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!