Wednesday, September 28, 2016

More about my Art Journaling Book

I went to another class on art journaling books last evening. 

This is a photo of the lower half of the cover of my book.

The heart frame has a picture of my mom holding my big brother Tony when

he was just a baby. 

A few years ago I went through my jewelry box and took

out things I no longer wore. At first I was going to just throw it all 

out, but then........

The crafter in me said stop are you crazy? You should put all the jewelry in

a container and use it for projects. I'm so glad I listened to my crafter voice

and kept it all. 

This is a beautiful old lidded tin that my mother gave me. 

It belonged to my grandmother. The only thing on the bottom of the tin

reads Made in England. 

I'm using it to keep all my ephemera in. 

Here is one more page from my art book. This is photo of my Aunt Tootsie. 

Her real name was Sarah Catherine. My Sarah is named after her, and (me, and my grandma as

we all had Jane as our middle name).

I was thrilled last night when the class instructor came over and looked at my book. She

asked me if it was okay for her to show the rest of the class. Everyone liked it. 

On the 18th of October we have a show and tell. We will get to show the books and

tell how we came up with the theme. Oh I also started two more books while I was

at class. I've got them folded at least. I'm thinking of doing an elephant book. 

So to my friends out there if you come across any photos of elephants keep them for me. 

These can be from anything. I did find a few in a magazine that I put aside to use. 

Okay this post is getting long! Happy hump day! 

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Crazy Bird Vampire

Look what I made yesterday. I'm thrilled how this tag came out. 

Uses Tim Holtz Crazy Birds. This little guy is

dressed up as a vampire. 

I drew the fangs and drops of blood. 

Spooky circle is from Among the Branches stamp set Stampin'Up

And the coolest the easel stand! 

I bought the Tim Hotlz small easel die on Amazon. Perfect

to get tags to stand up, or a one layer card. 

Big Congrats to our Cleveland Indians who won the
Central Division yesterday. Go Tribe!!!!!! 
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Art Journal Page Share

So I took a class at the library last Tuesday. We learned how to 

make art journals. I started working on the journal a few days ago. 

Won't show you everything that I have done so far, but I did want

to share these two pages that I have completed. 

The left side was done with Tim Holtz collage medium and distress


On the right I stamped directly on the paper used on the

accordion folded book. Which was a mistake. The paper

that was provide at the class will not work with the ink I have. 

Won't dry even when I used a heat tool. order to 

save the page I threw some clear embossing powder on it and heated it

again. The embossing powder sealed in the wet ink. YAY the page was 

saved, and I really love how the color pops. Also gives some added texture to the


The theme of the book is Family of Smiles. I'm using lots of old

black and white photos that were passed down to me from my mother. 

Thought it would make a great keepsake for Sarah. 
The photos are of my mom. She made the skirt that she, and her cousin are wearing. 

Yesterday I joined a quick turn around 3 pocket Halloween swap. 

Instead of doing a full pocket letter we had to do 1/3. 

So I whipped this up yesterday afternoon, and its ready to be mailed soon as

I get my partner. I'm having so much fun with these swaps! 

The weather was so nice yesterday me and Skip went to the park and took a 

nice long walk. So great to take the nature trail. Still suppose to be

nice today, so its time to wash my car. 

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Micro Binders for ATC

Squeal! How cute are these micro binders? 

When I took the art jounaling class on Tuesday the instuctor

had some on display with her art journals. Her friends also

do ATC (artist trading cards) and had some of them in the micro binder. 
I took my monogram one that Julie sent to me and placed it in the front of one of the binders. 
These are only sold at Staples, and guess what.........they are only 1.00 each. 

I started putting some of my ATC swaps in the binder. Now of course holes

will have to be punched in the cards to place them in the binder.

Now I have some special cards that I won't display this way. Don't

want to punch holes in those. Oh the binders do come 

with notebook paper size to fit the binder. 

I only bought the two, but I'm thinking I may need to get more. 

Well Cherokee is getting up in the world. John

was carrying her around last night on his shoulders. 

Which by the way she was protesting. Who heard of a cat 

who was afraid of heights? 
Sending a shout out to my friend Lisa. Today is her birthday. 
Have a great day! 

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Sewing/Couture Theme Halloween Pocket Letter

My latest Halloween pocket letter. 

I wanted to do a sewing/couture theme with the witches. 

I used Tim Holtz dies to create the dress form with a bird cage skirt. 

The ribbon I sponged with purple on white seam binding. I know it looks like

blue in the photo, but it is purple. 

I used black glimmer paper for the skirt. The broom was made 

with a Sizzix die, and the little cat is a sticker. So cute!!! 

I the "stitched by a witch" was printed on the computer. 

The center row is the witch's laundry. "double, double toil, and

trouble; laundry boil, and laundry bubble" was also printed on the computer. 
 I didn't know if the frog was a good fit on this theme, but

hey witch's do change people into frogs, so maybe one of the witches

changed herself into one by mistake. Could happen...right? 

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall Leave Tag, and Welcome Fall

Wish you all a very warm welcome to the first day 

of Fall! 

Speaking for myself Fall is my favorite time of year, and 
I can assure you it has nothing to do with the fact that my birthday
happens to be in the Fall. 
Its cooler in the morning and evening, and perfectly warm during the day. 
The leaves start to turn lemon yellow, and crimson red....okay now I'm
quoting John Boy Walton....moving on....but you get the idea. I love Fall!
Okay getting back to the tag I made. The background it stamped with Hardwood background.
The leaves were die cut with Tim Holtz tattered leaves die. 
I inked with with distress inks, sponged the edges, and brushed them with crystal effects to 
make them shine. 
The ribbon is white seam binding. I sponged it with a tea colored ink then

crumpled it up and stuck it in a clothes pin till it was dry. Which didn't take to long

and the effect is wonderful. I got this nice crinkled ribbon. 

I'm very happy how this one came out. Next time I add vanes to the leaves I'm

going to use a lighter color. I think the black was to dark. You know I'm my own

worse critic.
Enjoy the day! 
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Just a few new things I picked up at JoAnn's the other day. 

They were on clearance so what else could I do? Just walk

on by them and pretend they weren't there calling my name? 

And you know I'm a sucker for Tim Holtz stuff. 

Really love the pop bottle caps embossing folder. Yes I'm 

from the North and we say pop not soda. The package

also has a tape measure folder. Perfect to go along with my sewing stuff. 

The other two pack has clock faces, and gears. They will be great for

guy cards.

Adding to my layer stencils with this sunburst. 

I also got Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves die. Which was also on clearance. 

I had a good class at the Brunswick public library last night. 

We got started on making an art journaling book. I'll share photos when I get more

pages done. The teacher Suzanne has a degree in Arts. Very nice lady and helpful. 

Its a three night class. One more next week, and the last one in October. 

Well time to say goodbye to Summer. Today is the last day. Going to be 

in the 80's so I'm going to go out and enjoy it. Can you believe that Fall starts tomorrow? 

Where did the time go. Only 9 more days till my birthday. Hubby asked me yesterday

what I wanted and I told him I didn't have a clue Normally I know the answer to that

question. I'll have to think about it. 

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