Sunday, September 30, 2012

Purple Birthday Wishes Card

I made this card all based on that little purple tag on the top left of the card. You will never guess where that little tag came from. Give up? It is a dry cleaner tag that they put on shirts. I saw it on my boss' laundry when I picked it up and a light bulb went off in my head! Yeah, my brain works in weird ways, lol. The purple tag matches perfectly to the card stock. I looked through my stash of papers to find a designer paper that would go well with the purple, too. This piece is from K&Company's Best of Brenda Walton paper pack. I stamped SU's French Script Background stamp in Chocolate Chip on the designer piece.  All pieces were distressed and then inked to shabby it up some and I also sewed around the edges. The flower is made from clothes patterns and white tulle between the layers. I then rubbed a purple ink pad across the flower to tie in the color. There is also some pearly beads added behind the flower. 

The last week has been really hectic at work and I didn't get many chances to play and create in the art house. Saturday was my son's birthday and Monday is my Dad's birthday, so I spent the weekend  celebrating birthdays :)

I also spent a little time working on an autumn floral arrangement that I will share in my next post. So I will leave you with a little close up of this card. And until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!


Monday, September 17, 2012

Pink and Shabby Welcome Card

I made this card as a sample for a potential customer who wanted some cards for a baby shower. This card measure 5x5 and the card base is Very Vanilla cardstock. The second layer as well as the scallop piece is a light pink parchment type cardstock and the third layer is designer paper from
K&Company. The butterfly is stamped in Versa Mark and embossed with white embossing powder. I found the key on the butterfly in the jewelry section at AC Moore. The flower is made from coffee filters that I sprayed with a couple of different color of Glimmer Mist and then cut out with a Spell Binders Scallop die cut. I added some green baker's twine the the button and glued it in the center of the flower. I stamped "welcome" on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, punched it out with the curly punch, distressed it with ink and added the ribbon with a tiny green safety pin. I added the lacy ribbon and tucked the punched piece in behind the ribbon. The last thing I added was the little swirls above the flower, that is die cut from pink flower paper.

Today was definitely a Monday! I am worn out and ready for bed already, so I am going to say good night and I'll post again really soon. Until then,
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Fall Wreath

I have been dying to create a fall wreath for the art house door, so yesterday I spent hours in AC Moore picking out flowers, pumpkins and just the right scare-a-crow. Well, I also spent time in the scrapbooking isles and the jewelry isles, oh and the paint isles. I love fall and the cooler temps that it brings, especially when our summer was so brutally hot. I also love fall colors. I am not necessarily a big fan of Halloween, though. The creepy, scary stuff is what I don't like, but the cute stuff is ok. I do love scare-a-crows because of Wizard the Oz, my all time fave movie :) Isn't this little guy the cutest? Love his face!!

And the sweet little pumpkins, too. The yellow swirly things came from a store here in Lexington that is going out of business. Everything is 50%. If you are near me, check out Miller's Back When. They still have tons of merchandise to choose from. I also got the sweet ribbon from there.

I had a pretty productive day today. I made this wreath, finished the shutters and worked on a card order. I still have to start on a flower swap that is due by the end of the month. Been dragging my feet on that one for some reason.

That's going to be it from me today. Gotta get ready for the work week ahead! Hope you all have a great week and I'll be back soon :)
Until next time....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tea Cup Pin Cushions

Unless you've had your head in the sand, you've seen cute little pin cushions popping up in blogland, Etsy and Pinterest. So of course I had to try my hand at making one or two :) I have sweet memories of my Grandmother's sewing box with the little tomato with strawberry pin cushion.

I bought two matching tea cups at a thrift store. I like the shape of them :) For this one I used button themed fabric from Stampin' Up! and ribbon and a yellow button.

I used a yellow, pink and blue paisley fabric, blue baker's twine and a blue button for this one.

I used fiberfill for both of them and I used E6000 glue to adhere them into the cups.

I really love these pin cushions!! I am putting them up in my Etsy shop very soon.

I'm still working on those shutters, but should have them complete by the weekend. That's all from me tonight. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, September 9, 2012


Remember this?

Click on this picture to go to the original blog post.

Well, I revamped it a little. I added cute little Tim Holtz feet to it!!

Much better!!! Takes it from great to WOW!!

Aren't those little feet so cute?! This tray can be used as a trivet, a serving tray or just as decoration. I can't decide if I want to sell it in my Etsy store or give it away as a gift.

I'm going to keep this post a little short and stop here. Gotta go get ready for bed and start the new week.

Until next time.....Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Garden Fence Plate Pocket

Who would have thought that you could turn this

into this?


Pretty neat, huh?
I was blog hopping last week and came across this blog post on Shabby Story blog. I fell in love with that Garden Fence Plate Pocket the moment I saw it! I knew that I had to make one :) My only problem is where to find old garden fencing like that? I knew that I had seen something similar at Lowe's so off I went in search of some. I looked online and sure enough, Lowe's carries it, so I sent Mariah to buy some for me. It only cost $13.00!! What she bought came in 8 sections, so I took it apart. I wish I had taken pics of the process, but I'm a slacker, lol. I just bent it in half and attached the hooks to keep it together. I sort of bent this one in a couple of places I didn't mean to, but I like the character it gives. I scraped off some of the white coating to expose some of the wire underneath to make it look worn. For this one, I got a two for one, because not only can I display my plates/platters, I can hang cups on it, too!

Close-up so you can sort of see how it's put together.

This is how it looks on the wall hanging next to a shelf that holds my Merry Moo's.

I made a second plate pocket and will hang it under this one. The platters that I put in this one are at least 50 years old. They have a couple of chips on them, but that's why I love them :) The cups are Fiesta Ware. I found all three of them at different thrift stores. I love finding treasures at thrift stores!

Here is a sneak peak of something else I have been working on. Not quite finished with this project, but will share as soon as it's done :)

That's it from me for now. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sewing on sewing patterns

I am by no means a seamstress, but I love the look of stitching on cards and scrapbook pages. I also love to make these flowers out of sewing patterns. I found a bunch of patterns at a local thrift store for 10 cents each. I used some of the instructions sheet for this flower as well as the pattern tissue paper and also added some of the new SU tulle ribbon between each layer. This card is made with different layers of patterned papers that I distressed with my distressing tool and ink. There is a lot of stitching, too.

This is a close-up of the flower.

I have been working on some projects for my home this week. I made two plate racks and you will not believe what I made them out of! I am also working on a shutter project for my dining area.
For the past few years, I have been addicted to reading DIY blogs and learning new ways to
re-purpose things I have on hand or found at thrift stores and flea markets. I don't think I will ever purchase a new piece of furniture again. I love watching Junk Gypsies on HGTV. They come up with some of the neatest things! Pinterest came along and stole my heart! If you are on Pinterest, come follow me and I will follow you back!! I am in love with the Country Cottage style, except I have to have my bright colors. I look at all these white rooms with neutral colors layered on each other and think how pretty they are. Then I remember I have a man, a 12 year old boy, a dog and a cat that live in my house, so whites do not work here! (my daughter still lives here, too, but she is a girly girl and would probably love that style). So I guess my style is Eclectic Country Cottage With a Twist. Primarily red is my go to color. I think it has something to do with my 30+ year collection of Coca Cola memorabilia. And I recently discovered my love of red and turquoise together. Oh my what a happy color combo!! Be on the lookout for some colorful and distressed items soon!!

Whew, if you got through all that, thanks for sticking with me!! It's just about bed time for me. Ya'll have a great week :) Until next time....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

I Heart Digital Scrapbooking!!

And I especially love the kid in this picture :)
That's Elizabeth, my first grandbaby, who is almost a year old. I can't believe it's been a year since that little pumpkin was born! She is walking and jib jabbering and is the happiest baby ever :)
She is the subject of most of my digital scrapbooking these days. I have probably created enough pages for a huge book!
I created this page based on one that Kimberly Van Diepen created. You can see hers HERE.
Doesn't she look cute in those cool shades? When I started this page and decided to use this picture, the song by Timbuk 3 "The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades" popped in my head. It fits, because this little girl has such a bright future!!

Gotta go for now!! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!