Thanks for visiting!

Welcome! This is the place where I share my artsy and crafty projects. I am an evolving artist these days ... finding myself enjoying less of the cards and mini albums that I have made for years, and turning to art journaling and more artistic endeavors. I have always enjoyed some craft or other, and some of my earliest memories of my mother helping me make paper dolls and other crafts. I am now in my 60's and finding myself more passionately enjoying creating beautiful things and learning new skills and techniques and products.

While you are here I hope you will find inspiration and ideas for making your own projects, however any images or projects you find here are my personal property and should not be used for your own monetary gain, or for contests or challenges. Thank You!


2 Sketches 4 You - Laura's Sketch 8 and Bonus Card

I have to tell you, making this first card - the one from Laura's Sketch 8 was weird for me. First, just getting started, and deciding what to do was hard, then when I finally did it, the card was so unlike my usual 'thing' that I was concerned. But now, this card has grown on me, and I am just loving it!!! What do you think???

The picture is a black and white 50's-ish picture from a clipart software; printed onto white cardstock. The whole card is on black Bazzill cardstock, and the pic is backed with more of the black cardstock. The grey paper behind the pic is from an ancient paper pack I picked up years ago from QVC. I 'wrapped' the paper around a piece of cardstock, then stitched around the edges with black thread.

After I decided I wanted to use that pic, I started looking for papers, embellies, you know - the fun stuff! Anyway, I found the sticker with the quote, and knew it would fit perfectly. The sticker, by the way, is from an old, old kit, and I couldn't tell you who it was by, although I think it also came from QVC.

The pink gingham ribbon and bow just MAKES the card (imho, lol!), as do the pink, white, grey and black flowers from Petaloo. They are handmade paper flowers and come with the bling already on them.

The addition of a white ribbon with black polka dots, and a few drops of 'diamond' Stickles across the top finished it off!


Now, the bonus sketch was another matter altogether - I enjoyed making this card so much! But then one of the things I've been doing a lot lately is making pockets on my cards for hidden tags, so this one was a piece of cake! Just look at past posts, and you'll find some of them posted here. Here's my take on the sketch. It's called Christmas Joys.

The background paper is 'Holly Argyle' by Provo Craft. I inked the edges to add a little age here. The green paper is from a Christmas kit I bought last year at WalMart. The green square 'tag' came in the same kit. I scissor distressed the edges of the green paper, then inked it heavily with brown ink. Next I stitched it on all 4 sides on my sewing machine, using a variety of stitches. I glued it to the base on three sides, leaving the top open for the tag.

Once again, the image is from clipart software, and I just love the old soft colors and Victorian feel. I printed it on white cardstock, then inked the edges to age it.

I added a row of vintage red ric-rack from a local store, and lightly inked it to tone down the red a bit. On top of the square tag, I added a couple of silk holly leaves, a silk poinsettia bloom, and a red berry from a Christmas pick. They are tied together with ivory silk ribbon. The tag is made using white cardstock topped with some pretty paper with various seasonal greetings, and topped with a plaid bow.

It's been a fun couple of days working on all these cards, but tomorrow I'll be doing housework and getting my supplies ready to carry to my lss (EMI Scrapbooking - see link at left) for their big 'Scrap Pink' fund raising crop on Saturday. I'll probably have a few things to share after spending the day scrapping. Blessings Friends! Becky


Shelly said...

I love the retro feel of the first and the second is a vintage beauty. Love your style!

Michele Kovack said...

Love these! Love all the vintage papers!

Kath Stewart said...

2 beautiful cards for the sketches - love the black and white one and I think the sticker is from a Brenda Pinnick kit

Laura Davis said...

Oh I love your take on my sketch! It's great, I love the whole retro feel! They both are stunning!

Barbara said...

I'm glad you stopped my blog! What I like about yours is your style -- you might be working from a sketch, but you definitely make it your own. The lace, the rickrack add warmth to the layout. Very nice!

Joke said...

Both cards are lovely! Great colours, love the stitching.

Lyn S said...

Great cards! Love the retro one and the vintage one is pretty too!

papertrails leaver said...

I love the vintage photos you are using. These are great!

Unknown said...

Really fun cards! Love the vintage images.

Anonymous said...

So love what you did with those sketches. You are like me, LOVING sketches!