Friday, July 27, 2012

Time for some Fancy Pants goodness

Hey friends!  
It's been such a busy Summer, I had to go back though my blog posts to remember what I've shared already and what I haven't. yesh!  I know I have a number of Fancy Pants projects that I haven't shared yet, so I thought I'd share a couple today.
This little "Button Cup" project was one I did for the Miss Fancy Pants blog for a "Fancy This" blog post.  If your interested, you can find a complete supply list and step by step instructions  HERE

Have you see the new Fancy Pants lines released at CHA? 
Fancy Pants has just been knocking em out of the park lately.  You can see all the lines HERE

and check out these fun new Alphabet and word stencils   Artist Edition   I LOVE them!

My very favorite new  line is Hopscotch , which is what I used to create this layout.  Totally fun and whimsy colors and patterns.    I knew the perfect papers for this photo would come along .. and they did:)  The little sweetheart in the photo is  Kinley (Kate's niece). She is just a doll! I'm so thankful to her momma for letting me take photos of her darling kids.   The little pink guitar... well, I bought that at a market in Ensenada years ago, when Sandy ( Crafty Secrets)  and I taught on a cruise.  I just think it's so cute.

Like I said.. I love all the patterns and colors in this line.  Oh.. and look at the new little chipboard buttons from FP.


So I mentioned that my sis and some friends of ours are planning a fall flea market/craft sale the first weekend in October, so we've been busy working on things.  I have plenty up in the attic of the garage I need to sell,but it's been fun to redo some new finds also.   Today while I was doing some running .. my eye was drawn to a garage sale sign. ( I know.. I know... I can help it :).  But this time, I'm glad I stopped.  I paid $1 a piece for these.    I'll show you the redo soon. I already picked out the paints and fabrics :)

Well to day we got a bit of relief from the heat.  Well, under 100 degrees anyway.  Even a bit of a breeze. Now if we could just get some rain.   
I thought I'd share with you a few tips for staying cool.

1. Lay as close as possible to the fan.  ( with your head on it, if at all possible) lol     ( it doesn't look like the fan is on , in this photo..but it is. must be the flash. weird)

2.   Eat big raw cucumbers  ( haven't you ever heard the saying "COOL as a Cucumber" ? lol

3.  Lay around the air conditioned house ALL DAY LONG :)

Leaving you with tunes from another  Band I really really like.   First saw them in Mexico in June. I bought one of their CDs then, and have since ordered their other two.   Listen all the way thru if you have time.  It's great!   Takes me right back to good times in MX with my friends.   Funny how Music has a way of doing that huh?

Sons of Bill    -   Sana Ana Winds

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Crayon Resist

It seems canvases are a favorite with me these days.  Which makes me SO happy that Tattered Angels is a part of Canvas Corp now.  I never realized how many projects Canvas Corp has to offer, it's amazing!  
This month on the TA blog the design team is working on .... "Resist techniques that are so easy the kids can do it".  SO......  here's a project I did using a white crayon for my resist.

 Doesn't get much easier than this.    Create a border with a ruler and a crayon.

Once I did my misting, I took a paper towel and wiped away any access from the edge and off the crayon line.  You can see how the wax from the crayon coats the canvas, not letting the paint  through. The mist just sit on top and it easily wiped away, letting the white of the canvas so through.

Here is a bigger area done on another canvas to show you what it looks like as it repels the mist, before I wipe it away.

I used the same technique HERE in for the background in this canvas, but writing words and making circles.
Here is my project post on the TA blog.  Be sure to take a look at all the cool resist ideas posted this month as well as fun projects for the kids by the entire DT this month. HERE  These girls are so creative!


We are just trying to keep cool around here these days.  It's been hot hot hot!
This is Molly's favorite new spot. RIGHT BY the air conditioner vent in the living room!  She raised her head when I came in with camera in hand, but normally her nose is laying right on the vent! lol

Why we are doing big outdoors projects when it's the stinking hottest days of the year, I don't know. Except for the fact they need to be done, and this is when we have the time.   We have been wanting to paint the garage floors and the wall going into the house..that has never been painted.  I think we have put it off because we knew it would be a BIG job.  We don't have a basement here, because of the water level, (being so close to the river), so everything that we put in the basement and attic of our old house... now gets put in the garage.   You know where I'm going with this.  TOO MUCH stuff in the garage. yesh!   Doing some serious purging!    After raising two teenage sons, who liked to work on cars... paint the garage floor was a must. One good thing about it , normally an industrial floor paint like this takes a LONG time to cure and dry..but in this heat, it's happening pretty fast.  Since we moved into this house new..the two drywall-ed walls had never been painted.   Still lots to do, but it's looking so much better.
Dan even repainted the deep freeze with appliance paint, and it looks so much better:)

 I have stuff for the event propted up everywhere.  I'll be happy when that is all gone and the garage is nice a tidy.
Between  working in the garage and working on painting things for our little Flea Market/Craft Event this fall, we have been SO thankful to go into the nice cool house.  Oh man.. I would have never survived the good old days on the prairie~!

Most of my outside time has been spent spray painting things. Let's just say the staple gun and spray paints have been my new best friend lately.

I think these will work nice for displaying fall banners.  A friend gave them too me.   Just need a coat of paint.  ( see the red paint splattered on them?  the house was used for a haunted house at Halloween before them tore is down)  creepy huh? lol

Dan laughs at me when I say, "it will be so nice to get rid of some of my "sale" stuff".  He said... "you'll just buy more".   I really couldn't think of anything else to day to that, so I said... "duh" ( in my best 11 year old voice). lol

shhhh..... I found those three colors bottles for 25 cents a piece at a yard sale the other day. I love em!

From now on ..whatever finds I share here, are between you and me. lol   


PS.   If your an animal lover.. you are doing to love the new stamp sets
 Crafty Secrets have!  Check out the samples here on the 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

ART Canvas

Some days you just have to play... with COLOR.  It wasn't in the plan for the day, but then again, maybe that's what made doing it so fun. 

My sister has been there the past couple of days, so that we could work on some things for our little fall (fleamarket/crafty) gathering, coming up this fall. We worked on a number of things and then started playing with Tattered Angels paints a bit.  My sister hadn't really played with them much, so I suggested we both just grab a canvas, and I would show her some things you can do with them, some techniques.  Well..... lets just say, we had a blast!

I'd love to give you a list of the colors I used but we we just got toooo lost in the process and I had bottles sitting everywhere and didn't think to write them down.
TA has so many gorgeous colors, you just cant go wrong.

It's just so fun to see the different effects you can get blending the colors, and using Glam and Glaze as a sort of resist.

Jan and I spent the earlier part of the day working on other things for the event this fall.

All serious stuff... no goofing off. lol

We took photos of both of our canvases that night before Jan left ..but it was already getting dark and the photos sure didn't show the gorgeous colors well at all.   I re took mine the next day,but of course Jan was already gone with hers, so I couldn't.  But here is a couple of close ups of hers, were you can see the gorgeous colors, texture and patterns.  She used a brayer on some parts of hers, and I love the patterns it made!

We had a blast!

I also wanted to share a easy recipe I found on Pinterest that I made the other day.  It was so easy, no yummy ... and healthy :)

Chickpea and Tomato Salad with Fresh Basil
( click on the title to get all the nutritional info and a printable version)

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • About 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 25 large basil leaves, chopped  ( I didn't use that much)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp honey (10g)
  • pinch of salt
  • Toss all ingredients together and chill for at least 20 minutes, allowing all the flavors to merge.

    I think I will try it with Cilantro instead of Basil next time... because I LOVE Cilantro.

    Don't you just love fresh the veggies and fruit in the Summer?  YUM!

    * ps*  I wanted to answer the question about how the wood pieces where put together for the photo holders in the last post.  I use HOT GLUE!  Works great for this project!

    Thanks for stopping by!


    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

    Clip Photo holder fun

    Mid week already..  Really? Where is this week going? The days are just getting away from me. eek.    I've been working on some little Clip photo holders.  I've made these before and really think they are fun. Wooden Spools as the base, decorative wooden dowels, various other wood pieces, paint, paper and a clip to finish it off.  
    My sis and some friends of ours are planning a little flea market/craft/art event here the first weekend in October, so I've been thinking of some little things a could put together between now and then to sell and also to display things.  I'm excited about our little endeavor. Should be fun.

    ** notice anything wrong with the top photo? lol 
    Oh.. brother I was having a rough time trying to get these all set up for a photo. I'd get it almost set up.. bump one and they would all go over like dominos. I started out photographing them out on the deck, like do most of my projects because of the natural light.. BUT... it's been over a 100 here for days and the humidity is ridiculous. So it only took a couple of times out there for me to get frustrated and I moved inside. AGAIN.. the falling over, picking up routine, until FINALLY I get the shot~!
    Jokes on me.  I upload all my photos later and am just thankful that ordeal is done.. to notice NOW ..that the last time it spilled onto the floor  I put things back with a bit of haste.  ugh!!!

     ** note the spelling of "vintage"**  
    Seriously.. am I the only one that stuff like this happens to???
    ( off to cheat and fix it in photo shop)

    Thank you Photoshop:)  whew!

    Great for clipping up images, messages, photos .. whatever.    I think of all the great products Crafty Secrets has... I use my Creative Scraps the very most.  There are so many awesome images to choose from and they are the perfect size, for so many things.    If you like vintage photos (really cute ones.. with cute sayings) and you don't have a lot of your own family photos... you'll probably love these as much as I do :)   Vintage Photos. I used those in a number of these that I made..but I also used some of the "Merry Christmas" Creative Scraps, and the "Halloween" Creative Scraps. ( Thinking ahead.. wink wink ;)  

    Also, there is a new post up on the Heartwarming Vintage blog, with lots of really cool samples. 

    Speaking of photos.  I have to share some oldies but goodies I've run across lately.  My cousin Paula, had this photo of my mom and I, that I had never seen before. I was so happy she shared it with me.  I so love it!  

    So now digging into the archives. ha   I was going though my box of photos of my family that mom had, and run across this.     hahah   Yep..that's me, holding Weston when he was a babe.  He won that big stuffed snoopy in a drawing at McDonald's. Yes.. folks.. those huge glasses and styling shag doo of mine are brought to you courtesy of 1983.
    ( weird that my hair which was really red then, looks black)

    (and yes.. I probably CAN see into the future with those glasses, they are so huge) lol

    Then I happened upon this one, and literally laughed out loud.  It was one of 4 in photo booth strip.  I was trying to set Wes on the stool in the photo booth to get his picture taken.  First time in a photo booth...
    do you think he's impressed?
    What a face!
    I sent it to Wes and he got a good laugh also.

    I hope you are all making it thru your week smoothly. 
    Thanks for stopping by!


    Sunday, July 15, 2012

    Whatevers *July* "Someday"

    We'll here we are our second month of "Whatevers" Creative Story Telling.  If you miss our first posts last month, no worries, you can play along anytime. You can play long any or all of the months over the next year.  You can read more about it at the bottom of this post.  Basically we provide the photo each month and you create with it and write a little story to go with your project. None of of us "know" the people in these photos... so it's up to us to give them a story.  That's where the idea of the "Whatevers" came to be.
      Not a lot of rules... but a lot of creative freedom.    Last month my story was just a few sentences, this month I got a little carried away :)   But I had fun with it and that's what this is all about right?
    Here is the page I created with this months photo.

    Before I started my story I spent some time just looking at the photo. The first thing I notices was she was alone in the photo... yet she was wearing a wedding ring.  This is where my story began.


    Poor Sweet Adeline. Just two years before, she was living the life she had always planned, with the man she loved with all her heart. They had been sweet on each other since their grammar school days. As they reached their teens, shy smiles and sheepish glances led him to finally ask her out on an official date. Time passed and before long there wasn't a day they didn't spend time together. They quickly realized they were meant to be. Everett was a year older then Adeline and he worked as a farmhand for her father. When Adeline finished High School, Everett promptly as for her hand in Marriage. Over the next three years they worked hard to set up a home and a farmstead for themselves. Everett worked in the field sometimes fifteen hours a day while Adeline tended to the household chores and took care the animals. Feeding and milking the cows, caring for the chickens, and gathering the eggs was a daily routine for her. She sold her garden produce, eggs and cream at the mercantile. No matter how hard the work, at the end of the day they had each other and that was all they needed. There was only one thing that Adeline's heart longed for and that was children. The two of them hoped and prayed God would bless them with a child soon. Adeline's sister Alta had been neatly packing her children's baby clothes away in hopes that someday Adeline and Everett could use them as they started a family of their own.
    Another Summer passed, the leaves started to turn, and before they knew it the first snow was falling. Little did they know that first snow was only the beginning of one of the worst winters in Nebraska history. It took all they had to keep wood in the stove just to keep warm but the wood was getting low. Late in January Everett took ill. He wasn't one to complain, but she knew he was not well. What started as a cough had gone deep in his chest. By the time the fever came the snow was too deep to call for a doctor and no one was getting out in this weather. She knew she would have to care for him herself. She stayed with him day and night, sitting by his bedside changing out the cool cloths she was putting on his head to try to keep his fever down. After a few days the wind and snow had let up enough that her father made it over to check on them to see if they had enough wood to keep warm. She was so thankful he had arrived. Now he could go get the doctor. He tried to comfort Adeline before he left, knowing in his heart just how serious things were. What neither of them knew then was that there was nothing the doctor could do for her beloved husband. Everett passed early that Sunday morning; with him he took her heart.
    Adeline's grief consumed her thoughts but she was a strong woman and she refused to leave the farm. This was her home. Her beginning with Everett. She now did the work of two people to keep things going, still tending to her home and animals. She continued to sell her goods at the mercantile and even took in mending and ironing to get by on her own. Yes, she was strong when she needed to be but no one know how she cried for her love each night. She wore her wedding rings faithfully, never taking them off. She often found herself deep in thought, wondering if things would ever be different for her. As she looked down at her hands, rough and cracked from endless hours of work, she wondered about the babies she had always hoped to hold and nurture with those hands. She adored her niece and nephew, Ada and Clancy, and was so thankful her sister Alta lived close now and brought them over often. They loved their aunt Ady. Everyone did their best to support Adeline but there was always a hole, a hole in her heart that she wondered would ever be healed. Would things be different for her some day; some day would her heart be healed? Someday?

          _____________________________________________________________________ now don't be sad.  Remember the stories will all link together in the end... and there is still time for Sweet Adeline to find happiness. lol
    If you read the story from my page last month you will see  Ada and Clancy, Adeline's niece and nephew.  HERE.

    You certainly don't have to explain what you used to create you page. I just like to share :)
    I am doing all my pages on watercolor papers.   I created my background by first creating a design using a white crayon.  I made circles and wrote in cursive the words.. "her heart, over and over across the paper.   I created the background colors with Glimmer Mist and Acrylic pains.  I also used some "Artist's Paintstik"oil paint for the dark edges.    I printed my photo on Canvas Corp Cream colored Tissue Stock and laid it over book print.  The ephemera pieces and tissue tape are also from Canvas Corp.
    I love the textured look of the water color paper with the Artist's Paintstik rubbed over it.

    Okay friends.
    .... Now pop on over to see what Nathalie and Catherine have been working on with this photo.

    and don't for get to join us on...


    We invite you to play along! As a matter of fact.. we'd love it!

    Here's a quick re-cap of our commitment to the Whatevers:

  • Cat, Nat and I have made a one-year commitment to each other and picked twelve photos with Whatevers whom we will give a story.
  • Every month – if possible always on the 15th – each of us will do a post with an individual story that goes along for us with the same photo.
  • If you want you can play along and we will have the photo for you – just right click on it to safe it to download and show us your version of The Whatevers.
  • There are no rules to the story itself- it can be funny, sad, uplifting, breathtaking- WHATEVER
  • There are no rules on the length or the form of the story- it can be a short sentence, an essay, a poem or a soap opera – WHATEVER
  • There are no rules on the art form you choose – it can be a scrapbook layout, an altered art project, an art journal page – WHATEVER
  • Here is a rule though: if you take the photo you have to link back to us and show us your story.
  • These pictures are from our personal stash and are for personal use for you only! If you want to use them for a publication whether a book or magazine in print or digital form please ask for permission!
  • If you want to participate we’ll have a linky list for each Whatever Post, but your link must be about the Whatevers story you have created.
  • You can also join our The Whatevers -Facebook Page

  • Thanks for stopping by!


    Friday, July 13, 2012

    New Canvas with Fancy Pants Hopscotch line and a WINNER

    And the winner is  AMY ( Paper and gluestick .. Art by Amy)   I know you'll love the CD Amy. Just email me your address and I'll get it right out to you.


    I'm so excited about the new releases from Fancy Pants Designs for CHA.  I'll be sharing some projects and layouts I've done with them, but be sure to stop over to the Fancy Pants Blog to see all   what my fellow DTers have been creating with this line... AND.... get your name in for the giveaway :)  Two lucky winners will win this line.   All the info in this post HERE

    This is a canvas I did with the new Hopscotch line.   This line has so many fun colors and prints, ... it just makes me happy!

    Thank you to Lindsey Potter Photography for the use of these darling photos of my niece Christine and her family.


    Thanks for stopping by!


    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    Printed tissue part 2 / Glass project

    Well, while I'm on a roll with " printing on tissue"  I wanted to show you how cool it is to Mod Podge it to glass.  Now that I see the possibilities with this... my head is spinning with ideas.    I'll show you how I added my printed tissue to the glass sides of this little decorative lantern I had.   You can see what it looks like "lit" in the photo below. I have a little battery tea light candle inside.

    But I like the way it looks in the daytime also.  At the bottom of this post, I have a picture posted that you can see how the natural light looks coming thru it.

    When it comes to printing on the tissue, follow the directions in my last post below or click HERE.
    I used all the same things.  Canvas Corp Tissue Stock, and Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage "Creating with Vintage Typography CD"

    links to purches Tissue Stock
    On they have ivory tissuestock. has all 3 colors if they type in tissuestock has all 3 colors

    Since I will be using Mod Podge on this printed tissue, to adhere it to the glass, I sprayed it  with a couple VERY light coats of Krylon Matte Finish to seal it.  This will seal it and  help keep the ink from bleeding as you brush over it with the Mod Podge.

    Adding the tissue to the glass couldn't be easier.  All you have to do it use a foam brush and spread a layer of Mod Podge over the glass. It doesn't have to be perfectly even , but it should be a fairly generous coat that covers all of the glass, clear to the edges.  ( work fairly quickly, so that it doesn't start to dry).

    You can choose how you want to add your tissue. You can either adhere it to the front of your glass or to the back.  I choose the front. Either way, you'll get the same effect. Since  I chose to put mine on the front of my glass, so once I had my Mod Podge accoss my glass, I just laid my printed tissue down and smoothed it out with my hands.  ( I did not add a coat of mod podge to the top of the tissue once it was on,,..but you certainly can if you wish.  Usually if you have enough Mod Podge on your glass, it is just absorbed by the tissue and holds really well with out having to coat over the back of the tissue

    As you can see here, I didn't even cut my tissue to the exact size before doing this, I just let it dry a minute or two and then took my scissors and trimmed around the edge of the glass.  Easy Peasy!

    Once the four glass sides were finished and dry, I put them back in.   See how cool it looks when the natural light shins thru it.  Hope you get a change to give it a try :)

    Oh.... I just cant resist sharing some photo of the pooches.   We have grandpup Cloey staying with us for a bit while the kids are working on their cabin. ( Cloey isn't as excited about being out at the cabin as Riley is).     To explain the photo below. The field next to our house as being irrigated... so the water was filling the little ditch area out front (which normally never has water in it).   As you can see Cloey wanted to play!  Ball in her mouth.... straight into the water she went. There was no stopping her.  We we a bit taken back because  we have ever had a dog that  liked water at all.   So I've learned that Golden Retrievers DO!    She rolled on her back, kicked, and splashed.  It cracked us up.  When Dan called me outside with my camera and I saw her in there, I have to admit I wasn't thrilled, knowing now I had to squeeze giving a dog a bath into my day..... BUT... once I saw how much fun she was having,( and she was already wet anyway)... we just let her play as long as she wanted.

    We ran out to the cabin the other night to see how Jarad and Kate were coming on there cabin work, and to meet them for a bite to eat.   As you can see Riley "IS" a river dog! lol She loves everything about  being out there with them while they work.  Even riding along with Jarad in the Mule. lol

    It's been a busy week around here, with CHA projects.  Super excited to be able to share soon.
    There are lots of cool new things being released this CHA.


    Just a reminder... there is still time to play along with us using the JUNE photo.   But the 15th we will be sharing our new projects with the new photo, and we'd love to have you play along for JULY also.
    *** Remember you can play any month or all the months.. whatever works for you!

    Not lots of rules.. it's all about creative freedom :)
    You can see my first blog post about it here with the info and links.
    If you don't have a blog worries. You can share here in our flicker group

    Take a look at these gorgeous creations so far this month

    (Submissions close in 3d 0h 43m)
    Link tool by

    We'd love to have you play along!

    OH... and don't forget about the giveaway in the  post below for a chance to win.  HERE 

    Ok... signing off for now..   work to be done:)

    Thanks for stopping by!