this flower pin... I didn't even cut my pieces into flower shapes.. I just cut circles.  You can decided what size you want your flower to be. ( how big your muslin circle is, the number of layers you add,  and how much you gather your pieces will determine the actual size of your finished flower pin
( I stamped 6 muslin circles, each approx 6 inches across)
I stamped randomly all over each piece, using a different stamp on each one. 

As you can see on the muslin circle below.. I just stamped the pattern around the edge.  I just did this on a couple of them.  (Totally up to you what you choose to do).
After I had finished my stamping (using a quick dry ink to avoid any bleeding), I misted all of the pieces with "chalk Glimmer Mist". ( Strawberry Shortcake).  You could use any glimmer mist..but I would suggest using one with enough color..that you don't have to "saturate" your fabric. This helps you avoid the chance of your ink bleeding ..and also... saves you having to wait for  drying time. (That can keep creating :)

This is where you just do a simple running stitch in a circle ....

and then .. cinch it up , to gather your piece.

Now you just gather, repeat, adding the layers together. (gathering each piece a little tighter as you go, so that the layers become some smaller ... creating the look of the flower)

You can make your flower as full as you adding more layers, or gathering more.  I added a bit of lace to the back of mine..and then attached a pin back so that it can be worn on a sweater or jacket.

Of  course  there are many dies out now that can help you create  these flowers...but this is can be done by just tracing around something round ( something you can just find around the house).  You can add, tulle, vellum, paper, lace, fabric, .. whatever.  Tons of different variations.   

Happy Flower Making!


Now.. I don't want to forget to remind you to get your name in for a chance to win my Valentine Give-a-way.  All you have to do.. is leave a comment HERE between now and Monday. The winner will be announced on Monday.  Good luck! 


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Give away and new Crafty Secrets releases to share.

How about a little "Valentine" themed giveaway??
I gathered up a bunch of ... lovey, pink and red goodness ... and I'm giving it away to some lucky little crafter, who leaves a comment  in this post between now and next Monday (January 24th)
All you have to do is comment and you name is in the drawing!

I'm helping celebrate all the fun going on , on the Heartwarming Vintage blog  from Jan 17 to Feb2/11
You will want to check it out.. as they are revealing lots of new product!!  and it's AMAZING!

*** I started my giveaway pack with a Crafty Secrets Chipboard house, Valentine stickers and fun papers. From there I just kept adding.  As you can see... there is plenty of Valentine themed goodies.. to created many projects.    I think whoever wins will "feel the love" :)


Okay... as I said ..there are lot of fun reveals and projects posted over on the Heartwarming Vintage blog..   
One of the New Releases is " Alice in Wonderland" themed Stamps and Creative Scraps..that are DARLING.  ( you can see the stamps and images on the blog)

Fun huh?  And aren't those little girls darling.  They their mommy is a friend of Crafty Secrets graphic designer Cindy. (thanks to her for letting me us them)

This flower is from Creative Impressions. * love*

Here is what I did to put this layout together.   I started with this white cardstock cut with Accucut die Ribbon Circle. 
I then randomly stamped the little tea pots and tea cups with blue and read ink to create a patterned background.

I love the open scallop ..but I felt that I really needed to add some blue to the outside edge of my layout, so I punched out 1 inch circles and added them to the backside to fill in the open space with blue.

To create the teacup in the title, I stamped the teacup onto red and blue cardstock with black ink. Adding the word "with" to the front of the red cup.  I then cut the stripe and the saucer from the blue cup and added it to the red.

I was having fun with these fun new Alice goodies and these adorable photos.. so here's another project.
This is a little sectioned box from Maya Road.

Don't you wish you could have been at their tea party?? They look like they are having so much fun.

It's been great fun... playing with all this "girly" stuff.
I didn't have many tea parties.. raising two boys! lol

Hope you enjoyed the new fun! 
Now put on a fancy hat, and have a cup of tea :)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

New things to come

Hello Everyone!  I hope your weekend was a good one.  I was insidw most of the weekend.. working on projects..but it was still enjoyable.  I have a TV in my studio, which I usually have on, (listening ..not really watching), but lately I've been turning the TV off and listening to music on Pandora.  What a refreshing change.    I did hear that Miss Nebraska is now... Miss AMERICA!  How fun it that?  See.. we have more than corn , cows and football here. :)
   I have so many new projects finished that I cant share just quite yet. But... CHA new product sneak peeks will be starting soon!  Boy ,there are some fantastic new things coming from Crafty Secrets, Tattered Angels, Fancy Pants and Vintage Street Market... I can promise you that.. because I've seen them........and WOW!

This is a card I did using the Floral Art Stamp Set from Crafty Secrets( new stamp set available in Feb) .  Super fun set, that is great for "building:" with.

Hey.. if you haven't been there lately.. check out Crafty Secrets New website.  Looking Good!

I used water color pencils on this and  then accented with Stickles.

This Time around Crafty Secrets is doing something different for CHA.. A big online promotion.  Please pass the word on to your favorite retailer. All the info can be found on the Heartwarming Vintage Blog


Okay ... now to thank Maggie for giving me this award!  I'm honored. Thanks so much!
Seems that these are the rules...
•Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award.

•Share 7 things about yourself.
•Award 15 or so recently discovered great bloggers.
•Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award.

We'll, I don't think there is a whole lot else to share with you about me.. ( I've been blogging for a few years now.. so you've probably heard it all) lol   And as far as new bloggers I have recently found.. I havent had much time to check out blogs ( even the ones I love already :(  But I'll share some sites that are great for inspiration okay?

7 things about me??  well...
1.  I am the baby in a family of 7 ( 3 brothers 3 sisters)
2. I have never had a time in my life that I didn't have a pet ( animal guessed it)
3. Red Head ( yep.. even before I started covering the grey)
4.Favorite book as a kid was "Arts and Crafts" edition my Child Craft Encyclopedia set ( ha.. not even kidding)
5.don't like milk
6.I have been washing  my face with Noxema since I was 14. ( weird I know. Can you say.. "Creature of habit?)
7. love peanut butter. (yikes.. do you know how many calories there are in a teaspoon of that stuff?)

Okay.. finished with that part.. and it's a good thing, because I'm just not that exciting.  7 things.. that was pushing it for me. lol

Okay.. here are some great places for inspiration 

Enjoy your week.. oh.. an  stop back by.. I'm feeling a give-a-way coming on.