Thursday, November 26, 2015


Hi Blog Friends!

First of all, let me tell you SSS-Monday Challenge Blog has extended their deadline for the
Thanks/Thanksgiving Challenge.
You can find it here:
I will be entering my card in this challenge.
HOPE to see you there!

Life has taken over here & I have been just enjoying life away from this machine.
Lots going on....  
But, I did  want to pop in here & tell you
We have MUCH to be thankful for here.
Our children home from school, "parents" to 24 pairs of new little feet
(Yes, we lost one pair :(  Will share more on that at a later date),  four sweet fuzzy kitties,
our sweet dog (a stray we took in years back) is home from the vet after being quite ill,
we have each other,
 & a roof over our heads.
I'm sharing a card I made recently for my hubby's birthday.
It reminds me of the first Thanksgiving.
No, no Pilgrims & Indians. LOL
My hubby enjoys the great outdoors & the magnificent animals in it, so this fits him.
(He does have some Indian in his heritage,
so that explains only part of his love & respect
 for the outdoors & the creatures there.)
Take a look:
I used Serendipity's Stamp- Buck for the main image.
You can see, I cut him out & popped him up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.
Here's a closer look. I even popped his tail up! It seemed to fade out without doing so.
For the leaves, I used Memory Box's-Oak Leaf Die on watercolor paper.
I used my McGill Stylus Set to shape them.
Also adding stitch marks around the edges with a Faber-Castell Gold Pitt Artist Pen 250**,
& a dash of Wink of Stella.
The acorns are from SU- Touch of Nature.
The background is done on watercolor paper & freely painted.
The buck, trees & grass in the forefront are done in Dick Blick Colored Pencils.
The frame for my image is done with Impression Obsessions- All-In-One Frames Rectangles 2 Die.
I did the sides & top & bottom in different colors.
I also cut the frame down to fit my image.
Hope you like!
Enjoy your Thanksgiving with full & grateful hearts for the blessings God has given us
individually, as families, & as a Nation.
Do tell, what are you Grateful for?
Supplies not mentioned above:
SU-Watercolor Crayons
Paper-SSS, Paper Studio & Watercolor Paper
Jute Twine
Glue Dots
Multi-Medium Matte
Distress Ink

Sunday, November 22, 2015

A SSS Monday Challenge- Thanks/Thanksgiving.

Hi Blog Friends!
I'm popping in here to show you the card I created for a dear friend of mine,
a friend of many years..
As you can see from the title of this post, I am entering this in the
SSS Monday Challenge- Thanks/Thanksgiving.
You can find the challenge here:
My dear friend always remembers our children's birthdays & I being the mother I am,
 make cards for the kids to send her a "Thank You!"
I think it VERY IMPORTANT for kids to learn to be Thankful.
To learn the art of hand writing Thank You notes.
It comes more naturally to some than to others, but it is still important for kids, no matter what age to remember to be polite enough to take the time to hand write a Thank You note for the gift they were given.
After-all, the gift-giver has take the time & thought to do something special for them.
There is nothing so disappointing than to get a "Thank You" note for a gift that is pre-printed.
No thought put into that I can assure you, except to slap a stamp on it & send it on it's way.
(I've been a recipient of one of those cards....years ago,
& I still remember how I felt when I opened the card.)
The art of being thankful is being lost today in our society as people are consumed with keeping up with the Jone's, getting the newest whatever, or just being envious or covetous of others.
It is actually encouraged in our society....
Children, no matter what age need to learn this lesson &
 they will also learn to be content along with being grateful!
They'll be so much more happy in learning these lessons of life.
Here is my card:
I used Memory Box's- Oak Leaf Die.
I popped it up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.
I first cut out the die from plain white paper & colored the leaf with Copics.
The background is also colored with Copics.
What I was creating is a leaf floating in water, with the reflection of the colored trees above in the water around the leaf floating.

Then, I die cut the "Thank You," with Penny Black's-Deco Frame.
I cut several of this & mounted them on top of each other to make them raise up above the leaf, even with being mounted up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.

I used Multi-Medium Matte to adhere the Thank Yous together.
I added Wink of Stella to the leaf itself, done lastly; 
matting the background & then the leaf on black card stock &
embossing a line around the image on my white card stock base with my Score-Buddy.
Remember to be an example of Gratefulness to your kids.
I pray our kids don't put this small jester of thankfulness aside as they get older & use gadgets to do their thanking.
Just think of the pleasure getting a letter or card in the mail brings to you.
MOST GRATEFUL for the near life-long friend I have,

Thursday, October 29, 2015

A Quick Post!

Hi Blog Friends!
Well, I have been busy here & didn't realize just how time was flying! LOL
I wanted to jump in more on Kathy Racoosin's 30 Day Coloring Challenge,
 & TODAY is day 29!
 I've had my creation(s)  done for awhile,  it's a wedding ensemble,
but just haven't had the time to post!
(Even as I type, I am to be somewhere else.... )

I am also entering this in
SSS Wednesday Challenge---
Simon Says: Anything Goes.
So, here it is:
"Going to the Chapel."
I used PTI- Love & Marriage, & heat embossed the image.
The inside:
 I used SU- Once Upon a Time, for the sentiment.
The floral image is SU- Eastern Influences.
Next, the gift tag- again I used SU- Eastern Influences.
Inside the gift tag.
I used SU- Winter Post for the "To: & From:"
Next, I made a Receipt Card:
Just a little something to tuck in with the gift,  in case there might be some kind of a mix up in who gave what... & also, where you can put your gift receipt, in-case they want to return your gift.
You never know, others might have thought to get the same thing.
Now the ensemble all together:
I used vellum for my envelope, to let the beauty of the card show through.
The only card I didn't put in an envelope was the gift tag.
HOPE you like
& HOPE you find time to jump in on Kathy's challenge
& the SSS Wednesday Challenge!
P.S. I'll be showing you soon what I've been so busy with! 
Just think, 25 little pairs of feet! LOL
Supplies not mentioned above:
Wink of Stella- Silver
Paper Studio- Paper
Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape
WRMK- Envelope Board
SU- 1/8" Hand Held Punch
Inkssentials Opaque Pen
Dots Embossing Folder- Cuddle Bug
Zing White Embossing Powder

Sunday, October 18, 2015

29 & I pray MANY MORE, IF....!

Hi Blog Friends!
Just thought I'd drop in here & show you what my latest creation is.
We're celebrating our 29th Wedding Anniversary today!
I'm so happy that the Lord brought my hubby into my life,
and I HOPE that we spend MANY MORE YEARS together IF,
the Lord tarries.
I will be entering my card in:
 SSS Monday Challenge- Wonderful Watercolor.
Check here:
Kathy Racoosin's Coloring Challenge.
Check here:
Here is my card:
Below is a close up of  the inside tag.
Below is the panel behind the vellum sheet.
I used Gelato's to water color, after I heat embossed the flowers.
(A secret? Sometimes, I don't use watercolor paper, but copy paper.... You don't always have to follow the rules when crafting, right?)
The vellum tones down the bright colors of the Gelatos a bit.
I used MFT- Treat Pocket Die for a little pocket for my tag; the tag is by PTI-Tag Sale #1.
A perfect fit! 
The inside, just a verse I found in my file box that I thought conveyed my love for my sweet hubby.
 And I stamped a floral image with Versa Mark off to the side.
Hope you like!
Marriage is a gift from God!
Supplies not mentioned above:
SU- Peaceful Petals
Zing White Embossing Powder
The Paper Studio= Kirby Teesdale Studio
SU- Scallop punch
Provo Craft- #29
Faber Castell- Pitt Artist Pen-Gold
Aqua Brush
Versa Mark
SU- Gold Embossing Powder
SU- Teeny Tiny Wishes
Martha Stewart Lace
Sequins- Red Lead
Hearts- Valentines embellishments, embossed Gold
Multi-Medium Matte
Inside- Zig Embossing Pen

Monday, September 28, 2015

Batman Bendi!

 Hi Blog Friends!
Long time, no hear from huh?
Life has taken hold here & I have just been enjoying LIFE without the internet!
Can it be done?
I've been doing it.
Painting,  helping my hubby, housekeeping, cooking, etc.!
Life is GOOD when you step away from this machine! LOL
Try it, you'll LIKE IT!

So, I thought I'd drop in here & show you my latest card!
This time, I made a  card using the
"Bendi Fold."
You can find the tutorial that I used here:
I did a few adjustments & my card base came out to be 5" x 6 3/4".
The images coming off my card, made it just a little bigger than the base.
As you can see by the title of this post,
 I did a BATMAN bendi card!
(Love to try new folds as you know!)
I seem to get quite a bit of traffic when I do Batman cards, so I hope you like!
Leave a little "love?"
It would be very much appreciated to hear from you!
I used Batman Stickers, & Recollections- Comic Hero's Designer Paper.
Here is a view looking down on the card, so you can see the "bendi fold."
This is the first time I've used this car sticker from the package of stickers that I have.
The Batman car looks like it's doing a wheelie here! LOL
 (That IS how our son drives! If you ONLY KNEW!) 
I only attached this sticker with  one piece of Scotch Permanent Mounting Tape,
 letting it just kind of hang loose with this being a bendi card. 
Here the car looks like it is setting level again, WHEW!!!! ;)
So, what do you Batman fans think?
The back of this card is a blank sheet of cardstock,  where I put our Birthday Greeting for our son.  I didn't bother to do anything with the inside folds, as the card is doing what I want all put together....looking like a night city scene, that Batman would be busy at work in.
Enjoying the last of the warm weather here & enjoying life without the internet!
P.S. Maybe, soon I'll show you what has taken up the majority of  our time here lately!
Supplies not mentioned above:
1/4" Terrifically Tacky Tape
SU- Paper
Glue Dots
Zig Millenium Collection Pens

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A Sea Weathered Crackle Blue Jasmine Chest!

Hi Blog Friends!
Well, I promised I would show you the chest I have been working on....
It is done & sitting in our master bath now.
I'd had doing this in my mind for sometime, but when I saw Julia here:
I was inspired to get going!
This is the first time I've done a piece of furniture like this.
My hubby said he'd help me, but he knew this was "my project!"
The only thing he did for me was give advice, & help me carry it in & out of the house to work on.
I thoroughly enjoyed working on this piece & I took pictures for you throughout the process, so you could see what all goes into doing a piece like this.
So, get ready for a blitz of pictures! LOL
Let's get started, & I HOPE you enjoy.
First of all,
This is the chest I picked out for our master bath,
 found on Amazon.... 
It's made of wood from a rubber tree, which is easier to finish from what I understand.
Here, it is sanded between 2 coats of wood sealant.
(Notice the white dust?)
I sanded, put sealant on, sanded again, put another coat of sealant on & then sanded again using the different grades of sanding paper, sanding it the final time about 3 times.
(Always dusting between the sanding.)
I went from using 220 to 320 to 400 in sandpaper,
going from a rougher sandpaper to a finer sandpaper.
I wanted it smooooooth!
I wanted the chest to store towels in.
 I know you might be wondering, how is she going to do that?
That is coming....
I applied Painters Tape where I didn't want stain or paint.
 I applied Painters Tape on the drawers too....
All ready to stain.
I believe this is the first coat of stain. 
I could have applied paint as the first coat with what I'm going to do, but I chose stain instead.
Don't forget, before you stain or paint, wipe down/dust the wood of the white dust from sanding.
This is the stain I used, found at Lowe's.
Here is the first coat of stain on the drawers.
Here is the chest with a few coats of stain; you can see I left the inside as is.
Working at this angle is difficult &
you'll find out that working on a vertical piece like this has other drawbacks. 
You can leave your project in pieces to work on or  not.
It's a matter of choice.
Here the drawers have had a few coats of stain.
You can also see I've stained the end of a decorator piece, an oar.
(I've seen these on Amazon & the more expensive ones have the tip painted...
 I just purchased a plain one....)
You'll also notice the difference in the stain color from the oar to the drawers.
 That is because of the base color, the stain is painted on.
(The oar gives the truest color of the ebony stain.)
 I ended up doing about 3 coats of stain & realizing, that if you leave the stain in the corners & at joints, it tends to antique the piece.
I even had a brief moment of wondering whether or not I wanted to paint this piece at all,
 I liked how it was coming out so much!
When applying the stain, I used rags & paint brushes & then wiped it off, as if buffing it.
The next step?
You can find this Crackle Medium on Amazon here:
 Reading the directions & comments from others on Amazon, I found that others were confused as to how to use this medium. So, I was worried about how this piece would come out!
 I didn't want to re-do it!
 I took things slow & read & re-read....I thought, "Ok, here we go!"
What wasn't clear in the directions, was what part don't you overlap? The crackle or the paint?
So, I painted on the crackle in one coat which is clear, but it was easy to see as I did it,
without overlapping.
By the way, I have so much of this left over, I could do another chest, or three or four or......
Picking out the paint:
I picked out the paint color to match the blue in my master bath rug.
I then, picked out other blue paint chips from other companies that just might match up, just in case.
All those paint chips & guess what?
I picked THE PERFECT COLOR the first time! LOL
Take a look now after the paint is applied:
I know it looks REALLY BLUE, but hang in there with me.....
First, can you see the crackling?
All that was needed was one coat of  paint.
I used Sherwin Williams-Blue Jasmine- HGSW3343 Latex Paint.
As I give you closer looks, you can nearly see my brush strokes, as the directions said to paint with a  "hatching & cross-hatching" motion.
Where you overlap the paint, the crackling won't come through, so use a light hand.
Also, if you want large crackling, you will want heavier paint on your brush, for smaller crackling, you want less paint on your brush.
I wanted smaller crackling, because I knew this chest would be used a lot
& I didn't want the crackling to come off.
Take a look at the drawers with crackling!
The get a glimpse of why it might not be appealing to do this on a vertical piece. 
The larger "crackling" is where the paint just wanted to slide off the crackling medium.
But, I thought it looked more realistic & aged; just my opinion.
The other side....
 The bottom shelf...
It's "Crack-o-licious!" LOL
Time to varnish.
The varnish will seal the latex paint onto the furniture.
Helping to keep the crackle on....
The directions for the Crackle Medium said if you have your piece of furniture in a high moisture area, like a bathroom, you will want to varnish it.
I also researched on how to Antique your varnish...
Just add Burnt Umber & Yellow Ochre tint to the varnish!
Well there was no "tint" to be found at our hardware!
So, because the Formby's Tung Oil Finish is oil based, I pulled out my oil paints!
I just kept adding till it was the right color for me....
You can see the Burnt Umber & Yellow Ochre there on the side of my bowl.
It does yellow up the varnish, which is normally clear.
The varnish took 12 hours to dry, but the second coat didn't take near as long.
Remember now, my master bath is in a Nautical Theme.
NOW, take a peak at the finished chest!
I think this is my best picture!
And now you see just how I'll store those towels.
Here are some more pictures for you to look at:
This is the chest without the baskets & towels....

 Here again with the baskets, found at Lowe's.
The liners for the baskets were made by me.
I just got some muslin material from Joanne's Fabrics & pulled out my sewing machine...
Inside the drawers:
 I painted the bottom of the drawers.
If you look at the earlier pictures, you'll see one of the drawers had a rusted looking mark on the bottom. I didn't like it, so I decided to paint the bottoms.
I also varnished the inside of the drawers to make it less likely the paint would come off with use.
I will also line the drawers with drawer liner.

A look at the side with the baskets....
I also put place mats under the baskets to help  protect the crackle painting.
(You can't see those!) ;)
A close-up of the baskets & towels....
I replaced the wooden handles that came with the chest & added antique Drawer Pulls from Lowes.
Here, you can see the crackle drooping up under the top of the table & you can also see the "good" crackling up close. Personally, I don't mind the drooping of the paint.
Another reason I don't mind it, I can see the stained undercoating  just a little better....
Here, another look at the bottom shelf.
Another plus for antiquing your varnish, is that I think it brings out the crackling just a little bit more, not to mention, it tones down the brightness of the blue!
Here, the decorator piece--the oar, that is also crackled & varnished, along with the paint chip I used.
(The Blue Jasmine is the blue swatch next to the lightest shade, or next to the bottom swatch.)
This is the top of the table, where I only used the Ebony Stain & the antiqued varnish.
I didn't forget the back of the chest!
I just didn't bother with applying the crackle medium to the back panel.
Here's the chest inside with my inspiration piece!
I can tell you, I am QUITE PLEASED with how it came out!
We still need new towel racks, a wall paper boarder, etc. but we are on our way now!
It will be a Sea-Side Oasis! LOL
So, what do you think?
Do you also think like I do, that this piece looks like the sea has weathered it just a bit?
I hope you enjoyed this post & are thinking of something you can Crackle!
P.S. A few more little decorator pieces to complete here for our sea-side oasis,
 & I'll show you those too when I get them done!
I just can't promise it will be soon.