Monday, November 13, 2017

Jolly Santa Claus Christmas Ornament

Hey there artsy friends! Can't believe it almost the middle of November already! Next week is Thanksgiving! Where oh where did the year go?

I've been working on more Christmas ornaments. I really love this one :)

The ornament base is a round chipboard coaster that I covered in paper from Authentique Festive Collection. Next is a plastic snowflake from the Dollar Tree (comes in pack of 10). The Santa Claus is from a pack of 10 tags. 

Tucked in behind Santa is a silk holly leaf with berries that I added Clear Glitter Stickles to add some Christmas sparkle. I added a little silver and white pom pom to Santa's hat as well as some of the same Stickles to the top of his hat. The "25" is from a die cut pack that I've had for awhile. 

I used small round letter beads to spell out "jolly". The edges were covered in sparkly fake snow. The hanger is a piece of 1/2 inch white organza ribbon.

The Art House is still not completely organized and cleaned. Actually, it's still kind of a disaster. lol Maybe one day it will all be finished. I have made a couple more ornaments that I'll share soon.

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

Saturday, October 28, 2017

First Christmas Ornament of 2017

Hello again friends! It's two month until Christmas and is unseasonably warm for the end of October here in South Carolina, but I'm making Christmas ornaments already! Today I'm sharing the first one I made to give to a co-worker who is leaving to home school her daughter. Bless her! I don't think I would have been able to do that and my kids or me surviving that! hahahhaha.
Anyway, here is the ornament I made for her :)

The base is a chipboard coaster that I covered in paper from the Authentique Festive Collection: "Merry" two sided paper. I used Liquitex Matte Gel as my adhesive for this project. I added an acrylic snowflake ornament that I got in a pack of 10 from the Dollar Store. I used the Sizzix Stampin' Up! Bigz Elegant Bird die cut to create the dove. It's die cut from the same Festive Collection: "Yuletide" two sided paper. I love the green swirl with holly leaves and berries design. 

The flower is a Petaloo Textured Elements Burlap bird nest flower that I added to the center of the dove. The edges of the dove and the base were painted with Tsukeneko Radiant Neon Amplify in White. Then I added fake snow that you can get in the Christmas section at Walmart. Finally, I added a hanger using a tinsel pipe cleaner. 
I love how this turned out and so did my co-worker!! I'll be making more of these and I have ideas for some round ones, too. I'll share them as they are completed. 

I've also been working on rearranging the Art House. I think I finally have the big furniture pieces where I want them, now just need to work on organizing all the small stuff and supplies. I'll take pics and share those soon, too.

That's all from me today! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Carolina Gamecock Wreaths

Hello again crafty friends! I've been busy the last couple of weeks making wreaths, specifically Carolina Gamecock wreaths.

The first wreath is for my aunt and is made with 21 inch garnet burlap Deco-Mesh, 10 inch black Deco-Mesh, white mesh tubing, black and garnet ribbon and a Carolina Gamecock license plate.

The second wreath is for my daughter, Amber and is made with the same Deco-Mesh and mesh tubing, but I used black sequin waste ribbon, football print ribbon and Carolina Gamecock ribbon. 

While I was in the wreath making mode, I also made a cute Christmas wreath, but haven't had a chance to take pictures yet. I'll share that one soon.

I'm also starting to make Christmas ornaments and will share those soon, too.
That's all from me today. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Mini Pallet Fall Banner

Hello again crafty friends! I'm on a roll posting this week, I guess because I was pretty creative this past weekend. 😄 I made this banner yesterday out of the mini pallets that I got from Oriental Trading.

First, I painted each mini pallet and the chipboard letters with Gesso. The mini pallets were painted with aqua blue and turquoise paint. The letters were painted a bright orange and glued to the pallets. 

Once the glue was dried, each pallet was strung onto orange seam binding and then tied random blue and orange ribbons on the seam binding on either side and in between each pallet.  

I hung the banner on a mantel piece that is on the Art House porch. It came out of my grandparent's house and is around 100 years old. When the house was remodeled years ago, this mantel was removed and was stored in their barn. A couple of years ago, my cousin who now owns the house gave it to me. 

My plan was to create a headboard with the mantel, but it needs some work. So for now, I just knocked off the paint that had peeled off of it and put it on the porch. I rather like it there. 😉

That's all from me for now. I'll be back soon with more creations.
Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Shabby Wood Pumpkin

Hello again crafty friends! I'm back to share the second wood pumpkin that I painted and decorated with a junk bow. This pumpkin is painted with orange, turquoise, lime green and a little touch of pink. I love the shabbiness of it!

 The bow is a mix of coordinating ribbons: 2 inch wide light brown with light blue polka dots, 2 inch wide light blue with pink rose pattern and a 1 1/2 inch frilly bright blue. 

I know this pumpkin is not your normal, traditional style of Fall decor, but I love it!!

I wish I had ordered more of these pumpkins. Hmmmm, maybe I'll have to place another order :)
Another thing I ordered at the same time as the pumpkins were cute little pallets. I haven't quite decided what to do with them. There are some on Pinterest decorated as coasters that were cute. I'll keep looking at them and decide soon. Maybe a banner? We'll see.

That's all from me today. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Wood Pumpkin with Junk Bow

Hello again crafty friends! It's finally Fall, but still hot here in SC. Hopefully it will cool off a bit and feel like Autumn. In the meantime, I've been working on a couple of Fall projects. I found some cute 18 inch wood pumpkins on the Oriental Trading website and painted, then decorated them with junk bows.

This is the first one I painted orange with a slight sparkle. The junk bow is made with a 2 inch wide wire edge black and white decorative ribbon from Michaels, a 1/2 inch wide shear orange polka-dot ribbon, a 1 inch wide brown and white jute ribbon, a 1 inch wide green and cream striped ribbon from Stampin' Up!, an orange pom pom trim from Stampin' Up! and a piece of crinoline from my wedding dress. It's all held together and tied around the pumpkin stem with green pipe cleaners that I wrapped around a pen to create the curls. 

I love making these kind of bows! It's a great way to use up scrap ribbons and trim. I try to choose ribbons and trims that contrast in colors and textures and different widths. 

I made a second pumpkin that I painted orange, but then added turquoise, a brown stain and some cream to distress it. I will share that one tomorrow.

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

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sweet Boy

Hello there! I have been away from the blog far too long again. I haven't done much crafting lately, so haven't had much to share. A couple of weeks ago, my grandson Grayson's other grandmommy posted a picture of him on Facebook and when I saw it, it took my breath away. I just had to create a digital page of it. Look how beautiful he is!

I used downloads from E-Scape and Scrap online digital store. The kits I used are Boys by Bee Creation and Equinoxes & Solstices by Dutch Dream Designs. I also used downloads from The Lily Pad: Photo-Graphic Torn Layers by Dawn Inskip

One thing that has kept me busy away from crafting is actually listing more craft supply items in the PTC Etsy store. If you like to incorporate decorative metal pieces in your art creations, check these out. Here is the link to my store:

Thanks for stopping by today. Hopefully I will get some creating in this weekend and will share something again soon. Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

A Perfect Work of Art

Hey there crafty friends! I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while. Between my trip to Florida and a couple of busy work weeks, there just hasn't been enough time in the day to create much. I have squeezed in a little time the last few days to work on some digital scrapbooking. 

For this page, I used a new kit called Gypsy from The Lily Pad on this page. Love the bright colors, the paisley papers, the flowers and the feathers! 

I've been playing around with some different techniques on and then created the scrapbook pages in the My Memories program. 

Both pages feature my sweet granddaughter Elizabeth. She is growing up way too fast. This year she starts kindergarten!! Time please slow down!

School starts back here in just three weeks and I think even though the summer has been nice to sleep a little late, it will be good to get back on a good schedule. My son Dakota will be a senior this year! Again, time needs to slow down! He's excited to go back to school. I think he's tired of cleaning house and mowing grass. lol

Thanks for stopping by. I'll be back soon to share more fun pages.
Until next time....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Grayson & the Dinosaurs

Hey again crafty friends! I hope you are doing well :) I am on my last day in Florida visiting the bestest artsy friend and her family. It has been a trip to remember. I will post pictures of sunrises and junk shop goodies that we found soon.
Today, I'm sharing two digital pages I created of/for my grandson Grayson who loves dinosaurs. When I ran across this cute dinosaur digital kit, I had to have it! I found it on The Digi Chick by Sweet Digi Scraps Designs.

This is Grayson pretending to look through binoculars.
Could he be looking for dinosaurs? He is such a ham!

I created this so I can print it off and frame it for his room.
I think I'm going to use this kit to also make some cards for him. I am pretty sure he would love a dinosaur birthday card! Although his birthday was in April, lol. Maybe next year. Or perhaps dinosaurs wear Santa hats and decorate Christmas trees? Ahh yes! Christmas cards with dinosaurs on them! He. Would. Love. It!

I will share more creations soon, including a cool new paint technique that Kristie taught me while I was here this week. It's called acrylic pouring and the results are so cool!!!

What have you created lately? I would love to see!

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

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Tyvek®. What It It and What Do You Do With It?

Hey there crafty friends! I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July! I am actually in Florida visiting my awesome art friend Kristie this week. I have missed her so much and we finally just get to hang out and make art :) Something I have been working with recently is Tyvek®. What is Tyvek® you ask? It is a product by Dupont™ and according to Wikipedia, Tyvek® is flashspun high-density polyethylene fibers, a synthetic material. I have been using Tyvek envelopes from the post office and painting them with acrylic paints. Today, I used Art Anthology paints to create some pretty amazing beads and even a cool looking rose. Check these out.....

Gold on the outside and then used strips of a plastic candy
wrapper to create the green/gold band around the center.

Pink with Gold. Love how the Art Anthology paint cracks
on the Tyvek when heated.

This rose was an experiment. I like how it turned out.

I have been experimenting with different types of paint and really like the appearance of the cracks in the Art Anthology paints. It looks somewhat antique to me. You know, like chippy paint. I usually paint one side of the Tyvek with a metallic paint and the other side with at least one other color. Both sets of beads and the rose were made from the same sheet with Gold metallic on one side and half pink, half orange on the other side. For the beads, I cut it in strips, wrapped them around a dowel and heat with a heat gun until I liked the consistency. For the rose, I started with a loose bead and began wrapping layers of petal shapes around the bead, heating each layer until I got the size and look I wanted. So. Much. Fun!!!

So now that you know what Tyvek is and sort of have a sense of what you can do with it, go give it a try!!! I would love to see what you create!!

That's all from me tonight. I'll be back soon with more artsy stuff! Until next time...

Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Nolan's 1st Birthday Digital Art Pages

Hey there crafty friends! So glad you dropped in for a visit! Today I am sharing three digital art pages that I created of my grandson Nolan's 1st birthday party. Can't believe he's 1 year old already. Time is going by way too fast.

Most of the papers and elements in all three pages are from Mischief Circus with a kit called Oh Happy Day.

His birthday party was circus themed and this kit is PERFECT!

Look at that precious face!!!

This page has Nolan eating his birthday cake
under the big tent and his big brother Grayson
selling tickets for the event!

This page shows just what a little ham he is :)
I made many more pages commemorating this wonderful milestone. I want to have them made into a book very soon. I will share more pages with you soon. Thanks for stopping by today!
Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Pink Flamingo Lemonade

Hello again crafty friends! I hope you are doing great! I have spent the weekend being somewhat lazy as my knee is still giving me trouble. So what to do while the leg is propped up with an ice pack on it? Creating digital art of course! I found some new downloads on Sweet Shoppe Designs called Pink Flamingo Lemonade by Jenn Barrette & Tickled Pink Studio. I love Pink Flamingos and I love the pink and yellow color combo, so I had to have this kit :) My first project was this cute 12 x 12 layout that would look so cute printed out and framed. 


The second page I created is also a 12 x 12 scrapbook layout of my granddaughter. I love her happy and adventurous spirit! She loves to dance and sing and she loves doing videos. These photos capture just a bit of her energy :)

I love all the colorful flowers and other elements in this kit and will be using it a lot! I created more pages using other new kits I found and I'll share those soon. One has dinosaurs, my grandson Grayson's favorite! I'll share those soon :)

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

Sunday, May 28, 2017


Hello crafty friends! I hope you are enjoying this beautiful Memorial Day weekend. It's sunny and getting hot here in the good ol' SC. Summer is definitely on it's way! I've been working on digital pages again, specifically pages of my grandson Nolan's 1st birthday party. It was circus themed and my daughter outdid herself with all the decorations. I will share those pages once they are complete. Meanwhile, I switched gears a little and created this cute little coffee sign.

I purchased most of the elements on this sign from The Lily Pad and they are from the Bold & Strong kit created by Valéria Piemonte at Little Butterfly Wings.

Do you love coffee? I love coffee no matter the time of year, even on the hottest Summer days. I have a little corner in my kitchen where I keep my two coffee machines, yes, you read that right, my two coffee machines. lol One is a regular 10 cup coffee maker and the other is a single cup coffee maker. I told you I love coffee :) I have some coffee signs in that corner already, but am going to print this one off and add it. I always joke with my friends who like Starbucks, to me it's overpriced. I'm more of a gas station coffee kinda girl, but even better, I make a whole pot at home and enjoy it all day on the weekends :)

I hope you enjoy the rest of this long weekend. I'm going to try and finish up Nolan's birthday pages. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Chipboard Mermaid Transformed

Hey there crafty friends! I'm back to share a cute little chipboard mermaid that I want to use on a scrapbook page. The mermaid is from Creative Embellishments and I used gel pens to add shimmery color to her.

I want to add some more bling to her before she goes on my page, but I just wanted to share how simple it is to transform the plain chipboard into a cute embellishment. This is what they look like fresh out of the packaging.

Cute, huh? My love of mermaids started a couple of years ago when I went on a cruise to Cozumel. Before the cruise, we visited a friend in Tarpon Springs, Florida, where there is a mermaid statue and just about everywhere you look are mermaids in art, jewelry, clothing, etc. We saw more mermaids in Cozumel and I just fell in love with their mystical powers.
Do you love mermaids, too? I have a different set of chipboard mermaids for sale in my Etsy store HERE and you can also find mermaid themed scrapbook paper HERE or an ocean themed mixed media kit that includes a chipboard mermaid HERE.

I'll be back soon with more projects. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!