Monday, June 27, 2011

Crafty Secrets June Challenge ~ Childhood

This months Crafty Secrets designer challenge is childhood, anything pertaining to childhood.

I've had this wooden cube in my alter crate for years moving it around in my searches, so I decided this was a perfect time to alter it using photo's of 2 of my granddaughters.

I printed the papers from the new Crafty Secrets Patterns CD onto white cardstock and cut the pieces to add to each side of the cube, I left the bottom blank. I distressed the edges of each side with my Brilliance Moonlight White ink pad, and added faux stitching with my tracing wheel. I printed 4 photos of my granddaughters on the antique setting on my photo software and punched out 2 of them with my Marvy scalloped punch and the other 2 I adhered behind Tattered Angels chipboard frames that Sandy is selling now. I painted the frames with Tattered Rose Distress Crackle Paint and sprinkled glitter on the wet paint. The J and the J frame are from the same Tattered Angels chipboard.
The sentiment and fairies are from the Childhood Image & Journal Notes booklet, I cut them with a Spellbinders Labels 4 Die. I painted the box feet with my Snow Cap Paint Dabber and adhered them with E6000.
I cut 2 tim mini rosette's from the Pastel Paper Pad and added buttons to the centers.
I added buttons here & there and Kaiser Pearls.
The top is a pink knob I got at Hobby Lobby, it's adhered with E6000.

Make sure you check out the other designer's blogs for more childhood goodness. You'll get to see the 8 newest designers at work!


Have a great day!Smiley from

Friday, June 17, 2011

Feeling Yucky Tag ~ Crafty Secrets

Happy Friday, I'm SO ready for it, it's been a long week!

I came across my little first aid kit, and the Crafty Secrets Feeling Yucky set popped into my head, I love this sweet little Campbells soup nurse!

I finished up this tag this morning using the new Crafty Secrets Pattern Paper CD. Have you seen all the papers? They are gorgeous, and it's so easy to pick out a paper to print, really, if I can do it, anyone can! I printed these 2 papers on typing paper, you can print on cardstock too. Actually, anything that will run through your printer!

I adheared the paper to the tag and used my scalloped edge punch on the bottom. I made the faux stitching with my tracing wheel. I tied some red Martha Stewart ribbon around the tag and added a flower using tim's mini rosette die. I put a big red eyelet in the top of the office supply tag and put the string back through the eyelet. The little red sparkle flowers along the bottom are by Hero Arts. I stamped the nurse and sentiment on Neenah Solar White cardstock with Ranger Distress Black Soot ink and colored the nurse with my Copic's E57, E00, W2, R81, R29 and used my atyou Spica red glitter pen on the little red crosses. I cut her out and popped her up on the tag with foam dots.

The first aid kit with this tag would make someone who's feeling bad a little better!
This is a picture of my hoya plant. I had one several years ago and I've been searching for another one and finally found one here in Greers Ferry at a couples house that sells plants. YIPPEE!!

Here'a pic of the plant, they are so easy to grow and the blooms are beautiful and so unusual.

It blooms in these clusters, they start out like this, waxy looking.

Then this is what they look like when they open. They are velvetie and smell very strong, if they bloom inside it can run you out of the house! But, I can deal with the smell just to see those blooms!


Have a great weekend friends!

Happy Father's Day to all of the father's out there!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Inspiration Emporium June Challenge ~ Sparkles

Inspiration Emporium is getting sparkly this month!

I just had to use my Our Craft Lounge Sparkly Fluff for this challenge and boy did I have fun with it!

I wanted to create a project with Tim's new Artful Dwellings die and I wanted to use all of the dwellings in the die. After I got the chipboard dwellings and the Fancy Pants paper cut, I thought, how am I going to put these houses together? Hmmmm, in comes my Hobby Lobby doll house wood trim, totally inspired by Wendy Vecci! I painted it with my Pitch Black paint dabber and sanded the edges with my Sanding Grip. I adhered the paper to the chipboard dwellings and laid them out in a row and glued the trim on the bottom. The black bead trim is from a thrift shop, I glued it on the back. I put 2 black eyelets on each end for the wire hanger. And, I made some little flags with black buttons on them. I tied some May Arts ribbon on the wire.

I used the OCL stamp set Mice Friends (IE has this set on sale!!) and stamped the cute little mouse peeking out of the flower, colored it with my Copic markers and added Sparkly Fluff to the flower.

I made the little flag with a sentiment set from the set, colored it, added some bling in the flower centers and colored a toothpick with a black Copic for the flag pole. I used Tim's Mini Rosette die to make the rosettes and added Sparkly Fluff in the centers.

I filled a corked vial with more Sparkly fluff and tied some black hemp around it.

The butterfly is cut with Tim's Mini Butterflies die and covered with Rock Candy Crackle Paint.

The bling is black & clear Kaiser Rhinestones.

Now, it's your turn!

Go over to the IE blog and upload your sparkly creation for a chance to win a $50 IE store coupon, $50, that's some goooood shopping!


This is a hibiscus bloom on a plant on my deck, the blooms are gorgeous!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I hope you have a great day!
Smiley from

Monday, June 06, 2011

Love You Mother ~ Crafty Secrets

I think it's turned summer here, in a hurry!! We're supposed to be in the 90's all week. My lunch time walks are going to be lunch time saunas! ugh.

Me and Terry took a little trip last weekend. We went to Hardy and did some flea marketing and then we went on to Branson and stayed 2 nights and did some shopping. We ate at a very nice Mexican Restaurant, I can never remember the name of it, but, we eat there every time we go to Branson, it's in Branson Landing. The next night we ate at Joe's Crab Shack in Branson Landing, yummmmm. We took the Titanic tour in Branson, it was interesting seeing all of the artifacts and hearing the stories, so sad. We went to the Tanger outlets, Gap, Old Navy, Disney, Ralph Lauren, Fossil, Coach, twice, they were having a 30% off sale, just sayin' Ü

Here are the flea market goodies I got.Some Shiny Brite Christmas ornaments, a tiny hot water bottle, I've never seen one this small. I'll use it to keep something or someone small, warm Ü. An old film reel. I'll use pieces of the film on projects. An old hammer to flatten my spoons with. An old spoon. A bag of tiny Disney ornaments I'll use in projects. An empty bottle of Old Spice, I'll probably use for a vase. Some old cookie cutters. Old tatted trim. A small Fenton hobnail milkglass dish.

After we left Branson we drove to Eureka Springs, another fave spot of mine, to look around. I found a new shop, Just Between Friends, that carries Pandora and I mean she has it all! *swoon*


Here's a sweet bird and nest stamp from the new Crafty Secrets Love You Mother stamp set. Look at the tiny crown stamp, how cute is that?!

I stamped the bird on a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock with Ranger Distress Walnut Stain ink and colored it in with my Copic markers. I stamped the dogwood blooms, colored them, cut them out and popped them up with foam adhesive. I dotted the centers of the flowers with Lemon Yellow Liquid Pearls. I used my paper distresser to rough up the edges a bit. The patterned paper is Webster's Pages Lullaby Lane & Lifes portrait combo pack. I colored the white seam binding with my Ranger Distress Stains in Antique Linen and Broken China. The main image and sentiment are distressed with more Distress Ink in Antique Linen and my blending tool.
I used a corner punch by ek Success and the jumbo scallop die by MFT.

Isn't the sentiment pretty? Sandy always finds the best ones to go along with her vintage images!
I hope you have a great day!
Smiley from

Friday, June 03, 2011

OCL Mini Release Blog Hop ~ Growin' with Granny

Today is OCL's hop day!

I'm showing you the new Growin' with Granny set!

You can get all of the new mini release sets at Inspiratiom Emporium next week!

I love granny, she's so much fun to play with, just like dressing a paper doll!

Here's the set you could win, if you hop along with us!
See, it's a fun one, all the cute flowers, veggies, tools and the beaver!
Granny is stamped on Neenah Solar White cardstock and matted with tim's green Core'dinations Distress cardstock. The pattern paper is from the Garden Variety paper pad by Cosmo Cricket. I colored the image with my Copic markers and added some Platinum Sparkly Fluff to her hair. It's a perfect gray hair color! I put lemon yellow Liquid Pearls on the flower centers of her dress, love that! Her necklace is Kaiser Pearls. I cut the scallops with the MFT Jumbo scallop die and added white buttons. I attached the mini pom-pom trim and rick rack with tim's tiny attacher.

I wish I thought about weeds this way, LOL!
~~~~~~~~~~~~You should have came here to my blog via Lori Tecler's blog. Leave a comment here on this post and then hop on over to Stephanie's blog, good luck!

Get all of the details for this hop at The Lounge.
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Thursday, June 02, 2011

OCL Mini Release Sneak Peek ~ Slow & Steady

Good Morning!
It's sneak peek day for the Our Craft Lounge new mini release, just wait till you see the super cute sets coming out!

The blog hop will be tomorrow, I'll give you some info at the bottom of this post.

I've got a peek to show you of the cutest little turtle you've ever seen!He's a very versatile little guy, with the cutest sentiments and this dotted design that will fit inside his shell. He's stamped him on some Neenah Solar White cardstock that I cut with a Spellbinders Labels 1 die and colored him with Copic markers. The rosette is cut with tim's mini rosette die and cs from his Shabby Chic Paper Stash. The pattern paper I used for the card is Fancy Pants it's the little things, some more yummy goodness! I had to add some Sparkly Fluff to his little spots, so cute!


Leave a comment here on this post for your chance to win!

You should have came to my blog via Lori Tecler's blog. Now, check out Stephanie's sneak peek for your next chance to win!

You can check out The Lounge for all of the details on tomorrows Hop!
Smiley from
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