Friday, July 21, 2017


We are having such terrific hot days. Most day's I hit the yard by 9:00 am and don't quit until 5:30 or 6:00 pm.I haven't had a lot of time or energy to spend in my happy place. So I decided to share some of the bits and pieces I have been squeezing in. Mostly unfinished projects and idea starters:
Have you played with the Oxide inks yet?
The first thing I do with a new ink is a sample of the color to tag the end of the case for easy viewing. I was excited to learn that these inks show up remarkably  well on dark colors. So, as you can see I used a dark card stock for my label. They also come in a pewter color case, so are easy to differentiate from the regular distress inks at a glance.
 I only have three colors, but had fun trying them out.
From the top "Ombre' {not an oxide}
           Cracked Pistachio-Oxide
      Broken China-Oxide
I was just fooling around without a project in mind. Getting a feel for how they would work and react with water. This is on Chalk board card stock {NOTE: I would use smooth in the future}
I began by just trying to create a loose background with a sun and water. I used the Ombre to emulate sun ray's I will tell you that in my opinion, this ink is more OMMM than BRE! It is suppose to have 3 distinct shades, but seems to just have the one darker orange. I have even tried it on white paper and get the exact same one color smudge.
Anyhow on to the main show. The Oxides did not disappoint! They went on very smooth, blended like a dream too.
For this effect, I just lightly misted the starfish stamp. Then held it in place and when I lifted it, I got a reverse stamp effect that I loved!
Once water is misted over the ink, it really pops on the colored background! This was my FMOFFTD- Fifteen Minutes Of Fun For The Day!
Thanks Pinterest and Pinners everywhere!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Wings II

Continued from previous wing mini tut:
I will often use tissue or napkins in my cutters. I love the wispy whimsical look as well as the gentle texture they provide. With a napkin, if you are feeling fiddly you can separate each cut section into several more layers. Note, with the wings, try to keep the stems together if you choose to do so, otherwise you could end up with a hot mess. Not saying that happened mind you.....
I ran a standard large size paper napkin through the cutter. I was able to cut 3 times. By leaving the napkin folded, each run through gave me 4 complete sets to play with. The top photo uses 3 sets of each feather. 
In order to make a set of matching wings. You are going to want to do a little pre planning. I first cut enough so I had 8 of each feather. Because this is tissue, the emboss shows through all layers quite well. Carefully separate your napkin layers and then do mirror opposite stacks in the order you want to use them. For layering I used double sided tape and cardstock scraps. Tape, layer, tape repeat same process only mirroring each layer so you end up with left and right wings.
Build from the outside largest and work towards the center, where the smallest ones will end up.
this is the exact same set, just oriented differently for a totally unique look. I am not sure what I am going to do with all the wings. But I sure had fun making them!. So happy to have this die in my collection!
Before color above
One of the great things about using tissue is that it can be easily colored with spray. This set are oriented for a more traditional wing look!
After color below
For your viewing pleasure a flashback to 1973
From where you ask? 'Wings' album song - Jets

Friday, July 7, 2017

Go Lightly from the Ledge...Go lightly on the ground

Living in Alberta, Canada, we have in our backyard some of natures most majestic areas. This is one we visited last year. This is 'Crescent Falls' You can go right up to the very edge of the falls cliff. I have to admit seeing them both perched on the edge makes my mothers heart afraid!
For this layout I used the original photo in a scrapbook program and printed the words to this song right on the sheet. 'It Ain't Me Babe' by Bob Dylan 'tm'.
 Then I used glitter stickles over the title. The paper is Kaisercraft, a few feather wings and this was a super fast layout to do.
That is a long way down!!! It was a good day for the three of us!


Friday, June 30, 2017

Wings I

I am wild about this feather die! Couldn't wait to play with it.
I will share some of my findings. First thing I did was cut an entire set out to see what they looked like. Using a metallic paper makes the emboss stand out. You can leave them right on the card they arrive on to cut them out. It makes the die easy to handle. The sticky notes show more or less, the order I used them in. Once you get to the smallest ones it isn't as important.
I like to use at least 3 cuts of each feather to assemble a wing. This assemblage uses the entire batch of feathers. I used two tones so you can get a sense of how I stack them.
This is the basic order. Start with the far right hand large feather and stack over moving to the smallest feather 

This breaks the set into two different wing assemblages.
 Based on how each cut curves. For these sets, I used 3 cuts of each feather
The dark is assembled from the entire set using only 2 of each feather. This is not my favourite look for a wing.
Check back next Friday for more winging it with the wing die! 
'I told you if we could fly...we would all have wings,
 but some of us don't know why'

Friday, June 23, 2017

Bo Bunny Media Frame Upcycle

Live Life in Color!!
Okay, so this is a very large frame do over.
 Above is how it started, not ugly, but not very personal
Each square is approximately 6x6 inches.  They are popped up about one inch from the background and have an overall wave cut to them. If you find a frame to re do, in order to give it some tooth, first sand then go 
 over the pattern with a heavy gesso.
Allowed this to dry over night.  

I dug through the photo stacks till I found a nice selection to use. They had to be small to fit in the frames sheet from this Bo Bunny paper pack. I snipped, and clipped and fussy cut till I could mount them to a frame. NOTE: Cut the lower inside edge of the frames and slip your trimmed photo up from underneath. I also played around with and re printed a few in Cyan with a brick overlay effect for the photos I wanted to appear receding.
 This is a sun hand made gem from my sweet grandchildren. I mounted it over the 'Live Life in COLOR' logo from the border of a sheet.
Here are some of the close up shots.

I may add a few more photos over time, as well as more bits and bobs from the stash. The frame below has pop up elements as well as actual key staples and fabric to mimic the paper pattern in the top left hand corner.
Thanks Pinterest and Aunty Acid!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Lavendar Haze Kit Blitz 4 the Layouts

More 'Lavendar Haze' kit work for June. This Kaisercraft paper is so beautiful and versatile. I used it for summer photos and 3-D projects. However, it would be a perfect young child or baby set with the muted tones. The sticker sheet has amazing crisp cut edges, very little to no extra background color border. I LIKE that too!
I loved the wistful feeling of this photograph. I wanted to include the other photo, but didn't want it to compete with the main photo. I stacked them so the background was extended. To do this I simply used the ribbons to act as the pivot point for the flip, reinforced with a piece of border trim. Then added the journal card to the larger postcard sheet to cover the back of the top photo.
 These layouts for my sweet granddaughter are flat. Not my usual look. I am thinking she might appreciate some simple layouts in her books! Love this child!

I used the heart emboss vellum sheet to soften the background matting. Then stacked a row of buttons along the center point.
The waves are cut with a die from the stash. I kept the background purposely uncluttered. Mainly because I wanted the focus to be on the fun the kids are having with Dad. I added minimal journaling along the waves. The photos don't need explaining. I love how they are so cautious, but the water only comes up to dads knees. They will remember these summer day's always.
The water photos had odd heads of background people in them. So, I snipped and clipped till the focus came back to Dad and the kids. Although this is a double layout, they can easily be split into two to go in each child's album. The current tittle is chipboard laser cut from the kit, emboss with enamel with gold flecks embossing powder.
I always try to take the flower photos. These grow along the front deck. I am not an expert photographer. But, I found a fun way to incorporate several pictures into this LO. I snipped and clipped then layered with pop-dots under to give them a 3-D look. I did the same for the Poppies!
Most of the peonies originally were around the farmhouse where I grew up. I have divided and planted them every time I move. The ones here are now 17 years in growth. The original tubers have to be from plants that grew over 100 years ago. Some of the mother plants have died out. But, many were moved to new locations.

A neighbor from our last house loved the peonies, she actually did a watercolor for me when I moved. (I had shared some tubers with her for her lovely gardens as well) One peony is a rescue that sprouted up beside a back cement pad in a rental place we lived in while we sold one house and bought another. {gardens were not allowed, so I potted it for relocation} I do love the peonies! I am at fourteen growing plants this year, they range in color from snowy white to deep burgundy.
 The poppies grew from a handful of seeds literally swept off my moms porch. I sprinkled them in the fall three years ago now. They reseed every year. I think they add a fairy tale magical aura to the playhouse gardens.