Thursday, December 30, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
My son Jeff's family....could you tell the sugar high was gone and the steam was running out?????
My daughter Michelle Ann.
Emma at her finest. She just loves everything!
Friday, December 24, 2010
It's like a Winter Wonderland outside our windows. The rabbits are making tracks in the garden and playing. So fun to watch when they stand on their back legs and look around.
To everyone I've heard from in the comments, ( I try to respond to them all if I can find your email address) and those who just stop by and take a look, I wish you all a Blessed Holiday. Be safe and warm and enjoy your loved ones.
This is a tag from last year, but it's one of my favorites. So from all of us here to all of you out there..........
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Bill and Linda
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
So I cut a piece of paper into little tiny squares...not very good squares...but none the less, everyone had a piece of paper. Then I numbered all 148 of the little papers.
Dumped out the candy bowl and put them in. Said to Bill, "pick one," and number 31 came out of the candy bowl. We are very, very HIGH TECH here!!! I counted down 4 times to make sure!
Lynne Forsythe said:
OMW>...tried to view/comment this on my phone and it EXPLODED!!! jk YOU ARE AN AMAZING OUT OF THE BOX THINKER!!! and I LOVE IT!!
December 17, 2010 6:11 PM
So, Lynne Forsythe, you are the winner of the Configuration and Tim Tools. Send me your address and I'll get them out sometime today!!
I'll leave you with a picture of Emma in the snow last year. Oh, the Joy of a Child in the Snow...........in a pink snowsuit and boots!! She's sneaking up on her Poppie to throw a snowball at him!
Thanks so much, everyone, for playing along. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to read all your comments. They warm my heart and make me keep on sharing the fun I have in my Studio with all of you.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas or whatever holiday of your faith. And keep coming back to the blog and leave comments. We all learn from them.
I'll take pictures of what I'm sending to CHA and will share when I can. LOVE these Perfect Pearl Mists!!!!
Monday, December 20, 2010
Bill just surprised me with a trip for my birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!! We're going to New Orleans in the Spring with our traveling buddies!!!! They are on their way to Arizona now....so sad. NOT!
So I am a happy camper. Everyone stay warm and stay tuned. See you tomorrow! Hope all your shopping and wrapping is done!
Friday, December 17, 2010
This is no tutorial, so just look and enjoy...then go create! I will tell you some of the products along the way. Graphic 45 papers on the sides, Margies - the Girls Paperie inside as well as BasicGrey, 7Gypsies and Tim Holtz Seasonal paper stash. I also used one of Tim's stamps and the hanging sign Alteration.
This is from Tim's Holiday paper stash. I LOVE this Santa so much. Robin said it reminded her of her childhood and reading "The Night Before Christmas." This had Tim's Tissue Tape and gold garland from Trim-A-Tree on the edges. the boxes are sprayed with various Adirondacks sprays and Perfect Pearls Mists. I LOVE THEM ALL!
The tree is from KaiserCraft. Too cute!
The vintage button I bought as well as the hand painted Snowman and Angel button on the tree. The Joy is Maya Road that is glittered.
Wrap a wooden block in tissue paper and tie with a bow. Add Glossy Accents to a Bingo chip from Maya Road...glue to a wooden star, a small circle to raise it up, and pop into the box.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Here's a cute little guy. I collect Santas and Snowmen. The Triptych is something I did a couple of years ago. It has such wonderful colors in the papers.
This is the fantastic ornament I found in the Quad Cities. One of my students told me about it in class, but they were sold out here in Peoria. Luckily I got one when we were up visiting. It plays the Hallelujah Chorus from Christmas Vacation when Clark gets the lights to finally work....love that movie!
We have all different kinds of transportation on our tree. Bill has 2 Cruisers that hang in "remembrance" of his boating days. Miss the boat...I know he does, too.
And last, but not at all least, here is Miss Erin playing with the 6th grade band in her Christmas Concert. She's only a 4th grader, but having dad as the band director has it's perks! Free lessons!!!! Practices all the time....and I mean ALL the time. She can't walk by my piano without playing something from memory.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Here's a fun way to show off your little Christmas tags. I started with the manila tag that I'd Distress Inked with Concord and Sapphire and a bit of Marmalade in the middle. Spray with Perfect Pearls Mist Forever Violet. When dry emboss with snowflakes (these are a Cuttlebug set-don't have Tim's...but they would do, too).
Sand a bit of the snowflakes off and highlight with a white pen. I used a Sharpie Poster Pen as it has a soft tip and a pen will smoosh down the embossing.
Then the little snowman is on Ten Second's Studio Peacock metal. LOVE this color. I embossed it in the Snowman Texture Plate from Tim and after sanding and using the steal brush on him, I cut him out . Simple, heh?
The TownScape is a piece of the metal tape again that I mounted onto heavy manila cardstock before I cut it out on the die. This makes it more stable. Then take a refiner tool, and decorate the houses. Using Alcohol Inks, I painted the little houses and sidewalks using a brush.
You can make them as elaborate as you like. Cut the house strip wider than your tag, and add it with a small piece of the metal tape at the sides. Bow it out and the back of the card so it will stand up. I added an oval piece of chipboard on the bottom for support.
The Star is a piece from Maya Road painted and Glittered with Martha's Crystal Fine White glitter. Glue your card to the star and add Texture Paste around the townhouses.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Alterations-Bookplates,Reindeer Flight, and Snow Tree.
Idea-ology-Wordsticks, Baubles, Shabby Chic Paper Stash, Facets, Lace Chain, Grungeboard and Grungepaper.
Distress Inks-Faded Jeans, Dusty Concord, Stormy Sky, Wild Honey,
Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo, Forest Moss, Pine Needles, and Chipped Sapphire.
Stamps-Believe, and Snowflakes.
Paint Dabbers-Cranberry, Snow Cap, Copper, Silver, Pitch Black.
Distress Stickles-Pumice Stone, Wild Honey and Burgundy.
Embossing Ink and Clear Embossing Powder.
Perfect Pearls Mists-Blue Smoke and Sunflower Sparkle.
I used the Embossing Ink and Powders to make the Snowflakes. Then I sprayed with the Perfect Pearls Blue Smoke and Sunflower Sparkle.
Cut out the Reindeer from Grungeboard, the Bookplate from Chipboard, and the Snow Tree from Grungepaper. The Deer has been Embossed with the Texture Plate...arrange as you like, I got a dot for an eye.
Use the DI on the Deer starting with the Marmalade, then Honey and edge with Vintage Photo. When dry, add a layer of Wild Honey distress Stickles.
The bookplate is painted with Copper and Silver, then spots of Cranberry and Pitch Black. Pumice Stone Distress Stickles are added when dry. The stamp "Believe" is stamped on a scrap of Blue paper from the Paper Stash with the Cranberry Dabber and a black Gel Pen adds dots and shadows.
Glue paper and plate together and add some brads.
Burgundy Distress Stickles were rubbed into the Workstick. Let it dry a few seconds, and wipe off excess.
Use the Green Distress Inks on the Snow Tree in different areas and layers. I used some Snow -Tex when dry on the branches.
The little girl is from Paper Whimsy. I glued her to the Facet and added a Jump Ring, Lace Chain, and Baubles.