Wednesday, June 27, 2012


When I think of the 4th of July....
I think of parades, food and family gatherings! 
Sooooo.....I created this "WELCOME" banner
just for this occasion!

I pulled out my stash of "Party in the USA" collection by Reminisce,
some banner goodies from Canvas Corp....
and a pile of COLOR ME CRAZY flowers!!

I must say.....
I had SOOOO much fun creating this banner!!
I was tearing....
and dippin!!!
Here are some close~ups of the banner.





I love how I was able to customize
the color of the CMC~ 3-D foam letter stickers,
they turned out just PERFECT!!

and the flowers.........just divine!!


Product used:
1530-100 3d Foam Stickers
1534-000 Darjeeling Hydrangea

Party in the USA Collection ~ Reminisce

Banner Shapes, Jute, Tissue Stock, Mini Clothes Pins ~ Canvas Corp 

May the sun 

in his course 
visit no land more free, 
more happy, 
more lovely, 
than this our own country!  
~Daniel Webster

Monday, June 25, 2012

Graduation is in the Air!!

'Tis the time of year for graduations, parties and gifts.
For this wonderful occasion....
I created a gift box and card!


I  painted the gift box,
sanded the high points,
and inked the high points!
I rubbed the paint onto the
Glass Ornament Pins.
Soooo PRETTY! 
The Chipboard Flourish and
Darjeeling Flowers are just perfect
accents on my gift box! 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

June Technique Tag

Good Saturday Morning to you!!!

Today I will be showing you
how I created the paper I used
to cover my "manly" Trinket Box
Hope you enjoy it!

A Swirlydoos ~ Imagination  Lab Tutorial!!

Afters seeing the GORGEOUS papers from this months Kit
and the Trinket Box......I decided to go very "manly"
with my box.....
can I tell you was no easy feat!

Here is what the paper will look like....

......and here is this months Technique Tag......

So......without any more jibber jabber.....
here it is!!

Thursday, June 14, 2012


Howdy Peeps.....
Can I just say I had SOOOO much fun creating this project!!!

The focus of this months challenge ~ One Product ~ 3 Ways "Existencils"
on the Creative Imaginations blog

I chose to showcase my stencils on a Canvas Corp Chunky Canvas.


I used Multi Medium with the damask stencil
on the Canvas Corp ~ Pocket Tag to create a resist.

I then spritzed it with Sea Foam ~ Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist.
I dried the canvas pocket,
then spritzed the edges with water and
dipped them into puddles of
Narmonrado ~ Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist.


I then did a little concocting.........
Dragon Wing ~ Primary Elements and Molding Paste
through the Branch stencil from the Nature's Stencil Kit.

Using a small paint brush,
I dabbed on a bit of Sweet Whisper ~ Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist
into the centers of the Petaloo ~ Pearl Daisies.


The branches almost look real!!


 To finish off the Canvas....
I sprayed the edges of the canvas with water
and dipped them in Narmorado ~ Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist.
I chose the words...
Dream....Live....Experience Life!
to finish it off!


Hope I've inspired you to pull out your stencils
and have some fun!!
Products Used:
Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist
29042 ~ Sweet Whisper
29527 ~ Sea Foam
29043 ~ Narmorado

28380 ~ Natures Stencil Kit
28386 ~ Bon Soir Stencil

Primary Elements
Dragon Wing


Friday, June 8, 2012

We be HOPPIN"!!!

Welcome to Swirlydoos' June Kit Reveal Blog Hop Block Party!!

IThe June kit is named ~ Antiquities!
(can I say it is BEYOND GORGEOUS!!)

If you came here from Irene Tan's blog, then you are on the right track.  If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there.  We have some amazing projects for you to see today and as a bonus we have a very special guest joining in the fun and offering a prize!!

Can I tell you I had SOOOOO much fun creating with this kit!!
I challenged myself to create a "manly" Trinket box....
with NO FLOWERS....can I tell you
that was ssssooo hard!!

and no bling......
just pure "manly~ness"!!

Do you think I succeeded???

You will want to make sure you check out my video tutorial on
Saturday, June 16th.....cause I'm going to show you
how I created the background paper I used on my box
for this months Technique Tag!! 

Here is a little sneak of the tag!

You have until midnight, eastern time, on Sunday, June 10th to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on June 11th.  In order to qualify to win here is what you need to do:

1: Visit all of the blogs and leave a comment on each. This way we know you were there. Become a follower if you're not already. Take your time. There are REALLY beautiful things to see along the way.
2: Before you leave each blog, look for the “special” words and write it down.
Once you have visited all the blogs and collected all the special words, they will create a sentence.
3: Finally, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had AND tell us the sentence that was created with all of the special words you collected!
My special word is : it
The party continues over at Angelica's blog.  Have fun!

Thursday, June 7, 2012


Just wanted to share with you......
my latest achievement!
(copied from the Creative Imaginations blog)
Hello peeps.......can I just say I am ECSTATIC to have been asked
to be a part of the Creative Imaginations Design Team!!
I have been creative since I can remember!
My creative path has lead me in many directions
Architectual Drafts Person
Graphic Artist
Landscape Designer
and now my latest journey
in the paper crafting industry!!!

I began this journey about 5 years ago when I walked into my
Local Scrapbook Store! I got to chatting with the owner
and before I knew it......I had a job!!
I had only created 3 scrapbook pages in my whole life
(wish I knew where they were now!!)
Now, I am the type of person....
when I jump in....
I do it whole heartedly!!
soooo....I set out to learn anything and everything I could.
I began with scrapbook pages....
moved to card making,
then jumped into the
Altered Art/Mixed Media realm.
When I'm creating....
I love to rip it, crumple it and ink it....
almost always with a flower involved!!!
I love to try new things.....
 sometimes they are a success
and sometimes not so much!!
But what I learn in my creative trials
I like to share with others!!
and I am SOOOOOO looking forward to
sharing this journey with YOU!!
Here is a card I created
for my first DT project!


Monday, June 4, 2012


Today will be my last post with

It is with GREAT sadness....
but MUCH excitement
as to....what the future holds!!

What's the challenge you say......

I began with a Watercolor ATC.
I used LOTS of different
Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist Color
and had fun!!

I then mixed Molding Paste with Hot Cinnamon Primary Elements.....and using my Cubist stencil....had at it!

I wrapped my ATC with Tissue Tape....added a layer of Tissue Paper adhered with Multi Medium

The focal point of my 

is the Grunge Paper Rose....
I have a tutorial on how it was made
(if your interested!!)

I backed my Rose with a piece of Burlap and a big of black Twine (goodies from Canvas Corp!!)

To top off my little ditty I added the amazing Word Band.....
Live the Life You've Imagined....
and that is what I am doing!!!

I want to thank ALL OF MY FAITHFUL followers!! Don't worry....I'm not going away...just down a different path! The WONDERFUL gals over at Simon Says and last but not FANTABULOUSLY creative TEAMIES!! It has been a JOY and INSPIRATION to design with you...and yes there are tears!!

Now before I you FABBY creations up to Simon Says Stamp and Show.....who knows....this could be your week to win this!!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Petaloo/Tim Holtz

Wanted to share with you my post for the Petaloo/Tim Holtz week!!!

I chose Tim Holtz ~ Paper Stash ~ Kraft Resist paper
which just complimented
the Late Spring Darjeeling flowers SOOOOO wonderfully!!

I cut a frame from a piece of black Kraft~Core
from the Nostalgic Collection.
Do you see the Color Me Crazy Chipboard
the PERFECT addition to my card and canvas!!


I added a bit of Crackle Paint
to help with the grungieness of the card!


For my canvas, I used the backside of the leftover
Kraft Resist paper! A bit of spritzing and scrunching....
And I ended up with a WONDERFUL Mother's Day gift!
 (which by the mom LOVED!!!)

Late Spring Darjeeling ~ Naturals/Shabby Beige:Mini Daisies with Leaves
Mini Pearl Daisies

Night Fall/Grey/Blacks:Dahlias
Mini Pearl Daisies

other embellieS:
Beaded Hat Pins ~Black/White
Foliage Assortment ~ Dark BrownsColor Me Crazy ~ ChipboardBirdhouses with Birds

 "There's NOTHING stronger than a MOTHER'S LOVE!!"