i create art

Navy blue, neutrals and a  distressed element is this week's challenge at  TSTR .  I bet this inspiration photo will take you some where else...

One of this days I will take a photo of the mess going on while I figure out what to create.  How a simple piece of a corrugated card box goes into the Sizzix for a full makeover, a la Spellbinder... and turns into a pretty doily.
 I started with a piece of chiboard, a square to be precise, then i chomped the corners with the stub chomper for the ticket look.  Go figure, i am creating a "tile"  then antique white acrylic paint and to finish it off some distressed ink.  The stamp is  a composition from the words in a Maya Road set.
The topiary trunk is a real twig from the garden, the honey comb top is just circles worked together to create the fullness in the inspiration photo.  The fab shutters are a piece of Teresa Collins journaling die cuts.
 Here is my navy element, a folded doily crocheted in navy!
 here is my inspiration for the doily element, this photo is from Burano, my favorite place in Venice, go figure me,  going to the other side of the world and be impressed by lace curtains
so, so pretty and what do you think about the pink!!! had to sneak it in.

I wanted to share some prettiness from the garden, my son's tree is blooming ahead of schedule, it is like my cherry blossom... and the first paperwhites opened a few hours ago and then from the pond at my son's school some gorgeous water lillies
hope your week is very inspiring


Welcome, home

This week at The Shabby Tearoom  they are celebrating High Tea.  Look at this gorgeous inspirational photo, wow, makes me want to sip a cup of spicy Chai.....

This week I have been expecting company, my DH went away on a trip and he just came back last night, he was so missed by the kids and me.  Inspired by the photo I decided to make him a welcome card.  Probably not what you would expect for a man, but nonetheless it's for him.
I took out my Perfect Medium and my perfect pearls and the most fab Carte Blanche stamp, from their new release, I decided to give it the gold look of the inspirartion tea cup in a subtle way.
so here is the required doily with some extras

 a side view of the card so you can see the pearl's shine
 a peek of the inside (welcome Home)
 And the full reveal, since the inspiration photo had some Battenburgh lace peeking I decided to cut some out of a Hambly paper, and just a touch of pink.
 And then I got carried away and made another, how about a cup of tea, to put a gift card?
 same stamp, flipped and embossed in gold glitter
you can say I am in an acqua mood, very soothing...I made the teacup template and it fully works and stands!!!

Have an awesome weekend and enjoy some quiet time with a cup of tea wherever you are,



A happy day!

Now I made these twins yesterday I was looking at the CCCB challenge with my phone and apparently couldn't grasp the colours right ;( when I sat down at my computer I gasped at the colors they were not right at all... but they turned out so pretty I just wanted to share them with you anyways,


out for publication

oh well i am not sure if I will be able to make a set of identical cards on time.... I hope you enjoyed taking a peek though, and the new photo in my header are my valentine's flowers that hubby surprised me with!!!

Now I should play a guessing game with you to see how many recycled items you can find, but they are so sneaky I should just tell you up front! Here's the first one:
As I was opening a package of gems I realized it had the most perfect ivory and so I went ahead and punched it.
Can you find the next one?  I will tell you:  it is a sparkler pacakge being used as my photo mat and behind it is another piece of recycled material. 
more sparkler this time, 3 different packages I used in this LO, I wanted to incorporate the gems in the bling swirl as past of it, since I had several browns saved from other projects.

Can you spot the clear sparkler among the flowers? My little one was one of the models at the mall, an Easter runway, have to say I was really surprised she didn't even flinch with all those people staring and cheering her, she is rather bashful.  She looked like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman!!!

Just a quick update to let you know my LO was featured at Imaginarium!!!!

out for publication



sweet cherry pie!

Happy Valentine's Day everybody!!! Well I am up for another challenge over at the Shabby Tea Room and cherry oh is their theme to celebrate National Cherry Month!
Look at this yumminess

makes me want to have my own basket of fresh picked goodness!!! and since the challenge required some cherries here's what I did

I used some chipboard cherries by Dear Lizzy and altered them with bling, I stamped the word sweet in both sides of my tiny flag with a Maya Road stamp  on a MR pin.


 The other side is equally pretty showing a button and a bloom...
And here is my slice of sweet cherry pie, I just want to eat it up!



Working with the colors of the rainbow sure makes you breath fresh air and the smell of rain and the sights of clouds and sun...This week over at CCCB the challenge is just that the colours of the rainbow!  This is Ros beautiful inspiration photo
 I did some recycling to do an off the page project and worked with a brand new one, a honeycomb pad.  Instead of working the crepe paper half way I did a 360 and opened it.
 to make a hot air balloon, I inserted a toothpick for my sentiment and made just the tiniest ag with a stamped sentiment by Maya Road

for the recycled spool I cut a 1 inch circle of patterned paper to cover some tiny recycled foam inside the spools holes, this gives stability to my design and holds the ballon in mid air.
Then I added yet mor patterned paper to make a pretty design for the basket!
I had a lot of fun creating this , hope you enjoy it as much as i did.
Have a happy weekend everyone,


Time, hasn't changed my love for you

The new challenge at OUAS is devoted to love, journaling criteria is to work with a male you love
and the sketch to follow is this one

This is the love of my life , my DH, we have been together 17 years, and as the title says even time hasn't changed my love for him

I wrote my subtitle on his picture
my Imaginarium chipboard inked with metallic ink  and embossed with clear powder 

the pull out tag for all my heartfelt journaling

And a close up view of the LO, I chose a chicken wire mask to make the circle in the sketch

I just loved wotking with this Graphic 45 line, he is a different kind of gentleman, my own!


Kitchen Diva

Good morning everyone today is week 100!!!!  at The Shabby Tearoom and this weeks theme is candy hearts.  Wow I am so honored to be their guest designer this week, here is the inspiration photo

What a fun display of yumminess, the candy hearts, the pop corn, the fork & spoon.  All of this gave way to my inspiration, I wanted to create a Kitchen Diva, you all know how I love the off the page projects and this one was no exception.  She needed to be trendy, fashionable with a sense of style... Well I saw this wire manequin a while ago and purchased it with the intention of altering it and never did.   After seeing Debbie's photo I just knew what to do.

I gave her a one shoulder dress with a full skirt in the Crate Paper style, a Webster's fabric bloom is her corsage.  She needed a stylish apron and my mom had given me just the perfect doilies for her height, a rectangle one.  Then I made her a cute wire banner to hang her kitchen hardware!!

She has muffin pans, cutlery, measuring cups, frying pans, a tea cup and a lot of hearts!!

The fork and spoon come from a piece of Webster paper, you can see the seams I pleated to fill her bust line.  I just adore the end result and now have one gorgeous girl to decorate my kitchen with.!!!
Thanks for joining me this week I hope you get inspired to play over at TCR this week.



Guest Designer work for 3 Scrappy Boys!

Hello my blogging friends, just got back from CA, CHA was awesome I promise to share a ton of photos later!
Today's post will be about the February kits at 3 Scrappy Boys!  When Heather asked me to guest design in February I was so delighted.  What a fabulous opportunity to work with their kit, so full of goodies and beautiful things.  This is what found me when I opened the box

My inspiration was immediate and my surprise at the piece of fabric was just pure delight, you all know how I love mix media.  So let's begin with the inspiration
 fabric bloom...
I used a gloober to make the rose and used the pins to give it the final touch.  This pic gives you a closer look unto my recycling process, see the bits of paper, I used EVERYTHING!!!
After punching my cardstock I decided to fill some of the hearts with the scrap hearts from this LO, I thought they looked so much fun, both sides at a timeCan you believe how perfect this collection was for our recent rip to Italy, these were among my fave photos of the trip and when I saw the papers I just knew what to do!
Now back to the fabric. I wanted to use it as a patterned paper, you see I had these photos from the island of Burano and I knew the fabric was the perfect match!
 I went ahead and used my sewing machine to adhere the paper and took advantage of the Maya Road tickets to journal how magical the small Isola was.  I cheated and used my xacto knife to extract a piece for my photo mat from the back of the paper and then used my distress tool to scratch the surfaces of the cardstock paper, loved the finish.
For the corner I covered the hearts in various PP and folded it in place in the shape of a flower.  I was thinking about the best way to use all the MR chipboard pieces and started playing at random, all of a sudden thay clicked into place and I had myself a damask pattern with them.  I decided to cover them in PP that I also cheated from the back of the next LO, LOL
We had the most fabulous lunch at Galuppi Rest and I needed to document all the wonderful details of our meal, the limoncello, the baked fish the buranello, ahhh they will be in my palate forever.  Now don't you just adore the beaded flower? I did and so I used my second one in the banner here:
so perfectly sweet for my darling DD
I also made this with some of the sticker pieces and more fabric remnants

I think they would be so perfect for your little ones on Valentine's Day.
  If you can believe me when I say I still have one more piece of paper to work with.   I will of course share when I finish.  Until then thanks for stopping by and looking at the work I did,  I hope it inspires a storm of creativity in you as it did in me.  Don't forget to visit 3 Scrappy Boys, the link is on the top, they have a fabulous gallery and blog too!