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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!


A new tool, and 2 Sketches 4 You!

Good Morning! I hope all is well with you and yours this new day! The December shop-a-thon is behind me and put away for another month. Laundry is in a controllable state, all of the camping stuff is put away for the winter, and I'm taking today (well, most of it anyway) to play!

First up, I took a few minutes this morning to make a new board to use for taking pictures of my projects. I had a bit (20" x 20") of 1/2 inch thick foam core board, and a very badly cut-up chenille bedspread I bought several years ago at Big Lots for next to nothing, so I decided to make a wintery-warm chenille board! I simply cut the fabric to fit and used my handy-dandy electric stapler to fasten it on the back. You can see it in the next pic - my entry for this week's 2 Sketches 4 You sketch from Laura.

Note: I apologize for the pictures - they say rain is on it's way, and there's no sunshine to be found outside, so I had to use my poor indoor lighting. But, the card shines on it's own merit!

It's surely a good thing that the sketches on 2S4Y are simply for inspiration, and they encourage you to do your own take on it, because once I got started, this card took on a life of it's own! It's amazing how quickly this card came together once I'd found what I wanted to use for the central theme - the journaling tag, bird rub-on and Heidi Swapp stamp.

Here are a few more pictures for sharing.

Bits and Pieces:

  • Bazzill Cardstock
  • Jenni Bowlin Studio 'red wallpaper' paper and bird on flowered limb rub-on
  • Heidi Swapp 'thank you' stamp with black ink and Ranger black embossing powder
  • Diamond Stickles
  • black, white and red felt, and gingham from my craft stash
  • straight pin with freshwater pearl head free from One Hundred Wishes - it came on some ribbon I ordered!
  • journaling tag - from website - Mirabyl - you can find it in my list of sources to the left.
  • adhesives - adhesive squares from Dollar General, foam squares, Fabri-Tac
Tools Used:
  • Cuttlebug with Nestabilities 'Classic Circle Small' for felt circles
  • scissors, Carl Rotary cutter with straight, Colonial and Squiggle blades
  • heat embossing tool
  • 1/4 inch hole punch (for gingham bows on right hand side)
  • wood clothespins to hold on felt and fabric while the glue dried - I just love clothespins!

This is one my favorite ever cards, and I hope you enjoy it, too! I hope to get at least one more done today, so I'm off to my crafting table, with my little girlies gnawing on their rawhide bones on the blanket beside my feet. A great day for playing! Blessings y'all! Becky


Laura Davis said...

This is so beautiful! I love it:) It's very Shabby Chic!

Audrey Pettit said...

What an adorable card! Love that birdie! Clever board you made, too.

Heidi Van Laar said...

This card DOES shine on it's own merit! So beautiful! I love the frayed gingham bow!

Lea L. said...

Very pretty...I love the ribbon you used! Great job with the sketch!


Adriane Kelly Winchester said...

This is very cute! I just moved to Cumming (actually waiting to move into our house this week) and was browsing blogger to see if anyone else lived in Cumming and did scrapbooking/stamping/paper crafts... i love your cards :) Maybe we can get together and make cards sometime. Check out my blog too -