Monday, April 28, 2014

I'm Grateful for.....

The most AMAZING little man
my grandson Izaya....

He has stolen my heart....
my house...
and now my creative process!!

If you know my creative style.....
EVERYTHING has a flower....
now I will be creating
"Lil Bug" manly pieces....
what of what shall I do??

Put a flower or two on it anyways!!!

I began with a piece of Canvas Corp Kraft Paper,
made a few water rings using Tattered Angels ~ Glimmer Mist ~ Kraft.
Applied a bit of Tattered Angels ~ Baseboard ~ Soil
through TCW Cubist stencil.
I, then, added a few spritzes of
Tattered Angels ~ Chalkboard ~ Cornflower Daze
here and there.

MY a spiral flower created from a 
circle cut from a piece of Canvas Corp ~ E Flute ~ Black.
Accented with two Petaloo ~ Burlap Flowers
colored with Tattered Angels ~ Chalkboard ~ Cornflower Daze and a 
diecut of Die~Namites Dies ~ Field Grasses
from a piece of Tattered Angels ~ Mistable Papers ~ Brushed Cotton Cream,
spritzed with Tattered Angels ~ Glimmer Mist ~ Kraft
and accented with Cornflower Daze.

....and oh the layers!!
Canvas Corp ~ Canvas Sheet ~ Denim ~ Unsewn
Canvas Corp ~ E Flute ~ Chocolate
Canvas Corp ~ Burlap Sheet ~ Chocolate
Canvas Corp ~ Burlap Sheet 

I hope you have enjoyed my new creative journey....
documenting the life of "my lil bug!"

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Celebrate Mom Blog Hop!!!

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Mom, when thoughts of you are in our hearts, 
we are never far from home. ~Author Unknown

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For my Celebrate Mom creation.....

I embellished a Canvas Corp 5 x 7 Portfolio.
shhhh.....I hope my mom doesn't pop over and see this
but I want to fill it with baby/kiddo photos of our family
going back to my mom's dad who was born in 1901and ending
with our newest addition to the family Izaya born in 2014....
wow....113 years!

I just LOVE how it came out!!

were the PERFECT addition to the flower cluster
of Petaloo Flowers.

.....see the LOVELY die cuts nestled in with the flowers???

I will give you a PEEK of the inside...

The Canvas Corp 5 x 7 ~ Tabbed Book ~ White 
fits PERFECT in the right pocket!

I used some of the same elements
on the inside cover!

and Budding Branch Die....LOVE!!

Thank you for joining our blog hop!!

I hope we have inspired you to create something to
CELEBRATE the Mom(s) in your life!!!

Die~Namites Dies used:
Leafy Branch

Other Products used:
Canvas Corp:
5 x 7 Canvas Portfolio
5 x 7 Tabbed Book ~ White

Petaloo Flowers
Textured Elements:
 Burlap Blossoms X 4 ~ Ivory
 Burlap Blossoms X 10 ~ Ivory

Penny Lane Garden Collection:
Forget Me Nots ~ Robin Egg Blue
Forget Me Nots ~ Antique Gold

Printed Darjeeling
Wild Mini Blossoms x 24

Tattered Angels
Glimmer Mist:
English Ivy
Corn Bread
Crushed Shells

Glam Glitter Paint ~ Camel

Glimmer Glaze ~ Sangria

The Crafter's Workshop
Cherry Blossoms ~ Small

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


I have been experimenting with a few Tattered Angel products....
Here is a project I came up with!

I began with a Canvas Corp ~ 6x6 Stretched Canvas.
I pulled out the Crafter's Workshop ~ Paradise stencil and
smeared some Golden ~ Pearl Mica Flake through it.
While still wet, I sprinkled on some Silver Microbeads
and let dry.

I then applied a bit of
Tattered Angels ~ Plain Jane ~ Simply Sheer ~ Aqua
Plain Jane ~ Baseboard ~ Ivory
(can I just say this is my favorite mist of all times)
along with a few spritz of water to blend!

When dry, I placed the Crafter's Workshop ~ Reversed Chicken Wire
stencil on the canvas, and with a sponge dabbed on
TA Glimmer Glaze ~ Blue Oasis.
I added one more texture,
Golden Crackle Paste through
the Crafter's Workshop Brick stencil.
(when totally dry....I brushed on a bit
of TA ~ Plain Jane ~ Simply Sheer Pink
and TA ~ Glimmer Mist ~

While the background was drying....
I spritz my large Petaloo ~ Printed Darjeeling flower
with water and applied
TA ~ Plain Jane ~ Simply Sheer Aqua
to the edges of the petals.
I dried the flower and then
went around the edges of the flower
with TA ~ Glimmer Glaze ~ Blue Oasis.

......this is where I tell on myself.
I was trying to stay monochromatic but
SOOOO.....I added a bit of the
TA ~ Plain Jane ~ Simply Sheer ~ Pink
to the center of the flower!

I then gave the flower an overall spritz
of the TA ~ Simply Jane ~ Baseboard ~ Ivory
and added a touch of Golden Gesso.
I colored some thread with the
TA ~ Plain Jane ~ Simply Sheer ~ Aqua.
Finishing it all off with a vintage earring
and vintage lace!!

I then pulled a few of my stash Vintage Findings
an old metal spoon
some buttons
and a pin....
and built my canvas!
To tell on myself again.....
I had finished my canvas...
photographed it....and even placed the photos
in this blog post....
here was the original canvas

think I like the revised version the best!!!

Products Used:
Canvas Corp 
6x6 Stretched Canvas
Tattered Angels
Plain Jane ~ Simply Sheer
Pink & Aqua
Plain Jane ~ Baseboard
Glimmer Mist
Twinkle Yellow & English Ivy
Glimmer Glaze
Blue Oasis

Printed Darjeeling
Wild Blossoms Large, Medium and Mini

The Crafters Workshop
Mini Chicken Wire Reversed
Bricks & Paradise

Die~Namites Dies
Leafy Flourish

Wendy Vecchi ~ Archival Ink
Cornflower Blue & Watering Can

Pearl Mica Flake ~ Small
Crackle Paste

Monday, April 14, 2014

HAPPY EASTER..... I will say I cheated a little bit on this project.
A few weeks back I had the opportunity to teach
at a WONDERFUL event for Petaloo.
I had created a Petaloo Flower cluster on a piece
of wire mesh for the above class, but
I ended up not using it....
but it was just so BEAUTIFUL
I saved it knowing
it would get used


....and there it is
stapled to a framed chicken wire piece
I had picked up a while back.


Petaloo's Botanica Collection flowers are just
beyond BEAUTIFUL and made creating this
flower cluster.....soo easy!



.....a few Flora Doodles flowers and Leaves
a few Mini Pearl Daisies.


I created my Happy Easter Banner
using Graphic45's Botanical Tea papers,
attached to a bit of Jute and
held on with Mini Clothespins
so the greeting changed out
as needed!
Hope you have enjoyed my creation....
and a
Happy Easter to you and yours!!

Products used:
Petaloo Flowers
Botanica Collection
Blooms x 4 ~Ivory
Mini's ~ White, Coral, Pistachio
Mini Pearl Daisies
Flora Doodles ~ Mixed Blossoms
Flora Doodles ~ Leaves
Burlap Blossoms x 10 Pistachio
Burlap Trim
Fancy Trim ~ Peach
Die~Namites Dies
Leafy Branch
Budding Branch
Botanical Tea Collection
Clear Stamp Alphabet

Friday, April 11, 2014

Take My Hand.....

....and we will walk this path together!!

Many times I've created because 
of an assigned project or theme....
the other day I needed to create

I pulled out my plastic container of
and began to paw through
the pile of goodness....
unused BEAUTIES...that just didn't
work on the project they were 
created for....
but not worthy of the trash bag!!

Life has dealt me some SERIOUS BLOWS 
in the last 6 months....the hardest one being....
walking through cancer treatments
with someone
to my heart.... when I found the Wendy Vecchi ~ Arts Parts hand
I just knew where this creative journey 
was going to take me
A card from the HEART!

I stumbled upon one of Petaloo's Vintage Trinkets
and it fit PERFECT on the hand!!

....there were Petaloo flowers adorned with
Viva Colour Precious Metal Effect Paint!!
I just added a dab of 
TA Red Rock to the center of the large flower
and around the edges of the
Canvas Heart....
for continuity!!!

I chose to die~cut a piece of Vintage Dictionary paper
that was in the box
using Die~Namites Spring Doily!!
And there you have it........
my "MISFIT" card!
(sometimes they turn out the most LOVELY!!)

Ah....and you may notice my 
of all time.....
"We don't remember DAYS....
We remember MOMENTS!!"
by Cesare Pavese
in the background.....

WONDERFUL words to

pull out some of your
MISFIT pieces parts and

I will choose a RANDOM winner
for a Prize Package 
from my stash!!!
(I promise it will be awesome!!)

MISFITS...are the pieces parts you have left over when you are done creating (or at least when I am done!!).....a flower you didn't use....journaling card cast aside....a diecut you cut but it didn't fit....Loopy bows tied but never adorning a creation....

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Thank You......THANK YOU!

I had the needed to make a few 
THANK YOU cards....

Every month a new sketch will be introduced....
the sketch can be interpreted as a card, layout or altered piece!

You need to use at least one Die~Namites Die in your creation.

You have until the last day of the month to post your creation on your blog, 
with mention of the Die~Namites Die used and a link back to the Die~Namites Dies blog. 
Link your blog post, using Inlinkz, to the Die~Namites Die blog.

A random winner will be chosen from eligible participants
for a $25 Gift Certificate to the Die~Namites Dies

Here is my take on the sketch....

Die~Namites Dies April Sketch Challenge

I pulled out a few pieces of patterned paper from
 Marion Smith's  ~ Motley and Never Grow Up Collections.
I began with the Self Portrait as the card base.

Die~Namites Dies April Sketch Challenge

I placed the Crafter's Workshop stencil ~ Cityscape
and applied Picked Raspberry ~ Distress Stain
through the stencil.

I then pulled out Mini Ledger Stencil
and applied Golden ~ Molding Paste
and dried it.

I applied Peeled Paint ~ Distress Stain 
through the Paradise Stencil.
(I loved that it bled under the stencil!!)

Die~Namites Dies April Sketch Challenge

Using various Marion Smith papers
I die~cut several

I colored one of "Nana's Flowers" with
Picked Strawberries ~ Distress Stain and
Peeled Paint ~ Distress Stain and then
spritzed it with a Gold Mist.

Die~Namites Dies April Sketch Challenge

I used the second die~cut of Nana's Flowers
to fill in the die~cut areas of the painted die~cut.

I then colored a few Petaloo ~ Mini Pearl Daisies
with a smidge of Picked Raspberry ~ Distress Stain
and applied them to the die~cut Nana's Flowers.

I had also cut out 

which I ended up not using it on my "sketch" card
but created a second card with the
left~over pieces parts....

I used the "left~over" Nana's Flowers
as the backdrop for
the colored Beautiful Flowers.

I just LOVE how the patterned paper mixes so well
with the Picked Raspberries ~ Distress Stain.

I DO hope you will pull out a few of your
Die~Namites Dies and Play ALONG with US!

Friday, April 4, 2014


I am not a huge fan of drama.....
and my creative world was placed on tilt
recently and it left me in a TOTAL creative panic!

So....when things like this happen...

That is just what I did yesterday....
I dusted off my stash of
Tattered Angels..
created a new color bible...
and began to play
where I was headed
just reacquainting myself with 
how the products worked.

I began with a 6x6 stretched Canvas by Canvas Corp.
Pulled out a bit of
Tissuestock ~ Kraft
Printed Canvas ~ Black French Script
Printed Burlap ~ Tile
I collaged the textures randomly 
onto my canvas
using Ranger ~ Multi Medium.
Then I let the experimentation begin!!
I sprayed....
I painted....
I spritzed with water...
I used the Peacock Stencil by The Crafter's Workshop
with a bit of Golden Molding Paste
and Sprayed more...
until I achieved the background I was looking for.

I then pulled out the new Textured Elements by Petaloo ~ Ivory
which I proceeded to color
with Plain Jane Baseboard ~ Red Rocks
and accented it with 
Glam ~ Just Peachy

See the Mini Pearl Daisy I accented with the Red Rocks??!??!
The were originally teal....just PERFECT!

Using Canvas Corp Handmade Paper....
I diecut Field Grasses from a piece of
Flocked Ivory Damask
I diecut 2 ~ Leafy Flourish from 
Mistable Papers ~ Linen White.
I colored all of the diecuts
with various combinations of
Glimmer Mist:
English Ivy
to accent my newly colored Textured Element Flower...
and then I put it ALL TOGETHER
with my all time favorite Multi Medium by Ranger
with the following quote...

"If you find a path with no obstacles....
it probably doesn't lead anywhere"
Frank A. Clark

thank you for joining me as I 
continue on my path...
clearing this last obstacle!!

Product Used:
6x6 Stretched Canvas
Handmade Paper ~ Flocked Ivory Damask
Burlap Fringe
Tissuestock ~ Kraft
Printed Burlap ~ Tile
Printed Canvas ~ Black French Script

Mistable Paper ~ Linen White
Glimmer Mist ~
English Ivy
Corn Bread
Plain Jane ~ Baseboard ~ Red Rocks
Chalkboard ~ Apricot Nectar
Glam ~ Just Peachy

Textured Elements ~ Burlap Blossoms ~ Ivory
Mini Pearl Daisies ~ Blue/Greens
Penny Lane ~ Forget me Nots ~ Antique Gold

The Crafter's Workshop
Peacock Stencil