Friday, October 29, 2010


Today I will show you what I made for my sister for Halloween. I had seen an idea on someones blog where they put a whole plastic skeleton which they had cut up into a jar of water.
My version uses only the heads and I did not use any water. I used a jar I got at the dollar store rather than one I already had. I then kept pouring the heads in different ways until I like the way they looked.
I added a couple rows of black ribbon around the top. Then I went to my document section of my computer, where I had stored some neat digi stamps that would be perfect for the occasion.
I placed this one on top after matting it with some scalloped cardstock in spooky colors. I added some black Primas to the center and a green crystal.
Then I thought some green Stickles would look great around the perimeter. Well, they did until I realized that I had put my fingers into them while they were still wet! No worries, at least I didnt smear them, and as soon as this photo was taken, I went back into the art studio to fix it.

This is the tag to perfectly go with my skeleton head jar. Again, its a digi image from My Grafico.
The funniest thing was, my little 5 year old nephew kept asking his mom when they could go into the backyard and plant these heads to "grow" their skeletons!!! LOL. He was totally convinced. My sister and I decided she should plant a full body skelton in the yard and see what happens~ when he finds it.
I'll let you know!!!
Enjoy your Halloween weekend~
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010


Another installment of Yard Sale Saturday!!! I so look forward to this morning each week, when my husband and I go out hunting treasure. I would so rather do this than shop in a mall~
Some days good- some bad. But thats the fun of it~ you never know what you may find!
Today was a good one! This first picture shows an awesome price for an old train case. $2.00??? Really??
That is such a steal~ Its a really pretty green color and in perfect condition on the outside. Not even a scratch or tear. Usually when you see these, they are in pretty rough condition. The handle is not loose at all, and the locks work~
Now for the inside. Its a rich hunter green color. The mirror is dirty, but not cracked. The fabric is not torn or shredded, but it is stained in a couple of spots. The woman must have kept her toiletries in here, and they must have leaked a little.
No problem, I will try to wash it and get some of them out. Only after I got home, and opened it up again to look inside- I found a lucky penny inside!! Heads up and all. Funny thing- I did not see that when I was contemplating buying it, and I searched it pretty good. Maybe this mystery penny WILL bring me some luck~

Another sale got me this beeswax candle kit. I love the way beeswax smells. I used to make these years ago.
And that tiny little wisk was in a box marked "free". Not sure what I will do with it, but its so little and cute.
The techer book- also tiny was 25 cents. Its got nice poems in there and vintage prints of children. I will be cutting that up for some future projects for sure~

A brand new Breast Cancer Awareness t shirt for 50 cents. I love that saying!!
Also a silver plated sugar bowl that reminds me of a trophy cup. My sister in law and I saw these made into adorable bird feeders and garden art at a craft show. Ill have to give it a try.
My next favorite?? garden art statues!!
How beautiful is this baby mermaid sucking her thumb?? She is made of concrete, not that crummy resin (we have lost a couple of heads off of angels made form resin). She is about 15 inches high and sits like a little lady.

This closeup is to show you her hair~ which is all casted from shells. Shell hair?? What a good idea for a mermaid.
She is already out in my front yard.

Joining her, last but not least are this pair of little birds on a branch. They are also concrete~ and adorable.
Both of these statues were $5.00 each. I asked the guy if he would take any less, but said no. Thats ok, as I love them and would have been sorry if I had left them there.

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Enjoy your Saturday also!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


A wonderful video with some young adults with DS talking about their life and accomplishments. So much still yet to achieve my sweet TT~
Please scroll down and silence my music (bottom middle of page) so you will be able to hear them speak.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010


About a month ago, I ordered this cute stamp from Kraftin Kimmies Halloween collection. She sat unopened until the other day. While I intended to make one card with her, she was so cute, I had to make 2!
They are both quite similar. She is colored the same, except for her stockings. The Copic colors are below.
Both cards also use a 6 by 6 inch paper pad by Basic Grey called The Eerie Collection. I have it from last year. Here is the first card. The sentiment is stamped, colored purple with Copics and made into a flag shape. I then used foam tape for the edges and bent the cardstock out as I went.
Next card had glittered edges arouund the image. Glitter is Martha Stewart, as is the spiderweb edge punch.
The ribbon is from Michaels. Green cardstock is Stampin Up. I think this color is now discontinued though.

I have also used a little SU Crystal Laquer on the whites of her eyes, but its almost impossible to see in these photos.
I had a lot of fun working with her, and I think she will be reappearing for a cute Valentines day card after the new year!
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Thursday, October 7, 2010


Today I have a Christmas card, which is also my lastest submission for the Artful Legacy Design Team.
Its a larger card, measuring 5 by 7 inches, and made on an ivory cardstock base. The paper is assorted pieces from my ever growing stash.
I layered a carmel color patterned piece onto the base, then used a smaller blue piece with tiny polka dots over that. Lastly, a dark blue cardstock piece frames the stamped image.
What I did was to stamp the village in versamark and emboss with gold embossing powder. I then embossed the sentiment with fine detail black embossing powder just a bit to the right of the main image.
I then made the background. Using some cosmetic sponges (since I didnt have any new sponge daubers), I used Dune chalk ink for the sand/dirt area, sponging from the image down. For the sky, I used an old Marvy inkpad called Salvia Blue. This pad is a bit too dried out to actually stamp with, but works fine to add color with sponges, or color dusters. So this one earned its spot back on my inkpad shelf. I added a small bronze crystal to the nite sky to symbolize the star the 3 wisemen followed.
This card is a good one to make if you need multiples, as it goes together rather quickly.
The stamps are "For Unto You Is Born ALS 1314JJ" and "Oasis LW101 JJ" and are available on the Artful Legacy web site.
Which brings me to the "Pause" in my title today. Christine and Buck, the owners of Artful Legacy are doing a bit of restructuring of their business. After having a brick and mortar store for several years, they closed and decided to become on online store. While that is progressing nicely, they have decided to once again open a local store. In the meantime, I will be taking a break from my design team work till things are all up and running.
In the meantime though, you can still order their products online.
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