Monday, December 28, 2015

Mixed Media: Altered Wooden Block

Hello again! I hope you had a great Christmas! I spent the holidays with my sweet family and had so much fun watching my grandbabies opening their gifts. They melt my heart.

Today I want to share a project that I created for the October issue of Scrap n' Art Online Magazine. This started off as a 4x4 inch wooden block that I've had in my stash for a while. I painted the block with a gold metallic paint and then sprayed a turquoise color spray on it. Then I added crackle glaze, let dry and added a dark brown stain to settle into all the little nooks and crannies. I adhered the little metal feet and then I piled on the embellishments! Each side and the top are decorated with lace, ribbon, flowers, birds, butterflies, bees, sentiments and little trinkets.

There are lots and lots of layers on each side. I love every little detail.

I'm trying to get most of my February projects done before I go to CHA in January. I'm getting so excited, yet nervous for this trip. I have only flown commercially one other time back in 2002 and I've never been on the left coast. I would love to take a little time to go stick my toes in the Pacific and scoop up some CA beach sand. We shall see.

I hope to share a few more projects with you before I leave, so stay tuned!!
Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Hope for Christmas

Merry Christmas!! Well, the day is almost over, but I wanted to pop in and share one last Christmas ornament that I made this year. I think this one is my favorite, for what it represents. Hope.

There is a sweet story behind this ornament. I took one of the ornaments that I made and put it on the Christmas tree at work. A lady I work with named Cathy asked me where I got it and I told her that I made it. She said homemade ornaments were her favorite. Then she told me that all of her Christmas decorations and her tree were destroyed in the flood we had back in October. That just about broke my heart! So, I gave her one of the other ones I made. She went on and on about how beautiful it was which makes me happy and humble at the same time. Sweet story, right? Well, that's not the end of it, and certainly not the sweetest part of it. Cathy told me that she witnessed an awful accident on interstate where a man rear ended a disabled vehicle and she stopped to help. The lady that was hit was an elderly lady named Queenie (awesome name isn't it?!) Cathy said that Queenie was not really injured but very shook up by the accident and she wanted to take her some gifts. She asked me if I could make a special ornament for Queenie that expressed hope. Isn't that the sweetest gesture? Cathy and her family lost their house in the flood and she also lost her father that same week, but she was concerned about a lady she did not know and wanted to lift that lady's spirits. I knew I had to make this ornament extra special.

I racked my brain trying to think of what I could make to represent hope and the only thing that came to mind was the bird that I've used before. I wanted to use colors that would not necessarily have to be Christmas colors as I feel hope should not just be searched for at Christmas time. Cathy loved it and couldn't wait to send it to Queenie. The other day at work, Cathy told me that Queenie received it and was going to hang it in her window so she could look at it every day. I get teary eyed thinking about it. I feel so blessed that I was able to be a part of this special gesture. 

If you've noticed, I've been using the Scrabble tiles in most of my Christmas ornaments. I really love them :) I've used them so much that I'm running out of vowels! 

Our family had a wonderful Christmas season, lots of food, fun and family time! It came so quickly this year and went by just as quickly. In a week we will be in a New Year, my how time flies! Seven days after that, I will be flying out to the left coast to attend my very first CHA convention. I am so excited and nervous at the same time. 

I hope you all have had a very Merry Christmas and I'll see you again soon!
Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Snow and Merry Christmas Ornaments

Hello again! It's getting closer and closer to Christmas and I'm not ready!! The tree is still not up and decorated, only a few presents have been bought, nothing has been wrapped and I still have no clue what to buy for some people. But, I have spent a little time making some more Christmas ornaments. I love making these from chipboard coasters. The first one was made with a round coaster

I covered both sides with Maja Design paper, then piled on the embellishments. The first layer is a plastic snowflake ornament. You can see the edges of it sticking out on the sides.

The letters spelling "snow" are Scrabble tiles. The tag with the kid image is also from Maja Design. I made the flower using a webbed wired edge ribbon with a flat back pearl as the center. The hanger is a piece of white organza ribbon.

The second ornament was made with a square coaster with rounded corners. I also covered both sides of this one with Maja Design papers.

I ink distressed the edges after the papers were added, then started adding embellishments. The first layer is a piece of scalloped lace then I added a half of a plastic snowflake ornament to the right side.

The photo is cut from a piece of Maja Design paper and is placed over the plastic snowflake ornament. The white flower is from Petaloo and you can find those in the Pickled Tink Crafts online store. The little silver snowflake shaped ornament is actually the metal cap that came off of a glass ball ornament. If you open them up, this is what you get :) I added a wooden bingo chip to the center of the silver snowflake. The little "merry" tag is a piece of ripped muslin that I stamped the sentiment on. The hanger was made with May Arts scallop edge ribbon with rusty jingle bells added to each side with baker's twine.

Today we had a Christmas family reunion on my Dad's side of the family. It was so great seeing aunts, uncles and cousins again, lots of great food and a hay ride, too! My cousin lives in my grandparent's house now and he's been hosting our reunion for that past few years there. It's so great spending time with family in the same house we have for so many years. It brings back so many fond childhood memories.

I have some more projects I will share with you soon, including my first EVER video tutorial!!
Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

October's GottaPixel Digital Projects

Hello again!! Hope you're doing well since our last visit. I'm just gearing up for the holidays, although I haven't yet put up my Christmas tree and decorations. I'll be working on that this week and of course I'll share pictures here!
Today, I want to share two digital scrapbook pages that I created for the October issue of Scrap n' Art Online Magazine.

I made this first page around that sweet picture of my granddaughter and two of her little friends at her birthday party. I love that girl so much!! Wouldn't it be awesome if these three stay friends all through school and we get a picture of them at graduation just like this one? How cool would that be??!! 

The second page is from my cruise to Cozumel last year. Loved the gorgeous clear water and the white sand. Of course I had to get my feet sandy! I really want to go back some day :)

I'm really excited that I am able to attend the CHA convention in January. This is my first time going and I'm nervous about flying, but it's something that I've wanted to do for a few years. I found out today that I am actually getting a press pass from Scrap n' Art and am really happy and excited to be able to cover the convention for the mag. I'm even more excited that I get to see some of the ladies from the cruise!!

I'll be back soon to share other projects. Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Thursday, December 3, 2015


Hello there!! Can you believe that it's December already? I can't believe we already have Thanksgiving behind us and headed into Christmas. It seems like just last week we were on Summer vacation in Virginia! While we were in VA we visited Thomas Jefferson's homeplace, Monticello. I just fell in love with the gardens there. The sunflowers were 6-7 feet tall!
I created this layout of pictures I took in the gardens for the October issue of Scrap n' Art Online Magazine using Spellbinders die-cuts for the frames and the flowers.

I also used Art Anthology Colorations sprays to create the drippy background. I love how it turned out!

I'll be back soon to share some more projects from the magazine. Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Playing Around with Movie Maker

One of the things that's great about being on a design team is that sometimes we are forced to step outside of our comfort zone and create or do something we normally wouldn't.  Before I became a designer for Scrap n' Art magazine, I would have never done a video tutorial. In fact, I put it off as long as I could, but they finally made me, lol. I hate the sound of my voice on tape, so that's the biggest reason I fought it for so long. I found a way to get around having to talk a lot during the videos. Music and subtitles! And if you know me, it has to be bubbly, happy music :) Here is a video I did last night that is just a compilation of some of the digital scrapbook pages that I've created.

I really love how this turned out!! I will definitely be doing more of these :)

Recently I've been thinking a lot about moving things around in the Art House again. The way I have it set up is just not working. I wish I could just take everything out and start from scratch, but that's not going to happen right now. I just have to make do with what I've got, besides, I like the eclectic mis-matched furniture and quirky things I've made myself. I started a Pinterest board a while back for Craft Spaces and plan on using some more of those ideas. The biggest thing I need to do is purge!! I think I may just start putting things that I've had for a while and not used in boxes and offering them as grab bags in my Etsy store. Sounds like a plan, right? Let's just see if I will actually do it.

I can't believe that Thanksgiving is next week! We will be going to Florida to see my Mom's family. I haven't seen most of them in years, so I'm really looking forward to that! I have to finish all my magazine projects before this weekend is over, so I better get to work!
Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Joy Christmas Ornament

Christmas is my most favorite holiday and I love making Christmas decorations and ornaments. This is one of the ornaments I made this week :)

The base is a chipboard coaster that I covered with papers from Maja Design's Vintage Frost Basics line, then loaded it up with sweet embellishments. The wooden tile letters spelling out "JOY" are of course Scrabble game pieces and the snowflake on the right side under the photo is a plastic Christmas ornament that I cut in half. The blue poinsettia is from Petaloo and the hanger is made from May Arts ribbon. (you can find some Petaloo flowers and May Arts ribbon in the Pickled Tink Crafts online store!!!) 

Isn't this vintage image just adorable? It is cut out from one of the Maja Design Vintage Frost Basics papers. I distressed the edges of the picture and then inked with a Versa-Magic Dew Drop in Sahara Sand. I also inked the edges of the coaster base. These ornaments are so easy and fun to make! I hope you are inspired to make your own Christmas ornaments :)

I am working on some Christmas wreaths to teach in a class. I'll share those with you soon.
Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

I Love a Good Sketch!

When I first started scrapbooking, I had no clue what I was doing, so I usually went by a template or a sketch. I still like sketches to help just start creativity when I'm having a creative block. Scrap n' Art Online Magazine features a sketch every month. This is the layout I created using the sketch from August.

Click on the picture to go directly to the
sketch article in Scrap n' Art Online Magazine.
I adore this picture of my grandson Grayson. He and my granddaughter Elizabeth are my favorite subjects to scrapbook :) Here is a close-up of my little guy.

Go check out all the other projects that the SNA designers created with this sketch and then make something of your own!
I've been making some sweet Christmas ornaments this week and also some more memory wire bracelets. I'll share those soon.
Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Friday, October 23, 2015

There's No Place Like Home

If you know me, then you know that my favorite movie of all time is the Wizard of Oz. I was around 4 years old the first time I saw it and of course was really scared of that mean old Wicked Witch of the West. She is pretty terrifying!! I just love the story of how Dorothy dreamed of traveling to a different place, someone she thought would be better than Kansas, but once she was there, all she wanted was to go back home.

The Scrap n' Art designers received products from Linnie Blooms for the August issue and one of the items I got was a canvas fabric Mini File Album Kit. When the piece was sitting on my table, for some reason it looked like the outlined shape of a house and the file tab looked like a chimey. I could not get that image out of my mind, so that's exactly what I created with it!

To make it work, I had to cut it apart to fit the roof on and make it look like a more realistic house. I used Art Anthology Colorations sprays with some stencils on the canvas fabric pieces and really love how it turned out. The base of the piece is a canvas that I covered with Tim Holtz printed tissue paper and added more Art Anthology Colorations sprays. The little white picket fence pieces are decorations that I've had for years. I used some of these on my daughter's beach themed wedding cake and had left over pieces, so I held onto them waiting on the perfect project. The roof, door and windows are thick chipboard pieces that I hand cut the shape, gessoed, painted and decorated them with stamping and outlining with a white gel pen. I splashed and dripped some black paint here and there over the whole piece. Little blue flowers and a key tied to the door finish everything off.
I've been contemplating selling this in my Etsy shop, but I might just keep it myself :)

I'll be back soon to share more projects. Until then...
Hugs & Happy Craftin'!!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

All Smiles & #4 on the Bucket List

My sweet grandson Grayson is such a sweet little guy and he always has a smile on his face. This picture was taken when he was about a year old. Now he's two and a half, has curly blonde hair and a big personality!! 

This is a digital page that I made for June's issue of Scrap n' Art Online Magazine using that month's GottaPixel digital download. I made a second page using the same kit. There were a lot of British embellishments in the kit, so I added pictures of places in London I would like to see. I especially love the telephone booth :)

Pickled Tink Crafts online store is being featured in October's issue of Scrap n' Art and I am so excited!! All the designers did such a great job and created beautiful projects with one of my kits. Be sure to go check it out!!

This weekend we are working a booth at a Comic Convention in our area. Dan and Dakota are really the ones working it, I'm just a tag along, lol. We are kinda bummed that the rain that we've had for over a week continues. Hurricane Joaquin is causing some pretty bad weather and flooding down around the coast, but so far we are only getting the rain.

I'll be back soon with some more projects to share. Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

I Love Teacups

I'm not sure where my love of teacups comes from, but there's just something about a cute little floral teacup :) So my teacup obsession love spills over into my paper crafting. Imagine my excitement when I received the papers from Blue Fern Studios that had pretty floral teacups on them. I did a tutorial on this card in June's issue of Scrap n' Art magazine. Here's a quick run down of how I made it.

I used fussy cut the teacup from the Montage Calling Cards paper. The sweet fairy image was cut from the Mercantile paper.

The butterfly is the  Heartfelt Creations Butterfly Medley die cut from a Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® 3D Foam Creative Sheets and covered with white Fun Flock. The frame around the butterfly was die cut from the same 3D Foam Creative Sheet with  Spellbinders®  Classic Scallop Circles Lg and then added Art Ingredients Mica Powder in Teal.

If you haven't noticed  from looking at most of the cards I make, I love to include a pretty bow. Here's a tip: custom color white ribbon by using color sprays to color coordinate with your project. I think it's a nice finishing touch. 

The weather has really cooled off here in SC and it's officially fall!! I bought some stuff to make some more fun fall wreaths and I'll share those soon. 
I've also got a new kit in the Pickled Tink Crafts store and bought some stuff to make more. Go check out everything available :)
Until next time... 
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

W is for Willow

One of the girls in my office is pregnant with her first baby, a girl she is naming Willow. I've been wanting to get back into making sweet personalized baby decor again, so this was my chance. Her nursery is white, gray and lavender with elephants. I just got a a bunch of paper from Maja Designs and included were baby themed papers with elephants!! How lucky was that? I decided to just make a single initial banner piece, mainly because I didn't have all the same style chipboard letters to spell out the whole name. Bummer. But look how cute the one banner piece turned out!!!

I used a chipboard banner piece from a bulk pack that I got to include in some of the Pickled Tink Crafts store kits. They are the perfect size to created these initial banners :) I covered the banner piece with the sweet baby elephant paper. Along the edges of the banner piece I glued some gray scalloped edge lace. Next, I glued a coordinating paper to a piece of chipboard and cut it with a Spellbinders scallop circle die cut. The chipboard letter was painted white and glued to the scallop circle and then glued to the base. Eyelets were added to the holes at the top of the base to make it sturdier. For the ribbon hanger, I dyed the seam binding with Art Anthology Colorations spray and tied it on each side in a messy double bow that I also added some white tulle to.
I can't wait to give it to the mommy-to-be at the baby shower we're throwing her at the office. I really hope she likes it :)

I've been buying stuff to create new kits for the store :) Can't wait to get them all put together and take pics. I'll be finishing up on those tomorrow and will share a link to the store asap!!

Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Fall is in the Air

It's getting cooler here in SC, for the time being anyway. This morning was so nice, but tomorrow will probably be hot again. We have weirdo weather here! I can tell Fall is getting very close because people are asking me to make wreaths again. This is my first wreath of the season and I really like it :)

The base is a grapevine wreath that I added burlap to and then loaded it down with flowers, berries and pumpkins. The A was painted with Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint. The orange chevron bow finishes it off :) The girl I made it for loved it!

I have exciting news about Pickled Tink Crafts online store! It will be featured in the October issue of Scrap n' Art magazine!! I am so excited and can't wait to see what the other designers created with the kit I sent each of them. I'm also working on ideas for new scrapbook and mixed media kits and will update you on those soon :)

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

Linking up to these awesome Linky Parties!! (click on the image below to go directly to the party)

Friday, September 4, 2015

Love My Sweet Girl!

One of the coolest things about being a design team member of Scrap n' Art Online Magazine is the wide range of products we get to work play with every month. And one of my favorites is the digital products from GottaPixel. You can get a free digital kit each month if you subscribe to the magazine. I made these two layouts with the kit from May. 

The kit is very girly with fun papers and embellishments. I created the first layout with flowers and used a picture if Elizabeth and her rainbow bear from Build-a-Bear. 

The second layout is one of my favorites! Love how the colors in our clothing matches the colors of the papers and embellishments :) That is my sweet girl!! I can't believe she will be 4 years old this Sunday. Time sure does fly!

I'm working on more kits for the store :) I have so much fun putting them together.

That's all from me tonight. I'll be back soon with more projects :) Until then....

Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Rusty and Chippy

I love rusty metal and chippy paint and weathered wood. I was in rusty, chippy, weathered heaven when I went to a crop back in July held at a bed and breakfast. Look at these...

LOVE this rusty metal siding!! 

Only Mother Nature can create wonderful, beautiful chippy paint!!

Call me crazy, but I would love an accent wall 
in my living room or bedroom just like this!

I really want to print these images on 12x12 paper and use them in my scrapbooking. Wouldn't they make awesome background papers?! 

I tend to bring my rusty and chippy obsession into my crafting, too. I adore crackle paste and love to distress the edges of all the papers. I bought some rusty metal bells and stars a while back and will be using them in some Christmas crafts soon. Do you like the distressed, rusty and chippy look? or are you more of a clean lines kinda crafter? 

I've been busy putting together some more awesome kits for the Pickled Tink Crafts online store!! Go check out the newest kit that I just added today. It's called Jack & Jill and is packed full of awesomeness!! Here's a peek at the embellishments that are in the kit.

That's all from me tonight. I'll be back soon with some projects. Until then...

Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!