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Monday, July 7, 2014

The Pros and Cons of Travel...

Is anybody going to an exotic locale on vacation?  There are so many amazing experiences awaiting when one travels but there can be some unfortunate side effects as well.  Kathi over at SDC has challenged us with a travel and/or vacation theme this week.

 I had a bear of a time with the theme at first - many projects were cast aside but eventually I came up with a mini wall hanging.


It seems I have a knack for finding quotes or sayings that are a bit 'off'.  They make me chuckle though.  This quote is from Abraham Verghese.


Hopefully you can't relate to the second part of the quote, but if you can, I hope you can smile (even a half-hearted, lopsided smile) about it now.  In the mean time, happy travels!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

You Bet(ti), It's Zetti

I joined an ATC swap over at ATCs For All that is zetti-themed and cat, dog or bird-themed.  I've never really done the whole zetti thing before but these were pretty fun to put together.


Give it a whirl!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day!

Today in the US we celebrate Independence Day.  The fam and I will be heading out shortly to go to my sister's house where we'll play badminton, nosh on some delicious grilled delights and sip cold beverages followed by a spectacular fireworks show in the evening a short walk away.

I made a little festive something for her this morning.



Love how it lays flat so I could mail it...in theory.




I hope it makes her smile...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Ode to My Mom, the Gardener

Several weeks ago my beloved and I made a jumbo Jenga game for my son's 6th grade party.  We used 4x4s and I kinda messed up the measurements (forgot the measure twice, cut once rule...) leaving my dearest the job of trimming a chunk off the ends.  What we were left with was a nice little collection of square chunks that I wouldn't let him throw away.

My mom loves to putter in her garden.  Her birthday was yesterday so I made her a little somethin' somethin' with one of the blocks. (Thankfully she knows me well enough to not expect a gift on time!)


I love the mix of the rough-textured block (I didn't sand it except for a smidge on the sides; didn't want it to be splinterish) and the soft, feminine touch of the flower, cheesecloth and swirly bit in the back.


The flower is made with TH's Tattered Florals die cut from a scrap of experimental paper that I had smoodged color all over a while ago.  I also stamped some text over the flowers for a little interest and backed it with spritzed and inked up seam binding.


Love this garden quote.

I am adding this to the Our Creative Corner challenge: Handmade Flowers and Hand-dyed Ribbon here.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Friday, June 27, 2014

A Beautiful Love Story - SDC 153

There was an SDC challenge a couple of weeks ago involving boxes and I was all psyched up to FINALLY alter one of the Altoid tin containers that I've been hoarding.  I got it all painted and then The Muse had other ideas so this blue box has been sitting on my desk mocking me.  Not sure what made me grab it today - maybe I just need it off my desk! - but here's what I did with it for this week's Anniversary, Wedding, Love challenge:

Part way through I thought of taking some process pictures so bear with me. :)


I had hoped to stamp Eric and Linda and add them on here but the heart took up more space than I thought.

Here's the back view.  I used all kinds of scrap pieces on the box - overspray, practice runs with stencils, stamping off, etc.


The lid in this photo shows the blue I started with.


  I wanted to make the heart out of paper clay, but it seems to have gone AWOL.  I had to get creative.  I grabbed some newspaper and masking tape to make a heart.


Next came a little more recycling.  I have a bunch of these colorful paper towels laying around.  I grabbed this one and another one with yellows and oranges to cover the heart.


 After I covered the heart I added a touch of glimmer mist to make it shine and then attached the heart to the box with aqua-colored wire.  I'd never tried punching through thicker metal with my Crop-o-dile before but it worked like a charm.


I used a quote from my Well Said pinterest board again this week. All that time I've spent pinning has really come in handy lately!

This was a feel-good, use up a bunch of stash and re-purpose things project. I've wanted to do an altered tin for so long (I've got a serious stash saved up) - lots of fun.

Thanks so much for swinging by to take a peek at my project.  Wishing you a delightful weekend.



Monday, June 23, 2014

SDC 152 - Sentimental OR Topknot Loses It

Gez over at Stampotique Designers Challenge laid down this week's challenge like this:

"I love sentiments and sayings, they really say it all to me! They make a piece finished! I'd like you to share some of your favourite words with us this week! They can be a main focal point or an embellishment, it's your choice! Say it with words..." 

I have to laugh a little as the sentiment I used on my ATC for this week's challenge is not very sentimental at all!  I turned to my trusty Well Said pinterest board again and when I saw this quote I chuckled merrily and got right to work.


Topknot was still sitting on my desk from last week so I reached for her right away.  I love her look - you just know she doesn't put up with any BS and is quite the spunky girl.  She reminds me of my daughter.  :)

The background technique is the same as the one Tim Holtz used for his June tag this month.  I added a little stenciling over it and some splatters and lines.

That's it for today.  Hope your Monday is going fabulously!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Are You Prepared...?

...for the Minion Apocalypse??

What?!  Minions are those cute little yellow Twinkie-like guys from the Despicable Me movies.  My daughter is obsessed with the little fellas so whenever I notice an ATC swap with a minion theme I join it.  A  swap partner asked me for a hand-drawn zombie minion - not passing up that opportunity!  


The background is one I had laying around for a while.  I just added the drops (blood drops?  Ewww...) and a little washi tape to ground my critter.


This poor little guy is sporting some oozy, nasty sores, a missing hand (so I guess he's not really sporting that at all!) and has cracked his glasses.  He also desperately needs a visit with the dentist.

As luck would have it, this also fits with the Wicked Wednesday challenge this week: Cartoons/Comics.

Hope I haven't grossed you out too much today.  Cheers!