Monday, November 14, 2011

Not Your Mother's Clothespins

I want a clothesline. I probably would not hang much out, but I want one. A place for blankets, and sheets in the summertime. I can remember mom's clotheslines over the years, and the clothespin bag. Does anyone else remember this clever little contraption? It hung on the clothesline, and slid along as we hung clothes. The sunshine brightened all the clothes, and at the same time, it bleached out the bag. When the clothes were dry, it slid along again as you took them down. A place for the pins to go until the next wash. 

I know I have a dryer, and I know I would not use it much. Doesn't matter, I still want a clothesline. 
And a clothespin bag. 

Creating these clothespins brought back memories of white sheets snapping against the wind and blue jeans so stiff they would stand by themselves. I can just imagine the trouble I would be in if I got anywhere near the clothes with this ink! I made these on Saturday, and if you look very closely, you can still see ink stains on my hands.

Here's a quick rundown of how to do it: Any craft store will have wooden "Doll" clothespins, bag of 30 for around $3.50. Sandpaper, alcohol inks, felt (for pushing color into  the cracks and crevices), Stazon* ink, large patterned stamp, ribbon to finish it off, and voila!

Thanks goes out to Suzie from the Flying Unicorns for the great tutorial on this incredibly fun but messy craft!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Embossed Aluminum Foil Tutorial

There was a challenge on Flying Unicorn to make a project using embossed metal. I was NOT deterred by the fact that I don't have an embossing machine. So, 

Here is a little sumptin' sumptin' I just whipped up:

Want to know how I made the metal without the tools mentioned above? Why, of course you do!

Okay, first challenge was to deal with the fact that I do not own an embossing machine or a diecut machine. I do, however, have three metal stencils... and I think plastic would also work. I know from embossing paper that foam sheets will work as a pad instead of the pricey ones, so I dug around and found some.

Somewhere, I have a stencil tool and that would have been much better. But I just could not stop the creative process any longer to keep looking for it. So, I used a wooden skewer (thank you Paprika, these DID come in handy).

Second challenge was I don't have a double sided tape dispenser. Or double sided tape, for that matter. As I thought this part through, I knew that the pieces would slide around if I cut them and just stacked them. The solution: I folded my sheet of aluminum foil into thirds and taped it down to the foam sheet using painter's tape. As long as I could keep it tight when I worked with I should be okay. I would imagine masking or scotch tape would be fine, I just had painter's tape handy.

I used a foam sheet left-over from when the kids were little as a cushion.


Then, well... I traced. It was a tad tedious at first, until I got the hang of it, but then it was cool! I used too much pressure in some places and it tore through the first layer, but I have decided that adds character.

After I thought it was done, but before I took the tape off, I held it up to the light and found a few places that I had missed, so I fixed them. Next, I cut it out, leaving about 1" on all sides to carefully fold under. I used a thin metal ruler to fold against and firmly kept all three sheets together as I folded.


Now for the ink. This is by far the bast part. I added some lavender and darker purple later on.


There you have it. I can see myself tracing around diecuts, using cookie cutter shapes, etc. For those talented people out there, I am sure you could free hand! 

Hope this sparks some inspiration for someone out there in Blogville! Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Christmas Free Zone

You know, I have come to a decision. I know, I know, it is an amazing thing for me to actually stand firm on anything, but here it is. Hold onto your socks.

I have been making Christmas cards, Christmas tags, Christmas presents, Christmas letters, Christmas posts... you get the drift by now, that my studio is filling up with Christmas! I love it, and I know that I have got to build my stock or my business will quickly run out of product. My art is actually selling, and one lady asked me to SIGN my work! Wowsa, that one felt good! But here's the kicker: I don't want to burn out too quickly. So...

In an effort to reclaim my sanity, I am declaring my studio on this day to be a Christmas Free Zone. Well, to be honest, I have already done research for Bible verses that I want to use, and have 4 Christmas projects that I planned this morning and have gathered elements to begin the building process... but I cleaned all of the Christmas off my work space, got out my files of Victorian Ladies and Gents, and I am going to relax! You should too!

Here is a recent LO (Scrapbook Layout) that I have created, and you can see more on my LO Page:

Have a beautiful Sunday, my friends :-)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Big News!

Hello everyone! My art has been commissioned at a wonderful place called Grace, located in The District in downtown Columbia, Missouri. They have really great architectural items, antiques, and other decorating pieces that make perfect Christmas gifts, and now my cards will be there too!

Grace "A Place of Restoration" 
918 E. Broadway 
Columbia, Mo. 65201 

They have made a really cool tree that displays over 50 of my cards and tags, available for purchase. It is so exciting to be able to finally tell this news! I will get pictures posted soon. In the meantime, here are a few of the cards I have been working on.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Chilly Out? Make Christmas Cards!

Brr! One more good rain and all the leaves will be off the trees. The deer are running, the air is crisp, and this is by far my favorite time of the year! Here are a few cards I have made, and you can see more here!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Recognition Rocks!

Oh people, I am so excited! I knew this was happening, because they asked my permission, but I held my tongue. Can't you believe it? No, really! I had a secret and kept my mouth closed.  I actually am rather surprised myself... so here's the deal:

I was published! It is just so rewarding and fun to be recognized for something you've done, isn't it? This is my very first time, so I am just tickled pink! 

A Stickpin Holder that I designed and made was chosen for Enchanting Creations. It is on page 53.  I made all of the stickpins myself, with the exception of the blue square one in the front that was given to me from a scrappin' friend. Love it!

My ribbon wall rack that I made is on page 55, so that is an added bonus. Please, go check out the magazine, and tell 'em Bitsy sent you. It won't get you anything. It won't get ME anything. I have just always wanted to say that.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Coffee Filter Flowers

Hi friends o' mine!

I wanted to show you my latest adventure. This crafty process is sooooo cheap- and lovely! The pics truly do not do these justice. The cherry on the top is they are fun to make! I am working on a tutorial, it will be my first, but the ladies over at Flying Unicorn have asked me to try, and I have been wanting something to do a tutorial on, so I will give it a shot.

Okay, I am rambling. And you know how I sometimes cannot stop. But this time, I want you to see... So, before I go any further-- TADA! Coffee Filters, ink, and buttons. That's it. :-)

Glad you popped in for a visit!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Craft Organization? You bet!

Whoohoo! These are the shelves I found at the thrift store. I already had the long one. It is actually a tall skinny shelving unit but I laid it on its side, added the 3 new shelves ($3 each) and it is a perfect place for the printer. My DDiL hung my huge pink paper flower (HL clearance for $2.50!), and the wall words. She is tall and I ... well... am not. Another great thing she did for me yesterday was to encourage me to go on and publish my shelving. She took the pictures.. and did a great job! Thanks, Meridith!

My flower storage is mainly pint and jelly sized jars from Wally World.  I added lace to some, cause who wants to work in a room without lace? All of my flowers I got from The Flying Unicorn Store, and many of them I won from their Challenges :-)

There is a pin cushion teacup on the far right. I wrapped a "red tomato" pin cushion on a vintage pink hankie, plopped it down in the teacup, and viola! You can see it best on the last pic.- Interesting that MS Word did not correct me when I typed pic. - But I digress. I love the teacup! Of course, I stuck myself a few times, but no blood got on the hankie...

Let's see, what else... the shelves are within arms reach of where I work, so it is wonderful! My studio is truly taking shape, and so cheaply. Just got to keep checking those thrift shops!

Wish you could stay for a cup of coffee or tea. Thanks for stopping by my little corner of Blogville!

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Push-Back Method

Alright, I have moved things around in the studio, and I found three wonderful shelves at the thrift store. Things are starting to take shape in here, finally!

There is an issue, though. I am very good at the Push Back Method of scrapping. If you are not familiar, it is not hard to learn. Here, let me teach you!

  1. Create something wonderful!
  2. Throw the scraps in the collage box and the trash away.
  3. Push everything else, all the supplies, to the back of your work space
  4. Begin new project.
Now the issue is, I work on an old dining room table and it is wonderful, room for the laptop and tons of space to create... but since I moved things around, there is no longer a wall to push back to.

So, I keep dropping things off the other side of the table. Now explain to me why this happens?! MY supplies know better! Sheesh, you would think that by now, things like this would not be happening to me!!

Fine, fine,  my lovely DDiL is on her way over, so we will play and I will live to clean another day! Whoohoo!! 

Just wish I had one more better system for the work space. Hmm. Anyway, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Exciting! Artist of the Week

I have news to share! Flying Unicorn has chosen me as Artist of the Week. I hate to toot my own horn, but... you all know I just can't help myself! I am so excited about this!

I have just been having a wonderful time crafting, creating, and listening to my animals snore. Good grief! It is not that late, 11pm, but I had to turn up my music because the old animals were snoring too darn loud. Now how am I to be witty and interesting with all that racket going on?

So instead, let me share with you a few recent projects!

Have a good week, and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Lots of Ink and Paper!

Oh it has been way too long since I posted on this blog! Here are some things I have been working on... more shown on the Cards I have Made page.

I have been working on lots of challenges from The Flying Unicorn LOVE the paper and flowers there!

The vase on this card is hand-cut from a collage sheet I made a while ago. It is formed into a pocket and holds the flowers. I used old sheet music, buttons, and Modge Podge. The stems are wire wrapped with twine.

I made this door hanger for mom's birthday. I took it to the nursing home and she just loves it :-) 

Been making a few tags as well. This is one of my favorites:

Pop over to the Cards I have Made page to see more...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Red Bouncy Flowers Watering Can

I am not always playing with paper. I blog hop to find inspiration and learn from some of the most amazing people. I would never have a chance to see their work if not for my late night blog cruisin'.

I have a few other blogs I like to follow, shabby decorating type blogs, ones that are about flea markets, Victorian photos, free Vintage clip art ... you get the idea. You would not believe all the majorly cool things people find at thrift stores and garage sales! So I am pleased to show off my very own Thrift Store Score:

It is a watering can, about 8" tall or so at the top of the spout. Isn't it darling?! I am not an expert, it seems old but not really really old. I believe it is made of tin. The patina looks great and I like that it is all chippy. You know, I don't care if it can be bought down the road at Joann's today. I paid $1 and I am HAPPY!

But... here's the best part: the flowers are bouncy! Yep, just like Tigger. There is a thin piece of metal behind each one that is wound into a spring. I almost want to make a video of it for you. But, you will just have to take my word for it. Want more pics? Of course you do!

I am linking up to: 

and of course...

and probably a few other places. Go check out the other sites, if you will.  I love Show and Tell!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Remember Sewing Bees?

I have to admit, there was only one time that I can remember going to a quilting party. My mother took me and I remember that it seemed to last forever. Now, I think I would love the idea of sitting around a frame, quilting with my friends and just letting the gossip flow!

So, in the spirit of finishing off a quilt, here is a card I made. I included a couple of needles just in case...

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Now That's Better

A while back I mentioned that I was working on some organization ideas for my studio. For me, it is much more fun to be creative when I am around things I like. So I have been working on prettying up my space.

Even small bits of ribbons are great for cards, tags and other fun things that I create. But, there was a problem with the "throw them in a Ziploc bag" system that I have been using for years. Even the blue and red zipper bags were... well... bags. 

I went searching the web for Ribbon Organization ideas. I just KNEW I could find lots of good ideas... and I did, but either I did not have the supplies on hand or the item cost money. 

I tossed ideas around in my head for a while and finally came up with this one: 

Yep, baby food jars. Now, they come in great cardboard cases. Who knew? I remember juggling 30 or so of these jars and two toddlers in the grocery store. No handy dandy little box twenty years ago.  

I used my old friend Modge Podge and fabric to cover the box and there you have it, a pretty way to keep my bits of ribbons organized. Yes, that was a shameless reference to my blog name. A gal's gotta do what a gal's gotta do.

A Peek Into my Soul

There is just something about images- especially Victorian ones- that calm my mind. The whole time period is enchanting. I am sure I would make a great Victorian lady, propping my feet up on a footstool and drinking tea. Yes, I know times were hard then too, and I would really miss a computer there, but those things are not present in my Enchanted Victorian World. I would have a lap dog and a gorgeous cat sitting on the window sill. Oh, and it would never get hot because I would miss the AC!

If you have read my earlier posts, you know I love paper. Sometimes, when I make cards and collages and tags, the elements fall right into place. Most of the time, however, it takes time. Time for me dig through my bling boxes and shuffle through paper. The ribbon choices are tough! So, with that said, I have met my challenge, and am submitting my very first tage for the world to see outside of my blog. Hang on Blogville, the parade is about to begin!

Here is a tag I made for the Tag Tuesday challenge at Blog Challenge Garden. The only "rule" was that a heart was the main focal point. It took a while, and layers of paper and Modge Podge, but I stopped changing it, took a picture, and here you go! If you like it, please pop over to the Garden and look at others. There are some amazing artists there! 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Gotta Gather Up My Courage

Okay, I am giving myself a blogging challenge. I want to make friends in this new town of Blogville. I have made a few, but I want to see how others create their art, dream about wonderful shabbychic porches, fill my imaginary built in bookcases by watching others do it first.

So, with that said, a wise blog friend has been encouraging me to enter Parties and Blog Hops.  First of all, I am way too old to do much partying and as for hopping... well that did not sound like something anyone would want to see me do. Of course, I began to get it. The idea, anyway. I create all the time, my Etsy store is up and running, it is time to ride down Main Street in Blogville and wave my hand like a Parade Princess.

This is what happened last week. I found a challenge that I liked; Tag Tuesday at . The rules were :

Our tag this week will feature the letter A, and an image of something beginning with A. I know we all think of apple, but try to have an image of something else instead of apple! Let's see how many different ideas we can have for A!

A. Apples. No, not apples, against the rules! A. Alpha. The beginning. What a great way to start! I can do this. So I thought for a while and I made this tag:

But... (you knew there was a but coming, right)? I did not submit it. Yep, that's right. I am a chicken crafter. Hmm. Might be a slogan there. 

This week, the challenge is about Hearts. I HAVE a heart! So I challenge myself to stop creating art that I do not submit. Whoohoo! 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Pink Wildflowers

Desmodium Canescens- 
The common names of Desmodium Canescens are Beggar’s Lice and Tick Trefoil. This pretty little flower is best known for the tiny sticky seed pods that cover your ankles and clothing during late summer and early fall. Before the plant dries out and becomes a treat for birds and deer, it blooms with lovely, delicate pink blossoms.

This is the nice little description that I put inside my handmade wildflower cards. What is NOT so nice about this pretty little plant is the sticky seed pods are just awful! Anyone who has gone tramping through the woods anytime after August knows exactly what I am talking about. They are a pain, they stick to everything, and you have to pull them off one by one. But isn't it a pretty pink flower before it turns nasty?! 

You can find more about my wildflower adventures here: Mid Missouri Wildflowers . 

On a side note, I want to say thanks to my new friend Laurie over at Button Floozies for the incredible email help she has given me about starting a blog and learning the ropes. She was so gracious to spend her time sending me information, tips, and ideas about traffic building.  

And here we go! I am participating in my first Linky Party! Pink Saturday. Whoohoo!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Supplies to Get Me Through

Yesterday my sister and I went to town for lunch. I am working very hard to stay on a frugal budget (eww I do NOT like the B word) but I did pick up a few supplies that I desperately needed for my card business. It is sometimes amazing to me how a few things can kick-start me into creating again. Here are some of the results:

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Bitsy Girl Card

I just love this card I made this morning! The lady peeking out from under the lace seems so confident and interesting. The metal hanging piece is part of an earring (you know, the ones you hang on to hoping to find the match someday).

At the bottom is a piece of copper wire that I found in my stash and curled into a swirl. I used a pencil to start the curling and then gave that idea up and went looking for my jewelry pliers. Presto! I had a cute little embellishment to offset the hanging one.

I love the rest of the collage, using bits of handwriting and other ephemera. And of course, bits of ribbon and lace!

The question is... is she a Flapper ...
      or a Victorian girl looking for her beau?
Stop back by soon!