Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sharing some goodies!

Oh what a lucky day!  Tomorrow that is.  I am headed to visit with my 2 oldest kiddos and I can hardly wait!  4 luxurious days with them....

I thought I needed to share a few goodies with you before I left.  I have been crazy busy teaching and designing these last few weeks.  But that is always a good thing :)

Now, on to the goodies:
Texas Book
 The Texas Book is an 8 x 8 album that is full of all things Texas.  Like bluebonnets....
 Vintage Texas road map for a page......

Heirloom album
 Love this Kaisercraft paper collection.  This album was a 2 day event and was filled with fun ideas.
Visit the Gallery page to see more of these pages.

Gecko Galz.....I love this little blue bird!  
 Gecko Galz again....mixing papers and images - so fun!

Have a great weekend!  See you next week with some really fun stuff!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Getting a jump on Halloween decorations

I don't know about you but in my house we love to decorate for Halloween!  I am not sure what it is about that holiday, but we really go all out for it.  Christmas is by far the holiday we decorate most for but Halloween comes in a close second.

Each year I think the retailers move up the date that they begin putting holiday items on display.  It is so frustrating!  I hate to buy anything (becuase seriously, where do I put it for the next 5 months?) but I also know that if I really want it , I have to buy it NOW.  It will not be there when I need it.  Halloween stuff will be long gone well before the actual holiday.  So, I have taken to making my own things for the holidays.

I was thrilled when Gecko Galz teamed with RHONDA"S ORIGINALS for the month of September. There are some seriously cute images there!  I thought I would share with you my samples using both product lines.

The first project I made is a small black cat matchbox.  The cat and witch hat is from Gecko Galz and the wings are from Rhonda's Originals.  I made the mini matchbox from cardstock and added the other images.

And the fun inside the matchbox:

Rhonda's Originals has some fun images for 3D work.  So for my next project I thought I would use one of those images.  I absolutely loved the roller skates she had.  So, I added the amazingly cute Gecko Galz cat, hat, and moon images to make:

The skate will sit up by itself on the tiny little gear wheels.  The moon is attached to a very thin piece of wire so it looks as if it is just floating above.

I am working on some fun projects to share with you for the month of October.  There will be a fun blog hop as well!

Enjoy your weekend!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A sad day.....

Everyone has wishes in their lives.  Some are great; some are small.  It is just a part of who we are.  But it is so awesome when a "big" wish comes true!

I have wished that I could be a part of a wonderful company inspiring individuals creatively for some time now.  My wish came true when I became a part of the Design Memory Craft Summer 2014 Design Team.  Truly a wish come true!  I have enjoyed myself immensely.  It was everything I had wished for and oh so much more.  I met some amazingly talented ladies who have inspired me greatly.  I hope to hold them as friends for a lifetime.  I have had some ladies write and tell me how I inspired them.  Wow.  Just amazed me.

So, it was a sad day for me when my term ended last week.  For my last post with Design Memory Craft I made a small canvas to help me remember that wishes do come true.

I had a lot of fun making this little canvas.  For all the details please go to the DMC blog.  There is a step by step photo tutorial there.

It has been very crazy here.  Lots of projects.  Lots of classes.  Getting ready for the next quarter teaching.  I am making some changes very soon.  I hope you come back often to see them.

Be inspired today.  Make a wish.  It may come true!!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Haunted Ephemera

What? you may ask could that mean?    Well, this month Gecko Galz has released new images and one of the collage sheets is called Haunted Ephemera.  Had you wondering didn't I?

When I saw these images I fell in love with them.  I knew right away what I wanted to do with them.

So I started with an 8 x 10 canvas that I covered with Tim Holtz word tissue paper and washi tape.  I used the Design Memory Craft Gel Medium to adhere it to the canvas.  I also gave the top a coat of Gel Medium to make sure all was secure on the canvas.  Once it was dry I gave it a light coat of Gesso.

I knew I wanted a pop out effect so I decided to use another canvas sized 5 x 7.  I cut the center "x" patterned and folded the canvas to the back of the wood frame and secured with glue.  Using Design Memory Craft's Whipped Spackle I added texture to the edges of this frame using a stencil and also to the main canvas.

This is the back of the 5 x 7 canvas.  You can see how it was adhered to the wooden structure of the canvas.

Once the Whipped Spackle was dry, I scribbled Black Cherry Gelato (from the Steampunk Gelato Set) and used my fingers to rub it in.

Next I added Iced Chai Gelato to the small frame and Chalkboard Paint to the brick pattern that I had stenciled on.  I also added a little of the Iced Chai to the canvas edges to distress it.

 This is what the canvas looked like when the chalkboard paint was dry.

I adhered the small canvas to the larger one.

Next I mixed some Whipped Spackle with black gelato to get a creamy consistency. 

Spread  this mixture around the edges of the small canvas and a little onto the larger one.  I tried to keep it rough, not smooth like rough concrete.

This is a side picture of this step.

I scribbled some Black Gelato on my splat mat, misted it with water, and wiped it up with cheesecloth.  This gives the cheesecloth a variegated color.

Time to begin layering in the papers.

You can see in this picture the witch picture, the raven on the left, and the poison tag from Gecko Galz.

Here you can see the witch spells tag,and the cat and the moon image as well.

There are so many gorgeous images from Gecko Galz this month!  Stop by and check them out.  Not all are Halloween images either!

I hope I have inspired you to create a little madness today!  Check back soon for more fun projects using Gecko Galz images.  I have some cute little things to share later this week.