Saturday, July 17, 2010

Paper Napkins Collage

I have a thing for paper napkins. I don't know how many packages of napkins I have, but every time I'm in a gift store, target, wallmart, home goods or similar store, I buy napkins. There are so many pretty designs!!! So I was really excited when I came across this tut from Roni Go check out her blog. She has a lot more ways to use your napkins. I immediately wanted to try this, and I thought it would be cool to make my own background paper with this technique. So all the credit for this technique goes to Roni, but I wanted to share with you the steps I took to make my LO.

Here are some of the many napkins I have

I started by glueing some book and music paper on a piece of cardstock

Then I added pieces of the paper napkins (only the top layer)

This is the finished background

If you want to tone down the colors, you can add a white wash. Here you can see the difference.

and/or you can add some beeswax and perfect pearls

Here is my finished layout

and here is the finished tag.

Try it! It is really fun to do!!!

Happy creating!


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Red Baron

As some of you might know my hubby is an avid pilot. He loves anything that flies! His nickname here in Texas is "The Red Baron", I don't know why, but everythime somebody hears him on the radio when flying, they say "hey, that's the red baron!" Of course, it is easy to recognize him, because of his "funny accent" LOL (english is not our native language). For this LO I combined some dictionary paper, masks, ephemera, stamps and some cut-outs of Webster's Pages paper. It is a bit different than my usual layouts, so I would love to hear what you think.

TFL and happy creating!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Altered Bird

I have this bird already since the Timster cruise last year, so I thought that it was about time to do something with it. I first glued some dictionary paper on the bird with Modpodge, then I painted it with blue metallic paint. When it was dry I dipped my finger in some gold rub 'n buff and lightly rubbed over the blue paint. I embellished the bird with cheese cloth, lace, watchparts, some Tim idea-ology and Vintaj charms. The stand I painted first with brown paint, then white paint, then sanded it and again rubbed some gold rub 'n buff on it.
Et voila.... altered bird. Here are some more photos

As always, thanks for visiting my blog
Happy creating!

SGC July - I'm a Littlebit Vintage

Here is my entry for Robin Shakoor's "I'm a Littlebit Vintage" challenge for the Swirly Girls Club over @ Swirlydoos. The challenge is to use a photo of yourself as a baby or little girl and to tell some things that people have said about you when you were growing up.  I can't remember anything specific that people said about ME when I was little. People always talked and asked about my sister (They still do! LOL). She was a real cutie when she was little, and she still is more extravert and easier to talk to than I am. I am more the quite type, not so outspoken. I was/am the typical "big" sister, looking out for her, my family, my friends. I do remember that my mom told me that I was an easy baby and todler. Never cried much, and when she would put me down somewhere with some toys, I would happily play and stay at the same spot where she left me. And that is what I still do. Put me in my scraproom and I will stay there for hours !!! Totally happy, and no desire to do something else or go anywhere else.

For this LO I used primarily fabrics and only very little paper. The big flower is (of cours) made with Tim's tattered florals die.

Thanks for looking and happy creating!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Metal Frame

Hi y'all,
Today I had so much fun. I made this frame from all of the little scraps of metal I kept in a box. I always feel good when I'm using my scraps. I saw this idea at the Great American Scrapbook Convention in Arlington last month and it was made by Cheryl Darrow of Ten Seconds Studio. So I can't take credit for the design. The technique is also explained in one of her Taco Tuesday videos. If you're interested, here is the link: . What is my idea is to color and stamp the magnetic board inside the frame. I first colored the board with alcohol inks and then stamped with Stazon ink. Normally I don't work with very bright colors, but I love how this turned out.

Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope y'all have a safe and happy 4th of July!


Friday, July 2, 2010

Canvas with Squares

Inspired by the beautiful artwork of Audrey Underwood and the gorgeous papers and chipboard shapes of Collections I created this 20" x 10" Canvas. I first decorated the  inchies, twinchies and trinchies with scraps of paper. Then I painted and sanded the various chipboard shapes and added some lace, cheesecloth, german scraps and metal embellishments. I had a blast during this whole process, and I'm already thinking about the next project :o) !

Here are some detail photos:

Thanks for taking a peek and happy creating!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

French Marketplace Album

This weekend I had the pleasure of working with Carol Wingert's new heirloom kit French Marketplace. This was the second heirloom kit I bought from her and WOW what a treat this was. (Here is a link to the first heirloom kit I got from her  Carol is soooo talented and her designs are stunning, and then the fabrics and other embellishments she selected for this album... she really has an eye for vintage beauty. When I opened my box, I was so overwhelmed by the gorgeousness inside, I could only sit down, touch and caress everything and SMILE!

Anyway, although it is not my design and I only followed Carol's clear and very details instructions that come with the kit, I still want to show of the end product, because I'm so very pleased with it. I still have to find the right photo's to fill it with, but here it is (drumroll) .... The French Marketplace Album

I had so much fun assembling this album and it really inspired me and made me want to hunt for more beautiful vintage fabrics, laces and other vintage embellishment. (as if I need more junk in my scrap room :o) !!!)

Thanks for visiting my blog

Happy creating

Swirlydoos July Kit - Summer Serenity

YAY, it is reveal day again at Swirlydoos!!!! Although the website is still being rebuild, the kit, add-on kits and the DT layouts are posted on the Swirlydoos blog . The Swirlydoos July kit - Summer Serenity features the beautiful Basic Grey Capella papers and lots and lots of gorgeous embellies.

The LO is based on a sketch of the very talented Beggahuna. The photo shows my Mom when she was 18 years old. The chipboard vine is from Dusty Attic.

This LO is a lift of GabrielleP's Style Baby LO. Here is the link to the gorgeous original . The photo shows me 1 year old. I used Tim's texture fades on the blue cardstock and the gold shimmer paper.

The photo is of my grandparents approx. 1960. I used a MS border punch and a DA chipboard frame.

The photo was taken last week when DH surprised me with a long weekend trip to NYC for our anniversary. The chipboard fence is from Dusty Attic and the large flowers is made from Prima packaging with Tim's Tattered Floral die.

In the kit there is also a silver glittery Anna Griffin diecut that I cut up and colored with Stazon inks. The large flowers is made from metal and Tim's Tattered Florals die. I used texture fades on the gold shimmer paper and the green strip. The photo shows my DSS and his GF.

These were my last layouts for Swirlydoos as a DT member. My six months term is up, and now it is time for two other Swirlydoos members, Angelica and Tina , to inpire us with their creations. I truly enjoyed my time on the DT team and I want to thank Krissy for this opportunity and the other DT members for being part of such a friendly, talented and inspiring team.
Happy creating!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

SWIRLYDOOS has been hacked!!!!

Go check out to read Krissy's message to all Swirlydoos subscribers and members, and please leave a comment to show her your support. This makes me so mad that people destroy other people's work just because they CAN!!! It really makes no sense at all! It also makes me sad, because we Swirlies lost our favorite hangout place. The place where we could show, share, care, support, learn , laugh, cry, create, celebrate, document all the events and persons that are important in our lives. It is always the first and last place I go to when I start or end my day. I love that it is a safe place to meet friends. Yes friends, because although I haven't met most Swirlies in person, it really feels as if we know each other very well.

Anyway, they might have destroyed our virtual world, but they can't take away our Swirly spirit. I'm sure that the new Swirlydoos website will be even better than before. In the meantime, stay tuned on the Swirlydoos blog, because all Swirly communications will go thru there, as well as the reveal of the July kit tomorrow!

CU tomorrow for the reveal of the LO's I did with the Swirly July kit!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Texas Mini Album

Last week my friend and I went to the Great American Scrapbook Convention in Arlington TX where we found this fun Texas chipboard album. If you are interested here is where you can find this album and many others . This is so not my style, but it was so much fun to make! So here it is:

If you made it all the way down to here, thanks for looking!!!! I really appreciate it!

Have fun creating and see y'all next time!


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