Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Little Reorganization

Hello!  I had hoped to reveal my mini books this week but have been delayed. I am lucky enough to be moving my studio into a bigger room in our house and it is not usable at the moment

It all started with two of our nieces moving in with us. We gave each of them their own bedrooms and so that left us with only one spare bedroom for my husbands office and my craft room. We made the decision to build a room in part of the garage so my hubby could have a proper office as he is self employed and works from home.

Which leads to me getting the second biggest bedroom in the house for my studio. Yippee!  So excited to make it my own. Using the same desks and storage that I have but configuring in a new way.

I'm hoping to have the room at least partially back together in the next day or two  so I can continue working on my mini books and other projects.

Stay tuned . . . .

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Fall Color and More

Happy Sunday!  What a wonderful start to the holiday season.  I had planned on posting on Thanksgiving but the day got away from me.  In fact the four day weekend has been so busy it just flew by.

First thing Thanksgiving I had to run out front and get some photos of the tree in our front yard.  The morning sun was making the leaves look illuminated.  Beautiful!  We are lucky here in Northern California to experience the fall colors.  What a blessing to see all the reds, yellows, and oranges on the trees at home and around town.

As I look at these photos I am reminded that I have a great many things to be thankful for.  My health, my husband, my family, my ability to craft and create, my online crafting family, a job in these tough economic times, and so much more.  I am grateful for you who take the time to read my new blog and make comments.  Wishing all of you many blessings this holiday season.

This will be a busy time.  So much fun stuff planned for the Christmas season.  I have quite a list of projects planned so I will share as much as I can.  Many gift items as well as home decor pieces.  Excited to see all the inspiration out there already.  So many talented artists who are generous enough to share their creations.

I will leave you with a sneak peak of some gifts I am making.  The idea for these has been rolling around in my head for quite some time so I am happy to be making good progress on them.  I will give you more details in a future post.  For now here is a quick look:

Hmmm, little tiny books.  What could they be?  Please come back and I will show you more.

Have a wonderful week and take time to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays!

Thank You for stopping by.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Celebrating Gratitude

Happy Monday!  Hope your week is off to a good start.  As promised here is the other project using those same leaves and pumpkins from the Tim Holtz tag.

This months challenge at the Inspiration Journal is to celebrate gratitude by making a little something for each Thanksgiving guest.  I had thought to make treat boxes with some Close to my Heart pre-scored boxes that I have had in my stash forever.  Got them all inked up with Distress but once I folded and put them together they looked like little pyramids.  Not exactly the shape I had in mind.

Back to the drawing board.  I decided on a place card for each seat.  I knew that I wanted to include some leaves and those little pumpkins that turned out so cute but I needed a base and some way to stand it up.  The Alterations Hanging Sign was a perfect solution!  I cut two signs per place card out of old manila file folders.  One sign is for the place card and the second is for the stand.  The pumpkins and the banner were also cut out of manila.  I used kraft cardstock for the leaves.

I inked up the signs, pumpkins and leaves with a variety of Distress inks in fall colors.  The signs were embossed with a cuttlebug embossing folder.  Taking my inspiration from Tammy Tutterow's beautiful tag posted on November 6, 2012,  I used Distress crackle paint in clear rock candy to give a nice aged affect and inked the edges with Walnut Stain.  The pumpkins were inked with Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade Distress ink.  I added the color to the stem and shading with Distress Markers.  A water brush was used to blend the shading and stem colors.  A spritz of water gave a cool effect.  These were edged with Walnut Stain Distress as well.

To make the place card I scored one of the signs (not embossed), folded in half and glued to the back of the inked and embossed sign.  I attached a pumpkin, and two leaves to each place card.  As the sign has holes to hang it I used the leaves to cover these.  The finishing touch was a banner hand cut from manila and stamped with a Hero Arts sentiment.

Pretty place cards to celebrate the gratitude we feel for our family and friends!

Supply List:

Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Leaves Die
Sizzix Tim Holtz Hanging Sign Die
Sizzix Pumkin Die (38-0254)
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder-Stylized Flowers
Distress Inks - Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Wild Honey, Walnut Stain
Distress Crackle Paint - Clear Rock Candy
Distress Markers - Tea Dye, Spiced Marmalade, Forest Moss
Glue N Seal
Hero Arts Clear Stamps - Celebrate Everyday

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and make comments.  I am grateful!


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2012 November

Good Evening,

hope you had a great weekend!  Mine was busy catching up with some work around the house.  I did manage to get some crafty time in today so I'm a happy girl!

I have started participating in the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2012.  Most of the time I don't have the exact tools and supplies that Tim uses so I improvise.  It's fun and a good challenge.  November's tag has a technique I've never used before and I'm pretty pleased with my first try.

I've got another project to show you that also uses the same leaves and pumpkins.  Will post that tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by.  I really appreciate it and enjoy your feedback and comments!


Monday, November 5, 2012

Fifty Things

Happy Monday!  Hope your week got off to a good start.  I'm happy to say that I have started working on some Christmas gifts.  More on that in another post.  Today, I really wanted to talk about birthdays.

This year is one of those big birthdays.  I, gulp, turned 50!  Did I say that out loud? Ha, ha, ha.  As I have been on a mini album making kick as of late I knew I wanted to create one to record my 50th year.  I was inspired by Keis on who did a 29 things album.  Thank You Keis for the great idea.

While I was making one for myself I made one for my cousin Kurt.  He is two months younger than I am and so he joined the 50 club last month.  I wanted to be able to capture likes, dislikes, dreams, and  inspirations at 50.  I chose places, people, dreams, change, and time as the themes for the list of 50 things.

I used one of my favorite paper lines from Graphic 45 called Olde Curiosity Shoppe.  The album, made of black policy envelopes, is also by Graphic 45.  Love, love, love this company and their papers.  These albums were a blast to make and I'm looking forward to making my list.

Photo heavy here.  Enjoy!
Here are the covers of the two albums

Here are the themed sections

An example the tags with the list

Smaller tags will be good for photos and memorabilia

The last pocket holds a photo folder

This album makes a great gift and could be adapted to any occasion.

Thanks for stopping by.