"My darling girl, when are you going to realize that being normal is not necessarily a virtue?
It rather denotes a lack of courage."

~Practical Magic~

Digital Freebie Update

Just to let you know.
The digital freebies found on the right hand sidebar have been updated and now are ready for downloading.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Happy New Year

Hope, everyone has had a peaceful and Happy Winter holiday's season celebration.

This poor old Blog of mine sure has been neglected this year.

Not, for a want of some great crafty, scrappy ideas or projects that I have come across in my blogger travels .
There are some wonderful techniques and projects out there that have been shared.

 To many Hats for me and not enough hands for the day ! ; )

Still here, though  : )

Looking forward to a Fresh New Year!
  I am going to attempt to clean up and organize this blog.
Hoping, it will make it a little easier to find links and projects I have shared with you all in the past and will be bringing to you in this New Year.

To end off the last post of the year for me.

I just want to give you a little update on what is happening with the ladies at the "Sisterhood of Scrap" Forum for the month of January.
Going to be some fun Challenges for you all.

Come on over and join the girls at Sisterhood of Scrap (SOS)! This is a great place to hang out, meet other like-minded crafters, and have a good time!! January happenings at SOS:

*We are going to be having a photo challenge by our esteemed photographer Sonya!! (Can't wait for this one!).
*Maggi is going to present a Photo Shop Elements (PSE) Challenge along with some tuts!!
*Colleen, our culinary queen, is going to host a Recipe Challenge of sorts!!
*We are going to be presenting a "Sister Blog" of the month!! Not telling you who the first one will be 'cause I don't know!
*We are going to be having a one-hour crop on January 23d hosted by Helen!
*We are going to be holding a "January White Sale" Contest (that will be flipping amazing!) with a prize to be won.
*And there will be a few other things too, but I can't tell you yet...
Come on over and join in!! Looking forward to seeing you over there soon!!

Thanks to, Helen for this update!

For those of you who are staying home to quietly bring in the New Year of 2011.

Scrapadabadoo will be hosting a New Year's Eve bash with projects and prizes to help bring in the Mo Jo for 2011!
 You must send off an email  to be eligible to participate in the prize drawings.

Laura Denison of "Following the Paper Trail" will be teaming up with Scrapadabadoo
for the New Years Eve Bash!

Here is a little preview of a project she will be working on with everyone.

You may find video tutorials for some of her other projects on her USTREAM Channel.

Couple of Projects of hers that I tried over the Holiday Season

Recipe Card Holders

PB and J Album
 Hoping, the New Year finds you all with many Blessings along the way.

Thanks for stopping by : )

Monday, November 1, 2010

25 Days of Card Making Challenge

The Sisters are at it again!
Need a push to help get those Holiday Cards  ready?

Starting Monday, November 1st, the DT and Carla and Helen will be posting a daily card challenge, tutorial, or other goodie to challenge you to make 25 cards by the end of the month of November!! A new challenge will be posted every day for 25 days! That is right!! 25 of them! You will have until November 30th to complete them, and upload to the thread the challenge came from! Easy Peasy!!!

It can be Christmas cards, any other type of card, note card, even an ATC!!!

If you don't make cards or such, than you can use the daily challenges for layouts!!!

How it will work is like this...

For every challenge that you do, and Helen will be keeping a close eye on this, your name will go into a hat for a chance to win the grand prize which is donated by Carla!!!

So stay tuned, and get ready for some serious card making!!!

The first card challenge has been posted!

Also let's not forget all the other fun challenges that will be posted for the month of November!  Hope to see you there :)


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

Wishing you all a safe and Happy Halloween

Sunday, October 24, 2010

How To...

This past week I spent some time just hopping around the Blogger World.
I came upon 2 tutorials that I knew I just had to try.

I thought I would share the links with you, just in case you had not discovered them yet.

The first one, is for the beautiful flowers seen in this  lo of my eldest Granddaughter.
(Yes, I know I spelled Nicaragua wrong : ) !

You may found the tutorial here courtesy of "Scrap Factory" .
There is a language translator there in case you need it.

The next is for the overly grunge and crumpled paper you will find here in the lo of my youngest Grand Daughter.

I have seen this technique on other layouts and loved the result, just not sure of a good way to go about achieving it.
 I found this tutorial to be very helpful.
 Thanks to "Scraps of Reflection" for posting this tutorial !

I also wanted to share my own tip with you today.
For my chipboard in the lo above, I used White Puffy Paint and a few drops of Alcohol Ink to achieve the desired color and texture I wanted to add to my chipboard.
No worries about adding the extra liquid to your Puffy Paint.
Works just fine!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Spooky Blog Haunt

Thought I would share with you , this "Spooky Blog Haunt" going on at Paper Secrets.

Well worth spending the time to visit all the Haunting happening on this Hop.

All kinds of Holiday inspiration to get you started in the Halloween spirit.
Not to mention all the Treats that are being offered along the way.

 Thanks go out to Rochelle one of the Sisters on the Sisterhood of Scrap and one of the stops along the way.

Having a great time and finding plenty of inspiration!

you can start your Haunted hop here.

Have fun :)


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

It's a Pajama Party !

You haven't been to a Pajama Party that's been as FUN as this one promises to be :-) Colleen and Helen have been BUSY preparing for this weekend's festivities. Come in your pajamas -- don't forget to post a pic! LOL!

We're scrappin', sharing techniques, watching a movie, and having a ton of fun! We're finishing up the crop with our One-Hour challenge -- you don't wanna miss this one! Lots of prizes to be won!

Join us in the forum, and bring along a friend!


Starts Friday, October 15th at 3pm EST and will end Saturday October 16th at 10pm EST.


Friday, October 8, 2010

Card Holder and a Little Extra.

Hope you all had fun this past weekend celebrating World Card Making Day!
I was able to fit in a few Card Color Challenges.
 For the Mini Crop over at the "Sisterhood of Scrap"  Forum.
 I posted a Card Holder Tutorial. If you would like to try it, out the instructions may be found here.

Here is the Holder I created for this tutorial.

As I mentioned in my last post, I am now on the Design Team at the "Sisterhood of Scrap".

This past Monday I posted my first Monday Challenge.
Here is the layout created for this challenge...you can see what the challenge consisted of here.

Here are a few cards I was able to fit in over the past weekend for the WCD Challenges.

Just to let you know, the Sisters have a "Spook-tacular"  Challenge up for the month of October.
Stop on by and check it out!

Also, there are some fun plans in the works for the Weekend of October 15th and 16th!!

Hope you all have a creative and happy weekend! Thanks for stopping by :)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

World Card Making Day Crop

Today is World Card Making Day!

All around the Web you will find many Crops and challenges to help get you started on those Holiday Cards or just any type of card making that you need to get finished.

The Sisterhood of Scrap is one of those stops you should add to your list.
There will be challenges , tutorials and RAK prizes to be found there!

You have until Monday to create and post your different cards and projects!
Plenty of inspiration to get you started.

Hope to see you there!
PS. just a little Toot from me, I am now part of the Design Team! WOOOOHOOO!!


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Under the Harvest Moon

 For the better part of the Month of September, I have been working on ATC's for a RAK Challenge hosted on the "Sisterhood of Scrap" Forum.

I received some very beautiful cards, created by a group of very talented and crafty ladies.
It was nice to be able to touch and see the different techniques and styles in 3 dimension rather than as a photograph.
Thank you so much ladies, I love and appreciate them all.

Thought I would share with you the ATC's I created for the swap.

"Under the Harvest Moon" Series 1-14

Also a  layout of my new Granddaughter with myself and her Grandfather.

And one of her big Sister at the Pumpkin Farm near my home.

Thanks for stopping by  : )
If you get the chance,stop on back by in the next day or so.
 I will have some details for you about a mini crop this coming Saturday.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Art Journal

You may have noticed a New Button on my sidebar, Creative Every Day.

A while back I purchased an Art Book with the intent to journal, sketch or just whatever.

Created a cover for it and designed the front, then froze!
Nothing like blank pages staring at you and no idea to moving on to the next step.

Browsing around the web I came across the Blog "Creative Everyday" and thought this is the perfect jump off point I needed.
I love the Artwork that this talented lady creates.

Though I don't submit my pages to the site. I still enjoy the creative prompts and follow along.

My goal is to use this journal to try different techniques and mediums together.
A way to expand my use of products and widen my horizon when it comes to my creative outlet.

This first page is inspired by the word "Life".

Growing up in an area, that is influenced on a daily basis, by the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Nation. I have always been intrigued by the Medicine Wheel and it's use in one's daily life.
Nothing fancy , just a little personal something for me to go to.

The second page in my Journal , sort of took a life of it's own.
Using only a Versa Mark Ink Pad and chalk.
The principal for this page is based on the game of looking at the clouds and finding an image.
Using chalk and a brush I let the images come forth from the page.
How surprised I was to find ( through my own eyes) what looked to be a young girl sitting on the edge of a cliff watching the sun set.
Using my chalk to bring out the image a little clearer.

This next page is influenced by the word "Fire" and a sketch created by AnnMaree a sister from the "Sisterhood of Scrap" Forum.
Using Gesso and a comb to add texture to my page. Covered over with first water color then Alcohol Ink.
The next step , I stamped with Versa Mark ,using one of my favorite leaf stamps in my collection. Then embossed with Ultra Thick Utee.
Proceeding next to masking my page with a tree silhouette and painting over the top with brown acrylic paint.
Transferring my photo onto canvas.

This page represents the stage I am at in my physical life.

Well, that is it for today , hope you will stop by and check out "Creative Everyday".

As always Thank You for stopping by "Welcome to My Craft World"

Friday, September 3, 2010

A Little of This and a Little of That

Hope all is well in your world.
Has been a very busy month of August for me her in My World.

First, I would like to introduce you all to my new Grand Daughter Sydney Elizabeth.
I know I may be partial but...isn't she the sweetest?
August 29 TH she made her arrival. All is well.

A Primitive Door Hanger I just finished up for the arrival of Fall.

A close up of the buttons. They were my G.G. Aunt Alice's. Perfect for any Primitive project!

A close up of the Sunflower.

Challenges I have been working on hosted by the Sisters of the Sisterhood of Scrap Forum for the month of August.

ATC Card

Summer Sizzle and Sketch Blog Challenges hosted by the Sisterhood of Scrap

Another sweet Grand Daughter of mine.

and another
My Aunt & Uncle when the got engaged.

Summer Sizzle Challenge/ Vintage Images are from old Sheet Music sized and turned to Black and white.

Summer Sizzle ABC Challenge/ tough one here... a list of products from A-Z to be used on One layout.

On the list was to use the Alphabet , I snuck mine in by adding them to my flowers.Hey, whatever works! Right?

Next is a little door hanger for my Grand Daughter's room. As of Sunday she has a new little Sister and will soon be moving into a big girl's room.
Hoping this makes the transition a little smoother for her.

Now this was really a different type of Challenge and I recommend that everyone should give this a try! It will really make you look at your photos in a whole new light.
First take a photo

Next create a sketch based on your photograph.

Then Create a layout based on your sketch! Wonderful way to create those layouts when you are feeling a little stuck for inspiration.
Last , but not the least A layout created from the August One Hour Sketch Challenge. Love this monthly challenge...though my Craft room always needs a major cleanup when I am done.

That's it for now, will be back soon! I hope!
Take care :)

Monday, August 16, 2010

New Sketch Challenge Blog !

Just thought I would pass on this new Sketch Challenge Blog to you all.

Sometimes, we all get a little stuck on where to begin when looking to Scrap all those wonderful photos and memories.

Heading to your favorite go to for Scrapbook Sketches can really be a such a helpful hand.
Here is a new one you can add to the mix!

The Sisterhood of Scrap has started a new Sketch Blog!!!

Not only is it a great place to find some awesome inspiration, it is also a place to try your own hand at designing a sketch!!
There is also a weekly draw for some fun prizes

So stop on by and check it out and join in the fun and give the Sisters a shout out!
Hope you have a Scrappy, Crafty Week : )

Friday, July 23, 2010

From Sauce to Bath Soak

Thought I would share with you today, a fun project.
Created from an empty Spaghetti Sauce jar.

It has a some what weathered look, but I think this little jar would be perfect for a beach house bathroom shelf.

Soak in hot soapy water to remove all labels. Let dry completely.

Using Puffy Paint, cover the jar a section at a time. Then hit it with the heat gun to get it to puff.
Make sure you work in sections as the jar WILL get hot.
Wait in between sections for the jar to cool down.

I found this awesome Mermaid Graphic here at the Graphics Fairy.
Also the Starfish for the tag.

Print out the images onto Homemade Paper to lend sturdiness.
Cover over with glossy medium for protection .
Finish up the jar by adding, fiber that is macrame adding in some wooden beads.
Tie around the top edge of your jar, then add your tag.

For the lid, first add a light coat of Gesso, for some tooth.
After the Gesso has dried, paint a very light blue using acrylic paint.
Finish up by wiping on and off some green for added dimension and age.

In the well of the lid.
Fill it up...with again Glossy Medium and add some shells.
Then ever so lightly sprinkled in seed beads.
Letting this cure for a couple of days.
Proceeded to paint over the sides of the lid with glossy medium.

That's it! Easy Peasy and fun to try.
Thanks for stopping by My World and I apologize for the time lapse in between posts. Sometimes Life just calls for my attention :)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

How's your Summer Going?

Mine has been very busy since the beginning.
All the usual things that one does to get ready.

I have not abandoned my blog.. in fact I do have some projects to share with you all.

I hope you all are enjoying your summer :)

Will be back soon as always thanks for stopping by my world!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Altered Shadow Box

A little project created for the May 15Th Design Team reveal over on the Create It-Green Challenge Blog.

The challenge was to create a project using a Square or Squares.
I thought it would be fun to use a Cigar box to create a Shadow Box for my kitchen to go along with my Flower Basket.

Cutting off the lid with an exacto knife I used the lid as my insert.

Painting my box with some crackle paint to lend an aged look.
Paint the outside and inside sides of the box.
Covering the back with black adhesive felt for a finished look.
Using brads and floral wire for the hanger.

For the appliques I again used the same material as my Flower basket.
Material is from an outdated Upholstery Sample Book.

Apply the flower fabric to double sided fusible webbing.

Draw flowers on the back of the paper of the fusible webbing, cut out flowers and iron onto your fabric square that will be used as the background.

Proceed to sew around your appliqued flowers using a Zigzag stitch or by hand.
Using a straight running stitch for the stems.

Print out quote on to Iron on transfer paper and apply to fabric.
Taking your square and center onto your Cigar box top , staple to the back.
Slip into your box and there you have it!

Fun compliment to the Flower Basket.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend !! : )

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Earth Day Blog Hop Update

Hi folks :)
Hope you all had a fun time with the Create It- Green Earth Day Blog Hop.
Again I apologize that I was unable to continue in the hop.
A big Congratulations to all the winners of the wonderful prizes contributed by our generous sponsors!!

I thought I would share with you my other Create It Green Project that I had prepared for the hop.

Fun and easy aprons!! Created from t-shirts!
These are very simple and fast to create.

For my project I used 3 different digital donated by our sponsors.

Butterfly by The Digi Shack
Flower Cart by Fred She Said
Weeder by KLM Designs

Printed them out,colored and scanned them into my computer to be printed out onto Iron on Transfer paper.

Instructions for T- shirt Apron

1. Take an old t-shirt and spread out flat.

2. Cut under the arm sleeve straight across under the other arm sleeve.

3. Cut and remove the hem from the bottom of your t- shirt.
This will create your apron strings.

4. Next you will fold over to one side, both sides of the top of your t- shirt 2 inches.
Cut down about 1/2 an inch and 1 inch apart, fold back up.

5.Weave your hem strip through the slits.

That's it fast and a quick fix when you are in need of an apron.

Now, you may take it one step further by adding a pocket or any other embellishments that you may like.
finishing off the edges by folding edges in and closing with a hand stitch both the top and the bottom.

Depending on the size of your t-shirt will determine the size of your apron.

Hope you found this helpful !
As always thanks for stoppiong by my little corner of the Crafty World :)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Earth Day Blog Hop - Day One


Welcome to Create It- Green's Earth Day Blog Hop!! Thanks so much for joining us!

If you are following along you should have arrived here via the very creative Jennifer.

Is her project today just about the cutest !! love it!

If you just happened upon this blog and didn't realize a blog hop was taking place, please go back to Create It Green and start the hop.

You won't want to miss all the Earth Day inspiration or the amazing prizes from our generous sponsors! Make sure you leave a comment on each blog on the hop since winners will be drawn from the comments!!

Today's project I would like to share with you is a child's hat created from 3 t-shirts that were destined for my Husbands rag bin.
Also a very simple way to gussy up a child's T-shirt and help get the message out, to help protect our environment.

After all, isn't this all about saving the Earth and her many resources for future generations!
You will find the pattern and simple instruction here for the infant hat provided by Prudent Baby.

I did end up creating my own pattern from a smaller hat that was very similar in style to the one in the link. I needed to enlarge it to fit my lovely granddaughter's head.
Follow the instructions for putting this hat together in the link provided.

Found a tutorial here by "Material Magic by Shar" for the adorable flower for the top of the hat.

Turning it upside down and sewing it on.

Coloring this cute "Earth Day" Graphic generously provided by "Meljen's Delights" and transferred it onto Iron on Transfer Paper and applied the image to my hat.

For her T-shirt I used this sweet "Save Our Trees"digital image provided by another generous sponsor "Digital Delights".

Colored it scanned it into my computer,then again printing onto Iron on Transfer Paper.

Easy and fun way to get the message out there!!

After all one is never to young to be taught to appreciate the environment and resources that surround us!

Stop back by on Sunday Day Four of our Earth Day Blog Hop.
I will have another project to share with you
This blog hop will run from today, April 22ND until Sunday, April 26TH, midnight PST. We will be drawing for winners on April 27TH.

Follow along in our blog hop! your next stop will be one creative and earth friendly lady Ali !

EDITED/ I apologize to everyone , but due to family matters out of state I will be unable to continue with the hop.

Thank you all for your generous comments on my projects and my Grandaughter.

Have fun with the hop and good luck to you all on the wonderful prizes donated by our sponsers!