Monday, November 7, 2011

More tags and inchies

Here are the tags I created and more inchies.  I promise to move on to something else soon.  I am working on a couple books, and Christmas decorations as well.  Hopefully next week will have them done to show.  The book is to put tag's in.  The decorations are for my tree.  I have decided it is time to have an all homemade Christmas. 

Here are the 3 tags I created and some inchies

Here are the inchies I worked on.

Have a great week. I hope you are making something wonderful

Monday, October 31, 2011

inchies, ATC cards and tags oh my

I have to say I am really getting into making these little pieces of art.  I guess I had better, because I still need to make 100 or so more.  They are a bit addictive.  I am having a ton of fun creating them;  so, hopefully you don't get to tired of seeing them. 

Here are the lastest creation from this weekends play. 

This tag is for a friend of mine who loves gypies.  I love the look of the dancers  They are on black velvet background.   I hope she enjoys it.
This ATC card is a gift to a very good friend of mine, Elena who just recieved the best gift of all; a brand new granddaugher.  If you are looking to see a very inspiring blog I highly suggest you stop by.
This next ATC is for another friend who has done some amazing things with her life.  On of which is she wrote a book which is amazing by the way Collage Couture: Techniques for creating fashionable art  You can also check out her blog at
Take the time to check it out it really is very inspiring place to stop by. 

So that is it for now.  With winter coming quickly and with it the holidays, I am hoping to make time to create as much of my holiday decorations and gifts as possible.  Instead of worrying about not having enough money I am going to see what I can create.  It should be an interesting proccess. 

Let me know what you will be doing when it comes to the holidays.  Have fun
Before you go, I would like to share a good quote I found on my favorite new site

"People will always say you are going the wrong way when it's simply a way of your own".  Angelina Jolie

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

What I have created this week

Well things have been a bit busy in my corner of the world.  I have been on several call outs with search and rescue and while on one of them my dog was injured.  He is quite the drama queen. 

He hit the side of his jaw so hard that it knocked a tooth almost out.  There was blood everywhere but I could not find an open wound so I wiped him up and after getting off the mountain put him away to rest.  Once I got home he still acted funny so called the vet to have him checked out.  Since he was there I also had them clean his teeth.  Good thing I did because that is how we found out about the tooth.  The tooth practically fell out I was told.  He got a shot and was sent home. 

This is how Murphy behaved once home.  He did not get to eat the first night; his life was over.  You would of thought he had major surgery or something.

How pathetic is this?   This particular show was put on the next evening.  Don't let these pictures fool you.  Right before this he eat like he had been starved; then danced and jumped at me trying to talk me into taking him to either play ball or train.  When the answer was NO!!  He got on the couch and acted like this for about an hour.  Then proceeded to really increase the drama.  He added sound affects.  Lots, whimpering, huffing and so on.  Lord save me.  I finally gave the ship up and went to bed. 

Now onto what I was able to accomplish on the art front.  I did some inchies (which are not a fav) and am in a swap with tags.  The tags have to have fabric and include a Tim Holtz die cut or stamp. 

This is only the start.  I believe I have over 50 to make.  But, will take my time and see what happens.

This is the tag I created for the swap.  It has Tim Holtz bird cage.  I covered the tag with red
velvet and added lace that I colored using tattered angels.  It was fun to make.  But, not sure how I feel about the red velvet. 

I hope all of you are having a wonderful fall.  The holidays will be here before you know it.  I am already thinking of what I can make as Christmas gifts.  Best get busy; I cannot believe how fast everything is moving.  Have a great day; create something beautiful

Friday, September 30, 2011

Three little witches

For fun I created this for my soon to be sister in law.  I put her and her two daughters heads on some sexy little 1950's witches I found, I believe on etsy. 

The scary house I cannot remember where.  Then with the help of some paint, colored pencils, and various mediums this was the result.  It was fun project.  I will be doing one more featuring my sister and her family.  Now, that should be fun.  LOL  Watch out Jill you never know what you will be; and it is Halloween after all; and sisters will be sisters. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend full of creating.  I am off for some search and rescue training in on of my favorite place Stevenson, WA.  Wish good luck to a team mate who I will be testing for her HRD certification. 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

toilet paper roll mini book

I have heard all about how to make toilet paper rolls into little mini books.  Now I hate to miss out on something.  So, last night I created my own version.  I added a spine using sticky back canvas.  This little book is a gift for a friend who just got her new puppy. 

She is already training to be an HRD Search and Rescue dog.  She is a beauty too, at 11 weeks.  Her name is Rue.  Because I really am not that good at taking pictures of my work and Rue is a black giant Schnauzer it is a bit difficult to see how darling she is.  I will be meeting my newest little member this weekend.  I am very excited.  I think the best part about friends puppies is you get to play with them, spoil them and then when it's time for their nap or they make a mess it's all about leaving them with their Mom's.  I guess just like human children.  Being an Aunt has it's perks. 

Here is the cover.

Ok, here is a picture you can see fairly well.  See she is a darlin.


I left quite a few pages open so as she takes pictures she can add them to the book.  The tags are places she can add more pictures or a little journaling. 

This tag is of her father.  Pretty impressive, right?  He is working on Schutzhund training. 
He is jumping into a tree to grab the bite sleeve his trainer is holding out for him.  There is
a you tube video on it and all I can say is WOW.

Here is a picture of her and some of her littler mates at around 2 weeks.  So cute.

This is a picture of mom.  She had to have a cesarean to give birth to these little darlings.  She is a trooper.  If I had to have surgery, there is no way anyone even my darling children would be near where they had to cut. 

This is Rue sitting on the gear her handler will be bringing into the field during both trainings and missions once she is certified.  I believe that is a lap pillow for laptops she is sitting on.  She is still very little.  Can you believe in just a few short months she will have the size of her father and mother. 

This is the back of the book.  Turned out very sweet.  I am pretty happy on how it turned out.  I think she will love it. 

There is one last picture of the spine.  This is where the sticky back canvas came in.  Got to love that stuff. 
Well have fun making your own version of the toilet paper mini books.  I am still a bit amazed that of all things, toilet rolls could be the base of such a fun little creation.  Have fun and if you have any questions please fill free to ask away.

A little box of thank you

I picked this up at the dollar store.  It is similar to the graphic 45 print trays but not finished and very small.  This is only 6-1/4" x 6 -1/4".  The openings are only 1-3/4" x 1-3/4". 
But I wanted to makes something sweet and not very big for my soon to be sister in law.  She is our new picture taker.  She does beautiful pictures and so many that I will always have plenty to pick from.

I have no idea why this keeps coming out sideways.  I don't know how to fix it and I am now very frustrated with either blogger (yes I am shifting the blame; because this has never happened before)

But hopefully you can get the idea.  I think it turned out very sweet.  It has a little hanger on the back so she can hang it up somewhere. 

Enjoy looking around and finding something that you can alter to your needs. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Life is in session are you present?

I have decided to share a journey I am taking with you.  At the end of May I started a class by Melody Ross and her sister Kathy.  It is called Soul Restoration 2.  Better known as The Brave Girl Club.  I liked the idea of becoming a better me.  I don't know about you but I have found I have been floating through life.  Now, I am not saying I have not accomplished anything, done anything of merit.  I am saying I really have not been present.  No real long term goals that have to do with wishes, dreams.  Just kind of doing my every day thing.   
For example have you found that when you are talking to someone and there is a computer or you have your IPhone (smart phone) you spend time looking at one or the other instead of totally focusing on the person in front of you.  Another personal example I have talked about opening a small little etsy shop and sell some of my work, or teach some of the local ladies here in town.  Instead of working towards that goal I only talk about it, do nothing to move towards it.  It is a dream; why can't it, why is it not something I am doing?  Because I am floating, talking but doing nothing to move towards that particular dream. 

Those are only two things.  The list is long.  I set out to learn all about search and rescue using dogs.  I succeeded by certifying 2 dogs in two different disciplines; and I am still learning.  I am still moving forward with that goal.   So it's not as if I don't know how to set a goal and work towards it.  I also want to be a better sister, wife, daughter, aunt, friend to those I love.  I need to be present.  I don't think it was any one thing, or any bad hurtful thing.  I just got caught up with "I".  Habits started that were not nipped in the bud.  It's time to be present in my life.  To interact, to participate in my life with interest in all the little and big things.  Get rid of the "I". 

Melody has suggested not to do the class with the intention of showing your art journals to anyone.  That way you will not get so caught up with the art and then don't do the exercises.  But for me, I need to be held accountable to some degree so that I will do the prompts.  So, I am using you as my personal accountability guides.  I will show you something I have completed at least once a month maybe more.  It's time I take better care of the things that are important to me.  This blog is one of them.  I create stuff but do I put it here to share; NO.  Another thing I am floating not paying attention to as I should. 

Here is the first page of my life journal.  I really love it.  The tabs are exercises that I need to complete and journal in.




This layout is basically about how I set road blocks up to sabotage my efforts.   The reasons why I should not allow myself to believe the lies that either I or other people tell me.  I need to be positive and move forward and allow that there will be set backs.  That is what life is about.  Getting up and dusting yourself off and starting again.

This is a wonderful class, though there is a ton of work and journaling (which is so not my thing).  But, I have signed up for the Soul Restoration 1 class.  I am behind in both, but that is OK, I have to say these two classes are a wonderful experience.  I highy recommend them both. 

The Big Picture experience

Life is a very interesting process; don't you think?  Art like life is a constant evolution.  I started scrapbooking, then became more interested in mixed media so scrapbooking was put on the back burner.  But, as life sometimes happens a small little light bulb goes off and I realized that forgetting to do one also minimized the other.  

Scrapbooking is a beautiful and artsy way to remember the stories of our lives.  The little things that we would otherwise forget.  Yes, it is important and fun to scrapbook the big trips and events that happen in our lives.  Maybe it's age and a tiny bit of wisdom has finally seeped in.  I have found it's the everyday stories, memories that are so very important.  If we don't write them, scrapbook them they will be lost to us.

I am a student at Big Pictures Classes.  What a great place to take a class.  Right now they are doing a free class to introduce you to their various instructors.  Each day an instructor uses a word and then shows an example of their layout's.  I decided to use a book I had laying around and Websters pages.  I LOVE webster papers.  They are just to beautiful not to purchase.  I also have a very hard time cutting them.  But, I have made a mid year resolution to use what I have, period!  No purchasing new paper or supplies until I start using my beautiful coveted papers I already own.

Here is the cover. 

This is the inside page, which I will write something to my Mom.  It is a gift for her.

This page is about when I got my hair cut so I could donate it to Locks of Love... Share

This is about my Uncle (my Mom's brother) he was given an honor by his Rotary club.  We just lost him this week to cancer.  He was an amazing man.

I love this layout.  It shows my parents in the middle 60's repelling in Hawaii..... live

I have 5 more layout's to do.  It will have a total of 12.  A sweet little book to sit on her coffee table for her to look at.  Memories are a wonderful thing to give.  With the passing of my Uncle they seem more important then ever.  Again it's the every day moments that are the most precious. 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Supporting those who Serve "Why"

I just watched a beautiful video on you tube by a 15 year old girl named Lizzie Palmer.  If you ever question why you should support those who serve in the Military, this is why.  Watch it and open your heart no matter your political belief.   Put aside any discontent you have and just watch and feel blessed.

Thank you so much Lizzie for this heart felt reminder of who is serving and what they do and should mean to each and everyone of us. 

Friday, August 12, 2011

For a special little girl

My family and I have very special friends who's granddaughter was just diagnosed with
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia   She is 5 years old.  I know every child is special and beautiful; with the lose of my nephew, I guess Lauren's illness has really turned my world upside down. I know personally the lose, pain and total lose of  control when you get this kind of news. 

Now, with the help of my Mom we have come up with an idea to help keep Lauren busy because she is confined to a wheel chair.  Paper dolls.  How great is that.  Mom remembered spending hours cutting out dolls and outfits for herself when she was Lauren's age. Lauren is a girly girly; from her love of anything pink, purple, sparkly to ribbons and bows. 

So, running with Mom's idea I created a folder to hold her doll's and outfit's before they are cut out.  Then a box that is pink, purple with flowers and beautiful saying on the top so she will have a place to put them once she has them all cut out.  That way they won't get lost or crumpled up.

Now, through the next couple of weeks; I will try and upload the next few projects I will be creating for Lauren to help keep her busy through her long stay at the hospital. 

The next project will be another pretty box but larger so it can hold her journaling supplies.  I think with all the confusion she must be going through that it would not only be fun but helpful for her to have a way to express herself through art.  It is so much easier to use art to express frustrations, frightening experiences and the joys in life. 

Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers she is very precious and such joy to her family and friends.  Also take a minute to thank the dear Lord for the health of your little ones.  They are a gift and should be treated as such. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Time well spent

I have been interested in making a paper bag album for sometime.  My parents took my nephew to Washington DC so it was a perfect excuse to make one.  I made it as a gift for both my nephew Deric and his mother (my sister) so they both would have something to remember this amazing trip he took.

Now keep in mind this is my first and there are several things I will do differently on my next project; but I love how it turned out. 

The cover is made out of heavy duty chip board from an old sketch pad.  The hinge is made out of canvas I painted.  Note to self: use sticky back canvas.

I used Tim Holtz grunge letters for the spine

I did not add a lot of extras pockets to this album.  They did not take more then 15 pictures and I wanted to include all of them.  I used the large openings of the paper bags for a place to put all their brochures.  Again though I made a few mistakes I will not do in the next journal I am very happy with how my very first one turned out.  I think they will love it for years to come. 

If you have questions on how to make one of these paper bag books there are several YouTube videos out there for you to watch.  I have to say Kathy Files, Kathryn E. Krieger, Laura Denison  are just three of some pretty amazing artists when it comes to these albums.  Check their YouTube videos out as well as stop by their amazing blogs.  They each are so very amazing in their creations and willingness to share.