I am a published Author of the following books: The Distortion, Alien and the Cheese:Never Mind the Grill; The Monkey Palace. I married my husband 10 years ago and have 3 wonderful sons. I have always enjoyed doing crafts of all types and so now I enjoy learning Victorian crafts, needlework, scrapbooking, doll making and so much more.
I like to use various tones and shades of certain colors to add visual interest to my artwork, scrapbook pages, and cards. I found the words: Amore from K and Company and used the Cricut TBBM (Tags, Bags, Boxes and More) cartridge to create the little tags and the slide in holders. Adding a fancy ribbon really made the photo mats pop.
Three years ago, my grandparents celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary which is a major accomplishment these days. I wanted to pay homage to their love and devotion and created a sort of shabby chic heritage page. I found some really nice pearl brads in the wedding section at Michael's craft store. I used a Fiskars border punch, decorative scissors, photo corners, ribbon that says: True love, and some litte sayings. This has to be an all time favorite for my. The Anna Griffin paper really makes the picture stand out.
Currently, I am in a swap that requires altering, perhaps make it vintage with a twist. I love looking at old newspaper or magazine ads and thinking about what other sayings could go with the pictures. I was asked to create a greeting card, and I figured that we could always use a Get Well card. So I found an underwear ad where a guy is looking down at his tighty whiteys, when I first saw this I imagined a mother's voice in the background telling her kids that you need to always wear a clean pair of underwear when leaving the house. My mom said that, and perhaps her mother told her that. Hense, the clean underwear legacy. I typed the following statement:
Suddenly, the words of his mother haunted him, And he wasn't so sure anymore.
I truly enjoy using simple but adorable embellishments to create a scrapbook page Layout (LO). I was at a local craft store and found a beautiful selection of Anna Griffin embossed rose paper. I used a Fiskars punch that had little hearts. I bought some velvet charm ribbon that reads: Adore. The ribbon charm reminds me of Victorian chokers. I wanted to give the page a little more meaning and so I put a quote on the page that reads: Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale- AnonymousI used some gemstone brads to attach that to the page.The simplicity of this page creates a serene ambiance for whatever photo that will be placed here.
A few years ago I wanted to try my hand at paper quilling and bought large assortment of quilling paper. While cleaning up my studio, I came across the papers and decided that I should try my hand at doing it. I found some soft muted blue and purple pieces and rolled them to the desired shape. I wasn't sure what I was going to create but opted for a paper butterfly.
There are so many creative people in this world. I was really pleased with the results in this swap. For a refresher, an ITT is a small piece of art that is created within a specific size. Inchie: A circle or square that is 1"x1", Twinchie: A circle or square that is 2"x2", and a Trinchie is a circle or square that is 3"x3". If you create one that is done in a circle then one would use perhaps call it a Rinchie.
I just got the news that my dear mother will be going to Real Estate school and that news brought great joy to me.My parents were divorced and I was raised by my mom. She was one of my biggest supporters. I graduated at age 16 from high school and got my Associates in Art at 18. She always encouraged me to achieve the goals that I set for myself. Today I got the inspiration to make her a special card because I couldn’t find something that fit what I wanted to say.
The items I used for the card was:
Magnolia Tilda Stamp
Tim Holtz Journey key
Cat’s Eye Chalk ink
Extra ribbon and fiber
I am truly proud of her and look forward to her success.
To keep up with the swing of things, I hosted an ITT (Inchie, Twinchie, and Trinchie) swap on the Cricut Messageboards. My inchie image was done with clipart, and font. The Twinchie and Trinchie images were stamped with Magnolia Tilda stamps on white cardstock which I colored the images with Copic markers. I am truly pleased with how these 3 little pieces of art turned out.
I found some clip art on a software program of a school bus for my inchie to be used in my "Back to School" Itt swap I am hosting on the Cricut MB. I typed the words "Bus Ride" in a very small font. It is really amazing to be able to create a mini piece of art on a 1"x1" square.
I decided to color another Magnolia Tilda stamp for my "Back to School" Twinchie (a 2"x2" square). The stamp is of a cute little girl wearing glasses and sitting in a chair and she looks bored. I love how the twinchie turned out and the colors really worked the image in a positive way. I created a little box that stated the prices of common school items which I think added to the whimsy and charm of the Magnolia image.
Recently, I found out about these wonderful and adorable stamps called Magnolia Tilda's. Many of the stamped images depict a girl "child" that does not have a mouth, but in all actuality, she is an Angel. She does not speak with her mouth but with her heart. I am still gettting used to "coloring" the images and I am happy with how my first Magnolia Tilda Colored Stamped image turned out. Currently, I am hosting a "Back to School" ITT swap on the Cricut Messageboards, and so my first images colored went on to the Trinchie (3"x3" square).
I found these adorable mini frames at a local dollar store, and found some pretty paper which I cut to fit the frame. I distressed the edges to give it some age and character. I added a beautiful rose and leaves that have glitter on them to make it stand out a little and mounted it with adhesive foam for dimension. I took my letter stamper and stamped the word: Memories onto a smaller tag which I glued to the corner.
Currently, I am in a "vintage-inspired" swap on the Cricut Messageboard where we make 6 items in each category we signed up in. One of my spots was to make a notebook holder and include a pad of paper and a pen. I used new brown chipboard and cut it to size. I sewed paper on paper, added vintage lace with a velcro strip so it can be held together. I distressed anything that could be distressed on the altered holder with Cat's Eye Chalk Ink. I cut out little letters to spell :hi. I used a vellum looking dragonfly paper and tore the edges to give it an aged look. I added a paper flower that I made by hand and added a button in the middle. I cut corner edges and attached them to the front bottom. Each are a little different and have character. I sewed a piece of ribbon inside so that one could slip a new notebook in when the old one was used.