Sunday, May 30, 2010


Recently I have totally fallen in love with the products of Collections. They have a gorgeous line of 6 x 6 papers and some pretty chipboard shapes. The little birdhouses as shown in my previous post are also from Collections. Last week I saw some super cute spools on Julie van Oosten's blog and I knew I just had to make them too. She also posted a tutorial. Here is the link: . Check it out! They are fun and really easy to make. They are a great way to use up your tiny scraps and those chipboard circles that I never  knew what to do with. The pin cushion spool is a design from Audrey Underwood and is available as a kit

Hope y'all have a great Memorial weekend!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Birdhouse Village

While surfing the internet I came accross this beautiful birdhouse and I immediately fell in love with it. It is designed by Maxine Hazebroek and it is totally fun to make. I learned a lot of new techniques and new ways to use "old" techniques. Go check out her store for beautiful products and and inspiration

I'm really happy with how this turned out and even my hubby was totally impressed with the result. TFL


Timeless Beauty

Here is my lift of Tammy's LO for the RR challenge over at Swirlydoos. I was so inspired by her LO, it took me "no time" to do it. So much fun! The pictures are of my beautiful stepdaughter Stephanie. The flowers at the bottom are hand made with Tim's Tattered Florals die and I made "Mandy's pins" in matching colors.

Enjoy your Friday!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Buttons Tin

This is my entry for Lavona's May Altering Item Challenge over @ This month's twist is to use at least 2 or 3 buttons. So I thought that this was a great opportunity to make something to store my buttons. I used an inexpensive lunch box tin, which I picked up at Michaels. I covered it with paper from the Prima Shabby Chic Collection and some lace and decorated it with a chipboard frame and and buttons from Jenni Bowlin, 7Gypsies and my stash. TFL

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Swirly Girls Club Challenges May

These are my entries for this month's challenges over @ Swirlydoos. One is hosted by Tina: Distress and Layer. The challenge is to use at least 6 layers, all distressed and we had to make a rose. I used Tim's new Retro Grunge papers. The roses on the top right corner are made from metal and the rose at the bottom left corner is made of PP and UTEE. The flowers under the rose are PP covered grunge paper. Photo of DH and DS.

The other one is hosted by yours trully. The challenge is to make your own background paper from scraps. I keep my scraps by color in plastic envelopes and every now and then I'll take one of these envelopes and create a "new" piece of 12 x 12 paper. Just arrange your scraps and glue them on a piece of cardstock or "ugly" paper. The idea of the scalloped strip with the ribbon and roses is taken from one of my favorite artists Gabrielle Pollacco.

Hope y'all had a great Mother's Day!!!


Friday, May 7, 2010


The basis for this frame is an inexpensive Ikea mirror, which I covered with one of the new papers from the Shabby Chic paper stack of Tim Holtz. Then I used some Viva Ferro paste in the upper left corner and stamped it with a script stamp. After drying I painted it with silver paint dabber and distressed it with the new distress ink color Pumice Stone. I think this is my new favorite color as it seems to go with everything. The lace stamps are from the Artistic Stamper and again I used the Pumice Stone distress ink. For the flourishes and the large flower I used TSS metal in the new color Bronzed God and he new Timster dies Tattered Florals and Elegant Flourishes. To give the metal some "body" I made a "sandwich" out of cardstock, adhesive sheet and metal before I ran it thru my Big Kick. The roses are made with the same paper as used for the background and then dipped in UTEE.
Thanks again for taking the time to read my blog,

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Swirlydoos May Kit - La Vie En Rose

The colors of this month's kit are very dramatic - red and black, and Krissy paired them with the most amazing flowers and other embellies. I had a blast working with them.

This month's papers are so beautiful by itself , so that is why I used one sheet to cover this box. I just love to decorate containers.





This LO is based on Beggahuna's sketch provided with the kit. Photo of me, my stepdaughter Stephanie and Nike having lunch during a major shopping day !

Red roses for a guy LO??? Here is one of my stepson Dennis.

Photo of DSS's girlfriend and DSD. I made the roses and butterfly out of metal.

There is a little story behind the title of this mini album: when my BIL was visiting last month, he made some beautiful photo portraits of the children. Back in The Netherlands he e-mailed me some low resolution files, and made me promise that I wouldn't print them until he was back here with the HR files (mind you, he and my sis are here NOW! ). But of course, I couldn't wait that long, so I DID print them !!! Hence the title "Forbidden Pictures". I used Tim's new Tattered Florals and On the Edge dies.

Here is the rest of this mini:

My stepdaughter Stephanie

My stepson Dennis

DSS's girlfriend Milan

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog!

CU next time,

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