Thursday, October 31, 2013

My Craft Room

I really did not need to do this because I have a ton on my plate BUT……..what a deal and I have always wanted this desk!!  My daughter works at a Big Lots Store, a nice one, this was on clearance and with her discount I scored the desk of my dreams.

The new desk is on the left and it has cubbies on both sides with adjustable shelves.  Both me and my 5 year old can be at this table without getting into each other's space.  It also came with the stools!  Of course it just happened to match my existing cabinet leftover from the baby days  So my decor had to change, I got rid of the white shelf and small white desk and reworked it all.

The boxes on this shelf have my finished cards and some embellishing. All the doilies are from my mother-in-law, she made them for me.

On top of my cream shelf are all the gorgeous canvases and cards that I have received from my blogging friends, do you recognize your artwork girls!!

Here is the best stash I have, my Distressed Inks and Copics!!  I am sitting right next to this shelf, so convenient to use. The light shines into this shelf so I can see the little numbers on the Copics! lol

Here is one side of the desk and how I stored my older stamps, die cuts and charms ext

This is my closet with a ton of embellishments and paper, my tools, ext

I also had to buy this shelf to put additional artwork on, never enough display area, 4 of my friends creations are on here along with mine.

More shelves for display that are built into my wall.  I also have my Magnolias in the big wire baskets and the small pearls, embellies, pins and bezels are in the white drawers.

My card mascot, she is always in this corner with my 6x6 pads of paper

A closer look at too much stash

Here is the shelf but you can see everything better

On my desk is a cubby with the little stuff I use a lot of and I will put misc small stamps in the basket to the left.  My drink? goes on the doily so not to make a mess on the table. hehe I know it will get messy! 

Here is the view across the room and I plan on doing most of my messy mixed media over there so my supplies are on the rollout cabinet.

Thanks for hanging around my tour,
Have a great day

Friday, October 25, 2013

Kangaroo Tilda

Good Day to you all!  My lovely friend Christina visited me recently and left me some very pretty things to use on my cards.  I thought I would make a fall card and use the apples, burlap flower and butterfly from Christina on it.  

Here is my card Kangaroo Tilda

I colored Kangaroo Tilda in Distressed Inks and used 2 Frantage colors Aged Marine and Aged Green, around her.  I also shaded Vintage photo around her for a aged effect.
The doily is from Papertrey Ink and I cut it from a paper bag.

Prima flowers with apples, from Christina and die cut leaves from my stash.

Magnolia doohickey heart for a tag.  I have some tiny text on it from Tim Holtz and the butterfly is from Christina.  Behind the tag are 2 Memory Box dies Tall Birch in rust cardstock.

Here is the card again all frilly with pleated tulle and rust rosettes from my stash.  The edges of the wood grain card stock are cut with a Magnolia Doohickey lace die. 

Thank you for stopping by my blog today, I love hearing from you!
Have a very nice and crafty weekend!!

Challenges I would like to enter

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Cinnamon Sugar by Elisabeth Bell

Anything Goes
and a Design Team Call at 7 Kids College Fund!!

Here is my card for the new challenge

Most of what is on this card is from Webster's Pages.  I love their papers and matching accesories. This is Cinnamon Sugar from Elisabeth Bell and she is colored in Copics.  I used a Marianne Craftables die for the oval shape and eyelet frame.  I fanned out the eyelet frame a bit for dimension although it is hard to see on the photo.

Here are some tickets I cut out from the Webster's Pages paper pack.  I added a heart clip on 2 of them and a few pearls. I love how the pleated tulle fans nicely around my image.

This is a resin piece from Webster's Pages and I paired it with some flowers I won from Eulanda Silvey.  Live, Laugh, Love, we all need to do this in our life, right!

You can see the dimension better here.  The right side of the card is a Marianne Designs LRL0270 die. It looks so ornate as you open the card.

The inside of the card has more of Webster's Pages papers and a fabric tag.

This card reminds me of Spring, only 6 months away! lol  Thank you so much for popping in and looking at my card today.

I hope you are able to join us at the 7 Kids College Fund Challenge Blog and make a entry to win a gift certificate to 7 Kids College Fund Store.  It would be fun to go shopping!  Good luck with your entry and we will see you there!!


7 Kids College Fund is currently having a Design Team Call, please check it out at the 7 Kids College Fund Challenge Blog  I would love to work with more of my friends!

                                                               Have a Wonderful day!

Just one more thing!  A fund raiser!!
7 Kids College Fund is sponsoring a fund raiser for Michelle's Love 
It is a charity for single moms who have cancer.  You can read more Here.  You will also have a chance to win a gift certificate when you donate to this worthy cause.
Thank you for opening your heart!

Items from the card available at the 7 Kids College Fund Store

Monday, October 21, 2013

May by Sara Burrier

Hello Everyone and welcome to my blog today!  
I found some fairy images that I really loved and thought about trying something new.  This is May from Sara Burrier and she is found at Crafts and Me.  I always shy away from these as they are more complicated in shading for me but I think I did pretty good with her.  The only thing is my computer was not cooperating with me and the photos are a bit blurry.  This card is out to the mail for a friend so I cannot redo the photo's, another lesson learned! lol

May is a digi stamp colored in Copics on Neenah Paper available at 7 Kids College Fund Store. 
I used Shabby White Embossing powder from Stampendous around and on the image like fairy dust.

I have a few Magnolia Doohickeys in the corner like So Wrapped Lovely and Dragonfly. The frame I used to frame May is from La La Land Crafts.

I love flowers so I made another flower garden on this card. I wanted to show you this adorable Cherub that was part of a candy that I won from Eulanda Silvey. He fits perfectly in the flower garden.

Thank you for stopping by and leaving me very sweet comments, I love them.  My family is still here and leaves me with little time to myself so be patient with me as I get around to your blogs every week.

Hope you have a fabulous week ahead!
Hugs Kelly

The Challenges I am entering

Friday, October 18, 2013

Joyful Noise by Mo Manning

I made the most awesome card for my son, I even had tears making it! 
 He would pop in while I was coloring and putting it together just to converse with me and he had no idea it was his. hehe
My son was in the U.S. Marine Corp. as a Sergeant for the past 5 years.  We only saw him once a year so to have him live here temporarily with his wife and dogs, is just heaven.

This is a twisted Easel card, it is flat and shut right now.  My papers are from 7 Dots and Bo Bunny.  My image Joyful Noise by Mo Manning is colored with Distressed Inks and Aged Bronze Frantage is applied to the background.

Here is the card open.  


In our homeschool we read about the drummer boys in the Civil War and I was picturing this scene as I made the card.  The main purpose of the drummer was to make a series of drum beats according to the orders given by their commanders, that way the soldiers could hear the commands over the guns and noise. Also the drummer boys carried the soldiers on stretchers so they could get medical help.  When the boys turned 18 they could become a soldier in the Civil War. 

  I made some trees out of the Memory Box die, Tall Birch. The music note above is a memory box die also and I Frantaged it with Aged Bronze.  Then I used a pin and film strip to adorn the other side.  I thought the pin was so appropriate for our loved ones in the Military.

Here is a better look at the trees, they are just cut out of a scrap piece of designer paper that I had, the shading of the paper does it all.

Here is the bottom where I used tickets and words from Tim Holtz for affirmations, then I held them together with a Frantaged clothes pin.  

From the underneath of the music base are 3 Magnolia doohickey dies that are Frantaged and distressed. I hand wrote my notes to my son on them so he can pull them out and read them when he wants. 
 So when I was photographing this part, he happened to be behind my shoulder and scared me when he said "Hey those have my name on them!" So I had to tell him about this card I made for him instead of surprising him properly.

Here is another look at the side of it.  All the papers are distressed with black ink and Vintage photo.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today! 

This weeks Challenge at 7 Kids College Fund Blog is Anything Goes with a Twist of Vintage.  I hope you make a creation to enter on the 7 Kids College Fund Blog so you can win their gift certificate towards a purchase at the store. 

Have a joyful weekend!

Items from 7 Kids College Fund Store that are on my card.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Live Gratitude, Love, Grace Canvas

Well I had a very awesome weekend!  I met Christina Carstensen in person, she came to MN for the weekend to visit her daughter and they both came to visit me on Saturday.  We had a great time craft shopping, talking, laughing and Christina tried her first Mexican food.

My very shy 5 year old loved her, it did not take him long to warm up to Christina and Michelle, her daughter. We exchange some crafty gifts with each other, I received one of her famous chocolate bars that she puts in her cards. Inside the book card she gave to me were lovely laces and embellishments.  Her coloring is gorgeous, so pretty and shaded perfectly.  Christina is beautiful, youthful and a delight, I hope we have more of these visits.

Today was a beautiful sunny fall day and we had a great sermon in Church this morning.  It inspired me to make this canvas.

I used alot of moulding paste for textures on here.  The paints I used are from Golden acrylic paints, Pitt brush pens from Fabercastell.  Before I started I tore 2 pieces of Tim Holtz Ideaology tissue wrap from a nicely boxed roll I received from Christina.  I modge podged it on the canvas and then spread layers of moulding paste over the whole canvas.  You can see the tissue in parts of the canvas.

The rose was made from a mask from My Favorite Things

I wanted to show tags but not in the traditional way, I painted them in and painted the ribbons and then added sticker letters.  I applied the rose mask with moulding paste and then used Golden paints to color them. 

I want to live my life with Gratitude, love and grace,  but you know sometimes it is hard! lol We all fall short but I will keep striving probably forever! lol   I do see these attributes in Christina and Michelle and they live their life with such positivity and joy.  

Thank you for visiting me today, wish you and your families well!


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Vintage Bezel Canvas

Good Morning, I am so happy you stopped by today!
Why is it when you are older the days go faster and the list gets longer?  I am trying to keep up with everyones blogs but then the day is gone and another one goes I apologize to you for my slow visitation on your blog.  I love to visit you but it is taking me longer with my older son and his wife living here.  Busy all the time, even the sweet dogs are demanding, hehe.  I love it, we are having fun!

We have a new challenge today at 7 Kids College Fund

The challenge is anything goes with a twist of Vintage.  Your main items should be something that is being sold in the 7 kids College Fund Store. Simple!

Here is my canvas

Here are the two bezels I made hooked together

Up close and personal looks of each bezel

The sentiment and bottom of the canvas

Here is my husbands grandmother's lace, I have a little bit of it and it is over 100 years old so this was the perfect canvas for it.  I love the scallops in it. 

This is a Webster's Pages Key

Side view of all the textures of the Prima flowers. Some of the embellishments are metal and some are fabric or paper.  Most of them are Prima.

You can see a hint of the stagecoach and horses from the paper under the embellishing.

I tried to embellish without covering all the lace, the lace did well with mod podge on it and I think it will help preserve it more.

I have been photographing outside on my front porch. It sits on a wooden rocking chair. I like it.
In this photo you can see the glitter around the edges of the canvas.

Thank you for visiting with me today. If you have any questions about how to make the canvas just email me and I can help you out.

Have a great day,

Materials List