Monday, July 21, 2008


Just finished this new LO with the July Bad Girls kit. Emma loves to dance around and act silly for the camera now. I am always hearing - Take a picture of me doing this!
This LO was for using fabric in a LO - something I love to do, since I have tons of fabric around from my quilting days. This fabric is by my favorite designer, Kaffe Fassett. Isn't it yummy!! :)
I have been slacking off a little this summer so I haven't been blogging as much. Since Mark is home for a couple of months before starting back to work we have been doing lots of family stuff and just wrapping up after the sale of our business. We went to St. Augustine last week and we are leaving for Daytona for a couple of days tomorrow!! Emma is getting a nice little tan. I am so excited that I am going to meet my friend, Audrey IRL!! That has been the coolest thing about blogging - getting to know other creative people that share your interests!
Hope you are all having a great summer! I'll catch up with you later!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Mixed Media Monday - Let's Have Tea

I played along with MMM this week and the theme is 'Let's Have Tea'.

My piece is 5x8 and I started by painting a piece of chipboard and layering Golden fluid acrylics. Using punchinella I pushed texture paste through for some background texture. Added a Cosmo Cricket rub on, then collaged sheet music and a party list, cut the tea cup from some Asian fabric I had and stitched it down. I put a tea bag under the cup with the tag hanging out for dimension and smell. Then stamped some words and added the title - felt by Making Memories.

I have been enjoying playing with some mixed-media projects!!

Monday, July 14, 2008

July Scrapmuse Projects

This month I also played with the add on kits that Traci had at Scrapmuse, so most of my LOs also include some of the add on embellishments. The July Newsletter just came out - you can see it here. I wrote an article on different ways to use paint in your LOs.

I so love the way Em looks in this picture- such a summery feel to this one. I die cut the floral paper with the Accucut at Scrappy Papers and edged it with white paint and also used the punchinella in the kit as a stencil.

I borrowed these pictures from 1982 from my mom. I am the oldest of my brothers and sister.

Working in an 81/2 X 11 is not my usual format, but I loved it! It seemed so quick and fun! I will be trying this again. The flowers on the side are an October Afternoon stamp that I stamped onto cardstock and cut out.

I painted under the title on this page to make it stand out. The little birds are a OA rub on and the journal stamp and flowers are from the OA stamp set.

This one you have probably already seen- it is my favorite of my LOs this month.

We are mostly better now around our house and I am trying to catch up with everything and on top of that there was a huge lightning storm in our neighborhood on Sunday and it fried anything that wasn't on a surge protector all around us! We were really lucky - it only got our DVD player and internet modem. Mark is always good to keep our electronics on a surge protector. That is a lot cheaper than replacing a computer or TV! Hope you all are having a great start to the week! :)

Friday, July 11, 2008

Couple of new LOs & Blog Award

Just a couple of LOs I did using the June Bad Girls kit!

I so love this photo of us kissing! I soaked the photo in water for about 20 minutes and then sanded - I think I got a little crazy with the sanding, though! I saw Tim Holtz do this technique on his blog - where you stamp an image in clear embossing powder and paint over it - let the paint set up a bit and then wipe away. The embossing acts as a resist showing the paper below. I thought it turned out pretty cool! I tried lots of different paints but the only one that worked well for me was the Adirondack Dobbers. I guess the paint is pretty thick.

These photos have been printed since last summer and I could never get them to work out right in a LO until this one. The challenge was using strips of paper - which is a different look for me. But I do like the end result!

And last but not least, I want to thank my friend Karen for giving me this award! Thanks so much!! I am flattered that anyone would like my blog enough to nominate it!! ;)

Well, the weekend is finally here and we are still sick at our house! I hate the summer flu!! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! :)

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

July PHutch Sketches

These are the LOs I did for PHutch Sketches this month. The first one is my favorite and is a two-page LO that I did all digital. The kit is by Little Dreamer Designs. I blended 2 papers together - the green and the yellow gingham so I was more impressed with myself than I should be. lol
The second is the one-page LO and I moved the photos around some because my photos blurred together too much all in one group. Em looked so cute making her b-day wish.

I was never much of a card maker before, but I am starting to enjoy the small format and using my scraps from other projects.

It has been a crazy week for me. We were out of town and then Em got a stomach virus for the first time. She says that vomiting is "disgusting". I had to laugh with her expressions. She talks so much like an adult now. At a restaurant this week, she told the waitress "Excuse me, ma'am. But I don't like this water. May I have some tea?" We all just busted out laughing because how many 3 year olds talk like that? BTW- don't try to give Em any city water - she doesn't like the chlorine taste! LOL She seems to be feeling better this evening. It is so hard to see your kids sick. Isn't it?
Got to get busy on some projects I want to submit to Somerset. I have been told that I will never be pubbed if I don't submit. Hmmmm. Maybe that is the problem. I should give that a try. ; )

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Mixed Media Monday

I have been wanting to try to combine my scrapbooking and love of mixed media so I thought I would try to start doing some of the challenges at Mixed Media Monday.

I began working on a piece of chipboard, using a stencil and rubbing molding paste through it and after it was dry a coat of gesso. I have several layers of paint that are stenciled or drybrushed on and wiped away to give a sheet layer. The photo was soaked in water and then the edges sanded to remove the emulsion and then painted with a wash of Golden acrylic. The words are rub-ons and the tiles are Scrabble tiles. The felt lace at the bottom is by Prima, as are the black jewels. The fabric tab is by Amy Butler and I sewed it on and added a brad by CI.

It was freeing to work so messily and to just let the project go where it wanted. I will definitely try this again! Happy 4th, everyone!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

About a Boy

Just had to share the LO I showed in the sneak peek earlier this week.

I thought the papers from the July Scrapmuse kit were perfect for this adorable picture of Mark. I think this was around 1970- can't you tell by the pants? lol

We are talking about paint a lot this month & I stamped the stars with acrylic paint and a foam stamp. I love all of the little owls that are so trendy right now. It gives me a real 'flashback' , not that I was even born then. lol I'm sure some of you will remember this style firsthand, though! ;)
I'll get the rest of the kit LOs published later on. Bye for now!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Altered Flower Box

I altered this wooden box that contained Prima Velvet Roses for a contest at Prima - called Easy to be Green.

The photo I used is of my great-grandmother, Helen Netcott Main and the button is from a fur coat she owned. I love this photo and cannot believe how much my mom resembles her.

I first coated the box with a light coat of gesso and wiped part of it away and then collaged torn prima papers with gel medium. Then inked the edges of the box to distress and then dry brushed the entire box with another coat of gesso and wiped away again. I finished with another coat of gel medium to seal.

The interior was painted with gesso and paper on back and partially on interior sides. I added dimension to the photo and velvet rose by layering pieces of foam core board to build a base for them. I used glimmer mist on the rose to add a little more color and found a vintage hankie to frame out the photo.

I am quite pleased with the end result. I have wanted to use this photo for a long time and wanted to display it with the button so this worked perfectly! The other contest entries were beautiful, so I will be waiting to see who the winners are. My fingers are crossed! lol And even it I don't win it will be a lovely addition to my home!