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'!!