Friday, August 30, 2013

I quit smoking and started crocheting scarves

Hello friends,
On July 22nd I quit smoking with God's grace. I smoked for 42 years and never thought I
would be able to quit. Some days it's still a little hard but not as bad as the first week or two.
But I needed something to do with my hands when I wasn't paper crafting, so I learned how to
crochet these swirly scarves. What do you think of them?
BTW I actually have a few more made by now. LOL

Here I am modeling a black and silver one

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Ticket strips

Just a quick peek at 5 ticket strips I made recently.

Shabby chic altered canvas

Just wanted to share with you today another project I made recently. I started with a plain white canvas board. First I covered the whole thing with a wedding lace that I just love. Then I used an image from a book I bought second hand called Victorian weddings. I just love this image! Then I added a string of acrylic rhinestones down the side of that. At the top of my brief I added a beautiful crocheted cream bow from Jolees. Then I proceeded to decorate the tope and edges with a handmade bead spray and more imroses roses and apple blossoms. Finally I finished it off with a altered TH pocket watch die cut. I used paint, lace gold flecked Modge podge and also some distress tea dye around the edges of this and the outer parts of the whole frame to keep that vintage look. I also used an altered key and die cut inside the pocket watch and added a cute little bird in a cage charm to finish the effect. I must admit I had a wee bit of trouble sending this one off to my swap partner but she seemed very happy to get it!



Altered frame

This little altered frame started with this adorable digi I purchased from sherriethefairly. She is called Messy Bessie and I loved her. I backed her up with an ornate heart die cut after coloring her with my copic markers. I painted the frame first with soft pink then went over it with white crackle paint and added a few touches of pearle MS white acrylic paint. On two sides I used a lovely piece of white lace trim. I added 3 of my handmade flowers and filled in with some cute daisies from iamroses. I also added some pink and whote polka dot trim on the bottom and finished it off with the sweet sheer and satin pink bow on top. Inside the glass I made a soft brown rectangle and covered the top of that with the same lace. Hope you enjoyed looking at my project!
closeup of top

Closeup of the bottom corner.

Magnolia altered 6 pack

Hello friends I wanted to update my blog and share with you this little 6 pack I altered for the July Maggie swap on the CMB. I just started with a regular cardboard beer 6 pack and then began to add the papers and embellies. This is a great little cheap storage solution for your paint cans, glues etc!

                                                        What I started with

I used the Princess pea Tilda on this side colored her with my copics markers and sat her in an ornate gold window die cut with leaves wrapped around it.. The gold flower on top is one I handmade awhile ago and thought it fit perfectly on this handle. I also used a brass TH sentiment on the handle with a little rhinestone crown charm. I cut the border with one of my MS border punches and added some iamroses flowers and some other flatter ones which I layered.

On this I used the Edwin stamp on his charger ( not sure if that is the correct name for it) He of course is doing what any great knight might do to rescue his princess on the other side. I did pretty much the same thing as on the front but added the lock and key to the handle and a different handmade flower on it also. I also cut the Italian doily to give a little more layered look behind Sir Edwin.

This is the end pocket with tag. I  scored the pocket so it could be shipped flat in a bubble wrap envie.

My partner, Barb said she really loved it so I am happy she is now able to store her things here.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Altered paint brush

As you can see, I love my Maggie images and so when I joined an altered paint brush swap I had to add a cute lil Maggie to it also. My partner said she loved how it turned out. Hope you enjoy seeing it as well!

Friday, June 14, 2013

My Magnolia paint can project

Just a quick note to put up some pics of my Maggie themed shabby chic paintcan I made for a gf
on the CMB, Hope you like it too

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Maggie doorhanger

We had a Maggie swap on the CMB in Feb and the project was to alter a doorhanger for
our partner and use a Maggie image on it. My partner liked these words for her bedroom
door to get a little privacy from her 4 children for her and her hubby. She said both she and her husband loved it!

Banner for hope lodge reunion in June

This is the biggest banner I have made yet. It has 12 different parts.
The theme of the reunion will be a western theme and I was asked to
have it say welcome home. I used cowboy Tilda image as my banner piece
to separate the two words and Jolle's embellies for the cowboy and cowgirl
boots on the ends. This Hope Lodge houses many cancer patients and their caregivers
for free while they are undergoing treatment in Ia city. Hope you like it!

Banner for a 9 yr old girl who has had 27 surgeries on her mouth

I made this for a young lady named Emma who has been thru allot. She was born with a cleft pallet and a hole behind her front teeth, She is the grand daughter of one of our deacon's at church.
She loves purple and aqua blue , butterflies and sparkle too. LOL


Banners banners banners

As some of you know my dh, Bill, is fighting a type of cancer that has attacked his
bones and blood called multiple myeloma. So I had to make him a banner for his hospital room to encourage him.
This is what I came up with! I wanted to show the different things I felt would help him get well.
First our love of over 33 years, second our faith in a God of love and the many prayers being prayed for us and finally the medical staff that have been working so hard at the University of Iowa Hospital.

Here's a pic of my love getting his hair cut off by our future dil. It was coming out in clumps so off went the beard and the hair on his head. I couldn't get it to stay rotated..sorry!