Saturday, September 26, 2009

Give-a-way for Alice in Wonderland Stamps

Free Grab bag of stamps-Post a comment below

Here are cards and projects that I made for Oxford Impressions with two of her new Alice in Wonderland stamp plates.

I have some extras of the individual stamps from the "Wonderland" plate. You can see a picture of the entire sheet here. I will be giving away just some of the stamps on this plate. Here is a picture of the "grab bag" to be given away. I have trimmed all of the stamps and they are ready to stamp, just by attaching them with a piece of double stick tape to an acrylic block.

If you will leave a comment on this post from now until Wednesday night Sept 30, at midnight central time, we will announce a winner on Oct. 1. Please be sure we have your e-mail address.
Thanks for playing along with us.


Friday, September 25, 2009

Fabric Book Pages

These are pages from a Silver Bella fabric book swap that I have been working on. They are all a little different because of the crazy quilt fabric. The little girl image is on a fabric sheet that I purchased from Paper Whimsey. -- Lots of trim and beads added on top.

Below is the back of the page. The image here is on my "Moo" cards that I have hand sewn on the back. You can flip it over to see the contact info.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Dance among the Shadows

Here are some Halloween pieces that are all made with stamps from Oxford Impressions. Check out all her Halloween stamps here.

This is a vintage bottle on which I adhered stamped papers. Then I sealed them with wax. The back has some rub-ons. Then some tiny black beads were placed inside. A metal piece was used as a stopper and sealed with more wax.

The skull below was stamped and embossed with white powder onto vellum and then cut out and placed on the round stamped dial piece. It was placed onto a black crepe paper round ruffle with silver glitter on the edges. Then it was placed on scalloped black glitter paper.
A couple of cards below

And finally, a simple bookmark - just right for the season.
You can click on any of these images for a closer look.
Lots more Halloween ideas to come

Monday, September 21, 2009


Last week was filled with days of remembering--the 17th was the one year date of my precious husband's death. The year since has been filled with many things that God has showed me, helped me through, and with which is refilling my life.

One of His blessings is a gift of friends who have come alongside me in this walk--new Sisters--kind and caring, teaching, making me laugh, sharing tears, leading, helping me to think outside myself.

Not wanting me to be alone on that day, these girls treated me to lunch at Ya Ya's.

What bright and shining faces welcome me to share their day and their lives.

As little mementos, I made some small embroidered hearts nestled in little sandwich glass hearts and tucked into these beady bags.

They seem to be my colors and style lately...

But mostly, it's because these sweet women have my heart.

And we all shared a fabulous decadent dessert--A puff pastry covered baked brownie. Hot chocolate lava poured out upon cutting, topped with ice cream swizzled with raspberry sauce.
I should have snapped earlier, before the digging in began, but couldn't get the camera up fast enough.

It didn't last long!!

Since we were eating in YaYa's Restaurant, we thought we could rightfully be called YaYa Sisters. I think we can. So, we are.

Sisters, truly, as children of God.


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Christmas Planner

A holiday planner seems to be a good idea for keeping things altogether. This is one I made from a Mead composition book.
The cover was layered with Christmas paper, the Bigz die cut letters in the Twang font.

The different sections tabs were inked shipping tags inbetween the glued together pages.

Include a calendar for scheduling...

A place for decorations. It's surprisingly easy to forget something you really liked when the next holiday arrives.

And the food! Don't forget the food, the recipes, the menus you liked.
Write the recipes on cards and include them so you don't have to look them up every year.

Have pages for photos of past decorations. Make a list for each year.

And all your favorite Christmas traditions--You will enjoy reading them from year to year, and they will be a treasure for your children.

Your book will become more important to you every year--more like a journal of the best of times!
Don't wait to put one together. You'll want to use it THIS year!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

First Dollars

Evan, my grandson, has done several photo shoots for magazines, and when he received his first check, we wanted to capture the moment. He really was tickled.

This is one that was done for Bargain Style (Better Homes & Gardens)Fall 2005.
He was a good little model. The hours can be long and tedious, but the work interesting, and the crew was sweet to him.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Halloween Inspiration

It's time to get out all the Fall decorations, and that means the Halloween pieces. We've only about 6 weeks to display all the fun things that the season brings.
This is a hanger, about 5 X 7"--using vintage images and embellishments.

There are so many visual inspirations out there--
This one is my daughter's, from a BH&G spread...

More hangers (from Elizabeth). So many ways to portray the season....

Find your favorite image, combine with varied papers, and there you are.

Another color inspiration--knitted dish cloths....

This is a super simple, but effective, pennant. I used the painted woodies from Michael's and placed them onto the huge paint chips (should say, paint chunks!) from Better Homes & Gardens. Thanks, BH&G, for making such luscious colors available; not just for my projects, but for warming up the walls of our homes.
These are closeups of the project's beginnings--

I think this cat is a hoot!
This is fabric--so precious--from Hobby Lobby (not sure about availability this year).

Fall gives us so much with which to work.
Hope your craft tables are full of fun projects.