Sunday, June 30, 2013


I am on the Design Team at Digital Delights! I love Wendy's adorable creatures, as well as all of the papers, sentiments and projects...all digital!
I love Digital Delights' stamps because they don't take up any space, and can be resized, flipped, and even come in color if you like!
I love Digital Delights' paper packs because you can print what you waste, and NO organizing tons of paper!
I love Digital Delights' sentiments because they go perfectly with the stamps and can be resized...even used as a background!
And the price is always right.
Join in the
and stop by and enjoy info on the blog
Then, come back here on Thursdays to see my creations using Digital Delights!
Enjoy the journey,

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Posh Pear for Altered Eclectics

As a teen I had to do a lot of things that I didn't like. I am sure you can relate.

But let's not think about that.

Right now, think about what you enjoyed doing as a teenager...creatively, that is.

When I was in tenth grade, my mother brought home a stack of magazines found in an old summer house on a tiny island in Connecticut. These editions were from the early 1900's. I started doing collage with them. I slapped old ads onto barn wood, slate, whatever I came across. I used Elmer's glue and orange shellac.

Soon, I moved away from the old magazines and started doing collage with words and images cut from more recent sources, expressing myself through the combinations. I made myself a purse out of an old lunchbox, and created items for my room using an empty tissue box, a tin can to hold pens and pencils, and the lampshade for my desk light.

Now, after years of drawing and painting classes, and with a love of stamping, here I am back with collage. I am no longer using glue and shellac, but stuff like Mod Podge and Distress inks. I love the look the Distress Inks give this pear. It reminds me so much of the orange shellac I once used.

This pear is my first project for a new altered art blog called, Altered Eclectics.  As a member of the Design Team, I will create an item every month. This is the first of many.

This is a kraft paper pear with a plastic stem. I chose the pear for its beautiful shape.

The following 3 images are my work in progress...
 My materials...a dictionary from a yard sale for 25 cents, a set of pear stamps by Flourishes, a Graphic 45 image of a stamp, and an old paper bag from Cracker Barrel
 (a great place to see old ads on the wall by the way ;-).
 Also used, a black inkpad, Mod Podge, a sponge brush, beads and wire, along with
Distress Inks by Ranger, and a sponge.
I ripped and layered my images and words, then wound the wire around the stem. The leaf was created by stringing beads onto the wire and bending it into shape.
Mod Podge was used as a final coat, then sponging with Distress Inks in Walnut Stain and
 Vintage Photo to give the pear a "pearish" color.
I love the easy flow of creating with this technique. There is no right or wrong...
you just go with it until it makes you happy!
Here are the challenges I am entering this project into:
Please check out the challenges at Altered Eclectics, and join in the creative fun.
So many creations,
 no right or wrong,
 just creations that make us happy!
Enjoy the Journey,

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge - Le Cirque

This card was made with a digi from the Paper Shelter. This card is meant to inspire you to enter the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge...go for it!
It's a fantasy challenge. My fantasy is to be great at be "famous"? No...but I would like to be good at what I do.
I have been a wife, mother and grandmother...a teacher, a baker, and an artist. I have also been a pen pal, a friend, a team member, and an event planner.
What am I good at? I don't know, but I have had a blast trying it all!
I made this card with a big flower cutout on my Cricut. It was actually 8 1/2 inches wide. I centered it on the black card and cut off most of the petal...leaving a sunburst. I used chalks to make the stars with a leftover scrap from Cricut cut stars. Stickles give her feather some shine, silver glitter paper shadows, chrome gems from Michaels, and Prismacolor Pencils with mineral spirits to bring her to life. I shade with color, not black or gray. Bravo is from CTMH.
I am entering this card in some challenges...
Paper Make-up Stamps - Punches and Dies
Lawnscaping Challenge - Dimension
Glitter and Sparkle - Use 3 of Something
Country View Crafts - Die Cuts
Have fun...and get over to Tuesday Throwdown to enter the challenge.

Friday, June 14, 2013

More Masking

I am just loving the black stamped images by Crafty Secrets. Created with another masking technique, the simplicity of the background adds dimension to the images.

I used some silver thread that I have had for YEARS, but as most crafters, years is not all that long, is it?

Liquid Glass by CTMH was used on the hearts to add more dimension. I added a bit of red Prismacolor Marker as an accent. Tiny metal gems from Michael's are used in the bitten off corners, where I used a circle punch to bite them off.

The b&w patterned paper is from a Christmas paper stack by MME.

Lagoon ink by CTMH

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
A.R.T. - Summertime
Aud Sentiments - anything goes
My Heart Pieces - CAS
Crafts and Me Challenge #137 - Vintage
Lady Anne's Stamp Challenge #9 - Anything Goes
Paper Shelter - Pink and White, or Blue and White
Whimsical Designs - Summertime Fun
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes/uplifting sentiment
Craft Room Challenge - Here Comes the Summer
Alota Rubber Stamps - Summer Feeling

Enjoy your Summer!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

CAS Masking Magic

Working on cards for my next class schedule, I am experimenting with all sorts of MASKING.
This card was made with a technique called, "reverse masking". I used some old stamp sets I have held onto forever...See Dee's and CTMH. I used my old chalks, something which is not on trend right now, but I love them so!

I used some Enamel Accents by Ranger in black to make the silhouette shine. The greeting is from a Post Card set by Crafty Secrets.
I am entering this card in these Challenges:
Bearly Mine - Anything Goes
Crazy Amigo - Dots and Circles
Shopping Our Stash - Oldest Stamp
ABC Challenges - O is for Open
Alota Rubber Stamps - Summer Feeling
Crafter's Companion - Summer Inspiration
Crafting Musketeers - Use a Stamped Image
Tok Bobok - Anything Goes

Have Fun,


Sunday, June 9, 2013

Masking Magic

This card was made using a masking technique. I am totally intrigued by the variety of art which can be created using this tried and true way of art.
I love the monochromatic look of this. I used the die cuts as masks over the stamped images.

I made this card using a stamp set call Innoscents, with matching Nestabilities dies
by Heartfelt Creations.

The background was stamped over the masked images. It's an oldie from CTMH.
I am entering this card in the following challenges..
6/14 Allsorts - In the Garden
6/29 The Hobby House - Anything Goes
6/14 Sister Act - Anything Goes
6/14  Four Crafty Chicks - Flowers
7/4 Lady Anne's -Anything Goes
6/12 Paper Shelter - #115 Flower Power
6/18 Bearly Mine - Dies or Punches (Die used to mask matching stamp)
6/18 Creative Card Crew - #37 dies or punches (used a die to mask matching stamp)
Have a super day!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Dad's Plaid Shirt

I only have one key to my heart...and George holds it.  I wanted to use an image from Digital Delights for their challenge, but the hearts I had all had ruffles...and if there's one thing MOST men don't prefer, it's ruffles. So, I cut them off!
I printed the digital stamp and the paper, which is also from DD's on craft cardstock with my Kodak Hero printer. To make the button strip I cut a 1 1/4 by 5 1/4 inch strip of the plaid paper. I scored it with my Martha Stewart  Score Board at 1/4 in on each side. I folded the sides back and stitched it onto the "shirt" with heavy duty thread on my Singer.
 The buttons are threaded with waxed flax and held in place with a Glue Dot. No knot on the back of the button. Simply cross the threads, apply the Glue Dot and trim the excess flax.
 I made two copies of the stamp image. The first one is colored with Inktense Pencils. I used a white Gelly Roll Pen to make stitch marks around the edge of the heart. After cutting away most of the key, I coated the heart with Close To My Heart's Liquid Glass. The other copy I used to make the black key.  The key is covered with Black Enamel Accents by Ranger. I layered the key over the heart where the key was printed.
I decided the card needed something to finish it off, so I cut out 2 small hearts on my Cricut. I coated them with Liquid Glass also, and attached them as shown. Finally I layered the plaid paper onto a white card.
This card is entered into the following challenges:
Digital Delights - For Dad
Anything Goes Challenge Blog - Father's Day
Bearly Mine - Dies or Punches
Creative Card Crew - Dies or Punches
Creative Craft Challenges 2 - For the Fellas
Sweet Stamps - For Dad
Melon Headz Friends - Father's Day
Cards For Men - Father's Day
Digi Darla's - Masculine
Enjoy Father's Day with the One who holds your key!