Friday, August 15, 2014

Another Altered Project

Howdy friends, followers and visitors.  I'm so happy that you're taking a moment to see my latest creation.  It makes me so happy that you are here today.  Lately I've been in an altering mood and I think this one turned out fabulous.  This is an altered pot holder turned into a stick pin holder. I was inspired by so many fabulous crafters on You Tube. Thanks ladies!

Here is a before picture of the pot  holder that I bought at the Dollar Tree. (actually the package held two potholders)  I covered the colored portion of the pot holder with Gesso just to be safe of any unwanted color showing through.  The Gesso covered well but stiffened the fabric just a little.  No problem since I have several layers of assorted lace and appliques.

Next I sewed a lace pocket  to completely cover the entire pot holder except the little loop.  I'll use that for the closure.  All laces and appliques were applied next.  I made the largest flower on the front cover and all of the flowers and leaves on the inside. The padding of the pot holder makes a great place for the stick pins that I also made.  All of the gems are from my stash.
Now a view of the back side:

Another view  of the front with the closure opened
I'd love to hear what you think and "Thanks so much for visiting and Happy Crafting!!!"


Friday, August 1, 2014

An Altered Bottle

Hello fellow crafters and visitors.  I completed my first altered bottle after viewing a You tube video by Gabrielle Pollocco here.   Thanks Gabrielle!   This was so much fun to do.

I love the shabby chic style and also any kind of lace.  I made the flowers and leaves from ribbon.  Some laces and flower were dyed using avocado skins.  The vintage image was found on Pinterest and I framed it in a piece of lace from a top I found in Marshalls.   The ladies on You Tube are really inspiring me with the use of lace.  

Here's what I started with:

I covered the entire bottle with Gesso than applied acrylic paint.  Distressed it in some areas but you would never know it.  More  pictures of various views:


I printed the image on fabric from an old wedding gown then covered it with Mod Podge.  The topper on the bottle is a gem I found at Pat Catans in the jewelry dept.  Gems and pearls are from my stash.  
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Happy Birthday Leah!

 Today I'm wishing my daughter a Very Happy Birthday!  She is now 39 and has been a blessing in our life.  I love you sweetie.
I  created a card that is relatively simple.  I used three different embossing folders and a couple die cuts plus a Magnolia stamp.

Here's Tilda with Love Cake colored with Copics:

I placed Tilda in front of embossed candles and embossed layers.

 Thank you so much for visiting.
Happy Crafting!!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

An Altered Box

Hello everyone!  I've been slacking on the blog posts.  Sorry :( ,  but I've been working on a project that has taken me several weeks.  The mojo just wasn't cooperating.  Finally yesterday it all came together for me.  Praise the Lord!

Several months ago I came across a clearance sale at Hobby Lobby.  I spotted a small wooden box that was white but the lid was in wild colors and marked $1.25.  SOLD!!!! 
Since then I've been viewing many You Tube videos especially pertaining to lace.  (I've always had a love for fabric and lace) Once again I was inspired  by Angela Holt here.  Thanks Angela!!!  I found some lacey clothing along with a wedding gown at the Thrift Store that I bought with intentions of cutting them up for future projects.  I died many laces and fabric with Avocado skins.  (on you tube here)  The results are outstanding.
I fussy cut flowers from one of the garments from the Thrift store.  Here is a glimpse of before the cuts

Ok on with my altered box.

That's the results of Gesso applied first, then stenciling with Modeling Paste and many different types of paint.  Most of the trim is also from Hobby Lobby that I distressed with Gesso and Distress Inks to get the aged look. 
On the lid I made the flower and applied bits of lace , appliques, gems and other goodies.  I replaced the wooden knob with a distressed knob from my stash.


Next is a peak if inside the box.  Since I always decorate the inside of my cards,  this box can not be any different.  LOL!


Thanks so much for stopping by and as always I'd love to hear from you.   Thank You all so much!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Stamping Scrapping Design Team Projects #2

Hello fellow crafters, followers, friends and visitors.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  One of my projects was inspired by seeing Cindy's craft room (posted   Here) which has many gorgeous dress forms in it.  Also I watched a video by Angela Holt  Here that totally convinced me to give this a try.  Thank you Angela for your fantastic tutorial.  I had much of the lace in my stash but the flower cluster  (actually a shoe clip) was purchased at the City Mission along with a wedding gown for  $25 that had at least a 6 foot train.  I bought the gown so I could cut it up for the laces and appliques, pearls and sequins.  So as soon as I got home I threw it in the washing machine and then dried it outside on the clothes line.  I have many ideas to use this fabric up too!  Here's a front view of the dress that I applied to the paper mache dress form.  The bodice has some of the appliques from the wedding dress.  I also added some diamond gems for added sparkle.

Next a view of the back

I altered a gem for the bow center with some pearls.  I made the bow with  the Zutter Bow It All.

Next I constructed a card that  relates to a wedding.

Stamps:  Wedding Tilda, InkaDinkadoo 97892 Wedding
Dies: Spellbinders  A2 Card Creator Floral Ribbon Threader, Floral Flourishes
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug Geometric Rings
Punches: Nellie Snellen FLP 031 Rose leaf Jumbo
Pearl strands and flowers are from my stash.

The inside of this card has lots of texture from the embossing Folders, Spellbinders 3-M Bossabilities Framed Labels 18 and Darice Corner Scroll. I also used the Spellbinders Labels 18 die cuts.
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Thanks so much for visiting and as always I love to hear what you think!
Happy Crafting!!!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Cherry Lynn Florals

Hello to all followers, friends and visitors.  Once again I had the privilege to work with some Cherry Lynn Dies for Dutch Paper Crafts.    The dies included in this collection are Build a Flower #3 (B264), BAF #3 Embellishment (B265), Daisy Strip (B259) and Orchid (B280).

These dies cut  beautifully and I really enjoyed constructing the flowers.  Cherry Lynn has a tutorial on their blog here to show you the recipe to make different flowers.
So enough chit chat and let me show you what I did:

Altered Box:
I started this project off with a box set that I purchased at Michaels that were on clearance of course.  The only problem was that there were  wild animals on the boxes.  Not really my style. So.... I painted the largest of the boxes off white with acrylic paint.  Then I applied gesso and strips of Tim Holtz tissue wrap.  Now this is more me!  I distressed the corners then applied all of the gorgeous flowers that I made using the build a Flower #3 collection.

Everything is hand made and I used just regular white cardstock for my flowers.  Each one is distressed and the stamens have Perfect Pearls added to the tips.  

On the corners of the lid I used Sizzix decorative corners die and applied Viva Inka Gold Metallic Paints in various colors to give them a metal look.   

Hand Embroidered Card
Darlene sent me a Avec Borduurmal embroidery Template Curve 4.050.424.   This template embosses and then I punched all the holes for the embroidery then used Madeira Metallic thread COL28.

Again I used the Build a Flower and Embellishment dies.  The flourish is a Cherry Lynn B117.  Behind the flower I used a Spellbinder Fancy Lattice.  
Peak of the inside:

On the left side I used Spellbinders Butterfly Magic die and on the right side Sizzix embossing Garden Gate Frame and Cuttlebug Bit Of Paisley Border.  White cardstock was used but I had lots of fun using Distress Inks to bring this to life.  For the daisies the Cherry Lynn Daisy strip  was used .

Hello Card

The Orchid B280 die cut was used along with Spellbinders Basic Lattice and Labels 10.  On the edges I applied MS Vellum embossed Adhesive borders over  some cardstock that I used Fiskars Asian Inspired stamps then colored.  Once again all flower petals and leaves are white cardstock that I used Distress Inks on.

This was white cardstock that I stamped using the Fiskars Asian Inspired stamps.  The pocket on the left side has trim that I made using the EK 2-in-1 Lily pad punch

This was another fun and easy project to do.  Julie Nutting Mixed Media Stamp #910273 was used with a tag from the Prima Tag Pad.

Dies used: Cherry Lynn Turkish Lace w/ Angel Wing DL231,  Daisy Strip B259, Magnolia Doo Hickey Lovely Fence and grass.
Stamps: Prima Cling Stamps #950248
Embellishments are from my stash.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and I really love hearing from you.  If you would like to order any  of the products that I used, please email Pat at  
Happy crafting!.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Flaming June Inpiration

Oh happy day!   I got an email from "Our Creative Corner" of a challenge that really inspired me.   There is an inspiration picture that really motivated me to at least give it a try.  As you may already know I haven't  crafted anything in over a month due to a head injury.  Hopefully this can now be all behind me because look what I've made for this challenge. 

Oh how I wish my pictures could show the warm beautiful tones of orange.  Here is the inspiration picture
                                             "Flaming June" Lord Frederic Leighton 1895
The rules for this challenge is to use Orange.   I totally love Lord Frederic's style and note that this is from  1895.  Wowzers I'm in total awe. I totally thankful that his art awoke something within me.  I searched through my stamp collection and used a stamp called "Woman in Repose".   She's perfect!!!
More pictures with different background:

I searched my paper collection for some orange.  I found some plain cardstock and some beautiful Design Paper from the Paper Studio Tattered and Worn Collection.  After I stamped the image on some orange tone  paper I imagined a veil over her face.  Next I got some  tulle  and a small piece of satin ribbon that I inked with Spiced Marmalade.  Orange pearl string is from my stash as well as the small flowers in her veil.
Next I needed some larger roses so I searched my ribbon stash and made them.  Closer look of the ribbon roses:

Dies used: Go Kreate XXL Square Frames Frilly #3
Punch used: EK Rock Fern
Stickles: Orange and Diamond
Viva Pearl pen (Orange)
Prima  Love Stamp from Life Time Collection #563028

That sums up newest easel card.  Thanks for stopping by and as always I love hearing from you. 

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