Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Congratulations Donald and Peta

A shout out to my boy Donald Driver for winning Dancing with Stars.  You were amazing and I'm sure it felt great to win.  My question is how bad are they going to tease you at training camp this year.  How do you top this, I know SUPERBOWL RING!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Lovely Lex!

Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all had as a beautiful weekend as I did.  The weather was gorgeous, I got alot accomplished and I finished another layout that I have been wanting to.  I am sure alot of you are like me and have that "bucket list" of projects that you want to do someday.  This is one of them.  My beautiful niece Lex had her junior prom and was kind enough to put her pictures out for us all to enjoy. 

My sister, Laurie shared these lovely little butterflies with me from Vintaj and they fit perfectly over a chipboard butterfly (found in the dollar place at Michaels) that I coated with Tim Holtz crack paint. The effect is absolutely stunning.

I really didn't wait to put too much dimension on this because it's going to go into a project for my Mom, but I wouldn't be me if I didn't add some bling and bows.  I love exploring the sewing section in my local fabric stores to seek out and find new little ribbon roses.  These came in a cluster of 3 and the I love how they look.

 I did use one of my vine/flower clusters to balance out the right side and add a touch of pink to match her beautiful dress.

I added her name by making a tag using the Styled Labels die from Tim Holtz movers and shakers line, I cut 2 pieces out one in black velvet and one in pinktini card stock.  Offset them and add Lexie's name in pink rinestones.  In the corner I added a display trim corner in antique brass from 7 gypsies 
I must sign off for now my friends but I really hope you enjoyed my project and try some of the techniqes, I would love to hear your thoughts or just stop by and say hi. 

                                                          Thanks for stopping by

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Today is my lucky day!

I just found out today that I was the winner in Donna Salazars Ginormous give-away.  Wow I am speechless (and for those that know me that is quite amazing)  For anyone who is not familiar with Donna and her very creative team you should pop on over  and check out her blog at very inspiring place to go!

Thank you,

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

ATC swap for Dusty Attic

Hello everyone, well spring has sprung in Wisconsin and my roses are just about to bloom.  Something new is around every corner, so in the spirit of that, I decided to do something new.  My first swap, oh I am so excited.  My friend Jenny Burns, a designer from, has invited me to my first ATC swap.  For all of you new to that an ATC stands for Artistic Trading Card.  Dusty Attic is one of my favorite places to go for inspiration.  They have a lot of really talented artist designing for them and I would be lying if I told you I wasn't so excited to be a part of their May ATC swap. 
 The theme is vintage and I had so much fun, there is really no rules other than the cards must be 2.5 x 3.5 inches and that they must be traded never sold.
I played around with a lot of bling of course, but when I started making these I realized the Dusty Attic chippies were more than enough for them.
 I wanted to do a theme without making the same card 5 times so I took the main elements and used similiar graphics.

But used different elements and flowers.

Hey I had to dress them up a little with girly bits but I can honestly say I love these.  I didn't overdo it with alot of bling but I think their lovely.  I can't wait to get mine and maybe learn some new techniques.  Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

new flower

Well today I did a little soul searching, I am in a severe dry spell right now and I am buying more than I am creating so I was perusing one of my favorite blogs and she gave me the inspiration to do some tags, thank you Astrid. I just threw together (really it was more like a couple of days of heavy duty creating) and I cam up with a few ideas.  

 I have these cool tags from Tim Holtz that I built off of.  Here's one (sorry it's upside down) but I can't wait to use it.

This one leads me to my next part of this blog entry, tada I made a new flower.  Now ladies I am not going to insult your intelligence, there are so many creative artist that make flowers, I just tried to Blingify one.  Hope you enjoy!

I started with my new favorite toy the Donna Salazar Rose Creation dies by Sizzix.  Oh I am telling you if you want to dabble in the flower realm you must get this die. Here are the materials I used to make this.
I took one cutout from all sized of the flower (6 in total), some blue perfect pearl mist, gold perfect pearls, some homemade flower vine, scissors, and tools to curl the flower petals I used a small pliars and a paintbrush.

 I sprayed both sides of some black velvet cardstock I had with perfect pearls and let them dry, I sprayed the backs because they will show.
 I then curled the petals, the largest I curled the petals under and the other 5 I curled toward the center.

I then just stacked them largest to smallest swirling the petals so that one full petal overlaps the gaps of the next petal. I secured them with a brad as shown. Now here's where the magic happens.
I then took all these extras, the little rose buds from, the leaves and the flower vine and I built off of it.  I started by gluing the flower vine in between 2 layers of flowers and I glued on some leaves and finished with a few of the beautiful blue rose buds that I found at Mon ami Gabi.  I then made a mixture of a bit of perfect pearls in gold and mixed it with water, it makes such a beautiful accent paint and I had fun "painting" my flowers gold I just added hints of the gold paint here and there but it really is so much fun and it makes me feel like a real artist I love it/.  Here is the finished project waiting to be put onto a page or a gift box or some thing. 

I thank you all for looking and inspiring me everyday.  I would love to see what you ladies do with this technique and if you email me a picture of your work at I will humbly share your works of art with my blog followers.  Thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment you ladies always put a smile on my face.