Sunday, September 21, 2014

Mixed Media Monday

Altered Cabinet Card

I just adore Halloween and when I was asked if
 I could do a tutorial for Spellbinders/A Gilded Life
of course the answer is yes!
Check out my full tutorial at 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ouija Witch


Had some fun playing with this little witch.
The base,Ouija board, and trim all come from Retro Cafe Art
What's your future hold???

Friday, September 5, 2014

Halloween Scary-Go-Round


I had such fun creating this Halloween Scary-Go-Round for 
giving it a Halloween makeover.
I hand painted a horse skeleton on a piece of black paper 
to fit her carousel horse ,
then just photo copied a few more for the rest of the horses.
and used a Bat cut out for the top.

For the center I painted some velum with Tim Holtz alcohol inks, 
die cut his little Trick or Treats kids circling the velum tube 
then just popped in a electric tea light.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Halloween Tombstones

Say it ain't so. Summer is winding down and you know what that means! 
Cooler weather, leaves falling and Halloween is right at our backdoor.
To kick off this year I'm starting with some Tombstones I created for the 
Retro Cafe Art
Gothic Tombstone ATC swap


Products used: Tombstone ATC base,CV46 collage sheet,
Halloween Words scroll cut-outs,
Cat Cut-outs, Mini Baroque Frame Cut-outs,
Braass Owl Charm, Skull Cameo Dimensional Resin dome

Tombstone ATC base,
 CV127 collage sheet ,CV128 collage sheet,
Mini Stencil words Halloween Witches, 
Witch Wand, Bat Cut-outs
Tombstone ATC base, 
Antique Skeleton Illustrations collage sheet 1
Zombie arm cutouts, Mini Baroque frame cut-outs,Brass Fancy Owl
Tombstone ATC base,
Antique Skeleton Illustrations collage sheet 2
Candelabra cuts,Halloween Collage word Paper cuts.

Still plenty of time to join in.
The cut off date is Oct. 6th.
Check out
 Retro Cafe Art

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Were BAAAACK!

Had an amazing time on our vacation. Our first stop Vegas.
Met up with some friends for a Fabulous dinner at Mirage. 
Mindi, her hub-bum Mike and Deb.
The Mirage hotel. Great place to stay!
Our next stop the Grand Canyon. Vic originally didn't want to see it
said it was just a big hole in the ground.

His First reaction. That's one AWESOME hole in the ground. LOL
Next was on to Texas to see the kids. 
Spent a day at the Zoo with our Grand son Emmett.

So much fun and miss him already. sniff sniff.

They had an area there where water shoots out of the ground.
 We must have watched him for an hour playing .Pure bliss

At the kids. Vic and our son were working on the sprinkler system. Emmett
decided to par take in the local cuisine. Mud. hahahaha

Emmett with the new swing set we got him! One happy little boy!


Next was on to Colorado to see my sister, her hubby ,
My Niece and her boys.
A couple of days on the lake fishing.
Here's my little sis.

Tiffany and her boyfriend.

and her three little fishermen ! 

Vic and Alan on the lake fishing.

Sad to have to leave. Hoping we can do it all again next spring.



Saturday, August 9, 2014

Vacation bound



House sitter set up. Check!
Lawn care set up. Check!
Dog, fish, chickens,cat care set up. Check!
Work Schedule postponed. Check!
Vacation bound for Vegas, Grand Canyon, Texas and Colorado.
 See you in two weeks with lots of photos

Sunday, August 3, 2014

A Vintage Journey

When I was approached by A.Vintage Journey  challenge blog to do a guest spot how could I resist!!
With the "Vintage/shabby/Mixed Media"  style influenced by Tim Holtz it was right up my ally!

This weeks host Jenny has us painting/dripping/splatting ,etc
 using Distress stains! and while I only have
three bottles of Distress stains (hangs head in shame) 
I did mange to create my project.
An altered book made from two Canvases.
Stencils seem to be all the rage right now so I grabbed some of my favorites
and used Tim's music embossing folder and some 
tissue paper to protect the folder
and slapped on some texture paste.
I call this my Hidden Art!! 
I Laid out the stencils and  slapped on more texture paste.
If you look close you can see Tim's Crown I made from a stencil.

I let the entire thing dry, painted on a coat of white Acrylic paint 
and began the fun part of  coloring my canvas of hidden art.
I splotched, splattered and dripped on all those Distress Stains.
Misting with a water bottle when I wanted a softer look. 
I die cut one of Tim's Fleur-de-lis and pulled out his 
Grungeboard hinges. Inked them up and added a bit of gold
I even used the stains for my crinkle ribbon to match.
Another one of my favorite techniques via Tim!
The Bezel comes from A Gilded life I used Rangers Patina to give it a vintage look.
Love those Jade Verdigris and moss colors!

What to get in on the fun???
Check out

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

AGL Summer Showcase & Giveaway Day 8


Welcome to the 8th day of Spellbinders paper arts
 AGL Summer Showcase & Giveaway.
Nearly two weeks of Fabulous AGL project tutorials!
I'm so excited to be sharing my second project for the event. 
Showcasing the new Bezels, Die cuts and Embossing folders
that were released at CHA  2014. 
One winner will have a chance to win all the Wrought Iron Texture Plate,
 The Hearts Die and the Hearts Bezel (small )
that I used in my sample by entering the contest at the bottom of my post.

One lucky Grand Prize winner will Win all the the Products featured during the entire Showcase.
The link is posted at the bottom of my post.

Leather & Lace Cuff Bracelet
Today I'll be sharing how to create this cuff Bracelet.


I am Showcasing Spellbinders/AGL
GLSB-001 Heart Bezel (small)
GLT-003 Wrought Iron Texture Plate
GLD-001 Heart Bezel Die
Supply List:

You Will Also Need:
  • Faux leather 10" x 4"
  • Alcohol Ink
  • Scrap of Lace
  • Sewing Machine
  • Craft Sponge
  • Ultimate Glue or other strong glue
  • Scissors
  • 3" of Rhinestone strand
  • Embellishment for center of Heart Bezel
  • Needle and Thread

Instructions:

Cut a piece of faux leather approx 4" x 10" 

Using the Wrought Iron texture run through the Artisan -X-plorer
Sponge on Alcohol ink, filing in all the design lines.
Fold over edges along sides and machine stitch. I made my cuff about 2 1/2" wide.

Use the A Gilded Life small Heart Bezel
Use the Heart Bezel die and a scrap of lace to cut out the heart shape
Glue the lace heart inside the Bezel.
Machine stitch a scrap of lace randomly at the center of the cuff.
Glue on the strand of Rhinestones around the outside of the heart. 
Use a needle and thread to stitch the heart in place along the top and bottom of the bezel.
Glue an embellishment in the center of the heart.
You can finish the back enclosure with snaps, buttons,Velcro, clasp or ribbon or how ever you see fit.

The finished cuff ready to wear.
I hope you have enjoyed the hop as much as I have!
Best of luck in the Giveaway!

I hoped you stopped by at  Lonnie's 
to enter her giveaway at
and don't forget to sign up for the Giveaway 
Enter here

     Questions?  ContestQuestions@Spellbinders.us.  No entries will be accepted at this email address.

Friday, July 18, 2014

AGL Summer Showcase & giveaway! Day 4



Welcome to the Fourth day of Spellbinders paper arts
 AGL Summer Showcase & Giveaway.
Nearly two weeks of Fabulous AGL project tutorials!
I'm so excited to be a part  of this event. 
Showcasing the new Bezels, Die cuts and Embossing folders
that were released at CHA  2014. 
One winner will have a chance to win the embossing plates
Vintage Damask, Rose Medallion and
the Royal Medallion Bezel that I used in my sample
by entering the contest at the bottom of my post.
One lucky Grand Prize winner will Win all the the Products featured during the entire Showcase.
The Link is posted at the bottom of my post. Good Luck!!

Summer Tussie Mussie
For my first project I wanted to create something pretty for my home.
Filled with lavender from my garden its the perfect summer accent.

I am showcasing Spellbinders/AGL newest metal dies. 
GLT- 002 Vintage Damask 
GLLD-005 Rose Medallion


Supply List:


You will also need:
  • Ivory Cardstock.
  • Wax Paper
  • Spray Glue. I used Super 77
  • Distress ink- Scattered Straw
  • Ivory Crinkle Ribbon
  • Flat back pearl
  • 7 MOP buttons
  • Craft sponge
  • Ultimate glue or other strong glue
  • Scissors
Instructions:

Using Ivory card stock and a sheet of waxed paper die cut with the Rose Medallion long die, the long flourish and filigree  from The Damask Accents collection.
Sandwich together using wax paper between the card stock and die. This makes for an easy release 
Die cut two of the Damask Accents flourish
Super easy to remove when using waxed paper.
Die cut one of the Flourish.
Emboss a sheet of card stock twice with the Vintage Damask long texture plate.Cut out and spray glue along the backside of the paper,adhere to a sheet of ivory card stock. This will give your Tussie Mussie lots of strength.
Using distress ink and a sponge edge all your cut pieces          
Shape your cone by gently rolling the card stock matching top left corner to bottom right corner.Overlap at seem and glue in place.Distress with ink.

 Glue filigree edge along top of cone with strong glue
Distress the Rose Medallion die cut .

 Glue to front of cone covering up seam.
Use the Royal Medallion as a focal point.
 Apply strong glue to the inside of the bezel and glue in flat backed pearl.
  Glue bezel onto medallion.
 Glue the medallion to front of cone. Punch holes along sides and attach the crinkle ribbon.
Glue the MOP buttons along the front of the cone 
and on top of your ribbon handle.
Your Tussie Mussie is now ready to fill with your favorite flowers.

For contest entry click here:
Link is now closed
I hope you stopped by Lonnie's blog at 
Farm Girl Bella. and entered her contest 
Be sure and stop by next week to see the  uber Talented Kimberly at
Artjoystuff and enter to win more Fabulous prizes!

     Questions?  ContestQuestions@Spellbinders.us.  No entries will be accepted at this email address.