Friday, December 23, 2011

More Felted Journals

The last project before Christmas is finished!  These custom-ordered felt journals are made from repurposed wool sweaters.  I really like the way they turned out.  The beaded monograms took longer than expected but it was a great learning opportunity! 

Complete instructions for this project and many others can be found in the book: re-bound by Jeannine Stein. 

Saturday, December 17, 2011

I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas...

This mini pendant banner can be displayed all winter. I think it looks perfect under a grouping of winter trees. 

Tennessee probably won't be white for Christmas but I can dream!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Vintage-Style Glitterhouse

I decided to make glitterhouse churches for my art club's Christmas present this year.  While cruising around the internet, I found my original inspiration here.

Inspired by that beautiful photo, I started looking around the internet and discovered a world of 'glitterhouses' and 'putz' houses...all new to me.  

There are some free templates here as well as a ton of information about glitterhouses and/or putz houses at Little Glitter Houses.  Another interesting link is Big Indoor Trains.  There's also some history about the putz house at

I couldn't find a church pattern that suited the look I wanted so my husband drew the plans for this one.  I tweaked it further and came up with something I'm really pleased with.   I'm in love with glitterhouses now and can't wait to add to my collection of one!

These went to my art club friends.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Christmas Banner: Noel

My glitter addiction continues with this beautiful "Noel" Christmas banner.  The letters and rosettes are accented with black glitter.  I think the black really makes the rosettes pop.  Does anyone remember the Wordsworth company; are they still around?  The letters are stenciled on using a Wordsworth stencil.  I always loved the look of the Wordsworth line of stamps and stencils and they had some great original papers too. 

I've been working on Christmas gifts today for my art club friends.  Our Christmas party is next Sunday afternoon so hopefully I'll share that project here next Sunday night.  It looks like a good week for indoor work since we have a chance of snow flurries in Tennessee on Tuesday...hard to believe! 

That's it for tonight.  Have a good week everyone!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Christmas Banner: Believe


I think this may be my favorite banner among those I've made.  Never a huge glitter fan, I think I've become addicted.  Layers and layers of white paint and fine and chunky glitters give this piece its look. 

Click on photo for a larger view

Sunday, November 20, 2011

On My Worktable: Christmas Tags

Middle Tennessee was soggy and dreary today but it was a perfect day to create.  Here's a few of the many Christmas tags I worked on.  I love the anticipation of Thanksgiving and Christmas and all the projects that come with the season. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Can You Keep A Secret?

I worked on several projects yesterday and had some pieces left over.  The little winged girl practically flew onto the page; I think she looks perfect there.  With Christmas only weeks away, there's lots of secrets to be kept.

Several years ago, we got an early start on our Christmas shopping and found a great deal on a digital camera for our son.  I tucked it away where I was sure he wouldn't find it.  On Christmas morning, after all the packages had been unwrapped, I noticed that his 'pile' didn't compare with his sister's.  I was at a loss until I remembered the camera.   I'm sure most moms can relate when I say that my secret hiding place was such a good secret that even I couldn't remember where it was.  Fortunately the gift was located and presented and a merry Christmas was had by all.  Ah, such fun memories!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Art Retreat 2011

I've been in a great art group for many years and this past weekend was our annual retreat.  Our destination was a cabin five hours away in the mountains of East Tennessee. 

Here's a shot of our spacious workroom.  A huge porch is just beyond the windows and the colors of fall were still brilliant.

One of our mixed media projects was metal collage and I decided to do a holiday piece.  I hope it looks like a poinsettia because that was what I was shooting for.  The idea came from a small calendar page.  The board is 18" square and should be a good piece to go on my mantel.   I'm still trying to figure out if it's finished!  What about that empty space; should I leave it alone or add something?

  Here's a few closeups:

It's back to reality now as I'm trying to unpack and get my room back in order.  The wait for the next annual fall retreat has begun.  

Friday, October 14, 2011

Autumn Paper Bead Necklace

I'm really happy with the way this paper bead necklace turned out.  It's a generous 23"necklace strung onto stretch cord.  Two coats of polyurethane give the beads a smooth, high-gloss appearance.  I've put these up on Etsy ( and would love to send them to you!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Black and White Beads

My obsession with paper beads continues with these freshly-rolled black and white beauties.

The completed necklace is 18 inches finished with lime green glass beads.  Sunday afternoon fun!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Calendar Swap 2012

The new year will be here before you know it!  I know...we haven't even celebrated Thanksgiving or Christmas yet but it's the perfect time for a 2012 calendar swap.  These are four of my favorites.  All pages are acrylic painted cardstock.  The calendars are found here:

I slathered at least three different shades of paint on to each calendar page.  An old credit card is my tool of choice.

Embossing folders added texture.  I rubbed more acrylic paint over the pattern to make the design pop. 

The calendar is displayed in a CD cover and I discovered that the embossing added just enough bulk that the fit was a bit tight.  I pressed the calendar under several heavy books and now it fits better.

December features a collage image from Altered Pages.   A hand-drawn border adds additional detail to the image.   Fun swap!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

On My Work Table: Paper Beads

Here's a quick look at what's on my work table tonight.  I picked up the Craft Beader on eBay a few years ago when paper beads became popular again.  This little gadget sure makes bead rolling a breeze.

Once all the beads are finished, they'll go into altered matchboxes for a Christmas swap.  I'm off to roll, roll, roll!

Monday, September 5, 2011

My Memories: A Review And A Giveaway

(click image for a closer view-check out the texture)

I don't even know where to begin!  I was thrilled when My Memories invited me to take a look at their digital scrapbooking software and for several days I've been getting acquainted with it during bits of free time.  I am super excited about what I've discovered.

I've been doing digital design for several years and this is the program that I was looking for and didn't even know it.

Besides digital scrapbooks, the package is perfect for making cards and calendars plus more.  For the simple page of my art group, I used the 'create your own' feature to build my page layer by layer and it was super easy!

The selection of backgrounds and embellishments that come with My Memories Suite is complimented with many freebies that are available for the taking.  Multiple designer templates also come with this digital scrapbooking package plus there's a huge selection that can be purchased in the My Memories store.  

This is another layout I created and printed out at home.  It was made using one of the designer templates that came with the My Memories package.  All the elements are ready to go; all I had to do was add the photo and text.  Can it get any easier?

This is my Christmas page after I enhanced it a bit with machine stitching, a glittered snowflake and a touch of glitter directly onto the page.  The printed page is a great jumping off point for making a hybrid album.

Besides printing at home, albums may be printed at a copy shop, emailed or posted to the internet.  You may choose to add your favorite music to an online album.  There's really too many possibilities for me to mention here so I invite you to read more at the My Memories website.

Here's another idea:   I've used My Memories to catalog some of my mixed media work.  This would be a great way to keep an ongoing record of projects.  An online presentation could also be created to show others your work.  These are two very quick pages I created featuring some of my painted papers.

These are just two of many layout possibilities.  There's plenty of room for text to record supplies and techniques plus it's just a great presentation tool.

I have to share one final feature.  My Memories allows the user to import custom background paper.  For this page, I imported paper that I created for making an artsy envelope.  

Pretty cool?  There's so much more.

Now for the best part!  My Memories is letting me give away a copy of their wonderful software.  Here's what you need to do:

1.  Go to the My Memories website.  Check out the free kits.

2. Come back to my blog and leave a comment including which free kit is your favorite. 

3. My Memories software will be given away on Monday, September 19 by random drawing.  I'll be contacting the winner by email so make sure I can contact you:)

I'd also like to share a code that provides a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the store.  The code is: STMMMS57636  .

Good luck all!  I'm off to create:)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Princess of Everything Box

A paper mache box is the perfect throne for the Princess of Everything rubberstamp image.  The lid and box were painted butter yellow.  Sparkly silver ribbon add glitz to the top and bottom edges. Text circles layered onto punched pink circles adorn the box. I used a pencil to outline text areas.

 Tiny pink roses sprinkled with glitter sit at the feet of the princess. 

This would make a cute centerpiece for a birthday party.  Another option would be to use it as a gift box for your favorite princess! 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Feathered Friends

These are two of three cards I made for an Altered Pages kit.  I used to make cards for every occasion but somewhere along the way I all but stopped cardmaking.  Working on these was so enjoyable and reminded me of how much I enjoy sending out homemade cards.  I definitely think it's time to get back to homemade.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Painted Fabric Checkbook Cover

yellow and pink acrylic
I recently painted several pieces of muslin fabric for a project.  Combinations of yellow and pink and lavendar and pink were the colors used.   A piece of specialty scrapbook paper by KI Memories was used as a stencil.  The acrylic paint seemed to work best when watered down and the individual colors were allowed to dry before adding another color.

Unable to find a top-stub checkbook cover that I liked, I decided to make my own using a piece of the lavendar and pink muslin.  I measured around the open checkbook and added about 1/2 inch on all sides.  The fabric was ironed to heavyweight interfacing and then randomly topstitched with straight stitches and zig-zag.  I used my old machine and these are the only stitches that work!  The front was stamped with a couple of images from a Stampin' Up set and then touched up using a paintbrush. 

The inside is lined with black and white gingham.  A small loop was added for a pen.

A 3 inch tall piece of fabric was used for tucking the checkbook into place.  Black bias tape finished off the edges.  I'm wondering if this cute little cover will make paying bills more fun!   Later...

Friday, July 15, 2011

Art Zine Swap

I love a good swap and I enjoy trying new things so the zine swap here was something I couldn't resist.  I'm glad I didn't resist and I'm even happier to be finished!  The project consumed all my art time for several weeks.  That's not a complaint - just the fact.  The amount of time involved came as a surprise.  Of course I knew it would be a big effort but was still surprised at how much time it actually took.   Now I'm looking forward to getting the swap back and enjoying the work of others.  With twelve participants, there's going to be lots to enjoy.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Final Gingersnap Creations Challenge and Shopping

The Altered Pages design team participated in the challenges this month at Gingersnap Creations and it's been fun.  The final challenge was "3 words, 3 papers, and 3 buttons".  Here's what I submitted:

After submitting, I decided the piece didn't look quite finished so I added a half circle to the rosette and a touch of distress ink...a bit of an improvement.  The image is from Altered Pages' #1855D Beauty in Blue Collage Sheet.

The base is a 1.5" thick wood block painted ivory and sanded a bit to give an aged look. 

Tennessee is hot, hot, hot but Clarissa and I braved the heat and went to Nashville one day this week and did a little exploring.  Our favorite shop by far was Pangaea.  I picked up this little cabinet for my art room. It's all metal and the drawers are just a little larger than a spice tin.  I have no clue what I'm putting in it but I had to have it.  

 Hope everyone is having a great week...Later!